Report #5 Staff & Things

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Report #5 Staff & Things

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Introduction

Greetings and felicitations to all of you art minded folks out there. I hope this (belated) new year report finds all of you well. Below you'll find announcements, staff openings, and some new dossier items that have actually been available in the selector for a bit now (stealthily). So, let's dive right in.

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Announcements

The new year is time for renewal and change, as it were. With that goal in mind, I've been looking to bring in new voices and new perspectives, essentially to prevent the sort of staleness that can develop when it's the same group of folks day in and day out.

As such, I made the decision to, essentially, "term limit" out the staff that's been doing the job for a year plus, both to bring in fresh voices but also to offer a bit of a reprieve from the ongoing workload that the Herald staffers operate under. As a result, we'll be saying goodbye to both Kris and Landon.. I do, however, want to thank both of them for their service to the Brotherhood's members, Herald office, and myself. I've come to rely on both Landon and Kris for the work that they've done. This change has also meant some staff openings, the first of which is of course Praetor. I've decided to move the artist formerly known as Xen'mordin into that position, so everyone give him a hearty congrats since he's now been shackled to an even larger grinding wheel. Additionally, there are now two Magistrate positions that are vacant, so keep reading if you're interested.

In addition, I've been critically examining the office of the Herald and what it should be aiming to do, and prioritizing. The biggest area of opportunity for me and the staff is to expand into the realm of regular competitive offerings, such as those you would see from the Fist and Voice. Just like gaming and fiction the Brotherhood has a graphics society that offers advancement, but unlike those two areas, there have been fewer opportunities for advancement in that society provided at the institutional level. Xen and I will be working together to create an ongoing graphics competitive model, so that we can offer the same sort of club wide opportunities for members to both advance their society progress as well as develop their skills as is seen with other activity areas.

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Staff Openings

So, now that there are two Herald Magistrate positions open, it's time to open up applications. These applications will run from now until end of site day on Monday February 4th, 2019. Applicants should send their application via email with the subject "Magistrate Application", and send them to both myself and Xen.

Applicants should be able to meet the following qualifications::

  • Basic skills in graphics manipulation software (Photoshop, GIMP, Krita, Illustrator, Corel, etc., though keep in mind that all Herald office templates are photoshop based.)
  • 24-hour mail turn around
  • A Telegram connection and Trello access are mandatory
  • Readiness to take on some of the most challenging graphics projects in the Brotherhood (#nopressure)

Both of these positions will be all around positions, working on everything from warbanners, robes, weapons, and report graphic requests.

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New Years 2019 Release

As the eagle eyed amongst you have probably guessed by now, each of the quarterly releases from the Herald's office has revolved around a theme. First there was Solo: A Star Wars Story themed items followed by Clone Wars themed goods. For our current release, I decided to allow the staff a bit of creative freedom within the confines of a Retro Sci Fi (or Sci Fi adjacent) theme. I allowed each staffer to submit items from their cult or retro science fiction property of choice, and the results generated are available below.

Note: All of these items are available right now in the robe, weapon, and accessory selectors

Weapons

Item 1: Black Sun Blaster - Available for EQ1+

Made by: Selika

Our first entry is in fact a canon Star Wars weapon that showed up wielded by Black Sun troops in the Clone Wars series. However, that weapon was itself inspired by the lasers that appeared in the 1979 Disney film The Black Hole (a seriously underrated science fiction movie).

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Item 2: Korben 5E blaster pistol - Available for JM4+

Made by: Xen

This weapon is, in the words of Ruby Rhod, super green. This weapon is based on that wielded by Bruce Willis's character in the 1997 film The Fifth Element.

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Robes

Item 3: Atreides - Available for JM4+

Made by: Kasula

David Lynch's 1984 Dune film is one that often suffers in comparison to the later SciFi channel mini series, remember mostly for the fact that Sting played one of the characters (Also, a pre-Star Trek Patrick Stewart ). It did, however, have some fun uniforms for the members of House Atreides. Moro has translated them into both male and female versions, now available in the selector to offer something (slightly) less imperial for those wanting that military look. Remember, the spice must flow...

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Accessories

Item 4: Weapon Detector - Available for JM4+

Made by: Selika

This item is, technologically, based on the weapon detector technology that appeared in, amongst other places, the Clone Wars show. This particular model, however, shares a common design and appearance to another type of detector of another sort. Sadly, the dossier version does not allow for the detection of any Psychokinetic Energy.

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Item 5: Cirrus X3 - Available for EQ1+

Made by: Selika

We already have a few jet/rocket packs available in the selector, but both of them leave the user looking a bit more Fett-esque than perhaps some members would like. Within the selector you can now find another rocket pack inspired by the (again, underrated) 1991 Disney classic The Rocketeer. You can even wear this while fighting stormtroopers just like the original!

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Warbanners, Custom Robes, Custom Weapons and Requests

Warbanners

By Idris (Xen)

  • Declan Roark
  • Kadrol Hauen
  • Tyraal Bitshiver
  • Zednich Wolfram
  • Aldaric
  • Alara Deathbane
  • Dracaryis
  • Nihlus Vexrii
  • Reiden Palpatine Karr
  • Idris Tyvaros Adenn
  • Rulvak Qurroc
  • Kojiro Keibatsu

By non-staff members

  • Atra Ventus by Atra Ventus
  • C'ree by C'ree

Weapons

By Selika

  • Arden Karn
  • Ryuu Suoh
  • Marcus Kiriyu
  • Macron Goura Sadow
  • Baelor Pwyll

By Idris (Xen)

  • Reiden Palpatine Karr
  • Idris Tyvaros Adenn

By Jael

  • Declan Roark

By Maximus Alvinius

  • Atyiru Caesura Entar Arconae

By non-staff members

  • Atra Ventus by Atra Ventus
  • Rian Taldrya by Rian Taldrya

Robes

By Maximus Alvinius

  • Declan Roark

By Idris (Xen)

  • Idris Tyvaros Adenn

By non-staff members

  • Atra Ventus by Bale Andros
  • Bale Andros by Bale Andros

Graphics Requests

By Selika:

  • Mune Cinteroph-Palpatine

By Jael:

  • Takagari "DarkHawk" KogaRyu

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Congrats Xen! And loving the Black Hole blasters! Ahhh the memories!

A very nice quarterly slew of graphical goodness. Gratz, Xen and I look forward to seeing these future developments in graphics comps. :D

Super pumped for whats on the horizon here.

Congrats Xen!!! Love all the awesome new things!!

Congrats, Xen!

I*really*love the variation in these designs and the borrowing aspect, and would love to see it again. Great move!

Woo! And congrats Xen! Awesome arts, clothes and weapons!

Thanks to Kris and Landon for the hours of hard work you've put in, and congrats to Xen on the promotion. The new items look great, as always.

I love that you’re designing dossier items based on non-Star Wars material. For the “rocketeer” pack, make sure you have an ample amount of gum on hand.

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