Brownies

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A stack of yummy brownies

No, not these kinds of brownies.

Brownies are earned in game as rewards from fellow players for role-playing, and from staff for contributions to the game. The more active a player is, and the more they do to contribute to the game's growth and improvements, the more Brownies they will earn. Your current Brownie totals can be seen in game with the +brownie command.

Some examples of things that can earn you Brownies are:

  • Role-play — The more scenes you are in, the more Brownies you'll likely earn from other players. This also means that larger scenes with more players means more Brownies.
  • Report bugs and glitches — Notice a problem with the code in the game? Discover a dead link on the wiki? Let us know, and be rewarded.
  • Run a Storyline — Have a plot idea that you think you can run? We encourage player-run plots. Keep it basic (if you're concerned about the scope of it, run the idea past staff), but the more other players you involve, the more Brownies are in it for you.
  • Be Helpful — Welcoming Guests and helping them find their way around the game and wiki, answering player questions, and generally being a friendly and helpful member of the community can earn Brownies.
  • Work for the Game — If you think you can help with descriptions, writing material for the wiki, making maps, coding, etc., talk to staff. If we find that we can use your help, we'll pay for your labor with Brownies (and many thanks!). See the Wiki Tags page for a list of wiki pages that need kind of help mentioned above.
  • Participate in Polling — Often times Staff looks to the Community on feed-back on things. Polls appear on the Discussion BBoard and on the Facebook Community Wall. Participating and voting in these polls will earn brownies.

This is far from a complete list. Brownies may be awarded by staff at their discretion. But the general theme is: When you do something to improve the quality of the game, you are rewarded with Brownies.

Designing "Special" Characters

When considering any of the Brownie Rewards below, there is something important to keep in mind. If your character concept will only work if it can be a werewolf, or an animagus, or have a special magical item, etc., then the concept isn't likely to be approved.

These Rewards should never be the core of a concept. Characters built around the idea of being a particular race or having a particular power tend to lack the depth and RP hooks of characters designed without them. So, start with a normal version of the character you want. Make sure it is an interesting character with or without anything special. Then find an interesting way to insert that special trait.

This will not only improve the likelihood of being approved for the Brownie Reward, but will also mean that if it is not approved, you still have a complete and interesting character ready to go.

Brownie Rewards

With the expenditure of Brownies, you can gain access to certain "specials" in the game, such as restricted factions (races), or magical Quirks. Please note that these specials are still subject to approval, to make certain they fit the theme of the game. If you are asking for something especially unusual, a higher Brownie cost may be required (if approved at all). To apply for one of these specials, go to the Brownie Exchange and follow the instructions there. The Brownie Exchange can be found in game adjacent to the OOC Center.

Note that these specials do actually cost Brownies, meaning that you will lose the Brownies to pay for the special. But Brownies are considered a reward to the player, not the character. So you can use Brownies from one alt to pay for a special for another. However, you cannot spend your own Brownies to benefit another player's character. The exception to this is a handful of rewards that allow Brownies to be pooled for purchase (these rewards are indicated by a symbol).

Specials that reflect a learned ability (e.g. languages, Animagus training, etc.) will take time to learn. The duration varies with the quality of the teacher and the amount of time the learner has available to devote to training.

Brownie expenditures are nonrefundable. Once spent, they are gone. If you purchase a magical artefact, and that item is lost or destroyed, your Brownies are not returned to you. If you purchase an Unusual School Pet, you don't get 10 Brownies back after graduating from Hogwarts. At staff discretion, a character with any of the permanent benefits listed below that goes onto the roster may have the appropriate Brownie cost attached to them for anyone wishing to claim the character.

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Reward Descriptions

Merits are described on the Merits page.

OOC Benefits

1 Experience Point (15 Brownies)

Need a little boost to your stats, but your Experience is empty? Brownies can be traded in for bonus Experience.

Trivial Photo-Manipulation (10 Brownies)

Have an image of your character photo-manipulated for something easy and minor, such as changing eye color.

Light Photo-Manipulation (20 Brownies)

Have an image of your character photo-manipulated for something relatively simple, such as changing hair color.

Medium Photo-Manipulation (75 Brownies)

Have an image of your character photo-manipulated for something moderate, such as putting a character in different clothing.

Heavy Photo-Manipulation (100 Brownies)

Have an image of your character photo-manipulated for something difficult, such as turning someone into a goblin or house-elf.

Roster Creation (25 Brownies‡)

Create a complete character for the roster. Player may pool Brownies to purchase this reward. The roster character must be connected to the purchasers' characters, such as a family member or close friend.

Miscellaneous Rewards

Financial Windfall (Resources x 25 Brownies‡)

Temporary financial gains for a one-time purchase at increased Wealth. For example, a family at Resources ●● (Comfortable) comes into a small inheritance, and uses it to purchase a high-priced broom of their child that would normally require Resources ●●● (Prosperous). This option is much more likely to be approved than an actual increase in Resources. Players that are sharing Resources (such as a family) may pool Brownies to purchase this reward. The cost for a character with Resources 0 is 25 Brownies.

Immigrant (25 Brownies)

Your character comes from another country and culture, outside of the fifty United States. Note that characters that would have attended magical schools that do not teach the Sorcery paradigm (see Sortilege) are unlikely to be approved until such time as an appropriate paradigm is developed for the game. This reward must be purchased during character creation.

Special Spell (Varies)

Certain spells have a Brownie expenditure to learn. See individual spell descriptions for costs.

Special Origins

Ghost (300 Brownies)

A ghost is the spiritual remnant of a dead wizard, bound to a particular location.

Goblin (200 Brownies)

One of the clever, greedy goblins, known for their smithcraft and operating Gringotts Bank. All Goblins speak Gobbledegook at no cost.

House-elf (500 Brownies)

In the Old World, house-elves were bound into servitude to a wizarding family or institution. This is considered slavery in America, and is illegal. In fact, due to the magical law of the land, any bound house-elf that sets foot on American soil is freed from their contract. Needless to say, foreign masters of house-elves learned quickly not to bring their servants to the United States.

Part-giant (400 Brownies)

A character with giant blood in his or her veins, within at least three generations. Commonly called a "half-giant" regardless of actual percentage of giant heritage. Part-giant wizards are always half-bloods.

Part-Veela (300 Brownies)

A character with Veela blood in his or her veins, within at least three generations. Commonly called a "half-Veela" regardless of actual percentage of Veela heritage. Part-Veela wizards are always half-bloods.

Part-vampire (600 Brownies)

Extremely rare, part-vampires are sometimes created when a pregnant woman is bitten by a vampire. Also, descendants of a half-vampire within three generations will be part-vampires. Unlike true vampires, part-vampires can be wizards.

Vampire (800 Brownies)

One of the bloodsucking fiends of the night. Vampires cannot be wizards, but have their own supernatural powers.

Werewolf (150 Brownies)

You have been infected with lycanthropy, and you transform into a wolf-like creature every full moon.

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