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  1. Greetings friends! Our annual holiday sale starts today and will run until January 2nd at 11:59 PM EST. Use code KRUGSMAS at checkout for 20% off your purchase*. Visit https://lotc.co/store to browse our Crown Packages and https://store.lordofthecraft.net/ to make a purchase. Happy Holidays! *Minimum pre-discount total of $20 required for coupon to take effect.
  2. RP signs on your local town! Food donation chest at CT? Unfortunately the currency and shop plugins are two of our oldest and would require a very large refactor to support tenths of Minas, though definitely something we'll keep in mind for future revisions.
  3. The Administration has decided to test the idea of removing the Auction House for at least one month. This is after having this requested by the community many times over recent years. Feel free to make feedback threads to discuss the benefits/negatives you see, and it will be taken into consideration following the conclusion of the test. As of today you you cannot place new items up for auction. Existing auctions will conclude as scheduled and unclaimed items will be distributed to your item caches should the system be permanently removed. Cheers.
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  5. Hey, just looking at this quick from my phone, I'd be happy to clarify some details of how finances currently working and my thoughts on a Patreon. The financial returns look the way they do since the server doesn't run a profit, all the revenue generated is invested back in, mainly to hosting costs, hardware upgrades (looking at upgrading the main server right now actually ), and other assets such as professional world painters for future maps, our forum software, and other miscellaneous costs. I don't think any of those things should fall under a Patreon. Also, I want to reassure people that we are making enough to pay the bills, but we definitely don't make enough to pay out to staff, it basically balances out at the end of the day as is. The ranks Telanir and I have mainly are just for extra permissions to our forum software and discord server, equivalent to superadmin type roles, and don't reflect an actual legal association with Tythus LTD, we aren't employees or paid, just passionate volunteers like the rest of our staff. Now, into the main idea. I've had serious discussions about a Patreon in the past for the kind of professional services on staff you discussed, but details like if it has in-game perks, how it's managed/distributed, if the community would even be open to it, or how other staff would feel about it are complicated issues that I'm open to look into, but have definitely been blockers on anything actually materializing. Personally for me, I've always seen the work I do as a hobby and I'm not sure how I'd feel about gettig compensated for it, so I've never really been motivated to spearhead getting such a system started, though I definitely don't speak for everyone on staff in this matter. I appreciate your thoughts and ideas on this kind of stuff and would love to see what the rest of the community thinks as well. At end of the day if people are open to it, it can be run fairly, and benefits the growth and quality of the server then it might be something that can get going. Transparency would have tp be a key aspect of anything that's created. I'll be keeping an eye on this thread and look forward to seeing what people think. This isn't a discussion I was super comfortable on starting myself but I'm happy to see somebody bringing it up.
  6. Happy Birthday -Wither and Azzy_Daddy

  7. Congrats Rilath! Can't wait to see what you bring to the team. Yee haw!
  8. Why's everything have to be drama and a conspiracy? I was fully behind this redesign, but web design is completely out of my skillset. I would have brought on someone besides Lyon as he was already dipping out of activity, but nobody with the skills ever applied. This isn't an issue of staff exclusively, but rather a lack of talent willing to work for free. Trust me, if I could conjure a person who knows Invision to my team, I would. I don't think the admin team really ever put a halt to any of this. From what I recall we were moving pretty quickly through any approvals and discussions, though I had very little to do with this project. You were working with the designer and kept us updated, you had the same level of access to the backend of the site as I did to adjust permissions and other issues, and as far as I knew you were going to Lyon for anything Invision related. Also I never recalled the reason for not wanting things to impact the main site was secrecy, but rather I just didn't want our main website to be broken while this new theme was under construction. I was pretty out of the loop on this outside of what you showed to admin chat. I'm sorry I wasn't able to help more with this but my strong suit isn't web development, and definitely not Invision themes. The current WIP theme is too broken to work, Lyon is on indefinite hiatus, and nobody has the skills to finish it. Themes for Invision are complicated things that not a lot of people know how to work with. You also ignored my messages for quite a while after you left admin and I tried to figure out where this project was or get access to the assets. I only just got them recently and have shared them with CT who wanted to realign the homepage, and I'm actively looking for web developers but unfortunately for the scope of the work that needs to be done, nobody with necessary skills in the community has stepped forward. I have a general plan but without coders it's not going to happen. tl;dr our forum software is old and complicated and web development isn't easy
  9. First off I wanted to thank @Adelemphii for their hard work on this plugin, and ask anyone to please redirect their displeasure towards myself, as this plugin concept was my design, Adele just did the work to bring it to life. I wanted to take some time to clarify the purpose of this plugin since I see a lot of responses leaning heavily on the membership aspects of it and making comparisons to factions. This plugin was primarily designed to replace many of the manual functions that come with our server's land-management system, i.e. tiles, settlements, nations, etc. These systems are the backbone of many of rules relating to wars, region permissions, locks, build standards, and other conflict such as raids. This makes it important that we can keep who is in-charge of what organized. There are many other plugins that assign ownership to things, such as regions, soulstone pillars, treasuries, locks - when a nation/settlement leader changes there is a lot of work that needs to be done staff-side to transfer those over. This plugin provides a central system to tie all of those together and creates a very useful tool for staff. Then there is the membership aspects of the plugin. The main reason for this was to tie into the war system - having personas tied to a nation helps us prevent people participating in wars just for the PVP, and this system could replace the very manual and labor-intensive war roster system we currently do before fights, which many of you are familiar with. It wouldn't make sense to only have this take effect during wars, as then people could just sign up for any side with no prior associations. Plus, having this plugin in use all the time adds a lot of possibility and cool features to enhance roleplay, which I'll discuss later on. As for the 'invite' functionality - that was required so that we could keep lairs secret and not show up on the list. I want to make something clear, outside of wars, the realms membership really has no effect. You can have it displayed on your card if you want, and generally should tie into where your persona's primary home is, but really there is very little player-facing effects other than when wars come around. Being part of a realm doesn't provide/consolidate any 'power' to an NL - it really doesn't give them anything. I saw some comments about rebellions/coups and that this plugin could be harmful to those efforts, but it really is the opposite. It will allow us to see who is a member of a realm before any plotting actually even started, and assure that internal conflict truly is internal. We already lock region membership during events like this, this plugin won't change that, and code provide smoother mechanisms for staff to handle those kind of things. As mentioned above, the primary audience for this plugin is staff, with some useful features for nations/settlement leaders. Most of the features of this plugin were just ported over from existing rules/systems, there really isn't any day-to-day functionality changed by this system. I will note a very fair criticism is the lock on changing what Realm you belong to. As this plugin was designed based off the existing system the limitation was just copied over from /cex nationality. However seeing how that was primarily for wars, and this plugin could tie into more systems, this feature will just be annoying without serving any real purpose, we will definitely reevaluate it. Really, this plugin is very simple at it's core - it maintains a list of nations/settlements that people can join. However the possibilities of what we can do with this framework are vast, it was a core component of our server's rules and mechanics that did not have any code, and left a lot of gaps in possible plugin development. This plugin fills those gasp in our core APIs that have been blocking us from making other features that are more geared towards elevating and promoting roleplay. Ideas we've considered in the past, such as a custom lock-plugin with automatic controls on citizen/guard doors, mechanics that only function during raids, allowing leaders to make their own sub-regions in tiles and cities, an automatically generated political world map, less strict activity requirements, and cutting staff red-tape in many other areas such surrounding regions/tiles are now possible due to the framework that this plugin provides. Thank you everyone for your feedback on this plugin, it definitely is important to get the perspectives on how our staff-managed systems can impact players day-to-day, and make changes to help make them better. If you have any questions or want to chat about this plugin and/or the systems surrounding it, feel free to shoot me a message on Discord, Llir#5410. We're re-evaluating a lot of these systems as part of 9.0 Map Development as well, so this is a great time to be having these kind of discussions. Cheers.
  10. Great work on all of these features and fixes! Should definitely help with immersion and streamlining the player experience.
  11. *Closes another story on the Roadmap* Super excited to finally see this plugin, great work! If anyone has feedback regarding the rules that have been created around this plugin, please feel free to message me directly on Discord.
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