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Aelyria is the original play by post creative experience on the Internet. Thousands of writers, artists, musicians, and gamers play by posting stories over our message forums and bulletin boards, immersing themselves in our unique fantasy world. Founded in 1989, Aelyria features collaborative storytelling where players assume the roles of heroes and villains as they explore, quest, and adventure in an epic faerie tale of magic, romance, mystery, and intrigue. Whether adventuring together or fighting against each other, players form friendships, forge alliances, and compete with foes for power and glory across a vast landscape dotted by ruined castles and thriving cities, plagued by monsters and brigands, shaped by spellcraft and the gods, and plunged into political intrigue.
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[Community] Kevin's Award Nominations Now Open!
Oct 05, 2015 - 7:53 AM - by Mimesis
In memory of Kevin Ostapenko
October 26, 1965 - August 19, 2005

In memory of Kevin (the player behind Hannas Darkblade and Katzchar Telvic and a long-time contributor to Aelyria), the Game Directorate annually rewards a player of Aelyria with the Kevin Ostapenko Memorial Scholarship for Roleplaying Excellence, or just Kevin's Award. The recipient of this award is given a full year's Companionship.

The award will be presented on Monday, October 26, 2015. It will be awarded to the person who best exhibits these criteria:

Roleplaying Excellence:
  • Exemplifies literary, creative, and artistic standards by writing excellent narrative prose and role playing with fellow Aelyrians
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[Tech] Aelyria undergoing maintenance on 9/29
Sep 28, 2015 - 2:28 PM - by Kaelon
Serale, Aelyrians,

Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th, Aelyria.com will be placed into locked read-only mode in order to conduct major and overdue systems maintenance. Aelyria will be offline for much of the day, starting at 10:00 am Central Time (-6 GMT) and concluding on or about 5:00 pm Central Time (-6 GMT). During this time, the Cloud Infrastructure which hosts Aelyria will be shifting its server platform onto PHP 5.6, the current supported version, and our LAMP-stack will be upgraded. Concurrently, we will be updating the Ioannes Engine (3rd Generation) to support this new stack of server software.

What this means for you:
  • Aelyria will be offline most of tomorrow. I will be live-blogging transition work tomorrow using Twitter, and inviting the community to participate. A message on where to read our latest status will appear on the site when it is undergoing this upgrade.
  • When Aelyria returns tomorrow evening,
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[Gameplay] Self-Moderation Abolished
Aug 26, 2015 - 9:55 AM - by Nimh
Serale there, Aelyrians!

What was snuck into the last release regarding moderation was meant to be incorporated into the announcement but forgotten! While most people already know that we've been "discouraging" self-moderation and instead encouraging people to find peer-moderators to tell their stories, it was never really made an official rule.

Well, that time has come for the official ruling: self-moderation is no longer allowed in the world of Aelyria.

Instead, we allow what are called Expositions, described in our [Wiki={option}]A Players' Guide to Moderation[/Wiki] in the following manner: "This involves the player writing both their character’s actions as well as the environment’s in a single-author narrative. These are the least common threads and can only be used for scenes which are meant to deepen and explain the character but in which no advantages, experience, material, relational, or otherwise, can be... [Read More]
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[Site] Volunteer System Changes
Aug 19, 2015 - 9:49 AM - by Jacob
Hi folks!

I am pleased to announce that the long-awaited restructuring of our volunteer system is now online.

The relevant articles:
  • [Wiki={option}]A Guide to Volunteering in Aelyria[/Wiki]
  • [Wiki={option}]A Player's Guide to Moderation[/Wiki]
  • [Wiki={option}]Volunteer Application[/Wiki]
In my next post I will go into some details on the changes and what is behind it all.

As a note, at this time we are only taking application for Moderators. Lorekeepers are on hold for application and appointment until we have the wiki workflow on a more solid foundation.

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[Gameplay] Updated Championship Guide Released
Aug 11, 2015 - 7:41 AM - by Nimh
The new Guide to Championship has been released!

Some changes and updates have been made to the article so please feel free to read and post questions here! Most notably, first and second brands have been flipped: First brands will now be activated brands that allow a PC to go out and DO while the second brand is now an aura brand (brands do not necessarily have to follow this pattern, as a note). Starting at the third brand, PCs can now dole out brands (neg and pos) of their own!

A Guide to Championship - Aelyria

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