Introduction: For some time now, members of the Playero family have felt as if they are consistently stonewalled and ostracized because they are Playeros. It had gotten to the point that members of the family felt drained whenever they played their Playero character and felt like they had no path forward in roleplay. However, we forgot to think about how others may feel about the impact that the Playeros have in their roleplay. After some discussion through the Roleplay Ticket Bot, I have realized that some may feel like the Playeros are disruptive to their roleplay or make them want to avoid engaging altogether. It was said that "unless there is a substantial OOC discussion/reform into what is happening internally in your family unit / your own perception of things, you've reached the point where nobody wants to acknowledge the presence of house Playero but has to". This thread aims to start that OOC discussion. The reason that the thread is public is that I realize that the Playeros may have impacted more people than I can individually speak to via Discord. Problem: The Red Berets. You may remember a time when members of House Playero and its mercenary company, Los Protectores, were running around Regalia in red berets. What you may not know is that the Red Berets were established after the Regalian Judiciary sentenced members of House Playero to what was essentially slavery to the state. If you are familiar with Daendroque culture, you will remember that slavery is probably one of the worst things imaginable to a Daendroque. Therefore, the Red Berets were established as an anti-slavery, anti-Judiciary pseudo-organization, in an effort to make the Regalian State "pay" for the violation of core Daendroque values. Before then, House Playero faithfully served within the Holy Divine Inquisition as high-ranking officers and was generally anti-criminal. In fact, a lot of House Playero's criminal reputation is the result of fabrication by different noble families that thought it would be fun to start a rivalry with us. When the original Red Beret movement fizzled out, it came back as an easter egg within the Los Protectores mercenary company because it 1) was a way for Eloi Playero to honor his dead cousin, and 2) it made Los Protectores visually appear as a paramilitary organization (which it was). I understand that red berets as a fashion item are associated with socialism and that this may make some people uncomfortable. I hope that you can understand that while I was vaguely aware of this association, red berets do not carry the same significance where I was raised. Depending on where you are on the political spectrum, red berets within Latin America can be symbols of liberation. Liberty is a very important aspect of Daendroque philosophy, so I saw the parallel and thought it would help both 1) call attention to the pseudo-organization and its goals, and 2) invoke some degree of association with Latin American revolutionary liberators. There was even a mention of berets within Bragacao lore as a fashion item that was inspired by the Daendroque, so everything seemed to align perfectly. Unfortunately, the red berets were instead perceived as a Che Guevara LARP meme. After members of Los Protectores were being arrested for the simple deed of wearing a red beret, and after the Los Protectores company was disbanded, we became aware of this perception and decided not to continue the use of the red berets anymore. I hope that I have been able to give a satisfactory explanation regarding this problem, and I hope that I have made the reasoning behind the decision to use the red berets very clear. It was never our intention to be perceived as a meme and had this been brought up to us sooner, we would have stopped. It was never our intention to market the Red Beret movement as socialist and we even made a few forum posts about what the organization stood for. I want to reassure you that the use of red berets has ceased since, and has become obsolete due to the Playero name becoming synonymous with freedom-fighting anyways (and crime). Problem: Glorification of the Protectorate and Andrieu Anahera. This is another thing that we would have stopped doing more quickly if it had been brought up sooner. There seems to have been some resistance that I was not aware of regarding the glorification of the Protectorate and Andrieu Anahera. This glorification came as a result of the lines "As the events escalated, Andrieu implemented more and more radical social policies, and took power from the nobility and bestowed it on the commoners. This led to both a strong civilian power-base supporting his reign and a lasting legacy where a man single-handedly revitalized the ideals of Jacobinism." These actions seemed to be compatible with the Daendroque ideas of limited democracy (Cabildos) and anti-establishmentarianism. House Playero was supposed to represent the political left in Regalia, and to make matters more complicated, Simone Playero married Florence Amaya. House Amaya was involved in the establishment of Andrieu Anahera's Protectorate. Support for the Protectorate and the glorification of Andrieu Anahera simply made sense. Since there was no wiki page on Andrieuism, we were left to assume that Andrieuism could be interpreted as pro-democracy anti-establishmentarianism with a focus on social welfare and equality. Essentially, Jacobinism plus a cult of personality around Andrieu Anahera. However, as House Playero evolved post-Isidoro's death, the family became less anarchist and more Daendroque Nationalist. Since Andrieu Anahera invaded Daenshore, it no longer made sense for House Playero to glorify the Protectorate. We recently started the process of reworking House Playero's politics to address these inconsistencies, which is why the family now associates with the New-Age Imperial Faction and is arguably pro-Empire in the sense that they support Prince Raymond and prefer being colonized by the Regalian Empire instead of the Allorn Empire that enslaved their ancestors. Some of these lore and some of these developments are recent since we did not know what the New-Age Imperial Faction was until the Imperial Family lore was published and Prince Raymond only recently assumed power. However, the days of House Playero presenting as Protectorate fanatics are over. Problem: The Playero Name. There has been some resistance to the use of the Playero name in general. As I understand that Playero is phonetically similar to "Player", which makes it seem like the family name is a meme, please try to understand that this was not my intention nor my first instinct. Spanish is my first language, so I did not immediately associate the word "Playero" (which means beach-dweller, since the Playeros are a beach family) with the word Player. There has been a lot of pressure to change the family name, and while there are arguments to be made that rebranding may help with the family's reputation, I do not believe that the word Playero sounding like Player should be among them. I do not see a problem with using a harmless word from another language because it is a useful description of a family's origin just because it can be confused for another word among English-speakers. There are currently 10-or-so Playero family members. Many of them joined because they wanted to play a character with the last name Playero. Most of them do not have criminal records, and a majority do not have significant criminal records. Nevertheless, the option to change the family name is always on the table in-character and has been seriously considered by some members of House Playero in the recent past. Problem: Lack of Opportunities for Playero Redemption. A very big problem surrounding House Playero is the many opportunities for redemption that it has been given after they apologize for their crimes. The reason that this is a problem is that while House Playero has been able to avoid execution so far because the Violet Order would like to see them redeemed, nobody wants to give members of House Playero an opportunity to actually redeem themselves. No noble family wants to associate with them, so they cannot help the noble house in their good deeds. No business (clinics) or government institution (mercenary bands, guard organizations) wants to hire them due to their controversy and criminal reputation. This has caused House Playero to create its own community. It created its own mercenary company, its own restaurant, and its own clinics. However, the mercenary bands were disbanded due to political intrigue and would not be hired because people avoided House Playero; the business had to move from Daenlock to Crookback because it would be constantly raided by the Violet Order and caused House Playero's reputation to worsen with each arrest without cause, and for a moment was suspended altogether because House Playero was banned from Crookback; finally, nobody goes into the Playero clinics for reasons ranging from being low-key and nobody trusting a Playero with their lives. Without something to participate in, House Playero has very few opportunities for redemption. This makes the phrase "you need to redeem yourselves" easier said than done, and the argument "we've given you many opportunities to redeem yourselves and yet you're still criminals" a little disingenuous. Fortunately, there is an Alms Ministry that is dedicated to character rehabilitation. Unfortunately, I believe we have been turned away from it in the past and I understand that members of my family do not know how to get involved in it. This is not a call-out. I understand that there is a genuine desire to see House Playero redeem itself. I am simply saying that there are more obstacles to it than people realize. After some discussion through the MassiveCraft Roleplay Ticket Discord Bot, we have identified the cause of this problem as what will be discussed now. Problem: Playero Disruption in Roleplay. This is the apparent cause of the lack of engagement between House Playero and redemption opportunities. This also circles back to what I said in the introduction about nobody wanting to acknowledge the presence of House Playero because it is disruptive. I understand that House Playero has been disruptive. Our justification has always been that this was necessary to create roleplay. However, not all roleplay is good roleplay. This has been made known to me, as a conversation through the MassiveCraft Roleplay Ticket Discord Bot realized that our behavior could be explained by our holding onto 2016 conceptions of "good roleplay". As you know, it is not 2016 anymore, and it is my fault that I did not "get with the times". As part of an effort to make House Playero less disruptive and make our antagonism more enjoyable and constructive rather than destructive for everyone, I have shared the following flowchart with all members of House Playero and its employees. Credit to MonMarty Conclusion: A lot of the problems surrounding House Playero are the result of a lack of communication. If these problems had been brought up to us, we would have addressed them more quickly. House Playero will be following the guidelines of the above flowchart in hopes that you feel more comfortable roleplaying with us, and so that you are aware of any antagonistic ambitions we may have with your character before they happen (so that you do not feel like you have to avoid us altogether as a precaution). We want you to know that your constructive criticism is heard and that we are receptive to it, which is why we stopped using red berets and why we have been considering name changes. Furthermore, I hope that having a more concrete ideology (New-Age Imperialism instead of Andrieuism) relieves some of your disappointment and anxiety. I would like to thank everyone for their patience, and for giving House Playero the opportunity to (if not redeem themselves) continue living. Our characters mean a lot to us. If you have any advice regarding how we can get involved with other groups such as the Alms Ministry or the Crookback Militia as part of our redemption arc, please reach out. If you have general advice for how the family can be improved, and how our quality of roleplay can be improved, please let us know in this thread. If we have disrupted your roleplay, we encourage you to start a conversation with us in this thread so we can reach an understanding of what our boundaries are and how you would like us to engage with you in the future.