|Posted by Ember on January 16, 2018 at 1:20 AM|
Today, January 16th 2018, marks the ninth anniversary of this website’s creation and one of the times of the year when y’all are going to have to excuse me for being sappy. When this website was created, it was just a tiny, disorganized site for a small handful of offline friends. Nearly a decade later, this roleplay has expanded into the community of talented roleplayers that define WCF today and I have never stop being astonished by what this website has grown into.
This past year has been marked by tremendous change around the website, starting first out-of-character with settling into the new format, then in-character, when what began as an alliance between DawnClan and NightClan turned into a total merge into EarthClan, which eventually prompted rebelling NightClanners to form EclipseClan. When the tensions between these new groups reached its peak, the clans banned together against the common enemy of a cougar. Alienfish lead a project with a handful of other members to recreate and update the large family tree starting with Moonstar in The Ancestry Project. In the case of Monthly Meows, I started the ongoing series comparing the universe of Warrior Cats of the Forest to the canon Warriors Universe and started taking Member Submitted Monthly Meows, of which we’ve had two published so far. A wide variety of new guides were also posted this past year, such as The Herbs Guide and Rule Infractions and Penalties. We also continued a handful of traditions from past years, such as roleplaying StarClan and Dark Forest characters around Halloween and exchanging gifts in a Secret Santa event at the new year.
Of course, you members really are the life of this website and I truly do believe that this website has been blessed with one of the best assortment of members out there. I’m so honored to be surrounded by such a talented, unique, kind group of roleplayers.
Alienfish, I don’t quite know what it is about your quirky sense of humor and writing style, but you always seem to put me in a better mood. As well, I have to thank you again for how helpful you are and for the initiative you’ve taken in helping to build this website through The Ancestry Project and the little menial editing work that keeps the site running.
Ashfur, I love your frank and genuine style of roleplaying. It always seems as though you’re able to get right to the heart of what your characters are thinking and what motivates their actions, which brings so much life to the roleplay.
BeautyIsChaos, your roleplaying flows so naturally and beautifully, I just can’t help but being envious of your writing ability. How you weave your sentences together is so unique and has almost a musical quality, they bring a gorgeous literary element to the roleplay.
Black Beard, welcome back to the site! Your roleplaying has improved so much since you first joined the website and old members coming back is always a welcome sight. I love your character descriptions as well, in just a few short sentences you’re able to capture so much about your characters.
Blossom, I was so happy to see that you’d returned to the website. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you’re a sweetheart and long-term members like you are the backbone of this website. Thank you for being such a reliable force guiding new members into becoming more comfortable with the website.
Castle, I’m always so excited when members like you come along who just throw themselves entirely into the roleplay the moment they joy. Your characters are rich and varied, your writing sharp and witty, and you’re just plain fun to hang out with out-of-character.
Dapple, your roleplaying is so consistently warm and generous, which I can only imagine reflects the person that you are offline. You always know just how to place quiet scenes between brighter, more vibrant moments, and the scenes complement each other perfectly.
Dawnflower, you are such a sweetheart! A sense of kindness always seems to surround you, be it be in your generous style of roleplaying or our out of character chatting. You bring so much warm to the website and I’m always happy to see you online.
DrownedInRed, I appreciate what a sincere person you are. You’re honest and to the point without being mean, both in and out of character. You’re always a joy to just chat with and bring some “chill” to our chat that often borders on hysterical.
Flickerwick, welcome back! It’s always nice to see members who have so much history with the website, you bring a lot of depth to conversations and are an invaluable asset in ensuring continuity both in the plot and in the community of the website.
Gingerheart, you are such as compassionate person-- you’re always so willing to speak up for other members when you feel they’ve had their feelings hurt. Never lose that sensitivity, it’s people like you that make sure that roleplays like this are fun for everyone.
GrimmReminder, your writing always reads as so natural to me, with very effective mirroring of how people actually act-- realistic dialogue, actions that are never too boring or over-the-top. I usually find myself reading your posts twice or three times, hoping that I can figure how the key to such natural writing.
Honeydrops, you’re such a sincere person and always seem so eager and excited to jump into new things, even if you’re not entirely certain of what to do or what’s going on. That’s an amazing trait and I know it will serve you throughout this life, long after you’ve left roleplaying behind.
Honeyy, your animated personality brings so much color to the roleplay. You always keep things moving and make sure that the roleplay stays fresh-- even ordinary patrols, if your characters are included, become something I’d hate to miss.
Kingfish, thank you for always keeping the roleplay fresh-- your characters and the plots they start makes sure that we always have some new adventure to send our characters on and you’re indispensable in getting lagging plots going.
Kixatanilopay, your characters are always so realistic and well-balanced. Even when they have to bend to the will of the plot you play it off really well and their actions seem natural and in-character. I adore Omnistar in particular.
L, you’re such an honest, hard working, enthusiastic person. I don’t know where the site would be if you hadn’t joined- whether it be a plot without your characters’ intervention, an art page without your nearly 300 drawings, or the many ways in which you’ve helped me run the website over the years. Thank you so much for being my right-hand man these past few years.
Lakeripple, I haven’t gotten a good chance to know you well, yet, but from what I know of you I hope that your schedules line up in the future-- your writing is fun, your drawings crack me up, and you are always so positive while chatting in the chat box.
Liger, I am always so impressed with your character descriptions. They’re always in-depth and cover all the important aspects of your characters, which is invaluable in helping me know how my characters should approach yours and makes scenes much more natural.
Lunardrop, it’s difficult to overstate how vital people like you are to a roleplay of this scale. You’re a grounding force in the occasional chaos of this website and are someone I know I can always rely on for a few moments of roleplaying- be it a few humorous moments, or the heart breaking and dramatic fall of Stonestory.
Orbit, your writing blows me away-- the dialogue is well-paced and natural and the descriptions lively. Your efforts are definitely paying off and its members like you who really bring the world of the roleplay to life.
Python, I hope that we get a chance to roleplay more in the future! From what I’ve read of your posts, you always have a wonderful mix of witty dialogue and characterization, which makes them beautifully paced and enjoyable to read.
Reaper, I love how straight forward your posts read-- you don’t need anything fluffy to get your point across and every sentence you write is to-the-point and biting, with realistic and compelling characters to top off your style.
River, I was so excited to see your name on our pending members list when you rejoined the website; you’re one of the most compelling writers on this website without ever having to dip into cheap gimmicks or melodrama. Thank you for bringing so much realism to the roleplay.
Ruby, your enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. Chatting or roleplaying with you never fails to bring a smile to my face. Your characters are so varied and original, there’s never a dull moment.
Sandrunner, you’re a gorgeous writer. I always look forward to reading your posts, just for how eloquently you are able to show what your characters are going through. Your posts never feel clunky and are descriptive without dipping into purple prose.
Shainei, welcome to the site! I haven’t gotten a good chance to get to know you yet, but your character descriptions show so much promise and I hope we get to roleplay together in the future!
Snowbreeze, you’re always such a welcoming member. I always appreciate having members who seem so eager to roleplay with everyone, from mods to newbies to experienced members who’ve just returned from a long hiatus. You bind the community together and make the roleplay so much stronger for it.
Spirit, you’re so engaged with the roleplay, even beyond the forums: plot planning, art commenting, keeping tabs on Monthly MEows and Guides-- thank you so much for keeping up with all of that. It’s members like you who keep the community together and make all of this feel like more than a bunch of semi-related posts about a barely coherent world of talking cats.
SpotTheCat, you’re such a compassionate, welcoming person who always seems eager to roleplay with anyone, no matter what their skill level with roleplaying or how long they’ve been on the website.
Weirdo101, you just crack me up. Your sense of humor is fantastic and you always know how to lighten up a scene in-game or bring up people’s moods out of character. We haven’t gotten to roleplay much together so far, but I can’t wait until our schedules finally line up.
Wild, you’re such a natural roleplayer. Your characters feel real and you progress scenes forward with perfect timing, bringing interest to potentially dull character-character conversations and situations.
Wolf-flower, I have never stopped being amazed at how much you have grown throughout the few years you’ve been on this website. You’ve matured, your writing has become beautiful, your art adorable and characterized by a unique style. I can only imagine the astounding person you’re getting closer to becoming with every passing day.
Moderators, I’ve said it before and I will say it until you all get so sick of it you will mutiny: I would go entirely insane if it weren’t for you guys. It can sometimes get lost in the reminders to do list checks and the miscommunication that occasionally happens in a site of this size run entirely by volunteers, but I really appreciate all of the work that you guys do and want to thank you from the bottom of my heart of helping me keep this website from running wild.
Mockingdeath, your roleplaying always strikes me as so natural, as though your characters are just people I’d see walking down the street. Aside from that, you’re always so helpful and are truely someone I know I can always lean on for advice or help when I need it.
PalletEclipse, I don’t even know where to start-- your art is beautiful, your writing fantastic, and you always seem so eager to help out new members and welcome everyone, regardless of skill or experience, into the roleplay. Most of all, though, I appreciate how open you are-- its people like you who are willing to share how they feel who keep this site from going off the rails.
Shadowstorm, thank you for being so unerringly enthusiastic. You’re reliable and hard-working and always seem to get any task you’re given done promptly. Thank you for all your work and for the cheerfulness with which you go about it-- I know it’s often tedious and that there are better ways to spend your Saturdays than list checks.
Silverwind, it really is the little things that I tend to overlook that makes all the difference. Thank you for always going through the website with such a thinned-toothed comb, if I didn’t have someone like you with an eye out for details so many important mistakes would slip by.
Staghoove, you always just seem so eager to help. You’re hardworking, determined, and have a light sense of humor that can make the occasional drudgery of running the site bearable. Thank you, as well, for always being so welcoming and helpful with all of the new members.
Thank you so much everyone for the great year we’ve had and here’s to an even better 2018!