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Welcome To Our 20th Start of Term Celebration!

A Note From The Staff

It's truly hard to believe, but we are already in our 20TH EVER start of term celebration! Vault 713 was originally founded as "The Slytherin Dorms" all the way back in 2001, and we celebrated our first start of term in a much smaller way. Now, 20 years later, we're still here and kicking it with a wonderful community that has grown and changed but has still come together to celebrate our love of Harry Potter. Things may look a little different now, but we're still here to celebrate the idea of Hogwarts As We Know It, and we hope to continue these celebrations throughout the next year as we celebrate our 20th year in style.

With that in mind, we have two things to bring to your attention before we get into the meat and potatoes (or pumpkin pasties and cauldron cakes?) of the day. First and foremost, as is the way things go at the end of seasons and as people reach different milestones in their lives, we are bidding farewell to Susan, Jason, Sam, Peyton, and TheTiniestPanda who have decided to spend time with their remaining limbs, as the saying goes! We're also welcoming Queenbecky back to the team after a multi-year absence, and we're thrilled to have her back. If you'd like to join the staff team, just head over to THIS FORM to apply!

Secondly, some things have changed in 2020 as compared to how they were when we first opened and even in the past few years, especially with regard to how J.K. Rowling has been speaking out publicly on social media. We have issued an official statement on current events that we encourage all players to read. In the coming days we will list it in a more prominent location as well, so that it can be accessed even after the post's time in the Bulletin Board has passed.

Mandatory Member Check-In

If you haven't already, please be sure to fill out our Player Check-In for this season! We do these every few years when our logs get overwhelmed and we need to make sure we have accurate lists of all active characters. If you have requested a character be reactivated through this form, it will be done by or on September 9th. Any characters not checked in by September 9th will be made inactive until the check-in is complete.

We intend on leaving the check-in form up through at least September 21st. All inactive characters after that point will need to go through the reactivation request process as usual.

Character Creation & Features Updates

It wouldn't be Start of Term without some big changes...and some delays! We will be reopening Character Creation on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 and will be releasing some revisions to our character creation process and other character-adjacent features at this time.

If you are missing Quills from recent events or thread archives, fear not! Quills are being included in the update coming September 9th.

Start of Term Feast Special Event

In the spirit of the very first Start of Term on our original site, The Slytherin Dorms, we're having a free for all Start Of Term Feast! Bring your characters in and celebrate the feast in whatever way you'd like. Whether your character is in Legacy Era or Founders Era or didn't even attend Hogwarts, everyone is invited to play their characters as students or faculty to enjoy this event in a relaxed way.

Click here to visit the Event Hall to participate!

20th Anniversary Story Starters

In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we will be releasing new story starter prompts every month for you to use in your threads. For our first one, we have twenty book titles (both canon and member created!) for you to choose from for inspiration in your threads. Click here to view the whole list, and see how many you can work in to your stories!

Discord Updates

We're overhauling Discord in a big way! Again throwing back to our roots as a Harry Potter fan community, we've added some great new features to highlight our love of the Harry Potter series and our community appreciation of the wizarding world. Among other new things you'll find on Discord, we now have...
★ Special bots to help with content moderation (and more fun things to come!)
★ Weekly games for active players to participate in
★ Common rooms to show off your house pride
★ And more!

We will be continuing to update our discord server with new and fun things, including the return of a music channel, we just didn't want to hide all our fun new things any longer while we work on even more great stuff!
That's all for now, but we're just getting started!
Thank you for joining us in celebrating this monumental occasion!
Last edited by VaultBot on 05 Sep 2020, 19:23, edited 1 time in total. Reason: Updated a date for coming features.