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Ww History
« on: July 06, 2015, 05:39:13 PM »
this is just a quick timeline of the site's history, since it's been around forever and us old jabbering elders are always hopping on the nostalgia train. I'm mostly drawing on the information posted here years ago, with help from the skype chat in filling in the missing pieces.
if anyone has any info not listed here that they feel is relevant feel free to add it! details of the early early days are pretty scant.

a few notes and extra links:
  • versions 1, 2, and 3 aren't up anymore, but version 4 remains as an archive here.
  • there's also a "shelter" forum we used to gather on in the event of the main forum becoming unusable (like during the pornbot attacks).
  • the "games" here are sitewide events that usually involve mods or chosen members playing "NPC" characters, while everyone else has to solve puzzles and riddles to reach some goal.
  • Blizz (Blizzardclaw) is the creator and original administrator of the main site and the forums. When she decided to spend less time on Ww, she transferred authority to the four mods at the time, Sunneth, Pine, Squirrel, and Darkstar. They are now the joint admin/mods of the site.
  • the Ww tv tropes page also has brief summaries of the games, and some old site history among the trope descriptions.


Site Opening: June 2005?

Forum Version 1: July 2006 - July 2007
Forum Opening (proboards): July 29, 2006
Game 1: January 2007
--- HF (Hawkfrost, usually played by Blackheart) kidnapped Blizz and tried to take over Ww. The members had to solve riddles and clues to bring Blizz back. (Webarchive Summary)
Game 2: spring 2007?
--- Blizz got kidnapped again and fell in love with HF. The game this time was putting together a puzzle. (Webarchive Summary)

Version 2: July 2007 - November 2007
Move to v2 (phpbb): End of July, 2007
--- Proboards shut Ww down due to a lot of underage members and sneaking past the COPPA requirements, so a new forum was opened with a different host.
Game 3: August, 2007
--- Blizz introduced the kits she had with HF to the forum. They were Frostkit (played by Sandstar), Blizzardkit (played by Sunneth), and Jaguarkit (played by Spellmaster). It turned out there was also a fourth kit, Starkit, whom HF locked away, but she escaped and killed him. After the game the kits were made into apprentices [?].

Version 3: November 2007 - September 2008
Move to v3 (proboards): early November 2007
--- Spambots/pornbots invaded v2 so a new proboards version was opened.
Game 4: December 2007
--- Eclipse. Warrior's Wish was plunged into the Place of No Stars, and everyone had to choose to follow either Darkstripe, Tigerstar, or Scourge to get out. Darkstripe's group was the one that found the exit in time; one of the others [?] managed to save Gorsecloud, the kidnapped mod.
Sunneth becomes a moderator: May 26, 2008
Game 5: August 2008
--- Riot. Apparently had something to do with spam and a bonfire.

Version 4: September 2008 - June 2015
Move to v4 (phpbb): September 7, 2008
--- Staff wanted to take advantage of phpbb's features, so we moved off proboards again.
Pine and Squirrel become moderators: February 22, 2009
Game 6: September 5-7, 2009
--- Time machine. HF came back to cause trouble again. Included shenanigans with the Cat In the Hat, Thing 1 & Thing 2, AED, and other assorted characters played by staff. (Game Summary, Explanation Thread)
Darkstar becomes a moderator: August 5, 2010
"Move" to v4.1 (phpbb):
--- Not a real move because the databases stayed intact, but the site was updated to allow for new features.
Game 7: August 8-12, 2010
--- StarClan vs. The Dark Forest. Members had to pick a side and solve clues given to them by canon characters (played by the mods). StarClan won. (Game Summary)

Version 5: June 2015 - Present
Move to v5 (SMF): end of June, 2015
--- v4 wasn't handling site updates well, so a new forum was created on a different platform to access more features and "revitalize" the site.


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Re: Ww History
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2015, 12:27:26 PM »
Thank you for doing this Spellmaster!

We should go through the old site if we can to get a more comprehensive parents of the old games and stuff. Get Nostalgia graphics relics and stuff.
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Re: Ww History
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2015, 12:49:48 PM »
upon some digging in the Skype chat we've found two archives of the oldest games [webarchive 1] [webarchive 2]

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2015, 02:49:32 PM »
We also have the WW tvtropes page, I basically pasted in what was typed from here and the archived pages for the game descriptions, the rest of it is stuff that was put in there way back when. (If anyone wants to clean it up feel free of course, though I would personally like to see all the old stuff at least preserved for posterity's sake ;P)

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2015, 04:52:27 PM »
thanks guys!! I updated the first post with the links, that fills things in a bit more

I haven't really done any digging around v4 or archive webpages, but if anyone wants to go looking (or has any old screenshots or such lying around) we can always use more dates and details to flesh things out

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2015, 11:17:12 PM »
During v4 there was a temporary escape to a proboards during a really bad spam attack that rendered the main forum un-enterable
We called this the Shelter or Ww version: Shelter

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #6 on: July 15, 2015, 07:06:23 AM »
Those games seem fun. We should do some on here.

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2015, 02:24:11 PM »
@Meadowbreeze Darkstar has assured the skype chat that there will be an HF game.

check this hype:


I'M SO READY :333333

edit with some important links: [grassy's game animations "season 1"]["season 2: episode 1"]["season 2: episode 2"]

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Re: Ww History
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2015, 11:26:22 AM »
sorry for double-post but also: [v1 forum webarchive] if you want it.
and looking at the little "x many visitors since" badge on [this archived page] the main website might've opened sometime April 2006? :V

edit: ah nvm just looked at [this page also] earliest entry is March 19th, 2006 and talks about getting the domain name

also took a peek at the "guestbook" on the archive and there was a lavendertail/rainpaw demanding that CLKs update omg lmao that actually might've been me I'm crying

eta: [v3 webarchive]

2 eta: Riot Game was so named because there was an audio player at the top of the page which autoplayed "Riot" by Three Days Grace :')