I was just thinking about Yaga and the Academy. Thanks for the time frame Yaga, i can never remember when Pristine was created.
When we first arrived with new characters, we joined The Wurm Academy, which at the time, was just a collection of wooden houses, everybody that had any skill was very busy building roads. Reddit existed already next to The Academy and a place called Woodlands between Blossom and The Academy. I remember that because we had setup Sanctuary at the edge of the central desert right where it is today. There were no trees around, so we took a trip to the only place with trees we knew with our slow cart to collect sprouts. Promptly ran into Woodlands, alas no sprouts!
Sanctuary (every server has to have a Sanctuary) was founded as a standard 10x10 deed in January 2013. I recall the desert having a mob on every tile, we would spend a great deal of time running around the token to give the templar time to kill the nasties. It took weeks to be able to build stone walls or a house, no wood just rocks available. Today Sanctuary is a 61x25, is still a member of The Academy Network alliance and I still live there. All gates and gate houses are open to anybody that needs a break on a long journey or while hunting.
The central desert was much larger then, from the Caldera crater all the way south to almost reaching Lakeview, from the water's edge in the east to the tundra in the west. Neighbors came and went, for me the most memorable is Bisbie, May 2014 until about July 2015 just north bordering Sanctuary. He didn't like steppe or desert so he turned a good deal of his massive deed into forest . He did change his mind towards the end of his time with us and the Oak forest we created together is still there today.
The first (and only) Impalong on Pristine, December 2013 I think, was a great event. Held at Blossom Market, I for one had oodles of fun and made some friends that stayed on until today. I agree with Yaga, although we still have the occasional newcomer joining The Academy every new player to Wurm should join The Academy on Pristine, enjoy a great alliance spread all around the server, get the "hang of it" and set out into our amazing world.