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[center][permalink][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/updates/devupdate.png[/img][/permalink][/center] In this Developer Update, we're sharing some information about our next Trading Post activity: [b]Fiona's Fantastic Familiars[/b]! When you visit Fiona, you can earn unique rewards for reaching bonding milestones with your own familiars and bonding progress on familiars that you may no longer have the ability to obtain. And, as promised, we have a quick update for you on the progress of [I]Flight Rising's[/I] [b]next modern breed.[/b] [center][permalink][b]Click here to learn more about this update.[/b][/permalink][/center] [more] --------------- It's that time again - the development team is happy to bring you another [b]Developer Update[/b], this time sharing some information about one of the many projects we have in progress: [b]Fiona's Fantastic Familiars[/b]. A quick heads-up for everyone—[b]the screenshots used[/b] in this update are mostly [b]from a mock-up/prototype[/b] and may not reflect the final design, colors, imagery, etc. Prototyping is how we quickly lay out our ideas for the UI and user experience. These early designs are provided to the engineering team which they then use to start creating something functional. --------------- [b][size=5]Fiona's Fantastic Familiars[/size][/b] The newest addition to the Trading Post, [b]Fiona[/b], is an overconfident caregiver. She's befriended just about every familiar there is, but found herself [i]maybe[/i] just a little bit in over her head caring for their every need. That's where you come in! Stop by and lend a claw by visiting with her feisty flock by participating in two types of activities: [b]Feats[/b] & [b]Flattery[/b]. [center][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/preview_frazzledfiona.png[/img][/center] [b][size=4]Feats[/size][/b] Feats are [b]familiar-themed tasks[/b] that focus on the act of [b]reaching bonding level milestones with certain familiars to earn a special reward[/b]. Once the required milestones have been reached Fiona will allow you to claim a prize, which will generally consist of treasure rewards or in some cases, a special [b]recolored version of the familiar type[/b] in the Feat. [center][b][size=2][THEORETICAL EXAMPLE][/size][/b][/center] For the Feat below titled [i]On Powdery Wings[/i], Fiona may request for you to reach the [b]Awakened[/b] bond level with both the [b]Amaranth Moth[/b] and [b]Leafy Moth[/b] familiars, after which she would reward you with [b]1500 treasure[/b] and the [b]Sparklespore Moth[/b], featuring a sparkling purple version of the moth artwork. [center][b][size=2][/THEORETICAL EXAMPLE][/size][/b][/center] [center][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/preview_onpowderywingsfeat002.png[/img][/center] Feats will have varying degrees of difficulty (they may not all require the familiars to be Awakened or they may require progress with a lot more familiars) and typically grant rewards that correspond to how tough they are to complete. While we will be launching the feature with a good number of [b]feats[/b], we plan to expand this section over time to provide many possible ways of earning rewards. [b][size=4]Flattery[/size][/b] When you visit the [b]Flattery[/b] page each day, you'll be met with eight random familiars, some of which you may own, and some of which you don't. While these familiars belong to Fiona, they share the bond level progress you have earned with yours. Because she's got so many to tend to, she's more than happy to have your assistance in providing some attention to them. What makes this page interesting is that [b]interacting with [i]these[/i] familiars performs the same function as bonding with them on a dragon's profile[/b]... whether or not you actually own the familiar or have it paired to a dragon in your lair! This might be a little confusing at first, so we'll break it down a bit further: [LIST] [*][b]If a familiar is one you currently own and have paired to a dragon[/b], interacting with it here will perform the normal bond function as if you had done it from the paired dragon's profile. [*][b]If a familiar is one you currently don't own[/b], interacting with it here will perform a normal bond function, granting you bond level progress for that familiar family without needing to have the item at all. If you were to obtain the familiar as an item later, that progress would be retained. [/LIST] [b][i]As an added bonus[/i][/b]: If a familiar on this page is one you currently own and have paired to a dragon, Fiona will grant you [b]double the normal treasure[/b] when you interact with it! Think of it kind of like the daily Exalt Bonus, but for familiars! [center][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/preview_fionabondbonus.png[/img][/center] The goal of the Flattery page is to allow more of our community the ability to [b]incrementally increase their bond level with familiars they may not have the ability to acquire[/b] (either through time investment, treasure, gems, or familiar exclusivity/retirement). This serves a double purpose: allowing everyone to make more progress toward feats that may feature those missing familiars, and providing another method of "filling out" the Bestiary. [size=2][i]NOTE: The act of interacting with familiars you don't own at Fiona's Fantastic Familiars will not give you the corresponding familiar item, and it will not fulfill the criteria necessary to give the familiar a special background in the Bestiary once you have reached the Awakened bond level with it. In order to earn the special background, you will still need to both achieve its Awakened bond level and to somehow acquire/have the familiar item.[/i][/size] Below is an example of what the Flattery page might look like on any given day: [center][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/preview_flatterycanonlygetyousofar.png[/img][/center] ------------- [size=5][b]Modern Breed Progress Update[/b][/size] Work continues on [i]Flight Rising's[/i] next [b]modern breed[/b]. For those that are unfamiliar, modern breeds are what we're now calling any non-ancient breed; they are able to universally breed with one another and wear apparel. Because modern breeds require a massive amount of artwork, they take a significantly long time to develop. As we stated in our [url=https://www1.flightrising.com/forums/ann/2666061][b]Dev Update on [i]Dragon Breed Development[/i][/b][/url], our aim is to provide you with periodic progress reports regarding how far along the next modern breed is toward release. As of writing this, our next modern breed has reached the following completion milestones: [center][img]http://flightrising.com/dropbox/2020_01_20_ModernBreedProgress-x2.png[/img][/center] We know what you're thinking: that gene art percentage appears to be a bit of a bummer. Well, not to fear! Due to several workflow improvements we've made over the years, [b]gene art tends to move far faster than apparel[/b], which requires hand-drawn treatment for each piece. ---------- [size=5][b]Recent Maintenance Issues[/b][/size] As you may have noticed, we've had a little bit more maintenance than usual in the last couple weeks. Some of it was so we could perform some long-needed backend work that will help support ongoing optimizations and new feature work, and some of it was scheduled by our service provider and out of our control. As always, we will do our best to communicate this type of game interruption in our Site Status box and on our social media channels. As for the maintenance on the morning of [b]January 20[/b], it introduced a bug in the feature that refills players' dragons' energy after they return to [i]Flight Rising[/i] after a 45+ day absence. While these players are likely to have received a popup window about the feature, their dragons were not fed properly. This was fixed at approximately [b]10:05 Server Time on January 21[/b]. However, that means players that returned [b]between approximately 06:00 Server Time, January 20 and 10:05 Server Time, January 21[/b] missed out on their dragons being fed. We have gone into our historical records to identify the affected players and correct the impact of the bug. These players have [b]had their dragons' energy topped off and granted two (2) days worth of Well Fed progress below their average clan energy bar[/b]. ------------ And that's all for today! Look forward to [b]Fiona's Fantastic Familiars[/b] launching in the very near future.
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In this Developer Update, we're sharing some information about our next Trading Post activity: Fiona's Fantastic Familiars! When you visit Fiona, you can earn unique rewards for reaching bonding milestones with your own familiars and bonding progress on familiars that you may no longer have the ability to obtain. And, as promised, we have a quick update for you on the progress of Flight Rising's next modern breed.




It's that time again - the development team is happy to bring you another Developer Update, this time sharing some information about one of the many projects we have in progress: Fiona's Fantastic Familiars.

A quick heads-up for everyone—the screenshots used in this update are mostly from a mock-up/prototype and may not reflect the final design, colors, imagery, etc. Prototyping is how we quickly lay out our ideas for the UI and user experience. These early designs are provided to the engineering team which they then use to start creating something functional.




Fiona's Fantastic Familiars

The newest addition to the Trading Post, Fiona, is an overconfident caregiver. She's befriended just about every familiar there is, but found herself maybe just a little bit in over her head caring for their every need. That's where you come in! Stop by and lend a claw by visiting with her feisty flock by participating in two types of activities: Feats & Flattery.

preview_frazzledfiona.png


Feats

Feats are familiar-themed tasks that focus on the act of reaching bonding level milestones with certain familiars to earn a special reward. Once the required milestones have been reached Fiona will allow you to claim a prize, which will generally consist of treasure rewards or in some cases, a special recolored version of the familiar type in the Feat.
[THEORETICAL EXAMPLE]
For the Feat below titled On Powdery Wings, Fiona may request for you to reach the Awakened bond level with both the Amaranth Moth and Leafy Moth familiars, after which she would reward you with 1500 treasure and the Sparklespore Moth, featuring a sparkling purple version of the moth artwork.
[/THEORETICAL EXAMPLE]

preview_onpowderywingsfeat002.png

Feats will have varying degrees of difficulty (they may not all require the familiars to be Awakened or they may require progress with a lot more familiars) and typically grant rewards that correspond to how tough they are to complete.

While we will be launching the feature with a good number of feats, we plan to expand this section over time to provide many possible ways of earning rewards.


Flattery

When you visit the Flattery page each day, you'll be met with eight random familiars, some of which you may own, and some of which you don't. While these familiars belong to Fiona, they share the bond level progress you have earned with yours. Because she's got so many to tend to, she's more than happy to have your assistance in providing some attention to them.

What makes this page interesting is that interacting with these familiars performs the same function as bonding with them on a dragon's profile... whether or not you actually own the familiar or have it paired to a dragon in your lair! This might be a little confusing at first, so we'll break it down a bit further:
  • If a familiar is one you currently own and have paired to a dragon, interacting with it here will perform the normal bond function as if you had done it from the paired dragon's profile.
  • If a familiar is one you currently don't own, interacting with it here will perform a normal bond function, granting you bond level progress for that familiar family without needing to have the item at all. If you were to obtain the familiar as an item later, that progress would be retained.
As an added bonus: If a familiar on this page is one you currently own and have paired to a dragon, Fiona will grant you double the normal treasure when you interact with it! Think of it kind of like the daily Exalt Bonus, but for familiars!

preview_fionabondbonus.png


The goal of the Flattery page is to allow more of our community the ability to incrementally increase their bond level with familiars they may not have the ability to acquire (either through time investment, treasure, gems, or familiar exclusivity/retirement). This serves a double purpose: allowing everyone to make more progress toward feats that may feature those missing familiars, and providing another method of "filling out" the Bestiary.

NOTE: The act of interacting with familiars you don't own at Fiona's Fantastic Familiars will not give you the corresponding familiar item, and it will not fulfill the criteria necessary to give the familiar a special background in the Bestiary once you have reached the Awakened bond level with it. In order to earn the special background, you will still need to both achieve its Awakened bond level and to somehow acquire/have the familiar item.

Below is an example of what the Flattery page might look like on any given day:

preview_flatterycanonlygetyousofar.png





Modern Breed Progress Update

Work continues on Flight Rising's next modern breed. For those that are unfamiliar, modern breeds are what we're now calling any non-ancient breed; they are able to universally breed with one another and wear apparel.

Because modern breeds require a massive amount of artwork, they take a significantly long time to develop. As we stated in our Dev Update on Dragon Breed Development, our aim is to provide you with periodic progress reports regarding how far along the next modern breed is toward release.

As of writing this, our next modern breed has reached the following completion milestones:

2020_01_20_ModernBreedProgress-x2.png


We know what you're thinking: that gene art percentage appears to be a bit of a bummer. Well, not to fear! Due to several workflow improvements we've made over the years, gene art tends to move far faster than apparel, which requires hand-drawn treatment for each piece.





Recent Maintenance Issues

As you may have noticed, we've had a little bit more maintenance than usual in the last couple weeks. Some of it was so we could perform some long-needed backend work that will help support ongoing optimizations and new feature work, and some of it was scheduled by our service provider and out of our control. As always, we will do our best to communicate this type of game interruption in our Site Status box and on our social media channels.

As for the maintenance on the morning of January 20, it introduced a bug in the feature that refills players' dragons' energy after they return to Flight Rising after a 45+ day absence. While these players are likely to have received a popup window about the feature, their dragons were not fed properly. This was fixed at approximately 10:05 Server Time on January 21.

However, that means players that returned between approximately 06:00 Server Time, January 20 and 10:05 Server Time, January 21 missed out on their dragons being fed. We have gone into our historical records to identify the affected players and correct the impact of the bug. These players have had their dragons' energy topped off and granted two (2) days worth of Well Fed progress below their average clan energy bar.




And that's all for today! Look forward to Fiona's Fantastic Familiars launching in the very near future.
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Hello everyone! Please remember to stay on topic when replying to today's Developer Update. If you have any suggestions, be sure to post them in our [b][url=https://www1.flightrising.com/forums/sug]Suggestions Forum[/url][/b]. Thank you! [emoji=banescale happy size=2]
Hello everyone! Please remember to stay on topic when replying to today's Developer Update. If you have any suggestions, be sure to post them in our Suggestions Forum. Thank you!
yaay

Edit: I'm super excited for Fiona. And also the new breed, you guys doing so good!

Edit 2: I wonder if Fiona will offer super rare fams for Flattery too, like Boolean?
yaay

Edit: I'm super excited for Fiona. And also the new breed, you guys doing so good!

Edit 2: I wonder if Fiona will offer super rare fams for Flattery too, like Boolean?
My Lair ends on the first page of the 'Mah Babies' tab
Oh!! I'm so excited for Fiona omg

Edit for updating on reading it all: I love the feat system of getting another familiar recolor!! It really seems like a neat concept. Plus the progress on the next modern breed? Very nice!

Edit 2: SHE IS CONFIRMED TRANS OMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH
Oh!! I'm so excited for Fiona omg

Edit for updating on reading it all: I love the feat system of getting another familiar recolor!! It really seems like a neat concept. Plus the progress on the next modern breed? Very nice!

Edit 2: SHE IS CONFIRMED TRANS OMG I LOVE HER SO MUCH
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!!!! A Skydancer NPC???
!!!! A Skydancer NPC???
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how exciting !!!! [emoji=tundra tongue size=2]
how exciting !!!!
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I saw this clicked away and did not get first comment but WOOHOO.

But can we have a silver idol please?
I saw this clicked away and did not get first comment but WOOHOO.

But can we have a silver idol please?
! exciting to see ----- Fiona's seems to be a pretty interesting idea, a way for people to get some semblance of a full bestiary concerning the nigh unattainable familiars (ie. KS ones if they get to be in the pool... or imagine being able to bond with the Boolean -o-'' ). Though it'd take a [i]long[/i] time to hit awakened being that it takes ~3 months of daily bonding to awaken a familiar. Having a 8(?)/785+ chance of a single familiar to show up and then having to have it come up almost 90 times? oof. But! It's very nice to see numerical/data progress for a new modern breed rather than a sort of 'it's going.' Hopefully things are smooth sailing and it won't be too much longer until they can finally arrive! [emoji=gaoler happy size=1]
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Fiona's seems to be a pretty interesting idea, a way for people to get some semblance of a full bestiary concerning the nigh unattainable familiars (ie. KS ones if they get to be in the pool... or imagine being able to bond with the Boolean -o-'' ). Though it'd take a long time to hit awakened being that it takes ~3 months of daily bonding to awaken a familiar.

Having a 8(?)/785+ chance of a single familiar to show up and then having to have it come up almost 90 times? oof.

But! It's very nice to see numerical/data progress for a new modern breed rather than a sort of 'it's going.' Hopefully things are smooth sailing and it won't be too much longer until they can finally arrive!
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