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 UPDATE 001 · CELEBRATIONS!, THANK YOU FOR OUR FIRST MONTH!
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 Posted: Jul 2 2015, 10:06 PM
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UPDATE 001 · CELEBRATIONS!
Hello there to everyone reading, both members and guests alike. Since this is our first monthly update, there's a few things we would like to discuss and reveal in ways of which we hope to improve the site following the next month ahead. It's a little lengthy in place of explanations for each section, but please give it a read-over. The next updates won't be this long, promise! We've got some neat stuff to cover, so check this out!

OUR FIRST MILESTONE!
This day exactly a month ago was when our doors first opened to the public and we were completely blown away by the personalities drawn in to join us here, so for all of you we would like to say a heartfelt thank you. Thanks to every one of you for taking an interest in Bones and becoming involved in building our community into what is has become today, it's made us so proud and we're incredibly excited for what's to come!

IMPORTANT DATES COMING UP
In the near future we're going to be taking care of business, clean-out style! We're going to need your participation to get things done, so just a heads' up! Here we have a list of dates to keep an eye out for, so be sure to mark your calendars!

JULY 15TH - 20TH, MONTHLY ACTIVITY CHECK
We will be posting up an activity check thread and putting a link in both the cbox and announcements to remind you all, where you'll each be required to post in order to keep your characters from getting archived and keep your accounts from getting deleted. A separate set of guidelines will be posted within that thread, but keep in mind that even if you're actively posting on all of your characters, it won't mean a thing unless you post in the thread to save yourself from getting accidentally removed.

JULY 23RD, MEMBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS
That's right, we'll be hosting member awards once the near-end of July rolls around, and we're opening the way for nominations! A thread and reminder will be listed, where all members are encouraged to nominate who they believe will fit these awards and will be expected later to vote for the nominations sent in. The nature of the awards themselves are still in the works currently, but we'll be sure to make things interesting.

JULY 27TH - 30TH, AWARDS' VOTING
Once the nominations have been listed, we'll have a poll open for everyone to vote for each category and the votes will be counted once the voting window closes. Once the award have their winners and have been announced, each award will be listed on the site's homepage for exactly one month until the next round arrives. Sounds pretty sweet, right?

ENCOURAGED MENTIONS
Now that we've gotten so many amazing characters thrown into the wild world of the Mojave, it's time to look back on the totals and current factions and roles in need of filling. These are some helpful tips for those of you looking for anything we need character-wise for the time being.

CURRENT MALE POPULATION: 22
CURRENT FEMALE POPULATION: 26
CURRENT NON-BINARY POPULATION: 0

The current leading membergroups are the following:

13 · Raiders
11 · Survivors
06 · Enslaved
06 · Cultists
05 · Nobles
04 · Civilians
03 · Militants

As far as factions go, here's the totals we've got collected so far:

THE SAVAGES have 7 members.
THE PALACE SLAVES have 6 members.
THE REAVERS have 5 members.
THE HARBINGERS have 4 members.
THE VEGAS SECURITY FORCE have 2 members.
THE HELLHOUNDS have 2 members.
THE RENEGADES have 2 members.
THE CARTEL has 1 member.
THE COUNCIL has 1 member.
THE SANCTIFIED have none.

With raiders leading the way in the mojave's current population, we've got quite a fair share of savages out there pillaging, hm? Factions such as the Cartel and the Council who will be critical to major plot advancements later on will need positions filled. If anything we're in need of more civilians and militants to try and even out the overwhelming numbers of raiders wandering about, but these are simply suggestions for anyone looking to even out the numbers.

Also don't forget to check out our current OPEN THREADS LIST and WANTED ADS available! We love to see more character plotting and interactions between everyone!

REMINDERS FOR ALL
There's a few things we have added around the site that we don't believe have been getting enough attention lately, but while some are simply for fun, others are quite important. Please keep these in mind for later.

Roughly a month ago we added our forum to a topsite to keep freshly-moving traffic coming in, and we added a large VOTING BUTTON to the top right of our forum. This button is linked directly to the topsite voting page which can be clicked at most every 12 hours per user, which will count as one vote towards our listing and will keep it closer to the top of the listing the more votes we get.

Keeping in mind that this listing is refreshed every month and all votes and reset to zero, we'll nee constant voting to keep our name on the list and keep our presence known to the other potential members out there. Paired with that button we also have the source button at the bottom of our forum in our affiliates that works the exact same way, so making a habit of clicking one of those buttons even just once a day will help us all out a ton! We'd greatly appreciate it. (:

We've noticed that maybe not everyone is catching every new post that's being made around the site, so just a reminder that at the top right of the forum there's a link for VIEW NEW POSTS that you can check every time you log on to see what's going on around the board since you last logged on. It's pretty handy, and since we don't have individual member tagging capabilities on Jcink (yet, but they're being worked on currently!) this is the next best thing to ensure everyone can find the threads posted for them and to help everyone keep up with what's going on around here.

Just as well, we also have two ICC BOXES listed as forums on the main page of our site, and work as in-character chat-boxes that have prime locations for some character development on the fly. If you're itching for muse or have too much and can't wait to thread, go ahead and hit those up. They're both auto-refresh and are re-skinned to fit the same color scheme as the main cbox. It's pretty fun!

Also, as a late note, the GRAFFITI WALL is a riot and should be checked out if you haven't checked it out already. This things basically borderlines between IC and OOC, but it's probably more in-character than not? Hell, who knows. All are welcome to join in on the fun, just remember that everything is in good fun and shouldn't be taken to heart. Mmk? (The link is above the cbox, just so ya'll are aware.)

A TASTE OF WHAT'S TO COME
We've got some neat stuff coming out over the next little while, here's our little checklist.

About midway through the month we'll be releasing our first IN-CHARACTER EVENT that everyone will be welcome to take part in! We have no details as of yet, 'cause we want to keep you all in suspense until then. Keep your eyes peeled, it's gonna be a blast!

You know that link above the cbox that's totally useless? Y'know, the PLAYLIST that's just sitting there doing absolutely nothing? Well, we're gonna fix that. We'll finally be adding that in, because Terra's lazy and kinda forgot about it. Songs the staff have hand-picked will be added there and we'll be rocking in no time, keep an eye out for that!

Very soon we'll be adding in a formal topic dedicated to USER-CREATED FACTIONS that will be pinned in the factions sub-board next to the factions sign-up thread. Keep in mind that even though this process is new, members will only be able to create a faction if four members are each interested and can offer one character each to join. Keep an eye out!

We've noticed that some threads here and there are being missed within the boards, and the "view new posts" link might not be used by everyone on a regular basis, so soon we'll be implementing a manual TAG BOX in the coming weeks that will allow members to post links to their new threads, apps or topics in general and tag those involved so we'll be able to see who's posted what for who, and where. It's more useful than it sounds.

Since Terra is picky when it comes to style and likes to freshen things up every so often, there's rumor of a NEW SITE SKIN in the works behind the scenes that will be added roughly around the end of the month. The site's current skin will not be overwritten mind you, so fear not those of you who aren't too enthused about the change and look forward to (possibly) getting a teaser or two later on!



This is it for our first major update, so stay tuned for all of these changes coming up around the site over the next couple weeks and don't forget to keep an eye out for those important dates! It's a long read, but we promise the next updates won't be quite so long-winded as this one. Thanks for reading all the way through! Now that we've got your attention, it's time to get the party started. Speaking of which, we would like to wish a happy 4th of July to everyone and hope you have a safe and exciting weekend!

Catch you in the next update! Watch your asses out there, people.
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