Christmas Presents Poll Results

I realize that it seems unfair to only have 1 day to open presents but as far as I know, that's how it's set up. I know the original module is written that way. Some of you seem to remember that gifts were available for opening for several days, but Spinal, Edmund and I don't remember and I have no way of checking. If it turns out that the gifts stay longer than one day, then great- everyone should be happy, but having a vote as to which most players would prefer is my only viable option as to try to make things fair for everyone. So with that said, on to the results...


Christmas Day (Dec. 25) (62 - 23%)23
Day AFTER Christmas (Dec. 26) (149 - 55.4%)55.4
Day BEFORE Christmas (Dec 24) (58 - 21.6%)

According to our poll, the majority of you would like to wait until the day AFTER Christmas to open presents so I have made this adjustment in the settings.

Happy Holidays!


Christmas Presents

Our Christmas Presents module only allows players to open their gifts on ONE day.

We understand that Christmas Day is usually a busy day for most people and some of you may not be able to log in that day because you will be with family or out of town or whatever.

Would you prefer to leave it as is and open presents ON Christmas Day (Dec. 25) or would you like for us to make it so you can open presents the day BEFORE (Dec. 24) or the day AFTER (Dec. 26)?

You will have one week to vote (until Saturday, Dec. 12). Your can vote multiple times, but the only one that is counted in the results is the choice you made last. We'll post the results after we close the poll so you will all know when the gifts can be opened.

Thanks!

Click here to vote on "Christmas Presents" poll »


Upped Max Online Users to 85

As a special thanksgiving treat I increased the max number of players allowed at any given moment to 85. The previous limit was 75.

If you find you still can't log in during peak hours please consider getting a VIP Pass from the Prefect's Lounge.

Happy Turkey Day! :)


Clarification on Cybering Rules

Just so we are all on the same page here...cybering is NOT allowed on this site. Anywhere. Not in dwellings, not in owls, and certainly not in chats.

We have the power to monitor the ENTIRE site- this includes owls. For each instance you are caught cybering, you will be banned for 1 week. If it continues to be a problem, we will extend the ban as we see fit. If you are an ADULT (18+) and you cyber with a minor (under 18), you will be banned PERMANENTLY after the first time.

Intimate contact is limited to kissing, holding hands, snuggling, cuddling, and other things of this nature.
NOT playing in people's bras, pants, doing all kinds of naughty/inappropriate things, etc. like everyone is accustomed to doing. We have gotten a bit lax in enforcing this type of behavior, but this has always been the rule. Children play on this site and we need to keep things appropriate.


An Introduction in Wizarding Law

Hello Everyone,

As most of you know, for the last 4 years I've been working for a company focused on providing free legal information, Justia, owned by Danilo's Uncle, Tim Stanley. In honor of the new movie, they asked me to write a Potter and Law related blog post on the Justia Company Blog.

I thought I would share the link to my new blog post, "An Introduction to Wizarding Law" with you here. Enjoy!


Alternative Characters

More Clarifications:

NO alt interaction falls under the causing drama part. Don't argue with yourself in chat, don't PvP yourself, don't send yourself pets, don't rez yourself.

Players that are found to have referred their own alts will be punished by having their mains locked. This is cheating. Danilo is generous enough to reward you with donation points for bringing in NEW players. Don't turn around and disrespect him by taking advantage of his generosity.

-Witchy


Clarification on alts and changes to the rule.

You many only have up to 4 accounts per IP, so if there are 4 different people on your computer playing, you cannot have an alternative character. If you exceed the 4 account limit, the HIGHEST account(s) will be locked. So if there is 6 accounts, the two highest will be locked and you will no longer be able to use those accounts. THIS INCLUDES ANY ACCOUNTS ON YOUR IP THAT MIGHT NOT EVEN BE YOURS THAT PUT YOU OVER 4! So be warned, your account could be lost if you let someone with 4 accounts already on it.

Also, you may only have alternative characters if you plan to play them, alts created just to start drama and issues with other people in chat WILL be locked(this means ALL level/VE alts).

-Spinal


Just because this is not located under the rules in the FAQ yet, does not mean it is not a rule. This change to the rule was approved by Danilo and WILL be added once he gets to it. If you have had accounts locked because you neglected to read this in the first place, that is your own fault for not reading the blog. The owl the system sends out when there is a new blog post tells you:

Please note that blog entries contain important information about Hogwarts Live. This information is not limited to the following: game updates, rule changes, warnings, and notices about downtime and bugs. If you fail to read a blog post outlining a new rule you will not be shown mercy when you break it.

--Headmaster Danilo


HAPPY BIRTHDAY XIZEN!

Owl Xizen Happy Birthday. :) (No this isn't going to be done for everyone, so don't ask.)


Deathy Hallows Movie Spoilers

We know probably most people have read the books and know what is going to happen, however the movies do obviously change things. So do not post spoilers to changes they made in the movie in any chat other than Devon or you'll get muted instantly with no warning. There will be a notice above all chats about it, so there is no excuse for posting them. Some people do not want the changes spoiled for them. This does not include "I liked/didn't like it." comments those can be posted anywhere, just don't start listing reasons why if they spoil part/changes.


Thank you,
HL Staff


Godric's Hollow

We added a new town as some people probably have noticed, please keep all family discussions there. Other players were having a hard time enjoying chatting on the game when HL families would come in and take over chats with with their bickering. This doesn't mean you can't say "Hey mom, how are you?" in chats, its for chats involving your HL family issues, family trees, adoption talk etc.. We realize some people in families might find this unfair, others might think its cool to have a place for it, either way, please use it for now.


Thank you,
HL Staff


Prefects.

We no longer have Prefects. We haven't had them for well over a year, please stop owling staff about becoming one. Thank you.