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Community => H.E.R.C. => Topic started by: Tahquitz on May 15, 2016, 06:21:17 AM

Title: About HERC
Post by: Tahquitz on May 15, 2016, 06:21:17 AM

(Oh dear, it's a wall of text.) 

Hi!  This is Tahquitz.  It's been two years since we started this group that uses Paragon Chat like a Banquet Hall.  And I'm taking the time to refine and solidify what we do and who HERC is.  Today, I'd like to reintroduce you to HERC, and update what we've done the last few years.

How did HERC Start?

(Want the Laconic Version (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laconic_phrase)?: Remember PERC?  Player Event Resource Committee?  We're reinventing it for Paragon Chat.)

In May 2016, I thought I'd try my hand in event planning.  Along with volunteers from Paragon Chat Activities who trusted me to make it happen, we stepped up, got the word out, and made sure we had the details down to as few ambiguities as possible.  And it went very well.  But this post isn't about repeating what was already said in three (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?topic=11884.0) other (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?topic=12013.0) threads (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?topic=11866.0).  As that would get old, quickly.

The team was named AP33R3S, or the "Atlas Park 33 Revelry, Remembrance & Reunion Society".  This way, Titan Network was not named in event materials, so if we stepped out of line some way or another (or the event turned out to be a complete flop), they wouldn't be involved.  And in doing this, there was a bit of initial confusion and doubt.  Mainly from a number of areas: Paragon Chat wasn't available last year so this was a first of sorts, to boot nobody knew who the heck I was, Paragon Chat had an excellent response on opening then except for RP use in Pocket D we have an empty Atlas Park on most nights, and finally the short notice worked against my initial plans (one month isn't long enough to do much for planning an eight hour event without making a personal life and work life suffer a bit... I know this now).  Plenty of lessons to learn.

So after it was over, we asked ourselves, "What's next?"  The obvious answer was that we wanted to come back next year and do it again.  And I will make damn sure there's a party next year to come to.  Future ones as well, sure, but one year at a time folks.  (Maybe someone else wants to run it one year?  I'm open to that too.)

But what about before then?  Do we just sit around and wait for next April to get together?  Are we going to lose the momentum we gained from then?

My answer is No. 

This was the first thing I asked for when I joined Titan Network as a Moderator: I want to make this group semi-official.  After some tweaking here and polish there, We retired the short-lived AP33R3S and adopted the moniker of Hero Event Resource Committee (H.E.R.C.) (HERC? Hercules? Titan?  Nah, forget it.)

Seasonal By Design

HERC operates in Seasons, with each season beginning at the Anniversary event.  The First Season was the 12th Anniversary of City of Heroes, the Second the 13th Anniversary, the Third the 14th Anniversary and so on.  We're about to start our Fourth Season in Paragon Chat in 2019.

What HERC Does:

So, in short, we throw parties so you don't have to.  Except in a few circumstances:

What HERC is not:

Finally, it needs to be said that HERC itself is not an official Titan Network project. We merely have their permission and support to run the committee here instead of somewhere else.  Because HERC is running an activity somewhere, that does not imply that Titan Network endorses or approves of what we're doing.

I serve as a liaison between Titan Network staff and HERC.  The HERC Advisor is solely responsible for the group's conduct and behavior.  Finally, support may be changed or revoked at Titan Network's discretion, so it's important for HERC to be good tenants.

So, why do this?

Getting Involved

With all of that out of the way, if you're still interested then welcome to HERC!  The question left to answer: what would you like to do?

Attend one of the events in Paragon Chat?
Visit the Activities thread of Paragon Chat (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?board=192.0) for the latest.

Attend one of HERC's Events? 
We have a working schedule right here (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?topic=12493.0) of events that are coming up this year.

HERC Cadets are recruited at this time.  We don't generally accept 'applications' or have a form to apply, but if you're active at HERC Events, helpful to the community, and have a good sense of humor and candor, we can use your help.  If you are interested in joining HERC, send Nyghtshade (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=21693) a Private Message.

Any questions?  Feel free to ask them in the HERC thread (https://www.cohtitan.com/forum/index.php?board=203.0).  Start a new topic, and we'll answer.

Revised on April 29th, 2018.