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Message from the Fist Note on Rite of Supremacy Bracket Completion We are about five days away from the end of the Rite of Supremacy. I am concerned that the brackets will not be complete prior to the end of the competition. Setting up matches is...

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Message from the Fist

Note on Rite of Supremacy Bracket Completion

We are about five days away from the end of the Rite of Supremacy. I am concerned that the brackets will not be complete prior to the end of the competition.

Setting up matches is a member responsibility. I will (and have) become involved if there is a dispute or if members are having difficulty in receiving responses from their opponents.

To push these along and to avoid a situation where no placements are given, the following timelines must be adhered to from this point out.

The following matches must be complete by Friday at site reset:

Jedi Academy Bracket

  • Qyriea v.s Jurdan
  • Kell Palpatine Dante vs. Nobilus

Heroes of the Storm Bracket

  • Grot vs. Aiden Dru

If these matches are not complete, I will advance members based on a random coin flip.

The Final four will play each other to determine First and Second place. The losers of the two final four matches will play for third place.

Those matches must be complete by the end of the competition. If not matches are completed, I will be forced to only award participation.

All members who owe matches will receive an email from me shortly. I will ask you when you are planning on playing your matches.

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Please do the right thing and get your matches played. People are waiting on you.

-Dracpool, out.

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Greetings programs! Phase III of the Team fiction event has started! You only have seven (7) days to finish the story. The objectives are straightforward. Bring some much-needed justice to the Brotherhood. That is all. Best of luck to all teams!...

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Greetings programs!

Phase III of the Team fiction event has started!

You only have seven (7) days to finish the story. The objectives are straightforward. Bring some much-needed justice to the Brotherhood.

That is all. Best of luck to all teams!

Relevant links:

Objective-Based Team Fiction comp,

Objective-Based Team Fiction wiki

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Rite of Supremacy: Meridian - Phase III Welcome to Phase III of the Rite of Supremacy: Meridian! This Phase starts now and ends on November the 19th. There are six competitions to participate in this Phase, but don’t forget the Event-long comps as...

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Rite of Supremacy: Meridian - Phase III

Welcome to Phase III of the Rite of Supremacy: Meridian!

This Phase starts now and ends on November the 19th. There are six competitions to participate in this Phase, but don’t forget the Event-long comps as well.

Fiction update

In Phase II members have made various choices, primarily in the Objective-based team fiction comp and the Fiction comp, that influenced where the fiction for this event has moved.

  • In the fiction comp, most of the participants have chosen Objective 2: Neutralize: Intel from the Advanced Inquisitorius Network (AIN) indicates that Meridian is a major asset to Capital Enterprises, which serves as the financial backbone of the Collective. Taking the stations critical systems offline is a surefire way of sending a crippling blow back into the spine of the Collective by removing a key aspect of their business operations.

  • In the Objective-based team fiction most of the teams have chosen the Sabotage path: Reach the prison’s AI core to recycle the life support and free the prisoners. Prepare for a riot as many prisoners are powerful Force Users and Non-Force Users.

These choices influenced the story and will become canonical.

Meridian

AIN:\Encrypted Stream: Active

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...D01376F.6H6B

...Intel Brief 002

...Authorization code: SE-42X

“Consuls. You have each received the latest intel briefs on Operation: Meridian...”

Equinox I

Meridian Prime Space Station Orbit

Rimward of Kessel

36 ABY

Ness’arin Ohnaka stood on the bridge of the ship that served as the mobile command center for the Inquisitorius. Surrounding her was the Inquisitorius’ top Operators, each working in teams to coordinate and monitored the ship and its respective systems. While the Listener ships fueled the Advanced Inquisitorius Network (AIN) datastream, the Raider-II class Corvette— Equinox I—was nimble enough to not draw too much attention to itself, and, if necessary, retreat to hyperspace for safety. This made it the perfect vessel for maintaining more direct oversight over remote operations that extended beyond the humble reach of Arx and the Iron Forces.

“Our current situation is as follows,” the Director of the Inquisitorius began. The Weequay’s leathery skin hid any signs of fatigue she might have been experiencing. Her silver eyes remained acutely focused on the holocamera in front of her, her expression calm as stillwater.

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Competitions list - Phase III

You can find the main competitions listing here: Competition: Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

Phase III

Don’t forget to do the Event long competitions

Important reminders

Objective-Based Team Fiction

The Objective-Based Team Fiction Phase II lasts until 23:59 (11:59 pm) of the 11th. Phase II starts at 00:00 on the 12th regardless of Phase II posts or outcomes.

Communication and questions

Please remember to send us e-mails with your questions, don’t send us PMs. It’s easier to track, reply and follow.

Time to fight!

That’s about it for now, ladies and gentlemen!

Take your war faces into the fray and show us what you can do. May the best Clan win!

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Greetings all, A friendly reminder that the Phase II competitions in Rite of Supremacy - Meridian close in just a few hours! Get your entries in, and good luck to all!

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A friendly reminder that the Phase II competitions in Rite of Supremacy - Meridian close in just a few hours! Get your entries in, and good luck to all!

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Message from the Fist Aloha DB Gamers! We’re almost through Phase II of the Rite of Supremacy. I hope you are enjoying all of the events. This month I will cover the update to the GMRG leaderboard as well as some year in review statistics for...

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Message from the Fist

Aloha DB Gamers! We’re almost through Phase II of the Rite of Supremacy. I hope you are enjoying all of the events. This month I will cover the update to the GMRG leaderboard as well as some year in review statistics for FY18.

Here’s the TL;DR.

  1. GMRG Score Calculation Change
  2. Year in Review!
  3. Rite of Supremacy Notes/Comments

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GMRG Score Calculation Change

What is Changing: Beginning next quarter (1 Jan 2019), the GMRG Score Calculation formula will be updated to include placement in Fist-run quarterly competitions.

Reasoning

The GMRG leaderboard calculation has remained unchanged since inception. At its core, it is designed as a competitive environment that showcases the club’s best gamers. The current setup does not highlight the best gamers; it highlights the most prolific gamers. A couple of months ago, I announced a major shift from cluster counts (all gaming methods) to a PvP based score. I anticipated that this announcement would breathe some life into our PvP games prior to the shift.

That shift never happened, and so I cancelled the change to a PvP-only model. Simply put, the club prefers cooperative gaming (PvE and PvO) over pure PvP. Even with the change cancelled, the crux of the issue remained: The GMRG Leaderboard was still not the competitive “end-game” event that it is supposed to be.

I viewed the desired endstate for GMRG change from the following points:

  • Continue to place value on all Clusters earned through casual gaming
  • Place an emphasis on competition over casual gaming
  • Bring crescents and novae into the computation for the GMRG Leaderboard

Currently, the GMRG Leaderboard only takes Clusters of Earth and Fire into account when calculating a score. Clusters of Fire count for two points, and Clusters of Earth count for one. That formula looks like this:

Total CF Earned In a Quarter (2) + Total CE Earned in a Quarter=GMRG Score

As we have discussed before, this score is not indicative of who the best gamer in the club is, but rather who the members are that take the time to submit the most activities.

What the GMRG Leaderboard completely ignores is skill or winning.

Skill is a nebulous term that doesn’t transcend gaming platforms. Somebody that is exceptionally good at Jedi Academy is not necessarily going to be good at a FPS like Destiny, a MOBA like Heroes of the Storm, or a CCG like Hearthstone. Moving to a PvP Score would actually exacerbate the problem of people limiting themselves to a single platform. In short, “Git gud” at a single game and continue to spam matches for that single platform.

As the word “Leaderboard” is generally associated with actually winning something, it seems right that we include the act of winning into the calculation. Crescents and Novae are the primary awards this club provides to show that you actually won an event. Even in cluster race competitions, crescents are the main reward.

The New Formula

With the above discussion points in mind, I developed the following formula:

CE(.01) + CF(.02) + (a+b+c) = GMRG Score

  • a=10 (Number of 1st Place Finishes in Quarterly Gaming Comps)

  • b=5 (Number of 2nd Place Finishes in Quarterly Gaming Comps)

  • c=3 (Number of 3rd Place Finishes in Quarterly Gaming Comps)

This formula places a smaller (yet still relatively significant) modifier on Clusters of Earth and Fire. In this model, 1000 CFs/2000 CEs are worth a Diamond Crescent/Gold Nova. That is a lot of time invested, and is much harder to do for the vast majority of the club than earning a crescent or nova would be. This model excludes participation from the calculation, which is a slight departure from how we score events like the GJW or Vendettas. This is intentional. Participation will net you credits and promotion credit. It will not positively impact your GMRG score. That will only be done by winning crescents or by earning clusters, or any combination of the two.

How This Will Actually Work

First, let me make this clear: only SPECIFIC Fist-run competitions will be a part of this score calculation. Non-Fist DB Wide/Clan/House/Battleteam gaming competitions will not factor into this score. Only Fist staff will have this option, and it will only be used for official GMRG Leaderboard container competitions.

This change places a requirement on me to run enough objective gaming competitions each month to ensure that there are plenty of opportunities for members to place. That is something that I already do, so it’s not a major change for me or my staff. Generally, I run 3-4 competitions a month as part of a monthly gaming event. The current monthly container awards crescents to the individuals who place (or in some rare cases, participate) the most over the course of a month.

With this change, instead of a monthly competition, there will be four quarterly container competitions. All competitions that are part of those containers will be included in the score calculation. The containers will serve for organization purposes only and will not award crescents.

In the event of a GJW or Club-Wide event (like the Rite of Supremacy), I will include novae earned in the score calculation.

The method to rank up in the GMRG is not changing. A member’s comprehensive total of Clusters of Earth/Fire and Pendants of Blood are still the path to rank X. Placement in competitions will not have any effect on ranking up.

The requirements for each rank are listed on the GMRG Wiki Page.

James has already begun the necessary work to code this formula and a few Fist-Staff specific competition toggles.

This change will go live on 1 January 2019.

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Year In Review

It’s that time again! Another year of stats and numbers to show you all what gaming looks like in the DJB!

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Compare this with the score distribution to the model we are moving to. In a PvP Score centric

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Rite of Supremacy Notes/Comments

Couple of comments on the ongoing Rite of Supremacy Competitions

  • The two bracket queue competitions are ONLY for those members that are still in the bracket event. Do not queue for the bracket competitions unless you are actually about to play your match. If I see anyone idling in that queue, I will ask if you are about to play. If not, I will remove you from that queue. In the event that I do not catch someone idling and they wind up paired up with an opponent they are not matched with on the bracket, it is acceptable for members to decline that match. You will not be accused of match dodging, as the matches for the brackets are already set and managed by me.

  • Do not idle in the PvP Battles queue. I will remove anyone who has idled in queue longer for 24 hours or more. Announce your platform, queue, and wait on an opponent. When you are no longer going to play for the day, leave queue.

  • The chat restrictions will go back to normal at the end of the Rite of Supremacy. If you are unsure about what constitutes acceptable postings in DB Gaming, follow this format:

You: Anyone for X Game? (You enter the queue for the bot)

Opponent: I will play. (Opponent enters queue)

Bot: Matches you. Bot: Reports Score

You and opponent give a hearty “GG” or “Thanks for the Matches”

  • Do not ask for help or clarification for competition guidelines in DB Gaming. Email me with issues or questions. I will respond to email only. I am keeping a log of all issues that come up with games, matches, and competitions so I can see if issues are systemic. For basic questions, your clan leaders can help you. If enough people have the same issue, I will issue a clarification or update so everyone in the club has the same understanding. I will delete anything not related to matchmaking (yes, if you are looking for casual gaming you can post that you are playing, just state you are doing non RoS gaming), or posts from a member of the DC related to the Rite of Supremacy.

  • I am the only person processing gaming submissions right now. I will process everything under the 24 hour mark, but with a job and a wife and life outside this club, it may take me longer than normal to process everything. I will guarantee that anything submitted will be processed within 24 hours. Do not email me and ask me to process clusters prior to site reset unless your items have been in queue for 23 hours and 59 minutes.

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Admin and Policy Reminders

All current Gaming and Fist Policies can be found on the Gaming Information page. I suggest that all members read this page as it has some great info. I will make sure this page stays updated to reflect all current office policies. I do not want to confuse anyone, especially with what is and is not allowed in the DB Gaming Telegram room.

Other items of note:

  • The staff has 24 hours from the time you submit gaming activity to approve it. If your submission has been sitting for longer than that, there is a problem. If it hasn’t, there is no problem. The staff do their best to process gaming submissions as quickly as possible, but they are real people with real lives. I do not expect them to sit behind a computer processing gaming submissions all day, and neither should any of you.

  • Solo submissions are never acceptable for Clusters of Earth/Fire. My staff and I will reject any that come in. You must play with at least one other DB member, no exceptions. This is not changing any time in the near (or far) future.

  • Pendants of Blood are not acceptable for submission to cluster-counting competitions. If we see them, we will remand the request.

  • Reminder: Feel free to run Gaming competitions DB wide. Gaming is a slightly different community, and is one of the few that consistently brings club members together outside of the competitive environment. Most of the people I currently game are all in different clans. By opening up your event DB-wide, you increase the pool of possible participants, which could allow for a crescent upgrade!

  • Reminder: While I sincerely appreciate having proposals/great ideas sent to me via telegram, please email the staff list (email is at the bottom of this report). I ask that your House and Clan leadership take a look at your proposals before you send them up. This isn’t to add a layer of bureaucracy, it’s because I’m sure they’d like to know how you are trying to help the club improve...helps with award and promotion recommendations and all that. Feel free to cc them on your email to me and my staff.

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I hope you are all enjoying the Rite of Supremacy. There were a lot of submissions in Phase I, and I hope to see even more in Phase II.

Good luck, mahalo, and keep on gaming!

-Dracpool, out.

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Rite of Supremacy: Meridian - Phase II Welcome to Phase II of the Rite of Supremacy: Meridian! This Phase starts now and ends on November the 5th. There are six competitions to participate in this Phase, but don’t forget the Event-long comps as...

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Rite of Supremacy: Meridian - Phase II

Welcome to Phase II of the Rite of Supremacy: Meridian!

This Phase starts now and ends on November the 5th. There are six competitions to participate in this Phase, but don’t forget the Event-long comps as well.

Fiction update

In Phase I members have made various choices, primarily in the Objective-based team fiction comp and the Fiction comp, that influenced where the fiction for this event has moved.

  • In the fiction comp, most of the participants have chosen Objective 1: to rescue Vance Kordall and pursue Kendra Icasta and the Shikari Huntresses

  • In the Objective-based team fiction most of the teams have chosen the Revenge path: to eliminate the captain of the Akan and extract valuable information from the computer core before the fleet destroyed the ship

These choices influenced the story and will become canonical.

Meridian

Mattock Station Arx Capital Exchange HQ Planet Arx orbit

Evant paced the distance between his chair and the wall, musing over the data recovered from the multiple lead and operations conducted in the past week by the Brotherhood. His gaze rose from the datapad momentarily, observing the empty conference room he and the many executives of Arx Capital Exchange used for meetings, only this time used as a briefing room for the Brotherhood’s leadership. The communique had been sent more than an hour ago and he was expecting their replies momentarily.

The first flicker of a holoprojection issued from the table-mounted device displaying the Consuls of Taldryan and Scholae Palatinae to Evant’s left. Arcona’s and Plagueis’ Consuls showed up moments later, with Naga Sadow’s and Odan-Urr’s Consuls appearing last. There was a palpable tension in the room as the assembly took stock of each other, the years-long feuds and suspicions bubbling up once more.

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New location: Meridian Prime space station

A new location is available. Both Phase II and Phase III will take place in this location.

Go check it out

Competitions list - Phase II

You can find the main competitions listing here: Competition: Rite of Supremacy: Meridian

Phase 2

Don’t forget to do the Event long competitions

Important reminders

Objective-Based Team Fiction

The Objective-Based Team Fiction Phase I lasts until 23:59 (11:59 pm) of the 28th. Phase II starts at 00:00 on the 29th regardless of Phase I posts or outcomes.

Gaming brackets

“Play your damn bracket matches and stop waiting until the end of the Phase” - Drac

Communication and questions

Please remember to send us e-mails with your questions, don’t send us PMs. It’s easier to track, reply and follow.

Time to fight!

That’s about it for now, ladies and gentlemen!

Take your war faces into the fray and show us what you can do. May the best Clan win!

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Good morning. Due to some unforeseen overseas travel and RL delays for some of you, I have extended the opening round matches for both the JA bracket and HotS bracket to 24 October. All matches must be complete by site reset {11:59 (UTC)} on the...

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Good morning.

Due to some unforeseen overseas travel and RL delays for some of you, I have extended the opening round matches for both the JA bracket and HotS bracket to 24 October.

All matches must be complete by site reset {11:59 (UTC)} on the 24th. Any extensions after that will be handled on a case by case basis.

-Drac

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Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies. As you all know, the Rite of Supremacy is upon us. Read on to see how this affects Odan-Urr fictionally and, more importantly, how it affects you as a member. Additionally, you should expect...

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Greetings to all Odanites, our allies, and our enemies.

As you all know, the Rite of Supremacy is upon us. Read on to see how this affects Odan-Urr fictionally and, more importantly, how it affects you as a member. Additionally, you should expect parts 2 and 3 of this report and the accompanying fiction as the RoS moves into phases 2 and 3.

But first, the story so far.

When we last left off, things were a bit of a mess. The Vauzem Dominion launched a surprise attack against the legitimate Vatali government, and thanks to some sick pro tips from an old enemy, they managed to pull Odan-Urr right into the middle of things. Empress Kaltani was poisoned and Alethia appointed Regent until she regained consciousness. Needless to say, this has not gone over well with the stodgy Vatali nobility.

Meanwhile, the war between the Collective and the Brotherhood has continued to run hot. Faced with the realization that the Dark Council needs solid intelligence more than it needs a secret police force, Marick began to reorient the Inquisitorius. The Collection, for its part, continued its surprise attacks on Brotherhood assets despite the valiant efforts of senior citizens. Speaking of best efforts, although Grot tried to prevent it, the Collective captured Vance Kordall, an agent of the Arx Capital Exchange, along with an artifact of unknown power and purpose.

And the clans, of course, have their own problems.

Disgusting traitor Deputy Grand Master Morgan Sorenn believes that Vance and the artifact have something to do with the last transmission of a destroyed Inquisitorius listener ship, the Psi Termina I. She doesn’t know exactly what’s going on, but she’s going to approach this problem in classic Sith fashion: by kicking the shit out of people. And this time, she’s calling in the cavalry.

All of that brings us to the first brings us to...

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Fiction: A Position of Strength, Part 1

Regent’s Chambers
Voraskel Palace
Kiast

Alethia studied the faces across the table. Ta’var was biting her lip in concentration as she read, doubtlessly working through the various analytical techniques Archenksova had taught her over the preceding months. The other face was alien and nigh inscrutable. Essik Lyccane’s huge insectoid eyes seemed to be focused everywhere at once, though she could only assume his attention was on the datapad in his hand.

And if, somehow, his species could focus on a dozen screens at once, Alethia would be envious. The room’s ornate furniture, carved by master artisans from the trees of a hundred exotic worlds, had been shamelessly shoved aside to make room for more workstations and safes. Secure terminals connected to the Vatali Royal Guard’s networks, to the Odanite Expeditionary Force’s systems, to SeNet. Their screens displayed dozens of after action reports, many of them describing skirmishes between the actual OEF and hostile forces in rough approximations of OEF uniforms. The disguises didn’t hold up to close scrutiny and there hadn’t been any instances of friendly fire—yet. Nevertheless, the population of Kiast was rapidly learning to associate Odan-Urr with danger and destruction.

Continue reading part 1 here, and then tune in next time for the adventures of Jael, Ethan, and Mauro in the mean streets of Kiast.

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Phase I

There are only three bins in Phase 1, which makes it easy to get full participation. So easy, in fact, that Blade and Ji managed to do it the night of launch. Unlike the GJW, where the scoring system emphasized placement, the RoS will emphasize participation as the main factor. To put it bluntly, if you want to hold on to that First Clan reputation, we all need to show up. The other clans won’t make it easy on us.

Remember, you only have to do one competition in a bin to get all the participation points for it. In addition to giving us points, participating in bins will get the clan big money that we can use to buy you new toys.

Fiction and Graphics are in a single bin this phase, which might cut down on how many token entries you end up doing. For graphics, you have a variety of objects you can draw. Fiction likewise has three objectives so you can choose whichever one you like best. Entering either of these earns 4 points and, for those of you angling for a Hero title, between them they account for over half of the placement points for phase 1.

Gaming is a bit unusual this phase. Your first option is a solo Overwatch comp. If OW isn’t you thing, there’s a mobile game as well, in this case Galaga. Entering either of these will net you 2 points.

My favorite bin, Miscellaneous, comes with a puzzle and an SA exam this time. The latter covers all of the fiction from the Collective arc so far, but the comp write-up comes with handy links to everything you need. Either of these will net you 2 points.

If you do all three bins, you get an additional 3 points.

Phase 1 ends October 22. That’s enough time to do a sketch, a puzzle, and a mobile game, I think. In addition to Blade and Ji, as of this writing Kris, Mauro, Juna, Nero, Turel, and Creon have full participation for Phase 1. Val, Jack, Sa, Tarvitz, Dral, Tyraal, and I are 2 for 3.

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The Long Game

There are also four event-long bins. Note that there are gaps between the phases, which gives you some dedicated time to work on your event-long comps.

Gaming gives you the option to do Diablo 3 rifts or any PvP platform, although you can’t play with another Odanite. It’s too late to sign up for the brackets now, but everyone wish Tarvitz, Blade, Creon, Juna, Turel, Kris, and Sarin luck in their matches. Any of those comps will earn you 2 points.

Graphics and Multimedia pairs your leet art skillz with text, audio, or video. You have the option to make propaganda or a comic for 5 points. Both of these can be done solo or with up to three friends. I strongly encourage you to ask around in the COU War Room.

The Team-Based fictiony-type bin has two comps, both of which require you to work with other people. You can create a new Collective faction in a team of 2-4, or do a fiction in a team of 3-5. We’ve been calling this a run-on, though this is a little different in that your team needs to finish the first objective by October 28 to move forward for placement. If you want to be on a team and you’re not already, hit us up in the War Room ASAP.

The Miscellaneous bin has three great and novel comps. The Cantina Quiz has you identifying bits of the official soundtracks based on short clips. Propaganda is just saying mean things about Howie—and don’t act like you don’t enjoy ragging on DC members. Lastly, Liberation Front Possessions has you designing three new possessions for our enemies. These are worth 3 points.

Participation in all four bins will earn you a bonus of 5 points.

As a reminder, if you have questions about the RoS comps, you can check in our war room or email the appropriate DC member(s) with Blade and I in CC.

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Ask Arch

Edgar asks: SO how is the big chair suiting you after so long?

Turel made it look so easy. CON is a really tough job. Honestly, I’d say I’ve bounced between high and low points ever since I got the job. I love it when I see people riff off of clan fiction, or when I can get someone to try something new, or just when I can make someone’s day less shitty. I hate conflict and drama and there have been months where it seems like that’s all I do. But right now, everyone seems pretty hyped for the RoS and in good spirits, and that makes me happy.

Atra asks: Is there anything you would classify as a failing in your efforts thus far? How 'bout a success? How have you learned from these?

Plenty of both, though I don’t know that I have any giant standouts in either category. I’d say I’ve doubled down on flexibility and temperament being key tools. My job involves a lot of processing complaints, whether it’s members who think a policy/comp/event/interaction is bad or managing the clan summit or dealing with one of those infamous “problem members.” It’s very easy to fall into a mentality where I’m on one party’s side and not another’s. And yeah, I do represent COU as my constituency, but my experience has been that I’m a more effective an advocate the more I’m able to step back and consider the situation from different perspectives. In other words:

Lucine asks: How does Alethia feel about this new, more open, more trustworthy Inquisitorius?

She trusts them to act like Sith, including the NFUs. In other words, she trusts that sooner or later, and probably sooner, they’ll try to screw her over. Alethia has no illusions that any amount of cooperation or openness will make Odan-Urr and the Inquisitorius friends; besides, organizations don’t have friends. However, she does trust than the Inquisitorius and the individuals within it will take every available opportunity to screw over their enemies and rivals, and Alethia is happy to provide those opportunities when they suit her purposes. The INQ will try to play her, she’ll try to play them, and that game goes on.

Tarvitz asks: May I ask if you have any strong feelings towards Carthage, one way or another?

Mostly I wish we knew more about them. Very little survives of the Punic language and nothing of their literary culture, assuming they had one. Also they had drunk elephants.

Vyr asks: When are Alethia and Morgan going on that date where they rumor mill and gossip about everyone in the DB?

Alethia Archenksova
High Councillor, Odan-Urr

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Greetings all, The first phase of RoS: Meridian will be coming to a close at the end of the day (site time!) on 10/22/2018. Before the phase comes to a close, I wanted to clarify a few things, highlight some of our goals design-wise here, and...

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Greetings all,

The first phase of RoS: Meridian will be coming to a close at the end of the day (site time!) on 10/22/2018. Before the phase comes to a close, I wanted to clarify a few things, highlight some of our goals design-wise here, and issue some reminders from various Dark Councilors.

RoS Timeline

As a quick recap, the RoS timeline is below. All days indicated are "site time", and the event concludes with the end of Phase III:

Phase I: 10/14 - 10/22
Phase II: 10/27-11/5
Phase III: 11/10-11/19

Updated to competitions regarding participation

We have made a few minor updates to competitions regarding participation values and placement values to match our original intent, and have ensured that the parent competition properly reflects the points earned for participating in at least one competition per bin. In general, this is just a matter of standardizing across bins (e.g. some competitions had the wrong values for participation or placement), and making sure each competition reflects the fact that completing all bins in a given phase will award a bonus point value - and what that value is. For each week-long phase, that is 3 points, and for the Event Long Phase, that bonus is 5 points. Feel free to email us if you have noticed what you think is an error in the values of competitions.

Participation and Scoring in RoS: Meridian

The Rite of Supremacy uses a scoring system very similar to the system we used for the Great Jedi War, which I detailed in the past. The goal of this system is that we provide a balanced system that keeps the points from participation and placement in balance (and allows us to specify what that balance means). Notably different from the Great Jedi War is that participation points contribute three fourts of all points to the competition; this 'flips' the Great Jedi War point scale, where placement was three fourths.

To recap the scoring, a brief overview of the event is needed. For those of you just tuning in, the Rite of Supremacy is divided into four phases - Phase I, II, and III, and an Event Long phase. Each of these phases contain multiuple competitions, which are divided into bins.

Members earn points by: 1) Making a valid submission to a competition in a bin for the first time (e.g. submitting to either Fiction or Graphics in the Phase I Fiction/Graphics Bin; submtiting to both does not earn you extra points, but gives you a shot to place in both), 2) Having a valid submission to at least one competition in all bins in a phase (e.g. submitting to each of the three bins in Phase I), 3) Earning placement points from placing in any competition.

Because the number of bins and the difficulty of competitions varies, the points earned for participating in a given bin (#1) above, as well as the points earned for completing all the bins in a phase (#2 above) varies depending on the bin and phase. Placement points also vary per competition - competitions the Dark Council consider more skillful will award more placement points. Competitions themselves mention the relative number of points given for placement, as well as the points for participation.

Because participation means so much, we also work to level the relative playing field of unit sizes. In discussions with summits in the past, our method of doing became referred to as 'ghost members.' In essence, this system grants units participation points based on their unit activity and relative size. The way this works is that we create a set of 'ghost members' for each unit, based on the size difference from our largest unit, and have them participate at the same rate (and with the same participation points) as the average member of that particular unit. In this way, unit sizes are partially adjusted, although this doesn't account for differences in placement points.

Design philosophy

During typical Vendettas, we have event long competitions and some number of phases. This often makes it very difficult for members to concentrate well on event long competitions. Moreover, the two-week phases are often very intense in and of themselves, sometimes with as many or more competition options as the longer, event long phases. For this RoS, we tried to flip this on its head. The Phases will be only a little over a week, and will only have three bins. We grouped Fiction and Graphics together, to reduce what members had to do to get full bin participation. Moreover, we have provided many competitions - and many of them having some complexity - for event long activities. By taking two separate week long breaks from weekly competitions in the RoS, we hope members can really focus on writing excellent collaborative fiction, being creative, and being the best gamers they can.

We also wanted a chance to have multiple phases, where members could interact with the plot in a different way. You'll notice that in the Fiction/Graphics bin for each week, there will be prompt choices. These choices are tied in part to how the story for the event will move forward, and members directly contribute to which direction the fiction takes by participating in one of the three prompts - something we will make sure is clear in all future competitions (as it is in Fiction this week).

Notes from the Council: Email questions!

During any large event there will be plenty of questions, from large to small. Because of the number of chats we are tracking, and our desire to ensure that we are getting members the exact same information, please always use email to ask any major question about participation, competition language, or rules during this Vendetta. Consuls are a great starting point to ask for clarification, as many of them have already seen/heard questions and had answers, but we are always willing to help out... it is just easier on us if this is done by email!

Notes from the Council: Gaming and chat policies during the Vendetta

In order to keep #DBGaming clear for match formation, the Fist has instituted a heavier moderation than usual, and the chat is to be used strictly for the formation of matches. This will be relaxed following the RoS, but has been instituted to keep chat traffic as clear as possible due to repeated complaints in the past about the difficulty of using the channel to find matches. By the same token, do not set up PvP matches in private messages and only in DB Gaming, and make sure to announce PvO where relevant, too.

Notes from the Council: First posts due for Objective-Based Team Fiction / Run - On

The Objective-Based Team fiction (run-on-like) event requires that all teams have addressed their first objective by October 28th, as per the [competition details](https://www.darkjedibrotherhood.com/competitions/14297. If a team fails to do so, they may still quality for participation if an individual fulfills their posting obligations, but the team will receive no placement points.

Notes from the Council: Recent DC News Posts and Updates

In case you missed them the first time around, a few important updates from the Dark Council below:

With that, I wish everyone luck with the final weekend of Phase I!

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Grand Master

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All- Quick note on the HotS Bracket: You do not need to play best 3 of 5. A single game with a clear winner and loser will suffice. The intent is not for members to play 3 hours of HotS for each bracket matchup. Thanks, and good luck to all in the...

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Quick note on the HotS Bracket:

You do not need to play best 3 of 5. A single game with a clear winner and loser will suffice. The intent is not for members to play 3 hours of HotS for each bracket matchup.

Thanks, and good luck to all in the RoS.

-Drac

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