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The Ring of Brodgar, a structure which has appeared in every version of the world and signifies the center.

This page records time details of each world and some of the significant changes made in those worlds.

(Note: The automated time parts on this page use the last cached-page date as its current date. ie: Hit the page-[Refresh] option if the current world time is way off. ... Its a MW thing.)

Current World

World 15

Featured changes: New crop types, Hot boiling Lave, ...

Began: October 13, 2023
Total: 135 days 

Previous Worlds

World 1

Was the first world open to the public, it featured simpler graphics, no deep water and no manual mine placement. Players exiting the spawn room would always find themselves by Ring of Brodgar, a ring of Stonehenge-like rocks.
Tree replanting, true Villages, civilization weakening wild animals, Decay and Scents were introduced later in World 1.

Began: April 4, 2009 (Original Hearthling (Swedish) Poetry)
Ended: September 7, 2009 (End of the World Thread)
Total: 156 days  or 5 Months 3 Days.

World 2

Introduced Foraging, the Quality system, new skill values and attributes for crafting, more types of Trees, deep water and new terrain types. Boats, Scent decay, Charter Stones, status effects, and Travel Weariness were introduced later in World 2.

Began: September 7, 2009 (Greetings New World Post. It took 2hrs to get back online.)
Ended: February 7, 2010 (End of the World Pics)
Total: 153 days  or 5 Months 0 Days.

World 3

Removed the existance of Ring of Brodgar as an optional starting place, although the Stonehenge-like structure still exists in every world.

Began: March 1, 2010
Ended: January 11, 2011
Total: 316 days  or 10 Months 1 Day.

World 4

On Sunday, January 9th, Jorb announced on the forum (link?) that a recent change had introduced data corruption to the current database for World 3. It was determined that the only satisfactory fix was a reset of the world. It was announced that within 36-48 hours a complete wipe and reset would occur, starting what will be known as World 4. At that time, all characters will be reset, and all players will need to make new characters. Due to the short notice and bug, no major gameplay, mechanics, or ruleset changes are expected.

Began: January 11, 2011
Ended: March 13, 2011 (This world was shut down due to rampant skill gains from botting)
Total: 61 days  or 2 Months 2 Days.

World 5

Introduced the Curiosity and Discovery system for gaining LP, and the spawn room no longer gave Bread and a Fishing Pole.

Began: March 13, 2011
Ended: August 24, 2011 (Guesswork)
Total: 164 days  or 7 Months 11 Days.

World 6

Was introduced after an unexpected crash ended World 5. The only major difference is that Charter Stones have been removed.

Began: August 24, 2011
Ended: June 3, 2013 (Guesswork)
Total: 1 year 284 days  or 1 Year 7 Months 10 Days.

World 7 - Legacy

Some notable changes include the quality of natural resources such as water and clay are now hardcapped by the collecting hearthling's Survival, Skulls of players have been made collectable, and buildings such as log cabins have a waiting time before they can be built.

World 7, though mostly uninhabited, remains playable for verified accounts for as long as the original server lives.

Began: June 3, 2013
Ended: not yet (running as "Legacy" since August 2015)
Total: 10 years 267 days 

World 8

Introduces Haven 2.0 (referred to as Hafen), a completely rebuilt Haven and Hearth with a 3D engine and a professional, third party server. This world has seen many changes and regular updates, improving upon almost all of the previous worlds' features such as a Lock & Key system that negates the need for key alts, terrain that allows for natural height differences (and actual Mountains) and Landscaping by Hearthlings, with countless new variations of biomes, establishing new animals such as Badgers, Bats, rideable Horses, Lynx, Moose and Squirrels, many new trees each with a distinct wood color and two completely new types of plants, Bushes and Vines, variations of stones and ores similarly with distinct colors, and several new buildings, tools, curiosities, foods and clothing. Objects can now be placed and built in any rotation.

"Drying" mechanic that restricted building house signs and extending wall cornerposts has been replaced with all buildings and walls starting with 0 soak and and gradually increasing their soak up to certain value their in day or two. The automation of menial tasks means less clicking now (building walls, terraforming, farming).

This iteration has been mostly about getting the new engine on par with the old Legacy Haven feature-wise, though some new features were added, including the failed Fate system, Tri-Qualities, Food Satiations, variety of Wounds, Valhalla as the Hearthling afterlife, the Visitor buff preventing crimes when walking through a claimed gate, the foundations of a Quest system, and sending Nidbanes to avenge crimes. Some outdated features such as legacy:Personal Beliefs have been removed altogether, and long-standing core bugs have been fixed. This world had the biggest surface area to date, spanning an impressive 24.1 billion tiles. However due to an apparent problem at generation, this world also was significantly shorter on rivers than any world before or since, making this large world unusually difficult to traverse.

The developers were able to put so much time and effort into this world through the introduction of an unprecedented (and heavily contested) cash shop payment system, which sells subscriptions for unlimited playtime. Free users could still play, but only for a measly 7 hours per week. Various cosmetic in-game objects were also purchasable, such as Patch Support Hats and custom images for some in-game items.

World Size: Circular, with bounds of 175,000 x 175,000 tiles
Began: August 28, 2015
Ended: February 17, 2016
Total: 173 days  or 5 Months 22 Days.

World 9

Big update to sieging mechanics, including a Claim Shield and Catapult, complete removal of the Fate system, localized resources, expanded on the Quest system from w8 with randomly generated quests.

The payment system is overhauled to be less inhibiting on free players. There is no more playtime, but a level cap instead. Paying users can level up a bit faster, and have a slightly higher level cap. A new skill, Painting, is added to allow free users to make Sketches.

(Initial) World Size: 250x250 minimaps
Began: February 18, 2016
Ended: January 7, 2017
Total: 324 days  or 10 months, 20 days.

World 10

Level caps removed. Paying now gives increased FEP/LP gain, more inventory space and convenience.

Began: January 7, 2017
Ended: February 1, 2019
Total: 2 years 25 days 

World 10 statues

There are unique statues placed in the world to commemorate events that happened in previous worlds. They cannot be destroyed and serve no purpose beyond being fun easter eggs. Consider building your base around them if you want to add a unique touch to your land.


World 10 apocalypse

Shortly before the world reset, trolls started spawning on the surface and a massive amount of meteorites crashed into the heartlands.

World 11

Animated realm expansion history for W11 by Loftar.

Began: February 1, 2019
Ended: March 6, 2020
Total: 1 year 34 days  or 1 year, 1 month and 5 days

World 12

Animated realm expansion history for W12 by Loftar.

Began: March 6, 2020
Ended: April 2, 2021
Total: 1 year 27 days 

World 13

Featured changes to worldwide fast-travel and realm expansions, removing community-constructed options.

Began: April 2, 2021
Ended: August 12, 2022
Total: 1 year 132 days 
HnH Post: World 13 map - Terrain map at end of world-13.

World 14

Featured changes ...

Began: August 12, 2022
Ended: October 13, 2023
Total: 1 year 62 days