Jesus is it really February already? I'm still nursing my hangover from New Years Eve.....
Alright HI OLYMPUS! I hope you are all doing well! Time for another Owner's Desk Update!
So, here are some of the major points that happened during January:
Community Coordinator Role Created
Community Advisor Role Created
A few server Updates
Passive Perk System Teaser (donation goal)
I am sure there are a lot more things to update, but currently I am writing this on my phone while on the shitter. Let's go into a little bit of detail about those points huh?
1. Community Coordinator Role Created
A few weeks back, some Administrative Staff members asked me about Olympus as a Gaming Community, and how they can help the community grow. You all know that I have had plans for a minor expansion for the community into other games, and I really wanted to push forward with the Olympus League. This expansion must be done the right way : slowly, organized, and the right way. The Coordinators are dedicated to the growth of Olympus, and will actively work to bring not only new players to our Arma servers (with events, the Olympus League, Gang Wars, ect) but start bringing on players from different games, and integrate those games into Olympus. We have tried a few times as a community for a Rust Server or a Minecraft server. Every time this happened, it was with little effort, and done far too quickly for it to take hold. This is not the fault of those who spent time working on the expansion, but they were far to busy with being Administration to dedicate the time necessary in making it really work. The Coordinators are making a concentrated effort to make sure this is done the right way the first time.
2. Community Advisor Role Created
This is pretty straight-forward. The Advisors work under the Coordinators, and assist them in creating the teams necessary to grow Olympus. They will help run events not only on our Arma Servers, but for other games as well (CSGO, LoL, ect). This role, along with the Coordinator role, will be expanded upon as time goes on.
3. I Farted
It was dry, about 3 seconds long, and sounded like @DeadPooL when he laughs to hard.
4. Passive Perk System
So, the Passive Perk System. What is it? How does it work? Why do we need it? Are you really the size of a mammoth? Don't worry everyone, I will detail everything for you guys here.
This started with a conversation between @Fusah and I about the title system. I'm not sure what brought it up, but Fusah made a comment that a progression system would be a pretty neat feature in Arma. About 20 minutes later, the basis for the Passive Perk System was born. It will work with our current title system, and a post will be made with the full list of perks that you can unlock after the goal is met.
For example :
Currently there are 5 titles for time spent on the server :
A Whole New World - 1500 minutes on Civilian
Invested - 6000 minutes on Civilian
Dedicated - 15,000 minutes on Civilian
Committed - 30,000 minutes on Civilian
Addicted - 60,000 minutes on Civilian
Now, with the Passive Perk System, each title will unlock a Perk, which is a permanent buff to your player.
A Whole New World - 1500 minutes on Civilian / 1% discount on all general store purchases
Invested - 6000 minutes on Civilian / 2% discount on all general store purchases
Dedicated - 15,000 minutes on Civilian / 3% discount on all general store purchases
Committed - 30,000 minutes on Civilian / 4% discount on all general store purchases
Addicted - 60,000 minutes on Civilian / 5% discount on all general store purchases
See how that works? Now, once you have unlocked the title, the perk will automatically apply to your player id. You do not need to wear the title to take full advantage of the perk. As a Staff, we worked closely with the Civilian Council, sAPD, and sR&R to come up with perks that would be appropriate for each title.
Yes you heard that right, each faction has its own perk system.
Alright guys and gals, that is it for this post. Just know that you are all beautiful, and each one of you are what makes Olympus AMAZING.
Feel free to comment below, and look for another post next month!
HAPPY 2019!!!!!!!!!! I got a bit of updating to do for you all, I wanted to share my thoughts on some of the things that have come up this last month, and give you a direction as to where Olympus is going!
1. Civilian Council
Ho le fuk. This has worked out incredibly. Shout out to @Doc and @DeadPooL for taking my idea of a restructure and completely exceeding expectations. You guys are incredible. The Council has already provided 3 updates worth of content and changes in just 1 meeting, and I am really happy that we are getting multiple viewpoints on different facets of the community. The inherent problem with the Civilian Representatives system in the past was that as a Staff, we were only ever getting 2 people's input on the direction of Civilians. Most of the time, it was one person giving his ideas, and that was it. At the first meeting, we had 5 different Senior Civilian Council members debating back and forth about what changes they wanted to see. This was incredible for me to witness as the Owner, and its making Staff's lives a bit easier as well now that we know we have a good representative of you nerds.
Updates have been banging lately. Huge thanks to our Development and Design Team, as they are cranking out great content for all of us to enjoy. Congrats to @Fusah on Lead Developer, and also a congrats to @TheCmdrRex, @Pledge, @Christmas Dash, @DeadPooL and @Shades on joining the Development/Design team. You guys are awesome!
3. Staff Changes
A primary goal of mine was to work on Customer Service and establish expectations of Staff members for Olympus. For the last 2 weeks, Senior Staff have been working on re-establishing rule knowledge, procedures, and quality of work from our Administrative team. You have to remember, these guys are contributing their time for free, volunteering their efforts in order to make Olympus a great community to be a part of. A BIG thanks to all Staff for their patience during this time, and I love you all. I truly believe that in the entire time I have been a part of Olympus, we have never had more dedicated members on the team. Most of them live, breathe, and sleep this community, and we are all lucky to have them. Except @Kyle Lake. Fuck that guy.
As always the video game landscape is changing, and as a Community I want Olympus to be at the forefront of these changes. Its insane to think that we have such a strong player base in a game that is going on 5 years old, and the fact that we are still growing is UNREAL. I love you all for being here, and lets keep this going!!!!
Hey Guys and Gals!
So the first month of new ownership is in the books! Let me just tell you, there has been A TON to learn. Some of the things that I am proud to say we accomplished as a community are as follows :
Increased response time to hackers
More tools designed to help us mitigate server issues
Revamped tracking on Staff members and their duties
2 MAJOR UPDATES (POGGERS)
The addition of 4 new staff members to our development team
New Web Developer
Increased responsibilities across the board
New Life Control is in the test environment - this will be huge for all staff!
Sick textures have come out, and even better ones are in the works
Map updates have been great, new processors are actually nice!
APD Wins Again
R and R
New Skins coming out!
Coordinators smell bad
Civilian Representative Council work has been started - watch the forums for an update
Support Team Success - these guys have been crushing it and revamping the team and its tracking. Shout out to the boys!
As with everything, when there is a change there is the possibility of something going wrong. Our first month was no different, as we had our first major problem under my tenure. Fortunately, the issue was resolved by some current and former dedicated Olympians. My heartfelt thanks to all of those who spent time with me on the phone while i was driving across the country fixing the issue. They took time out of their normal day to make sure Olympus was back up and running. If you see @Kurt @Retired Developer and @Ignis, give em a kiss on the mouth.
Not too shabby of a first month, and we have only just started. My continued focus in the coming months will be on server stability, performance, and Staff training. I want to make sure that EVERY Olympian, from the "OG" to the newfags will have a great time on our servers.
Oh, did someone say Gang Wars?
Alright guys, that is a wrap! See you next month!
So I want to make this a monthly thing, where the community can pick the brain of the owner, and ask reasonable questions. I want to be as transparent as possible with you guys, since at the end of the day this is your community. Many people have asked what my plans are for the community, so I wanted to take a moment to detail my priorities.
Some of the things that I want to take a look at are as follows :
Revamping the Civilian Representative role (2 reps at a staff meeting is fine, but possible a Civilian Counsel, like more members to have meaningful discussions about server balances)
Adding more perks to donations (more things that are not necessarily just for the civilian role. Perks for you Windows Key Warriors and APD Lifers )
Server performance and stability
Staff training and benefit restructure
Balance. Balance. Balance.
Revamping our rule set, and make it easier for newer players to understand
Also reducing the amount of changes that are made to the rules based on a small window of situations
Basically, fuck big long rules, I want this to be a common sense type thing
Working on the Olympus League - a competition setting for more games outside of Arma 3
More consistent Large-Scale events like Gang Wars (Event Team anyone?)
Many of you might have great ideas for the server and the community, but your opinions might be swallowed up by others in the community because of their rank. I don't care if you are a LT in the APD, or someone who isn't white-listed for a role. If you have a good idea, I think you should be heard. I want to focus on ways to give the "little guy" a chance to have their voice heard.
I know Ownership transitions can be scary, and many of you are worried about the future of Olympus. I want to alleviate your worries : I have been a part of Olympus since October of 2014, I won't let anything happen to our community.
I am a player first, owner second. I want this to succeed just as much as you do, and I will do whatever it takes to make Olympus the best Gaming Community out there. I love all you idiots, and want this to be an adventure for all of us.