Q: Does Theta require Trials of Position?
A: Yes, like many units there is a certain bar that must be met and we adopt the same methodology as Clans from canon (with the exception that people can ToP more than once if they choose to, in order to improve). Many great units use similar techniques, so this should not scare anyone off, especially if they are interested in getting better.
You can read more about our ToP here.
Q: Do I have to take the ToP to be a member of Theta Galaxy?
A: Any Clan-based unit is likely to raise the bar to entry somewhat compared to traditional open-recruiting based units and we're no different, so yes we ask all pilots to undergo the ToP. We also realize, it's a game so while a requirement to be a full voting member, it is not a requirement to stay! See more below.
Q: What is the difference then between someone who passes the ToP and one who has not yet done so?
A: Mechwarriors who have taken but not passed the ToP are full members of the unit, can drop with the unit, can voice their concerns in the Warrior's assembly when votes are called for significant acts, win recognition for valorous performance etc. Those that pass the ToP earn the rank of Blooded Mechwarrior and gain some key privileges.
Q: What are the additional privileges of the Blooded?
A: Blooded Warriors are afforded the right to vote when a vote is called in the Warrior's Assembly (more than simply raising concerns or saying opinions), they are the pool of pilots we use for selecting any and all leadership positions for Star Captain and above and they are the pool of warriors for which the Blood Officers (up to 9 within the Galaxy) are selected.
Lastly, and probably most importantly, the Blooded Warriors plus the leadership team are the ones who vote on an applicant's codex. They determine who makes it into Theta Galaxy and who does not!
Q: What about Trials of Entry/Position or similar devices from other units?
A: If you are Blooded (i.e. have completed ToE/ToP or some similar event in a previous unit) we will consider waiving the ToP on a case by case basis on those pilots we can confirm are Blooded Mechwarriors. In terms of the lore, it would mean absorbing you as a bondsman before titling you a Blooded Warrior.
Q: What is the focus for the unit (casual, competitive, tournament play, planetary league play, other)?
A: Our focus will be on competitive and casual aspects, and dabble in community warfare while we wait for PGI to adjust it.
Q: Who are the Blood Officers for Theta Galaxy?
A: BO's are kept anonymous. They are asked to level an alternate account (Blood Officer 006, Blood Officer 717 etc) with at least one dueling chassis on it, ready for Trials of Position. Typically, we utilize a mix of Kurultai and Blooded Warriors to field BO's during a candidate's ToP.
Q: Why an Adder Galaxy and not one of the original invading Clans?
A: A few reasons. We felt it gave us some great flexibility in how we get involved in the invasion corridor for community warfare. Also, Clan Star Adder was one of the "smart" Crusading Clans meaning that in the lore they worked hard to keep their honor and to fight sensibly. They did not have the crazed bloodlust of CSJ and kept their vision pure in their intent to liberate Terra. Terrorizing and destroying a world was not acceptable to the Adders. Lastly, the lack of of written history on Adders in the lore, gives us flexibility on how we represent ourselves and associate with units ingame. We can focus on playing within the spirit of the Clan without adhering to some already written script.
Q: What then separates from the Adders from the other Crusader Clans, barring the obvious difference from CSJ?
A: Pragmatism and an overriding adherence to unity as an organization.
Seyla, the Clan word denoting agreement or adherence to a solemn action, is normally intoned at the end of someone speaking something of ritualistic or heavy importance to Clanners. Often it is used synonymously to stand for "unity," as in ritual agreement (aka showing unity with the righteousness of the speaker's words).
Under that definition, Star Adders perhaps most of all Clans, take this unity aspect to heart. While they retain a caste system in organizing their society, there is no stigma to being freebirth or trueborn, bondsman or warrior, Solahma or fresh recruit etc. Adders truly believe all people within their Clan can have value and in keeping with our belief that all pilots can earn their stripes in some fashion within our unit, this holds doubly true.
Their pragmatism runs throughout this concept of unity and additionally, Star Adders view the Kerensky's as fantastic leaders and strategic thinkers, but do not ascribe metaphysical ("demigod") facets to their remembrance of those leaders.
Star Adders value a military tradition of training, teamwork and espirit de corps over any sort of rigid, dogmatic adherence to ways that may or may not be functional. We feel this most closely matches the teamwork oriented spirit and embracing of casual and competitive core pilots for our organization.
SCPT Xylog: 505 last match videos are up in 505 vid Sheets
SCom Therax: SA discord team when?
SCom Therax: we got heat bug in a comp match
DGC aidenmpryde: The TS server is back up.
DGC Cyphersphere: A bad fiber break in the area took out the service to the TS server. Cell service was restored not long ago. If the ETR is accurate, It should be back up in a few hours.
(SN) unFearing: thanks!
SCPT Donny Line Z: good luck guys
BW CptJudas: Lets Judas
DGC madcat3050: 373 match is tonight so be ready.
DGC madcat3050: pm is out 373 for last match
DGC Cyphersphere: TS is back up.
DGC Cyphersphere: TS is down at the moment due to a power outage.
DGC madcat3050: PM out 373 for scrim/next match
SCom Therax: I would be down for the Xylog, as long a Taragoto, NavidA1, and their crew were the ones making the suggestions to PGI.
SCPT Xylog: lol, there should a 'pay for fix' fundraiser. AKA If fixed we pay this much. Don't pay till it happens. Should get a list of issues ( specific list) and create a fund pool per fix, People donate into a fund and it is given to PGI when done
SCPT Xylog: The way i see it, $15-20 a mth to get together with you guys is worth it. Warts and all. Doesnt have to be a all or nothing
SCPT Xylog: Not paying till they 'fix' it will mean death to the game as they will never 'fix' it . once they 'fix' it to a level then there will be other bitching about the 'fix'.
SCom Therax: I was interested in buying the Blood Asp pack last year, until I saw PGI's response to the community balance document was a 'lol nope'. The end was inevitable after that.
DGC madcat3050: @Myj counter argument is I can't give them money if they don't fix it/ make it worse :/
BW Myj: I'm always treated MWO as a $20/month subscription anyway. If they go that route I'll just continue that as I always have. Can't play for free if you want the game to stick around.