We hope your'e all doing well and having a wonderful time in Eorzea with your fellow Alithians. Alith's Final Fantasy XIV journey has been going for nearly 3 months now, and we wanted to take this time to give you all a general update on where our Free Company is right now, and what our plans are for the short to medium term future. Things have progressed really well for us so far, but we know many of you are eager for Alith to go to the next stage in our development , and we're pleased to say that so are we.
Our first couple of months as a guild in FF14 has been focused on building the foundations of our guild, starting with prioritising recruitment to ensure we have an active community. After all without members, we have no community! To have reached 100 members in just two months, has surpassed our expectations and we're so thrilled that you've all chosen to make Alith your home. Not only have we reached 100 members, but we've done it without sacrificing quality for quantity. We will always be committed to only bringing in members who share our core values - being a mature, respectful, friendly, supportive and tolerant community focused on having fun in a casual environment! To put it into context, we currently have 104 members in our guild, and we've declined a total of 49 applicants to date. Again, we'll continue to do our best to only bring in real "Alithians" rather than just going for high numbers.
We know that in order for us to become an active thriving free company with regular fully packed guild raids and social events, we need to grow. We're committed to growing at a healthy rate, while maintaining those high standards, and this is why we recently implemented our Recruitment Team. The team have done a great job, so we want to thank them for their efforts so far. We know the importance of not growing too fast, we want new members to have a chance to settle into our community and get to know everyone, and we don't want to lose that close-knit family feel. Equally, we know that we need to recruit sufficiently to keep up with attrition, while also ensuring we grow steadily. There is a healthy balance to strike, and we will always keep this in mind, taking breaks where necessary if we grow too quickly.
We also know that, as our community grows, we need to ensure that we have enough officers in place to support our people. Having a healthy active officer presence is critical, and this is why we recently expanded the officer team bringing in some new, experienced, enthusiastic leaders to help us make sure Alith continues to stay true to its values. You can all have the confidence that the Alith Officer Team is completely united in our vision and hopes for the future of Alith, and all care deeply about the well being & happiness of our community. A strong officer team is a team who are totally on the same page, supportive of each other with zero friction between them, and we're pleased to say that we certainly have that!
So in summary, we've enjoyed a successful launch, have grown to 100 members, have put in place a dedicated recruitment team and have expanded the officer team as was needed. Good progress, but it's time to move on to the next step of our adventure!
So what's next?
There are many exciting plans we have for the guild, we really are just getting started! We want to share with you exactly what's on our roadmap for the short-medium term, and talk a little bit about what you can expect. More importantly, we will need YOUR input and feedback as we push forward, to ensure everything we do is in line with the desires & needs of the community. So, what's in the pipeline in the near future?
1. Guild House
2. Member Awards
3. Alith Raids & Alith Academy
4. Alith-Cast re-launch
These are just the first four initiatives we have planned for Alith, and are the activities we consider the most desired and highest priority at the moment - but it's just the start! We also want to crank up the Social Events frequency, and continue to make small improvements to the general quality of life in Alith. I'm sure you'll all thinking "That's all great... but when will all these things happen??". While we can't give exact dates, we can say we're intending to have all four of these up and running within the next 3 months. So we're moving quickly. Expect to see a thread popping up regarding our Guild House within the next week, with member awards coming very quickly afterwards. As we said earlier, we know that our community needs and deserves to enjoy all of these activities, so we're driven & committed to get the ball rolling now.
Most importantly, we want to make sure we get it right, so we're going to be involving you guys every step of the way - getting your input, suggestions, views, and ideas as we put the wheels in motion. So we need you all to help us by getting the word out there for the rest of the guild who may not frequent the forum often. The forum is our primary hub for working on all of this, and bringing it to life, so we need your help encouraging more of our members to join in the discussions.
We're stepping Alith up a gear, and we can't wait to watch Alith continue to grow and thrive, with all of you awesome people. Once again we want to thank YOU all for making this the special place that it is. We're so proud of you all, and we're brimming with confidence that we will succeed in our dreams, because we have you guys all there with us, making this happen. Long live Alith, it's going to be a fantastic year!
Belazarus & Your Alith Officers
It's with great pleasure that we announce the successful promotion of our newest Alith Officers. Please join us in congratulating the following for their appointments, and let's wish them the very best of luck in their new role. All three come with a wealth of experience, enthusiasm and passion for our community, and we're looking forward to working with them as we continue to grow & improve our guild.
It's critically important to us, that the FC has a strong, active, officer team who is dedicated and committed to supporting you all, so we're very excited about what the future holds, now that we have this great team in place. We all share the same vision and goals for the future of Alith, and you can all be confident that we have a strong, caring management team in place to make our dreams a reality.
Alyssena (Nashu Fuzzyears)
Mirgor (Mirgor Mir'tala)
Painprovider (Elena Redhands)
This brings our management team up to 5 strong - we can't wait to get to work, to ensure the guild lives up to all your hopes and expectations.
Belazarus & The Alith Officer Team
Greetings all! We can't believe that we've already surpassed 50 members, after just a few weeks of launch. We want to thank all of you for choosing to make Alith your home, we are truly humbled and are totally chuffed with this awesome little community we already have. As a guild, we will never sacrifice quality of members, for quantity, so we continue to carefully select our new recruits, making sure that they share our values and ethos. So not only have we passed 50 Alithians, everyone has just been fantastic! We've been blown away by how helpful, friendly, supportive and patient everyone has been with each other - you have all truly set the tone for what Alith is all about, so thank you!
To celebrate a very successful launch, and thank you all for helping us to build these awesome foundations, we are pleased to unveil our very first Alith social event! An Alith Launch Celebration, which we invite ALL of you to join. The event will take place this weekend, on Saturday 1st of April from 7pm to 9pm CET. The event will consist of two parts, firstly we will be holding a classic Alith event (Hide and Seek) where Alithians will take to Eorzea in a mad dash to be the first to find the hidden Alithian. We'll be handing out prizes of 100,000 gil to each of the winners! We will follow the hide and seek event up, with an Alith Group Screenshot session, to capture the moment and memories of the birth of Alith in FF14!
You can view the event on our event calendar, or CLICK HERE to head straight to the event page.
You are welcome to sign up to the event on the calendar, but all Alithians are welcome regardless!
As this is our very first event, and our first time getting together as a guild, we really want as many of you as possible to join us! Spread the word, and let's make this an event to remember for years to come. This is a great opportunity for us to reflect on our first few weeks as an FC in FF14, a chance for you to get to know your fellow Alithians, and a chance for us to thank you all for helping us to build this awesome community. See you guys there!
Kindly Bel & Krys
Hi Everyone We've just completed our very first week as a guild in Final Fantasy XIV, wow it's gone by quick! Both Krys and myself have been humbled by how many amazing new members have joined the family in just one week. We are currently at 33 members of the guild, and this has surpassed our expectations for launch - it just shows us how special "Alith" is to you all, and we're so grateful that you've chosen to join us for this adventure. It's been heart warming to log in each day, and see how active and vibrant guild chat has been. Not only have friendships already begun to blossom, but it's been fantastic to see Alithians already running dungeons and group content together. It's also just great to see how helpful and supportive you've been towards one another, so THANK YOU for helping us to build the exact culture & spirit Alith has always been known to uphold. We may still be small for now, but we are building the core foundations of Alith, so you are all playing a huge part in creating the sort of guild we want to be known as for years to come. You're doing us proud everyone, so keep being awesome!
So what's next?
Right now our priority is indeed "growing" the community, we need to ensure we have an active buzzing community to allow you all to make friends, and enjoy all that FF14 has to offer with your fellow guild mates. We want others to want to join Alith, because of the great people we have here, while also knowing they will be able to enjoy the game with you all in an active guild. We do intend to soon implement our Recruitment Team, who will work closely with Krys & myself to continue to drive our recruitment, but for now we want to give everyone a chance to settle into the guild and the game. One thing which is definitely on the cards, is our first Social Event! We definitely think it's time for us to have our first bit of guild FUN as a community, and really give you all a chance to get to know each other (and us) a bit more. Keep your eyes peeled to the website for details on our first event, and you can rest assured it will include a Group Screenshot to celebrate the launch of the guild in FF14, so we want ALL of you there if possible :) The launch of our organised / official guild Raids / Dungeons (including Alith Academy) will come a bit later - we need time to build up the community, and once we have reached the right size & experience within the guild, we will look to recruit our Raid Leader team. So we thank you for your patience. In the meantime though, we definitely intend to organise fun team bonding social events, and we also urge you all to get familiar with our guild event calendar which can be found on our homepage. Please feel free to post up dungeon run events, or any events, if you'd like to organise these runs in advance. We want you all to start getting used to using the calendar, so feel free to get in touch with Belazarus if you need any assistance getting to grips with it.
So what can YOU do to help?
Right now, we just need as much help as possible spreading the word that Alith has arrived in Final Fantasy XIV, so that we can continue to attract great people from the FF14 community. You can do this of course through word of mouth, letting your friends know about our community, or even letting other friendly players you meet on your travels know about us. Simply point them to our website where they can find out more about us and apply to join. Another way you can really help us to show the community what Alith are all about, is through our recruitment forum adverts. We have several adverts currently posted on a FF14 related forums on the web. We invite you all to share your experiences that you've had with Alith so far, and tell others how you've found being in the guild and why you chose us. It means so much for others to hear, first hand, from other Alithians, what life is like in Alith. Please don't feel pressured to do so, but if you do want to share any of your experiences with Alith, then simply head over to any of these forums (or all) and drop a reply to tell others what you think!
Thanks again everyone for making Alith's launch a success! Alith is really all about you guys, and you've already blown us away with how great you've all been. This has been a great start, and we're super optimistic & enthusiastic about what the future holds for the guild.
Kindly Bel & Krys