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The DDO Players Council - Introduction and Application

We are launching a new effort called the DDO Players Council! Please read this post (and FAQ), and decide whether you’d like to apply. Have fun!

What is the DDO Player Council?

The DDO Player Council is a group of players selected to provide targeted feedback and valuable suggestions to the DDO Team. This will involve participating in surveys, focused discussions, as well as highly structured and targeted developer chats. Often the topics covered will be elements of game design at their earliest stages, well before they are committed to development or appear in our preview programs like Lamannia.

Don’t want to join yourself? Recommend a fellow player you feel will be a positive addition to the council. We may also select players based on their in-game and community behavior, and extend an invitation even if they have not otherwise applied or been nominated. Membership in the council is intended to be yearly, and new members will be added annually.

Requirements for Applicants and Nominees:

• Be 18 years of age or older at the time of their application, nomination, or selection for the council.  Maintain an active play style during the council’s term of service. (“Active” to be determined by Turbine at its sole discretion.)

• Be in good standing, with no significant violations of Turbine’s Terms of Service, End User License Agreement or Community Guidelines. Accounts must remain free of said violations during the period of service.

• Be from any geographic region officially supported by Dungeons & Dragons Online.

• Council business will be conducted primarily in English. Therefore we request applicants have the ability to communicate with the team and each other via written and spoken English.

• Be able to interact with other members of the Council and Turbine employees in a mature, constructive, and mutually respectful manner.

Acceptance and Participation:

Council members must agree to the terms of our NDA, and agree that any information will not be shared out of the program at any point during or after their service. Violation of the NDA will result in immediate removal from the council and exclusion from all future NDA programs, including beta tests. A current list of all council members will be posted to the official forums. Council Members will be identified only by their forum/community name and server name. Real names will not be disclosed to the public without member consent.

Council members serve for the stated calendar year. The 2014 Player Council will serve for all of 2014, etc.

Each Player Council member will be asked, near the end of their term, to nominate fellow council members to a Small Council. This group will be responsible for bringing ideas and suggestions about the performance of the Player Council Program  to Turbine’s attention.

Members of the press or those acting in a journalistic/editorial capacity are not eligible to participate on the council.

Members of the Player Council shall:

• Serve for the calendar year in which they are elected.

• Participate in private chats and other scheduled events with the DDO Team.

• Provide feedback to the DDO Team as requested.

• Comment, from time to time, on aspects or elements of upcoming changes before they have reached an Alpha state, and prior to their testing on the Lamannia preview server.

• Participate, from time to time, in the Lamannia Preview Program (and be subject to the rules of that program as well.)

• Assist the Community Team in identifying suggestions and recommendations from the community that match the goals set for the Council.

• Make suggestions and recommendations in accordance with goals set for the council by the DDO Team.

• Participate in and help design focused feedback surveys for the council and the general community.

• From time to time, be asked to help draft a report on the council’s activities for publication to the entire community.

• Recommend players to participate in the Small Council.

• Be guaranteed access to all Beta tests during their term.

• Be provided a private discussion area for interacting with the DDO Team.

• Receive courtesy invitations to player parties or other similar events that take place during their term. (Travel and other expenses associated with these events are the responsibility of the individual.)

The Small Council Shall:

• Participate in a meeting with the DDO Team and Turbine staff if asked.

• Provide feedback to Turbine and the DDO Team on the performance of the Player Council Program.

• Suggest changes, improvements, or revisions to the Player Council Program.

DDO Player Council Application

If you would like to apply or nominate someone to participate in the DDO Player Council, please submit an email to ddocouncil@turbine.com with the following information:

1. Real Name

2. Email address

3. Country

4. Are you over the age of 18?

5. Primary Character Name

6. Primary Class

7. Primary Server

8. Primary Guild

9. Maximum level achieved

10. Forum Name

11. Do you use any of the following: Twitter, Facebook, Google+. If so, which?

12. What is your primary play style/focus (raiding, reincarnation, PvP, static grouping, etc. Multiple answers is fine.)

13. During your time with DDO, have you been a Free player? Premium player? VIP? What is your current status, and for how long (approximately?)

14. Do you currently own any of the expansion packs? If so, which (Menace of the Underdark and/or Shadowfell Conspiracy?)

15. What topics are you most interested in discussing?

16. Please provide us with feedback as well!

Please  read the following proposal to improve the Adventure Compendium, and give us your feedback and thoughts on the idea . Positive and/or negative comments are fine:

Overview

The current Adventure Compendium UI does not currently address a variety of important quest features. Raids are not listed out separately, and there’s nothing to track the either the new sagas or the new XP ransack. We want to update the Compendium to deal with these issues, without changing the basic concept of the feature (i.e. it’s a bunch of sortable lists of quests.)

Goals:

• Enable you to check your raid timers and raid completions via the Adventure Compendium UI.

• Enable you to check your Saga progress via the Adventure Compendium UI.

• Enable you to check your daily XP bonus or ransack for a particular quest.

• Enable you to find level-appropriate quests that have both Epic and Heroic difficulty.

New Tabs:

Two new tabs would be added to the Adventure Compendium: Raids and Sagas.

The Adventure Tab would change as follows:

• Split the Level column into Epic Level and Heroic Level columns that can be sorted separately. This deals with a long-standing complaint about not always being able to find quests for your level if they have both Heroic and Epic difficulty.

• Add a new XP Bonus/Ransack column. This would be shown as a percentage, ranging from 120% (you’re getting the daily bonus) to 10% (fully ransacked.)

Raids would no longer be displayed on the Adventures Tab, as they would now appear on the Raid tab instead. The Raids Tab is very similar to the Adventures Tab – it has the Search box, the Find Group button, etc. –but has somewhat different columns:

• There’s a new “Completions” column that displays your raid completions out of the 20 needed to get your guaranteed loot.

• There’s a new “Timer” column that displays a countdown timer showing how much time remains before you can play the raid again. There’s a UI option to click and “bypass timer” using shards; the raid bypass timer item from the Store is also still an option.

• There is no XP Bonus/Ransack column (since the raid timer prevents this from being very useful information.)

The Saga Tab is similar in spirit to the Adventures/Wilderness/Raids tabs, but of course is very different under the hood due to the special nature of sagas. The main Sagas Tab displays information on the sagas themselves – that is, on the saga quest chains, and not on the specific quests within the sagas.

The columns in the Sagas Tab display are:

• Saga Name.

• Type. Whether the Saga is made up of Heroic quests or Epic quests.

• Status. Whether this Saga is currently Underway or not.

• Quests Completed. If the Saga is Underway, how many of the Saga’s quests have been completed for this run-through.

• Saga Points. If the Saga is Underway, how many saga points the player has earned so far for this run-through.

• Skips used. Only relevant if the Saga is Underway.

• Skips used as VIP. Only relevant if the Saga is Underway

Sample screen layout for the Sagas Tab:

Search:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saga Name

Type

Status:

Quests Completed:

Saga Points:

Skips:

VIP Skips:

The Blue Saga

Epic

-

-

-

0/1

0/1

The Green Saga

Heroic

Underway

7/12

24

1/1

0/1

The Red Saga

Epic

Underway

3/24

6

0/1

0/1

Double click on a saga to see the quests in that saga

 

 

To see information on the specific quests within a saga, you double-click on the saga’s name on the Sagas Tab. This brings up the Saga Quests Display (ideally in a separate window) which shows the individual component quests in that saga.

Don't forget to read our FAQ and NDA here!

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