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Sunparched Prowl 2020
Jun 11, 2020, 07:01:01
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The herds are on the move and their numbers are exploding. Novice and expert hunters alike will have an easy time scoring game if they stick to tall grasses and rocky outcrops.




Sunparched Prowl, one of Flight Rising's quarterly "micro-holidays", is in full swing! From Thursday, June 11th (06:00 Server Time) to Monday, June 15th (06:00 Server Time), all players will experience a couple of battle-related boosts!


Bountiful Battles

For the duration of Sunparched Prowl, all all Coliseum enemies will have the chance to drop meat food items in addition to their normal loot. Dragon clans everywhere are taking this time to stock up on shanks, flanks, ribs, haunches, steaks, and more to keep them satisfied until the autumn.


Battle EXP Boost

During the event, all battles will yield 50% additional EXP, so now is a perfect time for dragons to train. Grab your newest team and head out into battle!


Take Care in the Tall Grass

Dragonkind are not the only ones taking advantage of the burgeoning herds and expanding flocks. As the savannas, forests, and tundras play host to many more hooves than usual, calculating cats join the prowl. A couple species of wildcat use their expert eyes and noses to track small and large game alike. For the duration of Sunparched Prowl, these clever familiars will drop fairly commonly in the Coliseum and rarely during Hunting. Once the herds numbers have been responsibly culled, they'll go back into hiding, but there's always a chance you may run into one or two while Hunting.
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Dragon Profile Revamp

Just a quick note from the team:

We are still reading and discussing the wealth of feedback we received after the launch of the Dragon Profile Revamp. While the feature settles and experiences widespread use, our team has been in constant communication about possible refinements/adjustments to the feature that will address as many community concerns as possible while maintaining balance with those who enjoy the original implementation. We want to thank everyone for making their voices heard and appreciate your patience while we make sure to tackle the feedback as thoughtfully and thoroughly as we can.
Apparel Editing from Mobile
Jun 10, 2020, 19:27:23
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @amapup

Both the hide and delete buttons had a very small touch/click area. These are now updated to be much easier to hit.
Exalting Page Reset
Jun 10, 2020, 15:02:16
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@atlanticREM and everyone,

This should be fixed in the latest update. Please let us know if any additional exalting quirks are found.

Thanks all!
Status Update
Jun 10, 2020, 14:58:41
Site Status | By Kaepora
After exalting a dragon, players now have the option to return to the lair (the exact lair page the dragon was on) or view the exalted dragon.
Exalting Page Reset
Jun 09, 2020, 23:50:39
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @atlanticREM and everyone - especially all the work that has gone into reviewing the original behavior of our “legacy” page.

The team is working on a solution - we plan to bring this into alignment with past behavior in an update coming fairly soon.

Thanks for your patience as we tackle launch bugs and hiccups of all sizes and shapes.
Status Update
Jun 09, 2020, 18:42:43
Site Status | By Kaepora
Adding familiars no longer reloads the page or resets filter settings.
cant exalt progenitors
Jun 09, 2020, 10:28:31
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
@MochaaMutt

Did you happen to get kicked to the Progenitor Creation page at some point last night? I am looking into whether this could have been triggered incorrectly.

EDIT: Additionally, did you have zero dragons in your lair due to exalting at some point last night (Around 17:30 server time June 8?)
FP familiars don't appear under NA/NB
Jun 09, 2020, 09:13:00
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @AriesOnMars, @WyvernVenom, @nika & @mothscale

A bug caused familiars that had no bonding history at all to be miscategorized. Now that this has been fixed, the issues mentioned above should be resolved as well. Please look, and let me know if you see any other odd filtering results!
Lair Arrow Key Nav error
Jun 09, 2020, 09:07:57
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @Dagomor!

Keyboard navigation should now be disabled on customization pages, where it doesn't belong.
Dragons can't eat all food types?
Jun 08, 2020, 20:13:56
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @Lara8! This should now be fixed for ALL breeds and stock conditions, but please post if you find any scenarios we’ve missed.
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 18:32:20
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
Thank you for your feedback everyone. If there are specific changes or quality of life improvements you're passionate about, I would like to encourage you to visit our suggestions forum. The feedback can be discussed and archived in dedicated threads to each idea and not be lost in the announcement post.
White bar on scenes in scenic mode
Jun 08, 2020, 14:53:41
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks @Verderagon

The export is a little processor intensive, so I expect it to run a little slow on a busy website day like today.

We're going to keep an eye on it over the next few days to make sure it begins to process faster.
White bar on scenes in scenic mode
Jun 08, 2020, 14:51:10
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks @Tserin!

It's really weird, but I think something within the browser thought there was a scrollbar, even if there wasn't. Anyway, I'm hoping it's solved for everyone, but I'm going to keep watching this thread to see if that's the case.
White bar on scenes in scenic mode
Jun 08, 2020, 14:44:09
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@Tserin @Verderagon @Ralzakark @remuslupn @Kelnarlie
Thanks for the feedback everyone!

While we haven't been able to see this on our own testing machines yet, your info and screenshots have lead to a possible guess at the cause.

Please attempt a new image export and reply if the white bar is still there, or if it's been removed.

If it IS still there, please provide a screenshot with the image and one that includes your browser's scroll bar - there's a possibility that the scroll bar itself is shifting everything over a bit.
Dragon page says exalted
Jun 08, 2020, 13:23:26
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
@Atropa

Apologies -- This issue should be fixed now!
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 13:18:43
Pups wrote on 2020-06-08 13:13:12:
The more I look the more I agree that the familiars just seem to take up too much space now. Theyre almost the size of my dragon, which just doesnt feel right!

Hi @Pups, familiar sizes have not changed. They're the same size they were prior to the revamp, they just aren't boxed in.
Exalting Dragons via Enter Key
Jun 08, 2020, 11:12:31
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @MeadowMatriarch

Exalt button should now work the way it used to!
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 11:03:24
Thank you for your feedback! We see new dragon page design has stirred up some discussion. The revamp is fresh and the changes are new. Let's give it some time to breathe, settle, and see how you like it in action and over time.

As always, please remember to post your suggestions in our Suggestions Forum. There each suggestion can have its own dedicated discussion thread, not get lost in a 100+ page announcement thread.
Vistas can be applied but don't appear
Jun 08, 2020, 10:24:43
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@Astariall

I'm hoping to get a wider array of examples from players on that second issue. That could be here or in a new thread.

Have you attempted disabling any plugins you might have? Is the browser the default 100% zoom? Browser scaling isn't very predictable, and has been known to mess with layouts.
Vistas can be applied but don't appear
Jun 08, 2020, 10:08:32
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@Astariall - I believe that pinpointed the issue for me. Please check one more time.
Vistas can be applied but don't appear
Jun 08, 2020, 10:02:49
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks @Astariall

By any chance do the vistas (some or all) show up when you load that image THEN check the vista selection page? I'm hoping the browser "picks up" the image data.
White bar on scenes in scenic mode
Jun 08, 2020, 10:00:51
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @Verderagon and @Tserin

We're working on this issue, but have not yet pinpointed why it happens. We haven't actually seen it in person yet, which slows down the process.

We'll post any updates or fixes we find here. In the meantime, please add any additional details you can:
  • What browser (including version) you're using?
  • What device (phone/tablet/laptop/PC) and OS (Mac/Windows)?
  • Is it all scenes for you or only some scenes?
  • Does it change depending on what dragon it's on?

Thank you!
Vistas can be applied but don't appear
Jun 08, 2020, 09:54:15
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the update @Astariall. So far, our tests on Safari haven't recreated the issue.

What version of Safari you're using? Is this on a Mac/Windows desktop/laptop or a tablet/phone?

What happens if you try to view the vista image directly in Safari? https://www1.flightrising.com/static/cms/fvista/35.png
Vistas can be applied but don't appear
Jun 08, 2020, 09:28:34
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Hi @Astariall - I suspect that the vista images are taking a while to load due to our website holding up some heavier-than-normal traffic. I can confirm that when I view GWPrince's page, I see his vista on my end.

Please try loading the vista selection page again. If that doesn't work, clearing your browser cache may be necessary.
Dragons in Private Auction Error Page
Jun 08, 2020, 09:12:19
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Hi @Foayasha & @October

Thanks for the report. Can you see if these dragons are loading for you now?
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 08:29:51
Vaixation wrote on 2020-06-08 08:19:55:
[...] when you hover over dragons' breeding button in the Hibernal Den it says "Dragons resting in the Hibernal Den cannot be fed." Shouldn't that be the tooltip for the Feed button instead? The Feed button, on the other hand, says the following: "Feed this dragon."

Thanks for the catch @Vaixation! These tooltips have been fixed.
Arrow Keys On Scenic Mode goes to 404
Jun 08, 2020, 07:56:25
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thank you for the report @MulberryScroll!

That key shortcut shouldn't actually exist in scenic mode, so that was causing troubles. This should no longer be an issue.
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 07:45:16
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
Happy anniversary everyone. We hope everyone's enjoying our selection of launch scenes.

As a quick heads-up, like vistas, this selection will certainly expand in the future, with more options and more ways to acquire them in future updates!
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 07:21:38
Whoops, looks like the server's getting hugged. We're working on it but things might load a bit more slowly right now.
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 06:53:16
Happy 7th Anniversary, everyone! A quick reminder, we ask everyone please stay on topic which is the anniversary, revamp, recap, and new feature. Thank you!
7th Anniversary: Dragon Profile Revamp
Jun 08, 2020, 06:51:22
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To ring in Flight Rising's seventh year in operation, we've revamped dragon profiles and are introducing Scenes. Scenes are cosmetic backdrops that you can use to further customize your dragons.



Seven Years of Gratitude

It's humbling that after seven years in operation, Flight Rising is not only going strong, but continuing to grow. You have all played a pivotal role in sharing the colorful world of Sornieth with your friends and family members, enriching our friendly and inclusive community in the process. Flight Rising is a game world we develop, but it also feels a lot like a family.

While our anniversaries have typically been boisterous and celebratory, our seven year milestone comes at a time of unspeakable injustice and strife in the world and we felt it was important to call attention to the myriad efforts that are going on to try and heal wounds and make things right. Our hearts ache and our thoughts are with those who are putting their health on the line, saving peoples' lives, speaking out, and protesting for justice. The efforts of brave individuals working and fighting tirelessly everyday are a massive reason any of us are able to enjoy making or playing this game, and they deserve recognition and support for that.


That being said, this day is also for you. To those who have been with us since the beginning and to those who have just joined us: thank you for being a part of our community and our world. We appreciate you.

As with previous anniversaries, let's take a look back to this past year:

  • We revamped Predict Morphology to allow for saving and sharing of custom morphologies.
  • The relaxing Mistral Mahjong came to the Fairgrounds.
  • Boreal Wood & Golem Workshop, veteran coliseum venues, received an overhaul.
  • We launched a revamped Bestiary, including several sorting, filtering, and categorization options.
  • The Game Database released, providing all players an essential tool for finding important information about the full catalog of Flight Rising's items, monsters, and stages.
  • We kicked off 2020 with our newest ancient breed: the Banescale.
  • Fiona became the newest resident of the Trading Post, bringing her massive menagerie with her.
  • We returned to YouTube with the official Flight Rising Development Stream.
  • The Which Waystone PRO Edition delighted players for a 24 hour beta test, only to be reverted indefinitely for further tweaking.
  • The mysterious Forbidden Portal ripped a hole in time and space, and now dragons can battle monsters from beyond the bounds of Sornieth.


A slew of quality of life updates were implemented, many based on suggestions from you:

  • New reagent conversion recipes were added to Baldwin's Bubbling Brew.
  • Custom Skins in the Game Database were all updated to include the artist's player ID, both on their database page and in their item tooltips, making it much easier to browse skins by artist.
  • Which Waystone was implemented at the bottom of the website for mobile devices.
  • Fiona's Fantastic Familiars received contextual notifications for flattery opportunities.
  • It is now possible to view only transmutation items in the Baldwin's Bubbling Brew recipe filter.
  • Lair tab descriptions now support text formatting and emojis.
  • Selective feeding was implemented, allowing players to prioritize what food stores they want to use to feed their dragons.
  • Alerts can be cleared entirely.
  • You can filter Game Database items be whether or not they are stored in your Hoard and/or Vault.
  • The entire website moved to the secure HTTPS protocol.
  • A catalog of all possible swaps was added to Swipp's Swap Stand.
  • Embedded gene scroll and eye vial icons now link to Predict Morphology.
  • You can view all recipes in Baldwin's Bubbling Brew, regardless of whether your alchemy level is high enough to brew them or not.
  • It is possible to search apparel by color in the Dressing Room.
  • Pagination was cleaned up on all areas of the site with an aim to improve navigation on mobile devices.
  • The lair cap was raised to 210 dragons.
  • Improved gene selection was added to the search parameters in the Auction House.
  • It is now easier to search and load your own dragons and saved morphologies in the Dressing Room.
  • Swipp's Swap Stand will now always offer three swaps.
  • Several features now integrate with Predict Morphology.
  • The Dev Tracker was launched, allowing players to view a chronological list of public developer status updates and forum posts.


New and revamped apparel items were added:

  • Starsilks
  • Steampunk
  • Unicorn
  • Tea Time
  • Tuxedos
  • Critter Companions


New genes and an eye type were added:

  • Opal (Gaoler)
  • Blossom (Gaoler)
  • Leopard
  • Clouded
  • Innocent Eyes
  • Veined
  • Veined (Gaoler)
  • Fade
  • Blend
  • Fans (Gaoler)
  • Underbelly (Banescale)
  • Marbled
  • Swirl
  • Keel
  • Glowtail

Whew!



Dragon Profile Revamp

For those who are not aware, we are still in the midst of a site-wide code conversion of Flight Rising to run on a much more modern framework. As part of this conversion, the team is taking its time to not only convert all existing pages to this new framework, but seizing the opportunity to update and revamp them in the process.

Launching today, our newest revamp is that of Dragon Profiles.

There are quite a few new things to share, so let's check it out:


General Layout Changes

One of the first things you'll notice about dragon profiles is that the layout has been modified. During the design process, it dawned on us that there are very specific elements of a dragon that the player has direct customization over, and we wanted to showcase those most prominently. To that end, we've made the following layout changes:
  • We've moved the dragon's equipped apparel, skin, scene, and familiar to the top third of the page so that the elements you have customization control over are the very first thing other players will see.
  • In the second third of the page, you'll find the dragon's physical info, their battle info (a new section including their level, current EXP, stats, and battle stone layout), and their lineage.
  • The biography remains in its original spot at the bottom so that it can comfortably expand vertically with the content you create within it.


Scenes

The most significant update to dragon profiles is the new Scenes system. Scenes are a brand new item type that allow you to customize a dragon's profile by adding a colorful background behind them. Functionally, Scenes operate (i.e. are "equipped") like a large piece of apparel that sits behind your dragon. Scenes can be equipped, unequipped, sold, and traded.

A number of Scenes are debuting with this system today, including an anniversary Scene gift for all players, care of Galore's Glorious Gifts.


Galore will be offering Scene: Remembrance, available as a gift in addition to some food for your clan to feast on in celebration! This scene can also be brewed at Baldwin's Bubbling Brew by alchemists level 2 and above. It is available via both means until Friday, June 12th at 10:00 server time, after which it will retire.


The following scenes are available via the treasure marketplace:


The following scenes are available via the gem marketplace:


The following scenes are brewable via Baldwin's Bubbling Brew for Alchemists level 10+ and 20+:


The following scenes have been artistically rendered by Swipp's family and they can be yours! ...for a price:

Scenic Mode

While equipped Scenes will be visible on dragon profiles, they will display at a low opacity so that text on the page remains legible. During the development of the system, some on the team thought it was a shame to lose out on the beautiful opaque version of the Scene illustrations. To solve this, we also created Scenic Mode: this button will hide all text and user interface elements aside from the dragon and its familiar, and bring the background artwork to its full glory. We've even added a handy "save" button so that you can capture the art to your device.

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Likes

It is now possible to show some appreciation for dragons you think are awesome by "liking" them directly on their profiles. At this time, the act of liking does not produce any alerts for the dragon's owner, but we are considering providing players a toggle for that option in the future, if it's desired.

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View a Dragon's Morphology

You now have the option to tap a button and directly view a dragon in Predict Morphology, right from their profile.

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Singular Feeding

It is now possible to feed a single dragon by clicking the Feed button on its profile.

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Naming Familiars

One of our favorite editions to this revamp is the ability to name your dragons' familiars. Simply click the edit button above the familiar's bestiary name to bestow them their new moniker. Familiar names remain designated forever until changed, so your familiar will keep its name even if it goes to bond with another dragon in your lair. Additionally, there are no restrictions on how often you can change your familiar's name, so don't be too worried about settling on the perfect one right away.

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Improvements to the Customization Pages

Clicking the Customize button on a dragon's profile will take you to the customization hub. We'll detail some of the improvements we've made to each of these various pages.


Apparel & Skins

Leveraging the lessons learned from the Dressing Room and the power of the Game Database, the following modifications have been made:
  • Apparel and Skins are now added to the dragon on the same customize page.
  • You can now sort and filter apparel items by their name, category, prominent gene color, and name.
  • You can now sort and filter skins by their name, type, prominent gene color, and name.
  • You can now temporarily hide apparel pieces equipped to the dragon. (NOTE: This does not remove them)
  • You can now export a dragon's equipped apparel & skin into the Dressing Room as a saved outfit.


Familiars

The following improvements have been made to familiar customization:
  • You can now filter familiars by name, prominent gene color, bond level, and bond status (for the current day)
  • The familiar's dragon is shown on this page to aid in pairing coordination


Scenes

As you might have guessed, you can change your dragon's scene on this page. Scenes can be filtered to show unequipped scenes in your inventory and sorted by their name and prominent gene colors found in the artwork.



Vista

Now, wait a second. This is a new one, right?

It sure is! Since their creation, vistas have been a great way to add flair to your forum posts, but while we were revamping the dragon profile, we thought it might be cool to give them a secondary purpose. You can now assign any of your unlocked account vistas to as many of your dragons as you want, giving each dragon a bit more personality and setting! Once assigned, the vista will appear anchored to the left side of their biography. This can be turned off at any time.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Displaying a vista on a dragon's biography reduces the horizontal space for biography content. If you have already formatted your dragon's biography in the wider format, it may "break". While we were able to preserve and port over everyone's current biographies, there wasn't much we could do in the case of adding a vista to a profile that already had finely-tuned biography content. You can opt not to use a vista to retain the larger space for biographies if desired.

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Vistas can be sorted and filtered by their name and prominent gene colors found in the artwork.



Site Refactor Update

As we mentioned above, the team has been hard at work over the last few years refactoring Flight Rising's codebase to run more efficiently. The goals of the refactor are to optimize and update the site's underlying framework to help future-proof it and allow for further evolution (either in functionality or style) later down the road. These refactors are not simple ports, but full revamps taking into account your feedback on ways to make each feature even better!

This dragon profile revamp was another huge notch in our progress, and we wanted to update everyone on just where we're at with the continuing conversion. As with everything, please know that our project is fluid, and some of these may increase or decrease in priority based on other development factors.


Feature

Flight Rising Main Page
Site Status Box
Player Registration System
Login System
Lair / Hibernal Den
Dragon Profiles
Nesting Grounds
Gathering
Clan Profile
Hoard & Vault
Bestiary
Message Center
Gem Purchases
Marketplace
Auction House
Trading Post
Crim's Collection Cart
Swipp's Swap Stand
Pinkerton's Plundered Pile
Baldwin's Bubbling Brew
Tomo's Trivia Tablet
Crossroads
Custom Skins
Festive Favors
Fairgrounds
Coliseum
Dominance
Forums
World Map
Search
Predict Morphology
Encyclopedia
Media
Achievements
Status

Refactor Complete!
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Early Development
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We hope everyone enjoys the new look for dragon profiles. We can't wait to see how creative these pages become with a new element of customization. And again, from the whole team, thank you for playing Flight Rising.
new tab filters not working in edit mode
Jun 07, 2020, 14:55:07
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks for the report @Alphazi.

Please try it now!
Status Update
Jun 07, 2020, 10:29:51
Site Status | By Kaepora
Lair filters now include the option to highlight dragons by diet and hunger status.
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