The Community Recognition Program (CRP) is in essence a mission that combines in game and out of game activities.
One of the greatest benefits of a mission in this way is that it can grow and develop over time and that is exactly the intention for this year’s version of it.
The adjustments listed are not as yet fixed and this post is to allow players time to view and comment.
CRP will start in May this year and once again be 7months long.
This post is to allow time for players to review the changes, comment on it, possibly see more changes and then to prepare for mission.
If your content is tasteless, derogatory, pornographic or otherwise found to be offensive it will be disqualified. I will not discuss this. If you feel a need to create such content, consider not entering the event because your content will be disqualified and deleted from our forum. This is a game yes but we are adults and I expect you to behave as such.
Before starting the event please register with me so you can be added to the leaderboard. Also helps me prepare for your submissions
A reward redemption thread will be made for each moth the same as before. With missions being sent directly to me ensure I receive it in time to count and you post in the redemption thread that it has been sent and the mission title.
Up till now lore was mostly unguided storytelling but now we want to guide you specifically towards an end goal.
Your mission, should you choose to accept it…
Write/create a story mission/quest in the spirit of the Next Island lore.
Each month to qualify you must write one mission that complies to the guidelines below.
For a mission to remain secret so that the inclusion of the winning mission is not spoiled by everyone already knowing the ending these missions can be submitted to me directly and claimed under the claim thread with reference to the submission. Please send to me on discord or here as a pdf file
Mmorpg’s are generally bad at story missions and we are working on changing that. So we would like to extend this to include player input.
The best mission submitted over the entire course of the event will be included into the game.
Note that it may have to be rewritten somewhat and adjusted if needed but credit will be given to the player who wrote it. I will work with the winning player and Circe to adjust or rewrite the mission(aiming for as little changes as possible). The winner will have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the inner workings of mission creation.
Guidelines and hints:
Read up on Next Island lore - Lore
(There are a number of videos and other information about Next Island from the time of its launch that you can also look at.)
Should your mission be in AG read up on Ancient Greek history and the myths relating to this Ancient Greece (Remember that this is an alternate version of Ancient Greece)
Having a depth of understanding of the background will help you create a better mission.
Consider your target players. f2p or depositors, lvl of player, profession etc
Missions that involve community co-operation is encouraged but not required
Lore rich missions with puzzles or mysteries using the existing environment in new creative ways is the main target
Write a backstory for your mission of 200 words or more.
Each NPC to be described in terms of male/female, name given and a short description of the person and any other relevant information.
Location where they are to be placed given as waypoint
Clothing to wear if this is relevant. Remember to stay with existing clothes.
Write out the complete dialogues for interactions with NPC’s
Dialogue must be easy to read and not long drawn out affairs
Write the mission
The entire mission step by step must be detailed in something like how a storyboard for a movie would play out (Do not need an actual storyboard though you are free to make one)
You are looking at around 1000 words all in all or more
Note. No new content in terms of mobs, items that need modeling, clothing, dungeons, locations, blueprints are anything else I forgot to add will qualify for the win to be entered into the game. Such submissions can only qualify for the armor piece.
Only need 1 submission per month per player is needed
Must be detailed and comply to the guidelines above
Must be well written with good English (The game is English so please do not debate this point)
You may submit a separate mission each month or continue on with the initial mission in 7stages providing you stay with the content guidelines during each submission
No new items or blueprints to be suggested in your mission stay with existing items and locations.
New NPC’s and changes to an area may be added to your mission
For this competition no iron missions, simple go fetch missions or fedex missions will be accepted. Mission must be story based and may include a mystery to solve, or a puzzle although not required.
Developers reserve the right to reject any submission
All submissions that comply to the rules will receive the points for the armor piece
Of all submissions the developers will select the winning mission. The 5 best ones will be posted on the forum in recognition of those who submitted it.
We reserve the right to not award any mission to the winning mission
All submissions that comply to the rules will receive the full 42 points for the armor piece
Note that we will be especially hard on this section. Mission writing sounds easier than it is so be very sure you are ready for this
Additional concern: Players who wish to submit lore but do not want to post it on the forum requested that lore be submitted directly and then only claimed on the forum. It will be discussed and we may change the entire lore submission to this process.
Quest Writing Evaluation Criteria
1.Adherence to game lore: The mission should be consistent with the world, characters, and rules established in the game. It should not contradict established canon or mechanics.
2.Creativity and originality: The mission should offer a fresh take on the game world and present unique challenges that engage the player’s imagination. As a story mission this needs more body than a
3.Writing quality: The mission should be well-written, with clear and concise prose, engaging dialogue, and effective pacing.
4.Character development: The mission should feature interesting characters that the player can find real
5.Gameplay design: The mission should offer a satisfying gameplay experience that balances challenge, exploration, and action.
6.Integration of game mechanics: The mission should make use of the game’s mechanics, such as combat, stealth, puzzles, or dialogue, in interesting and effective ways.
7.Flow and coherence: The mission should have a clear structure and flow that leads the player through the various tasks and waypoints in a logical and satisfying way.
8.Use of storytelling elements: The mission should make use of storytelling elements such as setting, conflict, plot twists, and resolution to create an engaging and memorable experience for the player.
9.Player agency: The mission should offer the player meaningful choices and consequences that affect the outcome of the story.
10.Overall enjoyment: Ultimately, the mission should be an enjoyable and memorable experience that leaves the player feeling satisfied and eager for more.
Event creation has shown a reliance on the same sweat event principal by many in order to get the armor easily. The drawback is that this brings no excitement and does not stretch the imagination at all. What we would really like to see is some creativity.
Allowing players to score an event will also not help as we know players will support each other.
No sweat events but sweating can be included as part of a bigger event as long as only a small portion of the event is committed to sweating.
Prior to the actual event a post is to be made on the forum detailing the event and this must be linked in with your description. (A date will be given when the forum is open for CRP event entries)
You may not simply copy an event by another player your event must be unique. As such you must post your event details on the forum as early as possible in order to be sure it is your IP
(If you are unsure if your event qualifies as unique you can contact me beforehand and verify)
Event organizers are those organizing public events on NI/AG
Events must be open to public entry. For example, limiting by society or specific players does not qualify (Events that form a shortlist such as “PFEU” still qualify). Events requiring certain items (such as for fashion events) are fine.
A given event may only be submitted by one player. Exception: Larger events coordinated in advance
Event organizers must show a significant effort and investment of time and or costs into their event
(Previously some did much more effort than others. Example. A f2p player spending months on a different planet farming for prizes while another shows up and gives free heals for a sweat circle for 1hour. We do not want to reward someone taking a shortcut while others really invest in the event)
Event organizers must take appropriate screenshots of their event, and post them in the thread created for the event to act as evidence. These should include timestamps (by pressing the period key in-game) and showing the players in attendance.
An event must be a minimum of 30minutes to qualify (Races or short hunts will need some creativity to be made longer)
No events that are for the CRP will get any developer assistance(If a dev shows up for such an event it is simply to witness)
For an event with
5 to 9 people a score of 3 points is awarded
10 to 15 people a score of 8 points is awarded
16 to 25 people a score of 15 points is awarded
Any event having 26 or more players will receive a 22 point score
An event with 50 or more players will receive 42 points
You may use the same event during the entire CRP, you are not required a new event design every month
A race is not always the same as another race. Therefore many races may qualify but for example only 1 person may run bumper-car races on the Carnival Island racetrack. (Though I hope no one takes this option now)
Video content refers to recorded and edited video posted on a site such as Youtube.
Video content created thus far has been impressive and this has shown us the level of content creation Entropia players are capable off.
Types of videos
The following video types are to be created and submitted. Only videos within these categories will qualify.
A complete instructional guide on for example mining. Explaining the tools, depths, enhancers etc.
Mission walk through
A step by step guide and commentary on a specific mission. If you already completed the mission that is not a problem as long as you follow the same steps as you did originally and show the dialogue as static images
(Suggested to use static dialogue images for clarity and completeness of walkthrough. This is mostly available and if not always free to get a player to do the run through and take screenshots. Be as detailed as you can be to avoid having your video rejected due to incorrect information being shown)
A promo video for an event to be held on Next Island
Or a promo video for Next Island(Note that this topic is by no means forced. If you think this is not good don’t do it)
Recorded activities in game edited and narrated to make a story
Make a music video of an event in game or creating new music related to NI added to NI scenes
No pornographic content will be allowed. No matter how you view Greece or tropical islands. If your content is tasteless, derogatory, pornographic or otherwise found to be offensive it will be disqualified. I consider this point closed now
Video must be between 5min and 25min
Exceptions will be considered if you can support a valid reason for it. Shorter or longer.
Videos must have above 10 Likes and 100 Views to qualify
Videos to be tagged using #NextIsland and #CRP
Video title and description to clearly show what type it is and what mission or event etc it covers
Use one of the Next Island media links as supplied in the media package
Videos must take place on Next Island or Ancient Greece although short parts in the space or elsewhere as would be part of a trip is allowed.
Videos do not have to be family friendly as such, though videos that we consider to be counterproductive to positive community development will not qualify
Gameplay videos does not qualify for CRP ‘23. Gameplay falls under streamers.
Unedited clips of streams do not qualify, NI staff will make a final determination if videos are deemed appropriate to qualify
A single video may only be submitted once, but you may submit any video that has been published during the Community Recognition Program. For example, you may publish a video in April, and by May it has enough likes to qualify, therefore you can submit it for May. This should give you more opportunity to gain organic views and qualify. Any video created and posted for the event from 1 month prior to start until the end of the event will count. Scoring remains open until 1 month after the end of the event for videos posted to gain their required number of views and likes.
Videos that is deemed to qualify by NI Staff will then be scored based on likes and views.
100 views and 10 likes will receive 11 points
200 views and 20 likes will receive 22 points
Videos that exceed 500 views and 55 likes will receive 42 points
Streaming of gameplay is a great way to get others to see the game and possibly wish to try it out. Also a great way for those who already play to see what others do or how the game can be or how an uber hunt looks etc.
So for streaming we are looking for game play streams.
That means actively hunting or mining or running a mission.
Additional point. Stream must be interesting and entertaining. Simply standing there grinding mob kills for hours is not interesting. Yes I understand that is the game but stretch your imagination. There are streamers who make their streams interesting.
Taking part in events or covering an event will also qualify as long as the event complies to the rules of CRP ‘23 and your stream qualifies in terms of your activity as host and time spent streaming
Craft runs will not count for this unless it’s a short part of the video. (no more than 10% of the stream time to be spent crafting
Fruit running not accepted
Streamers are those streaming on Twitch under the Entropia Universe category.
Streamers must be affiliate or reach affiliate during the time of CRP in order to qualify
Collaboration streams will be allowed with a max of 2 streamers able to score points. Additional points will be looked at for a collaboration stream such as chemistry and communication between the streamers.
Streams must have an average view rate above 10 people (We validate this through third-party tools which takes average viewers per channel overall).
Streams do not have to be family friendly as such, though streams that we consider to be counterproductive to positive community development will not qualify.
Further to a point brought up repeatedly. No pornographic content will be allowed.
Streams that do not feature active gameplay (AFK streaming) will not qualify
Streams where the avatar stands around while the host uses the time to simply talk for an hour will not qualify
NI/AG Gameplay must be the main focus of the stream, for example, playing another game or other activity with EU in a small window in stream does not qualify
Streams must take place on NI/AG
Streams must enable the “Automatically save broadcasts for up to 7 days(60days for partners, Turbo and Prime Users)”. - Note that you will have to submit your link in time for us to be able to view it or it may be disqualified(Best to post immediately after the stream)
Streams must include the streamer talking about what they are doing and interacting with the viewers
Monetizing your viewers by giving money for watching will disqualify you from the CRP for the entire 2023 program
Tag your stream with #NextIsland and #CRP
Include a media link on your stream as supplied in the media kit
Dual streaming is not allowed. You are not fully engaging your viewers if you are spreading content over 2 platforms simultaneously.
Preference is given to streams on Twitch but it is not the only option.
Qualifying streams earn 4points per hour of streaming.
We are looking into twitch drops and the option to develop and use this feature for future CRP events. So while you may feel streamers received no real revamp this year, exciting things are being worked on for you guys we are just running out of time to get it all organized and in place.
Evaluation of Streams
1.Engagement: A good gaming streamer will engage with their audience by reading and responding to comments, creating a community through chat and social media, and interacting with viewers during gameplay.
2.Quality of content: A good gaming streamer will provide high-quality content that is entertaining, informative, and engaging. They may use interesting graphics, sound effects, and animations to enhance their content.
3.Skill level: A good gaming streamer will have a high level of skill in the games they play. They will be able to provide useful insights and strategies to their audience, making the content informative and valuable.
4.Consistency: A good gaming streamer will be consistent in their streaming schedule and content. This means that they stream regularly and provide a predictable schedule for their viewers to follow.
5.Originality: A good gaming streamer will have their own unique style and personality that sets them apart from other streamers. They will not just copy what other streamers are doing but will bring their own ideas and creative content to the table.
6.Entertainment value: A good gaming streamer will provide entertainment value to their viewers through their personality, humor, and interaction with the audience.
7.Production quality: A good gaming streamer will have high production values for their streams, including good lighting, clear audio, and high-quality video. They may use multiple camera angles or graphics to enhance the viewing experience.
8.Community building: A good gaming streamer will create a sense of community among their viewers by fostering a positive environment where people feel comfortable and welcome.
9.By considering these points, you can evaluate a gaming streamer’s content and determine whether they are a good streamer who puts in real effort or just talking nonsense and streaming boring or poor content.
Additional to the streaming points listed above
1.Communication: Communication is key in a collaboration, especially when two or more streamers are working together. Evaluate whether the streamers are communicating effectively during the stream, such as giving each other space to speak and not talking over one another.
2.Teamwork: In a collaboration, it is important to work together towards a common goal. Evaluate whether the streamers are cooperating with each other and taking turns to play the game or provide commentary.
3.Chemistry: The chemistry between the two streamers can make or break a collaboration. Evaluate whether the streamers have a good rapport and seem to enjoy working together, making the stream enjoyable to watch.
4.Division of roles: When two or more streamers collaborate, they may take on different roles to make the stream more interesting. Evaluate whether the streamers have divided their roles in a way that makes sense and complements each other’s strengths.
5.Creativity: Collaboration between two streamers can bring new ideas and perspectives to the stream. Evaluate whether the streamers have come up with creative ideas that are unique to their collaboration.
6.Entertainment value: As with a single streamer, entertainment value is crucial in a collaboration. Evaluate whether the collaboration provides entertainment value to the viewers, such as through humor or engaging commentary.
7.Technical aspects: Technical aspects of a stream such as audio and video quality can be more challenging in a collaboration. Evaluate whether the streamers have addressed these challenges and provided a high-quality stream.
8.Engagement with audience: Collaboration can provide a unique opportunity for engagement with the audience, with multiple streamers interacting with viewers. Evaluate whether the streamers are effectively engaging with their audience, such as responding to comments or incorporating viewer suggestions.
General Scoring Rules
In order to be awarded an armor piece you will need 42 points
(Yes I saw you all joking about 42 now its here to haunt you)
You may acquire the points through any or even all of the above activities.
A total of 7 x 42 points is required to get all armor pieces
Avatar age. Only avatars born in 2022 and earlier can take part (This is to further avoid the use of alts to farm the armor. Some already did and the old rules did not allow us to prevent this)
The quality of your submission will be taken in to account. So should your video reach the required views and likes but not be of good quality or fall under offensive or tasteless we reserve the right to score you at 0. This is a control measure to cover for the unforeseen submissions of poor quality.
Leaderboards and Feedback
A leaderboard will be created and posted on the forum listing the players who entered, their submissions and whether it qualified or not.
In specific instances feedback will be given to the player or why the submission did not qualify or how to enhance it for the next submission.
CRP is a unique opportunity for players to show their creativity and community spirit and allows for greater visibility of the game. The possibilities here are endless and only limited by your imaginations.
We want to see you all spend time on Next Island and enjoy the community.
On request I will make another post listing finer points of what we will be looking at. This document is already available but I will clean it up and add better descriptions so it is easy to understand and follow. That will be how submissions will be evaluated and scored.
We are working on additional reward items such as CRP clothing items. This will not be for this year. We hope to have it available for next year.
We are also looking at the option of lore written by players and published under their names
Note: No x-rated content. This is a game for adults but we are not the pro-am porn industry.
Special Note: As some events, streams or ideas are unique in ways the rules does not allow for you are free to talk to me directly and discuss your ideas and ways to evaluate it. The evaluation is built around what we as devs can easily track and what is as fair as possible to you the player. This is not always the case as you are now asked to push the bounds of the normal basic events and ideas. If your event, stream, video or mission you have in mind has you worried it does not fall under the rules contact me directly. Use discord please for that.