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  1. Our programmer is back at work finishing up the last few programming tasks for Aethria, so we should be able to launch soon, though we don't have an exact opening date yet! We will be offering choose-your-own-account ID packages, standard alpha account packages, and pre-opening merchandise as soon as we feel comfortable that we have a reliable date for alpha release. While we will certainly continue to add features during the life of the site, Aethria will be a full-featured site upon opening, with several activities already available. For more details on each of Aethria's three lands that will be available when Alpha release begins, please check out the Features tab of our entry in the Game Directory in the upcoming days, or check out the information posted on our Discord server! Why purchase an alpha account, why shouldn't I just wait for free accounts to become available, you may ask? You are certainly welcome to wait for free accounts to become available during beta release! Alpha accounts are meant for those who are anxious to get a head start, enjoy alpha testing new sites, and/or want to get their hands on the goodies that come attached to the alpha account packages. More information on exactly what will be available, as well as price points, will be coming soon! For now, enjoy a few teasers for pre-opening goodies!
  2. Aethria needs probably about three more days to a week of programming before it is fit for account sales/beta launch. It's just finding someone to get those last days put in that is the problem -___-, as well as the faith that they are going to stick around for bug fixing once the site launches. SO I guess not so much starting a completely new project as getting an almost-finished product launched.
  3. Animal Breeding

    You sound like the old fashioned kind of breeder and we need more like you these days.
  4. Animal Breeding

    Well I was going to comment but Hare basically took the words out of my mouth. I basically second everything she says. Also, virtual pet games are not reality. It's pretty obvious that you can't breed a real animal once every 4 days and have it give birth in 24 hours and keep doing that for years on end with no ill effects. So no, I don't think that virtual pet sites have any kind of bad effect on animal breeding in the real world. I think that people pushing "adopt don't shop" agendas do a lot more to harm animals. This basically supports irresponsible people who just let their dogs mate with any other dogs with no regard for health or temperament, and demonizes people who are breeding responsibly. Terms like "forced breeding" smack of radical animal rights that don't relate to reality in most cases. It's anthropomorphism and doesn't reflect the actual reality of animal breeding. Have you ever tried to breed a female rabbit with a buck she doesn't want to breed with? Good luck with that. And cows don't run around moaning about how they've been violated after they receive artificial insemination.
  5. I'm assuming you mean the mercury aethers, where an apparently static pet combined with another static pet produced an offspring with a mix of the features of both parents (this was done in an automated manner rather than requiring an artist to create an image by hand). We will be using this on Aethria, but not for aethers and not when the site first opens. We likely will use the mercury system for the serafel pets when that area of the site opens.
  6. Aethria Development Updates!

    Those are silver customs
  7. Aethria Development Updates!

    @Kesstryl Aethria will be a completely new site and no user information or pets will carry over from Aluriya to Aethria. However, we do plan to bring gold customs over to Khimeros as custom overlays at some point. I am not sure exactly what will happen with silver aethers.
  8. I've been trying to decide when to open Aethria. The basic framework of the site - forums, chat, private messages, inventory and all that should be good to go, and we have some game features implemented but not all that I had hoped to have before opening. But, then I sometimes think it would be better to open so that we can get user feedback on things they like, things that we might want to change etc. But then I don't want people to get bored because there isn't as much to do as they might like, either. I mean, we opened Khimeros with nothing but the live chat finished and that worked out fine LOLOL. But these days I think that people have been burned so often they might be leery of sites that are not almost completely finished, I don't know. Khimeros users seemed to find it really fun to actually watch the site being built around them, but people seems to maybe have longer attention spans 8 years ago ^^;
  9. Teripets

    Hopefully I can get some discussion going, though I don't know how many forum goers here that will be interested As some of you may remember, I bought Teripets a few years back, but didn't end up getting the site back up because of drama with previous staff/artists. I do want to include teripets on Aethria, though. I have been thinking that a good way to do it might be to put up an exact copy of the old site with all the old art that is just for browsing purposes - you can view it for nostalgia sake, but there wouldn't be any money-making aspects to it. Then, we could also include a new updated version of teripets with entirely new art so that there would not be any conflict with previous artists, that would be a playable version. If someone would like to claim that they own an art asset or anything of that nature, they'd be welcome to present proof and we'd take it on a case-by-case basis. Would there be any interest in this kind of thing?
  10. How are Virtual Pet Games doing?

    Yes, I owned Aluriya as well. Aluriya is coming back in a "lite" form as part of Aethria. Aethria has several "realms" which are each like mini-sites with their own gameplay, maps, pets, and lore. I think petsites are not doing too badly, actually. It's just that there does't seem to be a central place to hear about them anymore. With VPL gone, and this place not seeming to have caught people's attention (yet?), it's kind of whatever you stumble over. I know I haven't been posting anything about Aethria here really because the few times I did post, I didn't get any response. There are some games like furvilla that seem to be doing well but you don't really hear about. Dappervolk just made out like bandits with their kickstarter, but again you aren't likely to hear about it unless you happen to know someone who knows something because there just isn't a central hub.
  11. How are Virtual Pet Games doing?

    My game, Khimeros is still doing fine. We are a small niche site but have been around for 8 years. And I will be launching a new site soon called Aethria.
  12. Aethria Discord Server!

    Aethria now has a discord server, come and join us! https://discord.gg/7swDf53 View full news
  13. Calligra Map Reveal!

    Maps for the three realms - Aluriya, Khimeros Caldera and Calligra - that will be available during the Alpha phase of Aethria are now complete! We hope you enjoy this sneak peek of the map for Calligra! View full news
  14. Aethria Development Updates!

    Images fixed!
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