Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Who are The Older Gamers (TOG)?

The Older Gamers is a diverse gaming community that aims to bring adults together to celebrate and provide a gaming experience that is fun, enjoyable and acceptable for adult participation. We are passionate about gaming. TOG community members uphold the spirit of decency, fair play, cooperation and respect for others.

TOG believes that a gaming community that upholds strong community standards makes gaming more enjoyable and acceptable for adults to participate. TOG members have little time and patience for undesirable behaviour that causes harm to the broader gaming community, our community or our gaming. We want to escape or separate ourselves from the abusive, disruptive and disrespectful behaviour displayed by many but often attributed to younger players that are so often encountered when gaming online. For this reason, “Adults” within the TOG context are considered to be those 25 and above. This is the required age for membership.

This does not mean that TOG members will hide behind closed doors. TOG members being a friendly vibrant group of gaming addicts from around the world are old enough to enjoy ourselves properly. We will continue to promote TOG philosophy throughout the broader gaming community whilst publicly celebrating gaming.

TOG members often have limited time in their busy adult lives balancing work, family, health, children and other hobbies. We come together to free ourselves from the daily grind and let our minds wander into a vast array of game worlds; fly space ships, wield magic and swords, fly planes, drive cars, save the world or become a pirate. Some players are laid back looking to chill. Others are more competitive as they thrive in hard core raids or PvP environments. If the developers and game mechanics support it, we’re all for it.

You will find TOG community members in all major games and often obscure ones as well. One of the great things about TOG is that anytime an interesting game comes along, you can almost guarantee there will be a host of players ready to go. Games with sufficient community interest are formed into Divisions. Divisions are managed by Captains and their leadership teams. Captains are required to uphold and strive towards all that TOG is about. To assist, the TOG Service includes community forums, voice communications and game servers.

Should time permit we may even meet in real life for a drink or two.

Father is the founder and owner of the The Older Gamers community. Father and TOG Administrators invite adults to come join and enjoy all that the community offers.


Is there a minimum age?

Yes. The minimum age is 25.



How old are you all, really?

We’re all 25 and older. Beyond this point, it matters not.



How do I become a member?

To become a member, you must register with The Older Gamers online community.


When registering please use your gaming nickname - do not use the 'TOG' prefix as part of your nickname. This name is how you will come to be known by the TOG community. The amount of information that you give out when filling in the signup fields is your choice, but your date of birth is important (remember that age requirement of 25+). Filling in a location, typically City, State, Country does help other members identify your probably game times.

Once you have registered, post an introductory post in 'The Barracks' forum, with the requirements outlined in the "READ BEFORE POSTING" thread. Apart from this, you should note that your personality is key within TOG.

We are all pretty relaxed players and although we play certain games competitively and are serious about enjoying our gaming, skill level and 'commitment to a game' are not a requirements to play with TOG. We expect all our members to be respectful of all other members (until you get to know them, then the ribbing can start!), regardless of their skill at a particular game.


Where are TOG members located?

TOG is an international community, and we have members from many different countries. As the majority of our members are Australian and American, the language used in our forums and on the website is English. TOG was initially formed in Australia.


How do community members communicate?

Whilst we use the forums, The Older Gamers also use a Community Communications Service. Details of our service may be found in the members Voice Communications forums.


Who runs the show?

The owner of The Older Gamers is Father.

The Older Gamers Administrative team is comprised of Admins and Moderators. They are responsible for managing the entire TOG community.

Each game that has its own division & each division will have a delegated “TOG Captain" who is responsible for all the operational functions related to that game, e.g. ladder challenges, postings on public forums, recruiting, helping new players get settled, keeping the division 'vibrant', etc. If the division is a large one, or the game complex, there may be multiple in game entities. To assist Captains in running the Division and in game entities, we have Leaders and Officers.

Most games that are played competitively in one way or another require some people to take some responsibilities to administer these games. If you’re form an external group, you may register and use the "Contact TOG" forum for any communications.

You may see Guardians around. They are like Captains, but without a specific delegation. They will assist anyone in need.


Which games are played at TOG?

There is no limit to which games are or will be played at TOG. We play whatever games our members choose. Those with enough interest may become Divisions with their own forums and a delegated Captain. We keep an open mind.

A list of Captains is posted into the Lounge as a sticky.


What if I want to play another game clan wise or casually, can I do it at TOG?

You can play with your friends, other clans, or our groups. We do not require you to play with The Older Gamers. Just be careful with those games where a conflict of interest may arise.


Where do I find the policies, code of conduct, guidelines and rules?

As all members are required to agree and comply with The Older Gamers policies, code of conduct, guidelines and rules, you are advised to read them.

https://www.theoldergamers.com/forums/tog-policies-manuals-guidelines.283/

The About TOG Statement provides the broad umbrella from which all decisions are made.

To assist, here are some direct links:

About TOG Statement: https://www.theoldergamers.com/threads/about-the-older-gamers-tog.644497/

Acceptable Usage Policy (AUP): https://www.theoldergamers.com/threads/acceptable-usage-policy-aup.152659/

Code of Conduct: https://www.theoldergamers.com/threads/code-of-conduct.152268/

Forum, Game Server & Communications Guidelines: https://www.theoldergamers.com/threads/forum-game-server-communications-guidelines.152658/

You will find Division rules as stickies posts in each Division. If you’re interested in a particular Division, read the stickies first.


We at clan XYZ want to challenge you, what do we do?

Register an account and post in the "Contact TOG" forum and someone will get in touch with you. You do not need to apply for membership.


I am having Technical difficulties what do I do?

Many problems with the website relating to access are caused by cookies and temporary files, we advise to delete these files as a first try to solve your problem. Failing that, we have a Site Problem and Suggestion forum or at the Desk forum in which you can post your query. You may also contact an admin or moderator directly.


OK, I am a member, what's next?

The forum message boards are the most active part of TOG, and that is where most of the outside-game activity occurs. With the large amount of posts across all forums and TOG Community Communications Service we do not expect each and every member to read each post. We do expect members to read all TOG announcement posts in the "Notice Board" forum.

If you intend to become an active member of a gaming division, you should visit the forum for that game often to stay up to date with what is happening. Feel free, of course, to visit and post in other forums that interest you. If you want to get enlisted in gaming squads/outfits/teams, contact the appropriate Captain yourself - these people can't come to each member separately asking them what they want to get involved in. Each game has its own "Stickies" so please use that as your first source of information. There is a set of sticky posts in the game forum that will have some useful information about how to get started and involved.

Where possible, we require that you carry the TOG tag in front of your nickname when playing online games. For certain games which have a character development cycle it might not be that easy to change your name but if you can we appreciate it! How to format this tag for each game is usually found in a 'sticky post' in the game forum. If you have important questions to ask feel free to use the Private Conversation functionality, popping a question in the middle of a thread like "hey mister x, what do you think of this?" might not get spotted.


Can I contribute to TOG?

You can contribute financially via the patreon link.

The TOG community is a service to members that is free, and will remain free. Being free does not mean there are no costs; chief amongst these is the significant cost of hosting this website, which increases regularly as the community and the website grows in size.

Every dollar is reinvested into TOG! Not all contributions are financial, if you have anything to offer which would be useful do let us know. One of the things we can use is a high bandwidth internet connection allowing us to TOG host gaming server(s).

Some Divisions may run a TOG Game Server for a particular game and manage finances at Division level. Read the stickies for details. All help is appreciated and makes our gaming possible.


Can I advertise/sponsor TOG?

If you want to advertise or sponsor TOG we can certainly put up a banner to your organisation on our site! Pop-ups are not an option, they are annoying and we refuse to incorporate them into the site. If you wish to discuss this further contact Father or an Administrator.


The FAQ didn't help me! Can someone in TOG please answer my question?

Always remember to read the ‘stickies’ in the relevant forums.

You may post your question in any forum you believe is relevant such as the Lounge, Game forum or the Desk.

You may start a conversation with a TOG Administrator, Moderator or Captain. There is a list posted in the Lounge.


What if I let my children play my character/soldier? Will this affect my membership?

The character/soldier you have played as TOG (i.e. TOG guilded or TOG tagged) is effectively you and as such any behaviour by that character will considered to be you regardless of who is controlling it at the time.

Can my children join an official TOG game entity if I am playing also?

Depends …

An official TOG game entity is an in game entity, be it a guild, kin, corporation, or similar, that is sanctioned by The Older Gamers Administration. This entity will be subject of TOG policies, code of conduct, guidelines, and or rules.

This community is based on members being 25+ years of age.

A Division Captain may apply an exemption for the Division that enables a TOG member to sponsor a person to join an in game entity for that Division. Sponsored people must create a TOG Forum account as a registered user. A registered user creates an account but does not apply for membership in the barracks. Sponsored people may use the TOG Community Communications Service.

Children can only be sponsored by their parent. The parent is responsible for the child. The sponsorship must be accepted and recorded by the Division Captain.


Can non-members join an official TOG game entity if I am playing also?

Depends …

An official TOG game entity is an in game entity, be it a guild, kin, corporation, or similar, that is sanctioned by The Older Gamers Administration. This entity will be subject of TOG policies, code of conduct, guidelines, and or rules.

This community is based on members being 25+ years of age.

A Division Captain may apply an exemption for the Division that enables a TOG member to sponsor a person to join an in game entity for that Division. Sponsored people must create a TOG Forum account as a registered user. A registered user creates an account but does not apply for membership in the barracks. Sponsored people may use the TOG Community Communications Service.

Children can only be sponsored by their parent. The parent is responsible for the child. The sponsorship must be accepted and recorded by the Division Captain.


Can non-members play with TOG members?


Any person may use the TOG Community Communications Service and play as a non-member with TOG members. They will only have access to non-member areas of the Service.

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