So, right about now, you're probably wondering: Sure, this is all very cool, but who are you guys, anyway? Why'd you do all this? Don't you have way too much free time on your hands? Say, do you have Duncan Regehr's home phone number?
Afraid we can't help you on that last question. As for the others . . . well, we haven't been around quite as long as Bethel, but our little website Wizards' Council does have some interesting history we'd like to tell. So, where to begin . . .
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away . . .
Whoops, wait, that's not it.
Once upon a time . . .
. . . there was a great void, empty as Ariel's head: an Internet bereft of a Wizards and Warriors presence, and the fandom was filled with a despair blacker than Dirk's evil heart. But lo, in answer to the cries of fans, and in accordance with Belldonna's prophecies, came the one who would establish the first website chronicling the struggle of good versus evil, gold lamé versus black leather, Jeff Conaway's hair versus cans of hairspray. And there was much rejoicing.
Soon, other Wizards and Warriors sites sprang up faster than the debts on Justin's bar tab, and the one who started it all established a mailing list. Stories were written; birthdays were celebrated with greeting cards. And there was much rejoicing.
Eventually, she offered the administration of the list to Anna M.C., keeper of a small mailing list website. Thus began the second incarnation of what was known, appropriately enough, as the Wizards and Warriors Mailing List. For nearly a year, Anna struggled to serve as the new list administrator, chatroom host, and birthday fairy, as well as webmaster to a growing site. And there was much less rejoicing. At least for Anna, anyway.
In answer to her plea, Kiri accepted the role of list administrator. Several months later, CJ began assisting, and eventually discovered that she had "volunteered" to assume responsibility for coding and maintaining the website. After Anna retired as birthday fairy, Crownhelm volunteered for a one-year term to continue the tradition of embarrassing listians on the respective anniversaries of their birth.
As the second anniversary of this W&W Mailing List approached, several listians were inspired to pursue a daunting goal: becoming absolute ruler of all Aperans. No, wait, that's Dirk's goal. The listians' goal, on the other hand, was a completely new look and focus for The Wizards and Warriors Mailing List website. Starting in January 2000, Anna, Ash, CJ, Crownhelm, Galen, Kiri, MO, and Tamara spent many long months discussing ideas for the new site, cloistered away in an isolated think tank with only carpacca salad for nourishment. After exhausting all the possibilities, Anna, CJ and Crownhelm took the website committee's ideas and suggestions and set about to coalesce them into a finished product.
On December 14, 2000, the new site premiered. Thus began the newest incarnation of the Mailing List, a group with more lives than Vulkar: The Land of Aperans, the Haven for Wizards and Warriors.
And it's a safe bet that there was much rejoicing.
This website is affectionately dedicated to the memories of Ian Wolfe (1896 - 1992), Thomas Hill (1917-1993), Bill Bixby (1934 - 1993), Mentor Huebner (1917-2001), and Jeff Conaway (1950-2011).
Wizards and Warriors was notable for its sumptuous, symbolic visuals, a juxtaposition of archetypes and opposites in the best tradition of fairy tales, mythology, and fantasy. The Haven has attempted to emulate and pay tribute to this visual style with its own symbolic site design, structured around the theme of a heroic quest to the continent of Aperans to seek knowledge of Wizards and Warriors.
First, you come to the neutral home page, presided over by King Baaldorf, former friend to Saris Blackpool and current ally to Erik Greystone. The beige texture is parchment-like, mirroring The Book which formed the foundation of Aperans' magic.
From here, the quest branches off into two distinct areas: Erik Greystone's land of Camarand, the home of the Show, and Dirk Blackpool's Karteia, the home of the Fans. Since Greystone is the main character and eternal victor on the show, he is in charge of the canonical show information, while the villainous Blackpool, a perennial favorite among fans, heads the fandom material. The division of show and fandom simplifies the search for appropriate information, and also preserves the original character of the show while simultaneously allowing for an arena in which fan imaginations can run wild. For easy reference, we have installed a detailed sidebar navigation system.
Note the differing color schemes of these two sections, each chosen for a specific effect. The red-and-gold (well, if you want to get technical, we used cream instead of gold) of the Show mimics Erik's crimson cape and gold tunic, while the black-and-blue of the Fans is a blatant visual pun; after all, Dirk specialized in making people black and blue. Meanwhile, the textural effect throughout lends the richness of tapestry to the whole, combating the "flat" look that can so easily make a website "equal parts of both dull and boring."
Throughout the site, different characters from the show introduce each section with a touch of humor, providing a unique feel for each area. The heroes populate the Show, while the villains present the Fans.
Together, we believe both halves create a website that is even greater than the sum of its parts. We hope we have helped to make your W&W quest simple, aesthetically pleasing, and, above all, fun!
Who's Who for website content:
Our thanks and appreciation to the following people:
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