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Titanfall 2 Support Removal Warning All- All- I am considering removing Titanfall 2 from our list of supported games. The game has seen little to no use in nearly six months, and I am convinced that it has no place in our library of supported...

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Titanfall 2 Support Removal Warning

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All- I am considering removing Titanfall 2 from our list of supported games. The game has seen little to no use in nearly six months, and I am convinced that it has no place in our library of supported games.

That said, you all have the chance to prove me wrong. I will give a two-week grace period for the gaming community to save TF2 from removal.

If there isn’t a sizable uptick in activity during this period (and I’m looking for something sustainable, not “omg let’s save the game by playing one match!”) then I will remove it.

Grace period begins today and ends on 5 March 2018.

Thanks,

-Drac

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StarCraft 2 Changes All- It has come to my attention that there no verifiable way to prove the difficulty modifier utilized when playing StarCraft 2 PvE. While I am fully aware that there is a distinct difference in difficulty at each of the four...

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StarCraft 2 Changes

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It has come to my attention that there no verifiable way to prove the difficulty modifier utilized when playing StarCraft 2 PvE. While I am fully aware that there is a distinct difference in difficulty at each of the four tiers, without a method for proving what difficulty setting was used I have no alternative but to remove the cluster modifiers for different difficulties.

StarCraft 2 PvE is still fully supported, but no matter what tier you play, you will only receive 3 Clusters of Earth per submission.

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I am out of the field, but still in California. I took my first shower in three weeks today. It was epic.

Should be home sometime around the first or second of March. I am reachable by Telegram or email, so if you have any questions, send them on.

Keep on gaming!

-Drac

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Hi all, Currently, Xen owns the telegram channel and it is not possible to transfer ownership of a Telegram channel. Therefore, at Xen's request, I have created a new clan chat, which can be found here: ...

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Hi all,

Currently, Xen owns the telegram channel and it is not possible to transfer ownership of a Telegram channel. Therefore, at Xen's request, I have created a new clan chat, which can be found here:

https://t.me/joinchat/BDbMlVIj-v32qe8rrmnnQQ

Everyone is welcome!

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Greetings all, The original plan was for me to announce the new P:HM about 36 hours ago, but I've had a lot of difficulty making the decision. I had some excellent candidates that I went back and forth on. However, I'm confident in my...

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Greetings all,

The original plan was for me to announce the new P:HM about 36 hours ago, but I've had a lot of difficulty making the decision. I had some excellent candidates that I went back and forth on. However, I'm confident in my choice. Please offer congratulations/condolences to Seraphol as he takes on an even larger role in the Shadow Academy than he has held for the years he's been a Professor.

He's got some huge shoes to fill. I already mentioned this in my report, but I am grateful to Laren for all that he's done in his ten months as my Praetor. In an attempt to come even close to repaying him for his service, I was proud to be part of recommending him for a Ruby Scepter. Hopefully he won't beat too many people with it.

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Heroes of the Storm: Season One; Round One And we are LIVE! We had nine sign-ups for this one, so we will be running this under the small participant rules. Everyone will play their division opponents once and the top three from each division will...

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#Heroes of the Storm: Season One; Round One

And we are LIVE! We had nine sign-ups for this one, so we will be running this under the small participant rules. Everyone will play their division opponents once and the top three from each division will advance to the playoffs. Playoffs will occur inside the division with division winners receiving a first round bye.

All group stage playoffs will contested on Braxis Holdout. Tie breakers will be head-to-head. If there is a three way tie in which head-to-head would not solve the tie breaker, then total time in all losses will be used to tie break. In the unlikely event that there is still a tie, then lowest time in all wins will be used.

Divisions and Standings can be viewed here.

#Jedi Academy: Season One; Round One, Knock-Out Stage

We are in the midst of our Knock-Out Stage now for Jedi Academy! If you’re unsure of who your opponent is, you can go to the competition page here and check out the bracket.

All matches should be completed by February 28th. There will be a hiatus following this, and then (probably in April) sign-ups will commence for Round Two. Remember, after Round Three there will be an invitational Champions Tournament, based on your total points from the first three rounds!

#The Future

After the recent poll in DBGaming, we received a huge amount of responses in favour of Overwatch and Hearthstone. So keep your eyes open, because both will be headed your way in the next few months!

I have the honour to be your obedient servant,

A (dot) Jinn

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Dark Brotherhood, By now, you are all likely aware that I have been nominated to serve as the next Grand Master of our Brotherhood. To lay out my plans to the Electorate, I have written an address detailing a few of my objectives. This address is...

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Dark Brotherhood,

By now, you are all likely aware that I have been nominated to serve as the next Grand Master of our Brotherhood. To lay out my plans to the Electorate, I have written an address detailing a few of my objectives. This address is written for the Consuls and Councilors of our club, but it will undoubtedly have topics of interest to the general membership. In addition, I have been accepting and answering questions from the Electorate. Over the coming weeks, this answers document will continue to grow periodically as I receive and answer more questions from leaders in our club. Should you have additional questions to contribute, please contact your Consuls, as they are gathering questions and helping to merge redundant/duplicate questions.

But neither my address, nor the questions I have answered so far, address who I am. While I am well known to many of our older members, I know that for some of our more recent recruits I'm a relatively unfamiliar face, so I wanted to take the time here to introduce my history in our club and a bit about myself.

I joined the DB sometime in December of 1996. The first document noting my membership was a roster in rich text format from December 11th of that year; thus, for all intents and purposes that's the date I joined. I joined Clan Satal Keto; later, I had my first leadership opportunity in Clan Aquillas, clans likely unfamiliar to the majority of members reading this. I was also a founding member of Clan Taldryan, and the Clan's third Consul. I was there for the Exodus, assisting Firefox, Jac, and so many others in crafting this fantastic Star Wars community. I served as Jac's Deputy Grand Master, but I became too busy with college and stepped away from the Brotherhood. I returned to active leadership almost 5 years ago, first as Combat Master, then as Voice, and finally as Pravus' Deputy Grand Master. In every position I have served, I have been most interested in developing systems and institutions that enrich the member experience in our Brotherhood and help contribute to a unique and fun Star Wars experience.

But none of that tells you who I am or much about what kind of leader I will be to the club. In the real world, I'm a scientist whose life is driven by data collection and analysis, weighing support for alternative hypotheses. This inexorably spills over into my life in the Brotherhood in predictable ways. As a leader here, I draw from available data to evaluate my choices, and I readily consult people that I expect will have differing points of view in order to gain a better understanding of a given issue. I deliberately seek members for projects from a wide range of units, taking advantage of the varied cultures of our Clans for different perspectives. A common refrain - "Mav is the Worst" - originated in part because I disagreed so often with some of my best friends in this club on the best path to success. Despite these disagreements, we are still close friends.

The Brotherhood has been my home away from home for twenty years, where I have made friendships I expect to last a lifetime. My goal as Grand Master is to continue building this club such that in twenty years from now, some of you can look back at your time here as fondly as I do mine.

Thank you,

Telaris "Mav" Cantor
Deputy Grand Master
Nominee, Grand Master

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Due to real life time constraints, Braecen has had to step down from his position as Magistrate to the Voice. Brae was an invaluable part of the team and spent a lot of time working with members on their character sheets. Beyond his metrics, he...

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Due to real life time constraints, Braecen has had to step down from his position as Magistrate to the Voice. Brae was an invaluable part of the team and spent a lot of time working with members on their character sheets. Beyond his metrics, he reached out to a lot of you individually, and was instrumental in helping us refine our language in how we processed remands in a more member-friendly manner. Thank you for helping out with the team, Brae. I appreciate you and will miss having you on the team.

M:Voice — Open

This means that we have an open magistrate spot. Before I get into details, let me cover a few things really quickly.

  1. Don’t be afraid to apply. You never know. Also, applying shows interest, and I’ve been known to throw tasks at people even if they aren’t part of Voice Team.
  2. I believe in people who are willing to put in the work and do what needs to get done. Part of that comes with earning my trust. Some people might think I only hire people I like. And while I do count Atty as a friend, she is in her positions because she is not only good at what she does, but I trust her to do things correctly in the same way I would. That’s a big deal to me. TuQ has also demonstrated great attention to detail in his work and has similarly earned my trust in his time serving.
  3. If you apply and don’t get picked, feel free to follow up with me. I’m happy to talk to anyone who genuinely is interested and cares about feedback. I don’t have time for whining, though. I’m always happy to explain any administrative action I make. Doors open.
  4. Finally, it is my hope to attract members that are either not in leadership, or currently serving in junior leadership positions. That said, I care more about what someone is able to do reliably than I am with the other positions you might hold. If you tell me you can handle the work, and are willing to do so- apply.

I am very confident in what I have in both TuQ and Atty as team members. The new Magistrate will work closely with both of them in the on-boarding process with getting up to speed with how we process things. My confidence in both of them is concrete.

With that said, here is what I’ll be looking for in applications:

Applications

Applicants will join a team with my current Praetor, Atyiru and Magistrate, TuQ. The new Magistrate will be working closely with them to get on-boarded.

Taken from the Voice Staff Expectations document (internal), the duties of M:Voice include but are not limited to:

  • Administrative action on Character Sheet approval and remands.
  • Administrative action on Fiction Competition approval and remands.
  • Provide feedback on Guideline or System changes/proposals.
  • Work on and complete assigned projects/tasks.
  • Proofreading Voice Staff documentation
  • Read and stay updated on Voice Reports and Updates

Applicants should:

  • Have a working knowledge or comprehension of the Character Sheet system and the various documentations used such as the Character Sheet Guide and the Character Sheet Approval Guidelines. Any Magistrate selected will receive training on how we go about approving Character Sheets, but having a baseline understanding helps a lot.
  • Have less than a 24 Hour turn around time on email.
  • Maintain active presence and regular communication via Telegram, the Brotherhood's main communication platform. The Voice staff discusses a lot of things over our Telegram channel, and allows us to quickly answer questions and help each other out to make sure we’re turning around Character Sheets for members as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Confidence in proof reading both fiction and technical writing.
  • Familiarity with the Wiki (helpful but not required).
  • If you need time off or real life gets in the way, you must let me know. Ghosting without a word is not only hurtful, but not fair to the rest of the team.

Please submit all applications to myself (Wally [Log in to view e-mail addresses]) and my Praetor (Atty - [Log in to view e-mail addresses].)

Applications will remain open until Sunday, February 18th 2018. If I find a candidate I like sooner, I reserve the right to make an early selection. If I feel like I want to give more time to find the right candidate, I will extend. The selected Magistrate will start right away and work closely with the Praetor to get situated.

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Quick Hits

  1. Please make sure to read the finale two chapters of Great Jedi War XII. Chapter 5 - Riposte and Chapter 6 - Finale. An epilogue is currently being worked on by Sarin.
  2. The Collective Chronicles has finished up. I'm happy with the entries I've received for NPCs, and will detail the results in my next report.
  3. Expect another short fiction relating to the Collective Chronicles to help incorporate the winning NPC entries.

As a side note, pointing out a typo in this newspost will not earn you brownie points in your application. Just a friendly tip.

That's all for now. Thank you.

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Dark Brotherhood, Braecen has resigned from the role of Proconsul for personal reasons. I'd like to thank Braecen for his excellent work in supporting the clan and the qualities he brought to the leadership team. I have decided to open the...

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Dark Brotherhood,

Braecen has resigned from the role of Proconsul for personal reasons. I'd like to thank Braecen for his excellent work in supporting the clan and the qualities he brought to the leadership team. I have decided to open the position up to the Dark Brotherhood as a whole; however, existing members of CSP will have a slight advantage due to their knowledge of the Clans inner workings.

Applications (in addition to the usual why you think you'd be well suited, etc.) should include an analysis of the current strengths and weaknesses of the current administration, highlighting what we're doing well and how we can do better in the future. We'd also like to see any plans for the future fictional background of the clan and the best way to involve the members in the clan's continuing story through the Caperion System.

Role of the Proconsul according to the wiki:

  • To assist the Consul with anything he/she requires
  • To monitor the activity of Quaetors and Aediles to make sure Houses are running smoothly
  • To assist in expanding the fictional role of the Clan within the Brotherhood
  • To make note of leaders and members within the clan worthy of promotions or medals
  • To promote activity within the Clan, Houses and Brotherhood as a whole
  • To uphold any values or beliefs your clan stands for
  • To assist in the creation of competitions, vendettas and feuds between your Clan and others
  • To assist new members in becoming oriented with the Brotherhood and Clan, to further the development of new members through instruction and guidance, to provide a timely answer to any questions a new member may hold
  • To keep track of what you have learned during your tenure to pass onto your successor and help train them for the job

Applications are due to me and Mune no later than the 25th of February, although we reserve the right to make a selection at any time between now and then. If you'd like to know anything more about the position, the clan, or the application process, feel free to message me on telegram @ElinciaRei or email me.

Thanks,

Elincia Rei

Consul of Scholae Palatinae

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Dark Brotherhood, The updated Covenant of the Dark Brotherhood included a new section that implemented term limits on acting Grand Masters. Article 4.03 states a single term of a Grand Master is limited to thirty-six months. I reach 36 months in...

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Dark Brotherhood,

The updated Covenant of the Dark Brotherhood included a new section that implemented term limits on acting Grand Masters. Article 4.03 states a single term of a Grand Master is limited to thirty-six months. I reach 36 months in roughly two weeks on 23 February 2019.

Today, I am officially beginning the transition by nominating Prophet Telaris "Mav" Cantor to the Electorate to succeed me as Grand Master. This nomination will begin a two week process that will allow Mav to outline his future plans, allow our membership to engage him with questions, and then conduct a vote to ratify Mav's nomination. If ratified, Mav will assume the duties of Grand Master on 24 February 2018.

I, like the Grand Masters that proceeded me, take the leadership of this club extremely seriously. To state that Mav has my utmost confidence would be an understatement. Mav is without an absolute doubt, the right person, at the right time, to take our club on to bigger and better things. He will be our first "new" Grand Master since Muz was promoted to GM in February of 2009!

Please see the following relevant sections of our Covenant that detail the Grand Master Nomination, Vote, and Ratification process. If you have any questions on this matter, please email the Justicar and myself.

Section 4.02 Appointment of the Grand Master

(a) Eligibility - The Electorate is charged with verifying the adequacy of candidates for the position of Grand Master. No member is eligible to be Grand Master who has (1) been previously removed from the position of Grand Master; or (2) is not permitted to serve in accordance with the term limits set forth in this Article.

(b) Nomination, Initial Vote, and Ratification – A Grand Master that announces his resignation will remain in the position until a new Grand Master is installed. Upon announcing his resignation, the Grand Master may nominate to the Electorate a member to succeed him as the Grand Master. The Electorate will then vote to ratify the nominee by a three-fourths majority. Upon ratification, the nominee will be submitted to the Star Chamber for approval. For the purposes of appointing a Grand Master, the Electorate includes the retiring Grand Master and, if the nominated member is a member of the Electorate, the nominated member. Nothing in this provision prevents any member from stating their desire to be considered for Grand Master during the initial vote; that is, the Electorate is permitted to compare the nominee to other options for Grand Master, including members that have declared their desire to be Grand Master. Such declarations may be made to the Justicar, who will timely inform the Electorate of the interest.

(c) Secondary Election - If the Electorate does not ratify the initial nominee or if the retiring Grand Master does not submit a nomination within 48-hours of announcing his resignation, the Justicar will hold an election for the position of Grand Master using the following procedures:

(i) If the Justicar is candidate for the position or the position of Justicar is vacant, the Star Chamber will conduct the election.
(ii) The Justicar will accept nominations from any member of the Brotherhood. All nominations must be accepted by the nominee and seconded by a member of the Electorate.
(iii) The Electorate will vote to name the next Grand Master. A majority of votes must be obtained to become Grand Master. If no member gains a majority, the candidate with the lowest vote count will be removed and a vote will be held on the remaining candidates. This will be repeated until a majority is gained by a candidate. Once a candidate is so chosen, his name will be submitted to the Star Chamber for approval.

(d) Star Chamber Approval - The Star Chamber must approve of the new Grand Master. This approval will be assumed unless the Star Chamber votes to veto the nomination within 72 hours of the completion of the election. If a nominee is vetoed by the Star Chamber, another election will be held without the formerly approved candidate.

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Introduction You might not have seen a report from me last month, but that certainly doesn’t mean the SA was hibernating for the winter! I’ve got some project updates I’m excited to share with you, but before we get there I have some unfortunate...

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You might not have seen a report from me last month, but that certainly doesn’t mean the SA was hibernating for the winter! I’ve got some project updates I’m excited to share with you, but before we get there I have some unfortunate news to report.

Adios, mi amigo

Earlier this evening, Laren informed me he’d be stepping down from his position as my Praetor. He’s served in that position for ten months and his work has been nothing short of flawless. Everything that we’ve accomplished since last April has been in a huge part due to his efforts, and I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly thank him for his work. With him stepping down, that means...

Now Hiring: P:HM

...that I have to begin the unenviable task of finding someone to take over for him. I lean heavily on my Praetors in my work as Headmaster. The ideal person for this position is someone with:

  • leadership experience (as they’ll be tasked with overseeing the majority of the work of the Magistrates);
  • project management experience (that’s the bulk of what we do in the HM’s Office, after all);
  • solid command of English to aid in writing/proofing/editing/revising literally everything SA/HM-related;
  • thoughts and opinions, since I don’t have time for a yes-man;
  • high levels of communication, especially Telegram, and a quick email turnaround; and
  • ability to step in and serve as acting HM in my absence (I travel a lot).

Think I’m describing you? Email me and tell me how and why. Keep in mind that applications at this level are discussed among the DC - sending me something like “Sup dude, hire me bro” ain’t gonna cut it. I plan on making a decision on this by Monday, 2/12.

Scrolls of AWESOME!

Twice a year I get the pleasure of thanking the hard-working staff of the Shadow Academy for their service - and for grading all of those exams you guys submit! In appreciation, they receive Scrolls of Foundation for their service. In the period of time from Aug. 1, 2017 to Feb 8, 2018, 19 individuals graded a total of 670 exams with a grading time of just over 12 hours. Thank you to the following individuals for those great stats:

  • Augur Sanguinius Tsucyra Entar
  • Augur Daniel "Seraphol" Stephens
  • Battlelord Dracaryis
  • Battlelord Bentre Kairn'tel Stahoes
  • Seer Kelly Mendes
  • Raider Laren Uscot
  • Knight Ozosi Vym
  • Augur Edgar Drachen
  • Augur Kordath Bleu
  • Master Anshar Kahn Tarentae
  • Knight Reiyden Rosenau
  • Savant Marcus Kiriyu
  • Lieutenant Colonel Alethia Archenksova
  • Warrior Lucine Vasano
  • Master Marick Tyris
  • Savant Aul Celsus
  • Prophet James Lucius Entar
  • Augur Atra Ventus
  • Seer Aurora "Aura" Ta'var

Ask the HM!

Mark asked: “Is your beard the most awesome DCer beard?”

  • MY wife makes me keep it shaved. :(.

Turel asked: “Are there any plans to run another workshop-style writing course like Atra’s sage pilot?”

  • This went over gangbusters, and I'm extremely happy with how it went. I absolutely want to run this again with Atra and/or the rest of the VOICE Staff

Arch recovered from my stabbing him to ask: “Currently the SA is a library of courses with matching exams. I know there have been a few experiments with more interactive coursework. Are there any projects in the works to bring more of this to DB education?”

  • There's been a couple of ideas toyed with, but nothing that's in more than the "Hey, it'd be cool if..." stage.

Projects

Current

Shadow Academy Staff are currently engaged in the following projects:

  • Leadership Proposal Update - SA Staff: This is the only course pending review and audit from last month’s completion of the Leadership Dept. changes. We are still working to determine its fate (rewrite? removal?). Estimated completion: TBD

  • DJB History I & II Update/Rewrite - Alishu: Alishu has completed first drafts of both courses and they've been sent to the DC for approval. I’m hoping now that the GJW is done, we can work with the DC to get these updated and out soon. Estimated completion: TBD

  • Operation Remodel - SA Staff: In an effort to streamline the organization of the Shadow Academy and make it easier to initially get to information and then to find similar information, the SA will see a fairly extensive reorganization. These changes have been deployed, and I think the SA looks much better for it! Estimated completion: DONE!

  • Lore Revamp - Sang: The Lore Department will be revamped to make them as clear, concise, and user-friendly as possible. Sang tells me this is be-bopping along nicely. Estimated completion: 2/18

  • Operation Remodel (Wiki) - Laren & Benny: The SA’s presence on the Wiki has been updated. We have some work to do on the history section and obviously our new digs in Arx, but that’ll come. Estimated completion: Done

  • Writing Department Update - SA and Voice Staffs: Wally Q. Wallerson, his staff, and my staff are combining our considerable talents/nerddoms to overhaul the Writing Department. The goal is to make it an invaluable resource for all who engage in any sort of writing activity in the DB. A Fiction Studies primer is nearing release, while most others will need to wait post-GJW. Estimated completion: some soon, others not :)

  • Law Department Reborn - CoJ and SA Staffs: Jac (who is ever-watching) has created a damned good sequence of courses to replace the original CoJ I and II courses we used to offer. I’m extremely excited for this project to get moving. Estimated completion: 5/18

Upcoming

  • There are a couple of things in the earliest planning stages, but aren’t quite ready for prime time. Stay tuned for more.

Top Exam Takers

Name # of Exams # of ACs
Runner Canderous Tervho 44 44
Hunter Joe Durham 39 74
Acolyte Iios Singuard 36 29
Yeoman Tex 34 14
Knight Ozosi Vym 27 37

Note: these numbers cover the period from 10/1/17 to 12/7/17 and count both initial attempts and retakes.

Conclusion

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 -
Farrin Xies,
Headmaster of the Shadow Academy

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