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#1 gogoblender

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:14 PM

The main site/forum www.darkmatters.org was started a few years ago on an invisionfree board:

http://z14.invisionf...dex.php?act=idx

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It was a clan site that was built in response to us and some friends (This forum started off with four people) needing some posting space for Ogame. We quickly outgrew it and, being newbies at the time and not knowing much about ipb and hosting switched to IPB hosting for two years with our brand new url and location:

www.darkmatters.org

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The funny thing is that since our little group of friends was one of the more mature gaming communities, we quickly had to add more off topic forums to support the non-gaming activities that our members wanted to post about. lol, this is probably one of the reasons why our site has a pretty busy cooking section as well! :ohyeah:

After about a year and a half of having fun with the message board, we realized that everyone knew so much about the game we support... Sacred, and so it was decided to take another big step forward and see if we could build a wiki...and so Sacred Wiki was born:

www.SacredWiki.org

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The wiki was where the dynamic knowledge base and resources of the community happened, and through documentation of all of their wisdom via the wiki process, the knowledge finally made it out onto the internet.

The wiki in just a few months gathered more than 2000 pages, and has it's own unique skin that Schot's work with graphics produced.

Sacred 2's release prompted the creation of another addition to the wiki and easily adds another few more years to the game, with more than two hundred volunteer contributors all adding their time, testing and knowledge.

We've made many, many friends here, and in fact have come to consider this the closest to an online family.

lol, and as a side note, there was a time when we were leaving invisionfree and they were "taking a pic" of our forum while getting it ready to hand over to ipb hosting... during that time we put together an emergency/holiday forum for our community to hang out at while our main forum was down. It's kind of a groovy place that schot skinned together in two hours, and has spinning animated buddhas, flowers and ranks such as Yellow Submarine commander... hey...all this has gotta be fun right?...don't forget to put your sunglasses on before clicking ^^

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Thank you all of you for being here, for supporting us, and most importantly for putting up with us. A history is only as interesting as that single point of view. If any of you here wish to add more, please feel free to add to the history of perhaps how you found us, and maybe even by mentioning the game or instance that led you to us.

We're hoping to enjoy many more years here with all of you.

There will always be more games.

Cheers

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#2 Flooxim

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 02:39 PM

Great topic!

I didn't know very much about the history of Darkmatters, and now I know a lot more!

I followed your posts on the SIF about 3-4 months before the release of Sacred 2, which led me here. And now I'm proud to be part of this awesome community. :P


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#3 Erling

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Posted 21 February 2009 - 03:00 PM

bah I wish I was here from the very start :mafia: I really enjoyed reading on the first forum... and seeing your avatar.. its so cuteee :viking:

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#4 Timotheus

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 05:39 AM

Fun to see the development, I do remember seeing the first skin though. Must've joined the board not too much time before the transfer to the new loook though.
And as some may recall my love for the groove: Groove Matters kicked ass, a groove skin still has my vote :drinks:

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#5 Ike

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 09:27 AM

Heh, you still haven't mentioned for what D.a.r.k. is an acronym. :drinks: Or have you forgotten yourself? :(

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#6 Schot

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:05 AM

We are beyond definition Ike. ^^

lol @ Groove skin Timo. I think we were a minority in that respect though after everyone had been medicated the place really got rockin. :) Would be fun to bring that back just for kicks, hehe. Who knows eh. Mwahaha! That reminds me... It's been a while since I've ninja'd someones avatar. :drinks: As for the growth it has been a pretty cool developement to be a part of eh. Here's to progress!

Wow Erling. I just realized you've already been here for like a year and a half. Time flies though and before you know it you'll have been here 5 years. Or more! :bow:

And it's been a true pleasure Max. :) I had no idea that you would make such an impression on DarkMatters when you first began. Your surprise release of that Guide Manager is exactly the kind of creative ingenuity that inspires. That makes FDM history in fact.

For me the defining characteristics of FDM is creativity and on so many many different ways. Creation and peaceful coexistence makes for a happy DarkMatters. Thanx to all of you for that!

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#7 Knuckles

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:53 AM

What a long strange trip it's been -Grateful Dead

From such humble beginnings did a great community become. I wasn't here for the beginning but I still have seen so much evolution since I became a member. Still the best community that I've had the pleasure being part of. As far as what D.a.r.k stands for....I'm convinced it means..

D - Dead
A - Again
R - Restarting,
K - Knuckles

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#8 Katran

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 04:31 PM

Heh, you still haven't mentioned for what D.a.r.k. is an acronym. :)


There is no . after the K. The . after the K has been sleeping with the fishes for almost a year now. :)
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#9 gogoblender

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 06:17 PM

Awwww, Erling :o You've been a fantastic part of this community for years now. You've added more than many, and your energy and humor has always been appreciated. We're not going to be going anywhere for a long time, and those first skimpy years will mean less and less as you get more years under the belt :)

Regarding the origin of the [D.a.r.k] meaning, it's a cool story. Max, I love hearing about how you were following posts here for months before joining. And I was hoping that this little bit of history about the site would give some "roots" to the community and a sense of heritage. There's actually lots more history, and it's pleasant to write about. As soon as I have some time, I'll add some more with a "Less Brief History of DarkMatters" ^^

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#10 Llama8

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:09 PM

:D
I remember that...

#11 Stéphane

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:15 PM

Nice story!
It's strange to see Gogo in the pics with only 106 posts! :D

#12 Putrescine

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 06:12 PM

Nice


But... Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease put that groove skin in the rss :D Me wants ;)
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#13 Timotheus

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Posted 25 February 2009 - 03:58 AM

Ghehe gotta love the groove :D

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#14 Llama8

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 04:21 AM

Ghehe gotta love the groove :)


Oh dear god no! Far too happy-clappy-leftie-pinko-tree-hugging for me!
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#15 Erling

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 08:06 AM

AH! gogo said I got humor and he is admin so now everyone have to admit I am funny or be banned, right? :P and if groove comes back.. please make the bubbles spin :)
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#16 Katran

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 09:16 AM

Groove is dead and is not coming back. :P Thats because everyone seems to let lose in the groove skin for some reason and mods have a nightmare of work load to do. :)
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#17 bhj

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Posted 26 February 2009 - 12:47 PM

yeah "the feeling" is sneaking up on you just talking about it :P :) :dance:

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#18 gogoblender

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 06:02 PM

yeah "the feeling" is sneaking up on you just talking about it :) :dance: :dance:

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Dang, that is one sweet pic BHJ

Does it come in Porches?

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#19 Timotheus

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Posted 05 May 2009 - 07:01 PM

I still want that Groove skin back... :)

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#20 Dragon Brother

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Posted 06 May 2009 - 05:14 AM

Wow...that groove skin is very bright...looks pretty cool tho...makes me wish I was around for it all




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