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Title: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on February 19, 2009, 08:02:29 PM
 
Freelance Raid Guidelines

When one joins a Freelance raid, they are stating their intentions to be a team player and comply with all expectations outlined within this Freelance Raid Guidelines document, as well as any rules on behalf of Freelance stated using established Freelance methods of communication.

 
Table of Contents
     
Schedule & Requirements (#post_ScheduleAndRequirements) Raid Days, Start Time and Minimum Requirements
Communication (#post_Communication) Channels in-game and Discord (optional)
Raid Authority (#post_RaidAuthority) Players associated with Prep/Coordination related to Role/Class/Area
Plan Ahead (#post_PlanAhead) Raid Prep, Gathering, Travel Items
Raid Invites (#post_RaidInvites) Conditions to meet for raid invitation
Text/Audio Triggers (#post_TextAudioTriggers) GINA usage and assignment triggers by class
Performance & Development (#post_PerformanceDevelopment) Player Performance, Character Development, Class Knowledge, Parsing, Gear and Upgrades
Mains, Alts and Boxes (#post_MainsAltsBoxes) Definition of Mains, Alts, Boxes and treatment of these categories
AFK Policy (#post_AFKPolicy) AFK reasoning, the definition of excessive AFK and handling thereof
New Raid Content Policy (#post_NewRaidContentPolicy)Explanation of Freelance approach to New Raid Content
Exploits & Play Nice Rules (#post_ExploitsAndPlayNiceRules) Conformance with EverQuest Code of Conduct (EULA), Play Nice Rules and violations
Noncompliance Policy (#post_NoncompliancePolicy) Rules governing failure to comply with Freelance Raid Guidelines or established policy




Schedule & Requirements

Below outlines normal raid days, start times and minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids.


Raid Days

Thursday, Friday, Saturday.


Start Times

8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST.

Note: Freelance operates in the Eastern Standard Time zone.


Minimum Requirements

Level 115 and 20,000 AA.




Communication

Freelance primarily uses in-game chat channels for communication. 

For players who enjoy voice chat, Freelance Discord (https://discord.gg/GAbyK9HNHF) server is available.  Not everyone is comfortable with voice chat, and it is for this reason Discord is optional for Freelance raids.


In-Game Channels

* No Talking in /Raidsay

To join an EQ in-game channel, simply type: /join channelname:password.  For channels without password /join channelname.

Channels to be in during Freelance raids:

Channel       Classes           
FLRaids:raidsEveryone
FLHeals:healsCleric, Druid, Shaman
FLTanks:tanksWarrior, Paladin, Shadowknight
FLCC:ccEnchanter, Bard, Ranger, Druid
FLDPS:dpsMonk, Ranger, Rogue, Berserker, Beastlord, Shaman, Bard, Magician, Wizard, Necro, Enchanter
cpigs:pigsAny - When player not flagged for current target
TBAAny - Additional channels for special raid split coordination as required




Raid Authority

Open raiding is a team effort.  To aid in coordinating events and other aspects of any raid, individuals are assigned to select areas and channels. 

The authority structure is divided into two key areas: Raid Authority (RA), and Raidsay Authority (RSA).


Raid Authority

Players listed below have authority within the associated channel, unless assigned elsewhere or in addition to.

Channel      Name
FLTanks-
FLHealsDimbly
FLCC-
FLDPS-


Raidsay Authority

We hold to a general "No talking in /raidsay" rule.

Players listed below are exempt from the Freelance "No talking in /raidsay" rule.

Role      Names
Raid LeaderFurro
Co-Raid LeaderHuevos
Loot DistributionHuevos (Darkarma), Dimbly

Raidsay Exceptions:

Additionally, other players are not listed but exempt from "No talking in /raidsay" rule include the following roles:
* Note: Players temporarily assigned during an event does not constitute a permanent promotion to the rank of RA or RSA.




Plan Ahead

Mobilize with a purpose and plan accordingly.


Gatherings

Know how to reach Freelance gather points in a safe and timely fashion.

Be aware:
Events & Strategy

Read related Strategy posts located in Upcoming Events & Strategy (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/index.php?board=12.0) section.

To the left of each Strategy post topic is a tiny symbol indicating the status of the event. 

Symbol   Status
(http://forums.eqfreelance.net/Themes/default/images/post/smiley.gif)
Active Farm
(http://forums.eqfreelance.net/Themes/default/images/post/xx.gif)
Work in Progress (WIP)
(http://forums.eqfreelance.net/Themes/default/images/post/thumbup.gif)
Inactive Target


Raid Strategy posts contain the necessary gather and event information, such as:

Travel Items

A form of invisibility, for traveling to raid gather location safely.

Have a form of SHRINK clicky/spell, unless small class already (e.g., Halfling, Gnome, Dwarf).




Raid Invites

Prior to asking for a raid invite, a player must:

Raid Invites Accepted:

Mid-Event:

With the exception of Link Dead (LD) players, raid invites are sometimes sent while Freelance is actively engaged in a raid event.  However, while a raid invite may be sent mid-event; an instance invite is not sent.  This is on purpose, to ensure fairness to all players attending that participants in the raid were in fact present for full duration of the event.




Text/Audio Triggers

Freelance raids require that all participants use GINA.

GINA is a Text/Audio trigger application to aid in responding to EQ event emotes, Freelance assignments, among other mechanics and activities.


GINA Setup & Usage

Helpful setup and usage guide: Ssark's GINA Manual (http://eqfreelance.net/ssark/docs/GINA.pdf)

For additional helpful information refer to the Audio and Text Triggers Alternative - GINA (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/index.php?topic=2483.0) thread.


Assignment Triggers by Class

Freelance assigns various players by name to specific areas/duties related to their Class or Role during raids.

Two trigger packages are available to aid in the area of assignments: Generic Raid and Class.

Each player attending Freelance raids is to download the Generic Raid and their specific Class package.

The trigger packages are available in the Assignment Triggers by Class (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/index.php?topic=3130.0)




Performance & Development


Performance - Class Knowledge - Adapt with the Times

Player performance matters.

Class Guides: Raid Performance (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/index.php?board=11.0)

Class Responsibility: ALL


Each player must:

Offering Advice:

When offering advice, one should:

Receiving Advice:

When receiving advice, one should:


Performance Parsing

Parsing is how one measures various areas of play.  Commonly used to collect and format EQ player character performance and organize it in an easy to read way.

Parsing is required to properly gauge player performance.  One cannot determine if they are performing well or whether they have improved or not without the means to measure their actions, save results and perform analysis.

EQ Parser for download: GamParse (http://gambosoft.eqresource.com/downloads.php)


Individual Player Performance Directly Impacts Freelance Raids:

Freelance raids a wide range of demanding content, including current expansion.  To be part of the Freelance team, one is expected to pull their weight.

Freelance expects everyone to be actively striving to reach the highest possible performance level.

Players attending Freelance raids are part of a team, coordinating actions with others.  Each player is responsible for their own performance; there are no exceptions.

Each player must:
By attending Freelance raids each player voluntarily accepts the above and therefore should not be upset when called upon for any shortcomings or failures.


When to Parse:

Parsing in real-time during raids is not required.  Those with slower computers may wish to perform parses and analysis after events or at a later time.

Freelance also provides brief performance reports for raid wins and are currently posted in the Raid Performance area of the forums.  In-game parses are also linked in various channels.


Gear & Upgrades

Each player must:

Resource to Plan Gear Upgrades:

Searchable EQ Items available at RaidLoot.com (https://www.raidloot.com/items).


Survival Policy

Freelance will remove players from the raid that do not meet a level of development of their character deemed necessary to survive the content.

Such action will be taken at the sole discretion of the leader of Freelance or one of equivalent level of authority.

Action of this nature is not to be taken personally from the perspective of the recipient.  The greater good of the Freelance raid team takes precedence in such matters.

Removal is temporary until such time as character development meets the level required.



 
Mains, Alts and Boxes

Each player attending Freelance raids is to do so only on the character they intend on playing.

Boxed characters are not permitted on Freelance raids.  This includes no boxes on the bench for Raid Attendance purposes.


Definition of Mains, Alts and Boxes is as follows:

Category   Definition
Main A single active character, to which the largest effort/time investment is put into its development
Alt An alternate of a Main, to which lesser long-term effort/time comparatively is exerted towards its development
Box A character played simultaneously with one or more other characters




AFK Policy


AFK Reasoning:

Freelance understands there are times when a player must go AFK (away from keyboard).

Outlined below is instruction as to when during raids it is permissible to AFK.

Raid Stage   AFK Reasoning
During Prep Briefly; but avoid when raid trash clearing
During Event Never, unless emergency (dick/vagina on fire is considered only acceptable emergency)
During Loot Only if no intention of opt-in on any items
During Moves Avoid if possible, can be hassle or risk to catch up


Excessive AFK

Freelance will bench and/or remove from raid/instance any player AFK longer then 10~ minutes without announcement/valid reason.

Warnings usually sent prior to action taken are:


New Raid Content Policy

Freelance adheres to a disciplined approach regarding New Raid Content.

The Freelance team requires that any player who has done, exposure to, or participated in New Raid Content with their respective raid team or guild or their raid team/guild has done the content, or they have attended as a "guest" on such a raid; whether the raid outcome was successful or not, are to refrain from giving Freelance suggestions or "hints" with regards to Raid Strategy, Raid Boss/Add Details, Raid Event Mechanics, and Event Spells, etc., as it's more enjoyable for the team learn and discover the events by way of attempts and collective contributions from players attending Freelance raids who have not done the event before.

The premise behind this policy is to help facilitate an enjoyable and original raiding experience when tackling New Raid Content.  Approaching New Raid Content in this fashion helps preserve the mystery, allowing for discovery by others.  The discovery process provides the opportunity for those other players to contribute their suggestions, for the team to coordinate their efforts and eventually defeat the New Raid Content.

Freelance appreciates all players who wish to participate in Freelance raids.  This policy is in no way meant to lessen the importance of one segment of Freelance players from another.  Players who must refrain from offering revealing suggestions regarding New Raid Content are still able to contribute in their respective Class roles and other helpful forms; such as performance, for example.

Compliance is mandatory and actively enforced.  Players who fail to comply may result in a warning or be temporarily placed on the bench, with possible escalating penalties as the team deems necessary in more severe cases of noncompliance.




Exploits & Play Nice Rules

Freelance does not permit the usage of any form of EverQuest hack or exploit, or any 3rd party programs that violate the EverQuest EULA (Rules of Conduct) (https://help.daybreakgames.com/hc/en-us/articles/230629007-What-are-the-EverQuest-Rules-of-Conduct-).

Freelance enforces violation of the aforementioned established Rules of Conduct and takes action with extreme prejudice to ensure any such player found in noncompliance thereof is not permitted to join Freelance raids and is permanently banned from participating in Freelance raids in the future.




Noncompliance Policy

Freelance maintains oversight and enforcement of all documented Freelance Raid Guidelines as well as any rules on behalf of Freelance stated using established Freelance methods of communication.

Any player participating in Freelance raids or operating within any established Freelance methods of communication that performs one or more actions determined to be in violation of established Freelance rules is considered sufficient grounds for removal of said player from participating in Freelance raids, and/or removal from areas of communication either temporarily or permanently; depending on the severity of the violation and/or frequency.

Freelance considers each player infraction in proper context and prior to judgement carefully considers whether sufficient action is warranted or it is determined the player simply made a mistake, was not aware of the rule(s), and/or whether the player has made necessary adjustments to ensure conformity with the rule(s) accordingly.



Freelance Raid Team - Pie Management Dept.
 
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on October 20, 2009, 12:30:20 AM
  
Updated Authority section, to reflect recent additions and structure changes within Freelance.
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on November 24, 2009, 06:10:23 PM
 
Added the following sections and related sub-sections to the above 'Freelance Raid Guidelines' post:


Suggested Character Minimums:
Mains, Alts and Boxes:
AFK Policy:




Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on December 06, 2009, 10:49:55 PM
Added the following sections and related sub-sections to the above 'Freelance Raid Guidelines' post:

Start Times & Level Requirements


No change in the above information.  Simply merging and removing the other related post.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on May 27, 2010, 12:19:51 AM
 
Updated Authority FLHeals section to reflect the addition of Myrryn as a Healer Lead.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on June 06, 2010, 08:39:46 PM
 
Updated the 'Channels Overview' section with regards to specific channels/classes in order to reflect our current state of operation.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on June 13, 2010, 07:10:39 PM
 
Updated the ''Raidsay Authority List', removing Thewun and Chekakoch due to inactivity, structural changes and to better reflect our current state of operation.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on July 13, 2010, 01:55:06 AM
 
Updated Authority FLTanks section to reflect the addition of Nimolak as a Tank Lead.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on December 06, 2010, 06:29:23 PM
 
Just updating a few areas to keep this document current.


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Freelance Authority Listing

Open raiding is a group effort.  To aid in co-ordinating events, and other aspects of any raid, there are individuals assigned to select areas and channels.  The structure is divided into two key areas: Raid Authority (RA), and Raidsay Authority (RSA).


Raid Authority List

Those listed here, operate in within their associated channel, unless assigned elsewhere or in addition to.


Channel      Name
FLTanksZoopaflack, Nimolak
FLHealsFrostfox, Myrryn
FLCC-


Removed inactives: Zoopaflack, Myrryn.



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Start Times & Level Requirements

Below outlines our normal start times and current level requirements to attend Freelance raids.  Please note, we adapt our playtime and level requirements based on peak population times and our current content.

 
Start Times

8pm EST, 7pm CST, 5pm PST


Minimum Level Requirements

Level 80 or above.

* Note: Aside from the above level requirement, please take a moment and review the "Suggested Character Minimums" as well as, "Mains, Alts and Boxes" sections below.  Thanks.



Changed the above Minimum Level Requirements to:

Minimum Level: 85 or above.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on February 21, 2011, 05:18:23 PM
 
Updated Authority FLTanks section to reflect the addition of Viric as a Tank Lead.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 01, 2011, 05:50:23 PM
 
Updated Authority FLCC section to reflect the addition of Nubatamax (Aandiianx) as a Crowd Control Lead.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 14, 2011, 01:41:02 AM
 
Added DPS channel.

Name: FLDPS
Password: dps

Classes: Ranger, Berserker, Beastlord, Shaman, Bard, and ALL players with Circle of Power clicky items.

Burn organizers: Bumkus and Mten (aka Netn/Nten)


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on April 12, 2011, 08:06:47 PM
 
Level Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our level requirements to attend Freelance raids are being increased.

To allow for a smooth transition, the changes will come into effect in stages, as follows:
 
DATE    LEVEL
Thursday, May 12, 2011
88
Thursday, June 2, 2011
90




Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on May 15, 2011, 04:03:04 PM
Quote
 
Level Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our level requirements to attend Freelance raids are being increased.

To allow for a smooth transition, the changes will come into effect in stages, as follows:
 
               
DATE    LEVEL
Thursday, May 12, 2011
88
Thursday, June 2, 2011
90



Updated the level requirement to 88, in the main Guidelines post.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on September 18, 2011, 10:20:00 PM
 
Updated Authority FLTanks section.  Removed Nimolak (Inactive).  Removed Viric (Main Changed).

Updated Authoirty FLCC section.  Added Ssark (aka Eristie also).  Various raid related duties; not always inclusive to CC.

Added co-raid leader role under Raidsay Authority List.  Added Frostfox, Nubatamax.

Added Loot Distribution role under Raidsay Authority List.  Added Huevos (aka Darkarma also).


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on November 29, 2011, 04:19:34 PM
 
Level Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our level requirements to attend Freelance raids are being increased.

To allow for a smooth transition, the changes will come into effect in stages, as follows:
 
               
DATE    LEVEL
Thursday, December 8, 2011
90
Thursday, January 5, 2012
92





Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on May 22, 2012, 01:13:52 AM
 
Level Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted.

To allow for a smooth transition, these changes will come into effect in stages, as follows:
 
                    
DATE    LEVEL
Thursday, May 31, 2012
93
Thursday, June 14, 2012
94
Thursday, June 28, 2012
95
 

 
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on June 05, 2012, 04:10:17 AM
 
Freelance is Moving Forward.  Do you fit?

To increase our raid performance, reduce and prevent delays, we must take Freelance to another level.  We have to raise the bar so to speak.  This requires revision and expansion of our guidelines to clearly define expectations of all those who attend our raids going forward.

When one joins a Freelance raid, they are are stating their intentions to be a team player.  It is expected that each person plays to the best of their ability, and strives to improve their game at every level.  There are no exceptions.

The folowing areas have been added:
[list bull-blackarrow]
Plan Ahead

Just as grouping requires planning ahead, similarly raiding is no different.  Below are a list of our expectations in this regard.

Expectations:


Raid Invites

Regardless of our current raid state, all of the following applies:
In addition to above, before a raid invite will be sent, the following must be met given the current state:

Initial Gather/Rally Call: Player character must be AT THE GATHER POINT.  Just being in the zone is not acceptable.

Prior to Event Engage, Between Events and/or Attempts/CR: When appropriate/feasible it is acceptable, and an invite will be sent providing the Initial Gather/Rally Call stipulation is met.

Mid-Event: No invites are sent.  It's not fair to those at the raid to allow joins after we've engaged an encounter.  In addition, it looks shady adding players mid-way through from both a DKP standpoint, and in general.



Channels Overview

Channels are like buffs, in that you have a limited number you can be in at any given time.  When you're with us raiding, your priority is OUR CHANNELS.

The reason we have channels is to facilitate efficient communication.  When you're not where you're supposed to be, you miss out on important instruction and/or coordinated efforts related to your class, role and/or tasked duty at the time (ie, DPS burn setups, ADPS clicks, Buffs, Heals, Tank setup, CC etc).

To join a channel, simple type: /join channelname:password.  If the channel has no password, then just /join channelname, where channelname is the name of the channel you want to join.

If you see your class listed below, you should be in the associated channel always during our raids.


Main Channels

FLRaids
Password: raids
Classes: ALL

cpigs
Password: pigs
Classes: ONLY those NOT flagged for the current target.  This is how we determine how many are not flagged, and waiting to get in.


Raid Instruction & Coordination Channels

* Be aware: No Talking in /Raidsay

During all our raids, we have additional channels which we give specific instructions to.  Be in the channel associated with your class/role listed below:
 
          1     2     3     4    
CHANNEL            CLASSES            
FLHeals:healsCleric, Druid, Shaman, Necro
FLTanks:tanksWarrior, Paladin, Shadowknight
FLCC:ccEnchanter, Bard, Shadowknight, Ranger, Druid, Monk
FLDPS:dpsRanger, Berserker, Beastlord, Shaman, Bard, and ALL players with Circle of Power clicky items.

 
Split Raid Channel Setups

When we need to split the raid into multiple areas, we have to sometimes divert into additional channels for groups to communicate effectively.

Split setups are assigned by group number(s).  You can find out your group number by pressing ALT-R to bring up the raid window.  Scan the list of players, look for your character(s), and the number to the left of the name is the group number.

Lead(s) are assigned to coordinate each section, prep/setup and delegate all players tasked within their purview.

Observe and Conform to the following conditions:

 
Note:

If you are boxing, and your characters are split between two or more areas and you know it will impede your effectiveness and/or risk wiping the raid due to emote failure on one or more characters being split up.  Then SPEAK UP and let us know!  It's very possible that we overlooked your setup by mistake and we can correct it before engage, potentially preventing mishaps and lost time.



Buff & Debuff Assignments

Related Posts:
Raid Buffs - Hercules Edition (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1299041488)
Debuff Breakdown - Spells & AA (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1297974515)

For efficiency, a player is delegated to assign related Buff/Debuffs.  The list is dynamic due to the nature that our raid makeup changes throughout the night and every raid.  Assignments are also shuffled around so that it isn't the same players filling the roles every raid.

In addition to reading the related posts, conform to the following.

Buffs

Although we do MGB/TB buffing.  It is YOUR responsibility to be properly buffed (regardless of your class).  Improperly and/or lacking buffs, affects your ability to perform, which in turn weakens us as a team.

All requests for standard buffs are to be sent via /tell only.

Tanks: Paladins, Shadowknights, Warriors
[list bull-blackarrow] 

 
Hybrid Tanks (Paladins & Shadowknights), you should always have your HP Stance line running when in battle.  There's no excuse not to use it.

Main Tanks and/or Assigned Tanks:  Get VoT (http://lucy.allakhazam.com/spell.html?id=16099&source=Live) from SK's if you're tasked to be on point for something.  Every bit of extra lead/agro helps.


Healers: Druids, Shaman, Clerics

We delegate players to help co-ordinate/setup who will maintain specific short term buffs on assigned Tanks. 

When tasked, the following lines MUST BE MAINTAINED, ALWAYS:
There are no exceptions.  You will be called on.  You will be assigned.  Don't stress over it!  This is your time to shine, and contribute that extra bit to the team effort!


Debuffs

When tasked with one or more specific debuffs, you are responsible for their application.  This is another team aspect, in which the raid is counting on you to apply the debuff(s) expeditiously.



Class Responsibilities


Mandatory DPS Parsing

Parser available here: GamParse (http://gambosoft.com/)
Related section: DPS (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?board=dps-pub)

Classes: ALL DPS

Parsing is how one measures various areas of play.  Commonly used to collect and format DPS performance and organize it in an easy to read way.  There are other uses however, such as for monitoring spell casts, discs, abilities and tanking.

Why mandatory parsing?

Well, it's simple.  There is no other way to gauge your performance, except for parsing.  You can't visually see yourself doing "well" or "good" or "better" than before without a metric to measure the action(s), save the results, and refer back to them for comparison.

How does parsing relate directly to Freelance raids?

Performance.  You cannot attend our raid with a mindset of: "I'll just float by and do my own thing".  It's all about pushing the envelope of play.  Remember, you're part of a collective, coordinating your actions with others.  You are just as responsible for your performance as the next person.  There are no special exceptions.  Think about what you contribute to the raid, and what are others doing by comparison.

Strive to be the best you can be.  Don't let your fellow raiders down by slacking.  If you mess up, fess up.  Learn from your mistakes, adjust your play to prevent it from happening again.  This is part of the raiding experience.  You chose to participate in it.  Live up to the expectations.

But... But.. But!  I raid for FUN!  I don't want to parse! Why me!?!

I'm here to tell you that "Fun" and "Performance" can and do exist simultaneously.  It's not one or the other.  Do not confuse our open raiding nature as an excuse to slack.  We raid a wide range of demanding content, including current expansion.  You want to be part of our team, then pull your weight, conform to our standards.

But.. <cry> my computer is too slow to parse!! Why are you picking on me again?!?

No one is asking anyone to parse in real-time.  Computer speed is irrelevant.  All one has to do is enable their log, have the proper parsing software available, and AFTER the event, RUN THE PARSER on your logfile.  It's so simple, a Dwarf could do it!



Know your Class & Adapt with the Times

Related Post: Class Specific (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1311137602) forum links.

Classes: ALL

Self explanatory.  But very important.  So much so, I'm going to explain why here in detail.

One must keep up to speed with current class abilities, discs, spells, AA, and a slew of other things related directly to your class.  This is why we stress and demand that you be actively reading your class forums and are encouraged to engage in discussions with others about everything related to your class and/or indirectly related to your performance (ie, ADPS too!).

Time played in EQ doesn't automatically translate into good play.  Nor does it mean playing as you did when you first started is effective or acceptable at our raid level.  Over time, one can pick up bad habits, or become complacent in a group or raid setting. 

Every class/role has a learning curve, and depth.  Listed below are some lucid thoughts in this same vein:
Whether you are on the receiving or giving end of helpful game improving tip(s), your action/reaction reflects your attitude. 

Offering Advice:

When offering advice to a fellow Freelancer, it's all about your messaging.  Break the ice if you don't know the other person and/or they're new to our raid team.  Size up their knowledge with a question that inadvertently taps for infomation.  Here's an easy example:  Hey Soandso, I noticed you're using Spell/Disc02 instead of Spell/Disc01, are you seeing better results with that?  From there, you can dive deeper into a discussion and get at what you're really trying to accomplish; which is dispensing advice constructively, but not offensively.  Doing it this way, doesn't put people on the defensive.

Receiving Advice:

If you're receiving advice from someone or others, don't be offended!  Be open minded, and not judgemental.  Consider their advice, apply it, and gauge the results (be it through parsing, or other applicable means).  Remember, there are others that know more than you.  But just the same, not everyone is right always!  Question to clarify, and always apply/evaluate if in doubt.

When witnessing poor play and/or performance from others, the worst thing we can do as a team is NOTHING.  Inaction is not acceptable.  Always look to identify issues, inefficiencies, and engage in preventative and/or corrective action in a respectful way.  We operate as a team.  Our individual actions directly affect our overall performance.


Gear Path Planning

Everyone should be planning their raid gear path.  This is important for two big reasons:
Gear Path Plan

Use raidloot.com (http://raidloot.com) and spreadsheet software of your preference, or magelo.com profile feature.

At raidloot.com (http://raidloot.com), you can filter items by whatever stat/mod that compliments your class/role and focus.  You can look at EACH raid event we are actively hitting and view the drop tables. 

PS:  Yes, I plan my loot upgrades ahead of time, using MS Excel spreadsheet to do it.  Very simple.  Obtained items are then checked off the list.  Took all of maybe 30 mins to an hour to do it up.  As we progress through tiers, I adjust the list accordingly.

OMG you link the items and start loot too fast!!
(aka, clicking item links frantically trying to size up all the drops at raid time...)

This isn't amateur hour.  By planning ahead, you know what will drop, you know what you're after, and you can JUMP RIGHT IN AND BID FOR IT.  There's no clicking links; trying to frantically compare it to what you're wearing, and factoring in all the variables within a span of 30 seconds... Get real, and get serious.

Consider also, that by attempting to make decisions on the fly for gear, it slows down the bidwar process.  Because what happens often is, an item comes up, a player looks at it; 30 seconds later determines it is an upgrade.  The player then starts in bidding late in the process.  Had they entered 30 seconds ago, the bids would have expedited higher more quickly, potentially resulting in faster closure.



Noncompliance Policy

This policy covers any/all guidelines outlined in this document. 

Failure to comply with one or more guildeline(s) outlined within this document and/or stated during our raids is sufficient grounds for removal from the instance and/or raid at the time and further/future participation both temporary and/or permanent.

Be aware:

The clause above is necessary to handle times when faced with individuals who clearly demonstrate no intentions of complying with our rules for the betterment of the team.

Unless otherwise stated, this isn't a zero-tolerance policy.  Each infraction is considered in context, and subject to judgement whether sufficient action is warranted, and/or whether the individual has made the necessary adjustments in order to conform.

The clause is not used to remove players who simply make mistakes, or anything down those lines.  We're very tolerant of mishaps, and understand they happen.  It's all part of the learning process.

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on September 05, 2012, 09:56:56 PM
 
Minimum Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted.

* Effective: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Minimum Required to attend raids:
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on September 25, 2012, 04:49:04 PM

FLHeals Lead Addition:
 
Updated Authority FLHeals section to reflect the addition of Dimbly as a Healer Lead.


Minimum Requirement Changes Reminder Coming Soon:

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Minimum Requirement Changes
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In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted.

* Effective: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Minimum Required to attend raids:
[list bull-blackarrow]
  • Level 95

 
  • 2500 AA

 
  • 90 Alaran Language (for raid emotes)

 
  • All 6 MPG Group Trials completed (for resists (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1303314012))
     
  • All 5 DoN Tiers (for power gains (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1303234358))
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on October 15, 2012, 02:21:43 AM
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Minimum Requirement Changes
[/b]

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted.

* Effective: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Minimum Required to attend raids:
[list bull-blackarrow]
  • Level 95

 
  • 2500 AA

 
  • 90 Alaran Language (for raid emotes)

 
  • All 6 MPG Group Trials completed (for resists (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1303314012))
     
  • All 5 DoN Tiers (for power gains (http://forums.eqfreelance.net/YaBB.pl?num=1303234358))

The guidelines post has been updated to reflect these changes.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on December 04, 2012, 07:19:24 PM

Level Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted.

To allow for a smooth transition, these changes will come into effect in stages, as follows:
 
DATE    LEVEL
Thursday, January 3, 2013
96
Thursday, February 7, 2013
98
Thursday, April 4, 2013
100
 
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 29, 2013, 06:14:36 PM
 
Channels Overview

Channels are like buffs, in that you have a limited number you can be in at any given time.  When you're with us raiding, your priority is OUR CHANNELS.

The reason we have channels is to facilitate efficient communication.  When you're not where you're supposed to be, you miss out on important instruction and/or coordinated efforts related to your class, role and/or tasked duty at the time (ie, DPS burn setups, ADPS clicks, Buffs, Heals, Tank setup, CC etc).

To join a channel, simply type: /join channelname:password.  If the channel has no password, then just /join channelname, where channelname is the name of the channel you want to join.

If you see your class listed below, you should be in the associated channel always during our raids.


Main Channels

FLRaids
Password: raids
Classes: ALL

cpigs
Password: pigs
Classes: ONLY those NOT flagged for the current target.  This is how we determine how many are not flagged, and waiting to get in.


Raid Instruction & Coordination Channels

* Be aware: No Talking in /Raidsay

During all our raids, we have additional channels which we give specific instructions to.  Be in the channel associated with your class/role listed below:
 
CHANNEL            CLASSES           
FLHeals:healsCleric, Druid, Shaman, Necro
FLTanks:tanksWarrior, Paladin, Shadowknight
FLCC:ccEnchanter, Bard, Shadowknight, Ranger, Druid, Monk
FLDPS:dpsRanger, Berserker, Beastlord, Shaman, Bard, Rogue, and ALL players with Circle of Power clicky items.


Added Mages and Wizards to the FLDPS channel list.   Originally, the DPS channel was to co-ordinate our ADPS, but has to be more inclusive so that all primary DPS are in the loop for Burn details at various stages of any event.

Warning:

This goes for all the channels, players of said classes listed are expected to be in their respective channels.  Repeat offenders not conforming to this stipulation will be given a warning, and removed from the raid if inaction continues going forward.

As a side note here, if you're tight on channel space and/or unable to set up autojoins; make a hotkey with the appropriate /joins and /leaves.  When you attend a FL raid, use the hotkey and to set up for FL channels. 

Setup a GTT for pattern: Channels Reminder:

That's the pattern for the first line of my hotkey for channel details that follow it.  When it triggers, you'll know to check your channels and adjust your setup.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 14, 2014, 11:23:51 PM
 
AA Minimum Requirement Changes

In order to aid in our progression efforts and strengthen us as a team, our minimum requirements to attend Freelance raids are being adjusted again.

In addition to our existing minimum requirements in other areas, the AA requirement to attend is being raised to 7000.

* Effective: Thursday, March 20, 2014


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 11, 2015, 01:42:45 AM
Minimum Requirement Change

In addition to our existing minimum requirements in other areas, the level requirement is being raised to 105.

* Effective: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on March 12, 2015, 02:58:58 PM
Minimum Requirement Change

In addition to our existing minimum requirements in other areas, the level requirement is being raised to 105.

* Effective: Thursday, March 12, 2015

In addition to these changes, upon reviewing current operations of FL and our guidelines, the following changes have also been made:

- Frostfox has been removed as FLHeals lead and related duties due to inactivity.  On behalf of FL, we thank her for her efforts and participation in these areas.
- References to GTT/GamTextTriggers in the Guidelines post have been removed.  We've migrated to GINA and as such it is now the standard in this regard.


Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on November 11, 2015, 06:16:44 PM
Two additional RAs have been added to help co-ordinate the following areas: FLCC and FLTanks.

Bdallya is charged with CC co-ordination and related duties.

Gimamam is responsible for Tank co-ordination and related duties.

As with other designated respective RAs, please follow their instruction and guidance.  PS, that means not breaking mez early, because well, you know who you have to deal with now when that happens! /em runs!  On the tank front, Gimamams' initiation will be complete with our tanks ganking aggro off him repeatedly until he curls up in a ball in the corner rocking back and forth... /grin.

Welcome aboard Gimamam and Bdallya!

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on September 21, 2016, 01:22:46 AM
Policy Change - Effective Thursday, September 22, 2016:

We ask that all players attending Freelance raids do so only on the character they intend on playing.  Boxed characters are no longer permitted.  This includes no boxes on the bench for Raid Attendance purposes.

As always, it's entirely up to the person attending which character they wish to bring.  This includes player's who enjoy swapping to a class they feel would benefit the team at that time.

Thanks for your understanding,
- Freelance Raid team

Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on June 16, 2019, 04:17:58 AM
Minimum Requirement Changes

DoN and MPG are no longer required to attend Freelance raids.

Current requirements are now as follows:

Tell your friends, guildies and enemies!
Title: Re: Freelance Raid Guidelines
Post by: Furro on June 02, 2021, 01:19:28 AM
Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - Update

Overhauled the Freelance Raid Guidelines post.