On July 30th, we held a meeting with our guild member base to propose some changes to some long-held [KM] rules and policies. After a productive conversation, it was unanimously decided to enact the following changes:
Minister characters are no longer limited to being ‘main’ characters.
We have repealed the rule that states that no alt characters can be considered for a minister position. At this point, we feel like it is very common for RPers to have more than one character that they tend to RP. Minister characters will still need to fulfill all of the requirements and story considerations that they have before. Characters who want to be ministers will need to be frequently roleplayed, have a story that connects them to the district they are running for, ideally have an already existing presence of some sort in that district, and have a good idea about the culture and community makeup of the district they wish to represent. To see all the requirements, please click here.
Open Sessions will be held once per month instead of twice per month.
In lieu of a second Open Session per month, we will hold our Closed Session on a fixed date. Though we always love the Open Sessions, we are hoping that by making them slightly less frequent and giving more attention to our Closed Session, we will encourage RPers to meet more often with their individual Ministers when there are things characters need to address. This will also allow [KM] members to have more RP amongst themselves. Until now, Closed Sessions have always been shoehorned into the month and largely last minute. It’s time to give them a proper and set place in our schedule.
Ministers are now allowed to serve as an OOC Manager.
In the past, we have set a very stringent ruleset as to who can qualify to apply for and serve as an OOC Manager. While this was put into place to avoid conflicts of interest, we have found ourselves in a situation where our pool of candidates for possible managers is extremely limited. We have decided to allow ministers to apply for and serve as managers. Though the possibility for conflict of interest is present (as it is for any situation like this), we think it is far more beneficial to give ourselves a wide pool of candidates who have proven their dedication and interest into making [KM] a worthwhile guild. That said, we will be working on putting more checks in place to ensure that if there is a manager who is not performing up to par, our guild membership has recourse to address it.
Monthly event requirements for Ministers have been removed.
Since [KM]’s inception, we have strived to create roleplay for others by requiring every minister to host at least one event in their district every month. Though this has generated interesting roleplay, it has also become a system that allows for events that, though they are well attended, do little for creating lasting roleplay. To address this, we have removed monthly event requirements and instead we will be requiring each Minister to run their own storylines and plot arcs within their districts. This loose frame allows Ministers to take more agency in their roleplay and push forward a culture and vision for the district they are representing. In addition to providing an active story for others to engage in, there are some further benefits:
- People from outside of [KM] can now bring their plot ideas directly to Ministers instead of having to route through Managers.
- Ministers will need to rely more on individuals and guilds that frequent their district to help make their stories successful.
- Ministers have more ability to tailor their story to their IRL schedules, tastes, and preferences. Plot arcs can be overarching and complicated and span the course of several months, or they can be straightforward and shorter, and be run one after another.
- Members of [KM] will be encouraged to work with each other and with community members in brainstorming and supporting their plots.