Commemorating 50 Issues of the Daily Diviner
Written by Silquer
Edited by Calliequeen
Written by Silquer
Edited by Calliequeen
Hello my stunning readers, and welcome to the 50th issue of the Daily Diviner! This issue, we here at the Daily Diviner are celebrating our 50th publication, nearly two years since the very first one! It’s been an amazing two years, each article rendered with passionate hands and every issue put together with care.
From personal experience, I can say it has been an outstanding time. When I was first hired to the team, it was a dream come true, but it did not come without its tribulations. I didn’t know how long I’d stay, if I’d be able to handle the workload, or if my team members would ever be able to like the shy, introverted me. But I needn’t have been worried. This team is spectacular, hardworking, kind, supportive, (the list goes ever on) and the articles produced here are some of the best works I’ve read.
All these articles and issues later, we stand at the precipice of a great milestone for this team. The number 50 may not seem that large when compared with other long-standing parts of Potterworld, but to us, the team who have worked and created and written it with love and care, it is a milestone to be proud of. So, join us in commemorating this amazing moment in Daily Diviner history! It’s been a terrific two years to be able to work alongside some of the most spectacular writers I’ve ever met, and I could not be more proud and honoured to work alongside such an amazing team of people, past and present. With that, let’s recap some of Daily Diviner’s most memorable moments!
Major ArticlesThere are over 300 articles (yes, that’s an accurate number!) in the Daily Diviner pantheon. With at least six articles per issue (sometimes more), and up to our 50th edition, that’s an impressive number! With so many articles to choose from and thousands of characters of content, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Here are some of the highlights.
If you’re looking for a long read, not to worry! There are plenty of longer articles from the many issues, most notably “Meet the Game Design Team”. This article was written by Serpentella, edited by MakkChi, and is the longest article to date! The total character count came out to be a massive 15,947, while most articles (besides features) are within the 3,000-5,000 character range. Serp’s article details the inner-workings of the Game Design staff team, one of my personal favorite teams and a group of wonderful and hard-working individuals. The interview is fascinating, and the questions are interesting. Serpentella did an amazing job with the article, despite it being written several months ago. I highly recommend reading this one on your own. It’s the last article of Issue #35. Happy reading!
My personal favorite article is also one of the oldest and comes from my debut edition: Issue #11’s “The Revelius Update”, a feature article written by Aviforma and edited by Polarxo. This was one of the first articles covering the recently announced Revelius Update, and it captures the pure excitement of the months before the update. This article set the bar for features to come! A charming mixture of review, recap, and interview, this article captured my heart the first time I read it. If you’d like to read it for yourself, you know where to find it!
A special part of the Daily Diviner is the Breaking News articles. Released around every new roleplay event, these Breaking News issues recap an important roleplay event in one or two articles. Some of the most memorable of these include Breaking News #3, which ushered in the horrifying news that both the Phoenix and Dark Follower bases had been ransacked, Breaking News #4, which reported the death of notorious Aurorlock leader Shakti and announced the newly-appointed Matt Griffiths, and Breaking News #10, which detailed the final battle between the Werewolves and the Vampires. There are many other gripping Breaking News articles, including more in-depth dives than the ones I’ve mentioned here. Make sure to check them out on the Potterworld website’s Daily Diviner archive!
The final of the major articles in Daily Diviner history is another one of my favorites: Carolllyn’s fantastic Horoscope series! These Lifestyle articles were a series of three, each describing four of the twelve horoscopes. They were some of the first real series’ in Daily Diviner history and defined the cozy and comfortable vibes of the Lifestyle column. You can find them in Issues #10, 11, and 12. Please, give them a read and travel back into the past with Carolllyn’s writing!
Memorable MomentsLet’s take a step back and look at the past two years of memorable Daily Diviner moments. There are two nearly years of history to comb through, ranging from our own team activities to special articles and issues. Here’s a few of the most important.
Our very first Feature articles (there were actually two of them!) are an important part of DD history. It was the start of the Daily Diviner revival and welcomed in the Feature format that we use to this day! They also cover an important moment in roleplay history, but if you’d like to know more, you can find the features in the first issue on the website archive.
Last year, the Daily Diviner hosted a writing competition for all members of Potterworld to celebrate the sixth anniversary of Potterworld. There were two categories: One for short stories and one for poetry. It was a great opportunity for writers across Potterworld to put their work out there and was definitely one of the more memorable events in DD history. If you want to read this issue and the winning stories, it’s #15 in the archive.
Our final memorable moment is also our most recent milestone… The 50th issue! Even now, we’re writing our own history. This issue is a special one to be sure, and it’s only through hard work and dedication that the team could have made it here. This issue, and all the ones it celebrates before it, are surely something to be remembered.
Daily Diviner Changes Over the Year(s)There have been plenty of changes since our revival in the December of 2019, and all of them have shaped what the publication looks like today for the better. Some change comes in the form of column removal or additions, other changes in the form of new writers or editors.
One of the most notable changes to the Daily Diviner occurred in the thirty-third issue when it was announced that the Games and Sports columns were going to be removed. The Games and Sports articles had been part of the Daily Diviner for a long time, and often covered minigames and upcoming dueling or flying events. Although it was a sad day for the team, it was a necessary change to welcome in the new and thriving column of Student Spotlight! While we may have lost a long-running column that fateful issue, we gained something new as well. Exploring a new column was a new adventure for the team, but absolutely worth it.
The Student Spotlight section itself was a suitable newcomer in Games and Sports’ place. It offered an opportunity to engage with the community and interview some amazing players, all while keeping topics fresh and interesting. More importantly, it was still entirely possible to interview players about minigames (as I’ve done in this issue’s Student Spotlight column), and with the context of a new column, we are able to find a more personal view of the subject.
Change, of course, is never easy, but it doesn’t always have to be sad. Letting go of the Games and Sports column was hard, but then there was the new Student Spotlight to fill the void. The same can’t really be said about the many team-member changes the Daily Diviner has gone through over the last two years. It would be difficult to name all of the past members of the Daily Diviner, but each and every one of them (that is no exaggeration) has contributed a piece of themselves to the publication and continues to resonate with the current team even today. Each goodbye is more bittersweet than the last, but there is always the knowledge that their stamp on the team has been left behind, and they won’t be forgotten. That truly is the beauty of writing.
Looking to the FutureNow that we’ve sufficiently looked into the past, it’s time to look to the bright future! We’ve come to 50 issues thus far, but that is a mere drop in the bucket when compared to our vast future. So what is there to expect from the Daily Diviner in the coming while? What improvements will we make? I had the honour to ask Sunnya this very question! Here’s what our marvelous Head of Media had to say:
“The publication has changed a lot since its return in 2019 and we're happy with the direction we've gone down. Our main goal now for the publication is to make it appealing to as many of Potterworld's players as possible. This definitely means writing articles more about the things players want to see, but we have other things in mind as well. We are currently looking into making our website edition easier to read in terms of format, using more images/visuals, and more. Our in-game releases may also get improvements to make them more appealing and exciting for players.”
With that, I can confidently say the Daily Diviner has a bright and clear future ahead of us. I know we’ll continue to grow and become a better team and, in turn, a better publication. There is certainly much to look forward to!
In conclusion, the past two years of Daily Diviner history have been outstanding, and there’s still much more to do. Looking to our past is important, especially at milestones such as this, but it’s also just as important to look at our future and see what’s ahead. It’s been an amazing 50 issues; here’s to 50 more!
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