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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.

However:

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. :)
By Mod Herbal (#4) on 2013-11-02 15:48:15
We are behind you. Always Kitty
By Sporeguy (#28121) on 2013-11-02 15:53:08
uh... can any body suggest new animals now?
By Xylax (#12354) on 2013-11-02 15:53:46
I will be behind you all the time babby
By Nesferxty (#20859) on 2013-11-02 15:55:55
I am sorry about hearing of what happened, I can only wish the best for you and know were all here for you. Thank you for being a wonderful leader kitty and thank you for everything you have done for us, it means a lot.
By Shadowlight (#25257) on 2013-11-02 16:07:17
Like Satsu I'm sorry to hear what happened to you. I can only hope that you and your family feel a little bit better know. *hugs*

Thank you for all you did in the past and will do in the future. My dinos and me will follow you to EX II, be sure!!! Pteranodons would be great as new species. ;)

And not to forget: I will be behind you, Kitty!!!! ;)
By Diamond (#22311) on 2013-11-02 16:09:52
I'm sorry... I don't have kids, but I still feel like crying for yours... :(

I just about panicked too, thinking you were about to close EX (Not that I'd blame you) But now I'm so happy to hear about the new one! I'm so excited! I'll keep both, if possible (old and new), but a lot of the features on the new site are ones I've been really hoping for! So thanks Kitty, and I hope things get better...
By Mod Kitty (#1) on 2013-11-02 16:11:51
Thank you!

And yepyep, it will be absolutely possible to keep accounts on both EX and EX II without any problems. :D
By Makki (#28617) on 2013-11-02 16:11:56
I'm so sorry for your loss Kitty, but I'll stick with you even if I've only been around about....maybe half a month? XD Cause it's been this fun!

On that note WOOHOO! I love the new artwork glimpse! It's absolutely beautiful! Please tell me Gaunlong is getting an update with all this, I do love them so
By Mod Kitty (#1) on 2013-11-02 16:13:02
*highfives Makki*
By Car (#662) on 2013-11-02 16:16:01
That's one of the worst things that could ever happen to anyone. I doubt anyone could see you at fault for anything after something like that!

The features for EX II sound very cool! Can't wait to see them in person!

I've been checking in here without logging in as I haven't wanted to take the time to do everything in the game. I like to maximize the potential in all of my dinos and just logging in without doing anything other then feeding them would've hurt that potential. That's most of why I vanished. The rest of the reason is how tedious parts of this game are after a while. >_>

It's great to see activity again in this awesome game. :D
By semisonic (#2475) on 2013-11-02 16:20:33
Thanks for the update. super excited for EX II :) Best wishes to you and yours.
By OliviaRose (#27185) on 2013-11-02 16:23:31
So proud of ya. This sounds like an awesome plan :)
By Shadowlight (#25257) on 2013-11-02 17:16:57
Will everything we have move to EX II? The dinos, the items ... all? And what about the scales? If I would update here will I have it on EX II, too? Sorry, that I haven't understood all, my english is not soooo good. I'm german, you know and out of school for many years. *g*

And thank you very much for the scales, Kitty!!! *hugs*
By Mod Bob the Dragon - not a robot (#643) on 2013-11-02 17:21:12
@shadowlight: not all the dinos and the items, since part of the point of EX II is we want to rework how the core systems work. The scales will be transferrable though :)! So you can keep playing on EX, and when EX II comes out, you can just send your leftover scales over there without worrying
By emily56 (#368) on 2013-11-02 17:22:37
I am so sorry about what happen Kitty i hope thanks well get better for you and your family and i am so excited for EX II and i love the artwork and Best wishes to you and your family
By zacharyparks (#23124) on 2013-11-02 17:35:32
sorry for you and i wanna play EX-II
but im mostly gonna stay here my atroraptors need me :(
By Manny (#26608) on 2013-11-02 17:52:50
a whole neeew world - don't you dare close your eyes.
Thanks, Kitty :)
By Tyrannogon (#5461) on 2013-11-02 18:23:30
I'm so sorry to hear that Kitty.
I wish you the best.

I'm really looking forward to EX II.
The artwork looks gorgeous.
By Halo (#28660) on 2013-11-02 18:29:24
I give you luck Kitteh bro :3 EX II sounds really great, and i'm excited for it :D Even do I've been here for just 1 day, i hope this game can get an even bigger group, and we can all be dinosaur nerds and friends together
By Vortex (#2461) on 2013-11-02 20:02:54
I hope you feel better over time.... but anyway I can't wait for EX2 :)
By Pegasus (#3082) on 2013-11-02 20:14:50
*Hugs to Kitty*

Part of me is sad that EX1 is going to continue to fade away, but then again I'm totally psyched to see EX2! It sounds epic.
By Mod Bob the Dragon - not a robot (#643) on 2013-11-02 20:25:11
don't worry though, we're gonna keep having contests and events on EX :D so we'll have a fun time in the meantime!
By MissScarrow (#13568) on 2013-11-02 20:38:02
Wow, this is so exciting! I'm glad I've decided to come back to Exhibited. Looking forward to Exhibited 2 :) Thanks for the scales.
By LOZF (#10921) on 2013-11-02 21:10:58
Sorry to hear about what's happened, Kitty. Just know that we're all supporting you!

And on another note, super excited for the new site. I've always been the kind of person that begs for major updates, and then complains because I miss the old game. xD
By Genet (#28622) on 2013-11-02 21:37:16
Deeply sorry for your loss Kitty. :c I've never lost a child (because I don't have any) but I can only imagine the pain and suffering you endured during that time. My sympathies to you and your family.

Second; I can't wait for EX II. Chances are when it's fully functional I'll move to that website and transfer all of my things over to it. I love EX to death even though I've only been playing a short time. I love battling the two Lab Dino's I got and I've spent and invested a lot of time into reading every single thing on the forums regarding breeding, how to play, battling and collecting. I've gone back and read past site updates and other features before diving into the game. I try to log in each day before and after school to make sure my two babies are alright, well-fed and free from injuries and sickness.

I haven't made too many friends here yet because I'm not active on the forums, I only lurk.

Can't wait to see some more updates for Exhibited II.
By Nattwinged (#8212) on 2013-11-02 23:51:15
Hey Kitty, wanted to tell you that I am sorry to hear of your loss, and that I hope you know that I as well as I believe the majority of the Exhibited community care and are here to support you and your family. I love Exhibited as a game, but it is truly you-Kitty and the mods/mod guru's as well as the member's that have made it not only the community that hold's strong but as well as the giant awesome family that is there for one another threw thick and thin. If you ever need to message me, I am all ears.
Also I want you to know that with this new adventure-EX2, that I will not only be there on opening but as well hold so much excitement for it's release, I can't wait. If you need any help what so ever, just send me a message, from a scaly friend to another- Natt
By Tessa (#28211) on 2013-11-03 02:18:38
I am so sorry for what happened to you Kitty, loosing a child must be horrible.. I don't know how it feels but i'm completely sure it hurts like thousands of knives..
I'm always here if you are going through a difficult time, just like everyone of Exhibited.

It's nice to hear of you for the first time, i joined just months ago and it's nice to see a post of yours letting me know about what happened and what's coming. Pretty excited about EXII, though i'm not leaving EX until i grow out of it, which could take a few years to be honest. Loving this game!
By Natgrizzy (#3980) on 2013-11-03 05:01:07
I know completely what it's like to lose a child, and you have nothing to apologize for. Life throws thingss at us that put us in a whirl, and it was completely understandable that you couldnt make updates. I am very thrilled for EXII though, and I'm glad to see you back.
By MaxPower (#23817) on 2013-11-03 05:38:01
I can't even imagine how you must feel, but if it's any consolation at all we're all behind you.

In brighter news I'm sooooooooooo excited for EX II! The art looks amazing (and anatomically accurate ;D) and the features sound so much fun! You are cruel to keep us waiting ;)
By Werewolf (#7477) on 2013-11-03 06:09:17
I'm so sorry, Kitty. I don't think I could have even tried to come back here. Even though all that crap happened that made your life bad, you still came back for us and managed to make us EX II. I'm very excited for that, thank you!
By Werewolf (#7477) on 2013-11-03 06:15:50
Forgot to ask this on my post up there, but, can upgrades be transferred to EX II?
By UnwrittenTale (#3511) on 2013-11-03 06:38:37
I'm so sorry for your loss, Kitty. :c It's a very difficult thing to endure... But if it means anything, you have my support.

Really looking forward to EX II! It sounds (and looks) really exciting. < 3
By Wulfraptor (#170) on 2013-11-03 11:53:46
Holy crap! you ok?
But is there a transfer by date?
By Nanave (#7827) on 2013-11-03 16:33:28
I'm so sorry for you! Are you alright? I'm suprised (but very happy) you had the strength to continue with EX. You are a very strong person Kitty!

And EX II sounds like a great idea! It was well worth the wait to hear this news!
By Sayl (#315) on 2013-11-03 16:44:30
I'm guessing accounts wouldn't be transferred? So, if I sign up to EX II, my ID# won't be the same, kinda first come first serve deal? x.x
By Sayl (#315) on 2013-11-03 16:46:07
^^ If account won't be transferred, does that also mean we will lose our upgrades? O: I hope not! I saved up so many scales and EXD for about a year for a forever upgrade!
By Tyme (#540) on 2013-11-03 19:09:25
You have no reason to apologize - and should know you have an amazing community here that supports you 100%! My deepest condolences for your loss. You never cease to amaze with your commitment though - can't wait to see what you have coming and if there's anything I can do to help, give me a nudge! While I sort of got devoured by real life problems on my own end, I still have a huge allegiance and affection for EX! Wishing you the best, and excited to see what you have in store for the future of EX c:
By Taura (#21) on 2013-11-03 23:50:35
I am sorry for you loss, Kitty :(

I kinda grew apart from EX due to having no time, RL stuff, etc. etc., but am definitely looking forward to EX Sequel! Can't wait to have my dinosaurs again. And so happy Xylax will work on it as well, I love his art! :D
By Zha'krisstol (#2373) on 2013-11-04 04:26:43
Your commitment to EX is outstanding, even after such a difficult experience. I wish you the best.
It is a pleasure to be part of such a great concept. And I am intrigued (though a little wary of change) to what is to come on EX II.
By Mod Kitty (#1) on 2013-11-04 08:16:48
Thanks everyone!

No, account numbers won't be transferrable, and neither will upgrades. These will remain on your EX account and won't disappear! :)
By Rudy (#14062) on 2013-11-04 08:16:59
ya mind sendin me a couple of trikes once u finish EX II, kitty?(im addictited 2 it)
By Rudy (#14062) on 2013-11-04 08:18:10
I feel sorry for the loss by the way...
By Halo (#28660) on 2013-11-04 11:31:37
Oh yes, i wish to ask something. Will our money be able to be transferred to EX II? Sorry if i missed any information on that! Ijustwannamakesure ;w;
By Halo (#28660) on 2013-11-04 11:37:08
And...also with herbivore herds...(Apologies for posting again D:)
By Joker's Girl (#151) on 2013-11-04 12:20:32
Wow, I am very sorry for your loss! :( We're all here for you! :3

As for EX II, man am I excited!! I will continue to play EX, as well. I am super excited for the herbivores, and, well, all of it!! :P

Thanks so much Kitty! I really appreciate it, and I'm sure others do, as well. :)

J'sG
By Melissa (#636) on 2013-11-04 14:54:40
Not going anywhere! :)
By Sayl (#315) on 2013-11-04 15:18:13
Sorry for the third question, but does that mean I should just purchase an upgrade on EX II?
By Nanave (#7827) on 2013-11-04 15:40:05
Will we have flying or aquatic dinosaurs? Or fish? Or insects?
By EPICdragon99 (#26737) on 2013-11-04 17:47:02
Well, ima newb, but I still feel very strongly for this site, and I will probably stick around on here for a while. I'm very sorry about what happened.

P.S.:Post the link to EX II ASAP! ;D
By OliviaRose (#27185) on 2013-11-04 17:48:33
We will have flying ones, but I don't think we'll have plesiosaurs. Who knows :o
By Overlord (#25440) on 2013-11-04 20:13:27
Am sorry for your loss kitty. :'(

Even though I don't really talk a lot on here but WOW EX II sounds awesome!! :)
By Papper (#2935) on 2013-11-05 05:28:09
I'm sorry for you're loss the only loss I went through was a bird so I just imagine what you're going through except much much larger (I know a child is more important that a bird)
By Blingninja (#8091) on 2013-11-05 19:08:36
First, I want to apologize for your loss. I've loss people I've been close to, so if you need a virtual shoulder *pats virtual shoulder*

anywho, this all sounds really cool! I've been trying to be more and more active (mainly because i love you guys and I want to be with my dinos! and my meat shop :3 ) I can't wait for it! :D
By (#0) on 2013-11-05 22:15:35
You, your husband & entire family have my heartfelt condolences. I can't begin to imagine the depth of your sorrow. I hope that your grief will ease in time, leaving a mother's love & cherished memories in its wide wake.

Your thoughtfulness is astounding.
You shared your great loss with members, gave each of us a truly generous gift and now we look together at the bright future of EX 2.0. I'm a devoted & grateful member, and you will remain in my thoughts daily.
By slimestone (#5429) on 2013-11-06 00:27:46
I had an account ages ago and I'm not sure what happened to it, and then I got this account...and in all this time I never played the game. And I don't know why ;-; and I am so sorry because I loooove prehistoric animals ;-;

So I will definitely try to be there for new site, and maybe get going on this one too!

Good luck!
By Kitt (#254) on 2013-11-06 00:39:11
Woah man, it's been a while now. I got my account some time ago, and I actually... Forgot, really. It vaguely hit me that I had this but I couldn't remember it too well, but now I'm back! (haha this was like the first community I was involved in I think?? wowowow nostalgia)
It's great to be back too, and I'm rather excited for the new site. It sounds like it'll be fun, yup! (breed all the iguanodons)
Also, sorry 'bout the loss of child, that must be pretty terrible for you and your husband. ono
Good luck, also!
By Connor (#16171) on 2013-11-06 06:24:10
EX II I cant wait!
By Rin (#8100) on 2013-11-06 15:46:13
I'm so sorry for your loss, but I appreciate your dedication to the site. May I ask if dinosaurs will be transferable? Perhaps just one or two?
By (#0) on 2013-11-06 20:12:25
Hey Kitty. I'm so glad to see you back on and I wanted to let you know that you are an amazing and thoughtful person. You thought of all of us Exhibited members even when you and your husband lost a child. Everyone ought to give you one gigantic, ear-deafening round of applause for that.

As for EX II, I will absolutely be joining, despite being away from EX for so long. EX was the first sim (especially dinosaur sim) that I ever played and I intend to follow it wherever it goes if I can. Everything sounds fantastic about EX II and, if nothing else, the new battling system is something I'm dying to try. ^^

Let us all know when it's up so we Exhibited members can storm onto the site and check it out. XD Looks like Xylax will have plenty of art to do but I know it will be fantastic (it always is =P). My heart goes out to you for your loss, Kitty and I hope to hear more from you soon. =^_^=
By Sky (#7153) on 2013-11-06 20:14:01
Oh, I'm Sky #7153 by the way (it does not show above).
By Buffy (#5043) on 2013-11-06 22:15:27
First of all, I'm so sorry for the loss of your child. I can't imagine the pain, but I'm glad to see you're back and seem to be managing alright.

I will stand by Exhibited and probably play it until the end of it's days, whenever that day may be. However, I am also really exhited for EX II

It literally sounds so awesome and you don't even know how excited I am. I can't wait to see it someday! :D

Thanks for everything Kitty. I appreciate it.
By Samateus (#2970) on 2013-11-07 07:39:34
@Kitty
My gods, I feel so insensitive now. D:
Feel better, do what makes YOU happy. We love the journey alongside you, always have. (I need to pop into trillian/pidgin chat again D:< )

As for EX2, I had a feeling something huge was coming. This is wonderful news, I look forward to seeing more updates and previews for the new site. I'll be sticking around this time, though still very aloof(dunno when I can get more scales and my gene pools are getting fairly thin!).
By Shadowbolt (#2674) on 2013-11-07 08:48:48
Kitty as we all know you and the exhibited mod team are amazing. I've not been playing so much recently but I think when EX2 comes out I will be sure to start up playing on there. Looking forwards to that so much!

Don't work yourself too hard ;)
By Blackfox13 (#26611) on 2013-11-08 11:36:24
Kitty, I don't know what it feels like to lose a child (I'm only eleven you see) but I can imagine. I adore dinosaurs and waited to finally try this game, I wasn't disappointed, thank you kitty.
By Screaming (#12910) on 2013-11-09 17:35:35
Oh, by Aule, Kitty. My heart goes out to you- the loss of a child is devastating.

I'm excited to see the new site! Please, keep us noted when this second generation of Exhibited is released! I wish to flock there and become one of the First. >:D

Keep yourself well, Kitty!

~Chill
By Star (#1753) on 2013-11-09 21:13:56
Nice to see you back Kitty.
By Ankokou (#3281) on 2013-11-11 11:21:08
My, it's been a while hasn't it?
I logged on just to say I support you and EX II all the way. Thank you for the update and I look forward to the future.

Also, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know words seem meaningless in the face of something so horrible, but all my hugs. I'm glad you took a step back to focus on yourself and other family after that.

My own IRL issues seem inconsequential in comparison, but things are stabilizing for me as well.

I know you likely have all the help you likely need, but give me poke if you need some more help with artwork. Thankfully in my long absence from EX I got the eye surgery I needed to end my art-hiatus.
By Solivare (#24968) on 2013-11-12 12:55:00
Nice to see you back Kitty! And wow I'm so terribly sorry about your loss, I hope everything clears up. We have your full support.

By Foxtail (#30973) on 2014-07-17 16:35:09
Wow, I can't WAIT for EX II!! I actually joined EX just over a month ago, and i'm already exited for EX II! Also, TERRIBLY sorry about your loss. :( Your sorrow will be mine.
By Ace2930 (#10522) on 2017-11-07 12:37:08
Sorry for your loss Kitty! I can't imagine how you are feeling. Just know that even though most of us don't know you firsthand, we are behind you all the way. I never felt like I belonged with my "nerdish" ways until I sign up on this game 7 years ago. I love the community and all of the support behind every one of it's members. I can't wait for EXII and all of the surprises you have in store. I'm most excited for the relationships and everything new with the herbies!!