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Hello lovely readers! Welcome to Potterworld’s 8th Anniversary! I hope you are just as excited as I am. Throughout the history of Potterworld, there have been multiple changes and developments to how Potterworld has run its server. I got the chance to ask Alexstrasza14 and darkatflash about some of their experiences throughout Potterworld’s 8-year journey to gain some insight into those changes. Please join me in reflecting on some of Potterworld’s past through their eyes!
When did you first join Potterworld?
Alexstrasza14: July 27th, 2015
darkatflash: September 2015
How was Potterworld different then from now?
Alexstrasza14: I guess for this question if we go into the more gameplay differences, I'd say it was a lot more small-scale back then. Back in the day, and I'm talking 2015/2016 here, the main content really were the daily riddles and classes. The way to gain new spells and go up years was to buy spells using Academic Credits. There were also Test Credits to unlock I believe 2 spells per year for the last 3 or 4 years. The upper half basically. There was housing as well, but it was pretty limited. Only a small group really was able to own a house. There were houses to rent but again, it was sometimes difficult to get one and the system was buggy haha. Nowadays, daily riddles and classes still exist of course, but they are no longer the only thing used to actually progress. Progress now is a lot more varied with the addition of quests. Classes have always become a lot more interactive than they used to be. Also everyone is able to have their own housing now and make it exactly as they want it, which is pretty rad.
darkatflash: It's much more technical, for sure! More automated. Of course, Potterworld survival is gone, too.
What is an aspect of Potterworld that you miss?
Alexstrasza14: Okay so, it's more an aspect I miss seeing (though I do not necessarily want it back), which would be player shops. A long time ago, we used to have player shops in Vertick Alley where a player could rent a shop and also decorate it the way they wanted. It was honestly a pretty cool bit of customization and it was always fun to walk around Vertick Alley to see what shops existed. With housing we do have a cool (and much less buggy) alternative now, but there is something about the feeling of just wandering around the streets and seeing new shops.
darkatflash: I probably shouldn't say it, but I DO miss survival. I kinda miss the huge explosions in potions classes. Honestly, that's why I started to teach potions because I could NEVER successfully brew a potion in the old way, and I was terrified of it! And definitely Secret Keepers! Kade and I were secret keepers for AGES! I loved making the daily riddles and placing chests!
I’m much newer to the server than flash or Alexis, but if I had to choose a piece of the server that I miss the most, I would have to say that I remember Hogsworth without the Prefect travel system fondly. Without the Prefect travel system, I constantly had to either rely on the kindness of strangers to guide me to places around the castle, or purposefully get lost in the castle and hope for the best. However, it was through the combination of the two strategies (or lack thereof) that not only was I able to find my way around Hogsworth, but also find secret passageways and hidden rooms that most first-years would pass by without a second glance.
What is your favorite memory of Potterworld?
Alexstrasza14: There's a ton of great memories. One that springs to mind is the release of Revelius and the weeks leading up to it. At the time, one of my main focuses was Grounds Keeper. So the weeks leading up to the release meant daily pretty intensive testing. It was honestly a bit stressful, but there were also a lot of laughs along the way. We had a very small team at the time and did get support from some other staff members. It was all in all just a really fun experience. The release itself was pretty awesome too because, finally, all that hard work paid off, and we could enjoy the reactions of all the players (and then sleep for a week haha).
darkatflash: It's a tough choice between the interactions with students in classes and getting to talk with the Potterworld start family in voice chats. I've met so many people that mean so much to me over the years.
If you could bring one thing back to Potterworld, what would it be and why?
Alexstrasza14: Honestly I can't think of anything I want to bring back. For a lot of things that are gone, they were things that were either not really feasible anymore, or we got good alternatives now (or planned), or I wasn't interested in it personally.
darkatflash: I would definitely bring back Survival! It was such an interesting change in gameplay from the main server! I would also bring back Secret Keepers!
A huge thanks to Alexstrasza14 and darkatflash for sharing their memories with us! I hope you all got to see Potterworld’s history with new eyes. Happy Anniversary, and have fun exploring! Have a wonderful day! This has been Creme_de_Creme reporting for the Daily Diviner.