It has been a long time coming and it’s almost here. Our Membership Loyalty Program is rolling out within the next few weeks. We tested a bit of it out with Ymir giving members 20% off using SSRYMIR20 as a code. That took the game from its regular price of $34.99 to $27.99. Soon you’ll be able to redeem our own currency for similar rewards. All this for over a much larger selection of games, gaming hardware, apparel and much more from Military Gamer Supply! You’ll even be able to redeem this same currency in future games as we work with developers and develop our own titles.
The Loyalty Program Starts with Registration
Our Discord Bot is coming back online shortly with a few more commands added on to it. First, you’ll be able to link your account to our website where we’ll be offering a ton more features. You’ll use it to manage your Silver Sun Bank Account as well as a new premium currency that can be traded for discounts on the MGS webstore. The premium currency can be purchased using money gained by trading in our flagship games like Chronicles of Elyria, Atlas, Ymir, Life is Fedual or anything we’re hosting officially. New registrants will be able to use !immigrate to connect their Discord accounts to their website accounts. Existing members will be able to !link their accounts as well.
Less Admin, More Fun, More Rewarding!
Those who volunteer to help out with recruiting will earn bounties in the form of the premium currency. Officers and Ministers will also earn a weekly “salary” of premium currency. Those who donate resources to the guild in games will also earn the currency. Some games will only earn the regular currency, but it can be traded up at a certain rate to the premium currency over time or once support for the game has ended by the Republic. Members will also be able to trade currency among themselves.
Enabling a Deeper Economy
The cool thing about this new Membership Loyalty Program is that Branch Leaders will be able to reward members with premium currency as well. Each Branch or Province will receive a set amount to give away to help encourage participation. The more you play with the Republic, the more you can earn!
One of more recent forays into the competitive PvP scene was ATLAS where SSR led the charge against countless zergs providing strategic and tactical guidance to several alliances. Now we get that opportunity again flying under our own banner as Privateers as the Silver Sun Free Company chartered under the Royal Navy on the Darkside RP server for their 4.0 season in ATLAS.
Bringing All Guns to Bear
SSR will be hitting it hard again this time with our brand new automated and bot driven systems online along with the new website membership profiles. The Prefect Bot and other Bots will be showing up to assist in how we organize and coordinate the group. Merits and Writs of Achievement will be issued to members of the community. With these writs you’ll be able to redeem them for discounts and even FREE stuff on our webstore operated by Military Gamer Supply. That means for participating with SSR in ATLAS you’ll be able to earn FREE and discounted stuff on our webstore. You might even be able to get some SSR miniatures for our new tabletop game coming up at the end of this year.
Make Sure You’re There for Launch
On 25 October, the server is supposed to go live. In order to get ahead of the rush, you’ll want to apply for access by visiting the Darkside RP website. The registration process takes a bit and it will be likely that you won’t get immediate access due to the nature of the launch, but by registering early you’ll be much closer to the front of the line.
Check Out Our Branch Page for ATLAS
We managed to save quite a few photos of SSR in ATLAS, so make sure you check out the branch page for images of our involvement there.
We used bots in Life is Feudal, but we’ve upped the ante a bit with integration with the website. Samson and Brando have been working on prepping our website and the Prefect Bot to be able to allow users to register on both the Discord and the site. We hope this will help integrate more of our systems like the SSR bank, contracting, etc. and allow us to cut down admin by our members relying more on bots to do the work.
How Will it Work?
I’m glad you asked! Look for it to work like this:
User receives an email with a password and Discord server info
User logs into the site, resets their password and retrieves their Discord Key
User enters our Discord Server and uses !immigrate
The Prefect Bot will then DM them and ask for the Discord Key as it notices they have registered on the site. The user responds with the Discord Key from their account.
Prefect Bot links the accounts and sets their Role on both the Discord and the Website to Immigrant.
What About After That?
SSR Ministers and Prefects will use !promote [username] to advance people from Immigrant to higher ranks. The SSR Bank will also display bank balance for users in their Website profile. We can also use !joinBranch [branch name] to help track which branches and games people are interested in.
Even further than that, users will be able to do things like !claimdiscount [GameTitle] and use that key at https://www.militarygamersupply.com. This means that we can create a Loyalty Program for SSR and award points that you can turn into FREE and discounted stuff on a webstore that will take the referral sales and turn over a percentage of the profit to the guild to push for even more discounts and giveaways. It’s all part of creating a greater community that rewards its members.
I’m Not in SSR, Can I Benefit Too?
If you’re a member of MilitaryGamers.com, absolutely. We’re also working with Duchy of Wessex and others to bring the same bot and platform capabilities to those communities. We hope to use all of the referral sales to help offset years of paying for hosting costs out of community leaders’ pockets and focus on rewarding each of our affiliate communities.
This week we finished the SSR web server migration and the wiki to their own servers using Amazon Web Services. Now that we’re on the new servers we can do so much more with our websites. Not only do we have full access to the shell, but we’re leveraging iptables and some other security features to cut back on negative traffic hitting the site.
Along with this effort, we dropped the forums, but we’re working on bringing in a mash up of what the forums used to do and Discord. It may look a little bit like Slack or Trello in that we will capture certain topics from Discord and serve them up as their own threads.
We Built a Network of Sites
This has also led to the migration of all the other Network websites including my own StrategyBro.com and MilitaryGamerNetwork.com. We’ll be leveraging those sites to build upon our SEO rating so in the future when we jump into a game like Chronicles of Elyria or any other MMO, we’ll be showing up in results for X game guild, or MMO guild, or any other keywords. By networking all of our sites together with backlinks, we can increase our Domain Authority and in turn show up sooner in certain search results. A lot of SEO companies try to fake this content. We have legitimate relationships between these sites, so it will help us increase everyone’s ratings.
Just the Beginning …
The SSR server migration is just the beginning of getting our website back up and running. As we gear up for Chronicles of Elyria you’ll be seeing a whole lot more activity including our newsletter coming back online.
Make sure you check out some of the past branch pages, including ATLAS, EVE, and Life is Feudal to get a feel of what we’re trying to capture. ATLAS is probably the best example as it includes galleries from the game, which is what we want to encourage so we can record our past. The Wiki is also running and it captures much of our history and serves as a reference for the future.