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Happy Birthday, New XL Nation!

Discussion in 'Website Information and News' started by kipate, Aug 20, 2015.

  1. kipate

    kipate Governor

    Aug 23, 2014
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    So, my Dear Fellows, it's now been officially one year since the first data
    of the Old Site was transferred to the New XL Nation, hosted by XenFORO.

    Many important events happened within that year, and I would want to sum them up
    and analyse them in rather humorous way for you. I would also want to thank several people
    here. I first thought that it was the best to create two distinct parts of the speech,
    one to thank the people, one to review the events. But after a while,
    I changed my mind and created the following speech:
    There are 3 Parts, but at the end, there will be cake!

    So, in the late summer of 2014, the veterans of the old site noticed some
    malfunctions for the first time. City Journals that could not be updated,
    the site itself being unaccessible more and more frequently, and so on...

    Apparently, the founder and only administrator of the old site, Hyperwolf,
    hadn't really updated and cleaned the site for months.
    Based on the mantra of Madame de Pompadour, "après moi, le déluge",
    Hyperwolf seemingly had left the site without telling anyone.
    This of course let to some severe problems.
    The guy that back then hosted the site's data on his own company's servers,
    today's administrator of the new site, IcyHot, also told us that there was nothing
    he could do about getting rid of the malfunctions, as he did not have any administration
    rights back then.

    It was back when @Monty finally decided to write a first message to several
    other people of the site to transfer the data to a new site.
    It was finally made up that IcyHot would administrate a new site.

    Here, first and foremost, and on behalf of the community, I would like thank @IcyHot , our community's administrator:
    he did not hesitate to offer the storing of old XLN's data on his own
    company's servers when there was the need for more memory space,
    and almost directly agreed when he was asked even increase the amount
    of responsibility and administrate the new site!
    He's also steadily updated and improved the new site, which has led to New XL Nation
    offering a rather independent network for fans of architecture and city building;
    you can upload screenshots directly from your computer, you can write messages to others,
    have the possibility to chat with them, and so on...
    So without further ado, thank you, IcyHot, for all your effort when it came to migrating,
    and for all the passion you put into maintaining the site. There is unfortunaly not much
    more I could do, except for loudly intonating a "HEAR HEAR"!!!

    Now, the new site was brought up, and it needed to be filled with input,
    also known as mods and any other kind of resources and threads
    (except for some stupid threads as the Counting Thread :rolleyes:).
    But, well, apparently, we needed a little push by IcyHot to really start migrating
    such resources and threads to the new site...

    More and more old content entered the site, but after some days then, Monty
    finally came up with the first new mod for the new site, the Plaza de España Fountain.
    Also, @Jan303 released the first new City Journal, the City of Kalman.

    Finally, migration was done within the next days, and the new site could be really opened
    for the public; it was announced on the old site, and within the next weeks,
    more and more people joined the New XL Nation.
    I hereby would like to thank all the people who helped migrating the content of the
    old site to the new site, especially I would like to thank @Peter912 , @Pamascus27 ,
    and @veija2 . Whilst all the boys were still complaining about how annoying migrating the content was, veija2 had already transfered a hundred mods from the old site.
    Peter912 and Pamascus27 later also came up with transfering more data.

    IcyHot released some upgrades and changes about twice a week back then,
    and with lesser frequency some weeks later, and moderators emceed the site,
    answered questions and mediated conflicts and arguments, in case that had become
    truly necessary. Here, I would like to thank @The Funky Monk , @Alex24 ,
    @snick , @Dreian , and also @KR153 (who had been serving as a moderator
    for several months) for taking their jobs their jobs very serious, and also
    for all their precious advice!!!

    A little later, the Mod of the Month Competition had finally been reintroduced,
    which all in all has lead to the winning modders having gained a lots of groupies,
    willing to do anything for mods^^
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    At the end of October last year, the community was surprised by @facaden 's
    beautiful City Journal of Malbourne.
    It quickly became the the best of all journals, and could defend this position
    for several months!!!

    The leaves had fallen down, and the first Big City Building Challenge was set up:
    The Bootleg River City Building Contest!
    People from all around the world start building on that map to win within one of the
    14 categories, even people one never had heard of before!
    One could see brilliant city concepts, of course, but the most astonishing characteristic
    during that challenge was that people supported each other wherever help was needed,
    and even made suggestions to improve a given part within another player's city.
    Albeit myself not having participated on that challenge, I wanted to thank you guys for that
    incredible experience, and apparently, seeing the current challenge, this has been a lasting

    With the Bootleg River Challenge still going on, Christmas came close, and all the common members as always hoped for some presents by the modding community, and our prayers
    were fulfilled:
    @The Funky Monk made a whole pack of maps, and even @skullz613 and @nicko2u created little gifts for the community!

    Of course, shortly afterwards, the year 2015 AC started, and @Monty and @Mr.X² sent some
    more presents :D
    On a site note, I still believe that Mr.X² was having a lonely New Year's Eve :D

    IcyHot finally decided to move XL Nation to another domain by the beginning of July, 2015. This was reasoned by the fact that the old domain, xlnation.net, was registered only until the end of June, 2015, and IcyHot would have needed the "O.K." by Hyperwolf to either re-register the old domain for another five years or give IcyHot the full control over the old domain.

    Also, thanks to all the people who donated money to keep XL Nation running!
    It was a bit astonishing that the money goal was reached within just some weeks!

    On the 15th of January 2015, @chenchuan published his City Journal of Los Angeles,
    and again, people were rubbing their eyes out of disbelief about the excellent quality
    of that city. It right now is on a par with facaden's CJ of Malbourne.

    January 2015 had ended, and by the beginning of February, we were all surprised by the
    comeback of @aitortilla01 , who came with a fantastic addition to his classic of the
    German Pack Mod: The Generic Pack I became the highest rated mod within no time,
    breaking several records, e.g being the first mod with more than 60 5-stars ratings...
    It was as if the whole community fainted out of joy over his comeback :D

    On a serious note, I would like to thank all the modders and map makers!!!
    Your fantastic high quality artworks are of course the main reason for the activity of XL Nation.
    And of course, it is not only aitortilla01 or Monty or someone else whose mods are the reason for the people starting to cry out of delight.
    There are many other modders that have often shown their quality. Despite I initially did not want to call any special names, there are two modders I can't refuse to name, and the first is
    @Altiris :
    Thank you, Sir, for all your incredible work regarding the User Interface Mod as well as
    the Community Mod! And all this of course despite the unwillingness of Focus Home Interactive to give you just the slightest advice or even help on your project!
    You ROCK!!!

    The second one to thank was the meanwhile inactive member @pitty .
    He had developed the Realistic Highway Mod (RHM), which probably was the greatest success
    for CitiesXL a while back. Though he himself has not yet been to the New XLN,
    many other modders have refined and enhanced his initial mod, e.g. alvinheriadi
    or Mr.X².

    In February, two other important events took place: First, we could vote for our favourite cities regarding the Bootleg River Challenge.
    Second, Cities XXL was released.
    Well, about the latter...
    Yeah, I don't really think that I need to analyse this any further, all I can say is that
    this new game is indeed heavily polarising, with more people tending to have
    a rather negative opinion of this game...

    February was in any case one of the months with the highest amount of comments so far,
    especially with reviews on XXL.

    March came up, and the Bootleg River Challenge Winners were announced,
    Once again, congratulations to chenchuan, @FussionM , and @ovarz , your cities
    were really top notch!!!
    The other important event was the release of Cities:Skylines!
    This game hit in like a bomb, and eventually renewed the whole genre of city building games
    (yeah, you are playing a game when you enter XXL, it is not real life...).
    It also lead to a downfall of activity here, one has to acknowledge that.
    Here again, I don't really want to further analyse the game, I guess people tend
    to have a rather positive opinion of that game, although it has some weaknesses,
    e.g. the cartoonish look of the buildings...

    The following two months went over without a lot of activity on the forums.
    It seemed as if people were all busy playing Skylines, and even more top quality mods
    by aitortilla01, Mr.X² or others could not really change that.

    At the end of May, the activity slightly started growing again. Some people came back
    from playing Skylines, and IcyHot started the Gonaives City Building Contest!
    Of course, with the start of the summer holidays, activity slowed down a bit,
    as it had been usual even on the old site. In the last weeks and still ongoing,
    the Gonaives Challenge has been the most commented topic, and now we are here:

    Of course, Cities:Skylines will stay popular, and will have more active players than XXL.
    But here I would like to quote one of the loudest supporters of Skylines, a guy from Finland
    who is famous for his code changing mods that sometimes work, sometimes don't:
    He told me in the Shoutbox (and the moderators can look it up) that he indeed was a bit disappointed in Skylines, it did not really match his expectations, some mods did not work as wished, and that he is planning to go back to XXL.
    Yeah, Skylines is still under refinement, and it will evolve even further.
    Hence, regarding XL Nation itself, we should also be grateful that CSL modders like
    @vipklerri share their work here. And we should maybe more actively invite CSL players
    and especially modders to move first to XLN, before having to face the "jungle" of the
    Steam Workshop, where every second mod is just a further interchange^^
    XLN has many professional modders, and seeing the success of e.g. @KR153 ,
    @Ole , @pauliaxz , and @Alex24 within the Skylines Community, our site could
    probably also be seen as a place for scholarly exchange (which it already is,
    at least for XXL).

    Anyways, today we are celebrating, so Cheers to you all, have fun, and enjoy the mods
    that our modders have released or will be releasing today!!!

    Thanks also to all the silent vagabonds that only download mods; I have no problem
    at all with that, at least you are not burning the site down, and by chance, you do even
    spread news about XLN somewhere else such that the site will grow even further!

    Thanks also to all the important people that I did not tag within this speech:
    I am sorry, I did not have the intention to hurt your feelings; but please take
    into consideration that the speech would not have found an ending if I had included
    anyone with more than about 30 messages or likes...

    And yeah, have a cake :D
  2. veija2

    veija2 Mayor

    Aug 25, 2014
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    Thanks for the great tribute to XLN, @kipate. The site wouldn't be the same without you.

    My congratulations, too, to everyone, and a huge thank you Icy Hot. Let the good times roll!
    XOUSTE, Inan, Lokentaz and 2 others like this.
  3. Monty

    Monty Governor

    Aug 20, 2014
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    Great speech Kip (y)

    Thanks to Icyhot for taking care of the site and content which are fundamental to the community, and to all the builders and modders who keep it alive.

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    I love your polandballs, you should have a thread for them and make a new one resuming the events (site or world events) of the week or month. it would be fun :p
    Inan and Drazicdesign like this.
  4. Drazicdesign

    Drazicdesign Governor

    Aug 24, 2014
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    @kipate, I like your resume!

    And of course happy birthday XL NATION
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  5. ronrn

    ronrn Governor

    Oct 31, 2014
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    FHI may have did the baking, but it's you guys/gals here at XLNation that put "the icing on the cake".
    Thanks for all the hard work and
    Happy Birthday!!
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  6. CraCkeR JaCk

    CraCkeR JaCk Executive

    Aug 23, 2014
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    Happy B-day XLN, I thank The Nation and all the members in it. Its been a truly great year. and thank you Kipate for a great speak,
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  7. IcyHot

    IcyHot Administrator
    Staff Member

    Aug 20, 2014
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    Yah we made it a year. I would add a couple of items to the history.

    1. Honorable mention should go to the XLNation user mobilmalik

    2. Monty for putting up with me wanting to change the board theme every few days

    3. The controversy over the proper shoutbox chat sound. (sadly no sound now)

    On another note I will be installing version 1.50 of xenFORO soon, some nice feature upgrades.
  8. Lokentaz

    Lokentaz Elite

    Feb 9, 2015
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    I'm proud to be a member of this high quality community. Thanks to everyone, specifically to IcyHot, charismatic members as Kipate (can't name everybody, it would be too long) and all the modders. I'm a little sad to see more and more inactive modders (Fayed, Pitty, Supersnake, Playtime, Ole ... another too long list). But Aitortilla came back so there's hope. Happy birthday XL Nation!
  9. Inan

    Inan Governor

    Aug 24, 2014
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    Thx for your words, kipate. This is the only website supporting Cities XL as the game and its community deserves. So, of course, also thanks to all the modders and prolific members of this site. Happy birthday! :)
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  10. XOUSTE

    XOUSTE Governor

    Feb 1, 2015
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    I love CitiesXL ,I love XLnation !!
    Cities:skylines is also an amazing game HOWEVER I love CitiesXL more~
    XLnation is the only home for CXL player I believe, don't give up this amazing game ,love it forever!
    Lokentaz, juan eduardo and kipate like this.
  11. streetsofny

    streetsofny Elite

    Sep 1, 2014
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    Happy Birthday to XL Nation and for all of you guys!! Thanks for make this web soo amazing! For more years like this!!
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  12. juan eduardo

    juan eduardo Skilled Worker

    Apr 6, 2015
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    Soy nuevo en este juego y me a encantado, con sus fallas como todo pero eso no me impide jugar, pronto estara lista mi ciudad industrial, y la posteare para ustedes. aun estoy en espera de un tren de carga :) espero y pronto llegue

    Felicidades por el aniversario ....!!!!
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  13. AzemOcram

    AzemOcram Executive

    Oct 19, 2014
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    Yeah! Happy Birthday!
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  14. Thrangar

    Thrangar Skilled Worker

    Aug 31, 2014
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    To me XL nation has always been CXL one just couldn't have any appeal without the other, so thanks to all the people Kipate mentioned and to all the others who along the way who for some reason or another haven't been here yet, your mods are alive in our cities, and we thank you too

    Looking forward to another year!
    juan eduardo, kipate and Lokentaz like this.
  15. ryankoo

    ryankoo Skilled Worker

    Aug 29, 2014
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    Happy birthday XL Nation! Since I've join this site, this is the place where i visited everyday, together with facebook :)
    The Funky Monk and Lokentaz like this.
  16. Dreian

    Dreian Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 24, 2014
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    Happy Birthday to all of you guys! It's nice to have this little island of peace to come once in a while and check what s new and what people have built!

    Hope we live long!!!
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  17. skullz613

    skullz613 Administrator

    Aug 21, 2014
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    Happy Birthday XLNation!!
    Great post kipate :)
    I'm glad I could help with the transfer from the old to the new site. XLNation has just about become the only site I visit now.
    I hope we will have many more birthdays :)
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  18. Jan303

    Jan303 Unskilled Worker

    Aug 24, 2014
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    :dm9a: happy B-day XL

    hahaha i am too in the text :dm6: btw nice text and this way: THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING HERE PEOPLE :dmc4:
    i hope we stay "the big xl nation family" and have much fun in the future :xllove:
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  19. JuanAcadé

    JuanAcadé Executive

    Aug 29, 2014
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    :dmc4: "Happy Birthday"

    Great speech kipate! but you didn't say anything about CoXL and your ruthless Federation :D
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  20. Artmaster

    Artmaster Executive

    Oct 31, 2014
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    Awesome post! Really love this community, wish I had more time to be a part of it. This makes me want to take a third attempt at modding again..the last attempt I was sooooo close to finishing a building and my computer wacked out due to other reasons and I totally lost interest. :( Kipate, you've inspired me to try again. Also I try to be a helpful and encouraging 'vagabond' as you put it. ;)


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