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Greetings Everyone, I will be running a G Hang tonight with a first come/first serve basis. If you have any questions or just want to Bs, please feel feee to hop on. Tentative time: 7-9 Eastern. I'll plan on running a few more this week too.

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Greetings Everyone,

I will be running a G Hang tonight with a first come/first serve basis. If you have any questions or just want to Bs, please feel feee to hop on. Tentative time: 7-9 Eastern. I'll plan on running a few more this week too.

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Covenant: Section 3.04 (b) Grand Master's Semi-Annual Report The Star Chamber will work with the sitting Grand Master to ensure that there is a workable long-term plan for the Brotherhood. On at least a semi-annual basis, the sitting Grand...

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Covenant: Section 3.04 (b) Grand Master's Semi-Annual Report

The Star Chamber will work with the sitting Grand Master to ensure that there is a workable long-term plan for the Brotherhood. On at least a semi-annual basis, the sitting Grand Master of the Brotherhood must send a report to the Star Chamber detailing the following:

(i) the current state of affairs, including details of positions assignments and training of leaders;
(ii) the short and long-term plans for the Brotherhood;
(iii) relevant membership metrics indicating the health of the Brotherhood; and
(iv) any hardships or problems in the foreseeable future.

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Members of the Star Chamber and Members of the Dark Brotherhood, welcome to my #49th report as Grand Master of the Dark Brotherhood. This special report will fulfill both my semi-annual obligation to the Star Chamber as well as provide an update to all of members on the upcoming future of the Dark Brotherhood. I decided to combine my report to the Star Chamber with a regular report in order to maintain a high level of transparency and ensure that everyone in this club, from the Grand Masters to our newest members have the same information on the health of our club as well as my plans for the remaining time I will serve as Grand Master.

In March of 2018, I will meet the three year term limit imposed on Grand Masters. At that time, I will nominate Prophet Telaris "Mav" Cantor as my replacement. Mav and I have worked in a highly collaborative relationship over the past three years and that will continue on all of the projects identified in this report. My goal is to ensure that we do not start a project that does not have Mav's support and therefore will not continue throughout his reign as GM. It would be silly for me to create new changes only to have Mav overturn in them in the future. We will work to ensure that does not happen.

This report will include a large volume of information and will be broken down in the following format:

  • The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Dark Council
  • The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood Membership
  • Short and Long Term Plans: A focus on the next eight months
  • The Great Jedi War: A Decision to Delay
  • Ask the GM: Great Questions from the Members
  • Final Thoughts: Including Future Concerns

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The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Dark Counciil

The Dark Jedi Brotherhood continues to evolve as a system of integrated systems designed to off our members a high level of activity and content. These systems are driven by a Dark Council that operates under the simple vision to improve our member's experiences. Our current Dark Council is a diverse group of talented individuals who have been empowered to make decisions, take risk, and make rapid changes to any systems within their area of expertise.

The present Dark Council is composed of five first time members and five members with past DC experience. We have a combined 235 months of current DC experience and an average of 23 months in our positions. This ranges from Howie with just six months of current experience as the MAA to James with 62 months of consecutive time as the SCL. Our ranks include members from different continents, multiple countries, and has an educational and professional background that includes tax lawyers, academics, government servants, three technology based professionals, a student, a teacher, and two Officers in the United States Army.

The Dark Council currently operates under a construct that allows for us to surge on projects in cross functional teams. It is not out of the ordinary to have the Fist ask to work on MAA projects or to see the Herald working with the Voice on fictional updates. Due to the manner of our systems and processes requiring integration, the Regent is a jack of all trades working with nearly every member of the DC on the possessions system.

I am extremely comfortable and confident with our current Dark Council and believe they are the right leaders to continue moving the Dark Brotherhood forward. I am also confident that this Dark Council has the potential to fill any positions that could become vacant in the near future. I assess that we have no less than 3 current DC members who could serve as the Grand Master and I would be confident to place most of the Elders into the position of Deputy Grand Master. Likewise, I also believe that we have a key demographic of Consuls and Clan membership who possess the leadership traits and understanding of team work to move to the any vacant Dark Council positions. This includes the position of Justicar which could be filled immediately in the event Jac died in a buffalo stampede.

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The Current State of the Dark Brotherhood: The Membership

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The membership of the Dark Brotherhood has remained relatively consistent in the 2014 to 2017 era of automatic AWOL. In those years we had a peak membership of 450 in 2016 with a low membership of 296 in 2014. The automatic AWOL era has an average of 369 active members with our present number of 373 just over that. I have also placed the pre-automatic AWOL era of 2013 on the spreadsheet to give a little context to the roster sizes from the days when some Clans would simply leave APPs on the roster for over a year without activity. It is hard to measure numbers from 2013 and prior without looking at detailed participation metrics in order to make some sort of determination on just how many members were active.

These automatic awol era numbers have remained relatively stable and should give pause to all of us when making value judgments on the Dark Brotherhood's health. Our club has always had membership and activity swings that have mirrored major Star Wars events (the 2016 numbers are after EPVII and right before Rogue 1) and I do not see those trends changing in the future.

I am satisfied with our current membership numbers, but I will also detail a series of initiatives in the upcoming months designed to look at how we self organize (Clans, Houses, Teams), how we award recruitment, and how we continue to develop immersive content that can attract old members and future members to the club. The latest Newsletter for the Rogues just went out to 470 of our Rogue brethren and will hopefully bring some of them back for the GJW and/or to check out all the new stuff. For those curious to what we sent out, a HTML version can be found at Rogue Newsletter. Our goal is to bring back members to participate in the Great Jedi War and to engage them for a consistent activity in the club.

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Short and Long Term Plans: A focus on the next eight months

The Dark Jedi Brotherhood must continue to evolve as an online club in order to attract new members, keep our current members, and give us all something to do for fun. The following collective plan is the brainchild of our Dark Council with additional tasks that I have directed.

1) Something New: The Dark Brotherhood has used the same method for story telling dating back to 2008. We create an enemy for a Rite of Supremacy or Great Jedi War, we write stories to explain why that enemy is a threat, and we build competitions on defeating them during the RoS or GJW. We have used this "Vendetta" cycle without creating an immersive environment for our members to actually care about our stories. Who are these enemies? Why do we care about them? Why would a JA FFA player care about a 25 page story? Why do we do more research on an ACC match than we do on a Vendetta fiction?

I have decided to stop using this cycle have tasked the Dark Council with developing a Dark Brotherhood enemy that uses our systems. The DC will begin working on a "enemy" that utilizes "like" systems to existing DB Clans. In other words, you can expect an enemy to have a credit account, possessions, character sheets, order-like backgrounds, and nearly every other aspect that our existing Clans have. This "enemy" will also persist for a period that extends beyond a single Vendetta.

James, Mav, and Evant have all allowed me to sell them on this idea and for the most part it is feasible to create in a relatively short amount of time. Which is rather important and highlighted in the GJW section below.

2) Increased Recruitment Awards: The Dark Brotherhood's current members have the opportunity to be our best recruiters. I have tasked Evant, James, and Mav with developing an increased incentive program for recruiting new members to the Dark Brotherhood. This program will use the existing Trophies System, Possessions, and Awards as an incentive to recruit your real life friends. Evant has submitted an initial proposal that will reward our members when their recruits meet certain rank gates in their DJB career. These gates will consist of multiple ranks and will rewards credits and unique possessions only obtainable through recruitment.

3) Graphics Society: Vyr has discussed this in the past and it is a project that we intend to see go live in the next eight months. The Graphics Society will introduce a criminal element into the DJB and will be integrated with many of our other systems. This continues our trend of developing societies to award activities our members already do, encourage them to do more of that activity, and provide our artists with additional room to progress in the Dark Brotherhood. An incredible amount of work has already been accomplished on the society to include testing of ranks/activities/awards and Cluster balancing.

4) An XP Based Promotion System: If the Dark Brotherhood is truly an integrated system of systems it should provide our members with a promotion system that appears to be less subjective and a lot more objective than current promotion rules appear. Don't get me wrong, Howie has done a fantastic job as the MAA and his adherence to policies has made our award and promotion systems operate at nearly unheard levels of smoothness. This is probably the first time in my 4+ years of combined GM time that I have not seen a complaint about a promotion in a 3 month window. However, we have toyed around with an XP system for promotions for a long time, it provides an additional layer of immersion, and the proposed point system will take away some of the mystery from our members. Howie and Mav will have the lead on this moving forward and you should expect to hear more from them in the next several months.

5) Arx: Wally and his team have worked very hard on putting together our new capital planet. This was a painstaking process for several members of the team due to my revisions and constant desire to have things look like Colorado Springs. The Wiki Article for the planet is on standby and we should see it launched over the next seven days. Wally and Vyr will launch a series of Graphics Competitions to help fill the article in with visual depictions of some of our new key locations and structures.

6) Sacred Cow Review: The Dark Brotherhood has operated under the same command structure two decades. We have Clans, Houses, Teams, and a set of leadership positions to usher those units along. This command structure has worked well for us over the years, but I will direct the Dark Council to review these structures to help determine if they are the right organizations for DB 2017. Organizational structure, team studies, and a host of other relevant literature may point us in direction that could see the DJB alter it's units. This same review will continue to look at short term evaluations of current positions within Clans. Don't worry, I intend on eliciting feedback from our members during these processes.

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Great Jedi War: A Decision to Delay

The Dark Council has done an outstanding job putting together competitions, a set of rules, and a story for the planned August Great Jedi War. Wally, in particular, has written a story that provides a conclusion to the past two years of our Darth Pravus hunting down aliens and Jedi across the galaxy.

Unfortunately, it is not the Great Jedi War I want to deliver to the DJB. This is my fault. I painted Wally into a corner in our DJB plot by artificially using the story to explain OOC events. The plot explained our OOC decision to remove certain alien species from the club in order to stay in line with Disney Canon. The plot explained our OOC decision to conduct another fleet reset. These events resulted in a story that I have have lost faith in. This is also my fault.

As mentioned in point 1 in the above list of projects, I have asked the DC to begin working on a more immersive vision of what a DJB war could look like using our website. Why in would I make a PPT battle plan rules page when our members could simply go to the enemies possessions page? Why would I make a dozen word document profiles of the enemy when I could just make a character sheet? These are something that I want to deliver upon.

So now what? The DC is going to do some work, Wally is going to release a series of plot updates and host some fiction competitions to give everyone closure, and then we are going to progress to something a little different. Who that is, or what that is, has to be a Dungeon Master secret for now.

I know this decision is going to upset some people and I apologize for that. Our Clan leaders altered some of their own internal schedules to make a August GJW work for their members and it is unfortunate that I have decided to delay again. However, I truly believe this is the best decision for the DB. A good GJW is not good enough.

Once we understand the requirements (data input, coding, graphics) behind what I have asked the DC to design, I will release an updated time table. The intent....although no promises, is to get this thing done as soon as possible.

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Ask the GM

1) Vic Asks: Have you considered whether the number of Clans needs adjusted? Answer: Yes. I am not opposed to closing any Clan if they show an inability to keep their current and prospective members engaged. Mav and I keep a pretty close eye on the pulse of each of the Clans and will stealth-mode inquire when we believe things are off course. However; I will not close a Clan without putting them on probation first and allowing them an opportunity to rally. Tarentum is a fine example of why we should give Clans a chance to rebound.

2) Turel Asks: How do you feel about Consul Term limits? Answer: I don't see a need for Consul term limits. It is my job to monitor the activity of our Consuls and the health of their Clans. Example: If I receive a complaint about a Consul, I will make sure it's not a move for powah, review the Consuls activity in detail, review the Clan's Group Email, review the Clan's Telegram Channel, and speak to senior members of that Clan in a discrete manner. In some cases a Consul is given the opportunity to resign or be fired that day. In other cases we let a Consul know that an anonymous concern was raised and give them an opportunity to fix the situation/perception on their own.

3) Evelynn Asks: What is the purpose of restricting gaming to a handful of platforms? Answer: The Fist staff is awesome, but they have a limited amount of time to review a game, determine if that game can be exploited, balance it with our other games so the CF/CE value is fair, and establish a manner for members to submit submissions. We can't do this for every game. This is why I, not the Fist, instituted a number of players policy as a general guide for when we add a Game to the DB Roster. We just can't expend the time on games that only two people play.

4) Anonymous Asks: There are only so many leadership positions in the DJB. Why do some members hold so many of these limited positions? Answer: Bottom Line, no one applies. I know this isn't true in all cases, but in many cases we will open a position and no one will apply. Or we will receive an application, but the applicant has shown previously that they are unsuitable for the job or they simply lack the technical know-how to hold it. Arcona, one of our most popular Clans, has a hard time filling leadership positions. Our "Recruitment Position" has not been filled in nearly a year because the applicants have had a hard time showing any vision that we would trust for the position.

But, I do see and understand a member's concern when they see another leader with 3 x current positions. QUA/PROF/M:Whatever seems like a lot of work. Mav and I take this into consideration when we review the staffs and often discourage our DC from making those selections, but sometimes...the best person for the job is simply the best person for the job.

5) Kaz and others asked: After two stints as the GM, how do you see your retirement? Answer: I am only retiring as the Grand Master. I have no plans to go to the Rogues or step away from being a contributor to the Dark Brotherhood. I will more than likely transfer to a Clan that appeals to me, has a sense of community, and is willing to put up with an active GM. I plan on participating in our writing and gaming communities and more than likely I'll look to fill the void where people are interested in having me help out. At present, I have not made a decision on where I will go.

6) Mark asked: Are Clan Named members defacto Summit Members. Answer: No. Clan names are honorifics for members who have long and productive careers in a single unit. The honorific does not extend beyond a name on the dossier. Each Clan has their own culture and views the name holders in various lights, but the DC does not view a Clan Name holder any different than any other non-positioned member.

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Conclusion

That was a long report and weaved and bobbed on a series of different topics that encapsulated some of my concerns as well as updated everyone on our plans for the next few months. The GJW announcement is a bummer, but I believe it is the right one. I left the last ASK the GM for this section because I wanted to just take a moment to convey a few things.

Qor Asked: Have you learned anything about leadership in this tenure? Answer: Of course. The Dark Jedi Brotherhood is an eclectic mesh of cultures, attitudes, and beliefs. Our members come from all walks of life and have experiences that have shaped their views on how the world works or should work. We might not always agree, but the value of dialogue to solve our problems and make the club a better place cannot be underestimated. Sarin/Pravus 2.0 is a much kindler and gentler GM compared to 1.0. That is because I'm older, because I've grown as a person, and because of the great interactions I have had with our members over the years. I've learned a ton from everyone and hopefully that has made me a better GM.

I'd also like to highlight the few leadership qualities we really value in our members right now. We want resilient leaders capable of handling adversity, capable of building teams, capable of identifying problems and fixing them, and having a desire to improve the club daily. Those are the traits we look for when selecting Consuls or DC members. One of the biggest things I have learned is that we might have members who are machines at content creation and activity, but if they can't work as a team....then they aren't right for the DC/Leadership. We aren't a real empire and we can't order anyone to do anything (even though a lot of our 14-18 year old past selves might have tried that in this club or similar clubs), so having the ability to team build is paramount.


Okay, that was a lot. I hope it was informational and provided some insight into our plans for the future. I know the GJW decision was a bummer, but I believe it was truly the right thing to do.

I'll be around most of this week, with a lot of G Hangouts up, to talk if anyone has follow on questions (or post them here). If I didn't answer your Ask the GM question, please engage me privately one more time and we will chat about it.

Grand Master Pravus

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Greetings everyone, The Covenant requires the Grand Master to submit a report to the Star Chamber two times a year. I will be publishing this report within the next 24 hours. The report will also include standard report areas to include an ask the...

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Greetings everyone,

The Covenant requires the Grand Master to submit a report to the Star Chamber two times a year. I will be publishing this report within the next 24 hours. The report will also include standard report areas to include an ask the GM.

I am taking questions via Telegram private messages during this window, but will also respond to questions posted on this news thread. Please post your questions in the comment section. Questions may focus on any area you like, but my report will focus on the next 8 months of DB activity as I conclude my term as Grand Master. That may help you scope some questions.

Thanks.

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July Gaming News and Updates Welcome to yet another Gaming News report. We are all looking forward to Battlefront 2 this November but before we can get there we have a little thing known as a Great Jedi War. Expected start date is August 1st,...

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July Gaming News and Updates

Welcome to yet another Gaming News report. We are all looking forward to Battlefront 2 this November but before we can get there we have a little thing known as a Great Jedi War. Expected start date is August 1st, official news and announcement I’m sure will be coming from the GM soon enough.

Also in Drac’s Last Report, he teased a pre-war event: The Wargame. This will be a space warfare event and I’m sure Drac will be releasing more information on this soon. So keep an eye out for it and make sure you read over all the other information in the report. You will get an inside track on some new things coming after the war.

Friendly reminder from the FIST Staff - Please make sure you update your dossiers to include ALL of your gamer ID’s (i.e. PSN ID, Steam ID, XBox Gamertag, Force Arena and so on). Submissions have been and will be delayed even if only one member is missing their info. So please double check to make sure it’s listed and if your playing with a new member please help them edit their dossiers correctly.

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News for DJB Games - E3 releases

  • Battlefront 2 - Release date November 17, 2017, and we are getting close now almost 4 months to go. To follow all the Official Information check out EA’s Battlefront 2’s Page. One of the big things coming is that the MP Beta starts on Oct 4th for anyone that preorders the game and Oct 6th for the public on PC, PS4 and XBox 1. There are reports that BF2 will be available for the new XBox console as well.

  • Diablo 3 - Season 11 will go live on July 20th, so get ready to hop into the rifts again!

Also, the Necromancer was released on June 27 if you haven’t bought it yet you can do so from the Blizzard Shop

As a carry over from last month I’ll leave up this tips on how to play the game for any new players or seasoned vets wanted to brush up on how things work in HotS - The developers have released some Core Concept articles to help new players and players that have been playing a while to get the most out of every match. They are actually pretty good so take a look at the Team Leveling Part 1 and Team Leveling Part 2

  1. PS4 closed beta starts Tuesday, July 18th.
  2. Xbox1 closed beta starts Wednesday, July 19th.
  3. Open beta for both consoles starts Friday, July 21st, and requires no code

This Beta round ends on July 23rd for all. FYI a PC beta is not scheduled beyond a placeholder statement of Late August. So this Beta is for PS4 and XB1 only.

The Game Launches on Sept 6th.

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Gaming Deals - A place where if I find a good sale I’ll pass it along.

  • IGN has a nice Deals page which lists some of the web’s biggest gaming deals.

  • Also Reddit has a gaming sales page.

  • Good Old Games is a good site to find older games for a good price. Every now and then the Old Star Wars games do go on sale so keep an eye out.

  • Steam as always has something on SALE, including the old SW games as well. BTW if you're not already in the DJB Steam group let us know.

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Gaming Comps

Reminder There is a Competition blackout in August due to the Great Jedi War but I’ll still list these since that are active in July and will pick up in Sept.

  • GMRG Gorefest 2017 - All your Gorefest needs in one handy container! Double Clusters for all GMRG members. If your not a member take the GMRG History SA COURSE, now! July’s Gorefest is on NOW! Go get your double clusters.!

A quick note: With the GJW occurring in August, there will be NO August Gorefest weekend nor a FIST Monthly Cluster Race.

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Important FIST Information

Below are all the links you will ever need to either contact the FIST staff, join a gaming channel, look up a rule or game mode cluster value. I will update this as needed with each report.

  • Rites of Combat - is the place to find all the rules for gaming in the DJB.
  • FIST-o-matic - a quick guide on how to use the Telegram FISTbot.
  • Pendant of Blood - how to earn PoB’s.
  • Cluster Tables - is the place to find out what game mode offers what Cluster (Earth and Fire) value.
  • Tier 1 and Teir 2 games - os the complete list of all our approved game AND SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS! Not sure what shot to submit look HERE!
  • Don’t forget we have our very own Teamspeak Server. It’s a great way to voice chat with your fellow members and also a great way to communicate when gaming. Check out the details.

How to contact the FIST staff anytime using these methods:

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Now that Len has stepped down, there's an open Aedile position for Satele Shan that we would like to have filled as soon as we can. Requirements Applications are open clan-wide and are due to A'lora ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]),...

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Now that Len has stepped down, there's an open Aedile position for Satele Shan that we would like to have filled as soon as we can.

Requirements

Applications are open clan-wide and are due to A'lora ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Turel ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and Alethia Archenksova ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) no later than 8PM EDT on July 22th. Failure to send your application to all three addresses will look really bad, so double check. There is no minimum rank or DB experience requirement. Be prepared to answer follow-on questions via email.

The Aedile's Duties

  • Set a good example for House members through strong regular activity and a positive attitude in chat
  • Maintain regular communication with members through email and Telegram
  • Assist in evaluating and recommending members for promotion and merit awards
  • Assist in planning, running, and promoting competitions for the House
  • Assist in developing House lore and maintaining our wiki page(s)
  • Serve as acting Quaestor in the absence of the Quaestor

What to include on your application

  • Relevant leadership or project experience in or beyond the DJB.
  • Any ideas you have for improving or developing the House. A 30/60/90 plan isn't a disqualifier, but it probably won't be helpful
  • Any time constraints we would need to be aware of
  • Describe your vision for what a leader in Odan-Urr should be

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Introduction The dog days of summer are upon us! Those of us in the USA have celebrated the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. Those north of the Border something something Canada Day. So, we're all in for an...

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The dog days of summer are upon us! Those of us in the USA have celebrated the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it. Those north of the Border something something Canada Day. So, we're all in for an uneventful summer with nothing between us and Labor Day, right? WRONG! Here in Plagueis we're smack dab in the middle of our Plagueis War Game event, while Great Jedi War XII looms on the horizon.

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This month's art feature is a great action piece done by Royce Southerland (FooRay) as part of his recent "15 for $15" special.

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War Game

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The Plagueis War Game is in full swing at this very moment. This competition offers you all a great opportunity to warm up for the Great Jedi War and polish your skills before the biggest competition to hit the Brotherhood in over two years.

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The first week of competitions will end at 11:59 pm GMT on Sunday, so there are still a few days to get your entries in for this week:

Week two, and it's five additional events, begins at 12 am GMT on Monday, and will run for the same week long duration that week one did. This event offers some quick, fun competitions for everyone. The biggest thing you can take from this event, really, is getting back into the competitive feud/vendetta mode. The Great Jedi War is going to, as likely as not, offer the same scenario of multiple events running concurrently each week. Just operating in that paradigm again can be something that one has to work up to, so the War Game competitions should give everyone a way to get acclimatized again.

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Great Jedi War XII

While the main events of the Great Jedi War are still just under a month away, the War itself has already started in the form of Winds of Change ACC event. I've seen some great initial participation from Plagueis out of the gate, which gives me plenty of the warm fuzzies. However, I'd also warn everyone about the time requirements of the event given the number of early time outs I've seen. Make sure to keep on top of the deadlines for matches, and don't hesitate to use the extension that is available to you for each match. Heck, my work schedule made getting my last post up by the deadline a bit touch and go, so I requested an extension myself. I only ended up using a couple of hours of it, but it was nice to have.

I would, however, encourage everyone to complete at least one match. Win, lose, or draw, that's participation in a Great Jedi War event. For the uninitiated, participation in a vendetta event grants a seal, one for each event you enter. In addition, vendetta events are more important than other competitions when it comes time for the summit and I to get you all the recognitions you work so hard for. Making sure you take advantage of every opportunity to participate is key when the Great Jedi War rolls around, because you never know when the next time is going to be. Those of us that were around for the Eleventh Great Jedi War never thought that it was going to be more than 30 months until the next vendetta opportunity came again, but that's how things ended up shaking out. In the words of John Keating:

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Seize this day, for you never know when it will come again.

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Clan Lore

It was highlighted in Abadeer's PCON report a bit ago, but I want to give another shout out to the Aliso City article crafted by Ronovi Tavisaen and Laren Uscot. It is the first entry in their revamp of Plagueis's lore reflecting our clan's setting, and it was very well done. I've got a list of other articles that will be getting the same treatment following GJW XII:

For the eagle eyed amongst you, it probably hasn't escaped your notice that The Anchorage is now Tonus Anchorage. I decided to make the change from the definitive article to a name that reflects a more specific location for one very simple reason: Plagueis has a lot of "The" things. The Pinnacle. The Circle. The Anchorage. It was either make the change, or I felt like the entire clan was going to fall victim to creeping The-ism. And then we'd have to change our clan name to "The Plagueis". And nobody wants that.

All of the locations listed above are existing locations with existing articles, unlike Aliso City. However, most of those articles seem more like design concepts than fully fleshed out locations. What are the facilities located in the Pinnacle? What do the various structures of Korada Monastery hold? How are the levels of Supply Station Omega divided? The idea behind the next phase of the lore project is to properly flesh out the locations that we have beyond simply being "old prison", "older monastery", and "landed spaceship".

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Brotherhood News

Position Applications

General News

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Dreadful Questions

  • Laren asks: "Many members search for artists online to do character art, but don't know what to do when they find an artist they like. What materials would you recommend the member gathers for the artist, and what recommendations do you have for members during the consultation process with the artist?"

The biggest thing I can recommend here is reference images. Text descriptions just don't do the trick, as your interpretation and their interpretation will vary considerably. That doesn't mean you have to find your entire character + outfit whole cloth. Find different images of a face, hair style, coat, pants, bits of lightsabers, any little bit of your character. Then, put all those images together in a folder or on a reference sheet (depending on how many you have). As an example, here's a link to the package of reference images I sent to Ka Rolding for the artwork featured in Abadeer's latest report. I supplied my standard reference sheet along with a number of images that had bits and pieces of the outfit and environment I wanted the character to be in. I got a draft back, requested some changes, and then the finished product was exactly what I wanted. A picture can say a thousand words, and nowhere is that more true than in the commission process. The more visual imagery you can provide your artist, the more the final product will resemble what you see in your head.

  • Arden asks: "How much ACC have you done?"

In the current ACC competition, I have completed a match against Lexic from CSP. Even I, with a new job I'm coming to terms with on top of everything else in my life, had time to get that one match completed. Remember, it's only a max of 1,500 words you have to write, and you can do as little as 500 and get your participation!

  • Tra'an asks: "What event are you looking forward to most in the upcoming GJW? Which one least, and why?"

Whatever this fleet battle event that Drac is working on has me intrigued. As a full on Star Wars ship nerd, I'm very much looking forward to what this has in store for us. As far as the one I'm looking forward to the least? Maybe the Run On? As much as I love the process and the finished product, there's no doubt that it is the most effort intensive event there is. It's worth it, but whew is it a meat grinder.

  • Laren asks: "We write our characters within the wider Plagueis and DJB story, though some struggle to find a place. Do you have any recommendations or starting points for members looking to 'find a place' for their characters within the wider story?"

Not to go off on an answer that is tangential to the question, but I think the best way to find a place for a character isn't to try to find that place "in the wider story". I remember having the same issues as a writer when I was getting started in a new clan or with a new character. Then, I shifted my mindset after having come up against barriers to that process time and time again: It wasn't about inserting myself into the larger story, it was about figuring out what story I wanted to tell about my character and letting that flow into the larger story. The thing I love about the Star Wars model of writing is that we can each be the protagonist of our own little story. Unlike in a Star Trek setting, where we'd all have to be part of the ensemble crew at any one time, each of us writes our own character's story and use other member's characters (and NPC's of course) as supporting players, as they use us in the same way. Once you find out what that character driven story is you're looking to tell, it becomes easier to flow into the events around you. Having a firm grip on who your character is and what direction you want to take them allows you to flow into those larger events in a much easier, and more natural way. So, the short version is really this: Let your character's story inform how they fit into the grander scheme, don't try to throw your character into the larger story first and try to build character second.

  • Tra'an asks: "Any advice on how our journeymen should tackle the GJW?"

The answer to this question is aimed not just at our journeymen (and novitiates), but at many of those Equites who haven't experienced the craziness of a Great Jedi War before. As I spoke to above, the best thing you can do for yourself is participate as much as you can. Winning events helps, of course, and it helps our clan get points, but it's not worth sacrificing your across the board participation. Plagueis has always been about trying to DO ALL THE THINGS, and, while depending on how many events there are this go round that could be hard, managing your time to make the attempt (or do as many as you can) should be the name of the game. Each week (or round, if they're longer than a week), you should sit down and look at all the competitions and rank them by the ease and speed of completion. Knock out as many fast, easy competitions as you can during the first part of the week, then sit down and focus on doing the harder, longer stuff a day or two in. And, as things wind down at the end of the week, make sure you're making a good trade off between effort into a single entry vs getting as many entries as you can submitted. Chances are that last minute fiction a person is throwing together isn't going to place against everyone in the Brotherhood no matter how much extra work is put into it, but the time you spend going well above the word count at the expense of three other events you could submit isn't the wisest investment. In essence, time management is absolutely king when the Great Jedi War throws the Brotherhood into chaos.

  • Laren asks:"How's that whole Consul thing going so far?"

When I sat down to write this report and realized it was my sixth, and therefore I was starting my sixth month as Consul, I almost did a bit of a double take. There are times when it still feels like I just sat down in the Consul chair, and everything seems so new. On the other hand, I realize I spent more than a small amount of time as PCON, but that can only prepare you so much. Suffice it to say, I am very grateful to have had these months before our upcoming Great Jedi War to get my feet under me. I always think back to Tra'an basically having to take over the leadership of Plagueis during a Vendetta because the leader of the unit up and vanished (after Tra'an had the second in command job for what, a month?) and thank my lucky stars that I had all this prep time beforehand!

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In Closing

There is one thing that everyone should be keeping in mind these days: Even though it may not feel like it, with the ACC event already started the Great Jedi War is here. It's a bit of a slow burn to get started, but we shouldn't let ourselves get boiled alive like the frog in the slowly heating water when the bulk of the War drops on us on August 1st. I know what you all can do when you put your collective minds to a thing.

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Pound for pound, we've been one of the most active units in the Brotherhood for quite some time. We're going to do the best we can to punch above our weight class once again, but I will be proud to serve you all no matter what the outcome because I know that everyone here is going to be participating their hearts out. And that's all a Consul can ask from those he serves. Just remember, make me do even more work when it comes time to write my post-war recommendations than you all collectively did during the war. That's my favorite kind of work to do.

Adapt, Ascend, Avail

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The following is posted on behalf of Kojiro, Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos. House Marka Ragnos Aedile needed! Applications are open DB-wide and need to be sent to the following people, myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Benny ([Log in to...

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The following is posted on behalf of Kojiro, Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos.


House Marka Ragnos Aedile needed!

Applications are open DB-wide and need to be sent to the following people, myself ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), Benny ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]), and Sang ([Log in to view e-mail addresses]) no later than 10PM GMT on the 9th of July.

There is no minimum rank or DB experience requirement, though having passed the Shadow Academy leadership courses will be a bonus for you. Be prepared to answer follow-on questions via email or telegram.

The Aedile's Duties

  • Set a good example for House members through strong regular activity and a positive attitude in chat.
  • Maintain regular communication with members through email and Telegram.
  • Assist in evaluating and recommending members for promotion and merit awards.
  • Assist in planning, running, and promoting competitions for the House.
  • Assist in developing House lore and maintaining our wiki page(s). Serve as acting Quaestor in the absence of the Quaestor.

What to include on your application

  • Relevant leadership or project experience in or beyond the DJB.
  • Any ideas you have for improving or developing the House. A 30/60/90 plan won’t be required.
  • Any time constraints we would need to be aware of and to top it off things about you, what makes you tick and drives you forward.

Thanks in advance

Kojiro Keibatsu

Quaestor of House Marka Ragnos

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Open Position: Magistrate to the Fist Ranarr Kul has come to the end of his six month tour as Magistrate. Ranarr has done a phenomenal job of managing our mobile gaming competitions, and helping to identify the major issues with Galaxy of Heroes ...

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Open Position: Magistrate to the Fist

Ranarr Kul has come to the end of his six month tour as Magistrate. Ranarr has done a phenomenal job of managing our mobile gaming competitions, and helping to identify the major issues with Galaxy of Heroes so you can totally blame him.

So with that, I have an open magistrate position that needs to be filled. As mentioned before, this position holds a six-month term limit, and is designed to provide some experience in working on a DC Staff and with managing gaming at the Club level. Applications are open now, and will be accepted through 1 July 2017.

This Magistrate will be a key member of the staff during the Great Jedi War, where I’m pretty sure the Fist Staff will be extremely busy tracking and approving all of your gaming submissions so you can grind more clusters bring glory to your clans!

My magistrates are responsible for reviewing and approving gaming submissions, setting up and running monthly gaming and mobile gaming events, and assisting with revisions to the wiki and Shadow Academy gaming and combat courses.

What I’m looking for in applicants:

  • No minimum rank requirement. All may apply!
  • Baseline understanding of the Rites of Combat
  • Consistent Telegram presence and Email turnaround of 24 hours
  • A positive attitude
  • A desire to learn and be part of a team
  • At least one idea on how to make gaming better within the club

Send all applications to Edgar and me by 1 July. I reserve the right to make a selection early if an applicant really stands out.

Good luck to all!

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The Winds of Change Norwal Station Arkanis Sector, Outer Rim Territories The dimly lit corridors of Norwal Station seemed to go on forever, winding this way and that. It was a side effect of design born from an attempt to partition the interior...

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Norwal Station
Arkanis Sector, Outer Rim Territories

The dimly lit corridors of Norwal Station seemed to go on forever, winding this way and that. It was a side effect of design born from an attempt to partition the interior into residential and commercial sections. There was always a need for more direct routes to get to your destination. Usually, it wasn't a problem. You had time to get your bearings and find your way.

Usually, you weren't being chased.

A group of Omwati refugees rounded the next corner, their beaks clacking with panic as they glanced back over their shoulders. From the similar shades and patterns of their feathered crowns, it was easy to see the avian humanoids were a family. One of the youngest, unable to keep up with the rapid sprint, was held firmly in the grasp of one of their strongest. Vanya glanced down at the small girl in his arms, his spindly fingers secure around her arm. He leaned his forehead down to press against hers.

"Faster!" a female at the back called ahead. "They're still coming."

An angry sounding male offered up his opinion unbidden from somewhere in the group. "They shouldn't even be 'coming' at all! We were told it was safe here!"

"It doesn't matter, Falthor. We make for the transports," Vanya replied calmly.

An aggressive chattering came before Falthor replied. "Do you even know where the hangar is at this point?"

"No, I don't," the lead Omwati replied, unwilling to lie to his fellows.

"How convenient then, that I do," a voice cut in from down the hall.

Read the full fiction here on Discourse.

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ACC Phase I: Live!

Members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood. The time has finally come. Great Jedi War XII is here, and it begins with the first phase of the Antei Combat Center event.

  • Phase I is open to all members of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood that have Qualified for participation in the Antei Combat Center. Even Rogues may participate.

  • The winner of Phase I will be given the eighth slot in the Phase II Bracket Tournament alongside the seven other Champions from each respective Clan.

  • Phase II will begin in time with the Great Jedi War itself.

  • The Winds of Change fiction above helps provide additional plot information that will inform the prompt that will marquee the event. Reading the fiction is not required but will provide optional context to competitors should they wish to immerse themselves in the narrative.

  • The Prompt, as found in the competition details:

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It's not so simple a thing to separate fact from fiction. Reports can be falsified. Misdirection at play in a more cerebral kind of war. So, how then can one be certain of anything no matter their alliegence? When hunted as prey to be eliminated, when do you know it is truly over?

Yet that is the situation that befalls the Brotherhood and those at war with it. Pravus is gone. The reports have been confirmed from a variety of sources, but with no boots on the ground to verify, what can truly be believed? The line between friend and foe blurs as those who choose to believe find themselves at odds with those more suspicious. How can such prejudice be so easily put aside? Not everyone can. Not everyone will.

The Lotus and those embroiled in the conflict Pravus has spawned find themselves at an impass. They must search out their own truth in a sea of discontent and confusion that may very well have them in conflict with even their closest allies.

You can find the details of the event in the competition page.

Match Queuing

Thanks to the continued wizardry of James’ magical coding, match queuing for the event will be handled entirely by the websites Open Challenge function. Members can access this by heading to:

Antei Combat CenterBattlesOpen Challenge

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Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Navigate to Open Challenge

Step 2: Select your main character and your desired loadout.

Step 3: Select the “Phase I: Winds of Change [GJWXII]” competition.

Step 4: Select “Alternate Ending” match type.

Step 5: Challenge!

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Step 6: BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD—I mean...achem. You will receive an email notification when you are paired with an opponent. The match is created automatically and will let you know who has first post.

You are now ready to destroy some evil! If that’s what you’re into, of course. Perhaps you simply see a red door...and you want to paint it black?

Please Note:

  • If you pick an Alt Character or Singular Ending, it will not match the Competition settings and you will not be entered into queue. An alert should inform you if this is the case.

  • As the maximum simultaneous matches for this competition are set to "2", you may repeat this process whenever you have less than 2 active matches.

Addendum

For this event, matches between members of the same top-level unit will not be forced to fight one another. Other than the storytelling challenges this presents, from a mechanics side it is not something we want in this format of competition.

Existing matches between clanmates are going to be closed as of now. You are free to submit back to the queue for another match. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused those who started working on their posts, but we felt it was best to fix this immediately and swiftly.

This happened mostly as a result of the new Open Challenge feature and ACC Competition type that was created. In the past, this style event was handled through Google Forms and manual match creation.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We kicked things off with 20 matches in a matter of hours, and I'm really excited to see this event through.

Summary

In closing, please review the following information.

  1. You can find all the rules to the competition here.
  2. All matches will take place in the Phase I: Winds of Change [GJWXII] hall.
  3. The Fiction is not required reading, but is there to provide additional flavor and context to the event.
  4. You can submit matches from the ACC Homepage by using the “Open Challenge” feature.
  5. Make sure to select the correct competition and “Alternative Ending” when creating a challenge.
  6. You can only have two (2) matches going simultaneously. Three is right out.
  7. Proofread your posts. Check your word counts before posting.

If you have any questions, please contact myself or Atra through:

Good luck, fighters.

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June Gaming News and Updates So this is my 6th and latest P:Fist report and I feel that i’m only getting started within the Office of the Fist. As I’m sure you are well aware that things have been very busy within the gaming community and we have...

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June Gaming News and Updates

So this is my 6th and latest P:Fist report and I feel that i’m only getting started within the Office of the Fist. As I’m sure you are well aware that things have been very busy within the gaming community and we have had some good changes along with changes for unfortunate reasons as well.

In any case we are preparing for the upcoming Great Jedi War, where things will get much busier. But enough on that, it’s time to hit up some gaming news. There is a bit of it this month due to a “small” gaming event called E3. In which, many of the new and upcoming games, gaming systems and all round gaming insanity being discussed and presented.

I’ll try to highlight some DJB game specifics in my report but for a more complete list of what happened at E3 check out IGN’s E3 coverage here.

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News for DJB Games - E3 releases

  • Battlefront 2 - Release date November 17, 2017 and since we are obviously a Star Wars club this is our most watched game and one we all hope is better than the first outing for sure. I hate to even remotely sound optimistic but so far what is being presented definitely looks better than the first Battlefront game. With NO SEASON PASS the game will have only free content dlc’s, which i really hope is a game changer for the industry. Then the Multiplayer Trailer looked great. In fact there is a few trailers and news drop that you should defintely check this page out for all the latest releases.

  • Diablo 3 - Rise of the Necromancer will be released on June 27 and has a price tag of $15.00. “Rise of the Necromancer includes a Golem in-game pet, Cosmetic Wings of the Crypt Guardian, 2 more character slots, 2 stash tabs for PC gamers, and a Necromancer portrait, banner, sigil, and accent, and Blood Master pennant." Also PS4 and XB1 can get a “Diablo III Eternal Collection, which includes the base game, Reaper of Souls expansion and Rise of the Necromancer.” The price will be set for $40.00 for a limited time and for PS + and XB Gold members. Others will have to play a reg price of $60.00.

Also don’t forget about Challenge rifts a new exciting way to take on the rifts.

  • Heroes of the Storm has a new hero Malthael, plus the developers have released some Core Concept articles to help new players and players that have been playing a while to get the most out of every match. They are actually pretty good so take a look at the Team Leveling Part 1 and Team Leveling Part 2

  • Overwatch - Are you a Twitch prime member? If so you can get yourself a free golden loot box plus along with Twitch and Blizzards new partnership you can get loot in other games as well. Also Don’t forget to download the new Patch 1.12 which went live today June 20th. Reading the Patch Notes you will see the inclusion of a new map Lunar Colony.

Gaming Deals - A place where if I find a good sale I’ll pass it along.

  • IGN has a nice Deals page which lists some of the web’s biggest gaming deals.

  • Also Reddit has a gaming sales page.

  • Good Old Games is a good site to find older games for a good price. Every now and then the Old Star Wars games do go on sale so keep an eye out.

  • Steam as always has something on SALE, including the old SW games as well. BTW if you're not already in the DJB Steam group let us know. The summer sale is coming I’m sure of it.

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Gaming Comps

  • GMRG Gorefest 2017 - All your Gorefest needs in one handy container! Double Clusters for all GMRG members. If your not a member take the GMRG History SA COURSE, now! June’s is done but July’s is right around the corner, so go get your double clusters!

A quick note: With the GJW occurring in August, there will be NO August Gorefest weekend.

Important FIST Information

Below are all the links you will ever need to either contact the FIST staff, join a gaming channel, look up a rule or game mode cluster value. I will update this as needed with each report.

  • Rites of Combat - is the place to find all the rules for gaming in the DJB.
  • FIST-o-matic - a quick guide on how to use the Telegram fistbot.
  • Pendant of Blood - how to earn PoB’s.
  • Cluster Tables - is the place to find out what game mode offerr what Cluster (Earth and Fire) value.
  • Tier 1 and Teir 2 games - os the complete list of all our approved game AND SAMPLE SCREENSHOTS! Not sure what shot to submit look HERE!
  • Don’t forget we have our very own Teamspeak Server. It’s a great way to voice chat with your fellow members and also a great way to communicate when gaming. Check out the details.

  • Just log on using this information - Server Address: ts.djb.club and the password is DJBrulez1

How to contact the FIST staff anytime using these methods:

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