looks quite interesting, though I would like to make some critical comments:
1. Don't overdo it. It seems like you've done 10 months of planning and brainstorming to come up with a fairly basic sounding rpg-kind server.
2. As of some 'roles' I'm curious as to what they even do. 'Environmental concept artist', 'Character concept artist', etc. It sounds like you're creating a whole new game, when in reality you're manipulating an already existing game to do what you want it to do.
3. Realise that if you want some of these roles filled, and them being fully focussed on your project & you want high quality without them copying other plugins you have to be prepared to pay for it. Especially in the state the community is right now.
4. A quick count tells me staff only should be around 40 people, that's way too much for a relatively simple 1 gamemode server. Again, don't overcomplicate things.
5. Honestly it looks like you're already suffering from things some companies suffer from, having too much management and too little people who execute. I read about a full on presentation on ideas with core staff, while brainstorming is great, once again don't overdo it.
6. And just in general, I can appreciate the work that has been going into the project, but 10 months to come up with a concept for a server is just way too long & I suggest you find ways to speed up the process since that sounds crazy.
7. Get your priorities on point. All you seem to have been doing is recruiting, while you didn't even pick a server host yet, from what I read. (also it's not just about the location of the host & ping. Look for upgrade path, cpu performance do you wanna have dedicated or VPS or fully prepared MC server etc)
8. Just get things done. At this point I'm not even involved and already a little annoyed by how bureacratic everything looks.
Sorry for the rant, lemme know if you need a hand with anything, I'd be very happy to help since I know how hard getting a RPG server going can be. (Please read up on MC server performace optimization before creation since that's hard with the heavy plugins you're likely gonna use.)
Thank you for your comments!
Monarch Network is a debut project of TBK with its origins to August 2019 - which sparked the interest for our community. During this time, the project was fundamentally reenvisioned alongside the mission for TBK. We haven't just spent nine months on brainstorming the network's flagship gamemode as much as it may seem. Because we understand the value and potential of the project, we elected to place only our most professional foot forward at all times:
Documentation was always one of our priorities. These help us stay transparent, thoughtful and perceptive of any developments in an endeavour to benefit the community and the long-term success of any TBK's project.
Recruitment campaigns are always mindfully prepared. As the thread history may show, we were mostly looking for specialised staff positions to manage the project while writing, reviewing and maintaining crucial documentation.
The management of TBK was established prior to Monarch Network being announced as Project M. This may explain our initiative to professionally display our brand and image of our community and projects.
Monarch Network's "The Kingdoms" (working title for its flagship gamemode) has been proven to be impressive in terms of what it will have to offer. We purposefully elected to not reveal all of its details as we further develop our understanding on what's possible with Minecraft as an engine.
The roles listed in this recruitment campaign satisfy Monarch Network's conspectus and remit with regards to "People should be specialised in their niche." For example, a builder should not also be a moderator. We do not expect each position to be filled nor remain unpaid. As mentioned in the recently added FAQ section of the thread, some staff may be paid prior to the network releasing as other schemes produced by TBK just might be able to publicise the community.
Position such as an environmental or character concept artist was chosen to facilitate one of the metaphorical pillars of the gamemode, which makes it unique: Living, breathing world with a vast diversity of landscape, enemies, characters and custom-made pets!
We've achieved a deal with a hosting provider where all of our notions were met.
While we do undertake requisite decisions as a studio, we take to account our community's response and reception to any motion. It's important to consider TBK as a not yet published community, which happens to already have acquired 100 members.
We take feedback like yours solemnly as we strive to be better for our community and partners. Thank you again for offering your insight into the project!
We want to answer some frequently asked questions as we've been receiving a surplus of these in the past few days. These FAQ and their answers were added to the thread for ease of access.
Q. Will I be notified if my application is rejected?
Yes. We will try to contact you through Discord using the username you provided. However, if a member of our team is unable to send you a direct message (this may be because you do not share a Discord server with them), there won't be further attempts. If your application was successful, a member of our team will add you as a friend on Discord.
Q. How do I withdraw my application?
You can contact a member of our recruitment branch or LACON#9136 directly on Discord with a request to withdraw your application. Note: To have the information you submitted in your application deleted from our database, you must explicitly mention you want to do this. As per our policy, the information you willingly presented in your application will be discarded as we finalise our review to comply with data protection. We store your information for up to three months - and then destroy it permanently.
Q. Do you record the interviews?
Yes. Our interviews are recorded for training and monitoring purposes to ensure the safety of you and our team. This notice will be explicitly presented to you at the beginning of an interview. We do not tolerate mischief or abuse.
Q. Will I get paid for my work?
Currently, no. All positions are listed as volunteer roles. With this said, ultimately, we want to compensate for our staff in the near future.
Q. Will I get paid for my work after Monarch Network releases?
TBK is a young organisation based on several projects. We'll be publishing other schemes in an exordium to Monarch Network's release, which should render the community as finally public. And while we will still operate as a free platform, we remain hopeful of donations sent through programmes like Patreon. Because of TBK's benefit of a diverse catalogue of projects, this means some staff may be paid prior to the network releasing.
Q. How is Monarch Network going to be funded?
The Monarch team is looking to experiment with a no pay-to-win business model for "The Kingdoms" (working title for a gamemode) serviced by cosmetic and convenience items. View our funding policy here: 🔗 https://link.thebutterflykingdom.net/funding
Q. Are there any projects previously released?
Currently, there are no projects released. Nonetheless, our community is already around 100 members!
Q. How long will it take for my application to be considered or not? It may range from 3 - 14 days depending on the volume of applications. Any delays will be reported directly to you through Discord.
We are opening a few more positions at TBK, including a P.A. to CEO. Please read the following before applying:
Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer at TBK
An excellent opportunity for a new PA who would like to gain further exposure as a PA to CEO level within a community-driven, fast-paced and friendly environment.
Participate in daily operations at TBK and gain insight into administering a novel and vivid organisation by offering comprehensive secretarial and administrative support to the entrepreneurial Chief Executive Officer.
As a personal assistant to CEO at TBK, you will:
Provide organizational and administrative support to the CEO, including management of time
Manage the activities of the CEO effectively, prioritising and arranging meetings as required
Manage CEO communication acting on urgent requests in their absence, replying directly or forwarding messages to appropriate members of staff
Collate and prepare agendas for meetings chaired by the CEO and ensure timely distribution of necessitated documentation
Assist in preparation of meeting materials as required
Assist with any necessary additional support to the Executive Assistants and to the CEO
Minimum to none experience required.
Self-driven and motivated, with an ability to show initiative in all situations and the ability to take responsibility for actions
Calm under pressure
Must strive for professionalism, including a general act of confidentially – this role may deal with highly sensitive information
IT literacy across a variety of tools, including GSuite
Excellent literacy and reporting skills
Being mindful of costs and being alert to making the best use of budgetary resources
Excellent verbal communication
The ability to challenge and see beyond current state – spot opportunity for process improvement and act upon these observations
Be well versed at communicating with members of staff from all levels and areas of the organisation
Due to popular interest, we re-introduced the Staff Manager position to the application form. Why was it removed in the first place? While the role hasn't been previously fulfilled, we decided it was best to hide it while we endeavour to put emphasis on other, prioritised roles.
Description of role:
Review applications, interview applicants, answer questions, track staff in all areas of TBK and identifying future hiring needs while developing job descriptions and specifications; coordinate recruitment campaign, complete certain documentation, host occasional staff meeting.
You must have a clear register while engaging in discussions and generally have good writing practices; ability to design and implement recruiting strategies.
We have updated certain descriptions of roles, which may have lowered the required criteria for some. We invite you to take a look at the available positions again and apply using the link provided in the original post of this thread!
We have added Discord Administrator position to available roles. [/b]You can apply as a Discord administrator and help us maintain the special integrity of our Discord server in terms of presentation and optimisation.
Please expect the full role description and details on requirements later today! We'll let you know when it's ready on our Discord!
Maintain the integrity of our Discord server in terms of presentation and optimisation by offering comprehensive administratory support; evaluate insight statistics to attain and maximise user comfort; develop and deliver updates that expand the Discord server to strengthen the community, such as with the creation of unique systems, expansion of current text channels and categories, etc.
You must have good communication skills with generally good writing practices and interpersonal skills; evaluative and critically aware of potential issues and ability to circumvent or minimise their risk; professionalism within the handled work and some prior experience with establishing community-driven Discord servers with the use of commonly available Discord bots like Atlas. (You do not need to code.)
John and Dewby designated while TBK Radio is finally considered an official scheme
John was appointed as a Projects Coordinator and Dewby as a TBK News Critic and Lead Project Director at TBK Radio, marking an acknowledged commencement of TBK Radio in the breath of TBK's domain. The upcoming general meeting due this Sunday will welcome new members while discussing prospects and plans for TBK's Oct - Nov 2020. Right after, all members are invited to an optional catch-up on P-BITA system for task distribution and time management tips.
We have seen many people join and immediately leave the Discord server. With the recent comment highlighting our intermediate disregard on the professionalism shown in the forum thread and the Discord server, we decided to firmly focus our next week's efforts to bring the standards to expectations you come to expect. Together with our newly designated projects coordinator, we'll endeavour to make your Discord experience enjoyable!
FAQ: [/b][b]I dislike applications. Can I be interviewed instead?[/b]
No. Unfortunately, this is not feasible: Interviews take time for preparation, execution and training. For efficiency, we only interview potential candidates. To give yourself the best chance to get interviewed, we recommend you apply for less than three positions, use correct formatting including punctuation, spelling and grammar and stay cooperative and patient as we ask for further information.
Monarch Network server hosting payments to cease for two months
"Monarch Network requires the additional appointment of specialised staff," Saaed confirmed for TBK News. "We are pausing our server hosting payments for two months to focus on recruiting new staff." Lacon later added, "we do not want to rush this... it's important to not only acquire personnel promptly but to acquire the right people... this time, we concentrating to procure the right people without the worry of time constraints." However, many people argue this can constitute a major setback in the development of Monarch. There are discussions in the studio reconsidering the initial Summer 2021 release to a later one. The Minecraft Forum thread will be represented across other Minecraft-specific forums and sites in upcoming days.
TBK secured a hopeful deal with a podcast publishing company
Within the silence of anticipation, TBK has confirmed a rather impressive deal with a new up and coming podcast publishing company in the realisation of TBK Radio, an audio-based live streaming platform presenting the upcoming content of TBK Sounds productions, which focuses on dramas, podcasts and music. "We contain the excitement pretty well, but one thing is clear: This is amazing!" Lacon reported. "We are no longer nervous about fiscal uncertainties involving publishing, and while extended details are yet to be finalised, I can confirm TBK sound productions will be impressively unique and something like this — is extremely welcome."
Staff positions open as Discord server on its last round of touch-ups
Chief financial officer, social media manager and staff manager positions are now available! If you're looking to apply, visit the recently renewed all-info text channel. You may have noticed some changes around TBK's Discord server: It has been renovated to focus on ease of navigation, access of information and aesthetics. How do you like it?
Latest update: John, the projects coordinator at TBK, is preparing to deliver a short adventure map showcasing the proposed features of Monarch Network[/b], specifically The Kingdoms gamemode. It will be used as an official announcement of the project in hopes to entice more applicants for crucial project positions like developers and writers.