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Important message from the office of the Taldryan Consul: Last night, forces of Taldryan have attacked the former imperial prison known as the Bastion on the moon Orth. Once the lead ship of the imperial garrison of the Caelus system, the Imperial...

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Important message from the office of the Taldryan Consul:

Last night, forces of Taldryan have attacked the former imperial prison known as the Bastion on the moon Orth. Once the lead ship of the imperial garrison of the Caelus system, the Imperial I-class Stardestroyer was repurposed into a prison after a coup following the events of the galactic concordance. Over the past decade, the prison became a tolerated black market for salvaged technology with more recent intel indicating that terrorists were working on restoring the Bastion for their own use. Well aware of this imminent danger to the Caelus system and its citizens, Astor Ky'Lian reached out to the forces of Taldryan, requesting the Clan's assistance in dealing with the threat.

Following the request, Taldryan sent out two strike teams.

During the first attack wave, Warlord Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Licon Inahj led an aerial attack against the Stardestroyer's anti-air artillery which was countered by the Bastion mobilizing its lone functioning Tie-Fighter squadron. The following skirmish above the stardestroyer allowed a second strike team including Prophet Halcyon Rokir Taldrya, Mystic Justinios Drake, Savant Arvalis Raith and Colonel Quejo to enter the Bastion unnoticed through maintenance shafts.

After dealing with initial resistance, the second strike team successfully made its way to the ships main-reactor where they placed Ion-grenades in strategical positions to deal the most non destructive damage to the Bastion.

When the second team reported its mission objective as success, a specialized exfiltration team was sent to the Bastions main hangar to pick up the second strike team and return it to the Paragon that had moved into an orbit above Orth to provide heavy direct-fire in case the mission turns out unsuccessful.

Neither happened and the two Taldryan strike teams returned save and sound to the Paragon with the Bastion's main reactor being disabled.

Chapter III: The Bastion – Results and Canonfication

1st Place: Halcyon Rokir Taldrya and Justinios Drake

2nd Place: Arvalis Raith and Quejo

3rd Place: Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj

1st Place: Arvalis Raith

2nd Place: Raistline Taldrya Majere

3rd Place: Justinios Drake

1st Place: Arvalis Raith

2nd Place Raistline Taldrya Majere

3rd Place Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj

1st Arvalis Raith

2nd Justinios Drake and Raistline Taldrya Majere

4th Andrelious Mimosa-Inahj and Halcyon Rokir Taldrya

6th Quejo

7th Kookimarissia Mimosa-Inahj

Thank you for all your submissions you gave me quite a hard time grading the events of this chapter. As for the parts that will become canon, both the graphics submitted by Arvalis and Raistline will become official canon with Arvalis artwork being displayed on the underside of the Bastion should it ever get skyborn again and Raistline's work becoming the noseart for the Bastion's Tie-Fighter squadron.

As for the Co-Op fiction, each of the three teams submitted outstanding fictions and I would have loved to give all of them a 1 st Place but this was out of discussion. However to make up for this I contacted all of them and discussed the above mission report that gives all of them a canon appearance.

Chapter III: The Bastion – Aftermath

In return for our continued assistance in the local governments fight against the terrorist Vishes and his followers, Astor Ky'Lian has decided to grant the Clan control over a small sector on Chyron. while largely used for industrial purposes in the past, this sector includes a spaceport large enough to service capital starships and several construction sites to build us a new home as well as direct access to the other two sectors of the colonized parts of the ecunemopolis.

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Happy June to you all from my office on Arx! I hope that all ye lighties, darkies and grayfolk have been enjoying yourselves since our last report. It has been a quiet month for the wiki, as is more or less standard for the summer, but the staff...

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Happy June to you all from my office on Arx! I hope that all ye lighties, darkies and grayfolk have been enjoying yourselves since our last report. It has been a quiet month for the wiki, as is more or less standard for the summer, but the staff has not been idle. Projects have continued in the background, and I have watched the Clans and our staff slowly working toward a nicer, cleaner Wiki.

Given the summer season, this report might be considered a little shorter than I hope to make others, but I am still here to keep you all up to date on all things Wiki.


Wiki Policy Changes

Well, I am not going to talk so much about any policy changes this time. Rather, I wanted to hit on an old policy that has been missed a bit. This one is not so much of a big deal, exactly, but I prefer to operate with a good bit of transparency as I am acting to rectify this small issue. For you see, one of the things that I have been noticing is that a fair number of our members have names that differ from their dossier account. I will cite the wording of the Wiki’s Code of Conduct:

DJB members are expected to use their DJB Character’s Name as their login name.

As such, I will be changing outdated Wiki Account names to coincide with their dossier designations. This is a measure which makes it easier for me to easily track who is changing what on the Wiki as a whole. Given as how it should not affect the membership as a whole as end users, I wanted to at least make you all aware of possible changes to your Wiki account for, again, the sake of transparency.

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Projects

Greater Ease of Navigation On the Wiki: Learning time for Wiki staff. There are options, but they are more involved than initially figured. This is on the backburner for now, but not forgotten.

Perpetual Wiki: Things have been going at a nice clip, with Wiki Staff making up some ground alongside the Clans.

Project Shift: Things will be moving to Arx. Give it time. We should have it done by August. PERPETUAL WIKI takes precedence.

Codex pages: Straightforward, it needs to be updated. Two weeks and i hope we can have this done. An ideal goal, but I feel certain it should be done in pretty short order.

Brotherhood Guidelines Category update: Pages that are rather bare and/or missing information in some cases. So it will be a general update of all things under this umbrella.

Wiki-Sponsored Summer Spectacular: COMING SOON. (should be some fun for everybody, I hope)

I do have a few other ideas, but they have to pass through the crucible of Mav before I can chat up about them in a report. Check back here in July where we can keep you updated on projects new and old!

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This month’s Featured Article comes from Clan Odan-Urr. The House Satele Shan page is a pretty concise example of a balance between pictures and text or between detail and obscurity for an individual unit page. This page works very well as a cover page for the Clan without being needlessly wordy. It is a good source for those unfamiliar with the unit to familiarize themselves, and thus after some consideration it was chosen for this month’s Featured Article.

As for our Wikipedian of the Month, I would like to present our very own Wally. Even in this relatively quiet point in the Wiki, Wally continues to fine tune and adjust the Wiki pages associated with his office, particularly in refining our Fiction Center.

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Wiki Tips of the Month

The tip for this month is pretty simple. When you edit your page, there is a preview button that is available when you go to edit your page. Looking through the Recent Changes logs, I have noticed a number of members make minor edits, making some 10 character to 30 character changes, in a string of 5 to 10 plus changes chained. Pages are patrolled by individual changes. So, if something goes awry, it helps us to help you set things to right if we have less logs to go through.

Otherwise, I want to remind folks that my box is always open. I have had more folks hitting me up in PM, asking for help, and I want to reiterate that either myself or my team are willing to help with questions/concerns/inquiries or whatever if you should feel the need. Another quick resource you can access is the Wiki Tutorial. Even I have to use it sometimes when something is on the tip of my tongue, or if I am switching between Markdown and Wiki Markup and find myself stuck on how to do an external link on the wiki, for example.

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Final Words

Remember: the Wiki is a collaborative project. We all contribute to it. The Wiki team helps to ensure that things are kept orderly, but the Wiki belongs to everyone. It is a chance for everyone to help build and grow the corner of a galaxy far, far away that we inhabit. Even if you are just creating a page for your character or an NPC, you are helping to further outline and define that world. Don’t have fear to add to the Wiki. If there is something amiss, we might revert the change and get a chance to talk to you about the change but that should not dissuade you from contributing!

And do not forget:

If you have a Wiki problem...if no one else can help...and if you can contact us... you can hire....... The Wiki Staff team.

In the meantime I remain as ever, Yours In Darkness,

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Hello If you missed Drac’s Fist Report, make sure you give it a read. For he mentioned important information you should know. I would like to thank Drac for this opportunity. I recently served as Magistrate and now am proud to serve as Praetor....

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If you missed Drac’s Fist Report, make sure you give it a read. For he mentioned important information you should know.

I would like to thank Drac for this opportunity. I recently served as Magistrate and now am proud to serve as Praetor. Donny and Edgar, it was a pleasure working with you both. Thank you for all of your guidance. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Now, a big welcome to the new magistrates! Justinios and Ayden, looking forward to working with the both of you during your time in the office.

A little about myself, I joined the DJB just over 3 years ago. Gaming is what attracted me into the DJB in which resulted in many friendships. I am by far not the best at gaming but have fun and enjoy gaming with others. For supported games I enjoy Overwatch the most (Once I get my new graphics you shall see). Every once and awhile I’ll play some HoTS or Battlefront. Non supported games I enjoy Borderlands, along with Horizon Zero Dawn and the Tomb Raider games just to name a few. Enough of myself for now on to the good stuff!

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Gaming News and Updates

At the end of May Overwatch had it’s two year anniversary event! Making past and new items available to collect and a rotation of past events within the arcade. A new map was added for FFA: Deathmatch named Petra. Also you can now play FFA: Deathmatch in competitive mode! For more information check out the latest patch notes. Also, with the help of the free weekend to play. Overwatch became the number one platform for activity for the month of May!

Heroes of the Storm came to a very close second in activity for May! A new event had started on May 22nd ending on June 11th, Nexomania! Thru questlines you could earn new rewards within the game. Starting June 12th-July 9th will be a new event! It is called Echoes of Alterac! Where the Horde and alliance battle on the new map Alterac Pass. Check out the latest patch notes for more information.

Season 13 came to a close within Diablo 3. Congrats to the winners Rulvak, Valhavoc and Gavriel. Season 14 will be staring up on June 15th: The Season of Greed. During the season treasure goblins will be doubled, which means twice the loot!

Hearthstone has had some updates as well. A new event Taverns of Time starts June 11th, ending July 3rd. Don’t miss out on the free golden pack day on June 13th!

Destiny 2’s Year 2 expansion will be arriving this fall. Check out the latest news on Bungie.

Important Force Arena update

Due to the announcement of the age regulation that has come into affect. The guild within Force Arena is monitored by the fist office, in this case the regulation will apply there as well. With that said all members within the guild or applying moving forward must have their force arena ID added to their dossier. Those that are in the guild already. Please double check that your dossier is updated, or you will be exiled from the guild.

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FIST Gaming Competitions

Member Created Competitions

Would you like to see a certain type of gaming competition? Feel free to create one, any questions or suggestions please feel free to contact a member of the FIST staff.

  • Dozens of Games II - Coming Very Soon! Series of flash games every week! Check them out.

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Weekly and Saturday Pendant of Blood Awardees

Congratulations to the following:

Weekly PoB’s

  • 20 - 25 May 18: No matches Played.

  • 27 May - 1 June 18: Jafits

  • 3 - 8 June 18: Matches forwarded to following week. Not enough participation.

Saturday PoB’s

  • 26 May 18: Raiju

  • 2 June 18: No Matches Played.

Gaming Information

  • Supported Games - List and information on games supported by the brotherhood.

  • Rites of Combat - Rules to follow when gaming.

  • Fist-O-Matic - Report PvP matches against other DJB members.

  • Pendant of Blood - How to obtain 6 medals within the different gaming platforms.

  • Cluster Values - List of the gaming platforms to view cluster values and modifiers.

  • Discord - DJB voice server for gaming.

  • Telegram - Chat program that is used within the DJB. Click Here to join the Gaming channel or one of your liking. Make sure you follow the rules at all times.

Contact the FIST Staff

Any questions or concerns please reach out to us. We are here to help.

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Thank You

That concludes my first report as Praetor! Thank you all, and look forward to serving all of you gamers!

Junazee

Praetor to the Fist

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My fellow members of the Brotherhood and Clan Odan-Urr in particular, It is my distinct honor to announce the addition of Alethia Archensova aka Arch and Ruana Suoh aka Jack to the Councillors of Urr. Arch has served in clan summit positions...

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My fellow members of the Brotherhood and Clan Odan-Urr in particular,

It is my distinct honor to announce the addition of Alethia Archensova aka Arch and Ruana Suoh aka Jack to the Councillors of Urr.

Arch has served in clan summit positions continuously since February of 2016 serving as Shan Aedile, Quaestor, Clan Proconsul and currently as our Consul. He’s made his mark DB-wide serving two years as an ACC judge and a year term as an appeals panelist for the COJ. During his summit time Arch took the lead on designing our possessions military, drafted an ACC guide for COU members and worked tirelessly during the GJW coaching and encouraging members during the ACC prelim event. In the time I’ve known Arch he’s been a steadfast leader, source of wise counsel and a pillar of the COU community.

Jack, the man with many character names, has a long history in COU having served at various times as Aedile of House Odan-Urr, Aedile of Hoth and Battleteam Leader of the Knights of Allusis. His biggest contribution to the Clan however, has been the direct impact he has had over the years providing one on one mentorship to a parade of members which includes myself. His last promotion rec contains just a sampling of the testimonials you’ll find if you wander around COU and ask about him. There are few prominent clan members he hasn’t mentored in some way. I’ve often said leadership is about more than position and Jack embodies that. He invests great deals of time into other members, not because it’s his job or because it’s going to get him the spotlight, he does it because under that grumpy exterior he really does care about the members.

I’m honored to announce this small recognition of the service and leadership both these members have given to clan. I also know this is not the end for their service and look forward to working with them for years to come. Congrats gents, we’ve saved you rocking chairs on the porch.

Turel Sorenn
Councillor of Urr

In addition to the above, I want to just say thank you to both Arch and Jack for everything they’ve done for Odan-Urr and the DB over the years. Some of my first experiences in the Clan were via these two individuals and I’m still alive to tell the tale. But seriously, great work to both of you. This Clan wouldn't be the same without you. :)

Sushi is on you!

Aura Ta’var
PCON, Odan-Urr

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Introduction Hello all you Dark Siders, Light Siders, and every shade of Grey between! For those who have not had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with me, I am the hapless fool who convinced Mav and Vyr that I was the best man for the job of...

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Hello all you Dark Siders, Light Siders, and every shade of Grey between! For those who have not had the unfortunate pleasure of dealing with me, I am the hapless fool who convinced Mav and Vyr that I was the best man for the job of Headmaster. I have been a part of the DJB since roughly 2000, and have been in a variety of House and Shadow Academy related positions. Most recently I was part of COU, and pestered Farrin relentlessly as his Praetor.

While this is my first report, you can see the little 0.5 off to the side. This isn't going to be a full report, but one to get a few tantalizing details out to everyone and a hiring posting.

I need help!

Beyond the obvious, I really do need help in the form of a Praetor. The ideal person for the position is someone with:

  • Leadership experience as you will be tasked with overseeing the work of Magistrates as well as the Professors.
  • Project management experience. There are some fairly big projects on the horizon, and I will need help in keeping things on track from time to time.
  • Quick email and Telegram turnaround time.
  • Ability to think for independently. I do not want or need a yes-person.
  • Solid command of the English Language as you will help assist PROF’s from time to time with course audits.
  • Not currently positioned higher than QUA. I need you to focus on the Academy.

I will gladly accept real life experience over DJB experience if needed, so do not sweat it if you are relatively new to the club. I also do not have a minimum rank requirement, however, you need to think very hard about your RL experience and express how you've done what you've done in writing to me. On rank, I am really looking for someone who is EQ4 or less. I apologize to those who are Elders, but I am really keen on grooming new leaders for the DJB and this is one of the better ways.

In your application I also want to get your ideas and issues on the current state of the Shadow Academy, as well as possible fictional direction. I'm not saying it will be used, but it gives me an idea on how well you can think independently and offer advice.

Send applications to me no later than site reset on Friday June 15th in pdf format, no other formats or gdoc links will be accepted.

It's because of all the dust in here

For quite some time now the Shadow Academy has had an odd relationship with the membership. Fictionally some people think that we shuttle new people to the clans, but that honestly makes no sense with Clans like COU or Taldryan who have light siders. We are also viewed as something like a sci-fi Library of Alexandria, full of old tomes and holocrons. While we still want to maintain the idea of a library, the idea is for some of us old, dusty bookworms to get out enjoy some sunlight on various worlds and drag some members with us…...

Conclusion

I do want to thank the DC for giving me this chance, as well as those who have helped me get to this esteemed office. I also want to apologize for the lack of contact from those who have reached out. I had some family issues arise that could not be avoided. I'll wrap this all up with the words of that Farrin guy.

The Shadow Academy is an amazing resource, created and administered by some imperfect human beings who strive for perfection. We try our best to catch and fix any and all errors before we release courses, but we're not always successful. Because of that, we will always need your help. If you spot an error, please report it to the SA Staff using this simple form; if it's a major enough error, or you spot enough, you'll be rewarded. With cookies. And an SA team thankful for pointing it out.

In Darkness -
Daniel Stephens,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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Introduction Greetings ladies and germs! Time for another Herald report filled with graphical goodness and, this time, new toys to play with. Let's get into it. Table of Contents * Announcements * June 2018 release * In Closing Announcements...

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Introduction

Greetings ladies and germs! Time for another Herald report filled with graphical goodness and, this time, new toys to play with. Let's get into it.

Table of Contents

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Announcements

Piercing the Difficulty Shroud

The big announcement policy wise that's taken place recently is the launch of the Shroud Syndicate, aka the Graphics Society. Vyr covered this at length in his DGM report, as it was much something that he created through force of will and hours and hours of work by him and his staff. Coming in at the tail end of it, it was really quite impressive to see what went in to making it a reality. The biggest change on a day-to-day level is with the inclusion of new difficulty levels for graphics competitions which modify the cluster awards given out. There has been some confusion, as we knew there would be, with the new difficulty system. I'd direct everyone to the Herald Competition Guidelines to take a look at the official policy write ups for each level, but I'd also like to include some commentary that Vyr posted in art chat on Telegram on a specific issue:

There are two keywords you should remember when thinking about difficulty: prompt and quality. Prompt is king, quality is queen.

The prompt should be clear and deliberate. It handles WHAT and HOW you are creating. Difficulty should be chosen based on what the prompt requires. It handles TIME INVESTED as well as QUALITY REQUIRED to PLACE. I bold these words deliberately. So within any given prompt you can choose the difficulty that fits what you want the participants to do. The Herald can help you choose if you're unsure.

As a final note, yes you can participate in ANY graphics competition regardless of skill, time invested or difficulty, but you should understand that if you match the prompt but not the quality, you might not win. That said, participation in any comp is always valid as long as it follows the prompt set in said comp (remember, you still get participation even if your entry is Invalid). Disqualifications (DQ) only ever happen if there is foul play, the entry was wrongly sibmitted (like submitting a blank image, for example) or there is something sinister at work. I've never Disqualified an entry based on (lack of) quality and no one else should either.

The most important takeaway is that difficulty levels are not intended, nor should they ever be used, to prevent a person from participating in a competition. If somebody enters an Advanced level competition with stick figures, as long as they follow the prompt they are meeting the competition requirements and therefore are valid participants.

Quarterly Release Schedule

In the past, Herald content releases have been scheduled every other month. Just given the issues of shortages of inspiration coupled with not wanting the staff to be constantly working on or thinking about the next release, I've made the decision to officially move to a quarterly release date schedule. The release months will be March, June, September, and December. And, hey, it's June right now...

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June 2018 Release

Once I'd made my decision to have our next Herald release take place at the beginning of June, I realized that there was going to be a fairly big Star Wars event taking place only a week before. Of course, I'm talking about the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story. As such, we realized we had a great opportunity to do a Solo themed release that could happen nearly day and date with the film's release, and so the staff and I jumped at the chance. Working with what little pre-release information there was out there about props, coupled with the Solo guide book that released last Friday, we set about quickly putting together a release that would represent Han, Qi'ra, Beckett, Lando, and even Enfys Nest. Sorry, no glow-bats in these release, this one's devoted to the underbelly of the Star Wars universe!

Weapons

Item 1: BlasTech DG-29 Blaster Pistol - Available for JM4+

Made by: Selika

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Item 2: BlasTech RSKF-44 Blaster Pistol - Available for JM4+

Made by: Selika

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Item 3: Monlitzer S-195 Blaster Pistol - Available for JM4+

Made by: Ozosi

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Item 4: Electroripper - Available for EQ1+

Made by: Selika

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Robes

Item 5: Mudtrooper Armor - Available for JM4+

Made by: Maximus

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Item 6: Gambler robes - Available for JM3+

Made by: Ozosi

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Item 7: Rogue robes - Available for JM3+

Made by: Kasula

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Note: These should be available on the site some time within the next 24 hours or so.

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Warbanners, Custom Robes, Custom Weapons and Requests

Custom Weapons

By Ozosi:

  • Ruana Suoh
  • Alara Deathbane
  • Edema R'uh-Kalinor
  • Tisto Kingang
  • Kordath Bleu
  • Kul'tak Drol

By Maximus:

  • Mauro Wynter
  • Kylex
  • Silent

Custom Robes

By Maximus:

  • Benevolent Taldrya Whiner

Warbanners

By Jono:

  • Celevon Edraven Erinos
  • Grot
  • Zul Zorrander
  • Takagari "DarkHawk" KogaRyu
  • Gen Solari
  • Mauro Wynter
  • Magik
  • Nijalah
  • Lo-Kain Vamielaga
  • Jason Hunter
  • Quejo
  • Joe Durham

By Vyr:

  • Wrathus
  • Kylex
  • Luna Okami

Graphics Requests

By Selika:

  • Justinios Drake
  • Dacien Victae
  • James Lucius Entar
  • Morgan B. Sorenn
  • Tasha'Vel Versea

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There’s a Form for that

DB Art Community Telegram Group

If you’re interested in joining the TG group and sharing your art, be sure to click the image below:

DJB Art Community

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In Closing

As the title implies, the job of Herald is one that relies on a team of talented, motivated individuals. I wanted to send a special thanks to all the members of the staff for the work they did on this release, and the time in which they did it. I'd been kicking around ideas for a release theme for June for most of the month of April before finally realizing that Solo was the obvious theme choice just before the 1st of May. My staff did a truly remarkable job at putting together a full release slate in less than a month, so let them know how well they've been doing if you see them around!

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Message from the Fist Aloha from the island of Oahu! I’m all settled in the new house and am absolutely loving the island life. The beach is a six minute walk from the house, my house is surrounded by palm trees, and there is a local brewery that...

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Message from the Fist

Aloha from the island of Oahu! I’m all settled in the new house and am absolutely loving the island life. The beach is a six minute walk from the house, my house is surrounded by palm trees, and there is a local brewery that is stumbling distance from my front door. If you ever find yourself on the island, let me know and I will treat you to a beer!

This report will be relatively brief. I have some new staff to introduce, some much delayed Pendants of Blood to dish out, a major announcement for the future of the Brotherhood Gaming League, and an update on some of the platform updates I discussed during my last report.

Enough talk. Let’s get to it.

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Game Updates

Force Arena

Not an update per se, but a clarification on guild membership. I will be adding this to the wiki upon posting this report.

Due to the limited size of the DJB Guild on Force Arena, any members that have not played in 30 days will be removed to make room for new members. If you are removed for this reason, you may request to be re-added 24 hours post-removal.

At all times, the Fist and the P:Fist will be members of the guild. Only the Fist or P:Fist can serve as Guild Leader. If for some reason a member finds themselves as guild leaderand they are neither Fist or P:Fist, that member will immediately return guild leadership to one of those two individuals.

The Fist and P:Fist will screen all guild applicants.

DJB membership is a requirement to be part of the FA Guild. Non-DJB members will be removed.

Force Arena names that are not associated with active dossiers will be removed (hint: add your FA name to your dossier.

Additionally, any member under the age of 16 that does not have parental consent will be removed until they are in compliance with DJB policy.

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New Praetor to The Fist

I received some excellent applications for the position of Praetor. One of the key elements I looked for in selecting my next Praetor was the potential for that individual to become Fist upon my retirement (yes, that will eventually happen). Edgar Drachen has already shown that he has the drive and love for gaming to make an excellent candidate for Fist. His hard work over the past year and some change has led to the addition of two highly successful gaming platforms: Heroes of the Storm and Force Arena.

Upon consideration of each application, I have selected Junazee of Clan Odan-Urr to serve as the next Praetor to the Fist. Juna’s efforts as Magistrate and her extremely level head and calm demeanor were what set her above the other applicants. So a big congrats to Juna as she moves from Magistrate into the second in command seat!

New Magistrates

With Junazee moving to Praetor and Donny finishing his extended tour as Magistrate, I have two positions to fill. Junazee and I reviewed each applicant and have decided to select the following individuals to serve six-month tours as Magistrate. Congrats to Justinios Drake and Ayden Dane on their selection! Both brought some very great ideas up in their applications, and I’m looking forward to see what they bring to the table over the next few months.

Alaris will remain in his Magistrate position until the completion of the Brotherhood Gaming League Tournament of Champions, which will be held later this year.

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Brotherhood Gaming League Special Announcement

As many of you are aware, we lost one of the club’s most avid gamers earlier this month.

After discussion with Dox and the rest of the Dark Council, I feel it is only right to memorialize Frosty Romanae Tarantae by having the Brotherhood Gaming League Tournament of Champions played in his honor.

In addition to the tournament being named for Frosty, the overall winner of the the Brotherhood Gaming League will receive a special title and a small trinket through the possessions system. Both the title and the item are still in development, and will be released upon the announcement of those gamers that will play in the Tournament of Champions.

It is my hope that this will help to keep Frosty’s memory alive in the club for years to come, and will serve as a reminder of his love for gaming and the DJB.

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DJB Wide- Gaming Competitions:

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Weekly and Saturday Pendant of Blood Awardees

Getting caught up on these. Last time they were issued was in January. With my training event I haven’t had the chance to put these into the system. So, congrats to all who earned Pendants over the past few months!

Weekly PoBs

Saturday PoBs

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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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Ask the Fist

It’s been a while since I included this in the report. Got a couple good questions on telegram that I think are worth answering here.

Raiju asks: Can we earn PoBs for cancelled games?

Short answer is no. Once a game loses support, no more awards can be earned from it. That’s simply the way of things. No game is removed without notification, and there is always a set amount of time that I give the members of the club to help to re-energize activity for that game. If there isn’t a sizeable increase in activity, the game is removed.

That does not mean the game is gone forever, though. If enough interest in a game that was removed suddenly arises, then I will consider it for support again. It will go through the exact same process as a new game, but will be much easier to re-support if the interest level is high enough. So if there is something we don’t support that you want to see reactivated, the proof is in the pudding. Get people playing that game and come to me with the request for reactivation. I will absolutely take the wants of the club at large into account when considering games both new and old for support.

Almost Every Gamer in the DB Asks: What games that are coming out will get added for clusters and pendants?

I think that still remains to be seen. Nothing on the current list makes me thing we’ll have a new major release title added to the DB’s library. I think it would be wrong to definitively say that there won’t be one, but as always it’s up to the club’s gamers to drive what does and does not get added. Even harder to predict with new games is whether or not they will fit our gaming system.

Do I WANT to have some new stuff to add? Yes, of course. Unfortunately, it is just too early to give anything a green light.

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TL;DR

  1. I typed this report from the beach. I am becoming very tan.
  2. New Staff. Congrats to them!
  3. BGL Tournament will be named for Frosty
  4. Competitions to do. Games to play.

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We get our stuff in four days. Once I have my computer, Xbox, and PS4 set up I will put out notifications for Gaming with the Fist. I will do this a bit differently than previous iterations, and there will be a benefit to those who take part (apart from getting to play video games with me)!

I’m hoping to start up the DJB’s Twitch account soon. I think with the push we are getting on Social Media it’s a great opportunity for us to showcase our gamers to the rest of the world. More to follow on that.

Until next time.

Mahalo.

-Dracpool, out.

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Greetings all, As you all are aware, the Headmaster, Farrin Xies, announced his plan to retire a little over two weeks ago. I know I speak for the whole of the Dark Council when I say that Farrin will be missed, both as a steady hand in guiding...

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Greetings all,

As you all are aware, the Headmaster, Farrin Xies, announced his plan to retire a little over two weeks ago. I know I speak for the whole of the Dark Council when I say that Farrin will be missed, both as a steady hand in guiding the growth and maintenace of the Shadow Academy, and as a trusted advisor and friend on the Dark Council. Farrin was always willing to assist other projects and work with Councilors to make the Brotherhood a better place for all of us. For that, Farrin, thank you, and I look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Farrin's departure was expected, and so we had ample time to accept applications for Headmaster. Our membership did not disappoint and filling Farrin's shoes was no easy task. We received several excellent applications from across our Brotherhood from individuals with varying degrees of experience in the Shadow Academy. Ultimately, after consulting with the Dark Council, including the current Headmaster and a former Headmaster now serving as Justicar, I ultimately decided that Daniel "Seraphol" Stevens, current Praetor to the Headmaster, will become our next Headmaster. Seraphol's application demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Academy, its current state, and how best to move it forward. I'm excited to have him join our Dark Council and look forward to working with him on improving the Shadow Academy.

Please, join me in thanking Farrin for his exemplary service and congratulating Seraphol in his ascension to Headmaster of the Shadow Academy!

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Grand Master

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Howdy all! Before he stepped down, Jac and I had planned a huge revamp of the CoJ courses offered in the Shadow Academy. JST because he is no longer Justicar, though, doesn't mean his successor Bubba let this fall through the cracks. I'm...

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Howdy all!

Before he stepped down, Jac and I had planned a huge revamp of the CoJ courses offered in the Shadow Academy. JST because he is no longer Justicar, though, doesn't mean his successor Bubba let this fall through the cracks. I'm pleased to announce the release of the first course in this new sequence, Chamber of Justice 101: A Primer on Member Conduct. It is live and ready for you to learn how to not get CoJ'ed now.

-Farrin

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For the past week and a half, the Dark Council has been discussing the potential impact of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the DB. Some of you may be aware of the GDPR through work or the news, but even if you...

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For the past week and a half, the Dark Council has been discussing the potential impact of the EU's new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on the DB. Some of you may be aware of the GDPR through work or the news, but even if you aren't familiar with it I'm sure you've seen its effects in the last few weeks as companies scramble to revise their privacy policies and data collection practices. Below, I will explain in more depth why it is necessary for us to make changes as well.

We have identified a number of steps that are required to bring the DB into compliance with the GDPR. Most of the changes will be fairly painless and simply involve shifting from an implied consent standard (e.g., signing up for the club = consent to be contacted) to an affirmative consent standard (e.g., you must now click a checkbox to affirmatively consent to be contacted by the DB when signing up). You will all see some of these changes roll out over the next few days as James works his magic.

There are two more complex issues that necessitated amending the Covenant. The first and most significant is the imposition of a new minimum membership age (16 years old) along with stricter enforcement of parental consent requirements. The second is the implementation of the EU's new "right to be forgotten," which requires us to amend our current policy limiting dossier removal.

But I don't want to bury the lede: I presented proposed amendments to the Electorate Monday morning. After the mandatory 48 discussion period ended today, I called for a vote. The amendments passed by a vote of 15 to 1.

As a result, all DB members must now be at least 16 years old or provide written parental consent for membership. This rule applies to everyone regardless of citizenship or residency, and no one is grandfathered-in. Mav and I will be reaching out to those whom we believe to be under 16 to explain the rule change and give them an opportunity to obtain parental consent before GDPR goes into effect on Friday.

What is GDPR and why does it matter? (warning: many words)

The GDPR is the EU's new data protection regulation, and it becomes enforceable on May 25th. In brief, and as relevant for our purposes, the GDPR imposes new, strict requirements for obtaining lawful consent to use an EU resident's personal data, including email addresses, usernames, and IP addresses. It also grants a "right to be forgotten," which gives EU residents a nearly-absolute right to have their personal data corrected or deleted.

The GDPR clearly applies to all commercial entities, but carves out an exception for data processing by "a natural person in the course of a purely personal or household activity." That exception might cover what we do here: we are engaged in purely social and artistic pursuits with no commercial, political, or charitable angle. Unfortunately, the EU's prior privacy Directive, which GDPR supersedes, included the same "purely personal or household activity" exception, and it was interpreted very strictly: even social network users with large numbers of third party contacts can fall outside the scope of the exception and be fully subject to the regulation, as absurd as that might seem. For example, under the GDPR, a Facebook user with thousands of "friends" would be required to obtain affirmative consent from those "friends" to be able to use any of their personal data including names and photos; that Facebook user would also be required to delete all of a "friend's" data from his account if requested, or be subject to fines.

The GDPR purports to apply worldwide, which means that even US-based organizations could be subject to EU enforcement actions for violating the regulation. Maximum penalties for violations of the GDPR can reach 20 million euros. It's fairly unrealistic to think the DB would ever incur such a penalty. Likewise, it isn't clear, as a practical matter, how the EU would directly enforce the GDPR in the US. Instead, the real threat is that our web hosting service or any other data processing service that our site uses might cut us off to protect their own EU-based assets.

If you conceive of risk as a function of the probability of a harm times the magnitude of that harm, then this is a high risk situation for the club not because it's likely to become a problem but because if it ever does become a problem it could be catastrophic. As such, I think it's important that we make a good faith effort to comply with the Regulation's basic requirements. Most of those changes are being handled behind the scenes and will involve asking all DB members to affirmatively consent to the DB storing their data and using their contact methods. Two changes, however, required amending the Covenant:

The GDPR requires affirmative consent to data processing/contacting. For children under the age of 16, that consent can only be provided by a parent. This is similar to current US law, which requires parental consent for those under 13, though it covers more of our membership. Thankfully, the GDPR doesn't require us to ask everyone who signs up if they're old enough; we only have to "make reasonable efforts," when we learn of an underage signup, "to verify in such cases that consent is given or authorised by the holder of parental responsibility over the child, taking into consideration available technology."

The original Covenant did not set a minimum membership age. However, because the GDPR prohibits us from processing any EU resident data without affirmative consent -- and without knowing how strictly these provisions will be enforced -- we cannot simply turn a blind eye to underage joins. Therefore, I proposed a new minimum age of 16 years old, along with the authority for the GM + JST to lock down dossiers belonging to anyone determined to be under 16 who does not have parental consent to be a member. This change applies to all members, regardless of country of residence, for three primary reasons: first and foremost, I'm very uncomfortable with the idea of setting different rules for members based on residency or citizenship (or, frankly, even asking for that information); second, I think it is preferable to limit the amount of personal information that the DB collects about its members; and, third, it is simply very difficult to determine the residency of magic internet space wizards.

Right to Be Forgotten

The second Covenant change enacts the GDPR's new "Right to be Forgotten." Previously, we permitted a single dossier deletion for non-convicted members and absolutely prohibit deletions for convicted members. The amended Covenant now permits an unlimited number of dossier deletions by anyone (again, not based on residency), with the understanding that we will retain limited non-public information (username, email, IP addresses, etc.) for convicted members for the purpose of protecting the the integrity of the DB's information systems and membership rolls. Limits on the creation of new dossiers will remain in effect.

The Amended Sections

Amended Section 2.01(b)
Right to Membership – Every person that follows the rules of this Covenant and has signed up for and agreed to the terms and conditions of joining the Brotherhood has the right to be a member of the Brotherhood, provided that they are at least 16 years of age or have sent written parental consent for membership to the Grand Master, Justicar, and Master at Arms. Violations of the Covenant may result in a loss of the right to membership.

New Section 2.01(b)(i)
Disposition of Underage Dossiers – When the Grand Master determines that a person under the age of 16 has created a dossier without providing written parental consent for membership, the Grand Master shall, with the agreement of the Justicar, immediately suspend the dossier from all positions within the Brotherhood, deactivate the dossier, remove access to the database, and remove the dossier's contact methods from all modes of Brotherhood communication or other media (such as gaming servers).

New Section 2.01(b)(ii)
Notification and Restoration of Underage Dossiers – The Grand Master shall immediately notify the person who created the suspended dossier of the suspension and inform the person that the dossier will be restored when (1) written parental consent for membership is provided to the Grand Master, Justicar, and Master at Arms; or (2) the person is at least 16 years of age.

Amended Section 2.02(b)
Removal of Dossier – A member has the right to have his dossier permanently removed from the Brotherhood website subject to limitations outlined in this Section. However, a person that requests removal of his dossier does so with the understanding that it is permanent and the dossier will never be permitted to be restored. Upon removal of the member’s dossier, the person no longer has any rights of members under the Covenant. For the purpose of clarity, the term “removed” is used instead of “deleted” in this section because the data from dossiers may remain in encrypted backup data of the website and there is no way to delete all dossier references. Therefore, the active website will have no record of the dossier, as the dossier will have been removed from the active website. In the unlikely event that a previously-removed dossier is restored to the active website via a backup, that dossier will be removed as soon as possible.

Amended Section 2.02(e)
Limitations on Creation of New Dossiers – There is no limit on the number of times a member may have a dossier removed. However, use of the right to have a dossier removed to illicitly restart a dossier when prohibited by the Covenant or without permission from the Master at Arms is a form of cloning and subject to penalties through the Chamber of Justice.

Amended Section 2.02(f)
Limitations on Removal of Dossiers for Members Convicted by the Chamber of Justice – Notwithstanding the right of all members to have a dossier removed, information related to members convicted by the Chamber of Justice including character names, contact methods, IP addresses, and records of any investigations and trials, will be maintained in a non-public form for the purposes of protecting the integrity of the Brotherhood’s data systems and preventing the fraudulent creation of new dossiers. If a previously-convicted member creates a new dossier, the new dossier will be removed and the member will be charged with cloning. No honors or medals on the new dossier will be transferred to the old dossier.

These changes are now in effect. The wiki will be updated soon to reflect the changes, but until then please refer to this news post if you're looking for the new rules.

I want to be perfectly clear that none of these changes were prompted by the actions of any particular member, and that locking-down underage dossiers is not a punishment and does not reflect any wrongdoing on the part of the person who created it. If a person under 16 has a dossier locked down and later turns 16 or provides parental consent, the dossier will be fully restored including awards, rank, etc.

I anticipate a lot of you will have questions or concerns about these changes. Please feel free to reach out to me by email or on telegram and I'll be happy to discuss this. For reference: Original Covenant language and amendments, with and without track changes.

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