Policies

We ask you to adhere to our policies when participating in Ozraid events, raids, or using our Teamspeak server.

About

Ozraid is a Lord of the Rings Online raid group located on Turbine’s Arkenstone server.

We play The Lord of the Rings Online to have fun with like-minded people.

We believe in creating an engaging, enjoyable, friendly, fun, open, and relaxed environment that players want to be a part of. We work together to achieve content, and develop and support players in a patient manner to this end. It may take us time to complete a challenging raid, but the payoff is worth it!

What makes us unique is that we’re not a kin-based raid group. We’re primarily made up of Australians, but you can join regardless of your country, kin, or timezone.

Requirements

We ask that you meet the following requirements to join us:

Criteria Requirements
Character One or more characters at the current level cap.
Possess reasonable equipment, legendary items, and virtues.
Conduct Participate in events and raids on a regular basis.
Be punctual and ready to play at the scheduled start time.
Keep breaks short and sweet.
Understand there's a time for fun, and a time to focus.
Cooperate and work as part of a team.
Behave in an appropriate, friendly manner.
Bring consumables. i.e. Class items, food, pots, scrolls, tokens.
Communication Advise us when you're unavailable.
Feel free to ask questions.
Participate in conversations and discussions.
Access to Teamspeak.
Development Know your class.
Willing to adapt, develop, and learn in order to achieve content.
Open to feedback, and take feedback and suggestions on board.
Provide feedback and suggestions to help other Members.

Character

One or more characters at the current level cap.

Possess reasonable equipment, legendary items, and virtues.

Conduct

Participate in events and raids on a regular basis.

Be punctual and ready to play at the scheduled start time.

Keep breaks short and sweet.

Understand there's a time for fun, and a time to focus.

Cooperate and work as part of a team.

Behave in an appropriate, friendly manner.

Bring consumables. i.e. Class items, food, pots, scrolls, tokens.

Communication

Advise us when you're unavailable.

Feel free to ask questions.

Participate in conversations and discussions.

Access to Teamspeak.

Development

Know your class.

Willing to adapt, develop, and learn in order to achieve content.

Open to feedback, and take feedback and suggestions on board.

Provide feedback and suggestions to help other Members.

Events and Raids

Our primary focus is on level cap 12-player raids, skirmishes, and big battles.

We also run events that include instances, landscape content, lower level raids, player vs monster play, roving threats, and special events.

Raid Times

Your timezone is Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) time.

Raid Lotro / US - Eastern Australia - Eastern Your Timezone
Saturday (Aus) Saturday 5:30 am Saturday 8:30 pm Saturday 9:30 am
Sunday (Aus) Sunday 5:30 am Sunday 8:30 pm Sunday 9:30 am

Saturday (Aus)

Lotro / US - Eastern : Saturday 5:30 am

Australia - Eastern : Saturday 8:30 pm

Your Timezone : Saturday 9:30 am

Sunday (Aus)

Lotro / US - Eastern : Sunday 5:30 am

Australia - Eastern : Sunday 8:30 pm

Your Timezone : Sunday 9:30 am

Lotro / US - Eastern time is based on New York time, and includes daylight savings time.

Australia - Eastern time is based on Canberra time, and includes daylight savings time.

Participation

Sometimes there’s more participants for an event or raid than we can accommodate. When this happens, our fair rotation system applies.

Fairness

We aim to be fair when it comes to members participating in events and raids.

We make decisions about participation based on agreement, attendance, common sense, cooperation, and goodwill. Why? We want all of our members to have a chance to enjoy group content, regardless of role or skill level.

Depending on content, sometimes class make-up is taken into consideration when determining who takes a break. If an event or raid is scheduled between 12:00 am – 08:00 am your time, we’re likely going to make arrangements beforehand if it’s your turn to take a break.. We try to limit these factors as much as possible.

Raids

You’re guaranteed to participate in our raids if you’ve taken a break until we’ve rotated through the majority of our Members.

If you take a break, your name is added to our raid rotation list by an Administrator or Raid Leader.

If there’s too many participants, we start by checking the raid rotation list. We don’t want you continually volunteering to step aside at the expense of other Members. That’s not fair!

We ask who’d like to take a break from the raid:

  1. Volunteers who have real life priorities have the first choice of stepping aside.
  2. Volunteers who haven’t had time off previously type /roll. Those with the lowest rolls enjoy some time off.
  3. If there are still too many players, a Raid Leader will list who’s not taken a break. We then negotiate with our Members to agree who’ll step out for that raid.
  4. As a last resort, a Raid Leader makes a decision as to who will raid.

Those Members taking a break are encouraged to get together and run big battles, landscape content, instances, roving threats, skirmishes, or warbands.

Raid Rotation List

We keep a copy of who’s taken a break from our raids on our web site. Administrators and Raid Leaders have access to the list.

We reset the list when we’ve rotated through the majority of Members.

Arriving Late

If you arrive 10+ minutes after an event or raid’s scheduled start time without prior notice, you’ll have to sit out if the group is full.

Arriving late doesn’t count as taking a break except under exceptional circumstances.

Extended Breaks

You might need to take an extended break from The Lord of the Rings Online due to real life. If so, we’ll make a note our raid rotation list.

If you’re a Member, let us know via our Members page.

Non-members can reach us as per our Contact page.

Submissions

If you want to submit content for our web site, get in touch with us as per our Contact page.

Content can be submitted via email to ozraid@ozraid.org, or we can make you a Contributor to use WordPress.

You agree that the content you submit is released into the public domain. Once published, it will not be removed from our web site unless it breaches the law, violates our policies, or by mutual agreement.

Once you’ve made a submission, one of our Editors will review it:

  • If minor changes are required, we’ll make those, and publish it.
  • If major changes are required, we’ll contact you to approve these prior to publication. If you’re happy with the changes, we’ll publish your submission. Otherwise it will be rejected.

Conduct

As outlined in our Requirements above, we you conduct yourself in an appropriate, friendly manner, and to cooperate, communicate, and work as part of a team.

When this doesn’t occur, our behavioural management policy applies.

Inappropriate and Unacceptable Behaviour

We define inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour as abuse, bullying, crude discussions, drama, discrimination, harassment, screaming matches, taking a joke too far, and trolling.

First of all, this kind of behaviour kills the fun vibe. Second, it’s not what we’re about. Third, the majority of members don’t want to play with a jerk!

Behavioural Management

If you behave inappropriately, expect a chat, /tell, or verbal comment highlighting the behaviour from an Administrator, Raid Leader, or Event Coordinator. We believe it’s better to identify problems when they occur, hit them on the head quickly, and move on, as we’re here to have fun!

If you continue to behave inappropriately, or a serious issue arises due to your behaviour, you may be asked to take a break from our events and raids, banned from our Teamspeak server, or leave Ozraid permanently. Again, we’re about creating an enjoyable environment, not participating in a soap opera, a high school saga, or political power struggle.

Loot

We’re pretty fair and relaxed when it comes to loot. To us it’s just digital, shiny stuff that helps improve your character.

For Roll / Pass and Master Loot Items

If your main character needs it, roll on it. Otherwise pass.

Note that some items from instances and skirmishes are bind on acquire, so be careful on what you roll on. i.e. If you win the item, you cannot trade it to another character or player.

If you are not on your main character, check with the group if it’s okay before rolling on a roll / pass item.

For Open Loot Items

If you win an item, it’s yours to keep unless a loot list applies.

Loot Lists

Previously we have used loot lists to distribute rare items, such as 1st and 2nd Age Symbols, armour pieces, jewellery, or weapons.

We consult our Members before implementing a loot list to gain your input. We agree to the loot rules, which define the instances, raids, and skirmishes they apply to, and a fair distribution system to ensure all members benefit.

We keep a copy of the loot list and rules on our web site, and state at the beginning of an event or raid if the rules apply. All Members are asked to abide by these rules to ensure there’s no drama over digital, shiny stuff.

PUG (Pick-Up Group) players are free to keep any loot they acquire in an event or raid.

Roles

There are a number of roles we use to ensure Ozraid runs smoothly:

Role Description
Administrators Manage our events, raids, Teamspeak server, and web site.
Contributors Write articles and create content for our web site.
Editors Review and publish articles and content for our web site.
Event Coordinators Organise and run our events.
Members Participate in our events and raids.
Raid Leaders Organise and run our events and raids, and manage our Teamspeak server.

Administrators

Manage our events, raids, Teamspeak server, and web site.

Contributors

Write articles and create content for our web site.

Editors

Review and publish articles and content for our web site.

Event Coordinators

Organise and run our events.

Members

Participate in our events and raids.

Raid Leaders

Organise and run our events and raids, and manage our Teamspeak server.

Web Site

WordPress

Our web site is powered by WordPress, and uses the GeneratePress theme.

Many of the site’s plugins have been developed by Kelleran and Sethco.

Cookies

We use cookies when you set your timezone via our clock widget, and login to the Members section of the site. Cookies are files stored by your browser. They contain a small piece of information, such as your timezone, that helps us display information that’s relevant to you.

Personal Information

We use your character information to organise events and raids, and your user information to contact you about our events and raids.

Only you, Administrators, and Raid Leaders can view your personal information.

We do not share your personal information with third parties.

Your password is encrypted and stored in our database. We can reset your password at your request, but cannot view it.

Login and Password Recovery

You can have your login sent to your email address via our Retrieve Login page.

You can reset your password via our Lost Password page.

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