Please find below my application for the GameSage volunteer position on DragonSoul Server 6 (Smartypants).
In-Game Name: Veteran Codpiece
Team Level: 103 (almost 104)
Name of Guild: Shadow Watch
Position in Guild: Leader
Servers I play on: Server 6 (Smartypants) only
Player age in DS S6: 208 Days
Time of day I consistently play the game: 8:30 A.M-10:30 A.M. and 9:00 P.M. until 2:00 A.M. (PST). However, I am in the game for well over 10 hours throughout the day in a 24-hour period but mainly to help players in our guild with war.
Languages: English (fluent), Russian/Ukrainian (fluent), Hebrew (intermediate), Yiddish (intermediate); Spanish (conversational)
I am interested in becoming a GameSage on Server 6 so I could assist with keeping our server a fun and friendly place to place DragonSoul. I believe that creating an amiable atmosphere where people can come to enjoy the game and not have to worry about harassment or intimidation from others is imperative to ensuring community growth and camaraderie between the players. Having been a Sysop (Member Plus +) on MSN Gaming Zone (hereinafter the Zone), specifically in Chess and Spades game lobbies for over 9 years back when the Zone had game lobbies under the pseudonym +Compudog, I have assisted players both with technical support matters and dealing with stalkers and hackers. Additionally, being a part of the hosting committee, I have hosted tournaments in the Chess lobbies so people could enjoy friendly competition.
I believe that the GameSage program is an excellent idea and it should see great success as long as the people selected receive the essential training on how to diffuse difficult situations with kindness and not immediately resort to tool usage, assuming the Game Sages will be provided with specific tools for moderating the chat. After being a part of the Sysop program on the Zone for 5 years, I have been offered the opportunity to join the anti-tool abuse committee which I later ended up co-leading with a wonderful lady who is a professional mediator. Being a part of that committee entailed reviewing the tool usage of other Sysops and working with those sysops who were heavy on the tools and used the Sysop status as a means to intimidate players and not to help them. Mostly, the tool abuse occurred because the Sysops were not properly trained and did not know how to properly address issues. Having been offered remediation has helped them significantly,
If selected as a Game Sage in DragonSoul on Server 6, I would like to be able to offer my knowledge and experience to ensure that the players can enjoy the game and know the proper channels to turn to when they are having either technical or social/player issues, and at the same time to be able to protect players from harassment, spam and other unpleasant experiences that I have seen in the Global and VIP lobbies.
Lastly, I would like to accentuate that, like many other players in our guild Shadow Watch, and on Server 6, I am very much addicted to this game, to the point that I log on while at my office and sometimes play while waiting on my wife to server dinner. In our guild, we host classes on the game mechanics which include, but not limited to, proper rune usage, team combinations to create synergy between the heroes, war offense and defense. Both myself and members in our guild have helped numerous players in the Global and VIP lobbies with the game mechanics, and I have also assisted players where to submit a support ticket, how to unfreeze their game, etc.
While I can provide numerous other reasons why I am interested in becoming a Game Sage on Server 6, I hope that the foregoing information is sufficient to demonstrate my genuine interest and motivation.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any additional questions concerning the foregoing.