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Greetings Everyone, Mav and I are nearing our selection on the open Voice, Fist, and Taldyran Consul positions. I wanted to give a last second reminder to any members who are interested in those positions to hurry and apply. I plan on making all...

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Greetings Everyone,

Mav and I are nearing our selection on the open Voice, Fist, and Taldyran Consul positions. I wanted to give a last second reminder to any members who are interested in those positions to hurry and apply. I plan on making all three selections simultaneously and releasing it in a big report that also updates the tremendous possessions testing that has recently occurred (Monty figured out how to break the system and had a billion credits and bought a dreadnaught. Jerk.).

Look for the report and selections over the next few days. Also, if you applied for positions, please ensure you are checking your email. I have sent a few follow on questions to our applicants.

Thanks everyone. Have a great Monday!

GM Pravus

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Greetings all, As we narrow down and make our final choice on Voice, I just wanted to drop a reminder that we have two open positions we are looking for applicants for. First, we have the position of Taldryan Consul. Applications close on 9/27;...

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Greetings all,

As we narrow down and make our final choice on Voice, I just wanted to drop a reminder that we have two open positions we are looking for applicants for.

First, we have the position of Taldryan Consul. Applications close on 9/27; see here for details.

Second, we have the position of Fist. Applications close on or around the second of October (Not November), but we could make a choice earlier if we don't know applications are coming so let us know if you plan on applying but won't have your application ready in the next day or two; see here for details.

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood - The Chamber of Justice has convened and issued a verdict in the pending case of DB v. Darth Vexatus. The case involved a single charge of harassment. The Chamber has issued a detailed verdict and Justicar...

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Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood -

The Chamber of Justice has convened and issued a verdict in the pending case of DB v. Darth Vexatus. The case involved a single charge of harassment. The Chamber has issued a detailed verdict and Justicar Opinion for the case which can be found in the PDF files linked below. Please note that the written opinion is generally found on the second page of the following documents, after announcement of the verdict.

The verdict was as follows:

Case #055 - DB v. Darth Vexatus - Opinion PDF

  • Count 1 - Harasssment - Plea of Guilty
  • Verdict - GUILTY
  • Punishment - Demotion to Elder 1; loss of Sith Lord title & "Darth" name honorary; and Letter of Reprimand

Signed and sealed in Justice,

Jac Ae-Sequiera Cotelin

Justicar and High Protector of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood

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Good news, everyone! If you have been hiding out in the DB Fiction Chat, or even Telegram in general, you probably heard about the new Character Sheet Sandbox that has been introduced courtesy of James. This is a feature that has been wanted by a...

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Good news, everyone!

If you have been hiding out in the DB Fiction Chat, or even Telegram in general, you probably heard about the new Character Sheet Sandbox that has been introduced courtesy of James.

This is a feature that has been wanted by a great many individuals for quite some time and, through the convenience of "I happened to have the CS code open", that time has finally come! The glory is there for you to behold! Its likeness is that of the stars, and its convenience is such that all our inboxes will be saved from the dreaded "Order jumping for testing purposes"!

I won't waste time mincing words, because that's not what you're reading this for. You want to see the thing, and know how to do the thing. So let's get it done!

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Here is your Character Sheet Sandbox! It can be found through your Admin Panel under Character Sheet Administration. Depending on your tenure — or habitual updating of your CS — you will have to scroll just a tad to get to the bottom of the page where you will come across both the Character Sheet Sandbox and the Character Sheet Resources.

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Once you click, you'll get a list of all the ranks to choose from. This list is unique to the Orders and their Paths so make sure you're grabbing the right one. Path isn't the most important thing here, but the Rank tier itself will determine the points you have available to you.

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All right, keep it together and pick something other than Grand Master (we all will, it's okay). Once you've done that, you'll get the standard Character Sheet interface. You should all be familiar with this one by now. So, where do we go from here? We click "Next".

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Then we got ourselves the Personal Details. These have been filled out for your convenience, as they happen to be what we like to call "Required Fields"! To save you the hassle, meet Imaginary F(r)iend.

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Grab yourself a Discipline, 'cause you won't be going anywhere without one of these!

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Armed with your Discipline of choice, you know what has to be done. Click the "Next" button like it owes you money!

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Seriously. You need to click that button again, because you're now sitting on the Aspects screen and those aren't what you came to the Sandbox for. You're here for the Points. It's okay, we know what's up, and we accept you. It's time to move on to the Skill Points and Force Points! Even the Feats!

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So, now you've made it to where you wanted to be. It's time to start playing around with the distribution and see what things would be like for you. This is your Sandbox, so do whatever it is your heart desires and see what the other side would look like before you get there. Just don't break anything... you don't want to get on the Seneschal's bad side. No anger, only disappointment.

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So there you have it. The Sandbox is the epitome of "easy to use" since it is really no different from the interface you use already. You just take a few different steps to get there. I hope you all get a lot of good use out of this, as I can see it being applied towards research and even structuring Character Sheets for such themed competitions.

As always, if you have any inquiries or just want to get in touch please e-mail the Voice staff at [Log in to view e-mail addresses] so we can field it in a timely manner.

TL;DR: Character Sheet Sandbox is a thing now. Go play with it.

On behalf of the Voice of the Brotherhood (glory be to TBA),

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Introduction The last five months as your Headmaster have been quite a ride, and it's a really good feeling when the hard work that the SA staff has been putting in is finally beginning to see the light. We've gotten a lot accomplished in...

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Introduction

The last five months as your Headmaster have been quite a ride, and it's a really good feeling when the hard work that the SA staff has been putting in is finally beginning to see the light. We've gotten a lot accomplished in the past month after a fairly light August, and I know that next month's report will have even more to show for it. It's truly an exciting time to be a part of this organization, and I'm glad to contribute at least in some small way to its awesomeness.

Getting Stuff Done in Project Happy Fun Time

If last month's report seemed a bit light, this report is bursting to the seams with stuff the Team SA knocked off our to-do list:

  • The amazing Daniel "Seraphol" Stephens knocked out a rewrite/update to the entire Department of Legends. The Lightie COREs didn't really need much in the way of updating, but the Dark COREs definitely did. DS knocked out both halves and made for a much stronger Department.

  • The equally amazing Zachary O'Maille (aka Bentre) has completed a number of rewrites and updates for the courses he's over, including most recently the Mandalorian Studies, Races & Species, Galactic Languages, and Philosophy I: Views courses. Philosophy II is very close to completion as well... although they're both likely to be renamed. :)

  • The M:FISTs, especially Celahir, have been great resources to fix some issues in our gaming courses - and they don't even work for me!

  • Our two amazing Magistrates, Ophelia and Rinsz, are also making some solid strides, with our Capital Starships, Fighters, and Freighters/Transports courses all receiving some much-needed love to bring them back within canon. These three courses are close to completion, and I imagine you'll be able to see their efforts in the next week or so. The Combat Tactics courses (including a new one!) are also nearing completion thanks to the efforts of these two.

Journeymen Competitions

Though I'd love to see even more entrants to them (hint, hint Clan Summits) I've been enjoying our Journeymen competitions. I'm still brainstorming ideas for linked competitions - a JM one and an EQ+ one - but I'm not there yet. It's difficult enough to come up with interesting-ish prompts just for the JM! Speaking of... the latest JM competition is running now. It concerns itself with whatever your companion is/was during your stay in the SA, and can be funny, serious, or a combination of the two. I look forward to your amazing entries!

Dusty Exams

Anytime we have an update to a course (beyond just simple edits like fixing typos), we're faced with a decision: we can either retire the old course and put the new one in its place, or we can override the notes/exam of the old course with the new. There are pros and cons to both scenarios: by retiring the old course, we allow everyone to take the course again (this is also a con, to some), but James is forced to recode any degrees/Promotheus changes that course covered; on the other hand, overriding the old notes/exam with the new keeps the course number in the database the same (thus alleviating the concerns about breaking Promotheus) but members who have already taken and aced the exam cannot retake it. Because of the burden on James, it has been standard procedure since before my tenure to opt for the second option.

However, this option does cause one small issue, and that's if you saved (but did not submit) an exam with the old questions and try to resit it. This results in things getting all jacked up (James can correct me if I'm not using the right coding terminology). Next month, we'll be implementing a policy that will only hold onto saved exams for six months; after that period has elapsed, your answers will be emailed to you and your exam will be automatically deleted. Unsure if you have an exam saved but unsubmitted? You can see here quite easily!

Projects

Current

Everyone likes statistics, right? There are/were 86 courses in our audit queue when we started this process. 23 have been completed by the SA Staff, 17 are not being audited (the History Department is being condensed, the Writing and Law Departments are special projects, and the two IRC courses are potentially dying), and many of the remaining 46 are currently being audited right now. Am I happy with the pace? No, I'll be honest and say I'm not. My RL has kept me from pushing as fast and often as I'd planned on it, and the amount of courses needing substantial changes is much, much higher than I thought it'd be. However, our efforts in this phase will truly pay dividends after the audit is over as we begin remaking the Shadow Academy in ways that I hope will make it more user-friendly, useful, and interesting.

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

  • SW History Department Rewrite - Aabs, Lexic, & Farrin: Because of the evil Darth Mickey, my beloved Galactic History courses aren't fully canon anymore. This project is still, embarrassingly, not done. I'm fairly comfortable with the non-Legends history course that resulted from me combining and paring down some of the existing history courses, and Lexic's post-ROTJ course is shaping up nicely. However, paring down the remaining Legends History courses is proving exceptionally difficult. We're seeing movement, but this is still not done. Estimated completion: End of September, 2016

  • DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu's work was excellent here (you can read more in the SC he received for his work as my Magistrate), but with the further changes in DB canon there are parts of his courses that need to be reworked. This is on hold until a new VOICE can be installed and clear it up. Estimated completion: End of September? October?, 2016

  • 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. We continue to make strides here. Expected Completion: October, 2016

  • The Dreaded... AUDIT! (SW courses) - PROFs/DOCs, Marcus, Rins'zler, Ophelia: The Star Wars-based courses will be audited for accuracy, typos, etc. Exams are going to be reconfigured and updated. I was expecting this to be completed by this month, and while we didn't make that goal we made a huge dent in it. This should be done very soon. Expected Completion: October, 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. Because of the delays in the audit, this has been pushed back slightly. Expected Start: 10/2016; Expected Completion: 11/2016

  • 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. :)

There are some other really exciting things in the planning stages that aren't quite ready for prime time yet, but hopefully will be within the next couple of months. Stay tuned, sports fans.

Top Exam Takers

Name # of Exams # of ACs
Neophyte Tarvitz 30 24
Neophyte Jon Tin'Kodak 20 10
Captain Blair Augusta Dearg 16 27
Proselyte Lord_Jewell 13 8
Warlord Valkas Tamalar Palpatine 11 5

Note: these numbers cover the period from 8/17/16 to 9/22/16.

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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Greetings Artists of the Brotherhood! Today I am going to dip into a few topics that will help clear up any confusion and offer a more enjoyable art experience throughout the DJB. These topics have come up rather recently, so having a more in...

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Greetings Artists of the Brotherhood!

Today I am going to dip into a few topics that will help clear up any confusion and offer a more enjoyable art experience throughout the DJB. These topics have come up rather recently, so having a more in depth explanation of them will do everyone some good!

Plagiarism

Plagiarism has been a rather large issue in our Club since we require original content in our competitive environment. In graphics specifically, it’s often hard to determine what is and is not plagiarized, but we strive to keep our members honest and keep them developing original content through well worded competition prompts. Despite this, some plagiarisms may fall through and we aim to minimize these incidents because, ultimately, it’s not about getting first place if it means you acquire the attention of the Justicar.

After discussing this topic in depth with the DGM, JST and HRLD, we would like to explain some very basic notions of what plagiarism is and what it isn’t in graphics, and would like to point out several important lessons we have learned that may help you improve and avoid any issues.

Tracing in the DJB

Plagiarism in graphics is almost universally sourced back to tracing an image from someone else’s work. So what is tracing? Tracing is a method of “copying” a shape from one canvas to another and using it as a basis for applying paint or, in the case of digital drawing, colorization.

Tracing covers a broad range of activities — like tracing poses, specific body parts, hand motions, facial expressions, etc — and it is mostly accepted in the artist community at large under certain conditions. On the internet, however, tracing is mostly associated with literal copying, line for line, of someone’s hard drawn artwork. We will cover some of the methods down the line, but suffice to say that used properly, tracing may be applied to various images to help the artist and shorten work times, or help out in areas the artist isn’t all too good at.

The Herald staff applies a method of tracing where we use pre-made and traced body references to create all the robes you see in the Brotherhood. This type of “tracing” is universally considered acceptable because the majority of the work comes in later stages.

Here’s another example of how tracing works to help the artist:

This image was done by Vyr, and he has given me permission to use it. Vyr is still learning, much like many of our other artists in the Club, and has issues with human anatomy and often takes several hours to do it right, so he uses reference images and traces the skeleton poses (second and third frames) that he builds his work off of. These types of images take hours for amateur artists to finish and there is a lot of effort involved in trying to learn from examples. Within our community, for the purposes of competitive drawing, these methods are acceptable but need to be sourced and cited as often as possible.

The Dark Side of tracing

There is a form of tracing that is widely considered unacceptable, and that is copying, line for line, some else’s work. An example of this is shown below:

What is so different between this image and the ones above. For one, there is a minimal amount of work done to change or improve the artwork, there is minimal (if any) intention to change the lines or improve one’s self by doing so. This kind of tracing is generally considered plagiarism and will be dealt with by the Justicar.

Photo manipulation

Photo manipulation is another, often controversial area that people link to plagiarism. However, if you cite your sources correctly and sufficiently manipulate the images, you have nothing to fear. Stock images, in general, are considered a viable resource as long as you provide credit to the original authors. There are many, many sites on the internet that provide these services, some commercial some free. Don’t be frightened to use photo manipulation as a method of creating great art, but remember to always credit those that provide your tools.

A good example of photo manipulation:

Conclusion

There is an unclear line between original art and plagiarized art, especially in our Club environment, because it is often hard to determine which art was copied and which wasn’t. As always, we rely on your honesty most of all, but always have ways of finding plagiarism. Many people who join and participate do so because it is a fun past-time activity, or hobby. However, there are still rules that we must apply to ensure plagiarism of the worst kind is prevented.

What is important to note here? Both tracing and photo manipulation can be helpful tools or a problem that the Justicar has to handle eventually, so our best suggestion is: Be honest. Cite your sources. If you have used a pose reference, a stock image or another artist’s work for one of your own artworks, it is important to cite it in your competition entry comments. If you do this, the judges can then determine the amount of work that went into your entry and judge accordingly. If you take the time to understand the differences and requirements for original work, you will be fine. Just keep in mind the fine line that is walked when it comes to these topics.

In most cases, if you are honest about your sources, you can avoid trouble with the Justicar even if the tracing is borderline unacceptable. In those instances, your entry might be disqualified, but you could avoid the Justicar. It is the cover up that damages you and demonstrates intent to plagiarize.

If you do use tracing or photo manipulation as a method, use it responsibly for your own betterment and growth, not to win internet points. Your integrity is worth much, much more, so please be responsible and help us out.

Additional on topic reading:

Clusters of Graphite

With the successful release of the Cluster of Graphite, there has been some slight confusion when it comes to the awarding of them. Please note first and foremost, there is NO automated system in place for awarding Clusters of Graphite, yet.

All requests must be sent to [Log in to view e-mail addresses] for approval. Also note, any competitions that do not specify that they award Clusters of Graphite WILL NOT award Clusters of Graphite. I.E. the competition will always have “…grants CGs…” in the description.

There are some wiki pages that are available for use when it comes to the Clusters of Graphite and graphics competition approval. Please direct your attention to the following articles:


So there you have it. Some important topics that we felt needed to be discussed with the membership of the club. If there are any questions, please feel free to let us know immediately! Thank you all for your time and get back to arting!

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The Build-A-NPC: “The Scoundrel” has finished running and I’m pleased to announce the winner(s). Winning Submission “Val Kordall” By: Hunter Inyri Ginovef Inyri created a really cool character sheet outline for [Val Kordall. The physical...

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The Build-A-NPC: “The Scoundrel” has finished running and I’m pleased to announce the winner(s).

Winning Submission

Val Kordall” By: Hunter Inyri Ginovef

Inyri created a really cool character sheet outline for [Val Kordall. The physical description and overall feel reminded me of one of my favorite film characters: Doc Holiday. Sure enough, when I got to the notes, that was exactly as Inyri seemed to be referencing or drawing inspiration from.

I really loved how all the Aspects worked together to create a Character I actually start to visualize and feel like getting to know. The Aspects like “Loyalty Is Earned, Not Bought”, “My Fee’s Are High For A Reason”, and especially “I’m Your Huckleberry” give the character a wild-west swagger that I think goes well with the image of a Scoundrel in the Star Wars universe.

I will be following up with Inyri in e-mail to discuss creating the formal Character Sheet for the character, and looking into selecting a different first name, as we already have a badass Non Force user in Val Cole.

As an added bonus, I’ve asked the wonderful and talented Zehsaa to sketch out a headshot image for the NPC! Expect to see the next Discipline Focus article Soon™

Congratulations also to:

  • 2nd Place: Kul’tak Drol!
  • 3rd Place: Zachary O’Mallie!
  • 4th Place: Samael Ozriel!
  • 5th Place: Alara Deathbane!

You can see the rest of the published entries here. I’ve left feedback on each individual entry for those who were kind enough to create an entry. I appreciate everyones work, and have a treat for a few people who had some really good ideas despite not winning.

New Pre-Written Aspects

I’ve gone ahead and taken a selection of custom Aspects that were written for this competition and workshopped or transplanted them into C-D4WG’s database. All members of the club will have access to the following pre-written, pre-approved system Aspects.


Type: General
Former Slave
{{character}} grew up never knowing {{gender:his,her}} family. {{gender:He,She}} was sold into slavery very young, and was put to work almost immediately. However, due to {{gender:his,her}} age, {{member}} bounced from owner to owner until {{gender:he,she}} became a teenager. Having to endure horrible treatment during this time in {{gender:his,her}} life, {{member}} has lingering trust issues while carrying an absolute hatred toward slavers. If confronted with acts of slavery, {{gender:he,she} will most likely lash out in some way, regardless of it compromises {{gender:his,her}} objective.

Type: General/Personality
We’ll Break Their Legs
{{member}} can be very protective, and when any of {{gender:his,her}} friends are being bullied or threatened, {{gender:he,she}} will step in to defend them. This can gets {{member}} in trouble when {{gender:he,she}} refuses to back down during these exchanges, and sometimes has trouble discerning between friendly teasing and intentional insults. However, because of this fierce loyalty, {{gender:his,her}} friends know that no matter what, {{member}} will be there for them.

— By: Tisto


Type: Personality
Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
{{member}} is extremely competitive and strives to become the best at every task {{gender:he,she}} is given. The benefit of this cutthroat approach to life and work is that {{gender:he,she}} will always give 100%, pushing {{gender:himself, herself}} to {{gender:his,her}} physical or mental limits to overcome any task. However, {{member}}’s overzealous ambition makes her insufferable to all but the most patient of companions, making it difficult to make friends while {{gender:he,she}} either proves successful or utterly fails at being the best.

— By: Laren


Type: General/Personality
Riff Raff
{{member}} never really learned the definition of true consequence. {{gender:He,She}} has “thieved” and tricked {{gender:his,her}} way into the hearts of strangers, friends, and family but has never dealt with nor experienced a heavy sense of responsibility for those actions. This makes {{member}} a very care­free soul, but he isn’t one for serious conversations or threats.

— By: Alara


Type: Personality
Mad World
{{member}} has a sick sense of humor, viewing the world through dark colored glass. {{gender:He,She}} has a biting sense of black humor, often laughing at things that most people would find reprehensible or down right soul crushing. As a result, those that are not used to {{gender:his,her}} brand of humor often find {{member}} downright unbearable or overly morbid. At the same time, {{gender:his,her}} cynicism can be useful for seeing through the optimistic altruism of those {{gender:he,she}} encounters.

Type: General
Spacer
{{member}} has no home planet, at least not one that {{gender:he,she}} can remember. As a child, {{member}} would spend most of {{gender:his,her}} time on different starships and grew accustomed to the atmosphere and nuances of space and the various crafts that traverse it. Because of this, {{member}} feels more comfortable on a ship than on any planet.

— By: Samael (Edited/Tweaked by Wally)


Type: General/Personality
Didn’t Say Anything About That
Be it during a fight or life in general, moral compass means little to {{member}}. If you don’t want a person harmed, you had better specify. General terms mean nothing to {{gender:him,her}} as {{member}} only deals in specifics. If the rules of a duel say you can’t shoot before the count of three? A grenade over the shoulder is fair game, then. Tell {{member}} to stop someone at all costs, then you better not be concerned if they’re brought back dead or alive.

— By: Zachary


Type: General/Combat I Know I Put It Somewhere...
Fond of staying alive and prepared, {{member}} keeps several bladed weapons hidden on {{gender:his,her}} person at all times and in all different locations. {{member}} switches these locations periodically in order to maintain an element of surprise even among {{gender:his,her}} allies who know {{gender:him,her}}. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that {{gender:he,she}} is slower to draw one of these weapons if {{gender:he,she}} forgets where {{gender:he,she}} stashed them.

— By: Kul'tak


I’ve made a few edits to the respective authors writing, so if there are any issues you guys have with how I re-worded anything, please let me know immediately. Thank you again for these great entries, and for giving back to the Brotherhood by creating new content for our members to use.

NFU Discipline Articles

With the success we’ve seemed to have with the focus articles, I wanted to start gathering them into one place on the Wiki. Atra, in all his continued glory, was kind enough to make me a table for the bottom section of the Disciplines section of the Character Sheet Guide. You can jump to the Discpline Focus Articles here.

As more of these are completed, more will get filled in. This should help provide even more resources and examples for new members and veteran a like when creating and crafting their characters for the Dark Jedi Brotherhood.

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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

In closing, did you guys like this competition? Do you want to see more of them? Do you like when hit up the comments below and let me know what you think! Most of the CM projects and activities are kind of in a holding pattern as we wait and see who the next Voice will be. I’m still working quietly on things and will let everyone know what’s coming up once I have more information.

If you find any typos, or multiple ones, in any of the Aspects, please e-mail the Voice staff at [Log in to view e-mail addresses] so that we can make sure we edit them. Do not call it out on Telegram as it's harder to track for the administrators.

Thank you.

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Greetings Everyone, Howie's recent report stated his intent to step aside for a new Consul to take over the reigns of Taldryan. His decision; timed with Zoron's resignation, calls for an immediate need to fill one of our most storied and...

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Greetings Everyone,

Howie's recent report stated his intent to step aside for a new Consul to take over the reigns of Taldryan. His decision; timed with Zoron's resignation, calls for an immediate need to fill one of our most storied and beloved Clan's leadership.

We have decided to open applications up to the entire Dark Jedi Brotherhood. Members applying must be of the rank of EQ2 or above, must be able to demonstrate their potential for longevity within our club, and they must have a collaborative personality that is willing to work with the Dark Council as well as Taldryan's elders. Email turn around time, telegram presence, and all other associated "common sense" requirements apply.

Applications are due to Mav, Howie, and I no later than 27 September 2016. Please title your email "Taldryan Consul Application." Applicants can expect a response with additional questions on their applications. Please continue to check this message thread in the event we add additional requirements over the next 24 hours.

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The Undertaking: September 19th - October 3rd The Undertaking is upon us! Finally, the event that (some of) you have been waiting for! The Undertaking is a fancy name for a competition series that starts at site midnight tonight (so this evening...

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The Undertaking: September 19th - October 3rd

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The Undertaking is upon us!

Finally, the event that (some of) you have been waiting for! The Undertaking is a fancy name for a competition series that starts at site midnight tonight (so this evening in the American time zones) and runs for two weeks until October 3rd. The goal of this competition is to, hopefully, give an opportunity for all the members to interact with the wiki a bit more, and in a more competitive format. Unlike other systems of the Brotherhood, under normal circumstances you’re not interacting with the DJB Wiki in a competitive, activity based manner. This competition series will change that while providing people a springboard to interact with our wiki system more.

Events

The Undertaking is comprised of five individual events, with the master competition able to be found here.

  • Fiction: Selika Roh, Tribune of the Holocrons of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood, requires your assistance. A double encrypted message has arrived from the Warlord, requesting your presence. Upon meeting with her, she will give you the location information and the task which she has for you to complete.
  • Article Creation: For this event, individuals will be tasked with the creation of a single Wiki article. Article content (not counting infoboxes, image captions, or wiki formatting) must be no less than 400 words and no more than 1,200 words. The goal of this event is to create an article that comprehensively covers a limited subject as opposed to writing an exceedingly long article.
  • Article Creation (Team): For this event, teams of 2-5 members will be tasked with the creation of a single Wiki article. Article content (not counting infoboxes, image captions, or wiki formatting) must be no less than 500 words with no upper limit.
  • Wiki Trivia: Using the DJB WIKI as your guide, answer the ten questions correctly, and in the fastest time possible. Questions will vary widely, but every answer can be found on the Wiki.
  • High Profile:: As a part of The Undertaking, there will be a hunt. Of the wiki kind. Using the clues provided below, search the DJB Wiki for the answer. The person with the most correct answers will be victorious. In the event of a tie, the fastest time taken to complete the event will be judged.

Loot

So, the big question is of course “What do I get for my trouble?” Good question, hypothetical member! Competition crescents will be awarded for each competition as per usual, but each and every one of these competitions will be awarding first level crescents. Every one. In addition to that, the top three overall performers in terms of placements earned will also be rewarded with first level crescents for their efforts.

But wait, there’s more! The first place overall finisher across the entire competition will receive a shiny new custom dossier accessory available only to them!

holodisk

This holodisk, modeled after the one Morgan Katarn left for his son Kyle Katarn in the ye olde Legends continuity, contains a trove of information sourced from the Holocron Center of the Brotherhood, in addition to embedded codes to access the main archive system in the center itself. (The normal caveats about this being only a cosmetic item with no CS impacts apply here, but it’s still a pretty piece of dossier candy for you to lord over your friends!)

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Lots of fun prizes await, so get out there and do all the things!

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As the Grand Master recently announced, our Fist has stepped down and we have another vacancy to fill on the Dark Council. We will be looking for an individual that not only knows gaming in this club and can improve it, but also someone that can...

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As the Grand Master recently announced, our Fist has stepped down and we have another vacancy to fill on the Dark Council. We will be looking for an individual that not only knows gaming in this club and can improve it, but also someone that can communicate and collaborate in a team environment with the Dark Council and the Clans. Based upon feedback from the last application process, we are trying to provide a bit more direction on some things we are interested in for the application itself. Note that what we say here is not all that should be in a good application, but these are elements specific to the Fist office.

In our new Fist, we are looking for an individual to manage our gaming systems, improve membership experience in the realm of gaming, and help ensure that members receive up to date and clear information on DB gaming rules and new game updates as they come. The Fist should work with the Dark Council to implement new opportunities for members and the Consuls throughout the Brotherhood to ensure that members across the club have a chance to participate in and enjoy all of what gaming has to offer. He or she should manage an involved staff such that competitions are varied and common for platforms and gaming items are quickly approved, though the precise way in which the staff functions is at the discretion of the Fist. We expect our new Fist to take a solid, quantitative approach to platform evaluation, and build on the recent success of platforms added this year, while continuing to find ways to ensure that Star Wars games are well supported. We expect the Fist's office to keep up to date with all platforms we play, and provide regular information to members on major patches/updates/expansions of active platforms as they come.

The Fist is open to all members regardless of present rank or position, and we expect applications to cover at minimum the following general items, although not necessarily in the order below and in any format the applicant desires.

  • Provide us with your thoughts on gaming in the club in general. Your application should identify any meaningful weaknesses in the gaming aspects of our club, and how to deal with them.
  • Provide a plan for evaluation and development for Tier 1 platforms in general, and details where relevant of how to handle Tier 2 platforms moving forward, especially those with considerable activity. Note you are not necessarily restricted here by actions or categories of past Fists, but Star Wars games will always have a special place in the club. You may identify specific platform plans here, but this point is as much about a general strategy for platforms as it is any specific strategy.
  • Provide details on how you would administer/manage the Fist staff to handle the large number of games and gaming activities supported by the club.
  • Detail any gaming related projects or events you have administered or run that would provide context as to why you would be a good choice for Fist. Fist staff experience, while a plus, is not a requirement.
  • Provide ideas for potential Vendetta competitions you would run as Fist (e.g. as during a Feud or Great Jedi War, focusing on the mechanics/platforms and not worrying about storyline). You may believe present Vendetta gaming strategies are the best option and this is fine. This section will not be a primary selection criteria, but we are curious if individuals have other ideas of how to implement gaming during events like Feuds and Great Jedi Wars.

Other thoughts:
-If you for some reason believe a massive system change is necessary, ensure that any such change does not require coding by contacting the SCL; if it does, features that could utilize our existing structures on a preliminary basis would be more welcome than those requiring effort on the part of the coding team to get off the ground.

-Applications containing proposals regarding adjustment of the GMRG are okay, but know that anything that may require coding changes should be passed by the SCL first. Further, there is a good proposal by the Fist staff to update/overhaul the GMRG and the incoming Fist will have a chance to review and weigh in on that, so it is not required that Fist applications provide any adjustments to the GMRG, although they may at applicants discretion.

If for some reason we have additional criteria we wish addressed, we will contact applicants after submission with additional questions.

Applications should be submitted to both the Grand Master and myself. We will plan on making a decision on/around October 2nd.

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