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Good afternoon, folks. It's been a bit of a recurring question and issue for the mod team regarding which Homestuck characters have enough canon information to be considered appable in this game. We did a bit of thinking and discussing, and we're sure this isn't going to be the most well-received outcome, but this is what we feel is fairest for the game at the current time.

Right now, only the following Homestuck characters will be able to be applied for in game:

John Egbert, Rose Lalonde, Dave Strider, Jade Harley, Jane Crocker, Roxy Lalonde, Dirk Strider, Jake English, Aradia Megido, Tavros Nitram, Sollux Captor, Karkat Vantas, Nepeta Leijon, Kanaya Maryam, Terezi Pyrope, Vriska Serket, Equius Zahhak, Gamzee Makara, Eridan Ampora, Feferi Peixes


Because we currently have a Mom and Bro in game, we are going to allow them to stay under their current players; however, if they choose to drop, they will not be allowed to be brought back in.

We understand that this policy may exclude some characters who arguably have enough canon to be apped. However, in the interest of having a single cohesive app policy, these are the characters we will be considering appable at this time. With Homestuck's possible ending this year, this isn't necessarily set in stone; however, this is what we'll be using for now. In the event that more information or canon is released on characters currently not allowed in-game, we may reconsider our stance on their appability. But for right now, and most likely for the next few months given the direction the series is going, the characters listed above are the only ones we will be considering appable at this time.

We're sorry for the trouble, but this is non-negotiable at this time.


ETA: We've noticed some discussion regarding the matter and we'd like to dispel a few rumors. We do have a moderator who is familiar with Homestuck and keeps up with the storyline and characters. A very in-depth discussion led us to decide on a concrete rule that left a more fair situation, even though it also seemed more restricting.

We apologize if anyone feels as though we're trying to ostracize anyone - that is not our intention. We're merely trying to make sure we follow the rules the game has in place, and with a complex series that has so many characters, it's far easier to make one set rule as opposed to trying to take everything case by case.
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Weekly Friend Add/Remove
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Current List Count: 159


We've also got a special announcement this week! The two of us have finally picked our new technical moderators! In fact, they've already begun working behind the scenes, and they're 100% ready for us to introduce them to you all.

~*~ SAY HELLO TO OUR NEW TECHIES ~*~


Alex ([personal profile] alexclusive)
mun of Carmen Sandiego/[personal profile] doitrockapella, Yagyuu Hiroshi/[personal profile] usedlaserbeam, and Albert Rosenfield/[personal profile] worktodo

Muffin ([personal profile] hokage)
mun of Lust/[personal profile] licentious and Momo/[personal profile] tendered

Kev ([personal profile] tehkev)
mun of Hayate Ayasaki/[personal profile] combat_butler and Azusa Miura [personal profile] idlewanderlust


Their information has been added to the main page and the moderator account, and they are officially up for poking if you need 'em! With these extra hands, we're sure we'll have the game and pacing picking up in no time at all!
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Hey guys!! The Tech mod applications are now properly closed, and we will be discussing them soon. Thank you so much to everyone who applied, and a thank you to all of you guys for being so patient with us!

We hope you all had a good time celebrating the new year! Here's to a fun and awesome 2013!
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MODERATOR APPLICATIONS


Here they are. That's right, it's a big job, but someone's gotta do it!

Before you apply, please:

- Check here for a description of the technical mod duties as well as an outline of the qualities we're looking for.

- Remember that this is an authority position, with all the pros and cons that entails.

- Note that only current Route players may apply.


Applications will be open from Sunday, December 16th to Monday, December 31st.
Step up to the challenge! )

For those who applied, whether you're chosen or not, all of us would like to thank you for taking the time to fill this out and step up to the challenge. We really appreciate the fact that you're willing to help out and were honest with us. The points brought up in your responses will also go towards the overall goal of making Route an ideal game to play in.

Thank you. And good luck!
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HEY GUYS! We've got two things for you!

First off, as you may have possibly heard around the grapevine, we're going to have to say goodbye soon to two of our lovely modlies. Both Cassie and Mei have asked to step down from our lovely modding famiree, and we're going to miss them quite dearly. In just the span of eleven months, we've had numerous modly cycles happening in and out, therefore...

This is really just another one.

CALLING FOR TECHNICAL MODERATORS!


Din and Sunny are looking for three (3) Assist TMs to help us take care of all of that upkeeping! We're looking for people who are good at keeping things updated and are willing to help pitch in and help out with day-to-day activities like badge requests, taken pages and reserves, and even application judging if you're comfortable with it! You're also allowed to contribute to (but not normally asked to lead) plots.

Qualities we're looking for:

It's not as long as it looks, we promise )

Mod Apps will be held from December 16th to December 31st.



We'd also like to draw your attention to the calendar page. As you can see, the weather is actually rather pleasant! It's a nice, building snow. A little sudden, but still pretty nice!

Except that won't last for long.

Stay tuned this weekend for details! And buy a hat and scarf, will ya?
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Alright, folks, listen up.

Recently, we've been alerted of concerns that were brought up from the recent post made by Caster ([personal profile] wheresmyholyvirgin). The post upset a handful of players and a conclusion including leaving the post in play could not be reached with the parties involved.

Therefore, all playing parties involved have decided to retcon the post and remove it from existence. Meaning: it did not happen and does not affect the game in any way, shape, or form. This is non-negotiable. Please resume playing with this change. We apologize for any trouble this may have caused you.

Thank you.
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Thanks for participating in our two-year bash event, everybody! Boy, have we got a ridiculous set of updates for all of you, so hold on to your hats!

You'll want to read this post, promise! )

Again, thanks for two great years, and here's hoping for lots more to come! If any of the links don't work, please let us know!

AC post will also be going up in a few hours~!
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Hey guys! We've got a long list of beautiful updates for you all~

First off, time to introduce our new mods!


We're starting off strong... )
this is what comes next )
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Two things!

First off: Moderator elections! We're so sooooo sorry we've kept you all in the dark on that. Already a few vocal anons have wagged their fingers at us for that, and we're sorry about that. March was a pretty ill-timed month for both Ara and myself.

However, we have a few updates on the situation! Most of those who have applied know if they have or have not been chosen. The decision-making process has been underway for a while, and we've come down to a narrow few. However, we're not completely one with that just yet. Because of conflicting internet times and availabilities, we've made a near-final decision, but we're still working on finishing that. As we've done in the past, we're making sure our newer moderators know what they're up for before unleashing them to everyone - right now, the ones who have been chosen are currently in the process of getting adjusted to things. We'll announce them once we're secure on everything.

However, since Ara will be out of town for a little longer, we're going to hold back on an announcement for at least another week and a half. We're sorry about how long it's taking! We just want to make sure that the ones we choose are accustomed with their new positions and ready to handle any problems you throw at them once they're announced.


Weather for April 10 and 11 will be just as pleasant as it's been. You'll have a new report up on Thursday when I'm not making mod reports at 1am I'm no longer dying I have time to sit down and properly hash out things that make sense.


The Activity Check has also been extended to April 11th.


Warning list


You have until April 11 (an extension!) to check in, so please do so! If there's anyone we missed or someone went on hiatus or dropped, or if we accidentally skipped them and they checked in, please let us know here! Thanks guys!

In the danger zone: 28 names )
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Hi, Route!

So, as I'm sure all of us can agree, with 200 characters and a huge sandbox to play in, Route needs a little more attention than only two head mods can provide. That's right:

Mod Apps
Will be open from March 1st to March 15th.


We'll be taking on one (1) new Head Mod and one or two (1-2) new Techs.

Head mods deal with players on AIM and Plurk, answer concerns and questions, and approve badges. They judge apps and edit content such as the Starter List, Maps and FAQ. They make announcements and handle stuff like plots. Sunny does the weekly add/remove, but other head mods may be asked to do it if she is unavailable. Time investment is relatively high.

Tech mods handle the day-to-day maintenance of one or more specific pages, such as the Taken Pages, starter slots or Reserves. They may be asked to join in on app judging if they are comfortable with it and their availabilities allow it. They may contribute to (but are not asked to lead) plots. Time investment is relatively low.

Qualities we're looking for:

- Time/Availability.
The big one. If you don't have the free time to do apps every week, if you're seldom on AIM/plurk/other contact point to field player questions, this isn't the job for you. Please check your expected schedule for the next six months or so before you apply, and be realistic with regards to what you can handle. Unfortunately, we've had mods step down because the job was too demanding, so thinking ahead about time constraints is really important; we don't want to gain new mods and lose them just as fast!

- Good communication skills.
You don't have to know Ara, Sunny, Kit or Linlin, but you do have to be willing to work with them, as well as the players, on a near-daily basis. (We don't bite, promise.) You have to be able to express yourself as calmly and clearly as a mod is expected to.

- Creativity.
Two hundred characters and a lot of space to do things with, but we need all the help we can get when it comes to plot. Ideas, ideas, ideas!

- Friendly disposition.
You don't have to be a PR poster child, but without sugar-coating anything, this is a high-stress, often thankless job with no pay and limited benefits. Be prepared to deal with that with a smile.

- Investment.
This isn't a requirement for Assist TMs, but those considering becoming head mods should have been in Route for at least 3 AC cycles. It's not that we don't think our newbies are talented, wonderful people, but we'd like to see some vested interest in the game.

- Knowledge of Pokemon is not required, but a plus.

We hope that doesn't frighten you! If you think you'd do a good job, keep your eyes peeled, we'll be posting the actual app for you to fill out on the 1st!

Feel free to field any questions you might have here.
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Valentine's Day is just over two weeks away, and boy, do we have stuff planned for you! First, we'd like to thank all of you, our loyal players, for sticking by our side through the move, which was rough and drive-sapping for all of us. We appreciate each and every one of you, from those who've been here for more than eighteen months to those who got accepted last app round. You're all such a passionate, talented bunch, and we thought that for this Valentine's day we'd give you a token of our love.

There's something about the way you look tonight )

It's a little bit funny, this feeling inside )

Near, far, wherever you are )

Like a moth to a flame, burned by the fire )

And I don't wanna miss a thing )

We hope that answers most of your questions! You can use this post to note down which pokémon you'd like to get, and plot with other players!
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First things first: please don't forget that the new Eevee distribution system is now in place! If you've been hankering to app a character and wanted an Eevee starter, both the Starters list and the app have been updated!

And on to the second part...

You've been waiting for a while, we know. We hope the wait is worth it—we've really tried to work in a total revamp. None of the changes outlined here will come into effect immediately, and they're not retroactive, so just let us know if you have any concerns.

Our goals:
1. Make being a Rocket both more difficult and more rewarding.
2. Make Team Rocket a legitimate threat, both to non-members and members.

To do this? First of all, Team Rocket will phase in a new code of conduct.
Hang on, the ride's about to get bumpy. )

IMPORTANT!!!! ROCKET STARTERS! We want your opinions! )

THE ROCKET BASE HAS MOVED! )

What now? AKA: I want to get off the ride!/Let's do this! )

Last but not least, a Rocket (re-)intro plot! )
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Hey, Route!

Yes, more new stuff. Everything chaaanges, chaaaanges, it's evolutionary~

NEW RULE RE:APPS LOOK AT ME )

About the password system! )

If you have grievances, comments, suggestions or ideas concerning either the new app rule or the password system, you can: PM the mod account, PM any of us individually, catch us on AIM, or post (anonymously or not) to our (screened) Suggestions post.

Looking forward to hear from you!
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aaaah my first mod post be gentle with me

Hi, everybody! Aramod here, with a few notes on some recent policy clarifications and changes. Sorry to have this so close on the tail of the previous announcement, but we didn't want to delay a heads-up.

1. ON HUMANIZATION )

2. ON EEVEES )
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Hey Routians! We've got a few awesome things for you this update!

First off, the moment you've all been waiting for... our new moderators! Drumroll please...

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Hey guys! We have a ton of updates for you all today! They're soooo biiiig that we decided to do them early!

First off, the friend add/remove.

Weekly Friend Add/Remove
Please copy the following into the Admin Console.


It got long... )
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Announcements accompany this week's Friend Add/Remove post. Exciting, ya?

One: Word travels quick around the grapevine.

Neko [[livejournal.com profile] formulanekotic], who plays Mizuki ([livejournal.com profile] saving_violins), and Loren [[livejournal.com profile] iforgotmyyname], who plays Raenef ([livejournal.com profile] powerfail), have both joined our team as Technical Assistant mods. They have been helping us with Route practically since it opened, as those mystery 'helpers' we kept referring to. We're sorry for not announcing it sooner, please forgive us! And please give Neko and Loren a warm welcome.

As the title suggests however, Loren and Neko are there for tech support, mainly for updating lists and keeping things as updated as they can. For all questions pertaining to the rest of the game, please continue coming to Okami and me with those.


Two: As much as we do appreciate your offers and your eagerness to help, Okami and I are not accepting any more mods at this time. We would like to formally request that you stop asking. I know you're all excited and not every list gets updated the same day, but right now, we are doing the best we can. Please just have a bit of patience with us.


Three: This is also connected to two. Please do NOT answer questions in the F.A.Q. Again, we ask for patience. I know you may think you have the answer, but a lot of the foundation for Route is still be worked on and sometimes your answers may be wrong, or they may change through the course of the game. We appreciate that you're looking out for us but Okami and I can answer them just fine.


Four: Our Canon AUs rule in the F.A.Q. has been updated! Because of a few discrepancies with certain series and abnormally similar counterparts, we came up with a solution and have decided to stick with that for now. Also, the job part has been changed to make more sense, because Stormy is a derp; please keep making money!


Five: Remember guys, the activity check for July is still up until Saturday! If you haven't checked yet, please do.


Now that the reminders are out of the way, fix yer friends lists! Also, especially for the new guys, a few names were forgotten on the add list so please double-check and run on the mass remove!


Weekly Friend Add/Remove
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Hey guys, IT'S ONE AM SATURDAY and we mods are behind on applications, so at the very latest, we'll have them processed by Monday! WE'RE REALLY SORRY ABOUT THAT, so thank you guys for being so patient. Just wanted to give a heads up /o/

Also, our once a month AC is tomorrow (or later today when we've slept) so please remember that you need one post from the month of July in order to pass it! It runs from August 1st to August 7th; we'll have another announcement about those who we need a post from before it's over.

When the AC has passed, we will be having our monthly game-wide HMD on August 11th, and you are free to post links to your private HMDs if you would like <33 Anon will be allowed, and IP logging will only be visible to the mods.

~*~And now for something totally fun and crazy~*~
WE DISCOVERED THAT AUGUST 13TH LANDS ON A FRIDAY. So, we will be having a mini-plot for your enjoyment! We'll have more details for this during or just after the HMD, so stay tuned!



AND NOW ONTO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAM!
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Good Day, Trainers!

Stormy here. Okami and I were quite surprised at the amount of reserves and applications we've received! Sorry for being so delayed, we're still trying to spruce up the game.

A few things have changed in the past few days:

○ We've edited the Premise. Now it's in storymode and looks more like... a premise!
○ We've also made a ninth rule, which is #8 on the list. It's been added since around Sunday or Monday, but I don't know when you've all checked it so I'm alerting you all just to be keep you informed!
○ And our chat! We've finally decided to release the name of the AIM chat to you all. Our chat is...
SentSomeToMom
Don't be shy, come say hi! Common courtesy and be-nice reminders go here.


We'll be tweaking the F.A.Q., explaining what every new arrival will get (I have a mental list! Problem is, it's mental), and possibly adding a navigation page in the next few days. And applications will be done tomorrow, hold us to that!


You've all been so patient, thank you very much! ♥ Can't wait to meet all of you! Thanks, guys! Three more days!

Stormy ☂

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