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V6 Q&A
Topic Started: Mar 9 2015, 02:40 PM (3,224 Views)
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Hey, everyone. With V6 on the horizon, staff has decided to host a Q&A thread. Here, handlers can ask questions about pregame and the upcoming version. We’re hoping we can share some exciting things about V6, while also addressing handler questions and concerns and providing useful information.

So if you have any questions or just want to know a little bit more about what the plan is for Pregame and the next version, this is the place for you! Please note that V6 proper is still very much in the development stages, and as such we will likely not be sharing too many specifics. The more pregame-centric the question, the better the odds we'll be able to handle it. Also, all answers will be vetted by staff as a collective, and thus will probably take three to five days to arrive.

Also, please note that answers are subject to change as the pregame/planning situation develops. The replies here represent staff's current plans, but those may be altered and/or incomplete.

Have at!

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The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 02:53 PM
What is planned to be different in this pregame than previous, beyond the obvious location difference?
This is fairly broad and an overview will be difficult. Key differences include a wider range of character ages, differences in school events, etc.
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Yugikun
Mar 9 2015, 02:55 PM
Who will win V6?

The terrorists.

Yugikun
Mar 9 2015, 02:55 PM
In all seriousness though, what areas will we expect to see outside of the school in peegame?

There will be the typical Memories and Events forums, as well as a smattering of fictionalized areas around Kingman and a forum covering locations outside the city (road trips to Vegas or cruising the desert, say).
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The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:02 PM
Will there be any restrictions on characters we should know about beyond the "no transfers beyond sophomore year, no science classes" thing?
At present, no, though this is subject to change. However, characters should be appropriate for the setting and staff reserves the right to request changes to any that are not.

The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:02 PM
Anything you can tell us about the setup of the school and its programmes?

This will be revealed a little closer to launch; it's still in progress and we don't want to get into specifics when there's still a solid chance for changes to be made.

The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:02 PM
How much freedom do handlers have when determining coaches, teachers, etc.?

Any additions to school staff will require staff approval for continuity purposes, but there will be a procedure to secure such approval.

The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:02 PM
Any ETA on pregame?

Not yet; we have learned from past experience that it's better not to over-promise when it comes to deadlines.

The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:02 PM
Edit to add: The server has been super unstable lately. Does staff have a solution in mind, or a plan for if it gets in the way of v6?

If server issues continue, we will look towards ZetaBoards for answers. We have several alternative options, but thus far all server issues have been resolved in a fairly timely manner.

Also, added a caveat to the first post:

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RemoteControl
Mar 9 2015, 03:13 PM
Might we roleplay prom? :3

I mean, it's not graduation for the students anymore, but...can we party? And elect fun character for kings and queens?
This will depend on the time during which V6 Pregame is set, which will be tied to its launch date. If not Prom, Homecoming is certainly a possibility.

RemoteControl
Mar 9 2015, 03:13 PM
How will the elections of the student councils look like? Just like V5? Or different, because now we have seniors and juniors.

Elections will follow the V5 model. Due to the two grades, there will be twice as many positions available!

RemoteControl
Mar 9 2015, 03:13 PM
Also, do you guys have awesome events and ideas in mind? Either big, cool pregame events or V6 terrorist fluff events?

Yes. ;)
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DuckyB
Mar 9 2015, 03:18 PM
Many schools, colleges, and childcare facilities have switched to the A.L.I.C.E system of public safety training for dealing with intruders and similarly dangerous situations. Will Cochise High provide A.L.I.C.E training for faculty and students?
It will not. While the training has received some high level endorsement, it is still extremely controversial and has a very mixed reputation with regards to use in public school systems. Since no real life schools in Kingman appear to use it, and since it does not align with the philosophies of the Cochise staff, it will not be in effect. In Arizona, schools are legally required to conduct lockdown drills twice a year; anything else is at school discretion.
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The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:24 PM
Will Cochise have the same or similar code of conduct and dress code as Kingman High School? How similar is it in administration and rules to the other Kingman high schools? How old is Cochise?
All of this information will be rolled out with the start of Pregame. There will be a school dress code explicitly published.

The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 03:24 PM
Will there have been a timeskip between v5 and 6 like there was for 4 and 5? By how long?

Yes. There will be a timeskip to bring us roughly even with the real life date.
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NotAFlyingToy
Mar 10 2015, 04:19 AM
Are the NPCs (and the Handler involvement in their creation) going to return? How about the Meanwhile section? Are stories that are started in V5's meanwhile going to carry over into V6?
The NPC section will return in some capacity, as will Meanwhile. If handlers wish to continue or follow up stories from V5's Meanwhile, they may. V6 Meanwhile will, however, have its own section for improved clarity/continuity, and threads contemporary with V6 should take place there.
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The Burned Handler
Mar 11 2015, 12:11 PM
When in the year is pregame set? How much flexibility do we have in terms of when threads take place? How much discretion will handlers have over how successful the school has been recently, academically or athletically? For example, the Aurora Pelicans had a champion football team during v5 pregame IIRC.
Pregame will span the half year closest to when the game will launch--it'll depend on when pregame starts OOC. There will be a specific start date IC for pregame, and the abduction date, and threads that do not fall between these times should go in Memories (as should threads that fall out of chronological order for a character). Generally, handler requests and desires will be taken into account as much as possible re: school success--to best serve all handlers, the school will likely have a middling reputation over all, with specific programs within it achieving either excellence or infamy rather than the school as a whole doing so.
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The Burned Handler
Mar 15 2015, 12:42 AM
Will there be a general "City of Kingman" forum for those of us who want to incorporate real locations and such?
Yes.
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The Burned Handler
Mar 15 2015, 12:45 AM
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The Burned Handler
Mar 9 2015, 02:53 PM
What is planned to be different in this pregame than previous, beyond the obvious location difference?
This is fairly broad and an overview will be difficult. Key differences include a wider range of character ages, differences in school events, etc.
To clarify: Will there be substantial differences in things like length of pregame, rules for posting, etc.
At this time, nothing specific in those areas is planned. Pregame may run slightly shorter than in past versions, but we suspect V6 Pregame will be generally comparable to V5 Pregame.
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The Burned Handler
Mar 15 2015, 01:10 AM
Can characters connected to past versions - say, graduates of Barry Coleson or something - appear in Meanwhile as long as they have no connection to the Cochise High kids?
The current plan is for V6 Meanwhile to follow the model of V5's, in which case the answer would be yes with a few provisions. You would not be allowed to write characters created by or tied to other characters created by someone else without their permission, would not be allowed to write important public figures without staff permission, and would not be allowed to create surviving classmates of deceased students without staff permission (so you could have a Barry Coleson graduate from the year before or after the V1 kids, but to have one from the same year would need to be okayed by staff).
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Yugikun
Mar 15 2015, 05:25 AM
Is there an IC reason for the second timeskip?
Yes! More details will be forthcoming as the game nears.
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RemoteControl
Mar 15 2015, 05:56 AM
Could you pleeeease do something special IC, due to it being the 10th anniversary of SOTF IC? Like a throwback to old versions and references to them?
No promises, but we're aware and will see what we can do!
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Pancapples
Mar 18 2015, 10:42 PM
What are the school colours?
Our current plan is red and gold (though this, as with all else, is subject to change until Pregame goes live).
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