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Old 05-07-2008, 09:04 PM   #1
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Hello Everyone!

I'm new to this site so let me introduce myself. My name is PJ Haarsma and I am the author of The Softwire series. It is a four book series about a group of kids who get sold as slaves to aliens on the Rings of Orbis. The setting of the book is also the setting for a MUD I created myself at the Rings of Orbis.

Derek mentioned this forum and also suggested I might offer some help with storytelling and how it relates to the game. I would love to share any tips and resources I can, so ask away or send me a message.

I look forward to participating in your forums!

PJ Haarsma.

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Old 05-08-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Welcome to TMS!

I'll take a peek at Softwire. It sounds sci-fi-ish.
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Old 05-08-2008, 11:30 PM   #3
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Re: Author of The Softwire here.

Welcome to Top MUD Sites!

Great website you have there, by the way.
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Old 05-09-2008, 06:11 PM   #4
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Thank you - I appreciate that. I hope I can add something here. There are some very interesting posts!
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Old 05-10-2008, 12:29 PM   #5
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Nice, nice website. Just by that alone it makes me want to read the books.

Only thing I saw is that you should probably advertise for the MUD on the book website. I didn't see any links there to the MUD's website.

So.. damnit. Now I gotta go over to the bookstore.


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Old 05-10-2008, 02:07 PM   #6
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Welcome writer. Always good to have writers around when we all are books, as it were.
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:06 PM   #7
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Re: Author of The Softwire here.

What consititues a 'real email' in order to register for RoO?
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Old 05-20-2008, 10:54 PM   #8
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Re: Author of The Softwire here.

It's amazing how many people are afraid to enter an email that actually works. They fear they will be spammed forever. Without a real, working email they do not receive their activation email and therefore can't log in. We did a test with a bunch of kids for the login process and after explaining it several times one kid says, "Oh! You mean a real email!" I went with that.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:39 AM   #9
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Re: Author of The Softwire here.

So why are @gmail.com addresses not considered real then?
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Old 05-21-2008, 04:07 PM   #10
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So why are @gmail.com addresses not considered real then?
They are. That is not an error that's coming up. That warning stays there all the time. You're missing something else in the registration.
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:15 AM   #11
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They are. That is not an error that's coming up. That warning stays there all the time. You're missing something else in the registration.

Right, in which case there are NO errors coming up and the sign up just isn't being processed. I wonder how many registrations you're losing due to the lack of error reporting on form validation.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:54 PM   #12
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Right, in which case there are NO errors coming up and the sign up just isn't being processed. I wonder how many registrations you're losing due to the lack of error reporting on form validation.
No, sorry. You misunderstand me. That line is at the top of the registration process. It's should be clear that it simply part of the instructions. The errors in the registration process shown in red on the right hand side.

I loose most of my regs from mispellings in the email or service providers blocking the registration email. That's a real pain. I track how many people "leave" the registration process and that number is not high. I will examine it again though based on your concerns. Thanks.
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:13 PM   #13
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Re: Author of The Softwire here.

So, is it just .. not a MUD anymore? An MMO now? Or what, exactly?
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:57 PM   #14
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So, is it just .. not a MUD anymore? An MMO now? Or what, exactly?
I would call this a web based mmo, hardly a mud in any sense. Tho some might call this a browser based graphical mud.
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