Hello and welcome everyone to the latest installment of the Newbie Welcome Party! Ten years ago to the day, the first party began. The Welcome Forum was a very different place back then - there were no social threads, no games, no adoptions... we didn't even have our own moderator. New people would come in, post a thread to say hello, get maybe a handful of replies and then move on to other forums. With the start of the Newbie Party, a community began to form, a group of people gathered who would hang around to welcome the newest members, to help them find their way around the forums and answer all the typical newbie questions, and to give new people the chance to get used to posting at the JC in a smaller, more friendly environment without having to fear being treated as a clueless n00b. And of course to socialize with each other, too! A lot of close friendships were founded here, with some people even traveling halfway around the world to meet each other in "real life" too. And now here we are, ten years later, and the party is still going strong. So strong in fact that our forum moderator Skiara has decided that our old party thread was too big and we should (once again) start a new one. So here we go! If you are a new member: Welcome aboard! This place is bound to accumulate lots of pages quickly again, and I know huge threads can be rather intimidating, but please remember: this place is for you. This is a social thread filled with lots of small talk, and there is absolutely no need to read all of it before you start posting. Just go directly to the last page and jump right into the ongoing conversation! You might feel like you're intruding on some private conversation between friends, but really, we're just here to keep the place alive, answer any questions you might have and hopefully make you feel welcome when you come in to say hello. So don't be shy! But enough talk now, let's get this party started! Drinks are on the house, as always, and of course we still have a swimming pool, a bowling alley and all sorts of other entertainment for you to enjoy. Oh, and chocolate of course. Can't forget the chocolate. Have fun, everyone! Edit: Thread got closed, because there's a new party (new version): House-Warming Party!