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06 September 2010 @ 08:01 am
HEY SQUARES AND WARTS.


Cid and Edea have requested that staff and students immediately commence evacuating the castle, and regrouping in the Gapra Whitewood. The journal where this plan got started up is over here.

If you could have your staff and students begin this evacuation, that would be totally awesome. Evacuation shenanigans can be logged in the Big Event Log.

THANKS DARLINGS.


Feel free to use this post for planning and co-ordinating evacuation related stuff.
 
 
01 September 2010 @ 02:03 pm
Happy Two Year Anniversary, Squarewarts!

We've come a long way, and we're having an extra action-packed event to celebrate it.


The Dark Witch Ultimecia has descended on the school with her cohorts.
Her last appearance outside of Azkaban was nine years ago, in a battle on the Hogwarts grounds with Headmaster Cid Kramer. Her sentence to a Dementor's Kiss, supposedly carried out scant weeks ago, was apparently... less than effective.

In order to separate Hogwarts from the outside world and prevent interference from the Ministry, the Jedi Order, or any other agency, Ultimecia has also taken drastic action. For the duration of this event, Hogwarts will be torn from the normal world, essentially making it inaccessible. This means that all characters, the Hogwarts grounds and the castle itself, will be temporarily existing in a void while the castle is under attack.

Dark forces, explosions, chaos; it'll be happening in abundance. What will your character do? How will they react?

If you would like to get more information on Ultimecia and her reputation, please visit her wiki page. Please note that she is not currently in the castle – the mods will keep you posted as to her movements.


What else is there to this event?
Injury and damage limits are lifted for this event.
Injuries, destruction - whatever you want, short of death and murder. Go wild!
Will your character be helping or hindering? In the chaos there is a lot they can get away with.
You must still get mun permission before you injure or incapacitate someone else's character.

Injuries, fighting and destruction = Yes. Godmodding and powergaming = No.
If you're unsure about an idea, feel free to ask the mods.

The Horde has descended.
A few hours before Ultimecia's arrival, legions of inferi began an attack on the castle. There are basic inferi, and Special Inferi – more information is available further down.

Players are able to control NPC villains!
Rather than having to wait on someone else operating the inferi or Ultimecia's followers, players can write them in or out of logs (or narratives) at their own discretion, allowing for far speedier tagging and progress than if you were relying on a mod-driven NPC.

Please note: Ultimecia's followers are all wearing dark red robes and white porcelain masks, reminiscent of Venetian carnival masks. They are not recognisable characters.

Traps will be set.
Ultimecia's followers are making things more complicated. They are laying invisible traps, which will capture your character either alone, or with others, and set a challenge for them that they must complete to escape the trap. Until they pass these tests, they will be held back by a magical barrier, that you can assume that you character will NOT be able to deactivate. (If they have a special ability you think would allow them to, talk to a mod BEFORE you have them do this.)

These might force them to turn against each other; for example, maybe one of them has to be incapacitated before the magical barrier will be dropped, or they must fulfill a task to the benefit of NPCs, like destroying a hallway.

If they can't get out, NPCs could find them, inferi could find them, their friends outside could go unprotected - there are any number of motivators. Make up the rules for these traps as you like.

The trap will inform the characters via an inscription written in light what they must do.

There is non-combat stuff for your characters to do as well!
Trauma and despair are not required! Nor is conflict or drama; we just like to stir them up sometimes.
If you'd like your character to go unscathed or do other things, they are free to. Here are some suggestions:

❧ Trying to get others out of the castle
❧ Hiding in the forest (with all the fun things that live there)
❧ Hiding in... other places
❧ Setting counter-traps
❧ Barricading and fortifying various parts of the castle - towers, greenhouses, etc
❧ Search and rescue
❧ Healing injured parties


Feel free to come up with other stuff, too!
The option of sending your characters home just prior to this event is also open, if you'd rather they weren't part of this event. However, we'd far rather work out something for them to do that you're okay with, so feel free to get in touch with us.

The attack will be spanning in-game Friday through Sunday.
We will post a log where you can just post threads for various activities. After week-change we will also post a recovery log.

(For an example of a previous multi-purpose event log, please see HERE.)



What are the Inferi like?
We have a page on the inferi of Squarewarts that you can read HERE. This combines aspects from Harry Potter canon and other series, and naturally they are entirely magically based and have nothing to do with infectious diseases.

We also loosely base our inferi on the zombies of the Left 4 Dead series.
Here are some descriptions of what the different “classes” of inferi and can do, and further down there are some videos.

Important: Cut for descriptions of inferi!Collapse )

Cut for labelled picture of the Special InferiCollapse )

Please be aware that these are intro clips from mature-rated games about zombies, and thus are accordingly kind of gross and bloody, kind of violent, and have some language factor.
That said, they are also totally awesome.


Cut for Awesome Videos of Special InferiCollapse )



Most importantly, have fun, Squares and Warts!
We love playing with you guys, and it's a pleasure to have you all in the game. The Mod Team wants to thank all of you for being super awesome, and making this a fun place to be. ♥


If you have any questions about this event, please free to get in touch with us!



This post is also doubling as an OOC planning post!
If you have ideas or need to get some, feel free to come up with things here.
 
 
 
01 September 2010 @ 01:59 pm
HELLO SQUAREWARTIANS!

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

ACTIVITY CHECK IS NOW OVER, AND COMMENTS HAVE BEEN LOCKED.

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 August 1 - August 15 and August 16 - August 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 period 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 September 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.
 
 
25 August 2010 @ 01:17 pm
Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is August 25 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of August! This means you have until 11:59pm EST August 31 to pass the second activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
24 August 2010 @ 02:00 pm
HEY NOBLE SQUAREWARTIANS

Just a request – if you guys can put off setting up any logs/journals that are set after Thursday evening this in-game week for the moment, that would be awesome.

There is no reason for this at all why would you even think that.
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23 August 2010 @ 04:01 pm


Week Sixty-Five


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

OOC Announcements

The staff meeting and class log will be going up soon! Other than that, there is absolutely nothing happening this week why would you even think that. This includes the projected mini-Event that was noted on the Calendar, which will now be happening at a later date.

Points
Slytherin: 708 points
Gryffindor: 651 points
Ravenclaw: 580 points
Hufflepuff: 410 points


Weather
MONDAY - The rain continues, although the sun starts to peek out from between the clouds.
TUESDAY - Sun! Today is a good day for flying for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing.
WEDNESDAY - The sun is out all day, but the air takes on a cold chill and it's very windy.
THURSDAY - The clouds roll back in. It starts to rain during the evening, and doesn't leave off.
FRIDAY - Still raining. The sun has totally disappeared behind the clouds, which are an angry grey.
SATURDAY - THUNDERSTOOOOOOOOORMS
SUNDAY - MORE THUNDERSTOOOOOOOOOOORMS

Have a great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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22 August 2010 @ 05:21 pm
Greetings, Gentle Squarewartians!

This is strictly a temporary thing, but for the September 1 and September 8 app acceptance days, applications will be closed. If you want to get your character in before September 15 when we will resume accepting, you have until Tuesday August 24, 11.59pm EST to get your application in, or it will be put on hold until apps open again.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, as always you can feel free to drops us a line over at squarewarts@gmail.com or head over to the Suggestions Box!

Stay excellent, Squares and Warts~
-The Mod Team
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20 August 2010 @ 06:32 pm
Hey Squares and Warts!

Just posting here to remind everyone about the most recent Character Relations Meme that went up a few days ago. Our memes stay open forever, so you have plenty of time to comment in, and reply to other people to help build up your CR.

I just wanted to let you all know about it, just in case you don't have the OOC comm on your flists, or don't check it separately. From now on we are going to be alternating the Crit/Praise meme and the Character Relations meme so that each one will be every other month, and cutting the OOC meme.

These memes go up on the 15th of each month, so make sure you check the comm so you don't miss them!

Stay lovely, Squarewartians~
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17 August 2010 @ 12:22 am
Hey Squares and Warts!

Here is a post, in which your mods will be proposing an idea!

As you may have noticed, from time to time we put together Daily Prophet articles, which are then posted for your pleasure by the lovely NPC, Pandora Driscoll. You might have also noticed our stories are pretty varied and all over the place, relating to in game events, articles on muggle sports or the announcement of Banana Yaya's concert tour.

The purpose of the Prophet posts is to give people a taste of the world in which Squarewarts is set. We do realise, however, that with such a big range of characters and AUs, both originating in the magical and muggle worlds, there is a lot of history and a lot of potential for bringing more of the world into Hogwarts. We have so many different stories altogether, that it'd be great to raise IC awareness of different things.

So, here is the deal! If you would like to write an article for the Prophet, we would love to include it.
For example; the Cult of Zeref, activities of Dark Jedi, the war in magical China, rumours circulating in wizarding France – all of these are potential article topics, and you are all free to explore them.

It might be for the best if the people who have adapted certain elements wrote the articles pertaining to those subjects, to ensure that there aren't misunderstandings concerning events related to the backgrounds of other players' characters, but that isn't a strict requirement; we simply recommended good communication if you want to tackle them.

We can't guarantee that we can use every article or idea, and which issue they are included it nmight depend on potential game plot or events that we are working with, but if you get in touch with us then we would love to work with you as best we can.

For examples of our past Daily Prophet posts, please go HERE.


Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome! You can contact us via emailing squarewarts@gmail.com, IM or the anon-enabled Suggestion Box.
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13 August 2010 @ 07:48 pm
STUCK-TOGETHER EVENT!

Hi, Squares & Warts!

The THURSDAY morning of Week 64, staff and students may awaken to find themselves inexplicably drawn to other residents of the castle, unable to resist the magnetic pull in that direction. Once the characters are together, they will find themselves incapable of moving farther than two meters away from each other.

As for the tweest, here is a handy guide to distance apart vs. effect on the character.

Stage 1 - 0.0 meters apart: Characters will experience no discomfort.

Stage 2 - 0.5 meters apart : Characters will be mildly uncomfortable, as if their entire body is covered in pins and needles.

Stage 3 - 1.0 meters apart : Characters will be moderately uncomfortable, staring to feel a burning, stinging pain, like sunburns and bees.

Stage 4 - 1.5 meters apart : Characters will be severely uncomfortable, beginning to experience body-wide muscle cramps and headaches.

Stage 5 - 2.0 meters apart : Characters will be incapacitated by a blinding migraine of death.

The effects are cumulative so, for example, if a character reaches Stage 5, they will be experiencing all levels of pain at once.

The results of the event randomization shall now be revealed!Collapse )

Remember, this event takes place over one in-game day! Once Friday rolls around, characters will be able to move apart as far as they like without fear of pain.

If you find we've made a mistake and paired two characters already with close CR, or two characters played by the same person, or left your character out entirely, please let us know! If you somehow missed the sign-up and would like to participate, shoot us a note and we'll see what we can do.

This post will also double as a planning post, so you may post threads with your pair and communicate about your logs that way.
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12 August 2010 @ 02:19 pm
The event post is up, and sign-ups are locked! However, if you still want to join, shoot us a note and we'll see if we can't squeeze you in!

Hey Squares and Warts!

We have a one day event coming up, ohoho~ One in-game day, that is.

The event will be a Stuck Together event, where characters must stay within two meters of each other at all times for 24-hours. There will, however, be a twist! (Or, as some might say, a tweest.)
We will be revealing this tweest when the event post goes up.

In order to participate in this event, however, you need to sign up. Why is this, you say?
WELL, my precious ones, it is because the mods are going to be randomising who is stuck with who – this will be a fun CR expanding event, and a way to get to know more players!

So, everyone who would like in, please respond to this post! We'll be keeping it secret so that who gets stuck together will remain a surprise until the event post goes up on Saturday. We will also be using some sort of fabulous magic randomising technique like pulling names out of a hat.

Please do not reply if you do not intend to follow through! This event hinges on you, the players, and it would not be fair for someone to get stuck with a person who does not participate.

Questions? Comments? Reply to this post and we can reply and unscreen your queries in case anyone else has the same question.
 
 
 
10 August 2010 @ 07:25 pm
Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is August 10 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of September! This means you have until 11:59pm EST August 15 to pass the first activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
09 August 2010 @ 06:15 pm


Week Sixty-Four


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

OOC Announcements

An OOC class log, Prefect meeting and Quidditch will be going up shortly! There is also an mini-event going up this coming Thursday, so be on the look out for that.

Points
Gryffindor: 631 points
Ravenclaw: 580 points
Slytherin: 403 points
Hufflepuff: 310 points



Weather
MONDAY starts off rainy and stays that way, although it's rather warm.
TUESDAY and the rain is here to stay, drizzling on and off throughout the day.
WEDNESDAY warms up a little more and you start to see a little blue in the sky!
THURSDAY is a mini-event! The rain holds off for most of it and the sun decides to come out for a while.
FRIDAY the warm weather continues!
SATURDAY is Quidditch, with clear skies holding out the whole day.
SUNDAY is the Prefect meeting and a good day to stay indoors, the rain returning with a vengeance

Have any great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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09 August 2010 @ 04:43 am
I bring you our Activity Check results for July, as per this post.

Drops and Hiatuses MUST be posted to our Drop/Hiatus entry. If you do not post to that entry, and instead simply post to the OOC comm, then it it not counted! The mods are not responsible for going through the comms to see if you posted.

We have divided the list of results into three sections. Please check under the cut for the Activity Check results and the explanations for each section!

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Dropped characters will be removed from the communities, if your active character is removed accidentally, please let us know so we can re-add them!

Please contact us if you spot any errors or have any queries. Stay fabulous!
 
 
 
06 August 2010 @ 06:54 am
Hey kiddos, it's the 6th of August, meaning you have only until 11:59pm EST the 7th to make AC! Not replying if you're not exempt gets you auto-dropped, so please do so because we'd hate to lose you!
 
 
31 July 2010 @ 11:01 pm
HELLO SQUAREWARTIANS!

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

ACTIVITY CHECK IS NOW OVER, AND COMMENTS HAVE BEEN LOCKED.

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 July 1 - July 15 and July 16 - July 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 period 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 August 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.
 
 
 
31 July 2010 @ 03:55 pm
Hey, Squarewarts!

Just letting you dashing dudes and ladies know what we have changed the keywords in our Rules and FAQ posts. Those are the keywords you need to include in applications, so just remember that if you're going to be apping any new characters, you'll need to look out for those.

For our next upcoming application acceptance day, we'll be accepting both the old keywords and the new ones, but after that only the new ones will count.

If you want to take a gander at those pages, you can find the Rules page HERE and the FAQ page HERE.


Stay classy, Squares and Warts~
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29 July 2010 @ 02:27 pm
MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL
A Chaos Event


The Hall of Mirrors plays host to hundreds of mirrors; perhaps thousands. Countless sheets of glass, endless shapes and sizes and frames and shards. Countless abilities. No one can be exactly sure which mirror will show you what, what your reflection might hold; it could be your future, your past, your greatest desire, your worst fear-- or just you with a few extra pounds.
The Hall is a beautiful place. Creepy, but beautiful.

At three AM of Thursday morning, a ripple of magical energy will tear through the hallway. All of the mirrors will shatter, leaving only their frames and a thick layer of powdered glass.

Hogwarts, and its inhabitants will be turned upside down.



This event is not quite a free for all, but it's close. Enter a bizarre world of truth and deception mixed together. Your character can be affected physically and psychologically, or not at all.

Behaviourally, maybe they can become a bizarre version of themselves, personality switching to opposites, for example, or acting as if a major event in their life had gone differently. Maybe they are their own ideal of what they could be, or maybe they are their worst fear of what they could become. It could be that they like to communicate via song, or with Shakespearian speech.

Perhaps physical changes will manifest as your character becoming a lot taller and thinner, genderswapped, or just changing the colour of their eyes. Maybe they'll be a sparkly-skinned vampire or a mermaid. If you and another player want to team up, your characters could body swap. The choice for what direction you what this bizarre impact to have is up to you, or you can leave them unaffected.

If you want to go with an extreme changes that aren't mentioned here as examples, please check with one of the mods! Almost anything is okay, but we'd appreciate you checking in with us. This is not an event for de-aging or canon-selves! Characters must remain at their current age and as their Squarewarts universe selves (or, a variation that is Squarewarts-verse in origin).
Characters may either be aware of the strange change from the norm, or they could be under the impression that this is how they have always been. We'll leave that to player discretion.

However! The characters are not the only ones affected. The castle itself is going haywire – rapid changes in the hallways, missing roofs, floors replaced with swamps and fog rolling up from the dungeons. Maybe the great staircase is a waterfall one minute and a giant slide the next.

Have fun, players. From In-Game Thursday through Saturday, Hogwarts will be in a state of chaos. At midnight of that Saturday, everything will revert to normal – even the mirrors will be restored.
If you want to log/journal things set before/after the event, anytime is fine. Just specify in the post.

We are okay with more large scale property damage and injuries occurring during this event without case-by-case mod approval, but if you want to do something really big like explode a tower or something, please get in touch with us first. All property damage will be reverted at the end of the event. Injuries will have to heal normally.

Character powers will remain at the same level during this event! Enjoy~
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26 July 2010 @ 11:54 am


Week Sixty-Three


For the Cid's letter for this week, please see this entry!

OOC Announcements

An OOC class log and Head of House meeting will be going up shortly.
Current Heads of House are:
Kakashi Hatake, Shalice Tilman-Sinclair, Washu Fitzgerald Kobayashi and Luxord Holmes.

Events
There will be an event going up in a few days – probably towards next real time weekend.
This event will be spanning in-game Thursday through Saturday, and we tentatively suggest not setting any logs on Sunday until you know what happens during this event. As always, feel free to post things set prior to the event anytime, but specify if stuff is during/before/after the event in your post! Watch the squarewarts comm for the event post!


Points
Gryffindor: 686 points
Ravenclaw: 580 points
Hufflepuff: 330 points
Slytherin: 348 points


Weather
MONDAY starts off sunny, with rain in the afternoon.
TUESDAY continues the trend of rain, with some gales through the night.
WEDNESDAY has storms and thunder through the day.
THURSDAY is the beginning of an event! The weather outside is a sunny break from the rain.
FRIDAY the event continues! In themorning it is sunny again, with rain in the afternoon.
SATURDAY is the last in game day for the event. The sun is shining!
SUNDAY is a normal Hogwarts Sunday. Aftermath, hooray! But also some rain, boo.

Have any great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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25 July 2010 @ 03:52 pm
AC Reminder!
Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is July 25 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of August! This means you have until 11:59pm EST July 31 to pass the second activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
12 July 2010 @ 02:38 pm
ANTI-GRAVITY EVENT

It's another surprise mini-event, Squares and Warts!
The MONDAY of this in-game week, something... strange is happening. Your character might not notice right away - might not be effected. However most people will find themselves feeling... odd. Weightless.

It might just be a bounce in their steps, at first, or it might hit full force right away - but either way, within an hour of waking up, your character will find themselves floating. Strangely, this effect only seems to occur within the castle itself. If you character ventures outside, they'll stop floating, and be back on firm ground.

As usual, this event is optional. It will only effect characters during the MONDAY of this in-game week! After that, things will be back to normal, or as normal as they are around here, at the best of times.
 
 
12 July 2010 @ 02:35 pm


Week Sixty-Two


For the Cid's letter for this week, please see this entry!

OOC Announcements

An OOC class log and staff meeting will also be going up shortly.

Events
We have a mini-event that will be set on In-Game Monday only! Feel free to log or post journals for this event at any time during Week 62, but you might want to specify when the journal is set if you post it later in the week.


Points
Gryffindor: 691 points
Ravenclaw: 570 points
Hufflepuff: 345 points
Slytherin: 333 points


Weather
MONDAY we have a MINI EVENT. This will be set on Monday only – keep your eyes open for a post coming soon. There is some light rain.
TUESDAY has heavier rain and some thunder.
WEDNESDAY storms continue, but through the evening things start clearing up.
THURSDAY is partly cloudy in the morning, with sunshine in the afternoon.
FRIDAY is all clear skies and warm sunshine!
SATURDAY brings in light rain again in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon
SUNDAY some clouds and sunshine with a light breeze.

Have any great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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10 July 2010 @ 08:36 pm
Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is July 10 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of August! This means you have until 11:59pm EST July 15 to pass the first activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
08 July 2010 @ 12:21 pm
I bring you our Activity Check results for June, as per this post.

Drops and Hiatuses MUST be posted to our Drop/Hiatus entry. If you do not post to that entry, and instead simply post to the OOC comm, then it it not counted! The mods are not responsible for going through the comms to see if you posted.

We have divided the list of results into three sections. Please check under the cut for the Activity Check results and the explanations for each section!

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Dropped characters will be removed from the communities, if your active character is removed accidentally, please let us know so we can re-add them!

Please contact us if you spot any errors or have any queries. Stay fabulous!
 
 
 
07 July 2010 @ 10:00 am
Hi Squares and Warts!

We just wanted to bring to your attention that we have made a modification to the rules, effective immediately. While this is not an issue that has been a problem in the past, we wanted to prevent potential future issues that could be caused by not having this rule in place. It concerns logging for characters under the age of 18, and we would like everyone to read it. You can do so at the Rules page, where you can look for rule number 4, or you can just take a glance under the cut.

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If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to get in touch with us via IM, email or our anon-enabled Suggestion Box.
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06 July 2010 @ 01:22 pm
Hey Squares and Warts! Just reminding you that you have until 11:59pm EST, July 7 to reply to Activity Check, so if you haven't yet, please do so to avoid being dropped!
 
 
 
01 July 2010 @ 05:07 am
ACTIVITY CHECK IS NOW OVER, AND COMMENTS HAVE BEEN LOCKED.

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 June 1 - June 15 and June 16 - June 30.

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 period 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 July 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.
 
 
30 June 2010 @ 10:07 am
HELLO SQUAREWARTIANS!

So this is about them dæmon things.
Long story short: the dæmons are going to become a permanent feature, but there will be some important differences than when they were ambling around for the event.
Here is how they will work at in Squarewarts from now on:

The dæmons will not be in Hogwarts constantly.
That is to say, they are more like summons, that come and go as they please – or, rather, at the player's discretion. The maximum period of time they can be in the school is three days running, and then they have to pop back to their magical sparkly dæmon spirit realm. That way, you as a player can just have the dæmon around when you feel like it, and then just handwave it as having gone away for a while should you forget about it/get bored by it, etc.

They are only symbolic of an animal, but are not actually that animal.
That is to say, they look, feel, sound like whatever they are, but they don't have any special magical abilities that creature might have. So, for symbolisms sake, your character might have a phoenix as their dæmon. However, its tears could not heal wounds.

Dæmons can physically interact with other people and dæmons
But, they can only talk to their person and other dæmons. If you want to have your character's dæmon get involved in combat, the same rules apply to them as to fights between characters.

Dæmons cannot be killed!
They could be injured, but they can't be killed – when they are injured they just go back to magical sparkly dæmon spirit realm. In theory, when a character dies, their dæmon would die as well.

Dæmons will be no taller/bigger than a medium-sized dog.
To make them more manageable as a permanent feature, all large creatures will be downscaled. Smaller creatures may also be upscaled a little, if the player would like, although we don't want to see SUPER GIANT RATS or something like that. A little sizing up is good, but keep it within reason.

Dæmons will remain in one fixed form.
Just like with the event! That said, if some major character development happens, or you just find a creature that is far more fitting for your character, you can change it if you get in touch with the mods. We just don't want people changing their dæmons repeatedly.

Magical creatures as dæmons need mod permissions.
As we had them for the event, characters can still have dragons/phoenixes/augreys/flying bison for their dæmon. However, if this should be the case, we want to make sure that it is an adequate reflection of the character and not just because they're totally awesome. So, all non-magical creatures are cool, just roll with it, but magical creatures will need you to just fill out this little form and post it on the Permissions Post, and the mods will reply ASAP!




I'll be putting up a wiki page about them later and adding that to our link directory, and adding a permissions thing for switching dæmons on our permissions page.


And some stuff about Permissions
Related news: apologies for our being slow with permissions! We're going to be setting a permissions processing day once a week to make sure we don't neglect that, for people who post permissions there rather than with their application. That said, if you post permissions pertaining to a log, feel free to email us or IM one of us so that we can approve them and have you able to log ASAP, rather than you having to leave a log on hold for a week or something.

The mod team hopes you all have a fabulous day! And cake.
 
 
 
28 June 2010 @ 02:01 pm


Week Sixty-One


For the Cid's letter for this week, please see this entry!

OOC Announcements

An OOC class log and staff meeting will also be going up shortly.

Events
All daemons have now left the school-- for now! The mods are still deliberating whether or not to have them return as a permanent feature, but the moment they are all gone and we will let you know what we decide.

In-Game Friday night, there is the ball! We will be putting the log up for this shortly so people can start doing logs set there ASAP, but please remember that it will be set Friday night!


Points
Gryffindor: 671 points
Ravenclaw: 555 points
Hufflepuff: 335 points
Slytherin: 313 points


Weather
MONDAY the daemons are all gone, but the beautiful weather continues from last week.
TUESDAY has some clouds, but the weather looks good.
WEDNESDAY things are a bit chilly, but the sun is still shining.
THURSDAY things looks overcast, but it clears by the evening.
FRIDAY is the night of the ball! The weather is perfect.
SATURDAY there is some light rain and fog, but nothing too intense for Scotland.
SUNDAY it brightens up again.

Have any great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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28 June 2010 @ 01:33 pm
This is the super awesome Squarewarts wiki!

If you are new to the RP, the easiest way to request access is to simply comment to this post with your email address and Minder, our lovely moomba, will help you as soon as she can! If you need any extra help, feel free to contact Adri (wiki admin).

Basically, the way the wiki is set up means that we've organised a number of folders for different information. You can find a list of all the different folders on the wiki HERE. We also have a Link Directory that can show you where to find specific pages you might need, which is located HERE.

If you need help getting used to the wiki, please feel free to contact Adri for help setting up pages and getting started. Her contact info can be found HERE.


Rules and guidelines for the wiki are located HERE.


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28 June 2010 @ 11:59 am
Oh no, Activity Check is only days away and you desperately need to tag something before you character is classed as inactive (or dropped D8) for the month!

NEVER FEAR, THE LOG FAIRY IS HERE!

Which is to say, hi guys, here is a list of the open logs that have been posted over the past little while. These posts will be going up every two weeks or so from now on, just to help y'all get some CR rolling or maybe remind you of that log you were totally going to tag but then forgot about, or even bring to your attention TOTALLY AWESOME OPPORTUNITIES that you might have scrolled past or whatever. REGARDLESS, we hope it helps ♥

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All right! The links should all lead to the right places, hopefully. If they don't, or your log has been missed off the list, or you've posted an open log that has since exploded and you're all GOD PLEASE NO MORE TAGS and would rather it not be on this list, just IM xfeilynx and derpmod will edit the post for you.

Much love, Squares and Warts! Stay excellent~
 
 
25 June 2010 @ 02:13 am
Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is June 25 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of July! This means you have until 11:59pm EST June 30 to pass the second activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
18 June 2010 @ 05:58 pm
HEY SQUARES AND WARTS

So, due to some confusion as to how long the daemons are meant to stay, we are now saying they can stay through until week change. If you have already had your character note their daemons disappearance, feel free to ret-con or have them make a Magical Return!

We have also had some requests and discussion that the daemons become a permanent arrangement. This actually seems like a totally badass idea, so we are trying to figure out how to implement this, how it might affect characters that join the game in the future (if they can have daemons, and so on) and what limits it might be necessary to impose. Size, for example, might need to be scaled down, if they are to remain on a permanent basis, to make creatures more fitting for the setting.

Naturally, if we decide to go ahead with this idea, having a daemon would be optional and not required. Maybe it could be something that only affects some people, so not all characters who join have to have one or... something.

At present we aren't sure if we can actually facilitate this in the game context, and what modifications might be necessary to daemons in the game, but if you have suggestions, concerns or questions, please feel free to reply to us here.

Stay wonderful, Squarewartians.
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14 June 2010 @ 06:50 pm
Sorry for the extreme lateness of this reminder!

Hark, Squarewartians! As hopefully most of you know, it is June 14 (Squarewarts Standard Time [EST]), and Activity Check rolls around on the first of July! This means you have until 11:59pm EST June 15 to pass the first activity period, or risk being put on the inactive list, or even worse, dropped! And no one wants that, so make sure you post within the timeframe!

Thanks, and be excellent to each other!
 
 
 
14 June 2010 @ 03:04 pm
Dæmon Event!


This week's event is the Dæmon Event. For those of you unfamiliar with the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, daemons are the manifestation of a person's soul, taking the form of an animal. You can read more about the details of them HERE. These are solid animals, rather than magical summons.

If you choose to have your character effected by this event, then sometime on Monday they will find themselves accompanied by a small, bright light, which after a few moments will manifest into a creature. What the creature is, or rather, what form the daemon takes, is up to you. However, there will be size limits; if your character should happen to have, for example, an elephant or dragon for a daemon, it will be no larger than a horse. Very large animals will be scaled down, and very small ones scaled up. Unlike the daemons of His Dark Materials, which can change when a person is young, all daemons will have one fixed form for the duration of this event.

If you are stuck for ideas on what your character's daemon would be, then websites on animal symbolism might be a good route to take. If you aren't sure if an animal is appropriate for the game, for size or any other reason, feel free to ask us and we will let you know!

Some Links!
Note: A lot of these sites say all sort of different things, so just go with whatever you like best.
Animal Symbolism: HERE
Animal Symbolism: HERE
Animal Symbolism: HERE
Animal Symbolism: HERE
Animal Totems and Moar Symbolism: HERE

This event will last from Monday to Wednesday in game. By Thursday, all such creatures will be gone.


EDIT: ALSO!
Daemons obey the will and share thoughts and feelings with the person they are tied to, so your character will be able to control their daemon - or at least prevent it from causing chaos.

Additionally, daemons a typically the opposite gender or their human, although this is not a strict rule. The wiki says: "A person's dæmon is usually of the opposite sex to its human; however, in some cases it may be the same sex as the person. Pullman has admitted that the reason for this is unknown even to himself, and that it might represent homosexuality, but might also indicate some other sort of gift or quality, such as second sight. The single reference to such individuals is in Northern Lights, where they are referred to as "rare" and "gentle"."

Furthermore, the SW daemons cannot speak to anyone except their human.

Normal rules for violence and property destruction apply! Have a great day, Squarewartians.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, please feel free to contact us via IM, emailing us at squarewarts@gmail.com or our anon-enabled Suggestion Box!
 
 
 
14 June 2010 @ 02:38 pm


Week Sixty


For the Cid's letter for this week, please see this entry!

OOC Announcements

An OOC class log and Prefect meeting will also be going up shortly.

Events
Okay! So, Squarewartians, here is our event line up for the next couple of in-game weeks;

We have a mini-event happening during week 60 (that is this week we are just starting now) that will last from Monday until Wednesday, in-game. This is the Daemon Event, and we will have a post to elaborate this going up soon.

The ball will be during Week 61, meaning that log will be posted by the mods on the 28th June. That means it is NOT during this in-game week, but will be set the weekend of Week 61. Just letting you guys know OOCly, we'll have an IC announcement to that effect going up asap.


Points
Gryffindor: 681 points
Ravenclaw: 555 points
Hufflepuff: 325 points
Slytherin: 313 points


Weather
MONDAY a new mini-event begins! The forecast the week is looking bright.
TUESDAY is sunny, with some cloud. The event continues!
WEDNESDAY is the last in-game day of the event, and has more sun and light clouds.
THURSDAY the weather is a little more gray, and a little chilly.
FRIDAY some clouds, but no rain.
SATURDAY sees the return of sunshine, and is a Hogsmeade day!
SUNDAY is yet another nice, sunny day, with some clouds.

Have any great event or plot ideas you'd like to share? Then be sure to put it in the Suggestion Box!


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11 June 2010 @ 10:27 am
Hey ladies and gentlemen!

Just a quick reminder to bring your attention to two big open logs that could be really awesome CR builders, or just a whole lot of fun!

The Talent Show
Organised by Slytherin's lovely Sharpay Evans, there is a talent show open for students and staff! Does your character have a special skill? Or are they just an attention seeker? Get them on stage, or even just in the audience or supervising.

You can find the log HERE!


Dueling Club
This one went up a while ago, but Icky is still all for getting it going and having characters duel and so on. Those with special combat methods and abilities can show them off, or get in touch with professors for help, and so on.

You can find the log HERE!


Devil Bats Meeting
A meeting for members of the Devil Bats Football Team, prospective members, or people who might be lured in by free food!

You can find the log HERE!
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08 June 2010 @ 03:26 pm
I bring you our Activity Check results for May, as per this post.

Drops and Hiatuses MUST be posted to our Drop/Hiatus entry. If you do not post to that entry, and instead simply post to the OOC comm, then it it not counted! The mods are not responsible for going through the comms to see if you posted.

We have divided the list of results into sections. Please check under the cut for the Activity Check results and the explanations for each section!

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Dropped characters will be removed from the communities, if your active character is removed accidentally, please let us know so we can re-add them!

Please contact us if you spot any errors or have any queries. Stay fabulous!
 
 
 
07 June 2010 @ 01:36 pm
ATTENTION, SQUARES AND WARTS!

There are now 24 hours left for you to complete Activity Check! If you do not respond and you are not exempt (ie. with an official hiatus posted at our Hiatus post, or your character was apped after May 15th) then you will be dropped.

Activity Check closes on June 7th at 11:59pm EST. Please do not miss this deadline, or you will have to re-app your character.

You can find the Activity Check HERE!

We love you and don't want anyone to leave ;;
 
 
07 June 2010 @ 08:49 am
YO SQUAREWARTIANS

So, due to Activity Check and drops over the last few months, we have a whole lot of quidditch and prefect positions open! If you had your character on reserves for a quidditch team, they are now on that team. If you would like them to be on their House team, or reserves, you can get in touch with us! Same goes for Prefect positions.

To check Prefect positions, go HERE!
To check Quidditch teams, go HERE!

Reply to this post with the name of your character and what team or position you'd like to nominate them for, or put them on reserve for. You can also put professors on reserve for Head of House positions, too.

Thanks for your time, and stay awesome!


EDIT: We're going to be keeping this post open for a few days, and wwill add nominations to the reserves as we get them and then choose from there! Quidditch is more first come-first served, but for Prefects we'd like to have a little more discussion for.
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