Hello! Garnet Velvet here, Team Leader of East of the Equator.
Nice roster! From the looks of your team, you’d fit right in (especially as our min cups requirement seems to be about to go up, way up!).
Unfortunately Discord is mandatory for both our members & applicants. I fully understand your reluctance though… it was a long debate within our own alliance as many were not interested in joining Discord either. But as we evolved into a more active & competitive clan we really did need a better communication channel than the in game chat.
a history of our dialogues is kept, so no matter what time you login you can catch up with anything important that would have been missed in game chat
pictures & screenshots can be posted - making it much, much easier for teammates (namely our War Guru Lost Rogue) to give advice on team line ups. (as well in our Off-Topic channels players can get to know each other better by sharing things like pictures of pets & hobbies - but only those who feel like participating, no pressure is there to do so)
Game Tips & Resource links can be compiled: we already have an extensive “library” of game play references to help anyone interested in improving their game
We can conduct group discussions regarding team strategies , as well as conduct voting polls in order to make important alliance policy decisions (These polls are the foundation of our alliance & one of the reasons we feel we are such a great team - everyone has the opportunity to have their say; leadership team was voted in; any new major decision is put to a clan vote to ensure we continue to progress in the direction the clan really wants to go (not just what one person decides).
While many of our alliance members are pretty quiet on Discord, it is there for when important information needs to be shared (our in game chat is very active much of the time, any information posted there tends to disappear rather quickly).
Discord also provides a means of sending an alert to a specific player or the entire clan when the need rises - i.e if someone has gone missing in action, I can send them a direct message inquiring about their absence rather than having to resort to blindly kicking them from the alliance… , If someone Alliance War team isn’t complete & war is about to start we can send them a quick note reminding them to fill in their team, …
and lastly - it also gives us the opportunity to chat with players like yourself interested in joining our alliance… in a more private setting. In Discord we can get to know each other a bit more & both can better assess if we are a good match for each other: Are you the right kind of player to fit our team? Do we strike the right balance between competitive & social to meet your playing needs?
One of the bonuses of Discord is that it can be accessed both via PC/Mac or mobile device (or both at the same time for those days I’m really multitasking!) - which is great for building a good reference library or having good discussions: having access to a full keyboard & wide screen can be quite convenient!.. Then again, so is being able to catch up on the fly on our phones like most of our leadership team does!
If my very long explanation has convinced you to give Discord a try but would like some assistance, feel free to let me know! As with our team oriented game play, we’d be happy to help you with the process (and I assure you, it really is quite easy!)
But not all partnerships are meant to be… if you remain unconvinced about joining a game chat server like Discord or Line, again, I fully understand & do wish you the best in your Empires & Puzzles gaming! Should you change your mind the the future - look us up! One bonus of Discord is that we can keep a waiting list of players interested in joining our alliance (Yep - we actually do keep a waiting list, we’re just that great of a team that once someone discovers us they’re willing to wait to get on board!), once we have an opening we’d just send you a message letting you know we are ready to welcome you!
Wishing you a good night/ morning/ evening wherever you find yourself to be,