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The Clan Yearbook 2011!

One advantage of Michelle not being on the Internet is we can openly talk about gifts we’re getting ready for her! This year, The Clan is putting together a yearbook to mark the end of 2011. Michelle’s new series, Gods and Warriors, will be published next autumn and we can’t wait for it.

The book’s going to be a handmade, hand-bound one of a kind piece of Clanner art. It will be completely original, and given to Michelle in the new year.

If you’d like to be involved in The Clan Yearbook 2011, please read the post in the Announcements forum, which explains how you can contribute.

November’s Clashing Clans Leaderboard

A slightly later Leaderboard than usual — but only by a few hours. The Far North has overtaken the Deep Forest in the Leaderboard, with both breaching the 1000 Nanuaks milestone!

This next month could determine who wins the grand prize. The Clanner who earns the most Nanuaks will be declared the winner at the next Leaderboard tally, which will be calculated on 2 January 2012. gryffindorhg is ahead at the moment, but with a concerted effort, there are many Clanners who could catch up!

MidnightSWolf’s Advent Calendar Story!

Guardian MidnightSWolf has kicked off a special collaborative writing project on The Clan — the Advent Calendar Story. Every day this month, MidnightSWolf will be awarding Nanuaks to a Clanner who’s written the best next lines, and the story will grow into something silly and fun, and maybe even amazing!

The first line of the story is:

Wolf shook the snow off his nose miserably while Renn tied antler horns to his head, humming cheerfully.

Head over to The Clan forum now and join in — if you haven’t joined The Clan, what better way to start than with a little storytelling?

October’s Clashing Clans Leaderboard

Well, the spreadsheet has been, er, spread and the latest Clashing Clans Leaderboard has been tallied. The Deep Forest continues to lead, with the Far North, Sea, and Open Forest working hard to catch up. Our top Clanners see a new entry, with AshhsA entering the chart at number five!

Special mention also goes out to the organisers of the brilliant Clan Week, which took place a fortnight ago. Please say a big ‘thank you’ to CJ Watso, GlowingWolfEyes, Mountain Goat, and The Bright Beast.

Clan Week 2011!

The following is a very important message from GlowingWolfEyes:

Did you ever think The Clan couldn’t get any more fun? That it is simply the best site on the entire Internet, and that nothing could ever improve it?

Well.

Believe it or not… You were wrong.

Because for one whole week, from Monday 24th October — Sunday 30th October, The Clan will be transformed… Into a place filled with so much fun, you won’t know what’s hit you!

Awards, games, competitions, prizes, a treasure trail, and a whole lot of laughs… all these await you on…

CLAN WEEK! A week dedicated to celebrating the wonderful place that is: The Clan!

And, to make things even more unusual, it’s being organised by clanners themselves! All the ideas, themes, and games, have been thought up by a small group of clanners, dedicated to giving their friends on the clan an amazing week!

Don’t miss it!

September’s Clashing Clans Leaderboard

Apologies for forgetting to post last month’s Leaderboard on the home page — I can be a bit scatterbrained at times!

The Deep Forest Clan group is still on top with 778.55 Nanuaks, and our top-scoring Clanner this month is gryffindorhg (129.99 Nanuaks).

We’d like to highlight the Clanners who asked Michelle a question (or questions!) at last month’s ClanCast, and they are: CJ Watso, Twilightwolf, aqeelooo, spiritworld, SummerRenn, Red Mist, Mountain Goat, wolfkeeper, AshhsA, Medea, Prettykins, and Youngtailess.

Special mentions also go to YellowWolf for helping to translate Michelle’s site from English to Swedish, and Elemental Bear for being so very helpful in explaining Clashing Clans to a newbie.

With the deadline for the second Virtual Museum extended, you can look out for an announcement of the winners very soon, and some of our more elite Clanners have an exciting activity ready to launch later this month — keep your eyes peeled for that. They’ve been planning for months, and I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what they’ve got in store for everyone on The Clan.

The Wiki image project

The Clan is home to a very special Wiki — the encyclopaedia to the world of Chronicles of Ancient Darkness. Many Clanners have volunteered their time and effort to creating new content for the Wiki, and for that we are forever grateful.

A great wiki has well-researched and -written text, as well as images. We do not have enough of the latter. So we are asking you, Clanners, if you will contribute to the Wiki image project.

Will you help us by adding more images to the Wiki?

Announcing… The September ClanCast!

Have you got any questions for Michelle? Now’s a good time to ask — it’s time for the next ClanCast! All you need to do is send a PM to Andrea with your question, and Michelle will do her best to answer them all.

The recording is scheduled to be made in early September, so please get your questions in to Andrea by close of business on 1st September. For full details, please read the announcement in the forum.

The E-Team

CJ Watso has proposed that there should be a post and/or days registered minimum before a new Clanner can join The E-Team. Do you agree? There is a poll where you can vote on the issue.

The poll closes 14th September.

The Clanimation begins…

With the winner of the Clanimation scriptwriting contest announced, it’s time to get animating!

Please check which team you’re on – the discussion threads for Team A and Team B are both in the Clanner’s Art board.

Clanners in Team A, make sure you send a private message to @wolfbrother if you want to draw a particular character. Remember, Team A will no longer accept concept character artists when slots have filled. So be quick!

July’s Clashing Clans Leaderboard

Armed with only a spreadsheet, we have calculated and updated the Clashing Clans Leaderboard for July 2011. Our current leader is the Deep Forest group of clans, and our top Clanner this month is NixNight, with an impressive 127 Nanuaks!

Special mention must also go to gryffindorhg, a dedicated Clanner who has almost singlehandedly moved the Wiki from its old home to its current location. Clanners, take note — the Guardians and I will award Nanuaks to those we feel have been contributing valuable content to The Clan! This means being welcoming to new Clanners, extending help whenever needed, and generally being a great person to know on The Clan.

With the Clanimation project just beginning (where are your scripts?!) and more competitions planned for the month of August, there are so many more chances to earn Nanuaks and be in the running for the grand prize — get posting!

(Image source: Henryk Kowalewski)

A Special Clan Event – Chat to Michelle’s Publisher

There’s only one more day to get your questions in to Elv Moody, Michelle’s editor for the upcoming series Gods and Warriors. She’ll be answering your questions all day on Friday (UK time), so those with burning questions about the new series, and really want to be the first to know, now’s your chance to find out!

The Clan is back and better than ever!

Hello, and a warm welcome to The Clan! The re-design has been a real journey for everyone, and we’re extremely pleased to be able to tell you about all the wonderful things this latest version of The Clan has to offer.

Firstly, do remember to read Michelle’s latest note to Clanners the world over. She’s been watching the re-design and update and has lots to say about it.

We know many Clanners also had lots of opinions about the new design, and we just wanted to say that we hear you. We’ve all worked hard in getting The Clan where it is today — Clanners, guardians, and administrators — and to thank you for all your patience and dedication, we’re launching The Clan Scavenger Hunt! Images have been hidden around jointheclan.com and we’ve come up with clues to find them. There are great prizes lined up for the the first few who find them all, including — more details are in the forum.

Another new feature of The Clan is the official launch of our currency, the Nanuak. Clanners will have noticed they’ve been earning these little creatures, and we know we’ve been a little tight-lipped about what they are and what Clanners can do with them. We can now reveal all — not only do Nanuaks contribute to deciding who’s been the top Clanner and the top Clan every year, you can also use them in our Shop! There’s lots of detail in the full post All About Nanuaks, but in short: earning lots of Nanuaks could mean a huge prize at the end of the year — if you’re our top-scoring Clanner.

And our final big news with this announcement: Elv Moody (aka Seafalcon), the Editorial Director at Puffin Books, will be visiting The Clan on 22 July, answering questions about Gods and Warriors. We’ve created a thread specially for your questions, so please get posting in time for Elv to answer them all!

Welcome from Michelle

Hello Clanners —

I’m delighted to welcome you to the new-look Clan!

As you know, I don’t have internet access — but I’ve been watching the new site take shape over the past few weeks as and when my travels have brought me into contact with computers. I do hope that you like it as much as I do — and my main reason for liking it is that it still does superbly what it always did, namely to help my readers talk to each other and share their enthusiasm for my books.

It occurs to me that to some of you, any changes to The Clan come as a shock, and I do understand that. It may help to bare in mind what Fin-Kedinn said: “Everything changes, all the time… The thing to remember is that not every change is bad.”

The Clan has had a number of homes over the years, each one bigger and better than the previous one. And of course, each transition has had its early teething troubles, which soon get sorted out. So if something appears to be missing, or isn’t working yet, do let Admin and Andrea know via the Beta Testing and Bug Reports forum.

Speaking of the people behind the scenes — I’d like to publically pay tribute to the Clan Guardians, some of whom have been with us since the year dot. They work hard to ensure that this is a safe and happy place for all Clanners, and it simply wouldn’t be The Clan without them. I’d like to thank you for all your energy, enthusiasm and dedication, especially for your feedback over the past few weeks. You are stars!

You will see a host of new features coming online in the new Clan soon. I won’t steal anybody’s thunder by pre-empting them, but let me just draw your attention to the wonderful new Wiki that’s now up and running. The old wiki contained some valuable information, but the new one is better. Wikis are, of course, open for all Clanners to contribute to — the more you put in to it, the better it will be and the more we’ll all benefit from it. So please do take part and add whatever you can. As it gets bigger, it will become the definitive point of reference for all kinds of information about CoAD — apart from, of course, the books themselves!

In fact, I think I’d better stop now, before I’m tempted to spend even more time here. So for me, it’s back to writing GODS & WARRIORS and for all of you I really hope you enjoy your new home!

Michelle

Posting Issue

Update: You can now post new threads — however, we’ve had to switch off the wiki while we continue to work on these bugs. Thank you so much for your patience thus far!

The new Clan forums are still in beta; at the moment, there is an issue with creating new threads – we’re working on it.  You can, however, still add to existing threads simply by using the quick editor at the bottom of the page.  Apologies to everyone for this, please be patient!

A poem

Here’s a wonderful poem from CJ Watso:

Goodbye,
You who hold a handful of memories.
You who we gave our hearts.

The Clan,
‘torak dot info’.
We will remember you with fondness.

The compassion the Guardians,
So willingly gave,
The updates and sleek black feel.

We will all miss you,
You will remain in our hearts,
Remembered and loved.

We will think of you,
Every time we click reply,
Every quote we make.

One day,
A new generation of Clanners,
Will look up to us all.

They will ask of you,
Ask what you were like,
We will list your beautiful features.

Then we will smile to ourselves,
And think about the fuss we made leaving you,
When really,
You’re still with us,
In our hearts.

Welcome to the new Clan – jointheclan.com

Work is still going on behind the scenes and it’s fairly non-stop, but we’d like to take the time to welcome Clanners to the new-look website for The Clan. Here is a list of major changes:

  • The URL is now jointheclan.com!
  • The homepage is different.
  • We have launched two new features, a book recommendations section and our very own Virtual Museum, which has a huge number of entries!

Here’s what hasn’t changed:

  • Your login name, password, and settings are still the same.
  • The threads have been preserved as completely as possible, apart from a few days between databases. It is entirely possible to copy and paste your posts from torak.info to jointheclan.com.

We know there are still some problems to be ironed out, so please do post problems that you find in the Beta testing forum. Do check that someone else hasn’t already posted a thread with the same issue.

In the meantime, please do continue to be patient with us as we work through the teething problems of implementing this new design on the website and forum. We hope to see you posting here on jointheclan.com.

The Clan – rebooted

There’s been lots of talk about, and we can confirm that there will be a new-look version of The Clan ready to launch very soon. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out a brand new look and feel for The Clan.

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes, and we’re really looking forward to launching this new design. We hope you’ll like it, especially with the new features, including the ‘opening’ of the Virtual Museum and the new Clan system!