about the AMTGARD V9 team

AMTGARD V9 COMMITTEE - CORE TEAM MEMBERS

Last Updated:  July 17, 2022

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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.

2020-2022: Research & Development

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.


2022 Onwards: Green Light to Proceed
 

At the 2022 AICOM meeting, the V9 Committee was on the docket to either be dissolved or empowered. The vote to dissolve the committee failed by a super-majority (14 votes to 8) and the vote to empower the committee passed with over 81% approval (18 votes to 4).

The results of this meeting updated the V9 Committee's mandate from just "research V9" to "playtest, build, and present a complete V9 ruleset to the AICOM for consideration in 2024".

With fresh wind in their sails and support from the AICOM, the V9 Committee entered Phase 3 of development - Alpha Playtesting.

EXTENDED V9 TEAM MEMBERS

RULES REPRESENTATIVES

Last Updated:  July 17, 2022

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 – Oso (TJ Foltz)
Burning Lands – Ragnarok Gunnolf
Celestial Kingdom – Thaddigren (Trevor Hendricks)
Crystal Groves – Benoit (Christopher Blessing)
Desert Winds – Siege (CJ Stevens)
Dragonspine – Xantcha (Alice McWhirter)
Emerald Hills – Lincoln (Travis Clay Henry)
Golden Plains – Vasharesh (R.t. Alexander Stribling)
Goldenvale – Gorovan (Jason Katzner)
Iron Mountains – Theric (Alex Weber)
Neverwinter – Rhoane (Cleon Kelley)
Nine Blades – Clifton (Avery Cassidy)
Northern Lights – Heron (Chris Lane)
Northreach – Drake (Logan Thornton)
Polaris – Vitalen (Mike Faulkner)
Rising Winds – Varl (Austin Bailey)
Rivermoor – Brognar (Caleb Wade)
Tal Dagore – Masao Loublin
Viridian Outlands – Sej (Jordan A Dorland)
Westmarch – Halavere (Kyle Bates)
Wetlands – Val (Connor Owen)
Winter’s Edge – Frank Avilla (William Dean)

EXTERNAL SUPPORT STAFF

The following individuals are frequently contacted 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.

A.I. President - Smiley (Dusty Marshall)

EXCOM Chair - Gavin (Jason Bonnette)
AI Executive Director - Fiona (Jennifer M. Palmer)

AI Technical Coordinator – Pahyum Asgari

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

ORK Developers - Meggido (Noah Smith), Fog (Grand Duke Fog), and Kismet (Ken Walker)

ADVISORY COUNCILS

In Phase 3, the V9 Committee introduced three advisory councils designed to review the V9 Committee's plans and advise them in the areas of:

  • Women/Non-Men Insensitivities and Issues

  • Disability/Accessibility Insensitivities and Issues

  • Ethnic/Racial Insensitivities and Issues

These Advisory Councils were formed with careful consideration and recommendations from players who are directly affected by these issues. Their goal is to be a diverse group of passionate representatives that can be the voice of the voiceless in regards to these very sensitive topics.

 

At this time, the member lists will remain private until everyone is comfortable in the role and willing to be listed here.

For more information, please reach out to the Amtgard V9 Team directly via v9@amtgard.com or Amtgard V9 on Facebook.

ALPHA PLAYTEST PROGRAM
The Alpha Playtest program represents the closed, opt-in playtesting segment of V9 Development.

All parks that were park of the Phase 2 "Field Research Program" were automatically transferred to the Alpha Program.

The full list of approved Alpha Playtest parks can be found below:

13 ROADS

None

BLACKSPIRE

Dragon's Forge

Obsidian Grove

Mystic Seas

Silvermoon

BURNING LANDS

None

CELESTIAL KINGDOM

Dragon Skull Keep

CRYSTAL GROVES

Hel's Gate

Port Union

Rising Sun Station

Windhaven

DESERT WINDS

Iron Hold

Rusty Gauntlet

Wymzee Dayle

DRAGONSPINE

Pegasus Valley

EMERALD HILLS

Falcon's Moon

Storm Grove

GOLDEN PLAINS
None

GOLDENVALE

Brutes Bay

Pyrewood

IRON MOUNTAINS

Darkmoon

NEVERWINTER

Darkwater

Shifting Tides

NINE BLADES

Felfrost

Lichwood Grove

Linnagond

Wolvenfang

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Flooded Mountains

Greenwood Keep

Inland Ocean

NORTHREACH

None

POLARIS

Crimson Circle

Ethereal Tides

RISING WINDS

Ashen Hills

Elk Glenn

Emerald Glades

Grim Garrison

Port of Winter's Night

Satyr's Crossing

Valley of the Twin Rivers

TAL DAGORE

Knight's Rest

VIRIDIAN OUTLANDS

Bladed Coast

Dragon Creek

Ominous Valley

Western Winds

WESTMARCH

Aegir's Hall

Clockwork Spires

Siar Geata

WETLANDS

Fool's Demise

Mordengaard

Sun Fall Abbey

WINTER'S EDGE

Dragon's Hollow

Morrighan's Bluff

Sylvan Glade

Winter's Crest

FREEHOLDS

Rocky Crag

Valonde

Wyldfell

[COMING SOON] APPLY TO JOIN THE ALPHA PLAYTEST PROGRAM

Applications to join the Alpha Playtest Program will be available soon. Visit the Get Involved page for more info.