The degree changes announced in my report yesterday have been deployed, and several people have received Dark Savant - Tactics in the process. I'm going to address a few of the concerns and questions posed to me yesterday, both in the comments to the report and by email:
No. Earned degrees are unaffected by this except for name changes: "Dark Savant - Tactics and Combat" is now "Dark Savant - Warfare" and "Dark Sage - Gaming" is now "Dark Sage - Warfare." The way the system is set up, substantive changes to degrees are never retroactive. That means no matter how many changes I make to a degree's requirements, once you've earned it you'll keep it (unless you're bad). Likewise, once you attain a particular SA Society rank, you'll never be reduced to a lower rank.
Yep. As I said in my report, though, I will adjust based on results and feedback. I'm hearing everyone who thinks it's too much, and I am looking at options for tweaking that particular requirement. However, just because only a handful of people currently meet the 3500 CF requirement does not mean it's totally out of whack. Here is the breakdown of Dark Sage holders by degree:
|Degree||# of Holders||% of Membership|
|Dark Sage - Law||19||0.23%|
|Dark Sage - Programming||2||0.02%|
|Dark Sage - Service||19||0.23%|
|Dark Sage - Tactics||0||0.0%|
|Dark Sage - Warfare||14||0.17%|
|Dark Sage - Writing||12||0.14%|
No Dark Sage is held by more than 19 people. The number of people with more than 3500 CFs is currently 14, or the same number that hold Dark Sage - Warfare. There is some overlap between those 14 people, but not all in the 3500+ club yet hold the degree because they haven't met other requirements. My point is that the limited pool of people qualified to hold Dark Sage - Warfare today or with a relatively small amount of work is in line with the other Sage degrees.
Of course, the Dark Sage - Tactics degree is in a different situation, given that no one currently holds enough CIs to meet the requirements. However, it is also based on a relatviely new medal that has only been awarded on its current rules (1 CI per 500 words) since the end of December, 2014. I worked with Shad to set the CI thresholds (and actually reduced them at the last minute) based on our aspirations for the medal -- we are both hopeful that many, many more CIs will be awarded throughout 2015 now that it's firmly established and the endless Crusading/Fading/Great Jedi Warring is complete.
Neither of the new Sages was designed to be earned by a lot of people on day one -- they're built to last. We have Battlefront III on the horizon, followed, I hope, by a full slate of great new Star Wars games that could pile on those CFs. Currently, with Diablo III, it's possible to rack up thousands of CFs in a matter of weeks. If new Star Wars games allow for similar earning capacity, I think this cap may ultimately prove an easy hurdle. If the Fist tamps down on CF earning capacity, I will take that into account and revise the requirements accordingly. The same goes for changes to CI awarding. The launch of the Fiction Society will also result in changes to the Tactics line of courses.
These requirements are far from final, but I do promise that -- barring unforeseen circumstances -- any changes to the numbers will make the Sages easier to earn, not harder.
After discussing this with Shad, Wally, and James, we came to the following conclusion: old ACC matches recorded here will count for Tactics degree purposes. James has already grabbed the data from that page and plugged it into the fancy new databse, so if you're on that list you should see your matches counted in Promotheus.
Past ACC judge service, on the other hand, will not be applied towards the new degrees. Two reasons: first, the old website did not record ACC judge service in a way that we can pull hard data to verify it as we can with matches completed; second, the Old ACC experienced long droughts of activity, making it difficult to compare the workload of an old ACC judge to that of today's busy bunch.
Furios pretty much nailed this one in the comments. I want SA courses represented in these degrees to the maximum extent practicable. We have more courses in the pipeline, including, quite possibly, full courses on at least some popular games. As those are launched, I'll be reassessing the current degree structure and adding courses in where they seem to fit best.
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