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  1. Thread Highlights & Adoptable Features

    Hey guys! I would like to get this going again, and I need your help to do so! Featuring quotes and snippets of different threads is something we've done since... well basically ever. Submitting Thread quotes: Unfortunately I don't get to read through as many threads as I used to, so to make sure that we get a good spread across the board, I gotta ask you all to submit anything that you think is amusing, feelsy, dramatic, fun, or just otherwise worth capturing! To submit quotes, simply head over to the Thread Highlights database: https://www.tallygarunga.com/highlights/ You don't need to supply an image, but if you did -- that would be awesome. I'll make an image otherwise! That's easy done. If you have any ideas of what the image could or should be, let me know. Submitting Adoptables to feature: I also want to advertise some of our adoptables that we have available. With these, the more information is available, the better (eg. name, age, position, etc). If you have a potential PB that also helps, but they don't have to be set in stone. If you want your adoptables included, post to this announcement topic with: A link to the adoptable's page Their name (or a suggested name) Their PB (or a suggested PB) Their position (or a general idea of what they might do) A 1-2 line description of plot ideas you have for this character. Submitting threads to feature: If you just want to feature a thread (an open thread, class, event, etc) without submitting a highlight, post to this announcement topic with: A link to the thread The thread type (open, class, event, etc) A short 1-2 line description of what the thread is/could be about, and/or a quote from the first post.
  2. Editor Fun Times!

    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!
  3. Valerie Longhurst

    The younger sister of Aiden Longhurst, Valerie is fortunate to have been too young to truly remember most of her early childhood. She was three when her mother passed away at the hands of her father, and both she and her brother were sent to live with half-brother Matt Belmont and his wife Katherine. The intervening years were happy enough, Valerie was always a sweet kid with an open heart. Blonde-haired like her mother, she approached everything in life with genuine enthusiasm. An accident put Matt into a coma, and left his wife unable to care for Aiden and Valerie. They then moved in with their other half-brother Adam and still live with him and his long-term partner Cass now. Valeries life has mostly been one of love, with a few dramatic obstacles thrown in the way. Her brother is incredibly protective of her, and routinely reminds her that she's not allowed to date yet. Valerie does adore her brother, but feels he worries far too much.
  4. Hazel Belmont

    Hazel is a free spirit raised by a control freak. She adores her mother Katherine, but does not understand her need for everything to be in perfect place. For most of her life, Hazel's father has been in a coma, and she's only starting to know him now. Until the start of the year, Hazel was enrolled in the junior program at Penrose, which she found full of boring prissy girls who didn't know how to have fun. Eventually her mother sent her to Tallygarunga, which far more suited her bare-foot enthusiasm for life. She loves her teacher, Boaz, and has a habit of over-sharing every detail of her life. At just seven, she's been through a lot, but Hazel remains an optimist. She loves playing with her cousins, or entertaining herself, being outside, being inside, doing creative things, playing sports --- anything that isn't trying to stay clean and tidy.
  5. Cameron Burdett

    Alan Burdett's eldest living child, and only son (at this point), Cameron is a miniature version of his father. Brown hair, grey eyes, always up for some form of mischief. He doesn't seem to mind that his father is the Headmaster and knows exactly what he gets up to at school, in fact---he's proud of it. He loves crossing over to the big kid's school to tell his Dad all about the fun pranks he pulled on his teacher and classmates. He has more memories of his mother than his siblings do, remembers when she lived at home and the brief time that it was good. He also remembers how many times she vanished without a word, how much that hurt his father, and as a result has become incredibly protective of all his family members. Ever since Audrey came into the family home, he's thought she was excellent---and trusted her very quickly. Now that Audrey is officially his father's girlfriend, and there's a new sibling on the way, Cam feels like their family is finally good and settled. He's just really, really hoping for a brother.
  6. Kristen James

    Kristen and Penny have been best friends for 10 years, And just before Lily was born, she might have well been living with Penny despite keeping a nice apartment in Melbourne. They became official flatmates before Lily was a year old. Kristen has been trying to balance a work and home-life while trying to get her books published. Penny has tried to be as supportive as she could be, even making sure that Kristen had a nice home office. And although Lily is in no way her actual kid, Kristen did help raise her, and has been called mum since Lily was four, so theres that fun family dynamic of two moms who are in no way romantically involved, or married, but they basically are, and she's not deaf to the rumors around town. I do have some plot ideas, among them possibly exploring some sort of budding romance between Penny and Kristen. Which, super confusing for Penny cause she really doesn't feel attraction for anyone, but perhaps she can, and thats okay? Kristen has always been far more open, and very accepting of peoples boundaries, and she's just happy that she can spend time with her best friend and her adorable daughter. Just, one odd, happy family.
  7. Profile updates, and more fun to come!

    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.
  8. A little spring housekeeping!

    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. ❤️
  9. Where did "Mousie" go?

    Panic not! I'm still here - I've just changed my username. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, but always felt that the name Mousie was too well associated with Tally to make a clean break. But I'm doing it anyway! I will probably still answer to Mousie, but from now on this shall be my username.
  10. Happy Founding Day!

    When we came back, I wasn't sure what we would do about our traditional August 6th anniversary. Was it okay to celebrate that, or should we stick with the November date as our new birthday? Then I realised... ... Why not both? Happy Founding Day, everyone! Tally was originally released upon the internet on August 6th, 2006---twelve years ago! Although we had a break in there, it's still a tremendous achievement given that some of you have been around since that first year. But hey. Before I get into my sentimental ramble, here's some of the new features that we've been working on. New Skin This is the obvious one. We've brought back the old forum images from the Jcink site, and tweaked a few things. Mousie finally decided that she doesn't like massive rounded corners. Auto Character Lists The Member Directory has been given some adjustments, including a new tabbed layout. One of the tabs is called "My Characters", and through the magic of code, it collects your characters together and lists them all without you having to link them manually. To ensure your characters show up, just make sure that your name is listed in the "Player" field of all your character accounts. Simple! Auto Thread Tracker Now.. we know how much Mousie hates updating lists... so we found a way to gather all the threads your character has been involved in, and list that neatly for you too! The character profile sheets have also been given a fresh new look, and have a new tab called "My Threads". You don't need to do anything here---it will automatically find any content that account has posted in, and list it with the names of all other characters involved, and who posted last! A new event has spawned! We're also throwing an IC party! Woohoo! All characters are invited, and you can find out more about The Marvellous Miracle Mocktail Party inside the event forum! Friendship with benefits! Tally has always been so much more than just the people who are able to actively play in the community. To that end, we've decided to create a new usergroup for Friends! Friends have a few benefits including full forum access for reading, thread following, and interacting with the community at their own pace. They also have their own Discord role! Players that aren't able to play their characters anymore will automatically become Friends, and anyone with an interest in the site (but lacks the time to enjoy it properly) is welcome to register a friend account. You can find out more about Friends in the informational topic. Sentimental Rubbish You know it's coming, every time. I can't help myself. Tally has always been important to me, even in the days it wasn't around---it was never far from my thoughts. In early August 2006, I was a bit lost. I'd not long moved out of home for the first time, and the few friendships I'd made at the uni residence were crumbling as I stopped being able to maintain a facade of being "cool" and started showing my more awesome nerdier side. I missed home, I missed my friends from school, and I missed that sense of belonging that I suddenly didn't have. Tally was created on a whim. I never expected it to last beyond six months. I definitely never expected to find myself a new community, where I belonged, and where I've made some of the most amazing friendships in my whole life. So many hearts and minds have contributed to make Tally what it is today. And I owe all of you the biggest and warmest thank you. For being part of it, for making it more awesome with your presence. For helping me get through some of the tougher parts of my life. For being my digital family to scream at through Discord, when I'm at work surrounded by idiots. A few people I like to call out particularly, as always. Lily. How the crap could I ever even BE here without you? That's all I gotta say. To the staff, who do such a fantastic job of keeping things rolling. And helping me find my idiot mistakes. You guys are amazing. To all our members past and present, those we've known for years and those who have only come to us recently: you guys are what makes the community more fantastic each day. I appreciate you so much. And to those who aren't members, and never have been, but have held my hand at important times. Special shout out to Morrigan from RPG Initiative, who I constantly pester with coding questions and she hasn't blocked me yet... We've got a lot more fun yet to come, I can't wait to see what happens next! REGRET NOTHING. Love, Your Mousie.
  11. Friends of Tally

    Friends of Tallygarunga Our community is geared around being flexible and respecting that our members can't always be around all the time, and that life has a way of making it difficult to dedicate yourself to a site sometimes. So many wonderful people have contributed to the community over time as players, staff, and even external helpers and lurkers, we decided to make a group just for you! How do I become a Friend? There are a few ways to become an official Friend of Tallygarunga: Former players will be automatically moved to the group when all of their characters fall inactive. You may select "Friends" from the groups list on registration. You may PM staff and ask to be moved to the group What are the benefits of being a Friend? Friends have full access to the forums, including posting permissions in OOC areas, the ability to create and manage bookmarks, follow content, react to content, and interact with the community as they choose. They also have their own Discord role! Friends are also invited to create short-term characters as they wish, for plot purposes. Affiliate love and friendship benefits Our affiliate program is designed to be a list of sites we would recommend to members in our community. Friends who apply for an affiliateship will be placed in a special section of our sidebar, so everyone knows you are especially loved by us.
  12. Activity Policy

    Activity Policy Tallygarunga is structured around a loose, trust-based activity system. So long as you, the player, are still interested in playing your character, and your thread partners are happy with the pace of posting, we have no set posting requirements to consider your characters "active". There are a few exceptions, which will be detailed below. What is "inactive"? Accounts are deemed "inactive" when the account has not been present on the board for 28 consecutive days. This just means you've not made a post, or browsed the site under that account name. The easiest way to keep your characters "active" is to regularly post, create status updates, react to content, or use the account switch to browse the site under any of your character accounts. Our activity sweeps are fully automated, and operate as follows: At 21 days (three weeks from last activity), an email will be sent to the email address associated with the character account to let you know that the account is coming up for archival. To avoid archival, all you have to do is log into the site with that account. Once you see that character's name pop up in the "who was online today" box at the bottom of the forum, you'll know they're safe and will not be archived. At 28 days (four weeks from last activity), the system will automatically move the account into the repository group, and an email will be sent to notify you that this has been done. It's important to ensure that you have a valid email address set for your characters, and that you are set to receive news and updates. To ensure your accounts are enabled for news and updates, visit the notification settings for each of your character accounts, and ensure the "send me news and information" box is ticked. A good trick to get around needing a new email address for each character is to use Gmail aliases. This lets you use one Gmail address for as many accounts as you like, and ensures you will get your email notifications for all of them. Coming back Life happens, and sometimes that means your characters get archived before you can come back. That's fine! We still love you! Coming back is easy, and we've deliberately made it that way because we know you can't always make Tally a priority. When you're ready to come back, all you need to do is: Find your character profiles in the Character Archive, and edit them if you feel it's necessary. Post a topic in the Applications forum (just like new characters do), so we know it's ready to be re-sorted and moved back to the active side. See? Easy! Exceptions There are a couple of exceptions to our activity rules, but only for teaching staff and major plot characters. Teaching staff are required to run one class thread per term, and to submit their house points by the deadlines. Major plot characters are expected to keep with the pace of any major plots going on. What is and isn't a major plot character will depend largely on the plots that are created, and the pace of the plots will fluctuate according to the players involved and their expectations. Struggling with your activity in either case doesn't mean the character will be taken from you. If we see you're falling behind, or need a little extra help, we'll talk with you OOC to find a way forward that works for all of us. It may be as simple as changing the character to a non-teaching position, or coming up with a reason why your character isn't currently as prominent in the story as they had been.
  13. Finally actually did something!

    Welcome! Glad to have you with us. ❤️ If you need help/have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!
  14. World Domination Ahead!

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  15. Preparations for plotting pandemonium!

    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!