What is a Watcher?
Watchers are Imms that work mostly behind the scenes to provide a Wheel of Time roleplay atmosphere for specific clans. Via mob RP, auto-quests, and live events, they keep the game fresh, challenging, and alive. They support and work with clan leadership and help guide clan policy. In rare cases, Watchers referee conflicts, or are the arbiters of IC or OOC disputes involving their clans.
Watchers need to be consistently active, which boils down usually to an hour a day, though the distribution of work time per week is up to you, so long as the job is getting done. Some of this involves time-sensitive responses, such as answering mails, acting on administrative issues, and putting time into developing events and quests. Reasonable periods of inactivity (family vacation, exam week) are understandable, so long as you communicate with the team and organize coverage.
Watchers need to have a deep knowledge of the Wheel of Time universe, and a willingness to improve knowledge through use of offline and online resources and consultation. Quick, accurate typing is key, as is a good command of the English language. It… is probably also good if you have an imagination. Yes, actually, come to think of it, it’s quite important for you to have an imagination.
You will be given training in the style, standards, and techniques of building. Likewise, you will be trained in the scripting language MOBOL, for use in quests, autoquests, clan atmosphere, and administrative functions. You do not need to have a background in writing or coding, but to complete the program and be assigned a clan, you will need to have mastered building and MOBOL.
Applying to the Watcher program does not guarantee immediate action. All applications are reviewed and discussed by Staff, looking at content, time availability, match to potential trainers and mentors. We bring on new Watchers as needed, and maintain an open application process as part of that.
Some who apply and are raised do not make it. Major incompatibility with the team, attempts to cheat using Imm commands or special knowledge, or breaking other rules or expectations explained prior to being raised (and along the training course) will result in… early retirement.
Finally, being a Watcher is about putting everyone else on stage, getting out of the way, and letting them act. You might be playing a Queen, a Fade, or an arrogant Child of Light, and the situation might call for no-holds barred In-Character toughness and authority. But if you cannot develop the OOC mindset that your ultimate goal is to put the challenge and control in the hands of the players, this position might not be right for you. This doesn’t mean touchy-feely Smurfmud RP - it means that you keep the player’s experience in mind at all times. It is not about being popular, powerful, or influential - it is about service, creating fun, and providing challenge. Much of this can be learned if you have the right attitude to begin with. Appraise yourself honestly before applying.
If you have questions about the application process, the application itself, or other questions related to being or becoming a Watcher, you are welcome to mail me in-game or on wotmod.org forums.
Tlaloc the Toymaker