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Welcome to August!

Hello everyone! We hope you've been doing well and having fun as we kick off the start to the month of August. This update includes our new monthly shops announcement, event updates, and some pertinent progress reports!

Our second month of limited shops is finally here:
August's theme is the mysterious Rosethorn Forest!

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These items were procured from the vision of a nighttime forest.
Freshly fallen leaves line the ground, soft crimson rendering your
footsteps silent. A perpetual dusk envelopes the gloom, vibrant
thorns block your path...


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What are Monthly Shops?
  • Every month, Pai and Oran from Peddler's Port will have different sets of 6 items in their shops that will retire at the end of the month to be replaced by new stock.
  • These items are obtained from far away lands and follow the theme of the land they visited each month.
  • All retired items from Monthly Shops will eventually be able to be obtained very rarely from Grandma Agnes later on.
How can I get to Peddler's Port?
Peddler's Port is a seaside location that you can unlock by going through the main storyline in Louise Hill. Once unlocked, you can visit Peddler's Port any time without using up a town hop!
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Pai's Shop of Wonders
Pai will host these 6 items in their infinite stock shop this month for 200 turnips each. If you spend 2000 turnips, you will be able to choose a free item of your choice! Free item claims will expire 3 months after obtaining them.

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Oran's Emporium
Oran's shop will be stocked with these 6 items for 9,000 potatoes per spin! The spin price has been increased compared to last month, in order to adjust for inflation as more currency is generated by players and the economy begins to find its footing after just over a month since the site launched.

These monthly shops will run until August 31st, after which they will be removed to house September's monthly items!

AUGUST SUMMER EVENT
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We have a big summer event planned to happen some time this month. We're aiming for a mid-August release, so we will have more information about the specifics of the event for everyone soon!

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Our Adventuring Riddle Contest is also now under way!
It ends on August 30th, 2020 so get your submissions in before then!
Read our event rules and submission instructions here.

PROGRESS UPDATES
Here are some updates on a few things we're working on behind the scenes!

Custom Maker Submission Queue
We are aiming to open the Custom Maker Submission page some time in August! An update will be released at least a few days prior to its release, in order to give everyone time to prepare their submissions. We have also compiled some basic information about the system below, for anyone that is interested:
  • Your place in the queue will be displayed after submitting your request.
  • You'll be able to make edits to your request up until an artist claims it in order to begin working on it.
  • There will be a set of request rules and guidelines to follow for making custom submissions.
  • Since there is currently only one artist (for the timebeing), the queue will likely be worked on in relatively chronological fashion. However, when we eventually are able to hire more artists to the team, requests will be claimed based on what different artists are most comfortable with in order to maximize efficiency.
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Guild Bug Fix Progress
This past week, we've tackled many of the most pertinent bugs related to guilds and have made good progress! We're currently extensively retesting and working on making sure nothing new broke as well as fixing the rest of the bugs. We'll continue to bring you updates on our progress and announce this month when Guild creation will become available officially!

Vaer's Reef Affection Milestone Quests
Some users who have gotten over 500 affection with NPC's from the 5th town may have noticed that the quest they've unlocked is missing from their quest page. These quests will become available soon, as we've been hard at work behind the scenes revising some of the Vaer storyline with user feedback in mind. Thank you for your patience as we make the quests available!

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Trades Market Rule Breaking
There has been an unfortunate trend frequently reported to the Ticket Desk, where some users have been intentionally offering nothing/only a few potatoes on many trade lots in the Trades Market (regardless of what is being asked for), in the hopes that the other person will accidentally hit "accept" instead of "reject". We'd like to clarify that this practice is considered scamming and should be reported by users who spot it happening.
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Thank you so much for playing and supporting
Dappervolk. We'll be back with more updates soon!
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Louise Hill Riddle Contest!

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Hello everyone, welcome to our first Adventuring Riddle Writing Contest hosted after site launch! This time for our first town, Louise Hill. We'll be holding riddle contests for each town once in a while to bolster the riddle count in each area!

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Click the button above to access the riddle form, or click here!

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  • You can write and submit as many riddles as you can come up with within the time frame of this contest.
  • Each user can enter as many times as they want, but they can only get up to 4 riddles accepted!
  • Make sure you enter your correct username and ID!
  • You must write your own riddles, no plagiarism allowed!

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  • Each riddle that we choose to use in adventuring will grant you 75 turnips on site!
  • 25 Pet Accessory Makers, 15 Premium Badges (30 Day), and 1 Premium Badge (90 day) will be raffled off to all participants.
  • We may increase the number of prizes depending on the number of entrants.
  • Each participant can only win a raffled item prize once!
  • All prizes will be sent to each winner on site at the end of the contest.

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The riddle question itself can be up to a paragraph or as short as a sentence.
Maximum length is 8 lines. It can rhyme or be succinctly worded, the choice is yours.

For riddles in Louise Hill, we'll be looking for thematically fitting riddles, so riddles related to farming, temperate meadows and hills, vegetables, produce, and the NPC’s of the town, etc will have an advantage. We judge based on cleverness of subject matter and writing flow!

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FAQ
How do I write a Dappervolk style riddle?
It is easiest to craft a riddle by going backwards from the answer you first decide on. Here is a link to the wiki that explains the symbolism of each virtue in more detail: https://dappervolk.fandom.com/wiki/Adventuring#Riddles

Do you have any tips on how best I can get my riddle selected?
Things that factor into our judging process are the uniqueness of the answer, how easy it is to guess (try to avoid using words that allude directly to the answer), if the riddle makes sense, and how well a riddle is written.

Can I use existing riddles found on the internet?
Plagiarism is against the rules, please write your own riddles! We cannot use creative property made by other parties on Dappervolk without permission from the actual creators. Plagiarism found on any of your riddles will cause all entries submitted by you within this contest to be disqualified.
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End of July 2020 Update!

Hello everyone! We've got a new update for you on a bunch of upcoming things as we near the end of the month!

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Ever since the site launched, we've been very excited for players to finally get to experience the Guilds system that we've invested quite a bit of time into developing! However, there have been some new and unanticipated bugs discovered recently onsite that directly tie into core Guild functions, which would ultimately be game-breaking if left unchecked. Since these bugs tie into major aspects of Guild functionality, we've made the tough decision to temporarily close Guild creation until we can make sure it's in fully working order. Some of these new bugs include:
  • Quest Task Tracking Issues - Directly impacts the guild upgrade and leveling system.
  • Forum Permissions Issues - Impacts the guild forum experience.
  • Live Chat Issues - New issues with server routing have impacted the live chat functionality.
  • Misc Smaller Issues - Ie. Tooltip/mouseover glitching, 404 errors occurring after various updates since launch, etc.
The Guild system is a major undertaking with a great deal of coding intricacies, so we'd like to give our developers the time they need to make sure that we are putting our best foot forward with this feature for everyone to be able to enjoy to its fullest potential. Thank you so much for your patience, we can't wait to see all of the amazing guild communities that players will create!

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TIME FRAME
We're anticipating at least a couple of weeks from now to get Guilds fixed up, but we'll be working as hard as we can to get it to you as quickly as possible. We'll be updating everyone as soon as possible with as much advance notice as we can, once we know when we can re-open Guild creation!

In the meantime, we'll be creating a Guilds subforum for our community to plan out their guilds in advance. Our dedicated moderators will be assisting in moving existing Guild threads over to this subforum for a more concentrated browsing and hang out area!

GUILDS FAQ
We're also releasing a Guilds FAQ with info that we know most of you have been interested to know. Visit the Guilds FAQ here!

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We'll be starting a new riddle contest during the coming month, where everyone in the community is invited to submit their most creative Adventuring riddles themed around our first Adventuring location: Louise Hill!
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Stay tuned for the full contest details, coming soon!

All riddles that are selected will become permanent additions to Adventuring, and their authors will receive a Turnip currency prize. All entrants will have a chance to win some additional raffled prizes as well!
 
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We are also excited to announce that we have a planned Summer Event that will take place some time in August! A news update with more details about the event will be released approximate a week before it will be set to begin.

As a bit of a sneak peak, we will be bringing back our cooperative/competitive event type from our beta testing phase, now featuring new adjustments based on player feedback and a brand new storyline in time for summer! We have a feeling you'll be seeing a few of your favorite early town NPC's in this event — we hope everyone will enjoy it when the time comes!

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The Mothlike items will be retiring at the end of July 2020, to be changed over to August's theme along with our planned adjustments to Pai's shop and Premium perk additions!

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All monthly shop items will eventually be very rarely obtainable through a new feature which will be released a few months down the line.

That's all for this update!
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We're working hard behind the scenes to keep everything running
smoothly and to bring out more content! Take care and stay safe!
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Recruiting Discord Moderators!

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Hello everyone! We're looking to continue to bolster our Discord Moderation team in response to the rise in activity since launch.
If you'd like to help us moderate the Official Dappervolk Discord Server, all details are below.

The position of a Dappervolk Discord Moderator entails:
  • Engaging with the community.
  • Answering moderator-related or general site questions in the #dappervolk-help channel.
  • Keep channels on topic.
  • Being a "Doorman" in the intros channel and giving accepted newbies the potato rank.
  • Reporting & addressing minor user misconduct.

Once you've read the above info, please fill out the following form and email it to [email protected] with the title: DISCORD MOD APPLICATION
Username: What you'd like us to call you.
Pronouns: Your pronouns!
Discord Username & ID:
Confirm that you have 2FA enabled on Discord: Type "Yes" here.
Confirm that you are over 18 years of age: Type "Yes" here.
Timezone: We're looking for moderators in many different timezones in order to ensure that there are staff available at all times on discord.
Preferred work schedule: Outline the hours and days of the week you would be available to work as a moderator!

Introduction: Let us know a bit about yourself and what interests you about becoming a moderator on the Dappervolk Discord. Feel free to also include information about yourself outside of Dappervolk too, such as any hobbies/interests!
Experience in Moderation/Community Management:
Experience on Pet/Avatar Sites: Username(s) on Social Media: If applicable!
Username(s) on other Petsites/Communities: If applicable!
Any other Details/Information: Optional.

We'll keep applications open until we can assemble a well rounded team.

Due to the potential volume of emails, we may not be able to reply to every application, but thank you to everyone in advance for volunteering to help our community become the best it can be! bearnard_pray.gifheartred.gif
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Charity Sale Conclusion!

Hello everyone! After the end of our 2020 Charity Pet sale, we've now donated all remaining proceeds to various organizations. Here is an overview of where proceeds were directed, as well as links going to each organization to raise additional awareness!

OVERVIEW
In total, we've donated $12,972.69 USD to the following 14 organizations:
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LINKS
BLACK LGBTQIA + MIGRANT PROJECTWE NEED DIVERSE BOOKS
BLACK VISIONS COLLECTIVE
COALITION ON HOMELESSNESS
THE LOVE LAND FOUNDATIONCULTURAL WELLNESS CENTER
MOMS 4 HOUSINGMOMS OF BLACK BOYS UNITED
BLACK AIDS INSTITUTEJUXTAPOSITION ARTS
THE OKRA PROJECT
BLACK GIRLS CODE
TRANSWOMEN OF COLOR COLLECTIVE
NATIONAL BLACK DISABILITY COALITION


We're so proud of our community for coming together to support the Black Lives Matter and Pride movements this year!
The Feathered Gem and its corresponding pet are seasonal which means that they will return one day for another charity event later on!
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July 10th Updates!

Good morning everyone! Here is a quick update on some new changes we've just introduced!

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REFERRAL SYSTEM UPDATE

We've recently been working on improving our referral system. This rework should benefit those that play and progress in the game, as well as improve on our security in regards to rule breaking.
  • Referring users will no longer receive a referral point right when a user signs up using their referral, but only at different stages of in game progress.
  • This means that even though you may not receive a referral point right away, you have the chance to receive multiple points for each user who names you as their referral as they progress through the game.
  • All users with referred users linked to their account will retroactively receive a referral point for each progress gate that has been met so far.

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ADVENTURING UPDATES

We're working on refining Adventuring and fixing all bugs related to it. Here are a couple of new updates/fixes!
  • Captchas will now no longer take up an encounter! You may meet someone familiar on the road, an official of sorts.
  • Your pet's icon will now appear on the Pet Affection Bar's tooltip.
  • Various startup/loading bugs have been fixed, we're working to find and fix any additional bugs reported to the forums!

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VAER SEA FORAGE UPDATE

We're aware there are a few bugs and glitches involving our new minigame, and are working on pinpointing the causes behind these issues.

  • The automatic shuffle function has now been added for when you run out of moves!
  • Various bugs such as the scoring bugs are still being investigated.

That's all for now! We'll be back with more updates soon.
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Monthly Shop & Premium Changes!

Hello everyone, we are happy to be back with a major announcement regarding our plans and changes for the monthly shops and premium account upgrades! We sincerely apologize that we couldn't get this post out to you all sooner, as we needed time to discuss this matter with the team as well as to make sure the coding aspects of our decision would be possible in the backend. As always, thank you so much for your patience!
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Originally, our vision was for the site to be a quaint dress-up style game with spinny gumball-type machines to get fun prizes from, as many of us had fond experiences and memories of these when we were younger. This concept was the inspiration behind all of our shops, including the monthly ones! When we released the very first test version of our Turnip monthly shop during beta testing, we got a lot of helpful feedback that eventually led us to make the following changes and additions to the feature during closed development:
  • Offered all Turnip monthly items in one set price box.
  • Allowed for future opportunities to obtain retired monthly items instead of retiring them permanently.
  • Lowered the spin price in Pai's shop, taking into account that turnips are based in CAD.
  • Extended the free item claim expiration limit to 3+ months.
  • Made spin points non-expiring.

Genuine effort was put into trying to find a happy balance of all of the suggestions we received during beta and our original vision for the feature. We had hoped that these changes would remove the harmful aspects of an RLC chance machine, particularly with the addition of the ability to buy a full set of Pai's items for a set price; however, we've read through and listened to all of your recent feedback and have realized that this was not enough. It was never our intention for Dappervolk to engage in harmful aspects of RLC chance machines, so we have decided that it is our moral responsibillity to remove the chance aspect of this feature.

Changes Going Forward
Starting on August 1st, 2020 players can expect to see the following changes to this feature:
  • "Pai's Machine of Wonders" will change to "Pai's Shop of Wonders"
  • Pai's chance machine will change into a permastock shop (all items at a set price with infinite stock for that month), with free claims and purchase points intact from June & July's records.
  • Each item in Pai's Shop from August onwards will cost 200 turnips and will be purchaseable individually.
  • "Spin Points" will be converted into "Turnips Spent" which will not expire; each spin point will convert into 180 Turnips Spent.
  • Users will be able to claim a free item after spending 2000 turnips in Pai's Shop.
  • Free item claims will still expire in 3 months and work the same way they do now.

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Tied in with our Monthly Shop changes, we'd also like to add some additional upcoming perks to our Premium Badge that will be added from August 2020 onwards!
  • Since we're changing Spin Points into Turnips Spent, premium users will receive +600 Turnips Spent bonus per month in Pai's Shop of Wonders.
  • Premium users will be able to use a premium-only forum post border through the duration of their premium status.
  • Premium users will get +1 additional wardrobe save slot for a total of three additional saved outfits for premium users.

We will be posting the updated Premium Perks information into a thread in the Site Announcement forum, which will also be linked to from Agnes' Perpetual Shop.

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Thank you for all of the patience you've afforded us thus far as we work to improve Dappervolk! We're excited to bring you more fun events and build upon the site step by step over time!
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