This week I sat down with the leadership of Jensäarai, a group of hardcore PvPer’s with a strong core of Raider’s/PvEer’s, one of if not the longest running guilds on the Star Wars: The old Republic forums. I hope you all enjoy reading the interview as much as I did doing it.
What kind of play style do you focus on? PvE, PvP, RP
The majority of members are PvP’ers but with that being said we have a great balance of PvE and Raiders mixed in.
What is your guild set up? How do you run your guild?
Well you see we have a gigantic super computer that we pour coffee into every morning and it takes care of the rest. Actually it quite simple, it goes Dark Council, Officer, member. So we have the Dark Council (Darth Reaper and JëzterXIII) who look after the day to day running of the guild then we have our Officers (Darth Valtar, Darth Corilus, Warlord Hazis, Darth Krezon, Lord Drenn and our Raid leader Ralley) then we have the members. The guild is ran by the Officers and DC with an open door policy, the opinions of every member counts, from the Dark Lord all the way down to our Hopefuls.
How serious do you play and/or run the guild?
Well there is a time and a place for all things, so unless it time to be serious then we are smoking and joking, we are here to have fun after all.
Dark Council, Officer, Member. Once in game we will be electing class leaders their job will be to know everything about their chosen class and stay up to date and any changes. It will be up to them to guide all members playing that class and to make sure they are geared and socketed correctly.
It actually happened quite by chance, most of us were looking to just join a guild but when that guild wasn’t moving in the direction we wanted we created our own.
How do you approach Raid Planning?
Our raid leader usually sets the plan for raiding, a schedule is set with a start time and when we gather up at the RV he runs through the plan for that raid and also to see that everyone is stocked with the right gear and consumables for that particular run.
We base this of the Maturity of the individual, seeing how the handle not only there application and the question that follow but also a Ventrilo interview followed up by a two week trail period to see how how mature they are and if they will fit in with the community we already have. But in general it is 18+.
We currently have 53 active members. We are vigilant in only keeping members that are truly active on our Roster. We have purged hundreds of inactive members and we will continue to keep only those that stay active.
What makes your guild stand out from everyone else? What makes your guild unique?
Well I can’t really accurately compare our guild to others because I haven’t been in theirs but I can tell you some things we have done that we are proud of.First our website, http://jensaarai.com/ it was created by one of our founders Darth Valtar and is with out a doubt one of the best of all of the guilds on the entire Star Wars: The old Republic site and the thing we most commonly get complimented about. Secondly we have a rigorous application process and evaluation period to make sure the potential members will fit in well with everyone and that we don’t have any personality conflicts or drama within the guild. third, and I have already touched on this, everyone of the members listed on our Roster is Active we do monthly purges to ensure this. Also we have paid and maintain our own website jensaarai.com and Ventrilo server. Also there is almost always people in Vent no matter the time of day, we have members all over the world and a few insomniacs. Our leadership is also very unique, everybody who is in a leadership position knows that it is for the betterment of the guild and are willing to help out members in anyway possible. We don’t promote people to leadership positions for time served. Only those that have the respect of the members and that will spend their own time helping other members without thought of reward will advance to officer and above.
How do you spend your time until release? Do you know each other in real life or do you spend a lot of time on forums?
Real life? What’s that?. Forums? While useful not the best way of communicating. Everyone is required to have Ventrilo and use it. Through Ventrilo most of our members are now real life friends and stay in touch outside of the guild. Until release we will continue to play pre games and do what we do.
What Other Games are you currently playing as a guild?
WoW is our main pre-game at this moment while we have a few people who also dabble in some others like Rift and Aion.
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