3/3/2020

TO BE, OR NOT TO BE (IN A GROUP)

This is a slightly edited version of something I posted on Discord a couple of weeks ago. I still see these questions pop up regularly, so I figured I should expand on it a little bit and post it in this easy to find place. It’s been brought to my attention from multiple people, that there’s a bit of worry and confusion about the PIONEERS sign up process.

Who will get to be a Pioneer, how will Klang pick them, do I have to be really nice to Sabrina to get in?


What if my group breaks up, what if we have drama? Do I need to be super active in Discord already, do I need to do participate in role playing? Do I have to be REALLY nice to Sabrina to get in?


Let me try to bring some light to these issues. The PIONEERS signup process is still being designed, but it will go something like this:


When we’re ready, we will open a sign up process that will be open to anyone. Applicants will be required to sign up as part of a group, as we need a certain amount of players for each server.


Klang will work with the established group leaders, so nobody can steal your group names. Bigger groups may have to be split up into several subgroups. (For example “Klang Gang A”, “Klang Gang B” and so on)


When you sign up you will then pick the group or subgroup you belong too - this might work with a group password, or an invitation link or email. Details are still being hashed out.


At this point, if you’re not part of an established group, you can still create your own, completely new group that you can invite people into. If you manage to get enough eligible players to sign up, you’re good to go.


You can also request to join an established group. Whether we will support this within the sign up process or not, has not been decided yet, but in any case you can reach out to members of that group and ask for an invite.


You do not need to be a super vocal or active member of our Discord, and you do not need to participate in role playing if that’s not your cup of tea. Some people like it, some people don’t.


Being part of an established group already might be a big advantage when it comes to how you and your group will perform in PIONEERS though. If you already know each other and have some kind of rapport, if you can communicate effectively, you have a much higher chance of surviving whatever PIONEERS throws at you. Remember, it’s gonna be a collaborative experience, where you will have to play with people, rather than against them.


If we already know you, you’re also much more likely to be invited to the earliest tests. You don’t have to be super nice to me, but obviously Klang is gonna pick people who have shown themselves to be good communicators, excited about Seed, as well as generally friendly, to participate in our very first experiments leading up to PIONEERS.


Remember, this is an Alpha, things are bound to go slightly wrong, explode or, worst of all, turn out not to be as much fun as we had hoped. In which case we will have to go back to the drawing board for a bit and then try again a week or so later.


This is why we will begin slowly, with a small amount of people, collect their feedback, make adjustments, try again. We don’t want or need a million people to yell at us at the same time. We can do without yelling all together, truth be told.


After the initial tests with the first players, established groups will get to play first, but the exact order will be decided randomly. We’re not gonna play favorites, I promise. And you know: being the first is nice, but it also means that you might come across the most issues. We’ll try to make it go as smoothly as possible, but you never know. So please don’t freak out about this part too much. You all will get to play, a bit sooner, or a bit later. And those who play a tiny bit later, will probably have a much smoother experience.


We will also not ban groups, unless the name of the group itself, or the idea behind the group, is not up to our standards - which are pretty reasonable if you ask me. They boil down to “don’t be a jerk”. You can read up on them in,

 #welcome-rules

This basically means, if you’re starting a group and name it something obviously in violation of our rules, that’s not gonna fly.


We might ban individual members of groups for breaking our rules repeatedly, but as long as the rest of the group is behaving civilly, this will not have any effect on how we deal with the rest of the group.


This is basically it. The details of this plan are bound to change as we get closer to the date, but I want to keep you in the loop as much as possible while you wait. So please don’t hold it against me if the future will not be 100% as I predicted. I will update you as soon as I have new information, and I’m sure your feedback will also inform how our future processes will work.


I hope this cleared up any confusion for now, please let me know if anything is still unclear, share your feedback on discord or leave a comment.

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