A Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona feud Arconan Fleet Bridge of the NSD Invicta It was the deep breath before plunging into the unknown. The glinting sparkle of light dappling on cold water before diving into the deep silence beneath. The heartbeat...
A Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona feud
Bridge of the NSD Invicta
It was the deep breath before plunging into the unknown. The glinting sparkle of light dappling on cold water before diving into the deep silence beneath. The heartbeat before a heart stopped.
Arranged in formation against the backdrop of space zipping by at hyperspeeds, the Arcona Expeditionary Force was a magnificent sight to behold. Utilizing the standard screen formation, each ship was positioned for maximum firepower on arrival, neglecting defensive strategies. It was clear that the battle was intended to end as fast as it would begin.
It was to be a massacre...
*The tides are changing. Not only in the hearts and minds of the Brotherhood's individual clans, but in the Brotherhood as a whole. One can only guess at what effects the ripples will cause, what direction the currents will pull us all, and whether or not we will drown or rise to new heights…
On a smaller scale, however, wages a different war. While both Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona battle unrest from within in the changing world around them, they are called together in the unlikeliest of alliances as the Clan of Light goes to the Shadow Clan for aid. But when an enemy appears that is greater than either of them can face alone, the two Clans must make a choice: unite despite their multitude of differences, or face certain death.
With so much at stake, can they succeed? Or is such a strange collaboration doomed to fail?*
As team events will be included, we're releasing this form to expedite the signup process. Sign ups will run through the first week of the event (from today until the 27th). Note that if you do not sign up for one of the team events in this window, then you will be ineligible for placement in team events, but can always join or form a team late and participate if you like (this will still earn you and your Clan some points, and it's fun).
While you have been given the option to list team members you'd like to work with, bear in mind the following restrictions that will also be listed in individual competition details:
Teams or pairs must consist of at least one member from each Clan, so long as numbers allow
For the RO, teams must have a minimum of five members, but no maximum
For the BP, teams must have two to six members
For the (week 2) co-op fiction, pairs will be of two
Again, you can access the form here. Please remember to sign up if you intend to participate in team events!
Want to keep track of everything, but afraid this newspost or an email will get buried? Just use this wiki hub to keep track of simple event details and competitions. It will be updated as the event progresses!
Letter from the Consuls
Greetings, lovely members of Clans Arcona and Odan-Urr!
The leadership of both Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona have worked together to deliver this event, which will pit our combined strength against the O’reenian threat. Notions of an alliance between the two Clans have begun to take root, allowing all of our members the chance to develop their own character’s thoughts. We hope that in doing this, not only will we give our members a chance to explore their own characters, but form bonds outside of their Clans as well. We’re interested to see where this event takes our members, and the choices they make in the process. This is an important moment in both Clan Odan-Urr and Clan Arcona’s history, so get out there, participate, and make some friends along the way!
All as one to victory!
Signed and sealed,
Atyiru Caesura Entar
Lords of the Sith: Not the book you’re looking for, but that’s ok Review by Luna Okami Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars novels Crosscurrent, Riptide, and The Old Republic: Deceived returns in Lords of the Sith to tackle two of the most legendary...
Lords of the Sith: Not the book you’re looking for, but that’s ok
Review by Luna Okami
Paul S. Kemp, author of Star Wars novels Crosscurrent, Riptide, and The Old Republic: Deceived returns in Lords of the Sith to tackle two of the most legendary Sith Lords in the entire Star Wars pantheon, Darth Sidious and Darth Vader. The promotional materials for Lords promises a rare glimpse into the relationship between these iconic characters as they face deadly peril together. Kemp delivers on that promise but, the titular Lords of the Sith only make up about a third of the story. The book’s true focus is the struggles of the Free Ryloth movement. While this may disappoint those who are looking for a more nuanced depiction of the Master/Apprentice pair similar to James Luceno’s Darth Plagueis, Kemp masterfully weaves an action packed and balanced space opera worthy of its own television arc or movie adaptation.
Set on the planet Ryloth during the era between Episode III and the previous canon novel Tarkin, Lords of the Sith acts like a bridge between the Clone Wars series, Episode III and Star Wars: Rebels. In addition to the fan-beloved Sith Lords, the story follows Free Ryloth freedom fighters led by the Twi’lek Cham Syndulla and his former slave lieutenant Isval. Rounding out the supporting cast of characters is a rival pair of Imperial officers tasked with Ryloth’s governance, Moff Delion Mors and her ambitious subordinate Colonel Belkor Dray.
Beware of Spoilers past this point
The book grabs the reader immediately by opening with Darth Vader thwarting a rebel hijacking of a space freighter in a jaw dropping display of raw power. Cham and his freedom fighters quickly learn why Vader is the most feared man in the galaxy as hardened freedom fighters are cut down like grass before the Dark Lord. The Free Ryloth insurgents barely have time to mourn their comrades before receiving intelligence that Lord Vader and the Emperor himself are paying a secret visit to Ryloth in response to the group's recent activities.
The opportunity to cut the proverbial head off the Imperial snake is too good to pass up and the Free Ryloth rebels embark on their greatest operation yet: assassinating the Emperor and his apprentice. To do so, the freedom fighters set up an elaborate trap that ensnares an entire Star Destroyer, forcing Vader and the Emperor to crash land on the planet’s surface. Now the two Sith must traverse the surface of a hostile world while Rebel and Imperial forces navigate a tangled web of espionage in a deadly race to reach them.
In moving through the plot, Kemp flows seamlessly from action to espionage to character development while keeping a solid pace up throughout. While the Sith Lords and supporting characters are interesting and well-rounded and the political subplots are given just the right amount of pagetime to keep the reader’s interest, it’s the action scenes where Lords truly shines. The space battles are engaging, well described and frantically paced. Vader and the Emperor are placed in believable danger (no easy feat given their immense powers) and must call upon their full combined power to escape. The fact we, as the audience, know the Sith survive before even opening the cover doesn’t detract from the tension of their action scenes which is a huge credit to Kemp.
My biggest criticism of the plot is that the book could have used an actual epilogue. The fates of Ryloth and many of the supporting characters are left wide open. The build up to the final scene is great, but the scene itself provides little resolution. The ending feels very abrupt, a short epilogue briefly showing some of the consequences of the book’s events would have given some much needed closure.
The supporting cast of characters for Lords manages to be well-rounded and interesting with few exceptions. The Twi’lek former slave turned freedom fighter, Isval, was by far the most engaging as the vengeance fuelled foil to Cham’s idealism and I found myself wishing she had more page time. Cham is particularly significant in the new canon, not only as a returning character from the Clone Wars series, but also as the father of Hera from Star Wars: Rebels. We get to see Cham’s struggle to find victory without losing his ideals. The rest of the Rebels beyond Cham and Isval are largely forgettable but serve their purpose.
The Imperials were less interesting than the Rebels but still engaging as they both had well defined arcs that juxtaposed one another. Dray found himself falling apart as he desperately tried to extricate himself from his own web of lies and treason woven in an attempt to subvert and supplant Mors. Mors, the much hyped first openly LGBT character in the canonical Star Wars universe, goes through a redemption arc of her own as she pulls herself together to undo Dray’s machinations. Kemp goes out of his way to make the audience hate Mors in the beginning. Some readers make take offense at have a seemingly lazy, corrupt, Moff as the first canon LGBT character. As an LGBT reader, I liked Kemp’s approach. The fact Moff Mors was married to another woman didn’t define her as a character, which is as it should be, a non-issue. LGBT people are exactly that, people, and have flaws, strengths and fears just like everyone else.
Kemp relies heavily on passing references to the movies and Clone Wars series as he depicts a Darth Vader attempting to exorcise the last ghosts of Anakin Skywalker under the watchful eye of his master. While these moments of reminiscence serve to remind the reader of the man behind the mask, I found them to be inconsistent as some were very organic to the plot and others felt somewhat forced. I couldn’t shake the feeling that the Lucasfilm story group gave Kemp a list of references to work in whether it fit the narrative or not, but this was minor and only momentarily pulled me out of the story. Overall, Kemp did an excellent job of bridging the Episode III and Clone Wars Anakin with the Episode IV Vader we all know and love.
The depiction of Darth Sidious in the book is somewhat disappointing. The Vader/Emperor scenes are really done from Vader’s perspective so the reader gains very little insight into Palpatine’s thoughts and motivations. This air of mystery surrounding Sidious throughout Lords serves the plot of a Sith master testing the loyalty of an apprentice but ultimately leaves serious fans unsatisfied. Again, don’t go into this book expecting a Darth Plagueis level of treatment of Palpatine.
I would highly recommend Lords of the Sith. While it’s not as focused on Vader and the Emperor as the cover would lead you to believe, it is still a fantastic read. The book stands alone as a great Star Wars tale, while also serving as an exceptional bridge in the new canon between chapters of the saga.
Title: Lords of the Sith
Author: Paul S. Kemp
Release: 28 April 2015
Page Count: 320
Canon Timeline: Between Episode III and Star Wars: Rebels
Review Written By: Luna Okami
Official Plot Synopsis
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. . . .
When the Emperor and his notorious apprentice, Darth Vader, find themselves stranded in the middle of insurgent action on an inhospitable planet, they must rely on each other, the Force, and their own ruthlessness to prevail.
“It appears things are as you suspected, Lord Vader. We are indeed hunted.”
Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Knight, is just a memory. Darth Vader, newly anointed Sith Lord, is ascendant. The Emperor’s chosen apprentice has swiftly proven his loyalty to the dark side. Still, the history of the Sith Order is one of duplicity, betrayal, and acolytes violently usurping their Masters—and the truest measure of Vader’s allegiance has yet to be taken. Until now.
On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.
For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries
If you're interested in writing a review for DarkJediBrotherhood.com, please email the Recruitment Tribune with your proposed review subject as well as a sample of what you'd be reviewing. Thanks to Luna for this great review, and congratulations on your Dark Side Scroll!
Little Updates I don't have any big news to report this month, after the major changes to the fiction and gaming degrees that were implemented in April. Val's new report lays out planned changes to the Cluster of Fire, including the...
I don't have any big news to report this month, after the major changes to the fiction and gaming degrees that were implemented in April. Val's new report lays out planned changes to the Cluster of Fire, including the creation of a new Cluster of Something. This will impact the Gaming Savant and Sage degrees down the road, but we will endeavor to make any changes incorporating the new gaming medal paradigm as seamless as possible.
I've spent some time in the past few weeks reviewing the Journeyman Hall courses for out-of-date information and have made tweaks to several. The biggest changes were made to Vendetta 2: Submission, which described the old email-based vendetta submission system. The course now reflects the capabilities of the modern DJB website that we've all come to love so much, and will hopefully help point new members in the right direction for competition subscription/submission generally.
The SA Society
A few months ago I began sketching out changes to the SA Society rank requirements. My goal was to increase the number of members able to attain Rank 6 (considered the "graduate" rank) and make better use of Ranks 7-9. I've been tracking membership in the Society periodically since then and will be sending a proposal up to the GM and DGM soon with my recommendations. The changes aren't huge, but they should open up more SA Society accessories to more people. Look for more information soonish.
I mentioned a new Force Tactics course in my last report. Based on feedback from Shad, BF went back to the drawing board (a few times) and we hope to have a re-worked course for the next Voice to take a look at. Because of the delay with Force Tactics, my staff and I have put more effort into other pending courses. Two new Astronomy-related courses will be ready for release shortly, one of which is a revamp of the Planets and Stars course. The second course is a wholly-new "Regions" course (which, unfortunately, may be made obsolete by new canon in the future, but we'll revise as needed). A couple of other Astronomy courses are also in the works, but will come later.
Top Exam Takers!
Since my last report, the top five exam takers at the SA are:
|Name||# of Exams|
|PRT Lourana Seaborn||28|
|GRD Nashiro Kakos||27|
|GRD Tasha'Vel Versea||27|
Great work, everyone!
As always, I'd like to close this report by asking for your help. The SA is a massive wall of text that covers ever-shifting topics and is prone to typos and run-on sentences. If you spot substantive or grammatical problems, please let me, Ood, and the course PROF know so that we can fix them ASAP. As we work through the Departments during the audit, we're also going to be asking for help reading and editing -- if you have any particular expertise, let us know when we announce the next Department being audited. There are shiny things available. :P
Dark Side Adept Dacien Victae di Plagia
Headmaster of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood
Tarentum and Friends, May 14th was a tremendous mark in our history. Since our return to clanhood we have had the intimidating, dark cloud of probation hanging over our heads. It's not a pleasant state - knowing that your beloved unit faced...
Tarentum and Friends,
May 14th was a tremendous mark in our history. Since our return to clanhood we have had the intimidating, dark cloud of probation hanging over our heads. It's not a pleasant state - knowing that your beloved unit faced closure. And it's something I hope no other unit experiences as the club moves forward to the new Star Wars trilogy.
Thankfully we received the blessing of the Grand Master and we've had our probation removed. Each of you is the cause of this, and I sincerely mean it that I believe this is a result of the efforts each of you have made in the trenches. Yet, our work is not done and I know each of you know this. Unfortunately, as my next report will detail, there are other concerns I personally am having at the moment and succession planning has become a priority for the Clan Summit. This has lead to a shuffle in our clan summit and I would like to personally and publicly thank Darth Aeternus for the work he has done to date. He's provided good, steady and reliable counsel for myself with the challenge of being Consul first time and I am thankful that he will continue to provide an advisory role on the Clan Summit. In turn, as of yesterday, Farrin Xies has been moved up to Proconsul - please join me in congratulating him: may the force be merciful on your future endeavors ;D
What this has done is opened up the Clan Rollmaster position on the our Summit. I would like to invite everyone to please apply, but preference will be given to Tarenti.
- Email turn around of a maximum 48 hours
- Friendly, welcoming, and engaging
- In depth knowledge of the club and its many platforms
- Familiarity with the Journeymen Promotion Guidelines
- A willingness to get involved with the Clan's Recruitment team to handle the hand off of recruits into entry into the Brotherhood
- A proposal for suggested improvements for the clan's MSP, New Member Guidelines, and the role of Clan Rollmaster (see Farrin's last report )
Please send applications to Farrin and myself before 11:59pm EST on Friday, May 22nd. We do, however, reserve the option to select early.
All, Shad has tendered his resignation as Voice due to real life time constraints. The position is now open for applications and will remain open until the end of the month. The Voice is one of the most difficult positions on the DC and requires a...
Shad has tendered his resignation as Voice due to real life time constraints. The position is now open for applications and will remain open until the end of the month. The Voice is one of the most difficult positions on the DC and requires a skilled writer and manager to handle the associated workload. Specific tasks moving forward.
1) Prepare the Dark Jedi Brotherhood Universe for the Upcoming Star Wars Movies 2) Finalize the Fiction Society and Present it to the Dark Brotherhood 3) Manage the Combat Master and Approve ACC/Character related sheet updates.
This is a tough job, but one that will be very rewarding. Please submit your application to Mav and I. As always, we reserve the right to make an early selection, so don't wait until the last day.
*Shad will remain positioned to handle the administrative Voice tasks until a replacement is named.
A quick report covering my LOA starting tomorrow, some more info on the PVE / PVP Gaming Medal Project mentioned by Pravus, a Star Wars Commander Competition, and a Star Wars Galactic Defense Competition. Shiny Crescents for several gamers...
A quick report covering my LOA starting tomorrow, some more info on the PVE / PVP Gaming Medal Project mentioned by Pravus, a Star Wars Commander Competition, and a Star Wars Galactic Defense Competition. Shiny Crescents for several gamers included.
As I mentioned in my last report I will be on LOA starting tomorrow through the 24th of May. I'll be traveling outside the US to see awesome stuff with my wife so while I'm going to have an old iPhone with DJB email to use when near wifi my primary focus will be having a blast with her. If you have any pressing Fist Staff issues please direct your questions to my Praetor, Ernordeth.
Star Wars Commander
Later today Star Wars Commander is going to be starting a Starship Tournament. Darkblade has already requested to run a competition for it in the standard format that's been used in the past. Expect to see this competition live soon.
Star Wars Galactic Defense
A few days ago Star Wars Galactic Defense began the Bane of the Crime Lord event. This event is not the arena based one we've seen the last few times. The Event Champion (Dark Side) is Jabba, who has a special which calls in two Bounty Hunters to help him fight for a bit. The special Durasteel Recruitment Pod Champion (Light Side) is Slave Leia, her special move is to swing her chain around damaging enemies nearby. According to the game it has a small area of effect, but a fast cooldown.
Competition for this Event is available now.
PVE and PVP Gaming Medal Project Intro Summary
This was briefly touched on in Pravus' report last night. I'd like to put out some general information here for the Club as a whole to see, before it gets brought back to the Dark Council and Consuls for fine tuning prior to execution.
Let's start by laying out what medal is related to what activity:
- Member vs Member Gaming - Cluster of Fire
- Members vs Others Gaming (Warzones, etc) - Cluster of Fire
- Members vs Environment (PvE) - Cluster of "Something-New"
The first thing some people may ask is, how big of a difference do we see between PVP and PVE CFs being awarded? What about these PVP CFs that are for Warzones and not for dueling other members of the Club? Here's the statistics on how many CFs were awarded for each type of activity from January of 2014 through March 2015:
- Total Members vs Environment CFs: 65,281
- Total Member vs Member CFs: 21,878
- Total Members vs Others CFs: 3,271
What you should expect to see as this project rolls out (I'm leaving target dates off this until after the DC/Consul discussion):
- Phase 1 - Minor Changes to Gaming Submission Portal to align with the above categories. While they may not be included immediately, prior to end of project also expect to see:
- Modifiers for Winning or Losing a Members vs Others category event
- Modifiers for playing a Members vs Others category event with more DJB people.
- Phase 2 - New Medal starts getting awarded! At this time expect the CF and new Medal to be of equal weight in all things DJB. This may change after completion of...
- HOLD UP! Why isn't all of the weighting changing at this point? Glad you asked. Weighting will impact many things including GMRG Advancement and Quarterly Results, Dark Sage Gaming, and potentially a Prestige variance between the two awards (but no prestige loss!). Implementation allows us to put a line in the sand to work with, rather than continuing to play catch up on CFs as they're submitted.
- Phase 3 - Complete review of Old CFs and conversion to new Medal as needed. Here's a high level approach to it:
- Pre-TOR CFs: These will all remain as CFs.
- Post-TOR, Pre-New Site: The most intensive time period. Combination of awesome SCL code searches to find which CFs need to be converted, and some good old fashioned nug work by the Fist Staff through spreadsheets.
- Post-New Site: The new gaming submissions setup make it relatively easy to reclassify awards at this point.
- Phase 4 - All those weightings I mentioned before. This is when they change.
This isn't meant to answer every question, but to give a high level overview of the path forward right now. All of it is subject to change as the rest of the Dark Council and Consuls are brought into the discussion to finalize things (FYI - email coming in a few hours for those of you on that list). Keep an eye on my reports for progress updates and changes.
Don't these things ever end? Here's Crescents for gamers:
Star Wars Commander: Galactic War Tournament
- 1st Place - PAD Suur (Top 0.26% of all players... WOW!)
- 2nd Place - DP Keirdagh Taldrya Cantor
- 3rd Place - DJK Kooks
Star Wars Galactic Defense: A Rebellion is Born
- 1st Place - SWL Montresor
- 2nd Place - GRD Darkblade
- 3rd Place - SBM Kenath Zoron
Star Wars Commander: Heroic Defense Challenge
- 1st Place - DJK Kooks
- 2nd Place - SBL Scion Tarentae
- 3rd Place - SW Misium
Useful Gaming Links
Greetings everyone and welcome to my #38th Report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. Phew, talk about a post Star Wars Celebration Hang Over! Regardless, it was a great time and one that I look forward to recreating against next year in...
Greetings everyone and welcome to my #38th Report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. Phew, talk about a post Star Wars Celebration Hang Over! Regardless, it was a great time and one that I look forward to recreating against next year in London! A lot has gone down since report #37 and here are the updates!
1) Tarentum: I placed Clan Tarentum on probation on the night I became Grand Master. This probation came with the removal of very good leaders and a few hours of very contentious communication between myself and several members of the Clan. Fast forward three months and I am pleased to state that Tarentum has performed exceptionally. They have had the largest membership gain within our club, ran 28 competitions, and more impressively they have had the highest ration of member participation within competitions (more on that in featured projects). I am going to remove Tarentum's probationary status and assuage their fears of a June closing. Congratulations guys and great work!
2) Valhavoc is a Dark Adept. Valhavoc has served his entire 12 months as an EQ4 on the Dark Council. During this period he has organized 47 competitions, co-organized 36 additional competitions, graded 179 SA courses, posted over 76 original threads on the news page, and responded to an additional 164 news page threads.
Outside of the objective numbers, Valhavoc has rewritten the Rites of Combat and adjusted CF values on multiple occasions to ensure an impossible mission of attempting to balance CFs across our gaming platforms. He has developed and submitted a new PvP and PvE medal system that will be announced to the club on 14 May 2015. Valhavoc has also rounded out his project work by detailing a new dbb0t gaming system in #db gaming with the SCL (project finished by the Fist on 10 March 2015).
I took Val's time in rank and compared his activity against 11 other EQ4-DA promotions (using some of our more famous/notorious members) and found that not only did his activity compare favorably, but that his time in rank was more often that not longer than those who came before him (6 x times longer than one promotion...).
As I wrote my recommendation, it dawned on me that Grand Masters set very different tones for promotions to the Elder ranks. I'm extremely confident that Val to DA and the other Elder promotions in the past few months have been consistent and well within our historical norms. I'm exceptionally comfortable promoting any high performer within the Elder ranks. I'm less concerned with preconceived notions that people have to sit at ranks for years vs epic productions. Also...it is factually inaccurate to say people need to wait years for a promotion. :p
3) The position of Wiki-Master-Tribune is open for applications. All interested applicants should submit an application to Mav and I no later than 21 May. We retain the right to make a selection prior to that date, so don't wait until the last minute.
PVE and PVE Gaming Medals
1) A year ago Valhavoc submitted a proposal to Muz and I recommending a separate medal for PVE and PVP awards. I shot this proposal down and said that it was stupid. Now, that I am a year older and much wiser, I asked Val to look at a PVE medal. I'm happy to say that he did not quit and has submitted a proposal to Mav and I for the splitting of PVE and PVP awards, a plan to back date the award, and a strategy to make the implementation occur in as painless as possible manner. What does painless mean? It means that we will not strip credits or prestige from anyone during the conversion.
2) The PVE/PVP medal plan will be submitted to the Dark Council and Clans in the next few hours. Feedback is greatly encouraged, but I will caveat that by saying that some of the things on the proposal are going to be untouchables. Namely, my decision to award DJB teams vs non DJB teams as a PVP medal. I thought this was a no brainer and will not budge on it. Not everything, to include the valuation of the CF, needs to remain based on games from when I was in high school (ps...that was 20 years ago).
Featured Project: Stats and Bots
1) Stats: The GM/DGM are number junkies. I don't know how to do the math or make the equations, but I'm pretty damn good at analyzing the data. This has led to some new features in the administrative page creating downloadable XLS that show DJB leadership metrics (reports, news posts, medals, ect), our new Objective Promotion Page (shows a ton of captured metrics for the member at their current rank), and it has just resulted in Mav and James creating a DJB Unit Report that breaks down activity per DJB Unit for a defined amount of time (Membership gains, competitions run, competitions participated in, Knightings, awards, ect).
I'd like to thank James, Kalen, Mav, and Monty for making these tools that have benefited our administrative running of the club.
Here is a look at the simple, but effective tool.
2) Bots: Valhavoc and James have come to the testing phase of dbb0t's new gaming capabilities. For those of you who remember the gaming days in the EH, a b0t ran and kept track of multiple gaming competitions that would take place on mIRC. This came along with commands like !startevent (!startsarinsxvtnightofmisery), !joinplatform (!joinxvt), and !report <their #wins> <opponent #wins> [competition_id]. All of those commands should be familiar to a lot of you. The best part, dbb0t will automatically submit the scores to the website.
Expect to see testing soonish.
Once again, phew, it has been a busy several weeks. I'll resume my standard weekly/10 day reporting format and ensure all of you are staying up to date on what is going on with the projects within our club. I'd also like to take a second to thank Yacks for putting me in for an AC recently. GM's don't see a lot in terms of merit medals and I highly appreciate the token of gratitude. Thanks Yacks!
Lastly, I want to end with a few points about gaming, cheating, and cloning. Don't do it. This wonderful website of ours is amazing at helping us detect members who derive some sort of pleasure from scamming a Star Wars club for fake medals. As we have mentioned in past reports, the good dude/dudette rule should always apply. Try to live by it.
Have a great week everyone!
Hey all, just a quick reminder that the May the Fourth: GFX competition is wrapping up in 4 days. I'd love to see some more ideas, so head on over and get doodling! https://www.darkjedibrotherhood.com/competitions/8692
Hey all, just a quick reminder that the May the Fourth: GFX competition is wrapping up in 4 days. I'd love to see some more ideas, so head on over and get doodling!
Apologies for another late report, although this will also be my last one (insert gasp here). Read on for why, as well as actual wiki news, like a new competition! Featured Article and Wikipedians of the Month The May Featured Article is ...
Apologies for another late report, although this will also be my last one (insert gasp here). Read on for why, as well as actual wiki news, like a new competition!
Featured Article and Wikipedians of the Month
The May Featured Article is Xen'Mordin Vismorsus created by Xen’Mordin. While looking around for an article to feature, I stumbled on Xen’s and was surprised that it hadn’t yet been featured. I actually had to go throw all of the past featured articles over the years just to be sure, but alas, it hadn’t been so there we have it. Well done, Xen.
For this month we have no Wikipedians of the Month. It was a very slow week around the wiki, and even though I do love handing things out to people, I did not feel that anyone had earned the scroll for the month.
Yes, an honest-to-goodness wiki competition! It’s a fairly straight-forward concept, in that you have been asked to create a specific article that can be used for official purposes. You can head over to the Official Competition Page for all the details!
I know we have a lot of talented wiki’ers out there, and hopefully the topic will be interesting to most of you. You get to create an important NPC from scratch, and in doing so may net yourself a nice crescent. And the winner, if done well, will probably see their article featured and net another award. Good? Good!
End of the Road
Although I have only been in the job for a couple of months, I am resigning from the position. Although I have a number of things I want to do, I know very well that I don’t have the time or energy to get them implemented. I essentially can’t live up to my own personal standards, and have never been one to half-ass the job just for the sake of it. Either I am able to do it fully, or I step away. As such, I’ve decided to step away from all formal leadership roles, but will be sticking around as just a regular ‘ol member.
I’ve made the higher-ups aware of all this already, and they’re currently decided what to do with things. Until something concrete is decided and I’m formally booted out of here, I’ll continue to look after the day-to-day stuff on the wiki itself. I am still very much available to answer any questions, and to look at any articles you have. You can also continue sending me articles to approve for those promotional guidelines.
Wiki Tip of the Month
While everyone is fairly faimilar with how linking to articles internally is done, I sometimes see some issues with linking articles to the Star Wars Wiki. Our own wikipedia is set-up so that we can, more-or-less, link directly to the SW wiki. It just has it’s own special way of doing so.
So, how do you link to a SW wiki article? Simple! [[starwars:Article Name|name to show]]. The “Article Name” should be the name of the SW wiki article. For example, let’s say you want to link to the Luke Skywalker article? It would look like this [[starwars:Luke Skywalker|the guy who never got power convertors]]. While it’s great to link to articles on our own wiki, there is a lot more information on the SW wiki that we don’t have on our own and will help your own article link to the greater SW universe.
That’s All Folks
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to bug me on IRC or by e-mail. I prefer e-mail personally, but if it’s something quick then IRC works fine as well.
Dinaari: The Sword of Taldryan When Taldryan reclanned, the summit all pooled together to try to help latch onto an identity for our two Houses. What we came up with was the definition of the fictional missions of the two houses. Ektrosis would be...
Dinaari: The Sword of Taldryan
When Taldryan reclanned, the summit all pooled together to try to help latch onto an identity for our two Houses. What we came up with was the definition of the fictional missions of the two houses. Ektrosis would be our shield against domestic threats, and Dinaari would be our sword, always on the front lines leading our attacks. The problem with this design was that it was entirely fictional, and at the end of the day, fictional realities always were left behind in favour of practical ones. Our Houses ran the same competitions, always at the Clan level, and our missions and purposes became blurred.
Part of the reason we didn't choose to implement a more drastic philosophy for our Houses was simply down to the way things were. Due to the realities of the Brotherhood at the time, new recruits were assigned to our Houses, and not to the Clan. As active new recruits have become an increasingly rare commodity, we didn't want to risk rocking the boat too early by bouncing new members around. We wanted to just do everything we could to keep people in the Clan, and give them the best chance they could have to succeed. But we haven't continued to adjust.
We've all heard the phrase "evolve or die." When the long overdue changes came about that normalized recruit assignments, and returned everyone in the Brotherhood back to a Clan.. we didn't evolve. I implemented a sort of hacked out assignment system based loosely off College Basketball's possession arrow concept, and we carried on. We didn't reevaluate the system as a whole, and for that I am sorry. I failed as a leader by not looking deeper.
Hopefully, I am going to make up for that today. We're going to evolve.
Beginning today, the Sword and Shield of Taldryan will once again have a purpose. They will once again tangibly represent something. They're going to become something that our Houses can be proud of, and hopefully they will help us regain a sense of self that has been lacking ever since we reclanned.
House Dinaari will henceforth be rebranded as our Gaming House. Dinaari has traditionally been our strongest house in terms of gaming, and even despite our efforts to prevent it since we reclanned, it still maintains a bit of that presence. Well, we're not going to fight it anymore. We're going to embrace it. Upon joining, new members will be identified by their interests: gamers will be assigned to Dinaari, and those wishing to focus on fiction or other pursuits will be assigned to Ektrosis.
Within House Dinaari we are going to make efforts to build an actual gaming house. The idea is that everything generated in House is going to be focusing on gaming competitions, gaming groups, and even more gaming everything. We want Dinaari to be the centre of everything gaming related in Taldryan, and hopefully one day: the Brotherhood.
This is not to say the members and leadership in either House will be expected to do only these things. We don't want to discourage activity in any form… the Houses are henceforth going to define the focus, and the member will choose what activity he or she wants.
This comes at an opportune time, as it is a time of transition in Dinaari. As you all know, Rax recently stepped down as Quaestor, so I will therefore be taking applications for the position of Quaestor in House Dinaari starting today. I am offering anyone who is willing to join us on this journey a chance to help us build a house solely devoted to gaming. To resurrecting gaming from the depths it has fallen to, and getting us active. PvE, PvP.. Whether you're from Taldryan or not.. I just don't care. I just want to see us gaming again.
If you are interested in helping lead and guide this vision, send your applications to myself and Howlader. We'll be accepting them until May 24th, though we reserve the right to appoint a suitable candidate at an earlier time.