Welcome to my second report of 2019. Please make sure to check out the latest micro-plot fiction update from the Voice and Regent. This will help tie into the Fiction Competitions being run this month.
I wanted to quickly cover some terms that we have been throwing around lately.
For more information, please make sure to check the Fiction Center for all your fiction information in one convenient place.
[Brotherhood Rising] Prelude is live. This kicks off the next story arc that will most likely carry us into the next Great Jedi War (TBD) Please support the official release.
The Fiction Center has been updated to reflect recent changes.
Going forward, I will be tracking on DB Wide fiction competitions in terms of their completion numbers: participants, time run, entries, for the most part. This will align with preventing too much clutter of prompts, and to have data to back-up my decisions to be more strict with prompt content. This will also lead to me asking members that run competitions with low entries on a recurring basis to stop/reconsider, or to maybe try spacing them out more.
I’m pleased to be working with Archenskov as the new Combat Master. While the CM will not be as involved with CS Admin as previous CMs have been (Atra and myself), Arch has already helped lend assistance with development projects and other improvements to our documentation. I think there will always inevitably be some cross-pollination with Voice and CM, but I’m confident Arch and I will be able to figure it out and focus on things that improve our club's systems.
Arch made a very cool update to the Skills/Powers page. You will now see the associated Feats for a respective Skill or Force Power. Thanks to Alaris as well for helping with the Template update to house these changes.
As I mentioned in my last report, each month I will highlight a fiction entry I’ve read that, while it may/may not have placed, I think was a great example of things we look for in a quality submission. From last month's Voice Workshop, we ran a Dialogue competition. There were a lot of great entries with some that did not, unfortunately, manage to place. I wanted to highlight one of these entries that was still deftly written and performed.
Shadow Nighthunter wrote a very touching exchange between her two characters. It showed a lot of pain, growth, and turmoil through words alone. This is difficult to do, sometimes, without using actions of the character’s themselves, so I wanted to highlight what I felt was a good example.
You can read the entry here.
With the success of last month’s Dialogue Workshop, I’m going to push forward with this series. This month's [Voice’s Workshop] Fiction Competition will be centered around Dramatic Irony
I will also be running a standard Multi-Objective competition that will also run for 4 weeks. It ties in to the fiction update. These competitions/approaches are based on feedback from the Winter Survey we ran. The following competition should give you an abundance of choice for your character, and should not restrict you to any one path or action while still having a chance to be involved :).
If something is off or not what you were hoping for, feel free to reach out and we’ll see what we can do different for next month. Constructive feedback is always welcome.
Continue to support the Brotherhood Storygroup with macro-level plot developments, while also writing micro-level updates to help with the worldbuilding aspect of Brotherhood space. This includes the fictional roles of the society, and the importance of Arx as the Brotherhood’s home planet and base of operations.
I will continue to run Monthly Fiction Competitions to help set the example/bar for what I believe non-Vendetta, DB-wide competitions should be. I will continue to monitor the data of closed fiction competitions and use this information to make informed decisions for the remainder of my time as Voice.
Fiction Society Leaderboard is currently under Version 1 revisions. I have the support of the Grand Master to pilot this system, and my target launch date will be for Q2 2019. We still have some logistics work to plan out, but I will be sharing my next revisions with the Dark Summit for feedback.
Transparency and collaboration are important in anything I do for this organization. I try my best to explain every decision I make, share my reasoning, and make things as fair as possible for all members. I hope that in doing so will open a better understanding for the types of things Dark Councilors do for their respective areas in the club. I believe very strongly in my Fiction Leaderboard idea, and think that while I know a few people have concerns, it’s going to be a positive addition to our club. I hope you can join my optimism and keep an open mind to it! :)
That is all for now. My inbox is still the best way to reach me: [Log in to view e-mail addresses] but feel free to hit me up on Telegram as well. Also, I realize my Voice Report header is now over 2 years old. If anyone is bored and has some ideas, hit me up :).
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