about the AMTGARD V9 team

AMTGARD V9 COMMITTEE - CORE TEAM MEMBERS

Last Updated:  August 26, 2021

WunjoCropped3.jpg
ManamaCropped.jpg
GorovanCropped.jpg
KordCropped.jpg
Heron.png

Director / Team Lead – Wunjo (Tyler Salvador) 
Wunjo (Tyler Salvador) is a Flame Knight and Master Smith from the Kingdom of the Nine Blades. He is the creator of the Phoenix League, as well as a prominent voice of support for the class, reeving, and teamwork aspects of the game. Wunjo is also an experienced Game Designer and Event Planner, both in-and-out of Amtgard. He joined Amtgard in 2002. 

Rules Rep Organizer (RRO) – Manama (Craig Plazony)
Manama (Craig Plazony) is a Serpent Knight of the Rising Winds and is heavily involved with the competitive, full-class aspects of Amtgard like Phoenix League. He was the creator of one of the original independent V9 teams and is now the current RRO for Amtgard V8 as well as an active member of the Rules Revision Community prior to his elevation. Manama joined Amtgard in 1999.

Core Team Member – Gorovan (Jason Katzner)
Gorovan (Jason Katzner) is the Rules Representative from the Kingdom of Goldenvale. He has served in various capacities at the kingdom and interkingdom level despite his relatively short time in Amtgard. He is a member of the Rules Clarification Team and brings a purely V8 perspective to the team. Gorovan joined Amtgard in 2015. 

Core Team Member – Kord (Kent Patten)
Kord (Kent Patten) is a crown and flame knight from the Iron Mountains. Kord has been an avid participant in interkingdom Amtgard for many years. He was a member of the V8 committee, and was a founding member and former President of the Amtgard International Board of Directors. Kord joined Amtgard in 1995. 

Core Team Member – Heron (Chris Lane)

Heron (Chris Lane) is the Rules Representative from the Kingdom of Northern Lights. She is a paragon warrior, an avid fighter, and a highly active member of the Amtgard community both on and offline. She has served as Kingdom Champion, and brings significant experience in battlegame and tournament design. Heron joined Amtgard in 2016

TEAM HISTORY

Before 2019: Unofficial Teams

Prior to 2018, the idea of Amtgard V9 development was being explored by two separate, unofficial teams. One led by former Amtgard V8 developper, Kord, and another by Rising Winds Rules Rep and eventual RRO, Manama.

2019-2020: The Merger

At Gathering of the Clans 2019, with approval from the Circle of Monarchs, the two teams merged together and were christened as an official committee under Amtgard International. Over the next year, the team would refine it's membership and slowly put together an operational structure and long-term development plan.

During this time, the team was led jointly by Kord and Manama, and the members remaining after the merge were Wunjo, Gorovan, Wat, and Rel.


Shortly after, Rel left the committee to pursue work overseas, and the global COVID-19 pandemic forced the world into lockdown, including all Amtgard Kingdoms.

2020-Present: Full Steam Ahead

At Gathering of the Clans 2020, with unanimous approval from the Circle of Monarchs and his committee peers, Wunjo was promoted to Committee Lead and Director of V9 Development. Under Wunjo's leadership, the V9 team began their four-year development plan.

Also during this time, Heron was recruited to the core team and Wat stepped down but continues to contribute as an extended team member.

EXTENDED V9 TEAM MEMBERS

RULES REPRESENTATIVES

Last Updated:  May 30, 2021

Every Rules Representative (RR) of Amtgard has been invited to join the V9 development process in an advisory role beneath the core team. While the Rules Rep Organizer (RRO) sits on the core V9 team itself, the individual RRs will be engaged directly through their own focus group channel where they can provide the opinions and insight of their own Kingdom for consideration.
 

Below is a list of all Rules Representatives who have accepted the invitation to join the V9 development process.

REPRESENTED KINGDOMS

If your Rules Representative has changed, please notify your Kingdom Monarch and/or current Rules Representative so that we can make sure the proper individuals are added. The V9 Team can be reached through v9@amtgard.com or the Amtgard V9 Facebook Page.
 

Rules Rep Organizer (RRO) – Manama (Craig Plazony) 
 

Blackspire – Galinmorn Maldranthe
Burning Lands – Muse (Michael Weise)
Celestial Kingdom – Thaddigren (Trevor Hendricks)
Crystal Groves – Benoit (Christopher Blessing)
Desert Winds – Siege (CJ Stevens)
Dragonspine – Xantcha (Alice McWhirter)
Emerald Hills – Mabtik (Andrew Maher)
Golden Plains – Tako (Korey Diltz)
Goldenvale – Gorovan (Jason Katzner)
Iron Mountains – Theric (Alex Weber)
Neverwinter – Atta (Sean Edler)
Nine Blades – Torvik (Justin Lindsay) acting as V9 Rep on behalf of Eliah (Nathan Omardeen)
Northern Lights – Heron (Chris Lane)
Northreach – Grok (Tim Grediagin)
Polaris – Vitalen (Mike Faulkner)
Rising Winds – Varl (Austin Bailey)
Rivermoor – Exikio (Matthew Exikio)
Tal Dagore – Blight (Bryce Myers)
Viridian Outlands – Sej (Jordan A Dorland)
Westmarch – Halavere (Kyle Bates)
Wetlands – Val (Connor Owen)
Winter’s Edge – Teflon (Jeff Ross)

EXTERNAL SUPPORT STAFF

The following individuals have been added to the V9 Discord server to assist with various external necessities such a website and social media support. Individuals listed here are not directly involved with the design process but their contributions are integral to the overall project and we would like to acknowledge them here. Additional individuals will be added over time as required.
 

Amtgard Technical Coordinator – Pahyum Asgari
Amtgard Diversity and Inclusion Team (All Members)

App Development - Kismet (Ken Walker)

Amtgard Award Standards Committee - Lightning (Annette Hein et. al.)

FOCUS GROUPS

Focus groups are used as sounding boards, testing grounds, and think tanks for the development process in addition to the surveys and input from Rules Representatives. As a third layer of representation from the various kingdoms, we are striving to invite at least two (2) knowledgeable players per Kingdom to each of our focus groups, for a total of 44 players per topic.
 

The applications for each topic can be found at the end of it’s respective survey and members are generally selected ~1 month after the survey was initially released. When selecting individuals for participation, our primary factors will be diversity, knowledge, and experience. Involvement in the V9 project is privilege granted at the discretion of the core V9 team and disruptive members will be removed if necessary.

Below is a list of each topic and an indicator of whether or not we have chosen and invited the members yet.

FOCUS GROUP TOPICS

Survey #9 - Miscellaneous + Paladin/Anti-Paladin: Not applicable.

Survey #8 - Spells & Abilities: Applications Closed.

Survey #7 - How Classes Work: Email Invitations Sent

Survey #6 - Fundamental Battlegame Mechanics: Email Invitations Sent

Survey #5 - Monsters:- Email Invitations Sent

Survey #5 - Roleplay, Quests, Magic Items: Email Invitations Sent

Survey #4 – Reeving: Email Invitations Sent
Survey #4 – Scenarios Rules & Design: Email Invitations Sent
Survey #3 – Expanded Combat Rules: Email Invitations Sent
Survey #2 – Armor Construction: Email Invitations Sent
Survey #1 – Core Combat Rules: Email Invitations Sent
Survey #1 – Weapon Construction: Email Invitations Sent