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Legacy_AndarianTD

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« on: May 30, 2011, 10:54:12 pm »


               I would like to take this opportunity to invite members of the Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2 communities to consider volunteering to join the Academy for Modding Excellence, or AME.

For those who may not know, the AME is a group of community players, builders, and reviewers who are dedicated to RPG "modding." We award the annual Golden Dragon Awards, or GDAs, in recognition of excellence in module and custom content design for NWN and NWN2. Our members turn their passion for NWN modding, including playing, building and reviewing modules and custom content, into an opportunity to support the players, and to give recognition to the content creators, who keep this great community alive.

Despite the aging of the NWN communities, we in the AME believe that these games still have some life and interest left in them. We also believe that the AME mission would be a valuable one to at least consider expanding at some point in the future to other moddable games, such as Bioware's Dragon Age. For the last couple of years, however, the AME roster has been declining due to members moving on from the community or to other projects, and to fewer new members joining each year. This has made it increasingly difficult for us to meet our goals for awarding the GDAs -- especially for NWN2, which we had to forego entirely last year due to lack of particpation. For that reason, I would like to take this opportunity to issue a special appeal to members of the NWN and NWN2 communities to consider joining the AME, and helping us to maintain what we consider to be a valuable community tradition: awarding the AME Golden Dragon Awards for Achievements in Modding Excellence.

One of the perennial responses that we've always received to invitations to join the AME has been that, while interesting, it sounded like it would be more work than they could afford the time for. In past years, this has been a legitimate concern: the AME has had an often considerable workload, especially with the sometimes limited number of members available to do it. So upon re-assuming the Chairman's position earlier this year, I undertook to reorganize the AME's rules and procedures to try to make them significantly more friendly toward potential members who would like to participate in the awards, but who may have limited time with which to do so. I believe that with these changes, helping to fulfill the AME mission is something that individuals with limited time would be able to undertake effectively.

To help explain how the AME and its new procedures work, I've posted the following summary:

Overview for Prospective Members of The Academy For Modding Excellence (AME)

The basics are fairly straightforward. The AME maintains a running "queue" of award categories that are currently being worked on, which move through several stages -- starting with "Nominations," then proceeding to "Finals," and finally to "Awarded." At the end of each quarter, each award category is checked for eligibility to move from one stage to the next. For example, a category with four or more nominations having three or more seconding votes each will have the top three nominees proceed to the finals. Members can work on whatever categories they are interested in, with whatever time they have available. Which awards proceed through the stages to being finally awarded, and at what pace, will depend on member interests and choices regarding which categories to work on. Categories include things like "Best Storytelling Module," "Best Custom Content," "Debut Author," and so on.

Member eligibility for the AME basically depends on having some experience as a player, builder, or reviewer for one of the games and some of the categories that the AME covers. The main qualifications for membership are:
  • A genuine enthusiasm for the game and modding community that they serve;
  • Experience as a player, builder, or reviewer of modding content for their game; and
  • An ability to carry out the AME’s mission of giving awards for modding excellence in a responsible and trustworthy manner.
I hope that some of you will consider volunteering to join the AME. If anyone is interested in or has questions about the AME or about AME membership, please feel free to email me (at andarian@ame-gda.net), or to post followups here, or on our forum thread:

AME 2011 Call for Membership

Sincerely,

Andarian
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 07:11:09 pm »


               Deeply seconding Andarian.
When you come to think about this much amazing work made by the NWN community through all these years, and we are so few. We really need your help to give those thousands of modules, custom contents, musics, tilesets and so on, the justice they so deserve.
As a regular NWN player, I just felt I could use a tiny bit of my tiny free time to try paying my due respects to those wonderful magicians for these free gifts they even keep offering.
And it's not that complicated... :innocent:
I also believe its community is what makes NWN what it is. So...


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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2011, 01:15:04 pm »


               If you've played and loved just one single module that was released in 2010 (or maybe even in 2009 or 2008, regarding a few categories neglected in previous award cycles), chances are you already have what it takes to help the AME's mission. Of course, the more interested and enthusiastic you are about modules and the more experience you have with playing them, the better - but we appreciate any support we can get.

If you think you're not experienced enough for joining, you're most probably wrong.

If you think you don't have time for the AME, that is your call, but can actually decide for yourself how many time and effort you are willing to invest and there are no deadlines, so why not just give it a try? No strings attached.

It takes so little to give something back to module authors for all the fun you had playing their creations.
And anyone can do it. '<img'>

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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2011, 02:03:30 pm »


               Okay you've twisted my arm, where do I sign up?
               
               

               


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Legacy_AndarianTD

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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2011, 02:53:46 pm »


               

Quillmaster wrote...

Okay you've twisted my arm, where do I sign up?


Great, and thanks for your interest! For anyone on the BSN who wants to volunteer, here's what to do. First, email me directly (at andarian at ame-gda dot net) and I'll help you create an account on the AME Forums. If you're a known member of the NWN and/or NWN2 communities here on the BSN, we should have no problem signing you up right away. Otherwise, we'll set you up as a "Trial Member" with access to our "New Member Information Center," and ask you to tell us a bit about yourself so that we can get to know you before bringing you on as a full member.
               
               

               


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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 02:24:32 pm »


               All,

Unfortunately, I've had to disable new account registration on the AME Forums due to a large and unprecedented attack of spam account registrations. If anyone has a legitimate interest in creating an AME Forums account (for example, as an interested NWN community member or someone interested in joining the AME awards panel), please email me directly at andarian at ame-gda dot net and I'll help you get set up with one manually.

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2011, 08:58:52 pm »


               I'm almost inclined to do the same on the Q forums, we've had a pretty big hit today. Seems like a bunch of NWN-related sites keep getting slammed.
               
               

               
            

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011, 11:41:29 pm »


               That shouldn't stop anyone from joining the AME though. We're still looking for passionate players who are familiar with one or more single player modules from 2010 - or plan to play some. No obligations, no stress, just a bunch of friendly NWN enthusiasts sharing their thoughts and opinions - or just casting their votes on their favorite 2010 modules. You can make a difference! Don't be shy, just sent a PM or e-mail to Andarian, check us out and learn what it's all about: Fun!
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2011, 02:19:58 am »


               

olivier leroux wrote...

That shouldn't stop anyone from joining the AME though. We're still looking for passionate players who are familiar with one or more single player modules from 2010 - or plan to play some. No obligations, no stress, just a bunch of friendly NWN enthusiasts sharing their thoughts and opinions - or just casting their votes on their favorite 2010 modules. You can make a difference! Don't be shy, just sent a PM or e-mail to Andarian, check us out and learn what it's all about: Fun!
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What he said. :happy:
               
               

               


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« Reply #9 on: July 22, 2011, 11:47:40 am »


               I would like to thank the NWN community for the very positive response we've had to our AME 2011 Call for Volunteers!

Since posting our call, seven new members have joined, and some former or inactive members have returned to help out as well. I'm pleased to be able to announce that due to those efforts over the last month and a half, four of our NWN1 2010 awards categories have been able to enter the finals: Community Contribution, Veteran Author (Modules), Veteran Author (Custom Content), and Best Tileset. In the coming days we'll be posting the list of finalists for those awards.

We do, however, need just a little more help. In particular, we could really use a few more active players of NWN1 modules to reach the "critical mass" of voters and nominators required to get those awards fully back on track again. So if you are an avid NWN1 player, modder or reviewer, and think you might be interested in helping with the AME's mission to give recognition to the content creators who keep this great community alive, then please feel free to contact me (andarian at ame-gda dot net) about joining or learning more about the AME panel. '<img'>

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« Reply #10 on: January 15, 2012, 03:59:59 pm »


               The Academy for Modding Excellence is pleased to announce the Golden Dragon Award winners for the NWN1 2011 AME cycle!

Golden Dragon Award Winners for the NWN1 2011 AME Cycle

This cycle included awards for works released in 2010.

Feel free to use the thread below to discuss the nominees and the awards, and congratulations to all the winners!

NWN1 2011 AME Cycle GDA Finalists and Winners Discussion thread
               
               

               


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