02. Pack Creation, Structure & Disbanding
March 14, 2015, 10:40 AM
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Creating a Pack


We are now using a two-step process for pack formation. The first step involves admin approval, which occurs prior to IC formation. Once the admins give the green light, the potential pack moves onto the second step: meeting some essential requirements. Once that's done, the pack goes live!

Step 1: If you're thinking of starting a pack, please fill out the following form with your prospective pack information, then submit it to the admins. Do this before proceeding with your plans IC!

Quote:What would the pack's name be?
Which territory would you hope to claim?
What colors do you have in mind?
Would you use Greek ranks or custom (if the latter, what would they be?)?
Please write a short blurb about your potential pack. The more details, the better!

We are mostly checking for two things: originality (no borrowing heavily from other works of fiction!) and sustainability (can the game support an additional pack at this time? Have the involved characters achieved some level of consistency and immersion?). Once we vet the form, the admins will assign a green, yellow or red light. What do these designations mean?

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Green: Your pack idea is approved. Go ahead and start your foundation threads, then follow up with us once they're complete.
Yellow: Your pack idea is not approved because ___. You may reapply in 30 days, pending revisions.
Red (used sparingly): Your pack idea is not approved because ___. You may reapply in 60 days, pending significant revisions.

Note: Yellow lights will almost always be given to characters who don't meet the 50+ posts and 1+ month longevity. Don't let this discourage you! Keep working on establishing the characters who are part of the pack, and you're welcome to post in the Drafting Table forum to organize your members. (Appended 3/6/2017)

Step 2: Once you achieve a green light, you must then meet the following requirements. Please note that these are the bare minimum; the more the merrier on all counts!

— There must be 5+ adults pledged to forming the pack.
— A minimum of 5 members (including all leaders) must have 50+ posts and 1+ month's longevity. If there are more than 5 members, the "extras" do not need to meet this requirement if at least 5 do.
— The leaders and pledges must collectively complete 10+ threads relevant to founding the pack. These can include recruiting new members, exploring the territory, marking the borders, digging a communal den, filling caches, etc.

Once you've checked off all three, please follow up with the admins. We'll triple-check your work, then set up the pack for you. We strongly recommend a founding howl at this time to establish and celebrate your new pack!

Pack Structure


You may use the traditional Greek ranks (our default) or customize your hierarchy, just as long as you have 12 adult (>9 months) and 8 pup (<9 months) slots, for an overall total of 20. Up to 4 may be set aside as leadership ranks. How the tiers are otherwise divided—or whether you have any tiers at all—is entirely up to you. The members of a pack are ranked entirely by their leaders' discretion; some have very specific criteria and others base it on general activity and contributions.

Regarding the leadership ranks: there are no universal requirements to become a leader, although we strongly recommend they hit the 50+ posts and 1+ month longevity criteria. Otherwise, it's up to the existing leaders to come up with criteria and select their own co-leaders. Just bear in mind that all leaders must post at least once a week to maintain their position. If a leader fails to meet this requirement, there is a 30-day period following the automatic demotion before the character/player in question can be promoted back into leadership for that particular pack, and before that character can hold leadership in any other pack. We rely on our pack managers to use the honor system when repromoting someone. (Clarified 1/3/2017.) For this reason, ideal leader candidates should already be fairly established, active and consistent. Please note that leaders are synonymous with pack managers, so anyone who's promoted into leadership should be prepared to assist with OOC pack management.

Relocating or Disbanding a Pack


Relocating is simple. All we ask is that you provide at least one completed thread in the territory you wish to relocate to where members of your pack gather and claim it. Once it's archived, just contact an admin to have your information switched.

Any pack that falls below 4 adults will be disbanded immediately. In the event of a disbandment, the remaining members are welcome to reform the pack using the steps above! (Appended 1/9/2017.)

Unofficial Groups


Unofficial groups are acceptable but they will not confer the benefits of an official pack. Though the group may be territorial and defend its "home-base," their claim over a territory is not considered as strong as an official pack's claim would be. If your group size is >4 adults, we strongly encourage you to look into creating an official pack. In this situation, please be courteous and mindful of other players that may be surprised by territorial wolves in a neutral territory. (Appended 1/14/2016.)

Please don't send PMs to this account, as we don't check it very often and they may go unread! Instead, direct admin inquiries to our personal accounts as listed on the staff directory. Thank you!