This post is about a browser game (not an app) where you breed dragons to get color combinations and possibly RP.
If any of that made your eyebrows slam down over your eyes in horrified confusion or mute judgement you're free to move along.
Okay, everyone that's left? GROUP HUG
The game's been out for a while, but they didn't anticipate the volume of players that they ended up with. As a result, registration's been closed for a long time.
HOWEVER, this coming Wednesday (October 23rd) they are planning a brief, 6 hour window to open registration.
Things could go horribly wrong and they might have to close it down early, BUT? This is your opportunity to get into the game.
One vital thing they didn't tell me during my registration process is that when you choose your Flight (that'd be your element, like Fire or Ice or Nature or Plague), it dictates the color eye every single egg you hatch will produce.
Choose wisely. I am Ice flight, which means I have white/pale-blue eyes that go with almost every color combination I breed. I'm also very fond of Light eyes (pale yellow) but I've found that Plague and Arcane babies are harder to sell unless the colors are just right.
This game? It is not super-polished and finished. There are times when technical issues plague the site and it's unusable. There have been times they've closed the whole thing down for a period. There is a LOT of whining and complaining about prices of things, and unfairness, and pretty much everything else that CAN be complained about.
I left once in a huff because I got mad at the people running the game. A friend got me back into it and I'm glad that I returned ... but expect internet drama over this very silly dragon game, okay?
You have been warned.
This game is fun because the art is spectacular, the addiction of pseudo-gambling with dragon colors and genes to produce the PERFECT babies is just WAY too strong, and even once everything becomes old hat, you can give your clan personalities and roleplay with them.
The longer I've played, the MORE I've enjoyed it, and I think it's because I love the story aspects as much as the art.
Genes and Colors and Breeds, Oh My!
Thing the first -- each breed of dragon has three pieces of lineart. There's the hatchling/baby lineart, which is the same for both genders. Once it grows up (5 days? I think?) there is different art for the male versus the female of every breed. Breeds are differentiated by rarity -- Plentifuls, Commons, Uncommons, Rare, and ... whatever. It keeps changing, and even more breeds have been hinted at.
I like male Spirals, but not females. Female Pearlcatchers are my favorite model in the game, but male Pearlcatchers don't really do anything for me. Male Tundras BEG to be hugged, but females look a little gaunt.
It's all personal preference. =]
Thing the second -- colors. There are THREE color slots on each dragon. Primary, which dictates the color of the body. Secondary, which dictates the color of wings and sometimes fluff tufts. And tertiary, which doesn't even show up unless you have a tertiary gene (more on that in a moment).
There are ... a lot of colors available. More than 65, with no promise that more colors won't be released. (Idly -- there are some dragons whose PRIMARY color slot will vary -- "black" primary dragons tend to have a pale belly, and "spring" primary dragons may have yellow horns. This is an interesting thing which can make or break a hatchling's final look.)
So, as if that wasn't enough variation for you, there are also GENES. These are genetic additions to the color, which can be applied to the primary, secondary, AND tertiary slots! I'm not going to bother counting the current possibilities, as there is no question whatsoever that more genes are planned and will be released relatively soon.
Someone somewhere may figure out just how many different combinations of possible dragons can be made on this site. Someone with more time and math skills than me.
Let's just say it's a LOT.
Once you HAVE your dragons, you can breed them. The cooldown is dependent on the breed of dragon. Plentifuls have the shortest cooldown at 15 days.
Let that sink in a moment, and realize this is not a game you need to spend all day playing. You can't rush the breeding process at all. (You CAN spend that time playing mini games and whatnot, but that's another story). I think the breeding cooldown on the most rare breed (the Wildclaw) is 35 days.
So, you match up a male and female and hit go, then you incubate a nest one time each day for five days, and then you have babies! The number of eggs is random, from 1 to 5 (which is only possible if you have two different breeds you're breeding together).
If you match the parents carefully, you're probably thrilled with your mewling little hatchies. If you didn't, you may be horrified and wondering where you went wrong.
That site is your new best friend. It will help you figure out what colors your pair CAN produce.
Also, when it comes to genes being passed down to babies, the most common option is the most likely. So if you breed a tiger-gened Tundra to a basic-gened Fae, you're probably not going to get any tiger babies. Shimmer (secondary), Iridescent (primary), Wildclaw (breed), and Circuit (tertiary) are all the "rarest" in the breeding combo, so unless you're pairing them with themselves, you're going to get the other. Two shimmer dragons together will ALWAYS make shimmer babies. A shimmer plus an eyesots? Almost always eyespots.
It's fun once you get used to it, but it can be frustrating if nobody takes the time to explain it to you. You expect a 50/50 chance, but it's not even close to that. More like 10/90.
I'm slowly adding personalities and RP stories to many of them (that pink/pink pearlcatcher is going to become the clan Matriarch by the time I'm done with her!) but I thought you might like to see the pretty dragon pictures. <3
There's more. Of course there's more. There are mini games and forums and exalting and Coliseum battling, and a booming tumblr community, and the search feature, and an entire encyclopedia of lore ... but I figure all that above is enough for now. (More than enough, likely, but it's not a bad thing to come back and reference later).
If you join the site, I hope you come back and share your lair ID with me! I'll add you as a friend. <3