Happy New Year! In order to get the new year started right, I wanted to let you know where we're at and what to expect of us (and what we have been expecting of ourselves.) We want to give you the opportunity to ask questions, dig down, and really start unearthing some of the 'why' behind all the dakka that's been going on. But first off, who the hell are we? What can *I* do to show you we're not just gonna - say - lead off day one with a Bloodthirster? How do you *know* the people writing the Warzone Campaigns are actually good at what we're doing for everyone? Team Lead - Me, @Katzu_HSM. I write (mainly to fill holes but also LSM), edit, set the Missions up into the Seasonal/Warzone format, refine and track the setting/lore, and help people who want to do those things get started. Once everything is settled and done I'm going to work on updating the Wikia and trying to add more backstory lore into the game itself (see below.) Team Writers - @phantagor (CSM), @KroozaNob (Orks), and @Korlandril (Aeldari). We could REALLY use a dedicated LSM writer, but I can serve. These Living Saints draw up the stories, edit and give feedback on maintaining the 'tone' or 'voice' of the Faction, and in general are the people I turn to when its time to get awesome stories out. Team Contributors - @Rheeva and @Asheru (Aeldari) and @Gashmangla (Orks), with a few others for various little things here and there. They look over what we've written and provide feedback/advice/suggestions on ways to keep us in 'tone' with the Faction. But none of that's why you are here... Warzone Team Progress Report Action Item 1: Clean up backstory, lore, and establish the ACTUAL setting Bible - Progress 95% in Draft. While waiting for BHVR to get back from holiday, we've fleshed out a number of points and are working on nailing the themes and types of missions each Faction (and Sub-Faction) might find interesting or worth doing. We're then directing the writers along the course of tailoring our new Missions along those story beats. A continuing hurdle we face is that Arkhona is OLD - like War in Heaven old - and much of what Ivan and Graham wrote there is contained in internal documents that @Oveur is working to get us. If you've ever dealt with the complexities of trusting a consumer with matters of your company's intellectual property, you can understand this isn't an easy or overnight process. BHVR wants to help, but in a way that protects itself from possible legal action, as GW has a reputation for being EXTREMELY litigious when it comes to protecting its license. Our current plan to to draft our own backstory 'in pencil' until we can see the original vision. Action Item 2: Write Warzone 1 - Progress 44% in Draft, 66% in Edit/Revision, 0% Ready for BHVR/GW sign-off. Our overall goal is to get these in Nathan's hands by the end of the week (January 5). LSM - 6 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Belial is harder to write for than I thought. Also? I hate not being able to use contractions! CSM - 4 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Aeldari - 2 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. I JUST brought Korlandril in today, so we're getting this handled quick. Orks - 4 of 6 written and awaiting Contributor review for theme. Krooza and I really dig the angle he's taking, and I hope you do, too. Action Item 3: Develop Community Submission Pipeline for Storylines - Progress 100%. The submission guidelines are written and waiting for completion and approval of the Setting Bible so we can drop it as a packet for prospective writers. Action Item 4: Find ways to inject Lore into current player experience - Progress Ongoing. I've been snagging screenshots of the continent and factional UI 'boiler plates' and seeing which ones would benefit from more Lore-immersive text instead. This is more a pet project than a true goal of the whole team. Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them as I can.