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  Scribe's Contest X
Posted by: Admiral - 07-14-2017 10:44 AM - Replies (6)

Chaos Dwarfs Online Presents: The 10th Scribe's Contest writing competition on Chaos Dwarfs Online!

We are pleased to announce that this Scribe's Contest has been sponsored by Admiralty Miniatures. There will be one prize of this unpainted 5x10,5 cm resin relief plate Four Reliefs for the Gold winner:

”In the mists of an ancient age, the desperate ancestors of the Dawi Zharr stood upon the brink of oblivion in a world gone mad. Their only salvation came from the Father of Darkness, from the fiery Bull God on high, from He who is Hashut. This rapacious and oppressive deity demanded that His newfound followers cast off all their ties to the Ancestor Gods and their old lifestyle, and led His tribe to the Plain of Zharrduk where they constructed a titanic ziggurat city as their primary stronghold. At the top of this edifice, Mingol Zharr-Naggrund the Great, sits the Temple of Hashut, a monumental building with a myriad of daughter shrines scattered throughout the dark empire of the Chaos Dwarfs. The Temple, just like the Cult of Hashut at large, is colourful and bloodthirsty, filled with mysticism and sacrifice.

Each day, uncounted followers pray to Hashut, adulate him and His mighty idols, and sacrifice masses of slaves to appease His wrath or win His favour. All these fanatics have devoted their entire existence to the service of the Father of Darkness, and have carved out a worldly realm in His dreaded image. This Cult with its labyrinthine sects, Sorcerer-Prophets and often contradictive strains of tradition, is as well established as any religion could hope to be. Yet for all the heavy layers of paraphernalia, scripture and devoted practices, the true nature of the Bull God remains a mystery. Or so would the rulers of the priesthood have it...

At the borders of utter stark heresy and at the most baleful peril to their souls, sanity, social standing and bodies, there exist prophecies, outlawed writings and revelations. Likewise there survives a  great number of cryptic texts dealing with the true nature of Hashut in a matter dealing with theology, the Empyrean, the Dark Gods or even Daemonsmithing. A rare few twisted souls whisper that the Father of Darkness is a fallen Ancestor God. Others, shunned outcasts, claim that he is but a Daemon Prince, or the manifestation of the Dwarfen race's unbridled greed. Elsewhere, Chaos Sorcerors, lying Daemons and mystics alike claim to know the heinous facts.

Whatever the truth, the highest priesthood in the Temple of Hashut will kill and hunt anyone to the ends of the earth to keep it hidden...

These are the words of the Forbidden Ones.“

Subject Matter: The True Nature of the Father of Darkness
The theme for this writing competition is  to grapple with the question of who, or what is Hashut? This is an open format theme, meaning that almost any type of background text and fiction about Hashut will be accepted.

Your entry could consist of a mysterious traveller's tale in an inn or under an open night sky; Kurgan legends; a conversation with a Daemon; heretical writings or a secret trial against a blasphemer; or something else entirely.

Writing Rules
The word limit for each entry is 10-300 words in total. Since this is an open format theme, you may write your entry as one or more quotes, proverbs, tales, songs, stories etc. Descriptive background texts about the being of Hashuy (of the kind you may find in any Warhammer army book) and fiction from the perspective of one or more characters (of the kind you may find in any Black Library novel) are allowed. Age of Sigmar entries are of course welcome.

All entries are to be written "in-universe", meaning no lines about D6s or green stuff are allowed. See the General Rules.

You are encouraged to ask Admiral about whether your entry meet the requirements or not, should you be unsure.

Please spellcheck your entry before submission. Even so, to help even the field for the non-native English speakers, Admiral may correct grammar and spelling mistakes within the limits of his grasp of the English language.

Inspiration Sources
Anything can be your inspiration, including your latest tabletop game. See the Guidelines, and Chaos Dwarf Stories & Background Section. (You are not allowed to copy someone else's work!)

For this particular contest it might be interesting to seek inspiration from the Liber Chaotica tomes.

Please read the full rules and guidelines that apply to the Scribe's Contest competition before submitting your entry!

Deadline: 11:59 PM 30th of July 2017 EST (Eastern Standard Timezone)
Submit your entry by PM to the Scribe account before the deadline. Entries will not be accepted after that date and time regardless of how cool your submission is. (You have a little under 2 weeks to complete your entry.)

If for some reason you are having trouble with your submission, contact one of the Staff before the deadline. In order to avoid problems, we strongly advise entrants not to wait until the very last minute to submit their entries... As things can and do go wrong at the last minute. Please do not send entries to individual Admin or Staff members to submit on your behalf as they may not check their PMs!

How to Enter
Write one or more pieces of fiction or background about Chaos Dwarfs as seen through the eyes of others, invented by you, and send a PM to Scribe (a special user that all Staff have access to) containing the entry. The moderator organizing the contest will then check the inbox one or a few days before deadline and verify to each entrant that their submission was received.

If you win
- Take your place in the upcoming Scribe's Contest Hall of Fame (to be created), where your glory will be remembered for years to come.
- Receive the Scribe's Contest medal for your online persona:
- Everyone who enters gets a number of slaves equal to the number of entries. If 40 people enter we award 40 slaves to each person who entered.
- If you win Gold, you'll win a dungeon clutter model prize, courtesy of Zealot Wargames.

Entries will count towards a participation medal, which is the simpler Scribe's Contest equivalent of Artisan's Contest and Golden Hat veteran medals.

As usual once all entries are received a voting thread will be created. If there are any questions please PM me, another Staff member or post them here.

Subject Matter: The True Nature of the Father of Darkness.
Deadline: 11:59 PM 30th of July 2017 EST (Eastern Standard Timezone)

If any forum members would like to aid Scribe's Contest by donating models or other materials as prizes for future competitions, feel free to contact myself or one of the Staff to help sort out details.

Now, carve your tablet. Sharpen your pen and dip it in fresh slave blood, for Hashut demands words!

The Staff

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  Golden Hat XXVII - Winners!
Posted by: Admiral - 07-09-2017 02:29 AM - Replies (29)

"The higher they climb, the harder they fall..."

Abecedar & Titan Wargames Presents: The winners of the 27th Golden Hat competition!

A nailbiter of a voting has finished. We had a soaring turnout of entries, with submissions spanning from Daemon blimps and steam flyers, to flying sailing ships and giant zeppelins. It was splendid to see all these airships take to the skies!

Well done, folks. Takes Hat off

And the winners are:

    <1             <2                <3

1st Place - Golden Hat Winner: Entry #1 - Grimstonefire
2nd Place - Silver Hat Winner: Entry #3 - Pappa Midnight
3rd Place - Bronze Hat Winner: Entry #6 - Will Liam

And an honourable mention to Abecedar, who trailed the bronze winner valiantly. Also, a special mention of honour goes to Pappa Midnight, who edited Grimstonefire's originally washed-out pictures for clarity, to give entry #1 a sporting chance.

The entry key!
You can share your love for each entry by donating slaves to the owners of the entries!

01 - Grimstonefire
02 - Carcearion
03 - Pappa Midnight
04 - Zanthrax
05 -  Zanko
06 - Will Liam
07 - Daith
08 -  Abecedar

Slaves and medals are coming! Should you have earned a new Veteran's Medal (gained at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 main contests entered), please contact us and link us all your entries in all previous Golden Hat and Artisan's Contest competitions (note: Scribe's Contest does not count towards this purpose, but have its own Veteran Scribe's Medal).

And now for the prizes!

Congratulations to Grimstonefire, who win this unpainted Old School Miniatures Daemon Cannon, courtesy of Abecedar:

Congratulations also to Pappa Midnight, who receive these grisly Goblin Scavengers from Titan Wargames:

And congratulations to Will Liam, who claims this Goblin Scavenger Command Group from Titan Wargames:

A big "thanks" to everyone who participated and voted, as well as a big thanks to Abecedar and Titan Wargames for their generous prize donations!

And that's it for this round of Golden Hat. Now let's see the participants' entries in the blogs. Wink

The Staff

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  Photobucket Migration to the Darklands - Stage II
Posted by: Nicodemus - 07-02-2017 07:13 PM - Replies (36)
0Welcome to Stage II of the CDO image migration (backup)!

We need your help to continue backing up image content here on CDO, from Photobucket (if you find Image Shack content feel free to back it up, but make sure you save images with the correct filenames, and make it clear when you send in the zipped content that it is Image Shack content, not Photobucket).  

Because backing up another member's content is a much more laborious task than backing up your own Photobucket content, CDO would like to offer a medal to members who are willing to help out.  The medal is an upgraded version of the flaming fractured camera from the Stage I Photobucket migration thread.


If you would like to volunteer to backup a user's data here is how you do it:

1. Check the member list at the bottom of this thread (which is continually expanding), OR search for members via the Member List search function (or via Google if they've gone Unregistered), OR look for old favourites from your own memory, OR trawl through showcase, army blogs, conversions and tutorials to find members (this latter stage is particularly relevant for Unregistered members).

Check this Stage II thread to see that no one else has announced that they'll backup that member's content. To avoid duplicating work, please leave active member's content for them to backup themselves, for the time being.

Please do not pick more than one member at a time.

Announce in this thread the name of the member whose content you will backup. Staff will check periodically and update the master list at the bottom of this post.

2. Enter the member's profile (unless the user has become Unregistered), open any army log/showcase links in their signature may contain, but most importantly use the Find All Threads function.

When searching for threads, look for Showcase, Army Blogs, Conversions & Tutorials. These are the threads that may contain Chaos Dwarf images. The Off-topic Showcase has lower priority, so back that content up last.

3. Browse all of these Modelling & Painting threads, and start hunting for images:

4. Once you reach the threads start looking for Photobucket links. In the DAGabriel example above, although the images are loading correctly (for now), if you right-click on the images you will see that they link to Photobucket and will likely be blocked very soon, if not already.  

For example, the first image from the above example links to:

You will need to make note of the member's Photobucket username, in this case triekehr, and you will also need to make note of the subdomain, i964. We need both of those pieces of information to get this fix to work.

Also, in the above example you can see that DAGabriel has a subfolder. In this case, when saving the image you would also need to create a subdirectory with the same name Chaos%20Dwarfs on your system to save the image into. Please check carefully whether or not you are saving content from one subfolder or another when doing this or the image linking won't work when we copy their data over. This is also a tricky example as "%20" means a blank space. Don't put in a blank space in the filename, make the folder name "Chaos%20Dwarfs" in this case.  Moving on...

5. Unfortunately, saving the images directly will not work as the browser saves a redirect html page from Photobucket as the .jpg you're trying to save.

Instead you will have to copy the images location and paste it into a new browser window so that Phtobucket loads the image through its interface:

From the Photobucket interface you can right-click and save the image to your system.

6. Continue saving images for the CDO member in the same manner as above, going post-by-post through the threads you are assigned. Be sure to double-check the location of images that appear to be loading correctly, because like the images in this example, they are hosted by Photobucket and they aren't going to work for much longer. Be sure to backup any linked images the member may have in their signature as well.

7. Once you finish backing up all of the images in a thread you will need to zip all of the images into a new archive.

Please name this archive using the following format:

For the above example this would be:

8. Upload the .zip file to Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other storage service and notify the Staff member that assigned you the task, or send a PM to the generic Staff account with the link to download the .zip archive. They will take over the files from here.

9. Report! Announce in this Stage II thread that you have backed-up the member's thread (please list their username and the thread), and mention if it is missing anything.

10. Finally, you can either pick another member (back to step 1), or take a break and await your new medal.

Please note, awarding medals may take a little time as we will likely award them in batches.

Thanks in advance to everyone that can help us out. There is a lot of work to do, but with any luck we'll recover most of our missing and endangered content ASAP!



Blue = member's saved content
Green = members who still have content needing to be backed up
Red = lost content which cannot be salvaged

If you are an active member please backup any Photobucket content ASAP

Salvageable Content, by Member

A (P) after an account name signifies a link to that member's profile or a link to that member's "Find All Threads" search results. Use it for quick link!

Aaroon42 (P)
Abecedar (P) Active member, sorts his own images.
Abyss (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Admiral (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Agalstrax (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Agandhjin (P)
Agranath-blackbeard (P)
Akahoushi Rezo (P)
aka_mythos (P)
Akhakk (P)
Alfract (P)
al-hashut (P)
Amarynth (P)
Amdor (P)
Ami Fluff (P)
Ammrick Gunrock (P)
AndyG (P)
Angron (P)
apocalypstia (P)
Arcuballis (P)
astragoth (P)
Astranagant (P)
Astragoth [Army Blog (DONE)]
axiom (P)
Axtklinge (P)
Bad Gram Northern (P)
Baggronor (P)
bas_2312 (P) Active member, sorts his own images.
Bazil (P)
BBrecht (P)
Beardroller (P)
BeeZharr (P)
Ben Saunders (P)
Bergioyn (P)
BigHatLover (P)
Billy Ocean (P)
Bjorni (Unregistered) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Black_Fortress_Immortal (P)
Blackheart (P)
Blackspine (P)
Bloodbeard (P) Active member.
Blue in VT (P) [DONE]
Bolg (P)
BoomBoom (P)
bootboss (P)
Border Reiver (P)
Borka (P)
bow_for_hashut (P)
Breakfiend (P)
brother_cov (P)
Caine (P)
Canix (P)
Captain Crooks (P)
Carcearion (P) [Army Blog (DDONE): Link]
Cassarus (P)
Charoar (P)
Chaosftw (P)
Chaos-Thanewill (P)
Chico (P)
chipie_ambrosia (P)
ChristerE (P)
clam (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]Active member, thus sorts his own images.
ClawLeader (P)
colrud1 (P)
Commander Panda (P)
Cotter (P)
Coopervisor (P)
cornixt (P) Active member, sorts his own images.
Crucium Giger (P)
Da Crusha (P)
Daemon_Smith (P)
DAGabriel (P) [Army Blog (DONE)]
Daith (P)
DarkApostle (P)
Darkmeer (P)
deadmeat30 (P)
Death aka Joe (Unregistered) [Army Blog: Link]
dedwrekka (P)
Dervish Helldance (P)
Dezmord (P) [Army Blog (DONE, see last page): Link]
Deragorh (P)
devlanmud (P)
Dhark (P)
Dînadan (P) Active member, sorts his own images.
Dino (P)
Discoking (P)
dncswlf (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Doombeard (Unregistered) [Army Blogs: 1, 2, 3]
Dorktaku (Unregistered) [Army Blog: Link]
Drake (P)
Drakkan (P)
Drm (P)
Duergar Warlord (P)
EffCee (P)
Eddandme (P)
ElEndro (P)
Ellimist (P)
elrodogg (P)
eratu13 (P)
Eternal (P)
eudaimon (P)
evilskull52 (P)
Falter (P) [Army Blog (DONE)]
fattdex (P)
Father Grumpmas (P)
felix (P)
Fequiil (P)
fonejaker (P)
Forgemaster Gubins (P)
frostbit3 (P)
Fruthduf (P)
fued (P)
Fuggit Khan (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Furious241 (P)
furrie (p)
Galarion (P)
Gavan Sing (P)
Geckilian (P)
Ghost (P)
Ghrask Dragh (P)
giantsquig (P)
gIL^ (P)
Glimpse the Void (P)
Golder Goldeater (P)
gorgarrak (P)
Gorgoroth (P)
Grask Dragh
Grimstonefire (P)
grisnik (P)
GRNDL (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Grongi Blackbeard (P)
Groznit Goregut (P)
grunts (P)
grupax (P)
Gunnerson (P)
Hammerhand (P)
Hashut's Blessing (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Heavygear (P)
Helblindi (P)
Helsreth (P)
Hill_Billy_Bub (P)
Hrothgar Goldgreed (P)
Honeym123 (P)
Horace (P)
Horsleben (P)
Hunter (P)
IanC (P)
iantee1989 (P)
Igneous Bull
ingtar_shinowa (P)
Insidious (P)
I.P. (P)
Jaakko (P)
Jackswift (P)
Jake (P)
jebilo (P)
jmcguire (P)
JohnnyDrama (P)
joliver (P)
Johnny-Crass (P)
Jorma (P)
jumpingcrayfish (P)
Kamphre (P)
Kaptain BlackSquig (P)
kekenda (P)
Kera Foehunter (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
kerbak (P)
Khan! (P) [Showcase (DONE): Link]
khedyarl (P)
Khunag (P)
kimal79 (P)
klemarius (P)
Knight Of Awesome (P)
knightwolf (P)
KRUG_666 (P) [Army Blog]
Kyllingmannen (P)
Kyte (P)
Larendad (P)
Laurellien (P)
Lavindil (P)
Le Mulot (P)
Loidrial (P)
Loki (P)
Lord Aldades (P)
lostmember (P)
maelzh (P)
Mad Dave (P)
MadHatter (P)
magmaschlund (P)
Magma Quake (P)
Mahtipakarat (P)
Malificant (P)
Malikos (P)
Malorndk (P)
MartyF (P)
masterslann (P)
mattbird (P)
Maul (P)
maxxev (P)
medivo (P)
m3lvin (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
mian (P)
Miasma (P)
minty (P)
MLP (P) [Army Blog]
moogoodoo (P)
Morgrim Blackbeard (P)
mousekiller (P)
Mrhiggsey (P)
Mrowa (P)
Mr Saturday (P)
Murdock129 (P)
Murkwood (P)
Naagruz (P)
Najaa (P)
Nappo (P)
Necrotique (P)
Niblebitzer (P)
Nicodemus (P) [Army Blog (DONE)] [Off-Topic Showcase] [Project Development 1] [Project Development 2] Active member, sorts own images.
nilbog (P)
Niqlai (P)
nitroglysarine (P)
noigrim (P)
NoisyAssassin (P)
Norngahl (P)
Nurion (P)
Obsidian Muse (P)
Odatria (P)
Ogranoth blackhammer (P)
Ogre_Mage (P)
Ogrob (P)
Ommadon (P)
painstealer (P)
Pappa Midnight (P) Active member, sorts own images.
Parish (P)
Perturabo (P)
PhilmacFly (P)
Piachu (P)
Piccolo (P)
poutsma (P)
Pyro Stick (P) Done.
Quercus (P)
quina2525 (P)
Rakkzul (P)
Ranaxom (P)
Ratapult (P)
Ratface (P)
Ravenswood (P)
rburdett (P)
Redhammer (P)
RedRaven (P)
Red Skullz (P)
Rickie (P)
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Rusek (P)
sam585 (P)
Satan (P)
Saxon (P)
Scar (P)
Schlanger (P)
Servius (P)
Sherlocko (P)
sheogorath (P)
silentbob27 (P)
Silent Joe (P)
Singleton Mosby (P) (P)
Skabrad (P)
Skamandude (P)
Skink (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Skullomartin (P)
Skyefire (P)
sky-titan (P)
Slavemaster Hod (P)
Smog (P)
Smurf (P)
Snotling (P)
Soulassassin (P)
sparrow (P)
Spawn (P) [Army Blog: Link]
spikedog (P)
starscream (P)
ste1221 (P)
Steampunk Skirmisher (P)
Stepper (P)
Steve D (P)
Sticklander (P)
Stiglitz (P)
Still Standing (P)
StokeRogue (P)
superfella (P)
Swissdictator (P)
Tarrak Blackhand (P)
tenebre (P)
Timothy Archer (P)
tjub [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
that guy (P)
The_Bear_in_the_Hat (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
The Besieger (P)
The Black Knight (P)
theblackmage (P)
The Flying Beaver
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TheHoodedMan (P) Active member, sorts own images.
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The Snowman (P)
The Stormchild (P)
the unheard one (P)
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thomasthefinch (P)
Thorgar (P)
thrawn (P)
Time of Madness (P)
tirli_pinpon (P)
tjub ([]P[/url]) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Toasted (P)
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Torped (P)
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ViLe (P)
Vintagephreak (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
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Willmark (P)
WilsonUndead (P)
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Yawarakaimatsuka (P)
Yodrin (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Zanthrax (P)
Zaramuskharaz (P)
Zhatek The Weird (P)
Xander (P) [Army Blog (DONE): Link]
Xx9millxX (P)
Zanko (P) Active member, sorts his own images.
Zaramuskharaz (P)
Zargon the Black (P)
Zeit (P)
Zhatek the Weird (P)
Zonk (P)
Zorn (P)
ztlambe (P)
Zuh-Khinie (P)

Chaos Dwarf Artwork Compilation (Thread): Link
Chaos Dwarf Random Gems From Across the Web (Thread): Link

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Unsalvageable Content, by Member:

Arakagaan Calasson
Braki Flamebeard
centauro enano
chaqua il vecchio
hellbrandt grimm
Tharzul Firehelm
The Brain
The Raven
Time of Madness
Vardan Painkiller
zorn sabretooth


  Golden Hat XXVII - Voting!
Posted by: Admiral - 07-02-2017 06:13 AM - Replies (24)

”Raise pressure in the boiler! Release the moorings and unfurl the steer-wings! We'll bloody well soar, you sorry dogs!”

Abecedar & Titan Wargames presents: The voting thread for the 27th Golden Hat competition!

How to vote:
Please submit 3 numbers as votes by sending a PM to the Golden Hat account (a special account all Staff members can access). We had 8 entries this time, which means each entrant will receive 8 slaves once the winners have been announced.

Each (more or less) anonymous entry is numbered ranging from 1 to 8. There is no need to specify which one you think is 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Simply list the three that you like and we will do the rest. You are not allowed to vote for yourself.

Voting will close at 11:59 PM July 8th, 2016 EST (Eastern Standard Timezone). Once the votes are tallied we will post the results.

    <1     <2     <3     <4
    <5     <6     <7     <8

Album of images in case the attachments do not show up.

Remember, this round there are a lot of prizes up for grabs!

Great job everyone and good luck!
The Staff

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Photobucket Migration to the Darklands – Stage I

  Photobucket Migration to the Darklands - Stage I
Posted by: Nicodemus - 07-02-2017 12:36 AM - Replies (24)
0Many members of CDO have used Photobucket as a freely available resource for image storage which allowed them to link images to the forum (called third party hosting). Unfortunately, with the abrupt and unexpected change in Photobucket's Terms of Service third party hosting is no longer permitted for free accounts or any of their basic paid accounts, and can only be restored at a cost of $40USD per month. This is a very disappointing and underhanded tactic by Photobucket, but they are a business and well within their rights to do-so. We as a community do not have to kneel to their pressure (as if any self respecting Dawi Zharr would)!

Chaos Dwarfs Online has a solution, and we need you're help to restore the forum to its former glory.

Below is a list of instructions, which we need you to read carefully. This requires little effort from our members and, most importantly, no editing of any posts made to the forum!


Instructions for members who have content hosted with Photobucket.

1.) Login to your Photobucket account and from the right hand side select "Download album"

The next screen can take a few second to load. Wait for the CAPTCHA prompt and follow the instructions to show you are not a robot.

You will be shown a progress screen letting you know that the image backup is underway. Depending on how much content you have and how busy their servers are this may take seconds, minutes, or longer.

Once complete you will be presented with the option to download your bundled content.  This will save a .zip archive to your hard drive.

2.) Save the zipped archive of your Photobucket contents. This will give you a file with the format (YourPhotobucketUsername)
You need to save the file without renaming it.  We need your Photobucket username in order for this fix to work, and it's easiest if you just leave your Photobucket username as part of the filename.

3.) CDO Staff would appreciate it if you would remove non-CDO content from the .zip archive at this stage.

4.) Upload your (YourPhotobucketUsername) file to Dropbox, Google Drive, or some other source we can download it from easily.

5.) Send a PM to Staff, which is an account all CDO Staff and Admin have access to. Include the link we can download your .zip archive from, as well as ONE example page here on CDO that you created in the past which has a broken photobucket link (presently photobucket images shouldn't even be showing the ad so just point us to a thread with missing images).

And that's it, just sit back and let us take it from there.

DO NOT edit any of your posts that have links to in them, we take care of this!! Takes Hat off


As a large amount of forum content is image-based we heavily rely on this content. In recognition of member's efforts to restore their content that had been hosted on Photobucket we are offering a new Medal for this occasion.

Behold the flaming fractured camera:

To be eligible to receive the medal members will need to backup their content and get the .zip archives to us ASAP.

If you are a member that has not been so unlucky as to have hosted your content with Photobucket, do not fret, you too can earn the swanky new medal.  We are still working out the details, but there are lots of members who are no longer active and we will need to backup their data (manually, picture-by-picture). There will be a special version of the medal for members that partake in rescuing this content.  

Staff are organizing and prioritizing a list of pages that will need this sort of manual help, so please be patient. We will post another Migration to the Darklands - Stage II thread soon, and in there keen members can sign up to help out, but Staff will be coordinating assignments, so please don't jump the gun just yet and start backing up data. We want to ensure Stage I completes successfully first before trying to pull off the more labour-intensive Stage II Cheers!

This will remain a work-in-progress, and we may need to post updates, further clarifications, and corrections to the process as we go, so please bear with us and with any luck we should be able to recover the bulk of the missing and broken Photobucket content.  


P.S. If you want to see what a restored page looks like, Xander and I tested this out with my main blog today. ~8 years of content restored without editing any pages - check it out: Nicodemus' *Restored* Forge of Unfinished Business.

P.P.S. The reason you don't need to edit your old posts is because we have some code that runs on-the-fly as the posts are read from the database and looks for links to Photobucket, and replaces them with a redirect to the image directory on the CDO server. If you go editing your old posts with img tags pointing to Photobucket this fix will not work.

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