The community started small. First, there was a new revolutionary game: Club Penguin. A small cheating scene began to form, with multiple cheat blogs starting up to compete with each other for the helm. A man gained popularity by releasing a popular client known as Penguin Storm. Another man, during the reign of the ever-famous iCPv3, released the forever-remembered-- and renamed-- CPPSHQ.
And during these early times, when we looked to the stars for the next breakthrough, and were greeted with one every week, a popular member of the community created a site. He posted about it in Xat, and on IRC. Very quickly, this took off, with dozens of signs up on day 1. A new revolution had been born, and a new community finally found its home. Although CPPSHQ beat its competitors into the newspaper of the realm, its true homepage-- its true gathering center-- survived somewhere else. It survived here:
Rile5 boomed with activity, becoming the major hub for the CPPS community and giving comfort to its more than 10,000 members. Whether it be new CPPS advertisements or new sources, Rile5 was the place to go.
All things must come to an end, and Rile5 found its end in mid 2015. The owner, Riley, shut down the site with a brief message:
Today, Aureus strives to move forward with the community past the realm of antiquated Flash games and into a truly creative space. We created a technology and programming forum to provide the future of the community, past the time of Rile5. But we want to honor these roots. Rile5 holds a very special place in all of our hearts, and every staff member here remembers the good days of logging into it.
That is why now, we are announcing something that nobody has done before: we are releasing a public archive of the Rile5 forums to you, the community. This includes all of the posts Rile5 had public at the time of its closure, which totals more than 300,000. Nobody has laid eyes on these since its sudden shutdown in 2015, and we spent hours upon hours of effort to compile this archive. The Rile5 Archive is Aureus' way of recognizing and thanking the important past of the community, as we look forward to the future. We hope that you will all find this educational and nostalgic, and that together we can appreciate the work of our predecessors and past selves.
The Rile5 Archive includes old sources, code snippets, advertisements, announcements, SpeedyCPPSHQ articles, introductions, and everything in between. This is now in read-only, even if you had an account, as our goal is to preserve the history-- not modify it. Please join me in sifting through the hundreds of thousands of pieces of historical content on our famed predecessor at https://archive.aureus.pw/ today.
As always, thank you for participating in the Aureus community,