The Lands of Duat (Duat) is a gaming community, born out of our need to expand away from a toxic game. Founded on October 24, 2014, Duat’s core membership has been gaming together for years. Over time, we’ve fine-tuned, retooled, and improved how we as a group operate. Since November 2017, we’ve been much more aggressive in our expansion of Duat, and in our gaming endeavours. This playbook was created to help our current and prospective members understand our philosophies and standard operating procedures, as well as what our plans are currently. Please note that these are expected to change as we move forward, and when that happens, the playbook will be revised and republished to reflect the adjustments.
The Duat motto, “In Service to the Deities, the Pharaohs Game,” was adopted informally in January 2018, however has been formalized as of this playbook’s distribution.
The Duat colour scheme is Black and Gold. More appropriately, the gold should look burnished, as if to evoke a balance between the gold in a Pharaohs crown and a darkened, aged papyrus. For a more specific example, review our community flags.
Logo and Flags
Duat has a logo, which is an impossible triangle. The triangle symbolizes the three core membership ranks: Merchant, Pharaoh, and Deity. The flag is our logo, with Akkadian cuneiform surrounding. The logo can be found at the heading of this playbook. These images are maintained by the Caretaker.
The Duat mentality is that we work together, we collaborate, and we pool our resources (which include people) towards the common goal of dominating whichever games we are playing, and its varied sub goals.
There are two ranking structures that work together. There is the administrative structure, which determines governance of our organization. Individuals with administrative authority have been designated specific roles and tasks. Beyond that, there are multiple ranks for membership.
- Records Elder: This Deity is responsible for maintaining and updating our various membership rosters, in conjunction with the Heads of Houses.
- Social Media Elder: This Deity is responsible for our social media presence, including Facebook, Twitch, Twitter, etc.
- Outreach Elder: This Deity is responsible for outreach to other gaming communities and working with them to better Duat in a fair and responsible way.
Caretaker of Duat
The Caretaker is the highest authority within the community and is also a member of the Council of Deities. While the Caretaker has full and unrestricted authority to direct Duat, in practice, the Caretaker consults with and requests the advice of the Council of Deities. The Caretaker may, at their sole discretion, appoint their replacement from the Council of Deities. All previous Caretakers, unless explicitly stricken from the Council, retain seniority over all other Deities. For this reason, this Playbook will always include the Roster of Caretakers.
- First Caretaker of Duat: David Greene, 29 October 2014 to 7 May 2016
- Second Caretaker of Duat: Robert Fenton, 7 May 2016 to 1 September 2016
- Third Caretaker of Duat: Michael Satchell, 1 September 2016 to 4 April 2017
- Fourth Caretaker of Duat: David Greene, 4 April 2017 to present
Note: During our time in the game Politics and War, there were two other individuals who led the alliance. They are not, however, recognized as Caretakers as they were only in charge of that game’s House.
Council of Deities
The Council of Deities comprise all members of Duat who are ranked Deity. The Caretaker hand-picks his Deities to serve on the Council, and these individuals are prized for their contributions to our community. While there is no hard limit on how many deities we will have, once you are named a Deity, barring any chaotic action, your place in our community is safe. That said, we do expect the Deities to game with the membership regularly, as their input is key in determining elevations. There is no explicit process to becoming a Deity, beyond that they are required to be a member of the College of Pharaohs. All Deities retain their membership within the College of Pharaohs in addition to being admitted to the Council of Deities.
College of Pharaohs
The College of Pharaohs comprise all members of Duat who are ranked Pharaoh and above. The College is the senior membership of Duat, and the core membership of our pre-transcendence. These individuals have gamed with us before we opened our community to wider admission. Not everyone will achieve this rank; those who are named Pharaohs have earned their place by contributing a great deal towards the successes of Duat.
The Merchants Guild comprise all members of Duat who are ranked Merchant. As a part of this Guild, the Merchants are expected to promote the principles of Duat, and to be solid players in the games that they play. They are also expected to regularly promote Duat to their friends. Once you reach this tier of membership, it is expected that Merchants game collaboratively with other members of Duat and exude the Duat Mentality.
Merchants are full members of Duat.
Process: To become a Merchant, your sponsor is required to petition the Council of Deities on the merits of your ascension. Ideal Merchants are already exhibiting the Duat mentality and are already regularly gaming and promoting Duat. If your sponsor is a Merchant, then you and your sponsor must petition the Caretaker directly together, who will then bring your case to the Council.
The Craftsmen Guild comprise all members of Duat who are ranked as Craftsmen. As a part of this Guild, the Craftsmen are expected to continue gaming regularly with our community and maintain their activity levels. Craftsmen who promote Duat and invite individuals who become Interlopers will be more likely to ascend quicker.
Craftsmen are probationary members of Duat.
Process: To become a Craftsman, ask a Merchant or Pharaoh to sponsor your membership into Duat. From this point forward, that Pharaoh has effectively “claimed” you as their charge and responsibility. Your actions will reflect on them, and they will help guide you in your journey towards full membership.
Metropolis of Alexandria
The Metropolis of Alexandria comprise all individuals who have been invited to begin the journey towards membership with Duat. These individuals have the rank of Interloper. While not an attractive title, Interlopers are people that either a Merchant or Pharaoh has named as someone of interest to our community. These gamers have helped Duat in some way, and we as a community look forward to gaming with them more regularly.
Interlopers are prospective members of Duat.
Process: To become an Interloper, have a Merchant or Pharaoh nominate you to the Council of Deities. You will then be designated as a part of the Metropolis of Alexandria. Interlopers are expected to game with Duat’s members on a somewhat regular basis, at least weekly, with few exceptions. There are no hard, defined numbers that you need to meet, however all advancement is at the discretion of the Council of Deities. Ensure that you game regularly and be active on our Discord server.
Tribes of the Nile
The Tribes of the Nile comprise everyone not otherwise ranked who is a part of our Discord server. They have no standing within Duat and are simply visitors and active individuals.
The Houses of Duat
Duat breaks our community up into Houses, with each house being a game or in some situations, a collection of games. For example, there is a developer that makes grand strategy games. These games are able to be played casually as either single player or played with several other players, with one player hosting the game. For this developer, all of their games are collated into a single House, with the Head of House responsible for coordinating gaming within our community across the games. Other games are more intensive and have their own house.
For a house to be founded, we have implemented a multiple person evaluation period, where for a game to receive "Duat Status, “which entails us invading and setting up a community coordinated effort, we need at, at minimum:
- 3 members of Duat (Deity, Pharaoh, or Merchant) to have at least 10 hours in the game. They should all agree that the game is worthwhile for Duat to invade.
- Once those three members agree that the game is ready for review, they will bring it to Mikey and Greene, who will then test and attempt to break it. What we mean by break is to identify how susceptible it is to the "Wallet Warrior" play style. We are looking to play games that we cannot buy our way to the top in.
- Please remember that the game should be either completely free to play (which would, of course, mean that some paid benefits would exist) or relatively inexpensive (under $15 or £10)
- We are looking for Multiplayer Co-Op games that can also be played when no one from Duat is around. This means that there needs to be either a single player mode or the game needs to be online multiplayer.
- While we don't require that our community play all of the same games, we strongly encourage participation in all of the games that achieve House status. House status is when a game has seven active players regularly playing that game.
Overall Expectations from Heads of Houses
As the head of a gaming house in Duat, we expect that you will assist in coordinating playtime with your house. We also expect you to promote Duat as a community within the games that you are playing. For some houses, this is not applicable, however for many, this task is extremely crucial. When we expand into a new game, and even games we are already in, we want to grow the roster inside the game. We expect that members of Duat, and especially the head of the house, will encourage and succeed in drawing at least some members of their house into the greater Duat community. After all, the more games we play together, the more people who can play alongside us.
Nuanced Expectations from Heads of Houses
As mentioned in the overall expectations, the heads of the house will coordinate expansion for their house, and for Duat as a whole, from the non-Duat player base within the games they’re part of. In addition to this, we also expect the Heads of Houses to coordinate playtime within our community. Specifically, we expect that Houses will play together at least a few times a month. One issue that had been identified is that we have several Heads who are only nominally heads, with others acting as the de facto Head. This will ultimately lead to burnout and does our entire community a disservice. To better improve our community, we need to share the responsibilities for running our houses. On a case-by-case basis, certain houses will be exempted from active coordinated playtime. This is most specifically for the catch-all House of Boop. Since Boop encompasses every casual multiplayer game that doesn’t have its own house, it is unrealistic to expect the House’s leader to not only play every game within that roster, but to be able to coordinate and recruit from all of them. Similarly, the House of Cards does not have an inherent community to recruit from, however we still expect that House leader to schedule regular CAH games.
Seniority within Duat
Seniority on the Council follows a mostly simple structure. With exactly one exception, the order of seniority is based on when the Deity was appointed to the council. That exception to the rule is that previous Caretakers will always take higher precedence over non-Caretakers. Among the former Caretakers, the order follows their first appointment. For the order, review the Caretaker of Duat section under Ranking Structure.
Seniority amongst the Pharaohs is by simple date of seniority, apart from the Council of Deities, who are recognized as more senior than non-Deities. Following the Deities, the Pharaohs are awarded their seniority based on when they became Pharaohs. For the Pharaohs who were a part of our community before the transcendence, their dates are recorded as their pre-transcendence date of membership.
We do not record seniority for Merchants, Craftsmen, or Interlopers.
Duat as a community is currently in the process of formalizing our structures so that we can take the next step. In September or October, ahead of our fourth anniversary, Greene will be incorporating Duat as a legal entity in the State of Texas in the United States. By doing this, we will be able to more easily pay for the things that as a community we are already paying for. For the most part, Greene pays all our expenses out of pocket.
One of the main reasons for doing this is so that we can become a gaming group, which would then allow us to enter contests for various games that we play, as an entity. Furthermore, the purpose of having a registered bank account, and having all of our members be card carrying members of a registered entity would allow us to better focus our spending habits on games. For example, if there is a game that a lot of us play, it may be prudent to buy everyone who plays it a DLC or similar, so that we can all take our gaming to the next level. This step allows us to do that easier.
Additionally, we are also in the early stages of developing an online text-based game that will eventually provide a source of income for our community. While this may never truly result in profit, it will at the very least be an entertaining outlet for us.
For Duat to be registered as a Social Club, we need to be able to maintain an up-to-date membership roll which contains basic information of our membership. This information includes the members’ names, date of birth, some form of contact information (we use email), and location. While addresses aren’t needed, we do need State you’re residing in if you’re in the United States, Territory if you’re in Canada, or the most comparable level for your location. If you’re in the United Kingdom, we’d record your location as County, Nation. An example would be Kent, England.
As far as privacy is concerned, the membership roll will only be accessible by the four pre-transcendence deities: Greene (Thoth), Rob (Ma’at), Mikey (Osiris), and Furhn (Horus). Two of these individuals are in the United States, one is in England, and the other is in Wales. By keeping the list of people who have access to this short, trusted few, we are better able to safeguard your personal information. It is stored as a Google Spreadsheet, which allows us to more readily be able to keep it up-to-date.
For you to be a Merchant, which is a full member, we will need all the information. As a Craftsman, we can accept only your first name, however we’ll still need the rest of the information.
This document, The Amduat, takes precedence and priority over every other policy and document released, unless that document explicitly states it takes priority over this one. In any situation where there is a conflict, this document will be used as the authority, with the conflict from the other document set aside. In the event that there is a conflict between successive (or previous) editions of The Amduat, the most recent version will take priority, with previous versions still taking priority over any documents issued separately.
Additionally, the following previously released documents are being revoked in their entirety with this release:
- 2018-01: Duat Ranking Structure
- 2018-02: Seniority Protocols
- 2018-03: Expansion Plan
- 2018-07: House Charters
- 2018-09: Head of House Responsibilities
Implementation and Effectiveness
As the founder and current Caretaker of Duat, I hereby publish this document as our playbook. The Amduat, in historical context, was one of the Egyptian funerary texts. In our usage, this is the document which we use to guide our community. This document takes full effect, and is published on the 4th of April, in the year 2018. Subsequent versions will also have my signature affixed signifying its adaptation.
Caretaker of Duat