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Posted by Kitty (#1) on 23rd Oct 2010
We're back, everything went smoothly, and the new server is up. Emails are still being configured (le'sigh) but everything else has gone well!

During downtime, I decided to put in hex codes. Everyone put in a good argument for and against these on the forums but in the end I decided that the pros outweighed the cons. From 816 possible combinations for dinosaurs we have leapt to over 256,000,000,000,000. Of course many of these may be unnoticably different to the naked eye but they are different.

What does this mean?
- All dinosaurs have their same colors and markings.
- All lab dinosaurs will still be generated from the original 51 colors and 16 markings.
- All color potions still work and produce the same color they would have done previously.
- Custom dinosaurs can be ANY color under the sun.
- Color and marking color genetics have been removed.
- Colors and marking colors are now determined through mixing the two hexes. However:
- All breedings have a 30% chance of a dad-similar color, a 30% chance of a mom-similar color, and a 40% chance of a mix of the two.
- All breedings will now display color and marking color on chick pages.

But.. I liked genetics! Why are you limiting them?
Well, it's not permenant that dinosaurs have a couple less lines of genetics. I am planning 16 new markings for every species that you can breed for through genetics.. The art is in process for these by the lovely Semisonicstar (;D) and a preview of one of the markings is here:

Pinto Atrociraptor
A heavy pinto marked atrociraptor.

Panda Atrociraptor
A heavy panda marked atrociraptor.

Tiger Atrociraptor
A heavy tiger marked atrociraptor.

Siamese Deinonychus
A heavy siamese marked deinonychus.

But I still have concerns, and they are:

- People will just breed for colors now. Thanks, Kitty. -.-
The color option was aways there, and people bred for color before. Seeing as gameplay on Exhibited is NOT restricted to breeding for color or markings, I don't see this as an issue.

- What about all the muddies and horrible colors that will be bred?
First up, you can test breed, see what colors eggs are and lastly, dinosaurs die at age 100. The game can effectively push them out if nobody wants them. They aren't immortal and aren't here forever, so it's down to breeding and personal preference to determine what the gene pools are like. And if color doesn't bother you - who CARES? :D

-I don't like the way this will change the way the community does things on EX.
I don't honestly think that it will. Like I said, as there's so many gameplay options here, I view color as just a sideline thing - something you can either make your primary focus or something extra to tack on, or something to ignore entirely.

-What about all colors turning dull eventually, as people breed?
Dinosaurs will still be generated by the original 51 colors and 16 markings, and customs are always available. Let's not forget about color potions either. ;D

-But the hex codes don't always look completely "true" on dinosaurs.
This is because every species has their base coloring/shading just that little bit different. The differences are hardly worth mentioning but they are there, because I simply don't want every dinosaur being the exact same. This also adds to the challenge, I feel, and makes things more interesting. It will be the same when I bring markings in (one set of marking genes will make one marking on one species of dinosaur, but another on a different species ;)).

I think this will make things even more exciting on Exhibited and I hope everyone can appreciate this new addition. :)

P.S. - you may or may not have noticed, but we have a Halloween banner up now. Points to everyone who notices the adorable pumpkin! XD
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 17th Oct 2010
As a heads up, I will be closing Exhibited down for some downtime on Thursday 21st October 2010 at 10am server time..

We expect to be back up sometime on Saturday the 23rd. :)

There will be no rollbacks, no missing actions, no money returned and items missing, no dinos lost. Everything up to when I close will be saved, so don't panic.


EDIT: As one more *small* update, moving crates have moved to the sidebar of your farm page. Enjoy.

EDIT II: We finally have the microraptor baby.

Baby Microraptor
Cron & New Dino pages
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 15th Oct 2010
I am aware that there is an issue with cron at the moment and I think I know why. It's happening very sporadically and randomly, and affecting random parts in random areas of the cron script. When I run them manually, they're fine, so I'm going to assume the server cron times out at random times. I can't check my email reports because the mail server is corrupted, so what's looking likely is a complete fresh reinstall of the server soon, which would probably mean a day or two of downtime. Don't panic, there won't be any rollbacks - haha! But anyway - unless it's urgent, please don't report it anymore on the boards. If you have a dino that should be able to breed again, message me the id and I'll reset her breeding days. I'd also recommend switching to aging on login for now because that seems to run a lot better than aging per day. I'll keep you all posted on progress.

To clarify: Breeding days are not controlled via login, they decrement every day regardless of if you login or not. This is why this will probably be the only thing (short of HOF) that won't work if you swap to age on login while I investigate this.

On a much lighter note!

Dino pages have a new look. ;D

They show information in tabbed, easy-to-flick-between content, which means it looks a ton more organized and shiny, and I can pack lots and lots of detail and information onto a dinosaur's page - and now it won't look cramped or squished! And hopefully, it will kill anytimes where the page has overlapped onto the sidebar.

I hope you like!

UPDATE: Some of you complained about battling taking longer. I added a "quick battle" area to the sidebar. It should be even quicker for battling than before using this. :) (It will only appear if you own the dino and it is available for battling. It also has the tendency to stretch over onto the green if you have a healing item with a name that's veeeeeeery long.)
Small update!
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 13th Oct 2010
Just to keep everyone informed, there's a couple of slight updates:

- Battles now update health in live time, so there's no longer a delay and this should hopefully avoid those accident deaths. :)

- The inbreeding intelligence penalty has been lifted - it'll just count on the inbreeding % now.

I am still reading moderator applications and have not responded to anyone yet - just a FYI! I will respond to everyone as I get round to it, successful or not. :)

- edit: Due to testing cron, I fastforwarded a couple of people's accounts (most likely to affect you if you logged in today already). To rectify this I deaged all dinos by one day.
I don't even know why I have a subject for news posts!
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 10th Oct 2010
A couple of new updates:

- The dreamsheet has been taken down. I have about 20 left to do in my inbox so I'll get around to them shortly.

- If you have any unread messages, they will appear in the userinfo box at the top next to your messages link.

- Some additions/tweaks to the moderator panel.

- The facebook sidebar item has moved to the news page only to increase page speed.

- Random events have been changed. They should now be a little bit more rare.

- There is also a *new* random event. ;O You can get this awesome new plushie from it:

Darth Kitei Plush

(If you get that random event, comment here for lulz!)

I also have some moderator positions open also as I've had to let go a couple of mods this weekend. If you are interested, please go here for more information. :)

And regarding the second Halloween game - I'm probably going to release this around the last week of October. ;)

I am planning a revamp of the forums and dinosaur pages soon-ish, so if they go a bit.. Strange for a little while, just ignore it. :)

*wipes sweat and steps down from soapbox*
Just a note:
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 5th Oct 2010
The dream sheet isn't your personal ordering form. ;) If I've already completed yours, do NOT send another one in with things you "might have had" or "would like" - these get immediately deleted and if repeated I will be forced to issue a warning.

You'll know if I've completed yours because you'll either get a message back with all the items, or the items (sometimes it's faster for me not to drop a message back) just magically appear in your inventory.

The vast majority of you have been very reasonable and I appreciate it. :)

Please also give love to Kitei, who has been manually sending items out for me as well. <3

I will be removing the dreamsheet sometime this weekend. Anyone who logs in after that and hasn't had a chance to take a look at the dreamsheet will need to message me and we'll work something out. :)
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 4th Oct 2010
Items were lost again, it seems, so I have immediately closed the site down and spent all day working on this.

The backup system is set to overwrite every day for some stupid reason so I've changed had to go in and change it so it doesn't overwrite anymore. This means there will be no rollback, so don't worry about losing new lab dinos you made or dinos you bred, etc. I won't be rolling back.

This also means I have spent all day staring into the database at 75000+ entries, and trying to figure out how to get what item back to what person.

This is what I've saved:
- Anything equipped to your dinosaurs.
- Anything equipped to enclosures.
- All filters that were attached.

What I've given you automatically:
- A healing pills with 1000 uses. This should keep you going for a while.
- One of every food item (minus rares).

What's happened with the rest:
- All food items (minus rares and the ones I gave you) have been erased.
- All health items (minus rares and the ones I gave you) have been erased.
- All equippables (minus rares and ones equipped to dinos) have been erased.
- All enclosure items (minus rares and ones equipped to enclosures) have been erased.
- All unattached filters have been erased.
- All shopbought plushies have been erased, but everyone has been given an extra $25,000 to compensate for this.
- All nets have been erased. Everyone has been given one pink fishing net (this has 35 uses, so will last for over a month).
- Anyone who donated between August-September over $20 have been given a Candyland background.
- Anyone who donated in October over $20 have been given a replacement Zombie Cookie.

Everything else has been left to a "dream sheet." Basically, this is a list of rare and collectable items that you may or may not have collected/stockpiled. I'm not expecting everyone to completely remember what they had but if you have a rough idea, and maybe perhaps an extra couple that you would have liked just for the inconvenience of this, you can get them granted to your account. I will be reviewing every one submitted so be realistic - if you're a brand new account and requesting one of everything let's just say it's not going to happen. x3

I'm really sorry about all of this and this is completely my fault (regarding the backup etc). I will be up into the late hours tonight checking across logs and double, triple, quadruple checking the coding for anything that could have hinted towards this. I've been told it happened at the exact same time as last time (weird) so it could be a random cron from somewhere.

But as a headsup I have reviewed this many times in the past and gone over it with a fine tooth comb today and I'm still not finding anything that would generate such a... Well, mess.

I am expecting a backlash from this but I'm trying my best to make this as pain free for everyone. I hope you guys can all forgive me (and thank God it didn't affect the dinos!!). <3

As a further apology, I've given everyone one Kitty Icecream, which was the July donation item.

The link to the dream sheet is on your sidebar now. Please try only to submit once and please try to be honest. :)
Under 13s
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 1st Oct 2010
Some of you may have noticed now that there has been a change to the message boards and chat rooms.

Under 13s are no longer permitted to enter the chatroom or the main message boards. Instead, all under 13s have access to under 13-only boards consisting of general, sales, roleplaying and help/bugs. The only non-under 13s that will be able to access these boards will be moderators, for obvious reasons.

The decision to do this was not taken lightly. It is to give under 13s an extra safety bump and was decided after receiving several complaint emails from parents. Instead of removing all under 13s from the site completely, I decided it would be fairer - and more logical - to do things this way. :) There are no changes to gameplay (no features are lost) - it's only the boards that have changed. These changes have been made to protect under-13s, and as soon as they turn 13 they will be able to access the main boards again.

I expect there will be a few complaints but I hope all of you can understand why I made this decision, and agree that it's for the best. :)
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 1st Oct 2010
So I have released one of the new games for Halloween today and it's ZOMBIE TAG! This game is played via the boards and the aim of the game is simply to infect as many players as possible - and in turn, get infected. You can view your "zpoints" and read more about this game here.

You can earn yourself this awesome trophy if you play:

The other one will come along sometime this week. ;D

Spread the zombieness!!!!!

As a side note: as it's Halloween this month, which is my favourite holiday of the year... Every $20 donation or more will get you a Zombie Cookie which will give a dinosaur some pretty good boosts. ;D

Zombie Cookie
Preview of things to come...
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 29th Sep 2010
I have a preview of part of one of the games that are going to span all of October in celebration of Halloween. ;)


A scale to the first person who correctly guesses what this year's theme will be. :D

Clara got it. Yes, this year's Halloween theme is zombies.