about the AMTGARD V9 team
In 2018, in response to an increasing call for updates to V8, two separate independent projects formed to explore the next edition of the Rules of Play.
At Gathering of the Clans 2019, the Circle of Monarchs formally combined the two independent teams into a single official V9 Team and the overall size was reduced to streamline the development process.
In 2020, the Circle of Monarchs officially reaffirmed the V9 Team into it's current form with Wunjo (Tyler Salvador) at the helm.
This version of the V9 team will be expanding as development progresses – via new core members, external support staff , rules reps, and focus group participants. (see FAQ for more information about how to get involved with the V9 development team.)
AMTGARD V9 CORE TEAM MEMBERS
Last Updated: January 21, 2021
Director / Team Lead – Wunjo (Tyler Salvador)
Wunjo (Tyler Salvador) is a 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 – Wat (Daniel Caskey)
Wat (Daniel Caskey) is a crown and flame knight from the Kingdom of the Rising Winds with a Master Rose, Master Lion, Master Smith and Master Crown. He is an ORK admin and Rules Clarification Team member, with a background in Desktop Support and IT Security. Wat joined Amtgard in 2010.
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
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.
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 email@example.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 – Mesreth (Jared Robert)
Dragonspine – Xantcha (Alice McWhirter)
Emerald Hills – Rowan (Cora Holiman)
Golden Plains – Tako (Korey Diltz)
Goldenvale – Gorovan (Jason Katzner)
Iron Mountains – Theric (Alex Weber)
Neverwinter – Cookie Monster (Josh Khadoo)
Nine Blades – Eliah (Nathan Omardeen)
Northern Lights – Heron (Chris Lane)
Northreach – Deli (Austin Laber)
Polaris – Mhotep (Nick Bray)
Rising Winds – Varl (Austin Bailey)
Rivermoor – Exikio (Matthew Exikio)
Tal Dagore – Bighead (Tim Fletcher)
Viridian Outlands – Dassureth (Paul Raymond)
Westmarch – Etah (Paul Wilkins)
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 Social Media Manager – Eronim (Charles Weston Fitzgerald)
Amtgard Diversity and Inclusion Team (All Members)
App Development - Kismet (Ken Walker)
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 #8 - Spells & Abilities - Applications still open.
Survey #7 - How Classes Work - Applications still open.
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