After careful deliberation and much thought, our initial four offers for Level 6 DMs went out last week and I am happy to report that all four accepted the offers and are already hard at work on some exciting things for the programs future. Before deciding who to ask we first came up with what we thought were the four most important committees that the Herald’s Guild needed tackled right now. Once those were known it was fairly easy to decide on who we thought would be best to head up each one of those and hence be our initial Level 6 DMs. So let us welcome our Council of Masters members!!!!
- DM Training: Shawn Merwin
- DM Conduct: Teos Abadia
- DM Testing: Dan Erbacher
- DM Community: Robert Adducci
We are also happy to announce our initial four committees (I bet you can guess the names). The Herald’s Guild is a large organic organization that derives its goals and motivations from its members. Committees are where those goals and motivations and distilled down to become the rules and guidelines we use in our everyday interaction with others. It is the core of what we are trying to do, say, and portray about our hobby and organization. Each Committee is headed up by a Level 6 DM. In addition, a selection of Level 5 and 4 DMs will round each Committee out to 8 members.
Herald’s Guild Committees:
DM Community: Creation and coordination of team building events, policies, and procedures. Also a watchdog on the other committees to make sure nothing being done or proposed will damage the morale of the organization or project an outward appearance to others not in line with our internal values. Examples might include slot 0 tools, late night functions, preshow dinners, etc.
DM Conduct: Creation and maintenance of the rules we expect all members of the organization to follow. The power of this organization comes from our name and we will protect our name and those who seek to cause harm to it. This includes our ‘Safe Place’ policies. We are an organization that welcomes all who wish to better themselves as DMs and support their hobby.
DM Testing: Creation and maintenance of our ranking forms and advancement criteria. We need to constantly work on honing our craft and becoming examples for those wishing to throw their hat in the DM’ing ring. How do we measure those metrics correctly in a fashion that allows improvement.
DM Training: Creation of our initial seminars, adjusting those seminars as needed, and coming up with our general DM curriculum. None of us started out as great DMs. We all worked on our craft over years or even decades of playing. This is how we pass on what we have learned to those who will carry the flag forward when our turns are done.