JoBildo: Lets get the courtesies out of the way first.
Thanks so much for taking the time to do this interview with us. Its always
great to get to know one of clans a bit more.
Hieru: Thanks for having us JoBildo! We are
honored to be on one of the, if not THE top sites for MMOs.
JoBildo: Dont mention it. We make it a priority to get the community involved, and that's exactly what you're helping us do. Tell us (that is the entire world) a little bit
about the Acolytes.
Hieru: We are multi-MMO gaming
community and currently support Age of Conan and Warhammer Online. We are here
to develop friendships and bonds with like minded people that love to play
MMOs and we plan to be together for years to come! When I created the
Acolytes 2 years ago I wanted to create a guild that will be together for years
and when our members do venture into new MMOs they dont have to worry about not
knowing anyone and will have camaraderie and help from the beginning.
Our overall goal for the entire guild is to be
a mature 18+, active, successful guild and to have fun while we play. We also
plan to do our part to continue the ongoing story behind both games. We will be
participating in whatever each game has to offer. We want our members to log
in and have options on what is available for them to do each night.
We feel that we have created a good name for
ourselves already on the Cimmeria server in Age of Conan. We were the first
guild created on the server, we also have a server first for the PVE kill of
Kylliki. We have all the tier 1 PVE bosses on farm and are looking to
hopefully make some server firsts very soon within Black Ring Citadel. We were
also among the first few guilds to obtain a PVP battlekeep. As you can see we
like to PVP and PVE as much as we can.
JoBildo: How would you guys classify yourselves? Are you a
tight-knit role-play clan, a PvP clan ?
Hieru: I get asked this question a lot and
people always want to pin guilds down into one category because they feel that
there is no way a guild can do different things within a game well. Since I
wanted to create an MMO community I felt it was necessary to provide the means
necessary for our members to enjoy whatever it is they wish about the game.
You obviously need a pretty large clan to accomplish this, but I feel that we
have done an excellent job thus far on being able to provide what the members
want, be it PVP, PVE, or RP and quite successfully thus far.
I always wanted to be able to enjoy everything
a game has to offer and I know we all have been in some guilds in the past
where you just dreaded to log into the game because you knew there wasnt going
to be anything going on in your guild. I really wanted to do away with that
and I believe if I can make our members play time enjoyable then that will make
them want to play as much as they can. Once an MMO starts to feel like a job
and something you need to do, then that takes all of the fun out of it and that
is what we are trying to avoid here in the Acolytes.
We have members that do an outstanding job
leading PVE raids, we have members that do an awesome job of running PVP teams
to kill our enemies and we also have had some members that have brought a lot
to the RP community on the Cimmeria server. Since Age of Conan is all about
PVP and Battle Keeps are the end game of AoC, our members know that no matter
what you like doing the most we all come together as a guild when we are either
defending our keep or attacking someone elses. I am just very proud of the
chemistry and teamwork we have going on within the Acolytes and to be honest it
has surpassed any of my expectations before the launch of the game. So, to
answer your question, we like to do it all.
JoBildo: I can relate to that. I think most people could,
really. How are things run in the Acolytes? Whats it like being part of the
Hieru: We have one leader of each MMO branch
which is named the Ethereal. I am the Ethereal of our AoC branch.
Underneath me is our Erudites who would be considered officers. Our
Erudites oversee the various parts of the guild. Those areas would be
Crafting, PVP, PVE, RP, Membership and class leads. Underneath the Erudites
would be our Enlightened rank which would be a sub-officer type. People
in this rank help out the Erudites in their given section of the guild. The
next rank would be Disciple and these are our veteran members within the
guild to guide the newer players on how we do things. Then our standard member
rank would be our Adepts. Lastly would be our apprentices who are our
I am very lucky to have such a great group of
officers to oversee and take care of a lot of the day to day stuff. You really
need dependable and trustworthy people in these positions so the members will
respect them in whatever they are trying to organize. Another big aspect which
I always hit on is the members themselves. Members are the people that will
make or break a guild and luckily we have an outstanding group of guys and gals
that love to play the game and MMOs and it really shows.
JoBildo: Sounds like a pretty large group of people. Just how
many Acolytes are there currently, across your many games?
Hieru: We currently have around 125 active
members at this time. The numbers fluctuate from time to time with people not
liking the game or adding new recruits. On a given night within Age of Conan
during peak times we have around 40-60 members on at one time.
JoBildo: That sounds like the chat channels could be pretty
busy and filled with green letters most nights, am I right? Its a pretty
popular thing in terms of guilds and clans to host events on their respective
servers. Is that something the Acolytes ever do?
Hieru: Yes, we always have events happening
for our members within the guild and we also try to host some server wide
events as well. An example would the head of our RP department, Imari, has
successfully hosted two RP nights thus far in the Serpents Head Tavern. All
you people out there dancing topless on tables know who you are! The Acolytes
will continue to try and produce a fun and entertaining environment on the
JoBildo: Thats awesome, you should consider bringing some fun
over to Wiccana so I can join in, eh? You guys are recruiting for new members
right? Can you tell us what exactly it takes to become one of the Acolytes?
Whats required of a prospective member?
Hieru: We are recruiting and the details of
our current recruitment phase can be found here. In general we are
looking for mature players who are willing to join the Acolytes. We want people
who love to play MMO's and want to have fun while playing! It will be a
requirement to be on our Ventrilo server for large scale PvP battles and/or
The Acolytes also require that you have somewhat of a unique name. Names with
numbers and phrases will not be allowed, other then that let your imagination
run wild for the most part. We encourage our members to be on as much as they
can to help progress their character and the guild.
We will have a lot of members that are on a lot, but we realize there are more
important things in life then gaming. We want our members to enjoy themselves
while they are immersing themselves in AoC or any MMO we support.
JoBildo: Alright, that concludes the interview. Im tapped out of
questions and can go no further. Thanks so much guys for taking the time to sit
down and answer all these. The community will be happy know everything they
could want to know about the Acolytes. Its been a pleasure, for sure.
Hieru: JoBildo, we again appreciate the time
that Ten Ton Hammer takes to spotlight clans within the Age of Conan
community. Community sites like these are what help MMOs thrive and the
Acolytes of course wish Ten Ton Hammer the best of luck. See you all in
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