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Dragonflight for players:

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1) Watch the % - when you early kill, you are wasting someone's money - they buy those bells. Watch the percent. DO NOT EARLY KILL - you're cheating your guild when you do it and there's no justification for being careless about it.

2) If you die, don't ping for help. If there is a Healadin who can revive you, great, but anybody foolish enough to bend over and pick you up, instead of fighting the dragon, is going to get wiped - so that's TWO players who can't fight the dragon. Release and go to the campfire, then get back in the fight.

3) Unless the player running the DF arranges for you to stay behind to kill a dragon, don't stay behind to help kill the dragon. Go to the next one with everybody else. If the player assigned to kill has trouble, the player organizing the dragonflight will get them some help - do not decide to do it on your own!

4) Unless the player running the DF asks you to fight empowers, fight the dragon. The organizer should pick who fights the empowers. This is a team sport - the scoreboard doesn't give you anything extra, but focusing on it instead of cooperating with the team will cost your guild, Don't be a dick.

5) If you are playing a support class (except for a Conq GF), do not fight empowers unless the organizer doesn't have ANYBODY else and asks you to. That is especially true for a DC - if you're not buffing and debuffing at the dragon, you're costing the team DPS - you can contribute 10 times as much by buffing the other players than by trying to fight empowers.

6) If your guild is "jumping," that means that they will do one dragonflight in the current stronghold and then change to another stronghold for the next. You switch back and forth between strongholds to speed it up. AFTER a dragonflight finishes, you have to wait for the wizard to show up again before you can start the next one. if you jump to another stronghold, he is already there. When jumping, if you have VIP signpost, ask if anybody in your group needs to use it and let them go first (it vanishes when you use it), then you go last. If you don't have VIP signpost, ask if anybody in your group does and go with them, or else get back to the travel point as quick as you can!

7) Use your buffs - Use scrolls and potions of dragon slaying, use regular potions and food buffs. Use overload enchants for killing dragons. You can go to the Poison Clan stronghold to get the mark 2 overloads. These will make you much more effective without doing any extra work! use the

8) Don't camp out. A stronghold instance can hold 40 players. If you are sitting around at the cmapfire instead of fighting a dragon, you're cheating the guilds running the DF. Don't be a dick.

Dragonflight for guild leaders:

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These are some GUIDELINES and SUGGESTIONS to help you succeed with Dragonflight. I'm not your boss, these aren't orders.

What I actually AM, though is the day 1 guild leader of Poison Clan, who guided the guild from rank 1 through rank 20 without EVER requiring a single donation. no influence, no AD, no shards, no nothing. Players were never required to attend DF. They came because they cared about each other and wanted the guild to grow. I know the struggles you are going through - I went through them, too.

At one point, after a total roster rebuild, I took all new players, put them through "red dragon boot camp" to teach them how to do it... and they got it. And they grew stronger and stronger. A few higher geared players joined in and took us to the next level. Then Alliances came out and we were able to team up with more players. Then we were strong enough to do it all by ourselves.

Here are the things that worked for us...

One note - I can't tell you enough how much "jumping," see below, helped us - when running DF at full strength, we were able to get in 10 or 11 bells in two strongholds, in just a few minutes more than it took us to do 5 bells in our stronghold, waiting for the Wizard.

1) If you can't solo 4 dragons, team up with another guild. Split up the dragons however you like, but agree before you're supposed to ring the bell.

2) When it is time to ring the bell, ring it. Even if you don't get 4 kills on the first bell, players will straggle in. The quicker you are in firing off bells, the better your results will be - players get excited when it is fast paced and you get a lot of work in - that is why jumping between strongholds works so well - you don't wait 5-15 minutes for the wizard to pop back up. It used to be that the wizard would show up 10 minutes after the last bell was rung, but in the last couple of builds, I've seen it take over 10 minutes from the last dragon killed - that is too long for players to wait around when dungeons are calling them.

3) Repeating for emphasis - don't make players wait - fast, well run DF breeds success. Even if you have an early kill, can't quite kill all 4, or just are regularly getting 3 - keep it fast, keep positive in chat, and the players will improve.

4) Make sure you've got players filling your roles - two anchors to kill dragons, players to kill empowers (might be anchors on your first two, up to you)

5) don't ignore the synergy between well built groups when dividing up your players. A lot of guilds insist on sending melee to red/blue and ranged to green/black. A party of 4 dps with one tac GF or a power share OP is worth 10 players split between melee and ranged. Clerics don't have to be in a party to buff multiple groups. Have one or two strong clerics at each "army" as a minimum.

6) Use a keyboard in chat to help direct your players. You are the conductor, not the orchestra. let them make the music. When a dragon gets to 20% (or 30% if you have strong dps killing the lizards), start typing the message to go to the next dragon. Watch both "armies," but try to have another officer leading the other side of the fight who also has a keyboard. REMEMBER - type twice in guild and alliance chat. Also, don't feel bad about using Alliance chat too coordinate your dragonflight - Alliance chat is for alliance business and dragonflight is your alliance business. Anybody who complains to you can see me about it and I will set them straight.

7) Send your strongest "army" to Green or Black, then switch to the other of those two. Send your weaker players to Red/Blue starting at Red. When the stronger "army" is finished, they can race to Blue. Blue is a "revolving door of death," so even if you end up with more than 20 players there, Blue will cut the numbers down. You can also have ranged players outside of the circle, killing empowers - this makes it easier to stay under 20 and keeps the dragon from getting buffs!

8) If you don't have quite enough players to split into two groups, then start at green, leave an anchor at 3-5%, run to black, leaven an anchor at 3-5%, run to red, repeat, and kill at blue. Maybe you have enough for 2, or 3, maybe all 4, but give it a try and see what you can do.

9) If your anchor can't quite handle whittling down the dragon, have a second player hang back long enough to get to 1%, 0% if they're really good, and then join the next group. Another strategy is to leave two players there.

10) Never leave a 15k or higher character as an anchor if you can help it. 12-13k should be able to handle it - it is better to leave two 12k toons than a 15k who can be beating up the next dragon.

11) Don't waste time ringing the next bell. If you're jumping, get to the next stronghold and ring it. Players will LEARN to go faster and get there on time. They have 60 seconds anyway. Always announce in ALLIANCE chat what the stronghold you are jumping to is - then jump and ring the bell.

12) Reach out to Poison clan officers - they are all on Slack. Many of them have run hundreds of dragonflight events. they have very strong characters, they have experience, and they are friendly, good people who are with us because they want you to succeed. Any of them could go to a huge alliance of 20s but playing with you is more fun. Give them a chance to help you!

I can't emphasize these points enough:

A - Fast pace - keeps players occupied. Slow pace leads to players leaving for something more interesting. They care, they want their guild to succeed, but you have to respect their time. It is a game, after all.

B - Organize - the more organized you are before you ring the first bell, the better your results will be. Make sure you announce your anchors and empower killers in Alliance chat. If players know who is supposed to do what, they won't do as much freelancing. If they DO freelance, make sure your anchors know to tell you so you can message that player or call out for one of their officers to help you (if they aren't in your guild). No guild leader in this alliance wants their players to hinder you, or to have other players hindering them.

C- Don't be afraid to team up - other guild leaders have the exact same struggles you do and there is strength in numbers. We're all friends with the same goals - to get our guilds stronger! The alliance is about helping each other! Don't forget to reach out to Poison Clan officers - these players are lizard killers and know all the tricks!

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D - If you have lower item level players at green, PLEASE send them to RED instead of Black. In fact, if you have a strong team, let them start at black while the lower geared players hit green or red. Every time a player is killed at Black, a soul puppet is raised and this is a NIGHTMARE when low item level players swarm it. The high level players can catch up at red or move on to blue as needed after killing black. Don't set yourself up for trouble you can avoid :)

Dragonflight

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Hello, Neverwinter!

My name is Doug and I'm the guild leader of Poison Clan.

I've put together the basic guidelines of how I run Dragonflight events.

Dragonflight is a critical team sport that depends on players working cooperatively to succeed. Dragonflight is critical for players to get good armor and is critical for guilds to get the resources needed for their stronghold. If you're not interested in working with the guild hosting, then please leave the instance and let a player who WILL cooperate with the team have that spot! When PC hosts DF, we ask that you donate any vouchers/resources that you pick up (assuming your guild leader has not locked out that resource for outgoing donations). We do NOT ask that you unlock strongboxes before donating, as we do not expect you to pay for a key. If you want to do so, anyway, we greatly appreciate it.

Points to remember:

Poison Clan players do Red/Blue, alliance players Green/Black.

Leave the first dragon at 10% and go to the second.

If the player organizing DF doesn't ask you to close out a dragon, go to the next one, don't stay behind at the first dragon.

The closer will usually handle the empowers - we need for you to focus on fighting the dragons.

When you are killed, release and go back to the campfire, as nobody will stop fighting to pick you up.

Do not kill any dragons until ALL dragons are below 10% OR the organizer calls KILL KILL KILL in Zone and/or Alliance chat.

Don't use Zone chat or Alliance if you need something or want to group up, just use "Say" when you get to your dragon.

Watch for messages in Zone and/or Alliance from the organizer or your officers.

Don't camp out at the camp fire - if you're not participating, let a player come in who will join in.

Here's a map of the Stronghold showing the dragon locations, in case you're new to the event.

Dragonflight Etiquette

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Dragonflight is the ultimate team sport in Neverwinter. There's no other activity where you can achieve as much for your guild by doing your part and no activity where you can disappoint as many people by freelancing.

Guilds depend on Dragonflight for farming resources. Progression is too expensive, the coffer too hungry, to really get to higher levels without Dragonflight. The best armor in the game requires that you farm Dragonflight to get fangs, to go along with protector Seals and Guild marks - and Dragonflight is a great source of donations to earn guild marks.

Bottom line, it is important to all of the people you play with every day, so I hope to help you avoid problems! Please keep in mind that most of these guidelines are common sense and common courtesy, and if you step outside them, you're pretty much being a dick.

Thanks to the Alliance, we're able to attend Dragonflight with other guilds and enjoy a share of the spoils. In order to help us make sure we never wear out our welcome, I'd like to give you some guidelines on what to do in events in our Stronghold and in Alliance strongholds.

Every two hours, an event called "The Travelling Wizard" runs for a 5 minute window in your stronghold.

The Travelling Wizard is the "free" Dragonflight. Any other time that you want to run Dragonflight, somebody has to contribute bells - these are purchased from the Zen market, at a cost of 500 Zen for 5 bells. That lets you run 5 Dragonflight events. Many guilds time their use of bells to allow them to work in a free one, as well, whenever possible.

When you're in an Alliance guild stronghold, you should NEVER activate the free Dragonflight. Reserve that for the guild hosting the event. Even if that guild is not running a Dragonflight event, just don't do it.

When you're in the Poison Clan stronghold, don't fire off the Travelling Wizard's Dragonflight event unless you've announced it ahead of time and given players a chance to come to the fight. First of all, it takes time to get to the dragons, take potions, and team up into effective groups. Second, starting Dragonflight stops any heroics being run, which could rob your guild mates of valuable loot or influence. So don't be selfish.

Regardless of whether you're in Poison Clan or another guild's stronghold during a Dragonflight, KNOW YOUR ROLE.

I) Switch to ZONE chat when you get to the Alliance stronghold - that is where the event is organized and directed.

II) Follow the instructions of the host guild's organizer. They're spending real life money to run this, to the benefit of everyone.

III) If the organizing player asks you to take a special role, you do it, otherwise fight the dragon - MEANING:

A) Don't fight empowers
B) Don't stay behind to kill dragons
C) If you get killed, release to the campfire and come right back
D) Do not camp out at the campfire. If you aren't fighting, leave that Stronghold so somebody else can be a productive part of the event.

IV) The player organizing the event will tell you what dragon to go to.

A) Group up at the dragon you're supposed to fight. 
B) Red dragon players also fight blue and vice versa.
C) Green dragon players also fight black and vice versa.
D) Some guilds start at black instead of green. Some guilds split players between 
E) You will typically start at one dragon, then go to a second dragon when the first dragon's health is down to 6-10 percent, depending on the guild. 
F) DO NOT FIGHT PAST 10% at the first dragon unless the host guild says 6%. DO NOT KILL unless the organizing player instructs you to.

V) When the Dragonflight is over, donate all vouchers you've earned to the hosting guild - if there isn't room, keep them for Poison Clan. Please thank the hosting guild for allowing us to participate.

ALSO - please refer to this earlier post for more information on the event in general when doing Alliance Dragonflight:

Alliance Dragonflight

Alliance Dragonflight

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Hello, Poison Clan!

We're two days into the LGPG Alliance and it looks great so far.

We've already joined in to a number of Dragonflight events and I'm glad to see that so many of you picked up the things we were teaching back when we were doing it on our own.

There's a little difference in how the Alliance guilds do DF compared to what we practiced, and we've got some new players who need to know the ropes, so I'll detail it for you here:

 I) You're going to get dropped several times during a fight.
      A) bring injury kits if you don't have VIP rank 7 yet
      B) do NOT ding for help - release and go to the campfire
      C) do not stop to pick up downed players
           1) you will likely get killed
           2) you stop doing damage/tanking/healing
           3) other players will get killed more often
 II) Fight the dragon, NOT empowers
      A) A player or team of players will be assigned by the hosting guild
      B) if you're not assigned to fight the empower, your job is to fight the dragon - PERIOD
      C) Clerics, Guardian Fighters, and Paladins NEVER fight empowers
 III) When fighting green/red and dragon gets to 10%
      A - STOP 
      B - if at RED, run to BLUE
      C - if at GREEN, run to BLACK
      D - if at BLUE see if BLACK is close to 10%
      E - if at BLACK see if BLUE is close to 10%
      F - ONLY go for the KILL When:
            1) less than 1 minute remains and the extra minute is needed OR
            2) all dragons are less than 10% OR
            3) an officer from the hosting guild gives the KILL order
  IV) Remember at all times that you are a GUEST in the other stronghold
       A) Treat all players with the same courtesy you treat each other in PC
       B) If someone mistreats you, contact a PC officer, then ignore the player
       C) When all Dragonflights have been run (or if you need to leave early)
            1) Save all Influence for Poison Clan
            2) Donate any vouchers to the hosting guild
            3) If you have resources that won't fit in our coffer, donate - you need guild marks, after all!
            4) Never donate Conqueror's Shards, we will always need them
            5) Do not donate any resources to S.I.N. coffer, as they have locked all outbound donations
  V) Get your gear, get experience, and have fun!