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. The Rut 2020 . (Finished)

Event Hub for The Rut 2020

The Rut 2020 - Post-Rut Discussion

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Thank you, all, for another lovely Rut season~

If you have any comments or critiques, suggestions for the next year's Rut, etc, please feel free to comment below!
Please focus on things that we can change; for example, we don't have much control over whether or not people are paying attention and actively participating. We can't glue people to their chairs - we can only make things more interesting and encourage more participation.

With that in mind, is there anything you would like to see next year?

Spring Rally 2020

Spring Rally Discussion [Date Announcement]

Update: the votes are in and while it was close, the rally will take place on the 3rd of April to the 17th of April! Another Easter rally~
The blog should be up for your eyes viewing pleasure in about a week or two, so look forward to it and get ready for the fun and games!


Hey there everyone!

The spring rally was respectfully put on a bit of a hold after all that's happened recently but we're ready to start voting on a time frame! It's going to be a 14 day event; starting on a Friday and ending on a Friday, so that covers two whole weeks! Hopefully that'll give everyone time to roll in and enjoy the event when they can~

If there is anything anyone wants to discuss or talk about, feel free to do so here! Also, please make sure you vote for the dates the spring rally will take place using the link bellow!


- Lily

. The Rut 2019 . (Finished!)

Post-Rut Discussion 2019 [Survey!]

Spring Rally 2019

The Spring Rally

This event starts in the morning of the 8th of APRIL and ends on the night of 22nd of APRIL

Welcome to the First Year of the Spring Event!

In reality Spring is a time where the new mothers of many deer species form herds for protection. It is the start of a new season of plenty and new beginnings where the young can frolic and learn under an ever warming sun.

In The Endless Forest where the rules of nature do not apply, the Spring Event is an organized social gathering and perhaps a future annual tradition; it is a chance to meet new faces and learn new things when characters of all types and backgrounds gather simply to celebrate the joy of new beginnings associated with the season. It is a perfect opportunity for characters to gain development, expand their social circle, and enjoy themselves, while bonding over mutual interests.



  • As a whole: The event is about friends, families, and strangers, meeting in designated areas for two types of Spring Celebratory activities. Here they can socialize with common interests in mind, practice and educate one another. This is an experimental, light-hearted sibling event to The Rut.

  • Sensitive Subjects & Troublemakers: Characters of a preexisting potentially triggering dynamic are still allowed to interact in the event so long as their behavior remains mindful to everyone involved; for instance, not go into the thick of crowds if said character is prone to being mobbed and causing a scene.

Template (Rally)

Post rut vote results.

Should there be a second event come Spring?: Yes

Should we merge the roles of Competitors and Challengers?: Yes

How do you feel about the Rut being a 10 day long event?: It was too short, it should have been 14 days long like before

How can we help to encourage competitive activity within the rut?: Create activity hotspots

Thank you everybody for your votes! We will work on honoring them in time for the Spring event and definitely by next Fall.

Remember that each change won't necessarily be permanent. We're always trying to improve the Rut and sometimes that means going through some trial and error to find out what's best.

Thank you for another year of the Rut and we look forward to hosting the Spring event next year. Ooh


Post rut discussion and voting

So, following a lengthy discussion on one of the TEF discords, it's come to our attention that there are things worth bringing up, discussing, and voting on. Many have expressed disappointment in the overall tone of the event, finding the interactions unsatisfactory particularly in the area of actual competitive game-play and realism.
While the Rut is already intended to support serious and realistic play styles, it was distinctly lacking this year for a more party based atmosphere. This isn't intended to condemn such however, but we do need to try to strike a balance that leaves as many, if not all participants, happy with the event.

In the conversation we've managed to come up with some suggestions and critiques. I'll first begin with well meaning suggestions that were bought up by community members, for community members, in how we might be able to try to help accommodate the event overall. Please bear in mind that this is not an attempt to tell people exactly what to do, or how to play, but recommended ideas that might help the event as a whole succeed better in future, for everyone.
The biggest problem seemed to be that many members were AFK and unresponsive. This is something that we as a community have been used to and comfortable with for a long time. Unfortunately, during the Rut, especially while gathered in groups, this proves to be detrimental to everyone else's experience.

The most common suggestions to help in this area are:
* Asking people to, if they can, move to the no-rut zones to AFK so that no one needs to expect anything from you.
* Let your deer sleep when AFK, so again no one expects anything from you.
* Try to rely less on Discord. Or at least check in more often if you're able.
* Try to be less hesitant to contact one another outside the game.
* If you don't see anything going on, then try to be the one to start something.
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