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





Monthly Report – February 2021 

Hello everyone! My name is Wunjo and welcome to another V9 Monthly Report!

Before we begin, I’d like to announce that Amtgard V9 Survey #7 is now available to be completed! This survey covers “How Classes Work”, which includes all the shared systems between classes, including leveling, credits, customization systems, garb standards, and Look the Part.

And now into the report itself!

We’re going to start with the engagement levels for the last survey (Survey #6: Fundamental Battlegame Mechanics). As you can see by the chart below, we had pretty good engagement this time around. In fact, not only is it good, this is one of the best overall turnouts across the board. We’ve had some kingdoms with really high numbers in the past, but this is the first time we’ve had this many kingdoms cross the target engagement line. Only four (4) kingdoms did not meet the mark within 1 month of the survey being released. So if you’re part of the other 18 kingdoms that participated, give yourself a round of applause! Awesome work!



Next up, I’d like to discuss our future surveys and our plans leading up to GotC 2021, the big Inter-Kingdom Circle of Monarchs meeting happening in July 2021.

The surveys that we are hoping to have completed by that time are “How Classes Work” (which just launched today), as well as assessments of all the abilities in the game. We want to know what works, what doesn’t work, what people like, what players find enjoyable, etc… — and that is where we are going to stop before we bring our big report to GotC.

Now I know what you’re thinking,​

“Why aren’t you surveying about all the specific classes?”

Here’s the thing. The classes are the final step in putting together the V9 ruleset. They are the accumulation of everything we build. We are going to be surveying about them after GotC, once we  give our report to the IKCoM, and after we get their feedback about the direction we’ve decided to take V9 development.​

We want to be able to look at all the surveys up to that point (10 total) and sit down as the V9 team to talk to the Rules Reps, Focus Groups, and all our other external contacts. Together we will restate our design goals, refresh our missions statement, and really pinpoint what the key problems are with the V8 ruleset, as indicated by the surveys. From there, we can make strategies to tackle them and every other change will be a kind of ripple-effect to accommodate the fixes we make. Once that’s done, we can decide if we want to add extra embellishments and other non-essential changes to the system.

With all that in mind, the class surveys will follow suit based on how it all plays out. We want to make sure the IKCoM is on board with this plan before we go ahead with class research. There’s no point engaging people or polling about the classes if we’re not even sure about the direction we’ll be going with them.

Which brings me to my next topic, what else is happening after GotC?​

After GotC, we will be done the main sweep of surveys and the only thing left will be our class surveys (as mentioned above). Those surveys will probably be very different than all the other surveys up to this point, which is why we feel even moreso that they should come after GotC.​

Beyond the class surveys, we are going to be shifting to “Deep Dive” surveys. The Core V9 Team is going to start making creative decisions and the focus groups will be able to start working on ideas that may go to playtest. As such, these Deep Dive surveys will include very specific and very narrow questions to help fill in any lingering holes in our data that could be useful to this process.

As far as playtesting goes, we are still limited by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as we can start fielding with a “critical mass” of players (ie. when we start to feel like things are back to normal) then we will drop playtests. Until that happens we are going to be focusing on deep dives, theory, and lots of discussion and outreach.​

Speaking of outreach, we really want to make sure we are connecting with as many people as possible. The V9 Team is doing AMAs whenever requested. We are attending panels, open outreach, voice chats, etc… whenever they are made available to us. We want to be as available as possible.​

We were recently featured on Kingdom of Kodiak, hosted by Kodiak, the then-King of Dragonspine. If you want to learn more about the core V9 team members in a casual video format, consider checking it out below.

That all said, if you would like us to engage with your Kingdom, just reach out to us and we can arrange a time and place to connect with your populace. Keep your ears open for players who are eager to participate with V9 but have not been able to do so for whatever reason. We doing our best to be super transparent, open, and engaged with the public but that can’t happen one-way. Help your Kingdom be part of this once-in-a-decade development process by reaching out to us and booking an AMA or panel discussion today!​

Email: v9@amtgard.com
Facebook: Amtgard V9

V9 Survey #7: How Classes Work is available now!

Thank you for reading. See you next month!

– Wunjo, Director of the Amtgard V9 Project




Monthly Report – January 2021 

V9 MONTHLY REPORT – JANUARY 2021
Happy New Year Amtgard! I’m Wunjo and this is the V9 Monthly Report for January 2021!


First on the docket, I am pleased to announce that Survey #5 (Roleplay, Quests, Magic Items, and Monsters) has the second most responses of all our surveys to date. It has over 700 responses so far! This surpasses the Armor survey which is currently sitting at ~650 responses, but is still a ways off from dethroning our top ranking survey, Survey #1, which has over 1000 responses! That is absolutely mind blowing!


To put this all into perspective, our goal for these surveys is 500 responses. Your participating in these past surveys have knocked that number out of the ball park! Thank you so much for coming out and making your voice heard!


Next up, the V9 Team has recently completed a reflection on our goals and accomplishments in 2020.


We have shifted some roles and pivoted some goals to better suit our member’s strengths based on their successes and struggles over the past year. We’re all volunteers here and we want to make sure that those who come out and help us with V9 development are able to contribute in the best way suited to them, even if their initial plans didn’t go the way they wanted. This is true for our core members, our focus group members, and our external supporters from AI and beyond.


We are committed to ensuring our volunteers are placed in the best roles for them and doing our absolute best to avoid burnout. No one in this team needs to suffer from burnout – that is only going to create a poor product in the end.


Ultimately, we took all the lessons we’ve learned from 2020 and lined ourselves up for smoother sailing in 2021.

Speaking of 2021, I’m sure that you’re all aware that the USA and Canada have no plans to get “back to normal” anytime soon. Yes, the COVID vaccines are rolling out but if you look at any projections from the various governments, it’s not looking like we’re going to have a regular spring, summer, or even fall.


With that in mind, the V9 team has accepted the fact that in-person playtesting will not be happening this year. Even if some parks are able to field in 2021, we won’t feel comfortable trying to draw any conclusions from a playtest with just those few parks. As such, we will be holding off in-person playtests until we can get strong, substantial data and our 2021 plan is going to shift to accommodate an on-going quarantine research process.


At this time, the delay should only affect our internal timelines and not our estimated release date for Amtgard V9 – which is currently scheduled for GotC 2024. With that in mind, we are only in January so keep checking these monthly reports and we will update you as the year progresses.

Taking a look at the focus groups now, the program has been running as intended however the older focus groups (the ones that have been there for a couple months now) have begun to stagnate as we, the V9 Team, have been waiting for the completion of all the surveys before we give them any concrete direction. There’s only so much theorycrafting that each group can do before you run out of fuel to brainstorm with.


We have so many creative and talented members that have been putting in tons of effort towards their respective groups and we are eagerly looking forward to the time when we can give them proper direction but unfortunately right now we are simply waiting until all the surveys are done so we can look at the big picture and make decisions from there. We have a very specific process that we are following to ensure we are doing this right.


That said, we are looking into some plans to either put the focus groups into reserve until we are ready to go, or alternatively, finding some other way to keep them engaged and pivot to different angles with their knowledge base to keep them warmed up so as soon as we are ready to make decisions they are all fired up and ready to go.


Last, but certainly not least, I am pleased to introduce Heron from the Kingdom of the Northern Lights as the newest member of the Amtgard V9 core development team. Heron is a paragon warrior, a rules rep, and a highly active member of the amtgard community both on and offline. She brings a wide range of skills, experiences and perspectives that, up until this point, the V9 team has been sorely lacking. We are overjoyed to have found someone that fits the team so perfectly and fills all those niches that we have been looking for. Alongside the skills and talents of the rest of the team, I know we will be able to achieve even greater heights for the future of Amtgard.

Survey #6: Fundamental Battlegame Mechanics is available right now!
If you’ve applied for any focus groups, remember to check your email for an invitation from v9@amtgard.com.

Thank you for reading, see you next month!
Wunjo, Director of Amtgard V9 Development





Monthly Report – NOVEMBER 2020 

Hello everyone! My name is Wunjo from V9 and this is your V9 Monthly Report for November 2020!

Right off the bat, I want to let you know that one of our most requested survey topics is now available to be completed! Survey #5 covers Roleplay, Questing, Magic Items, and Monsters. Please check it out as soon as you finish reading this update!

In addition, if you have applied for ANY of our focus group programs through the applications at the end of our surveys, please go check your inboxes! Search for emails from v9@amtgard.com. We have invited over 200 players so far and you could be one of them! Inside that email is everything you need to connect with the V9 Development Team and start participating in topic you signed up for.

Next, let’s have a brief engagement update. Engagement has been good, with participation tending to plateau around the ~500 respondents level (which is exactly what we are aiming for) and slowly creeping upwards after that. Nice.



Now I know what some of you are thinking:

“I really want to participate or contribute to V9 development in a way that is more than just text and surveys, but I don’t really want to go ALL IN to the focus groups. Is there some way that I can just reach out and talk, not in text – but in voice?”

The answer is YES!

We are happy to announce the introduction of V9 Q&A sessions!

These are open to ANYONE and ANY GROUP over voice via your kingdom or park’s Discord server, Zoom, or any other group voice-chat service you want to use.

All you have to do is reach out to us and we will schedule a day where I (Wunjo) and any of the available V9 Team Members will come out and answer questions about V9: what you can expect, how you can get involved, our design methods, how the timeline is going to work, etc…

Even if you just want to talk at us with your ideas and give us everything you’ve been storying up over time; just idea vomit all over us, that’s fine! We want to hear it because it’s important to us.

We want to make V9 development as much of a community experience as possible but we know we can’t individually reach out and get everyone’s exact opinions. If you book us for a Q&A session we can come and listen to you and at least you’ll have the chance to talk to us directly and give us ideas. Also, if anyone has something written up, they can give it to us and we can put it in our stash of reference notes.

We hope this helps players get involved without having to commit to focus groups or relying on just the surveys to get their ideas heard.

To book a V9 Q&A session, connect with us over email (v9@amtgard.com), through Facebook (Amtgard V9), or message me on Discord (Wunjo / Tyler Salvador) if you share a server with me.

And that brings us to the final note of this report – the Christmas Break!

The V9 Team has agreed to take a break for December. We won’t be releasing any new surveys or selecting any new focus group members until January 2021.

I will personally still be around throughout December and any existing focus groups will continue as normal. If you want to book a Q&A session we will try to accommodate you based on the availability of the team.

With that all in mind, after the break we will be kicking off 2021 with a bang because we’re finally going to be getting into all the big topics that you’ve been begging for – Classes, Customization, Abilities, Archetypes, etc… All that good stuff.

As a word of advice, there is going to be intense competition for the spots in these focus groups so start thinking about your resume and how you are going to pitch yourself to us if you want to get on the V9 development team. As usual, we are going to pick two (2) players per kingdom for each class so do your absolute best to prepare yourself OR if you know someone who 100% should be involved, make sure you get their attention and let them know to start getting ready.

Jannuary 2021 onwards is going to be really amazing for the V9 research process and I hope this gets you excited for what’s to come – it’s like a post-Christmas Christmas present!

And that’s it for this report!

Thank you very much for reading!

Don’t forget to complete Survey #5: Roleplay, Quests, Magic Items, & Monsters – available right now!

See you in you in 2021!
Wunjo, Director of Amtgard V9 Development





Monthly Report – OCTOBER 2020 

Hello Amtgard! Wunjo here with V9 Monthly Report #3 for October 2020!

I’d like to start off by giving an update about our Focus Group programs.

At the time of this report we have three (3) active focus groups and they are all progressing well. The experience is definitely something new for both the focus group members and the V9 team itself. Many of the participants have rarely had the opportunity to talk about these topics in a way that wasn’t just pure theorycraft so it’s been interesting watching everyone settle into the role.

Since we have deliberately invited players from a variety of perspectives and opinions, this has naturally set up certain conversations to be more volatile than others. The Armor Construction focus group, for example, is likely going to be one of the hottest topics in the entire project. Most opinions are so multi-faceted that it’s very easy for any two members to end up in a conversation with the exact opposite opinion. In fact, we’ve already had a few heated clashes, but they have been resolved gracefully and all involved parties have been very understanding and respectful – so that’s a big plus.

As far as overall progress goes, at this point in time the V9 Team is providing prompts to the various focus groups based on the data from the surveys. More often than not, we are asking the members to consider a piece of survey data and help provide context from their kingdoms, as well as potential solutions.

That said, no concrete decisions are being made from these discussions at this time, the V9 Team and I are simply taking notes and adding them to our collection of data. In truth, it is unlikely we will make any definitive decisions on the direction of the project until after the major surveys have been completed. Our current plan is to present some firm directional choices to the IKCoM at GotC in mid-2021. Until then we want to keep everything as fluid as possible so we can adapt to the data as it arrives.

Lastly, if you applied to participate in any of the focus group programs, it’s important to check the email that you gave us. We choose the participants about 6 weeks after the respective survey is released and they are notified by an email from v9@amtgard.com. We send a single email with all the necessary information. There are no follow-ups and we don’t chase anyone down. Please don’t miss your opportunity to participate in V9 development by letting the invitation rot in your junk mail.



Before I go, I wanted to give my usual engagement update for the previous survey.

After three rounds of surveys, Dragonspine, Rivermoor, Tal Dagore, and Polaris have consistently been the least likely to participate in the V9 Survey process.

That said, a number of Kingdoms have had record levels of engagement – including Burning Lands and Emerald Hills, with many others making decent progress or maintaining consistent participation.

Most kingdoms are responding well to the distribution of these charts as a way to boost awareness of their populace’s lack of engagement. Further, Kingdom’s who have decided to award a bonus credit for completion of new surveys are seeing record-setting participation levels, even when those kingdoms had very low engagement prior to the bonus credit initiative.

If you are a Monarch or Chancellor of your kingdom, I highly recommend considering this option as a means of ensuring your Kingdom’s interests are reflected in the results of our surveys.

At that’s it for now!

If you have any questions or comments, you can send us an email at v9@amtgard.com or connect with us on Amtgard V9 Facebook Page.

Survey #4: Scenarios and Reeving, is available for completion at amtgard.com/v9.

Thanks for reading!
Wunjo, Director of Amtgard V9 Development





Monthly Report – SEPTEMBER 2020  

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





Monthly Report – AUGUST 2020 

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 




Monthly Report – JULY 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