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Small Updates
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 27th Jul 2010
I've made continous little small updates throughout the site since the server change.

Mostly I've:

- Fixed bugs. The ones I have fixed are on the forums and are "locked".
- Added a status to chat, where you can set yourself to away. This icon will appear: away
- Added a lurk button for mods. ;)
- Added a "notes" link at the top for upgrades. It's just a pop-up window where you can store your own private notes! (This is especially useful for me).

I will next be moving onto developing herbivores as we've had a few images come in. Here's a preview of one:


Those of you who have been in chat with me will know my plans for them, but a quick recap:

- Setup much like fish, requiring minimal care
- Gradings (such as A+, A, B etc) for the animals
- Automatic breeding with seasons
- Rearing for meat
- Pack hunting

Alongside this I am intending to develop some more side-stats (Hunting Experience, Agility Experience, Racing Experience) etc that will be boosted in different ways. This will probably cause a revamp of dino pages to fit all the extra information in.

I'll keep everyone posted over the next few days. :)
New Server
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 25th Jul 2010
Hey guys, I swapped servers today. Sharing with Ala and EV was great but it wasn't fair on them because EX was eating up most of the resources, so I traded us over to our own server. :D It took a while and there's still some tweaking to be done, but I think we're about there.

The only thing that's down at the moment are dinosaur images. The image-creation system I use isn't properly installed on this server yet but I have a ticket filed and it should be done.

In the meantime I'll be uploading a backup of the images I did have saved and when the server is done installing, all you'll have to do is click the "no image?" link and your dinosaur image will be recreated. Lay off of it for now though, because it won't work.

EDIT: They're working again. If your dinosaur has an image missing, just click the link to regenerate one for it. :D

I'll keep you posted. <3 Enjoy the speed!
Site Trivia!
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 23rd Jul 2010
Lucien (#35) is going to be hosting some site trivia today at 5pm EX time.

There will be an opportunity to earn scales for the site, flex your dinosaur and Exhibited knowledge, and have a whale of a time!

For more information, checkout this thread.

Good luck everyone!
Desert Background
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 21st Jul 2010
There is a new background available.. The desert!

Desert BG

Available in stores now. ;)
Site Lag
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 19th Jul 2010
I'm aware of the site lag that Exhibited is experiencing every so often. It's not an all day thing at the moment (thank God!) but it's becoming a problem and I'm not happy with it.

Exhibited is currently hosted on Alacrity's server, thanks to the wonderful Robyn, and is also alongside Equiverse, so the three games are battling it out for space right now.

The three of us together are monitoring what scripts are hogging the most resources and going in straight away to optimize those scripts for speed, and save resources where we can.

If by Friday the site speed hasn't improved and there are still occassional slow periods, I'll switch us over to our own server. Hopefully scale purchases will be stable enough to fund this; as a dedicated, managed server is extremely expensive. x) But so far so good!

I'd like to personally thank everyone so far for your contributions, positive feedback, donations and just general being awesome. New and old members alike, you all rock, and I hope you have tons of fun on Exhibited. Remember, the game is here for YOU, and YOU make it, so whatever suggestions, complaints or queries you have, don't hesitate to post them. Our wonderfully dedicated moderator team are here to help, as am I. :)

Thank you for your patience!

We reached..
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 18th Jul 2010
500 members!

So as I promised in the chatroom, I've released the Linheraptor.

A gorgeous new dinosaur for you guys to snap up. ;)


The museum file for this will appear at some point today, just give me a little while to write up the facts for him. :)

I've also released a newbie pack to give you a few supplies to start the game with. I'll be working on jobs next to help new starters get some more money.
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 16th Jul 2010
So we're two hours late but I've finally scrambled enough stuff together to open the game. :)

Check out the new referral banners:

Go out and refer, guys!

We are officially open!!!!
Moar updates
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 16th Jul 2010
Well, I've been working like absolute crazy on Exhibited the past couple of days and I think I've tired myself out. XD

I've gotten:

- Dinosaur images redone. They now save to the server to ease off on so much processing power usage. (However, due to this some might be missing some - just click the "No Image?" link and it will regenerate one for you.) This means that the old dino_image.php?id=IDHERE no longer works and I've also taken the decision to disable dynamic images for dead dinosaurs, so that we free up server space. You'll still be able to put your own custom image on there, but that's about it, unless you revive them.

- I have disabled jobs for the time being because guys, EX is caught in the recession! :O
Well, not really, but the idea I have for them will take up a LOT of time to program so I'm keeping that to myself for now.

- The mods now have their moderator panel back and functioning. :)

- I will also be updating the chatroom to be more conservative of space soon, too.

- You can now euthanize a dinosaur if you've owned it for more than 10 days and no longer want it. You won't get a fossil from this.

- You can once again vote every day for EX and earn $2500 (so if you vote once a day for 7 days, you end up getting more than $15000 anyway ;))

- I've cut down some of the payouts on the flash games so they don't pay out so much.

Today I'm hoping to add a newbie tutorial/welcome screen to help integrate new players into the game and ease off the pressure on the mods from when new players repeatedly ask, "how do I get a dinosaur?"

I'm also going to finish off the signup, make lottery run, do the cron for clubs and fix the donate thing, make entering your birthday mandatory (sorry!), start dinosaurs happiness fluctuating to do with foliage states, restart enclosure enrichment items giving off their effects and remove all illnesses from current dinosaurs. The background store will also go up permenantly today as well.

I'm *hoping* to try and get open today, guys, so I need your support. :) Should I manage to get enough done, I'm going to estimate about 2pm EX time everything will be open.
Wow, long...
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 7th Jul 2010
SO, I have some fun updates for everyone today!

I have listened to what everyone said about aging per day per login vs aging per day, and I've decided to come to a happy medium. You now have the option to choose which scenario you'd like. Aging per day will be aging, advancing etc etc as we know it right now. Aging per login, per day, will be exactly the same, except if you don't login that day, your dinos won't age/get hungry etc etc. Trials will still run as normal every day and upgrades will only decrease depending on what you've set everything to. Last offspring will decrease every day regardless if you login or not.

I feel this was the best choice as half of you were for it, and half of you were against it. This also helps loosen up some strain on the server when cron runs every night (less cron of it to run!) and I think it will suit everyone. People who can login every day and such can continue as normal, and people who are frightened they might not be able to login once a day can switch to this system. I believe this is part of what Exhibited is about - the flexibility of letting YOU decide how you want to play, and I hope I've kept everyone happy this way. :)

Everyone has by default been switched to on login and it's just a matter of going to your account settings and choosing which way you want your account to advance. This is all setup and working.

You'll also notice there's a VERY snazzy new layout for the main page and you won't automatically be logged out when you go to the index page anymore. There's also a "for parents" page which I'm going to write at a later date, to keep in compliance with US laws.

In lieu with the above, I'll also be adding a birthday feature which you will be required to set in order to keep playing. It'll be a two second click to set it and you should receive a cute present on your birthday (when I get it setup).

Bugswise, we've been doing okay. There's been a couple of major ones but I'm smashing them as we go along.

The chatroom is up and functioning still so make sure to drop by there when you get a chance. ;) It'll be a nice way to meet new members!

There's also a "test breeding" function at the bottom of your dinosaurs' pages, where you can enter in two IDs to see what sort of offspring they will produce. It will show you the colors and markings and the potential genes your dinos could make.

You can also now create a custom dinosaur for ten scales from the lab. This place will have all of the dinosaur species at once and is slightly pricey to keep it as more of a luxury item. It's not a necessity to create a custom dinosaur but it's there if you want to use it.

As of tomorrow everything will start aging, advancing etc etc. Fish will get hungry and die if not cared for. Fish will also begin to breed again.. Just to make sure you're all aware.

There is also a little facebook thing on the sidebar. If you have facebook and wouldn't mind just clicking "like", that would be great! The more people that hear about us the better. :D

Phew, that was another long post. I hope everyone's happy with these updates. :)

P.S. We have a new moderator. Everyone say hi to Griffel!
Chat Room & Everything Open Again
Posted by Kitty (#1) on 4th Jul 2010
So we have a chatroom up and running now. :) It's AJAX, very pretty and runs smoothly with no annoying page refreshes. It's small enough to fit all browsers as well without being a pain.

As well as this, I've opened up the whole site to you guys. I'm expecting there to be a plethora of bugs so please go through and let me know what you find (on the bugs board).

I won't turn on aging again just yet until I decide what to do regarding logins. Right now, I think I'm going to switch to logins = aging etc instead of per day. We had a long talk about it in chat and the thing most people were worried about were if you missed a day and someone didn't, would they still get ahead of you?

The answer is no, they wouldn't. It would be the same difference as aging per day, but you'd be able to catch up because you wouldn't miss a day.

Edit: The Sinosauropteryx is available now, too. An example of one is here. :)