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  2. Hey All! A quick update here. As some of you may have noticed, there are new award categories! School Superstar - For posts made in school-based forums Local Hero - For posts made in Narrie forums Melbourne Mogul - For posts made in Melbourne forums Frequent Flyer - For posts made in Elsewhere forums Class Champion - For posts made in threads tagged "Class" The Opener - For posts made in threads tagged "Open" that have less than five posts VIP - For posts made in threads tagged "Event" Chatterbox - For posts made in OOC areas of the board Each category has several levels. These would have been released earlier, but I was hoping to find a way to count back all the old posts that have already been made (I can't get it to do it, sorry D:). Also trying to configure it so that your player accounts are also awarded when your character accounts earn post points, giving you a cumulative total and awards based on all your characters. You will need to have the "Player" field filled in on your profile for this to work! There's a few more to come yet, but enjoy these! ❤️
  3. Attention, Students! The deadline for on-time arrival for active Term One classes is approaching! Student characters must have posted into their active class threads before March 5, 2019 to be considered on time for class. Arrival posts after this date will be considered "late". Newly registered student characters are exempt from this rule. You can find a list of active classes by checking the Active Classes list. For more information about how classes are roleplayed at Tallygarunga, check out the How Classes Are Played and Studying at Tallygarunga threads.
  4. Attention, Professors! The deadline for active class threads to be posted is approaching. Professor characters should have their Term One class threads posted for students to join by February 19, 2019. If you're not sure how classes work at Tallygarunga, or just want to know more, check out How Classes Are Played and Studying at Tallygarunga for more information.
  5. Cause I've always gotta change something about! The adoptables section (Wanted Characters & NPCs) has been adjusted to better showcase the characters we have on offer. It's now split into three sections: Tally's Most Wanted Plot & Job Opportunities NPCs & Other Character Inspiration The major change is in the split between Most Wanted and NPCs & Other. Most Wanted is a shorter list, with four active listings allowed per player, for adoptable characters that have firm plots and are available to be adopted by brand new members to the community. NPCs & Other is a list of all other adoptable characters (or just NPC listings) that may be more vague, or have restrictions on who may adopt them. Plot & Job Opportunities is a new section for staff to list character types and ideas that we would like to see active on the board. Eg. if we wanted a particular position filled at the school, or a character with a certain personality trait for plot reasons, we would list it here. Existing characters that can match the requirements are also encouraged to express their interest for opportunities in this section. New Fields in Wanted Characters & NPCs Two new fields have been added to the listing template. Plot Points: This is a text-entry section to list any solid plot ideas and inspiration you have for the character. What goals you would like your character to achieve with the listed character, how they might interact with others, all that sort of thing. This section is required for a character to be listed in the Most Wanted section. Wanted For: This is a member-entry field to list any characters that the requested character is likely to roleplay with. It's expected that for Most Wanted characters, any character listed in this section will also be mentioned in Plot Points. It provides a quick link for people browsing the listings to see the profiles of the characters they might be writing with, and get a better feel for what is being requested. What about our current listings? The existing listings are fine as they are, and all have been left in the NPCs & Other section. If you wish to edit them and add information to the two new fields, that would be awesome! If not, that is entirely your choice. You may nominate the four listings you would like to have moved to the Most Wanted section by posting below, once you have edited the listing to include Plot Points and Wanted For sections. More information To find out more about the Wanted Characters & NPCs database, we've got a handy new document here:
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  7. Hi, it's me again. Missed me? Please delete Justine Harris, Jaqueline Harris (for Evelyn McCarthy-Parsons) and Jewel Richards (for Meadow Richards), thank you. Also would like to suggest for this topic to be pinned.
  8. The profile and plotting links on mini profiles are all weird.
  9. Ho there favourite nerds! You might notice that the editor toolbar looks a bit different, and you would be absolutely right. While putting the spoiler and underline tags back in, I went ahead and added a few other nifty buttons that you might enjoy. (The spoiler tag is that creepy eye button, by the way.) The first two aren't new, but it occurs to me that you may not know they're there! I use them a lot, and they're affectionately named "Big Heady" and "Small Heady". Big Heady is the BH icon in the top row. Highlight a bit of text, and click that button... you'll get something a little like this. Oh hey, it's Big Heady! Small Heady is the sh button on the top row. This will format your text like so: Small heady reporting for duty! Now that we've divulged my secret header styles cheat, let's look at some of the new IC formatting options! The icons are silly small (I suck at icon making, shh!) so we'll fix that in time, but if you hover over the buttons you'll be able to see what they're called. The first is that single speech bubble fellow called "MC Speech". This is for speech given by the main character in a post. Later, we may add AC Speech, or speech for alternate characters appearing in a post, and NPC Speech for characters that don't have their own accounts. Right now, MC Speech formats like this: This is character speech! The next shiny button is MC Thoughts, which is---you guessed it! Thoughts your character is having. This is a character thought! And the last is to help handle foreign languages. It utilises a colour change to indicate that the language spoken is not English, even if you're conveying the meaning in English words. When you select this button, it will ask you to input the name of the language that your character is speaking in. Once posted, anyone who wants to know what language that character is using only has to hover over the language text! This is in a different language! Ain't that coolio! You don't have to use these formatting options if you don't want to -- however, because they're built into the CSS, they will change with any skins that Tally takes on meaning they will always be readable against the background text. Enjoy, guys!
  10. Oh my gosh, guys! Where is all the time going! Can you believe that on the 17th of November, Tally will officially have been back for one whole year? Our success is, as always, due to the love that you guys put into the site. None of the staff would ever be as inspired to make things happen as we are, without your support. You guys make everything so worthwhile, even the moments I spend screaming at code. Which is what I have been doing tonight, and FINALLY I am glad to say that automatic birthdates now work! In fact, a few changes have been made to the character profiles. Because of this, I would love-love-love it if you could all go and make sure that the information in your profiles is correct! Especially check the blood status and species fields. A look at the changes to the profile form. First thing you'll notice, is a new, cleaner layout for the profile form. We've aimed to highlight what is necessary to submit your character, and what is just for fun. Have a look and let us know what you think! The next thing you'll probably notice is that the date of birth section has changed. Rather than being a date input field, or a text line (for characters born before 1901), all characters can now submit their full date of birth using the separate birth day, month, and year fields. There's also a nifty "true birthdate unknown" toggle. This is for---surprise surprise---characters who either don't know their exact birthdate, or like to pretend it's something else (coughAdelecough). When this is set to "true" (as above) an asterisk will appear next to your character's age. But why change the birthdate system? So you don't have to keep updating your character's age, of course! The profile sheet will now calculate your character's age based on the birthdate you've supplied, compared to the current date. What about the ages that display on posts? I'm glad you asked. The information that appears in the top of your in-character posts is now linked to your character profile. Every time you edit your character profile to change the date of birth, occupation, or other details -- it will automatically update the information in the character account. So you only ever need to update your character profile sheet! Other fun things to come I know a few of you are curious as to when the board-wide plot fun is going to start. At the moment we're holding off on really stepping up the action until we have a sufficient level of characters active and established for it to begin. Although the plot will have aspects that impact characters, it won't take away from the plots that you're creating for yourselves. It's not designed to take over your roleplay, more enhance it with a few curveballs. We're still looking for a few of the roles on the list that would be very useful in making things happen, so give us a nudge if you'd like to volunteer. We're also looking at bringing in a bit more in the way of IC/OOC shenanigans. I've reached out to a few of you in search of ideas, and some of the suggestions have included: IC watch-along (where everyone watches the same video at once and comments in character) Discord RP events Thread Bingo (an OOC challenge to fill a monthly bingo card by starting and completing particular types of threads) We're always looking for more awesome things to do, so if you've got an idea---let us know! You can post a reply to this topic, create a new suggestion topic, or contact any of the staff over Discord. Finally I always love feedback when I post announcements, so please. If there's anything I've talked about in this post that you've got ideas, comments, questions about -- please post! And please post below to let us know if you've updated your character profiles. Looking forward to yet more awesome with my favourite Tally family (that's all of you) Love always, Your Sadri.
  11. Hello my darlings! As always, I've been fiddling with things behind the scenes and maaaaaaay have broken a few things along the way, so I need your help in making sure the information we've got is correct! Can you all please check through the following when you have a moment, and post below to let me know if everything is done and correct? Character Profiles Can you please check through all of your active character profiles and make sure: The account is in the correct user group (some may have been wrongly sorted into the Repository) Click "edit" on each of your character profiles, and adjust the following fields to the correct information: Species Date of Birth / (for those characters born after 1901, please fill in the dd/mm/yyyy field with the exact date of birth if known, otherwise use the text field to enter the character's age) Blood status Player (this is now a member field, and will need to be completed) Job title (if applicable) Year level (if applicable) Thank you guys so much for your help here. I really appreciate it. ❤️
  12. Okay, so. Heres my plan, you should have somewhere the title 'The admin formerly known as Mousie'
  13. Love you Mousie! Tally has been such a huge part of my life, and I can't imagine how I would have turned out if this place haddn't been there. Tally makes me a better person,a nd I love everyone here for it. ❤️
  14. Plots ahoy! Ready to make some awesome happen? Behind the scenes, Lily and I have been drafting outlines for some epic plottage that will allow every member and every character a piece of the action. We're keeping it skeletal at the moment, and no---we won't be giving spoilers! Our aim is to incorporate as many of your ideas as we can when they come up. How board-wide plotting works Essentially, we create a scenario. You tell us what you want your characters to do about it. We use that to push the plot forward. It's going to be a proper member-driven story, so the question we want you all to ask yourselves when we bring in new information is "how does this affect my character? What could/would my character do about it?". And if you're not sure what sort of things are okay, ask us! (Okay, one spoiler: almost anything is going to be okay. We want you to be creative!) We also have a list of possible things characters could do, so if you need help finding something that fits your character? Again -- we're here to help. Who is the plot about? Everyone. All characters have the ability to be involved and affected by what's happening. If there are things you'd rather stay out of, let us know! This plot isn't confined to a certain group of characters, and new roles will be added as we (and you guys!) think of new ways more characters can do their part. Lily and I will be using a couple of our characters to push things along, and it may seem like they have the "main" roles. This is just our way of keeping things happening, and these characters will also be available in-character for characters wanting to find out what they can do. How long will the plot go for? As long as it takes. We don't want to rush things with time-frames. At this point, we have a loose outline of "phases", and those will be dependent on how things progress IC. I can tell you that we're planning for the long term. Plot roles available Although the plot will work with exactly the characters we have now, there are a few additional characters that would be useful to have. Because the plot is intended to be long-term, anyone who takes these roles should understand that if they are not able to play the character for an extended period of time (which is always perfectly fine, it happens!), the character may be written as an NPC or passed to another player. Some characters that would be useful: Lanelle Bellemer (deputy headmistress, Penrose. Ambitious, calculating. Pureblood, 37 years old) Kerrigan Ross (Headmaster, Greyheme. Well-connected, well-groomed. Military-like. Pureblood, 50 years old) Seth Rice (wizarding accountant and investor, ex-husband to Kate Belmont. Pureblood, 49 years old) Editor of The Mage wizarding newspaper Journalists at The Mage wizarding newspaper Negative-Space building development company members (high-end wizarding community developers) Victorian Minister for Magical Education (graduate of Greyheme or Penrose, rival to Alan, around 50-51 years old) Troublesome students Aurors stationed permanently in Narrie (at the local Auror station) If you're interested in taking up any of these roles, please message Mousie and Lily with the role you'd like to take---and the sort of character you'd like to play for it. Alternatively, message Mousie or Lily with an idea of a character you'd like to play, and we'll see how it fits with what we've got in mind. Question time! Got any questions not answered here? Post them below!
  15. The only good melting moments are the cookies. Nom. But yas, I did say if could be done! And it was! And then there was light... and all was something something probably more blue-eyed freak nonsense. But that aside, backing up Mousie's words, this place is awesome because everyone who becomes a part of it makes it that way. As for the Mousieness herself, she's done an amazeballs job in kicking it back into gear, and ermahgerd all the autonomousness that she'd accomplished with the coding craziness. It's insane, but amazing. Fully loving having my Tally characters in my life again, with their weird and wonderful adventures, and looking forward to many more years of it. ❤️❤️ Your neighbourhood mamacat.
  16. We all know i'm on this big not-really-here thing so my goals are very low. My goal is to get 5 IC posts each on Josie, Gerry & Iris, and 3-4 on Mairead [because I haven't plotted her much really so ><;;] Hopefully I can hit it! That's ... 18-19 posts in a couple weeks and I don't think I've even done like, FIVE in the last month so >>; Geraldine Richter - 30 Iris Glauert - 31 Josie Wilson - 77 Mairead Townsend - 78
  17. Some quick updates after a few late nights of coding. New header! You may have noticed Tally has a new header! Or... maybe I pushed you here on Discord to look at it. I also do that. The buttons below the sliding panel will jump straight to a particular panel. The lists are there to give you a quick overview of what is happening in particular areas of the board, with "see more" buttons to take you to... well. See more. Panels also contain links to do things like add highlights, gossip, all that fun stuff! Some fun stuff about particular panels: Members/Characters: Lily and I decided that "of the month" isn't us. It's not very Tally-esque to celebrate one character or member when we love you all so much. So these panels show a random selection of members and characters from the Active Characters and Member Directory databases. Open Threads: This panel is set to show any threads marked "Open" that have zero replies. They're sorted by oldest first, to give older threads a chance to be taken first. Adoptables: This works off the new Adoptables/NPC system tied to the regular Active Characters system. Characters accepted as NPC/Adoptable will be randomly displayed in this panel, so if you've not moved your adoptables over---the "Add Adoptable" button is there for you! Updates: Obviously the most important panel, cause this is where you can see shiny Tally updates like this one. You'll also notice that the characters listed in the Characters panel have weird shorthand HB PB HM etc. This is because Mousie incorrectly allocated the tags in the database. The issue has been fixed, but the characters need to be refreshed/resaved for the changes to apply to your character entries. All you need to do here, is go to your character records, edit, make sure that blood status and species are set correctly, and save the character again. This will fix it! Bookmarks! This one is for @Shell, because I love you (and all of you) and I wanted to find you an easier way to track your active and favourite threads. So welcome to Bookmarks! I didn't create this, but it's pretty nifty! When you're looking at a topic, you'll now see the following button: Click "Bookmark" on a thread you want easy access to, and it will trigger this pop up: Save the thread link in the way that you want. Public bookmarks are shown on your user profile, while private ones are... exactly that! You can create categories to track active threads, complete threads, or just threads you're currently stalking. Whatever organisation system works for you! To view your bookmarks, go to your user menu in the top-right: Under Content, you'll now see the My Bookmarks button. Click that to be taken to the lists of bookmarks you've created! It's not very pretty, but I've managed to get it to show the last poster name (so you'll know if it's your turn to post. :D) It will get cleaned up and made to look better, but enjoy! Love always, Your Mousie.
  18. IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE... Thomas Sollozzo is back, and that's not a good thing. No one knows exactly where he is, or what face he's using, all we know is he's in the country---and he's got a big chip on his shoulder. TALLYGARUNGA is on high alert. School wards have been strengthened, staff and students will notice as they arrive for Term Two that security is much tighter than it's ever been. Ministry officials have been placed strategically around the school around the clock, ensuring that nothing goes awry. An over-reaction? Much as Alan Burdett thinks so, and annoyed as he is by the distress and disruption caused by aurors lurking in the corridors, he'd rather the kids were safe. AURORS have been posted to Narragyambie and Tallygarunga. Some have been assigned to track and locate Sollozzo directly, while others keep watch over particular locations and people known to be of interest to Sollozzo. In a small town like Narrie, the city-slicker aurors aren't exactly fitting in. THE MINISTRY is working overtime to catch Sollozzo before he can act. If he slips through their fingers, this is all going to end very poorly. WHERE DO YOU FIT IN? This plot is open to anyone who wants a part. If you have ideas, suggestions, or would like to discuss how your character/s fit in, contact Lily or Mousie! If you have any questions about how particular character groups may be affected by happenings in the plot, post below!
  19. Dawww none of my previous reactions count. OH well. As for the timelines... mother of god okay um. Gerry:11 Iris: 3 [more to come after this, but it should auto-update after that, yes?] Josie: 14 Mairead: 5 Also need the member directory award~
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