Semi-Annual Update & January Newsletter

Solus

Solzilla
Staff member
Server Owner
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& 'Semi'-Annual Update III
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Server News |
7th Day of Snowdown, Season of Frost


Hello Alterans!

This month marks another year and another milestone here in Hollowworld. We have made it passed two years under moi as your head with it, and we're proud to say many changes have come and gone. We plan to recall what we can over these past few months and share with you our plans for the next few months.

Here are some milestones on the server of 2018:
[Forum Updates]
[Newsletters 2 Electricboogaloo]
[Complete Incursion Campaign]
[Complete Forlorn Campaign]
[Introduction of Podcasts: Hollowpods]
[Publication of the Lore Book]

Upcoming Player Events:
  • [Jan.7 @ 3pm EST] The Lore appropriate Luau
  • [Jan 11 @ TBD] To remember the Fallen
  • [Jan 12 @ 3:30PM EST] Queensport Winter Ball
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Riddle of the Month

From Frosted North, By Sand Below,
Cradling Blue Willow
Carved in stone, carved in wood,
A town in a valley stood.
What city am I?


PM Raal !

Recipe of the Month




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Now some words from the Team!

+Hardware/Software+

This section has been working slowly in the background, preparing for 1.13 for the last few months. It’s only now we’re close to the final countdown.

Check our Tiberione’s announcement on 1.13! [Here]

+In-Game Tech+

Roads, World Edit Requests and Travel-Ports are all currently up to date on tasks. Inactive Region Destruction is currently going through preliminary work to start the destruction process, the shorthand of it being that not all regions show the primary owner as the first on the list, as such the admin console is required to find the UUID's of the main owner for each region which is then checked on a thirdparty site to see which username that is and then the inactivity/destruction process can be resumed.
+Moderation+

By focusing on proper communication between Moderators and Players and within the team itself, we have tried to reduce the amount of time spent waiting before any report is properly completed. As a result, both the response/waiting times and the overall completion time of reports have successfully gone down from several weeks to several days.
+Lore+

We’ve gone through a lot of milestones with Lore. The majority of our backlore is now written and set, as well as publicized so that players may see what goes on in the background of our worldbuilding. There are, of course, part of that is underwraps and able to be discovered through campaigns, magic, or simply roleplaying with those who hold some knowledge. We continue to write more to build up the curves and edges of the Lore to bring you quality content for your wonderful roleplay experience in Altera. There's always more to build on. : )

Lore updates these past months:

The World
+[Behemoths of Altera]
+[New Forlorn Artifacts]
+[Forlorn Flora]
+[Makani Adjustment]

Magic
+[Animancy Primer]
+[Arcane Additional Mechanic Update] (soon)
+[Divine Spell Update and Reveal]
+[Divine Curses]

Minor additions to the flora and artifact lore as a result of the Forlorn Campaign; the additions to the Bestiary that were made for Forlorn are no longer applicable (creatures are considered extinct) due to the completion of the campaign. Currently looking at making minor changes to (primarily) the Bestiary and potentially implementing a stats system. The stats system was utilized successfully during the final stages of Forlorn, and may become a standard feature of the Bestiary. Background lore for the Next Campaign will be developed, just as it was for Forlorn.
+Events+

Here we've a few words by the Event Coordinator and the Next Campaign head:

Experiments continue on the viability of implementing a stats system for use in events. The intention is to provide a better representation of characters' varied skills in events, and to be able to adjust difficulty to an appropriate level for different creatures.
Campaign is upcoming at the end of January.
Secrets!

I'll be taking a bit of a backseat in events for a while, but remain present for sermons/religious events/sorrows outings and things of that nature time to time.
+Media+

Going to be planning and running multiple forum events, and updating the Newsletter regularly. We're still looking for player content to add in Newsletter.
As well as this, we are still researching to extend and update our advertising on other sites.
The goal is to do the podcasts monthly or bi-monthly, as another way to keep the players both informed of and involved in Staff Team's projects as much as we can.
+General+

Ayda said:
Soon Storm's Landing will have a jail.
While the others take over events more now that Forlorn has concluded, I'll be more present in keeping other things updated. Such as dynmap icons, custom items, as World Edit/Road requests if Warwolf is ever too busy or swamped.
+Donations+

We've managed to raised closed to $2k this year, which has managed to help us purchase plugins, do updates on the site and maintain the server and forums. I'd like to thank each and everyone of you guys for taking the time to donate. Every little helps keep us going for another month longer and enjoy roleplaying, building or being part of the community together. You may be included in the list below if you partook in donations or someone donated in your name, in no particular order. Thank you, We love you!

{Contribute}

Donation Addition!
Kamaoe
I am Wake
Ruu
UmbraSicarius
The Tottot
aidoninja
DrawnSubset
Bowduim
GrimReaper
Tiberione
NIAH
Mitch
@ImATeddy
Sailing_Elf
HogoShi_Kitsune
Raphael Payne
Rossu
Levansy
Sune Madsen
Charybdis
Jak
Shankster
Rygan
Jinny
Paint
Blorbis83
Smurf
PitaChipBoi
Fronslin
Purgatoris
AkteDutch
Omikuji
French Roast
Sankera
lycana
Sir Arc
oveny
Ddaug
MelodyComplex
Rue
Samwych
CloakedReaper
Arcana
SynthSwordArts
AncientBean
Boofenshmirtz
Rujala
HueyLong
LeeroyVengeance
Ichor
GreysonRising
Bartooliinii
WildRoze
Fate3
Lannis
Mandres
Magiik
Cymic_
Raal
Jase
Joseph12Q
Ayda
Rat_Lady
Rosary_Omen
Lavilethorn
Azur


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+Back to the Community+
Now in light of our reflection, what are your memorable moments of 2018 here on Hollowworld? Favorite Roleplay, roleplayer, build, content? Share down in the comments below.
 
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Bartooliinii

The Artisan
Patron
Now in light of our reflection, what are your memorable moments of 2018 here on Hollowworld?
My most memorable moment of 2018 must be the return of Lemarc and I am Wake . Although they're both gone again, it was good to do a big project with them together, for old times sake; which became Kharuz-Korum, another Dwarf stronghold.
I think 2019 is going to be just as great online, with new and old friends, creating memories to look back on in another year!
Thanks for all the effort you've put in the server last year Solus ! And of course thanks to the entire staff-team for all the positivity and a shared vision to try and make a better HollowWorld each new day!
 
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