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New Zealand 2011 Earthquake Relief Appeal

Hey guys, Fei here!

I don't know how many of you have heard about this, but yesterday Christchurch - the city in New Zealand where Anne lives - was hit with an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale. She's okay, but there are many people in the city and country at large who have been severely affected by this disaster. The official death toll currently stands at 75 and is expected to rise, with literally hundreds of people still missing and trapped. The city centre has been totally flattened and is going to have to be entirely rebuilt. More information can be found here and in other articles on that site.

So, the purpose of this post is threefold!

First off, there is a comment over here on the latest news here where a whole bunch of people are commenting to ask LJ if they can set up a Vgift donation scheme like they have in the past in similar situation. Please comment, and spread the word!

Secondly, if you would like to donate something directly, the New Zealand Red Cross has set up a donation form where you can give anything from $5 NZD (about $3.50 USD) up. Every little bit helps!

Thirdly, please spread the word about what has happened, and how people can help. Plurk, Facebook, Livejournal, The Internet In General and talking to friends and family are all possible avenues that you can take, and the more people who know about it, the more people can help out. At the moment, we really want to get LJ in on this, so if you could promote the comment on the news post in particular, that would be great. That comment also has links to articles about the disaster and to the Red Cross, so all the information is in one place.

Please don't feel obligated to donate or anything like that! I just want  to get the word out to as many as people as possible.

I love you all, and now return you to your regularly scheduled RP-ing ♥

~Fei
Cid

Game News + Event!

Hi, Squarewartians!

The mods have come to a decision on the future of the game! Starting February 1, the game will be converted into a sort of musebox/dressing room where you guys can play out whatever you want in the setting, without any modly meddling. Fei and Icky will still be maintaining the comms to grant access to new journals, but applications, reserves, activity check and the like will be no more. The comms will be primarily for current players, but old players who would like to come back, and those that can be vouched for as not jerks are welcome!

But! All's not over and done with just yet! For our last official squarewarts event, we'll be fast forwarding ten years into the future! Your students have graduated; they're Quidditch stars, government officials, Aurors, or perhaps they're professors now themselves! Your professors have stayed to teach new generations of witches and wizards, or they've moved on to something new! The choice is yours!

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As always, if you have any questions or comments, you can reply here, hit up the Suggestions Box, or email us at squarewarts@gmail.com!
Cid

SUPER IMPORTANT MOD NOTE PLEASE READ

Hey Squarewartians!

Your mods have been discussing a few things over the past couple of weeks, about the game and our position as mods, and we’ve come to a couple of decisions that y’all should know about.

Basically, we have both been modding for a long time now and while we both love the game, Real Life is kicking our asses, and we’ve sort of burnt ourselves out on it to the point where neither one of us can see ourselves staying on as a mod for much longer. So it is that we’d like to ask the comm if there’s anyone who would be willing to step up and become a full time moderator of squarewarts , in place of us. We’d need at least two players to step, and you’d have to be prepared to fully take on the running of the game, so please don’t offer if you’re not going to have the time or energy to deal with being in charge of a medium sized/paced game.

If no one (or not enough people) would like to take that position, the two of us have decided to turn the game into a private game/musebox earlier than planned. Applications would close, but Activity Check , Character Limits and Permissions would be lifted, and you would be able to play out your characters in the world as you wished. The communities would remain locked, but if you wanted to add a new journal feilyn would be staying on as maintainer for the sole purpose of accepting whatever journal you wanted to the comms.

These weren’t easy decisions to come to by any means, but please understand that this is what we feel would be best for the game, and best for us personally. We love you all, and thank you so much for making squarewarts such a wonderful place to be for the past two and a half years.

If you are interested in becoming a mod, please reply to this entry with a little blurb about why; comments will be screened, and we'll let everyone know what's going down in a week.

Stay Excellent!
~Icky and Fei

[ETA] In the case of us taking the latter course, the following would definitely be possible:
- Joining the comms with old characters that you once played here.
- Joining the comms with characters that you have never played here, but wanna.
- Old players rejoining the comms again, if they want to play their characters in the setting.

If you have any other questions, feel free to reply to the entry and the post will be edited to answer them.
Cid

Week 75



Week Seventy Five



OOC Announcements


Hey kids! Your mods re discussing a couple of things and also focussing on that pesky RL thing right now, so we'll get back to you on the event front. In the meantime, Hogsmeade!

The meeting for this week is the Staff meeting!

A reminder that teachers and Prefects are allowed to take points! The post is linked every week change, or you can find it in this comm using the Link Directory or the 'House Points' tag.

Points
Gryffindor: 751 points
Slytherin: 683 points
Ravenclaw: 625 points
Hufflepuff: 465 points


Weather
MONDAY - Still raining, but the temperature's not so awful.
TUESDAY - No rain today, but the temp takes a drop!
WEDNESDAY - The rain is also absent today, and castle inhabitants may hallucinate some actual heat coming from the sun.
THURSDAY - Weather was trolling. Back comes the rain, in showers.
FRIDAY - Now it's just being an ass. Hardcore rain, all day.
SATURDAY - Lots and lots of rain.
SUNDAY - Less rain! And warmer!
 
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SURPRISE ANOTHER MOD POST WHOA

Hail Squarewartians!

Say, wasn't there meant to be an event going down around about now?

Well, after taking in the state of many of the players some thought, we've decided to give everyone a couple of days to uh, recover from New Years, and also hopefully have some time to settle back in from the holiday period. With that said, you now have until 11.50pm EST on the 3rd of January to post your character's wishes and desires to this post over here in order for them to participate in the event that will be happening sometime afterwards.

In the meantime, Happy New Year, darlings! We wish you all the very best ♥

Stay excellent~
Cid

Activity Check!

HELLO SQUAREWARTIANS!

IT'S THE FIRST OF THE MONTH, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS! THAT'S RIGHT, IT'S ACTIVITY CHECK TIME!

Here's a refresher of what we need from you! Please comment to this post with the following:

Player Name
Character Name(s)

AND THIS IS THE IMPORTANT PART!

Link to one instance of activity per period per character. The activity periods for this AC are December 1 - December 15 and December 16 - December 31.

Acceptable methods of passing an activity period are as follows:

✓ A log tag
✓ A journal post
✓ A narrative post
✓ 5+ tags in an OOC log
✓ An action/quick log tag
✓ A journal thread (5+ comments by your character)

REMEMBER, ONE OF YOUR ACTIVITY PERIODS MUST BE PASSED WITH A JOURNAL POST OR A LOG TAG!

If you are on hiatus for one week or more of an activity period, you are exempt from that period. New characters are exempt for the month in which they were accepted.

If one or more of your characters fails one activity period, but passes the other, the character(s) will be marked as 'inactive.' Any character on the inactive list will be required to pass both activity periods the next month, or is considered an automatic drop.

Here is a handy text box! You have until 11:59 EST January 7 to reply to this entry with your links!



Those of you who play professors, please add this and link to the required class log for the month! If you don't do the class log and aren't exempt, you're auto-inactive with that character, so please remember to do them!





PLEASE NOTE THAT UNLESS YOU ARE EXEMPT, IF YOU DO NOT REPLY TO ACTIVITY CHECK, YOUR CHARACTERS WILL BE ADDED TO THE DROP LIST.
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EVENT MOD POST YEY

Hail Squarewartians!

In celebration of the New Year, we are going to be having an ~*Event*~ Surprise! We’re not going to tell you what it is, but it is going to involve a tradition that we just made up where characters write a wish for the new year on a piece of paper and hang it on the Wishing Tree, which will be happening in game at the end of the New Year’s Feast. In order to assist with this event, we’d like you to write your character’s wish (what they would write on their paper ICly) and also their deepest desire (which will not be written ICly) in response to this entry, and we’ll get back to you once the event begins. If it turns out the event is not to your tastes, however, fear not! Replying to this post doesn’t mean that participating is compulsory or anything, if you reply and then decide you’d rather not participate, you can just ignore it ♥

Y’all have until then end of Friday 31st December EST to reply to this, and comments are screened! Stay excellent, folks~
Cid

IMPORTANT MOD POST YEY

Hi, Squarewartians! You might have noticed there have been a few changes around the place lately! Namely there are two mods and one of them has been failing horribly at posting the weekly newsletter. In order to spread the NPCing out more evenly and give Edea more to do, we've decided that she and Cid will be co-Heading the school together. So Edea's come back from all the investigations of Ultimecia's attack on Hogwarts, and it was decided that her actions were totally bamf and saved everyone, so she should help Cid run the school. She has lots of experience with children, what with running The Garden and all, so she will be a nice and gentle addition. Since Hogwarts seems to value having a male and female for most positions, it feels right that they'd have one of each as Head of the school, too.

In addition to this, it's time to say goodbye to the Board. In the end, the plot we had in mind for the game really wasn't suitable for something that had been brought in right in the middle - it really needed to be started from the beginning. As for in-character reasoning, the Board was there to figure out what was causing all the unexplainable weirdness earlier in the year, and since Ultimecia's defeat, the weirdness has been normal Hogwarts shenanigans, not worth keeping them around for, so they're off to continue working in the Ministry and keeping an eye on school things from afar. In lieu of having one overarching plot, however, we're thinking of doing more sort of mini-arc events until game end, like with the Ultimecia attack, and getting the players involved more. And speaking of game end, we've had a really great run here at Squarewarts, but all good things must come to an end (;A;!), and at this point our tentative end game date is in early April, with the endgame event lasting through until the beginning of May, after which the game will remain as a musebox for those players who stayed through until endgame.

So, keeping that in mind, the two of us would like to know - what do you want to see more of in the game? We want to make these last few months as \m/ totally awesome \m/ as possible, in particular endgame, so if there are things you would like to see, either in said months leading up to, or inthe actual end game event, drop us a note! Either here or in the Suggestions Box is great ♥

Stay excellent Squarewartians! We love you~
Cid

Week 74



Week Seventy Four



OOC Announcements


Aaaaaand the kids are back from holiday and straight back to classes. The castle has been odddly well-behaved without so many children around, but perhaps the excitement of so man y returning voices might change that...

The meeting for this week is the Prefect meeting!

A reminder that teachers and Prefects are allowed to take points! The post is linked every week change, or you can find it in this comm using the Link Directory or the 'House Points' tag.

Points
Gryffindor: 751 points
Slytherin: 683 points
Ravenclaw: 625 points
Hufflepuff: 465 points


Weather
MONDAY - It has stopped snowing! It's still bloody freezing, but the sun is out with a little cloud.
TUESDAY - Fair all day, no cloud to be seen~
WEDNESDAY - Spoke to soon, back come the clouds.
THURSDAY - You are going to freeze today. There is no two ways about it.
FRIDAY - Those clouds, from before? They have brought the rain.
SATURDAY - Lots and lots of rain.
SUNDAY - Less rain! Still cold ;~;
 
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Week 73



Week Seventy Two


Look out in the journal comm for the Cid's weekly letter!

OOC Announcements


YOU KNOW WHAT, JUST. AT SOME POINT, WE WILL POST A POST TELLING YOU THINGS.

The kids are on holiday this week, and are welcome to go home or stay at Hogwarts as they please! And if there happens to be something happening at the school, we'll let you know more later ♥

There is no meeting this week! Yeah holidays!

A reminder that teachers and Prefects are allowed to take points! The post is linked every week change, or you can find it in this comm using the Link Directory or the 'House Points' tag.

Points
Gryffindor: 751 points
Slytherin: 683 points
Ravenclaw: 625 points
Hufflepuff: 455 points


Weather
ALL WEEK - OH MY GOD, IT'S SNOWING. EXCEPT WHEN IT'S NOT SNOWING. BUT EVEN WHEN IT'S NOT SNOWING, THERE'S SNOW EVERYWHERE. ENJOY!
 
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