Dru-Ha’s Guide for the Beginning Player & New Guild Member:
A very warm hello and welcome to those of you registering with discord and browsing the guild website for the first time. We’re delighted that you have found our happy little community and look forward to sharing the glory of the fight for Tamriel with you! By signing our discord, you now have access to a great deal of helpful information about scheduled events, builds, crafting, gear, and our standard operating procedures on the battlefield.
This guide is not meant to be comprehensive, rather a good point of departure for your own exploration. As you play the game more, you will encounter difficulties and will want to find ways to overcome those challenges. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the guild website and discord layout. These useful tools can provide tips that will help you be a better player and direct you to the best sources of information on various topics.
Most importantly….. Have fun! Thank you very much for being a part of our guild. Every member is important to us so if you feel like your needs are not being met, let us know. If you are frustrated by a certain aspect of our organization, please leave us some constructive feedback. We want to continue to be a very successful guild and the only way to ensure that is to work with newer members to share in training and practice by doing our runs together and getting that XP or AP.
Guild members and officers are usually available to answer many of your questions about the wide-world of ESO. However, please do not be insulted if you are referred to the Anthem website to get more detailed information about certain aspects of the game. No one has ever refused to answer a question, but officers take great time to post detailed, thoughtful reviews/ analyses of the game-meta, so you will definitely get a more thorough answer to many common questions by checking the forums than you would by asking in the middle of a raid.
It’s much more beneficial to read the work of an expert who has researched a topic and posted a thorough piece on it than it is to consult multiple people with varying degrees of expertise in these matters. Also, if you are asking for advice on a build while group members are in combat and your distraction leads to their death, I’m guessing that they will be less inclined to help you. If you do need help, find out who to talk to and ask if they would be willing to go into another channel in discord to advise you without everyone else in the first channel being required to participate in the conversation. Use your judgment.
There are MANY experienced members in our guild. Someone needn’t be an officer to be a fantastic giver of advice on how to be successful in ESO.
You may also find that you are given suggestions of youTube videos/channels or other, external sites as resources. A player’s character build is a series of personal choices and while there may be a few character-class-skills that are “required” for certain activities, overall the choices are yours. Out of respect for your individuality, you may be asked to watch a few videos on how to maximize your character’s abilities rather than have a build dictated to you. Again, there are AWESOME, detailed suggestions on builds in the #builds discord channel and in the “builds” section of the website.
Please check the in-game guild message-of-the-day (by pressing “G” and looking at the first tab) for upcoming guild-wide events or on the calendar of events on the website. Also, if you need help completing a challenge don’t be hesitant to ask for a group. Guild text chat is very effective for finding group members and the “LFG” room/channel in Anthem discord is a great place to put together a party to complete your challenge. After a gaming session many teammembers will group-off to go do separate activities, so those who aren’t bashful during the discussion of “what we do next” are more likely to get a group together to complete an activity.
PvP: The enjoyment and in-game-rewards that can be had from PvP will often depend on factors such as how many members are in our group and what the map “looks-like” (how much territory is held by our faction at a given time or how many members of the opposing faction are online in a given-instance). Because of this, you may find that on occasion a PvP night will turn into a PvE night. Or we may jump on alt-toons.
Example: If we are looking to run in Imperial City and are faced by giant zergs of red (large groups of an enemy faction), instead of putting ourselves in a position to die over-and-over against overwhelming odds we may decide to go do veteran-level pledges until the population on the PvP server is more manageable. On occasion, we may even switch servers.
If this is the case, please join us! If we’re not doing a scheduled activity at the appropriate time, there’s usually a sound reason for it. Don’t get frustrated. Join us and have fun. Follow crown! Listen to crown!
Basic expectation of humanity: Nobody is perfect. Diversity makes us strong. Please refrain from using language that could potentially alienate other guild-members. We take pride in making members feel welcome and one of the easiest ways to undermine our good-will is through the use of racial/ethnic slurs, sexist comments, or comments meant (and sometimes even those not-meant) to draw negative attention to the differences among us as human-beings. Remember that on the other end of every headset is a person with their own thoughts on the world and their own daily struggles. We all look to this game and guild as a place where we can be ourselves, relax, and have fun! Again, we don't expect perfection- but if you repeatedly offend others it will be noticed very quickly and much like on the playground…. the other kids just won’t want to play with you anymore. Please help Anthem continue to be a place of safety, camaraderie, and happiness for all members.
If it’s the day-time, try to keep the chat PG-13. Though we are mostly adults, many of our members have children. If a guild-member is in discord using the “push-to-talk” feature (strongly encouraged), it means that children may be hearing what you are saying without you knowing. Again, we don’t expect everyone to be perfect; just try to control yourself. At night this guideline becomes much more relaxed. How can I tell what people are doing online at a given-time?:
First, check the Anthem website’s calendar and message of the day in-game. Next, type “G” ingame and select the second tab for “roster’ to see what zone of Tamriel everyone is in. This can give you a hint at what individual guild members are up to. If that doesn’t work of you, then check discord to see which channel we are in. However, just seeing a large group in the channel labelled “Dungeons” does NOT always necessarily mean that everyone is in the same dungeon. If a group is started for one activity, but stays together for a number of runs, quests, or pledges we may forget to switch channels each time. We do try to keep this organized with decent success, but you’ll get the hang of it after a few weeks. If you want to do a particular thing in-game, go ahead and type a request in guild-chat.
Example: I see everyone in the channel for AD PvP, but when I joined the channel half of the group is in the IC sewers and half is leveling in old Orsinium. I wanted to do PvP, but I also really need to finish the Spindleclutch dungeon.
In all likelihood, someone else who is leveling a new character will want to do that dungeon as well- but hasn’t found the group for it at the right time yet. By typing your request in chat, or joining our IC Sewers group for a while and then bringing your suggestion (Spindleclutch) up in discord when we are not in combat you will probably be able to get a good, dedicated group together more effectively than you would with “ESO group-finder”.
End-Game-Content: Some activities require veteran level (or now, champion 160/690) characters. This is not really imposed by the guild, but moreso by ZOS due to the difficulty of the challenge. If you are not over level 50 yet, or do not have a Champion160/690 level character, please do not feel excluded. If you’ve ever been part of a failed “Maw of Lorkaj” run, you’ll know that the frustration that comes from not knowing one’s specific role or not being appropriately leveled/ armored can be VERY depressing. For this reason, please understand that end-game-content does often require great coordination, good equipment, and more than just a touch of finesse. A non-vet group may assemble afterwards anyway to do the same or a similar activity on everyone’s “baby-toons”.
Guild-bank: Not all members of the guild have access to the guild bank! As of now, the bank is exclusively used as storage for the auction, raffle, and guild-hall.
Raffle: We are very fortunate to have fantastic financial officers and a functioning guild-trader. Please make a weekly donation to the guild that is comfortable for the amount of in-game gold that you earn by purchasing raffle tickets. Buying raffle tickets (500g/ticket) gets you an excellent chance of winning great prizes and far more gold than you used in your ticket-purchase. Having a well-stocked guild-bank ensures our ability to keep the guild-trader and keeps our bank full with the siege equipment you love/need.
Taka, Boffin, PBnJ, and Hollyhop are our Fiduciaries (treasurers) and Taka’s add-ons allow her to draw raffle winners every Sunday evening, completely at random. I never thought I would win, and then I did for a couple of weeks in a row. Taka often gives away extra special bonus prizes to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place as well as to random winners on occasion. The more tickets you have, the more likely you will win! If your toons can afford it, try to buy AT LEAST 10-20 tickets per week. If you can, please buy many more.
If you don’t make that kind of gold in-game yet, come do some profitable runs with us and consider opening up those skill-lines/champion trees. If you’re running with us regularly in PvE, you should be rolling in the gold soon enough. Try to share some of the wealth. It keeps our guild healthy.
Raffle tickets are purchased simply by depositing gold in the Anthem guild bank. Each 500g increment buys you one ticket. This is automatically logged and you do not need to email or send gold to anyone in order to buy/confirm tickets. It’s a nice, easy system. Please use it and enjoy the weekly nail-biting when winners are announced on Sunday evenings. It will probably be you someday and the more tickets you buy, the greater are your odds of winning.
Auction: Auction takes place at about 5:00 Eastern on Saturdays. Please watch in-game guild-chat for the Anthem Auction. Please, no “joke” bids and keep guild-chat clear of conversation while the auction is going on. It makes it too hard to follow where the bidding is at. Hollyhop and PBnJ work very hard to keep the auction fun and under a time-limit. Please be respectful and courteous. If you are LFG’ing, this would be a great time to use discord rather than guild-chat to not interfere with the auction.
PvP advice: Carry the right tools. Have the right equipmunk. Use those siege-merchants! If you are a new player and don’t yet have the Alliance Points (AP) or gold to purchase equipment, speak up! Until you’re more comfortable with the way things work- ask a guild-mate for a half-stack of repair kits. Most of our members are well-equipped and happy to share. We want you to “get good” at whatever parts of this game are the most fun for you. As your role on the battlefield evolves over your first few runs, you will understand the importance of being prepared. If you are a new player or new to the guild, PLEASE FOLLOW THE CROWN closely and listen carefully to instructions during combat. One person’s mistake can give away a whole team’s position in some circumstances. Again, we are all here to have fun and are usually pretty casual but if we are making an ambitious push towards a particular objective we must be able to count on each other and follow directions.
Some further, helpful tips about PvP: For new players, you may find certain elements of this game to be counterintuitive or challenging. Here are some quick tips for staying alive and being a good team-member during
PvP: Mounts and stealth: You should NOT be on your horse until everyone mounts-up. If an enemy attacks you while you are mounted, you are effectively unable to respond in time to defend yourself. This puts our group at a major disadvantage and has caused groups to wipe. In addition, you are taller when mounted and therefore more visible from a distance. Stay in stealth if we’re convening to move-out somewhere. Generally, stay in stealth (as best you can within the constraints of your stamina-resource) unless we are in our own keep and out of combat. This is VERY important for top-side PvP, but even more crucial for Imperial City and the IC Sewers.
Don’t hit the door!: Aside from when we are sieging the “front-door” or main entrance to the keep, hitting any postern doors with siege weapons does NO DAMAGE at all. You must aim for the wall around the door or the stairs. Listen to instructions from the crown on which part of the wall you should be aiming at. Again, this is true of all postern-doors or side-doors. The main doors (which you can use to enter a keep while still mounted) DO take siege damage, but no others.
Resources & walls: We may not always opt to take a resource before sieging the keep. If a resource is taken, it alerts the enemy to our presence and may encourage the arrival of enemy reinforcements before we are able to “flag” the keep (to get a wall below 50% health/strength). note: flagging the keep also cuts off transit to that keep, meaning that the enemy must then ride to get there.
Sometimes we may want to take down the tower at a resource without taking the resource. This is why you may hear the crown saying things like “stay off the flag” even though we are killing the NPC guards. If we allow the resource to flip and become yellow, we can no longer do damage to the structure with siege-equipment.
The importance of siege: There is a hierarchy of the damage that different pieces of siege equipment do and each is specialized for a particular target (walls, doors, counter-siege, personnel, etc.) Try to get familiar with these differences and you will be more successful. If someone can put down a cold-fire trebuchet and you’ve already occupied the only physical space available for siege with a standard ballista, you may be costing us valuable DPS (damage per second) against the enemy. That difference can determine the outcome of a battle. If you are new to PvP, please donate cold-fire siege to more experienced players. We will be able to keep those repaired and operable and maybe even do far more damage depending on what sets we are wearing. Practice by using the siege-engines that are cheap and easy for us to replace. We can keep you stocked on siege (ballistas, trebuchets, fire, ice, oils, catapults) but the cold-fire/cold-stone pieces can only be obtained from Dolmens.
When we do dolmen/skyshard runs in Cyrodiil, we do hope you will join us! These outings are a great chance to collect plenty of Cyrodiil-only items as well as gold, AP, sky shards, etc. We just ask that any cold-fire/cold-stone siege gear you obtain from these runs is donated to the guild for Anthem’s use in PvP battle. Since these pieces of siege do massive damage and are difficult to replace, it’s best to leave them for experienced players to use. When you are doing dolmen runs with us and can effectively run three trebuchets simultaneously, you will be encouraged to use the cold-siege.
If you don’t know what to do during a siege and are REALLY uncomfortable running your own trebuchet or ballista because you’re a brand new player, help support our siege-line by repairing siege for those running multiple pieces of siege equipment. Please buy a full-stack of siegerepair-kits from a siege-merchant and use them to keep our gear at full-health. You will be expected to run siege (we all do it), so please get over this hesitation quickly. A fighter unable to siege prevents us from flagging a keep quickly, which can cause us to wipe if the enemy has time to respond.
Wait for the tick: Our primary goal is usually to get AP (Alliance Points)! So even though we may have the enemy on the run when we are defending a keep and it may make strategic sense to chase them in order to prevent them from taking a resource or regrouping, we usually will choose to stay on the keep grounds and receive “the tick” (or the points that are given for successful defensive or offensive fighting). These points are only awarded if certain criteria are met: NPC’s must have interacted with the enemy or siege must be used and a time-interval must pass without combat taking place on the grounds. This is why you will often find us just hanging around for a few minutes after an intense battle.
Food/health buffs, potions, poisons: You MUST eat food! Yes, pizza and beer are good to have on-hand when you’re gaming, but you have to eat imaginary food in-game to increase your health, magic, and/or stamina. Food usually lasts a given amount of time and you can unlock passive abilities to make it last up to 2-hours. These are worthwhile passives whether you PvP or PvE because the most effective food-type is not necessarily easy to acquire until you are a master provisioner. Even then, it is cheaper and safer to only have to eat your food-buff once every two-hours instead of every 35 minutes.
If you don’t have any food buffs active while we are working towards a common goal, others will be able to see with the use of add-ons. Please don’t be afraid to ask for some food so that you have the max resources possible at all times. If you have a newer character, it is possible that nobody will have food at that level to give you. It should be your responsibility to be buffed with the appropriate level food at all times. Please also unlock the skill-point provisioning passives that grant you additional efficacy in your use of food. I assure you, you will be glad that you did. You should have a few stacks of potions quick-slotted to restore your commonly used resources (mag., stam., health) as well as some poisons on hand to equip to your weapons.
Specific PvP strategies: During battle, you will hear phrases such as “50/50”, “rope-a-dope”, “tobasco-sauce-lube”, “silent-wood”, etc. Each of these refers to a coordinated technique meant to put our enemies at a disadvantage.
To “50/50” a keep means to fire on select spots of both the outer and inner keep a the same time. The purpose of this strategy is to reduce the amount of time it will take us to get through the inner-wall once the outer-wall is down. By focusing fire on both walls, it will reduce the time that the enemy has to respond and counter our attack. Ideally, by the time they realize that the keep has ben flagged and they ride out to attack us we will already have taken down the inner wall too. This means that we should only have to claim the keep by standing on the flags and then repair the walls. Having the keep walls up and NPC guards to defend will make it infinitely easier to repel an enemy counter-attack.
For the meaning of other strategies, please pay attention in discord and follow crown.