Post by wish on Mar 1, 2020 15:15:13 GMT -6
MARCH ANNOUNCEMENTS 2020
Similar to February, we have a lot of announcements for March, which includes new site features, old feature updates, rule updates, contest reminders, and plot information.
Additionally, last month we had an Activity Check. We have since archived old characters and unfinished bios and updated the allegiances (clan stats are now available in the sidebar). We did not notice any mentor and apprentice conflicts; however, if we missed an apprentice who needs a new mentor, contact us!
Lastly, we want to officially welcome eternal , grimmily , and Kate to the site. Welcome! Welcome! Remember to check out the Newbie Guide for more information or to reach out to a staff member if you have any questions. Cheers!
*NEW* OF THE MONTHS ---
The first new addition to the site we want to introduce is -- Of the Months! We have wanted to add this feature for awhile so we can celebrate our members and all of their awesome contributions to the site!
Plus we wanted to make rain draw forever.
We will have three awards each month.
- Member of the Month
- Character of the Month
- Ship of the Month
How will it work? Each month, members can comment on the monthly announcement to nominate a member, character, and ship (couple). There is no rhyme or reason for nominations. You can nominate someone who is consistently active, a wonderful friend, an amazing writer, etc. You can nominate a cat who is characterized well or fun to read or a ship that is too sickly sweet and adorable or simply that hot.
Then what? After nominations are counted, we will run a vote on the site that will last a week. Once the results are determined, the winners will be announced and they will receive both an Award (both the character and ship will receive custom awards based on their cats) and site-wide recognition in the sidebar (this feature will be coded in once we have our first winners).
We hope that this new feature is able to help shine a spotlight on our amazing member base and allow us to celebrate each other! So make sure to comment below with this form (Remember, you can only choose one for each nomination!).
Nominations will last until March 15, 2020. Voting will then last from March 16, 2020 to March 30, 2020.
[b]Name:[/b] Your name
[b]Member nomination:[/b] Member’s name
[b]Character nomination:[/b] Character’s name
[b]Ship nomination:[/b]: Ship’s name
*NEW* BATTLE DICE SYSTEM --
Since we have released Dice rolls to the site back in September, we have noticed that a lot of members love the dice and use them in battle or other random events.
That said -- we have also listened to some feedback (s/o catalysta , maxx ) and understand that the old system was not perfect. While battles were somewhat even or unevenly matched with modifiers, it was still a little bit too based in luck and chance and was not standardized across the site, which was hard to communicate between members.
In an effort to reduce overall randomness and create some better written documentation, we have developed (with some assistance from members) new Battle Dice Rules for the site!
All of the documentation and rules have been listed on the thread, so we will not detail them in the announcement. Review the thread for extensive rules, guides, examples, and sample fights. That said -- similar to the Dice Rules -- this system is entirely optional and members must agree and communicate to use it in battle.
We will continue to monitor the new battle rules, once members start to use it on the site. If we continue to see issues, we will re-evaluate the rules and alter them if fit.
Please contact staff if there is an issue with the dice or an issue with communication in a battle.
*NEW* ADDITIONAL AWARDS --
rain has somehow created 22 additional awards for the site! We had asked them to work on 5 new awards each month but JK -- we now have 22 more!
So PLEASE shower them with a round of applause!
because this is the most chaotically, insane human feat, we have ever witnessed.
New awards include OTM awards, several IC awards, and the awards for the current Valentines Contest.
Remember, members do not need to make a request for the new awards. These will be awarded retroactively. However, if a member does not receive an award they already earned, then make a comment with the correct evidence/links and it will be awarded.
*NEW* MORE CHARACTER SLOTS --
With the addition of the new ‘three characters in each clan’ awards, we have decided to add 2 more character slots to the site.
Members can now have 12 characters total. We decided that this was the most fair, since otherwise, all awards wouldn’t be able to be attained, and we considered two cats in each clan too easy.
That said -- maintain characters that are able to remain active. If you cannot handle twelve characters at once, then do not create an additional ones merely for an award.
*Additional character slots will continue to be awarded in contests.
*NEW* LITTERS FOR NON-HETEROSEXUAL CHARACTERS --
It was noted that we did not have specific rules for non-heterosexual characters and litters, so we added new rules for those characters.
We want all characters to be able to be parents and raise their own kits, so non-heterosexual characters now have the option to either:
- Adopt a litter from an NPC character (the genetics will be random and still require a roll)
- Have a third character act as a surrogate for their kits (the other parent’s genetics will be random or from one cat in the relationship).Non-heterosexual characters must still meet all of the Litter Requirements to have a litter as mates.
VALENTINES CONTEST REMINDER --
As a reminder, the Valentines Contest will come to an end on March 13, 2020. All threads must be finished in order to be valid for the final vote. This means that the threads should have at least six replies and a narrative conclusion.
Similar to the Halloween Contest, we will collect all of the threads and then hold a final vote for the winners. The winners will receive an exclusive award, a custom litter roll each, and some artwork from wish .
Remember to let a staff member know once a thread is finished. Threads should also include [contest] somewhere in the title.
MONTHLY PATROLS AND PLOT --
We will not have new patrols this month until our current threads and the Half-Moon are finished. Once these threads have been locked and archived, we will continue with additional threads.
Make sure to watch the announcements for more information. *The Thistleclan mass warrior ceremony will be the only official clan thread at the moment, which Bandit will start within the week. This is an all clan event and all Thistleclan characters can attend.
Similarly, we will continue to make updates to the Island Timeline as current plot information is released in-character.
Currently, Redwoodclan is in turmoil due to the recent attack from Lichenclan, and their involvement with the tribe. Thistleclan is tense from the recent rogue attack, which has left Mistpaw disabled and the entire clan threatened. Lichenclan is unsatisfied from the attack, since Hemlock was unable to be detained and killed, and desire to end Redwoodclan even more. Lastly, the Tribe is on the mend for the first time since Redwoodclan’s arrival; however, Swoop’s recent death has made them uncertain and scared for the future.
Characters will age one moon this month. Staff will update the allegiances, while members are responsible for their own character biographies. Characters that were created or born (Curlycloud's and Shadowface's kits) in the last week do not have to age and can wait for the next month.
FUTURE UPDATES --
Our current focus is to add more lore and information to the clan information threads and maps. We realize these threads are a bit outdated since the site started back in September. This will include herb locations, individual ceremonies, and more clan/tribe distinctions and details. We also want to develop individual clan maps to help members visualize the Islands in more detail.
If members want to see additional content or features on the site, reach out to a staff member. We love feedback and want to do our best to create a fun and relaxed environment that celebrates warriors.
The Apostles Staff