Pandamonium
MMO Gaming Community

Pandamonium is an MMO gaming community. We are comprised of a richly diverse group of people from all walks of life committed to having fun. At our core are real life and online friends who have been gaming together since 2004. We have a lot of colorful characters here with strong and varied personalities, and we welcome you to the show.

Community Demographics
Total Members: 198
Average Age: 37
Age Span: 22 to 67
Year Established: 2004

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
Region: North America
Data Center: Primal
World: Leviathan

Star Wars: The Old Republic
Allegiance: Empire
Region: US East
Server: Star Forge

World of Warcraft
Faction: Alliance
Region: United States
Realm: Proudmoore

Age Requirement
A minimum age of 21 years is required for acceptance into Pandamonium. By submitting an application to join the guild, the applicant is declaring that they meet the age requirement. No exceptions to this rule will be made.

“There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule.”

Diversity
Our members represent differences in race, age, gender, politics, religion, and sexual orientation. Those inclined towards bigoted, racist, homophobic, xenophobic, or misogynistic behavior need not apply. You wouldn't like it here, and we wouldn't like to have you.

Commitment
Real life takes precedence over gaming. All Pandamonium members will be respectful of others' real life situations, circumstances, and emergencies. That being said, we expect members to honor their commitments. Before a member agrees to attend an event they should realistically determine if they will actually be able to fulfill the commitment. Once a commitment is made, members are expected to show up on time and be prepared. When circumstances arise that prevent fulfillment of a commitment, members are expected to let the appropriate event leader know as soon as possible.

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.”

Integrity
It is expected that all members will abide by the game Terms of Service and Rules of Conduct at all times. Specifically, the use of 3rd party hacks and/or cheats will result in immediate removal from the guild.

“There can be no friendship without confidence, and no confidence without integrity.”

Honor
Pandamonium members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner which is becoming to them and to the guild. Inflammatory or insulting comments, and rude or petty behavior have no place in game chat, voice chat, or interactive forums and will be dealt with immediately.

“Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.”

Official Teams
Pandamonium is primarily a casual guild. However, we have solid procedures in place to satisfy those individuals interested in endgame raiding, ranked PvP, and other organized events. The Official Teams post contains details about current teams and a link to further information on how our teams function within the underlying guild structure (as well as an overview of the team creation process).

Website
The guild maintains this website as a communications tool for its members. Here you can check for announcements, upcoming events, and general chat. A wealth of information may be found on the website and members are encouraged to share their knowledge and experiences with others.

"Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing."

Member Inactivity
All members are expected to be active both in-game and on the website. Failure to log-in to both the game and the website for more than 60 days may result in removal from the guild. In order to rejoin Pandamonium, the inactive individual must reapply for membership.

Alternate Characters
Players that have achieved the Member rank and above are invited to bring alternate characters into any official or informal chapter. Before an alternate will be invited to join, the player must ensure that the character name is listed on your website profile (click your name on the website and go to the Characters tab). Alternate characters will be held to the same inactivity requirement as your main character.

Guild Tags
Pandamonium: Typically, the primary guild. If a cap on the number of characters allowed in a guild exists within a game, then you can have a maximum of four characters tagged; with a decision made by officers once we are within 50-100 characters of that cap.

Pandamonium II: An alternate guild available for character overflow, intended to mainly include crafting alts and semi-retired toons.

Pandamic: Typically, the opposite allegiance/faction guild for alts.

Any individual with the rank of Member and higher wishing to tag an alternate character need merely ask one of the Chapter Officers or Game Leaders for an invite to any of the guilds. Please note that only current members of Pandamonium will be allowed into Pandamonium II and Pandamic, and the Pandamonium Charter applies equally to all guilds. Though the rank structures are identical, Pandamonium II and Pandamic are intended to merely be alt guilds. This means that our primary focus is and will always be Pandamonium.

Informal Chapters
An Informal Chapter is an MMO that Pandamonium has a small presence in. They are created when there is reasonable interest to have some organization within a particular game, but not to the point of having a leadership structure like an Official Chapter. Leadership of an Informal Chapter consists of one person: the Game Leader. They can petition the leadership team to form an Informal Chapter if there are at least 10 community members interested in joining. Informal Chapters will have one forum assigned to them, moderated by the Game Leader. There will be no active recruitment, as it is merely intended to allow for casual gameplay among existing members of the Pandamonium community. However, applications through an Informal Chapter are allowed. An Informal Chapter can be converted to an Official Chapter at any time if the leadership team determines that it qualifies.

Currently, we have one informal chapter: World of Warcraft.

Official Chapters
An Official Chapter is an MMO that Pandamonium has an active presence in. Official chapters have the full support and use of resources within our gaming community, including recruitment, leadership manpower, and a more robust website/forum setup to facilitate its growth and prosperity. A game becomes an Official Chapter, essentially, if there is elevated community interest. There are no specific numbers since Pandamonium's community population will fluctuate over time. Some games will emerge as obvious candidates and become quickly adopted by the community (typically evidenced by active forum discussions). Once it is clear there is enough interest from the community at large for a particular game, the council will then start looking for Chapter Officers. As candidates emerge and we as a community are satisfied that we have a large enough group assembled, we will then proceed to set up the chapter and make the necessary modifications to accommodate the new game.

Currently, we have two official chapters: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Loyalty
All members of Pandamonium are expected to abide by this Charter. Members are encouraged to invite other players whom they believe will be an asset to the community to submit an application via the Pandamonium website.

“The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.”

Ranks
Trial Member
A Trial Member is an individual with limited access who has not yet submitted a community application. The Trial Member will have full access to all Pandamonium events. A Trial Member must submit an application within 2 weeks of tagging. If an application is submitted and approved, they then become an Apprentice and go through the standard vetting process. If an application is not submitted or denied, it will result in immediate community and guild removal.

Apprentice
An Apprentice is an individual who has applied for membership through the required channels, has agreed to abide by the published guild charter, and has been welcomed into Pandamonium for a trial period during which time the Apprentice will be evaluated for compatibility and integrity. Apprentices may only apply with one character, can only have ONE character in the guild during the recruitment period and can participate in all events for which they are geared and eligible. An Apprentice may be promoted to full membership upon recommendation by any member in good standing and after a period of no less than 2 weeks.

Cross-Server Member
A Cross-Server Member is an individual who resides on a realm/server/world different than the one where our chapter lives and is unwilling or unable to execute a character transfer. They have been offered a permanent position on an Official Team and they have been approved for full membership by the leadership team. The Cross-Server Member will have full access to all Pandamonium events. A Cross-Server Member may choose to bring their alternate characters into any Informal or Official Chapter, at which point they become a regular Member.

Member
A Member is an individual who has successfully completed the recruitment phase and been approved for full membership by the leadership team. The Member will have full access to all Pandamonium events. A Member may choose to bring their alternate characters into any Informal or Official Chapter.

Life Member
A Life Member is a long-standing member who has significantly contributed to the community. Membership is retained even though they may no longer take an active part in an official chapter (a negative parting of ways being the obvious exception). Though the bestowing of this rank is sometimes subjective and dealt with on a case-by-case basis, the general guidelines include being a community member for 18+ months with more than 50 posts on the forums.

Team Leader
A Team Leader is a Member that also functions as a raid team leader. They coordinate and spearhead forces, maintaining a balanced team to handle the toughest raid zones. To aid them, Team Leaders have access (if available) to a dedicated raiding bank which assists with logistical support and stocking mission critical supplies.

Moderator
A Moderator is responsible for forum moderation. They monitor the interchange of contributors and make decisions regarding content and direction of threads. They move discussions from one section to another to keep topics organized. They archive threads deemed to be unworthy of further discussion. If the tone becomes hostile or starts to move in the direction of personal attacks, a Moderator has discretion to lock the discussion to prevent heated, inappropriate exchanges. Conversely, topics they feel deserve further examination can be stickied for easier access. Moderators are selected on an as-needed basis.

Game Leader
A Game Leader is responsible for all in-game administration for the Informal Chapter that they oversee. They also moderate their game forum, including the maintenance of an active member list. A Game Leader cannot be an existing Chapter Leader or Chapter Officer and must be approved by the council.

Chapter Officer
A Chapter Officer is an active participant within the game. They participate in general community oversight and policy implementation. General duties may include inviting and welcoming new apprentices, assisting members with general information, providing useful and significant content to our forums, organizing guild events, and creating a positive environment in guild and voice chat. Chapter Officers are selected on an as-needed basis.

Chapter Leader
A Chapter Leader is responsible for all recruitment and in-game administration for the chapter that they oversee. If the game requires a single GM, they fill this role.

Community Manager
A Community Manager coordinates guild policy creation. These individuals play a key role in general guild management by enforcing such policies, setting guild goals, and overseeing the selection of Official Chapters. The current slate of Community Managers have been managing guild activities together and keeping the boat afloat since 2004.