Greetings Everyone, I will be running a G Hang tonight with a first come/first serve basis. If you have any questions or just want to Bs, please feel feee to hop on. Tentative time: 7-9 Eastern. I'll plan on running a few more this week too.
Covenant: Section 3.04 (b) Grand Master's Semi-Annual Report The Star Chamber will work with the sitting Grand Master to ensure that there is a workable long-term plan for the Brotherhood. On at least a semi-annual basis, the sitting Grand...
Covenant: Section 3.04 (b) Grand Master's Semi-Annual Report
The Star Chamber will work with the sitting Grand Master to ensure that there is a workable long-term plan for the Brotherhood. On at least a semi-annual basis, the sitting Grand Master of the Brotherhood must send a report to the Star Chamber detailing the following:
(i) the current state of affairs, including details of positions assignments and training of leaders;
(ii) the short and long-term plans for the Brotherhood;
(iii) relevant membership metrics indicating the health of the Brotherhood; and
(iv) any hardships or problems in the foreseeable future.
Members of the Star Chamber and Members of the Dark Brotherhood, welcome to my #49th report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. This special report will fulfill both my semi-annual obligation to the Star Chamber as well as provide an update to all of members on the upcoming future of the Dark Brotherhood. I decided to combine my report to the Star Chamber with a regular report in order to maintain a high level of transparency and ensure that everyone in this club, from the Grand Masters to our newest members have the same information on the health of our club as well as my plans for the remaining time I will serve as Grand Master.
In March of 2018, I will meet the three year term limit imposed on Grand Masters. At that time, I will nominate Prophet Telaris "Mav" Cantor as my replacement. Mav and I have worked in a highly collaborative relationship over the past three years and that will continue on all of the projects identified in this report. My goal is to ensure that we do not start a project that does not have Mav's support and therefore will not continue throughout his reign as GM. It would be silly for me to create new changes only to have Mav overturn in them in the future. We will work to ensure that does not happen.
This report will include a large volume of information and will be broken down in the following format:
- The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Dark Council
- The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood Membership
- Short and Long Term Plans: A focus on the next eight months
- The Great Jedi War: A Decision to Delay
- Ask the GM: Great Questions from the Members
- Final Thoughts: Including Future Concerns
The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Dark Counciil
The Dark Jedi Brotherhood continues to evolve as a system of integrated systems designed to off our members a high level of activity and content. These systems are driven by a Dark Council that operates under the simple vision to improve our member's experiences. Our current Dark Council is a diverse group of talented individuals who have been empowered to make decisions, take risk, and make rapid changes to any systems within their area of expertise.
The present Dark Council is composed of five first time members and five members with past DC experience. We have a combined 235 months of current DC experience and an average of 23 months in our positions. This ranges from Howie with just six months of current experience as the MAA to James with 62 months of consecutive time as the SCL. Our ranks include members from different continents, multiple countries, and has an educational and professional background that includes tax lawyers, academics, government servants, three technology based professionals, a student, a teacher, and two Officers in the United States Army.
The Dark Council currently operates under a construct that allows for us to surge on projects in cross functional teams. It is not out of the ordinary to have the Fist ask to work on MAA projects or to see the Herald working with the Voice on fictional updates. Due to the manner of our systems and processes requiring integration, the Regent is a jack of all trades working with nearly every member of the DC on the possessions system.
I am extremely comfortable and confident with our current Dark Council and believe they are the right leaders to continue moving the Dark Brotherhood forward. I am also confident that this Dark Council has the potential to fill any positions that could become vacant in the near future. I assess that we have no less than 3 current DC members who could serve as the Grand Master and I would be confident to place most of the Elders into the position of Deputy Grand Master. Likewise, I also believe that we have a key demographic of Consuls and Clan membership who possess the leadership traits and understanding of team work to move to the any vacant Dark Council positions. This includes the position of Justicar which could be filled immediately in the event Jac died in a buffalo stampede.
The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Membership
The membership of the Dark Brotherhood has remained relatively consistent in the 2014 to 2017 era of automatic AWOL. In those years we had a peak membership of 450 in 2016 with a low membership of 296 in 2014. The automatic AWOL era has an average of 369 active members with our present number of 373 just over that. I have also placed the pre-automatic AWOL era of 2013 on the spreadsheet to give a little context to the roster sizes from the days when some Clans would simply leave APPs on the roster for over a year without activity. It is hard to measure numbers from 2013 and prior without looking at detailed participation metrics in order to make some sort of determination on just how many members were active.
These automatic awol era numbers have remained relatively stable and should give pause to all of us when making value judgments on the Dark Brotherhood's health. Our club has always had membership and activity swings that have mirrored major Star Wars events (the 2016 numbers are after EPVII and right before Rogue 1) and I do not see those trends changing in the future.
I am satisfied with our current membership numbers, but I will also detail a series of initiatives in the upcoming months designed to look at how we self organize (Clans, Houses, Teams), how we award recruitment, and how we continue to develop immersive content that can attract old members and future members to the club. The latest Newsletter for the Rogues just went out to 470 of our Rogue brethren and will hopefully bring some of them back for the GJW and/or to check out all the new stuff. For those curious to what we sent out, a HTML version can be found at Rogue Newsletter. Our goal is to bring back members to participate in the Great Jedi War and to engage them for a consistent activity in the club.
Short and Long Term Plans: A focus on the next eight months
The Dark Jedi Brotherhood must continue to evolve as an online club in order to attract new members, keep our current members, and give us all something to do for fun. The following collective plan is the brainchild of our Dark Council with additional tasks that I have directed.
1) Something New: The Dark Brotherhood has used the same method for story telling dating back to 2008. We create an enemy for a Rite of Supremacy or Great Jedi War, we write stories to explain why that enemy is a threat, and we build competitions on defeating them during the RoS or GJW. We have used this "Vendetta" cycle without creating an immersive environment for our members to actually care about our stories. Who are these enemies? Why do we care about them? Why would a JA FFA player care about a 25 page story? Why do we do more research on an ACC match than we do on a Vendetta fiction?
I have decided to stop using this cycle have tasked the Dark Council with developing a Dark Brotherhood enemy that uses our systems. The DC will begin working on a "enemy" that utilizes "like" systems to existing DB Clans. In other words, you can expect an enemy to have a credit account, possessions, character sheets, order-like backgrounds, and nearly every other aspect that our existing Clans have. This "enemy" will also persist for a period that extends beyond a single Vendetta.
James, Mav, and Evant have all allowed me to sell them on this idea and for the most part it is feasible to create in a relatively short amount of time. Which is rather important and highlighted in the GJW section below.
2) Increased Recruitment Awards: The Dark Brotherhood's current members have the opportunity to be our best recruiters. I have tasked Evant, James, and Mav with developing an increased incentive program for recruiting new members to the Dark Brotherhood. This program will use the existing Trophies System, Possessions, and Awards as an incentive to recruit your real life friends. Evant has submitted an initial proposal that will reward our members when their recruits meet certain rank gates in their DJB career. These gates will consist of multiple ranks and will rewards credits and unique possessions only obtainable through recruitment.
3) Graphics Society: Vyr has discussed this in the past and it is a project that we intend to see go live in the next eight months. The Graphics Society will introduce a criminal element into the DJB and will be integrated with many of our other systems. This continues our trend of developing societies to award activities our members already do, encourage them to do more of that activity, and provide our artists with additional room to progress in the Dark Brotherhood. An incredible amount of work has already been accomplished on the society to include testing of ranks/activities/awards and Cluster balancing.
4) An XP Based Promotion System: If the Dark Brotherhood is truly an integrated system of systems it should provide our members with a promotion system that appears to be less subjective and a lot more objective than current promotion rules appear. Don't get me wrong, Howie has done a fantastic job as the MAA and his adherence to policies has made our award and promotion systems operate at nearly unheard levels of smoothness. This is probably the first time in my 4+ years of combined GM time that I have not seen a complaint about a promotion in a 3 month window. However, we have toyed around with an XP system for promotions for a long time, it provides an additional layer of immersion, and the proposed point system will take away some of the mystery from our members. Howie and Mav will have the lead on this moving forward and you should expect to hear more from them in the next several months.
5) Arx: Wally and his team have worked very hard on putting together our new capital planet. This was a painstaking process for several members of the team due to my revisions and constant desire to have things look like Colorado Springs. The Wiki Article for the planet is on standby and we should see it launched over the next seven days. Wally and Vyr will launch a series of Graphics Competitions to help fill the article in with visual depictions of some of our new key locations and structures.
6) Sacred Cow Review: The Dark Brotherhood has operated under the same command structure two decades. We have Clans, Houses, Teams, and a set of leadership positions to usher those units along. This command structure has worked well for us over the years, but I will direct the Dark Council to review these structures to help determine if they are the right organizations for DB 2017. Organizational structure, team studies, and a host of other relevant literature may point us in direction that could see the DJB alter it's units. This same review will continue to look at short term evaluations of current positions within Clans. Don't worry, I intend on eliciting feedback from our members during these processes.
Great Jedi War: A Decision to Delay
The Dark Council has done an outstanding job putting together competitions, a set of rules, and a story for the planned August Great Jedi War. Wally, in particular, has written a story that provides a conclusion to the past two years of our Darth Pravus hunting down aliens and Jedi across the galaxy.
Unfortunately, it is not the Great Jedi War I want to deliver to the DJB. This is my fault. I painted Wally into a corner in our DJB plot by artificially using the story to explain OOC events. The plot explained our OOC decision to remove certain alien species from the club in order to stay in line with Disney Canon. The plot explained our OOC decision to conduct another fleet reset. These events resulted in a story that I have have lost faith in. This is also my fault.
As mentioned in point 1 in the above list of projects, I have asked the DC to begin working on a more immersive vision of what a DJB war could look like using our website. Why in would I make a PPT battle plan rules page when our members could simply go to the enemies possessions page? Why would I make a dozen word document profiles of the enemy when I could just make a character sheet? These are something that I want to deliver upon.
So now what? The DC is going to do some work, Wally is going to release a series of plot updates and host some fiction competitions to give everyone closure, and then we are going to progress to something a little different. Who that is, or what that is, has to be a Dungeon Master secret for now.
I know this decision is going to upset some people and I apologize for that. Our Clan leaders altered some of their own internal schedules to make a August GJW work for their members and it is unfortunate that I have decided to delay again. However, I truly believe this is the best decision for the DB. A good GJW is not good enough.
Once we understand the requirements (data input, coding, graphics) behind what I have asked the DC to design, I will release an updated time table. The intent....although no promises, is to get this thing done as soon as possible.
Ask the GM
1) Vic Asks: Have you considered whether the number of Clans needs adjusted? Answer: Yes. I am not opposed to closing any Clan if they show an inability to keep their current and prospective members engaged. Mav and I keep a pretty close eye on the pulse of each of the Clans and will stealth-mode inquire when we believe things are off course. However; I will not close a Clan without putting them on probation first and allowing them an opportunity to rally. Tarentum is a fine example of why we should give Clans a chance to rebound.
2) Turel Asks: How do you feel about Consul Term limits? Answer: I don't see a need for Consul term limits. It is my job to monitor the activity of our Consuls and the health of their Clans. Example: If I receive a complaint about a Consul, I will make sure it's not a move for powah, review the Consuls activity in detail, review the Clan's Group Email, review the Clan's Telegram Channel, and speak to senior members of that Clan in a discrete manner. In some cases a Consul is given the opportunity to resign or be fired that day. In other cases we let a Consul know that an anonymous concern was raised and give them an opportunity to fix the situation/perception on their own.
3) Evelynn Asks: What is the purpose of restricting gaming to a handful of platforms? Answer: The Fist staff is awesome, but they have a limited amount of time to review a game, determine if that game can be exploited, balance it with our other games so the CF/CE value is fair, and establish a manner for members to submit submissions. We can't do this for every game. This is why I, not the Fist, instituted a number of players policy as a general guide for when we add a Game to the DB Roster. We just can't expend the time on games that only two people play.
4) Anonymous Asks: There are only so many leadership positions in the DJB. Why do some members hold so many of these limited positions? Answer: Bottom Line, no one applies. I know this isn't true in all cases, but in many cases we will open a position and no one will apply. Or we will receive an application, but the applicant has shown previously that they are unsuitable for the job or they simply lack the technical know-how to hold it. Arcona, one of our most popular Clans, has a hard time filling leadership positions. Our "Recruitment Position" has not been filled in nearly a year because the applicants have had a hard time showing any vision that we would trust for the position.
But, I do see and understand a member's concern when they see another leader with 3 x current positions. QUA/PROF/M:Whatever seems like a lot of work. Mav and I take this into consideration when we review the staffs and often discourage our DC from making those selections, but sometimes...the best person for the job is simply the best person for the job.
5) Kaz and others asked: After two stints as the GM, how do you see your retirement? Answer: I am only retiring as the Grand Master. I have no plans to go to the Rogues or step away from being a contributor to the Dark Brotherhood. I will more than likely transfer to a Clan that appeals to me, has a sense of community, and is willing to put up with an active GM. I plan on participating in our writing and gaming communities and more than likely I'll look to fill the void where people are interested in having me help out. At present, I have not made a decision on where I will go.
6) Mark asked: Are Clan Named members defacto Summit Members. Answer: No. Clan names are honorifics for members who have long and productive careers in a single unit. The honorific does not extend beyond a name on the dossier. Each Clan has their own culture and views the name holders in various lights, but the DC does not view a Clan Name holder any different than any other non-positioned member.
That was a long report and weaved and bobbed on a series of different topics that encapsulated some of my concerns as well as updated everyone on our plans for the next few months. The GJW announcement is a bummer, but I believe it is the right one. I left the last ASK the GM for this section because I wanted to just take a moment to convey a few things.
Qor Asked: Have you learned anything about leadership in this tenure? Answer: Of course. The Dark Jedi Brotherhood is an eclectic mesh of cultures, attitudes, and beliefs. Our members come from all walks of life and have experiences that have shaped their views on how the world works or should work. We might not always agree, but the value of dialogue to solve our problems and make the club a better place cannot be underestimated. Sarin/Pravus 2.0 is a much kindler and gentler GM compared to 1.0. That is because I'm older, because I've grown as a person, and because of the great interactions I have had with our members over the years. I've learned a ton from everyone and hopefully that has made me a better GM.
I'd also like to highlight the few leadership qualities we really value in our members right now. We want resilient leaders capable of handling adversity, capable of building teams, capable of identifying problems and fixing them, and having a desire to improve the club daily. Those are the traits we look for when selecting Consuls or DC members. One of the biggest things I have learned is that we might have members who are machines at content creation and activity, but if they can't work as a team....then they aren't right for the DC/Leadership. We aren't a real empire and we can't order anyone to do anything (even though a lot of our 14-18 year old past selves might have tried that in this club or similar clubs), so having the ability to team build is paramount.
Okay, that was a lot. I hope it was informational and provided some insight into our plans for the future. I know the GJW decision was a bummer, but I believe it was truly the right thing to do.
I'll be around most of this week, with a lot of G Hangouts up, to talk if anyone has follow on questions (or post them here). If I didn't answer your Ask the GM question, please engage me privately one more time and we will chat about it.
Grand Master Pravus
Greetings everyone, The Covenant requires the Grand Master to submit a report to the Star Chamber two times a year. I will be publishing this report within the next 24 hours. The report will also include standard report areas to include an ask the...
The Covenant requires the Grand Master to submit a report to the Star Chamber two times a year. I will be publishing this report within the next 24 hours. The report will also include standard report areas to include an ask the GM.
I am taking questions via Telegram private messages during this window, but will also respond to questions posted on this news thread. Please post your questions in the comment section. Questions may focus on any area you like, but my report will focus on the next 8 months of DB activity as I conclude my term as Grand Master. That may help you scope some questions.
July Gaming News and Updates Welcome to yet another Gaming News report. We are all looking forward to Battlefront 2 this November but before we can get there we have a little thing known as a Great Jedi War. Expected start date is August 1st,...
July Gaming News and Updates
Welcome to yet another Gaming News report. We are all looking forward to Battlefront 2 this November but before we can get there we have a little thing known as a Great Jedi War. Expected start date is August 1st, official news and announcement I’m sure will be coming from the GM soon enough.
Also in Drac’s Last Report, he teased a pre-war event: The Wargame. This will be a space warfare event and I’m sure Drac will be releasing more information on this soon. So keep an eye out for it and make sure you read over all the other information in the report. You will get an inside track on some new things coming after the war.
Friendly reminder from the FIST Staff - Please make sure you update your dossiers to include ALL of your gamer ID’s (i.e. PSN ID, Steam ID, XBox Gamertag, Force Arena and so on). Submissions have been and will be delayed even if only one member is missing their info. So please double check to make sure it’s listed and if your playing with a new member please help them edit their dossiers correctly.
News for DJB Games - E3 releases
Battlefront 2 - Release date November 17, 2017, and we are getting close now almost 4 months to go. To follow all the Official Information check out EA’s Battlefront 2’s Page. One of the big things coming is that the MP Beta starts on Oct 4th for anyone that preorders the game and Oct 6th for the public on PC, PS4 and XBox 1. There are reports that BF2 will be available for the new XBox console as well.
Diablo 3 - Season 11 will go live on July 20th, so get ready to hop into the rifts again!
Also, the Necromancer was released on June 27 if you haven’t bought it yet you can do so from the Blizzard Shop
- Heroes of the Storm added yet another new Character Stukov. As well as from now till July 24th, you can enjoy the Sun’s out, Guns out event.
As a carry over from last month I’ll leave up this tips on how to play the game for any new players or seasoned vets wanted to brush up on how things work in HotS - The developers have released some Core Concept articles to help new players and players that have been playing a while to get the most out of every match. They are actually pretty good so take a look at the Team Leveling Part 1 and Team Leveling Part 2
Overwatch - Has a new combatant already appearing on the PTR - DOOMFIST and no it’s not Drac. Here is the teaser trailer and check out the images of Doomfist’s skins. No release date for this new villain is set yet but can’t be long now.
Destiny 2’s beta preload (for PS4 and XB1) can be started today.
- PS4 closed beta starts Tuesday, July 18th.
- Xbox1 closed beta starts Wednesday, July 19th.
- Open beta for both consoles starts Friday, July 21st, and requires no code
This Beta round ends on July 23rd for all. FYI a PC beta is not scheduled beyond a placeholder statement of Late August. So this Beta is for PS4 and XB1 only.
The Game Launches on Sept 6th.
Gaming Deals - A place where if I find a good sale I’ll pass it along.
IGN has a nice Deals page which lists some of the web’s biggest gaming deals.
Also Reddit has a gaming sales page.
Good Old Games is a good site to find older games for a good price. Every now and then the Old Star Wars games do go on sale so keep an eye out.
Steam as always has something on SALE, including the old SW games as well. BTW if you're not already in the DJB Steam group let us know.
Reminder There is a Competition blackout in August due to the Great Jedi War but I’ll still list these since that are active in July and will pick up in Sept.
- GMRG Gorefest 2017 - All your Gorefest needs in one handy container! Double Clusters for all GMRG members. If your not a member take the GMRG History SA COURSE, now! July’s Gorefest is on NOW! Go get your double clusters.!
A quick note: With the GJW occurring in August, there will be NO August Gorefest weekend nor a FIST Monthly Cluster Race.
FIST: Quarterly Gaming Challenge Q2 2017 - As per Drac’s report by the time this kicks off again there will be new more challenging comps for you to sink your teeth into.
FIST - 2nd Annual Mobile Gaming - Another year of Mobile games.
FIST - 1st Annual Flash Gaming - Now Monthly Flash Games.
Important FIST Information
Below are all the links you will ever need to either contact the FIST staff, join a gaming channel, look up a rule or game mode cluster value. I will update this as needed with each report.
- Rites of Combat - is the place to find all the rules for gaming in the DJB.
- FIST-o-matic - a quick guide on how to use the Telegram FISTbot.
- Pendant of Blood - how to earn PoB’s.
- Cluster Tables - is the place to find out what game mode offers what Cluster (Earth and Fire) value.
- Tier 1 and Teir 2 games - os the complete list of all our approved game AND SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS! Not sure what shot to submit look HERE!
- Don’t forget we have our very own Teamspeak Server. It’s a great way to voice chat with your fellow members and also a great way to communicate when gaming. Check out the details.
How to contact the FIST staff anytime using these methods:
- Join the DB Gaming Lounge on Telegram.
- Ask the FIST form
- or email us at [Log in to view e-mail addresses]
Now that Len has stepped down, there's an open Aedile position for Satele Shan that we would like to have filled as soon as we can. Requirements Applications are open clan-wide and are due to A'lora ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]),...
Now that Len has stepped down, there's an open Aedile position for Satele Shan that we would like to have filled as soon as we can.
Applications are open clan-wide and are due to A'lora ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Turel ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and Alethia Archenksova ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) no later than 8PM EDT on July 22th. Failure to send your application to all three addresses will look really bad, so double check. There is no minimum rank or DB experience requirement. Be prepared to answer follow-on questions via email.
The Aedile's Duties
- Set a good example for House members through strong regular activity and a positive attitude in chat
- Maintain regular communication with members through email and Telegram
- Assist in evaluating and recommending members for promotion and merit awards
- Assist in planning, running, and promoting competitions for the House
- Assist in developing House lore and maintaining our wiki page(s)
- Serve as acting Quaestor in the absence of the Quaestor
What to include on your application
- Relevant leadership or project experience in or beyond the DJB.
- Any ideas you have for improving or developing the House. A 30/60/90 plan isn't a disqualifier, but it probably won't be helpful
- Any time constraints we would need to be aware of
- Describe your vision for what a leader in Odan-Urr should be
I’m going to keep this brief. Time is short, and there is a lot of work to be done. There will be no TL;DR. Please just read the report. (Read all the things! - blind Preator) M:Voice Applications: Open Due to real life tissues, Justinios has...
I’m going to keep this brief. Time is short, and there is a lot of work to be done. There will be no TL;DR. Please just read the report. (Read all the things! - blind Preator)
M:Voice Applications: Open
Due to real life tissues, Justinios has resigned his Magistrate position. It saddens me to see him go, and we’ve held back on opening applications while I tried to find out more. We wish Justinios the best, and hope he comes back to us and the DJB soon.
With that said, we are now looking to fill the empty Magistrate slot, especially with how busy things will be getting in the upcoming GJW for me. I'm writing the plot, working logistics, supporting the other Dark Councilors' events, and running multiple events of my own. It will be important for the Voice Staff to be functioning even while I'm focused elsewhere.
Magistrate to the Voice
Taken from the Voice Staff Expectations document (internal), the duties of M:Voice include but are not limited to:
- Administrative action on Character Sheet approval and remands.
- Administrative action on Fiction Competition approval and remands.
- Provide feedback on Guideline or System changes/proposals.
- Work on and complete assigned projects/tasks.
- Proofreading Voice Staff documentation
- Read and stay updated on Voice Reports and Updates
- Have a working knowledge or comprehension of the Character Sheet system and the various documentations used such as the Character Sheet Guide and the Character Sheet Approval Guidelines. Any Magistrate selected will receive training on how we go about approving Character Sheets, but having a baseline understanding helps a lot.
- Have less than a 24 Hour turn around time on email.
- Maintain active presence and regular communication via Telegram, the Brotherhood's main communication platform. The Voice staff discusses a lot of things over our Telegram channel, and allows us to quickly answer questions and help each other out to make sure we’re turning around Character Sheets for members as quickly and effectively as possible.
- Confidence in proof reading both fiction and technical writing.
- Familiarity with the Wiki (helpful but not required).
Please submit all applications to my Praetor and I: [Log in to view e-mail addresses] and [Log in to view e-mail addresses]. Applications will remain open until Monday July 10th 2017. The selected Magistrate will start right away and work closely with the Praetor to get situated.
GJWXII: ACC Phase I
ACC Phase I is underway. So far, we’ve seen a staggering amount of matches. Most impressive, however, is the rate of completion so far. Per my last update from the Combat Master, the numbers are looking like this:
- Active Matches: 47
- Completed (including Awaiting Judgement): 34
(As of this reports publish date) 34 Completed matches is no small feat, considering we’ve been live for 12 days or so. There are roughly 11 days left until the July 16th cut-off for new match creation. This means that when the site changes over to July 17th, no more matches will be allowed to start. Beyond that point, ongoing matches will have until July 24th to finish out. All matches will close at that time. Please see the competition details for more information.
I just wanted to take a quick moment to let everyone know how pleased I am to see the reception here to the event. Even when I know some of you dislike
despise the format and rules, I appreciate everyone that has thrown in to compete anyway. I’m also excited that I get to see a lot of characters I’ve only gotten to observe or learn about through Fiction Chat questions over the past few months. So, it’s been enjoyable to read these matches.
That said, there are a few things I’d like to cover before I let you get back to fighting
mercilessly bathing in the blood of battered bones and flayed flesh one another.
After discussion with the Dark Summit, and as some of you may have already learned, members of the DC were asked to volunteer as additional judges for ACC grading.
I’d like to formally congratulate Farrin on becoming a certified ACC Judge. Farrin has gone line by line through three ACC matches now, with direct guidance and communication (usually about 1-2 hours per match) working with myself, Mav, and Atra. I am confident that Farrin is as qualified now to judge matches as any member of the ACC Staff, and we’re grateful for him jumping in and eagerly lending a hand. He will be invaluable towards the end of the event where Mav and Atra are both away. Thank you again, Farrin, for coming on board to help. We appreciate it.
Tips from the Judges
As you can see, we’ve been hard at work. Mav has been slacking, because he is the worst, obviously. Kidding aside, here are my notes to participants after grading my first few matches:
- Lightsaber wounds. - Be careful with these and how your character “continues fighting”. My best advice would be to re-watch the lightsaber duels in the films on Youtube. I’d pay close attention to Finn vs Kylo Ren fight especially, as you learn a lot about how lightsaber “grazes” can be described. (Finn screams in agony as Kylo presses the ignited cross-hilt of his saber into his shoulder, Anakin passes out when he gets his arm cut off by Doku, etc.).
- POV switching - POV, or Point of View is when you write from the perspective of one character. It can be jarring to the reader to suddenly be switched to the other character’s point of view without some kind of transition. I prefer line-breaks, personally, but even a “meanwhile” can sometimes make a huge difference. This would falls under the Story category in grading. In a lot of popular published science fiction/fantasy novels, authors tend to use a chapter or subchapter to cover a point of view. Game of Thrones, for example, each chapter is named by the character it follows. (Jon, Arya, Jamie, etc.). Authors like Brandon Sanderson will even change their writing style based on whose point of view they are covering (hello, Wayne).
- Proof reading. Always. If you can’t find a proofreader, try reading your posts out loud to yourself. Your ears will catch things your eyes miss. Trust me. It’s a trick we used in Screenwriting class and with working with actors.
- Please Read the documentation. I’m serious. CS Guide, ACC Guide, the Fiction Center, and the Resource hub are all at your disposal. Most of the Realism errors we are seeing pop up are not semantic. They are pretty obvious, easy mistakes to avoid. As a general rule of thumb, for example, Force Powers need to be at +3 to be “combat ready”. That is to say, +3 is where the powers tend to be able to be triggered fast enough to be useful in a combat situation.
- Force Power levels - A +1 Force Lightning and a +4 Force Lightning have the same power and duration. The difference in levels is “ease of use,” or how readily you can draw on the power.
- Endurance - Endurance is not your resistance to pain. That is a combination of different Skill attributes (Endurance, Might, Resolve, etc.), feats, and Force Powers if you have them (Control Self, Healing). In short, Endurance is how long your physical attributes stay at their peak. How long can you stay at your +4 Athletics before tiring? Time is a really hard thing to get critical on in ACC writing, but it is up to you, as a writer, to control pacing. If you have someone with +1 Endurance panting heavily after three saber swings...you might be over exaggerating a bit. If you’re curious, just ask. We will do our best to answer your questions.
- Please make sure to read this FAQ section of the CS Guide. Most people forget about it, but Atra brings it up all the time.
- Word Caps - I know they suck. I know that some people struggle and that sometimes you get into a flow and the words fly. For people who struggle with block, this can be harrowing and crippling. I get it, and I'm sorry. On a positive note, what I can say is that people are finding ways to make it work. For the best results, my advice is to not think of the word cap as a limitation. Think of it as yet another challenge. I know not everyone thrives on banging their head against an obstacle until it cracks like me, but it is true and has helped me deal with things I haven't liked in the past. Find a way to make it work. You can do it. If you have questions, ask.
- Second Poster - A time management trick I've shared before: if you have the second post, you are technically following up your own post for the final post. With that in mind, you can technically just write one longer post, and then cut it in half and have your final ready to go when your opponent posts. Just be mindful of where you decide to break it off. I hope that helps a bit.
That’s all I have for now.
Biggest tip would be to focus more on a simple yet powerful hook and then carry us through the fight with a mixture of emotions when you have the first post rather than a lot of build-up without much payoff.
Also, don't be afraid to ask questions when you aren't explicitly sure about Realism.
Never "count yourself out". There's been a couple times where it seems like a member gave up for their second post when they had a real chance at winning, and that lack of effort became a factor.
Also, to reiterate: "participation" means actually managing a post.
Atra raises some excellent points. The Combat Master is wise and sagely.
I've noticed several posts have almost a throw away combat line.
Mav may be the worst, but he is the former CM/Voice. He trained me, so you could consider him the “grandfather” of the current CS’s and ACC. (Because he’s old, you see).
To follow up on Mav’s point: in short matches like these, it is good to make a conscious effort to include action in your posts. It’s very important to set the stage quickly and get right into the conflict. And since you only have two posts to tell your part of the story, only having a single line of action can work against you.
Something I've noticed more than anything else judging these matches is that clarity is key. You want the grader (and anyone else) to be able to read your prose without any kind of issue. It might make sense in your head, but we're not in your head.
This is nice to hear from a fresh set of eyes. Clarity is indeed king. Again, one of the easiest ways to catch awkward phrasing or wording is to read it out loud to yourself. You'd be surprised how many things you catch that way.
Please read the ACC Phase I - Launch news post for more details.
If you have any questions, please contact myself or Atra through:
- Email: [Log in to view e-mail addresses] / [Log in to view e-mail addresses]
- Telegram: @w4lly / @AtraVentus
Helpful Links for the ACC
- Character Sheet FAQ
- Species Wiki
- Disciplines Wiki
- Aspects Wiki
- Skills Wiki
- Force Powers Wiki
- Feats Database -- CDawg
Ask The Voice
I hate doing these, but made an exception for once. These are actually very good questions.
Archenskov asks: Will participants in Phase 2 of the ACC tournament be given an opportunity to change their loadouts between matches? I.e. if I'm fighting Turel in my next match, do I have a buffer to switch to a Turel-centered loadout?
This is an excellent question. We will have an answer for you by the time Phase II is reviewed and finalized by the DC and Consuls . We need to check in with James on some coding related things, but right now the answer we are leaning towards is "no". Members will most likely be asked to create a "Tournament" loadout that they will stick to for the duration of the event. Members will be free to utilize their other loadouts for Fictions.
Blade asks: I was told that droid weapons had to be in your loadout. Does this apply to the [IG-100] MagnaGaurds, or do they come with their weapons?
Atra answers: There's an entire Droid section in the ACC Guide that explicitly states the weapons come from their Loadout if it's not listed as part of the Droid. The description for the Magnaguards in Possessions only says they're known for using the staff, not that they have one included.
Slagar asks: How much will all the Clans be featured in the GJW story arc? The mad Pravus/Lotus arc has seemed to focus on a smaller cross section of units, and I know I've had members making the inquiry.
This is another great question but it is hard for me to answer it right now. The Great Jedi War plot hinges heavily on the storyline we’ve been working with for the past few years, and a lot of that is tied to Pravus, the character. With a cross-country move, Sarin has been busy IRL, so we’re still working out details of how the events of the War will play out, but are getting close to figuring it all out. It’s one of those chain-reaction things that once we narrow down what we want, we’ll be able to streamline and quickly execute.
That said, my goals for the GJW are as follows:
- Provide a storyline that drives the main conflict while giving flexibility and freedom for members of all archetypes and backgrounds to feel like they were a part of it in some way. I don’t care if you’re a Light, Gray, or Dark Jedi. I don’t care if you’re a Loyalist or Merc. A War is the single largest and most impactful event the Brotherhood has, and if I accomplish one thing with this storyline, it will be that there is something for everyone.
- Ensure all seven units feel like they have a stake in the War and are included in equal parts. This will come as a result of communication and consent between the unit leaders.
- Make sure that active members and leaders have cameos and features.
- No GM vs GM saber fest.
- No Vong.
Keep up the great work, everyone. Keep completing those matches. Make us sweat. (Atra looks much better wet than I do).
If you have questions about your Character Sheet, please check in with Atty and the Magistrates. They can be reached at: [Log in to view e-mail addresses].
Oh, and one more thing.
Great Jedi War XII officially kicks off August 1st. This is a hard date. Stamp it, book it, mark it, scream it, check it, now upgrade it. Thank you, everyone, for your patience. I promise to share more details from the fiction side of things when I have more details. Promise.
In closing, I know that many people wonder what we actually do on the DC, so I figured I’d share a glimpse into our “process”.
For real, though, everyone on the DC is working very hard to make this War something special. We haven’t had one in 2 years, and want you, as members and leaders, to have the best experience.
Thanks everyone. So much for being short, I guess.
Introduction The dog days of summer are upon us! Those of us in the USA have celebrated the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. Those north of the Border something something Canada Day. So, we're all in for an...
The dog days of summer are upon us! Those of us in the USA have celebrated the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. Those north of the Border something something Canada Day. So, we're all in for an uneventful summer with nothing between us and Labor Day, right? WRONG! Here in Plagueis we're smack dab in the middle of our Plagueis War Game event, while Great Jedi War XII looms on the horizon.
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This month's art feature is a great action piece done by Royce Southerland (FooRay) as part of his recent "15 for $15" special.
The Plagueis War Game is in full swing at this very moment. This competition offers you all a great opportunity to warm up for the Great Jedi War and polish your skills before the biggest competition to hit the Brotherhood in over two years.
The first week of competitions will end at 11:59 pm GMT on Sunday, so there are still a few days to get your entries in for this week:
Week two, and it's five additional events, begins at 12 am GMT on Monday, and will run for the same week long duration that week one did. This event offers some quick, fun competitions for everyone. The biggest thing you can take from this event, really, is getting back into the competitive feud/vendetta mode. The Great Jedi War is going to, as likely as not, offer the same scenario of multiple events running concurrently each week. Just operating in that paradigm again can be something that one has to work up to, so the War Game competitions should give everyone a way to get acclimatized again.
Great Jedi War XII
While the main events of the Great Jedi War are still just under a month away, the War itself has already started in the form of Winds of Change ACC event. I've seen some great initial participation from Plagueis out of the gate, which gives me plenty of the warm fuzzies. However, I'd also warn everyone about the time requirements of the event given the number of early time outs I've seen. Make sure to keep on top of the deadlines for matches, and don't hesitate to use the extension that is available to you for each match. Heck, my work schedule made getting my last post up by the deadline a bit touch and go, so I requested an extension myself. I only ended up using a couple of hours of it, but it was nice to have.
I would, however, encourage everyone to complete at least one match. Win, lose, or draw, that's participation in a Great Jedi War event. For the uninitiated, participation in a vendetta event grants a seal, one for each event you enter. In addition, vendetta events are more important than other competitions when it comes time for the summit and I to get you all the recognitions you work so hard for. Making sure you take advantage of every opportunity to participate is key when the Great Jedi War rolls around, because you never know when the next time is going to be. Those of us that were around for the Eleventh Great Jedi War never thought that it was going to be more than 30 months until the next vendetta opportunity came again, but that's how things ended up shaking out. In the words of John Keating:
Seize this day, for you never know when it will come again.
It was highlighted in Abadeer's PCON report a bit ago, but I want to give another shout out to the Aliso City article crafted by Ronovi Tavisaen and Laren Uscot. It is the first entry in their revamp of Plagueis's lore reflecting our clan's setting, and it was very well done. I've got a list of other articles that will be getting the same treatment following GJW XII:
For the eagle eyed amongst you, it probably hasn't escaped your notice that The Anchorage is now Tonus Anchorage. I decided to make the change from the definitive article to a name that reflects a more specific location for one very simple reason: Plagueis has a lot of "The" things. The Pinnacle. The Circle. The Anchorage. It was either make the change, or I felt like the entire clan was going to fall victim to creeping The-ism. And then we'd have to change our clan name to "The Plagueis". And nobody wants that.
All of the locations listed above are existing locations with existing articles, unlike Aliso City. However, most of those articles seem more like design concepts than fully fleshed out locations. What are the facilities located in the Pinnacle? What do the various structures of Korada Monastery hold? How are the levels of Supply Station Omega divided? The idea behind the next phase of the lore project is to properly flesh out the locations that we have beyond simply being "old prison", "older monastery", and "landed spaceship".
- House Marka Ragnos Aedile - Applications due July 9th.
- FIST Supplemental 9.1 - The one where Drac says gaming clusters can't be earned alone.
- Herald Update - The one with a new Warbanner form.
- Voice Update #11 - The one where Wally gets new slaves.
- Great Jedi War XII Update - The one where Mav makes an infodump.
- Headmaster Report #13 - The one where Farrin mistakenly believes that 13 isn't unlucky.
- [Master at Arms Report #6(https://www.darkjedibrotherhood.com/news/reports-master-at-arms-report-6) - The one with Howie running away.
- Combat Master Report #9 - The one with everything you wanted to know about GJW ACC stuff.
- Fist Gaming Network #6 - The one with all that sweet, sweet E3 news.
- Great Jedi War XII ACC Phase I - The one where everyone starts fighting.
- Seneschal Report July 2017 - The one where James stomps on bugs.
- Shadow Academy Supplemental #1 - The one where Kelly gets a new job.
- Fist Report #10 - The one with Magistrates, Messages, and Pazaak. Oh my!
- Laren asks: "Many members search for artists online to do character art, but don't know what to do when they find an artist they like. What materials would you recommend the member gathers for the artist, and what recommendations do you have for members during the consultation process with the artist?"
The biggest thing I can recommend here is reference images. Text descriptions just don't do the trick, as your interpretation and their interpretation will vary considerably. That doesn't mean you have to find your entire character + outfit whole cloth. Find different images of a face, hair style, coat, pants, bits of lightsabers, any little bit of your character. Then, put all those images together in a folder or on a reference sheet (depending on how many you have). As an example, here's a link to the package of reference images I sent to Ka Rolding for the artwork featured in Abadeer's latest report. I supplied my standard reference sheet along with a number of images that had bits and pieces of the outfit and environment I wanted the character to be in. I got a draft back, requested some changes, and then the finished product was exactly what I wanted. A picture can say a thousand words, and nowhere is that more true than in the commission process. The more visual imagery you can provide your artist, the more the final product will resemble what you see in your head.
- Arden asks: "How much ACC have you done?"
In the current ACC competition, I have completed a match against Lexic from CSP. Even I, with a new job I'm coming to terms with on top of everything else in my life, had time to get that one match completed. Remember, it's only a max of 1,500 words you have to write, and you can do as little as 500 and get your participation!
- Tra'an asks: "What event are you looking forward to most in the upcoming GJW? Which one least, and why?"
Whatever this fleet battle event that Drac is working on has me intrigued. As a full on Star Wars ship nerd, I'm very much looking forward to what this has in store for us. As far as the one I'm looking forward to the least? Maybe the Run On? As much as I love the process and the finished product, there's no doubt that it is the most effort intensive event there is. It's worth it, but whew is it a meat grinder.
- Laren asks: "We write our characters within the wider Plagueis and DJB story, though some struggle to find a place. Do you have any recommendations or starting points for members looking to 'find a place' for their characters within the wider story?"
Not to go off on an answer that is tangential to the question, but I think the best way to find a place for a character isn't to try to find that place "in the wider story". I remember having the same issues as a writer when I was getting started in a new clan or with a new character. Then, I shifted my mindset after having come up against barriers to that process time and time again: It wasn't about inserting myself into the larger story, it was about figuring out what story I wanted to tell about my character and letting that flow into the larger story. The thing I love about the Star Wars model of writing is that we can each be the protagonist of our own little story. Unlike in a Star Trek setting, where we'd all have to be part of the ensemble crew at any one time, each of us writes our own character's story and use other member's characters (and NPC's of course) as supporting players, as they use us in the same way. Once you find out what that character driven story is you're looking to tell, it becomes easier to flow into the events around you. Having a firm grip on who your character is and what direction you want to take them allows you to flow into those larger events in a much easier, and more natural way. So, the short version is really this: Let your character's story inform how they fit into the grander scheme, don't try to throw your character into the larger story first and try to build character second.
- Tra'an asks: "Any advice on how our journeymen should tackle the GJW?"
The answer to this question is aimed not just at our journeymen (and novitiates), but at many of those Equites who haven't experienced the craziness of a Great Jedi War before. As I spoke to above, the best thing you can do for yourself is participate as much as you can. Winning events helps, of course, and it helps our clan get points, but it's not worth sacrificing your across the board participation. Plagueis has always been about trying to DO ALL THE THINGS, and, while depending on how many events there are this go round that could be hard, managing your time to make the attempt (or do as many as you can) should be the name of the game. Each week (or round, if they're longer than a week), you should sit down and look at all the competitions and rank them by the ease and speed of completion. Knock out as many fast, easy competitions as you can during the first part of the week, then sit down and focus on doing the harder, longer stuff a day or two in. And, as things wind down at the end of the week, make sure you're making a good trade off between effort into a single entry vs getting as many entries as you can submitted. Chances are that last minute fiction a person is throwing together isn't going to place against everyone in the Brotherhood no matter how much extra work is put into it, but the time you spend going well above the word count at the expense of three other events you could submit isn't the wisest investment. In essence, time management is absolutely king when the Great Jedi War throws the Brotherhood into chaos.
- Laren asks:"How's that whole Consul thing going so far?"
When I sat down to write this report and realized it was my sixth, and therefore I was starting my sixth month as Consul, I almost did a bit of a double take. There are times when it still feels like I just sat down in the Consul chair, and everything seems so new. On the other hand, I realize I spent more than a small amount of time as PCON, but that can only prepare you so much. Suffice it to say, I am very grateful to have had these months before our upcoming Great Jedi War to get my feet under me. I always think back to Tra'an basically having to take over the leadership of Plagueis during a Vendetta because the leader of the unit up and vanished (after Tra'an had the second in command job for what, a month?) and thank my lucky stars that I had all this prep time beforehand!
There is one thing that everyone should be keeping in mind these days: Even though it may not feel like it, with the ACC event already started the Great Jedi War is here. It's a bit of a slow burn to get started, but we shouldn't let ourselves get boiled alive like the frog in the slowly heating water when the bulk of the War drops on us on August 1st. I know what you all can do when you put your collective minds to a thing.
Pound for pound, we've been one of the most active units in the Brotherhood for quite some time. We're going to do the best we can to punch above our weight class once again, but I will be proud to serve you all no matter what the outcome because I know that everyone here is going to be participating their hearts out. And that's all a Consul can ask from those he serves. Just remember, make me do even more work when it comes time to write my post-war recommendations than you all collectively did during the war. That's my favorite kind of work to do.
Adapt, Ascend, Avail
The following is posted on behalf of Kojiro, Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos. House Marka Ragnos Aedile needed! Applications are open DB-wide and need to be sent to the following people, myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Benny ([Log in to...
The following is posted on behalf of Kojiro, Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos.
House Marka Ragnos Aedile needed!
Applications are open DB-wide and need to be sent to the following people, myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Benny ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and Sang ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) no later than 10PM GMT on the 9th of July.
There is no minimum rank or DB experience requirement, though having passed the Shadow Academy leadership courses will be a bonus for you. Be prepared to answer follow-on questions via email or telegram.
The Aedile's Duties
- Set a good example for House members through strong regular activity and a positive attitude in chat.
- Maintain regular communication with members through email and Telegram.
- Assist in evaluating and recommending members for promotion and merit awards.
- Assist in planning, running, and promoting competitions for the House.
- Assist in developing House lore and maintaining our wiki page(s). Serve as acting Quaestor in the absence of the Quaestor.
What to include on your application
- Relevant leadership or project experience in or beyond the DJB.
- Any ideas you have for improving or developing the House. A 30/60/90 plan won’t be required.
- Any time constraints we would need to be aware of and to top it off things about you, what makes you tick and drives you forward.
Thanks in advance
Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos
Message from the Fist We’re less than one month away from the Twelfth Great Jedi War! There’s a LOT of work going on behind the scenes as we prepare for the first major Club-level event in over two years. I think we have a great event in store for...
Message from the Fist
We’re less than one month away from the Twelfth Great Jedi War! There’s a LOT of work going on behind the scenes as we prepare for the first major Club-level event in over two years. I think we have a great event in store for all of you, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone come out and compete!
No major changes this month. Fully aware I mentioned possible PoBs for Heroes of the Storm last month. That hasn’t materialized yet because I’m not comfortable with the current concept. I don’t want something that is too fast (like Diablo 3) or too long (like the original method Star Conflict) for earning pendants. I’m going to table that until after the GJW.
This report will cover a few key points for gaming in the upcoming GJW and the plans for what comes after the war is over, as well as the normal list of pendants for our PvP gamers, and the 2nd Quarter GMRG results!
On Pazaak and the Great Jedi War
Planning for the gaming events continues. I have three events locked in, with at least four others planned. As I have said before, I want to give you all something a little bit different this go around to prevent using the same “earn clusters, spam pazaak, win novae” formula. I think we’ve got it right, but the only way to know for sure is from your feedback after the war is over. So once everything kicks off, think about what you like and what you didn’t like about the format. Provide candid feedback. That’s how we (the Fist staff and the rest of the DC) get better.
So. Pazaak. There has been one common discussion thread since I became Fist: Should Pazaak be a path to gaming victory in a club-wide event? I have struggled with this for a while. You all remember the issues that “Turbo” Pazaak brought to light. If not, you can refresh your memory here and here. With the RNG leaving much to be desired, and this game being less about skill and more about match spamming, I am not comfortable with it being a path to GJW Novae as it has been in the past.
That said, there still isn’t a great free option out there that truly gives everyone a chance for some gaming credit without having to be MLG-good at video games.
So for this GJW, Pazaak WILL be an option for participation and crescents. Yes, you are reading that correctly. Crescents, not Novae. You will still earn event participation for your clans to further their potential victory in the GJW, but you will not be able to earn a Novae from Pazaak.
This year’s set of events should allow for a level playing field and go away from the setup we have become so comfortable with.
Thank you for your understanding!
New Magistrate Hired
Ranarr’s six-month tour on the Fist staff has come to a close. Ranar was an absolutely phenomenal magistrate, and was awarded a Grand Cross for his efforts. You can view his full list of accolades here. Thanks again, Ranarr!
I was really surprised by the high number of quality applications I received for this M:Fist rotation. I would have liked to bring all of the applicants on staff, but unfortunately I can’t get away with having 10 magistrates. In the end, I have decided to bring Zednich on staff to replace Ranarr. Zednich’s application focused on testing for Destiny 2, which I expect to have a great deal of support for across the club. Thanks to all who applied, and don’t forget that I’ll be looking for TWO magistrates three months from now.
GMRG 2nd Quarter 2017 Results
The GMRG Leaderboard Results are in! Congratulations to the following individuals on their placement in the top 10 for this quarter! The new quarter has already started, so get to it!
GJW Event: The Wargame
Clan leaders: Keep an eye out for a pre-GJW competition that ties into the Wargame. I teased this last month, but you need to have your fleets finalized soon. Since this is our first run at an event of this nature, we are going to focus solely on the space warfare aspect of a wargame. If this event is successful, we’ll take a run at ground warfare in a future event.
I will do a separate post explaining the requirements detailing how the event will work in the coming week.
FIST Sponsored Gaming Competitions
After the conclusion of the GJW, there are going to be some changes to how the Fist office runs the “Gaming for Glory” event. I’ve had a lot of very candid feedback on how we could (and should) move away from cluster races as the go-to method for determining gaming excellence, and I wholeheartedly agree. While cluster races are easiest for me and my staff to manage, they really aren’t giving you guys and gals anything worth doing...you just play normally and get competition credit.
We’ll still have them for those of you who don’t want to take part in the additional events, but moving forward these special events will roll into the quarterly Gaming For Glory event.
To give you an idea of what I’m thinking for the special events, I’ll tease my plan for Diablo III-focused competitions. After the GJW, I will establish individual competitions that focus on a specific character in the game (Necromancer, Wizard, Barbarian, etc.) and give a specific goal. You will then be required to show your skills on that specific character to meet the outlined objective.
To keep things simple and to gauge interest, the first type of competition will be based on the highest solo greater rift with a specific character class. I will keep the character selected for the competition secret until the event goes live, so you won’t know which toon you have to play before the event starts! You might be unstoppable as a Crusader...but what happens when you are forced to play a Barbarian?
There will be events like this for the other games, and the Fist staff will spend most of August figuring out how to run events like these for all the other games we support. Well..that and trying to help their clans win the GJW!
[FIST] Quarterly Gaming Challenge Q2 2017 This event will now include July. With the suspension of all non-GJW competitions, there will be no mobile, flash, or gaming for glory events in August. The final “quarter” will begin on 1 September and go through the end of the year.
June Weekly and Saturday Pendant of Blood Awardees
Congratulations to the following individuals on earning Pendants of Blood for the highest overall PvP score for the weeks/Saturdays listed!
28 May to 2 June: Xantros
2-9 June: Kelly Mendes
11-16 June: Xantros
18-23 June: Xantros
25-30 June: Xantros
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1) Pazaak and the GJW. Some changes.
2) New Magistrate and GMRG 2nd Quarter Results!
3) Planned updates to the Gaming for Glory series!
4) Wargame Reminder.
5) No normal comps in August. GJW Hype!
It’s full steam ahead to the GJW. I sincerely hope you all enjoy the events we have planned for you. The absolute best part of serving on the DC is the ability to provide all of you new and exciting ways to be part of the Star Wars universe.
Battlefront 2 (the 2017 version) is coming soon! I’m sure it’ll be better than the last one.
Open Position: Magistrate to the Fist Ranarr Kul has come to the end of his six month tour as Magistrate. Ranarr has done a phenomenal job of managing our mobile gaming competitions, and helping to identify the major issues with Galaxy of Heroes
Open Position: Magistrate to the Fist
Ranarr Kul has come to the end of his six month tour as Magistrate. Ranarr has done a phenomenal job of managing our mobile gaming competitions, and helping to identify the major issues with Galaxy of Heroes
so you can totally blame him.
So with that, I have an open magistrate position that needs to be filled. As mentioned before, this position holds a six-month term limit, and is designed to provide some experience in working on a DC Staff and with managing gaming at the Club level. Applications are open now, and will be accepted through 1 July 2017.
This Magistrate will be a key member of the staff during the Great Jedi War, where I’m pretty sure the Fist Staff will be extremely busy tracking and approving all of your gaming submissions so you can
grind more clusters bring glory to your clans!
My magistrates are responsible for reviewing and approving gaming submissions, setting up and running monthly gaming and mobile gaming events, and assisting with revisions to the wiki and Shadow Academy gaming and combat courses.
What I’m looking for in applicants:
- No minimum rank requirement. All may apply!
- Baseline understanding of the Rites of Combat
- Consistent Telegram presence and Email turnaround of 24 hours
- A positive attitude
- A desire to learn and be part of a team
- At least one idea on how to make gaming better within the club
Send all applications to Edgar and me by 1 July. I reserve the right to make a selection early if an applicant really stands out.
Good luck to all!