Job and Career Rules Aug 21, 2017 22:14:54 GMT
Post by Bonetrousled? on Aug 21, 2017 22:14:54 GMT
With how big and chaotic the Digital World is, there's always at least somebody in need of a hand at any given moment. Whether mundane or fantastical, tasks of all sorts await those who set foot in the Digital World. Some of these are jobs taken at another's request, a little way of passing the time and getting some money on the side. Others are jobs that a character specializes in, whether drawing from their previous expertise or capitalizing on a skill that they've learned during their time in the Digital World. Jobs of both kinds serve a twofold purpose. From a pragmatic perspective, they are a great way of earning money for a character. From a story-driven perspective, they are a way of helping cement your character's place in the world and developing their reputation.
The first type of job threads are called Odd Jobs. These jobs tend to be requests either simple or strange in nature. Much like the Monthly Roleplay Challenge threads, these are basically prompts that a character is assigned to. You're given a job, such as "babysit Digimon at the Village of Beginnings" or "clear the Trailmon rails in Terminus City," but from there the freedom is yours to carry out the prompt in a manner you see fit.
At any given moment, two regions of the Digital World will have four odd jobs posted up in the Active Jobs thread. These will rotate out on a bimonthly cycle. For example, assume that this month the Northern Prominence and Southern Tropics have active jobs. Next month, the Northern Prominence jobs will be replaced with the Digital Core jobs. The month after, the Southern Tropics jobs will be replaced with The Giants jobs. This staggered cycle allows jobs to remain in rotation for a good while for members on slower schedules, while allowing more fast-acting members to always have a new set of jobs to participate in.
Every job prompt may be done once per character. After all, there's no sense in redoing a task which you've already completed, right? Due to their more relaxed nature compared to high-stakes missions, the requirements for completing a job are quite low. By default, one needs only to write 500 words to take home 1500 bits. However, time and effort put into a job makes it all the more rewarding. Writing 1000 words instead will make a job worth 2500 bits, giving some added incentive towards going the extra mile.
To mark a job thread, please put [JOB] in the thread's title and include the job's name in a line above the rest of your post. We also ask that you post your current wordcount at the end of each post in order to track how close you are to finishing the thread. This is just so that we can easily keep track of who has completed what jobs. Finished jobs will be checked at the end of each month.
Job threads may also be taken with multiple players. Many people easier to work as part of a team, whether for their IC labors or for coming up with new ideas OOC. These threads are handled identically to jobs with a single participant. Each member in the thread must reach the word limit independently, and each must post which job they are taking on above the first post of their thread.
If you're interested in looking for a writing partner for taking on a job but aren't sure where to look, simply post in the Job and Career Matchmaking Thread.
While this is how most odd jobs pan out, there are a few exceptions. Occasionally a set of jobs will be marked as Urgent. These Urgent Jobs will not be part of the regular bimonthly rotation, instead remaining until either a certain amount of time has passed or enough of the jobs have been completed. While their rewards may seem identical to those of standard jobs, if enough Urgent Jobs are completed bonus rewards will be given to all of those who participated. Urgent Jobs tend to emerge due to specific plot circumstances, whether cleaning up the aftermath or facilitating steps forward in the plot, so who knows? A little bit of your aid could be essential for protecting the Digital World.
Of course, not every character is content simply being a wandering helper. Some want to make their mark in a different way, providing a service for others and serving as a spot of reliability in the otherwise chaotic Digital World. From a daring and dangerous job like a bodyguard or treasure hunter to a more relaxing one like a musician or innkeeper, there's no limit to the sorts of jobs that a character on the site can take up. A character who wants to take their skills and make a living off of them is said to have formed a Career. This doesn't mean that the character has to be in a stable career, of course. They can simply be pursuing a hobby or practicing a new skill which they've learned. This name is only to differentiate it from Odd Job threads.
In order to recognize a character for their talents, we simply ask that they post a thread requesting the formalization of their careers. Please use the following template when coming up with a career thread:
Name of Character:
It's you! If your character is working under an NPC boss, you can mention that too.
Type of Career:
This is where you post your type of job. Is it a performance? A type of store? A service? Be as specific as possible to give people a clear idea of what you're setting out to accomplish.
Where can your business be most commonly found? Many careers settle in one place, often a city, although some make house calls and wander from subboard to subboard.
What inspired your character to go into this sort of job? This is a chance to describe your character's history and passions, so feel free to go into as much detail as you want.
This is where you go into detail about your job, including anything you feel is especially pertinent to scene-setting and job operation. Are there other staff? Does your character have a preferred clientele, a favored type of job, or a special product? What does the place of operation look like? Are you running the business, or are you just a cog in the machine?
Specify here if your job gives any minor IC items for being completed. This should not be anything of significant power, but instead little stuff like hats, souvenirs, and other in-character memories.
[b]Name of Character:[/b]
[b]Type of Career:[/b]
Once your career thread has been finished and approved by two staff members, we will add it to the Active Careers forum.
Once you've finished making a career thread, your career is considered active. From this point forward you can start looking for clientele in one of two ways. The first is to post in the NPC Request forum and ask for a staff member or user to make an NPC for a career thread. The second is to thread with another character. While oftentimes members will already know who they're threading with, if you have an open thread or are looking for a new writing partner you can always post in the Jobs and Career Matchmaking thread. Once you have your client, the thread can play out in the same manner as any other thread.
The member whose character is demonstrating their career is the one responsible for hitting the thread's wordcount. This is slightly more than that of an MPC, standing at a firm 1500 words. However, as careers are quite involved and are based on interaction with another NPC or character, this will hopefully be quite the easy number to hit. In addition, please have common sense. Even if a career thread hits 1500 words, if it doesn't adequately finish the job the staff will not sign off on giving you the bits you've gained as a reward. While the other members in the thread are not held to any specific sentence limit, we expect them to play their parts as well and not freeload off of the career-runner's hard-worked effort.
Your reward for a job well done is 7500 bits, making careers a good midpoint between MPCs and missions in terms of value. Furthermore, if other members are either present in the thread or running an NPC to support it, they will each get 2500 bits for their participation. This reward can be cashed in four times per month, and is rewarded at a thread's completion.
Whether as an occasional helping hand or as a pillar of the Digital World's community, job threads open plenty of opportunities for your character to get their name out there. We hope both options will help make the Digital World feel like a more active, living place.