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Jun 24 '14

Words on the Wind, Vol 5

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Welcome to the June 2014 edition of Words on the Wind! We have quite a bit to cover so let’s get started!


Community Updates
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Today we bid our Senior Moderator, @Amalythia, farewell from the mod squad. Amalythia is stepping down to pursue and focus on a creative passion. She will remain a part of our community but as a player, not a moderator.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to Amalythia for all of her support, her leadership, her feedback, her contributions to the growth and guidance of the volunteer moderator team. She has been a joy to work with and while we will miss her presence on the squad, we wish her all the best in her pursuits.



Always wanted to paint your own familiar? We’ve got the contest for you! We are running a familiar coloring contest from June until July 14th Winning entries will become treasure marketplace familiars - show us your color theory, and click here for more information!

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Marketplace


In our last registration window, we had 20,000 new users join us. As many were correct in pointing out, this meant Marketplace items would sell out faster. We’ve made two adjustments to the stock rate and will continue to evaluate the supply v demand. We want all of our players to have a fair chance to purchase Marketplace items at their intended price, and will continue to adjust as we monitor the situation.


Site Optimization


Our last registration window brought to light several areas of the site that can continue to be streamlined. We hit a performance decrease around 5500 to 6000 concurrent users on all at once last registration - an amazing number, but one we need to prepare around for our next window so that Flight Rising can continue to grow!

We are addressing any bottlenecks we can find to improve and prepare the site for our next window. Hopefully for the next one the baby Snappers will stay in their nurseries so no wires are chewed or fans tied up.


Moderators


We’d like to take a moment to address something we’ve noticed, something that is happening with greater frequency of late.

The Flight Rising moderator team is a volunteer position. They are not staff, they are not Admin.

We feel it’s necessary to clarify this. Volunteer moderators are not able to respond to reimbursement requests, nor do they have access to the inner workings of account actions or development. Moderators do not set policy, they enforce it at Admin direction/request. If you are having an account-related issue, please use the contact form rather than contacting a moderator, as this is the quickest route to staff who deals with these issues, and to a solution!

A moderator can assist you with moving a thread belonging to you, stickying a thread in a Flight Forum that is relevant and active, diffusing or moderating threads that need it, or help you find the correct avenue for a query.



If you think you’ve found an exploit, cheat, or security concern, please send it directly to us through Contact Us. An exploit is different than a bug, in that it is an issue or event that can be used to artificially gain an edge over players who are not abusing the problem, and exacerbates the situation. Posting security issues forums or social media can make resolution more complex and gives the problem a greater audience, risking the site integrity. Please send security concerns through the contact form, where it will go directly and privately to the staff.



Community Spotlight


This month’s Spotlight is a little different! We’ve seen some truly interesting or hilarious community efforts this past month and we want to call your attention to them.

First up: Cosplay! @anarin, @setralynn, and @calhale posted a great cosplay on tumblr of the deities. We loved seeing their dedication and creativity and we hope to see more soon! Just look at that Stormcatcher cosplay! You can see more of their work here!


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Second: So this happened… There are really no words to describe how we felt when we read through the thread. It is amazing and it can be summed like this:

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All hail the Toothy Tidelord.

Additional Updates
  • Links that contain ampersands are no longer being corrupted in Forum Signatures,  Dragon Biographies, or Forum Posts.
  • Dragons obtained via the Crossroads, Auction House, or unhatched eggs now properly move to the back of the lair, and should hopefully stop rearranging your other clanmates.
  • Dragon “Gender” dropdowns now display the Mars/Venus symbol instead.


Thank you for reading, we’ll see you again in Words on the Wind, Volume 6!

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Jun 22 '14

This month, all of dragonkind come together to celebrate the Brightshine Jubilee. This festival commemorates the exploratory Light flight. Their most prized possessions, Immaculate Tablets, can be found by using any gathering profession in the Light area this week. Neutral and Light element monsters also have a chance to rarely yield these items as drops in the Coliseum.
Click here to read more about this update.

The Festive Favors holiday stall is now open for the duration of the holiday and you may trade in Immaculate Tablets for exclusive items. It will remain open until the holiday comes to a close on Saturday June 28th at 23:59 server time.
The Brightshine Jubilee Skin & Accent Contest results are in:Congratulations to all of our winners! @Maelice @Snowy @McLarenSpider@Kaye00 @Pesticide @Cide @Ellavera @Haselnusse @Murcifer & @ProphecyEchoFor the remaining duration of holiday, all 10 of these skins will be stocking in the Treasure Marketplace and five of them will very rarely gathered by Digging in the Light area or by battling in the coliseum.
There were so many amazing entries, we had to take note of several honorable mentions. A special thanks to @Xemni @Jisonshin @HazeledPoppy @Zwynx@Asideofladies @Mucronate @Slothbug @Dalinar @KiriKiri @Unidragon @Saivur@Arkenaya @Legolas @BritishSarcasm @Elestrial @David @lychizzle @kengee@Lacertae @Piney
Festive Favors Changes:Holiday Season June 2014-May 2015
Thank you so much for your feedback on the 2014-2015 holiday familiar poll. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of not retiring the holiday familiars. Here is the line-up for what will and will not retire for the June 2014-May2015 holiday season:
The elemental emblem apparel from last year are not retiring and will return for future holiday seasons.
The 2014-2015 season will see a new item - elemental themed sashes. These will retire at the end of each holiday event.
The 2014-2015 unique “big piece” holiday apparel will retire at the end of each holiday event
The 2014-2015 elemental familiars will not be retiring - however, picking up the 2014-2015 elemental familiars during each holiday month is the easiest, most reliable way to get your hands on them. We’ll be having these familiars return as a randomized possibility during an all-new December event, but it will be more expensive and more difficult to obtain then simply picking up the familiars during its festive month.
Additional Updates & Changes:
An issue in which hatched nests would put hatchlings at the front of the lair has been corrected; when a nest is hatched, hatchlings will now appear at the back of the lair. (NOTE: At this time crossroads dragons, AH dragons, and orphaned eggs still play musical chairs. We will be addressing this in the future!)
Skydancer and Coatl dragons no longer shrink when bred.
Potions and elixirs are now properly consumed from the Hoard when used during a Coliseum battle.
Marketplace potion stock rates have been increased across the board to balance with the new concurrent size of the userbase.
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This month, all of dragonkind come together to celebrate the Brightshine Jubilee. This festival commemorates the exploratory Light flight. Their most prized possessions, Immaculate Tablets, can be found by using any gathering profession in the Light area this week. Neutral and Light element monsters also have a chance to rarely yield these items as drops in the Coliseum.


The Festive Favors holiday stall is now open for the duration of the holiday and you may trade in Immaculate Tablets for exclusive items. It will remain open until the holiday comes to a close on Saturday June 28th at 23:59 server time.


The Brightshine Jubilee Skin & Accent Contest results are in:
Congratulations to all of our winners! @Maelice @Snowy @McLarenSpider@Kaye00 @Pesticide @Cide @Ellavera @Haselnusse @Murcifer & @ProphecyEcho

For the remaining duration of holiday, all 10 of these skins will be stocking in the Treasure Marketplace and five of them will very rarely gathered by Digging in the Light area or by battling in the coliseum.


There were so many amazing entries, we had to take note of several honorable mentions. A special thanks to @Xemni @Jisonshin @HazeledPoppy @Zwynx@Asideofladies @Mucronate @Slothbug @Dalinar @KiriKiri @Unidragon @Saivur@Arkenaya @Legolas @BritishSarcasm @Elestrial @David @lychizzle @kengee@Lacertae @Piney

Festive Favors Changes:
Holiday Season June 2014-May 2015


Thank you so much for your feedback on the 2014-2015 holiday familiar poll. The results were overwhelmingly in favor of not retiring the holiday familiars. Here is the line-up for what will and will not retire for the June 2014-May2015 holiday season:

  • The elemental emblem apparel from last year are not retiring and will return for future holiday seasons.
  • The 2014-2015 season will see a new item - elemental themed sashes. These will retire at the end of each holiday event.
  • The 2014-2015 unique “big piece” holiday apparel will retire at the end of each holiday event
  • The 2014-2015 elemental familiars will not be retiring - however, picking up the 2014-2015 elemental familiars during each holiday month is the easiest, most reliable way to get your hands on them. We’ll be having these familiars return as a randomized possibility during an all-new December event, but it will be more expensive and more difficult to obtain then simply picking up the familiars during its festive month.


Additional Updates & Changes:

  • An issue in which hatched nests would put hatchlings at the front of the lair has been corrected; when a nest is hatched, hatchlings will now appear at the back of the lair. (NOTE: At this time crossroads dragons, AH dragons, and orphaned eggs still play musical chairs. We will be addressing this in the future!)
  • Skydancer and Coatl dragons no longer shrink when bred.
  • Potions and elixirs are now properly consumed from the Hoard when used during a Coliseum battle.
  • Marketplace potion stock rates have been increased across the board to balance with the new concurrent size of the userbase.

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Jun 21 '14

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We’ve got the contest for you! We are running a familiar coloring contest from June until July 14th. Winning entries will become treasure marketplace familiars - show us your color theory!

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Deadline: Monday, July 14, 2014, 23:59 server time.
Format: 1000x1000 png (you may zip this!)
Prizes: Winners will be credited in the tooltip of the familiar and its bestiary entry, and will receive 3 copies of their winning familiar and 2,000 gems
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Restrictions:

Do not shade your familiar!
  • No really - shading this or applying a light source will disqualify your entry. Leave it flat colors and inks-only. Our artists will custom-shade all winnning entries to match the Flight Rising styleguide*
Do not use textures, photographs, or brushes you did not create:
  • We don’t want unlicensed stock used in our submissions, and for a contest entry to win, it must match the Flight Rising style guide. This means crisp colors and smooth gradiant transitions. While painterly brushwork is beautiful and a joy to behold, it would stick out amidst our other familiars. Using too much texture in your brush strokes or using stock will disqualify your entry**
No copyrighted characters / logos.
  • As great as the movies, comics, video games, television, and stories we consume are, it’s not very courteous to use someone’s creation without permission! Original content only please. :)


*Familiars are a more official part of the Flight Rising website, and conform to a strict style guide. While we allow a greater degree of creativity and expression of style with our skins, for familiars the familiar must match with the rest of our website. To give as many entries as possible a chance to win, we’re making this a coloring contest only - no lighting or shading needed!

**You could use strong brushwork and textures if you simply want to color and share your creation and do not mind being disqualified.


How to Enter:
Click on the above images to download the corresponding PSD. To enter, post a reply containing your entry in this thread. You may enter up to 1 time. Please no post reservations (posting a claim slot without an entry, or posting a claim slot with a WIP. Reserve posts without a completed entry inside will be deleted.)

We look forward to seeing what you create!
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Example:
  • Top - what you submit
  • Bottom - artists shade your submission!

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Jun 19 '14

Site Downtime

And we’re back! Thank you for your patience.

We apologize for the current site downtime. We are looking into the issue now.

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Jun 17 '14

Various Site Issues

These features should be functioning once more. Thank you for your patience!

Hello! We are currently investigating some issues that are resulting in the following:

  • Users Online count is not displaying.
  • Random Dragon is not displaying.
  • Crim’s Collection Cart did not rollover.
  • Swipp’s Swap Stand did not rollover.

We’ll provide updates as often as we can, but for the time being, if you notice any other issues, please report them in this thread: http://flightrising.com/main.php?p=mb&board=bug&id=1110317&page=1

It is not necessary to add posts indicating that you are experiencing what has already been reported (trying to cut down on post volume), but if anything new crops up that isn’t listed in the thread, please feel free to add a reply.

Thank you!

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Jun 16 '14
Moderator Team Update:We would love for everyone to give a big welcome to our two newest moderators, @Gaia and @JCStitches. They will be sporting these fine avatars around the forums, and are ready to begin helping out the players. Thank you for volunteering!
Click here to read more about today’s updates


Sprangryroo:These formidable mercenaries are now appearing in the arena venue of thecoliseum; does your clan have what it takes to defeat and befriend one?
New Items:New items are dropping from Sprangryroo and Springboks in the coliseum!

Wing Guards:Armor your scales for battle- Spiked wing guards are now stocking in themarketplace, dropping in the coliseum, and available as a Swipp trade!
Additional Updates:
Flight Change cooldown has been fixed: There was an issue where players who had previously flight changed would not have their cooldown lifted after 6 months. This has been corrected and you may now change your elemental allegiance!
Tomo’s Trivia was updated with 150 new questions.
There’s a poll up to help decide if our retirement policy on the June 2014-May2015 holiday familiars.
The custom skins and accents page has had the paragraph on maintaining the ink and shadows layer extended to provide additional clarification.
An issue with new players not receiving their clan energy bonuses has been addressed.
The credits page has been updated with our artists @carnivale, Madsniper @osiem @suburbansamurai
Stone snapper current f dragon and silver snapper current hatchling wings now display.

Moderator Team Update:
We would love for everyone to give a big welcome to our two newest moderators, @Gaia and @JCStitches. They will be sporting these fine avatars around the forums, and are ready to begin helping out the players. Thank you for volunteering!

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Sprangryroo:
These formidable mercenaries are now appearing in the arena venue of thecoliseum; does your clan have what it takes to defeat and befriend one?


New Items:
New items are dropping from Sprangryroo and Springboks in the coliseum!

Wing Guards:
Armor your scales for battle- Spiked wing guards are now stocking in themarketplace, dropping in the coliseum, and available as a Swipp trade!


Additional Updates:

  • Flight Change cooldown has been fixed: There was an issue where players who had previously flight changed would not have their cooldown lifted after 6 months. This has been corrected and you may now change your elemental allegiance!
  • Tomo’s Trivia was updated with 150 new questions.
  • There’s a poll up to help decide if our retirement policy on the June 2014-May2015 holiday familiars.
  • The custom skins and accents page has had the paragraph on maintaining the ink and shadows layer extended to provide additional clarification.
  • An issue with new players not receiving their clan energy bonuses has been addressed.
  • The credits page has been updated with our artists @carnivale, Madsniper @osiem @suburbansamurai
  • Stone snapper current f dragon and silver snapper current hatchling wings now display.

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Jun 14 '14

Bios are restored and the site is out of maintenance.

Thank you for your patience while we worked to fix the problem.

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Jun 14 '14

June 2014-May2015 Holiday Familiar Retirement Survey

Flight Rising’s second holiday season is about to arrive, and we are curious if everyone liked our current system for familiar retirement or would like to try a different method. The option being proposed is that June2014-May2015 holiday familiars do not retire, but return as a randomized possibility from a December event. They are never again available for out-right purchase like they are during their holiday festivals - still a possibility for new players, but not easy.

Take the survey here. It’s just one question!

Note: this would affect the upcoming June 2014-May2015 familiars only. We are not proposing to bring currently retired familiars out of retirement.

Note 2: At this time we are polling for community feedback only- no changes to the festivals have been made.

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Jun 13 '14

Restarts are complete

Starting at 06:00 server time Saturday morning, the site will experience a series of restarts. We anticipate this taking no longer than an hour and will update here as needed.

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Jun 8 '14
Happy 1st Anniversary, Flight Rising! It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year. We have several treats lined up. Come on in and check it out:
Click here to read more about today’s update
Tomo’s TriviaThe Trading Post has cleared space for a new dragon who has set up shop between Swipp and Crim. Tomo and Scribbles need your help verifying and organizing the various pieces of information she’s obtained through her travels. Your assistance will be well rewarded! Tomo will offer you new questions each day.Secondary Gene: CurrentDragons are showing off their wings in the newly discovered current pattern! Current is the secondary companion gene to ripple, and will be stocking in the treasure marketplace.

Brightshine Jubiliee 2014 Skin & Accent Contest

The second annual Brightshine Jubilee will begin Sunday June 22, 2014. To celebrate we are running a skin and accent contest honoring the light flight. Click here for more information!Trunker FamiliarsAdorable trunker pups are now obtainable from experience hunters with a high level of skill (20+) Does your clan have the skills needed to catch one of these cuties?

Additional Changes
Apparel have had their maximum stock quantities increased to make items more easily available given the higher amount of players we have received from our registration window. This change affects how many of each specific item stock at a time.
The deity dragons have had their energy bars adjusted to have 20,000 energy; No more hungry gods!

Happy 1st Anniversary, Flight Rising! It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year. We have several treats lined up. Come on in and check it out:


Tomo’s Trivia
The Trading Post has cleared space for a new dragon who has set up shop between Swipp and Crim. Tomo and Scribbles need your help verifying and organizing the various pieces of information she’s obtained through her travels. Your assistance will be well rewarded! Tomo will offer you new questions each day.


Secondary Gene: Current
Dragons are showing off their wings in the newly discovered current pattern! Current is the secondary companion gene to ripple, and will be stocking in the treasure marketplace.

Brightshine Jubiliee 2014 Skin & Accent Contest

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The second annual Brightshine Jubilee will begin Sunday June 22, 2014. To celebrate we are running a skin and accent contest honoring the light flight. Click here for more information!




Trunker Familiars
Adorable trunker pups are now obtainable from experience hunters with a high level of skill (20+) Does your clan have the skills needed to catch one of these cuties?


Additional Changes

  • Apparel have had their maximum stock quantities increased to make items more easily available given the higher amount of players we have received from our registration window. This change affects how many of each specific item stock at a time.
  • The deity dragons have had their energy bars adjusted to have 20,000 energy; No more hungry gods!

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Jun 6 '14

Email Provider Update

It has come to our attention that a major email provider, att.net, has blocked the Flight Rising email address and it is negatively impacting accounts with emails registered with that domain. We are working on resolving this with the email provider.

As this is currently impeding registration emails and password resets, we encourage our att.net players to contact us from their current email with the following:

  • User ID#
  • First and last names registered to the account
  • Email of your choice from a provider like gmail or yahoo


From there, we will verify account ownership and change your registered email to one that will allow you to receive emails from Flight Rising.


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Jun 5 '14

Flight Rising - 1st Year Anniversary on June 8th

Flight Rising will be celebrating opening its doors for its one year anniversary on June 8th. We can’t wait to see you there!

We were lucky enough to welcome our kickstarter headstart registrants on June 5th, and are pleased to have celebrated a year with our founders. How great is it to celebrate a birthday twice? ;-)

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Jun 4 '14
Registration is now closed! Thank you so much and welcome to all of our new players!

Registration is now closed! Thank you so much and welcome to all of our new players!

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Jun 3 '14

Site Outages

Hey everyone, old members and new -

We’re very sorry for the outages; you’re definitely testing our systems to the limit today! We are monitoring the situation and working hard to restore the site if it suffers downtime. Thanks for your patience!

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Jun 3 '14

Registration Tips

Good morning! We’d like to give these tips another highlight to help all of our new players:

Based on information gathered during our last registration window, we wanted to give all of our new players a short list to review so that registration can be smooth and painless.

  • Check your spam folder - it is not uncommon for Flight Rising confirmation emails to go to the spam folder.
  • Remember how to spell your username.
  • Be sure to spell your email correctly - we saw many @gmail.co, @yaho.com, @gmail.con, etc.
    • Don’t use a throwaway email account, the email registered to the account is the one you need to reset your password or contact us/be contacted by us
  • Make sure your information on the registered account is accurate - we can’t help you if you use fake names and fake dates of birth. If you lose access to your email and your account, we need that information to help you regain access to your account.

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