Hopefully the DDO council will be as wise, and less doomed
Here are the things we know for sure:
- Turbine is announcing the formation of a DDO Players Council
- The players in the council should be announced by January 27
- Any active player can apply to be in the council
We can spend a lot of time speculating about the council, which is why the announcement thread is now up to twelve pages, but there is no need. Cordovan has been doing the best he can to get the word out and answer all questions, to the tune of 14 posts in the announcement thread, more activity than I have ever seen him apply to any one topic.
It seems to me that he is telling us everything we need to know, in detail:
- Post 1: The announcement
- Post 2: Details
- Post 3: FAQs and Non-Disclosure (NDA)
- Post 4: Link to the application email (which is found here)
- Post 5: Confirmation that Turbine wants a diverse group of players, not just “kiss-ass yes-men”
- Post 6: Transparency is a goal. Councilmember names will be published. There will be periodic updates
- Post 7: To nominate someone you have to use the email address, writing it in the announcement thread does not count
- Post 8: You are supposed to include feedback on a sample development question, but people are forgetting that in their applications. The feedback request is included because they want the feedback on this one issue, but also to see how applicants fare with feedback
- Post 9: The council is not a “government-like representative body”. They are feedback providers
- Post 10: Details on player council terms and re-election, forum feedback, and the fact that there aren’t any actual perks that aren’t already available to VIP players. Also, this will be different from Mournlands in that the council will see things earlier, often well before it is coded enough to preview
- Post 11: More on the typical duties of a council member (primarily, provide feedback)
- Post 12: There will be 10-30 members, and more than 100 people applied within six hours of the announcement. Forum membership is not a requirement.
- Post 13: Transparency will be important, but has to be balanced by the fact that everything in front of the council is covered by the NDA. No one knows yet how much time it will take, or how they will schedule meetings across a broad range of time zones. And they want hard core players too
- Post 14: The council will talk with lots of developers. Also, if you want, please apply even if you have infractions. Some types of infractions will be disqualifying but not all and they are considered on a case-by-case basis
That all seems pretty straightforward to me, and comprehensive too. Not that this stops people form making up all kinds of tinfoil-hat silliness, but if you want that, you’re going to have to page through the thread yourself. I’ve done it once already, that was more than enough.
By the way, this is not any sort of surprise, LotRO has had a player council for most of a year. The two councils are not identical, in that (at least some of) the LotRO council gets a paid trip to visit Turbine, while the DDO council gets … <crickets>
But still, one does not undertake a position like this to earn perks, right? One does it to have an impact on the game that one loves. Although a perk or two would be nice.
But back to the LotRO council for a moment: has it worked? I can’t tell really, their forums are full of the same kind of complaining vitriol that ours has, a selection of people hate the idea as much now as they did when it was first announced. Not everything said by this selection of people is invalid, though some of it is the same kind of conspiracy-theory illogic that applies to so much of our forums. But to be fair, there isn’t an easy way to gauge council effectiveness. The only things I was able to learn for certain:
- People are super-bitter about the secrecy of the council. Lack of transparency is hurting the majority opinion
- Turbine thinks it was successful enough to have it again in 2014. And to expand the concept to DDO
So we have that. Turbine at least believes the DDO council is worthwhile, and since they have experience with the concept, I am going to take their word for it. Of course they don’t think it is worthwhile enough to invest in a trip to Turbine but hey, who am I to be bitter over something like that.
Grumble grumble stupid LotRO gets all the good stuffs. Oops! Did I type that out loud? Sorry.
I have often come out in favor of a Player Ombudsman. This is not the same thing, not at all, an Ombudsman would be a paid position that is employed by Turbine but works for the players. An Ombudsman would be involved in resolving disputes as well as trying to head off disputes in the first place by representing player interests in design and game strategy.
There are intersecting interests between the council and my idea of an Ombudsman, but that is all, they are not the same, and I still think Turbine would be well-served to follow ESPN’s example of how a large company that is dependent on fan interaction can benefit from said position.
But I digress. This is not about my ideas for turning DDO into an MMO utopia, this is about the player council, and I am in favor of anything that will get more players in front of more developers, more often.
Two big thumbs up, Turbine, and godspeed to everyone who ends up on the council.
May your groups focus
And your feedback positive
Council those players!
I want to call out and thank those who have suggested that I apply or would be a good choice: ComicRelief, SebastionOSmith, Empress Mizaroo, @grimorde, your faith in me is as unexpected as it is appreciated. Thank you.
But I have a lot of DDO in my life already, a lot, and I am concerned that the council NDA would prevent me from sharing anything useful here on DDOGamer. Adding another time-consuming avocation that I can’t even write about seems ill-conceived. I haven’t made up my mind for certain but I am leaning towards passing on the council this time around.
On the other hand, as was mentioned when the LotRO council was announced:
And if you have the (questionable?) good taste and (sketchy?) judgement to be reading this, I already know you would be an excellent representative of our DDO-playing populace.
So please, when you get the chance to apply – assuming we do get that chance – please apply! And when you are appointed, council the hell out of them. Council them like crazy!
Because if you don’t the DOOOOOOOM-sayers will. And no one wants that.
Now you have your chance. Now you can apply. Do it! And don’t forget item 16!
We need you.
🙂 😀 🙂