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.
Duat adopted the motto, “In Service to the Deities, the Pharaohs Game,” informally in January 2018, and formally on 4th April 2018.
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.
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. 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. Deities are expected 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. Deities serve largely in an administrative capacity, sharing many of the same managerial responsibilities as the Caretaker.
College of Pharaohs
The College of Pharaohs comprise all members of Duat who are ranked Pharaoh and above. The college is the senior members of Duat, and these individuals have an outsized role in helping to shape the course of our community, as well as shepherd many of Duat’s projects, programs, and initiatives. 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: Ideal Merchants are already exhibiting the Duat mentality and are already regularly gaming and promoting Duat. To become a Merchant, the Caretaker and Council of Deities must determine that you are worthy of elevation. There is no other process.
Scribes Guild and Artist Guild
At a future date, we will introduce two additional guilds within the guild hierarchy. At that point, these new guilds will be senior to the Craftsmen Guild, but junior to the Merchants Guild. There is no automatic elevation for the Craftsmen when we do implement these guilds.
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 members of the Metropolis of Alexandria will be more likely to ascend quicker.
Craftsmen are probationary members of Duat.
Process: To become a Craftsman, participate in our community and actively join in conversations and games that we’re having. There are two routes an individual can take on their journey into the Guilds. The first and most straightforward of these avenues is to simply proceed up the ladder of the Metropolis’ caste system. Once you reach a certain point, you will be invited to join the Craftsmen Guild. The alternative road that you as a member of the Metropolis can take is to make yourself invaluable to the College of Pharaohs and the Council of Deities. In either situation, the Caretaker will extend a personal invitation to join the Craftsmen Guild, and should you accept, you will be required to furnish the necessary information, as outlined in the Members Information section of this document.
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 one of several ranks. While not necessarily an attractive title, these are people that have been identified as someone of interest to our community. Participating in the conversation and meshing well with Duat is key to advancing up the Metropolis’ ladder, and ultimately to joining one of the Guilds. These gamers have helped Duat in some way, and we as a community look forward to gaming with them more regularly.
Formally, members of the Metropolis are prospective members and not actually members of Duat.
Process: To become a member of the Metropolis, all you need to do is begin interacting with our community on Discord. We use a Discord bot that keeps track of activity and rewards interactions with points. These points are then used by the bot to automatically advance the individual upwards towards the Guilds.
Ladder: The ranks within the Metropolis of Alexandria, in order of seniority from the lowest to the highest, are Attendants, Street Performers, Tomb Builders, Fishermen, Farmers, Soldiers, and Miners.
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 Games of Duat
When we initially expanded our gaming portfolio, Duat instituted a House system to help streamline and structure the community’s game time. In a word, that was a failure. We have shifted into a new structure that is less rigid and as such more conducive to our style. Any time a member of our community would like to introduce a game into Duat, we look at the game and begin assessing whether it is viable for the Pharaohs to erect an Obelisk. An Obelisk is our term for setting up shop, or being active in the game and coordinating game play.
Duat has three categories for all games: Games we are active in, Games we casually play, and Games we are considering. We publish the games and which category they are in on our website.
Games should meet the following criteria
- The game should be Multiplayer Co-Op and should be playable 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.
- 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)
- The game should be impervious to pay-to-play tactics and “Wallet Warrior” play style. If individuals can just buy their way to the top, that is not a game we are interested in getting into.
Suggested games that meet the above criteria are included into the list of games we are considering, and are subsequently elevated to one of the other categories depending on the community’s reception.
We no longer have gaming Houses or the Heads of Houses.
Seniority within Duat
Seniority on the Council follows a mostly simple 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. For both the Metropolis of Alexandria and the various Guilds, seniority is irrelevant so is not recorded.
From a ranking perspective, from lowest to highest, the Metropolis of Alexandria, then the Craftsmen Guild, then the Artist Guild, then the Scribes Guild, then the Merchants Guild, then the College of Pharaohs, then the Council of Deities, and finally the Caretaker. Specifically within the Metropolis of Alexandria, there are seven sub-ranks which are indicated in the Metropolis of Alexandria section of this document.
Our community recognizes certain individuals as original members of our community. While there is no explicit benefit to being an Original, these members have been with us through thick and thin, and are so recognized.
At the time of Edition IV’s publishing date, there are five remaining Original Members of Duat. Should any of the current Original members resign their membership from Duat they forfeit their status as an Original. If they return to Duat, they would no longer be an Original member. These individuals are, in order of Seniority as of the publish date:
- Greene, the Deity Thoth
- Rob, the Deity Ma’at
- Mikey, 3rd Caretaker (Ret.)
- Jayden, Pharaoh
- Corpious, Pharaoh
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 focus our spending habits on games more effectively. 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.
Duat issues email addresses to all Deities, Team Members, and Project Leads. These email accounts are all from the duatmail.com domain name. Previously, some deities and leads who were issued email accounts were issued them from the domain landsofduat.com. The decision was made to switch away from that and instead have an entirely separate and standalone domain name for email. While some landsofduat.com email addresses do still exist, the recipients can no longer send mail from that address, and can only send from their duatmail.com email address.
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 visible by the Records Manager for the United States and the Records Manager for the United Kingdom. By keeping the list of people who have access to this short, trusted few, we are better able to safeguard your personal information. This list was previously stored in a Google Spreadsheet (which has since been deleted), however it is now securely stored on our hosted server.
For you to be a Merchant, which is a full member, we will need all the information. As a Craftsman, we are willing to accept only your first name; however, we will still need the rest of the information, and for you to be eligible for Merchant you will be required to supply your last name as well.
Holidays and Anniversaries
Duat has several anniversaries that we celebrate, to varying degrees of pageantry.
- 7 May 2016 is our Day of the Phoenix. On this date, Rob and Mikey reactivated the community that would morph into Duat inside Politics and War. This game is where most of our holidays originate.
- 26 June 2017 is the Day of the Pharaohs. On this date, we adopted the name and culture of Duat. Prior to this, we were using the Clique branding.
- 29 July 2015 is the Clique Day. On this date, we rebranded into the Cobalt Clique, which was the first step in our journey to paradise.
- 26 October 2014 is our anniversary. On this date, the community that would one day be Duat formed.
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.
Differences between this version and the previous version
Clarification that the Council of Deities have an administrative function. Up until now, it has been informal and understood that the Deities function as executive leaders. This is now codified. Additionally, we have now formalized that there are no guaranteed protections for the Deities, so complacency and inattentiveness will result in them being stepped down. While this has been the case for some time now, we are codifying this.
Within the College of Pharaohs, we no longer give guaranteed status to our pre-transcendence Pharaohs. While this was something that we wanted to hold on to, as a form of recognition and status for those individuals, we have found that it has instead created complacency and disinterest. Pharaohs are now retained only as long as they are participating in our community.
At a future as yet undetermined date, we will introduce two additional Guilds: the Artist Guild and the Scribes Guild. These guilds will both be above the Craftsmen Guild, but below the Merchants Guild, along the Rank Ladder.
The process to becoming a member of the Metropolis of Alexandria and later a Craftsman has been changed. We are introducing an activity meter system on our Discord which will determine advancement. Individuals can still become a Craftsman outside of this normal advancement schedule by demonstrating exceptional, outsized contribution and commitment to Duat.
As we have introduced a rank ladder within the Metropolis, the formal rank of Interloper no longer exists.
The Seniority within Duat section has been clarified to provide more accurate information.
A new section entitled Rank Ladder has been created to provide a clear and concise order of advancement within Duat.
Implementation and Effectiveness
As the founder and current Caretaker of Duat, I hereby publish this revised document as our playbook. The Amduat, in historical context, was one of the Egyptian funerary texts. In our usage, this document guides our community. The first edition of this document took full effect when published on the 4th of April, in the year 2018. This fourth revision, entitled Edition V, takes effect on its publishing date of 19th of August 2018, and contains the aforementioned differences. Subsequent versions will also have my signature affixed signifying its adaptation.
Caretaker of Duat