I stumbled across this announcement regarding Lord of the Rings Online: “LotRO Player Council”. I don’t stalk LotRO sites for news, really I am not sure how I came across it, but I did, and being the curious person that I am, I had a look.
It seems that Turbine is recruiting players to serve as a dedicated focus group and alpha tester base. One would assume that these players would have an impact on the game that is more sizable than an “ordinary” player, and there are people who I imagine would really like that.
They are limiting the size of the council to around 50, and applicants must apply (explaining the use of the word “applicants”) and pass a review. Basically Turbine gets to put whomever they wish on the council. Which I suppose is the only way it could work, if they ended up with a bunch of knee-jerk carbon-copy DOOOOOOOOOOM-sayers they are not going to get very valuable feedback.
There will be an even smaller council (called, cleverly enough, the “Small Council”), that will provide feedback on the overall player council process. Again, fair enough, letting players have a voice in the way that players have a voice seems very appropriate.
interestingly, the “Small Council” will be summoned to Turbine, at Turbine’s expense, annually, to provide feedback in person.
You can read the announcement here. I urge you to do so, it is fairly dense with information, I may have missed important nuances. There is also an entire page of FAQ towards the bottom of the announcement.
I find the whole thing quite interesting. Especially the free trip to Turbine, although one hopes it will not be in the winter. Boston in the winter is not really the ideal location for a reward trip.
But seeing as this site is DDOGamer, not LOTROGamer, two questions are immediately brought to the fore:
- Shouldn’t DDO have a player council too?
- If there was one, would I want to be on it?
To me, the answer to question one is a no-brainer: of course we want a DDO player council! How could this be bad? Actual players providing direct feedback to Turbine, in a format that is designed to provide emphasis on that feedback.
Of course Turbine could ignore or minimize the feedback but then, why would they be doing this? They can ignore and minimize us already, they don’t need a special program to do so.
The idea that five or six players a year could earn a reward trip to Turbine sounds like an excellent way to positively reinforce the types of behavior that add value to the game (as opposed to the DOOOOOOOM-saying behavior that adds little value to anything).
So yes, a DDO Player Council please! Pretty please!
As far as question #2, I am not so sure. I’ve never applied to play on the Mournlands alpha test server, I am not a competent or eager tester. Some of the player council duties sound similar.
I may not even be eligible: “Members of the press or those acting in a journalistic/editorial capacity are not eligible to participate on the council”.
While I do not fool myself into believing that this blog is in anyway related to “the press” or “journalism”, I do act up and editorialize all the time, and that may exclude me.
If the only way to apply for the council was to stop writing DDOGamer I would have to pass. Even at the cost of a possible free trip to Turbine; although that would pain me to the core, it sounds like a terribly fun trip.
You could apply though. 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.
🙂 😀 🙂