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That's right, folks! With the completion of the new Company Profiles, we're finally open for business and ready to start Serious Business v2.0!

FOR OLD PLAYERS: the reentry page is now open. Please read the instructions and post up your new profiles accordingly!

FOR NEW PLAYERS: We will be opening applications for new characters on February 7, 2009, to give us time to properly finish the clean-up. You are, however, more than welcome to place reserves on any character of choice!

THANK YOU SO MUCH TO miir, keikain, theprerogative and eriea, our lovely mini-mods, for all the assistance you gave us, and thanks to all our old players, who patiently waited for things to go underway! WE LOVE YOU LONG TIME! \o/

Deluge of Updates~

Your lovely mods have kept themselves VERY busy this weekend, in order to bring you all a huge number of new, shiny things to read regarding the upcoming clean-up:

RULES UPDATED! Make sure to take note of some of the new additions, particularly the one about tagging one's self!

PREMISE CHANGED! We've made things a little more lulzy and specific, and also explained away there are strange women with masks floating around the city. ♥

FAQ UPDATED! We've added several items, and clarified some gray areas. Make sure to go through everything~

Extensive information on character journals, the network, posting info and hacking added. Please, PLEASE check these out as soon as possible. The stuff explained here will be effective immediately.

Details on the Game System and Related How-Tos extended. This is also extremely important to look at, as it should give all of you guys a better idea of how things are going to run from here on!

Common Knowledge Post Added! This page will host story developments, pre-game notes for companies and their heads and supplementary information on the companies beyond the profiles. It will also be used in the future as a sort of indicator on how well each participating company is doing in-game, for player reference!

The new company profiles should be up very soon - we're just waiting on the word of the muns of our lovable CEOs in the game. Once those are finished, we will be able to open up applications again! \o/

Please be informed that we've started cleaning up the characters of players who did NOT reply to our posts about retaining. If you've been unjustly cleaned up and taken off the RP, please get a hold of Rika!mod immediately.
--Otherwise known as the Common Knowledge Post, where we dump all the stuff that people know about the respective companies, beyond the profile that we've already provided on this page. This post exists in order to be clear about what is in-character (IC) knowledge versus out-of-character/player (OOC) knowledge from the very start. Where the Company Profile Page shows you what the company's about, this post will show you what your companies and what the public thinks about everyone else.

Please note that as the game proceeds, the information on this page will be updated accordingly. Make sure to keep checking back here because the information will probably be relevant to how you and your company should perform in the future, in order to stay in the publishing game.

NOTE TO ALL PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY THE MINI-MODS: The public opinion of your company is determined by our evaluation of what your company has done over the month in question. Make sure to keep yourselves busy!



THE VARIA.Collapse )


The following section contains pre-game developments in the story that have a direct bearing on why the Serious Business RP!verse is the way it is at present. This section may ALSO be updated in the future, so keep yourselves posted on it.

Please note that unlike the section above, this stuff is NOT going to be IC knowledge for most of the characters. If you're wondering whether your character may know some of this information, please double check with the mods and the characters involved before trying anything out.

The Black Box: Things That Aren't Nobody's Business

The Truth Behind the Millefiore Merger.Collapse )

The Real Reason for the V&A Downgrade.Collapse )


For Old Players: Re-entry!

Hello and welcome to the re-entry post. This is where you "re-apply" as your character, be it a total revamp or just an update. Before we proceed, please read up on the updated rules and all the updated and renewed game information. All of these can be found on the mod journal.

After that, you may now begin your re-entry.

How does the re-entry work?
Basically, re-entry is just you, telling us everything that happened to your character since you started playing here, with a twist. We've spruced up the game, and with these changes, we want you to adapt your character to these changes. It is a level-up of sorts, wherein you keep everything from the start with major or minor changes. Major changes include reworking your character background (we encourage you keep it as close to SrsBiz v1.0 as possible, although this is not really mandatory.) Minor changes are just basically updating your character information, treating the job/position changes as a promotion/demotion, etc.

Of course, please explain these changes thoroughly. Things don't happen magically in the publishing world, sadly. And it would be good to note that while you may want a certain position in the company, your CEO might not want you in that position. Your CEOs also have a hand in deciding where you go in the company so it would be good if you slept with them first you made your re-entry application really good. Think of it as submitting an extra-special resume!

And now, without further ado. Here is your re-entry application.

* Note: If you have two characters, please do the re-entry in separate comments. If you have a reserve, please use the new application which can be found here.

...L-long subject line is long. ANYWAY.

On the journals and the journal network.Collapse )

How do the journals work?Collapse )

General posting format.Collapse )

Remember: we strongly recommend that both logs and journals be in prose form. It's easier to read, and it also looks less lazy!

If there's anything we missed or if there's any item that's not clear, please: post your questions and comments here!


Company Profiles v2.0

Vongola & AssociatesCollapse )

The VariaCollapse )

Millefiore & Co.Collapse )

[Unknown LJ tag]


Description: Well-established Company

Specialization: Haute couture - high end fashion and lifestyle magazines. Highly specialized, highly exclusive. Think Anna Wintour, on a larger scale. Think the Devil Wears Prada. Currently branching out into the youth market with the hottest street fashions, especially with Dino Cavallone taking over.

BUT WHERE IS YOUR MANGA? No manga - it doesn't suit their image.

Size: Medium-sized - they have a monopoly on the fashion industry; they don't intend on drifting out of their specialization

Thrust: "We create fashion, we carve out trends. We pride ourselves on our passion, our ethics, and our world renowned excellence in the industry."


The Cavallone Family boasts a history almost as old as the Vongola's, and a fine, exceedingly prestigious reputation within the multi-billion dollar worldwide fashion industry. It is widely considered that you've only ever made your mark in the fashion world when you've been featured in one of its magazines.

A longtime ally of V&A, they are known for producing the finest, most exquisite and exotic fashion magazines that is widely hailed as the creator of the world's ever-changing fashion trends. Prominent names Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada, are but a few of the longtime staples of this company.

They are the fashion world's movers and shakers, with a monopoly and an undeniable superiority on the industry. The Cavallone family had enjoyed massive successes for generations. With the retiring of the ninth Cavallone CEO six years ago, Dino Cavallone, the only son of the highly-regarded family, took the reins of the company and led it onward ever since.

There is a marked difference, however - he is known to be a warmer, more devoted boss to his associates, priding teamwork and 'family', and is currently looking to break into the youth fashion market.

Company Profile

Home to some of the world's most recognized magazines, Cavallone Inc is headquarted in Namimori, with satellite offices in Manhattan, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Singapore, Korea, Milan, London, Sicily, Paris, and Shanghai. With that, local editions of their magazines are published to suit their tastes. Region managers hold fort in each of the major cities, with Dino Cavallone heading the entire company from Namimori.

In total, Cavallone Inc is in charge of 18 different publications, many of them the largest in their markets. All in all, it had an average total circulation of over 15 million issues a month, and an estimated actual readership four times larger. As such, the company possesses one of the most recognizable magazine portfolios in the industry.

Unlike most of its fellow publishing companies, the transition of power from the ninth Cavallone to the tenth Cavallone boss had been smooth, despite Dino Cavallone's earlier statements to the press indicating that he had no intention of inheriting the family business.

Cavallone Inc, for all intents and purposes, is a company that had undergone massive restructuring to keep up with vastly changing trends, but had still retained its old, prestigious air. Elegance and sophistication is what the company embodies and portrays, even as the company continues setting more precedences and examples within the publishing world. Its technology is state of the art, and its standard of excellence in journalistic integrity and influential reporting is renowned all over the world. The company takes pride in its commitment to superior design, world-renowned editors, writers, photographers, and a strong staff dedicated to constantly improving and taking publications to a new level.

Editorial excellence and advertising talent is the hallmark of Cavallone Inc, with highly efficient corporate departments that work to support the company's mission to create, promote, market, and to sell the brands. They make significant contributions to the success of each magazine, and are renowned for setting new standards in quality in the industry.

Cavallone Inc's employees are expected to be passionate in their work; and well-rounded, promising individuals who have a strong sense of ethics and foresight. A strong sense of family and cameraderie is encouraged, and teamwork stressed upon. Gender equality is strictly upheld, lycra expressly forbidden, and nonfat hors' d'oeuvres present in every pantry, coupled with the finest Blue Mountain coffee. (Perrier and Evian, of course, for the ladies.) The company exacts a certain set of sartorial requirements, which would explain why one will see nothing less than Calvin Klein skirts, Paul Smith shirts, Hugo Boss suits, and Armani pants even on the lowest ranked staff.

After all, fashion is their forte. Who better to hold up the standard than the gatekeepers of fashion themselves?

Company Hierarchy & Processes


Things an Employee Should Know About

The pay is generous, the perks are great - gourmet chefs in the company's cafes, free passes to the world's most prestigious walkway events - Fashion Week in Paris, anyone? The myriad of designer items on the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth - yes, four entire floors of accessories, dresses, tops, pants, handbags, suits, skirts - yes, they can be distributed like they're nothing more than paper. Fancy a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes for a date tonight? No problem. Want that newest Marc Jacobs bag, or Franck Muller's newest timepiece? Sure. They're all handed out to the staff like paper, anyway. If you're an intern, a freelancer? No worries. Prada, Chanel, Ann Klein, and Nina Ricci are still your friends.

Nothing can be taken from the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth floors; they belong to the magazine photoshoots, but don't worry, they'll filter down to the lower floors. Company perks, really. But the thing is, for all the shiny Jimmy Choos and Chanels and Pradas that you can stuff yourself with, the one fact remains.

Once you work at Cavallone Inc, the only way to be the best, to rise to the top, is to sacrifice your social life entirely. It's rigorous, fast-paced, with insane hours. Your lifeblood goes into your profession, your entire life is devoted to your passion, to the countless fashion show coverages, to the glitz and glamour of the industry. You will have the dream job, Karl Lagerfeld's number on speed dial, Anna Wintour on the line, and look, Donatella Versace is calling on you.

You will have the lion's share of an industry that millions of people would kill to be a part of. You will rub shoulders with stars, with supermodels and fellow editors alike, and the price you pay is your free time, your hobbies and every friendship you once held dear.

In Cavallone Inc, baby, there's no other way to go but up, up, up.

Because, as they say, "When your social life goes up in smoke? It's time for a promotion."

Things a Freelancer Should Know About

Cavallone Inc pays very well - only when it comes to quality work. If you are sub-par, a slacker? Don't bother applying, you'll never get your foot through the door. There is a chance that you may be offered a permanent position if you perform well consistently, and yes, of course, the pantry is always open to you.

Lesser perks for the freelancers compared to the staff, though. A more limited pick of the items available, and more paperwork - after all, Cavallone Inc needs to keep track of these things.


Here are the "generic" positions that your character can fill out - note that some of the functions for each position may vary from company to company, but as a general whole, whatever is found here follows in-game.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE IT'S ENTIRELY POSSIBLE FOR ONE CHARACTER TO HAVE TWO POSITIONS IN A COMPANY, WE STRONGLY DISCOURAGE IT. The only time we mods will be perfectly all right with it is if it's clear that the company in question is short on players and having a difficult time functioning in the story.

Read the descriptions carefully, guys.

Know what you're getting into. ^_^

CEO.Collapse )

Vice-CEO / General Manager / Personal Assistant.Collapse )

Book Development.Collapse )

Production.Collapse )


Human Resources.Collapse )

Public Relations.Collapse )

Finance.Collapse )

Legal Counsel.Collapse )

Procurement & Maintenance.Collapse )

IT and Technical Support.Collapse )

Security.Collapse )

For those of you who are outside of the corporate ladder, your character can be any one of the following:

Other jobs.Collapse )

If you have any suggestions for a company position or a minor job, please let Kae!mod know immediately~ ♥


Clean-up time, folks. [RP REVAMP]

First of all, thanks so much for sticking with us guys. I want you to know, on behalf of all the mods, that you've been a great crowd and a wonderful set of players. ♥

Second, we do want to apologize for any indiscretions on our part, or failure to attend to your needs as players. This is my first time, at least, to mod something like this, so I think I missed out on a lot of stuff that should have been tended to immediately.

...And now for the semi-dirty stuff, and the real reason for this post.

Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Publishing is Serious Business will have a clean-up somewhere between now and the end of the month.

Question: What does 'clean-up' mean? That sounds scary! ;A;
Answer: PLEASE DON'T BE FRIGHTENED. D: A clean-up simply means that we'll be working out the kinks in the RP - getting rid of inactive characters, pimping out the RP again to reel in new victims players, clean up the lists, revising the rules and stepping up the plot of the game. This saves all the work everyone's done in terms of character development, which is something that matters to every player. As Rika!mod said, a clean-up is like taking meds when you're sick... it's meant to help all of us out.

Question: Can you give us concrete examples of what you're going to change? You mentioned a few, but it's still unclear...
Answer: Well, here are a few of the major things that we'll be doing, to be implemented as soon as possible:

1.)We're creating an NPC account that will give the mods a direct hand in the random events that will effect the players and the publishing industry in the game as a whole. In this light, we're finally getting Vongola the Ninth as an NPC. Rejoice, kids!
2.) Heads of the respective companies will become mini-mods, or may even join the mod crew depending on what they want. This will give us mods more control over the game, and speed things up more.
3.) We'll be revamping the companies and adding in company positions, that will be filled in by the players. This will give everyone a better idea of what they're supposed to be doing and how they're going to do it.
4.) Um. Er. We'll have to get rid of the bookstore. That way, we can focus on the companies and company dynamics. *...runs and hides!*

Question: ...Sounds like we'll have to re-app for our characters. Is this really necessary?
Answer: You will NOT have to re-app. In fact, re-applying is totally optional. What we'll require everyone to do instead is simply update your character information, abilities and whatever else you want to in order to match the position that you want your characters to fill in. That way, people can keep what story developments they want, adjust accordingly, and still have fun. |D

Answer: PLEASE DO. We mods can only do so much if we don't know what's going on, and such. o_o We really, really need your help, your love and suggestions to make this work!

Anyway, us mods are already working really hard on this clean-up thing, so stay tuned to this channel for updates. Expect the clean-up to occur within this month, or by the early weeks of February. In the meantime, feel free to proceed as originally planned!

On a final note, we know that a lot of players will be intimidated by the clean-up. We're not forcing you to stay, so could we please have a headcount of who's staying with us?


Log Posting Format

* Cross-posted to Mod journal for convenience.

In Subject Line -
LOG: [Prose/Script/Thread] [CHARACTERS INVOLVED]

If the log is a Thread log, place [OPEN] or [CLOSED] up there too.

Please remember to lock all R-NC-17 posts.

Copy/paste the following in the body of your post:

For more information, refer to this post.


Moar updates!

COMPANY PROFILES ARE NOW COMPLETE. Read and enjoy accordingly, folks. ♥ Make sure to keep these details in mind when you're reserving a character or making a profile for him or her.

An explanation of the "game system" for this RP has also gone up. I've made it as comprehensive as possible prior to the actual start of the RP, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask.

The FAQ has been updated both by Rika and I, so make sure to read through it in case you have any questions. If there are things that we don't have an answer to just yet, feel free to post a comment over at our Suggestions & Problems Page.

Mass-shout out to everyone who have submitted their applications so far, and much love to those of you who have reserved your characters but are still in the process of formalizing your applications. Keep spreading the word about this RP, yo~ we need more players!


Because RPing is srs bzns. Additional questions and clarifications are welcome on this post. Comments are not screened. Complaints go here.

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Anyhow, the Company Profiles Section is now up for your perusal -- it's got nothing but the full profile for the Vongola at the moment, but I'll be filling in the rest very soon. Make sure to familiarize yourselves with the information at hand, guys. The better to make sweet crack with it, right?

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