So! July State of the Game! We have three announcements, four questions to vote on, and then the floor is open for discussion and questions!First
, we’re aware that the endgame of the Cursed Kingdom plot did not go as smoothly as hoped
, and we’re trying new things with how we organize our information and planning to help things go smoother. Unfortunately, to some extent, we always have to wait and see how the this jaunt works to figure out how effective our changes from the last one have been, and we’ve still only got three Jaunts to calibrate our efforts off of. However, your feedback has been really helpful to us, and we hope you’ll keep nudging us in the right direction, so that each Jaunt is smoother than the last.Second
: use your tags!
Please be sure to tag a post when you comment on it, as it makes it easier for not only you but your threading partners to track down those threads for AC later. Everyone should be able to create their own tags, and if for some reason the comm won’t let you, ping us and we’ll fix that!Third
, and most lengthy: the game is now capped at 100 characters
. We have now put into effect the changes we discussed and voted on last month - please note that these policies can still certainly be shaped by player feedback, but there’s definitely an element of compromise involved - we know that we can’t make everyone happy, but in a plot-focused game, controlling our size is an essential part of making sure everyone can be involved in a plot.
We will be discontinuing the reserves system
, and instead only opening app rounds
a) between Jaunts, rather than monthly,
b) when there are fewer than 95 active characters in the game.
& c) when the queue is empty.
In effect, this is a “soft” character cap meant to keep the total number of characters in the game at or below 100
. Idled characters who do successful reclaims/dungeon posts will still be allowed in when we are at or over the cap, and in an individual app round, we will accept a number of apps that will bring us to 100 (assuming there are enough apps that meet requirements), and any additional accepted applications may go into a queue, to be introduced into the game between Jaunts as long as we’re under 100 characters. However, if accepting all applications would only put us a few over the cap, we may accept a larger group than normal and trust the normal drop/idle rate to even things out before long.
Additionally, we will be instituting a cap of 3 characters per player
, although any players over that cap will be grandfathered in & permitted to keep their present cast (but not allowed to app in above the limit). For players apping their 2nd or 3rd character, we will also be checking to make certain they’re currently meeting our AC standards, ensuring that our players, whether new or old, will be active with their casts.
In light of this system, we’re presently opting to forgo reserves
and simply rely on informing people weeks ahead of time when the next app window will be. We will not read and review apps until the window is closed, so rushing to get in first won’t give anyone an extra advantage. We believe that doing things this way encourages new players as well as old, doesn’t lock up the app round with reserves ahead of time, and encourages people to app whoever they feel most passionately about. If any of this is unclear or if some part of it seems especially problematic to you, please let us know
, and we will do whatever we can to clarify matters and address problems. If you think the cap is set too high, that we should still use reserves, that we should change the number of characters a single player can bring in, or anything else, we really want to know. Thank you to everyone whose votes and discussion helped shape this policy.
Now: on to the votes! Voting will be tabulated at 12:01 CST on the morning of July 20th, so you have until then to make up your minds. Unlike previous votes, we’re going to ask that for each question you choose only one option
, although you may explain your vote and your reservations or other thoughts at length in the comments afterwards.( ”Poll )Voting
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