About us.

Who are we? Why are we here?

CGA is a gathering place for 23+ year old computer gamers. It's a way to bring people together to game and socialize. Through our BBS we talk, joke, arrange gaming sessions and discuss issues both serious and frivolous, related to gaming or not.

We are not a "clan" per se. There is no skill requirement for entrance. There are few requirements other than meeting the minimum age and agreeing to remain cheat-free.

One of the unique aspects of CGA is that, despite its diverse and relatively unstructured base, it allows those seeking a more structured environment to create one within its walls. Looking to create a competitive Day of Defeat team? You can do so. Want to establish standards of language and behavior in gaming you wish to practice? You can create a sub-group under the CGA banner. More details on this are given below.

To give you a more solid idea of what CGA is about, here is our Charter (annotated):



Certified Gamers’ Alliance

Goal:

Gaming is that which has brought us all together, and gaming will continue to be our core goal. CGA is intended to be a vehicle by which members can arrange matches, share tactics, and learn of new games. But it is also meant to be a social place, a forum for members to discuss non-gaming issues of import ranging from the serious to the utterly frivolous. It’s a community, a computer playground for grown-ups.

[Note: CGA is group of adults, for adults. The main BBS and servers will be maintained with relatively few rules. Game and let game. Post and let post. Too many standards leads to bickering over where those standards are and imposing them on others. Instead, CGA has opted for fewer rules, while allowing those who want more strict standards to establish sub-groups below the "top-level" - see below.]


Structure:

CGA maintains a BBS that is used to organize gaming sessions, discuss gaming issues, and socialize. Members desiring a higher level of focus, or standards regarding gameplay or discussion which may require limited membership are encouraged to create subgroups focusing on particular games and genres. The existence of CGA will allow gamers to become familiar with these in ways not possible without this umbrella organization. In addition, other resources (servers, ftp sites, etc.) may be made available from time to time under the CGA banner.

[Note:This is one of the core aspects of CGA and bears some explanation and example. CGA requires very little in terms of the behavior of its members. You must be over 25 years of age and be an honest gamer. Otherwise, you can be a loud mouth and braggart, or a quiet, mild-mannered Ghandi. You can say, “Good show, well done!” when killed in game, or you can tag and dance of the grave of the fallen. On the BBS, individual moderators after discussion with The Trustees may require some simple rules of conduct (no endless flaming, etc.)–in fact, they should; but CGA takes no official stance. HOWEVER, there may be folks in CGA who want to game according to more stringent standards, and for that we have subgroups. You are free to start within CGA the “CS Gamers Against Tagging and Speaking German on the Server,” or whatever. And you set your own rules and then take membership applications from within CGA–accepting and turning away as you please. Tolerance at the group level, but diversity at the subgroup level.

A subgroup may be as simple as a group of folks coming to an informal agreement on a few standards, or it may be something more with a new tag and its own set of forums. It may not even have anything to do with gaming at all! Let's say you'd like a more formal, intellectual level of political discourse than is occuring in the open Politics Forum. You could petition the Trustees to set up something more moderated requiring a password for entrance.]



Membership:

Joining CGA requires first that hopefuls introduce themselves by registering for the BBS, and then create an Introductory Thread to announce their desire to join. In this thread, the prospective member must state that he/she is at least 25 years of age and is an honest gamer. A short bio, especially in terms of the prospective member’s gaming experiences, is also expected. At that point, the prospective member becomes a Rookie CGA, wearing the tag [CGAr].

After the post is made, on the first of the following month, a probationary period of 90 days will begin. During this period the Rookie will enjoy all the privileges of a full-fledged member, excepting voting and access to certain private forums. The Rookie will be encouraged to game and post as much as they desire, keeping mind they MUST post 15 times during the 90 days (please no one word posts), unless someone is willing to personally vouch for them. After 90 days and 15 posts (or vouch), If there are no issues the rookie becomes a full member of CGA.

If there are issues, then the Board of Trustees will:

A) Extend the probationary period for another 180 days and 30 posts (or personal vouching)

B) Deny membership for 1 yr.

C) Deny membership permanently.

If there is an extension, at the end of that period, the BoT will vote to accept the membership, deny membership for 1 year, or deny membership permanently.

Note: Membership in CGA does not mean that one is automatically a member of CGA subgroups! CGA encourages the expression of individuality, and therefore does not require each subgroup to meet any standard other than the 25-year age limit and honest gaming. A subgroup may, therefore, have stricter standards of membership and a CGA member may find it necessary to petition for admittance.

Click Here to post your Introductory Thread, and Welcome!:


Governance:

The guiding principles of CGA’s system of government are tolerance, democrac