Hey again, everyone! People have been asking me to post about the Mentor program I am working with the team on bringing online, so here's a look at what I'm thinking. The Idea of Mentors Let's be honest, a lot of new players are getting in the game and need help easing into Firefall. We're working on what we can do from our end to make things more intuitive, but with or without simplifications, I think that "empowering" vets to help out new players learn the ins and outs and little tricks of the game couldn't be a bad thing. Cool, What Does A Mentor Do? Simple! Be yourself, be helpful! I've noticed a good number of players in game (I don't want to call anyone out in case I miss someone) that are really helpful to new players and deliver answers to their questions politely or offer to run over to help them out. You guys know who you are and you're exactly who I'm looking for! How Does It Work? We had to go with a basic implementation here. Some of the requests I have for the system would take too much development time away from the game, which isn't feasible to get for the Mentors at this time because we want to pour as much effort as we can into the game leading up to launch (that's a good thing!). The basic solution we came to is players can use zone chat to contact or just read what the Mentors are conversing about. We're going to denote who is a mentor with a chat icon ( ), warpaint and title. The idea is that with the chat icon it signifies that their information can be trusted. Oooh an Icon, Must I Change My Behavior? Not at all! The idea is that we are picking candidates that don't tend to get into tiffs with others and behave rationally in zone chat. How Do You Get Selected? I want to post a thread to gauge interest in the program, but I'm also probably going to be approaching certain individuals privately based on how I notice them act in-game and on the forums. For now, the Mentors will all be hand-picked by the Community Team. If I Am A Mentor, Do I Get Excluded From Other Programs? Nope! I'd encourage people that are Mentors to also participate in the Army Relations Program, NCO Program or any other programs that may come up in the future freely. You guys shouldn't be restricted to how much you'd like to help out in Firefall. Name The Mentors! "Mentors" is what we've been using internally. I personally dislike the name and I'm giving the community the chance to name the Mentors and this program. Somewhat "leak": I was working on what I liked for the warpaint the Mentors would get, and got a lot of input from some of the folks that hang out in the unofficial IRC channel. Here's what we came up with. NOTE: This is still pending approval by our Art Lead (I just handed this to him today), and could be adjusted.