Fist Report #23
Message from the Fist
Short report this month. Notes on the GMRG, Rite of Supremacy, Brotherhood Gaming League, and a couple of admin related things.
Of note, this is my 23rd report as Fist. Two years in probably the best job in the club, next to being a QUA or CON. Next month I’ll do a full review of the past two years with some graphics and charts.
- GMRG is not changing to new format this quarter.
- RoS Gaming Competitions
- BGL on hold until after RoS is complete. Signups are extremely low.
- Tell people you are playing in DB Gaming. Don’t be a recluse. And definetly don’t set things up in PM or a secret Discord chat.
GMRG Change Delayed
As you are all aware, 100% of the system changes or game addition recommendations to the GM are based on measurable data. When reviewing the GMRG Leaderboard, I felt it necessary to look into a new or updated system that does not reward based off of members’ available time to play games.
The data presented in last month’s report showed me that a swap to a PvP model would work, and that the member base would be able to shift to it with relative ease. That said, after watching multiple PvP competitions across the DB over the last 60 days (I included some clan comps as well), I am no longer certain that this model is in the best interest of the club.
So, for now the GMRG Leaderboard will remain unchanged.
I have a few irons in the fire on some options for updating the existing system to benefit playing multiple games with a broader group of gamers. Here are a few things I am looking into:
- Law of Diminishing Returns: At the core of this concept is a progressive reduction in the number of clusters members can earn by playing with the same group or playing the same game each day/week. This involves coding and algorithms and math and a great deal of James’ brain power to implement.
- GMRG “Bank” Method: This method would require members to choose whether or not to submit clusters for GMRG ranking. Right now, clusters are counted passively. Casual gaming and PvP Gaming all count towards one score. If you submit to a clan gaming competition? That counts as well. This makes the GMRG leaderboard an active event. If you want clusters to count for it, then you would have to submit them to the leaderboard. This doesn’t get to the issue of cluster farming, but it does create what is essentially a “competitive queue” for gamers.
- Removal or Change to Gorefest: Gorefest is where the vast majority of clusters are earned. To me, the main intent of Gorefest is like a special XP boost to help you get to the next rank. Here I’m considering two things. Remove Gorefest completely, or figure out how make Gorefest cluster doubling only count toward society rank up.
Let me be clear. None of these options have had any more than a white board level of thought put into them. But I do my best to be as transparent with you all as I can. So now you know what I am thinking.
Rite of Supremacy
The Rite of Supremacy is coming! As you all know, there’s a competition hold. I deleted the October and November Monthly containers and both Gorefest competitions. Those will return in December.
I won’t tell you everything, because surprises are fun. Here’s what you can expect from the gaming side of things for the upcoming event:
2-3 Brackets that run event long. The bracket events will be 1v1 and randomly seeded, just like during the GJW. I will post signups for the bracket events in a supplemental.
Let me make something clear up front:
I WILL NOT ALLOW LATE SIGNUPS FOR ANY OF THE BRACKET EVENTS
The other events will consist of 12-15 binned gaming competitions that allow me to utilize the full depth of the gaming library and ensure that you have the ability to get maximum participation credit. These competitions will include mobile games, flash games, non-supported gaming modes, and one-off comps for our other supported games.
Just like the GJW, I hope to bring enough events to have something available that every member of the DB will enjoy.
Brotherhood Gaming League on hold
With the RoS coming soon and the incredibly low signup rate for the final round of the BGL, I am putting the entire event on hold until mid-November.
I have instructed Alaris to begin wrapping this event up. I want to be complete with this inaugural season before the end of the year. This gives me time to review the data from the event and determine how future BGL events will be managed/executed.
A reminder for those who are participating: there is a title and a small accessory for each tournament. These titles are named in memory of Frosty, so they carry special significance. This will be the one and only time that four titles will be issued for any BGL event, so I hope that those of you who lost interest will decided to jump back into the fray.
On DB Gaming
I want to remind everyone that you absolutely must set up PvP matches in DB Gaming. The bot prevents people from going over match limits, and it also does a fair job of preventing match dodging. What the bot does not do is announce that you are in queue and looking for matches. The only way that happens is by you stating in DB Gaming that you are in queue and looking to play. That’s how we ensure that everyone has the exact same opportunity to play PvP games. If you don’t want to stay in DB Gaming all the time, the link is always available on the DB site and you can come and go as you wish. That is 100% OK.
What is not OK is people who are clearly setting up matches in via private message, in clan chats, or in non-official places like the clan Discord servers that I am fully aware exist.
Know this. If I don’t see a note from a participant that they are looking for PvP matches, and I see people suddenly match up in the bot, I’m going to automatically assume that a match was set up in private, and I will simply reject it.
Please do the right thing.
For those of you that stick to PvE and PvO gaming, it’s still not required for you to matchmake or even include people you don’t want to play with. That said…be cool. This is supposed to be an inclusive community. If someone is looking to play a game that you enjoy, include them in your session from time to time. If you don’t want to talk to them over Discord or in-game chat, just don’t wear a headset. There are plenty of times I’ve played with people and I haven’t felt like talking.
On the flipside, if you don’t want to talk, don’t expect people to want you as part of their raid group. I hear those kinds of events require at least a little bit of team communication.
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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The Rite of Supremacy is my main focus for now. Much like the GJW, I will have my phone on me as much as possible to ensure that if you have an issue or concern that you can reach me. The staff will continue to process gaming activities as normal. I will not do any staff changes until after the RoS is complete, but I will be rotating some staff in the near future. If you have ever wanted to work on a DC staff, and you are a fan of gaming, I encourage you to apply when I call for applications.
Thanks, and good luck to all in the upcoming Rite of Supremacy.