#1. Recognizing of course that The Watch is focused on helping new players and so your members most likely deal with said players on the OOC level; is there any IC spin to the organization and what you do? I'm not asking for a deep story-line, I just wanted to know, in your own opinion, if your guild's actions are recognized in the shared story of our server's RP community.
knows we exist. I can only imagine the "shared story of our server's RP community" thinks of me/us as "that weird bloke what walks around with the lantern, innit?"
#2. Acknowledging again that your focus is on helping players with mechanical challenges and giving them a positive impression of the players of the server, is informing the new players on RP basics and answers to their questions of RP ever a need or priority?
The only "mechanical challenges" a guest gets help with are a sort of enhanced self-sufficiency (via donated items passed on and the ability to ask, say, how a wand works) and the ability to ask someone with no agenda whatsoever about the local colour.
Let me draw a line under that. We're a public
service - espousing no particular guild, style of play, class, and so on. By way of example: the line of questioning that begins inevitably with "wot gilds r ther?" gets volleyed back with "What is it you like to do?" in order to determine based on a list of local guilds we keep what would be a best fit. I don't immediately try to slot them into Praesidium because that's in my guild's
interest, not theirs
they happen to have the same interest.
Nuances beyond the very basics required for polite communication are left to groups they join later, &c. We are not, and cannot be, a vehicle for indoctrination of any particular gaming style.
It's the difference between giving away a free breakfast, and giving away a free breakfast but first you have to listen to our sales presentation for these condos....