I am pleased to announce the current roster of the FreeOrion Creative Team. This roster will be updated periodically. Please read on for answers to several FAQ regarding the creative team.
As of December 18, 2005:
Core Design Team:
Aquitaine (Lead Designer)
Geoff the Medio (Tech Tree Gardener)
Q: Hey! I'm on the Creative Team! What does that mean? What do I get to do?
A: This is an honorary title; it provides no additional authority or responsibility. We very much want to credit everyone who contributes regularly to this project, no matter what phase they came in on; consequently, people who frequent the Game Design board and post according to the rules, offer valuable insight into difficult questions, or otherwise exemplify the qualities of professional, critical debate, discussion, and design that are vital to the FO design team are brought on the team.
Q: But I've been very active on this project and you haven't added me!
A: This is very likely an oversight. There are no hard-and-fast rules as to when the team will be updated or what one must do to be on it, but this is on purpose, because there is also no difference between someone who is on it and someone who is not in terms of contributing to this project, and that is why we are here. The FO Creative Team is essentially a group of people to which the FO project wants to extend a big 'thank you!' for one reason or another who might otherwise not get credited (as programmers, artists, and musicians do).
Q: Should I email/PM you and complain?
A: You can, but this could be in poor taste, so if you really and truly feel slighted, then absolutely contact me, as I maintain this list. This is not a 'club,' it is not exclusive, and there are no special priviledges, which is why we are leery of having 'joining requirements' or anything silly like that. We all work for no pay, so it's just one of several ways we have of showing our appreciation.
Postscript to the last question: It is entirely possible that people from the first few months of the project may have slipped through the cracks afte the move to the new forum. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're one of them.
Q: So I don't even get a pin? Thanks for nothing!
A: You can put it on your resume, if you like, and list "Aquitaine the one-eyed red Spathi" as a reference. But this may not be a good idea.
Q: Arg! I want a special title other than 'FreeOrion Creative Team!'
A: That would be favoritism. Butter us up first.
Q: I don't want to be on some stinking team! Take me off!
A: Uh. Okay.
Q: I used to be on the team but then I was banned because Aquitaine is a draconian forum moderator! Will I still get credited?
A: Absolutely. Short of really egregious offenses like trying to destroy our severs or impersonating Nightfish, your name gets carved in stone, even if you leave the project later for any reason. Also, the above has never happened, so this is purely hypothetical.
Q: I've posted three million times on Brainstorming or Rants and Raves or <some other board>. Why don't you add me?
A: You must be active on the Game Design board. The brainstorming boards and the 'chat' boards are provided as a convenience, and the FO team cannot always follow them.
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