++WINTER REVIEW PHASE I : RED DRAGON++
Raff here. As I mentioned elsewhere, Graeme, Matthew and I had our annual Winter meet-up the other weekend. Since then we’ve been carefully implementing some of the changes we agreed on, and today we’re going “official” with the first batch.
These changes all affect the Senate, and primarily are aimed at streamlining and improving some of the game areas around Imperial Titles.
You can read about the rules changes here → https://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/Rules_update_2018 where the Boss explains things clearly and concisely. But I’ll try to summarise because I can’t help myself.
++CONFUSING PEOPLE WITH THE FACTS++
We’ve tweaked a few pages to make apparent where the civil service NPCs go and how they act when they get there.
The gist of this is that civil servants will act whenever they can to correct mistakes made by players IC. For example, if someone erroneously says something won’t have an upkeep during a Senate debate when one of the CS present knows for a fact it will, they will politely correct that mistake.
++SO LONG, CEREMONIAL TITLES++
We used to have a category of title called “ceremonial title” which covered any title we didn’t think merited being a title. After a long hard look at the last five years, we’ve decided to put that category out of its misery.
The existing ceremonial titles are now Imperial titles, and in future any title created by the Senate will be an Imperial title, get its page on the wiki, and be treated with similar levels of respect as Senator or Advisor on orc affairs (OOC by us I mean; you can act how you like).
We did this for a couple of reasons, and it might cause a few hiccups, but for me it came out of a grudging realisation that it’s not really up to me/us to judge what the Senate players think is important and create arbitrary barriers to having something taken seriously.
We’ve edited or created pages for Captain of the Senate Guard, Terunael Lorekeeper, and Dean of the Liberated. We’ve also removed the idea that FIeld Marhsal is a title (because it doesn’t really work as a title). We also restored Guardian of Britta’s Tomb - the title may not be providing any benefits at the moment but the tomb is still there and someone is still responsible for it.
There are still a few creases to iron out. Anyone who held a formerly ceremonial title now holds an Imperial title and we’ll work out who those people are as soon as we can.
++YEAR MEANS YEAR++
The Imperial Senate appoints a few titles itself - the ambassadors for example. This costs a motion from a senator, which is one of the most valuable things in the game. Previously there was an unfortunate situation where someone could be spending their motion to appoint a title that was going to serve for only one season, potentially a handful of hours of uptime.
The change we’ve made is that all titles appointed directly by the Senate, using a motion, last for a year from the point they are appointed. The title is up for re-appointment a year after it was last appointed, and you lose it when its appointed or that event ends whichever comes first.
This won’t make a massive change, but it also allows us to smooth over an unfortunate situation where some people (ambassadors in particular) were losing their title at the start of an event and then there was no ambassador for half that event but there were still people wanting to talk to them. If you follow me.
This does something weird to revocation with regard specifically to these titles because every appointment made by the Imperial Senate is treated as a new term regardless, so if you revoke somone and they are then re-appointed then you are free to revoke them again because legally it’s treated as a new appointment not a re-appointment. That sentence made sense when I started it but now … hopefully you see what I mean.
All other titles still follow the same method as before - year-long national titles appointed by Senators for example are still appointed at a specific event each year regardless of how long the incumbent has been in there.
++RESPECT MAH (POWER OF TREATY)++
This one probably merits a whole entry by itself, and this post is already gargantuan, so stay tuned for a second update.
We’re working on a few more changes, but they are all on the same sort of scale as these ones - tweaks to parts of the game rather than completely rewriting the heavy armour rules. I hope we’ll have the last few bumps and blisters flattened on them all in the next week or so.
I’m just going to have my lunch and then I’ll talk about the changes to ambassadors.
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