ATTENTION PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER SERVER
@Director Emeritus jcp
We have noticed a dramatic rise of new players from other servers running older, modified code.
Thank you for stopping by and checking us out. You will no doubt find that this version of the game (the official one) is quite different.
One major social difference is that we expect you to write out complete words and to avoid chatspeak/l33tspeak. No matter what your opinion of the matter is, that is a rule of this server. If you cannot play by the rules, please find somewhere else to play.
There is no room for debate on this. The players and staff here prefer this more formal langauge - it is far easier to read. No, this is not a free speech issue since this is a private server.
You have now been told. Moderators are empowered to mute you if you cannot play by the rules and ban you if you persist in such behavior.
We strongly suggest you read the FAQ to find out about other server rules and policies.
EDIT: If it's not clear, emoticons or smileys are part of the "chat speak" package. Though they don't affect comprehensibility, players here prefer fewer rather than more, in keeping with our unique flavor. Again - this server isn't an Instant Messenger platform - please don't treat it like one.
A proclamation for residents of the Five Cities (who pass time in the Gardens)
For over seven years, our Gardens has hosted its share of heroes and villains: conflict, drama, romance and yes, all-out war. We've seen families made and broken, lives brought into the world and lost, characters corrupted and redeemed. Roleplaying on this site gives you the chance to join an epic tradition that's been carried along since July 2003.
Or the chance to annoy everyone, get alienated and drive people away from the Gardens.
Gardens roleplaying (RP) should be:
*An act of communal creativity and personal relaxation. Other players involved expect you to recognise that you (the player behind the character) are not King of the Castle, and be considerate. The Gardens exist for everyone's enjoyment, not just your own.
*Undertaken with notable effort in creating unique characters and building plots.
*Something that even non-roleplayers can read and enjoy, hopefully enough to make them take interest in trying it out.
Roleplaying is NOT:
* A chance to “show off” how powerful, capable or knowledgeable you can make your character. This will get you called out for godmoding and ignored, as such behaviour just gets people annoyed and makes them like you less.
* An outlet for mushy-gushy silliness. Most of us can tell apart (a) deep romantic scenes which character development and exposition from (b) couples gratuitously drowning us in their marital (or pre-marital) bliss. Yes, yes, you love each other, but after a certain point, it's spam. Get a room. If it's a YoM room, keep it clean.
* A way to socialise OOC. Obviously, characters want to socialise. And there's nothing wrong with YoMming people whose RP you appreciate, to chat. But if your Gardens interactions are as uninspired as something out of a boring instant messenger conversation, you're doing it wrong. No fantasy world with so much magic and diversity should inspire flat roleplaying.
* A work-around for the family friendly rule, EVEN in the name of plotlines. It always needs to be said.
To the newbies: If you need more information on how to do it right or what roleplaying is about, I am open to answer questions, as are my fellow roleplaying staff members: Cupcake, Riah, Balcon and Amanda (LadyAlchemist). The Official LotGD Roleplaying Guide is also available for this purpose: http://rpgd.webs.com
To the not so newbies: We choose what sort of roleplay we accept or not. If people aren't making the effort they should to get into plots, no law says they MUST be let in. Still, remember that some players are genuinely new and need help to advance. I learned to roleplay on this site. Other people can too. Friendly advice: don't be a total elitist. Everyone suffers for it.
A.i.K. aka Malachi.
WE'VE BEEN HAXORED OMG LOL!
@Smiley Face kickme
Relax, everybody. We haven't actually been hacked. While we celebrate Jacepday every week, this is actual JCP Day. So wish him a happy birthday wherever he is, and remember, you can turn off the filters in your Preferences.
@Smiley Face kickme
During the next couple of months, for every $5 you donate you'll receive the magical Black Unicorn for a very generous 4 days!
For those that don't know, this is a rather powerful mount that we use to reward you for helping us keep the server going.
Clean cup, move down
It's the least wonderful time of the year in North America: the time when we lose a precious hour of sleep to the capricious whims of Daylight Saving Time.
Of course, this also means a change in server time.
The New Day is now at 12:00 Eastern Daylight Time (GMT -4), an hour later than it was in the Northern winter.
You may now resume whatever it is you were doing, unless it was sleeping.
Real Time News Ticker
The news ticker is an experiment, I'm not sure if we'll be able to keep it or not; it depends on a for-pay service to provide real-time updates. But if we stay under a certain threshold it's free.
By popular demand there is now a way to disable the ticker. You'll find it in your preferences. There's also a way to hide your own events from showing up on the ticker (though they still appear in the daily news), and you can change the position of the ticker.
People using the Jade theme or its derivatives probably will find they like to position it at top:55, left:0. It sits nicely under the page title.
Downtime & Performance
We had a few hours of downtime this morning while migrating our server to a new data center. Sorry for the short notice on that (I only gave about 10 minutes notice), but hopefully this new location will perform better for us.
I know the server is slow
I realize the server is acting slow, and I'm sorry for the inconvenience. The company we host with was recently bought out (it was formerly owned by a friend). The new owners obviously aren't as capable as the previous owners, I have several services hosted here and they're all really hurting right now.
I'm inclined to give these guys another week or two to figure things out, because for the most part the performance problems have been short term, and historically this company has provided me with really great service. But I'm not going to give it long before I switch to a new host.
Incidentally, if anyone knows of a good hosting provider, let me know; I'm in the market. I priced out Amazon AWS, and costs would be about 2.5x what we pay now for fewer resources.
Protesting SOPA | PIPA
Those of you who use the site default appearance will have noticed the site has gone dark today. This is to raise awareness of SOPA|PIPA, two bills going through US congress which are designed to end the free and open Internet.
People who know more about these things than me have spoken about them at detail. See the EFF's writeup, or Wikipedia's SOPA or PIPA articles (still available through Wikipedia's blackout today).
@Director Emeritus jcp
I've said this before, but apparently it needs repeating.
The only times foreign (real or imaginary) languages are allowed on the public areas (i.e. non-clan hall boards or bios) is (1) a non-native english speaker is asking for help or getting a translation or (2) you are providing a translation.
I know speaking elvish or drow is all in-character roleplaying, but it excludes those players who don't know that language. There's a roleplaying solution of a translation spell that affects the village.
I like the roleplaying and want to encourage it, but without a translation it's nothing more than a secret code that only a few people know, and that's not fair.
Bluntly, I expect to see english translations when foreign languages are used in any public place (village, garden, bios, etc.). If you don't provide a translation, you risk being banned.
Your cooperation is appreciated.
I'm reposting this as there seems to be a growing number of people that need to see it. - kickme
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