The Aureus Knights is a worldwide gaming community and guild that was formed by a group of close friends during earliest days of MMOs, beginning with Ultima Online in 1997. Over the years the group of friends journeyed onward from MMO to MMO. No matter where their adventures led them, be it far away galaxies or grim underworlds, they remained steadfast and loyal, striving for nothing more than peace and the enjoyment of each other's company.
In 2006, after a decade of experience with MMO communities, it was decided that the small company of friends would expand and form a proper guild; a formal community for like minded adventurers to come together in an environment sheltered from the stresses and headaches that are all too common in online gaming.
The Guiding Principles
The Knights were built upon three principles: Respect, Honor, and Loyalty. We expect our members to be kind, patient and noble. We expect our members to treat others as they would wish to be treated, both within and outside our ranks. We do not tolerate drama, hateful speech or petty squabbling. We're a fun, positive group that's only interest is to expand our circle and grow our culture.
Organized for Action
The guild is built in a flatly structured manner and is intentionally simplistic. We only have a few roles within the Knights:
- Trial - Players first undergo a trial phase to ensure that they are a good fit for us, and we are a good fit for them.
- Knight - Players who have passed their trial are awarded full membership into the Knights, priviledges within all of our Chapters, and access to our various services.
- Chapter Officers - Comprised of players who are particularly versed in and dedicated to specific games. They're here to help you get the most out of the game.
- Guild Officers - Comprised of guild founders, former Chapter Officers and particularly exceptional community members. These folks handle the day to day management of the broader community.
The leadership roles exist primarily to foster active involvement from the community, manage the diplomacy of inter-guild alliances, and oversee day to day affairs. These are not tiers of importance or power, nor lines of promotion one should expect to inherently receive. They are responsibilities voluntarily taken on by committed members to improve the gaming experience for the entire community. All Knights are equals, and titles are irrelevant.
Life Comes First
We strive to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere within the guild. Most of our members are working adults with families, and many are students with full workloads. In some cases we have whole families gaming together. We respect the priorities and importance of life outside of gaming. While we take our gaming seriously and emphasize teamwork, progression and accomplishment, but we do not ask these things at the sacrifice of one's personal life, work or education.
We are proud of the founding principles of our guild, but they are not simply a tagline for us. We whole-heartedly believe in these tenants. It may go without saying that our community is open and accepting of all players. Whether it be age, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, religion, or disability --- we do not judge or ridicule. Are you a kind person that loves gaming? Then you will find a home here.
Code of Conduct
Mutual respect is the foundation of our community. The Code of Conduct lays out guidelines to ensure the guild remains a safe and respectful place for all members. It applies to all games, collaborative spaces and community channels.
In the interest of fostering an open and welcoming community, we pledge to respect all individuals. We are committed to making participation in this community a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of level of experience, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, personal appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or nationality.
Examples of unacceptable behavior by members include:
- Personal attacks.
- Trolling or insulting/derogatory comments.
- Public or private harassment.
- The use of unwelcome sexualized language.
- The abuse or theft of community resources.
- Unreasonably dominating communications channels.
- Leaving the community in an unprofessional manner.
Topics that are generally considered sensitive, such as religion and politics, should be treated in a manner that is respectful to all members of the community. As many people use gaming as a form of escape, we strongly discourage these sensitive topics from being discussed in-game. We are a community of deep and meaningful connections, and we feel that it is important and appropriate for these conversations to occur among friends, but would ask that they take place in Discord or in other community resources where it is not disruptive to gameplay enjoyment.
You won’t always get along with everyone you meet in the guild, and that’s all right. We don’t expect you to interact with anyone with whom you’re not comfortable. However, we do expect you to be mature about things. Throwing shade isn’t acceptable.
This Code of Conduct applies both within guild spaces and in public spaces, where an individual is representing the community.
Officers have the right and responsibility to address any reported or witnessed incidents of concern. Less serious incidents will be met with a warning. Officers may remove any individual for behavior that they deem inappropriate, threatening, offensive or harmful to the community.