Community Discoveries: CC Chat and CCSF 2010

After catching up on all of the news and updates through the community, I realized that a few weeks can result in a lot of interesting additions! More alarming, however, is the fact that I sometimes find something noteworthy, and utterly forget to check back for quite some time. In an effort to organize the important happenings in the Creatures Community, as well as to highlight some interesting articles and creations, I plan on coming out with a bi-weekly or monthly series entitled Community Discoveries. Most of these won’t actually be new discoveries: Just a clever play on words to fit with the Discover Albia theme! Any comments or suggestions would be most appreciated: If all goes well, I plan on taking suggestions for certain topics to include. For now, this is just a basic look at two of the hot topics of the moment. Keep an eye out for the next installment!

Creatures Community IRC
Contributors: Laura (Idea/Setup), Rascii (Hosting), and Ghosthande (Button)

What’s been taking the community by storm lately? An amazing new live chat that everyone can take part in! We’re all usually quite active on the forums, but delayed responses often diminish the personal nature of our close-knit community. With the ability to chat in real-time, it’s easy to get a question answered, and entertaining to just take part in a random conversation. Admittedly, I’ve been far too busy to participate as much as I would like to. Just having the option of having the chat room open all the time makes it easy to participate! Recently added were two new rooms: #CreaturesRP for roleplaying, and #CreaturesDev for development conversations. With so many options, there’s something for everyone at the Creatures Community Chat! If you haven’t stopped by already, I highly recommend it.

CCSF 2010 Planning and Survey Center
Contributors: Amaikokonut (Idea/Planning/Setup) and Everyone Else (Responses)

Each year, there is one event that brings together the community and renews the love we have for the Creatures series. The Creatures Community Spirit Festival has typically been a two week event that signifies our neverending devotion, both to the games, as well as to the community. We may be a small group, but I imagine that we rival most larger online communities in terms of commitment and cohesiveness. As this is my first CCSF, I’m very excited to take part! Without the proper planning, however, the festival would surely suffer. Throughout the past month, Amaikokonut has been tirelessly putting together surveys and tallying the results regarding the various elements of the CCSF 2010: The coordinators, dates, timeframe, and theme have all been narrowed down. The fourth, and most likely final, survey is currently active until July 14th, when most of the elements will be decided upon. Even if you missed out on previous surveys, this one is still very important, and only takes a few minutes to complete. Make sure to voice your opinion if you haven’t already done so!

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