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|The Long Patrol Club|
The Long Patrol Club has been an integral part of the Redwall Online Community since its foundation on August 15, 1996 by M3May (also known as "Martin the Warrior"). Over the years the website has hosted book reviews, information, news, artwork, editorials, interviews, forums, puzzles and games. It was named after the Long Patrol.
The Long Patrol Club was started after two friends had an idea to have an online Redwall club. One of the friends backed out of the project for personal reasons, and the other, M3May, continued with the idea. In the late 1990s, the club's population exceeded 1000 members in size.
The website was originally hosted on M3May's personal webspace, http://members.aol.com/m3may/longpatrol.html.
In 1998, the Long Patrol Club took over responsibilities for hosting the Redwall Ring, a webring for Redwall websites.
2000 was the big year for the Long Patrol though. The site moved from the AOL hosting to a real domain, http://www.longpatrolclub.com. Additionally, the Newsline made its move to an "independent" site, hosted by the LP.
The following year, the RWTV aspect of the site was founded, a set area just for information on the Redwall TV Series.
The Long Patrol had exclusive interviews with Jack Procher and Daniel Fernandez, (Redwall composers), Glenn Norman and Michelle Goodeve (Redwall TV writers), and Steve Roberts (Redwall TV Editor).
Other main aspects of the club included the Sword of Martin, a pass-a-long story that has been in the process of being written since September 7th, 1996.
The site has grown latent in updates since the mid-2000s, more likely because M3May doesn't have the real time to dedicate to it as often as he used to. For a long time, the Long Patrol Club's news resource, the Newsline, was #1 in delivering Redwall-related news. However, M3May has acknowledged that the site is just a "hobby" for him, and the site itself has not been consistently updated in a while.
The most active part of the site was the forum, which is basically what the site has become.
In August 2014, the site received a long-anticipated layout update.
The Long Patrol Club has been the home of many different forums for communal gatherings.
From February 1997 until January 1998, the first forum was called "The Patroller," basically a CGI-based guestbook-type form for people to post or chat.
In 1998, this was replaced with a members-only BBS system. Public forums arrived in February 2001 with EZBoard.
In November 2002, the forums moved to their current location on the longpatrolclub.com domain, using the vBulletin software.
Faces of the Long Patrol Club
The Long Patrol has had multiple looks over the past decade.