What's that, Furcadia?

Phoenix Speak


by on Jun.09, 2008, under Beekins, Dragons Eye Productions, Dragonspeak, News, Phoenix Speak, Roleplay

Yeah, I haven’t posted in a while, but that’s because I’ve been busy doing IRL things. Like working.

I do have something to tell you all about though, and it’s pretty neat.

The Scribes haven’t been idly sitting around with their thumbs in their ears, waiting for someone to kick them into action. Apparently, with Emerald Flame at the head, they’ve been developing several new pages for the Furcadia Website aimed at helping new (and old) players get more out of the game. Here’s a brief list of what they’ve been working on:

A new series of Help Pages, including instructions on how to get help.

A glossary of terms.

A press page, (for press releases, I would imagine.)

A Dragon’s Eye Productions Page. (About the company itself.)

A page about chatting in Furcadia.

A page about Roleplaying.

A page about creating new things for Furcadia, possibly including tutorials.

A page about places you can explore and possible things you might find therein.

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Article 100

by on Apr.15, 2008, under Artists, Commissions Corner, Contributors, Digos, Dragons Eye Productions, Dragonspeak, Emerald Flame, Entwined Studios, Kotramif Slikomif, KRAP, Mredria, News, Phoenix Speak, Proxies, Third Party Software

I’m allowed to giggle deliriously at myself, right?

This is What’s That, Furcadia’s 100th article. (Mredria Lulz in Peace was the 100th post!)

So, I figured I’d pull out all the stops and throw a bunch of crap at all of you, my loyal readers, because hey, that’s what I do. I throw things at you. Don’t like it? Tough. Take some of this. And that. AND THIS!

I think My brain is still broke from getting everything ready for this.

To commemorate the situation, I did a podcast. (I know; stop your cryin’. Babies.) It has a lot of neat content in it.

I figured I’d also let you all know that there’s a new website up called Kasuria’s Really Awesome Paper. KRAP is a poor attempt at mimicking The Muskrat and Randomism. It’ll update every Monday so you can start your week off right with a good and healthy amount of KRAP.

Creation Dragon loves KRAP!

If you’d like to help out and support Krap, you can send an e-mail to krap@entwinedstudios.com

For people who have a problem pasting DS Code into the Furcadia window, (I do!) I set up The DSBin for people to share and collaborate on DS Together. Hopefully Masons will find it helpful in getting Furres the help they need whenever they’re working on Tricky DS.

Anyone going to conventions, (at any time) might want to consider printing out several flyers or by perhaps taking a few of the conbadges Talzhemir cooked up. You could make your own based on Badge 5 and Badge 6 if you were wanting to, perhaps, hand out something similar to a business card so that people aren’t as likely to get rid of it. (Not as big or bulky).

Remember, if you’ve got any rumours or anything that you’d like debunked or supported, let me know. (Contact info is on the About Page.) I’ll go ahead and delve into any rumour you give me and let you know if it’s true, false, or similar to something else. If I get enough of them, I’ll turn it into a weekly thing.

FAB seems to be getting some decent use, which makes me happy. Make sure you swing by and take a look at the artwork that Mredria, Kotra, Sync and others have been doing!

Here’s a quick bit of information I picked up from Turquoise (Head Alt-Trading Guru) about Alt-Trading. She gave me valuable information about things like: why it’s done, how it’s done, prices, and other things.

Alt trading seems to be inspired by a general desire to be unique. Some people spend their time trading alts for the money. Others, however, do it for the unique names, and no amount of Dragon Scales, digos, or cold, hard cash would get those people to give up a specific alt name.

Alt trading started in rudimentary forms, (at least, in organized forms) in 2001. It started becoming popular in 2002. Now days, it seems that everyone is trying to get in on the Alt Trading Craze.

If you were looking to sell an alt, the first thing to remember is that it’s a buyer’s world, not a seller’s. Just because you want a certain price for an alt doesn’t mean you can demand it. If it’s not worth it to someone else, like everything else in life, you can’t sell it.

Most of the time it is unique, (or very special names) that go for the big money. Things such as IRL names, the names of Friends/Significant Others, Anime Characters, Colours and the like are where money tends to be.

Some of those names, (especially the really rare ones) come with a certain amount of prestige. They could also come with a certain amount of infamy, too.

There are lists of known scammers out there to avoid so that you don’t lose your money. In general, it’s a trust issue; after a while, you learn to pick out the ones you can trust and the ones you can’t . Much like police officers learn to do, I imagine.

A note of caution: Alt trading is still not supported by DEP. You cannot transfer ownership of characters at this time. Failure to use the system DEP is implementing at a later date will result in permanent loss of the character for both parties involved, plus whatever digos or scales were used in the purchase. Until then, it is a Buyer and Seller beware situation. Trade at your own risk.

And just for fun, I thought I’d let you all know that I can beat up a bunch of five year olds A bunch. Shayde En’Kiar can beat up more than me, though. Damn her.


Quick Edit: The Podcast is the purple and yellow thing just below this, alright? Click on it (the right side) and it’ll start to auto-play. You can also download the podcast to your computer using one of the links below. Thanks for listening/reading! Hope you’re here for article number 200!

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Fox Update

by on Jan.21, 2008, under Artists, Artwork, Digos, Dragons Eye Productions, Dragonspeak, Emerald Flame, Furrums, News, Phoenix Speak, Proxies, Talzhemir, The Wylde, Third Party Software

Been scrounging around for news on the latest update? Here’s a rundown of the newest features.

While you’re reading them, you could load this image to look at; it’s coming in the update too.

New avatars are including a Unicorn with wings. It was done by Tiggerbaby; (you’ll remember her work from the bears and the kitterwing.) It might have sparkles using the particle engine that DEP was talking about implementing a while back for certain kinds of animations, which would be cool.

There’s a Fox Ferian coming, which is where the update will get part of it’s name, probably. It’s going to be called the ‘foxen’, and it was done by Kaelin’yFiae.

Got some furlings coming out, (done by Talzhemir) in the form of a male and female kit. These won’t be allowed in FurN, and there’s a possibility that they won’t be allowed in Hawthorn either.

The valentine’s day sale avatar will be a chinchilla. If you’ve hung out with Talzhemir, you’ve seen these avatars before. They’re pretty cute.

Portrait art was done mostly by Talzhemir.

Penguin for Life and Kiwi for Life desctags should be out with this update as well.

For those of you, (like me,) hoping to have a ‘test’ feature for dreams… it might be coming soon. (Might be.) DEP says it is a legitimate concern and they’d like to help out.

New DS is probably going to be relegated to the Group Packages only, (Which might be as low as $3 or $5 a month for the cheapest non-free package.) PhoenixSpeak probably won’t be getting an upgrade immediately either. Strings are being looked at for additions in the future, however, for both DS and PS.

Most developers shouldn’t have to worry about this update; aside from the new FOX format, (Furcadia Object Extended) and the new dreamweaving options, everything should work fine as is, according to DEP. Proxies like Furnarchy, (or other very complex proxies) might have issues with the new way objects and floors are being done, but it should be an easy fix.

The move looks like it’s slated for the end of January; hopefully within the next week or so.

Sneak peak at the chinchilla avatar; this won’t be how they look final-draft, I’m sure.

So, that completes the update info, except for those of you who are registered. If you log in, you’ll be able to see the one last bit of really cool information that might be going in on this update. (There’s no guarantee, though.)

[Are_PayPal_LoginPlease]Keep it on the Down low, but there might just be live dream editing coming in with the update. Might. There’s no real confirmation of it yet, and as last I heard it was only very, very roughly done, but it might manage to sneak into this update![/Are_PayPal_LoginPlease]

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The Poll

by on Jan.13, 2008, under Artists, Artwork, Dragons Eye Productions, Dragonspeak, News, Phoenix Speak, Private Dreams, Talzhemir

A little background info on the poll:

In Artist’s Alley, (a dream ran by Talzhemir) you can find some people to make stuff for your dreams, (From ports to code, they do it all.)

The thing is, if you say a URL, you’ll get ejected. The reason for this is to keep outlandish SpamvertisersĀ®Ā  from running through the dream, linking to their stuff.

This creates a problem with people who would like to share their work to people who ask; they’re forced to whisper their links to clients. Not a lot of trouble, but trouble all the same.

So the poll is to find out if people think the extra precautions are necessary; leave your thoughts for Talzhemir here if you have any on the subject.

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Phoenix Speak and YOU!

by on Dec.29, 2007, under Digos, Dragons Eye Productions, Dragonspeak, News, Phoenix Speak, Roleplay

Recently Dragon’s Eye Productions, (Our friendly Furcadia hosts,) has taken it upon themselves to make Phoenix Speak available for everyone.

For those that don’t know what Phoenix Speak is, you can look here for some of the information related to Phoenix Speak. Suffice it to say, it is a server-side database system that stores information for your dream between uploads.

Here’s a list of the Phoenix Speak Lines available to everyone right now:

(5:600) memorize that the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about the triggering furre will now be #.
(5:601) memorize that the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about the furre named {…} will now be #.
(5:602) memorize that the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about this dream will now be #.
(5:610) remember the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about the triggering furre, and put it in variable #.
(5:611) remember the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about the furre named {…}, and put it in variable #.
(5:612) remember the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about this dream, and put it in variable #.
(5:630) forget all PhoenixSpeak info about the triggering furre.
(5:631) forget all PhoenixSpeak info about the furre named {…}.
(5:632) forget the PhoenixSpeak info {…} about this dream.
(5:633) forget all PhoenixSpeak info about this dream.
(5:650) use the PhoenixSpeak ‘just testing’ area to store info from now on.
(5:651) use the PhoenixSpeak ‘real and official’ area to store info from now on.

These are located in the DS Editor, for those who don’t recognize the format.

If you’d like some serious info on Phoenix speak, (including a list of PS Variables that you can use,) please check here.

How much Phoenix Speak can you have for your dream?

Well, if you’re a Silver Sponsor, you can store data for up to 200 people, and have a database of about 64k.
If you don’t have Silver Sponsorship, you can store data for up to 50 people; and you’ve got 10k in which to play.

Also out is a temporary banish command that players have been asking DEP to implement for a while, it’s for people you just want to get out long enough to cool your head.

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