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Brief history of LoGD
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« on: April 01, 2005, 07:23:10 AM »

Posted this to lotgd.net's forums, but thought you guys would find it edifying too.:

After just about 3 years in development, we're pleased to announce that Legend of the Green Dragon has "gone gold."  Version 1.0 is now available.  You can download it from the SourceForge project page here.

I started Legend of the Green Dragon as a personal project about this time in 2002.  The earliest code gave birth to the layout that's now known as the "classic" skin (why else do you think I keep that ugly thing around?).  In order to work on a game, well, you have to have a layout, and I wasn't very concerned with appearances so much as I was concerned with functionality.  So clearly something quick and dirty was in order.

Over the next 6 months, I brought the game up to a point I considered usable level, and introduced it to friends and acquaintances.  That was October 2002.  They helped me bring it up to what I considered "0.9" status by assisting with the creature editor, bug finding, and the like.

In March of 2003, I released version 0.9 to SourceForge, and the world in general got to hear about Legend of the Green Dragon without having first been a member of the elitist "knows MightyE' club.

In late April 2003, we got picked up by Slashdot, and that drove a pretty heavy new player base.  This article wasn't even on the Slashdot homepage, but we got quite a bit of publicity out of it.  To my knowledge, that was basically the first time LoGD was spread by basically anything other than word of mouth.

It became quickly obvious that managing the server was a task outside of my limited capacity, and there was this ever present jcpetersen hanging out in the game.  I asked him to join me as the very first staff member on May 5 of 2003.

In July of 2003, we moved off of the SourceForge hosting (at their request because we were now pulling 9gig in transfer a week) to hosting provided by Talesin, one of the players.  This was the era of being hosted in Germany.

In September of 2003, someone decided to launch a DDoS against us and suck up all our available bandwidth.  We ran a fund drive, and tha players pulled through, covering our costs!

This was about the same time that JT (Kendaer) started helping me out with the code.  There's no doubt that Legend of the Green Dragon owes much of what it is today to JT's tireless efforts.  If for no other reason than he kept telling me, "Eric, that code you wrote is (broke|a hack|stupid|unbalanced|evil|causing me to vomit)."  Well, certainly there were a lot of other reasons than just that, but I owe a lot of who I am as a programmer to JT in general, so I just wanted to take this moment to thank him for that :-).

In March of 2004, we moved onto our own hosting solution, and that's the hosting solution we use right through now.  

There's been so many little milestones that I can't really cover them all of course.  Most of them are detailed in the central server MoTD archive, if you're genuinely interested, go check that out.  If you've been around a while, there's some real hoots there.

And now, just for the sake of it, here are the 50 oldest accounts on Central server in the order they were created:
@Creator MightyE
Director jcp
MrsCreator Pegasus
 MrEccntrc the Madman
Traveler Firewench
@Admin Dekion
Mayor DarkWolfen
@Moderator Super Size McD
Ethereal Presence Twist
Sir gratefuldeath
Principality fifo
Peasant Tryaj
Wizard AlphaQuasar
Dominion Big Gus
@Inmate Sneakabout the Insane
Scared Vampiress MysticII
God of Smoke Fahyarmen
Theurgist theDwarf
Terron the ReallyMeanVikingGrrrrrrr
Star Faerie Anyanka
Goddess of Earth Jules
Elder matja
@Moderator Angul the Bringer of Death
Reeve freeze
Traveler Iguana
@Pontifex Kendaer
Marchioness Lanya
Knight of Ni Apocalypse
Apprentice Nessie
Enchanter Alibaba
@SrMod Catscradler the Handyman
Keeper Pwyll
Wizard Taurus
@Moderator Shandra the dark Angel
Centurion Ravn
Viscount Thrud
Goddess SaucyWench
Archangel Hermanathor
@Delectable Moderator Tynan
Page Adorable Mitsuko
Trader Thealien
Ethereal Gargoyle
Marquis Painanator
Centurion ELVIS
Goddess of Crystal Scary Ceva
God AdReNaLiN
Elder Red
Villager Cronin
Cherub Geet

Thanks to JT, thanks to JCP, thanks to Saucy, thanks to the rest of the LoGD staff, thanks to the Dragonprime mod community, and finally, thanks to all of the players of LoGD world wide.  From my estimates, there are about 22,000 of you now.  Legend of the Green Dragon isn't the success that it is because I got a wacky idea 3 years ago, it's the success it is, because of all of YOU!


« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2005, 07:49:11 AM »

Hehe.. just from my side of it,

I started playing with the logd code at 0.9.6 when someone on my LJ friends list pointed me at it.

I then immediately started hacking on the code to fix the things which my players were complaining about.

Finally I sent all of my changes to eric and got ignored for about 3 weeks until I cornered him on IM and demanded he look at the fixes i'd made to the battle system since the original was horridly broken Smiley

from there, Eric and I have kept each other sane with us both giving our heart and soul into making this the game we know it can be.

While eric credits me with making him a better programmer, it goes both ways.. He's found and fixed just as many of my bonehead mistakes and he's also served as a spur to my own creativity and found solutions to problems that I'd given up on.  He's taught me things as well, and I'm proud as hell to know him and to be co-developer alongside him.

Hell, I'm just proud to be part of this entire community because the passion for the game and the creativity I've seen here, even if all of it's not useful in the core itself, make this a thriving, growing, and changing community.

Thank you all.
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2005, 01:52:41 PM »

No.... Thank YOU... we all would not be here if it weren't for you guys.....

I of course started with 0.9.7... and contributed a little bit back when modules were part of sourceforge... I have learned a ton since that time and it's thanks to MightyE, Kendaer and all the others involved.....  Grin
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2005, 03:13:21 PM »

Alright, I suppose this would be a reasonable time for me to add in my two cents. My good friend Chris introduced me to this game about a year ago now. We were classic examples of ignorant newbies. I remembered having my fair share of bannings for simple rule offending infractions, and waiting for days on end to play again. Heh. Chris and I moved up in the LotGD community, and became very familiar with it. I must say, that some of the kindest, wittiest, and most intelligent people I have ever met are only an URL away. I have fallen in love with, and become hopelessly addicted to this amazing game. I can't stress enough the "awesomeness" of the creative and brilliant nature of this game. MightyE, you are the "bomb?" Yep.
I'm not much of a coder, HTML and a bit of Javascript is all I hold under my belt, but I love exploring this  site. I have learned and understood things I never thought I would. Sichae is my best friend (contrary to popular belief ) and he has made exponential progress, and has become one of the most talented coders I have ever seen. This game has even evolved me as a human being. I became more tactful, and I definately fell into the habit of spelling out my words, etc. Its amazing how that server rule has forced me into my best habits. Hehe.
I want to take this time to thank Deimos, who is quite possibly the coolest person I know. He has helped me in many ways, and has mentored me on my path to be a better player, and possibly a member of Centrals illustrious staff.
I love all of you! Even though this is a game, you have all helped me significantly by contributing to this community, and making my day that much more enjoyable. Thats what this is all about. Enjoying ourselves. Rock on.

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2005, 03:29:58 PM »

     Well, I knew that this day would come. The day that I would see the full release of 0.9.8, and it's release on SF. It has been a wonderful trip.

     In my time here, I have met some of the most wonderful people, including Eric(MightyE), JT(Kendaer), Shannon(SaucyWench), Elessa(Not sure if she wants her name disclosed Smiley ). These people have helped my grow, into a striking young man.

    Over the past 9 months, I have been overcoming a severe depression. Each hint and helping hand that was offered by Saucy and Elessa, helped me to become more of a centered person. Becoming the person that I am today, has been a very ardous trips, and I wouldn't know where I would be, had it not been for MightyE and Kendaer.

    You two have provided me, not only with the knowledge to program, but as well as something that brings me such joy, to hear the adjulations of others, congratulating my on my modules, as well as my progress.

    My progress, according to SaucyWench and many others, is astonishing. From asking newbie questions, to making my own code into the core distribution. The knowledge that I have learned for LotGD, has allowed me to better myself in other programming languages (CSS, C++, JAVA). I hope to continue working on this project, making it the best that it can be, if not even more better.

    Due to the most wonderful people of this community, I have grown into a very nice position. Not a day goes by, in which I am able to help another struggling newbie, or help even others. Being part of this entire project has given me a new outlook in life, leading to much more happiness.

    A while back, I posted in this forum, thanking Eric, JT, Shannon and Elessa, for giving me a better thing to do with my life, rather than just being down all the time, not looking forward to the next day.

    In closing, I would just like to state - Thank you Eric Stevens and JT Traub. This game has done so much for me, as well as the people inside of it, more than anyone Elessa and Saucy, more than I could ever state in such a small posting limit. I am glad to be apart of this community.
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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2005, 03:50:18 PM »

:smiles mischievously

thank ye to eric, jt, the logd community of coders and players, and hmmmm... a thank ye to talisman for listening back in february 2004 when a troubled strider spoke to him, thereby forging this forum for the community to craft their work.

this game which we all enjoy would be far different if not for this forum.

congratulations and thank ye again for releasing 1.0.0!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2005, 08:58:41 PM »

Hey Sichae... there's a old utterance that says, give to others and it will come back tenfold.

I know that Eric and JT have gained tremendous amounts of pleasure from the sentiments of those who use the game. I know that I tend to make waves at players that misbehave, but the fact of the matter is we have a player base (Eric estimated 22,000) that are almsot all wonderful people. We have very few bad apples in a modder's community of many many more wonderful people.

I started playing on a small server that wasn't very active, and by the time I had a dozen or so DKs I went looking for a server with some proper competition and I found Central. I didn't set out to run the place, I just saw people who needed help and so I helped them. The fact that people install the Kitchen, etc, is just icing. I do what I do because I can.

Anyone who gives in this place will get satisfaction. That to me is the most important part of what Eric and JT have achieved... a modder's community of people who are positive, fired up and learning... and a game community of people who have formed friendships and had some fun along the way.

Here's to us all. *raises glass of apple juice*

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« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2005, 11:37:47 PM »

I tried to start hosting with 0.9.7 but it was to hard for me. (This was before I learnt PHP & MySQL).
When 1.0.0 came out, I tried hosting again with a little bit of knowledge in PHP. With the new install script, I just had to wipe my database to get it to work. I made a few minor modifications in 1.0.2 and start improving mods with a lots bigger knowledge of PHP & MySQL with 1.0.3.

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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2005, 10:07:51 PM »

*dances around the lotgd shrine* Weee I Love this game!
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