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Posted by Kitty (#1) on 2nd Nov 2013
Hey guys

Long time no see, hmm?

I just want to take a moment to write out a very big apology to you all, and to explain my absence, and hopefully leave you all at the end of it feeling happy and excited.

*takes a breath*

At the very end of last year, my husband and I unfortunately lost a child and it was really an awful time indeed. Without going too much into it, I'm sure all of you can understand that I simply wasn't able to code or manage much of anything at that time. A couple of months from then, I began to reassess a lot of things in my life and Exhibited was one of the first things I took a look at.

Exhibited, as it stands, has been running since 2008 (with the prologue to it from 2006), with me as the sole owner and coder in that whole time. It is my passion, and I came to view many of you guys as friends and family. One thing I always marvelled at was how wonderful our little community was, how it could be both so tight-knit and welcoming at the same time, and just how generous everyone was with one another. (Not to mention, we are all a group of awesome dinosaur nerds, and that makes us cooler than everyone else!) But the game itself, though something I adore, cannot fully progress into what I imagine without a heck of a lot of changes.

Anyone that's been a member of Exhibited longer than a year will know that I often recode and "refresh" the coding, and usually tighten up features, improve them, and coincide that with a new layout or two. Not all of the changes are completely well received which is understandable (we are all different), but to get EX on par with other games out there and fully "modernized" would require so many changes that it simply wouldn't be fair to players on EX because the game that they have come to know would become virtually unrecognizable.

So I decided that after 7 years, EX deserved a sequel, and that is what I have been working on for the past few months.

I have teamed up with my long term friends and coworkers: artist Xylax (who took over doing all markings, some species, and items here at Exhibited at some point late 2011); and, as of two weeks ago - programmer Rykos, who has been our on-hand "go to" guy for emergencies and server issues since 2010. He has also designed the majority of Exhibited's layouts.

Together, and with all mods' input, we have been working on something pretty incredible and I really think all of you guys will love it. I will retain the majority of Exhibited's features so that EX II will be familiar, and keep the ideas and game mechanics that already work so well. But alongside those I am introducing lots of shiny new features that wouldn't fit too well in EX without feeling out of place, as well as making notes of much-longed for features that people have campaigned for on EX for years.

This is basically another chapter, and I invite all of you guys to be a part of it. EX II is not ready for me to show you guys yet, but I would like to keep polling you guys and asking for feedback on various features, so that we can tailor the game to what you want too.

But what does this mean for Exhibited? Is it just going to close?
No. I won't close EX, not so long as there are people - even if it's just a handful, as now - actively playing it. Exhibited will remain open for as long as possible.


I will at some point turn off registrations to Exhibited. The reason for this is that EX II will offer rewards and priority access for Exhibited members, and I wouldn't want people to signup on EX just to get some rewards on EX II - I want the rewards to be special, and to show previous achievements and successes you guys attained through playing Exhibited.

Scales, also, will be transferrable to EX II. It will be entirely optional if you wish to join EX II in the first place or not, but also if you wish to transfer some of your Exhibited data - but scales will be included. Any scales you have on EX can be traded into EX II, and to make things a bit sweeter, any scales you purchase from the date of this news post will be transferrable, even if you spend them first in Exhibited.

So where does this leave us?

You'll notice that our wonderful moderators are still here, and have kindly stepped up to continue doing some running of Exhibited while I work on EX II. Bob and Herbal will be able to request smaller updates for Exhibited and I will code them in, as well as supply them with lots of prizes for fun chat events and competitions. Exhibited is still running, still working, and any bugs I hope to pick out as and when they arise, with the mods' assistance. Exhibited will continue to run and nothing will change (except for maybe a few updates!), and I will continue to update you all about EX II and ask for your feedback and thoughts on features as they arise.

To give a brief rundown of some features that will be present in EX II:
* ALL dinosaur species getting the center stage - not just carnivores, or raptors. You'll be able to have enclosures full of triceratops, iguanodon, stegosaurus etc. For fun, we'll also include other prehistoric animals, such as Smilodon and terrorbirds. If it's prehistoric, it's relevant!!
* A streamlined, rebuilt and super speedy framework
* Better battle mechanics, more realism, less tedium
* More focus on excavation, digging up fossils and discovering
* A research department based around genetics, with a genetics handbook that will let you unlock different colors and genes as you discover them through breeding
* Multiple moving crates
* A vastly improved overlay system
* More farming aspects - raise cattle for cheaper meat for your carnivores, or grow fields of prehistoric plants for your herbivores
* Personalities, relationships, friendships - dinosaurs will interact with each other and potentially form friendships and mated pair bonds

Those are just a tip of the iceberg, but I hope they are exciting enough on their own to make you feel very, very good about EX II.

I'd also like to finish up here by giving my formal apology though for my silence. I wasn't sure on the right time to tell you all, or how well it would be received, but I hope that now is the right time. In order to extend my gratitude to the handful of you who are still playing, please find ten scales in your account if you login (and your account number is 28715 or lower, to prevent mass signups for scales ;D), even just once, between now and seven days from this news post. (Please note, these will not be transferrable to EX II if you spend them!)

Thank you, and I love you all. :)
Hello everyone! I still have a stomach ache from eating candy, so I hope everyone else is doing better than me this month :,D

It seems like Halloween went off well, and now the mods and I are gonna work on judging the dress-up contest I set up! We'll try to give you guys the results within a week

In the meantime, we bring you a new BG!

A Savannah background that looks better on dinosaurs that aren't this one, since he's blocking out the pretty tree with his chest, like a jerk. I recommend using this background on a dino with a lion mane overlay and singing "Circle of Life" while battling it. The savannah BG is stocking in the main background store for 5,000!

Also! New month means new monthly item!

By popular demand, we bring back the Herbivore Lake Planning Permission item!

The lake is a permanent herbivore enclosure upgrade that automatically waters 80 herbivores per day! It's a handy tool for relaxing like a pro.

Halloween Is Over
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 1st November 2012
The Halloween results are in!

The winning club of Club Wars this year was the Claw club!!!! All users who defeated over 50 enemies and belong to that club received 2 scales - all other clubs with users who defeated more than 50 users received 20 tokens! Wooo!

The top 5 winners of Zombie Tag are as follows, with each user receiving 5 scales each....
1) Spotty (#785) with 150 infections!
2) Brother Woodchuck (#21071) with 146 infections!
3) Jylani Amplex (#9064) with 135 infections!
4) Pegasus Queen (#3082) with 109 infections!
5) Mirewyn (#27650) with 104 infections!

Hope we all had a great year this year guys!
Happy Halloween!
Posted by Bob the Dragon - not a robot (#643) on 31st Oct 2013
Happy Halloween everyone!

Hope everyone has a great day which involves a lot of candy and videogames, movies, or whatever other festivities you happen to enjoy!

Also, everyone make sure to do all your final spooky dino things, and see if you can trick or treat at Kitty's page to get a free (though rare) scale!
Halloween Events!
Posted by Bob the Dragon - not a robot (#643) on 17th Oct 2013
And so begins our Halloween partying for this year!

As is our annual tradition, we have a bunch of things to offer you guys to do :D

Club Wars!

Everyone has become some form of Halloweeny monster for the rest of the month! Score points for your club by using the right weapons against the right enemies! You collect items randomly by browsing the site.

On the 1st of November the winning club's team will award 2 scales to every player part of that club who participated (and attacked 50+ enemies). All the loser clubs will be given 20 tokens though! (If you attacked 50+ enemies).. So fight hard!


If you want to zombify your avatar, head to the Wardrobe and dare to click the button at the bottom! The effects will last till sometimes after Halloween

On the boards you can also infect other players, spreading the zombie virus around! You can't tag fully infected players, players who last tagged you, or players you tagged last. Each tag also -1 from your infection, so it pays to invite others to tag you!

The top 5 taggers on November 1st will be given 5 scales each.
-Official infection thread here
-Unders infection thread here

Trick or Treat!
Head over to the various Mod's pages if you want to try your luck winning a cookie from us, just be careful for tricks ;D

Pumpkin Carving!
You can grab pumpkins in the same way you grab club wars items and you can head over to the pumpkin patch to carve them!

Costume Contest!
My costume contest is still going on :D The entries I've seen so far have been awesome, so keep em coming!
-Overs here
-Unders here
Server Blip
Posted by Bob the Dragon - not a robot (#643) on 12th Oct 2013
Hey guys! Sorry about the downtime earlier this morning, we had a slight server blip, but Kitty punched everything until it worked :D

All the contest info from the previous newspost is still relevant (club wars sooooon!)

Also, hope everyone who got the new Pokemon game is enjoying themselves :D otherwise, have a great day!
October Costume Contest
Hello EX-ians!

After getting a week into this month, we figure it's time to start the contest for Halloween. This year we're trying out a Dinosaur Costume Contest! If you've got a passion for overlays, now's your time to shine. Check out the full rules on this thread:

For the month of October, we'll try to be extra good at going over overlays to make sure people have ammo for their costumes :D

In other news, the annual Clan Wars should start next week, but in the meantime, anyone who posts in this thread with either a halloween tag or a dressed up human avatar gets a free pumpkin! Just lemme know if it's your HA, so I know to go check them out :D
Happy October!
Hope everyone had a great September, but now it's time for a month of cold weather, candy and excuses to wear confusing outfits!

With the start of a new month, this means our monthly donation item has switched again:

Zombie Cookie time!

If you'd prefer a Zombie Scarf instead, just toss me a message and you can send me your cookie for an exchange :)
(Also, don't worry, I heard your requests last month, I just wanted to keep this month's item on theme ;D Next month I'll take something from your suggestions!)

Finally, we'll be running some form of contest later this month. We're thinking some sort of writing/drawing contest, but if anyone has any ideas, we'd love to hear!
Hello all and welcome to the weekend! Congratulations for surviving another 5 or so days of school, if anyone wants an EX cookie, post in the comments and I will supply u3u!

Two things happen to be starting today for you guys though. First, I hope everyone was ready for breeding season! For once I actually remembered to clear space :,D

Secondly, I'm starting up my Choose Your Own Adventure Contest! (otherwise known as "Bob kills everyone out of love and also you get prizes") feel free to hop in, and even if you duck out early you'll get some sorta item ;D
Greetings all!
Hello my lovely EX-ians! Bob here today!

We've got a few things to announce, and an apology about the lack of updates lately!

First off, Kitty has been up to exciting things, and I have seen them with my own eyes, and have even gotten to playtest them. It won't be done for a while more, but I'm looking forward to it <3

This does mean that Kitty's been extra busy though! So to help her out, Herbs and I have been appointed as caretakers for the site so she can focus on coding! This basically means that I get an excuse to run contests and other nonsense more often, and get to spam you all with news updates telling you how much I love you all.

Second off, Chat seems to be down right now! We apologize for this, it seems to be on their end and they're working on it, so I've made an official "Chatless Spam!" thread on the boards where people can just ramble in the meantime. :D

Thirdly! Ta-da! Finally have a different monthly item!

If anyone has any requests for returning items, lemme know on this post!

Finally! I'm planning on setting up a little "choose your own adventure" contest over the weekend on the boards. I've done it before in chat, but I know java doesn't get along with everyone, so I'm trying to adapt it to forum style. Little prizes for all who enter, big prize for winners <3!