I know what you’re thinking, you can’t have something be both NEW and IMPROVED - and you’re right, but we’re giving you both new things AND improved things. So we’re right too! >_>

CONTRACTORS AND YOU

So, everyone knows that Dystopia Rising chapters are run like a real adult-owned business. Hey…stop laughing - fiiine. Adult-ish.

In an effort to make sure we don’t lose our remaining marbles and improve our processes and products, we’ve contracted three people to work with us at DR Arkansas.

Caroline Vance will help with Experience Design (Story), check people in on Saturday mornings, and a few other things that are more behind the scenes.

Truate Bearden will help with Community Management (Coord), check people in on late Friday nights, and a few things that are both behind the scenes and not determined yet.

Beth Gleason will help with Visual Design (Setting), check people out early on Sunday, and a few things that are also behind the scenes.

BUT KRISTA WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR M E ?!

Not much - other than you can expect a better product and a more-sane and less-tired Director team. These contractors aren’t gaining the authority to levy Corrective actions beyond what they already have as Marshals (verbal/written warnings) but you might see them performing in places that previously Dave or I did (training other marshals, putting out announcements or working the check-in table).

WE ALL WANT MORE GENRE

So what are we going to do to help us get there? We’re glad you asked!

Firstly, we’re going to purchase a tote for every cabin in Broken Arrow, one for the Tree House and one for the left side of J-house. These will be stored by us, but filled by ya’ll. These will be a place for players to store genre setting items (like those awesome genre curtains you want to block the sun and raiders out) for their living spaces/cabins. We’ll put these in front of each cabin during set-up and pick them up during clean-up; it will be the responsibility of the players to unpack and repack them.

Second, we’re going to award AP, in two different ways, for contributing to the genre of our town. You’ll get a one-time AP award (20) for decorating a place that’s meant for a limited audience (your character and their crew; example: inside of a cabin or tent). You can get a repeating award of 50 AP for decorating a public space (example: turning the right side of J-house into a genre-lounging spot for all players to partake in).

WANT TO STOP WORRYING ABOUT MISSING SOMETHING BECAUSE FACEBOOK ALGORITHMS ARE GARBAGE?

I know my subtitles are usually shorter but I couldn’t figure out a good way to summarize that….ANYWAY - we’re going to continue these monthly updates via blog. If you’d rather get an email with all this info instead of scouring facebook or discord for the link, now that’s an option!

You can find our ‘Subscribe’ button on the bottom of our homepage (www.dystopiarisingAR.com - lookit me enabling you).

WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

We don’t do this because it’s glamorous or a great way to get rich (we’re still waiting on that LARP Billionaire Yacht but we’ve heard the paperwork got delayed somewhere… >_>) - we do it because it’s ridiculously rewarding to tell stories with all of ya’ll.

To that end, we want to make sure we’re telling the stories that most of you are interested the most often. We’re currently polishing a survey and will have it out sometime in early January. Keep an eye out!

If there’s something you want us to know but the survey doesn’t cover it - please use our feedback form: https://www.dystopiarisingar.com/feedback-form/

Also in the interest of letting you be a part of the stories that interest you, we’re going to be releasing our Arc Schedule for the first half of the year (Feb-May) on Dec 24th. Think of it as our holiday gift to ya’ll. <3