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  1. UPDATE: Skinning category has been added!
  2. Greetings wonderful people of LotC! The Community Staff are pleased to announce the first Battle of the Arts competition! As the title suggests, this is a competition where you -- our creative community members can enter your creations to earn prizes each month. The categories include Artwork, Creative Writing/Poetry, Music, Skinning, and Building. A winner will be selected by the Community Staff from each of the categories, making a total of 5 winners. We hope you have fun with this and enjoy! - Theme - Every month there will be an overarching theme. These themes may range from aspects of server lore, history, folklore, or even holidays and seasons. For the first month we wanted to keep it fairly simple. Since we are going into the summer and everyone is getting ready for their vacations, we thought it would be appropriate for this month’s theme to be summer oriented. The theme for June will be the beach! - Prize - The prize for the June Battle of the Arts Contest will be 5000 minas to fund your beach trip, a Shop of Wonders Eternity Spade to assist you in your sand digging endeavors, 2 rename tokens might you find some treasures along the way, and the Creative Wizard tag! (Prizes will vary contest to contest.) - Criteria - All content entered must coincide with the theme of the month Creative Writing is limited to around 1500 words. Creative Writing must have the google document linked to ensure the criteria above has been followed. (You can still paste the document in the post for all to read easily) You are allowed to submit up to 1 submission per each category. Build submissions can be represented by screenshots To enter your content in the contest, please use the following format. -Submission Format- Mcname: Category: (Art, Creative Writing, Music, Skinning, Building) Attach Content: Due Date: June 30th, 2019 We would appreciate it if you all left suggestions on themes you would like to see in future contests. We will hold a vote to let the community decide next month’s theme. Special thanks to rwk0 for the lovely banner!
  3. Hello everyone! I hope you guys are having a nice summer so far and I wish those who are finishing up their semester luck on finals. After the June meeting, I spoke to a couple of members of the community and took some feedback. We will be having frequent community meetings which will occur at the beginning of each month. After the meeting for that month, a post will go up for you to leave any new questions and concerns throughout the month to be answered for the next meeting. Approximately two weeks before the meeting occurs the date and time will be announced to ensure everyone has time to prepare and are able to be in attendance. With that being said please leave your questions and concerns below in a constructive manner. All trolly posts will be removed and skipped over. The time will be released in a couple of weeks. Thank you! Information Date & Time: TBA
  4. The Month of May Hello Everyone! It’s been quite an eventful month, full of both adventures and controversies. Wars, a hot-topic of flaw-corrections, fine-tunings, and adjustments, has steered our attention this month. In addition, our beloved technical staff pumped out a fully redesigned chat, friends, and tab system. We have released a comprehensive guide as well as informational posts about these changes, the links to which are found later in this newsletter. As we get fully into summer , we hope to release some fun community events and contests for you all to enjoy. So, keep and eye out for all of that fun stuff. Also, you may notice that the title of this post matches the title of the previous newsletter. I have decided to adjust the title so it reflects the month the newsletter pertains to. Now let’s get into it! Notable News The latest and greatest on Lord of the Craft. Felt Cute In This Idk Might Delete Later In response to growing awareness and concerns surrounding server optimization, the Tech team released an update centered around discussing TPS issues due to heightened player counts and the ongoing war. Some of their changes includes granular movement, an optimized chat, and other minute updates and changes. In addition to this, the Techs discussed 1.14 issues and concerns in potentially updating, stating that they would be able to update with greater ease than the update to 1.13. Finally, a quick clarification was released concerning the use of the /treq commend, explicitly stating that if the issue couldn’t be summed up in a sentence or two, that players should be posting a Bug report on the forums. Voting Plugin Information Following the recognition of a bug in which voting wasn’t properly rewarding players, the new Coder Textarea released an update about quick fixes to the milestone and voting issue. Firstly, a system to refresh the timer on milestones was implemented, allowing for the use of /vote ms refresh to set the expiry time to twelve (12) hours. Secondly, a command to check the time until your milestones expire was added, allowing for the use of /vote list. And finally, a reminder was written about the now implemented chat changes, reminding users to be typing ‘#’ and not ‘/’ for chat commands. A Follow Up Released as an addition to a previous statement, this post from Fireheart discusses issues raised concerning the first warclaim of the currently ongoing war. The spawn killing, hacking, and alting issues were clarified and recognized. As such, the decision to re-do the warclaim was undone, and the defender’s victory stands. Creative Cafe Wednesdays Creative Cafe went really well and it was an enjoyable evening hearing, reading, and seeing so many members creative talents. From singing, to art, to someone trying to hit a bong for 30 seconds and fail - it was an exciting time. I would like to congratulate the winners of the evening and share some of the art that was shown! Award for Vocals/Instrument: @Demotheus Award for Art: @Nameless Award for Writing: @ibraheemc2000 Community Meeting I will be updating how community meetings will go moving forward. I will be posting a thread soon to allow people to ask questions as they come up throughout the month. I would like to have these meetings at the beginning of each month. Therefore, an announcement will be posted once a date has been decided upon where all speakers can attend. Rescue Raid Update Due to recent events and issues regarding rescue raids, there have been some updates to the rule set. Please ensure to read over the rules thoroughly! Team Updates The freshest scoop from the Admins themselves—learn all you can about your favorite teams. Development Staff The Development Staff are currently in the process of finalizing the structure and organization of their team, and will soon be receiving a new Administrator. The Technicians have continued to work on further optimizing the server, and the builders and designers have been making progress updating areas of the map that were left somewhat underdeveloped post launch. In addition, one of the coders, Wrynn, has been working on a botany plugin which he has been showcasing recently that is soon to come. Check it out! https://youtu.be/uanIi9YZ7-o Moderation Staff The Moderation Staff this month have been working on making adjustments to the war rules and rescue rules. We will be pushing out more updates over the next month for a number of changes including updated ban protocol. Overall this past month has been extremely busy for the team with well over 4000 tickets. In wake of summer coming in Moderation has brought on two new managers, Potts24 and Ioannis. Currently the moderation team is looking for more people to join the team, if you are interested please apply. Moderation Staff Update Log- May Community Staff The Community Staff have been primarily focusing inwardly on policy tweaks, structure modifications, and overall improvements to our projects and app handling procedures. On the topic of application, we are in the final stages of fleshing out the new application rework, that which was put out in the Community Staff’s most recent Your View, that should be getting implemented in the coming week(s). CT Update Log - May 2019 Story Staff The Story Staff are seeking more Story Actors (Event Staff) as was released in ScreamingDingo’s recent news update. In addition to this the Teaching Application system is undergoing minor tweaks due to concerns with its length, as the Lore Sect seeks to reach a healthy balance between being detailed and overdoing it. The Wiki sect and Community Staff managers/content creators are working together on the Wiki Overhaul, which seeks to usher the entire wiki into a totally updated state so that it can once again become a reliable and aesthetically appealing source. Dingo Takes The Throne (ST-ACTORS NEEDED) Trendy Feedback Our crack team of gobos compiles, analyses, and critiques our feedback forums for the top-echelon of community suggestions. We’ve picked out some of the most unique, noteworthy, and civil articles from this month. War is **** lol A serious, despite the suggestive title, post that elaborated on ScreamingDingo’s opinions concerning player culture and behaviour around war and war-related activities. He highlights the OOC divisions created between players and player groups due to war, noting the lack of cooperation between nations, OOC conflict in the form of hatred, ddosing, and metagaming, as well as the great desire to wipe out an entire player base through war, instead of something less terminal. Creating a cooperative and mutually enjoyable experience is a key to breaking out of this negative mindset, however achieving something like this is never easy. Doing Away with “Kill Posts” Spawned from the current major war, Oren v. Renatus, a large number of “kill posts” have started to spring up following the in-game murder of a particular character, or group of characters. Hunwald’s concerns in discussing this issue center around it essentially forcing people to PK, or rather providing a great push for them to do so, when they retain the right not to. It is, as Hunwald writes, “. . . a weapon to shame player who did not PK; there is almost no greater purpose served by such a post.” The Player Province Community Spotlight Bright, committed, and talented people fill our community. With the community spotlight, we highlight one individual that stands out this month. This player engages the laid-back attitude, charitable spirit, and proactive nature hailed in our community guidelines. For this reason, we congratulate them for their hard-earned achievements! emmanataliya A relatively new player to the server who has jumped head-first into interacting with our community on an IC and an OOC level. They currently play a High Elf character who lives and works in Haelun’or, the capital and nation of the High Elves, as a member of the Silver Council who organizes events in the city. Interview Hello emmanataliya, the Administration overhears much about your attitude and accomplishments. We would like to highlight you in this month’s community spotlight! So considering how new you are, relative to how long LotC has been around, what kind of experiences have you had during your time getting heavily involved in High Elven roleplay and politics? Would you recommend getting heavily involved to other new players, and if so, why? It has been really fun so far. I knew the idea of what I wanted to do for my character and I spent the first week getting to know the rp style of the high elves and server by testing out everything possible from a bit of villiany rp to watching medic rp. I would recommend getting heavily involved to anyone who at least knows a little bit of how to roleplay, at the end of the day if something happens to your character you know what to expect in the future so it is definitely a learning experience, just make sure you do not get attached to your character. On the point of character attachment, do you self-impose a PK system? In the sense that if your character dies in roleplay, you permanently kill them? If this is the case, why do you believe it's important to PK, and would you recommend other players, new and old, follow that philosophy? It depends on the situation for me. I am not going to PK my main character unless Haelun'or gets taken over or she gets kicked out of Haelun'or since Monk Resurrections are apart of lore it should be utilized if you want your character to last a long time. On my other personas I will PK since I made those personas to do more outlandish villainy rp. I think everyone should eventually PK their character eventually though and have some sort of PK clause. 😄 Harkening back to your roleplay as a Council Member in Haelun'or, what do you enjoy most about running events in the city, for the nation and visiting characters? Do you find it to be a fulfilling experience? I just like bringing people together irp and ooc, it generates roleplay for people to want to come back to the city if they enjoy the events. For instance, I turned the infamous acid pit of Haelun'or into a dance floor for Dimaethor, the nation leaders, 400th birthday. I like to get creative with making the roleplay so it is definitely fulfilling. Outstanding Volunteer Award We present this accolade to an exceptional staff member. We are honored and humbled that they choose our team and our server. And this month the award goes to... Potts24 The staff award this month goes to Potts. This guy is an absolute mad man and has handled over 1000 modreqs this month. It’s literally insane and I can’t wrap my head around the thought of that. But with that being said I believe he definitely deserves the recognition for putting in so much time and effort into helping the community out this month. We thank you for all that you do! Top VIP The truth is that without the funds to cover our monthly costs we cannot support this wonderful experience. I think I speak for all of us when I say, thank you to our wonderful contributors. To the greatest VIP contributor this month we bid our humble gratitude and a spotlight in our newsletter. Fiorire This months Top VIP is Fiorire with purchase equivelent to purchasing Aether Vip! Your contributions are what helps keep this server up and running. We thank you and are very appreciative of your support to the server. The Creative Quarter Guide Spotlight One way to lend a service to your community is the guide! Bold players write them for a targeted audience and share expertise, commentary, tips. We present to you a compelling, practical, and ambitious guide written this month! Chat System Guide This month there weren’t any player made guides to choose from. However, in preparation for the changes to the chat system, the Community Staff have put together this guide which lists all the commands and channels that the chat system changes feature. Please give it a read and if it doesn’t answer your question, don’t be afraid to make a /creq! Roleplay Spotlight When we think roleplay often we look to our fantastic Minecraft experience. Nonetheless! We are proud of you, our authors, who produce innumerable works—none the lesser, many are amusing, stimulating, and impactful. We’ve chosen one among the many creative posts this month. The Settlement of Irrinor This post showcases a new Wood Elven settlement that is being built up with the goal of being a peaceful safe haven for those within the Wood Elven community from the terrors that the war has brought. Written by: @Will (TauFirewarrior) Beyond the Stars A beautifully written post detailing the last moments of an well known Ascended, Victoria Ventios, and her coming to peace knowing that her duties in this world have been fulfilled. Written by: @JoelTheGinger Overall, this month has been pretty intense with quite a lot going on. In the newsletters for the upcoming months I would like to feature some more spotlight sections for the creative contests we will begin hosting. In addition, we will be adding an Admin update section beginning next month. Special thanks to Luka for assisting me this month. Thank you all for reading and I hope you have a great start to the summer! Have fun, take care, and thank you all, LotC Administration
  5. COMMUNITY TEAM MONTHLY UPDATE LOG- May 2019 Introduction Hello Again Everyone! I am back for another monthly update on the Community Team May was a slower month as everyone as finals season came around for many people including myself. However, we been making some updates and changes to our team structure which will hopefully aid in getting our projects out in a more efficient manner. In this update I’ll go into some of this months app statistics, our team stats, as well as some info about projects that have been going on. If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what the community team is, you can read more info about the Community Team’s policies [Here] Community Team Roster Monthly Application Data This month we saw 413 new applications to LOTC. This is a decrease by 29 applications from last month. However as summer starts to get in full swing we expect to see this numbers begin to rise once more.. Our overall acceptance rate was 64.2%, including both pending-accepted and accepted 62.9% of accepted players were from an American timezone (About a 4.5% increase from last month) 29% were European (6% increase from last month) And finally, 6.6% were Oceanic, an increase of about 3.3% Now, onto some finer details about our applications this month Not too much has changed. The largest applied race was again the humans with 56.7% of all apps (An increase of .7% from last month). Elves followed behind with 27.6% (Decrease by about 4.6%). Dwarves came next with 6.2% (Decrease of around 0.7%) 4.4% orcs (Increase of 2.6%) and 4.7% Halflings (Increase of about 4.61%!!). Massive increase for the halflings! 😄 Monthly Team Data This month was focused on getting our focus grouping set up and working to help get projects moving. Marb121, Laurelin, & Aquaquean have been amazing, taking on large amounts of applications this month. Puffables and LotsOfMuffins have also been really amazing with participating in-game and in the new player discord assisting the community. Massive thanks for all of the hard work they have put in this month. With that being said, going into next month we plan on making some changes to spread out the amount of apps handled between the team members so there is more time for others to assist with projects for the community and to be an active help to players in game! Please keep in mind that some members may have not made quota due to hiatus’, departure from the team, being added to the team later in the month, or are a lovely Community Content Creator and therefore not required to. (Jenny_Bobbs, z3mos, TheIchorDruid & Reko) I’d also like to welcome our newest team members- 4rza, Doom321, Evonpire, & MeteorDragon ! This Month we have a Quota King! I’d like to congratulate @marb121 for making King of Quota for May! Followed closely by @Aqua_ and @Lirinya Marb has been an amazing help taking on apps especially in the times where there is a heavy influx! Member Alterations +4za joined as Community Staff+ +Evonpire added as Community Staff+ +MeteorDragon added as Community Staff+ +Doom321 added as Content Creator+ - Shy_French_Fry stepped down from the Community Staff- -Bluee stepped down from the Content Creator- - Stargazerology stepped down from the Community Staff - - z3m0s stepped down from Content Creator- Projects of May: Application Rework: We are in the final stages of the rework as management have put in the final details and are putting it up for the team to review and give their concerns. It’s a hard balance to achieve making the application require some effort while also not making it too long or strenuous. In order to achieve our goals, we’ve had to also look at our expectations and standards we wish applicants to meet. Going forward we will be rewriting all of the guides to coincide with these new changes and will be retraining the team before the application’s implementation. Community Events: Community events are a big focus for us currently and is something we really want to get on the ground and running in the upcoming month. Even if we have to start small and progress as we go. We believe it is very important to get the community together more often and do some lighthearted and fun events. In addition, we plan to host more contests over the forums for things such as art and writing to show off the many talents the community has. Pots and Pandits: We have just finished the team’s guide for Pots and Pandits and we have started training the members on the process. Hopefully in the upcoming month we training completely finished and start performing these little events to help members understand the rules around combat roleplay! Guides: We have been working on updating the new player guide to reflect the changes to the chat system. In addition, to add information about obtaining materials, shop creation, and the bank system. Front Page Update: We have also decided to take on the project of updating the front page with our content creators. We plan on having a meeting soon to formulate some ideas and get started. We may open the stage up to the community to hear their ideas on what should be included on the front page. This project is something we don’t want to rush because we rather put out something that people really like and enjoy. Wiki: This month managers and content creators have been getting together with members of the story team to assist with the wiki overhaul. We plan to make the wiki more user friendly which will benefit the community as a whole. Our content creators plan on making custom art to help bring more life and personality to the wiki! Special Thank You! Sporadic for helping and answer fixing issues in a timely manner. I’ve been bugging him a lot this month Aquaquean for helping put together the Chat System Guide in such a short notice LotsOfMuffins for actively keeping up and assisting players in the NPD Puffables for all her hardwork assisting players in game through out the month and most recently during the chat system change. Thank you and see you all next month!
  6. Community meeting at 5pm EST! 

  7. Creative Cafe will be held in about 4 hours!

  8. Hello Folks! One of these community meetings has been way overdue and it is definitely time that we have another one. I’ve been struggling to find a good time that would fit into most people’s timezones that allowed me to be to be present. However, the show must go on. For those who have never joined us at a community meeting before, it is where the community comes into the LotC Discord to have their concerns and questions answered by members of staff. As things have settled into place, I will be continuing to host these meetings monthly. During the meeting we will go over your questions left below this post in order. Please do not leave any trolly or inappropriate comments for they will be skipped over. At the end if we have time we may answer a few questions from the discord as well. Once again, please leave your questions on this post. Thank you and can’t wait to see you all there! Information Date: Saturday, June 1st 2019 Time: 5pm EST| 9pm GMT| 7am AUS Location: Community Meeting Channel Discord: https://discord.gg/aD38Crd
  9. Hello everyone! It is time for our second creative cafe for the year. The Creative Cafe is an event that we host quarterly where members of the community can show off their talents. This could range from art you have been working on, singing songs, playing an instrument, or even a comedy skit. This community is filled with many talented people and we’d love for people to come out and show it off. Raffles for prizes will be handed out throughout the event! This month the Cafe will be hosted by some lovely Community Staff members, @Zacho @SoulReapingWolf @z3m0s and @Jenny_Bobbs who are in charge of putting together little community events like these. So, keep your eyes peeled for more events like this one in the near future To participate, please leave a comment using the sign-up format detailed below! Information Date: Wednesday, May 29th 2019 Time: 4:00pm EST Location: Creative Cafe Channel Discord: https://discord.gg/aD38Crd Sign-Up Format Mcname: Talent: Special Thanks to @rwko for the banner!
  10. Community team is looking for new regular members, another artist, and a video editor to assist with upcoming projects. Make an app today if you’re interested!

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    2. ferdaboys69

      ferdaboys69

      hey guys join our team while we ignore player concerns

    3. Littlel

      Littlel

      All of the above...
       

    4. Medvekoma

      Medvekoma

      I wonder what the next community fake news will say about the war!  Players have been celebrating Fireheart’s birthday with multiple forum threads! Yaaaay!

  11. Lucille de Falstaff reads over the invitation before looking up to her father, Conrad, with bright eyes. “Papa! Papa!” she’d blurt out with joy, “I need a pretty dress for the ball!”
  12. There are still people coming back on late and requesting their vault to be checked. In addition, there are a number of people who haven’t read the vault post and have yet to go to ct to claim their items. Make sure you check there first 😄
  13. The Month of April Hello everyone! Back again for another monthly update. April was a pretty good month full of a lot of new projects and systems being introduced to the community. From fun Easter events to war rules and your views. As we go into May you all should expect another community meeting to be held soon. A post will go up sometime next week. In addition, it has come time again for another creative cafe. This month the community team will be officially taking up the event and hosting it. So look out for another post regarding the details for that as well. I apologize for getting this out to you all late but finals held me up. Thank you for understanding and enjoy! War Rules This month the long awaited war rules have been released. If you haven’t done so already check them out and read over them thoroughly so you know the system will work this map! Alt Whitelisting As many of you may have noticed, just about all registered alternative accounts have been unwhitelisted from the server due to our new system for whitelisting alts. Our goal is to have everyone forum integrated so it is easier to find people across all of our platforms. If you have forum integrated please take the time to do so for it only takes a minute and makes things easier in many ways going forward. This also means that the community team will no longer be looking at or accepting alt whitelist applications. If you have lost the minecraft account you applied on and your alt was unwhitelisted, don’t be afraid to reach out to a community team member for assistance. Flam’s Last Stand This is an announcement and update to what is currently going on with a lot of the current lore right now and what is going to be occurring moving forward. This includes things like magics, creatures, and rewrites. Check out the post for more information! Tailor’s Guild This month the community team revamped the Tailor’s Guild which is a group of skinners on the server whose purpose primarily is to provide appropriate skins for new players and also for older member of the community. We encourage those with the talent to join and help out the community while also earning some mina while you’re at it. Read the post for more information! Staff Team Updates The freshest scoop from the Admins themselves—learn all you can about your favorite teams. Development Staff The Development Staff has been busy working on our optimization issues and other bug fixed that have popped during our transition. Earlier this month Sporadic put out a post on some important information for everyone to check out! I Fought The Lag and The Lag Won Moderation Staff As always, the Moderation Staff are in need of new volunteers. If you feel you’re up to the task, head on over to the Staff application section of the forums to apply! Coup rules were posted for the community’s review, and we saw Riftblade step down from a long and faithful tenure as Moderation Manager. His position was thereafter taken by, |ZipZapMan|, one of a group of qualified candidates who put themselves forward for the position. Moderation Update Log - April Community Staff For starters, we saw another month filled to the brim with applications. All-in-all we received a whopping four hundred and forty two new applications, of which only six were alternate account applications prior to the new self-whitelisting system for alts. In addition, we put together a nice little Easter Event for the community. We hope you enjoyed it and we plan on putting things like that together more often. After an extremely long tenure on staff, having served previously as AT-Lead, we are sorry to see Ivory go. However MamaBearJade has stepped up to take her place, another hardworking individual to help better our community. Community Team Update Log - April Story Staff This month the Story Staff sees two new managers. ScreamingDingo has been promoted to event manager and MamaBearJade has been promoted to general manager. As the team continues to get set up and into their roles, there is a lot of projects they have in the works. One of them announced this month is the Lore Games mentioned above so don’t forget to give that a good read. And lastly, Flambo is /still/ doing vaults. Someone pray for this man. If you haven’t already, check out the Your View up on Magics and Combat and leave your feedback! Trendy Feedback Our crack team of gobos compiles, analyses, and critiques our feedback forums for the top-echelon of community suggestions. We’ve picked out some of the most unique, noteworthy, and civil articles from this month. On Rules and Community After the aftermath of Adria being burnt down earlier on in April, there were a few posts made by the community with concerns about the rules regarding PROs and ROs. This post in particular goes over the events the occurred and discusses where we collectively as a community can improve and learn but also where staff should work to improve the rules. Written by: @Vindicant On /evict This post brings up the topic of the /evict command that was introduced during this month (April) highlighting some of the issues that the use of the command can cause. Due to this post it allowed us to reevaluate the command and the rules around its use to better suit the communities needs. See rule 4.5 for clarification on how the command is used! Written by: @TheElvenMage The Player Province Community Spotlight Bright, committed, and talented people fill our community. With the community spotlight, we highlight one individual that stands out this month. This player engages the laid-back attitude, charitable spirit, and proactive nature hailed in our community guidelines. For this reason, we congratulate them for their hard-earned achievements! Slic3man This month we put the spotlight on an old time member of the community, Slice3man. Being apart of the community for such a long time gives you a wider perspective on many aspects regarding the community. In addition, we chose him for this months newsletter because we have noticed how he has been giving new members of the community a helping hand in and outside of roleplay. Interview Hello Slic3man, the Administration overhears much about your attitude and accomplishments. We would like to highlight you in this month’s community spotlight! What aspects of Human roleplay do you think are the most appealing or enjoyable? Slic3man: I've found one of the best aspects of Human roleplay is that there's a consistent influx of newer players. With that in mind, it's awesome to see them develop into their own niche and find something they enjoy the most, even if they move onto different venues. It's refreshing to see new outlooks and variety in the roleplay, along with the assistance older and newer players alike are willing to lend toward people who're just arriving. What would you recommend to a new player who is struggling to find a purpose for their character? Slic3man: My best recommendation would be something from my experience when I first started, get involved in multiple spheres, learn what catches your attention the most. There's a group for just about everything on LotC, and sometimes purpose comes from experience in an environment that you feel you'll enjoy the most. Having a variety provides some guidance, just be sure to lend a decent amount of time to each so you get a good taste of what that atmosphere can provide. What is one of your favorite memories on this server? It's hard to narrow a single memory down with how many people I've had the opportunity to interact with since 2011. Many of them have had substantially positive impacts on my life, whether it's how I go about treating others or just the simple hand helping me hone my writing ability. If I were to choose one, it'd likely be when I first joined the server. Initially I played an Orc in Aegis, and I was excited beyond belief to get involved with the server. Stepping into Krugmar for the first time and beginning my interaction with the players there made me feel welcome, and would keep me down that path for what has evidently been quite some time. Shoutout to Bog, Blawharag, craotor, Mogroka, Swgrclan and a few others I had the chance to learn the ropes from back in Aegis; it was great fun and I hope to do the same for many of the newcomers joining up with the server for the first time. Outstanding Volunteer Award We present this accolade to an exceptional staff member. We are honored and humbled that they choose our team and our server. And this month the award goes to... MamaBearJade This months award goes to a very well deserving member of staff, @MamaBearJade. Jade is a Manager for both the Community and Story Staff Teams. She performs exceptionally on both teams and continuously goes above and beyond in the work she puts forth. She is extremely innovative in her ideas and tends to be the one to always put herself out there and volunteer to take up large projects. She has been an amazing member of staff and deserves the recognition by far. We believe her to be a very good role model and we are grateful for the time and effort she puts into the community! Top VIP The truth is that without the funds to cover our monthly costs we cannot support this wonderful experience. I think I speak for all of us when I say, thank you to our wonderful contributors. To the greatest VIP contributor this month we bid our humble gratitude and a spotlight in our newsletter. MintyKnight @Mintyknight is our Top VIP of the month of April! Your contribution to the server is what helps keep our services up and running for everyone to enjoy. We thank you so much! Roleplay Spotlight When we think roleplay often we look to our fantastic Minecraft experience. Nonetheless! We are proud of you, our authors, who produce innumerable works—none the lesser, many are amusing, stimulating, and impactful. We’ve chosen one among the many creative posts this month. Rejoice, Silver Blooded This article’s purpose serves as a more coherent guide to the culture and beliefs of the High elves of Haelun’or. Within the well descriptive piece of writing, we learn also the reasonings behind the high elven forms of purity. Written by @Aythyinae The Day Alderyn Burned Tensions have recently been arrising throughout our once harmonious lands of Arcas, elven divisions rivaling one another. The infamous former rulers of Gladewynn, the family of Ithelanens’ decide to bring their former elven Kingdom of Alderyn to flames. Purging the unused lands, in order to cleanse the soils. Written by @ChaseusBelli A Selective Summary of Dwarvern History This post describes the detailed culture and aspects of dwarven history, it is both coherent and informative. It mentions the creator Urguan, the clan of Silverbeard and how the current thriving populace came to be. A good read to look into if you are still a little unsure of dwarven heritage, culture and faith. Written by @Kardel The Defence of San’Strohk Conflict across Arcas continues, this well written post highlights the occurrences between the Uruk of Krugman and the humans of the caliphate. Where both opposition and defence, fought valiantly. The Uruk of Krugmar reigning victorious within the defence of their homeland. Written by @TheNanMan2000 Conclusion This month there was quite a bit of creative roleplay posts to choose from and a good amount of feedback from the community which is always nice. We always encourage those to reach out and get creative with your roleplay, writing, art, or whatever it is you love to do. I have been thinking about adding a Art Spotlight section to the newsletters to feature all of those talented artists that we have on the server. If you would like to see something like that let me know in the comments. I would also like to give a huge thank you to @Torky and @Lukariatiasfor helping me with this month's newsletter last minute due to me getting rather busy with final season. Good luck to all those who are in their last month of school or are going through their finals right now. I hope you are all ready for a fun and exciting summer. See ya next month and I will be on time (hopefully)! Have fun, take care, and thank you all, LotC Administration
  14. COMMUNITY TEAM MONTHLY UPDATE LOG- APRIL 2019 Introduction Hello Again Everyone! You know what time it is- we are back for yet again another monthly update! April has been a busy month, loaded with lots of new project work from the team. Overall, we’ve focused heavily on getting new content and events out to the community, and from what we’ve done so far, it’s been pretty successful. From application reworks to easter egg hunts- we’ve had a busy busy month. In this update I’ll go into some of this months app statistics, our team stats, as well as some info about ct projects that have been going on. This will be the last month @Ivoryyy_ will be doing the community team update alongside myself. She has stepped down from the team due to irl reasonings. I would like to thank her for all of the amazing work she has done from the team. She was always optimistic, supportive, and hardworking from the beginning when the team was first thought up and into the current state that it is. We will miss her and we hope to have her back some time in the future! With that being said, her position will now be filled by @MamaBearJade. Jade has been another extremely hardworking member of the team and consistently goes above and beyond. We congratulate her and wish her the best of luck! If you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what the community team is, you can read more info about the Community Team’s policies [Here] Community Team Roster Monthly Application Data Hello, Ivory here! This month we saw 442 new applications to LOTC. 436 New Player apps, and 6 alternate accounts. This is a slight decrease from last month (10 apps), though still a huge increase from the earlier months of this year. From here onward, we can expect to see a steady, if not increasing amount- with summer getting closer. Our overall acceptance rate was 71.5%, including both pending-accepted and accepted. This is slightly lower than last month (by about 4%), but can be expected with such a stark increase in the amount of apps handled. 62.9% of accepted players were from an American timezone (About a 5% decrease from last month) 23.8% were European (5.1% increase from last month) And finally, 3.3% were Oceanic, an increase of about 1% Now, onto some finer details about our applications this month As per usual, the largest applied race was humans, topping over 56% of all apps (An increase of around 8% from last month). Elves followed behind with 32.2% (Decrease by about 4%). Dwarves came next with 6.9% (Decrease of around 2.5%) 1.8% orcs (Increase of 0.2%) and 0.9% Halflings (A decrease of about 3%) Monthly Team Data This month has been almost entirely focused on project & application work. We haven’t taken on any new members until the tail end for next month, and have instead been working to further expand on our training procedures with our trainers - Jenny, Torky, Zach & Jade. We’ve also now split into some core focus groups into the future, and this will hopefully aid in completing our projects much faster going forward. Aquaquean is absolutely amazingly insane and has taken on a massive brunt of the applications and took on the alt application guide project, and well and truly deserves some thanks for that. Please keep in mind that some members may have not made quota due to hiatus’, being added to the team later in the month, or are a lovely Community Content Creator and therefore not required to. (Jenny_Bobbs, Bluee, z3mos, TheIchorDruid & Reko) I’d also like to welcome our newest team members- @LotsOfMuffins, @puffyduck & @Lirinya ! This Month we have a Quota Queen! I’d like to congratulate @Aquaquean for making Queen of Quota for April! Followed somewhat closely behind by Soul, Chaos & Marb Aqua here has been a huge help to the team for the last few months- she’s really taken on the load of applications whilst we focused in on projects, training & interviews! Member Alterations ^ Mamabearjade promoted to Community Team Manager^ +Puffables added on as Community Team+ +Laurelin added on as Community Team+ + LotsOfMuffins added on as Community Team + -Ivory stepped down from the Community Team- -Trinn stepped down from the Community Team- - Roseways removed from the Community Team - Projects of April: Application Rework: One of our biggest projects this month was drafting up a new application system and it will continued to be continued into May as we put final touches on the project. The current one displays many issues of being too easy, and so as a team we addressed this and met together to come up with an improved system. It’s a delicate balance to make the apps not too easy, but also not too hard as to deter new players from joining. We put this up to a {Your View} thread, and from what we’ve seen- the responses have overall been fairly positive. This new system aims to have new players flesh out a much more detailed character, and also expands on the knowledge required for Metagaming and Powergaming. The Your View is now closed and we will be looking through feedback. If you wish to see where we are headed with this project click the link below. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181198-whitelist-app-reform-your-view/?tab=comments Tailors Guild: This month we’ve done a lot on the tailor’s guild. Tonnes of behind-the-scenes work has been going on, and we have launched. If you’re interested in helping out by creating skins for new players, please let us know and we can add you. This project also incorporates a newly updated skin archive, with loads of free to use skins for new players to apply with. https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181360-the-tailors-guild/?tab=comments#comment-1701727 Skin Archive: https://sites.google.com/view/skinarchive/home Alt Application Guide: As many have noticed, alt. accounts have been unwhitelisted due to the new forum account integration system. The community team will no longer be accepting Alt Applications over the forums. Aquaquean took the time out of her day to write up a guide to make whitelisting your alt account and integrating your forum account If you wish to have your alt whitelisted, please follow this guide to due so! https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181142-alt-whitelisting-guide/ Easter Egg Hunt!: So this one was a fun little event that I (Ivory) spontaneously decided on doing- and I hope you all enjoyed it! The CT certainly had fun hiding eggs, and I know that I had a blast trying endlessly to find words that rhyme with one another for those damn riddles. Congrats to the winners 🙂 https://www.lordofthecraft.net/forums/topic/181066-arcas-easter-egg-hunt/ What’s Next: For the month of may our goals are to get the Pots and Pandits project completely fleshed out and have the focus group trained to start performing those events. The team also has a focus group that is tasked with planning community events which include things such as the Creative Cafe, Game Night, Holiday Events and more. Look out for that as we plan to kick of some of those events in the upcoming month. Lastly, our content creators will be working out getting the twitter and youtube more active! A goodbye! Okay not going to take very long here but it’s Ivory, and I’ve decided to step down from the Community Team. It’s been almost a year across AT/Manager/Director/ CT Manager - and I’ve absolutely loved working with such a great group of people, and doing a lot of applications. A massive thank you and best of luck to the team in the future, they’re under some amazing directorship/management and have a load of projects that’ll work brilliantly for the community. O7 Special Thank You! MamaBearJade for her continuous hard work keeping everything organized and leading projects! Aquaquean for pulling a lot of weight this month taking many apps and taking initiative in projects! Thank you and see you next month!
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