Herein shall lie the chronicles of Exilian...GESTA EXILIANORON (TIMELINE/ANNALS)
Mar 18: Exilian Founded. Pentagathus is M&B Admin, Jubal Head Admin, Marcus Tech Admin. First WBU begins.
Mar 30: Citizenship Established
Apr 07: Southern Realms mini-beta released
May 24: Private Clark ratified as Global Moderator
Jun 03: SOTK becomes first elected admin
Jul 19: Dripping D becomes a global moderator.
Aug 31: First Exilian Games begin with TWC, Exilian, and TW Heaven teams
Sep 27: Private Clark becomes M&B admin. Pentagathus retains admin powers.
Oct 4: First draft of constitution created
Oct 11: Stormcloud beats CN2 7-3 to become a Magister Militae (Global Mod)
Oct 13: Pentagathus abuses his power to turn Exilian into Wibulnubniblia, banning Marcus temporarily and adding pornographic links to the site, and is removed, given the position of King of the Wibulnibs for posterity instead.
Oct 17: First Exilian Games ends with Exilian coming joint second (with TW Heaven) and TWC first.
Oct 27: Constitution ratified
Nov 15: Another abuse of remaining powers by Pentagathus. Powers removed again. Andalus beats DD 6-5 to take moderator post.
Dec 2: exilian.100mb.com site launched
Dec 20: Stormcloud becomes elected admin, beating Dripping D 6-4
Jan 12: Dripping D returns to a moderator post, beating SOTK in the by-election 6-3
Jan 18: Warhammer TW Beta release
Jan 20: First WBU Ends, Jubal with 1000th post. WBU 2 starts.
Mar 30: Andalus re-elected as moderator with 7 votes, CN2 and Goldyrulz gain 2 apiece
Apr 18: Private Clark falls to a Vote of No Confidence
Apr 30: Darkstar becomes M&B Admin, Persian Invasion beta release
Jun 21: First full election season begins.
Jul 6: Election ends. DD & BoyNinja are moderators, Stormcloud is re-elected as admin
Sept 6: Europe 1080 released
Sep 11: Comrade_General becomes RTW admin
Oct 15: BoyNinja becomes M&B admin
Dec 28: First Amendment to the constitution is ratified.
Jan 24: Unchallenged election: Dimos is admin, Silver Wolf and DD are moderators
Feb 12: Final Southern Realms release
Jun 28 - July 4: Election, Dimos is unseated as admin by Silver Wolf, DD and LordRyan are moderators
Jul 6: "New Deal" passed allowing subforums and additions to the site as requested by members
Oct 31: Persian Invasion patch released
Nov 8: BoyNinja resigns as M&B admin
Dec 2: Warhammer TW campaign release
Jan 15: Narnia TW mini-beta release
Jan 22: Phoenixguard ratified replacing BoyNinja as M&B admin. Discussion Collonade created
Jan 25: Election: Silver Wolf is re-elected as admin, Dripping D and IFMN are moderators
Feb 1: Second Amendment ratified, tribunes created
Feb 16: Silver Wolf resigns as admin
Feb 19: Debux and Calisthenis elected as first tribunes
Mar 13: By-Election, Son of the King returns to adminhood
Mar 20: JuBot released for the first time
Apr 15: Debux gets 1000th post of WBU 2. WBU 3 begins.
Apr 28-May 05: Forum conversion and move to exilian.co.uk
May 09: Triumph system established
Jun 08: First political party, Vive Exilian, founded by DD
Jun 12-25: Election; SOTK returned as Sebastokrator, DD and Nightangel as Spatharioi, Debux and Goldy as Tribounoi
Jul 30: Total War - Orcs and Humans released
Aug 20: Histories Begun
Dec 5: Malware attack begins; issue publicly announced.
Dec 8: Third Amendment passed, creating Basileus position
Dec 10: Forums for Internet Freedoms party (FIF) formed
Dec 15: Exilian Control and Heuristic Operations party (ECHO) formed.
Dec 23: User-end malware problem ends, main site taken down. Forum returns and is upgraded to SMF 2.0.
Dec 28: Elections belatedly begin
Jan 5: Election results released. Jubal wins newly formed Basileus post for FIF, DD and NA are moderators (FIF and Independent respectively), SOTK wins a second term as Sebastokrator for FIF, and Ladyhawk and Death Nade become Tribunes (both as ECHO representatives).
Jan 14: Andalus given first official Exilian triumph, mostly for services to the poetry section.
Jan 16: Jubal gets 1000th post of WBUIII, WBU IV started.
Feb 27: Exilian website returns
Mar 02: Persian Invasion complete edition released
Mar 23: Marcus retires as site owner and Technikos
Mar 27: Adventures of Soros release
Apr 02: Narnia Total War release
Apr 06: Warhammer Total War release
Apr 12: Son of the King ratified as new Technikos
May 14: The Khan becomes new Sebastokrator in an uncontested by-election
Jun 02: Jubal and Comrade_General given triumphs
Jun 22: Election results: Comrade_General becomes Basileus (ECHO), Dripping D becomes Sebastokrator (FIF), Nightangel and Othko97 are Spatharioi and Death Nade and Ladyhawk are Tribounoi. Jubal is elected as Chartophylax of the new academy project. Independents win the election overall with 34% of the vote, FIF just behind on 33% and ECHO on 26%. Turnout was 14/15 citizens.
Aug 12: Admin reorganisation. M&B position changed to Community & Clerisy, RTW changed to Modding & Gaming
Aug 17: Academy officially opens, Son Of The King given triumph
Aug 27: Exilian Atheniad announced
Sep 10: Atheniad begins
Sep 24: By-election as Death Nade fails a vote of no confidence as Tribounos as a result of inactivity. The Khan becomes Tribounos.
Oct 11: comrade_general gets last post of WBU IV, WBU V started
Nov 11: Atheniad final results, narrow win for Exilian over TWC though most contested events between the two go to TWC.
Dec 26: Election results: Dimos (Independent) becomes new Basileus, Dripping D returned as Sebastokrator, Othko97 and Hobbit of Exilian are Spatharioi, the Tribounos election is to be re-run. FIF increase vote share to 45% with a much higher abstention rate of 26%, with ECHO's vote down to 17% and the independent vote down to just 11%. Turnout 10 citizens.
Jan 02: Exilian Democratic Union (EDU) founded by Dimos
Mar 02: WHTW A Call To Arms version announced
Mar 18: Exilian's fifth birthday
Mar 31: Breaking of Patronage bill passed, allows citizens to leave families
Apr 05: Citizen Admission and Patronage Reform bill passed, allows members to apply for citizenship with or without a patron and with or without being apporached first.
Apr 08: Exilian gains public Facebook page
May 03: A Game of Colleges mod released
May 28: Formal resignation of Phoenixguard as Heteriarch
Jun 15: Election results: Jubal returns as Basileus, DD as Sebastokrator, Rob and Othko97 as Spatharioi and Scarlet and Pentagathus as Tribounoi. First return to staff of Pentagathus since 2008. FIF soars to over 60% of the vote, with weak performances by the newly founded EDU and ECHO. ECHO effectively disbands.
Jul 01: Domain name crisis, Exilian's domain name is not renewed as it is tied to an account owned by Marcus. Site only accessible via backup domain name.
Jul 03: Board reorganisation bill passed.
Jul 05: Fifth Amendment to the constitution passed.
Jul 06: Marcus renews domain name, site returns.
Aug 10: Mother of Dragons becomes new Heteriarch.
Sep 15: Return of Atlantis released
Sep 23: New roles for junior staff announced
Sep 28: Warhammer TW - A Call To Arms released
Sep 30: Exilian Twitter started
Nov 16: Rome Total Realism joins Exilian (for about 6 months)
Dec 10: Non-binary gender option added to profile fields
Jan 12: Election results. CG (independent) Basileus, DD (FIF) Sebastokrator, The Khan (Ind) & Othko97 (FIF) Spatharioi, Scarlet (FIF) & Pentagathus (Ind) Tribounoi
Jan 31: WBU V ends, WBU VI begins
Mar 18: Battle for Antares IV mod released
Apr 09: New Adventures of Soros beta
May 25: Delta Games becomes first commercial affiliate of Exilian
Jun 30: IDE party founded
Jul 01: Exilian Choose Your Own Adventure project begins
Jul 09: Election results. The Khan (IDE) Basileus, DD (FIF) Sebastokrator, Pentagathus (Ind) & Othko97 (FIF) Spatharioi, Tom (IDE) & Armadillo (Ind) Tribounoi
Jul 13: No1 Croat Fan wins football World Cup sweepstake
Jul 17: Hetairos rules released
Jul 19: Pentagathus Party founded
Jul 26: First Exilian Convention in Cambridge, UK
Sep 01: Senet House & Secret Garden Fora open
Oct 13: Sixth Amendment to the constitution passed
Oct 16: Guns, Swords, and Steam sub-site opens, ForgeFyre ch. 1 starts.
Nov 07: Glaurung announced as Sakellarios
Jan 06: Lizard succeeds Jubal as Chartophylax
Jan 12: Election results. Solid overall win for FIF with over half the vote (53%). SOTK (FIF) is Basileus, The Khan (IDE) Sebastokrator, Armadillo (FIF) and Dripping D (FIF) Spatharioi, Pentagathus (PP) and Tom (IDE) Tribounoi.
Jan 26: Artisans' Gallery (Craft forum) opens
Feb 07: Sam Gamgee wins site contest for favourite Tolkien character
Apr 29: Exilian picks up several successes in TWC 2013 modding awards
Jun 17: Large changes to forum index, shortening and simplifying it, take effect.
Jul 05: Election results. Narrow overall win for FIF, on 38% with high abstention rate. Comrade_General (FIF) is Basileus, Othko97 (FIF) is Sebastokrator, Colossus (Independent) is Spatharios, Pentagathus (PP) and no1 croat fan (Independent) are Tribounoi. One Spatharios post remains unfilled.
Jul 11: ExiliCon 2015 takes place, far larger than the 2014 con with a full day of talks and numerous traders, gaming tables, etc.
Jul 22: Utherwald Press becomes second Exilian affiliate
Aug 10: Ars Tali joins Exilian as affiliate
Aug 15: ForgeFyre Chap. 2 starts being released.
Aug 25: Creative Hub opens
Sep 23: WHTW patch release
Nov 20: Exilian moves to WYSIWYG as standard post editor/writer
Nov 30: LIFE Demo release
Jan 03: Middle-Earth General Election megagame finishes, results announced
Jan 17: Election results. FIF clear winners on 43%, IDE, PP, and Ind on 13% each. SaidaiSloth (FIF) is Basileus, Othko97 (FIF) still Sebastokrator, Gmd (IDE) is Spatharios, Pentagathus (PP) and no1 croat fan (Independent) are re-elected as Tribounoi. One Spath position vacant.
Jan 21: Caucasian Prosopography Project Alpha Release
Feb 07: Exilian hits 100,000 posts according to site post counter
Feb 14: First Cyril & Methodius day charity campaign raises £85 for Room to Read
Feb 18: Fox Box officially becomes affiliateREFERENCE SECTION/ SPECIFIC INFORMATION
THE HISTORY ACCORDING TO MARCUS
Posting stats on old site (up to May 2011):
List of all staff to date - now in a separate thread
. The old list below is out of date.
Comrade_General (RTW Despotes Sep 2009 - Aug 2012, Modding & Gaming Despotes Aug 2012-Present, Basileus Jun-Dec 2012)
Darkstar707 (M&B Admin April-October 2009)
DeepComet (M&B Heteriarch Oct 2009 - Jan 2011)
Dimos (Sebastokrator Jan 2010 - Jun 2010, Basileus Dec 2012 - Present)
Dripping D (Sebastokrator June 2012 - Present)
Jubal (Megadux March 2008-Present, Basileus (split from Megadux role) Jan-June 2012)
Marcus (Technikos March 2008-March 2012)
Pentagathus (M&B Admin March-Oct 2008)
Private Clark (M&B Admin Sep 27 2008 - April 2009)
Phoenixguard (M&B Heteriarch Jan 2011 - Aug 2012, Community & Clerisy Heteriarch Aug 2012 - Present)
Son Of The King (Sebastokrator June - Dec 08, March 2011- March 2012 Technikos April 2012 - Present)
Silver Wolf (Sebastokrator Jun 2010 - Feb 2011)
Stormcloud (Sebastokrator Dec 2008 - Jan 2010)
The Khan (Sebastokrator March - June 2012)
Andalus (Mar-Jul 2009)
DeepComet (Jul - Oct 2009)
Dripping D (Jul 19 2008 - Jun 2012)
Hobbit of Exilian (Dec 2012 - Present)
I Forgot My Name (Jan - Jun 2011)
LordRyan (Jul 2010 - Jan 2011)
Nightangel (Jun 2011 - Dec 2012)
Othko97 (Jun 2012 - Present)
Private Clark (May 24 - Sep 27 2008)
Silver Wolf (Jan - Jun 2010)
Calisthenis of Green Day (Feb - Jun 2011)
Death Nade (Jan - Sep 2012)
Debux (Feb 2011 - Jan 2012)
Goldyrulz (Jun 2011 - Jan 2012)
Ladyhawk (Jan 2012 - Present)
The Khan (Sep 2012 - Present)
When I started getting into modding RTW, one of the things I liked doing was downloading and augmenting small mods to the existing game. mostly it was reskins and new units, which steadily built up a version of RTW for me. I had looked at the mega mods like EB, RTR etc. and although they offered some good things, I didn't want everything they had to offer, so I mainly stuck with my hybrid RTW. As I got deeper into modding, I thought it would be a good idea to start a site for people to present mods and collaborate to combine them into their preferred combinations. In retrospect, it was a pretty dead end idea, and Mixed Mods became a small modding site, which expanded into Mount&Blade modding.
How did I set up my own site? Well, at the time, I didn't really have much of my own money, and I'm not even sure I had a bank account at the time. At HeavenGames, I met a person called Vampiric, among other names, and started talking and hanging out with him. He had his own server space and when he learned of my idea to build a mod site, he happily gave me the space to do that, and even set up the forum for me. He then stayed around as technician, while me and Jubal tottered around the world of forum running like toddlers. Vamp also helped me to build a site to accompany Mixed Mods, and it was really there that I learnt about making websites proper. Then all of a sudden, the hosting went down and Vamp was no where to be seen. Either he moved on, or something happened in real life, I don't know. At that point I lost interest and let MM sink, while focusing on real life etc.
A few months later Jubal contacted me, telling me he had restarted the site and renamed it Exilian, and even had some of the old guard with him. It was really due to his enthusiasm that I rejoined and took a staffing and technical role at Exilian. I got more and more into it, taking the staffing quite seriously, as I remember, and I'm sure Jubal had to rein me in from banning somebody on the grounds that if I did, we'd have no visitors. I dabbled in modding RTW and M&B for a while, but never really got deeply into it, so left those departments to Jubal and CG, focusing myself on the technical side of maintaining the forum and the associated site I had built with it. At this point I had my own hosting space, so had my own playground to play in, and had various little projects I was working on, none of which I finished. I guess I'm just that kind of guy. Exilian however was more serious, as it had other people using it, contributing and appreciating the work I did. In time, the limitations of Invisionfree/Zetaboards got too restrictive for me, so I set about preparing the forum to move to a forum on my own hosting. Unfortunately, there are no official tools that can transfer Zetaboards data to SMF, so I found a third party tool that would download all the information to my computer in database format, at which point I could re upload it to SMF. Accounts, threads, forums and posts would all be preserved, not bad considering the major lack of compatibility between platforms. Seems the middle man has some use after all. Unfortunately I had missed the fact that we had several private passworded forums, which the software couldn't access data from for obvious reasons, so merely skipped them. Not too much of a problem as those forums could have their stuff transferred manually, even if it was a bit tedious. The changing of the forums for me was an interesting time, a test, if you will, of whether I could actually do it without major cock ups, and as things settled down, it seemed I could.
However, not long after, I was losing interest again, as my real life activities changed and I lost interest in web development and technical computing in general. I also saw that my hosting was leeching from my bank account, and although the money going out was small, if I had little interest in maintaining Exilian, what point was there in me paying for it? It was at that point that I decided to resign, and hand over technical duties, ownership and thus payment, to Exilian.
The nice thing with this particular case is that, although it has all the hallmarks of me having a lack of commitment and easily losing interest, I felt good about what I had done, as Exilian had taken on a life of its own and could survive and thrive quite happily without my inattentive stewardship. Now you've probably been reading this and thinking, 'what, we were nothing more than an idle experiment?!?' and probably thinking of me as a pretty armadilloty person. But as I have said, it's not the case here. To me, this is not something I have abandoned and left to die, but something I have worked on for years, and now wish to move on from. I love this place, the people here, the hijinks, and the mods and other content, and wish it to continue. But I also knew it couldn't really go anywhere fast with an inattentive site owner who didn't want to continue and pay the bills, so I stood aside to let others with more enthusiasm fill the void, and here it is, still going strong.
Despite all I've said, I love this place, and enjoy coming back once in a while to see how the place is doing, and it's doing fine. This is mainly due to Jubal doing most of the work, even when I was on board, and pressing forward to build the community, which has shown results. Bravo, Jubal, and bravo to all the staff here that keep the place running day by day, you're great!