In short, Skill Points are a numerical way to mark in character development and progression. Accumulating Skill Points helps your character climb the ranks and eventually become eligible for a High Rank.
Each level requires different tasks of your character based on the skills that they’re expected to have at that point. A Level 1 ranked dog will have easy jobs but be expected to work more, while a Level 2 ranked dog will have less jobs, but ones that require more skill.
Characters that do their jobs often, dedicate their time to bettering their skills, or offering training to others are often seen as contributing to a gang’s cause and will stand out more than another who doesn’t do these things. That’s where Skill Points come in. Out of character, this is how we measure your character’s roleplayed efforts.
All characters may submit threads for Skill Points, but Recruits, Denmothers, and Special Ranks may not climb the rank ladder as there is none for their ranks to climb! While Tailers and Brats can submit threads, they won’t climb the ranks until they reach adulthood and graduate to the regular job tiers.
Level 1 Ranks (0-25 points)
A dog at this level performs simple tasks for their job tier. These dogs don’t often participate in advanced raids or patrols, but instead focus on learning valuable skills for their job and learning what their gang finds the most valuable. Dogs in these lower ranks are just starting out and oftentimes have little skill in their job tier. These dogs aren’t yet trusted with big tasks or missions because they don’t have the experience under their belts yet.
Level 2 Ranks (25-75 points)
Dogs in this level are more established and considered to be more trusted and responsible. They’re trusted enough to help out with bigger missions and more intricate tasks. These dogs are given more freedom to choose what they want to do when going out to do their jobs. Sometimes they are even chosen to lead a patrol or raid.
At this point, these dogs will have honed at least one specialized skill, such as speed, stealth, opening doors, puppy dog eyes, or other useful things. They are sometimes assigned to a mission based on this special skill.
Dogs in this level can be considered for Special Jobs, such as Hitter, Snitch, Fool, Entertainer, etc. if they show interest and potential in it.
Level 3 Ranks (75+ points)
Dogs in the third level are considered to be highly skilled and highly respected. It’s every dog’s dream to get to this level, even if High Ranks seem to be out of their grasp. Dogs at this level are the ones to go to when planning and leading large-scale jobs, and will often lead large raid or patrol groups. These dogs are called forth during turf wars and border scuffles as they are considered the most skilled and most experienced in all aspects.
Dogs at this level can be considered for a promotion if the Lieutenant rank for their job tier is vacant. See ‘Promotions & Requirements’ below for more information!
Points & How They Work
As stated above, there are a few things that your character(s) can do to earn Skill Points:
- Doing their job
- Teaching new skills to Brats & Tailers
- Training their Tailer, if applicable
- Practicing one of their skills to become better
- Training other dogs in a skill that they know
The base level you can earn is 5 points per thread, though 10 points may be awarded if the related thread is either a sitewide plot thread or a group thread with more than 3 different players involved.
Like gaining points, there are a few things that a dog might do to cause them to lose Skill Points, and therefore lose respect from their leader(s) and set back any potential promotion. Depending on the Boss and the gang, it may be easier or harder to lose points for certain things.
- Breaking Gang Law
- Frequent Trespassing
- Missing Important Meetings
Points won’t be deducted for every time one of these happens (with the exception of insubordination), though if your character is observed breaking rules and ignoring announcements and meetings often, points may be deducted (either 5 or 10 points, depending on the situation) or they might even be overlooked for a promotion.
Claiming Skill Points
Please visit Gang Maintenance to claim your characters’ Skill Points. Please fill out the form for every thread you are submitting for points as it helps organize the information better! You must post there to collect them as you will not be rewarded the points automatically.
Please Note: Submissions can be rejected at any time; if we feel that your thread does not feature anything on the above list, we may reject it and will not give you points for it.
See how many points you've accumulated here!
In order for threads to be submitted for Skill Points, they must first meet a few requirements:
- The thread must focus on the task at hand, not feature the task in the first post and ignore it for the rest of the thread; you're character has to be actively doing the task throughout the thread!
- If incomplete, threads must have at least reached their 'goal'
Example: a raid thread must have gotten to the part where dogs have begun to steal items
- If a thread is incomplete and archived early, it must be the fault of your RP partner
- Character(s) claiming points must have made at least five posts in the thread in order to receive the points
- For group threads, each participating character must have posted at least five times in order to receive the points
Exceptions are available on a case-by-case basis!
Promotions & Requirements
Skill Points replace our previous High Rank Auditions and Promotion Task requirements. Characters who accumulate points and climb the ranks will eventually reach the top if determined enough; once they reach Level Three of their Job, they will be eligible for a promotion. We choose High Rank promotions based on who we think is the best fit (both in character and out of character) at the current time. We look at activity, consistency, responsibility, and whether your character would be a good fit for the position itself. The best character for the job will be chosen for the position.
If the Boss rank becomes vacant, the Vice is promoted, and in turn, one Lieutenant (or Enforcer) is chosen to fill the Vice rank. If at the time, there’s an eligible character in the third level of their job, they will be promoted to the open Lieutenant position.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will all the participants of a group thread get points?
A: Yes, as long as every character posted five times in the thread. The thread will still be required to meet the Completion Criteria to count!
Q: Threads take too long to finish! Do I have to wait until a thread is finished to submit it for Skill Points?
A: Simply, no.
Group threads with more than two participants often move slower than others. This is part of the reason why we don't require threads to be completely finished to submit them for points. Please see Completion Criteria above.
Q: Who can earn Skill Points?
A: All characters can earn Skill Points, though only characters in the job tiers above General Population may use them to climb the ranks. You can find the General Population category in the Rank tables (see your gang page for these!).
Q: My character's already a High Rank. Can they keep earning Skill Points?
A: Yes! But because High Ranks no longer need SKill Points to be promoted, they can instead convert them into Kibble! For every 250 points earned, you can receive the equivalent kibble! This also replaces our current, weekly High Rank Salary of 100 kibble. To claim, ensure you've racked up and submitted the threads for the points and then request your points be turned into Kibble in the Kibble (and Prize) Claim!
Q: Can my Level 3 ranked character perform tasks from the Level 1 or Level 2 rank tiers and still be able to claim the Skill Points for them?
A: Unless there are no Level 1 or Level 2 ranked characters underneath your character's job tier, then yes. Though, we'd prefer to discourage players from having their higher-ranked character performing lower-ranked jobs if there are other characters in the tiers that can realistically do the work.
Realistically, if say your character is holds a Level 2 rank and wants to perform one of the Level 1 rank’s tasks, they technically can because they've been through that rank, done the tasks, and learned, but if your character is there doing the lower-ranks' jobs, who's there to do your character's neglected rank jobs?
Have some more questions? Be sure to ask them in Help & Questions, the #help channel on Discord, or by PMing IF Staff!