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Hey guys. I’ve had this idea kicking around in the back of my head for quite some time now. I wanted to create stand-alone sub-reports that featured one of the Disciplines that you are able to select when creating a Character in the Dark Jedi...

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Hey guys. I’ve had this idea kicking around in the back of my head for quite some time now. I wanted to create stand-alone sub-reports that featured one of the Disciplines that you are able to select when creating a Character in the Dark Jedi Brotherhood.

I will highlight the NPC that’s been created, showcase a short fiction showing off how they could function, and then break down and expand on what makes the Discipline cool. You can view the Disciplines on their Wiki page, or on CDAWG here.

Today I’m going to talk about the Defender. It’s one of my favorite of the Force User disciplines, and my hope is that more people will be encouraged to try it out in builds for their characters.

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Defender NPC: Wyndell Tyris

Someone asked me the other day what I would do If anything happened to Marick. I’ve never really considered an alternative character, and mostly think in terms of supporting NPCs when I create them. After some thought, I came up with the the character I’d want to play if I changed from Marick. That lead me to make Wyn.

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Wyn is the half-brother of Marick, and I created him not just to highlight the Defender discipline, but for some unique fictional roles for Marick’s storyline. He’s a Human (Marick’s father's side) former con artist and borderline smuggler who’s talented in the Force but likes to fight from a distance and support others with his abilities. Here is a quick fiction to introduce him. Feel free to skip past this, as I will highlight the part that is important for discussion following.

Short Fiction


Nar Shaddaa
Refugee Sector

Frantic footsteps pounded against the cracked and broken duracrete streets. A female Omwati clutched a small child to her chest as she struggled to keep pace. Two other children were right at her heels, a Cathar boy with red fur and a pale skinned Rattataki girl.

A man wearing a black leather jacket with green accents and long hair tied back into a tail lead the way around the corner, dark eyes seeking out shelter ahead. He heard a shout from the direction they had just fled, and made an executive decision to duck into the closest alleyway and figure out what to do from there.

“Karking Quizzies, targeting kids,” Wyndell Tyris growled as he lead the woman and children into the alley and pressed his shoulder against the duracrete wall, peeking around the corner. He wasn’t sure what made aliens so undesirable. While a bit on the fragile side, the Omwati woman was anything but undesirable, if Wyn was being truthful. For whatever reason, the “Grand Master” of this “Brotherhood” did not share Wyn’s appreciation. His loss, really.

A trio of Inquisitors rounded the street corner. One was clad in a long gray jacket and had his hood drawn back. The other two wore the conventional uniform of the Inquisitorius, dark hoods drawn up to shadow their faces. Thier get-up made it hard to distinguish between them, but Wyn grouped them together as generic ‘Quizzies’, his patent-pending term for the Inquisitorius. He was sure it would become a thing soon enough.

The man in the middle with vibrant blue eyes was a different story, though. As if on cue, he spoke a simple command, lilted voice carrying easily through the streets. “Find them.”

Wyn looked around the alley and ran a few quick calculations. He was fairly certain he could take the two generics on by himself. The man in gray was definitely a high ranking Inquisitor by the way he carried himself. Probably a Grand Inquisitor, or something. That, and the man seemed to be making little effort to hide his signature in the Force. Shaking his head, Wyn turned to the three children looking at him with wide, frightened eyes. He flashed a knowing grin to them and then winked at the mother.

“Right, time to get creative,” Wyn said, rubbing his hands together. “Kids? I need you to huddle together with mom and stay close. We’re going to play the quiet game now, which means no talking or making any noise. Any questions?”

“What are you going to—”

“—Shhh, quiet game. Starting now.” Wyn raised a finger to his lips as he cut the child off.

Wyn fell into the Force and wrapped it around his body like a cloak. His figure shimmered as it became translucent and then disappeared entirely. Concentrating, the Defender pushed outward slightly to extend the effects of his cloak to the mother and three children. To their credit, they each kept their mouths shut while their eyes widened in wonderment and their own bodies vanished from view.

Wyndell remained perfectly still, sinking into the slipstreams of the Force and making sure he kept his own presence dampened. To anyone looking, he’d register as no more than an average Human and the alley would appear empty. Unless...

One of the Inquisitors stopped at the entrance to the passageway and seemed to concentrate intently. Wyn could sense a probing sensation through the Force. The Inquisitor swept his augmented vision around the alley, rooftops, and the street itself, searching.

Wyn remained perfectly still and trusted in his abilities. He knew that the Brotherhood’s “Seekers” had a unique ability to see through fabrications, but he was fairly confident that didn’t include his shared cloak. At least he hoped.

The Inquisitor's gaze swept right past his shrouded group. “All clear, sir,” he said with a slight hint of regret as he turned to the man in gray. He must have really wanted to show those alien kids who was boss. Meanie.

“Keep searching,” the Grand Inquisitor replied, pointing down the street. The Inquisitor nodded curtly and took off down the road to catch up with his generic partner.

The man in gray with the too-blue eyes lingered for the space of a few heartbeats. Turning his head to look directly at Wyn, he nodded once. He then turned to continue on down the street without looking back.

“Thanks, brother,” Wyn whispered as he waited another two minutes before dropping his cloak and gesturing for the kids and their mother to follow him back in the direction they came and to safety.


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That's okay if you did. I’m going to highlight the important part anyway, but wanted to give an organic example of how a Defender can come in handy.

Defender Feat: Synergy

Wyn fell into the Force and wrapped it around his body like a cloak. His figure shimmered as it became translucent and then disappeared entirely. Concentrating, the Defender pushed outward slightly to extend the effects of his cloak to the mother and three children. To their credit, they each kept their mouths shut while their eyes widened in wonderment and their own bodies vanished from view.

You’ll notice this was highlighted above. That is because we get to see the Synergy feat in action. Wyn’s Synergy III allows him to spread the effects of his Force Cloak to the four Undesirables he is hiding. If they were Force-sensitive, Wyn could have also spread his Concealment ability. In this situation, he’d also be able to use Control Self or Healing, but as his Aspects indicate, Wyn isn’t very good at Force Healing, so he’d probably play to his strengths.

Wyn could sense a probing sensation through the Force. The Inquisitor swept his augmented vision around the alley, rooftops, and the street itself, searching.

Here we actually get a look at the Seeker’s Seeking feat. Since the characters are written as lower-ranking Seekers, it’s safe to assume they are using Seeking I or Seeking II. As a reminder, here is what Seeking II grants:

When focused, {{member}} has developed the ability to see through a Force User's Concealment or active Illusion up to (+4).

This means that Wyn’s +5 Force Cloak and +5 Concealment will hold up against anyone short of an Elder-level Inquisitor (who can pierce veils up to +5).

Defender Feat: Force Pulse

What we don’t get to see is the second Defender feat: Force Pulse. Force Pulse modifies the Force Power: Suppression, and allows the caster to dampen and then eventually negate the effects of linger offensive attacks. This ability works against Slow, Illusion, Blackness, Blinding, and Terror, and varies in ease-of-use based on the level (I, II, and III respectively).

So for example, say that Wyn had dropped the Force Cloak field and was simply hiding behind something for cover. One of the Inquisitors starts to use Terror to try and get anyone hiding to flee or cry out. Wyn could use Force Pulse to negate the effects on the four Undesirables he’s with, helping to keep them calm and hidden.

Conclusion

So, that’s my first Discipline Focus article. I would really appreciate feedback, whether by email or in the comments below. Let me know if you liked, hated, or simply didn’t care about the information in the Focus. Let me know if you have suggestions on how to make it better, things you’d rather see, or things you’d rather not see. My hope is to do one of these for each Discipline, but I need to make sure this format is helpful and informative.

Thanks guys, I appreciate it!

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You can find an archive of my previous Combat Master reports HERE. These reports contain a lot of helpful information, so if you’re a new or returning member, I’d suggest leafing through them.

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Oh, and one more thing:

Non-Force user Disciplines are in the works. We have the first draft done, and the team (ACC Staff + Voice Staff + A few additional eyes) is hard at work on tweaking, editing, rewriting, and balancing/boosting my initial ideas/writeups for Feats/modifiers. I will detail more about them in my next report, so keep an eye for it!

That's all for now.

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Woop Woop, You guessed right, it's that time again when I throw out my end of the month report. Now I know it's a little bit early but that is because it's packed full of amazing things which all of the gaming crowd will be pleased to...

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header Woop Woop, You guessed right, it's that time again when I throw out my end of the month report. Now I know it's a little bit early but that is because it's packed full of amazing things which all of the gaming crowd will be pleased to see. Let's go ahead and jump straight into this report and get the ball rolling.

Grand Master’s Gaming Tournament Winner!

So the Tournament came to an end, and I want to personally thank everyone who gave it their best. It's not easy to come into a tournament with so many different platforms available and give it your all. So thank you to all those who did, it's harder still to come out on top. So that being said I would like to congratulate…….Ernordeth. On winning the tournament, as well as Morgan aka V’yr for 2nd Place. It’s great to see you guys enter into a tournament like this and come out not only improving your gaming skills, but being the sportsmen that set the example for others to follow. Give a massive cheer for everyone who participated, you did your Clans proud. A rather cool accessory was given to Ernor for winning, check out what he got.

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Battlefront Changes

Recently some new things got changed around in Battlefront, with the introduction of a new play mode known as Sabotage and with the recent changes in the way some of the other game modes play. Ernordeth has tested these modes out and as such we have decided to add the new game mode along with a few changes, so the following will take place from today forward:

  • Sabotage Mode - 2 CFs
  • Fighter Squadron - Changed to 2 CF’s

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Overwatch

It has come to my attention with the numbers I have got from a competition, as well as continuous monitoring of the Overwatch Telegram channel that this game is ready to take the next step forward. We shall now enter the trial period for the game. It will be under the banner of PvO, as such all screenshots must be taken within the game, and members must follow all RoC. Remember to play with another member of the Brotherhood if you want them to be counted!!! The following addition has been made:

  • Overwatch PvP - 1.5 CF per match.

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Pendants of Blood

Once more we come to that time where I hand out Pendants of Blood for the most active gamers, so since our last report we have only had a few completed weeks. Congratulations to the following members on earning themselves a Pendant of Blood:

  • 1st Week - Kelly Mendes
  • 2nd Week - Kelly Mendes
  • 3rd Week - Kelly Mendes

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Clan Gaming

So in every report I keep mentioning this, but if you want to earn double CF’s for that one day and build up some inter-Clan relationships then do Clan Gaming. It's a great way forward and will help improve your CF counter, so that all said and done the following clans have been paired up with the dates that can be found below:

  • Clan Naga Sadow and Clan Taldryan and Tarentum - 9th July
  • Clan Arcona and Clan Plagueis - 23rd July
  • Clan Scholae Palatinae and Clan Odan-Urr - 30th July header

Getting a Game Approved

My staff and I get asked this question a lot so I want to try and clean up how to get a game approved. The honest answer is, if you feel it can be brought to the Brotherhood, test the game out. See how it plays and try and think how it would work inside Brotherhood gaming. Second part is numbers; would more than ten people play it regularly? Finally if you can tick the above boxes, what you need to do is then go and write a proposal on how this game works, what makes it unique and submit it to myself and my staff for review. There is no dark magic nothing hidden this is the way to get games into the attention of myself and my staff and what I strongly recommend you do in the future.

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Question and Answer

So I brought this section back with a bit more of a twist this time. I have given you the option to fill a form out and give your honest opinion and any changes you want to see inside of the gaming sector of the Brotherhood. It can be found Here

That all being said I picked a few question as follows:

Lilith Asked: Are there ever going to be any other PvP games like Pazaak that non-serious gamers can play.

  • My staff and I are open to having suggestions brought to us. If you can find games that tick the boxes feel free to contact us, but as far as Pazaak goes, it is the standard go to game for the Brotherhood.

Lucifer Asked: Why does the DJB not have the ability to get Clusters playing solo?

  • Because we are a club, we have to interact with one another and sitting down for solo games will never get you Clusters. Trust me, I play so many games that would rack up CF’s but I understand that being part of the community is better than solo playing. As such we will never change this nor has it ever been changed since the club was founded.

Mark asked: What would have to be done to allow game modes such as Guns FFA and Capture the Flag in JA (and JO)?

  • If you can find someone with a server that allows you to play such modes I am happy for them to be played with Guns, however that being said this must be agreed with everyone involved before deciding to play with guns.

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Final Thoughts

Gaming creates bonds of friendship that can last a lifetime, remember to treat others how you want to be treated as is the way of life. That being said, having fun is one of the most important things out there. A huge shout out to my team for continuing their development and work on the gaming side of the Brotherhood, these guys do so much work for you so give them a round of applause.

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Blade locked eyes with the Grand Master, grinning on the outside while on the inside a voice screamed and a wave of doubt and fear started to churn in her gut. Get away now, while you can. Run. Hide. Leave. Perhaps it was the adrenaline of battle...

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Blade locked eyes with the Grand Master, grinning on the outside while on the inside a voice screamed and a wave of doubt and fear started to churn in her gut.

Get away now, while you can. Run. Hide. Leave.

Perhaps it was the adrenaline of battle still coursing warm through her veins, but Blade pushed the wave of dread that her base survival instincts were giving off and exhaled slowly. She started to walk towards the long set of stairs that lead to the Grand Master’s box, but stopped when a medical team came running onto the field from one of the entry tunnels.

A trio of Field Medics carrying a stretcher moved smoothly to Aul Celsus’ body. They loaded him onto it, but were surprised to see that his body had already started to mend, closing the scrapes and cuts he’d earned from the fight. With some bacta and rest, he would walk away from the experience with no more than a few scars, both mental and physical. The Arcanist would deal with them in time, and he would get his chance, one day, to get back at the Zeltronian who had bested him.

As he was carted off the field, he lifted a hand towards the audience that contained the gathered collective of Clan Naga Sadow. He balled his fist but left his thumb up as a signal to his supporters, who let out cheers and started a round of applause.

Blade turned her attention back to the Grand Master’s dais. To her surprise, Darth Pravus was no longer there. A moment of panic flashed across her mind as she assumed the worst, but a different man wearing simple robes held up a hand and flashed an easy smile.

Telaris Taldrya Cantor, Deputy Grand Master of the Brotherhood, signaled for silence. Tall and handsome, he ran a hand through his dusky crop of hair, dark eyes alert and calculative.

“The Grand Master has left to handle a situation that has arisen for the fleet,” the Dark Prophet explained. “So, it is with great honor that on behalf of the Iron Legion and Dark Jedi Brotherhood, I declare Blade Ta’var as the Champion of this Tourney!”

Cheers erupted and chants broke out. A lone figure emerged from one of the tunnels, his long strides carrying him effortlessly towards the tattered Zeltron.

Alaris Jinn carried a glass case in his arms. Stepping in front of Blade, he opened the panel, revealing a golden badge bearing the Combat Center’s emblem and the words “Champion” etched in aurebesh. A string of sturdy rope was tied to the top, allowing for flexibility with varying outfit styles. The badge was a symbol, a way of showing the Brotherhood what she had accomplished this day.

“On behalf of the Combat Center, congratulations,” the Twi’lek said with a knowing grin.

Blade returned the smile and lifted the golden plated badge high into the air, turning in a half-circle to display it to the entire arena.

The day belong to Blade, but something in the back of her mind reminded her that she had made a dangerous enemy. The Grand Master was not one to forget and certainly not one to forgive.

But that was a battle for another day.


Final Combat - Victor

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The Journeyman Tourney (2016) has reached it’s conclusion. In the beginning, 16 Journeyman volunteered to fight for their honor, pride, families, and Clans. In the end, two finalists gave everything they had, and we were treated to quite the show. Both Alaris and I were both taken aback, and I can truly say it was both an honor and privilege to read and then grade this match.

Both writers gave it their all. But in the end, there can be only one.

Congratulations to Blade Ta’var on her victory, and her new designation as the Champion of the Journeyman ACC Tourney!

Aul Celus put up an amazing fight. Make sure you pat him on the back when you see him, as he is the Gladius of the Journeyman ACC Tourney for coming in second place in the Final match.

Aiden Lee Deshra took third place and was one match away from making a play for the championship, but I have no doubt we will see him again in the next major ACC competition tearing up the competition!

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(Click here to see the Journeyman Tourney hall, where you can read some stellar matches from our upcoming members.)

Awards

To the spoils go the victors. Wait that’s not right...

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To the victor goes the spoils! (Nailed it)

Blade, as Champion, has been awarded the “Champion Badge” Accessory. Aul, as Gladius, has been awarded with “Gladius Badge” Accessory. Both items can be seen on their respective dossieres below, and should stand as symbols of pride that speaks to their accomplishments in this tournament.

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A Thank You

I’m going to give the floor to Alaris Jinn now, as this entire tournament was his idea. I want to thank him for coming up with the idea for this Tourney, and for all the work he put into the planning, execution, and grading of the entire event.

Thank you Alaris. We appreciate it.

You Had A Warrior’s Heart, Even Then

Before going into this, I want to explain why the Journeyman Tournament was such an important thing for me. When I was but a Journeyman myself, 9 years ago, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a club I wanted to be in. I was having a little difficulty trying to find my stride. I was participating as much as I could, but as in everything in my life, if I couldn’t be part of the creation, I would feel a little bit on the outside looking in. An old timer by the name of Braecen (y’all may know him) saw something and took me under his wing.

One of the things he introduced me to, and subsequently taught me the ways of, was the Antei Combat Centre, and it became a mainstay of my participation. I became a regular. But nothing about the ACC was nearly as awesome for me as when my name was called to be a part of building the future of the ACC, through helping create both the new Character Sheet system and being a judge in the new ACC.

One of the things I found as a Journeyman in the ACC was the strength of the other combatants seemed to be a deterrent for most other Journeymen. Eager, young Alaris threw himself into the competition during GJWs and RoSs and often fell on his face, pretty hard. I remember a particularly gruesome match where I made no mistakes and still Halcyon wiped the floor with me. I would have liked a Journeyman competition, myself.

So, six months ago I approached Wally with the prospect of putting together a Journeyman Tournament. “Draw me up a proposal I can take to Pravus and Mav,” he said. Here we are, six months later and I’m happy to announce it was a huge success. We had 75% completion rate, which is outstanding for Journeyman competition, in fact, Fading Light had a completion rate of 67%. So, there are HUGE props to go out to these fresh faces.

But the completion rate isn’t even the most remarkable part of the last two months. The most remarkable part was the fact that these posts were written with the skill that would take taken these Journeymen deep into a field full of seasoned veterans. They had foreshadowing, imagery equalling that which you’d find in posts from Aidan Kincaid or Atty, a firm understanding of how to keep a reader engaged, and most importantly they displayed an incredible knack for telling an interesting, compelling story.

To consider all of this, you can now understand just how impressed I was with our two finalists. The fact that in a field as deep as this ended up being, they came out on top and wrote a phenomenal story to cap this whole thing off. Blade blew me away by defying Pravus to the last, sparing the life of her opponent.

In the end, I want to thank and congratulate every participant (especially Des Crimination, and the other invisible DBers). You made me, your Clans, and the entire Brotherhood extremely proud.

And one more huge congratulations to our Champion, Blade Ta’var!

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You can find an archive of my previous Combat Master reports HERE. These reports contain a lot of helpful information, so if you’re a new or returning member, I’d suggest leafing through them.

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ACC Exams

Thank you kindly. Oh and one more thing:

Congrats again to Blade for earning a promotion to Equite 1 on the same day as her victory. The rank of "Warrior" has never been more fitting ;).

That's all for now.

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Magistrate to the Herald applications extended until the 26th Greetings programs, the Herald's office will be extending applications for the two positions of Magistrate. A reminder of what we are looking for? * Skill in graphics manipulation...

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Magistrate to the Herald applications extended until the 26th

Greetings programs,

the Herald's office will be extending applications for the two positions of Magistrate.

A reminder of what we are looking for?

  • Skill in graphics manipulation software (Photoshop, GIMP, Illustrator, Corel, etc.)
  • 24-hour mail turn around
  • A Telegram connection is highly encouraged
  • Readiness to take on some of the most challenging graphics projects in the Brotherhood (#nopressure)

Send all applications including a portfolio of at least 5 of your most recent works to [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. Any application without at least 5 artworks will be automatically declined

See you, Space Cowboys.

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Magistrate to the Herald applications open until the 19th Greetings programs, the Herald's office will be accepting applications for the position of Magistrate until the 19th of June. Two positions are free. If you think you have the skill and...

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Magistrate to the Herald applications open until the 19th

Greetings programs,

the Herald's office will be accepting applications for the position of Magistrate until the 19th of June. Two positions are free. If you think you have the skill and the know-how, by all means apply as it is open to anyone in the Brotherhood, regardless of rank.

What are we looking for?

  • Skill in graphics manipulation software (Photoshop, GIMP, Illustrator, Corel, etc.)
  • 24-hour mail turn around
  • A Telegram connection is highly encouraged
  • Readiness to take on some of the most challenging graphics projects in the Brotherhood (#nopressure)

Send all applications including a portfolio of at least 5 of your most recent works to [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. Any application without at least 5 artworks will be automatically declined.

Herald Monthly Trivia

...ends on the 15th of June at 11 pm CET (GMT+1) in the DB Art Club Telegram channel

Follow the link to the competition

Important to note that this will be the last Herald trivia in this series and will cover all of the aspects of the Herald position (what we do that you can find on the wiki) as well as previous Heralds. This can include any questions or topics asked in previous trivia comps.

That's all for now folks. Expect a report on the 19th.

See you, Space Cowboys.

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Introduction It's been a wonderful month as I begin to settle into my new role, and I'm excited about the things we've accomplished already as well as the things on the very near horizon. Marcus has proven to be an absolute rockstar,...

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Introduction

It's been a wonderful month as I begin to settle into my new role, and I'm excited about the things we've accomplished already as well as the things on the very near horizon. Marcus has proven to be an absolute rockstar, Ood continues to be an excellent mentor in all things SA, and Mirus and Alishu are still working hard on their respective projects. Our Professors and Docents are grading their exams quickly and efficiently, and I couldn't be more pleased at how hard everyone is working as we begin a full audit of the SA.

New Courses

Since my last report, we've released three new courses. As Wally detailed in his recent report, there is a new Lightsaber Combat exam that focuses on how to utilize your fun glowbats in the ACC properly. Along the same lines, the new Martial Arts guide now has a proper Martial Arts exam to go along with it as well. Both exams are based exclusively on their respective guides and were created by Wally and his staff, so hats off to them on excellent work.

Over the past month, Wally and his staff weren't the only ones keeping us busy. Aexod also put the finishing touches on an excellent Diablo 3 primer course that you can find here if you haven't already taken it; in less than a month, 41 people have taken it, so there are a few of you left I suppose. :)

Speaking of lightsabers... as Wally mentioned in his report, the Lightsaber Combat exam was splintered off from Mirus' work on the general Lightsaber Studies course. As of a few minutes ago, the outdated Lightsaber Studies course and exam have been replaced and the new version can be found here. If you previously took the course, you will not have to retake it; you're welcome to look over the new material though!

Projects

Current

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

  • SW History Department Rewrite - Aabs & Farrin: Because of the evil Darth Mickey, my beloved Galactic History courses aren't fully canon anymore. The courses are being pared down (almost in half) and will be added to the Legends Department. This has been delayed a bit because Aabs and I are a bit busy. Should be done by next report, though. Estimated completion: 7/1/16

  • DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: The DJB History courses have become outdated and needed some clean-up. DJB History I has been more or less completed and Alishu is almost done with DJB II. This has taken a bit longer because he discovered some of our more recent history isn't as well catalogued on the Wiki. Estimated completion: 7/1/16

  • The Dreaded... AUDIT! (non-SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Farrin & Ood: The non-Star Wars courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. Expected Completion: 7/2016

  • The Dreaded... AUDIT! (SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Marcus, Alishu, Rhace: The Star Wars-based courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. I'll be reaching out to some people this week to help us out. Expected Completion: 9/2016

Upcoming

  • Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. The audit takes precedence, but expect to see more about this later on this summer. Expected Start: 7/2016; Expected Completion: 9/2016

  • Operation Prereq - Farrin: In order to make a more focused new member experience, different options are going to be explored to create prerequisite courses before other courses open up to a member. This is on the back burner for now, as the SA Staff has more pressing matters (y'know, the stuff above this item) and it'll require some tweaks on the coding end. Expect more info on this over the summer as well. Expected Start: Unknown; Expected Completion: Also unknown. :)

That's of course not all we're working on. There are a bunch of other exciting things I'm hoping to get completed this summer. Man, it's a great time to be in the Shadow Academy!

Miscellaneous Announcements

  • Beginning (way too damned) early tomorrow morning, I'll be traveling to a national debate tournament and will return next Sunday. I don't expect much of a disruption in my email or Telegram response time, but just in case... if you need anything urgent from me, please include Marcus on the email. You should be doing that anyway.

Top Exam Takers

Name # of Exams # of ACs
Privateer Xeipha 23 12
Neophyte Zul Zorrander 22 8
Savant Edgar Drachen 12 20
Proselyte Kyx 12 5
Savant Mune Cinteroph 12 15

Note: these numbers cover the period from 5/12/16 to 6/11/16.
Cooler note: as promised last month, this month's top exam taker - Xeipha - has received a SoF for her efforts!

Conclusion

The Shadow Academy covers tens if not hundreds of thousands of words, and those words were written by imperfect humans (GASP!). We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. At the very least, you'll get the thanks of a grateful HM... that's got to count for something, right?

In Darkness -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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Hey everyone. I just wanted to take a minute to highlight the new Shadow Academy Exams in the Combat Writing Department and put out a call for another ACC Judge. New Exams We’ve recently completed work on two new exams. I’m going to highlight the...

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Hey everyone. I just wanted to take a minute to highlight the new Shadow Academy Exams in the Combat Writing Department and put out a call for another ACC Judge.

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New Exams

We’ve recently completed work on two new exams. I’m going to highlight the latest one first, which is the Lightsaber Combat exam.

Lightsaber Combat

A while ago, we published the Lightsaber Forms wikipedia page alongside a character sheet database update. Since then, there was a bit of limbo as to what to do with the existing Lightsaber Studies exams in the Shadow Academy. After some talk with the new Headmaster (Farrin ftw) we were able to figure out a solution and were able to splinter Lightsaber-based exams off into two different pieces.

Created for the purpose of helping members write Lightsaber Combat in the ACC Guide, you can now take the brand new Lightsaber Combat exam in the Shadow Academy. A separate exam is being worked on to help members get to know the fabled weapons of the Jedi a bit better.

As with all of the updated/new Combat Writing exams, there are no course notes. This is because all of the answers for the Lightsaber Combat exam can be found by reading the Source Material articles linked within. The exam was designed to help show that you read the documentation and to expand your knowledge organically by looking up or answering each question.

Let me know what you guys think! Feedback is always welcome, especially with new exams.

(I’d also like to make a quick shout out to Sildrin. The artwork that she had contributed to her lovely web-coded Lightsaber Guide did not get carried over to the abridged, more condensed Lightsaber Forms article. If you take a look at the article now, you will notice that each form has a templated box with a nifty sketch or drawing relating to the respective form. Thanks, Sil! (Send her a hug if you see her to remind her how much cooler the article looks.)

Martial Arts: Form Studies

As mentioned in my previous report, there is also a new Martial Arts Forms exam that is simple but effective in helping learn some of the new changes that were deployed. Check out the exam here.

Any feedback or questions, let us know!

On Combat Writing and the Shadow Academy

It’s been a work in progress over the past year and a half since I became Combat Master, especially considering my outspoken history against the Shadow Academy as a platform. Having gotten to work more closely over the years with people like Solari, Ood, and now Farrin and Marcus, I am happy to be an ancillary part of the Shadow Academy team as the Docent for the Department of Combat Writing . Like the new Lightsaber and Martial Arts exams, the Qualification and Combat Studies were similary created from the ground up with a very specific design philosophy.

ACC Qualification -- The majority of the Qualification is multiple choice or true/false questions lifted directly from the common errors and questions members get confused about. The two writing prompts at the end take a bit of time, but have proven a great way for us to gauge if someone will have a good time in the ACC. Feedback has remained positive between new, old and even returning members.


ACC Combat Studies -- You are presented with two Character Sheets, and a full 2/2 match. Answering a list of multiple choice questions will address--organically--a lot of problems we’ve seen come up in the ACC. You get to see, in real time, how skills, powers, aspects and feats can be written. It is not a required course, but if you are serious about the ACC and competing, it can be very insightful.

To me, the purpose of the Shadow Academy should be for members to get insight into what questions are important to the activities they engage and participate in. Knowledge for the sake of answers or as a game undermine the ability to learn material, so if some of the questions seem too simple or too easy, it is actually that way for a reason.

Each exam was crafted with a focus on demonstrating your ability to read the documentation we use and comprehend how it affects the activities you participate in (which, for this case, is writing combat in not just the ACC, but for your fictions and Run-Ons as well).

I’m always open to feedback. Whether it is spotting a typo or asking if something can be clarified, hit me up at [Log in to view e-mail addresses] and CC the Headmaster and P:Headmaster to make sure that we make any changes that need to be made.

Thank you all for your support. I appreciate it, and hope you enjoy the new exams.

ACC Staff Updates

Vivackus resigns

I’d like to thank Vivackus for his service to the ACC and Brotherhood. Viv has been a good friend, and we’ve worked together on ACC changes, updates, and improvements since before I even became Combat Master. Due to real life time constraints, however, he has stepped down from his position. I’ve awarded him a Dark Cross for his work to date, and wish him best.

Thanks Viv, and congrats on the shiny!

New Judge position open

With Viv stepping down, I’d like to bring in another ACC Judge.

Responsibilities
  • Grading ACC Matches
  • Grading ACC Qualification Exams
  • Keeping up to date with the ACC Rubric, Guideline, and Policy adjustments.
  • Assisting the Combat Master with projects.
  • Contribute input to discussions on the CS Mechanics, additions, and revisions.

Here is what I am looking for in an ACC Judge:

Required Qualifications

  • ACC Qualified
  • Passed (100%): ACC Combat Studies Exam
  • Strong command of English language, writing and grammar — feel free to submit sample writing.
  • Not have served previously as an ACC Judge

Recommended

  • Experience as a proofreader
  • Keen eye and attention to details.
  • Experience with the ACC since it has been re-opened — Feel free submit sample matches.

New Judges will go through the same training that all previous judges have:

  • You will co-grade 2 matches with the Combat Master.
  • You will co-grade 2 ACC Qualification Exams with the Combat Master.

After this point, you will be a regular staffed Judge and able to grab Matches and Exams as they pop up in the queue.

Why be an ACC Judge?

ACC Judging counts as a form of leadership in the Brotherhood. You are providing in-depth feedback to members about their writing, and on Qualification Exams you are working to ensure that members are learning the intricacies of the system we use as a platform for activity. If you haven’t had luck as a unit leader for various reasons, this is another great chance to give back to the Brotherhood community. Aside from that, you are getting to be an active part of the development of Character Sheet mechanics.

Please send all applications to [Log in to view e-mail addresses].

Applications will run for one week until (6/16/16), but I reserve the right to close them early if I find what I’m looking for beforehand. Any questions, let me know.

Journeyman Tourney - Final Combat

Also, remember that the Journameny Tourney still rages on. Blade and Aul are battling it out in the Colosseum, while Aiden and Solas duke it out in the ruins of Dromund Kaas. Support your Journeyman!

Kill them back, Guardians! (I have the Destiny reveal stream playing in the background as I write this, shutupdontjudgem).

Voice Report -- Call for Magistrates

Evant posted his latest report, updating everyone on what is going on with the Voice's office and the projects we track on. He also put out a call for new Magistrates to serve alongside Atra and I!

This is very exciting. I can say, as someone who served as Magistrate for years before becoming CM that it is one of the more fun jobs I've had in the Brotherhood. You will learn a lot, help people, and I include M:Voice's in any of my projects alongside the ACC Staff. If you like the fictional system and the development side of the club, make sure you apply!

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You can find an archive of my previous Combat Master reports HERE. These reports contain a lot of helpful information, so if you’re a new or returning member, I’d suggest leafing through them.

ACC Links

ACC Exams

Thank you kindly.

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It seems a year as Voice has passed for me, so I took the opportunity to take a look at where things are at today, and put together a plan to move forward from here. I shared this with the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master and we have an agreed...

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It seems a year as Voice has passed for me, so I took the opportunity to take a look at where things are at today, and put together a plan to move forward from here. I shared this with the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master and we have an agreed on vision of what things should look like by the end of the year. It’s a plan that shores up different fictional areas over the coming half a year and I’ll get into that in this report. I’ll also share some details on where we’re at on possessions.

Voice Staff Updates

  • Antei Combat Center: No review of the Voice staff would be complete without discussing Wally. He has done a great job of focusing on projects to drive more members to the ACC and to maintain a high-quality experience for members seeking to participate in it. This includes sustaining a well-trained and effective staff of judges. Priorities here remain the same, and projects which achieve these goals will continue to see full support.

  • Magistrates: For the past year both Arden and Xen have done everything asked of them as members of the staff. However, for many different reasons, I will be seeking replacements for both of them on my staff and will be opening applications for two new Magistrates to serve until at least the end of the year or longer to achieve a specific set of goals and training. I hope that the new Magistrates, in addition to bringing a fresh perspective to the staff, will find the position a great opportunity to learn the Character Sheet approval process, Fiction Competition administration and future Possession Aspect approval systems while adding value to the entire membership by helping accomplish a set of staff projects.

  • Praetor: I have no plans to replace my Praetor, and Atra will continue to serve on the staff. I continue to include him on nearly every discussion I am part of that pertains to the staff, and keep him fully engaged as much as possible both in the direction of the office and its priorities as well as helping to set them. In the interests of the membership of whom I serve, consistency is key, and I’ve seen countless debates on if Praetor is intended to someday replace the Dark Councilor who they work with, but the position is in all instances either a replacement or a valuable resource for the incoming Dark Councilor in my opinion.

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Magistrate: Voice (M:VOICE) Applications

I can only hope that the entire membership would love to come work on the Voice staff and help make decisions day to day on people’s characters, fictional opportunities, or the nuanced details of a Force push versus a Force shove, and I’m hoping regardless of who you are you take the opportunity to apply if you’re interested and make it clear to me why I’d be crazy not to give you a chance to make the Brotherhood a more awesome place.

I won’t list out any minimum requirements, though I will list out what the expectations will be so that you can make a decision if you think it’s something you’re interested in though you’re welcome to ask me any questions you might have. This will help you perhaps figure out what type of information you might include in an application to help reflect your abilities to accomplish these expectations.

Expectations:

  • Approve, remand or reject Character Sheet requests by membership, doing so consistently and in accordance with Voice staff policy. Proving feedback as applicable to help improve Characters across the Brotherhood.

  • Approve, remand or reject Fiction Competition requests by membership for Cluster of Ice awarding, and doing so consistently and in accordance with Voice staff policy.

  • Approve, remand or reject Aspects of Items in the Possessions system during the future Possessions Beta that should fall within the coming term. Helping to shape the policy surrounding this and setting baseline expectations for this new feature for membership.

  • Participate in discussions as brought up at least over email by the staff, though we do maintain a Telegram channel for responses I am equally responsive in both, to help make sound decisions regarding the above as they come to the staff.

  • Participate in and complete tasks as assigned towards projects as taken on and prioritized as a staff. Please review below, but this will include policy discussions, rank discussions, and Character Sheet guides for the remainder of the year.

  • A level head and ability to take criticism, and handle yourself with a high level of integrity and professionalism is definitely preferred as interactions with our staff among members can have a profound impact on their experience with the Brotherhood.

If you’d like to apply, please send any relevant information in application form to myself and Atra ideally with a topic relevant subject. I will hold applications open for two weeks and start decision-making on June 22nd. You can send it in any time up until an announcement is made, but on the 22nd I will start to make decisions on how to staff the team up.

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Staff Projects

  • Wiki Updates: This is already ongoing with regards to Order wiki pages with some great progress, despite the Shadow Academy consuming resources I had working on it. This project will eventually see a full update of the Order, Path, and Traditions wiki pages to properly reflect information for members who are making decisions between these for their characters. This will also include some navigation improvements possible Traditions expansion to help give options to members proactively from Canon.

  • Policy Updates: This list already exists and I’m working through it with Atra. This formalizes some existing non-documented decision-making processes and helps better define what is what from a Brotherhood Canon perspective. All of these will go before the Dark Summit before they become official and see Grand Master Approval. Without too many details the full list being written are: Artifact Guidelines, Canon Guidelines, Item Aspect Approval Guidelines, Species Guidelines and Language Guidelines.

  • Rank Review: I think we all have an opinion on the current rank names post expansion. Somewhere in the middle of our priorities is a full review of the ranks. If you have any opinions please share them with me and I’ll take them into consideration and document them as we do a full review and present any recommendations as a staff on changes to the Grand Master.

  • NFU Discipline Expansion: Mav and Wally have already begun this process with Field Medic and Weapon Specialist, but with more and more non-Force using characters being created, there has been a need to expand on the different Disciplines that exist across that group fictionally within Star Wars. I hope it will help provide a larger selection for members to find what they’re looking for when developing their character.

  • Character Sheet Guide Expansion: This already exists on the wiki in many ways, and segments, but it needs a full review and overhaul with sub-guides being written in certain areas just to help give members content to consume and help make decisions about building their Character Sheet even if just as a really solid ideas board to spark ideas on how to do so.

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Possessions

  • Current State: We have compiled everything in one place, with a list of over 750 different items being worked on. These have been defined based on what slots members will have available to them and what exists in Star Wars Canon while retaining a certain amount of DJB Canon specifically where it made sense. This includes a plan for how we will approach beta for Clans and how they will go about purchasing and fielding armed forces. A list of different Aspects have been identified and have been pre-populated with a quality set of options for members to test functionality. The entire operation of the possessions system is now documented in a rather lengthy powerpoint that will eventually see it’s way to the wiki prior to launch.

  • Next Steps: Now that the entire structure is documented, and how possessions will function, the next step is to balance the entire system. What types of items will a JM3 be buying? How much buying power should a new recipient of a Sapphire Blade get? What type of ship would a newly minted JM4 buy, what type of ship would an EQ4 be able to purchase? How should a rare blaster pistol compare to a common blaster pistol to make one feel sufficiently awesome to warrant the extra credits? How many more credits should this cost? How to handle society items or Herald designed items and how will they be displays on the member dossier. All these things feed into the member experience and that’s what’s being discussed now with a great amount of progress.

  • Post Experience: After the experience is documented, we adjust the item list expanding as needed and get all the items into the site, set up stores, code the slotting, get graphics kicked off, get salaries setup for beta, get costs all setup in the store and then kick off a beta and start to populate stores and see what happens. It’ll be a great day.

I’ll continue to maintaining a small team to keep these decisions moving forward and get this going. If nothing else, there’s a lot of documentation now.

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Inquisitorius Competition

The Voice staff organized and run competition Inquisitorius - I Have a List of People is still running themed after the current status of the Brotherhood story, where your character is trying to obtain a list of Jedi sympathizers to use for good or evil. There are 10 more days to get your entry in.

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Conclusion

I’m trying to carefully balance character and fictional experience with getting possessions launched, both of which are of great benefit to members in the grander goal of providing an enjoyable Star Wars experience for members. I am hoping I can accomplish it all, and I hope you all consider applying to join the staff as well to be part of it all.

In darkness,

Evant Taelyan
Voice of the Brotherhood

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A steady metronome radiated through the entire stadium. Anyone gathered who appreciated the spectacle that was about to unfold joined in. Boots stomped the ground twice in a simple salvo, followed by open palms crashing together.

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

The Journeyman champion would stand as a beacon to the future of the Brotherhood's upcoming warriors. Members and leaders from across the Brotherhood had come to witness the event. Those that were unable to attend were able to tune in on the holo feeds being broadcast over all Brotherhood channels. Clan Scholae Palatinae, lead by Consul Xen'Mordin Vismorsus-Palpatine (first of his name), made up most of the attendees, with Consul Locke Sonjie and his Proconsul Sanguinius headlining Naga Sadow, accounting for the other majority.

While other units had sent representatives or allowed their younger members to attend, the only presence truly lacking was that of Clan Odan-Urr. Their Proconsul had claimed victory in the last tournament, but it had all been a smokescreen for the eventual invasion and eradication of New Tython. Yet still, the show went on.

Drones flitted around the perimeter of the arena, optical lenses whirring as they zoomed in and out and transmitted alternating feeds to the large-scale monitors on either side of the colosseum.

Below, Blade Ta’var and Aul Celsus made their way down the corridors on opposite ends of the Colosseum. The metronome grew louder and louder as it reverberated off the domed walls.

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

Above, Darth Pravus sat center in the observation dias. Adept Montresor sat beside him, as well as a set of Royal Guardsman at either side. Inquisition agents were dispersed throughout the audience, wary of any kind of interference. Alaris Jinn had been invited to the dias as well, overseeing the final fruit of his labor. The Combat Master had returned to the control center underground, ready to oversee the operation of the venue’s dynamic obstacle generation system.

The Grand Master rose and lifted his hands, the links of his plated armor clinking faintly. Angular and pristine, the metal glistened in the blazing sun burning overhead. One hand raised, but the en metronome continued to drum on.

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

Boom. Boom. CLAP!

Arcanist against Marauder. Zeltron against Human. The differences between them, their origins, and their orders all fell away. When both finalists stepped out of their respective entrances, they were simply warriors set to leave their mark in the sands of history.

The crowd burst into a bloodthirsty roar, each shouting and hooting for their chosen champion. Whether it was support from clanmates, or those who had placed bet, everyone in the stadium that had gathered was prepared for a show.

“Begin,” the Grand Master announced in a steady voice that, while spoken in a regular tone, resonated throughout the entire colosseum like a commandment.


Final Combat - Fight!

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And so it beings. The Finals are taking place in the same arena that the combatants in the Grand Master’s Invitational Tournament fought in. The finalists are well versed on the rules per the competition details..

You can view a breakdown of the tournament and how the two finalists got to this fated match here in the Journeyman Tourney hall.

Tune into the main event here.

In a match that would take place, chronologically, prior to the finals, we also have Aiden Lee Deshra and Solas Night-Thorn duking it out for Third Place honors! Check out that battle here!

Choose your Champion, place your bets! Wave those flags and pom-poms. Cheer them on in the comments below!

Awards

As a reminder to the combatants and those just tuning in, here are the tokens that are up for grab for the finalists.

The first place winner will receive the “Champion” Badge, which can be worn in any manner on their person/attire.

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The second place finalist will receive the “Gladius” Badge, which can be worn in any manner on their person/attire.

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As a reminder, please make sure to read over the latest Combat Master Report for a lot of helpful information relating to the Character Sheets and ACC.

Expect another report mid-month as I finish up some more projects.

Thank you.

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Welcome one and all, This is another report from your FIST. I will cover a fair few things as well as some gaming information and ways to get involved with competitions. You name it, it will be covered in this report. So sit back and enjoy what is...

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Welcome one and all,

This is another report from your FIST. I will cover a fair few things as well as some gaming information and ways to get involved with competitions. You name it, it will be covered in this report. So sit back and enjoy what is to come.

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Division

The trial period has come to an end for the Division. As such, myself and the FIST staff, as well as the DC looked at what the activity was like, if the game was still reliable and able to survive inside of the Brotherhood.

So after this we looked at numbers, and sadly it is time to pull a curtain down on the game, I will be removing it from selection on the 1st of June, meaning you still have a small amount of time to get involved and get some Clusters. That said, the following will be removed on the 1st of June:

  • Side Mission - Removed

  • Daily Mission - Removed

  • Daily Challenge Mission - Removed

  • Dark Zone - Removed

  • Level Cap - Removed

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Grand Master Gaming Tournament

With the recent matches being played, we finally come to the finals. In order to get to the end many have fought, and many have fallen. Each participant has given it everything they have got and it's come to the point now where we will find the winner. The final will be decided between the following members:

  • Augur Morgan B. Sorenn vs Battlelord Ernordeth Puer-Irae

So give it your all. Matches must be completed by Friday as standard, and submitted to the competition to be counted. Third place will be decided by the following people:

  • Warrior Delak Krenn vs Knight Blade Ta'var

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Overwatch and Fractured Space

With the removal of The Division, it shows that myself and my staff are always looking for new games and always trialing other games. We have had a fair few of you come to us about a couple of games, so we are running a few competitions. This is a key thing to check levels of participation for each of the platforms that are up so the following competitions will be running for a month:

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Pendants of Blood

Figured I would start adding this, so for the month of May the following members managed to earn the weekly PoB. I would like to say a massive well done to each of them and for everyone to keep up the hard work and soon you could find your name on this list, the following members achieved a PoB for their hard work.

  • 1st Week - Zachary

  • 2nd Week - Zachary

  • 3rd Week - Celahir

  • 4th Week - Firith'rar

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Clan Gaming

As always, Clan gaming is a way to earn double CFs for yourself on the one day each month that you have been selected. It's a solid way to interact with other members and get to meet new people so I strongly recommend getting involved. That being said the following dates for this month are:

  • Clan Plagueis and Clan Odan-Urr - 4th June

  • Clan Arcona and Clan Naga Sadow - 11th June

  • Clan Scholae Palatinae, Clan Taldryan and Clan Tarentum - 25th June

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Final Thoughts

So I would like to remind everyone that if you want to suggest anything or recommend that myself and the staff look into a game, please hit us up and we will get back to you with our opinion. Simply write an email, hit us up on Telegram about anything really that you feel we should know about. We are here to help you as gamers, that is always our goal.

Finally, keep gaming and rocking out, everyone. With that I'll catch you in my next report.

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