The Foundry staff is pleased to announce the addition of some new helpers - Foundry regulars who, while continuing their work as mapmakers, will also assist the CAs with their stamping duties. We welcome RjBeals, cairnswk, MrBenn, and Ruben Cassar on as CA deputies, or as we have taken to calling them, Stamp Lickers.
Maps will continue to progress through the Foundry as before: a topic will go through the Ideas stage until stamped, but upon entry into the Main Foundry some maps will be assigned to a Stamp Licker who will be responsible for stamping that map for either gameplay or graphics (not both). Lickers will follow the the discussion in their topics, provide constructive feedback, and report back to the CAs when the maps are ready to be stamped. It is our hope that by lightening the workload on any one individual, the CA/Licker responsible for the stamping of a map will have the time to more closely follow the progress and discussion around each map, thereby speeding up the overall Foundry process.
From time to time we will continue to seek the help of trusted mapmakers and regular Foundry posters to wield stamps, collect data, or babysit parts of the Foundry for us. We appreciate the work that all of you do to keep the Foundry running, and we hope that you will stand ready when called to serve.