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Galore's Glorious Gifts
May 20, 2019, 09:40:57
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Galore’s Glorious Gifts is now live and will be used as the primary system for supporting sitewide gift items in the future. To celebrate the launch of the feature, you can log in for the next week and pick up several free items!



Galore’s Glorious Gifts

As we announced in our last Dev Update, we are changing the way we distribute limited event items (“gifts”). Rather than being deposited into the hoard of all open Flight Rising accounts (a time-intensive and system-intensive task for our team), these gifts will be safeguarded by Galore, Sornieth’s resident relic-keeper, for one week (7 days). Any open Flight Rising account is eligible to log in and collect their free gifts from him during this timeframe.


Why the change?

Galore introduces a streamlined automated system that allows us to continue providing players with limited event items (or gifts) without requiring our engineers to work late night/early morning hours or on off-days.

You can learn more about the reasoning behind the change by reading our Developer Update about it here.


Today’s Gifts

To debut the system, we are awarding free gifts, which are now available to pick up at Galore’s plot at the Trading Post. Remember: He will hold onto these items for the next 7 days, so if you can’t grab them today, that’s okay!

You have until Monday, May 27th at 10:00 server time to collect the following items from Galore:

  • 2 x Eliminate
  • 2 x Clanbound Vial of Horizontal Sight

Whoa, Hold Up, is that a Goat Eye Type Vial?

Yes!


Natural Eye Type Releases

We’ve had some time as a team to discuss the community’s feedback and our approach to releasing new natural eye types in to the ecosystem of the game.

Natural eye types, by design, appear at random when hatching any new dragon in Flight Rising. This allows all players to have a chance at hatching really unique dragons that can have significant value. However, we understand that there is another side to this system. We realize that it feels frustrating when a natural eye type is released: It’s a new visual attribute you can’t interact with right away and it can’t be applied to dragons that already exist. So we’re going to do something about that.

  • Today, as part of the grand opening of Galore’s Glorious Gifts, players can collect two (2) Clanbound Vials of Horizontal Sight. This item can be used to apply the Goat eye type (our most recent natural eye type release) to any dragon.
  • Going forward, all newly-released natural eye types will also be accompanied by two (2) matching clanbound eye type vials available at Galore’s Glorious Gifts.

Our goal with this change is to ensure that we provide everyone equal & assured opportunities to apply future natural eye types to a couple of their existing dragons every time one is introduced into the system.



Item Tooltip Revamp

We're making steady progress on revamping / refactoring the codebase of the site, and it was about time for the item tooltip to receive a bit of love.

You'll find that mousing over items will now produce a tooltip that has a few new modifications:

  • The tooltip size has been slightly increased.
  • The font size of information in the tooltip has been increased to allow for better readability.
  • Items are now not only classified by a star count, but their title bar has been color-coded to indicate their rarity. (Gray, Green, Blue, Purple, Orange, Red)
  • The item icon has been added to the tooltip to hopefully help with visual clarity when mousing over items that might be linked in large volumes on the forums.
  • Many places that contained text strings have been replaced by icons (sell value, food points).

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Alerts & Notifications

Alongside the launch of Galore's Glorious Gifts, we've also added a few new notification settings to the site.
  • Whenever a new gift becomes available at Galore's Glorious Gifts, you will receive an alert. This is similar to the alert that is generated when your Baldwin brews are ready.

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  • We have added badge notifications to several Trading Post hub buttons to let you know if there are activities you can participate in. Such as: grabbing your daily item from Pinkerton's Plundered Pile, or how many offers are awaiting you at Crim's Collection Cart.

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The latter options can be toggled off within your Account Settings.



New Jigsaw Images

We've added 7 new puzzle possibilities to Jigsaw! Note that these puzzles may not appear until after rollover tonight!
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Emoji Additions

Bogsneak emoji are now available! Alchemists and adventurers alike can adorn their post with these plucky dragons!
Status Update
May 20, 2019, 02:16:44
Site Status | By Undel
Bogsneak emoji are now available for alchemists and adventurers alike!
Status Update
May 19, 2019, 11:58:57
Site Status | By Mutron
We will be performing scheduled maintenance from 09:30 - 10:00 Server Time on Monday, May 20. During this period Flight Rising will be unavailable.
Your fr account in 3 words or less
May 16, 2019, 22:28:36
quality assurance dragons
Status Update
May 16, 2019, 07:05:06
Site Status | By Mutron
An issue preventing players from accessing Coliseum battles after maintenance has been fixed.
Issues with Site Pages Loading Slowly
May 16, 2019, 07:03:45
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
DancingHare wrote on 2019-05-16 06:59:51:
Actually just came to this thread because the coli won't load -- rather, I can make my team but the actual level won't load once I pick a venue.

Also still having intermittent slow speeds on other pages as mentioned in this thread.

@DancingHare - Looks like this was an issue related to our maintenance period, it should be fixed now!
Status Update
May 13, 2019, 16:34:01
Site Status | By Aequorin
Dragon Share Theme Week: Spring Flowers!
Shrouded in Celestial Silk
May 10, 2019, 09:32:54
As a reminder, please keep comments on topic for this announcement post. Off topic replies or replies that are only partially on topic will be removed. Thank you!
Shrouded in Celestial Silk
May 10, 2019, 09:28:46
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Dragons of the Starfall Isles produce more than just scientific and astrological works; there are seasoned tailors and costumers carving out a loyal clientele. Starsilk, as it's come to be called, is quickly becoming a popular material around the realm.



Celestial Silks to Show Off

Looking to show off your love of the cosmos? The following new apparel has been added to the Treasure Marketplace:






Horizon Starsilks






Moondust Starsilks






Paradise Starsilks






Ruby Starsilks






Teal Starsilks


The following set may be dropped as loot when defeating Neutral monsters in the Coliseum:





Nebula Starsilks


Additional Updates
  • Predict Morphology now includes a button to retrieve the scry image URL.
  • The Greenskeeper Gathering Skin & Accent Contest deadline is Tuesday, May 21 @ 23:59 Server Time so make sure you get your entry submitted to be considered!
Nest Bar Dissapeared. Can't Hatch Nest
May 10, 2019, 00:05:20
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@Mysticable - This bug should now be fixed.

If you do refresh a nest page (or visit it on mobile) when it has already been incubated 5 times, it will not lock the nest into an un-hatchable state. Thanks!
Bestiary Numbers not Adding Up
May 10, 2019, 00:03:08
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@ImpossibleJedi4 This long-standing bug should now be squashed. Thanks!

Issues with Site Pages Loading Slowly
May 09, 2019, 12:57:00
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
Just a brief update on where we are today:

So far, two Flight Rising engineers (including myself) have been able to replicate this issue reliably. The specific issue we are seeing on our end is that sometimes requests to the server hang in the middle of transmission, leaving a page loading forever. Refreshing the page will often then work perfectly. This seems to be consistent with a number of the reports in this thread.

From our first hand experiences, it seems like this affects both www1 and non-www1 pages, and it seems like sometimes it affects loading the HTML of the page itself, but other times it affects other resources such as images (e.g. a Fairgrounds loading progress bar might stop entirely.)

While we don't think this is limited to a single ISP at this point, it does seem to be somewhat ISP dependent, as (for example) it happens to me reliably over cellular but it doesn't happen over wired home internet.

It is possible that there is some dependence on the latency/bandwidth of the connection, or the specific physical path through the Internet it takes to our servers, which would vary depending on how you are connecting.

It does not seem to be browser dependent, as I have seen it on both Chrome and Firefox mobile personally.

We are running more tests today to see if we can pin down what is happening and where it is happening. I will continue to provide updates with our findings. Thanks everyone for your patience!
Issues with Site Pages Loading Slowly
May 08, 2019, 13:50:08
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
A small update -- we have deployed one fix that may improve page load times, especially if you are loading forum threads. We are not certain that this is the root cause of the reports in this thread, but we are interested to hear if anything improves!
Issues with Site Pages Loading Slowly
May 08, 2019, 13:37:02
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
Hello all,

I'm sorry that you all are having difficulties accessing the site! I want to provide an update regarding where we are in our investigation of this issue.

There are basically two possibilities -- either the issue is originating in the Flight Rising servers (possibly due to an update), or it is a problem with the network infrastructure outside our servers.

Because the problem is affecting a subset of players rather than all players, it would seem most likely that the problem is in the network infrastructure outside our servers. However, while we are currently investigating this possibility, we have not found conclusive proof that this is the case.

As to the other possibility, during our review of changes we have made in the past week or so, we have discovered at least one case where a recently deployed feature would cause slower loads on specific pages (especially Forum pages.) We are working on a fix for this at the moment and should have it deployed relatively soon. We don't know for sure if this is the problem, but it needs to be fixed anyway so we are going to see if it helps!

If we have any further developments I will provide updates in this thread.

Again, thank you for your patience while we try to resolve this!
Status Update
May 08, 2019, 08:46:59
Site Status | By Aequorin
Dragon Share Theme Week: Mermay Merdragons!
Predictions for the map release?
May 07, 2019, 13:22:11
The world map is actively being worked on, but it's possible it's going to slip a little from our original goal, and it won't be launching before or on the anniversary. There's a massive amount of artwork involved and we want to make sure we get it right and go at a comfortable pace for the team. :)
Galore
May 07, 2019, 12:58:34
Nei wrote on 2019-05-07 12:55:12:
Man confirmed

Galore's a dragon.
Galore
May 07, 2019, 12:50:11
Venusian wrote on 2019-05-06 10:52:47:
I didn't catch them using any pronouns for Galore.



Galore is Galore. His pronouns are he/him.
Merch + System Updates
May 06, 2019, 16:05:09
Forum Post | Announcements & News | By Undel
Roule wrote on 2019-05-02 23:31:05:
Alright, no answer from Xhaztol. I am still interested in asking this quite simple question. @Aequorin could you perhaps give us more information about the sticker sheets? What size are she sheets, how big are the stickers, and what are they made out of? It's very hard to want to buy something when you know virtually nothing about what you're buying other than what it looks like. I'm surprised that information is still unavailable to the public, as many other people have also asked about this.

@Roule

Sorry for the delay. Had to get in touch with hiveworks to confirm the dimensions.

They are kiss-cut vinyl stickers. The sheets are 8" x 5.5"
Dev Update: Reward Delivery Changes
May 06, 2019, 11:53:32
Dreu wrote on 2019-05-06 11:52:44:
Qhersek wrote on 2019-05-06 11:21:17:
I hope a reminder will be added to the Which Waystone to pick up the item.
Oooh, cool idea!

This is definitely planned!
Dev Update: Reward Delivery Changes
May 06, 2019, 11:19:45
October wrote on 2019-05-06 11:04:11:
Xhaztol wrote on 2019-05-06 10:37:38:
the free Strange Chests we give everyone for Night of the Nocturne.
since when has this been a thing? i don't remember getting free chests at all and several other people i've talked to have said the same thing. :o


Mistakes were made >.<

(We have a lot of moving parts happening right now and there was a group brain misfire when drafting the update D: @October)
Dev Update: Reward Delivery Changes
May 06, 2019, 10:38:29
We ask everyone stay on topic for this announcement thread and discussion. Off-topic posts will be removed, including any replies that have one part on topic but the other half off-topic. Thank you!
Dev Update: Reward Delivery Changes
May 06, 2019, 10:37:38
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Flight Rising will soon be making some changes to how it distributes limited event items, so we'd like to give everyone a heads up on the feature we will be launching to facilitate that.




Hey everyone! Today's update is a "mini"-Dev Update on some changes we'll be rolling out soon with regards to limited event items. More specifically, how these items will be distributed to you when these changes go into effect.



Technical Talk

Since the site launched, we've employed a few different ways to deliver limited event items, such as Marva's craft boxes (from our April Fools event) and the Miniature Sornieth Globe familiar (from our Bounty of the Elements event).

As some may remember, when the site was young, these items were attached to private messages. As time went on and the player base grew, that became more and more taxing on the messaging system.

We moved to performing that functionality on the backend, but the player population has again grown so vast that it results in considerable strain to the system to deliver these items simultaneously to hundreds of thousands of inventories.

It also requires manual work by the engineering team to make these deliveries possible, often requiring they be present at odd hours and off-days. In order to continue refining the website, working on more features, and reducing/preventing developer burnout, this is a task we felt could use some streamlining.


Thanking Our Engaged Community

As we worked to find a solution, one of the other discussions we had as a team was our philosophy for giving out exclusive items in general. Up until now, these exclusive gifts were dropped into the inventory of every non-closed account (whether you were actively playing or not), meaning that items of potentially great value and sentiment are likely sitting in the Hoards of accounts that some players don't and maybe won't use anymore.

Our team has always taken a firm stance on inactive accounts remaining open so that players who may have left can return and pick up where they left off, and that isn't changing. With that said, we also believe in showing our appreciation to our players for being active and current participants in the Flight Rising community, and it's time to make some changes to reinforce that. This doesn't mean that inactive accounts are suddenly going to be made ineligible for exclusive gifts; we are simply modifying the delivery format.


Galore's Glorious Gifts

In the near future, we will be launching a feature called Galore's Glorious Gifts. Galore is a guardian dragon who loves to safeguard rare and legendary relics, but also believes strongly in passing these on to others.

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When we release exclusive event items, we will no longer be placing them automatically in your Hoard; they will be available to collect at Galore's new plot in the Trading Post. All open accounts will have the opportunity to visit Galore and collect the item(s) for a brief period of time. Even if your account has been inactive for a few years, you can still login and grab a reward!

We understand that some players may take planned or unplanned time away from Flight Rising. Vacations, school finals, jury duty, illness, and other life events could prevent someone from playing, and we don't want this new delivery system to be punishing. Our current plans are that Galore will keep these items available for one whole week (7 days), to give everyone a fairly wide window to jump in and collect. We will pair these offerings with social media announcements to make sure we are doing our best to remind players who are following the game that there are gifts ready to grab.

(NOTE: We have no plans for Galore to retroactively offer previously-released limited event items, only those created for the specific current event and for all events going forward.)



As always, our team is committed to improving Flight Rising as time goes on, and Galore's Glorious Gifts occupies a great slot in being both a process improvement for us and an intuitive feature for you! Look forward to Galore joining the Trading Post very soon!
Status Update
May 03, 2019, 12:36:11
Site Status | By Kaepora
Predict Morphology now includes a button to retrieve the scry image URL.
how do you pronounce
May 01, 2019, 11:44:25
Mokuba wrote on 2019-05-01 09:59:15:
I’ve always pronounced it zaz-tol

Status Update
May 01, 2019, 10:05:00
Site Status | By Aequorin
We're now accepting submissions for the Greenskeeper Gathering 2019 Skin & Accent Contest! The submission deadline is Tuesday May 21, 2019 at 23:59 server time.
Large Emojis Broken in Bios
May 01, 2019, 09:31:19
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
Thanks @SpaceRobotWifi and @WingedClaymore

I believe you're seeing parts of the old emoji picker smushed into the new picker. Please clear your browser cache and let me know if that fixes it.
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 07:58:29
Tuatara wrote on 2019-05-01 07:53:16:
It looks like the symbol for the Shade to me... Maybe the creature is a red herring and the real teaser is underneath it? Maybe i'm just being hopeful

@Tuatara, there are no teasers or hints in the vista.
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 07:48:03
pandapaws wrote on 2019-05-01 07:44:00:
Will we be allowed to trade our promo code for gems or treasure? I want the stickers but don't like the Vista for myself


@pandapaws, when you redeem the code you will receive the vista as an item. Once you've done that, you can trade or sell (for Flight Rising currency) the vista.


Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 07:20:25
Archenitesky wrote on 2019-05-01 07:16:27:
....is it weird I wish they would make enamel pins? Because I want that sooooo much.


@Archenitesky, sounds like an idea for the Suggestions forum.
This comment is not a promise or a guarantee, simply a redirect to the appropriate forum. ^.^
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 06:56:38
l0ser wrote on 2019-05-01 06:53:29:
Xhaztol wrote on 2019-05-01 06:43:06:
(whispers very softly into the darkness)

the vista isn't foreshadowing it's literally just a cool little serpent we told you we wouldn't tease in this way guys

(backflips out)
Press X to Doubt


@l0ser, the vista is not a hint or a tease.
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 06:52:42
swinub wrote on 2019-05-01 06:50:41:
...that new vista....mysterious......


@swinub, per Xhaztol:
Xhaztol wrote on 2019-05-01 06:43:06:
(whispers very softly into the darkness)

the vista isn't foreshadowing it's literally just a cool little serpent we told you we wouldn't tease in this way guys

(backflips out)
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 06:43:06
(whispers very softly into the darkness)

the vista isn't foreshadowing it's literally just a cool little serpent we told you we wouldn't tease in this way guys

(backflips out)
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 06:39:02
Quick note: We ask players to stay on topic for this update. Off-topic replies, including replies that have a few lines about the update but then go off-topic, will removed.
New Scrying Workshop Bug
May 01, 2019, 06:33:43
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Kaepora
@Zerologist

This should also be fixed now. Thanks!
Merch + System Updates
May 01, 2019, 06:33:14
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Another batch of official Flight Rising merch has hit our Hivemill store - including our first in-game promotional item! We've also got a few new improvements to the emoji system and the Predict Morphology section of the Scrying Workshop.




New Merch

We've been working on some new official merch items and are happy to report that they are now available for purchase in our Hivemill store. Two new designs are available in print and t-shirt form, and we're listing our first batch of stickers featuring the elemental dragon gods, their accompanying sprites, and more!

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Sticker Star Promo

That's not all, though: If you buy our Sticker Bundle Pack, you'll receive a special promotional code that can be redeemed on the Flight Rising website for the exclusive Sticker Star forum vista!


(NOTE: One promotional code per Sticker Bundle Pack purchased will be emailed to buyers once the transaction is complete, so please be sure to use an email address that is reliable to purchase from the Hivemill store. If you do not immediately receive your promotional code email, please be sure to check your spam folder before seeking support. In order to redeem promotional code(s), you must be logged into a Flight Rising account.)

  • Should you experience issues with purchasing the new merch or a delay receiving your promotional code(s), please contact Hivemill Support. They will be unable to assist with any issues having to do with redeeming the code on the Flight Rising website.
  • Should you experience issues with redeeming the code on the Flight Rising website, please contact Flight Rising Support. Our support team will be unable to assist with any issues having to do with merch purchases or promotional code delivery.)

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Creeping Creatures
A spooky new vista now has a chance to stock in the treasure marketplace.




Emoji System Update
The emoji system has certainly brightened our forums, but we understand that some of them are a bit difficult to see. It is now possible to select upscaled versions of all dragon breed smileys so that you can really show everyone how you feel.

To add a larger smiley to your post, open up the Emoji window and select "large" in the size dropdown. You'll then have the option to pick from all emoji that support this new size!
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Predict Morphology

Predict Morphology has been updated to include a slew of new features!
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More Sharing Options

You can now link directly to Predict Morphology with prefilled options. Giving and receiving scrying help has never been easier! Just click the link icon to generate the URL.

Roll the Dice!

You can now randomly tweak parts of a scry using the dice icon () next to each individual attribute. Do you have a great scry, but are stumped for a good tert? Give RNG a go for a cursed beautiful result!

Dragon ID Shortcut

Add a valid dragon ID to the end of the scrying workshop URL, and it will be loaded into the form automatically! http://www1.flightrising.com/scrying/predict/467419
Scryshop color preview gone?
May 01, 2019, 06:18:45
Forum Post | Bug Report Forums | By Mutron
@MunchkinLynx
@chatoyant

The colorization & color sorting should be fixed now, the gene alphabetization will be fixed very soon.
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