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Ancient Breeds-what if we have emperors!
Apr 15, 2019, 07:37:27
darkmicewar wrote on 2019-04-15 07:34:28:
So just like many people are giving their opinions i was wondering what if we get a breed that is an emperor dragon! (they're 12 headed if im not wrong) and would look scary and weird or maybe actually good depending on how they design it. I myself imagine them like a snake. maybe no wings and 12 heads?


Emperors are an undead combination of multiple imperial dragons, and imperials are a modern breed. @darkmicewar
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 07:18:50
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A general wonderment: if you do ever need to hire more artists, will you make an announcement, or quietly add it to the Employment tab in the footer?

@Univorn, when we have open positions they are posted on the Employment Opportunities page, as well as announced.
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 06:50:37
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Akiri
Emberglo wrote on 2019-04-15 06:39:47:
Sounds exciting. My question is: Will Akiri be the developer on an Ancient Breed?

@Emberglo Of course, but I'm not allowed near the art.
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 06:29:17
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Akiri
aquaticFeline wrote on 2019-04-15 06:21:36:
Thank you game developers for all you do! Although still curious if there will ever be a way in the future modern breed , im willing to give ancient breeds a chance, they sound so cool!!
@aquaticFeline We are still doing modern breeds and this will not slow down their progress. This is on top of what we are already developing.
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 06:18:17
bogbees wrote on 2019-04-15 06:15:07:
Thanks for the breed news but also whaddya mean tidelord might be dead?!??


@bogbees, read the story and you'll see...
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 06:02:58
We ask everyone stays on topic for today's Developer Update. There's a lot of ground covered so we'll be removing any off-topic replies to this update. Thank you!
Dev Update: Dragon Breed Development
Apr 15, 2019, 06:01:18
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Akiri

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Hey there, Flight Rising community! It’s been a good long while since we released a new dragon breed, and you deserve an update on how development is going. This is going to be a longer-than-standard Dev Update, so refill your water, stretch your legs, and get comfortable. We're going to share with you how our team tackles dragon breed development, as well as what changes and updates you can expect going forward.



The Most Frequently Asked Question

“Are we getting a new breed?”

The short answer is: Yes! New breeds are and always have been in development. For the life of the game we will continue to add them...but it unfortunately will not be soon.

Not a great way to start, but bear with us. We’ve got a longer answer for you and it’s the primary reason for this update. So let’s dive in!



Stormlight Workshop, LLC
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In order for us to lay out where we are with new breed development, we need to start with who we are as a company. A lot of the planning decisions we have to make year-to-year are heavily influenced by how we operate the company, so we wanted to talk a little bit about that.

Stormlight Workshop, LLC is a company committed to maintaining a healthy work/life balance and environment for our employees. We pay both our employees and contractors competitive rates and our full-time employees receive comprehensive benefits.

We believe that if you work on a game in any capacity—be it software engineering, design, community, support, marketing, etc—you are a game developer. It’s part of the reason we try to stay away from older terms like “admins” with regards to talking about our team; the work is a lot more comprehensive than that.

We also know that mistakes happen when developers are overworked or burned out. In order to address this, we do our best when planning to actively avoid the development phenomenon known as “crunch.”


What’s “crunch?”

Essentially, “crunch” is when what would be weeks or months of development time is condensed into a period of days or weeks due to poor planning, inadequate staffing, and arbitrary deadlines. It’s the primary contributor to developer burnout, and can be very damaging physically and psychologically. It can take weeks for a person to recover from a crunch period, possibly longer. That’s obviously not okay and not healthy. We’re not going to do that to our people and, by extension, Flight Rising.

There may be times where a "crunch" situation may happen—but that should be the exception, not the norm. When we plan a feature or addition, we pad our schedule for extra time if needed and frequently check in with developers to see if they need additional support to stay on schedule.



And this brings us back to the state of new dragon breeds.


Dragons are the heart of Flight Rising!

Dragons and what you can do with them is what makes Flight Rising what it is. You’re here because dragons!

But the very thing that epitomizes Flight Rising is the same thing that’s delaying new breed releases. We know many of you are aware of this fact and understand, but we also can’t assume everyone does. This is not a subject we can afford to be opaque about.

The delay on new breeds is significant, and is not poised to become much better in the future. It is directly due to the fact that the work required to introduce new dragon breeds becomes more complicated over time and exponentially increases. The art asset backlog for a new breed grows with every content update as we continue adding apparel or genes to the game's ecosystem.

While we factor new breeds into production of newer apparel art and genes, they still need to have older art fitted to them.

Let’s give a few examples:


Apparel
  • Flight Rising has over 2,600 unique apparel items as of writing this.
  • Each of these apparel items requires 28 pieces of individual art (both male and female dragons of each breed).
  • For those calculating along with us: that’s over 72,000 images across all breeds.
  • To catch one new breed up to the current apparel backlog, it requires creating 5,200 new images, each of which needs to be properly drawn out to fit the breed, color-matched to those already out there, etc.


Genes
  • Flight Rising has over 75 unique genes (including Basic).
  • To catch one new breed up to the current gene backlog requires art treatment for male, female, and hatchlings. That’s 225 gene templates per breed.



Can’t we just put the entire art team on new breeds?

This seems like the obvious and simple fix, right? But doing this would halt or significantly delay:

  • New features
  • Fairground games
  • Coliseum venues
  • Gene releases
  • Apparel releases
  • Familiar Releases
  • Event Releases
  • Flight Festivals

We have to ask ourselves as developers, what’s worse? Long breaks between new breeds but regular content updates or slightly shorter breaks between new breeds and almost no regular content updates?

Placing the entire art team on new breed development grinds the entire project to a halt. Because our game and similar sites within this genre of the game industry rely upon a regular cadence of new content, this isn’t an option for us.



Why can’t we just hire more artists?

It’s not a matter of not wanting to hire more artists. We’d love to hire all the artists and staffing we could ever need, but we have to do so responsibly and at a pace that is reasonable for onboarding new people. It also involves paying them a fair rate and investing time into teaching them the Flight Rising style guide so the artwork is consistent. If we don’t factor in these needs we risk creating a hectic and unsustainable business.



What are we doing to address this?

So… breeds are difficult and time-consuming to create, but it does not mean we aren’t developing them. As we said above, dragons are the heart of the game. In fact, we have artists on the team whose sole focus is catching up our gene and apparel backlog for new breed development.

We want to bring you into the development process a bit more. Future Developer Updates may include straightforward progress reports about how far along we are in new breed development. These updates are not intended to be ‘hype’ nor will any team member tease new breeds in these updates.



But that isn’t all we are doing...


The Bounty of the Elements

The strange energies that literally changed the face of Sornieth didn’t stop there. Stirred by the elemental upheaval, ancient dragons from eras long gone and forgotten by time have awoken. They now venture forth into this starkly different and modern world.

Many of these archaic creatures were crafted by the gods when they first began to vie for territory. Hastily designed, these creations were needed to carve the land into distinct realms, and remain very different from one another to this day. Not all ancient dragons were created by the elemental gods—others sprang forth from pure coagulated magic, owing no allegiance at all.

These ancient dragons are primordial in nature. The circumstances surrounding their creation make them physically incompatible with any other dragon on Sornieth. While they may discover alliances or work together with both modern and other ancient dragon breeds, they can't and will never be able to procreate with them.


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From this point forward, we will be referring to all currently-released breeds as modern breeds, and adding a new breed category called ancient breeds. Modern and ancient breed development will run concurrently with another from this point forward.


The Ancient Breeds System

We are intentionally developing ancient breeds to accommodate the need for new dragons in the game while still allowing us the ability to continue to release features, content, and modern breeds. Ancient breeds do not contribute to the backlog because, well, they don’t touch it!

Our main goal with ancient breeds is to release them more regularly than we do modern breeds. In order to facilitate that, they’ll need to operate a little bit differently...


Restrictions & Details

The system for ancient breeds is based on exclusivity and efficiency. This means:

Breeding
They can only mate with dragons of the same ancient breed. The five (5) generations restriction will still apply.


Genes
Ancient breeds will have their own unique genes and we aim to have several genes ready to go alongside the release of every ancient breed.

Modern gene scrolls and gene scrolls created for other ancient breeds can’t be applied to them.


Apparel
Ancient breeds can’t wear apparel. We know this is going to be a bit of a disappointment for some players. But no apparel also means we can now do some really wild and cool tertiary gene designs that break the dragon silhouette the lines of designs like horns, extra tails, chitin, etc.

Since they don’t need to wear apparel, ancient breeds also allow us to break the “One head, four legs, two wings, one tail” template. For example, dragons like wyverns, multiple-headed dragons, drakes, and more!


Skins & Accents
You'll still be able to create custom skins and accents for these breeds, which will allow you to add some complexity or style to your ancient dragons.

NOTE: Line rules will still apply to player-submitted skins and accents.


Breed Change Scrolls
It will be possible to change any of your modern dragons into an ancient dragon but using an ancient breed change scroll on a modern dragon will remove all of its apparel, skin, and reset its genes to Basic.

It will also be possible to change any of your ancient dragons into a modern dragon, but using any breed change scroll (modern or ancient) on an ancient dragon will remove any applied custom skins and reset its genes to Basic.



We understand that these limitations may not be for everyone. Ancient breed options are restricted for a reason—this is how we can continue introducing dragon breeds to Flight Rising without the delays inherent to modern breeds and without forcing our team to work in unsustainable or detrimental (“crunch”) conditions.



Ancient Breeds FAQ

When will the first breed be released?

We will be introducing Flight Rising’s first ancient breed as part of our 6th Anniversary Celebration on June 8, 2019. This will serve as the debut for the system.


What’s the breeding cooldown for Ancient Breeds?

All ancient breeds will have a 20-day (Common) cooldown, regardless of how they are acquired through gameplay. Just like with modern breeds, some will be available through treasure, gems, and various game features, etc.


What about non-gene specialty items (like boons)?

Nothing is changing here. You can use all specialty items on ancient breeds the same way you can with modern breeds. If you want an eternally youthful ancient hatchling for your avatar, you can! If you want to scatter an ancient dragon’s colors, you can!


Can we win ancient dragons as part of Roundsey’s Raffle Roulette?

Yes! Roundsey may offer ancient dragons or ancient dragon genes during her weekly raffle once they’re available.


Can you explain what you mean by "concurrent development"?

The team at Stormlight Workshop, LLC is always working on several things at once. As a group we delegate projects based on strengths and skills, and generally have a lot of things cooking at once to keep the project rolling along.

Most of the time, development on one thing does not cause impediments for any others (except in some cases where we may need to focus-fire on one thing as a team), and these multiple fronts can sort of be visualized as a set of "lanes".

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Adding Ancient Breeds as its own development pipeline will not impede that of Modern Breed development, nor of the multitude of other initiatives we have in progress.




To Recap

We’ve thrown a lot of information at you today. Let’s recap the most important points:

  • Modern dragon breed development continues uninterrupted.
  • Modern dragon breed development is a slow process due to the exponentially increasing backlog.
    • We have artists solely dedicated to the backlog.
    • We will not set an arbitrary deadline and “crunch” development to meet it. “Crunch” is bad.
  • Ancient dragon breed development helps to address the delay between new modern breeds.
  • Ancient dragon breeds are developed with exclusivity and efficiency at the forefront.
  • Ancient dragon breeds will have restrictions (no cross-breeding, no apparel, etc).
    • These restrictions make it possible for them to be released at a more regular cadence compared to modern breeds.

We're excited to bring the ancient breeds to life for you. They mean more variety more often for you and for the future of Flight Rising.



And before we go...


The Missing Tidelord

Water dragons from all across Sornieth have noticed the absence of their missing deity. Paralyzed by fear, confusion, and grief, activity in the Sea of a Thousand Currents has halted.

The seers of Water have gathered at the edge of the Leviathan Trench, seeking the answer to question they dare not ask... has the Tidelord fallen?
Status Update
Apr 15, 2019, 00:03:34
Site Status | By Kaepora
You can now preview skins and accents stored in your vault.
Who has "you're the best around"?
Apr 13, 2019, 07:22:44
When I was making the achievements system, I was joking around and made that one as a proof of concept. There was never any plan to use it, so there was never any plan to have it leave behind some sort of related achievement when it moved on. It's just a silly little gag achievement we ended up shuffling around.

It does become very hard to shuffle that achievement around every time someone is being the best around. We have a lot of the best around here. Combine that with the decommissioning of that system and it has not been on the to do list to move around.

I'll just leave this here for all you Flight Rising folks who are the best around:
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Status Update
Apr 12, 2019, 12:50:01
Site Status | By Kaepora
You can now preview skins and accents in Swipp’s Swap Stand.
Does anyone have a link to the poll rule
Apr 12, 2019, 08:24:26
Vaveny wrote on 2019-04-12 07:55:02:
Oh!! They clarified what the new rule was in their policies. Yay :D now it's not as daunting. I know it was confusing before they amended it
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Posting outside polls. The Flight Rising forums are discussion forums. Outside polls are not discussions. Flight Rising focused polls should be supplemental to a discussion.(04/12/2019)

.. However I am not sure if "outside poll" means using a polling system that is outside of the FR website XD I feel bad constantly being a little confused over the new rule hahah

Yup Threads were cleaned up to help further reduce confusion.

@Vaveny, 'outside polls' mean unrelated to Flight Rising, which is why the following line clarifies and refers to Flight Rising focused polls.

I'm also locking this thread as discussion of the rules and policies is not allowed. Feedback about rules and policies should be submitted through Contact Us.
Status Update
Apr 12, 2019, 06:47:17
Site Status | By Aequorin
We have updated our Spam Policy regarding the posting of polls (outside and game-focused) as well as the posting of petitions on the Flight Rising website.
The updated spam policy
Apr 11, 2019, 16:46:31
Save a @Mutronturtle, resist The Bee Movie.
The developers are from beastclans
Apr 10, 2019, 08:51:07
Familiars, not Beastclans.
Laced & Edged
Apr 09, 2019, 23:12:26
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
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The dragons have something new to crow about: Laced and Edged have arrived!


New Genes: Laced & Edged

Dragons with delicately layered patterning are now appearing all over Sornieth. Laced and Edged will apply a feathered scale pattern across the hide of your dragon.

These genes are now available in the Treasure Marketplace.

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Wavecrest Saturnalia Skin & Accent Contest

The sixth annual Wavecrest Saturnalia will begin April 21, 2019, and we're running a skin and accent contest in celebration! Click here for more information!
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New Emoji
There are new emoji expressions for Spiral and Pearlcatcher dragons available to use around the site.


Status Update
Apr 09, 2019, 22:10:42
Site Status | By Undel
Spiral emoji are now available!
Status Update
Apr 09, 2019, 22:06:27
Site Status | By Undel
The 2019 Wavecrest Saturnalia Skin & Accent contest thread is up! The submission deadline is Thursday April 18th at 23:59 server time.
Maintenance = New Features
Apr 09, 2019, 12:10:21
Leopardmask wrote on 2019-04-09 12:04:50:
Any time they announce a normal 1-hour maintenance it's always back-end. When the maintenance is FOR something, that's almost always telegraphed beforehand.

These are safe assumptions to make.

@Leopardmask
Maintenance = New Features
Apr 09, 2019, 11:49:29
It's back end work.
Status Update
Apr 09, 2019, 07:15:02
Site Status | By Mutron
We will be performing scheduled maintenance from 06:00 - 07:00 Server Time on Wednesday, April 10. During this period Flight Rising will be unavailable.
Status Update
Apr 08, 2019, 13:30:47
Site Status | By Aequorin
Dragon Share Theme Week: Gentle Gardeners!
Status Update
Apr 04, 2019, 02:54:09
Site Status | By Undel
Pearlcatcher emoji are now available!
Dragon named wrong after Randomizer use
Apr 02, 2019, 12:58:03
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
Thanks to everyone for reporting this issue. We have deployed a fix that should prevent this from happening in the future. Apologies for the inconvenience this issue has caused!
Dragon Name Was Randomized
Apr 02, 2019, 12:57:55
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
Thanks to everyone for reporting this issue. We have deployed a fix that should prevent this from happening in the future. Apologies for the inconvenience this issue has caused!
No Depleted Craft Kit?
Apr 02, 2019, 12:20:10
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Xhaztol
Rather than create a non-functional trinket (and potentially a "dead" item that could be used to scam other players on the AH, etc.) we opted to have each of these actually reward the item by being "used up" (you used all the crafting materials to make the mask).
Paper Ridgeback Masque Nose
Apr 02, 2019, 12:18:24
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Xhaztol
I think this is fine; parts of these masks are supposed to look a bit crude and droopy (in this case, the actual Ridgeback nose theoretically poking out of the back behind it is kind of the vibe we were going for). :) Thanks for the report!
Status Update
Apr 02, 2019, 00:06:52
Site Status | By Xhaztol
Something magical has just happened to Marva's mysterious crafting kits!
Status Update
Apr 01, 2019, 10:52:02
Site Status | By Aequorin
Dragon Share Theme Week: Familiar Matching!
Status Update
Apr 01, 2019, 00:14:56
Site Status | By Xhaztol
Familiar Uprising
Apr 01, 2019, 00:00:16
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Dragonkind may have finally met its match; familiars all over Sornieth have revolted for the day! Marva's also sprinkling some mysterious new gifts around...



Not So Familiar

Although dragonkind has peacefully maintained special friendships with various animals and beastfolk in modern times, those relationships have frayed into rivalries*. Once staunch allies, familiars everywhere are rising up to lay claim to lairs and dens all across Sornieth. Beastly buddies? More like beastly baddies!

For the remainder of April 1st (until 23:59 server time), dragons and their paired familiars will swap places**.

* Absolutely 100% not really canon lol
** If you wish to toggle this swap off, you can do so from your lair




More Marva Mischief

Flight Rising's elusive trickster, Marva, is back with some new goodies. Within the hoard of every active account will be the following mysterious item:


It's uncertain just what this delightful box of crafts will be useful for, but you may want to open it up and find out...

(NOTE 1: For those who are new to this kind of Marva gift: opening this item will yield another container of similar crafting materials, and opening that item will result in the same (14 possible outcomes). You can keep doing this indefinitely for the remainder of the day to decide on which one you want to keep, because...)

(NOTE 2: The functionality of whatever item you have in your hoard will change in the rollover period between April 1st and April 2nd, so keep an eye on what you've got as that time approaches!)
theme week chaos
Mar 26, 2019, 14:00:51
Druzy wrote on 2019-03-26 13:57:03:
@Aequorin

OMG thanks for adding in the new theme! I can't wait to look at more pretty wind dragons for mistjam. Chaos, chaos!

@Druzy, I got a bit mixed up earlier today. D:
I mean sure whatever
Mar 26, 2019, 13:56:27
My stars, that Twisting Crescendo sure can cause some chaos.
Status Update
Mar 26, 2019, 13:38:09
Site Status | By Aequorin
Chaos reigns for this week's Dragon Share Theme Week! Two themes are running: Mistral Jamboree and Alignments—Chaotic!
Mistral Jamboree 2019
Mar 24, 2019, 06:08:40
TinyGryphon wrote on 2019-03-24 06:05:49:
@Xhaztol
The skin Windfeather lists me as the maker of that as well as my own winning entry (Reedcleft Ascendant is mine!)! Just pointing out the error so you can give credit to the proper artist in the tooltip! ^^ <3

Fixed! Thanks for the catch.
Mistral Jamboree 2019
Mar 24, 2019, 06:03:03
Post redirection shenanigans have been corrected.
Goat and Swirl Eye Types
Mar 22, 2019, 09:04:37
Heads up: Comments targeting other players are also not okay and will be removed without warning. Some people will like an update, others will not. There is no need to target anyone you disagree with. Thank you.
Goat and Swirl Eye Types
Mar 22, 2019, 07:56:05
Qhersek wrote on 2019-03-22 07:37:09:
Can we get some info on the rarity of the goat? What I mean is from the most common to the rarest natural eye type we have the scaling, where is goat placed?


@Qhersek, per Undel earlier in the thread
Undel wrote on 2019-03-22 06:38:15:
Saphirosa wrote on 2019-03-22 06:36:37:
Great. Even more chances to NOT get a primall..thanks..

The chance for goat ate into the chance for a common eye slightly ;-) The chance to get a primal remains unaltered.
Goat and Swirl Eye Types
Mar 22, 2019, 06:54:32
Hi everyone! We understand that not every update will be universally liked, but please keep your comments constructive. Comments that are not constructive or are more about employees/the team will be removed. This also includes any post quoting those comments.

If you have suggestions about eye types, please use our Suggestions forum. If you have feedback regarding the team and team decisions, please use Contact Us.
Goat and Swirl Eye Types
Mar 22, 2019, 06:38:15
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
Saphirosa wrote on 2019-03-22 06:36:37:
Great. Even more chances to NOT get a primall..thanks..

The chance for goat ate into the chance for a common eye slightly ;-) The chance to get a primal remains unaltered.
Status Update
Mar 22, 2019, 06:33:43
Site Status | By Undel
Springs's Breath and Vista: Spring have cycled in with the changing of the seasons. Winter Wind and Vista: Winter have left the marketplace until next year.
Goat and Swirl Eye Types
Mar 22, 2019, 06:25:15
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
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New eyes are appearing on dragons all over Sornieth!



New Eye Type: Goat

We've launched a brand new eye type: Goat. Goat displays as a mottled eye with a horizontal pupil. This naturally occurring eye type has a chance to appear when a dragon is hatched.

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New Eye Type: Swirl

Swirl displays as spiraled, hypnotic eye. This eye type must be applied with a vial, which has a chance of dropping from all coliseum enemies. For the next week, that chance is boosted!

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New Emoji
There are new emoji expressions for ridgeback, tundra, fae, and mirrors available to use around the site.









Additional Updates
  • Eye types available through the Vial of Scattersight (retired item) remain unaltered, and the tooltip has been updated to indicate which natural eye types it provides.
We all have sad exalting stories
Mar 21, 2019, 11:23:56
I exalted the first offspring of my progenitors.
If inbreeding dragons were allowed
Mar 21, 2019, 11:20:16
But it's not and never will be.
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