Coram Populo Overwatch Team

Coram Populo Overwatch Team

Overwatch

We have recently added Overwatch text and voice channels to the Discord server that we use for all of Coram Populo’s activities.

Anyone who is interested in playing Overwatch with us (or joining the guild) is welcome to join us!

More information about Overwatch can be found here:

https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/

A temporary instant invite link to our Discord server can be found here:

https://discord.gg/0xgjk4AZ2aFqMA46

If the instant invite link listed above has expired, please message Tarcanus, Vyctor, Tellaria, or any other officer in Coram Populo for an instant invite to our Discord server. You can also email us at: corampopuloguild@gmail.com.

We hope to see you out there saving the world. 😉

Legion Approaches: Coram Populo 2016 and Beyond

Legion Approaches: Coram Populo 2016 and Beyond

Over the next few months, we will begin implementing our plans for Coram Populo in Legion. While the transition period between Warlords of Draenor and the upcoming expansion has been less busy than during the latter stages of previous expansions, we do believe that this “break” or “vacation” of sorts will leave all of us refreshed and ready to embark on a new journey. We have a lot in store for the guild, and we hope that you will be just as excited as we are to see what World of Warcraft has to offer for the rest of 2016 and beyond.

In case anyone has missed the announcement, Legion will officially launch on August 30, 2016.

Before we reveal some of the groundwork and planning that we have been doing to prepare for Legion, we would first like to relay some of the basic information about Coram Populo that everyone should know.

Please feel free to contact us on Tumblr, via email, or on Discord if you have any questions about this road map for our future plans.

Also, please keep in mind that this is just a basic overview of things to come and that detailed information will be published and distributed on social media, our guild Tumblr, and our official guild website as it becomes available. In essence, the information listed under each subheading listed below is a summary and summation of larger plans that shall be further detailed at a future date and time.

We just want to give everyone an overview of what is happening as move forward.

Basic Contact Information

Guild Website

corampopuloguild.com

Guild Tumblr

@corampopuloguild

Role Play Tumblr

@azerothiantradefederation

Guild Email

corampopuloguild@gmail.com

Guild Discord (Official Text and Voice Chat Platform)

Sign up for Discord and request an invitation to our Discord server.

Discord will be replacing our guild forums, Ventrilo, and Skype channels/conversations as the official method of communication for the guild.

Discord is a free platform and will run from a web browser, mobile device, or desktop app (both PC and Mac).

Overview of Guild Direction

Coram Populo will focus on its two main strengths from the past two or three expansions: PvE-related activities and role play.

PvE

PvE in Warlords of Draenor was successful thanks to our PvE Team and PvE Department Head, Tellaria Evensong. The guild was able to push forward into heroic modes in Hellfire Citadel and our challenge mode team had numerous successful runs as they gained experience running challenge mode dungeons.

Role Play

The Azerothian Trade Federation was founded and created, and plans for guild role play in Legion are being organized and plotted each week. A complete overhaul of our guild role play manual and social media is slated to occur soon. A preview video and overview of role play expectations with our new guild role play officers/leads will be published on YouTube as Legion draws near.

Coram Populo Membership Demographics

Our membership demographics have changed significantly over the past seven years.

  • The average age of our officers is thirty-six (36) years old.
  • The average playtime that our members can dedicate to World of Warcraft is much less than it used to be (especially now at the end of the expansion and as we await the arrival of Legion).
  • 70% of our current active membership base primarily plays for PvE-related activities.
  • 20% of our current active membership base primarily plays for role play-related activities.
  • 5% of our current active membership base plays for both role play and PvE-related activities.
  • 5% of our current active membership base plays for social reasons.

Organizational Structure and Officer Directory

Guild Administration (Senior Officers)

Coram Populo’s senior administration team will remain largely the same as before. Tarcanus, Tellaria, Vyctor, and Belorien all plan on playing active roles in the guild when Legion arrives.

Talandriel Sunchaser has retired from the game to pursue real life goals. Her characters remain in the guild. However, her Tumblr blogs and subscription to World of Warcraft are inactive.

Guild Leader – Tarcanus Frostbourne

Guild Marshal – Tellaria Evensong

Commander – Vyctor Blackstone

Commander – Belorien Firestar

Role Play Department

Coram Populo’s Role Play Department will be led by Tarcanus, Eriene, and Aurel. All are active and experienced role players and/or RP leads.

Role Play Department Head – Tarcanus Frostbourne, Guild Leader.

  • See Above for Contact Information

Role Play Lead – Eriene Duskbane, Lieutenant.

Role Play Lead – Aurel Dawngrave, Lieutenant.

PvE Department

Tellaria will continue to spearhead efforts to push forward as far as the guild can go in terms of PvE-related activities. The PvE Team will remain the same as well, with six strong supporting officers ready and able to assist Tellaria in raiding/challenge mode/other PvE efforts.

PvE Department Head, Raid Leader, Challenge Mode Leader – Tellaria Evensong, Guild Marshal.

  • See Above for Contact Information

PvE Team Senior Adviser – Vyctor Blackstone, Commander.

  • See Above for Contact Information

PvE Team Senior Adviser – Belorien Firespark, Commander.

PvE Team Adviser – Nastimus, Sergeant.

PvE Team Adviser – Rinsland, Sergeant.

PvE Team Adviser – Sanguinius, Sergeant.

PvE Team Adviser – Amahraa, Sergeant.

Social Events Department

The use of Discord, outside of game tools, and in-game socialization will still be present in Coram Populo in Legion. Many new outside activities will be introduced as time moves forward.

Social Events Coordinator – Klarabella Lightblade, Lieutenant.

  • Klarabella is unavailable due to extended medical leave. Please direct all inquiries concerning social events to Tarcanus Frostbourne.

Role Play (Azerothian Trade Federation)

The Azerothian Trade Federation will be making a return tour during Legion. However, some of the basic design concepts from its first run as our official guild role play story shall be changing in the process.

Role play events, story design, and line implementation will be directed by Eriene and Aurel in collaboration with Tarcanus.

In addition, our ultimate goal is for there to be balance between personal role play/character development and the official guild role play/development. Guild role play will be just one part of a much larger role play space and canvas for our guild members. This will allow both our role play leads to have time to breathe (both in-game and out) or pursue other interests outside of the guild or game. This will also allow for our guild members to have the free time to role play outside of the guild story and pursue other role play and creative writing interests as well.

In essence, the Azerothian Trade Federation will be a nice supplement and addition to our guild members’ role play experience in World of Warcraft.

More information will be available on our guild website, guild Tumblr, and YouTube as Legion approaches.

PvE and Raiding

The raid team of Coram Populo will continue to push forward in Legion.

Challenge mode teams will also continue to run as well.

For more information or to apply to join, please email Tellaria Evensong at: tellariaevensong@gmail.com

Please make sure that you sign up for an Open Raid account if you are thinking of joining our raid team!

Also, please be sure to read the complete raid team rules and Tellaria’s raid lead philosophy here:

http://www.corampopuloguild.com/raid-info/team-rules/

Discord

We will be replacing our guild forums, guild Ventrilo server, and guild Skype channels and conversations with Discord. For more information as to the specific reasons why we are making this change, please visit this post on our guild website:

http://www.corampopuloguild.com/coram-populo-discord/

Please sign up for a Discord account and request an invitation to the Coram Populo Discord server as soon as possible.

Other Games (Steam Group, Diablo 3, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm)

Many members of Coram Populo will be heavily invested in Season Seven of Diablo 3 and the first run of ranked matches and ladders in Overwatch. Many of our members also play Heroes of the Storm and other games on Steam.

To join our Steam community, please visit the link below:

http://steamcommunity.com/groups/corampopulo

If you are interested in participating in any outside activities, please contact a guild officer for more information. We are more than willing to assist with power leveling, gear/rift grinding, and greater rift progression in both the “seasonal” and “non-seasonal” modes of Diablo 3. We also will be forming Overwatch squads after Overwatch launches.

In addition, Discord will allow us to all keep in constant contact during days and times when people are participating in multiple activities across different games.

New Members and Applying to Join Coram Populo

If you are interested in joining us, please visit this page for complete details and instructions on how to apply for guild membership:

http://www.corampopuloguild.com/recruitment/pathway-to-membership-the-coram-way/

An email conversation and OOC interview is required. An IC interview or writing sample is not.

Summer 2016 and Beyond

We hope that all of you have have an amazing first half of 2016 and are as excited as we are for World of Warcraft in Legion and beyond. Thank you for your attention in this matter and please stay tuned for updates on specific departments, activities, events, and plans for the future.

As always, be safe, wherever you may be in the world.

– Tarcanus Frostbourne

Guild Leader, Coram Populo

Coram Populo Discord

Coram Populo Discord

Coram Populo has officially begun its move to Discord.

Discord is a text, voice, and communications platform that will replace our guild forums, Ventrilo server, and Skype channels/conversations.

Discord will work on your mobile device and web browser. Discord will also work as a desktop app run right on your computer (PC or Mac).

For more information and to start using Discord, please visit: www.discordapp.com

To join the Coram Populo Discord server, please whisper an officer for an invite link. You can also contact us via email for an invite link or send us the email address you use to sign up for Discord so that we can invite you to join the server.

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Moving Forward

Although vBulletin, Ventrilo, and Skype have served Coram Populo well over the years, we must constantly analyze our current situation (and the technology available to us) and make decisions to move forward as needed or warranted.

Guild forums, message boards, and Internet forums in general have served role play guilds very well over the past eleven years. However, instant posting, the advent and rise of blogging and social media platforms, and the ability to have real-time feedback and communications has made vBulletin and other forum software largely obsolete for the purposes of running a guild or creative writing forum in World of Warcraft.

Ventrilo has also been a useful tool over the past decade. However, the need for instant, smooth, coherent, and clear communications is becoming more and more of a necessity (and expectation) in the gaming world.

Skype is a program that runs heavy at times and there are also security and data concerns when it comes to one’s personal information. It is also a program that needs to be updated constantly and does not always work well with mobile devices (or when synced between multiple mobile devices and computers). There is also the potential for ads and videos to show up when using the program that slow down the resources our computers need to get the most out of our gaming experiences.

In addition, all of the programs mentioned above cost a staggering amount of money to purchase, update, and license. vBulletin 4.0 cost nearly $400 when puchased four years ago. Our Ventrilo server costs over $100 a year to maintain. Skype is technically free. However, when used as we do for business and other purposes, it also costs money each year to maintain.

Thus, the Age of Discord is upon us. Although Discord is relatively new, it is a very light program that runs on your web browser, mobile device, and as a desktop app on your computer. There is room on a Discord server for both text channels and voice channels. There are private channels and secure channels as well. Discord does not have the same security risks as Skype. Therefore, it is our solution for the future.

Guild Forums Shutdown

Our guild forums will be shut down within the next five days (5/25/16). All old forum information, including posts, member and user data, private messages, blogs, articles, and all other data will be permanently deleted once the forums are shut down. There will be no way to recover this data once it is deleted, so please archive and save anything that you wish to keep before this time.

Guild Ventrilo Shutdown

Our guild ventrilo server will be shut down within the next five days as well (5/25/16). Login information, passwords, and user data will be deleted as soon as the server is shut down. There will be no way to recover this data once it is deleted, so please archive and save anything that you wish to keep before this time.

Guild Skype Channels and Conversations

All guild Skype channels will become largely inactive within the next month or so. People are welcome to continue to communicate with one another via Skype. However, all official guild communications, news, and information will be presented in our Discord server chat channels. Many of our members will discontinue the use of Skype as a communications platform and relay at this point in time, so please do not expect a response via Skype from any of our officers, guild members, or guild leader.

Thank You

Thank you for your attention in this matter and we hope to see all of you on our Discord server sometime soon.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave them in the appropriate chat channel on our Discord server.

You may also email us at: corampopuloguild@gmail.com

Looking Forward: Legion, Role Play in Coram Populo

Looking Forward: Legion, Role Play in Coram Populo

As Warlords of Draenor continues to wind down and August 30 (when Legion is released) inches closer and closer, our role play team has been quite busy preparing for new stories, new role play, new excitement, and new fun for the next era of World of Warcraft and our guild. While we do not know the exact twists and turns the Warcraft story will take, we do know that creative writing and role play can be an enriching process for all of us. As such, we could not be more excited to move forward in Azeroth and beyond.

Before we start releasing specific information about our plans for the future, we first want to set the framework for not only the substance of role play in Coram Populo, but the tone and pacing of our activities as well. Thus, there are a few things to keep in mind as we publish more information in the coming months:

  1. There will be two new role play leads joining our officer corps shortly. These role play leads and officers have been working diligently over the course of the previous five months to create the next chapter in our guild story and will continue to work within the Role Play Department framework as we move into Legion.
    1. Tarcanus included, this will bring our official role play officer count to three.
    2. Our role play leads will be the voice of authority over role play matters in Coram Populo and assume the roles of both a guild officer and content creator within the guild.
      1. All of our officers are always open to receiving helpful messages, feedback and suggestions. However, please remember that it may take several days or longer to reply to a message or mail when life becomes busy for any/all of us.
      2. Please note that our role play officers and role play leads have final and complete discretion when designing, implementing, and executing official guild stories, events, and lines.
      3. Please note that our role play officers and role play leads have final and complete discretion in determining and interpreting guild rules, role play rules, and rules/policies for the Role Play Department in Coram Populo and may enforce them at their own discretion.
      4. Please note that role play officers and role play leads are given the authority to run guild events and campaigns as the final authority in all matters, decisions, and disputes.
  2. Our main goal for Legion is to provide players and guild members with the ability to attend, participate in, and actively contribute to the guild story, our various campaigns, and events that we host or create. However, we do wish to allow our officers, role play leads, storytellers, and guild members to lead active lives outside of the guild role play in addition to encouraging guild members to create their own role play with those around them outside of the official guild story.
    1. As such, we do encourage role players in Coram Populo to find role play stories, IC interactions, and IC relationships with those around them (outside of official guild role play) both from within the guild itself and from the outside community.
      1. Role play leads, dungeon masters, storytellers, and role play officers will not be available at all times (both ICly and OOCly) and will also be actively pursuing other interests in World of Warcraft, other games, and outside of the gaming/computer world.
      2. Most role players in Coram Populo have always found more interpersonal interactions with their characters and in the stories they write outside of official guild events and role play. Get out in the city! Find friends and role play partners who you connect and can role play with for many hours at a time (if you so desire)! Discover other players around you in this vast environment!
    2. One-on-one role play, interpersonal IC relationships, and personal story development is something that we would still prefer is left to an individual player to pursue at their own pace and comfort level. Our role play leads will design larger story arcs that encompass our designs for the guild story as a whole such as campaigns that focus on the objective or goals at hand rather than the interpersonal relationships or private role play between party members.
      1. Of course, IC relationships can naturally develop during role play campaigns, events, and on-going stories. But these will not be the focus or design of guild role play leads or officers.
  3. The Azerothian Trade Federation will still form the backbone of role play in Coram Populo. However, there will be some changes (to be announced at a later date) to the structure, design, and IC purpose of this organization.
    1. These goals and purposes will be incorporated into our guild story and our “opening event” in the coming months.
    2. Your characters are still welcome to open their own businesses, establish stories from past trade missions and campaigns, and participate in various stories that have already been created. However, the main focus of the organization at large will be shifting to a new direction after the Burning Legion returns (hint hint).
    3. More information will come over the next few months.
      1. Please check our guild website regularly for future updates (www.corampopuloguild.com).
      2. Please follow us on Tumblr for regular updates (corampopuloguild.tumblr.com).
  4. Guild rules and personal conduct policies in Coram Populo will remain largely unchanged and creating a happy and healthy environment will remain at the forefront of our purpose as a guild. We believe that we have found a good balance in achieving this over the past six years, and we do not want our guild environment as a whole to change.
    1. However, strong language and military/combat/mildly violent themes may emerge or be present before, during, or after a specific (or general) story or line within the guild story. This language and use of themes will be limited to IC (in character) interactions, content, and writing. It will also be used in some of the chat channels created for role play in the guild.
    2. This content, IC writing, and other contexts in which strong language is used will be used in a limited scope and will not affect our standards for guild chat, public chat channels, and forms of communication that people may find harassing, menacing, or violating the public space or disrupting the peace from an OOC (out of character) perspective.
      1. Sexual content will not be a part of guild role play or any story, line, or event that is created, hosted by, or executed by Coram Populo.
    3. Again, personal conduct policies and guild rules still apply at all times.
  5. We will be creating a role play channel for the guild so that role players may be able to communicate with one another without overloading guild chat with too much chatter or spam. Remember that Coram Populo has raiders, role players, social members and people who are leveling and we do wish to allow people to pursue these activities without too many distractions.
    1. We will announce what chat channel to join in-game when we are ready for people to join.
    2. We will announce the out-of-game channels and forms of communication that we will be using in the coming months (see below).
  6. Coram Populo will be transitioning from Ventrilo to Discord over the coming months. More information will be available as the Discord servers and channels are set up and we get a better feel for how Discord works as a whole.

Again, thank you for sticking with us as we plan for the future. More information will be posted as it becomes available and as we finalize the details of our guild role play design and implementation plans. We could not be more enthusiastic to take our guild role play into the future, and we hope that you are all just as excited for Legion as we are!

If you have any questions or comments or wish to apply for guild membership, please email us at: corampopuloguild@gmail.com

Swift travels until Legion, and as always, please be safe wherever you may be in the world.

Tarcanus Frostbourne

Guild Leader, Coram Populo

Blizzcon 2015 Review!

Blizzcon 2015 Review!

Well helllllllllo, everybody!

With Blizzcon wrapping up and things coming to an end for 2015, I thought I would share my own journey to the wonderful convention that inspires and excites us for the future. Of course, my own journey is but one of many and I could never hope to capture everything there was to see and do at this storied event. So, as always, please feel free to share your own adventures, anecdotes, and thoughts as well!

Thank you to everyone who made my first Blizzcon one to remember for the ages. It was a surreal yet friendly and exciting experience, and I would not trade it for anything.

I hope that you all got home safely (if you were lucky enough to attend) or enjoyed the virtual ticket streams and videos as well!

Take care, and as always, be safe, wherever you may be in the world.

Tarcanus Frostbourne