10th Anniversary Afterthoughts

I just wanted to do a little summary and acknowledgement on the Anniversary Festival. First, I want to thank all the staff for the work they put into it. Everyone helped with the generation of the Anniversary idea as well as all the different events that went on and items that were created. Especially the Game Development staff should get some thanks for all the hard work on Coghill, which had major contributions from Emilia and Paxa as well. Lydia also did a TON of work: redescribing all the rooms in Beruna, creating food, prizes, and new things to buy, and several other things that this festival couldn't have existed without. Feaelin even popped in for a while on the day itself, despite having several RL obligations right now. Wix showed up, too! I know many of us were very excited to see her, none more than we the staff.

But I also want to acknowledge how great our players were. This festival could have just been some contests and free food, but it turned out to be so much more than that. Many of you will be going home with enough new RP material to fuel weeks of RP. All of you (I believe) are going home with new relationships.
A few highlights are:
Every single one of the royals (and some other FCs, too!) logged on! Many of you got to have a personal conversation with at least one FC.
Ponderpate, Winddale, Petraverd and Glyn, and Raistlana were the winners of our various contests. All of you (even Raistlana) were very gracious winners, and I was surprised to see some interesting RP arise out of the contests themselves.
On the dancing green, Odell, Frillawit, Niffum, and Fidus ruled the roost with much singing, dancing, and drinking, which caused both some new friendships and some mischief.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the Wolves of both Ulfden and Winterden. A lot of repressed tension came out in the melee (the strategy of which was pretty fascinating), but some surprising friendships emerged as well.

You were all patient and friendly with one another OOCly, and true to your characters (be that in competition, grace, friendship, rivalry, drunkenness, anger, joy, or sorrow) ICly. What a truly excellent representation of what NarniaMUCK is as we remember the past 10 years.

Fashion Update

As a little anniversary gift to all of our clothing-wearing creatures, never-before-worn items have been added to the tailor shops around the game.

For Narnians traveling to the festival at Beruna, these can be found in Sted Cair and Barfield. Note that the sizes are not alterable, but they will fit both Fauns and humans, and we've also included some new choices just for our Dwarfs! For Archenlanders, the shops now contain a variety of options for both Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve, commoners and nobles, and formal and everyday situations.

Go forth and RP! Buy your sweetheart a new ribbon, or save up for a pretty dress that all of the other girls will be jealous of. Keep in mind that no two shops have the same inventory, so the next time you find yourself traveling, be sure to stop on your way and pick up the T-shirt! Wink

NarniaMUCK's 10th Anniversary: One Week!

Less than one week, in fact, and have we got some great things in store! Here's a quick summary of what's to come:

COGHILL is opening, and the citizens are preparing to celebrate their Heir Apparent's new wife, Lady Honour.
TWO humans are now allowed to all players in order to populate Archenland. Request today!

NARNIA is celebrating 10 years of freedom from the White Witch with a festival at Beruna Fair. In addition to dancing, food, and special items, there will be four contests:
10:00am PST FISHING Contest with Mr. Beaver
1:00pm PST COOKING Contest with Queen Lucy
3:00pm PST MELEE Contest with High King Peter
6:00pm PST ARCHERY Contest with Queen Susan

IN the FORUMS, there are two great contests (with only one submission so far!)
An ART contest at http://forums.narniamuck.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=189
A POETRY contest at http://forums.narniamuck.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=190

I am so excited, and I hope you are, too!

June 2011 Featured RP: Rival Arrival

Representatives of Narnia's rival wolf packs, Ulfden and Winterden, meet after a nearly-hostile encounter with a giant. *Politics* ensue. Read more »

Coghill; Two For the Price of Zero

WANTED:

Townspeople to populate a Medieval-esque village in the heart of Archenland. No dragons (except on every eighteenth day of every tenth month of every sixth year), we promise. This picturesque locale boasts moderate temperatures year-round, as long as you have enough money to purchase coal or an ax to chop your own wood. We guarantee you the chance to work on your figure through strict portion control and access to your own personal fitness plan; blacksmith, miller, and vintner membership options are available. Enjoy stargazing through the roof of your thatched roof cottage and take the chance to spend quality time as a family while you and your loved ones join a weed-pulling society or start your very own pest-control business.

Apply today in person at Coghill Manor House, or send your references to Lord Shar and Lady Elriya. Spaces are filling fast, so sign up now. Read more »

NarniaMUCK's 10th Anniversary

Well, friends, many of you should have heard whispers and rumors about our Anniversary event occurring on Saturday, July 9th. Here's the skinny on what's going on and why it's happening:
NarniaMUCK has been around for 10 years! I know-- we were delightedly surprised when we realized this, too! It's hard to pin down an exact date for when to say the game began: when RP started really happening, when the first room was built, when Aslan was created... there are too many good options. So we decided to take the esteemed Wixenstyx's birthday (for our newer players, Wix is our longest running headwiz)-- July 5th-- and call the closest available weekend the anniversary date. Independence Day Weekend being out for obvious reasons, July 9th it was.
Now to the good stuff. What you really want to know, I'm sure, is what exactly is HAPPENING on July 9th.
In the forums, we plan to have some art and poetry contests, on which Melody or myself will be giving details shortly.
As Bucki has hinted at in her post "The Book and the Nook*, Coghill will be opening in Archenland in preparation for a very special event yet to be released (her post can be found at: http://www.narniamuck.org/news/game-development-news/building-news/2011/...).
Since NarniaMUCK has been around 10 years, that means that the White Witch has been dead 10 years on our Narnia timeline. For that reason, Narnia is holding a great celebration festival in Beruna Fair. There will be martial contests for you warrior characters as well several other contests for our more peaceful creatures, along with special items, dancing, and more. Several Featured Characters, including Lucy and Mr. Beaver, are scheduled to be present as well. Be sure to start prepping your character to make it to Narnia now!

We are very excited for this anniversary event, and hope to see all our beloved players present and enjoying the festivities. While we love building, developing, planning, and scheming, our great pleasure is derived from learning that you all appreciate the outcome of our work. Thanks for respectful attitudes, dedication to the game and each other, and clever, believable writing these last ten years. Let's set off another ten well.

The Book and the Nook

Greetings mortals! This is Bucki, your friendly neighborhood busy building beaver. I know I do not often post a lot here, but I’m generally around fiddling with a new project or trying to improve the game. I took a break to make an announcement. I bring exciting news!

I remember when I was first approached about building a new zone. And let me tell you, it’s quite the task. What you, the player, see are a plethora of rooms to romp around and RP in. What a builder sees are descriptions, exit and entrance messages, revisions, Easter Eggs, spell checks, grammar checks, and the ever present urge to make that room perfect. Looking back now, as the final projects come to a conclusion and we do a last walk through to make sure everything is spiffy and nice for the opening, I am just amazed at the project that has become Coghill.

I won’t lie, now that I have to share this little gem with everyone it’s a little hard to let go. By opening it to the public, it means that I must give up my darling to the mortals—the ones who it has been intended for all along. I guess that just means I need to make an alt there so I can be part of it! Coghill is my absolute favorite region in all Narnia and Archenland. It is simple, elegant, and beautiful. You will find often it described as form meeting function. There are so many things I love about it. (If you look closely, you may find the signs of a beaver or robin.)

I think, first and foremost, I need to thank Paxa for sharing this vision with me. It was her idea that led to this magnificent region. Also, my fellow builder Lydia who brought a fresh eye and a helpful hand. She helped pull all the elements together and make it ready for players. Also, my fellow wizards, Blackclaw, Melody, Antheia, and Emilia, who contributed to the building of manor and inn. Coghill is the testament to the wonders of teamwork. So, now that I’ve mentioned the nook… (There are so many great rooms I can’t list them all! Did I mention I want to live there? Oh! Don’t forget to look at the doors!) I suppose I should mention the book.

In the old school room, lying open on the desk, is a book. A beautiful, fully illustrated children’s book to teach your ABCs. A builder always wants to leave a mark, and since Coghill was not built in a day (or by me alone), I wanted to find a way to leave the paw and fingerprints of its crew behind. In this book you will find a collection of fun descriptions of the wizards who poured their sweat and tears into this lovely retreat.

So, as its opening draws nearer I hope I was able to excite you. It’s been a long row to hoe, but it has come to an end. Coghill is a quiet, close knit community nestled away in the woods near the mountains. (If you want a good idea of the atmosphere, think along the lines of Mayberry.) If you do not have an alt or an Archenlander, this is the perfect time to get one!

[Thank Paxa for the nice picture she crafted! Laughing out loud ]
http://www.narniamuck.org/sites/default/files/images/Coghill_Manor_Water...

May 2011 Featured RP -- Trianna's Bedtime Story

On a typical Narnian evening, Trianna the unicorn tells a story to one of her young charges, and (unsurprisingly) her audience grows. Read more »

April Fools Contest Results!

An overdue congratulations to Dalia and Niffum for tying in the April Fool's Day contest by noticing the most crazy changes! Thank you to all our contest participants and be sure to try again next year!

Server Problems

From about 4pm to 6pm (central time) this evening we had either dramatic slow-downs or outright outages with the server.

There was a runaway process on the host machine eventually required rebooting the entire machine to resolve.

We're back up and running now.

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