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Hello Web Traveler! WeLCOmE To ThE FoRuM!

You've had the good fortune of reaching the MelonLand Forum :grin:

This is a community for people interested in low tech & homebrew virtual worlds and websites. These include 3D games, virtual pets, multiplayer worlds, 2D games, text adventures, audio adventures, point and click websites and any other kind of digital space where the focus is on exploration, storytelling or adventure.

Have a read of "What is the Web Revival" to learn more about the philosophies we enjoy!

Why though?
In general the world today just seems boring; the web is overly corporate and profit focused, games companies just keep remaking the same games. There was something magical about early digital toys, tamagotchi and neopets and weird interfaces like Microsoft Bob. They were imperfect but that's what gave them character.

So often people feel stuck in moulds of how things should look or be done. I'd like this forum to be an act of defiance, to be a place that people can gather and do things differently, not because its bettor or worse, but just because they can be.

Rules, Etiquette and Guidelines
I feel quite strongly that world making and forum chatting should be a safe and fun hobby

The full MelonLand Guidelines/Rules are now hosted on the wiki here: https://wiki.melonland.net/guidelines please read them!

Melon's micro pledge - "Everyone who joins will get a personal welcome note; this forum will always be about friendly small community on a human scale."

There are also a few forum specific rules:
  • Please keep the forum casual but on-point and sort things into the appropriate sections.
  • Please don't post memes, in-jokes or use acronyms, particularly if it requires context/external knowledge to understand.
  • Please remember a forum is not a chatroom, posts should be a full sentence or more, avoid short posts!

This is an independent community, so we don't preemptively accuse or ban people based on external sources; we will try and judge situations fairly on a case by case basis!

If you feel someone is behaving badly on the forum or are unhappy with a situation, please PM/DM me or e-mail webmaster@melonking.net right away!

What should I do now!!??
If you want to see some virtual worlds, visit the showcase or click one of the world portals at the top of the page!
When you are ready to try making worlds head over to one of the tutorial sections for help and guides!

There are also sections for more social discussion of games, art, music, the wider internet and webdesign in general, feel free to post your work and be sure to leave some nice replies on other peoples work!

AND if you are new to web forums, you may want to take a look at this short guide.
Finally you can introduce yourself and read about other members here!

I also send out a newsletter once a month with cool links, melonland updates and some of my favorate forum threads, if you like you can subscribe to it here!
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