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  1. Thank you! We are excited to see what players make when we go live!
  2. Although we closed our alpha, we have been hard at work on different features. One new update is that we have added in secondary hair colors:
  3. 5 new male hairstyles, 3 new facial hair styles, and 6 new female hairstyles are now available!
  4. One more hairstyle we just added:
  5. 6 new male hairstyles, 5 new facial hair styles, and 4 new female hairstyles are now available!
  6. https://www.exabyss.com/ Our avatar system has been released! You can access it from the Explore page and begin customizing your own character. More options are coming, don't worry!
  7. New creatures released!
  8. After you determine the technologies you are using on the front and back-end, the best place to start would probably be programming a secure registration + login/authentication system and working on integrating your layout into the site. And yes, I agree with your last point, it is helpful to know how to program in a variety of positions so it is not a loss by any means.
  9. Hello and welcome! A lot of your questions are totally dependent on what you negotiate with your programmer. I personally highly recommend you learn coding yourself and trying to code some of your ideas. At the very least, you can get a gauge of how much effort things are work-wise and also understand some of the core concepts. Hiring an experienced programmer is very expensive and there is always a possibility they can up and leave, forcing you to get more programmers familiar with your code base and causing possible security issues. Realistically speaking, the virtual pet industry is hard to break into, and you need both talent and a lot of luck in order to succeed. It is also extremely time consuming and there are many expenses required. Can you see yourself still wanting to run it after 2 years along with doing freelance art and possibly an unrelated full time position? It is something you should consider deeply, and this isn't to scare you, but a lot of people have failed at this, and I would say the virtual pet industry has shrunk a lot since the days of Neopets and will continue to do so.
  10. Carlos has never owned a game, so please prove this is the case as I am genuinely confused. Also, in case you did not see the original post, I am not the one who created this thread and admins have been partaking in discussion as well. If this topic is off-topic then they can move it to another more suitable part of the forum, that is not my responsibility just to be clear with you. As Tinkerbell has said (and I agree with her), VPL does not have to be seen as competition, and nobody has to choose one over the other. At the very least, it is good for the community to have a contingency plan in case TGL itself ends up vanishing one day, or VPL again for that matter. In fact, VPL inspired TGL the other day. Judda signed up on VPL and then made pretty much a copy of the thread on this forum: https://www.virtualpetlist.com/threads/what-inspired-you-to-create-your-own-pet-game.17/ https://thegaminglist.com/topic/2099-what-drove-you-to-make-a-game/ This isn't a big deal to me, what I am saying is that I don't think the admins here see VPL as competition, but rather as a source of inspiration, and that is totally fine! It's the same thing pet sites in general do. This is one of the very few actually active discussion threads on the site at the moment, but you want to shut it down because you don't like cpvr. Like I said, I hope your heart will heal some day and you can move forward peacefully.
  11. Sorry to hear you hate him, not sure if what he did to you justifies hating him especially if you haven't interacted with him for ~3 years, but hopefully in time your heart can heal.
  12. Don't really like this series anymore, they made the story way too convoluted with too many spin-offs. Disney apparently said no to putting Sora in Smash Bros, that's the only thing I would have been excited for involving the series.
  13. Either way it would be a good idea to keep an eye out there for people you might have lost contact with! Maybe you can reconnect
  14. You could always contact them to see if they are willing to sell to you judda.
  15. This topic is a bit old but looking at the news on the site, the owner seems to have abandoned it 5+ years ago due to it not being profitable. Realistically speaking, there is no recovering from this no matter how passionate the (small?) remaining user base for it feels. All good things come to an end someday, sadly.
  16. Then your scenario is a bit more understandable to me as you actually suffered a loss. So sorry to hear that, Shex! Also, adorable art!
  17. There are definitely sites that are copies of Neopets, especially older ones. There is a difference between being inspired by a site and making an almost absolute copy.
  18. How is VPL benefiting from TGL at all? They come to this thread and see the admins here trashing it, and It persuades them to not even check it out.
  19. You are missing the point Digital, that base you were reaching out to on Twitter only existed because of VPL and TGL is a copy of VPL, a place for people to take refuge, and to ignore the efforts cpvr put into it regardless of what happened is bitter.
  20. Carlos isn't benefiting from TGL at all though whereas TGL inherited most of its community from VPL. cpvr literally paved the way for TGL and for the admins here to just tear him down because his personal life got in the way seems kind of cold and spiteful, and I am not really sure what their goal is in this regard.
  21. There appears to be some bitterness between the admins here and cpvr but I can vouch that cpvr is a good guy. We don't know the personal and real life circumstances behind what happened but this community would not even exist had it not been for cpvr since a large amount of those members moved here. And let's not proclaim that this forum itself is hugely popular and booming, because it isn't either and it is a bad look having the admins trashing another site publicly, a site they owe a lot to quite frankly...
  22. Beautiful drawing, jak! It looks like you paid a lot of attention to detail and it definitely paid off!
  23. I am personally super excited about this! I really like cpvr-- he is an awesome guy and really cared about his community.
  24. You can now rename your pet if you have bonded with it enough:
  25. Sorry to hear that happened, tavs! It sucks when a site just suddenly disappears after being attached to it.
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