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What's the purpose of this forum?
This forum is the direct descendant of the original Illuminati BBS, which we started in 1985. It's a lot slicker than that original one-line asynchronous BBS, but the purpose is the same: two-way communication with the people who play the games. We want to tell you what we're doing, and we want to find out what you think about it.

What are the rules of this forum?
When you signed up, you agreed to these rules.

The short version is . . . be excellent to one another, and try to be interesting, too.
  • When you post to a thread, please be on topic. (If it's a COMPLETELY random observation, take it to the General Chatter forum.) And when you start a new thread, put it in the appropriate forum.
  • Please be courteous to others. Most of the people who we've ejected from our online community over the years have been thrown out for gross rudeness.
  • Please don't use these forums for anything illegal, especially distribution or promotion of pirated material. The REST of the people we've thrown out of our forums were booted for piracy.
  • Please respect the moderators' and administrators' decisions about what is appropriate.

Who are the administrators and moderators?

Some are SJ Games employees; some are volunteers; some are aliens from the moons of the fourth planet of Regulus.

The administrators are the people who keep the forum running. Bugs should be reported to, and the administrators will deal with them. Comments and suggestions should go into the "Forum Feedback" forum.

Many forums have specific moderators; you should be able to see who the moderator is by looking at the forum. If no moderator is named, the moderation functions are being exercised by whichever staff members are reading the forum today . . .

Please respect the moderators and their decisions. Their job is to keep discussions flowing smoothly and courteously. To do so, they may ask you to move discussions to a different area, or even to close off a subject that they feel has been beaten to death. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

How can I get help using the forum software?
It sure would be nice if there was a HELP file for vBulletin. There's not.

To start off with, read these FAQs. They provide some basic answers.

Next, experiment. We don't think you can break anything. Leaving your cursor over a link or button will usually get you a little help box that may or not be useful. Feel free to leave test posts, but (a) do it in "General Chatter," and (b) DELETE your tests when you're done.

If all else fails, post your question in the "Feedback and Help" forum.

What IS this software?
We're using vBulletin, one of the more widespread forum packages. It was a coin flip between this and phpBB.

The logical next question is "How do you like it?" We'll let you know later. Right now, we can say that vBulletin has about 20 times as many icons as it needs, and a lot of them are really ugly, so we're deciding which ones to replace and which ones to do without.

The graphics and icons are courtesy of the talented and illuminated Kira, who also designed the SJ Games home page.

Can I get official answers to game questions here?
Don't assume that everything you see here is official. If you post a question, there is likely to be some discussion from other users, and if it's a hard question from staff. We will make every effort to explicitly say "This is an official answer" when it is.

What does "fnord" mean?
Sorry, you're not cleared for that.

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