NationStates Jolt Archive

Max Barry Speaks! News item - NationStates turns 1!

12-11-2003, 22:44
Hard to believe, but it's true: this baby is one year old today. What started as a weird idea for a game that might help promote my novel has seen around half a million nations created, taken 750 million hits, become one of the most popular browser-based games on the internet, and, most impressive of all, developed an amazing community that sprung up from nowhere at all. (I often get asked where all these people came from. Because surely communities don't just materialize -- surely demographics must need to be targeted and marketing plans executed. But apparently not. You all just turned up.)

Many more people have now played my game than read my books, possibly by an order of magnitude. This is pretty ironic, given the standard of my programming skills. But it's an awesome display of the internet's power. I hope the net always stays like this, a place where a person with no IT training can create a quirky site and have a million or so people stop by to check it out.

I'm very proud of this site, but I also feel that all I did was put up four walls and a ceiling -- it's you guys who came along and turned it into a party. So many people have put so much time and thought into adding spice and color to NationStates! Thanks to every one of you.

-- Max Barry, 13-Nov-03
12-11-2003, 22:47
12-11-2003, 22:47
12-11-2003, 22:52
*puts on party hat and sets off some fireworks that he nicked from Gandalf last time he was in Middle Earth*

12-11-2003, 22:52
*puts on party hat and sets off some fireworks that he nicked from Gandalf last time he was in Middle Earth*

12-11-2003, 22:52
Yay for NS turning one!

Happy birthday.
Atlantian Outcasts
12-11-2003, 22:53
12-11-2003, 22:59
*Sings happy birthday off key*
12-11-2003, 23:01
*wonders when the stripper is arriving*
12-11-2003, 23:04
:D just "postin" to say happy bday and happy huntin

FROM JP :shock:

nu metal sucks
Xiang Gang
12-11-2003, 23:10
[Decides against happy outburst in favour of clapping to maintain Chinese face and dignity.]

Oh what the hell?


NATIONSTATES WAN SUI (Nationstates forever)

[Jumps up then returns to dignified businessman's posture and claps again.]

Wait, that means that my nation is nearly as old as the Nationstates world itself! [increases applause]
Pope Hope
12-11-2003, 23:11
Happy Birthday NS, and many happy returns! :-)
12-11-2003, 23:15
Qi lai!
12-11-2003, 23:16
Qian jin!
12-11-2003, 23:19
woop woop
12-11-2003, 23:21
Feliz cumpleaños a tí... feliz cumpleaños a tí (o vos, erm...)

Right. Anyway, Happy Birthday Nationstates.
12-11-2003, 23:24
(To the tune of "God Bless America")

God Bless to Nationstates.
Game that I love!
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the Regions, to the Forums,
To the General, filled with spam
God bless to Nationstates.
My home sweet home! :D
12-11-2003, 23:30
Go NationStates.

-- Da'amfeckian Foreign Minister, Tupock Shakoor, muses aloud; "And to think that I could swear I was older than one year..."
12-11-2003, 23:32
*Drinks Beer*
12-11-2003, 23:34
*hopes Sally won't send this thread to the NationStates board and let it get buried forever*
12-11-2003, 23:36
That's it, Goobergunchia must be Max's puppet :shock:
12-11-2003, 23:45
Max should get a Order of Australia for services rendered to Internet users! Now, I'm getting carried away :wink:
12-11-2003, 23:46
Happy Birthday NS!

You are one beautiful.. huge..noisy baby. But we love you anyway. :)

I wanted to say congratulations to the proud Poppa, Max Barry. Thanks Max, for letting us share this experience. You have no idea how much this game has affected people. It is certainly alot more than code.

BTW.. who's the Momma? Violet?
12-11-2003, 23:51
:D just "postin" to say happy bday and happy huntin

FROM JP :shock:

nu metal sucks

link (
12-11-2003, 23:53
woop woop
What's that supposed to mean?
I sense an unhappy camper..... :shock:
12-11-2003, 23:56
*roaring applause*

Good stuff.

With NS turning a year, and my own anniversary here impending in a little more than a month, I've been getting awful nostalgic. SLAG's B-Day banner got me all choked up, and I've realized exactly how much I've enjoyed my time here. Props to Max, the Admin, and the Mods for wasting a full year of my life. :)

*takes off his pants and grinds on Max* Happy Birthday, Nation States... Happy Birthday, to yoouuuuu...
12-11-2003, 23:59

Happy Birthday Nationstates

Many More To Come!!!!
13-11-2003, 00:01
Grimdale fires a 365 gun salute 365 times in honor of NS turning one year old. We're also breaking out some of the good stuff. President Jewell is aiming to down 365 shot glasses, and from the looks of things might just pull it off. But seriously, I've had a great time here, and I'm happy to have known everyone. Three cheers for NS. Hip, hip, hooray!! Hip, hip, hooray!! Hip, hip, hooray!!
13-11-2003, 00:07
We, the people of the newly founded country of Cratership, would like to congratulate the maker of this game for a job well done, and, since this game has allowed our fair nation to be created, would like to declare the date of November 13 the new holiday of National Max Barry and associates day.
13-11-2003, 00:09
We hereby declare this day National Nudity day!

You should know better than to read the smallprint.
13-11-2003, 01:07
As it's now officially the 13th in the UK, I'd like to wish nationstates a happy birthday on behalf of this sceptred isle

Happy Birthday!
13-11-2003, 01:18
That's it, Goobergunchia must be Max's puppet :shock:

You really think Max Barry is a DUer?
13-11-2003, 01:28
woah... spooky... I share a birthday with the site that's teken over my life
Western Asia
13-11-2003, 01:29
Happy (Belated?) Birthday NS!!!

Yom Holedet Sameach!
All Cat Lovers
13-11-2003, 02:50
Happy Birthday!! Party like a rock star!
13-11-2003, 03:05
The Republic of Veroniken sends regards and salutations on this most auspicious of days. :P

Veroniken is considering the adoption of a new National Holiday on each November 12 in Max Berry's honor. The Head Fish Guy and this humble correspondent will put their respective heads together and consider it.
13-11-2003, 03:42
Hoorah for Nation States! I can't believe that its been a year already! Wow! And just think, this will go on for quite a bit longer..............*anticipating date when nation reaches 10 billion mark*
The Eastern Bloc
13-11-2003, 03:47
No matter how much we may disagree IC or OOC... we can all agree and hope that NationStates should be around for quite a while longer.
13-11-2003, 04:49
On the behalf of the residents of my region and those members of the Ambrosia Software Webboards who maintain nations in this game:

Happy Birthday, NationStates! Congratulations to Max Barry!

--The President of The Modified Democratic States of Cogitation
"Think about it for a moment."
Former Delegate of West Central Asia
Founder of The Realm of Ambrosia
NationStates Forum Moderator
NationStates Self-Proclaimed Court Jester
13-11-2003, 05:39
That's it, Goobergunchia must be Max's puppet :shock:

You really think Max Barry is a DUer?
And lives in Pennsylvania and Aussieland at the same time?

And is an adult author and a sixteen year old at the same time?

Talk about schizhophrenia
13-11-2003, 05:58
13-11-2003, 09:58
Happy Birthday NS!
13-11-2003, 10:05
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne
We'll drink a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne.

Happy berfday, Nayshun Stats.
13-11-2003, 10:07
Happy Birthday,

though I still haven't gotten my hands on a copy of the book, it did make me go out and buy the other one, Syrup. :wink:
13-11-2003, 10:42
:P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P HAPPY BIRTHDAY :P :P :P :P :P :P :P :P
Reploid Productions
13-11-2003, 11:25
I don't forsee this getting moved ^_~

HAPPY FIRST YEAR! And many more to come!

Kudos to the boss, for making this amazingly addictive game, and for allowing myself and my fellow mods to donate our time and effort, and more than a little of our patience and love, to make it even better!

Oldskool I.G.N.O.R.E. Supercannon salute to Nationstates!

~Evil Empress Rep Prod the Partying Mod
13-11-2003, 11:28
Moltes felicitats i per molts anys!

YAY NationStates!

Keep Going!
Nag Ehgoeg
13-11-2003, 12:34
13-11-2003, 16:01
Congrats for NationStates!
13-11-2003, 19:28
Is spam ok at this party? :D
13-11-2003, 19:30
Congratulations Violet!
Catholic Europe
13-11-2003, 20:33

13-11-2003, 22:08
Happy Birthday!
13-11-2003, 22:23

Please, Cat, I know that you find it annoying, but we *are* excited.

And he *is* a December nation like yourself with less than 100 posts so it clearly aint spam.