On Sat, Mar 19, 2011 at 3:30 AM, NST Canada <nst.canada (at) gmail.com> wrote:
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This is a very interesting question. To clarify since this relates to the prior question and answer. I do not intend to, if elected, shake everything up. I fully understand that any changes to the structure and organization are something that should be phased in. I am simply open to doing business under a new model if it is more effective.
Now, with that said, there is something else to consider here. It has been expressed that Global should only support a quantified number of Venues. I don’t believe I yet have the knowledge to decide what that number is. Some would say until we do polling that no one really does. Moving forward I believe that I would have to rely heavily on the NSTs to decide what those Venues would be and how many are supported from the bottom up. At the point that we have the results of the polling it should be much clearer.
If the NSTs believe that they should support a venue, regardless of what it is, I believe that we should support them.
Once it is established which venues we are indeed building for I’d ask the Venue AMSTs to all-call for the monumental position of their AAMST: Transition. Meanwhile I would also all-call for position of AMST: Transition to facilitate that team and its needs and act as an AMST: Settings for those venues that are to come.
All of these hires would follow the vetting process through feedback from AMSTs, NSTs, and ANSTs.
These transition positions, the Transition Team, would be tasked with at first our Lessons Learned study. This will be done by surveys and interviews with high level STs. When this data is compiled I will sit down with the team and our NSTs and decide how to move forward.
Also as indicated in my vision statement, another hope of mine is to work towards eliminating the phrase, "Reserved for the Office of the Master Storyteller" in the addendum. In order to make this a reality in our next chronicle it will fall to the transition team to develop plans to incorportate many of those items, so that at the begining of our next chronicle mechanics exist for them to be in place.
I believe this is a strong and flexible plan to start with. I would like to avoid a bloat in the Global Office but am also aware that this is a very big undertaking. I am confident as we know more that we will be able to adapt accordingly.
In closing I'd like to note that while I don't want to repeat the Year of Fire, I feel that the ending of a chronicle should be something memorable, that impacts all of the venues and is tied into something epic in scope. It should be open and available to any player characters who want to be part of it and their actions should impact >the ultimate conclusion.
In closing, I do not want to see another Year of Fire. I saw a great deal of "let's burn this chronicle down" during the Year of Fire. I want to see the Year of Epic Story, a year when stories are about the character and the stories they have lived through. Our Chronicles have had tears, they have had laughter and times of perfection and times when we as storytellers have had to take a step back and reassess the situation. As MST, I want to help each of you facilitiate the stories for your players. I want to facilitate your stories as players, and cheer with you as you have those epic moments as storytellers and players. When our chronicle winds down, it's not going to be a story about the end – I want it to be a story about the epic heights that were reached – I want it to be something where five years from now, when we are in our new Chronicle, we are sitting around a table and talking about those awesome and epic moments of last chronicle with fond memories, and an even fonder recollection that you, your friends, your enemies…everyone – were part of that amazing story.
Andrew J. Trujillo