Combat Master's Update Just wanted to throw up a quick update before I sit down and hammer out a big report for you guys. Updates As most of you have read by now, there is some really exciting stuff on the horizon for the Character Sheets and...
Combat Master's Update
Just wanted to throw up a quick update before I sit down and hammer out a big report for you guys.
As most of you have read by now, there is some really exciting stuff on the horizon for the Character Sheets and the ACC. The teams I've assembled have worked very hard behind the scenes and we have pooled together over 40 pages of written content that we are revising and workshopping as I type this.
In order to start narrowing in on our deadlines and to fit within the timeline outlined by Sarin in the latest Grand Master report, I've downsized my teams and wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who put in some excellent work to date.
Samael has decided to step down as ACC Judge. I want to thank him for his hard work and eagerness in the position as he was always the first to volunteer to help. Thanks again!
I will be moving forward with my current Judge Staff, and have been bringing Evant up to speed as well.
Judging is not an easy position. For this reason, you can see how one of our judge’s recent efforts helped build up to him earning a Grand Cross of the Dark Side. Congratulations, Atra!
It was my goal originally to have as diverse a group as possible working on CS 2.0. I think we really hit home with a mixture of leaders and members from all across the DB. Each of these members/leaders have dedicated time and energy into CS 2.0.
So, I’d like to thank the following individuals for their input and contributions.
- Andrelious J. Inahj
- Adam Bolera
You will no doubt see hints of their labor in the upcoming launch. I’ll be reaching out to each of your respective unit leaders with specifics on your contributions! Thank you again for your help.
For anyone curious, CS 2.0 is not something that CMs will be tasked with in the future. I was in a unique position when I took over as CM, and as Magistrate to the last three Voices over the past few years, it was decided I’d retain some of those duties. My hope is that with the launch of CS 2.0, I will be able to fully dedicate myself to the ACC, and making it better and more awesome for all of you. I want to thank everyone who has been using the ACC recreationally. I am pleased to see this, and hope to see more as we move forward. As for CS 2.0...
Time tables are still being finalized, but you can bet that CS 2.0 will be launched within the next month (July), baring any unforeseen setbacks.
So, what will be included in the CS 2.0 launch? Why has it taken so long? Glad you asked.
Disciplines revamp, where we re-wrote and clarified a lot of the unique Feats and Powers that were created and for the existing Disciplines: Shadow (Assassin), Juggernaut, Marauder, Seeker (Inquisitor), and Sorcerer. We are also working on three other Disciplines that would break out of the shell a bit and provide some more options of specialization for our members!
Updated Skills Tables that better explains what each Skill does and what you can do with it, roughly, at ranks 0-5.
Updated Force Power Tables that better explains how each Force Power works and what you can do with it, roughly, at ranks 0-5.
New Feats that have been re-written to get rid of +1/-1s. As we move further and further away from a D20-based system, this is one of the many ways you will see us focusing more on writing our characters than over-analyzing the difference between +3/+4 in Athletics. Not only have we updated and tweaked existing ones, but we’ve also added a bunch of new ones that give you more options with how to make your character unique.
New Pre-Written Aspects to choose from for those working up the courage to have Custom Aspects.
Custom-Aspect-Templates- a Beta initiative that will have a set of pre-written Aspects that could be used by members to tailor their own Custom Aspect by filling in or changing blank spaces.
Species 2.0 - that will give us a much better look at the player-selectable Species that members can select for their characters in the Brotherhood. This will cover grandfathered Species in the DB, as well as how we will handle adding any new canon races that have a demand.
We are getting close, and I thank everyone for their patience. The team is working very hard on making sure we deliver you guys the best possible system to play with :).
Tired of the same few venues like the Shadow Academy? Don’t worry, we heard you. Once CS 2.0 is launched, we will also be deploying a slew of new and revamped venues for you guys to explore and check out. The team has done some really cool stuff, and I think you will dig them.
The most important thing to note will be that we are doing away with the story-set ups that are evident in most of the Venues. While a cool way to start a fight, I am going to be working on a Beta initiative called “Scenarios” where set-ups like that can be used for a different kind of match.
For me, as a writer at least, when I’m given a venue I just want to know the details I’m working with. How do I address the five senses: what’s the air like, how hot or cold is it, what type of obstacles do I have to play with creatively? I will, as the first poster, invent why I’ve come to this place, and why I’m running into my opponent.
So, expect more detailed Venues that give more room for you to write the types of matches you want to write.
ACC Exam Updates
Following the CS 2.0 launch, I will be looking to update the Qualification and Fundamentals Exams. Anyone who is Qualified will not have to retake or requalify, but I’d highly recommend looking over the new exams when they are pushed live anyway.
We will be looking to publish a more formal “Judge’s Guide” that will be available for members to look at and see how the Judges make their decisions.
Here is a quick look at Events that will be run through the ACC.
- July-August -- DB-Wide ACC competition: “Rivalries” (More Details to Come)
- October -- Grand Master’s ACC Tournament (More Details to Come)
- December -- GJW ACC (Details Still To Be Determined)
One More Thing
For many of you who have been around the DB a while, or dealt with me, you’ve probably at the very least heard of the ACB, or what we like to call the Anteian Contract Bureau.
The Antei Contract Bureau--started as a project within Arcona--has had a lot of success. We have run it in limited trials to the DB at large, and our last run yielded some very positive feedback from all who participated.
So, what is it, exactly?
The ACB was created as a way to generate unique and individual fiction competitions for members. Each “Contract” is treated as a mission that is specifically catered to the requesting member's specifications. With these personalized missions, a member would be able to practice their writing and storytelling skills without the need for a competition or DB-wide event to get work on writing fictions. The prompts would also allow for a more personalized feeling to the missions, and would help with building character background, history, and lore.
The main goals of the ACB are as follows:
1.) Real-time feedback/notes on every fiction that you are writing/submitting.
2.) Flexibility for casual writers but also with a built-in element of competition for the more hardcore writers.
3.) Give members a way to get inspiration for a fiction just for fun if they don’t see any competitions that appeal to the story they are in the mood to pen.
4.) Clusters of Ice, weeew!
I’ve had members from other units reach out to me expressing interest, and I think we’re really close to making what started out as a pet project for me into a reality for the Brotherhood.
What I need from all of you is to help me out with a simple poll. I have set one up on Discourse here. The #PowersThatBe love numbers and statistics. So, the more of you that show support, the more likely this is to become a real thing for everyone!
If you’d like to check out existing Contracts that have been done, head over to the Discourse forum found here
Thanks everyone. Feel free to leave comments below, or email me any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
All, As previously mentioned in my DB wide address, the position of Herald is now open for applications. Applications should be sent to GM Pravus, GM Coteln, and DGM Mav no later than 7 July 2015. Applicants should submit a portfolio of their work...
As previously mentioned in my DB wide address, the position of Herald is now open for applications. Applications should be sent to GM Pravus, GM Coteln, and DGM Mav no later than 7 July 2015. Applicants should submit a portfolio of their work or identify why they are not an artist, but could still help the Herald position. Additional suggestions for the application include managerial skills, ideas on how to support the growing needs of DB members, and anything else you feel is relevant.
As I stated previously, Socorra performed remarkably as the Herald and will be missed. Please take the time to 1) read her resignation report and 2) thank her for her service over the past 15 months.
Greetings Everyone, I have just pushed out an email to the entire Dark Brotherhood. I am going to use the news page and this report to reinforce this email's message. Please review the below: Grand Master’s Address: 27 June 2015 The Dark Jedi...
I have just pushed out an email to the entire Dark Brotherhood. I am going to use the news page and this report to reinforce this email's message. Please review the below:
Grand Master’s Address: 27 June 2015
The Dark Jedi Brotherhood has spent the past three months recovering from the high tempo competition schedule of Horizons, the Dark Crusade, and Fading Light. During this three month period the Grand Master and Dark Council have instituted a series of policy changes and announced a multitude of Dark Brotherhood system changes. These changes have come in erratic and chaotic messaging and have not been accompanied by an overarching strategy that informs the Dark Brotherhood membership of our desired state of affairs post Episode VII release. In order to provide transparency and inform the membership, I have crafted a singular document that details my vision as your Grand Master and the common goal I have tasked the Dark Council with achieving by February of 2016.
This strategy is based on a system that is familiar to many of you in the business or academic world. In short, it shows were we are now, were we want to be in the future, and what things we need to do to get there. I have framed the DB of June 2015 as one that is sleepily enjoying our rest from Horizons, but floating without direction. In order to provide that direction I have mapped our four major lines of effort along fiction, gaming, graphics, and systems. Those major lines of effort come with highlighted events or projects that are identified along a timeline and a build towards the Episode VII release and our next Great Jedi War. The desired state following the Great Jedi War is a Modernized DJB utilizing an updated website, new systems, and operating under clear and concise visions driven by membership feedback.
You can find the roadmap to February 2016 below.
This road map requires a considerable amount of coordination and communication between the Dark Council, our Clan leadership, and our membership. This communication will come in the form of multiple “Small Team” emails that 1) identify who is responsible for what task 2) provide clear intent as the Grand Master concerning my expectations on the project 3) define clear milestones for each project. The road map also contains a few areas that I want to highlight and provide guidance on in order to avoid confusion.
- Timeline: August Details a Meta Game. What is this? It is a non-standard DJB-wide experience designed to support the release of new DJB Canon material. This only details of the game will be that it starts in August, the rest will be left for the members to experience and discover on their own.
- Timeline: September through November. This date range is identified as Clan based competitions and events. This is the window that I recommend Clans conduct their own internal feuds as well as Clan vs Clan feuds. This will also offer all of us an opportunity to evaluate large form competition rules that the Clans utilize in their events in order to determine if they could be used as a best practice in the next GJW.
- Timeline: December and January. The Great Jedi War will take place in this window in order to maximize our club activity during the release of Episode VII. I am aware of concerns relating to activity during the holiday season, but feel that the positives of a GJW timed with Episode VII will outweigh the negatives.
- Gaming: Battlefront Evaluation. Everyone is excited about the pending release of Battlefront, but we have yet to determine what platform we will focus on or how the game will be incorporated into the DB. Many decisions about the game will be made prior to its release, but many will be made after. The post release window of Battlefront will provide all of us with good insight on how the game can be supported in the GJW.
- Graphics: Website Splash. We have talked about this for years, but it is finally time to update our website with a new set of graphics. The current theme dates back to my first reign as Grand Master and an update/modernization is required. My plan is to launch new website designs timed with the release of our new order systems. We will offer up a design window for our existing members to submit ideas and graphics. If those items do not meet our desire, we will outsource the project to an artist.
- Systems: GJW Planning. The GJW Planning required its own subset red line because I want to convey the process that will take place in order to deliver a tight and clean GJW experience. The intent is crystal clear. The DC will present the Clans a set of rules, events, and outline of the competition several months prior to release. This will not be a plan as we go style event.
I want to take the time to finish this address off with my thanks and appreciation to the membership and our Dark Council. Being a part of the Dark Brotherhood is a rewarding experience, but it can be trying at times and often the decisions of the Grand Master or Dark Council can seem random or disjointed. I want to ensure that we reduce those instances as much as possible over the course of the next several months and continue to work towards creating an experience all of us are proud to be a part of.
Grand Master Pravus
Telegram! No not an old fashioned letter from Western Union, but an application that has picked up popularity recently that is great for mobile group communication. This is similar to WhatsApp, but allows anonymity, allows you to search and send...
No not an old fashioned letter from Western Union, but an application that has picked up popularity recently that is great for mobile group communication. This is similar to WhatsApp, but allows anonymity, allows you to search and send GIFs from GIPHY, and other exciting features. We previously had an Unofficial DJB Gaming Chat on WhatsApp that is going to be replaced by DJB Gamers Lounge on Telegram. This is merely for chatting leisurely with other gamers, talking about games, and trying to find times and people to play with for games like Destiny, Diablo 3, etc. This DOES NOT count for matchmaking. All PvP matches must have challenges in #dbgaming on IRC. Seek out Ernordeth, Val, or any other games to get added to our group! Or join here And for fun enjoy this image of Battlefront coming out in November!
Do you think yourself lucky? Capable of beating all the odds stacked up against you? Well I would suggest that if you've been saving your lucky rabbit's foot for something special, it's probably time to use it. As we all know, Star...
Do you think yourself lucky? Capable of beating all the odds stacked up against you? Well I would suggest that if you've been saving your lucky rabbit's foot for something special, it's probably time to use it. As we all know, Star Wars Battlefront has been previewed to great excitement, with the PS4 version showing off two awesome gameplay modes, as well as a PC Gameplay demo being added to EA's Facebook Page.
All of the news this far has been pointing to an amazing Star Wars gaming experience that we've all been waiting for, for a very long time.
And if you're a PC Gamer (PC Master Race represent!), you have a chance to get a sneak peak at it. EA has revealed to IGN today that they will be starting closed Alpha Testing. Now, as usual with any Closed Alpha this important, even if you do manage to earn a spot, I'm sure you'll be buried in Non-Disclosure Agreements powerful enough to steal you children from you, but regardless of that... You can apply to be included in the closed Alpha right now!
You'll need an Origin account to sign up, but most of us already have one of those from pre-ordering it anyways, don't we? Good luck folks, and may the Force be with us!
Summer has officially begun, and I'm already tired of the heat... grumble grumble. This report won't be terribly or have any major reveals, but for those interested in the Grey Path, I've got a question I could use some help with. So...
Summer has officially begun, and I'm already tired of the heat... grumble grumble. This report won't be terribly or have any major reveals, but for those interested in the Grey Path, I've got a question I could use some help with. So read on through, though first: an updated policy!
Nepotism policy update, and other policy stuff
Thanks to the excellent work of my Magistrate Meleu, the Nepotism Policy has been updated. This policy is designed to cover instances in which a leader is in an intimate relationship with, or is a family member of, a member in their unit. There are substantial changes to the policy, notably that we no longer mention encouraging members in relationships to avoid units with one another. However, we have increased Justicar oversight over potential situations in which members might be in relationships, and clarified rules regarding awards and the like. If you think this policy might relate to you, read the new policy immediately. This club has an unfortunate and long history of abuses related to people in intimate relationships, so these policies are necessary to protect members and leaders alike.
Meleu continues to work on clarifying policies and the like on the Wiki. He and I both noted how annoying it was to sort through policies before, and so he's built a template to hopefully ease navigation of policies. He's updating the Species policies next, which is more about bringing them in line with what the Grand Master has stated so far.
Path survey results and a call for assistance
As all of you are undoubtedly aware based on my past report, we are incorporating a third Path into our organization: the Grey Path. Within the coming days, units will receive a document that outlines how to declare Paths. But before that point, we were hoping to provide them with some information on what members think of this third Path. While neither I nor the Grand Master want Clans to decide Paths based on this information, we would be remiss if we did not try to collect some data on it. Therefore, I reached out to the last 50 joins in the club to make it past the Test of Lore. I received a decent response rate considering many of those members are already rogues (quite a few dead emails too, unfortunately - something we will be working on a fix with James on soon, so we'll get leaders an update on that shortly too). I received 15 responses total, with 10 of those from Dark Path members, and 5 from Light Path members. Five of the Dark Path members may have chosen the Grey Path had it been available, while 4 of 5 Light Path members may have chosen the Grey Path. However, this is a very small sample size; ultimately, it only gives us a small idea of what new members might do. So I have a question for all of you reading.
Based on the plan for the Grey Path to be a "tightrope" between the light side and dark side, never embracing, careful not to stray too far into the darkness but reluctant to embrace the light, would you have joined that Grey Path when you first joined the Dark Brotherhood? I myself, despite my current character likely transitioning to a Grey Path, would not have joined the Grey Path when I first joined the club. At the time, I had a very specific image of the Dark Jedi character I wanted to be... but since then, things have changed. Therefore, I would say no. What about you?
Odan-Urr and Arcona Co-Op Competition
Tides of Change, the co-op competition between Odan-Urr and Arcona, has completed! I assisted with the final grading, and there were quite a few quality entries! Having read, watched, and listened to so many great entries it was no surprise to me to see that Turel came out as the ultimate winner in the competition. His entries - especially his fiction entry - were all very strong. Good job, Turel! Arcona had more overall points, while Odan Urr had one more participant. A great showing by both units!
I'm always happy to assist units in co-op competitions or feuds as needed. It is great to see leaders taking such an active interest in building engaging competitions for their members, and I hope all of Arcona and Odan-Urr enjoyed Tides of Change!
An Open Proconsul Position
Clan Scholae Palatinae has an open Proconsul position! While I know that Xen has received some quality applications so far, he's extended applications. This is an amazing opportunity for any willing member, as Xen is a great leader to work with. If you're looking for a chance to make the Brotherhood a better place, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of our best leaders while improving the club we all love so much!
Traditions will fill the gap left by our departing current Orders, as well as offer members an opportuniy to tape into a variety of canon sources of different types to propose Traditions. Traditions are very loose associations of individuals that ascribe to the teachings or ways of some historical, legendary, or contemporary society or organization. Contrary to Orders - which have definitive structural implications on the Brotherhood in terms of ranks - Traditions have no unique impact on a character sheet, and are designed to allow people to demonstrate flavor-based differences between themselves and other characters. Fictionally in the Brotherhood universe, the origin of many traditions might be unknown or misunderstood - ancient Cults or organizations of only rumor may lead to traditions. In our actual organization, Traditions must be based on some aspect of the Brotherhood or Star Wars history, be it legends or Canon. We will exercise tight control over creation of Traditions, with the exact method of proposal still to be outlined soon.
So, where will they appear? On dossiers, as below:
While this is just a tentative placement and the like, this give you guys an idea of what this feature of our new Path and Order system will look like. James has been hard at work coding in all that will be needed for our change over, while Howie and I have been preparing some preliminary rank proposals. Lots more to be released in the coming days!
That's it for this now!
- Nepotism Policy updated; Meleu rocks. Go check it out!
- Would you have joined the Grey Path instead of your current Path? Some new members would have!
- Turel takes first place in COU-ARC co-op competition, Tides of Change. Congrats, Turel!
- Looking to move up in the Brotherhood? Consider CSP's open PCON position!
- Traditions will allow members an additional degree of flavor-based customization to characters.
Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Deputy Grand Master
Starting a few hours ago House Dinaari's Rush the Elites competition began for Diablo 3. This competition consists of killing the most elites in Diablo 3 over the course of one day! Check out the details for more, and get after it before this...
A Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona feud The Results Are In! The tides of change have swept through the battlefield, the O’reenians driven back and the battle is over. New friendships were forged in the fires of battle, breaking the age-old tradition...
A Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona feud
The Results Are In!
The tides of change have swept through the battlefield, the O’reenians driven back and the battle is over. New friendships were forged in the fires of battle, breaking the age-old tradition of Jedi against Sith. Joining forces against a common threat, Clans Arcona and Odan-Urr overcame insurmountable odds despite differing allegiances. Whether or not this tenuous alliance was meant to continue remains to be seen as the Consuls meet for final peace talks...
The epilogue to Tides of Change has been posted to each Clan’s discourse topics. Go check it out!
To the winners…
So we heard you like charts and graphs...
We’d like to give an enormous congratulation to our top five winners (damn, coulda been the Mane Six) and say well done to everyone who participated, submitted, raged, or otherwise made some new friends. It’s been grand, so let’s hear some hoorahs! Congrats! Well done! Skulls for the skull throne and sunshiney smiles for all!
...I mean, what?
Letter from the Consuls
Greetings, lovely members of Clans Arcona and Odan-Urr!
There is little more to say today. Enjoy the fruits of your labors and be proud of what you’ve accomplished here. Further fictional matters and the actual details of our little pact will be published on the wiki soon, and you can look respectively to your unit reports for more details on results and even more congratulations.
For now, we say thank you to each other for the amazing experience, thank you to Mav for his assistance in finalizing grades with us, and thank you to all of you for making this idea come to life. Well done, Arcona and Odan-Urr!
All as one, to victory!
Signed and sealed,
Atyiru Caesura Entar
Finally, all three of these platforms are starting an Event on the same day! This makes my weekly competition creation much simpler, and its even conveniently occurring on the day before I have family coming to town to visit. I must have had some...
Finally, all three of these platforms are starting an Event on the same day! This makes my weekly competition creation much simpler, and its even conveniently occurring on the day before I have family coming to town to visit. I must have had some good karma saved up.
Star Wars Commander (Windows): Empire Airshow
Tomorrow this Event will begin. Although there's little in the way of details available for it yet, I expect it will be a mission based event and not a Tournament. The associated competition has been set up based on that. In the event of a massive change and it turning into a tournament... expect the competition to be adjusted accordingly.
Star Wars Commander (Apple & Google): Rebel Secrets
Again, starting up tomorrow. Another competition put together based on the mission based event model. Typically there's "Tournament" somewhere in the name when its the PVP version. Same deal as the previous event.
Star Wars Galactic Defense: Enter the Pit
This event started up earlier today. The Event Reward Champion is Malakili, and his special move is to summon a young Rancor to help him fight. This is an arena style event. The Dark Side Event Champion is Boba Fett (the standard Durasteel pod champion) and the Light Side Event Champion is Jedi Luke (special for this event). Boba has a rocket barrage super, and Luke has a slowing aura move. Both champions get five times the health and damage while in the arena.
Insert fancy Voice of the Brotherhood banner here Well I’m back for some more Voice office related updates and news. Now with some actual updates on some new ways to earn Clusters of Ice and status reports on all the things. I just want to touch...
Insert fancy Voice of the Brotherhood banner here
Well I’m back for some more Voice office related updates and news. Now with some actual updates on some new ways to earn Clusters of Ice and status reports on all the things. I just want to touch on a few new things and highlight some competitions more than anything.
Clusters of Ice
If you head over to the Cluster of Ice wiki page, you will notice some formatting improvements, as well as updates to the ways you can earn Clusters of Ice.
The Voice office will begin to award Clusters of Ice for qualifying official Clan fiction. That isn’t to say Clans can’t do whatever they want fictionally, that still remains under the purview of the Consul entirely, but when done in a beneficial way to the membership, that fiction will now award Clusters of Ice. These fictions must be published to discourse, or a news post in some way so that they are documented on the site.
Specific wording: “ All "official" Clan fiction updates, as submitted by the appropriate Consul to the Voice for approval. Must be published to discourse (forums), or a news report, with URL and dossier # of the author with word counts to the Voice's office. Fiction must be relevant to the Clan, advance the Clan fictional story forward in some manner and incorporate more than one member to qualify.”
This applies to any fictions going forward. I will be working with the Consul from each Clan to look back as far as the assault on the Avenger II at the start of the Dark Crusade for a one time submission of past fiction for consideration for Clusters of Ice to catch us up to current.
Keeping it together: The Voice is running an open ended competition, and will be until July 10th. So check it out and take your shot at a diamond crescent.
An Objective History: Andrelious from Clan Arcona is running another DJB wide competition this time focused on different items your character has owned. Since we’ve all considered this as we responded to possessions surveys, maybe you already have a great idea in mind. So take a look.
Chaos Ensues: Mayda from Clan Scholae Palatinae is running a DJB wide co-op fiction competition that is rather unique, and short. So take a look and considering tracking down another member (or 3) and submitting.
My JW Experience: Mayda from Clan Scholae Palatinae, in keeping with the Judecca World theme is running another short 200-800 word fiction competition including dinosaurs.
Hear Me Roar!: Mayda from Clan Scholae Palatinae, also in her cluster of Judecca World competitions on dinosaurs has a unique one based more on entertainment than writing skill but it may appeal to the more creative among the membership.
Clusters of Ice
Reminder again: Organizers must send their pins and word counts to me, for Clusters of Ice to be awarded. ‘’’Format: Pin#wordcount.’’’
I’ve got a lot of things out there being discussed, especially around the Fiction Society with sanity checks on my own crazy ideas. In the meantime I’m trying to make sure the opportunities are available to earn the necessary awards like Clusters of Ice to properly reflect contribution in the ranks. So you’ll see changes like the Clan fiction awarding.
If you ever have any questions, ideas, feel free to let me know. I do my best to reply quickly.
Evant Taelyan Voice of the Brotherhood