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The future of Novilar!

Mobile was never so beautiful!

Hello fellow Novilarians (or Novians, or Novilians…?), today marks a large announcement, both for Novilar as it is today, and the Novilar of tomorrow.

One thing that this game is not, is being truly mobile friendly. A lot of our player base surprisingly use mobile devices., and this game should feel good on mobile devices.

That said, Novilar is going to be through a phase of becoming a mobile-first game. *This means it will be readily available on mobile app stores, playable by a larger audience then ever before!* It will always be available on a desktop computer via a web browser, that will not change.

To accomplish this, the game will be simplifying some mechanics, cleaning up others, and generally adjusting to what it means to be played on a mobile device. 

Exploration
Some game mechanics will change, instead of actively exploring as the only option as it is today, you can choose to send a pet out to explore passively for you. Your pet is slower then you are, and the rewards less, but it allows you feel like you are doing something. This passive pet exploration is designed for players who feel like they cannot actively play, but still want to feel like they are achieving and participating.

Crafting
You will see this type of play also in crafting, which will see an overhaul. For instance, now food is mainly crafted (cooked, or crafted), instead of being purchased, with food becoming ever more important with the passive gameplay which will drain your pets hunger bars aggressively.

Menagerie
We will see a change in how pets are managed, with each player having a team of 5 active pets, and the rest are send to your Menagerie, where they will be fed and kept healthy, but cannot participate in activities.

These are three features that are listed, with more to come. As the team focuses on this, and prepares to preview these regularly here and on our Discord, we want your input! Expect regular news updates as we progress through this amazingly exciting journey.

Contest results

Death Festival

It is November 1st everyone and the Halloween Event has come to an end. We would like to thank those who have participated and hope you all had a great time and look forward to future events!

We have finally finished judging the Avatar Showcase, Best Dressed Pet, and the Scary Story Contest. 

The winner of the Avatar Showcase is @birdio(#5924) 
The winner of the Best Dressed Pet is @Occultess(#1083) 
The winner of the Scary Story Contest is nobody.

Your prizes have been sent to you. Congratulations on winning 1st place!

Spooky Fashion Contests now Open!

Get your Halloween Costumes on!

We have opened up two contests for Halloween, so get your spooky costumes on, and prepare to hit the catwalk!

These contests are open until the end of the month, so plenty of time ot participate!

Also, do not forget to check out the Scary Story contest which ends at the end of the month as well! 

Death Festival

Halloween Event

Novilar would like to welcome you to another Death Festival.

This year we are holding a Death Festival Halloween event which will run from the 5th of October until the 30th. Come take part in the many games and contest to win prizes from items, gold, and even crystals! You can find the event in the forums under RPG and Games or by clicking the link, Proceed to Halloween Event

 

Contest Dates
Pumpkin Carving Contest: October 5th to the 13th. (14th and 15th staff will look through submissions) 
Avatar Fashion Show: October 15th to the 20th. 
Pet Fashion Show: October 20th and ends October 25th.
Scary Story Contest: October 25th and ends October 30th.

For any questions please message moderator Poptarts by using the mod box, discord or private messaging. 

Festival of the Snake

More fabulous goodies in the Festival Stall!

It's August, and while we apologize for the late start, we would like to officially welcome you all to the Festival of the Snake!

We have a few new items in the Festival Stall for you to enjoy this month, including the Snake Mark (pet apparel), Baby Ocelot (minipet), and Baby Tapir (minipet). There's also a few other goodies in there, so be sure to take a peek before the end of the month, as the new items will be retired, and the others won't be available again until next August.

 

Festival of the Lion

New goodies in the Festival Stall!

New goodies in the Festival Stall!

You will now be able to celebrate the Lion Festival this month with the following new minipets and pet apparel in the Festival Stall. Let us introduce you to the Giraffe Calf, the Elephant Calf, and the Mark of the Lion. You can find all three in the Festival Stall through the end of June, at which time they will become retired.

  

Unlocking Exploration Scenes are Back!

Now the regions come to your pets!

Some Exciting News: Region Scenes are Back!

What does this mean, it means that when you explore 1,000 steps in each region, you can unlock a scene for your pets. This was a long-broken feature that has been updated and is now working again.

We are in the process of proactively setting all your steps for regions based on our collected data. So if you have already traveled the 1,000 steps, we will automatically reward you the achievement and the scene. So no need to start over 😊.

We are also syncing up minipet counts for all users as well.

Energy Bars and Dyes

Look good and explore even harder!

Energy Bars have arrived!

Ever feel like you need an extra boost, want to explore harder without having to wait for your energy to replenish? Now you can, with the following new Crystal Exchange items: Energy Bar, Super Energy Bar, and Max Energy Bar!

  

 

Dyes

The Warpaint, Paintspill, and Floral dyes now work when applied to pets. they can be found in the Crystal Exchange also!

Daily Bonuses

Releasing now can give you bonus gold!

Daily Bonuses have arrived!

Daily Bonuses can be seen in the sidebar on the home page, and change daily. Basically, if you release a pet of the species or a pet that contains the marking of the current day, you will receive extra gold when you release that pet.

By keeping track of the Daily Bonus, you can earn quite a bit of extra gold, just be sure to breed a lot of different species and markings :)

Staff Applications are Open

Feel free to apply today!

Community Staff positions are open once again. We are looking for new Community Moderators to help drive and grow Novilar's playerbase and engage our wonderful players!

Please read this post to learn how to apply.

If you have applied previously, I will be reviewing your applications again!

Look forward to seeing who is interested!