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AME 2011 Call for Volunteers

I would like to take this opportunity to invite members of the Neverwinter Nights and Neverwinter Nights 2 communities to consider volunteering to join the Academy for Modding Excellence, or AME.

For those who may not know, the AME is a group of community players, builders, and reviewers who are dedicated to RPG “modding.” We award the annual Golden Dragon Awards, or GDAs, in recognition of excellence in module and custom content design for NWN and NWN2. Our members turn their passion for NWN modding, including playing, building and reviewing modules and custom content, into an opportunity to support the players, and to give recognition to the content creators, who keep this great community alive.

Despite the aging of the NWN communities, we in the AME believe that these games still have some life and interest left in them. We also believe that the AME mission would be a valuable one to at least consider expanding at some point in the future to other moddable games, such as Bioware’s Dragon Age. For the last couple of years, however, the AME roster has been declining due to members moving on from the community or to other projects, and to fewer new members joining each year. This has made it increasingly difficult for us to meet our goals for awarding the GDAs — especially for NWN2, which we had to forego entirely last year due to lack of particpation. For that reason, I would like to take this opportunity to issue a special appeal to members of the NWN and NWN2 communities to consider joining the AME, and helping us to maintain what we consider to be a valuable community tradition: awarding the AME Golden Dragon Awards for Achievements in Modding Excellence.

One of the perennial responses that we’ve always received to invitations to join the AME has been that, while interesting, it sounded like it would be more work than they could afford the time for. In past years, this has been a legitimate concern: the AME has had an often considerable workload, especially with the sometimes limited number of members available to do it. So upon re-assuming the Chairman’s position earlier this year, I undertook to reorganize the AME’s rules and procedures to try to make them significantly more friendly toward potential members who would like to participate in the awards, but who may have limited time with which to do so. I believe that with these changes, helping to fulfill the AME mission is something that individuals with limited time would be able to undertake effectively.

To help explain how the AME and its new procedures work, I’ve posted the following summary:

Overview for Prospective Members of The Academy For Modding Excellence (AME)

The basics are fairly straightforward. The AME maintains a running “queue” of award categories that are currently being worked on, which move through several stages — starting with “Nominations,” then proceeding to “Finals,” and finally to “Awarded.” At the end of each quarter, each award category is checked for eligibility to move from one stage to the next. For example, a category with four or more nominations having three or more seconding votes each will have the top three nominees proceed to the finals. Members can work on whatever categories they are interested in, with whatever time they have available. Which awards proceed through the stages to being finally awarded, and at what pace, will depend on member interests and choices regarding which categories to work on. Categories include things like “Best Storytelling Module,” “Best Custom Content,” “Debut Author,” and so on.

Member eligibility for the AME basically depends on having some experience as a player, builder, or reviewer for one of the games and some of the categories that the AME covers. The main qualifications for membership are:

  • A genuine enthusiasm for the game and modding community that they serve;
  • Experience as a player, builder, or reviewer of modding content for their game; and
  • An ability to carry out the AME’s mission of giving awards for modding excellence in a responsible and trustworthy manner.

I hope that some of you will consider volunteering to join the AME. If anyone is interested in or has questions about the AME or about AME membership, please feel free to email me (at andarian at ame-gda dot net), or to post followups here, or on our forum thread:

AME 2011 Call for Membership

Sincerely,

Andarian
Current Chairman, The Academy for Modding Excellence

AME Forums Site Maintenance

The recent AME Forums maintenance is now complete. If anyone notices any problems, please let me know. Barring any reports of problems, I’m officially declaring them to be back online.

-  Andarian, AME Site Admin

AME on the Neverwinter Nights Podcast

Last Tuesday, Andarian and I recorded with Jay, Trey and Striker B from the Neverwinter Nights Podcast.  We discussed coming changes in the awards, leadership and all around questions to inform the public on what to expect from the AME this year.  Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Neverwinter Nights Podcast Episode 125

Tybae, AME Chairman

Greetings folks. We have officially started our new cycle for Golden Dragon Awards. We have made a few changes to the awards this year that will be beneficial to everyone. Some of the changes include:

  • The Veteran Author Award has been modified to include extensive updates to current releases.
  • We have changed the award system to reflect 2 types of categories: Core and Non-Core.
  • We have added an International Recognition Award.
  • We have added a new position to the AME Ranks: Dragon Age Leader.

To read the full article click here.

Posted by Andarian for AME Chairman Tybae

A New AME Chairman for 2010

Now that we’re approaching a new year and beginning preparation for a new awards cycle, it’s time for me to announce that I’m stepping down as Chairman of the AME. After a call for volunteers and a vote, I’m pleased to announce that 2009 Vice-Chairman Tybae has been elected as the new Chairman of the Academy for Modding Excellence.

Although I will be remaining as a member of the AME with a minimal workload, I also have a set of very ambitious plans that I need to start focusing more of my time and energy on during the coming year. Among them are a serious return to my modding and writing work, and to development of my Sanctum of the Archmage Saga. That will involve finishing the current part (The Miracle Worker) in NWN, as well as developing the final part (The Alliance) in Dragon Age. I’m in the process of forming a modding team to undertake those projects, so it’ll be a lot of work and I’m taking it very seriously.

I’ve known and worked with Tybae about two years now, and I can definitely say that the AME is in good hands with him. Congratulations, Tybae, and best of luck!

Andarian

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the AME 2008 Golden Dragon Awards for Neverwinter Nights 2! To see the list of finalists and winners, please visit our Announcement Pages linked below. You can also listen to the NWN2 GDA Show on Episode 115 of the Neverwinter Nights Podcast. And if you’d like to discuss the finalists and winners for 2008, please feel free to visit our forum thread.

Andarian - AME Chairman

The finalists for the 2008 AME Golden Dragon Awards for Neverwinter Nights 2 have been announced! To see the list, please visit the announcement page here.

To discuss the NWN2 Golden Dragon award finalists for 2008, please feel free to visit our forum thread.

Andarian - AME Chairman

We are very pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 AME Golden Dragon Awards for Neverwinter Nights 1! To see the list, please visit our Winner Announcement Page here. To see the full list of finalists — and to view the fabulous finalists video produced by our very own qkrch — please visit our Finalist Announcement Page here.

If you’d like to discuss the NWN1 Golden Dragon award finalists and winners for 2008, please feel free to visit our forum thread. You can also listen to my appearance with AME Vice-Chairman Tybae announcing the finalists on Episode 107 of the Neverwinter Nights Podcast.

Andarian - AME Chairman

The finalists for the 2008 AME Golden Dragon Awards for Neverwinter Nights 1 have been announced! To see the list — and to view the fabulous video produced by our very own qkrch — please visit the announcement page here.

The finalists are also announced on the NWN Vault. To discuss the NWN1 Golden Dragon award finalists for 2008, please feel free to visit our forum thread. You can also hear my appearance with AME Vice-Chairman Tybae announcing the finalists on Episode 103 of the Neverwinter Nights Podcast.

Andarian - AME Chairman

NWN1 GDA Finalists Podcast!

From Tybae, Vice-Chairman of the Academy for Modding Excellence

The Academy for Modding Excellence and The Only NWN Podcast have teamed up to announce the finalists for the 2008 NWN1 Golden Dragon Awards. For those of you who don’t know, the NWN Podcast has recently been streaming the host recordings of their shows. The AME has asked the Podcast if we could stream the finalists on their scheduled recording night and they have agreed. On Tuesday May 12 at 7:00pm PDT (UTC-8) Andarian and I will announce the finalists for the 2008 Golden Dragon Awards and Ashercon and Skunkeen will be the representatives from the Podcast team. To find out how to listen, please visit their forum page here. You will need some kind of media player that can stream from a URL. Winamp, Windows Media Player, iTunes, etc.

In addition to that, the NWN Podcast has an irc chatroom on irc.nwn2source.net. You can drop by the chatroom to ask questions, comment or just chat with whoever shows up on May 12th. Liso will be manning (womanning) the chatroom fielding questions and giving them to Andarian and I at the end of the announcements so we can answer as many as we can in the time allowed.

So save the date and drop by to find out who the finalists will be for The 2008 Golden Dragon Awards!

To discuss the NWN1 GDA Finalists Podcast, please feel free to visit our forums here.

 

About AME

The AME (Academy for Modding Excellence) is a group... for Neverwinter Nights.