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[Community] Kevin's Award 2014 Goes To...
Oct 26, 2014 - 6:53 PM - by Jacob
Serale, Aelyrians!

On this day (October 26th) we commemorate Kevin Ostapenko, the player behind Hannas Darkblade and Katzchar Telvic as well as a long-time contributor to Aelyria. In memory of his contributions, roleplaying excellence, and community advocacy, our community nominates and the Management Team selects one member to receive the Kevin Ostapenko Memorial Scholarship for Roleplaying Excellence, called Kevin's Award for short. The prize, besides the recognition, is a one year Companionship on the site.

As is always the case, the Management Team received many strong candidates for consideration. After reviewing the slate of your nominees and discussing who has, in the previous year, best exemplified the qualities wanted in the winner of this award, we were able to reach a consensus on a member to award it to.

For 2014, the Kevin Ostapenko Memorial Scholarship for Roleplaying Excellence is awarded to Straylor Leonard.
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[Gameplay] Release of Wiki Race & Culture Articles
Oct 12, 2014 - 8:43 AM - by Nimh
Good morning! (Or in some instances good evening or good afternoon!)

The Working Group is happy to be releasing the next phase of our wiki roll-outs: Race and Culture articles! Little has changed here, although some stuff in the race articles has been tightened up or eliminated. Things to note are:

• Some races that don't see a lot of play were sort of shuffled into the ether. (Players who no longer see their race do not fret, you may still continue to play it.)

• Human sub-races will not be featured going forward! Because Aelyria is an ancient place, most humans have interbred at this point and individualized sub-cultures like these should no longer be all that notable. However, cultural differences in humans will be noted in the future GEOGRAPHICAL articles that will detail how humans in different regions different from humans elsewhere. So small details from everyone's favorite human sub-groups WILL show up in places...they just... [Read More]
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[Site] Staff Revamp: Phase One
Oct 06, 2014 - 3:08 AM - by Jacob
Serale, Aelyrians!

This evening we patched the forums in preparation for our upcoming Staff Revamp, a change in how our volunteer staffing organization is set up. This first round of changes involved a fair bit of background fluff which current staffers have been updated on separately, but here are the key points of this Phase One implementation that players should be aware of:
  • Location-specific moderation assignments no longer exist. All moderators are now permitted to moderate across the entirety of the Empire and Game Masters now have full access to open, close, and otherwise moderate threads in the appropriate In Character forums.
  • Matchmaker is now the go-to place for seeking moderation. Game Masters have full open/close/edit access to both this forum and the Personal Offices forum.
These changes are a precursor to a broader revamping of our staff structure. Once we've cleared a couple remaining hurdles in the implementation of these... [Read More]
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[Community] Kevin's Award 2014 Nominations Open!
Oct 01, 2014 - 2:27 PM - by Jacob
In memory of Kevin Ostapenko
October 26, 1965 - August 19, 2005

In memory of Kevin (the player behind Hannas Darkblade and Katzchar Telvic and a long-time contributor to Aelyria), the Game Directorate annually rewards a player of Aelyria with the Kevin Ostapenko Memorial Scholarship for Roleplaying Excellence, or just Kevin's Award. The recipient of this award is given a full year's Companionship.

The award will be presented on Sunday, October 26, 2014. It will be awarded to the person who best exhibits these criteria:

Roleplaying Excellence:
  • Exemplifies literary, creative, and artistic standards by writing excellent narrative prose and role playing with fellow Aelyrians
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[Community] The Aelyrian Chronicle: October '14
Oct 01, 2014 - 2:22 AM - by Indefinite
October Newsletter, 27th Edition

Bit of a smaller one this time, guys! We're aiming for two monthly mini-features and then a wrapup article on the Final Battle at the end of the chronosynch. Here's hoping it works out!

Welcome to patch 2.47 for Aelyria, where even more things in the game have been changed. Massively, even. Here's looking forward to how that'll change things! Remember, if you have concerns, it's totally okay to bring them up. Hotfixes exist, people!

Happy reading!

This Chronicle's Contributors: Indefinite

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