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About HERC
« 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?: 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 other threads.  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:

  • We're all minions.  Even the leaders. There's a lot of work to do to pull these things off.  The people at the top get their hands just as dirty as anybody else.
  • Our mission is to support Paragon Chat. Right now, our focus is only Paragon Chat as we plan to do quarterly events (at a minimum) on the client every year.  If/when a Plan Z project makes it to daylight, we'll reassess this stance when it happens.  In the past we've tried branching out to other games, with little success.
  • Our events are open to the public.  Anyone who can use Paragon Chat is welcome to attend our events.  (This is also a caveat, see below.)
  • Our volunteers are Titan Network users.  If you want to help at an event, you can without joining HERC.  You get the same pay working at an event as we do.  (Isn't volunteering great?)
  • Paragon Chat's Street Team! HERC will also serve groups seeking to hold events on Paragon Chat on their own.  We can promote your events over Twitter and Facebook as well.

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

What HERC is not:

  • HERC is not a "party rental" group. So when folks tell us: "Hey, I want you guys to throw an event in 2 hours so my girlfriend has people in Atlas Park for her birthday..." ...sorry. That won't fly.  First, lead time is important.  If you want us to throw an event in less than 14 days, we're going to pass on it.  Second, offer little to no communication/effort from your end, and we're out.  That's what we mean by "no party rentals".  We can help you, but we're not going to do all the work for you.
  • Our events are open to the public.  (It's mentioned twice!  Pay attention...) If you are interested in an event for a small group that's not open to others, such as a RP Group that has a specific membership, a former SG/VG who wants only past members present, or a event for your family and friends only, we really can't help with that sort of thing.
  • We're not the "lord and master" of Paragon Chat, so if we reject an idea, or you want to see done in Paragon Chat that we don't do, you're free to go do it yourself.  We also have no moderation abilities in Paragon Chat, so if someone's being mean or harassing people, please contact Titan Network by email.
  • HERC is not a part of Development activities on Titan Network, so our members do not have any knowledge of future Paragon Chat/Icon releases (unless a member is part of Prerelease Testing on their own accord) nor will any of us have "inside" news.  HERC Representatives know the Titan Network staff (other than me) about as well as you do right now.  On that note...
  • Finally, we're not a social club.  While good rapport between our HERC Reps is desired, ultimately we do have work to do.  If you are a self-starter, have a talent for promotion or coming up with ideas for new events, we'd like to meet you.  If you want to play armchair quarterback over others, rub elbows with Titan Network staff (which you can do anyway without joining us), and confront people when you don't get your way, this group is not for you.
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?

  • It's really fun on event day.  Like being on stage, there's a bit of "Performer's High" that can be attributed to running an event successfully.  I think that's a part of the reason why TheCape DJ's have been doing this kind of thing for as long as they have. (That, and they really like music.)
  • It builds the community.  By meeting up like this, we reconnect, we share, and we socialize a bit more than the forums can offer.  We have something to talk about that isn't focused outside of Titan Network for a change.
  • It shows off the capabilities of Paragon Chat.  Not everything we do is tied to Costume Contests.  With DangerousDawn's input, we've ran our first ever Costume Race.  CrashPositron has reworked the concept of a player-ran scavenger hunt into games with a backstory and puzzles to solve.  I've created a race where brand new toons race to collect as many badges they can get in one hour.  With ingenuity, we can rework parts of Paragon Chat into something fun.  You can contribute to this as well.
  • If there's a reason to join HERC, it's because you miss the community, period.  Granted, it's not all wine, roses and folks telling us you-go-girl/atta-boy either.  We've made mistakes, faced complaints, and had resistance from people before the event day telling us it wouldn't work... but there's no avoiding any of that.  The best compliment, however, is one that I got from someone telling me that for a couple of hours they forgot that City of Heroes was shut down.  And that's why we 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 for the latest.

Attend one of HERC's Events? 
We have a working schedule right here 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 a Private Message.

Any questions?  Feel free to ask them in the HERC thread.  Start a new topic, and we'll answer.

Revised on April 29th, 2018.
« Last Edit: January 08, 2019, 06:46:34 AM by Tahquitz »
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