(now closed as of 16 July 2016 10AM EST)
Despite its recent lapse into low activity, TerrariaOnline (TO) has presided over much of the lifespan of Terraria:
- the thrilling launch of the original game,
- the breakneck build-up of game-play and features in to the original "finished" version (1.1.2),
- the shocking announcement that Redigit was leaving Terraria behind, and the intense anticipation when he returned,
- the addition of 505Games as a partner to introduce Terraria to consoles and mobile devices,
- the virtually unprecedented release of two enormous, content-laden updates at no cost to those who had purchased the game,
- and finally, the genesis and launch of Terraria Community Forums (this place), as Re-Logic began to eye the future beyond Terraria.
This has been a very difficult decision to make, but in the end it is in the best interests of the entire Terraria community, particularly in the areas of support and help. By having a more centralized community, it will become infinitely easier for the developers and staff to address concerns, both technical and otherwise. As TCF grew and grew, TO became much less active, and there simply wasn't enough resources to monitor these two communities at the same time. By having a single, core community, this alleviates the problems while also expanding the community to encompass those at TO who never even knew of TCF's existence. It will benefit the game itself, as bugs and tech-support will not be posted on a less-active forum and gone unseen, and will be addressed faster. It will benefit the community, as we can have a more focused location for player/developer interaction. It will also benefit the staff, who can answer the concerns that were previously posted on TO, where there was a shortage of staff as it were. Members who would frequent TO, only to find it way too quiet for their liking, will now be part of the thriving community we've all come to know and love.
We expect that there will be an influx of some newer TO members who had not yet found TCF, and we trust that the community will welcome them here, as well as show them the ropes and be ready to assist them with adapting to the change in environments.
We thank Kane Hart for his efforts in getting TerrariaOnline up and running, and for keeping it going through some tough times when we didn't have much support from others. We also thank those who volunteered their time over the years to serve on the staff, to run the original The Terrarian Times, and everyone who helped make TerrariaOnline great. We're sad to see TO shut down, but at the same time, think not of it as TO "leaving" or "dying", but simply a merging of the two communities for the greater benefit of Terraria and the Terrarian playerbase.
TO is where many of us made the friends we still have today, it's where a lot of us clamored in excitement about a game that wasn't even out yet, and where we shared our first discoveries when we got our hands on it. In a way, without TO, TCF wouldn't be the place it is now. To honor this occasion, we'd love to hear about some of your fondest and favorite TO memories in this thread. We'd also encourage you all to make sure you grab and transfer everything you might need from TO, (favorite threads, posts, anything of note) as you visit it one last time before its doors shut. But as with everything in life, when one door closes, another opens.
If you have further questions about this, feel free to do so below. We will try to collect some of the frequent questions (and answers) in the next post.
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