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The Black Waltz Membership Charter

THE CHARTER

 The Black Waltz Free Company is committed to providing a safe, positive gaming experience for all players. By being a member of The Black Waltz, you must adhere to the following rules in our Membership Charter:


1. Respect each other and the Free Company. We welcome any and all players, regardless of skill level or background. In addition, our members come from all personal backgrounds (LGBTQ+, heterosexual, pansexual, religious, etc.) and should be treated respectfully. Members who are rude, discriminatory, elitist, or who put down other players will not be tolerated; our Free Company is a safe place for all players. If there is an issue with a member, please refer to Section 10: "Escalations" below.


2. Keep a Positive Attitude. We know there will be times that you will be exhausted from dying, grinding, a long day at work, etc., but keeping a positive attitude and encouraging each other is key. At the end of the day, everyone is here to play a game and have fun together. Venting your frustrations is perfectly acceptable once in a while; however, this game is a haven and escape for some of our members who have hectic and stressful lives. Logging in and constantly seeing negative comments or outbursts by others will detract from a player's positive gaming experience. Always remember that helping players enjoy the game is one of the focal points of our Free Company.  


3. Keep Free Company communications spoiler-free. We all know that exciting feeling of playing a game for the first time. Some players like to be surprised and deserve to see things through a fresh set of eyes. There are times where you may get excited/angry from plot twists or main story content, but please refrain from spoiling it for those who are not as far as you. If you need to vent, please reach out to a member who has already been through the content and share your thoughts; many of them probably had the same reaction!


Please Note: If content information has been released by Square-Enix (i.e. patch notes), speaking about upcoming job or quality-of-life changes is perfectly fine as long as they don't reveal story content and/or fight mechanics. A good rule-of-thumb is that if Square-Enix does not officially release the information themselves (story content, fight mechanics), it's probably best to keep it out of Free Company communications.  


4. Help each other. Starting a new game can be overwhelming, especially if it is a large-scale MMO with a lot of content. If someone asks for help or advice regarding job skills, actions, or general content, do your best to help them. Being overwhelmed can cause a player to have a bad experience and we must do our best to ensure that this doesn't happen. If you see a new player (“sprout” icon) who is not part of a Free Company, reach out to them and see if they need help or a home. It is important to be mindful of who you are helping and what they are asking for - we want to help others, but not give carries or handouts. For example, we do not encourage giving people Gil simply because they asked for it.  


5. Keep hot topics to yourself. Free Company chat is not a vessel or pulpit to preach from. Please keep political, religious, or controversial debates low-key. If it's getting heated or people are uncomfortable it probably shouldn't be happening. If you really want to discuss something of this nature, do so privately.  


6. You can be lewd but don't be crude. Making adult jokes or comments is perfectly fine as long as you know your audience. If the jokes or innuendos are too graphic or are about severe and inappropriate topics, share them in private with those you know personally that will take the joke as intended. Everyone comes from a different personal background filled with different personal experiences - what you may think is a simple joke might be a trigger for a negative experience in someone else's life. Generally, if the topic goes  beyond a PG-13 environment, it's probably not appropriate for Free Company communications. 


7. Take constructive criticism and advice gracefully. Many of us are Mentors and have been playing this game for a very long time. We will always ask if you would like us to share tips on how to be effective at the job you're playing prior to giving them, and as such this is not a personal attack on your skills as a player. We want you to be the best that you can be at the job you've chosen to play. Actively seeking out feedback and advice is encouraged.  


8. Agree to disagree. It’s perfectly fine to voice your opinions for something, but remember that everyone has their own. Please be mindful and respectful of this at all times. If emotions run high, remember that empirical evidence trumps anecdotes and feelings. Keep in mind that not everyone shares your opinions. Refrain from insulting something, saying something is stupid or gross, or any form of baiting out fights. You may state that you personally don't like or enjoy something, and explain your reasons, but NEVER trash on someone else's preferences. For example, saying that a specific job “sucks” because you don’t like it is not allowed as it would negatively affect a player who happens to enjoy playing that job.  


9. Participate. Our community within the Free Company can only grow stronger if we are adventuring together. The Free Company puts on weekly and monthly events in which all members are encouraged to participate. If you have an event idea you'd like to do, please reach out to any Leader within the Free Company. All competitive events must be screened by Leadership prior to being formally announced to the Free Company in order to ensure they are completely fair and accessible to as many members as possible. 


10: Escalations: In the event that something has occurred in Free Company chat or Discord that you find inappropriate or offensive, immediately reach out to a Leader of The Black Waltz and let them know.  Ensure you capture any relevant screenshots or information pertaining to the situation so that a Leader can gain full insight if they were not online themselves. Once a Leader has accepted the complaint for review, that individual will be solely responsible for the complaint until it is resolved. Additionally, there are situations where a Leader may address a situation on-the-spot without receiving a complaint. For example, if a discriminatory or racist comment is made in Free Company Chat, it is expected that a Leader will address it immediately. If the situation is pertaining to one individual's joke or comment, they will be addressed in private. If it's pertaining to an entire conversation topic between multiple people, the Leader may issue a blanket / general statement in Free Company Chat. 


11. Charter Violations: Our members’ enjoyment of this game is our topmost priority and we strive to create an environment that is warm, welcoming, helpful, and inclusive; The Black Waltz will not take violations of the above charter rules lightly. Any member who is in violation of the Charter will have their membership reviewed by The Black Waltz leadership team. If the violation is deemed highly severe, the player will have their membership revoked without warning. If the violation is not deemed highly severe, the player will receive an immediate Final Warning and any further violations, regardless of severity, will lead to immediate membership termination to The Black Waltz Free Company. In all instances, the Leadership Team will vote on all violations to determine the correct course of action. Any members who have had their membership revoked must wait a minimum of 30-days and issue a formal apology before they can reapply to the Free Company.   


Note: In all situations, Leadership will only take action if there is ample evidence or recurring behaviour that negatively affects the atmosphere of the Free Company. All complaints will be accompanied with screenshots of the Charter Violation in question and presented to the member who is at fault. 


12. Open door policy. Please remember that The Black Waltz has an open door policy regarding questions, concerns, feedback, complaints, etc. If you ever have any questions about anything involving the Free Company, please reach out to Istari or any other leader. 


**Every rule listed above applies to both in-game FC chats and the Free Company Discord Server (see below).

FREE COMPANY RANKS

 1. Ultima/Flare - FC Leaders*


2. Good Samaritan - Winner of the monthly Good Samaritan Award


3. Comet - Member of the "Crafting Emporium" Free Company Program, tenured member and positive contributor to the Free Company.


4. Meteor - Tenured Member and positive contributor to the Free Company. Members are awarded this rank automatically by being active and positive contributors to the Free Company.


5. Demi - FC Entry-level rank. Additionally, if a member is offline for more-than 2 weeks, they are assigned this rank. 


6. Lvl. 50 Death - Members who have been offline for more-than 30-days and have not notified anyone that they will return. Members with this rank are removed from the FC after 50 days.


7. Sleep - Members who are taking a break from the game and have notified the leadership that they will be back at some point. This rank prevents removal from the FC due to inactivity for up-to 200 days, but can be extended on a case-to-case basis.


*Leaders are active members of the Free Company who embody our Free Company Charter and are known to consistently promote positive, loving, and helpful environments.


**Note: All active ranks have access to turn on Free Company buffs in the event they fall off while leaders are in a duty or offline. Everyone is treated equally and has the same access to Free Company benefits and programs, regardless of rank** 

DISCLAIMERS And services

FREE COMPANY CHEST ACCESS POLICY

The Free Company Chest is meant to be a place where members can share items, crystals, and other materials with each other. The Free Company leadership team will try to ensure important things like crafting crystals, chocobo food, glamour materials, etc., are stocked at all time but any help with this by members is greatly appreciated. In order to support the growth of our Free Company and continue to supply our members with these important items, we encourage a free-access system where anyone can have what is in the FC Chest.

 


  • “Demi” ranking members will have access to the first compartment of the chest.
  • "Meteor" Ranking members or higher will have full access to the first two compartments of the Free Company Chest, as well as the crafting crystals and materials.
  • "Comet" ranking members or higher will have full access to all compartments in the chest, as well as crafting crystals and materials. In addition, the third compartment of the Free Company Chest is reserved for rare materials to be used by members of "The Crafting Emporium" Free Company program.



Regardless of Free Company rank or program, all items in the Free Company chest are part of a free-access system. If you are a “Demi” ranking member and you would like something from a restricted compartment, please reach out to “Meteor” or higher members and they will get it for you. In addition, please remember that these items are meant to be shared and are for everyone, so please only take what is needed.

The Gil in the FC chest is only meant to fund FC events. Any contributions to this are welcomed and appreciated. 

THE BLACK WALTZ DISCORD ACCESS POLICY

In order to build upon our community and strengthen our relationships with our members, The Black Waltz has supplied a free-of-charge Discord server for day-to-day use. This Discord server is not monitored by Square-Enix or its affiliates. The Black Waltz Discord Server is a platform in which our members can communicate via voice or text not only while playing Final Fantasy XIV together, but also outside of the game. As a result of this server being an independent body outside of Final Fantasy XIV, The Black Waltz has created guidelines in addition to our Membership Charter to protect our members' social experiences and privacy while using the service:


  • Ensure your Discord username in The Black Waltz server matches your in-game character so you can be easily identified. Choosing to use only your character's first name is perfectly acceptable.
  • Respect other members who may be in the channel. Please do not shout / talk over another member who may be trying to speak. In addition, ensure that you are not intentionally ignoring others or shouting unnecessarily. 
  • Create an inclusive social experience by trying to include everyone in the conversation who may be listening in. Allow time for others to speak.
  • Be friendly and kind - uphold the values of our Free Company.
  • Utilize appropriate rooms for the content you are doing together. For example, if you and some friends are doing a dungeon, utilize one of the "Dungeon" voice rooms. 



Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to a suspension / removal from The Black Waltz Discord. 

THE BLACK WALTZ BANK

 The Black Waltz Free Company Bank (hereafter referred to as “The BW Bank”) exists for situations where members need a little "top up" to their Gil in order to purchase something they would be unable to otherwise due to being short a small amount of money. This service is meant to supplement a member’s own Gil to help them acquire something rare that would benefit them and / or the Free Company. 


  1. Any Gil requested from The BW Bank does *not* have to be paid back to the Free Company. 
  2. Members who use The BW Bank must have been in the Free Company for at least 30 days. 
  3. Members who use The BW Bank are ineligible to use the service again for 60-days. Note: Players that wish to create a Free Company Estate room but lack the funds to do so may use the service without the 60-day restriction. This option is only available once per player. 
  4. The amount requested from The BW Bank must not exceed 30% of the total cost of the item, or be greater-than 1,500,000 Gil. Example: A small property has come on the market for 3,500,000 Gil and a Free Company member wants to purchase the property; however, they are short 1,000,000 Gil. Since 1,000,000 is less-than 30% of 3,500,000 Gil and less-than 1,500,000 Gil, the request may be approved. 
  5. Funds cannot be requested for miscellaneous items or glamour items that are for a members’ personal collection that can be acquired through other methods. The Crafting Emporium can provide heavy discounts on a lot of these items already! 
  6. The BW Bank cannot be used to purchase Black Waltz Lottery tickets or items that are for future Free Company events. Note: If a member would like to participate in a duty-based event that fellow Free Company members have organized last-minute, but they do not meet the item-level requirement for the duty, The BW Bank may be utilized to purchase higher-level gear to boost them above the requirement.
  7. Several items can be purchased with one BW Bank request. Example: Gear purchased to increase a members' item level so they may participate in a last-minute duty with other Free Company members.
  8. Use of the service must be requested through the Black Waltz Leadership Team and all requests are handled privately. Once approved, the Leader will provide the funds to the Free Company Member and will be reimbursed from The BW Bank.
  9. Players’ “alt” characters are ineligible to use The BW Bank.
  10. Any and all requests, whether approved or denied, are up to the discretion of the Leader through which the request was made. 
  11. If a member has willingly and inappropriately taken advantage of The BW Bank, they may never use the service again.



Disclaimer: Due to how in-demand housing is in Final Fantasy XIV, if a member utilizes the bank for property and is unable to acquire the property (someone has sniped it or they couldn’t wait-out the repurchase timer), the Gil must be returned to The BW Bank until another property becomes available. Returning the Gil removes the 60-day restriction on using the service. Furthermore, this program was created to help bring our community even closer and is funded by donations and Free Company auctions. Any Gil donated to the Free Company via the Free Company Chest is contributed to this program.