Exemplar Wave 18 and Beyond

Written by Bryan Prillaman Level 3, Orlando FL, USAHi Everybody!If you haven’t already read the announcements from Wizards of the Coast, Judge Academy, or the PCs,  go ahead and do that now. You are going to need that context for this blog post to make sense.  The announcement of the new Judge Academy is going to bring a lot of changes, and some of those changes directly impact the Exemplar Program.  The first change is that the current open wave, Wave 18, will be the last Exemplar Wave used

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Wave 17 is live and Vanguard Preview

Written by Bryan Prillaman Level 3, Orlando FL, USA Hello all, The Spring 2019 Exemplar Wave (Wave #17) is published and available for your perusal. The Wave 17 review is complete and the nominations are posted on Judgeapps! You can see nominations you gave and received here or use the search tool to see all the awesome things your fellow judges are doing; at home, at events, online, or in their community. If you received a nomination, you will receive an email

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Wave 15 Exemplar Vanguard Token Creation Video

Three weeks ago, we announced that Alistair Crook would be the Vanguard for Wave 15.  For this wave, Alistair selected a Goblin as his creature of choice.  The token art was created by Ken Meyer Jr. Ken has drawn several Magic Cards including the OG Kird Ape. For this waves tokens we have an unexpected treat.  Ken live streamed the process of painting the token.  If you have ever wondered how artists take brush to canvas and create something that didn't exist before,

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Exemplar Community Survey #1

Written by Daniel Solé Garcia/Bryan Prillaman Hello everybody! Wave 15 closing on Tuesday.  (Originally Monday, but there were some inconsistent announcements, so we moved it in line with the latest published date.) In the Exemplar Program, we are constantly looking for new ways to engage the Judge Program.  Sometimes its articles on one of the qualities we look for in a nomination.  Sometimes its an article highlighting particular nominations.  With this blog we want

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Exemplar Fall 2017 Update

  Written by Bryan Prillaman Level 3, United States, Florida Hello all, Welcome to the latest update post for Exemplar. It’s been a while so let’s dive in. In Wave 9, we announced an experiment. Instead of contacting authors for revisions of nominations that were “close”, we instead spent the time writing emails to tell judges with deferred nominations *why* the nomination was deferred. The results were mixed. There are other administrative factors that don’t

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An Exemplar Retrospective

We have completed an arbitrary cycle around the sun, and that seems to be a perfectly arbitrary time to do a retrospective. When I made a post on Facebook asking if there were any topics people wanted to cover, the three most frequently requested topics were: 1) Do I think Exemplar is meeting its goals? 2) How do I respond to criticisms on Exemplar? 3) MOAR METRICS PLZ

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Exemplar Wave 2 – Deadline Extension to 23:59 GMT March 2nd

Apparently , quite a number of judges had problems with submitting their Exemplar recommendations as they had assumed that the window closed at midnight CST and so missed it closing at midnight GMT. As many other things on judge apps operate on CST (event applications in particular), we've decided to reopen the window for two more days to give judges the chance to submit those recognitions. The Exemplar Wave 2 window will close for the final time at 23:59 GMT Monday, March 2nd. There will be

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We haven’t forgotten you!

Hey everyone. Due to some technical issues linked to the recent Wizards database changes, there's been some delay in terms of getting the Exemplar wave 1 mail out sorted. I've been hearing that some judges have been voicing concerns that the delay on this front indicates that the program has been abandoned, so I just wanted to reassure you that this is not the case. We have not been idle in this time, soliciting feedback from those involved in providing recognitions during the first wave and

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