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Explore and Store Balancing

It's all for a more efficient world, right?
Exploration Update
Exploring has been updated to be a little more aware of what is common and rare to find when exploring. For the majority, it will seem little different, for some of you keeping track you will notice that Item Drops, Minipets, Gold, and Encounters appear a less frequently. Also, you will notice you will discover more common items and rare items will be much more well - rare.

Waste not, want not - Shop Update
To further balance things out, the shops are now being a little more reserved in their stocking of their shelves. Items will not accrue over the course of the day (who needs 100 Twine anyway), and will not stock above a certain threshold.

But Questing!
These changes will make questing potentially harder if shops sell out. Although this is true, enterprising users can sell excess items in their User Shops to fill the gaps, and earn gold while at it. 

Weekly Update

Some UI / Some Premium Features

Announcing Subscriptions

Starting today (well, yesterday), users can now opt to sign up as a Subscriber. A Subscriber unlocks additional features for your account for a monthly fee. This will replace Patreon moving forward, and is completely integrated into the site.

Why should you consider becoming a Subscriber?

Subscribers help provide a stable income from the site, allowing the team to push the development of the game even further. We have big plans, and being able to spend more time on those plans means they come out faster. By becoming a Subscriber, you are helping us to be able to do more, quicker, and better.

Artist Wanted

I am looking to hire a part-time to full-time artist for the game. If you are interested, please reach out to me in our Discord chat.

Some UI changes

  • As some of you may have noticed already, some pages on the site have changed, first you will notice sections appear well, more sectioned off, and the Bank got a refresh of it's functionality and pages. These are a first step towards a generally improved gameplay.
  • Another thing that has changed as the forum settings, profile settings, and user settings have been combined together in Account Settings. This makes finding all settings for your account easier to find and cleans up our navigation bar.
  • Also, when exploring you will notice less chances of seeing the same event twice. This is to make exploring a little more easier to track.

Winners for May's Skin and Avatar Contests

Congratulations to May's Winner
The results are in on May's Skin and Avatar Contests!

Skin Contest
May's Winner is PrismFire who submitted a wonderful Sabertooth Lion! Thanks for everyone who participated!



Avatar Winners!
The three prizes go to shilgiia for first, Petraea for second, and CopperStar for third place. Feel the ocean love, and thanks for everyone who participated!



I will be working on getting all the rewards out over the next few days for the winners. Be sure to check in with June's Contests for your chance to win!

Community Contests Galore!

An easier way to participate in community contests!
Before we get to the new features, let us show you some premium beach equipment for your Lions, Otters, and Foxes. Introducing the must-have Blue Beach Towel and Toy Beachball!

 


These are premium crystal items that stock rarely in Heads to Tails, so head over and purchase yours today and rep your pet's best beach bod!

New Feature: Community Contests



Up to now community contests have been done through from the forums, which has worked well, but could have been improved. So we now have a new contest system in place to make participating in these easer. You can find a list of the new (and a link to previous ones) on the Contests Page.

Old contests will not migrated, so it they will appear moving forward in the new system. This isn't designed to hinder posting in the forums, so feel free to chat and wonder, or toss ideas there as always. The idea behind this system is to allow myself and our wonderful moderator Petraea choose winners and manage them easier.

Just in Time for Summer

New apparel to make sure you rock the sunny weather!
Just in time for summer, we have some wonderful new swimsuit attire for all of you. These are available in the Magnifique Boutique? for sale.



These are so fabulous, that we had the designer also prepare some goodies for pets, but ssshhh.

Getting Dressed Up!

Look classy at any time of the year!
In our first real content update in a long time, we have some classy new items to get dressed up in.





You can find the Blue Dress, Blue Shoes, Red Dress, Red Shoes, as well as the Black Suit Shirt and Black Suit Pants in the Magnifique Boutique now. While there and if you have the Crystals available, you can purchase a premium Red Polka Dot Dress as well.


Meet Kandis, Lottery Guard

Go make your golds by playing the lottery!
As a fun new feature, we are introducing a new stall in the shop, managed by a friendly guard, Kandis!

Kandis will be selling Lottery tickets for 500 gold each daily. The purchase goes into a pot which is given to one lucky member. Are you lucky?


Good luck everyone!

Fresh Paint

Layout update, allowing for the future
As you all have noticed, a new layer of fresh paint has been rolled out. This design update is designed to clean up navigation (now seen on the left side of the page. Use less screen for things that aren't as important. You will also notice the purple bar at the top of the page now shows your active pet, how many steps you have to explore, and a link to your adventure log. This gives you access to quickly get around to pages that you will interact with often.

Along with the update, is that now the monthly celebrations are much more visible, as this month is all about the Ocean, the theme reflects that. What will next month bring? Hmmm.

This is the only the beginning, we are still working on some more changes in the next few weeks to continue to streamline and make this new layout rock even more. So stay tuned!

Pet Classified Updates!

Find the perfect pet, or breed with confidence!
Pet Classifieds are now limited to runs of 1 week!
We decided to limit the amount of time a pet can be listed for sale or breeding to 1 week periods. After 1 week, your pet's ad will expire and you will have to edit them to set a price. The purpose behind this change is to keep the classifieds up to date, and make it easier for users to bind breeding partners who are active.

Other notable changes
  • Your active pet has now gotten a little better at managing their hunger, and will not become hungry so fast!
  • Interest rates in the bank have been improved greatly.
  • You will notice the cost of expanding your territory is a little cheaper.
  • If you purchase a pregnant pet, their offspring are now owned by you, not the person that sold it.
  • You can now filter your territory to specific species.
  • When using an item, your active pet is listed first.
  • You will now notice a new way to show when you collect gold or items when exploring.
New apparel coming in the next update!
The next news update will feature some new content in the form of some awesome clothing submitted by shilgiia! If you are an artist, and have ideas for more human apparel, you can now find the bases in the #artistic channel on our Discord!

Game Updates and Contests!

Spring has arrived, and summer is sooner then we think!
Bug Fixes
As many of you who have come back have noticed we have been incredibly busy on the site, fixing it up and in some cases fixing bugs, in other cases improving areas of the site. There are a ton of fixes, way too much to list here. To see our list of bug fixes, check out this forum thread.

Chat is now on Discord
As some of you have noticed, the chat has returned, but is now different. We have moved from a hosted chat, to a chat that powered by Discord. We are quickly developing a great amount of users that are hanging around Discord all the time, and activity is booming! Come join us and say hello! (P.S. It appears Digital lurks around on Discord!)

Meet Karin, your friendly Market Guide!
Ever wonder if someone is selling something? Where to find that Totem you are looking for without bothering some busy Guardian? Look no further, Karin is here to help you find what you are looking for. She is friendly, and knows just about every User shop around! Go say hello and give her a try!

Skin of the Month Contest Returns!
The Skin of the Month contest has returned, this time in preparation for Festival of the Lion in June! Submit your Lion skin this month for a chance at great prizes! This competition see's an increase in rewards from previous competitions. Check out this thread for more information. Good luck everyone!

Avatar Fashion Showcase has arrived!
The Avatar Fashion Showcase has started. This is a monthly contest to see just how much your avatar can dress to impress the Guardians. This month's theme is The Ocean, so get out those mermaid tails, or ocean colors and strut your stuff for a great chance at prizes. Check out this thread for more information.