Rule Reminder!

People have been neglecting rules lately, and its not just new players, so here is a summary of the rules:

No Cheating: This is pretty straight forward, don't try to hack the site, crack peoples passwords, or do anything that may harm HL. Don't use your own scripts. If you find a bug or think you did REPORT IT, don't try and test it yourself. You'll be banned for abusing bugs, or any of the other things mentioned.

Evading the Filter: When words show up as symbols, LEAVE THEM THAT WAY. Don't add letters, symbols, etc. to them to get around the filter. Using slang terms and foreign languages is also filter evasion. We no longer filter slang terms and foreign language insults, so using these will result in a mute after a few warnings.

No Cyber Bullying: Do not harass people, especially for their spelling and grammar, some people cannot help it, we don't care if spell check exists and they could use it. Be polite and don't ruin the game for other players who are trying to have fun. All teasing needs to stay site related, bringing someones real life into it is an personal attack and is not allowed in chat. This also results in a mute if you ignore warnings.

Drugs, Alcohol, and other Bannable Subjects: Reference to illegal drugs, extreme alcohol (ab)use, cutting, suicide or other forms of self-mutilation will not be tolerated. No sexual content. You will receive warnings and if you continue a mute. ANY REFERENCE TO RAPE OR USE OF THE WORD IN ANY CONTEXT IS AN INSTANT BAN. People have been having issues lately following that.
Along with this, avoid topics like politics, religion, abortion, etc. If any subject causes disruption in chat, staff will stop it and anyone who continues will be muted.

CYBERING IS NOT ALLOWED. Any cases of cybering will earn you a 1 week ban, if you are caught cybering with a minor, you will receive a perm ban. We ban when we have PROOF. Word of mouth is not proof. Don't go off in chat on someone attacking them for this.

Spam and Advertising: This one is probably the biggest rule neglected by players, and wrongly warned for by players also.
We define spam as useless and repetitive posting. Unless you keep doing it over and over, you won't be muted for it. For repetitive numbers, letters, symbols etc we use a general guideline of 3. WE DO NOT WARN FOR 4-5. So you as a player shouldn't harass people about it either for having only 4-5. Even 6-7 when it comes to periods isn't bad.

Examples of spam:
Kdhfblagagkjlgdhasgd
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!
"*love**love**love**love**love**love*"
"hahahahahahahahahaha"
"pppllleeeaaassseee"


All caps in 1-2 posts is OK. Using it excessively in more posts is not.

Advertising: Do not advertise any sites in chat OR through owls. This will result in a ban. If you want to talk about a site, or something that happened on another site, go to that site and talk about it, don't do it in HL chat. Discussing other RPG websites in chat is NOT allowed. Talking about sites like Facebook and Youtube is fine.

Chatspeak/Textspeak: We usually do not mute for this, staff members will probably warn you, and a lot of players will get on your case in chats over it.

Alternate characters: Please read this blog post - http://hogwartslive.wizards.pro/blog/post/463/alternative-charactersalternative-characters

Personal Information: Do not give out your contact info in chats, if you want to give someone your info please do so through owls, remember who you are giving this info to is a stranger over the internet who could be a not-so-good of a person. Giving out this info puts you at risk.
If you give your password out, be warned, if someone messed up your account, we're not going to fix it, if they change your password, you're out of luck.

Respecting staff, players, and yourself: If you have a issue with someone, ignore them.
If you think a staff member is not doing their job properly, you can owl them and tell them why, or petition and other staff members will handle it. Don't report a staffer because you just don't like them. If you make a claim against one, make sure you have proof. If you think a staff member is abusing their power, also petition them. Please don't petition them over some small issue that doesn't affect anything. Disrespecting a staff member in chat will result in one or NO WARNING before a mute.

Don't RP indecent, vulgar, graphic or possible offensive scenarios. RPing substance abuse, sexual acts, sadistic and harmful acts will get you perm muted after only one warning. Again any reference to Rape will get you instantly banned.

Staff usually only give out 2 warnings before muting.

Listen to staff, do not argue with them. As mentioned, petition if you have an issue with a staff member and their warning and another staff member will handle it. Arguing and lashing out on them will result in a mute.

Staff CAN decide to instant mute, if this happens to you and you feel it was inappropriate, petition. If you see a staff member breaking a rule, petition it. When staff are enforcing the rules, don't throw in your two cents, we don't need comments from the peanut gallery.

CAN and WILL enforce things that are not mentioned here in the rules if they feel it is necessary.


Roleplaying Villages

It has come to our attention that the more hard-core roleplayers (RPers) are getting frustrated with interruptions and regular conversations by the non-RPers in the chats, so in order to try to alleviate the situation, we are making Godric's Hollow a ROLEPLAYING ONLY village. Since it is already the "family" village, most non-RPers stay out of it so there shouldn't be as many interruptions.

For Secondyears and above, Barnabas Tapestry (Room of Requirement) is now a designated RP Only area and for Thirdyears and above, the Shrieking Shack and Chapel in Hogsmeade are as well.

This means that if you chat in any of those four areas, you should be "in-character." No lengthy RL posts or conversations, please. Some new players who are not familiar with RPGs may ask questions or make comments- please show some tolerance for those that are trying to understand or learn what's going on.

For the remaining villages, it's business as usual. The site IS a roleplaying site and RP can occur anywhere on it. We are not trying to limit where players can RP, but trying to provide areas where they can do so without too much interruption.

Thanks!


Bald Eagle Pet

For a limited time you can now get the Bald Eagle pet in the pet shop.


All Easter pets have been removed from the shop, they WILL still appear as you having them though.


Deathly Hallows Part 2- Trailer 1

First trailer for Part 2!!!




Or watch here.


Easter Pets

A Baby Chick and Bunny are available in the pet shop until April 30th.

e; Also the Killer Bunny of DOOM is available again, I forgot to activate that one yesterday.


Charm Display

We have reactivated the Charm Display module for your convenience(and ours). Go to your Preferences click "Charm Display Preferences" to turn it on, it will display in your stats on the right.

This is only informational. Charm does not do anything in the game.


Rule Reminder :)

Being tomorrow/today's date(4/20, depending on your time zone) is significant to certain groups, I'd like to remind everyone ALL DRUG TALK IS AGAINST THE SITE RULES. Reference to what this date stands for that breaks that rule, talking about drugs and getting high, will result in a instant mute.


Game of Thrones Premiers Tomorrow Night

One of my favorite fantasy novels has been adapted to an HBO series: check out Game of Thrones tomorrow, April 17th at 9 PM on HBO. Click here for international air dates.

Click here to watch the Game of Thrones trailer.

If you haven't read A Game of Thrones, which is the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin you're seriously missing out.

If you like HBO's True Blood adaptation of The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris give this a shot!

Check out the cast on IMDB.

WARNING: All the shows and books mentioned in this post are not meant to be consumed by children.


Buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

Calling all fans of the Harry Potter movies!

You can now pre-order buy the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 DVD and Blu-ray from Amazon.

If you use one of the links below to purchase the new Harry Potter movie a percentage of your order will go towards the upkeep of Hogwarts Live:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (DVD)
http://tinyurl.com/hpdhp1dvd

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Blu-ray)
http://tinyurl.com/hpdhp1br

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Blu-ray, DVD, + Digital Copy)
http://tinyurl.com/hpdhp1td

You can use the TinyURLs below each product link to share the product with friends or family via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

For information on all the awesome extras that come with these new Harry Potter DVD and Blu-ray editions read Spinal's post, Deathly Hallows DVD Release Date & Deleted Scenes.


April Fool's Day ***UPDATED***

ACCORDING TO THE SERVER, the time is 12:00am April 1- ApRiL fOoL's DaY!

NO. TEH CHAT IZ NOT BROKD.
NO. NO WAN HACKD UR AKOWNT.
YEZ. U RLY DID TYPE DAT.

For our amusement (but mostly fun annoyance XD), we have a special text module enabled. In order for this to work properly with the live chat, the option to turn holiday talk off is not available. Please just enjoy it for what it is and know that it will only last for 24 hours (at the most).

DO NOT PETITION IT WILL NOT BE TURNED OFF. Contrary to popular belief YOU WILL SURVIVE, if you don't like it, I guarantee you, you will not die from not being here.
You can also buy the special LOLCat in Diagon Alley!

THANK U!!!!

ADDED: Umm...April Fool's Day on HL should be over now but for some reason the LOLcat-speak is not going away. We've even deactivated and uninstalled the module. We are trying to fix it so the chat goes back to normal so please bear with us.

Thanks!

ApRiL fOoL's!!