Many of our members have been playing Final Fantasy XIV for years and the story has become very important to them. We ask that our members provide their fellow Waltzes the opportunity to experience the story on their own in their own way without having the content spoiled. As mentioned in Section 3 of our Membership Charter, we encourage of our members to keep all Free Company communications spoiler-free. Note: We have applied this policy to any content from the Shadowbringers expansion onwards.
Waltz defines a “spoiler” as anything that has not been shown to the public or released by Square-Enix themselves. Here are some of our “spoilers” definitions:
Having said that, we also want our members to ask for assistance in Free Company Chat with the trials and duties throughout all parts of the game. Instead of asking for help by using the name of the dungeon/trial, please try to use the level of the duty instead.
“Would anyone like to do the level 71 one dungeon with me for the first time?” Instead of, “Would anyone like to do Holminster Switch with me for the first time?”
Or, “Queuing for the level 80 trial,” instead of, “Queuing for Hades.”
Context vs. No-Context Spoilers
We recognize that mistakes can happen and that occasional spoilers may be mentioned in Free Company communication. If a simple spoiler is mentioned with no context, they will be overlooked. For example, if an NPC name is revealed in Free Company chat with no context, it is fine and will not be treated as a "spoiler;" however, if there is more detail provided about the NPC that relates to the above spoiler definitions, it will be treated as a spoiler.
"It's pretty awesome that at Waltz Estate you meet the NPC Istari Xiomar! You have to /say his name out loud to get his attention" versus just "Istari Xiomar."
The former in the above example would be defined as a spoiler.
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.
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.
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:
Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to a suspension / removal from The Black Waltz Discord.
The Black Waltz Free Company Grant (hereafter referred to as “The BW Grant”) 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.
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 else has won the lottery), 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.
We recognize that Final Fantasy XIV is a video game and that members may want to take a break for an extended period of time. Our Free Company is very active overall, and we have implemented a fair policy when it comes to members who are inactive. We utilize the various ranks within the Free Company to measure the health of our community:
Inactivity Guidelines and Recruitment
Our Leadership Team has reviewed our Inactivity Guidelines and have found them to be fair; we want to balance the potential influx of new members with current members that periodically take breaks. If a member needs to take a break for a while, please inform one of our Free Company Leaders so that they give you the Sleep rank. If no Leader is informed, that member may be removed at the 100 day mark.
All new members, including friend referrals, must apply to the Free Company via our website application so that we can be assured they have read our Membership Charter; our Charter provides general expectations that protect the community and members within in.
In the event that our Free Company has reached member cap (512) and we have no members within the inactive timelines that we can remove, applicants will be placed in a waiting list based on the order they have applied. Applications are sent to our Free Company email and are received in order of submission. All applicants will be provided with a response within 24 hours indicating that we are currently at cap, but will find them space as soon as possible. Each applicant will be provided a link to our Free Company Discord so that they can still be a part of the community while waiting for an invite in-game.
Invites will be sent when space is available in the order the applications were received. We will do our best to find everyone a home. <Waltz> is a special place and it makes sense that our community is bursting with activity.
Members who have been removed due to inactivity are welcome back at any time. If our Free Company is not at cap, previous members can just reach out to any Waltz Leader for an immediate invite back to the Free Company. If our Free Company is at cap, previous members will have to re-apply on the website and will be placed on the waiting list (if there is one); however, they will be given priority when a space becomes available.