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  1. I don't believe I made my message clear enough... this is far more than my initial seeking justice for being demotion without compensation. As it has started as that, there has been an extreme turn of events that followed a previous issue shown above as well... This is not about users complaining about lack of care for a site any further, this is not about lack of pay... This is about predatory behavior and leaving a warning due to the fact this is a Children based website... This is a dangerous situation. I am not seeking to stoke any flame or in your words "perpetuating the drama" as I have seen screenshots first hand of this predatory behavior towards female users on the site, this is not some pointless blame game or a site set to turn on who owns it or runs it... this is a legitimate issue of a grown man going into women's private messaging systems and asking for inappropriate photos on several occasions... Apologizing only to do it again and again... Women he worked with... Women who were simple users without any big game title. Women who asked him to stop only for him to continue on with the excuse of intoxication. This is me leaving a paper trail at this point. This is not seeking unwanted attention, it is standing up for the women he has harassed and dogged for inappropriate photos... It is alerting wonderful people such as yourself who run these gorgeous sites populace to minors and people of all walks of life to be careful of this programmer / site owner. I am but a simple artist... but I stand hard for what is right and what is wrong, and to not say anything to set a warning for those who may potentially work with this man is entirely against my nature seeing the damage he has done. He has tried to covered his tracks, unaware there are many with screenshots... I will leave this at that... but please consider this as more than what it started.
    6 points
  2. Hey guys! I'm new to this so please excuse it being quite a mess! I am in a very confused and concerned mentality at this time due to this being quite sudden and without warning or even communication. For over a year, as of August 10th, I have been working for Verpets.com as an Official Artist and... while the work was slow, low paying, and communication was very poor, I enjoyed the job. I enjoyed speaking to the other artists there and get to be a big part of what happens behind the scenes. As someone who has visited and partook in the site since late 2009, being able to give back was a big dream come true for me! But... As per stated... Projects were rare to come out. I created an item that the sites programmer, Carl, asked to be revised and I was more than happy to do so! I would send him questions that pertained to the revision and... he ignored them. So I simply held on stand by for some weeks without communication on his end. He would arrive to the site daily, post to the sites Shoutbox, claim to be occupied with coding... then disappear until the next day. After waiting for so long I simply moved on with my provided topic and I came up with a pretty nifty item idea that I thought it best to consult Carl about! Once again, ignored! So I simply submitted that after waiting some days for his activity to return to "Vercomm" as the site refers to the direct message system. The art and plenty of the submissions prior sat there... however, there were some pieces that were accepted and I forgot to set up my paypal with the sites admin, Exile. At one point I saw it too busy to worry about, having had a steady stable 8-5 job I didn't see any fuss in rushing over funds! So more time progressed... and the lack of projects, lack of care for the site, and sheer laziness came to a point with plenty of the users in Verpets. One going as far as to bring these claims up and I accompanied the user! Highlighting the issues such as the clear inability to properly care for the rotting site out of sheer laziness on Carls side, however I worded that far more carefully and caringly due to the fact I wanted to talk, not fight. Those messages were deleted. That is when conversation turned to requesting we, the prior mentioned user and I, speak to the site owner who goes by Joe. Carl created a "Vercomm" and took us in privately to talk. This only seemed to bring us to a brick wall. Carl Proved to be incapable of mature conversation. In the uploaded images I simply provided our exchange. TOPIC WARNING. - Pedophilia , abuse. In those images you will find the entire exchange that Carl did not delete. As per seen, at no point did I fly off of the handle and make a scene. The entire exchange I made sure I did all I could to remain poise and professional, as this was more than some user to user issue as Carl would be considered my superior on a professional level and I handle my pet site assistance such as art as business-savvy as I can. Carl was confronted on issues such as accused pedophilia on his behalf. Nightcrawler having had people come to her and tell her about the awful things Carl asked minor users for in the past, she held a heavy stance on demanding answers and the owners help due to those very serious issues. My stance, clearly shown, was withdrawn but at this point willing to speak in part for Nightcrawlers defense simply due to the serious issue that is a potential pedophile helping run a pet site. An issue I mentioned was him harboring dangerous users, one per mentioned who nearly everyone still active on the site has had very negative experiences with. This user only stays around on the site pretending to be someone they are not due to wanting to "keep tabs" on users who quite honestly just want the toxicity and mental abuse to seize. Carl knows fully well that user is not who they claim to be, and rather than punishing them accordingly with the site rules he simply revokes that users rights permanently such as item and pet trading. Out of concern for my peers and future users, I brought this up due to the awful nature of that user... One that has been banned on multiple occasions prior for just generally being bad people. My third point was simply that of honesty. It was made verbally clear that Carl is very unmotivated. Verpets suffers greatly from the lack of proper technical care and update. Anything mentioned of wanting to fix things or update them is met with hesitancy or a complete scene. These issues were made a private but more open manner after a point of breaking in patience with those working with him closely. After this point Carl would proceed to refuse all care to the site and basically hold it hostage by him and the owner keeping it up but not fixing it or adding to it. Rendering it without any events aside from the automatic news spamming events! None of my points or positions were off the handle, none of them were wild claims or back handed attacks... I simply wished for some sort of communication due to the fact these issues existed and Carl would rather sweep it under the rug and pretend don't exist. Rather than communicating with me he ignored me and the "Vercomm" he had created as well as quietly disabled Nightcrawlers account without identifying it like a normal ban would appear. Privately he would speak to the moderator of the site... Those screenshots I also have provided! He vented about his health issues effecting his work, which is understandable... but claimed the job of Programmer to a Pet Site was untenable due to the sites being primarily female? Because suddenly the personal choices that he, in another screenshot, claims to of forgotten was to be blamed on the female populace of a suffering site dying at the hands of it's own owner and programmer. The issue died down after Ferbie so gracefully defused the situation. After about a month and 5 days I discovered today that he demoted me back to a basic user... and without any communication per usual. Verpets has yet to pay me properly VIA paypal for my accepted item pieces... I am absolutely devastated that a site that I've spent the last 11 years on, interacting with, and growing up with could become such an awful place. I have sent Carl a private message about my demotion, but I have about had it. Verpets owes me compensation for my time and effort inevitably to fade into the void that is refusal for care by it's very own programmer, also provided in the uploaded images. I'm not sure where to go from here. A dear friend suggested I take my issues up here! So... here I am!
    5 points
  3. Website - Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Discord Hello! I'm a long time member (previously of VPL, then TGL when it went down), but mainly I've kept to myself. However, today, I have really exciting news to share—My partner, Ryou, and I have been working on our site, Alterico! It is currently still in active development, with our developer plugging away towards alpha testing, which we are aiming for Late Spring 2021. Alterico is an upcoming art-focused role play game, otherwise known as ARPG. Our game is inspired from the many fantastic closed species communities on DeviantArt and Toyhou.se. With the arrival of DeviantArt's Eclipse update last year May, we felt the need to fill this unique niche. There is a community of artists and writers who now feel alienated by the new website layout and feel that it is not working for their group functions, and many have shifted offsite to frameworks such as Lorekeeper or with the use of Discord bots to manage their functionality. However, I felt that this wasn't enough. What Ryou and I wanted was an experience that was seamless, and did not rely on external services to function. What we needed was a pet site-like interface where players would log in and do everything they need in one place, without needing to reference commands. I'm very grateful to say that we came across a fantastic developer on Reddit who is interested in our project, and we have been working with them for almost a year now. Development began last April in 2020! Our Features In a word... Ambitious? Our 1.0 Release is going to contain all of our core functionality, which, when itemized, feels like a lot! Character Creation and MYO (Make Your Own) Characters Draw artwork to grow your character Questing through completing Artwork/Writing tasks Ordinates, our common currency, and Leveling Up Character Trading and Retiring Changing your Character's appearance through our Trait Curio System Masterlist Profiles for our character archetypes/species, the Nyaga, Grundelwick and humans Gacha elements with our premium currency, Lumenstone and Lumencryst Character Rarity based on chosen and earned Traits Live Messaging and Persistent Shoutbox Full Player Economy and Trading Full Mobile Support and Mobile breakpoints for various devices These core features will be present for our Alpha Testing to ensure that everything is working as intended. Our developer has been working on most of these and has shown them in action, with some key screenshots above for a peek at our layout and UX. Screenshot 1 shows our mobile layout at work! All of these features come together to focus on the most important part of our game: the player's character. The player will be able to create their own character, either human, Nyaga or Grundelwick, and through drawing their character in various prompts, advance their level and/or change their physical appearance. In the species community, this is usually referred to as Evolving Species. We wanted a deep focus on art, writing and creation as the primary way to advance--Draw more, grow more, change more. We want to foster a community of artists where drawing comes with a great reward, on top of creating great work! Who We Are & Challenges We Face In a market saturated with phone and mobile games, for us to succeed, we have to keep up with technological trends. Even extremely successful games like FlightRising and Dappervolk suffer from the same issue: a degraded mobile experience. It is not enough to have your site 'work' on a phone--it must transform and shape itself to the needs of your audience. This is why I have put such heavy emphasis on developing a full mobile experience alongside our main site. I (bird, or Asher!) am a Graphic Designer and Print Prepress Technician, and in my short while working in my industry have understood what visually works and what does not. I want the "Nintendo Polish" on our site, where we can truly be something next level. I am also a hobbyist artist, and while I take on the lead designer role for this site, I cannot do all the planning alone. Ryou, my partner in crime, is our designated artwork lead and designer of the Nyaga species. Previously, we have ventured into creating a species group on Deviantart on our own, being one of the first groups to include a dedicated Discord bot to supplement our systems, but I felt that between the two of us, the work was too cumbersome and the experience for our players was not what I wanted. This is when we closed our previous group to return to the starting line for Alterico. In these tough times, with Covid starting it's third wave where I live, it also may be hard to get donations and help from our fans. We want to wholly give all of our donation gifts to our developer first and foremost, while we supply the copy and artwork between Ryou and I. Our little three man team will try our best to get it done! We plan to have fun and exciting donation perks once we are able to confirm a date for our Alpha Testing. Doing Right By Our Player Base Ryou and I are a team of artists, looking to create a place for artists and writers. We see that this community needs a home, and we want to be that home. We don't claim to be perfect--we are still learning, and frankly I am not always up to date on the newest terminology and news. But important social events and human rights movements do not go unseen by us, and we always acknowledge that our player base is diverse, loving and excited people. We treat our player base with the utmost respect and we simply ask they do the same. It is with this sort of respect and kindness that we hope to perpetuate in our game, with a zero tolerance policy on bigotry and hate. Keep In Touch With Us! We would love for all of you great folks on The Gaming List to follow us on our development journey! Our socials are listed above, and all are more than welcome to join our development discord for more sneak peeks. If there are any questions about what we have planned or about any of the features we have, please comment and I'll field them as best as I can! I know with everyone's support we will make our site a great success. Thanks for reading!
    4 points
  4. We are kicking off the new year with a highly targeted ad campaign to revive TGL by acquiring new customers and sellers within the gaming community. This campaign is vital to ensure browser game owners and freelancers alike have access to an active community within a very niche category. We have selected FurAffinity as our primary advertising outlet with the intention to run an Adwords campaign at the conclusion of the FA ads depending on performance. To make this happen, we are asking game owners, artists, developers, and loyal pet game players to support this endeavour by donating to our fundraiser via PayPal. Help us reach our goal of $450! How the $450 will be spent We will be purchasing a 6-month package which includes 3 ad sizes (300x90, 300x200, and 728x90). FA serves ads to 1.1 billion customers each month, so we expect quite a few new faces to pop up once the ads are activated. Any additional funds will be put towards the forum licensing, and an Google Adwords campaign at the conclusion of the FA ad run. Thank you all for your continued support and dedication to the gaming community!
    4 points
  5. I can’t wait to contribute to this! It’s so nice to see TGL getting some exposure. I know without these forums I would not have found freelancers to make my game possible. Celestial Equine will be running its own fundraiser to donate to this cause - woohoo! I will post pictures of our fundrainer companions soon. EDIT - our fundraiser is live! https://celestialequine.com/creditstore?section=4&spotlightID=26
    4 points
  6. Hello Everyone! Wanted to take a moment and let everyone in the virtual pet community know that the virtual pet site Sensipets is coming back to a browser near you! We are currently in our Alpha stage and are taking a limited amount of users to try out the website. To give you a little intro into who we are: we are a virtual pet site that will have an emphasis on community and education. Through storytelling and community building, the users will be able to grow their passion for virtual pet sites. With our education integrations, users will be able to discover and learn new things that will develop and grow into a world of possibilities. We have completely redrawn a bulk of our art, as well as add some new features that is sure to get you HOOKED! There is so much more room for us to grow, but we can only get better with YOUR support! Check us out on our socials: @sensipets on FB, twitter, IG or check out our main website at www.sensipets.com Also, we are running a contest to get the word out and grow our following. Check out www.sensipets.com/contest for more information!
    3 points
  7. Howdy!! I'm bat. I've previously worked on the art staff of Kaylune making pet and item art. I can do pet/creature art, environments, item art, npc art and more! I'm also an animator so I can animate assets as well. portfolio site | social media carrd | contact email: [email protected] | discord: BAT#7849 PET ART EXAMPLES ** BODY HORROR TW BELOW SPOILER: PLAGUE EYES FR DRAGON ** ITEM ART EXAMPLES CONCEPT ART EXAMPLES ENVIRONMENT ART EXAMPLES ANIMATION DEMO REEL **LIVE2D PORTFOLIO: https://batlive2d.carrd.co/#portfolio
    3 points
  8. Because Joe has disappeared. According to Carl, Joe has given them full control of the site. Carl hires. Carl fires. Carl decides if a new feature gets created and Carl decides if things just completely stop. Carl is essentially the head of the site. According to them they were going to buy Ver from Joe because Joe wants nothing to do with it. Nobody has seen Joe for years. They came back briefly to appoint two new admin who came with a lot of promises and then left. I know it sounds like a bunch of whinging users who dont understand that coding and art takes time and money, but I promise you that isnt the case. Every user on Ver wants things to go back to how it was. Users have offered their services as writers and artists for free. Staff were underpaid even when they were being paid. I've been on the site for a decade and most if not all active users and users who return often to check in have been around for just as long. We've been through highs and lows. Half of us have had beef with one another and moved on like a weird family with weird family drama because we share a space that we love. That includes Carl. People have been incredibly supportive of Carl's efforts and offered ideas and support at his request up until the last month. The recent allegations against him soliciting users in return for favors has everyone on edge... because pet sites are typically seen as a place for younger people and because it comes against the person with arguably the most power on site, a person we all trusted. It also explains a lot of weirdness that you would only know about if you were there. Its that sort of thing that at the time you can make yourself ignore it even if your brain calls attention to the weirdness of the situation, but in hindsight really makes a lot of sense. Even the recent shadowban kind of points to wanting to sweep something under the rug. Like... why would you not just suspend someone or send them a warning? Why go into the code of the site to make it so that user cant access anything but their account appears totally normal for everyone without even talking to other staff and admin? And sure, maybe it's entirely just a bad call. But that makes this post by Blondie all the more important. Would you not want to be warned about someone who doesnt pay their employees? Or pays them in virtual currency? Or pays some artists for alternate items but tells others that the site doesnt pay for alternates? How about someone who fires without ever contacting the employee? Or keeps their art on site in limbo without paying or telling them they can take it elsewhere? How about still accepting purchase for an item costing special currency but not wanting to upkeep the purpose of that item allowing it to become useless while not refunding users or taking the item out of the shop? Because forget Joe, Joe is gone according to Carl (we only have his word and Joe's absense to back this up. We have no proof that the things Carl says Joe says is what is true). Carl is in charge of all of this. Carl is head admin and they're the one who is making all of these absolutely horrendous decisions that potential staff members need to look out for because it's predatory business that relies on staff NOT sharing experiences with one another. We all love this site. We want it to have a ressurgance. Once or twice a year old users flock back en masse to see whats going on and see old friends. If Ver magically gained new life I'm sure it's loyal fanbase would give it what is probably it's fourth or fifth chance to keep their attention... but at this point it's languishing in death. Until recently Carl would get on, ask in the shoutbox for ideas and then maybe dangle potential new features in front of our faces while half the site is broken. Our games still run on flash. The halloween point counter has been up in the corner for the entire year and the halloween unlockable enemy has been in the coli this whole time and it was a month or two last year AFTER Halloween that we were even allowed to spend those points. Even events which could be automated just dont happen. So Carl is willing to ask for ideas and talk about things thag are "definitely" going to happen, but... not do anything about these easy fixes? We didnt complain about any of this. We were patient and understanding. We have always been patient and understanding with the nonsense for some reason. Heck, even after all of this users are still willing to be patient and understanding. We would love to talk to Joe. Some of us even talked about pooling money together to buy Ver because Joe has been trying to sell it for years but Carl wont give us a pricetag. We have to trust Carl to forward our concerns... so what do we do when our concerns are ABOUT Carl? It's like having complaints about your Boss and no HR or higher up to go to. Even now, half of the users are terrified of saying anything even on here to support Blondie because maybe it could lead to a shadowban and that makes total sense because even in the past I wrote a negative review calling out the weirdness in staff and broken features and allegedly certain admin told staff members and users to try and bully me off of the site. I was explicitly told by someone that I had been put on a list and staff were looking for a reason to ban me. The only reason I'm here speaking up right know is because I think this sort of thing needs to be brought to the attention of people within this tight knit, small circle of creators... and because I spent hours backing up all my stuff. I have ten years and hundreds of dollars in this site. I've made best friends for life and experiences that have helped shape me into the person I am today. Ver came into my life when I really needed it. I dont say any of this lightly. I dont want to lose it all, but the longer I sit here and hear everyone talk along with what I've experienced on site, the more I wish someone would either buy it and do something ANYTHING or that the site would just stop existing. Joe is a huge reason this has gone so wtong and so many people have left with terrible experiences. He was greedy about the price when people were interested and has left us in the hands of someone who should never have been given a public position of unchecked power. But Joe isnt here and Carl has been the one making decisions for years. Trust me, we blame Joe for quite a lot too but cant complain to someone who wont say anything or show their face.
    3 points
  9. Hi Everyone, So you have seen me post in the art forum, looking for artists, and everything for my upcoming game. I'm proud to share with the first Teaser Trailer for Mythic Story. We are about 2-3 weeks out from the game going live I believe. It's got all you love from a virtual pet game, and it will eventually have a pet adoption, but this probably won't be ready for launch of Alpha test. If you are interested in joining the Alpha test, do send me a message, and I'll add you to the list. So without further adieu, I present Mythic Story. Further Teasers to come later Mytic Story 1.mp4
    2 points
  10. Heya, if you are still looking perhaps we could work something out? I have yet to put together a thread on here, but I do have a website feel free to contact me via dm or any method listed on my website's about page
    2 points
  11. what kind of items packs would people like?
    2 points
  12. Hey Eliyo Admin here. @Rose Thanks for the feedback! I wanted to address a couple points you brought up. Nesting Correction A correction on the nest limitations. Nests have two parameters, nest limit, the max amount the space can hold (essentially the max capacity for the land) and then the actual current space capacity (you own the land but it still needs prepped to hold elons). To increase your total limit it does cost elytes but the first limit is 200 and that's free. It does cost coins to 'prep the land' and so increase your current capacity. The nest paradigm has been pretty confusing for people, so I am working on figuring out ways to make it more clear and intuitive while keeping the same functionality. Breeding and Herb Usage While herbs are required for breeding and elons do sometimes refuse to breed (they have personality so sometimes do their own thing) the herbs aren't used up when they refuse to breed. Tutorial Not Obvious What would make the tutorial more obvious to you? Currently if you haven't completed it a pop up appears on login and a red 'tutorial' link appears on the side bar until it's complete as well. Or do you just mean the tutorial is inadequate? Guaranteed Income and Pricing Just as a note we do also have a couple mini games that offer a guaranteed income as well. And battling is actually a pretty significant income for many, though you do have to build up in order to get to the higher level arenas to really take advantage of this. We have some quests on a few NPCs as well, though this area is still pretty under developed at the moment so there are only a couple. FYI you can get food for less than 25 coins and toys less than 50 (though toys do range a bit higher than food being more collectable and also reusable). You do start pretty destitute on purpose as you are impoverished when starting the game from the slums of the city, but I can see why this might be discouraging to some and as well we need to get the story added in there a bit more so that is known. Anyway thanks for the feedback! We certainly have a long way to go even before I would consider us out of beta and feedback helps us to see what's working and what area needs improvement.
    2 points
  13. Hello! I'm currently open for commissions of most kinds. I'm a well-rounded illustrator that can adapt to many styles. At my core I love anything spooky with some good lore but I enjoy drawing most topics. I will leave a link to my portfolio and a couple of quick examples of my work! Also a link to my Etsy shop if you'd like to support me that way! Portfolio: https://suarezink.com/illustration Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SuarezInk?ref=search_shop_redirect Have a great day!
    2 points
  14. Email Me: [email protected] Discord: Ibbit#8513 Recently come into hard times, have a lot of medical/debts coming up this year so I'm going to setup a little shop post here for any creatures/items/assets I'm willing to sell while I look for more freelance work. Email me at [email protected] to buy or directly on Discord via Ibbit#8513 to purchase available assets (also please feel free to check out my freelance gig post if you'd like to hire me for custom work) ASSETS FOR SALE Elemental Lizards Set | HD Fullsize 2500x2500px | $60 USD Per Design Asset or $300 USD for Full Set Wild West Woman Character Design | HD Fullsize 4344x3936px | $100 USD for Character Asset Water Superhero Gal | HD Fullsize 3600x5400px | $200 USD for Character Asset Alien Street Gal Character Design | HD Fullsize 1050x800px | $200 USD for Character Sheet Asset Various Concept Sketches | HD Fullsize 2000x2000px | $10 USD Per Sketch Asset Various Creature Designs | HD Fullsize 2000x2000px | $50 USD Per Design Asset Various Item Designs | HD Fullsize 2000x2000px | $10-15 USD Per Design Asset
    2 points
  15. These are the things that I look for before I join a site: Is it a pet sim or a pet site? I'd much rather play a sim game than a pet site. A streamline and fun explore system. I love it when I can find more pets/mates, items, and stats etc. in explore. Lioden is probably the best known example of this type of system. I also really like Wild Horse Valley's explore system as it's building itself up as more of a rpg system. A genetics based breeding system. Not a huge fan of color wheels and color mixers in general. Nice art and varied markings. I've never been one of those people that can just look at stats and go based on that. It just doesn't hold my attention. Above all, I just want a sim that isn't about wolves, dogs, or horses. The fact that lioden was about lions was the main reason I first got into it once upon a time. I will definitely stay updated on this dragon sim, simply because it is a dragon sim.
    2 points
  16. Hello my name is Liz and I am wanting to get back into some creative design and illustrations. The examples provided down below are works I've produced for Marapets, so they all contain a very consistent style, however I am very much open to replicating other brands. Prices will vary depending on the project, but I will work within budgets that are provided. Pets / Characters Sketches: $5-$15 | Line Art: $15-$25 | Full Color: $25 - $50 Items Sketches: $2-4 | Line Art: $3-5 | Full Color: $6 Maps Ask for quote Please reach out via dm or comment down below with your preferred contact method if interested. Thank you! |
    2 points
  17. Hey everyone! I'm Tony, and I'm currently looking to take on some additional work. I pride myself in my ability to produce quality work quickly, and to style match the current work in a project. Feel free to contact me with questions! My Site: https://tonywatkinsart.weebly.com/ A few samples of my work; (NOTE: Horse bases are not by me, the items and markings on the horses are by me)
    2 points
  18. This past week's stats!
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  19. Sorry for the delayed update from this week!
    2 points
  20. This looks like a very impressive project! You've all definitely put a lot of work into it, and it shows through wonderfully. Good luck, I look forward to seeing future updates.
    2 points
  21. Thank you @TonyWatkinsArt! So happy to have you
    2 points
  22. As @crotanite said, don't fear "filling up the database", it's meant for storing and retrieving data quickly. I was doing some recent work for @Vix and on my local computer, their admin panel for "inventory" would time out on my computer after 30+ seconds of running. I then made a single index and it came back instantly. There is so much you can do with it. I've had to deal with millions+ rows per day in a database (with weekly/daily reporting [think point of sale data]) so feel free to ask any performance related questions! I love to help!
    2 points
  23. 1. A database table can handle millions of rows easily. 2. Proper indexing will also help any potential slow down when fetching data. I will also add on, that if you are the developer, you can just... not allow a user to have 50k pets If there is a worry about table size, you could just limit the max number of pets a user can have.
    2 points
  24. He is one of the most reliable artists we have worked with. A++ for his work and his ethic.
    2 points
  25. I've been doing art for P3Games for a few years now and love it! The art team & staff are always friendly, either for hanging out or hashing out new ideas for the game. It's a laid back environment to work in and workloads are never unreasonable or overly demanding. Projects are fun to work on, in part because you get to be an active voice in what the theme will be, and what pieces you will be working on. It's a cat sim, but there's tons of other things, from backgrounds, apparel to animal companions of all shapes and sizes, and even lots of cute collectables to be made! Also very open to listening to what you want to draw, and incorporating it into the game. Also importantly, I've never had an issue being paid. Alex is very good at making sure site artists are paid the correct amount, and on time. No fuss, no awkward reminders or anything like that just professional & straight forward payment for your art. I hope you consider joining the team!
    2 points
  26. Happy Holidays & Merry Christmas to all members of TGL! May it be a good one for all of you. 2020 has been a very hard year for many of us, with people losing family members to losing their entire livelihoods, so it may be a relief to many that with the vaccine now available and 2021 on the horizon we can look forward to a year where we may be able to feel safe and be with our family and friends again. But for now please relax, take care and more importantly enjoy this time of year. We have all had it rough and so we deserve some space to breathe. - From the Staff at TGL
    2 points
  27. Our first story content, the Valley of Embarkation is now available with 14 new levels! It can be accessed under the World menu. Completing the Woods levels will unlock the Gabba War challenge. https://www.exabyss.com/
    2 points
  28. Hello everyone, Right now we are looking to add a couple new artists to the Solpets team. A few examples: Items Wearables It is a volunteer position, but you will be compensated in site currency (sCoins). If you are interested you can message me here or on Solpets. We are also looking for graphic artists to do icons, banners and layout images. Thanks!
    2 points
  29. I don't and haven't seen a lot of trading going on. I started out as an artist and learned PHP/MySQL, JS, AJAX, etc. because I couldn't afford to commission someone for it or the commissions fell through. From my experience, coders are harder to commission. You have to worry about security and how their work will affect you in the longrun. Buying some art here and there is a lot easier, though, and usually less investment.
    2 points
  30. As a quick update regarding everything, since posting last Carl has proceeded to wipe all of his verpets direct messages in such a way that no one can see them any more... As far as we know, not a single user has a single direct message with Carl or Carl + company thus far surviving this act and further proves Carl is a danger to this site and potentially even the minors that decide to create an account here. He believed there was no surviving evidence, however, in which several users have clips and snips of messages and interactions. On top of MULTIPLE screenshot evidence of him preying on our members on several occasions during his supposed "drunken" states of mind... He has also set his account back nearly 2 years so it appears to be offline for 1 year and 303 days... While this is not some witch hunt, this is a warning to beware of this user in any setting as even on a child-based pet site he will prey on women as well as belittle their genders and claim it steers their decision making. Please do not use this as a reason to harass Carl, but please beware and cautious when dealing with him on any level.
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  31. I can't really add much to this other than to say that the exact same thing happened to me when I quit years and years ago, I didn't get paid and I'd put money on it that you won't either. Edited because I'm cynical as all hell, but I hope you can at least get what you are owed.
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  32. Pereia Art Update Hello everyone! Hope you're all staying healthy during this pandemic. I've finally gone back to my full time job so development has been a little slow but the artists I've been working with have been doing an awesome job so I wanted to give a little art update and show off some of the newest creatures for Pereia. So far we have 20 unique pets and we have 100 unique items! The goal is to have ~ 50 unique pets before we consider opening for an alpha stage so we're close to being halfway there art wise. Sneak Peak Missed the Pereia announcement post? Click here ! Or stay up-to-date with us on our Discord!
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  33. So you have dreams of starting your own Pet Site, but have no experience with programming whatsoever, this thread is going to walk through a lot of things that you need to know, and what you need to look for from your developer (and in your code base), to ensure that you are paying for things that really matter. Please Note: This is not an exhaustive list, this is meant to be a jumping off point to help improve your overall familiarity with the process of developing code. Executive Summary As a site owner, it is your responsibility to know at least at a cursory glance how it works. Code is complicated but so is owning a site. There are a lot of resources out there which can help you, don't treat coding like a black box because at the end of the day you will be the one out money should the developer decide to cut corners. Please Note: As an owner, nothing is "above your pay grade", you are defining the pay grade, so you need to be aware of the inner workings! Best Practices: No live code updates - Yes, cPanel has a code editor built in, or your developer may have an FTP client installed on their computer that they can use to connect to your site, but you should not let them develop through these tools. They are meant for small changes, not developing whole features. Why is this bad? Your users can see things that they shouldn't have visibility to, and it may make the site seem less stable because they are on one page and they see an error message, or worse, raw code emitted (i.e. SQL statement), now you are giving them too much information! Nightly Offsite Backups (or more frequently) - servers die, databases get hacked, accidents happen! Having backups of all of your assets are paramount to recovery. If you happen to keep the backup in the same data centre, or even worse, the same server, you could be asking for trouble. If your server dies (it happens from time to time), the backups that you have stored on the same server will have died with the rest of the code. So this is kind of useless. It's great if there is a quick rollback that is necessary unfortunately in situations like that this is typically not the case. Source Control Everything - So first of all, you are probably wondering what Source Control is, it's a tool that developers are able to use in order to keep track of changes that they do to the codebase, in order to make it easier to work with other developers, as well as be able to revert the code to a point in time when it was actually working (or at least look at it at that point in time). Think of it as "CTRL-Z" on steroids. This one here somewhat goes hand-in-hand with point 1, about no live editing of files because your production environment should be made from either a "release" branch/tag, or your "master" branch in your repository. A great overview of Git is available here. GitLab: https://gitlab.com/ GitHub: https://github.com BitBucket: https://bitbucket.org/product/ Test all code in a Development Sandbox - New code poses the possibility of new bugs (or old bugs rearing their ugly heads again). Because of this, there should be another environment that can be pushed to first prior to production in an attempt to find any bugs early, especially if they are game breaking ones. All changes to the database should be done via code (SQL scripts or migration scripts) - Now that you are following some of the other best practices, we need a way to ensure that the structure in the development environment matches the production database environment. By scripting it (and running the script when deploy time comes), you are able to fairly confidently say "yes, this will work in production". Yes, you have phpMyAdmin, it's a great tool, just like the other things built into cPanel, but if someone makes a schema change in production that isn't reflected in development, then anything you build from that point on (if they rely on it) could potentially be broken because you manually changed something in production. Application Frameworks: So you have a developer that wants to use a framework, should you let them? Probably! First thing's first, what actually is a framework? The regular definition is: A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed. Which fits in really well with what application frameworks do. They scaffold out a lot of the best practices and abstract away lots of the things that you really don't need to have a developer make for you. This in turn leaves you with less code they need to write which should mean more money to spend on the things that matter, and better yet, less security flaws! More frameworks handle things (as best they can) such as Cross-Site Scripting/Cross Site Request Forgery (CSRF) and SQL Injection. These are just two of the big security things that you need to be concerned about. Most frameworks have tutorials out there which range in quality. As a site owner, it is your responsibility to at least know what you are buying a little bit. So I would encourage you to take a bit of time and watch some YouTube videos about it so you can at least familiarize yourself with the nomenclature. Please Note: Just because your developer said that they wanted to use a framework, this does not mean that you do not have to worry about security. Take the following example, you display a "bank" page which to the human eye all you can see is a "withdraw" and a "deposit" text box with a button. But behind the scenes, hidden in the HTML (hidden input field), the programmer decided to also include the user's bank account ID, and use that for any of the actions. Well, in cases like this, your site has a security hole, and the framework has no way of knowing that isn't actually what you want to happen. Lots of the frameworks out there are open source. This means that people around the world can look and work on improving the framework! This means that the framework will have new features added, and security releases made. Because of this, it is super important to keep your version of the libraries as up-to-date as possible. Depending on the language you are using there are a bunch of different frameworks that can be chosen from. We will maintain this list as best as we can, but we will also show you how you can find out the version that you are on, as well as what version the framework is currently on. PHP Laravel: URL: https://laravel.com/ Latest Version: 8.x - https://github.com/laravel/framework/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "composer.json", in there, under "require", there should be a line that says, "laravel/framework". On the right of that, you will see the version you are currently on. CodeIgniter: URL: https://codeigniter.com/ Latest Version: 4 Version 3: https://github.com/bcit-ci/CodeIgniter/releases Version 4: https://github.com/codeigniter4/CodeIgniter4/releases Determining your Version: https://www.kodingmadesimple.com/2016/08/find-codeigniter-version.html CakePHP: URL: https://cakephp.org/ Latest Version: 4.1 - https://github.com/cakephp/cakephp/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "composer.json", in there under "require", there should be a line that says, "cakephp/cakephp". On the right of that, you will see the version you are currently on. Yii: URL: https://www.yiiframework.com/ Latest Version: 2.0 - https://github.com/yiisoft/yii2/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "composer.json", in there under "require", there should be a line that says, "yiisoft/yii2". On the right of that, you will see the version you are currently on. Symfony: URL: https://symfony.com/ Latest Version: 5.2 - https://github.com/symfony/symfony/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "composer.json", in there under "require", there should be multiple lines that which start with, "symfony/". On the right of that, you will see the version they are currently on. Because of the nature of this project, they may be on different versions which is fine, however the "major" release should be the same across the board. Python Django: URL: https://www.djangoproject.com/ Latest Version: 3.1 - https://github.com/django/django/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "requirements.txt", in there, should be a line that says, "Django". On the right of that, you will see the version you are currently on. Ruby Rails: URL: https://rubyonrails.org/ Latest Version: 6.0 - https://github.com/rails/rails/releases Determining your Version: Within the codebase, there should be a file called "Gemfile", in there, there should be a line that says, "gem 'rails'". On the right of that, you will see the version you are currently on. If the framework that your developer wants to use isn't listed here, that isn't necessarily a problem, try to get the details about the framework that they are wanting to use, and go from there! It's a great place to start a conversation to make sure you truly are getting what you paid for. The things listed above (especially the latest version) also helps to show how active the project is. If the developer wants to use a framework that hasn't been updated in 3 years, chances are the maintainers of the project have abandoned it, so you probably should too! I used a framework but I still got SQL Injected! Similar to my other example above with the bank, just because you are using a framework does not mean you will not be hit by SQL injection! My gut instinct when I hear this is "the programmer is using it wrong". Most frameworks provide wrappers around the database objects, and then behind the scenes use database parameters to actually query the data. What are database parameters? They are a way of passing the data you want to query (normally user's input) in alongside the actual query, preventing evil-doers from doing things that were not intended (i.e. dropping tables). In the past, developers would just build a string and do something like "mysql_real_escape_string" on the data to ensure the safety, it is still possible in modern frameworks to have access to the raw database object and run queries you write yourself. It's these circumstances that tell me the developer is using it wrong, hence my original statement, the developer is using it wrong, and should be stopped. Please Note: Frameworks are just code, so they do have the potential for bugs which can introduce security issues as well. Take Laravel for example this past summer they found that one small piece of the code was vulnerable to SQL Injection! My Programmer doesn't want to use _____ A framework - Ask why not, prompt them to give answers and don't just settle for "I'm more comfortable in my own code", or "It'll be faster if I code it from scratch" - frameworks this day in age are pretty darn fast, unless you are using it wrong, http://www.phpbenchmarks.com/en/comparator/framework, they likely won't be your bottleneck in the application, it's the rest of the stuff that goes on. Don't throw away the security of your application just because it's easier for a random developer to do their own thing (that no one else will be able to figure out easily). Source Control - Ask why not, there are so many tutorials out there nowadays it's pretty easy to learn. If you are ok with not using it, make sure you discuss your safety net, i.e. when you will pay for things (paid on delivery with code clearly available). Source control is only as useful as the developers using it. They should be committing to it regularly, not just when the code is complete. This will help to give you a good sense of the work that went into the project as well! Payments My personal mantra is, never pay for something that only resides on a development machine. Just like art that is being created, you wouldn't be happy with receiving and paying for a watermarked image. Why are you doing that for code? In your agreement with your programmer, at the bare minimum, state "the code must be stored in this repository". Please Note: You should be the owner of the repository, not the developer. I have seen so many projects go haywire and owners get screwed out of their money because the code hasn't been delivered. It resides on a developer's machine or their personal servers. The repository is just like getting access to the raw PSDs for art (which you should be getting as well when you commission art in case you need to edit things later on).
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  34. Verpets is dead? Heck, I used to work for them back in 2015-2017, produced over 200 assets but eventually had to quit. The problem with petsites is... I think, one of them is the art style. You mostly either see hyper-realistic horse breeding sims, or cel-shaded, cartoony, clearly neopet-inspired graphics. For the petsite to hold on a little longer, it needs to be something new, something that "pops". At least in my feeling, I can't bring myself to try any of these out, if the visuals aren't appealing to me enough. It's been done, over and over. Or, the sites don't have a defined style and just throw multiple styles and a mixture of random creatures at the player as if they didn't know where to go with the core concept. Dragon Cave can be considered ancient as it was launched in 2006 and is still going strong. It's a simple "raise and collect" pixel dragon game with monthly releases. The sprites are kept in a somewhat realistic style, detailed and well executed. They're unique in that matter. The dragons never die of old age so you keep your pretty collection forever. It's free-for-all, no pets behind paywalls, no premium currency or other microtransactions, the only time you may choose to pay is to get rid of ads, which aren't invasive either. Flight Rising is also one of the petsites doing extremely well as it offers multiple gameplay mechanics, pet customization and, again, unique art style - which is very vaguely inspired by neopets (e.g. your dragons have pets on their own) here and there, but is not a direct copy of that style. I just came back to it after a long break and was greeted with dozens of updates and improved mechanics. Sure there's a premium currency but you don't need to pay a single cent, you'll mostly get those from trades! And lastly, Lioden, among those real animal sim sites, stood out for me the most - one, there are no other lion sims out there. Two, its gameplay is based on real laws of nature, with twists here and there. This, mixed with just as realistic art-style, makes a unique experience. Sadly I quit because I don't like the idea of my virtual creatures dying from old age, haha. That's just a preference of mine. I don't know any more petsites that stood out for me, they're alive since forever and made me stay; either the style was same-ish, simply unappealing, or not enough gameplay, or badly executed paywalls. Or terrible communities. where are the birb sims at
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  35. Hello! I’m planning to create pet website with a couple of friends. Only one of us knows backend coding, but she’s still a student and hasn’t coded anything similar to this, and she’s also quite busy. Long story short, I’d love to learn how to code some of the features. I only know HTML, css, and the basics of JavaScript and Python. There are some php tutorials, but my friend is learning JavaScript, Python and C#, so I’d prefer not to use php. I’ve been trying to figure out how to program a breeding system with genetics. Does anyone know of any tutorials like this, or have any snippets of codes that could help me understand? I’m quick with learning, but only if there are examples lol. Basically, I want each pet to have certain attributes, such as coat colour, eye colour etc, and when it breeds with another pet, the children's attributes are based on the parents. Would be cool if there’s a slight chance of mutation as well. TLDR: I want to learn how to make a breeding system with genetics, in Python or JavaScript, and apply it to a website with a database!
    1 point
  36. Hello everyone! Recently, a dragon sim project has popped up and I wanted to get some feedback on an important topic. What would you like to see from sims? I am hoping that getting more feedback from others can help streamline the project as well as help future developers see what people are seeking, what can be improved upon, etc. Thank you for your time and feedback! If you would like to help the creator with ideas and suggestions or if you have skillsets such as coding and do not mind volunteering, feel free to drop by the discord! Hope to see you around and thanks for your help! Discord!
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  37. Faenaria is looking for a reliable programmer to finish up some projects that have been in limbo since late last year. We have continually run into the issue of programmers flaking after agreeing to do the work. I have a fixed budget and clear instructions for what I'm wanting. I do not pay in advance for programming services, but I'm willing to sign a contract. I have funds on hand, ready to go as soon as the work is done and implemented on my site. Our site is primarily coded in PHP and HTML. We don't use a framework (it's spaghetti code tbh). Please PM me or contact me on Discord: Rhowyn#2419
    1 point
  38. Howdy all! First and foremost I wanted to let everyone know that we will be rolling out our new layout this weekend! There might be some hiccups and downtime as a result, but not to worry, we'll get it sorted out. The changes coming with the layout are mostly quality of life and cosmetic fixes that the site has really been hurting for. A more detailed explanation of these changes will be provided in the official release post after the update has launched. In the meantime, I wanted to draw everybody's attention to our new Patreon bonuses! As a way of saying thank you to our wonderful Patrons, the staff and I have decided to offer some additional bonuses that can be acquired over time. The longer you pledge, the more goodies you will receive! Not yet a patron? That's okay, new patrons start earning as soon as they sign up! Monthly Appreciation Bonus Every month that you are a patron builds toward the following rewards. These are accumulative - if you have to pause your pledge you'll start earning where you left off once it resumes. 3 Months - Your name added to the credits page on Faenaria.com as a Patreon Supporter. Lifetime bonus. 6 Months - Receive a personal "letter" via PM from your favorite Faenaria character. 9 Months - Your name added to Faenaria's Holiday List. You will receive a digital Christmas card every December. Lifetime bonus. 1 Year - Receive a personalized, handwritten thank you card by mail from Rhowyn on behalf of the staff. Repeats every year on your "pledgiversary". Lifetime Pledge Bonus Every dollar you pledge will go toward these rewards. These are accumulative - if you have to pause your pledge you'll start earning where you left off once it resumes. Once you complete the highest milestone the rewards reset, allowing you to continue gaining bonuses. Should we have a need in the future, higher milestones will be added. $50 Milestone - Viridian Ticket x2 (CYO avatar item) $100 Milestone - Design a Shop Pet with staff $500 Milestone - Byzantine Ticket (CYO avatar set) $1000 Milestone - Design an FA set with staff (includes a Byzantine Ticket redeemable for a custom coloration of said set) That's all I have for right now! Please watch for further updates on the new layout!
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  39. POSTING EARLY! Event doesn't start until midnight puma time! View the full article
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  40. Inqus - my brain baby - - - - -
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  41. Firstly, thank you everyone who donated to this! Two days ago we sent in our ad request to FurAffinity, so we are looking forward to hearing back soon! Thank you @Vix for putting this together for us!
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  42. I use multiply for shadows and then overlay or sometimes screen or luminosity (depending on the effect I want) for highlights. Ultimately, there isn't a right or wrong way of shading - it's all purely objective imo.
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  43. Even closer now
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  44. tried to add my clay leaflings, does not want to upload. will not upload to drop box.
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  45. 4dopt.com is now open for testing! create your own species 4dopt is a community-created pet game made for artists who want to create their own pet site without having to touch code, figure out frameworks, or pay for hosting. It has a lot of tools built-in that allows users to create their own content and plug it into the game. interspecies breeding Advanced marking inheritance system with lots of settings for creators. Players will have a blast mixing and matching according to creators' rules! create recolors Layering system with built-in recolorability that allows players to add markings and accessories with items, stats, and other criteria based on the creator's settings. auctions, raffles & shops Sell adoptables and items YOUR way. There is a multitude of ways to sell adoptables. create items Choose from a number of functionalities for your items. Stat increases, inventory expansion, breeding supplements, transforms, recolorables, hatchables, containers, and the list goes on. post as character Roleplay and chat as your adoptables!
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  46. Untrue? There's screenshot evidence now of what you have asked of users. Asking for inappropriate photos is not nonsense and untrue when the screenshots exist now... As for the amount owed, it is still owed and I will contact someone other than yourself in regards to it at this point. You have done nothing but lie to us and prey on users in your "drunken hazes". As an update he has demoted Exile despite her actively visiting the site and assisting with issues! I have already gotten in contact with someone a touch higher up so hopefully something can be done about it.
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  47. Glad you like the idea! The site is less than a year old, here's some features it has so far. Species Creation - Name your species - Add description - Add credit for artists (can add multiple, this will grant permission for them to view and add their artwork if you wish to set up collaborations) - Add artwork (upload each layer, a multifile uploader is available for upgraded users) - Set your layer order, i.e. base on the bottom, lines on top. You can use this for watermarks, backgrounds, and foregrounds too. - Set the 'essential' layer (lines, shading, base, etc.) that will ALWAYS come with your species no matter what color it is. Create Colors for Species - Colors/variations of your species can be created with the 'layer groups' panel, which is a layer linking system with customizable settings. You can use this to make colors, alternate forms (wings, horns, etc) - add one or multiple layers to 'oink together' as a layer group. - Settings include hex fills for recoloring - color range sliders (if you want a red dog to come in various shades of red, for example) - opacity settings (which can be fixed or randomized within a range) - random variation (if you want different spot patterns, for example) Breeding Settings - Turn breeding off or on for your species. - Choose same species breeding to stay within the species, or allow your species to cross with other species (either as open breeding, or within a breeding group). - Choose the number of offspring, a cooldown, baby stage, and other options. - Species pass rarity, marking rarity, and layer group rarity all have settings. Stats - Create your own custom stats. - Turn breeding off or on for each stat. Release Your Species - You can keep your species private, or release it to make it available for other players to view or obtain in-game. - Ceate individuals of your species manually and sell or give them away. - Release your species through the explore feature. Choose which area(s) you want them to appear in, select a rarity, and catching method (items, points, etc.), and add optional lore blurs that players can read when they encounter your species. Evolutions & Transforms - Allow your species to evolve from another species through leveling, stats, age, gender, etc. - Choose transform items that can be used to turn other adopts into your species. Permissions & Credit - There is a credit and approvals system to help keep art theft off the site. Users found to be trading or stealing art are removed from art access and/or banned. - Artists may remove their species from breeding, explore, transform, evolution, and other features at any time. - Already existing adopts (owned by players) cannot be removed by the species owner, BUT selling can be turned off along with the features that circulate the species. More information coming!
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  48. http://www.icepets.com/images/news/Halloween-1.gif Although Xephyrs usually prefer to be around those who have proven worthy of their trust, this particular Phantasmoire Xephyr could not wait to show off their new look to all who pass by. Be sure to leave some extra treats on your doorstep for all the Pets sporting this spooky new look! If you want to get your hands on a Phantasmoire Xephyr Morphing Potion you will need to dig deep into your wallet and pay a visit to the Golden Touch. http://www.icepets.com/images/news/Halloween-2.gif View the full article
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  49. It's been a few days since my last update. For now updates may slow down for a while, simply because there is a lot of code now implemented and a bunch of different systems interacting with each other. It's great to speed ahead with feature development, but that's how you end up with a backlog of bugs and issues. To that end a lot of this week has been identifying and squishing bugs! We have been looking for more people to help test the site so if you're interested, head on over and register and account. All you need to do to help is play! If you come across a bug or issue then report it! I have now written a script to run the store page so players can now buy items! We also have two new pets since the last post Helios and Zuros
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