MONTHLY REPORTS


The Amtgard V9 Team is committed to keeping the Amtgard community involved and informed about the ongoing research and development of Amtgard V9. On this page you can find monthly information reports about the project that we hope will boost your confidence in the team and your excitement for the project itself. As always, if you have any unanswered questions, check out the FAQ or can contact the V9 Team directly through v9@amtgard.com or by messaging the Amtgard V9 Facebook Page





REPORT #2 (SEPTEMBER 2020) – FOCUS GROUPS AND OVERALL ENGAGEMENT UPDATE 

Hello! Wunjo here! It’s time for our second monthly update post!

This month’s top highlight is the start of the Focus Group programs! After reviewing hundreds of applications, we’ve select two individuals per-topic per-kingdom to join us in the focus group programs for Core Combat Rules, and Weapon Construction. We’ve sent an invitation to the email provided by our chosen participants and many of those players have already found their way to the Amtgard V9 Discord server.

To be completely honest, we weren’t exactly sure what to expect from this initiative. All we knew is that we wanted to give the populace a chance to be involved in the development process in a way that has never really been offered for previous revisions of the ruleset. As such, we’ve been working hard to adapt and evolve our logistic approach to ensure the focus groups members will have every opportunity to impact the creation of V9 in a way that is comfortable for them.

Regardless of what form the program settles into, I am confident that Amtgard V9 will be the most player-driven update Amtgard has ever seen!

Next, I’d like to give an engagement update. Since my last report, Survey #1 has skyrocketed to near 1000 replies, with nearly every kingdom passing our engagement targets. Survey #2 on the other hand has seen wider distribution thanks to the help of the Rules Reps, as well as a more balanced engagement for it’s first month.

At the time of this report, Survey #2 has over 600 responses and a healthy engagement chart (pictured below). There’s a noticeable lack of up-front engagement, but that is to be expected since the initial hype of V9 has died down. As we settle into these monthly updates, we hope that most surveys will be able to reach their targets within a 2-month period.


Lastly, we have begun working with the Diversity and Inclusion Team to better connect and engage with players who have difficulty with text-based environments. As a LARP that has very little text involved in the actual execution of the game, we feel it is crucial to make sure those individuals are involved the revision process.

And that’s all for report #2!

Survey #3, focusing on the Expanded Combat Rules such as Armored Combat, Armor Breaking, Shield Crushing, Archery, and Projectiles, will be launching September 13th, 2020!

If you have any unanswered questions, consult the FAQ or contact the V9 Team directly through v9@amtgard.com or by messaging the Amtgard V9 Facebook Page. 

Thanks for reading!
Wunjo, Director of Amtgard V9 Development





REPORT #1 (AUGUST 2020) – SURVEY ENGAGEMENT AND WEBSITE UPDATE 

Hello! Wunjo here. This is the first official post of our monthly reports! If you look around the website, you’ll notice we’ve added a number of extra pages dedicated to expanding the information available to the general populace and improving the transparency of the project. 

If you haven’t already, please take a look at the new pages that can be accessed at the top of this article: “About the Team”, “Frequently Asked Questions”, and the page you are currently reading, “Monthly Reports”. 

The focus of this month’s report is going to be an initial engagement report based on the results of our first survey. 

We have received a total of 590 responses to Survey #1 at the time of this report. Our survey posts were delivered at least twice to each Kingdom via a direct post from V9, a Rules Rep, or a share from one of the populace. 

If you look at the chart below, you can see all the kingdoms and their level of survey participation displayed as a percentage of their population. A Kingdom that is green has met or exceeded the expected level of engagement (12.5%). Kingdoms shown in red have not met the expected level of engagement. 

Of note, the Kingdom’s with the poorest representation have not had their Rules Reps accept our invitation to join the V9 development process at the time of this report. On the flip side, the top three Kingdoms are those who have members on the core V9 team. As such, we will be dedicating extra effort to bringing the rest of the Rules Reps on board and improving representation numbers across the community. We expect to see a significant boost in participation once the first round of focus group members have been engaged. 

Speaking of Focus Groups, at the time of this report, we have not yet invited any players to the Focus Group programs. Ideally we will be selecting at least 2 players from per-Kingdom, per-topic, for participation in the program. At this time, we plan to contact the chosen individuals sometime during the third week of August. 

As for our 1v1 representation and accessibility contact lists, we have acknowledged a survivor bias, particularly in regards to the amount of reading and writing that is required to get to the point where a player can opt-in to the contact list. As such, we will be working towards creating videos to accompany all our text-based announcements and reports in an e ort to engage and connect with players that have been otherwise hesitant to involve themselves due to the amount of text involved. 

Survey #2, focusing on Armor Construction and Armor Combat Rules, will be launching on the second week of August. 

If you have any unanswered questions, consult the FAQ or contact the V9 Team directly through v9@amtgard.com or by messaging the Amtgard V9 Facebook Page

Thanks for reading!
– Wunjo, Director of Amtgard V9 Development 




REPORT #0 (JULY 2020) – REPORT FROM THE IKCOM MEETING @ GATHERING OF THE CLANS 2020 

Kord, Wunjo, and Manama were present at the Inter-Kingdom Circle of Monarchs meeting on July 25, 2020. 

Manama was attending as the candidate for elevation to the Rules Rep Organizer (RRO) position and was affirmed to the position with a unanimous vote. He had no involvement in the V9 report itself. 

The V9 report began as Kord, then-Chair of the V9 Committee , addressed the CoM and brought them up to speed with our progress since the team was officially sanctioned in 2019. 

In a nutshell, much of 2019-2020 was spent establishing the Survey Monkey accounts and dealing with unexpected speed-bumps due to the arrival of COVID-19. Of note, our survey expert became unexpectedly MIA and we were forced to move ahead without them, further slowing down progress since we had been leaning on their expertise for creation and coordination of our surveys. 

Kord then stepped down as Chair and presented Wunjo as the new head of the Amtgard V9 Team. Wunjo proceeded field questions from the CoM about the future of the V9 project. For reference, all their questions have been added to our FAQ in one form or another. 

Before closing the report, a vote was held and Wunjo was unanimously a rmed into his new position by the Circle of Monarchs. 

You can watch the full recording of the CoM meeting here. The V9 portion begins at 7:40:55