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:
Site Opening: June 2005?Forum Version 1: July 2006 - July 2007Forum Opening (proboards):
- 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.
July 29, 2006Game 1:
--- 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
--- 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 2007Move 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:
--- 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 2008Move to v3 (proboards):
early November 2007
--- Spambots/pornbots invaded v2 so a new proboards version was opened.Game 4:
--- 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, 2008Game 5:
--- Riot. Apparently had something to do with spam and a bonfire.Version 4: September 2008 - June 2015Move 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, 2009Game 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 - PresentMove 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.