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Hello Joyers! We've been working behind the scenes to alter a few of our mechanics and expand others. Please see below for changes that are coming to the game!

Hiatus Rules
We have added some specifications to our Hiatus page, addressing a few limitations on when hiatuses may be taken and the relationship between hiatuses and strikes. For all hiatuses filed previous to this announcement, they will be grandfathered in and exempt from these rules.

AC Bank Expansion
We have added some new options to our AC bank! Now available, among other things, are custom safehouses, verse-specific technology, and covert means. If you see something on this list which your character currently possesses, do not worry! Resources will be grandfathered to any players who have already utilized them.

We have also elaborated on each option, in the hopes of helping players to navigate their options more easily.

AC Points
Beginning with April's activity check, we will be implementing a slightly different bonus point system. While previously we have granted five (5) bonus points for each thread starter, we will be adjusting this incentive to apply only to OTA prompts and starters between new CR. Additionally, we will be implementing a bonus cap - a maximum of fifteen (15) points may be gained this way per month.

Chapter Summaries
Beginning with March's activity check, we will be adding some specifications to the Chapter Summary option we began in February. While we feel like this system was an overall success, we hope that refining it will enable us to integrate character actions even more deeply into the overall plot.

Moving forward, the requirements to gain the ten (10) bonus points will be: a description of at least one hundred (100) words, and two (2) links embedded in the summary. These links may be to any thread of the player's choosing, but we do prefer to see plot-relevant threads if possible.

+1 mod to the team!
In an effort to mitigate the RL-induced slowness with mod duties and response -- and because this player has been continuously helpful -- we've added a new mod to the team! Everyone please welcome Christy, our Handsome Jack mun into the fray!

We've provided a comment below for questions/comments/concerns/feedback. Please feel free to hit us with your best shot. As always, we welcome PMs as well, if you would prefer a private discussion.
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Good evening Joyers!

This is just a quick note to let everyone know that March will require half AC for the month. After taking note of the game's over all activity and discussing our options, we’ve cut down the AC requirement to 10 points for established characters and 5 points for new characters for this month. You are, of course, welcome to turn in as much bonus AC as you like when it comes up!

(Additionally, we'd like to remind everyone that level 5 warrants are still up for grabs via the monthly warrant page and apologize to those who have been waiting for a warrant request! Notifs were either lost or not received so we'll get to filling those posthaste! We apologize for any inconvenience!)

Overjoyed Mods
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Now that the Hyperion missions and teams are starting to come together, we wanted to provide you with more details about the Peace Summit on Westerley.

Peace Summit

Anyone without a criminal record can be a delegate, diplomat, or representative, depending on their level of technical skill. Players may decide what "rank" their character would fall into for this.
Where & What
Held at the Spring Hill Compound, located just outside of Old Town, the convocation for peace offers only the most basic amenities. Water and tasteless chips have been set out for the delegates. Lunch and dinner are served at noon and six-thirty, sandwiches and other common fair provided to all guests. As a saving grace, there is a full bar available, though it is only open during the evening hours, after all formal negotiations have ended.

The facility is host to an array of plant life, the many garden walks within the compound actually pleasant to traverse. Hedges, rather than walls, separate conversations - making secrecy all the more difficult. A main room, carpet matting but recently cleaned, hosts a round table for more formal discussions - each delegate will have a seat assigned to them with a paper name placard. Artificial lighting is embedded into the high ceilings everywhere but the garden walks, where the biodome shines refined outside light into the courtyards.

A joint effort between Westerley officials and Leithian delegates, the summit's purpose is to find a potential replacement for the Accords and avert the threat of civil war. While many of the attendees will be of political importance, just as many of them will be citizens chosen for their outstanding services to the community and willingness to join.

In other words, much of the Good Will Corps will be granted diplomatic visas for the duration of the stay and will be invited to partake in the Summit and offer their insight.

During the event, delegates will discuss the allocation of resources (donated and available) between the two moons, offering suggestions--and perhaps criticisms--on the infrastructure of one another, and most chiefly, aiming to reach an agreement on the land reassignment on Leith.

Hyperion's team will be aiming for a stalemate between all parties. Whether your participating characters will let that happen easily, if at all, is ultimately up to player plotting!

During the summit, all officially recognized delegates will be put up in Company provided quarters but all security for the event will be handled by a neutral third party (Killjoys) or by privately hired guards.

Security will remain with their appointed charges throughout the duration of the event unless other arrangements are made.

If a delegate does not, for whatever reason, wish to stay in Company provided accommodations, they've been provided with a small stipend to find their own location. However, all individuals who decline to stay within Company walls will be putting themselves at an increased risk of attacks by the local population. (Or so the Company says.)

RAC Evaluations

In an effort to not flood our evaluating killjoys with too many threads, we've assigned each killjoy one instructor to carry out both evaluations. If players would like to have two different evaluators, they are welcome to plot among themselves to that end.

As a reminder, the evaluation period is between W6D1-W6D5. The evaluator must conduct the following assessments: combat proficiency and tactical planning, each with a mental fortitude component. The character being evaluated should "take lead" on a warrant which is on the level they're applying for (so a current level 2 will take lead on a level 3 warrant, et cetera.) Players are welcome to make up their own warrants for this, but you are also free to use the monthly warrant page to request a warrant provided you do not have two currently active mod-issued warrants.

Evaluatee Name Killjoy Rank Evaluation Rank Evaluator
Lavi "Bookman Jr." 3 4 Jason Todd
Saber 2 3 "Bucky" Barnes
Damian Wayne 2 3 Hanna King
Giorno Giovanna 1 2 Qrow Branwen
Marian Hawke 3 4 Peter Burke
Midori Nagamasa 3 4 "Bucky" Barnes
Neal Caffrey 3 4 Kanda Yu
Keith 1 2 Kanda Yu

Please feel free to use this post to plot out any peace summit, bodyguard/security, and evaluation warrant things!
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Questions & Mod Contact
As a point of clarification, all questions should be directed to the FAQ, the relevant game plotting post, or a PM sent to the mod account. Going forward, we will direct all questions asked on plurk to these locations, as it will help us to ensure that everything gets a timely and thorough reply.

Game Cap
As a result of player feedback and mod discussion, we’ve decided to set the game cap at 60 Players; 2 slots each. Should we find that this cap is either easier or harder to maintain than anticipated, we will open the discussion again as needed.

Cast Cap
We will be setting cast caps at a total of six characters per casts.

Job/Faction Cap
While we recognize player concerns regarding instituting a way to ensure factions are balanced, we believe that at this time doing so would pose more limits than it would enable expanded involvement/CR. For now, we will monitor the issue, and if it seems to be a lasting or growing problem, we will open up a more focused discussion on what, if anything, should be done.

Second Slot: Price Adjustment
A second character slot has been added to the AC Bank and will cost 80 HP, or 2x the standard AC price for two months. All players who currently have both slots filled will be grandfathered in and will not be required to pay this price as their application occurred prior to the new rule.

Note: Like AC, the 80 points must be accrued through game play. I.e., you cannot use your 100 HP starting bonus towards it. Since we keep a log of all purchases, this will be on us to maintain, but assuming that you spent none of your points prior to purchasing the second slot, you would need a balance of 180 HP to be eligible for the second slot.

App Rounds
Because of our impending cap, we will be conducting app rounds differently in the future. After we hit capacity (or as we near it, if it should fall like that), app rounds will not be held unless there are at least four slots available. We will not be using a queue system and will announce when the round opens a week in advance.

While we will not be changing the dates of the app window (3rd - 10th), we will be delaying our chapter release dates by one so that the last app is accepted the night prior to information going live. Processing applications and releasing material for the new game month is proving nigh unsustainable for us to do in the same day. We apologize for the inconvenience.

(As such, we will no longer accept revisions past the app round window.)

Chapter 3 Release Date
Chapter 3 release date will be moved from the 10th to the 11th this month.. Since the current game month is plotted out to the 10th, this should not cause any gap in storyline as experienced between Chapter 1 and 2. This change will continue to apply to all chapters hereafter.

Network Changes
Beginning next chapter, we’ll be transitioning to a traditional DWRP network structure -- personal digital devices/comms will be handed out in storyline as “community outreach” and will all access the same network and main discussion forums. A formal write up on the technology will be added to the appropriate pages. You are welcome to handwave your character already having one or have them acquire it in storyline. Let the glitter-text broadcasting begin.
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Hello, Joyers!

As we approach our next reserve and app cycle, we find ourselves needing to discuss something we never thought would come up in the first place: a cap, be it player or character. How awesome is it that an AU-type game is even having this discussion? Thank you so much for taking this game further than we ever anticipated.

But with that being said, we're adamant about maintaining our level of quality and expedient responses to you and worry that we won't be able to do so if the game expands too much by way of players. We're also concerned about inclusivity and manageability, respectively.

Many of you were kind enough to lend us your thoughts on plurk, which can be viewed here (it's public, so anyone should be able to see it).

For reference, we're sitting around 37 players and 43 characters at present. Thus, we are considering the following options:

50 players with a total of 150 characters (3 character cap per player).
60 players with a total of 120 characters (2 character cap per player).
65 players with a total of 130 characters (2 character cap per player).

Your feedback and thoughts on this matter would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to post them here or on plurk, we will be managing and going over both as we decide which option is best suited for the game and the mods respectively. We have temporarily enabled non-member commenting here so prospective players are also encouraged to comment.

Additionally, our decision will be made prior to reserves opening (a little bit under a week here) so that no one feels blindsided by it or is caught off-guard by the changes.

Of course, if we should find that our work is less or more than anticipated, we can always change the cap again to reflect this--by no means is a decision set in stone, everything we do is experimental in nature.

Thank you for your time!
- Mods.
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Greetings, Joyers!

We hope you’re all well! We’ve been having so much fun plotting, writing, and chatting with you all. Since our soft and official opening, we’ve decided to implement some changes, and others we’d like to open up to community feedback on your feelings before rolling them out.

Note that most of these changes will not be implemented until the start of the second month, but because of the need to have materials prepared ahead of time, the discussion will close on December 27th, and a decision made soon thereafter.

Almost all of these changes are related to scheduling, our favorite thing! .. No? Just me? Okay.
Changes within! )
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Hello players! It appears that our plotting has slowed, and people have generally come to a consensus. Therefor, in order to kick things off promptly, we're implementing a poll to decide the fate of the heir. Please vote with you OOC preference.

Update: As of December 17th, the poll is now closed, the fate of the heir and subsequently success of the black warrant has been ruled in favor of success.

Additionally, please comment here with any plans regarding the black warrant. We're pretty sure that things will be going the way of this player plotting comment, but we want to make sure we didn't miss anything. If your angle has already been stated, feel free to just +1, and if you have no involvement, feel free to abstain from commenting.

Killjoys, remember to sign up here if you'd like to have your team entered into the RNG to successfully complete the warrant should our poll result in the heir living. If only one team signs up, they will be the one to secure the heir.
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To kick off the OOC intros and help facilitate a bit of fun in the Royale, let’s start with a little friending meme. Participation and information provided is completely optional so don’t hold back - just jump right in!

(Just remember, your mods can be bribed with cat gifs)

Player Name:
Preferred form of contact: [ profile] overjoyedmods | Aim | Discord etc
Usual time available/online: Mornings, evenings, some of the time in between
Tagging speed: (hourly, twice a day, daily, semi-weekly, etc)
Anything else?: (Feel like sharing a bit about yourself, fandoms, pets?)