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Raiding (and other Official Teams)

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You're interested in leading or joining a team? You like the organized structure of working with a set group of people on a set schedule with specific goals? You know to succeed at those goals requires dedication, progression of gearing, and solid teamwork? Pandamonium offers a structure to address all team needs.

Introduction
We are primarily a casual guild. As such, team creation in Pandamonium is a member-driven activity with basic support from guild leadership. All members are encouraged to form new teams and there are no restrictions in terms of how they function. The team can be focused on raids, operations, dungeons, adventure zones, battlegrounds, arenas, flashpoints, warzones, or any other game area which requires multiple people to work together towards an end-goal. You can lead your own team with a set weekly schedule or you can make yourself available on a casual fill-in basis for other teams. All you need remember is that "Pandamonium members honor their commitments."

Independence
Teams function as independent clusters within the guild. Team leaders have the power to set their own procedures, loot rules, and schedules. All official teams need merely abide by the Pandamonium charter and related rules.

Getting Started
If you are interested in joining a team, first check the team forums to see if any are currently recruiting. If all existing teams are full, you should consider signing up to be a substitute or forming your own team. As a primarily casual guild, it may take some time to pull together a solid team that meets your needs. Be patient. For a team to be officially guild sanctioned, all participants must be active Pandamonium members, and the team must be approved by the Community Manager of Teams. He may require you to run a minimum of four consecutive events with the same members before this approval is granted. In return, we offer team-specific forums, calendar event notifications, voice chat, a recruitment pool, and general support from Leadership.

Leading
You want to form a team but you don’t think you're experienced enough to lead one? Keep in mind that leading isn't just about experience. It is oftentimes simply those people willing to put in the extra effort. Pandamonium would love to have as many teams (and hence, leaders) as possible to satisfy members' needs. We encourage anyone who is tentatively interested in creating a team to contact Amawyn if you would like more detail about what might be involved.

The Process

For Leaders
1. What would you like your teams primary goals to be? How often will you meet up? What content will you focus on? What will the environment be like?
2. Speak with Amawyn to assist in the initial decision-making and organization prior to posting any specifics on the forums. He will work with you regarding in-guild recruiting, loot systems, policies, schedules, and the like.
3. Find other guild members with similar team values and goals. Once Amawyn has given his blessing, you can use the guild forums to assist in the process, whether it be to scope out interest in the potential creation of a new team, or to actively recruit.
4. Get started!

For other Team Members
1. Your toon must be max level and appropriately geared.
2. Review current team openings and contact the team leaders for more information.
3. If there are no current openings, post in the Looking For Team forum expressing your interest.

Becoming Official
Once you've gotten things rolling, how do you become an official Pandamonium team?

1. Your full team must run together for four consecutive events.
2. Once those four events have occurred, contact Amawyn for a final review, at which point you will receive your own Discord channel, team-specific forums, and access to calendar event sign-up tools.
3. At a minimum, you are required to maintain two posts in your team forum: (1) Team Roster, which should include leadership, filled positions, open positions, and what classes/specs you are recruiting, and (2) Team Policies, which should include loot process, schedule, attendance requirements, and the like.

Above all else, remember that forming or joining the right team can take time. Be patient.

Inactivity
An official team will be deemed to have disbanded if, in communication with leadership, one or more of the below criteria is met:

1. Less than 70% of the team are current Pandamonium members and they have no active recruitment (i.e., the team is on hiatus). Using an 8-man team as an example, this would be if it has only 5 members (or less) remaining.
2. The Team Leader has left Pandamonium, leadership has contacted the remaining members and given them two weeks to reassign that role to another member, and they have not done so.
3. They have not gathered as a team to "work together towards an end-goal" in 3+ months.

A disbanded team can be reactivated (along with the previously retired team forums) by the Team Leader in consultation with the Teams Community Manager at any time if the standard team creation requirements noted above are met.
Posted Dec 16, 11 · OP · Last edited May 18, 17
Team Model

Official teams can be made up of groups/raids of up to 4, 5, 8, 16, 20, 24, or 40 people. Here I would just like to present an ideal Pandamonium model. The team of course can use whatever they wish, but a community standard might serve to make things easier and smoother. After all, who wants to spend time during a team event debating setup.

Formation
The official teams will manage their own roster and will be a set team that has a set schedule. By contrast guild pickup groups will be more spontaneous and fill up as needed.

Looting
Barring a loot system to the contrary, items should be taken care of one at a time. Link item in team chat, ask for /rand of those that can use, then those that use for alts/other, then finally just random it to all if no one wants. Players should be mindful, if they have already won one major item on that run, yield to someone else on the next roll.

Lockouts
Lockouts are a concern with multiple regular teams, guild pickups, and general pickup groupd running. Each of us will have to be aware of lockouts, especially if signed up on a regular team. Once signed up on an official team, the character you sign up with is booked to that team. Multiple random lockouts among the 8 or 16 members of a raid team, for example, can quickly hinder it from running or changing a raid target.

For example you joined Team Falcon. You are doing EV Hard so figure you can join a PU on another night in Normal without conflict. Come raid time, you are short 2 regulars and the team wants to run a Normal instead. But because of your lockout, it loses that flexibility. The same works the other direction, if your team decides to try Hard mode from normal and you did a pickup on Hard.

In order to prevent such conflicts and avoid any friction between teams, avoid any non-team lockouts.

Recruiting
Of note when looking to fill spots on teams, please be considerate of other teams. Recruiting for those spots from existing teams is not something we should do. If you are wondering why, you only have to consider another team looking to recruit from your team and how you would feel about that.

Obviously there will be exceptions, good friends or family will often take the opportunity when a spot opens to move over in order to game together. Some shifting among teams will naturally take place. But for the most part, that is up to the individual and not to be driven by team recruitment.

The ideal we strive for is actually nearly the opposite effect. There are many members who go out of their way by helping to fill in spots on particular nights. And some go so far as to even help fill spots permanently by encouraging and connecting good candidates to the team that they run across. These acts are not only to be applauded, but what we strive for in Pandamonium, with true teamwork and cooperation.
Posted Dec 16, 11 · OP · Last edited Nov 6, 14
The Leadership Team has decided on an addition to the official team rules to clarify some parameters around the disbanding of inactive teams. Given that official teams are displayed prominently and publicly on our website (Official Teams, Team Members, Profile and Forum Awards/Icons, Progression, Calendar Events, etc.), and that they are noted on most of our recruitment threads/posts on external sites, we believe it reflects poorly on us to have listed teams that are inactive for an extended period of time. The specific addition is as follows (and the OP has been updated):

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Inactivity
An official team will be deemed to have disbanded if, in communication with leadership, one or more of the below criteria is met:

1. Less than 70% of the team are current Pandamonium members and they have no active recruitment (i.e., the team is on hiatus). Using an 8-man team as an example, this would be if it has only 5 members (or less) remaining.
2. The Team Leader has left Pandamonium, leadership has contacted the remaining members and given them two weeks to reassign that role to another member, and they have not done so.
3. They have not gathered as a team to "work together towards an end-goal" in 3+ months.

A disbanded team can be reactivated (along with the previously retired team forums) by the Team Leader in consultation with the Teams Community Manager at any time if the standard team creation requirements noted above are met.
Posted May 18, 17
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