Greetings, Playtonic forum goers!
Last week I joined Playtonic Games as Lead Community Manager. There's a few things I want to go over in this post so I will break it down into sections for easy digestion.Who are you?
I'm Daley, 29, Kong by (internet) name and Kong by nature. Like many of you, I'm a long-time fan of much of the work the folks at Playtonic have contributed to. Massive Donkey Kong Country fan above all. Before I landed at Playtonic I worked at Rare for a year and a bit, before that I worked with an Indie studio called Coatsink for 3 years. I launched Sea of Thieves and weathered massive internet poo-storms, so I'm pretty tough, would not recommend a 1v1.
What will you be doing at Playtonic?
Anything and everything fan-facing. I'm currently managing all social media platforms for Playtonic, creating plans for announcements and all that comes with that. I have to spend a lot of time reading through what Playtonic fans are saying. I make it my business to tune into you as best I can as I've been hired to look out for your interests. I'm here to make things fun and fair, as well as keep lines of communication open with you. I dabble in some play-testing too and I am being showed the ropes in Unity. I'll be very hands-on, more-so than I ever have been as a Community Manager! Playtonic has been really cool about my input. What is going to happen to the forums?
The reason I have held back on posting here is that I wanted to come to a decision about this one properly. I'm aware that these forums have been quite devoid of any Playtonic influence for a very long time, and this has led to frustrations and feelings of abandonment.
I wanted to make sure that if I were to open up communication here, that I could keep at it, not just make a post like this and then vanish. I figured I had 2 options. I could come here and be active or I could delete the Forums altogether. It's when I dug into the administration logs and saw that this forum still has active moderators that I decided I would absolutely not close down the forums. Something about the fact gave me a little pang in my chest heh.To explain my thinking behind deletion a little - I thought about this because these forums are on our website and are totally public. I wouldn't feel comfortable as a Community Manager just leaving them here unmoderated, they could turn into any kind of place. Plus, I didn't want it to become a well of despair, a place where fans came feeling ignored and not acknowledged. It seems however, that your mods kept things in check and not totally off the wall.
Anyway... So my plans for the forums going ahead are as follows:
[*]Create announcement Mega Threads (When we have something to announce)
[*]Create Feedback Mega Threads
[*]Delete stuff that doesn't belong here
[*]Check that things aren't on fire daily
[*]Respond here and there, reassure you that I haven't ran away. NEW RULES
You knew these were coming, didn't you? I've had a look over things and so far, I've not seen anything that has made me pull the ban-hammer out.
Honestly, just don't be deliberately argumentative, don't say things that would see you banned from Club Penguin, and you'll do fine here. I'm likely to dish out warnings before a ban, but after that you are on your own.
I think I have covered just about everything. I hope you enjoy having me here and I'm looking forward to getting to know you.
Daley Kong Side note: I can't at present share any details with you about what Playtonic are upto, and I am fully expecting people to ask me in this very thread. I'll share things with you as soon as I can and am very excited to do so.