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Staff Conference Notes (Fall)

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  1. counter

    counter Godly Member Staff Member Admin Platinum VIP

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    Conference Assessment

    This is a thread where notes on the pertaining conference will be kept.
    You are free to comment or post anything related to the conference.

    An extensive document outlining Devinity Conference guidelines can be found here
    Information on our Discord server can be found here


    The conference is planned for:
    September 22nd @ 4 PM EST/8 PM GMT (20:00 UTC)
    Please post in this thread if you cannot attend this date.

    The conference will be held in the Discord server. Most of the activity will be in a voice channel, but for those of you who are unable to speak, you're welcome to participate in the form of text chat via the #conferences channel.



    Discussion Subjects:
    • Latest Updates
    • Reflection of this year's summer event
    • Development
    • Preparing for the Flood Halloween Event (BR is also up for consideration)
    • Flood and BR Tournaments

    Post Conference Session:

    • Hangaroid's BR Map


    We ask the discussions to be done one topic at a time, do not derail the discussion with a entirely different subject.

    At the end of the conference, we will ask if anyone has anything else to discuss, then the meeting will officially be closed followed by the post conference session. Attendance is encouraged but not required.
     
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    Ary Member Staff Member Junior Server Moderator Silver VIP

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    How long will the conference last approximately?
     
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  3. counter

    counter Godly Member Staff Member Admin Platinum VIP

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    Every conference will approximately last 1-2 hours. Suggestions takes the most weight for every discussion topic.
     
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    counter Godly Member Staff Member Admin Platinum VIP

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    Conference Notes
    • Conference started at 4:10 pm eastern
    Latest Updates
    • Donkie fixed a few bugs including where Junior Mods were not able to interact with disconnected player props and that they should be able to do it now
    • Donkie asks if the feature works
    • Mantis has said that he didn't try it
    • Sotori mentions that disconnected player props act like if they are alive, but goes away at a certain period of time
    • Donkie has also tried fixing lamp/light issues so they would clean up properly upon disconnect
    • Mantis wasn't sure if it fully works
    • Sotori said that it was fixed since the decals didn't show
    • Nyaaa said it was difficult to watch after because VIPs don't really utilize them
    • Donkie isn't sure if we have any major plans for the short term
    • Bayrock mentions the Halloween event
    • Counter has not done much for the past 2 weeks but discussed about cosmetics lightclaw sent to us
    • Counter has also addressed that we should probably go over the list since we wouldn't be able to add all 90 of them
    • Donkie didn't think we would add all of them as well since it will probably be bloated in the store
    • Donkie has been working on the new weapons menu and can be viewed on #devstuff
    • Nyaaa asks why Donkie didn't choose to do the static icons
    • Donkie hasn't finished deciding for it so he will tweak it until he's happy with us
    • Mantis feels like the SCAR needs to be buffed more because the ammunition depletes very quickly
    • Sotori, Nyaaa Counter feels like it's balanced because of it's damage output
    • Nyaaa has pointed out that automatic weapons are decently overpowered
    • Counter has been considering to add more replacements--currently the AK is up for queue and hopes that he will replace all weapons by the halloween event
    • Nyaaa asks if full and quick reloads can be removed (you can reload faster if there is some ammo left compared to none at all)
    • Donkie said that counter will be able to fix it in the base code
    • Juan said that the AK's spread is very huge which is not viable
    • Counter mentions about the spread being huge while hipfiring and asks if we should encourage players to use ironsights
    • Juan said that he doesn't use ironsights and doesn't make very sense to use it
    • manchyy mentions in the conference chat about encouraging people to crouch for increased accuracy
    • Donkie and Nyaaa asks what was the point of the mechanic and doesn't feel like players should be encouraged to use ironsights because it isn't very arcadey which Flood should be and isn't sure about encouraging people to crouch either because most players stand anyways
    • Counter feels like it's a nice change from the last weapon base because it didn't serve much purpose
    • Donkie also feels like you should be able to hipfire while having decent accuracy
    • Counter said it was difficult to consider because if we based everything on recoil/spread it wouldn't be as fluid as it is right now, but is always up for consideration
    • Nyaaa said that it doesn't seem intuitive having to take a longer amount of time shooting compared to the last base which shouldn't be the case
    • Donkie noted that we can always consider and evaluate these changes
    • Mantis asks about the current state of the flamethrower
    • Counter has been considering to replace it with a sniper-based weapon because the flamethrower weapon generates a lot of particles which leads to index buffering crashes like the tiki gun
    • Donkie asks if we can reduce the amount of particles of the flamethrower
    • Nyaaa points out that it could be a one time weapon
    • Counter believes that the weapon isn't worth 40k which should be replaced with a better supplement
    • Donkie points out that it could have low ammo but has a lot of damage, so it isn't utilized as much every round which can be used to circumvent these crashes
    • Mantis said the weapon works if you're close enough but serves no point if you're far away
    • Nyaaa says that the shotgun is the best weapon for close range
    • Vullius asks if we can get a replacement for something similar that does a lot of spread damage since it's the only weapon that does that
    • Donkie and Counter points out that we can always consider adding more weapons to our weapon roster and encourages players to look from the workshop
    • Donkie has recoded the medkit and disabled teams when there are less than 6 players on the server for Battle Royale
    • Donkie asked if the Battle Royale trend is dying because there are less players now
    • Juan said that it kinda is
    • Mantis stated Flood is also dying
    • Bayrock mentions that the fortnite trend is going downward
    • Bayrock asks about the pregame deathmatch and if it has enough time
    • Donkie said the pregame deathmatch does it purpose and makes it not too stale, but could be further improved
    • Donkie also has pointed out about the spectator issue after dying and that maybe we should have some sort of cookie clicker that people can play after dying (you can probably earn coins or skins) as a spectator activity
    • Counter feels like we could use the castle as a spectator area
    • Juan asks if we could have a spectator deathmatch after you die
    • Vullius asks if we could have players move around on an observation deck of sort after dying
    • Donkie said it could possibly get rid of the ghosting issue as well
    • Juan mentions that players cannot ghost anymore since Donkie added a feature that prevents it
    • Sotori isn't sure about the idea since the castle is already used by the sphere
    • Donkie said that we can remove the sphere and make it into a play area
    • Donkie said can consider making players spawn there during pregame as well
    • Juan Carlos asks if we can have a sort of progression for spectator deathmatch and pregame where you can buy weapons to progress like in Flood
    • Donkie wasn't sure if deathmatch can be the only thing that can be included in the spectator activity and that we can add a bunch of stupid shit to encourage players to stick around
    • Bayrock said that we could add some type of daily achievement which players can earn all sorts of rewards everyday and objectives should be rather simple to do
    • Vullius asks if we could also have a small battle area on Flood for spectator deathmatch
    • Donkie and Bayrock said that they have been debating ideas for spectator activities since the beginning of Flood but never had happened because it was such a big update
    • Donkie pointed out that it should be fun and lasting, but wasn't sure if it should be based solely around shooting or other things
    • Bayrock considered if something chat based would be good
    • Donkie has addressed performance issues with the US servers (since our forums and database runs under it) and has been considering to reformat it as well as moving the database to the powerbox so the US servers can be focused solely on running gmod servers
    • Counter asks if the EU servers can be moved to the powerbox
    • Donkie said that the EU servers will be kept because it still works decently and is fairly cheap to upkeep which shouldn't pose any risk to the community's economics
    Reflection of this year's summer event
    • Counter felt this year's event was unique especially with the addition of event weapons
    • Juan Carlos felt the Airdrops on Battle Royale are a great addition to the gamemode
    • The theme of the summer event is Donkie's favorite
    • Bayrock liked the idea of having a seasonal event that wasn't based on a holiday
     
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    • Bayrock considered if something chat based would be good
    • Donkie has addressed performance issues with the US servers (since our forums and database runs under it) and has been considering to reformat it as well as moving the database to the powerbox so the US servers can be focused solely on running gmod servers
    • Counter asks if the EU servers can be moved to the powerbox
    • Donkie said that the EU servers will be kept because it still works decently and is fairly cheap to upkeep which shouldn't pose any risk to the community's economics
    • Counter felt this year's event was unique especially with the addition of event weapons
    • Juan Carlos felt the Airdrops on Battle Royale are a great addition to the gamemode
    • The theme of the summer event is Donkie's favorite
    • Bayrock liked the idea of having a seasonal event that wasn't based on a holiday
    • Bayrock has considered to add features to the Zombie event for halloween
    • Hateful has suggested renaming the zombie event to "vampires" and adding a variety of zombie models
    • Vullius has suggested adding some sort of Blackout event for Halloween
    • Bayrock and Donkie said that it is difficult to adjust the lighting because of how the map environment is structured, but are considering to take a look at it again
    • Vullius also suggested if it would be possible to add seasonal maps
    • Donkie said it's generally not a good idea because it would require more downloads and that it may not be as popular compared to RP servers that uses downtown for example
    • Mantis pointed out that it will also discourage players from joining if we have a lot of addons
    • Counter hopes along with the cosmetics push, event weapons would be introduced
    • Juan suggests adding exclusive accessories for Halloween
    • Donkie doesn't think we should change a lot of stuff for Battle Royale since a serious environment should be maintained
    • Nyaaa asks if the fork map can be darker for Halloween
    • Bayrock said that it's due for change since people probably wants something different
    • Donkie said that if we manage to release Hangaroid's map before the event, we can probably make a night version of it
    • Donkie encourages people to post on the halloween suggestion channels
    • Donkie is happy to see people making issues on our github tracker and encourages people to continue making issues so it's better noticed by either him or Bayrock
    Flood and BR Tournaments
    • Counter has considered that we will probably host numerous tournaments based on the poll Rick posted on June
    • Counter said that an entrance fee might be imposed so that we won't have many leavers as before
    • Counter has also considered rewards based on how many people attended
    • Nyaaa has suggested that we should add forum trophies
    • Donkie suggested that we can also have achievements for participating in the tournament 40:08
    • Counter has considered rewarding first place contestants with a model of their choosing based on the gamemode in hopes of people to have an incentive to attend
    • Donkie feels like tournaments are a good idea but they need to be more administered properly (strict)
    • Donkie also feels like there should be a designated time to when tournaments are being held (and when most people are available)
    • Donkie has considered arranging a server(s) with low player slots, specifically for the tournaments
    • Donkie and Counter said that a certain amount of fee will be taken away and given back
    • Counter has suggested that tokens should be charged as an entrance fee so it will give people an incentive to not forget
    • Nyaaa feels people should be charged of money instead of tokens
    • Donkie said that it would not be an issue as long as there's clarification that you are guaranteed to get money or tokens back if you participate
    • Nyaaa suggests that there should be a bet system of sorts for the tournament
    • Donkie thinks the betting system wouldn't be utilizing as much
    • Donkie asks when the tournaments should be hosted
    • Counter thinks that it would be good to host it during Christmas
    • Donkie doesn't think it should last longer than a month otherwise people will forget about it
    • Lightclaw feels like people who signs up are not going to attend
    • Counter has suggested that we could publicize
    • Counter gets a stroke
    • Donkie has suggested that we could post something on the servers that will gain traction to the tournament
    Bayrock asked if there was a poll about closing staff apps or if it was just a rumor
    • Donkie said that it has been discussed but never been imposed
    • Nyaaa and Donkie feels like there is no reason to close staff apps
    • Mantis and Bayrock feels like it is a good idea for people to see staff apps and provide feedback
    • Counter does not feel like community input is being considered because of the form bot
    • Bayrock mentions that we don't get much community input because the majority of the staff replies but should be considered if there is any
    • Counter forgots what he wanted to say
    • Bayrock asks Counter what he puts on his rice
    • Sotori has mentioned one of his friends that had a concern with one of the metal shelf props that was removed
    • Counter has pointed out the similarity on the wooden shelf and believes it is not a big issue but will always consider adding it back
    • Vullius asked about how the one ton pushes players off the prop unnaturally
    • Counter said that it is a physics issue with the source engine which can't really be fixed
    • Bayrock has coded some features that will be pushed sometime soon to Devinity Music
    • Counter created a Halloween style on the forums for Halloween
    • Junior Mod promotion discussions
    • Counter asks about the Senior Mod position
    • Hateful said that it is not much different from Moderator
    • Sotori feels like it closes the gap between Mod and Admin
    • Hateful can't wait for Junior Admin
    • Sotori likes the future responsibilities and commands given to Senior Mod
    • Donkie said that the Senior Mod position isn't fully defined yet but should probably have more responsibilities than what they currently have
    • Demotion discussions
    • Donkie believes Counter should be demoted
    • Bayrock posted video evidence on the conference channel as to why Counter should be demoted
    • Counter agrees that we should not keep staff members that has Aspergers and declared to goto sharpshooters
    • Bayrock and Donkie likes the revelation on ass burgers
    • Mantis brings about the idea of laser guns
    • Post Conference session
    A video will be posted soon if you prefer to listen to it instead.

    Thank you to those who have attended
     
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    Wait do all conferences start at 4:10 ET cause thats 1 in the morning in PT, and it lasts 1-2 hours :fearful:.
     
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    The Date and Time will be decided with a Form filled by staff.
     
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