The Scholars of Novia has had the details released. This includes a brief intro, guidelines, what they are about, and a forum thread. Basically the Stile summary version is that they will indicate they want people to put their stuff on the forums, within their guidelines. They will review, work with you, etc.. Until approved. If it gets approved it will be put on the SotA wiki as an archive, and they later plan on publishing it in game in books.
Here are some of the links and then Ill give you a side note piece of information that may be of HUGE interest to some of you out there, although at this point in time I am going to be somewhat vague about the details.
A quit introduction post
Scholars of Novia are now in business | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.
The Scholars of Novia | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.
The entire outline of guidelines, rules, details to the group, goals, etc..
Scholars of Novia – An Introduction and a Charter | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.
Ok the side note:
Now there is also of course some controversy about this among the community. I know there are people who feel like it’s all a bit highly regulatory in terms of to participate you have all these regulations you have to follow and so forth. Some people would like to see a group in the community like this, that works together, provides feedback to support each other but not to regulate each other and the individual authors will write their own books in the game. In short working with others but ultimately having independent choice of freedom.
There are people that want to avoid the politics that come with such groups. Granted often you get more pats on the back and official recognition even for doing less work by belonging to one, but you do have to pay a price for that recognition in terms of answering formally to others, being required to do things you may not wish to, participate in things you may not agree with, and so on.
Now I am not stating any personal opinions here, just what I believe to be some truths based on.. well, people I have spoken to and whats been written in the forums! As those that know my work should be well aware of by now, I typically take a neutral stance on such things. On this debate I can see both sides of the argument and personally feel their is a place for both types of groups in the community… sooooo…
To use the official quote “Don’t Lawyer me Bro” – but.. Well, a little bird has told me (or was it the grapevine? hmm.. no this would be a bird), something like this IS happening and being put together by a few community members. A non-regulated group to support and help each other, but in a more causal manner. Put together by trusted and proven community members, quality and dependable tools, etc. So keep your eyes open over here at the Caverns and I will updated you when that unrolls IF it does – which I have every reason to believe it will. See? I told you I was going to be vague!