This week’s update introduces a much-anticipated feature to Landmark: the ability to form guilds! No doubt we’ll do a lot of iteration and polish still based on your feedback, and we wanted to get this first draft out to you as soon as possible to start that process. Currently in Landmark, guilds are a social structure, a convenient way of gathering, organizing, and communicating with your friends and other like-minded people. You may only belong to one guild at a time. We’ve kept the UI very simple for now (as with most of Landmark’s UI, we don’t want to spent a lot of time finalizing the art until we’re sure that the UI itself is not still changing). However, we hope you’ll find the guild UI usable and easy to navigate – and if not, we look forward to your suggestions for improvements. So without further ado, here’s a run-down of the guild features as you will see them this week: How do I create a guild? The guild window can be accessed via the Landmark menu in the lower left, or by pressing the shortcut key (N). If you are not already in a guild, you can create a guild simply by entering your desired guild name and clicking “Create”. Guild names can contain letters, numbers, and spaces only, no punctuation, and must be between 5 and 24 characters in length. Setting up your guild Once your guild exists, you’ll want to customize some of the information. In the first tab of the guild window, the right hand pane is intended for information about your guild. Here you can write a description of your guild, and leave information for your members. There is a 620 character limit to the guild information. When you’ve finished updating the information, click the green tick mark to confirm. At the bottom of this window is the Message of the Day. This has a 140 character limit. This message will display to all guild members in their chat window when they log in. In your guild window, you will see three tabs: the Roster, News, and Admin. The Admin tab is only visible to officers and leaders; the other two tabs can be seen by all members. By default, Leaders and Officers can edit the guild description and guild message of the day. Inviting people to your guild At the top of the guild roster is a text field that reads “Invite to Guild?” Enter the name of a player you wish to invite, and click the green tick icon to confirm. This will send an invitation to the player, assuming they’re not already in another guild. Once they accept, they will be added to the guild roster. Players do not need to be online to send them an invite, they will receive it when they log in. Guilds in Landmark do not currently have a maximum size limit, though this will likely come at a later date. Guild Roster tab The Roster tab is the main tab of the guild window. Here you’ll see all guild members who are currently online. If you tick the “show offline” box at the top, you will also see offline members. (The online status is indicated by a green dot to the left of the name of those who are online.) The icon in the right column shows the guild member’s rank. Besides updating the guild information and guild MOTD, leaders and officers can use this tab to manage the guild members. Right-clicking any guild member’s name in the roster list will display the available options to promote, demote, or kick from guild, as well as other convenient options such as invite to party, send tell, or send mail. Obviously: do not click the big red “Leave Guild” button on this tab unless you really mean it! News tab The news tab shows guild events such as people joining, changing ranks, or leaving. The right side pane also allows you to search the guild news for key words, for example “join” to look for all people who have joined recently. Admin tab The admin tab is only visible to leaders and officers. This tab allows the names of the ranks to be customized from the default, and it also allows the modification of exactly which permissions are allowed to each rank level. New ranks can also be created and renamed here. Note that the default ranks cannot be deleted, although they can be renamed and have permissions reassigned however desired. Obviously: do not click the big red “Disband Guild” button on this tab unless you really mean it! General guild information Once you are in a guild, you’ll automatically gain a chat window tab called “Guild” where guild chat will appear. Guild officers and leaders will also gain a “Guild Officers” chat channel which only they have access to. We’ll be adding more functionality and polish to guilds as we progress through beta and we’d love to hear your feedback as you try out the new guild feature. Let us know of any bugs you find using the in-game /bug report feature, and be sure to post any suggestions you have on the forums. We look forward to seeing you, and your guild, in game soon!