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PostSubject: The Old NIMH Lodge   Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:21 pm

Hopefully, this will bring some activity back to this forum. Anybody have any memories from the old NIMH Lodge to share with us newbies?

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:45 pm

This is a very thoughtful thread Steven, thank you! I do remember a great deal of memories of the first forum I could share;

I created the first NIMH Lodge on June 30, 2006, which was around the same time I've started my fan-site in hopes of keeping the NIMH fandom going. Within the first week of its life, seven members were already signed up and posting. I had appointed Desert Mouse to be the first moderator of the Lodge. When the forum topped around twenty members in 2007, Cedric (Neofox on this board now) became the second moderator to help monitor the boards.

Shortly after I started the forum, I began to experiment with the forum modifications that were included in PhpBBCity's free forum hosting service. One mod was a 'cash/points' system that allowed users to gain points by starting new threads or posting in topics. It was accompanied with a lottery mod which allowed multiple users to bet their points to win even more points after each drawing period. I had labeled the points as 'crystals' for the forum and users who earned enough crystals could then 'purchase' items with the shop mod (nothing is physically shipped via mail, it was just a novelty mod for fun) or play games with the arcade mod. There were some glitches with the arcade such as crystals not deducting from the user each time they played a game and wrongful automatic bans that accused the player of cheating. These four modifications remained up for the whole forum's run time.

I had thought about moving The NIMH Lodge to other free forum hosts multiple times, but I didn't want to hassle members to rejoin under a new host and start over again. The first time was in September 2006 shortly after I created the new forums a few months prior under phpbbcity's service, a second time in 2007, and several more in 2009. While searching, I had found Forumotion, the current host, and contemplated about switching over, but I never went through with it. All the while after, I wish I had in the first place.

I do not remember the exact number of posts that were made on the first NIMH Lodge forum, but if I had to guess, I'd say that there were about 2,500+ posts and 28-35 members near the end on September 25, 2010. I'll be sure to post again whenever I can remember more. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:16 am

I didn't know there was a forum host that provided games. Thanks for sharing, Nimhster! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:51 am

It's funny that I had forgotten about the crystal system after all these years. I guess parts of me do miss the old NIMH Lodge, but I suppose all good things have to end at some point. And at least this new one gives us all a fresh start on things. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:03 pm

Neofox wrote:
It's funny that I had forgotten about the crystal system after all these years. I guess parts of me do miss the old NIMH Lodge, but I suppose all good things have to end at some point. And at least this new one gives us all a fresh start on things. Smile

I've enjoyed the old Lodge and the modifications it came with while it lasted. I'm glad to have found this reliable forum host for the new NIMH Lodge, due to the fact that there are more people running the service. I also feel optimistic about starting fresh, though I'm a little concerned that most of the previous members may not have known what was happening to the old forum when phpbbcity closed down without notice. Hopefully they will find their way to this board and we could continue from where we left off. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:09 pm

Nimhster wrote:
Hopefully they will find their way to this board and we could continue from where we left off. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:39 pm

Just a question: Did the Old NIMH Lodge have any special NIMH-Themed skins?

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:10 pm

The old NIMH Lodge did not have a NIMH-related forum skin, but I do believe I was working on one shortly before it shut down. Phpbbcity had uploaded more than 200 phpbb forum skins on their hosting service and the old NIMH Lodge only used two different skins; SubSilver (Which is currently in use on this board now.) and subBlack, which is a darker alternative to SubSilver. Sometime between late 2008 to early 2009, phpbbcity had removed all of their uploaded forum skins except for the default SubSilver template.

I do plan on making a few NIMH-themed forum skins for this board, but they're on the low priority list for now. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: The Old NIMH Lodge   Thu Jan 10, 2013 8:16 am

Gotcha. Looking forward to those skins! Very Happy (Not to put any added pressure on you, of course...)

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