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Empatheias Mods ([personal profile] simpathis) wrote in [community profile] empatheias_ooc2017-03-01 05:18 pm
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Mod Announcement: March

— MONTHLY MOD ANNOUNCEMENT: MARCH —



No giant major events, but that's only because we're spreading it out to optional small groups instead!


» CALENDAR


The main calendar spreadsheet is here as reference.

Here are the basic dates to keep up with:

  • 3/01: Canon and Original Character Applications open.
  • 3/04: Applications close; Reservations close; Intro log posted.
  • 3/05-06: All applications should be processed by the end of this period.
  • 3/18: Test Drive.
  • 3/25: Activity Check starts; Reservations open.
  • 3/31: Activity Check ends.
  • 4/01: Applications open.

Next month is officially Zephyras, and the weather continues to be mostly pleasant. However, there is a fair amount of pollen already in the air as well as frequent rain showers.


» ACTIVITY CHECK RESULTS


Below are the following who were either removed from the Activity Check or dropped out of the game. The list includes all characters who left the game throughout the month. The following names will also be posted in a visible place within the residential area where most of the characters are residing. This list reflects the names that are also on the wall.

Axl | [personal profile] copychip
Cho Hakkai | [personal profile] demonhealer
Frank Archer | [personal profile] sadisticwarfare
Genjyo Sanzo | [personal profile] maten_sutra
Gordon Freeman | [personal profile] trustycrowbar
Hermit | [personal profile] catstate
Hige | [personal profile] olfactorily
Jesse McCree | [profile] fistfullofbullets
Joshua Bright | [personal profile] sedatedkiss
Krul Tepes | [personal profile] thirdprogenitor
Lash | [personal profile] daswunderkind
Lucca Ashtear | [personal profile] tempus_fixit
Miles Edgeworth | [personal profile] logically
Rean Schwarzer | [personal profile] valimar
Ryuunosuke Uryuu | [personal profile] greatestcool
Shuu Tsukiyama | [personal profile] preybeforemeals
Sombra | [personal profile] la_sombra
Sonic the Hedgehog | [personal profile] mach_n_roll
Tifa Lockhart | [personal profile] amemoryorus
Trucy Wright | [personal profile] magicpanchira
Yang Xiao Long | [personal profile] righthandfree
Yuri Plisetsky | [personal profile] toeloop
Zolf J Kimbley | [personal profile] alchemicals

The following received strikes and must pass this month's Activity Check to remain in the game.

[personal profile] hatesviolence
[personal profile] ledbythewind
[personal profile] lifetooshort
[personal profile] opportunitycosts
[personal profile] praelucente
[personal profile] weaponsgrade

If there are any mistakes, please let us know ASAP!


» JOBS & TASK BOARD


The Task Board has been updated so characters can start taking on odd jobs if they are so inclined. Details as to how the Task Board works and sign-up can be found here. In addition, there is a Job List sheet that list out more permanent jobs available for characters. These are different from the Task Board jobs as they can be used as part-time or full-time jobs and do not have any specific time period. If you want your character to have a job, that's it. This is also where we will list character run businesses. So if you have one or are thinking about one, there will be a place where it can be referenced and looked at. You can even make tasks relating to your business.

The location of each task is determined by the colors they're labeled with. So, Blue = Verens; Yellow = Shaarnath; Pink = Theastai; Purple = Excursions; Red = Plot.

IMPORTANT! There is one task on here that is plot relevant: ST0306. The details are in a section below, so please refer to that. There may also be an interesting hunt slipped in the lists...

So if you'd be interested in any of those, be sure to check out the Board!

As always, we highly encourage anyone to fill out task ideas. (Or if someone is actually crazy and willing to help be our task board generator, we will gladly hire you.)


» EMOTION TRACKER UPDATE


The Emotion Tracker has been updated with new sheets. If you forgot, you can still submit to the tracker and just have it count toward this month. This includes any events that occurred.

This month's survey link is here. Thanks to a suggestion, there's a slight change in the format that hopefully provides more clarity. We've also had feedback requesting a kind of tally for individual responses and are working on that (I say "we" I really mean Slip, thank her everyone!).

Here is the screenshot for the end of last month:



Green, but not a huge number like the past. It's going to be interesting to see if the survey format actually affects how players put in their values, such as more likely to put more points in one spectrum or the other.

And of course Aiada is the most positive because she's a cheater and there aren't enough jealous people on the island apparently—kidding. Poor Thras, though. What the heck happened there?? Star Wars people did you do something again— Peromei is also in the negative again (oh dear) as is Sosyne, but what else is new.

Anyone who is interested in the fancy-schmancy breakdown of points can find it here—but don't worry too much about it if numbers aren't your thing.


» ST0306: THE COMPASS EXPERIMENTS


As we mentioned last month, we're breaking up how to investigate the new plot things to better spread the load and not make it too cumbersome or overbearing for the rest of the game. For the compass, this has been put to the Task Board for volunteers to help figure out how it works. This is what will happen:

  • Reacts to crystals. Researchers will have at least determined that the compass's crystal rod points in the direction of greatly concentrated emotion energy, specifically stored within crystals. What does that mean for the floating one, that's a different mystery for another day. But for now, they wish to test if anything happens to the different aligned crystals as all of them are Simpathis aligned. For those who volunteer, here is what will happen:

    • Complete crystals. Anyone with a complete crystal, the rod will twitch and start to move toward it, but it'll fling back to neutral.

    • Incomplete crystals. Crystals that are in progress or broken will have no reaction.

    • More crystals, more reaction. The researchers will group everyone up, and the more complete crystals there are, the stronger the reaction.

    • Aiada, Thras, and Piphron. Those aligned to either of these three will elicit the strongest reaction. The crystal rod will even take on a faint hue of the one it is pointing toward (so green for Aiada, yellow for Thras, and blue for Piphron). The more there are, the stronger the reaction. It does not matter if the crystals are positive or negative. Aligned characters will also feel a strange, small pull toward the Arehtei's respective domains.

      There is no similar reaction to the other alignments.

  • Follow-up: After a few weeks, the next step will be to take the compass to various locations and see what happens. This will primarily be done during the second half of the month and we will do a formal sign-up in another announcement. But characters are free to go ahead and discuss experiences.

There will be an open log which will have a couple of other things that will happen with the compass, but the above are the important points.

Doesn't seem much for this portion but the second half will be like a fun scavenger hunt!


» RESEARCH ADVENTURE OPTIONS


Also mentioned in the last mod announcement was the potential for characters to go out and find clues for research behind the stuff revealed. While it is preferred for there to be player initiative, here is some help to organize and give direction.

Research locations. For the moment, the three main cities are the best places to research in first. We'd like volunteers for the following groups, and will give the details for participants to use. Use the sign-up threads and deadline is March 10th.

Next step. After that, it will be up to the players to use the clues gathered to organize groups to head to the next places where more details will be given. Some will be false positives, but still yield useful information.

The only deadline for this is we'd like for research to complete and follow up to at least START by the end of March. We'll remind folks at the Mid-month announcement and see how things are going.


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That's it for now! If you have any questions, concerns, or want things clarified, please comment here.
gottacatch: (mouth like medicine)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-02 05:43 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Reena
Character: Red
Alignment: Sosyne
Focus: The riddle itself and what it could possibly mean.
Resources: He's worked with a few of the researchers in Shaarnath before on previous trips, and with the interest they have already in what the lightshow was about, he'll basically help look into any archives or locations they want to point him too. He can also ask Thras his thoughts if he's up for chatting this month.

but red is also not really smart to figure out things more than he's likely to stumble upon info or just hear about it, so him not finding out much is a-ok. He can investigate any locations outside of Shaarnath for the researchers.
x_ed: (in a shrine)

[personal profile] x_ed 2017-03-02 04:35 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Dani
Character: Shun Aonuma
Alignment: Daimonia
Focus: Focusing on the riddle.
Resources: He'd like to try asking the performers if they've heard of any similar riddles themselves. Perhaps something was passed down by oral tradition...?
tenyearslost: (Default)

[personal profile] tenyearslost 2017-03-04 06:20 am (UTC)(link)
Player: Pixi
Character: Oz Vessalius
Alignment: Peromei
Focus: The riddle!
Resources: Definitely asking around. If there's any significant collection of written history in Theasthai he'd want to go there. Maybe the sanctuary, and if Feofan is available to meet with he'd probably try to do that.
showyouthesight: (Default)

[personal profile] showyouthesight 2017-03-05 05:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Player: Kitty
Character: Rin Matsuoka
Alignment: Daimonia
Focus: Riddle
Resources: Rin would probably first start with asking the general public but then move on to any type of written documents.
gottacatch: (long ago)

Open adventure offer!

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-02 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
Hello, everyone! In the last mod post, it was encouraged for people to request an adventure to possibly find plot-related goodies! Since there isn't an excursion this month, I wanted to offer to put up an open adventure to the game sometime around halfway through the month, for anyone to sign up for and so people can tag with their CR or to even get new CR!

It doesn't matter how many people you throw in if you have more than one character, just as long as you decide you have the time for it. All I will need is your name, your character's name and their alignment, and I will either put up a network post with Red later on or just throw up the log and will comment to you here once it's up!

It also doesn't matter what your character can do, if they know Red or not, as long as they take their butt over there.

Because not all of us are smart at riddles....!!!
Edited 2017-03-02 05:36 (UTC)
used_realtears: (determined bodyshot)

Re: Open adventure offer!

[personal profile] used_realtears 2017-03-02 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, Nobita's up for this! He's aligned with Thras, for the record.
gottacatch: (doki was his name-oh)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-02 05:40 am (UTC)(link)
Noted! Can I have your name too? It will be for the form. \o
used_realtears: (Default)

[personal profile] used_realtears 2017-03-02 05:42 am (UTC)(link)
Oh, right. List me as Gray.
futureprofessor: (Default)

[personal profile] futureprofessor 2017-03-02 03:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Eww adventures with Red.

Well I guess someone needs to represent Daimonia...
gottacatch: (life is so tragic)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-02 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
who are you??

noted!! i guess.
fifthreplacement: (Watching)

[personal profile] fifthreplacement 2017-03-02 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
Someone needs to drag this kid on an adventure and actually meet people, I wouldn't mind signing him up for it. Sync's aligned with Elios, and I am a Fortuna!
gottacatch: (feed my baby chickens)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-02 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
What's the worst that can happen, Sync...

Noted and put him down!
fifthreplacement: (Unimpressed)

[personal profile] fifthreplacement 2017-03-02 08:29 pm (UTC)(link)
You really want him to answer that question...

Whoo \o\
faithfulflame: (Default)

[personal profile] faithfulflame 2017-03-03 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
Give me adventure! I will either send Rei (Sosyne) or Barriss (Piphron) depending on the timing of the adventure log. Because Rei can't very well go off in the middle of a trial where her birds are key witnesses.
gottacatch: (hey ladies)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-03 05:29 am (UTC)(link)
Noted! If the date is an issue for other interested players then I will try and set it at an earlier time.
peacewithouttyranny: (Default)

[personal profile] peacewithouttyranny 2017-03-03 04:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Singing a giant robot up for adventure. Soundwave's aligned with Sosyne and I'm Byte.
gottacatch: (Default)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-03 04:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Added onto the list!
hasadoctorsnote: (Default)

[personal profile] hasadoctorsnote 2017-03-03 11:27 pm (UTC)(link)
Nico is down for adventures with Red! My other character Anduin would be interested too.

So I will gladly sign up Nico di Angelo with Daimonia and Anduin Wrynn with Elios =D
gottacatch: (Default)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-04 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
Both have been added to the list!
deathboss: (Movement - MANLY SPARKLE)

[personal profile] deathboss 2017-03-04 07:18 am (UTC)(link)
YES PLEASE!!!

eikichi is kinda dumb at riddles tho also he's gonna be emotionally stunted due to the trial
gottacatch: (the f is a floppy disk)

[personal profile] gottacatch 2017-03-04 08:10 am (UTC)(link)
Added! Location may not have any riddles?? We can only be so lucky...!!