Non-Profit 'SERVE' Announced at Bespin Gala
At a fundraising gala and auction at Bespin's Glass Tower last night, Utmian Syndicate Manager Slip announced the formation of SERVE (Serving and Enabling Retired Veterans Everywhere), a new not-for-profit initiative, dedicated to retired veterans, mental health, and community service. In Slip's words, "SERVE is to firstly raise awareness of mental health needs an' provisions.... I see a lot of us here who are retired vets, but who I don't see here are the retired vets that're so stricken with what they've been through that they're hidden on our streets an' in our gutters. That're lost an' homeless an' jobless... I want every vet t'know that they ain't broken... that they're jus' sufferin'... an' that they ain't alone an' we got help an' they should seek it out." Reports indicate that SERVE received 13 million credits in donations, during this first evening of fundraising. The non-profit is to be controlled by a 5-member board, chosen from a variety of organizations and backgrounds.
Corporate Sector Authority Grows in Power and Influence
Visitors to Wroona this past week will have undoubtedly noticed the recent addition of powerful cruisers to the Corporate Sector Authority's fleet. Three Providence-Class Cruisers now safeguard the world from the threat of pirates. These new ships add fuel to longtime rumors that the Authority may be looking to expand its borders. When questioned on this, the Authority's Executive Officer had this to say: "The Corporate Sector Authority has grown well beyond my initial expectations. The re-opening of Bespin's hyperlanes was a huge turning point for us and initial talks with other foreign governments look promising. Many out there are ready to welcome our more business-oriented approach to government." Recent political analyses suggest that, given the current political climate, the Authority could very well back up that claim. More worlds coming under the Corporate Sector Authority banner may only be a matter of time.
Too Close for Missiles, switching to RPC Elections!
It's time to sign up for the RPC! The RolePlay Council (RPC) is a group of elected players appointed to serve as a resource to the playerbase. Among their many tasks, the RPC is here to assist new players and oversee the PK restore system. Here is the tentative schedule. As always, dates are subject to change +/-. Sept 16 - Sept 20: Accepting apps for RPC on the website Sept 21 - Sept 25: Voting is open on the website Sept 26(ish): Winners will be announced
Introducing a new experimental rule around alt hopping
People blatantly alt hopping in crucial situations is a bummer, and player behavior we'd like to start regulating. To that end, we have added new language to help quit that goes into effect immediately You must stay logged out for 3 minutes before switching alts in a time-sensitive situation. This includes clan actions like attacks and investigations, people calling for your alt on commnets, and moments right after your clan alt is permed. We are treating this as an experimental rule addition - in a few weeks, we'll be polling the playerbase and having some OOC discussions to get a sense of how the rule has been impacting your life, the workload it adds to the staff, and what tweaks need to be made. Direct questions to immchat. Thank you!
Note: We just updated the goal for 2018 - it is currently about $950 per year to run LotJ plus the deficit we carried over from the past few years.