BCOM is indeed returning to Project Terra. As of 3/12/13, applications are being accepted for membership* and diplomats are welcome to visit as well. The charter and structure are in place and many improvements have been made to the forums since BCOM's previous incarnation in PT. Work is still in progress, however.
BCOM will feature a merit ribbon program that will award members for milestones, achievements, and participation in various events. The program is already set with a complete listing of all awards. Most award ribbon images have been created with only a few remaining to add.
I am also working on creating a new set of group pips and other asthetics while the game remains down. BCOM sits at 3 members and it is my hope to continue to add people to the roster in order to facilitate a full Board of Directors before the game launches in open Beta.
I have quite a bit more to say concerning BCOM's future plans and ideas coming down the pipeline that will be added to enhance our member's experiences as part of our alliance, as well as offer contests and events for diplomats to participate in as well. For now, I will only say that I am very pleased with the progress thus far. BCOM has a very sleek, professional, upper tier feel to it. It's been worked on painstakingly to craft it into a complete member experience that people who visit will want to be a part of. When all is said and done, I believe it will live up to that vision.
- The official launch date for the Blackstone Commission is April 5th, 2013. This is the day that will be marked as day one regardless of the status of Project Terra. Post counts will be reset in the forums and opportunities to earn merit ribbons and so forth will begin on this day. Applications are being accepted now, however, previous time with the alliance before this date will not count towards membership length when working towards the first anniversary ribbon. There will most likely be a ribbon added to award members who had joined prior to April 5th. This ribbon will signify the charter members of the new Blackstone Commission and will not be available to anyone joining on or beyond April 5th, 2013.