Turbine is accepting applications for the 2016 DDO Players Council. This is the third iteration of the Council , and while I am not eligible to join*, I remain curious about how it works.
* I am technically eligible, of course, but I already spend a great deal of my DDO time doing things other than playing DDO. I and am therefore making myself ineligible. Voluntary ineligibility.
But I digress. This is not about why I am or am not applying. This is why you should.
By fortunate happenstance, one of the 2015 Council members is a also a Halfling Commando, at least on Tuesday nights, giving me the opportunity to sate my curiosity about the whole thing. I should say, “some of my curiosity”, the Players Council members all must commit to a non-disclosure agreement as part of their duties, and Hazelnut, my Halfling Commando/Player Council source, was most assiduous in his non-disclosing.
No questions about the future of the game, or about the topics that the Council has been reviewing. Which is fine, I didn’t want spoilers anyway. I want to understand the process, and questions about the Council process are fair game!
I was able to answer most of my questions. I am including the high points.
Unless otherwise noted, these are actual quotes, I ran them by Hazelnut to ensure I had them correct (correct enough?). If I missed something in spite of this diligence, hopefully Hazelnut himself will read this and provide any needed corrections.
DDOGamer: So what is it like, being on the Player Council?
Hazelnut: It is more like a focus group than anything else. That’s what I expected, I was fine with that.
DDOGamer: Why should someone join?
Hazelnut: It is a good way to get insight into how the game is built
DDOGamer: Do you have any real input?
Hazelnut: They actually listen! They don’t always act on it, but they do listen.
DDOGamer: Did anyone ever come up with an all-new idea and have that accepted and implemented?
I don’t have Hazelnut’s actual words here, but he mentioned that a couple of the items you can trade for Mysterious Remnants were Council ideas. To me, that is still more of a focus group refinement kind of thing – when you are already reviewing a list of items, suggesting an item is not really an all-new idea. But the flow of conversation had moved on and I didn’t get a good chance to follow up.
DDOGamer: How much time does it take?
Hazelnut: You can put in as much time or as little time as you like. They asked for input, on average, about once a month. Maybe more than that?
DDOGamer: Walk us through a typical Council meeting
Hazelnut: There are no council meetings. There are people from all around the world. Getting them all at the same time would be a nightmare.
DDOGamer: So how do you “meet” if you don’t have meetings?
Hazelnut: Most things happen via private forum channel, and there’s an IRC channel. The forums are the official channel though.
So there you have it, from the mouth of a Player Council member to you. I should mention that Hazelnut was very enthusiastic about his participation; he thought his time as a Council Member was enjoyable and also valuable, and very much recommended that anyone with interest apply.
So, do it. Here’s the link again. Apply. Do it today before you forget.
Unless, like me, you are voluntarily ineligible for blog-based reasons.
🙂 😀 🙂