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1973 / Re: RAVENCLAW
« on: 03/27/2012 at 13:31 »
Lukas, let's marry Bruce and run away together.

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1973 / Re: RAVENCLAW
« on: 03/27/2012 at 00:41 »
Remember that one time where we (unofficially as it hasn't been announced yet) won the house cup?

Yeahhh. Me too. :)

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1973 / Re: Ugh work.
« on: 03/26/2012 at 19:44 »
hey boy.

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1973 / Infirmary Staff 1973
« on: 03/24/2012 at 16:13 »


Staff Supervisor
KOLMER, ALEXANDER

NURSES
LOCKSLEY, CALLA
SAVAGE, HERO

45
1973 / Welcome back! It's 1973.
« on: 03/24/2012 at 03:47 »
Hi everyone, and welcome (back) to the new Summer Campus! We'll be here through the end of April, after which we will transition back to the castle.

If your character graduated, don't forget to apply with a new one! Additionally, Elsewhere applications are open year-round, and we'll let you know when professor applications go live!

Here are some general announcements (some new, some old). It's great to see you!

General Links
Sorting Hat
Elsewhere
Hogwarts School Wiki
Website

The Mod Squad
Ask them if you have any questions, or if you'd like to get involved in their efforts! We've restructured the Mod Squad this time around to hopefully encourage more activity and purpose. If you're interested in any of their areas, let them know - we need as much help as we can get!

Boys Counselors
Kellen Douglass
Lysander Ellwood-Luxe

Girls Counselors
Isabelle Atkinson
Erynn Rae

Infirmary Nurses
Hero Savage
Calla Locksley

Activities Director
Adam Just

Receptionist Extraordinaire
Edgar Marlow

Additionally, the board administrators are available to answer any questions you have.

Announcements, Announcements, Announcements

Security updates!
The chatroom is only open to characters actively writing at our site. You must register to join our chat.

Paging All Residents!
Check out the General OOC if your character plans to stay at the Summer Campus for the summer (and if they have anyone that they would like to live with!). Keep in mind, the cabins are separated boys and girls. Younger years share cabins of up to ten students (rising years 1-6, essentially), while older years bunk in groups of four (rising year 7).

Got a boo-boo?
The infirmary, located across the hall from the Mess Hall, is open for all of your medical disasters. Come by and visit!

Going Out?
The little Summer Campus town (between the Summer Campus and Hogsmeade) is home to all sorts of small businesses. Feel free to have your parents crash for a weekend at the hotel, hold a romantic tryst in the gazebo, or spend an afternoon in the bookshop.

Biographies, Plot Pages, and Journals, oh my!
Be sure to check out the Character Development forums for Wanted! ads and plot pages. They're a good way to make friends without doing an introductory ("Hi, I'm Esme." "Hi, I'm Timothy." "I'm the Keeper of the Keys." "Yeah I know.") thread.

Thanks everyone! Have a great summer.

46
1972 / Re: HARASS ALL THE TIMOTHYS
« on: 01/03/2012 at 18:50 »
Seriously, girls?

47
1972 / Your Subbies
« on: 12/29/2011 at 21:38 »
We are starting to do subbies for all students. Your subbies are the thing beneath your avatar that state your year and your magical levels.

We do our absolute best to place you in your first or second choice year, but sometimes we can't accommodate everyone we'd like (I know that I have a ton of Ravenclaw 4th and 5th years, for instance), so you may be in a different year than anticipated. If this is a huge problem, please wait until term and contact your house head. Otherwise, we appreciate your flexibility.

Check your levels once you get them. Your levels should be CXDXTXSX, with X being your year. Your magical strength will be one number above your year, and your magical weakness will be one number below your year. If this is incorrect, please submit a helpticket.

Thanks!

48
1972 / Re: Seems we've done it.
« on: 12/29/2011 at 17:48 »
That's great that it comes up, but the account no longer exists in any registry and there's no application for it. Cheers!

49
1972 / Re: Seems we've done it.
« on: 12/29/2011 at 16:53 »
Charolett Evans deleted her account. Like I said, I'll get back to you on the new number later today. Thanks.

50
1972 / Back to School: Q & A
« on: 12/29/2011 at 15:39 »
Hi everyone!

Here's a thread to ask your most pressing (or most interesting) questions about going back to the Castle (or going there for the first time!). If you hear a question posed in chat, or have one of your own, feel free to post it here. Be sure to check out the "Back to School 1972" post in the Announcements forum as well, as it answers a fair amount of questions.

Returning players, please only respond to a question if you are certain of the answer.

Ready go.

51
1972 / Re: Seems we've done it.
« on: 12/29/2011 at 14:29 »
Actually, the way we measure usernumbers is by the number attached to your profile page - Chantal's supposed 500 is actually 530, much like Chantal herself is 114 and Alexander is 330.

Judging by that, we jumped from 499 to 501 (figures). We haven't decided what to revise the contest to yettt but let me finish my tea and I'll get back to you.

52
1972 / Re: Testing Thread
« on: 12/29/2011 at 04:22 »
I WIN

53
1972 / Re: Testing Thread
« on: 12/29/2011 at 04:14 »
:[

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1972 / Re: Testing Thread
« on: 12/29/2011 at 04:14 »
come on smf throw the error.

55
1972 / Re: Testing Thread
« on: 12/29/2011 at 04:13 »
you're so beautiful.

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1972 / Re: Testing Thread
« on: 12/29/2011 at 04:13 »
oh will.

57
1972 / Re: Going. Going... Gone!
« on: 12/29/2011 at 03:41 »
I MISS YOUUUUU.

58
1972 / Re: It's not that mommy doesn't love you...
« on: 12/29/2011 at 03:40 »
Back, babies! Eat your vegetables.

59
1972 / Re: Absence
« on: 12/29/2011 at 03:39 »
:( Come baaaack.

We can get un-divorced and have babies?

60
1972 / Back to School 1972!
« on: 12/28/2011 at 22:11 »
Hi everyone! Within the next few days, we will transition to the last two boards in the Hogwarts School ring. For our new members, this is intended to be your go-to guide to the Castle and the Classroom boards.

By now, you should have accessed three of the boards within our school: the Sorting Hat, where you applied, the Hangout, where you are now, and Elsewhere. If you can't access the Castle or the Classroom boards when term begins on January 1st, please submit a ticket to the Helpdesk (located at the top menu bar), and someone will get on that as soon as possible!




finding your house

On the first night of term (1 January 2012), there will be a large thread in the News forum announcing where all new applicants are placed. Older students are free to RP this however they see fit - though they likely visited Hogwarts Castle over the summer and were given an admissions test and sorted privately. These results were kept a secret until term started, though you are free to RP as though Marguerite Reine (Keeper of the Keys, NPC this term) pulled your character aside and assigned them a house before entering the Opening Feast.

Once we open the castle, you're allowed to post everywhere, but always remember to check out the Opening Feast first. It's where you can meet other students. While the IC sequence would be: Hogwarts Express thread (at the Elsewhere forum), Sorting, firsties walk to their table, Professor speech, food and conclusion, all of these up to firsties walk to their table would be happening concurrently in OOC so you'll be able to post in all these threads at the same time. 

levels

The next thing to check is your levels. Levels are the mishmash of numbers and letters beneath your avatar (your "subbie", colloquially) that denote your character's magical strength, weakness, and overall levels. To check this, you simply have to post! If you're checking subbies, go ahead and check them in the Testing forum, or just wait until you show up at the Opening Feast and check them then. The letters in your levels denote the subject: C is for Charms, D is for Divination, T is forTransfiguration, and S is - you guessed it! - Conjuring/Summoning.

Your magical strength will be one number above your year, while your magical weakness will be one number below your year. The other two will be the same number as your year. For example: Sally Slytherin is a fourth year with a charms strength and a divination weakness. Her levels are:

C5D3T4S4

If you have any trouble with your levels, ask your Head of House or your mentor! Accordingly:

administration

This is where the moderators sign off and hand the reins over to a new set of administrators. Don't worry, you know them - they're the ones who accepted your application in the first place. For reference, the Castle and Classroom administrators are:

Headmaster: Professor Tibble
Deputy Headmistress: Elizabeth Birch
Keeper of the Keys: Marguerite Reine, NPC
Gryffindor Head of House: Timothy Vartan
Hufflepuff Head of House: William Lancaster
Ravenclaw Head of House: Esme Faracy
Slytherin Head of House: Anneka Ivanova

classes!

The Classroom board is where all classes are held. I advise that you apply there when you apply for access to the Castle.

Class sign-ups are usually held within the first ten days (OOC) of term. You are allowed to take up to four (4) classes, two of which may be core classes (Charms, Divination, Transfiguration, Conjuring/Summoning). This means that you can take two core classes and two electives, one core class and three electives, no core classes and four electives, or any combination that I haven't considered. You do not have to take four classes, and it is encouraged that you take as many as you can handle, but know your limits. Classes attempt to hold three full lessons through the course of the three-month term which makes for steady posting. If you have any questions, again, contact your mentor, your Head of House, or the professor in question!

Classes are RPed, so you write posts much like you would in any other thread. There is a designated professor leading each class, and they've written out syllabi as to what will be done. Some classes have group exercises, where your character is paired with others, while some have practical lessons where you write your character practicing spells and learning to harvest plants.  There are usually three lessons per class that are RPed out each term, staggered over the course of the term.

Electives for this term are:
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Politics of Magic
Potions

extracurriculars

There are four extracurriculars in our universe:
Dueling

Quidditch

Spellbound
The Spellbound is the school newspaper. Students can write for it in lots of different capacities - house news, gossip columns, sport news. Older students are editors for the paper. You can see past editions at http://spellboundnewspaper.tumblr.com!

Hospital Wing


back to school checklist
Right Now
[ ] Read the rules on magical levels, located here: http://hogwarts-school.net/summer/index.php?board=7.0
[ ] Make sure your special requests have been responded to - special powers, animals, and the like. Remember, only owls, rats, cats, and toads are allowed as pets without a special request!
[ ] Refresh the Castle rating rules, found at the Sorting Hat.

Two Days Before
[ ] Close up your threads at the Hangout. Almost immediately after the Castle opens, the Hangout dies, so be ready for a quick drop-off in summer-related posts.

Big First Day
[ ] Check the News forum for your house and year!
[ ] Check that you can access your House OOC (if you are able to see posts within your House OOC, you have access. You won't have access to the other House OOCs.)
[ ] Check that your magical levels are correct: your strength will be one number higher than your year, and your weakness will be one number lower. For instance, if Annabel's strength was charms and her weakness was divination, and she was sorted into first year, her levels would be C2D0T1S1.
[ ] Go to the Opening Feast! The Opening Feast is set up in multiple threads, and students are welcome to post their entrance as soon as term starts. If you would like to be Sorted (as most first years do!), there will be a thread where you can RP your character being Sorted. Midway through, Professor Tibble will make a speech and the Head Boy, Head Girl, and Prefects will be announced. After the speech is completed, students are free to go (though the food will have just been served!).

Big First Week
[ ] Sign up for classes! Classes sign ups are usually open for a week--unless it has reached its caps--and you can sign up by replying on the sign up threads. The professor can choose to place a cap on it (sometimes they don't), and yes, it's first-come, first-served. However, if you really want to attend a particular class and you're late for sign up, you can try to PM the professor, see if they would be able to fit another student in their class. Don't be upset if they can't, there's always other classes to take!

Classes this term are:
Charms
Divination
Transfiguration
Conjuring and Summoning
Defense Against the Dark Arts
Herbology
History of Magic
Muggle Studies
Politics of Magic
Potions

You can take up to four (4) classes, but no more than two (2) of those may be core classes (those in italics).

[ ] Sign up for extracurriculars! Extracurriculars this term are:
  • Quidditch (house team)
  • Dueling (house team)
  • Hospital Wing Nurses
  • Spellbound Writers
 

dormitories
Gryffindors
The common room is decorated with scarlet tapestries, which hang on the walls. The tapestries depict witches and wizards, but also various animals. It is usually where celebration parties are held after Gryffindor Quidditch victories.

The Gryffindor dormitories are also located in the Tower, with two doors leading off from the common room that open to spiral staircases. One of them leads to the girls dormitory, the other to the boys. The stairs to the girls dormitories are enchanted to become a slide if any boy attempts to climb them, but not vice versa, since it was deemed that girls were more trustworthy than boys.

Ravenclaws
The Ravenclaw common room is one of the airiest rooms at Hogwarts. It is a wide, circular room with a midnight blue carpet, arched windows hung with soft blue and bronze silks, and a domed ceiling painted with stars. During the day, the Ravenclaw students would have an excellent view of the school grounds, including the lake, Forbidden Forest, Quidditch pitch, Herbology gardens and the surrounding mountains.

The room is furnished with tables, chairs, and bookcases; and by the door leading up to the dormitiories stands a tall statue of Rowena Ravenclaw made of white marble. The sound of wind whistling around the windows of the tower is very relaxing whilst going to sleep.

Slytherins
The Slytherin Dungeon is located behind a wall in the cellars of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A password spoken to the wall is required to enter it; whereupon a passage is revealed leading to the common room -- a low-ceilinged, dungeon-like room with greenish lamps and chairs. This dungeon extends partway under the lake, giving the light in the room a green tinge. The common room has lots of low backed black and dark green leather sofas with buttons, skulls, and dark wood cupboards. It has quite a grand atmosphere, but also quite a cold one. The password to the common room changes every fortnight, and it is posted on the noticeboard.

Hufflepuffs
The actual basement itself is round, earthy and low-ceilinged, welcoming, warm and sunny. There are lots of yellow hangings, burnished copper, and overstuffed sofas and armchairs upholstered in yellow and black, and circular windows that provide a vista of "rippling grass and dandelions". There is also a large, honey coloured, wooden mantelpiece with carvings of badgers on it. This is located underneath a portrait of the house's founder, Helga Hufflepuff.

The Hufflepuff dormitories are also located in the cellar and have perfectly circular doors, with lots of little underground tunnels leading off from the common room. One of them leads to the girls' dormitory, the other to the boys. In each dormitory four-poster beds covered in patchwork quilts. The dorms are illuminated by warm copper lamps and copper bed-warmers hang on the wall in case of cold feet.

Staff - the staff common room is in the South Tower, not far from the Entrance Hall. Unlike the student common rooms, it isn't warded, so anyone can go in if they need to. There are en-suite apartments for the use of staff in the upper floors of the west bailey, and an apartment for the school nurse in the hospital wing; these are password-warded.

uniforms
Students do not have to wear the school uniform at weekend. They don't in the films, as you say, and I didn't have to when I was at boarding school, so it seems reasonable to me.

house points
IC Points

One of the easiest ways to receive IC points is to participate in classes. However, these points do not contribute to the House Cup race. The short and simple reason behind this is because we do not want people to strive for Mary Sue characters. We want everyone to write different type of students--some intelligent, some not, some rule-breakers, some teacher's pets, etc. Therefore, IC points would disadvantage active OOC players who are playing a not-so-perfect student.

OOC Points

OOC points are awarded based on participation and quality of posts. Contributing in Spellbound, Hospital Wing, Duelling tournament and being chosen as Prefect Picks would also help in this. These points are then accumulated and tallied at the end of the term and then used to determined the winner of the House Cup. With this, we encourage members to participate, stay active, and to write better quality posts and characters.


duels and fights
Duels/fights of any kind need to be pre-approved and it's up to the posters as long as it still follows the magical rules which can be found here:

http://hogwarts-school.net/summer/index.php?board=7.0

holidays
Students are allowed to leave the Castle to visit Hogsmeade on weekends (chaperoned by an older student for the younger years), and may return home for the winter holidays. Other visits need to be authorized by your house head.


thank you!
We still have a few days, so please continue to enjoy the Hangout until term begins. We'll do our best to keep things interesting and be around to answer any questions. If you have any problems or concerns, don't hesitate to contact me or any of the Hangout staff (you'll find a full listing in the Announcements forum). Thanks to everyone for a great summer, and we'll see you at the Castle!


Kudos to Annabel Grey for coding this. Mommy loves you.

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