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Happy 5th Anniversary!March 22, 2013
Friends,

5 years ago, I was a 14-year old boy who had a dream of running a server that people could play on and enjoy. I wanted to be able to share things with players that I had made, and see them enjoy it. When I embarked on that journey, I never had the foresight to see my life for the next 5 years. I would have never known how many amazing connections, friends, and moments I have lived, experienced and shared over these years. I have made many contacts, traveled and met some of you, and continue to share a friendship with many of you.

Thank you. The past 5 years have been long, interesting, stressful, and amazing. I never thought I would find myself in a role creating what I have today. Smolderforge is something I am so proud of, and cherish very dearly. My friends, family, and acquaintances who are aware of what I do are fascinated and amazed -- as am I still. Somedays I will be making breakfast, stop, and suddenly think to myself, "Wait... I run a WoW server that thousands of people play on weekly... for over a quarter of my life." --- it's a lot to realize, and a lot of time to believe has passed.

I don't believe when I started I expected to continue to be running Smolderforge today; yet, here we are celebrating a milestone anniversary. FIVE YEARS. Thank you to everyone who has been with us all these years, new, old: you're all a part of this celebration. You have changed my life forever. Your interest in Smolderforge helped shape my future, given me an interest to pursue a software development career, interesting university application essays, stories, and much more. The amount of things I have learned is enormous; Smolderforge was educating to me, and I have obtained so many useful skills and knowledge from trial and error learning throughout all these years.

Thank you for the opportunity to share something special with you. Happy 5 years, everyone.
Donor preservation implementedJanuary 18, 2013
Throughout the (almost) 5 years of us being a live server, we have had hundreds of thousands come and go over time. Resulting in, nearing 1.5 million character creations in that time. Because this amount of data is enormous, and has a negative impact on server performance, we have always performed "prunes" where we delete accounts and its characters that have been inactive from our servers for 10 months. This helps clean out banned accounts that were denied appeals, as well as old players never returning.

However, we would receive emails occasionally stating they were returning to Smolderforge from a long leave and inquiring as to where their account had gone. Disheartened to find out their characters were forever lost, and their donations unable to be retrieved.

Because of this, we have implemented a donor preservation system. Any new Season 4 package donor since January 15th is now automatically flagged for preservation via their account. Older donors (the majority) will need to manually flag their accounts via in-game NPC. If you are a Season 4 donor, please take a visit to the donor mall and speak to the Preservation Crystal. Opt-in to preserve your account, and you are good to go! Your information will be protected from prunes.

We hope this will reduce the amount of upset players who have returned after such long leaves. We do our best to make our players happy, and knowing we can keep their characters waiting for them when they return is another happiness we hope to keep.