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As we have asked before... are you interested in getting your dirty paws on Star Wars Battlefront a bit ahead of the November 17th release date? Well, I'll be the first to admit, that first Alpha period was kind of a huge bust for folks,...

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As we have asked before... are you interested in getting your dirty paws on Star Wars Battlefront a bit ahead of the November 17th release date? Well, I'll be the first to admit, that first Alpha period was kind of a huge bust for folks, though rumours persist of a Brotherhood member who has had a sneak peek at the glory.

Regardless of how poorly the Alpha test treated us.. we can still hold onto hope that this time around, things will be different. We have no concrete details on what form the Beta will take, but I am willing to bet it'll be similar to the EA Beta Test of Titanfall for PC, which means that they'll basically let everyone in for a small period of time, and they'll ask the masses to hammer them with everything we've got, then disappear for awhile to lick their wounds and parse the data.

What we do know though, is that this Beta test has been scheduled for early October, and will be on PC, and the lesser platforms as well. It will also feature the 40 Man Walker Assault on Hoth, as well as a new, as yet unannounced mode: Drop Zone.

As if that wasn't enough, there's also talk in the official announcement of a strategic card companion game called "Base Command" which will be available on iOS and Android devices. Personally I have absolutely no idea what that companion app has in store for us, but Gryffles has assured me it likely won't be any sort of a replacement for the Fantasy Flight LCG. Sadly.

Keep your eyes peeled for future announcements in regards to the beta!

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Phase 2 Update and Implementation This news post caps the day of major Phase 2 announcements, and brings with it the one many of you have been waiting for: Our new Orders! I'll briefly cover some of the details of what's not coming this...

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Phase 2 Update and Implementation

This news post caps the day of major Phase 2 announcements, and brings with it the one many of you have been waiting for: Our new Orders! I'll briefly cover some of the details of what's not coming this time around, then get into the actual stuff that is now live! This post is very text heavy, but rather than delaying it further to put in fancy images, I am pushing it live now. :)

As we push forward with implementing our plans for the non-Force sensitive Orders (NFOs for short in some places), we've run into some small hiccups. Nothing too severe, but it is causing minor delays in some areas that will result in a gradual roll out of some items. Most notably, the Test of Identity requires a bit more polish before release. James, Evant and I are hard at work on it, but James has an important new responsibility, and so while he trains the future generation of DB coders (and changes diapers!), we'll experience a little bit of occasional delay. :)

Another minor element being delayed are two of the four NFO Disciplines. We decided to roll out the two we have now because we want people to be able to play around with what we've done as soon as possible. This means that only the Weapons Specialist and the Field Medic are ready for selection.

But other than that, Phase 2 is right on schedule. So what exactly does that mean? Read on!

Non-Force Using Orders Available, New Order Feats

Non-Force using Orders are now available for selection.

Along with these two new Orders, we have implemented simple Feats that describe each Order. For now these feats are just flavor based, to help define the Orders a bit more. We've teased around a bit with minor benefits to each Order, but one thing I want to avoid is creating a situation where people pick an Order for its perks alone.

Feats:

Loyalist (All Paths): Those that wish to serve the Brotherhood, but lack no ability with the Force, are called to serve in the Brotherhood’s armed forces. Whether they serve the Iron Throne or the military of their Clan, members of the Loyalist Order make up a variety of callings, from pilot to soldier to mechanic. Despite their lack of Force sensitivity, Loyalists receive considerable training in combating Force users; as such, they are well versed in identifying Force-based attacks, and conditioned to not balk in the face of a Jedi or Sith’s powers.

Mercenary (All Paths): Not all who lack talent with the Force are called to serve others. Utilizing their skills and talents, Mercenaries are always looking to make a profit or earn some fame, and the Brotherhood is full of opportunities for those willing to look. Despite their lack of Force sensitivity, Mercenaries in service to the Brotherhood receive considerable training in combating Force users; as such, they are well versed in identifying Force-based attacks, conditioned to not balk in the face of a Jedi or Sith’s powers.

Jedi (Light Path): The Jedi are Force users that seeks peace and tranquillity in the galaxy. They subscribe to a rigid philosophy that askew passion and emotion, instead emphasizing peace and harmony. Jedi respect all life and strive to defend and protect those in need. Jedi rely on the light side and avoid the dark side and the threat its power poses.

Gray Jedi (Light Path): Gray Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of either the Jedi or the Sith. Whether they were never exposed to Sith or Jedi teachings prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not agree with either Order’s philosophies or codes, Gray Jedi as an Order are not united by any binding doctrine or philosophy. Gray Jedi of the Light Path call upon the light side of the Force and avoid the dark side and the threat its power poses.

Gray Jedi (Gray Path): Gray Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of either the Jedi or the Sith. Whether they were never exposed to Sith or Jedi teachings prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not agree with either Order’s philosophies or codes, Gray Jedi as an Order are not united by any single binding doctrine or philosophy. Gray Jedi of the Gray Path attempt to walk the balance between the light and dark sides of the Force. They may lean on one or the other side more, but their usage of both sides of the Force to some degree defines them as Gray Jedi.

Dark Jedi (Dark Path): Dark Jedi are Force users that do not ascribe to the rigid teachings of the Jedi Order or the Sith, either because they were never exposed to them prior to the Brotherhood, or simply because they do not always see eye to eye with them. Dark Jedi are not united by any binding doctrine or philosophy, though Dark Jedi of the Dark Path call upon the dark side of the Force, eschewing the light.

Sith (Dark Path): The Sith are Force users that seek power, and are willing to do anything to achieve their goals. The Sith are solely dedicated to the dark side, which they see as the ultimate tool with which to succeed. They embrace ancient teachings that promote power and pleasure above all else, which they use to bring power and prestige for themselves across the Brotherhood.

Character System Advancement for Non-Force Orders

When we decided to add in non-Force Orders, we had to face some tough choices in regards to our character sheets. Our system was built from the ground up to cover Force powers. Complicating matters was that in most practical sources, Jedi were almost always better in combat than the vast majority of opponents they faced that couldn't use the Force. There were exceptions - certain individuals that had experience with fighting Force users, or were highly trained and talented in combat. And of course, Wedge Antilles is a good example of a pilot that was amazing, perhaps even better than pilots that had the Force, but Wedge is the exception to the rule. Thus, our new Orders presented a bit of a problem - how could we provide some intriguing customization options, and allow for a degree of competitiveness, while staying true to the the power of Jedi?

Luckily, Wally's CS team has been hard at work filling gaps in Skills and creating unique ways in which members can already engage in combat without heavy reliance on the Force. Feats became our base here, because combat and non-combat Skill Feats are where characters can really shine and show their uniqueness. So non-Force Orders gain an extra Feat at the 2nd rank of each Rank Tier (e.g. Novitiate 2, JM2, EQ2, and ELD2). While this won't necessarily bring them even with Jedi, it should make them engaging and fun to write and play, and very diverse.

But there's also the element of Skills. Because our non-Force Orders do not need to spend time training Force powers, they gain an added benefit in Skills. They receive an additional 0.75 Skill Points per rank (rounded in the system), and though they can't achieve any higher Skill Tiers than Force users, it does allow them to have a wider repertoire of Skills. For instance, by Equite 1, a non-Force user will have six more skill points to spend than his or her Force using counterpart.

Finally, we wanted to address the lack of a particular Weapon Skill for non-Force Orders. Since they will not have access to Lightsaber Forms, we wanted to provide a degree of weapon customization. Characters that can't use the Force now can designate Primary Weapons (and a Secondary Weapon at EQ1). For most Disciplines (see below) this is just flavor, but it interacts importantly with one Discipline and perhaps others in the future. The goal here isn't to make characters without the Force necessarily better with a bladed weapon or the like, but to give them a chance to flush out various combat skills a bit more in preference, without necessarily having to dedicate an Aspect to that purpose (Though they still can!).

All of these features are being released but may face heavy modification in the future as we evaluate how they work in practice!

New Disciplines

We are currently implementing two Disciplines for the NFOs! The first two to be implemented are Weapons Specialist and Field Medic. Weapons Specialists make use of a new feature of the character sheets, Primary and Secondary Weapon slots. The Field Medic, on the other hand, is a great doctor-type character that is experienced in treating all manner of species on the fly. Sometimes a medical droid just can't make it into hostile situations; in those cases, the Field Medic is a life-saver.

We have two additional Disciplines in the pipeline: the Infiltrator and the Operator. The Infiltrator will function just as it sounds, while the Operator will specialize in being the best pilot he or she can be (without the Force).

Since I've already gotten the question: These Disciplines are not currently enabled for Force users, but we will consider it in the future. Some may be available to all Orders, while some may be restricted.

Tradition Submissions

Below are the tentative guidelines for Tradition Submission. The Wiki will be updated shortly with these guidelines and a new category for Traditions.

  • Name
  • Color (Hex preferred)
  • A proposed wiki page complete with:
    ** History - for details on the history and founding, including how the unit fits into the Canon universe in some way - perhaps just as legends or the like told to people.
    ** In the Brotherhood - for details on how the tradition views the Brotherhood and DB specific ties
  • Reasoning: Why should it be added? How does it uniquely fit with the other existing approved Traditions?
  • Members: What immediate demand is there for this tradition to be created? List of members. Minimum of three members required, but not every Tradition with three proposed adherents will be approved.

We will monitor Traditions, and Traditions that lose activity may face deactivation. These requirements may change throughout the next few weeks.

One last thing from Mav!

As we move into Phase 3, just remember that we are anticipating hiccups, especially in the character system department, that require us to heavily modify what we're planning. This means that we could end up invalidate character sheets and the like along the way, so please remember that everything currently in the system for non-Force Orders could change dramatically between now and the first of October. :)

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!

In case you missed these great Phase 2-related announcements, check them out!

The Shadow Academy Staff has completed our new Order CORE courses! Check out all the news just a few posts below mine!

The Herald Staff has uploaded a few selector items for our non-Force users, and released some huge plans! Custom blasters? Damn, yes please! I need me a new gun!

That's it for this now!
TL;DR
  • Loyalist? Mercenary? You decide!
  • Character System for non-Force Orders is live.
  • Each Order has a Feat associated with it!
  • Traditions submissions guidelines described above.
  • The SA Staff has released new Order COREs!
  • The HRLD Staff has released the new weapon perks!
Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Deputy Grand Master

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Introduction God I'm tired. You know when you're so tired you just wanna fall over? Well... BUT as the title say, Ain't no rest for the wicked, nor for me. I'm bringing you the latest news from the graphics front. Brace yourselves,...

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God I'm tired. You know when you're so tired you just wanna fall over? Well...

BUT as the title say, Ain't no rest for the wicked, nor for me. I'm bringing you the latest news from the graphics front. Brace yourselves, Cowboys, we're goin' for a ride!


Oh, there ain't no rest for the wicked, money don't grow on trees

Shout-outs

The Admiral

My staff has done a brilliant job so far and they have kept up with all my demands. Suffice to say they have all improved in the past month or two and so have I.

This report's shoutout goes to Esca, aka Arcia Cortel. Why? Well, you'll see down below in my report. Esca has done a brilliant job and has improved his skills tremendously since he joined the staff. he is always accessible and always happy to help. He is critical of all our work which helps up the quality of our work. Everyone thank Esca for the epic work he has done so far.

The...Pirate? O.o

I gotta thank one more individual for pitching in this week and helping out. Mirus Hi'ija did a stellar job on the swords I'll show you later despite having RL responsibilities. Mirus has recently become the BTL of the Tyrant Sword Battleteam in Arcona. I wish him the best of luck in his new position.

Thanks for the help, bruv. It's appreciated. ;)

And now onto the crunch.

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Non-Force User's Custom Items

NFUs WILL be getting Custom weapons at EQ2 and above. The system is still being developed and balanced but what I can tell you at this point is that:

  • Sabers will be restricted to Force Users only
  • We will be adding Swords for all orders
  • We will be adding Blasters/Slughtrowers for all orders

Reasoning behind this setup? Only Force Users can effectively use Lightsabers (don't even start on that Dark Saber thing). So they'll stay restricted to them, HOWEVER to balance this out Force Users will have limited options where Blasters are concerned. NFUs will have more options to make their own Custom Blaster.

To elaborate on how it'll work. Lightsabers stay much the same as now, swords will follow sabers closely. they will be completely custom, made to the members wishes because they are essentially lightsabers themselves anyway, with a bit more detail at the top.

Blaster/Slughtrowers (I'll call them GUNS for simplicity) are a tough nut to crack. We want to give you guys lots of options but also keep to the overall look and feel of Star Wars. So a system is being developed where you will, essentially, choose your own gun parts and make the gun yourself (well, no. We'll make it for you, but you'll choose the parts).

Guns will be divided into categories: Pistols, Carbines, Snipers, Heavy Weapons, Scatter guns and Special weapons. You can deduce which is which, I believe. The Special Weapons will be reserved for weapons like needlers, tasers, dart guns, wrist mounted rocket launchers, etc.

Gun will also be divided into sections: Casing, Barrel, Grip and Mods. Each rank that you go up you will get new items per section which can then be used to assemble your custom gun. Mods will include scopes, silencers, and other accessories for your gun.

Where is the customization, you ask? Well much like the Warbanners we have now, guns will have selectable sections that you can swap out. Apart form that you will have complete freedom choosing your grip material (wood, ivory, steel, plastic, etc.) and gun color and engravings.

I have prepared some previews for you guys to enjoy, made by A'lora Kituri who is working with me on this project. For now, this will do. Expect more in my next report

Division by sections

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Old Dark Side order robes

The old robes of the Dark Side orders (Sith/Krath/Obelisk) will be transferred for free use to all Force users. No more restrictions by Path. If you want to wear a Sith robe as a Jedi, hey I can't stop you, nor do i wish to. However moving forward you can expect equal treatment for NFU robes, just like today. They will also have their unique items.

Enjoy your new shinies :)

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Mercenaries and Loyalists - stand!

A week or so ago (maybe a bit more...hmm?) Mav asked me to make a few goodies for our newest orders - Mercs and Loyalists. We agreed on 1-2 weapons, but we wouldn't be Herald staff if we didn't add a bit more to that list, eh? Now all these weapons are designed for Non-Force Users, but even Force users can add them to their dossiers. the robes, though, are restricted to the NFUs (as I shall call them from now on). The guns are courtesy of Arcia Cortel (Badass job, i say!), the swords where made by Mirus Hi'ija and I made the robes and tweaked their work slightly to fit the selector.

Presenting the WLD-5 Peacekeeper blaster pistol (All ranks), S-5 Oathbreaker Sniper rifle (JM1+) and BFF-8 Locust Flamethrower (Knights+)...

...the Sabre (All ranks), Cutlass (JM1+) and Rapier (JM1+)...

...and finally the Remiss (Mercs) and Dutiful (Loyalists) robes, restricted for NFU orders.

Warbanners, Sabers and Requests

Let’s start with

Sabers

In the past two weeks four were completed. From left to right:

  • Xen'Mordin Vismorsus-Palpatine (Longass name, brother XD) by Esca


Warbanners

By Selika:

  • Tharess Crestar

Graphics Requests

None. We were swarmed. next time. Sorry Celahir :P


Avatars

Seyda has done a stellar job so far. Two more avatars on her list, this time Celahir and Dracarys.

No there ain't no rest for the wicked until we close our eyes for good

There’s a Form for that

*Warbanner Request

*Custom Saber Request

*Leadership Graphics Request

*Second Sons Artwork Volunteers:

*Complaints

*Herald FAQ

DB Art Community Telegram Group

If you’re interested in joining the TG group and sharing your art, be sure to click the image below:

Ask the Herald

Lex asks: Vyr: Starting commissions yet?

I don't do commissions.


Celshir asks: How's my dearie banner doing? :P

It's gonna be...wait for it.........


Celshir also asks: On a more serious note, can you do a cover of talk dirty to me? But then do Talk croatian to me?

God no. I'm a terrible singer.


Celevon asks: What is going to be the classic rock reference in this report?

Click the link below ;)


Mark asks: What's going to happen with robes assigned to old orders?

They'll go to all Force User Orders, like I mentioned :)


Braecen asks: If you were a fruit, what fruit would you be? (You cannot use 'Turel' as your answer)

Knowing the joke, I can say I am not a fruit or in any way fruity :P


Turel asks: Can I get a saber in princess pink?

Probably :P


Atty asks: have you ever entertained any aspirations of not only seeing more DJB artwork produced, but turning some of it into animations?

Yes. In fact I was considering making some animated videos with Lu'aisha Gresee before this Herald train hit me. We'll see what the future brings, but i am def interested.


Sang asks: are the rumours regarding custom sabers true? (Removing limit of three sabers and making it no more than every six months)

Somewhat. The policy hasn't been fleshed out yet, but I can tell you that it will be changing soon.


Atty asks: will people who switch to mundane but have already reached their custom saber quota be able to request fancy mundane weapons? (supposing Viv's question allows)

Yes.


Viv asks: will non-force users have custom weapons at eq2 like we have custom lightsabers?

Yes :P


Turel asks: what skill sets do you look for in Herald staff members?

Obviously a some knowledge of digital and traditional art is a must, however I tailor my projects according to my staff. I.e. everyone gets a project they are comfortable doing, that is sufficiently challenging to make the improve and yet not too hard to completely stop them in their tracks. I also have to consider other DB work, RL issues and responsibilities, etc. So far it's working great.


Arden asks: If your office and the Voice office changed jobs for a week, who do you think would go nuts first?

Poor poor Evant. I can write fiction fairly well. i'm not sure about his gfx skills, though.


Kyle asks: What's your favorite graphic you've done in the last month? Favorite one seen by others? What do you like to make? Hate to make?

Atty's robes is my favorite recent graphic. It's just...pretty. I personally like to make everything, but it depends on the project whether I'll bite down and do it in short order or let it drag out for a few days. It also depends on the amount of work i have at the moment and my time constraints (work, uni, studies, etc.)


Hades asks: Can we see custom saber colors like there is in TOR?

At EQ 4, yes.

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Commission artists and Artist Feature

Every report I will present an artist from various sites on the internet that do commission work. You can directly contact them through their contacts on these pages:

This time it's nunchaku. He is a local guy from my neck of the woods and I have already commissioned him to do my character (the image you see on my avatar and header). You can see the full image here:

Closing word

So far so goo. Another report another epic two (give or take) weeks. Hope you enjoy the news. As always...

See you Space Cowboys. ;)

Cage The Elephant - Ain't No Rest For The Wicked

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Greetings all. As the newly selected consul of Clan Plagueis it is my duty to pick a right hand man or woman. I loved working with Viv as his proconsul, and I think we'd both be very comfortable in saying that we were partners in the running...

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Greetings all. As the newly selected consul of Clan Plagueis it is my duty to pick a right hand man or woman. I loved working with Viv as his proconsul, and I think we'd both be very comfortable in saying that we were partners in the running of Plagueis more than anything else. That's what I'm looking for: a partner to help run Plagueis for the foreseeable future.

I'm going to be accepting DJB-wide applications which can be e-mailed to me up until 11:59 EST on Monday, September 7th. Applications should address two topics: why do you want to be proconsul of Plagueis, and what do you see as your main job as proconsul of Plagueis? As proconsul, you should also be aware that some of the general requirements are a generally maximum 24 hour e-mail turnaround, maintain a good presence with the rest of the summit, proactive promotion of activity and engagement of the clan at large, and assist in the projects that the summit is promoting for the membership.

Anyone who submitted an application for consul of Plagueis but weren't selected I am in the process of gathering them from Sarin and Mav so you can consider yourself automagically voluntold in consideration for proconsul (really it just saves us all time :P). You can also feel free to forward it to me yourself with any updates you feel prevalent for the position of proconsul. Anyone who didn't apply for consul but would feel they would make a stronger case for proconsul (or would prefer it) are highly encouraged to submit applications. You are all wonderful people and I look forward to reading them!

I also reserve the right to close applications early if someone sends me a star-spangled awesome one or I read one of the consul apps that were sent in and am overcome with great admiration.

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As part of Phase 2 of the new Path/Order rollout, three new CORE courses and exams are launching today: Sith Order Core, Gray Jedi Order Core, and Jedi Order Core. These are brand new courses and exams with content based on a consolidation of the...

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As part of Phase 2 of the new Path/Order rollout, three new CORE courses and exams are launching today: Sith Order Core, Gray Jedi Order Core, and Jedi Order Core. These are brand new courses and exams with content based on a consolidation of the old CORE courses (now "Legends") and other sources like Wookieepedia. No one has taken these before, so you can all go rack up a total of six new academic credits now.

The three courses are going live as I type this. If you find typos or other errors, please let us know -- we're moving much faster than usual through the editing process, so mistakes are bound to happen. Also, if you have ideas or suggestions for changes, send those to us as well. If I've learned anything as Headmaster, it's that no course is ever actually complete.

A huge thanks to my staff and our special guest star: Turel "I'm good, no now I'm evil, no wait I'm good again" Sorenn who is responsible for large chunks of the Jedi and Gray Jedi courses/exams. Thanks!

Also: a reminder! Applications for CORE Professor are due to me and Ood by 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, September 5. No rank requirements, just a fast turnaround, good work ethic, and solid ideas needed. See my last report for more details.

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In this report we have Battlefront news and summary of known game modes, information on a JA Tournament starting next month, and Diablo 3 Cluster changes. As well as the normal summary of Gaming Competitions that are running, Pendants of Blood...

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In this report we have Battlefront news and summary of known game modes, information on a JA Tournament starting next month, and Diablo 3 Cluster changes. As well as the normal summary of Gaming Competitions that are running, Pendants of Blood that were awarded, and results from previous gaming competitions.

Battlefront - A Glimpse at the Battle of Jakku

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Earlier this week EA Battlefront put together an article which details the thought process of the Concept Artist who worked on the Battle of Jakku. We now know that the events related to it occurred 29 years before The Force Awakens, and after the victory on Endor. Its a quick read, but interesting.

Since we're a little light on Battlefront news this time, I wanted to provide a quick run down of what different game modes are currently known:

  • Survival - Co-Op Game with waves of enemies attacking 1-2 players. Only playable as a Rebel Soldier.
  • Fighter Squadron - 10v10 player clash (with an extra 10 AI ships on each side) in the skies. Right now we have seen a mission type where a shuttle needs to be destroyed or defended and there was mention of another with the winning team needing to accumulate 200 kills before a time limit (unknown what the time limit is yet).
  • Supremacy - 20v20 player clash involving both ground and air units to secure terrain.
  • Walker Assault - 20v20 player battle, Rebel Forces race to destroy the AT-AT before it reaches the target, while the Empire protects the walker(s).
  • Blast - 10v10 player deathmatch. Winning Team is based on first to reach 100 kills or the team with the most kills after 10 minutes.
  • 1v1 Battles? - There was a brief mention in a News Post during E3 that "You should be excited for the Star Wars Battlefront Missions, where you can jump in and play against AI alone or with a friend, including split-screen co-op and 1:1 battles."

We're eagerly awaiting more Battlefront News, recommended PC specs, and hopefully an Open Beta to determine how to integrate as much of this game into our club as possible!

JA Sway Friendly Tournament

A few months ago a discussion began related to dropping the Swaying rule for Jedi Academy. At the conclusion of that I mentioned running a Tournament with modified rules in place to test this and collect member feedback. We're going to be doing that next month.

In order to participate, you'll need to subscribe to this competition through the website BEFORE September 18th. No late entries will be permitted. The Tournament Bracket will be assembled based on PVP Score Rankings from 01Jan2015 to 18Sep2015. The #1 Ranked subscriber (highest PVP Score) will face the last ranked participant (lowest PVP Score), and so on. Basically March Madness style.

The Tournament Bracket will be published by Sunday 27Sep2015. Battles will begin on Monday 28Sep2015. Each round will begin on a Monday and end on the following Sunday, giving 7 days to complete. If by Thursday your opponent has not responded to emails from you attempting to schedule a match please CC Valhavoc on your communications. This will most likely result in your opponent forfeiting the match, with the decision to be made by the Fist. If matches are not played and neither player has reached out to me I will consider both forfeiting out of the tournament. Issues outside of this will be resolved based on a decision made by the GM, DGM, and Fist. I strongly suggest setting up your matches early.

  • Each Match will be played until one player reaches 3 points (kills) against their opponent
  • Each Round will be decided based on best out of 5 Matches. All 5 Matches must be played.
  • Results from each round will be emailed to Valhavoc by the winner of the round, with their opponent CC'ed.
  • Use of DBGaming is NOT required to challenge opponents for these 5 matches.

The only Jedi Academy specific Rules which will be in effect are as follows:

  • Matches must be played on an Official Club Server, refer to the Gaming Servers Wiki Page. No exceptions.
    • If players cannot agree on one Official Club Server then each player will choose a server. Three Matches will be played on the higher tournament ranked player's server. Two Matches will be played on the lower tournament ranked player's server. Consider this a "home field advantage".
  • When both players have sabers ignited, the duel starts.
  • You cannot use a Bacta Tank during a duel.
  • You cannot attack a player who has been knocked to the ground in a duel, whether by kick or saberlock loss.

Star Wars Galactic Defense version 2.0 now available

A new version of the App came out earlier this week. It introduces a ton of new changes... although alot of it doesn't appear to be awesome. New character Tokens need to be collected to level up your champions, as well as certain items to progress them. These can be bought or earned from playing missions. It seems if you want Dark side tokens you need to play the Light side campaign, and vice versa. Overall, it feels like the general difficulty of the grind in this game has been significantly turned up. Not sure what their plans are for in game events. If anything comes up I'll be watching for it though.

How to submit gaming scores video

Earlier this week Sim Potens put together a short video for CSP that shows how to submit gaming scores through our website. You can view the video here. Thanks Sim!

This video has also been passed on to the Headmaster for potential inclusion in the Journeyman Hall, Gaming 103: Submitting Gaming Activity course.

Diablo 3 Cluster Changes

As mentioned in one of my last reports I was looking at altering how CFs were awarded in Diablo 3. Since the feedback was positive and now that the newest Diablo patch and Season have begun I'll be implementing the following shortly after this report goes live:

  • Regular Rifts from Torment 1 to Torment 5 Difficulty award 2 CE for completion
  • Regular Rifts from Torment 6 to Torment 9 award 2.5 CE for completion
  • Regular Rifts at Torment 10 award 3 CE for completion
  • Greater Rifts from 10 to 23 award 2 CE for completion
  • Greater Rifts from 24 to 44 award 2.5 CE for completion
  • Greater Rifts above 45 award 3 CE for completion

As I mentioned before, this will replace the current system which has members accrue Clusters by killing elites. A screenshot of the Greater Rift Completion Screen or the Regular Rift with the Rift Boss defeated will be required.

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August Gaming Competitions

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Starting 22Mar2015 the Weekly PoB has been awarded for matches from Sunday to Friday. A second PoB will be awarded for Saturday matches, consider this a "Gaming Day". Time will be based on GMT just like competitions, so Friday at 7pm EST the "Gaming Day" will begin and conclude at 7pm EST Saturday. Following completion of the Gaming Nights project this may change back to a Sunday-Saturday one per week reward. The wiki has not been updated with this new schedule for that reason.

  • 16Aug2015 - 21Aug2015: Battlemaster Atra Ventus of CNS, PVP Score of 42 (42 Matches Played, 42 Matches Won)
  • 22Aug2015: Battlemaster Atra Ventus of CNS, PVP Score of 12 (12 Matches Played, 12 Matches Won)
  • 23Aug2015 - 28Aug2015: Knight Tasha'Vel Versea of CNS, PVP Score of 20.02 (42 Matches Played, 29 Matches Won)
  • 29Aug2015: Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj of Clan Taldryan, PVP Score of 4.69 (24 Matches Played, 15 Matches Won)

Competition Results

And now, some Crescents for gamers:

GMRG Gorefest - August 2015
  • 1st Place - Knight Athrun Zala
  • 2nd Place - Warlord Andrelious J. Mimosa-Inahj
  • 3rd Place - Knight Ulfsark
Star Wars Commander: Conflict at Anchorhead Pass (Apple and Android)
  • 1st Place - Knight Nashiro Kakos
  • 2nd Place - Warrior Ra'gnar
  • 3rd Place - Knight Suur
Diablo 3 Season 3 Greater Rift Ladder (Non-Seasonal Characters)
  • 1st Place - Montresor - Greater Rift 55, 13:03 (Solo Monk)
  • 2nd Place - Pravus - Greater Rift 48, 10:24 (4 Player w/ Montresor and 2 others)
  • 3rd Place - Selika - Greater Rift 45, 11:14 (2 Player w/ Montresor)
Diablo 3 Season 3 Greater Rift Ladder (Seasonal Characters)
  • 1st Place - Rathus Marr and Telaris "Mav" Taldrya Cantor - Greater Rift 51, 10:17 (3 Player w/ one other)
  • 2nd Place - Pravus - Greater Rift 50, 8:22 (4 Player w/ Rathus, Mav and one other)
  • 3rd Place - Selika, Nite Dawn, and Tra'an - Greater Rift 46, 13:24 (3 Player)

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Hi Everyone! 1) Applications to be a MAA Magistrate are due to Howie and myself by 1 September 2015. Minimum rank of JM-3, maximum rank of EL-2. The goal is to learn and gain experience. We've received solid applications thus far; hoping for...

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Hi Everyone!

1) Applications to be a MAA Magistrate are due to Howie and myself by 1 September 2015. Minimum rank of JM-3, maximum rank of EL-2. The goal is to learn and gain experience. We've received solid applications thus far; hoping for more!

2) James has helped initiate a new rank tier into our structure: Novitiate. This change is administrative and primarily affects Wiki articles and email wording. See the great image below courtesy of Ood:

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This brings balance to ranks as there are four NV ranks, four JM ranks, four EQ ranks, and four (counting GM) EL ranks.

Again, nothing changes to ranks themselves; just a structure shift.

Thanks everyone! Apply for Magistrate positions!

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Above you'll see the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was revealed as a free gift for those who attended the Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic Con. In it, you may notice Finn, played by John Boyega Holding a lightsaber. Some...

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Above you'll see the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was revealed as a free gift for those who attended the Star Wars Panel at San Diego Comic Con. In it, you may notice Finn, played by John Boyega Holding a lightsaber. Some people thought this was artistic licence or maybe a fake out.

SOME PEOPLE WERE WRONG

JTS

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One of the many things that George Lucas did very early on to ensure that Star Wars was the success it was to secure the financial rights to merchandising for the franchise early on. Because of this, George himself managed to become one of the...

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One of the many things that George Lucas did very early on to ensure that Star Wars was the success it was to secure the financial rights to merchandising for the franchise early on. Because of this, George himself managed to become one of the richest men in Hollywood, and he started a tradition as deep and rich in the toy aisle, as it was in the theatres and expanded universe.

Without a doubt, there are those of us who have been looking forward to the new storm of toys and merchandise that will be coming out with the newest Episode in the Star Wars Saga we know and love, and what we should all be looking forward to is the fact that the day when Star Wars blasts back into the stores? It's not too far away.

They're calling it "Force Friday", and to be honest, I've been getting news and reports on this for weeks to come at this point, with a myriad of emails every day reporting new deals, new plans, and leaked items that will be available. Every time I thought I'd be able to write this post, I kept getting buried under more and more information, and I chose to hold off on it.

However StarWars.com ran a story yesterday that made me finally get around to getting this post up on the site. That is of course the announcement of a global live unboxing event. If you've never watched an unboxing event, traditionally it's where a super excited fan gets their hands on a new piece of equipment, and films himself opening the equipment, generally whilst gushing with overloving joy and praise. Much as I imagine we'll all be doing in the weeks to come with the new Star Wars gear.

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Obviously, there's not going to be a single monopoly on the games and toys and Merch we can buy from any single store. I know there are multiple Toys'r'us locations throughout Canada and the US who are participating in the midnight launch. But what we also know is that some other chains like Target are getting in on the fun, hoping you'll join them and #ShareTheForce. Chains and retail outlets around the world will be participating in this, and we're likely in for one of the biggest commercial events we've ever seen in relation to our beloved Star Wars saga. Personally I can't wait to see everything they have up on offer.

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Not to be denied by traditional storefront operations though, some of the new wave enterprises are also getting on board with the upcoming wave of Star Wars fandemonium, including a new Star Wars themed Humble Audio Book Bundle, featuring the original trilogy, as well as other classics like the Dark Forces collectors trilogy, Dark Empire, and the original Star Wars Radio drama featuring Skywalker himself. Not only that, but Nerd Block is offering up a Hyperspace themed block for September which is guaranteed to include 4-6 Collectibles (of which they have strongly hinted will be featuring some of the newest items from the Force Awakens,) and one T-Shirt exclusive to Nerd Block itself. Personally I purchased mine last night, and at the time of this writing the site says they have a little less than 700 total Hyperspace blocks available, so if you're interested you'd best jump on that soon!

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As I said earlier, there has been a huge amount of information about Force Friday already and rather than try to disseminate it all here… I'm just going to leave everyone with a massive link dump. Peruse at your own peril.. but be warned, there are spoilers lurking in this list!

When I was in the process of going through all the back log of links, I noticed that the ever diligent Mouse has continued his reign of terror, and a lot of the sites that used to be reveals and articles were 404s. If you want the most up to date news and information on all these things, make sure you subscribe to our Twitter, Facebook and Reddit pages!

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The past month has seen a lot of changes, and a lot of great discussions. This has somewhat reprioritized my communications but as I owe the membership information on what’s going on I hope that this report will catch you up. Updates Fiction...

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The past month has seen a lot of changes, and a lot of great discussions. This has somewhat reprioritized my communications but as I owe the membership information on what’s going on I hope that this report will catch you up.

Updates

Fiction Society

The rounds of feedback are complete with two major considerations I am working to implement. Make it simpler, and make it reward more than just writing words. It’s a bit of a shift in mentality, where I tried to take inspiration from the SAS and GMRG, but overall I feel it will better align with the ways different members contribute fictionally. I don’t know if this will go through additional rounds of feedback at a wider scope, or just my staff, but I hope to have this done so this can finally get launched.

It’s already so close to a point that at least I’m very happy with it, for what that’s worth. As a reminder as I’ve been asked by a few people, it is a secret society in service of the Grand Master fictionally, that is very special operative style in theme. To give you an idea of the type of influence you’ll see the society having on the Brotherhood at large down the road.

Path and Order Changes

I had the opportunity to read proposals from every Clan regarding their fictional status, which was a great opportunity to see what everyone is up to. I am sure you’ve read about it in Mav’s DGM Report but to reiterate here, it was good to level what everyone’s plans were going into the next Vendetta.

In addition to this feature for Clans, it also extends to the members as well. Allowing easy change in Path depending on your Clan’s alignment, and even in some carefully evaluated and approved exceptions, to violate that.

It’s been great to see this change come, to give members a chance to better reflect their characters. I hope that going forward through a series of planned changes and beyond, more chances come for members to properly reflect the unique characters they envision, and then some.

CS 2.0

As you likely read in the Combat Master Report by Wally, an exapansion and refresh of the Character Sheet system is now complete, and undergoing a process of Q&A. This came with a refresh of Species, Disciplines, Aspects, Feats, Skills, Powers and even ACC Venues. Looking over the pending rewards for this work I hope you all take a time to read them to appreciate the great work the team did.

If you want to ask questions, or review questions others have asked and associated answers there is a Character Sheet FAQ form that was setup.

If you spot any issues or errors on anything at all while creating a character somewhere, you can use this bug tracking form to submit it for review.

Plot Updates

I have had some great discussions with the GM and DGM so far about where we want to go with the DJB. I’ve gotten the first fictional scene setter written, just waiting on some reviews and I’ll get that released so you can all get a sense of what things are like in the Brotherhood with the recent changes.

There are several additional fictional updates that follow that will get us closer to the next Vendetta and set some things up. So while there won’t be anything really going down until the Great Jedi War introduction. I hope to have a lot of great fiction out in the meantime that looks at different aspects.

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Active Competitions

  • A Tourist’s Guide To The Galaxy: Atra Ventus, from Clan Naga Sadow, is still running this competition that lasts until the end of August. It is a pamphlet, in story format, covering a member’s own system. As the Dark Council, and Atra, look at creating the DJB System as it exists following the destruction on Antei, members can reflect on their own systems and talk about why they are so awesome.

  • Road to Damascus: Myself (giving a shot at 1st level Crescents), along with Xen’Mordin Vismorsus, from Clan Scholae Palatinae are running a fiction competition until the end of August that looks into the life of Rhiaen Ust’essi. Giving members a chance to interact with her once more and make some decisions about what life has been like for her.

  • A PUN Little Fiction Competitoin: Kz’set di Plagia, from Clan Plagueis, has started a pun based competition for fun, where you get a chance to create puns. This will run until Sept. 12th.

  • Antei Contract Bureau: LIVE!: Celevon Edraven, from Clan Arcona, is running a fiction ladder based on contracts, where participants request contracts via the form on the competition, then complete and post their completed contracts for judgement and feedback. Completed contracts earn points throughout the running period with the winners receiving crescents. This first period will run until the end of September.

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Cluster of Ice Requests

Organizers must send their pins and word counts to djb-voice-staff@googlegroups.com, for Clusters of Ice to be awarded. Format: Pin#wordcount

Conclusion

There wasn’t a lot to report, with a lot of review of things over the past few weeks resulting in many decisions but most of those were reported out elsewhere. I did want to get reminders out on competitions that are running and give what feedback I have. Looking forward to getting out some plot updates, and getting a society running as quickly as possible.

If you ever have any questions, ideas, feel free to let me know. I do my best to reply quickly.

In darkness,

Evant Taelyan
Voice of the Brotherhood

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