I've been lucky to have a relatively stable staff since I assumed the role of Headmaster. A few docents and professors have retired in that time, but my core staff -- Ood, Meleu, Farrin -- hasn't changed until now. As Mav noted in his most recent report, Meleu has moved on to bigger and better things. I wish him the best of luck as M:DGM. So now I find myself down a magistrate. It's not the most glamorous work, but it's important, it can be very rewarding, and I'm a great boss (unlike that Mav guy, I hear he's mean).
But also! After nine solid months as Professor of Combat Studies, Turel has decided to step aside and focus on his duties as a Quaestor. This is another very important job, overseeing a full slate of courses already available and two (maybe three?!) new courses in the pipeline.
I'm opening both positions for applications, due by 11:59pm EDT on Saturday, March 28. You can apply for both positions in a single application, but I will be appointing two different people to these spots. Send your applications to me and Ood.
Magistrate to the Headmaster
I don't have any hard requirements for the magistrate spot, but I'd prefer to hire someone in the range of GRD - EQ2. Whoever gets this job will need to be good at communicating with me, Ood, Farrin, professors, docents, and whoever else may be working on courses, in a coherent and timely manner. The job involves a lot of writing and editing, and may be asked to grade exams from time to time. If you have any great ideas for the Shadow Academy -- courses, competitions, whatever -- put it in your application!
Professor of Combat Studies
As I mentioned in my last report, there are some big changes coming for the gaming degrees. After reviewing options and tweaking numbers with the Fist and Voice, we have decided to split the current Combat and Tactics Savant and Gaming Sage degrees into two separate tracks, one for writing and one for gaming. Both will share the Combat Maven as a pre-requisite and roughly mirror each other in requirements. These changes will be implemented as soon as James has time to make the changes to the database:
Maven - Combat (MVC):
Savant - Warfare (SVW):
Sage - Warfare (SGW):
Savant - Tactics (SVT):
Sage - Tactics (SGT):
As you can probably tell, the primary goal here is to make fiction/ACC a viable alternative to gaming. It now has its own degree chain.
These changes are not final. The new combat studies courses in the works will be incorporated into these requirements when launched, possibly as part of a new Maven. Likewise, as the Fiction Society takes shape I will work with Shad to incorporate it into the Tactics line of degrees as the GMRG is incorporated into the Warfare line. If the CF/PoB/CI/ACC match numbers need to be tweaked further, they'll be adjusted. As always, feedback is appreciated.
First up, the rewritten Grammar Studies is live. Everyone loves grammar! Second, the total rewrite of Alchemy Studies based on the amazing new guide is complete! We're in the process of coding it to markdown and uploading it to the website. It should be available this week.
Since my last report, the top five exam takers at the SA are:
|Name||# of Exams|
|PRT Torin Ardell||41|
|PRT Rhan Ocheron||23|
|PRT Vexander Graves||20|
|GRD Marcus Kiriyu||19|
Great work, everyone!
As always, I'd like to close this report by asking for your help. The SA is a massive wall of text that covers ever-shifting topics and is prone to typos and run-on sentences. If you spot substantive or grammatical problems, please let me, Ood, and the course PROF know so that we can fix them ASAP. As we work through the Departments during the audit, we're also going to be asking for help reading and editing -- if you have any particular expertise, let us know when we announce the next Department being audited. There are shiny things available. :P
Dark Side Adept Dacien Victae di Plagia
Headmaster of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood
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