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  1. Alterico is now proudly offering Supporter Packs to help fund development! We're at a point where we can say we're firmly at 80% complete with the base site and we need YOUR help to keep funding our dev. We'd LOVE for you to join us on Discord and join our upcoming contests and giveaways happening across our social media channels, Toyhouse and DeviantART! Check our supporter packs out: https://alteri.co/#supportus Learn more about us here: And at our info site! Website - Twitter - Facebook - Instagram - Discord Hope to see you again soon with more exciting updates -- Our discord has a Sneak Peeks channel! Come peeky!
  2. 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!
  3. theres no way the last time i came here was 2017, i refuse to believe that

  4. every time i remember this site its like 20 years later, everyone's aged, im no wiser

  5. dude if you ever do and you need friends, hit me up on Gilgamesh server!! I do end game raiding with lots of really skilled people, but I'm also in an fc for casuals, so I love helping out wherever! There's also lots of returner status stuff you can get now Or if you didn't get far in the beginning, just playing the game on trial lets you get to lvl 35 now, and access to the Palace of the Dead that lets you try all the classes to 60!! I have a PC actually but I play with my ps4 controller, but I know so many good players also on PS4! O:
  6. The status quo of these sorts of sites have shifted. The pets used to be front and center, jump through x hoops to get this pet, grats you got it, now show it off. Now, economies in these games are more robust, the audiences of these games have matured and that plays in part of why pets are not the centerpiece of these sites anymore. This is why adoptables are so popular now--these people that stopped getting their 'pretty pet' fix have carved their own space while filling their own niche on dA/FurAffinity/etc. And we are left with communities that may have started there for the pets, but stayed for the people and gameplay.
  7. Anyone play XIV? This game is literally the reason why I stopped playing pet sites. It's an mmorpg, but damn if it isn't a delicious love letter to the Final Fantasy franchise. Also available on PS4! (i sound like an ad, look at me, im mr meeseeks)
  8. that's gonna be harder to convince my boss about, since i gotta sniff that printer ink every day
  9. @Syntax there is a significant lack of shitposting on this forum and i intend to change that q u i c k l y
  10. yeah i've got the same problem, drawing is hard for me especially since i work a 9-5 job now and i'm already at a desk/computer all day motivation is basically zero for drawing when i get home AND NOW I GET TO PROCRASTINATE AT WORK
  11. The thing about Flight Rising is that it would've been so much better as a mobile-ready game. It's long breeding times lends itself to the same long "stamina" waiting games as a lot of phone/tablet games, and it's (here I am complaining about user experience again) early 2000's esque forum and PM system was a big turn off for me. The art is fantastic, and it attracts similarly many fantastic artists to the scene, and (from what I remember when I last played) they're fair and creative with giving people the option to customize dragons with skins. But this is where the problem starts (and the problem that many pet sites have in common)--the community and even economy as a whole is now revolving around the art scene. And if you're not in the art community or able to penetrate it somehow, you're locked out of a major amount of circulation of the game. FR tries to mitigate this well by promoting the Flights rivalry, making sure that people are interested in the more complex battle system, but it doesn't have the intense drive and power of selling art. I don't have the perfect solution for that, it's a difficult problem.
  12. Here's my case for it: my favourite pet site, bar none, was Verpets. At the height of it, it got a new layout, amazing new site features, a new layout, amazing artists with amazing pet colour aesthetics and grade-A community. That grade A community was made in part by a very public and widely used shoutbox that was coded for the site itself, with user integration and multiple 'rooms' people could switch to for a more private experience. New users come in and introduce themselves immediately, and get to know the regulars right off the bat. The regulars have a place to perpetuate themselves without the loading and frankly clunky interface of forums (most pet site forums are awful, this one is quite good but still too many clicks to get yourself in the right category just to talk). Forums are a good place for discussion, and more importantly, paper trails for discussion, but sometimes all people want to do is jump right in without worry. Sometimes that's all they have time for, like many users I see on Subeta that will hop on the shoutbox vs the very slow moving forums on there. It's a changing landscape and the faster people get responses and reactions, the more receptive they'll be to staying, in my opinion.
  13. Good!! My life basically belongs to FFXIV now sooooo I've not had much time to play petsites, but I miss drawing lots!
  14. HI JAK WHATS UP :)))))) how've you been!!
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