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 #40129  by VaultBot
Welcome to our 20th year!

It's crazy to think that it's been TWENTY years since 2001—twenty years since we started gathering on the official Warner Brothers discussion boards, twenty years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone entered theaters. But we're still here, we're still kickin. Things have looked a little different over time, we always change things up and do different things and see what's fun in the "now," and this year is no exception: in the spirit of where we started, we're getting back to our roots and experimenting with a brand new system that encourages more casual gameplay. Given the current state of the world, we know that dealing with activity requirements and needing to post on multiple characters can be stressful. So we're trying to get rid of some of the stress and focus on the fun!

This season lasts until April 28, 2021 and will take us right up to the Battle of Hogwarts in Golden Era...so get ready!!!

Character Creation will resume on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Character Creation, Quills, & Season Changes
Because we're changing so much, we have a separate announcement you can read here, but here are some of the highlights!

★ You can now create characters however you want, whenever you want... with a catch! For characters to be able to earn quills or claim skills and abilities, they will need to be Verified by a staff member so they can be added to the rosters. (Don't worry - this is very similar to how our existing character creation process works!)

★ Character creation no longer costs Quills. Verifying a character can be done for free once a month, or for 15 Quills if you have already used your monthly allotment.

★ Characters that were previously marked as Inactive or Retired are now marked as Casual Play Characters that are not verified. You can still post with them, but they won't earn rewards unless you have them verified again.

★ Players will earn rewards according to how quickly threads are completed. Stories will be archived after 2 seasons of inactivity instead of 1 season, and threads that are completed in fewer seasons will earn more rewards.

★ We will be publishing a complete list of Quill redemption rewards within the next few weeks and adjusting costs accordingly to be better reflective of the current Quill economy

While we know these changes may be confusing at first, we hope that it will be beneficial for players of all activity levels in the long run!
Forum Changes
★ Forums have been emptied to feature one main roleplaying section and a subforum for owls and messaging. Subforums will be added as needed depending on activity levels.

★ One News, Owls, & Rumors forum is now accessible for all timelines, and upcoming news will be flagged according to the era it belongs in.

★ All character accounts can now post in the Sandbox Roleplaying forums.

★ All OOC and current roleplaying forums have been cleaned up and archived to give us a fresh start in this new era of gameplay! If you have a roleplaying thread that needs to be finished, please report it to be unarchived.

★ We encourage all players to post new, updated player profiles for 2021. If you need assistance with copying information from an old player profile, please report the thread or use the help desk.
Upcoming Events & Features
★ Keep an eye out for special activities surrounding Valentine's Day in February!
★ Information on the Battle of Hogwarts for Golden Era will be released near the end of the season.
That's all for now! Our mischief is not yet managed, so happy roleplaying and stay tuned!!