The Grey Tavern Volunteer Role Path Policies for Baker: Baker
If you haven't gone through the step by step process to become a Grey Tavern volunteer, we recommend doing so before reading this page. The details below will make more sense if you do.
You'll find the steps under the Tavern Volunteer Opportunities above.
If you have become a volunteer and are learning about the Volunteer Role Paths, please continue!
What You Get from this Role
Being a Baker is a very important role. As a Baker, you will have many opportunities to work with others and craft baked goods for Tavern patrons to enjoy within the Tavern or to take home with them.
You will work with Confectioners, Sophers, Barkeepers, other Bakers, and many others with 1 overarching and imperative goal that all Bakers share:
As a Baker, you get to:
- Bake tasty goods that range from healthy to sweet, savory to zesty
- See your food enjoyed by others
- Deliver your foods to people within the community
- Create new recipes
- And much more
Want to get Started as a Baker?
Responsibilities and Reporting
As a Baker, you are the face of the Bakers to many other volunteers and will have the opportunity to participate in many projects and to create a wide range of baked goods, but you do not have:
- Power to change the lore you may be naming recipes after or other such lore-related things
- Power to change Baker style guides, parameters, etc.
- Power to edit, critic, or change other Baker’s work
- Start a project of your own without Grey Tavern permission
These responsibilities belong with the Sopher Role Path, the tier 2 Bakers, and the tier 3 Bakers, respectively.
You can, however, bring up ideas and suggestions on baked goods with your Pastry Specialist.
Who Baker Report to and What They Report
Bakers report to a Pastry Specialist, a tier 2 Baker.
What your report should include is described below in section “1. Report to Pastry Specialist”
What to Expect
As Veracity and Dragon Merit points are given on a weekly basis, we’ll be talking about Baker tasks on a weekly, and sometimes monthly, basis.
Working on Assignments
This example calendar shows the 3 primary types of tasks you should expect on a weekly basis. Each is described in more detail below.
1. Report to Pastry Specialist (Tabernacle Meetings)
You will be expected to report to a Pastry Specialist that you are assigned to twice a week. There will be 2- 8 Bakers reporting at the same time as you. This group is called a Pastry Specialist's Tabernacle.
Pastry Specialist’s Tabernacle
Wednesday and Saturday are the default days to report to your Pastry Specialist. These days can change on a Tabernacle by Tabernacle basis, but the Pastry Specialist needs to let the Chief Pastry Specialist know.
Purpose of Tabernacle meetings:
- Report on Baker projects’ and tasks’ progress
- Report on baked good deliveries both to the Tavern and to the community
- Brainstorm recipes or fun ways to deliver goods to the community
- Ask Pastry Specialists questions on how elements should be crafted or otherwise handled
- Communicating on how working with your assigned Lorekeeper, Sopher, fellow Bakers, or other volunteers is going
If you need to report someone breaking a Grey Tavern rule, treating others poorly as described in Grey Tavern rules, or someone being physically hurt by another volunteer or Grey Tavern patron, report these to your assigned Sopher, not your Pastry Specialist.
2. Bakery Creation
There are two shifts with Bakers: The Monday shift and the Thursday shift.
The Monday shift looks like this:
The only elements that are musts for this shift is delivering baked goods on Monday, delivering unconsumed goods to the community on Thursday, and Tabernacle meetings. All other activities may or may not occur in a week.
The Thursday shift looks like this:
The only elements that are musts for this shift is delivering baked goods on Thursday, delivering unconsumed goods to the community on Monday or Sunday, and Tabernacle meetings. All other activities may or may not occur in a week.
For the Thursday shift, these Bakers can choose to deliver unconsumed baked goods on Sunday, if they wish.
There are 2 rules with making new recipes:
- When making recipes, make sure you follow the style guide
- DO NOT serve the products of new recipes until after both the Pastry Specialist and the Head Baker have approved the recipe and scheduled it.
If you are looking for ways to meet your minimum hours per week, trying new recipes is a good way to make up hours.
Organize Donated Foods
This may not be needed every week. Your Pastry Specialist will reach out if there is anything they need help organizing.
Delivering Unconsumed Baked Goods
Baked goods that go unconsumed must be delivered to the local community. Here’s what must be done:
- Deliver each goods package with a Grey Tavern invitation.
- DO NOT deliver goods packages to those who are already members of The Grey Tavern, unless asked to do otherwise by a Sweets Artisan.
- Goods packages must be delivered on the days assigned.
- You can do these deliveries with your Order or with other Baker, if you wish
- Goods packages should be provided by The Grey Tavern, but if they are not, use Grey Tavern resources to craft simple, attractive packages.
The 10% Rule is that for every 10 items of equal quality (time, effort, design, etc), you get to keep 1 and take it home with you.
3. Veracity Report
Veracity Reports are listed under each “calendar” event for a reason.
Here’s a meta tip:
- Filling out an Order Veracity Report after every activity will get you more Veracity overall.
The Report takes 5 minutes or less to complete! We strongly suggest that you wrap up every activity by filling out an Order Veracity Report.
Grey Tavern Property Damage
If any Grey Tavern physical property is damaged as a result of your actions or during an Order activity, you are expected to:
- Report the damage to The Grey Tavern
- Replace or fix it
If you don’t, it will become something for your Order to replace or fix
- If the thing is too expensive to replace, you may:
Submit an item request to a Generative Order
- If you don’t have the skills to fix it or the resources, you may:
- Submit a request to an Eternal Order to help you fix it
Making Changes or Ascending the Hierarchy
There are 2 ways of moving things forward:
- If you see an issue, an opportunity to make an improvement, or something that can be done, you may propose a project to The Grey Tavern.
- You may apply to ascend to a higher position in the Baker hierarchy. You could only apply to be a Pastry Specialist when you are a Baker.
Use the links above to see the details of how to do these 2 things and to access the forms.
When you first became a Baker, you signed a Volunteer Appointment Agreement. Within it, there was an Intellectual Property release section. Here, we will clarify some of what Intellectual Property you are giving to The Grey Tavern as part of that release.
- All Baker and baked goods projects and tasks that are assigned to you by the Grey Tavern as well as those projects and tasks that are part of an Original Content project you submit and get approved or an Original Content project you participate in
- All baked good and recipe ideas
- All baked goods you do that becomes a part of any Grey Tavern project
- Creator and authorship rights
- Game, story, costume, etc. ideas, assets, materials, skills, or time contributed to any The Grey Tavern project
As a Grey Tavern volunteer, The Grey Tavern requires volunteers to communicate with them what their minimum and maximum hours they can donate per week is.
This is done when you sign the “The Grey Tavern Volunteer Rules and Policies” agreement. However, if you need to change these hours, you simply need to communicate the changes to your Pastry Specialist who will send the message up the chain.
These hours are required because it helps The Grey Tavern as well as Volunteer and Order leaders know how much to expect from you. This will help:
- You not feel overburdened
- Leaders not feel that they have to do everything by themselves
You will receive a strike if you do not meet your minimum hours per week. This can easily be removed by meeting your minimum hours the next week.
What Type of Volunteering You’re Offering
Volunteering type is important for knowing what donation or quest type you should generally be reporting for your role.
As a Baker, you will be spending most of your volunteer service donating Goods (link). These goods are put into:
- Baked goods that are either baked at The Grey Tavern location or at your home
A donation type that you will be using second to Goods is Tavern Volunteering (Link) which focuses on time spent. Some activities in which you should log Tavern Volunteering donations are:
- Creating new recipes
- Delivering unconsumed goods to the community
You will usually get the greatest benefit, in total Veracity earned in a week, through submitting a Goods Order Veracity Report. However, you should report a Tavern Volunteering Order Veracity Report when that one is more appropriate. If you are found intentionally submitting a Goods Report when you should be submitting a Tavern Volunteering, you will be reviewed and potentially removed from your position.
If you are in a Generative Order as well, the Goods you donate will have the greatest effect as far as Veracity earned per week. However, your Baker service will always increase your Veracity, as long as you report it, no matter what Order type you are part of.
What to Expect from Working with Us
We truly want you to have fun as a Baker!
We seek to give you as much autonomy as possible within your role. As long as you keep what’s listed in the following list, we wish for you to thrive, imagine, and make this role yours.
- Keep your commitments
- Keep the guidelines expressed in this document
- Keep the rules of The Grey Tavern
- Stay within Baker rules, expectations, style guides, and other Baker parameters
- Stay within Grey Tavern lore
- Fill out your Order Veracity Report regularly
- Treat others with respect and kindness
- Do not intentionally damage Grey Tavern property
- Communicate with The Grey Tavern when your commitments need to change or if you have a Legitimate Excuse (Link) for why you weren’t able to keep it
- Approve your projects with The Grey Tavern BEFORE starting on them