The Newsroom

An update here and an update there.
Hello everyone! Between working on other things I finished a few small updates that have been on my checklist for a while.

Smash Another Rock Link After smashing a rock with a pickaxe, if you happen to have another rock in the same location you will have the option of clicking a button to smash that one too with the same pickaxe. This should save you guys some time and make smashing multiple rocks a lot easier. :3

Change ibbit Order For those of you who have multiple ibbits you can now change the order that they appear on your profile, in drop-down lists, and on your "My ibbits" page. Changing the order of your ibbits also changes the order in which they do activities, so keep that in mind! To reorder your ibbits, just go click on "ibbits" on the home drop-down menu and then click the "Change ibbit Order" button.

.EGG information visible in any location, including ones sold in the Bazaar I know most of you have already hatched your Fool .EGG's, but if anybody has one around still you'll be able to see this. You can now see the gender of the .EGG, how many times the .EGG has been scrambled, and a preview of the ibbit inside, all on the items basic page. It will show up in-between the item types and the item value.
This will be especially helpful for anybody who wants to buy an .EGG from the Bazaar, as they'll be able to see all of this information before they purchase. Keep in mind that this information is only visible if the .EGG has been incubated at least once! Otherwise it is still a mystery.

Also, I'm sure some of you have noticed this, we have been having a lot of errors (mysqli too many connections) and downtime lately. This is an issue with our server, and our web host is working hard to fix the problem. I have talked to them multiple times and they seem to be doing their best to fix our server. If you are interested in seeing their progress, click here for the service bulletin. Hopefully this will all get sorted out soon because it is driving me nuts! >:o I'll keep you guys posted on their progress. Thanks! And as always, let me know if you find any glitches with the new updates or if you have any comments in general.
posted by heidi on Apr 8, 2015, 4:42 pm
New ibbits podcast is up!
Click here to listen!
We finally got a chance to record! Sorry if we sound a bit tired, my voice was a bit shot from the anime convention we went to the day before. In this episode, we talk about the Clavis, which species will be returning, video games, the current status of the Oekaki, new ways to make bits, and more! Check it out!
posted by heidi on Apr 6, 2015, 1:54 pm
All About Fools!
Now that April Fool's Day is over, I can properly unveil the new species! ;D The Fool is an old species from Starbits Pets that was always kind of a limited/joke species. People always really loved it though, and it has always been one of my favorites, so I thought that it would be a good one to bring back for ibbits. Above is a random sampling of newborn and child Fools. I'm still working on some final shading on the adult, but when I'm done I'll post it as well. As far as variations go, so far Fools have the most options of any species. There are literally tens of thousands of combinations. If you are interested in learning more about Fools, I have written a nice .README called All About Fools that you can purchase from the .README File on Market Street. It is very long, which may or may not be a good thing. XD; It has quite a bit about Fool behavior and society, so if you like to read up on back stories, you'll find it pretty interesting. Also, I would like to add that for those who missed the event to get the Fool .EGG there will be an opportunity to get one in the future, but it won't be easy. And on another note, Ghostling and Kakin'eko .EGG's are coming soon as well so that's another thing to look forward to if you are interested in owning one of those species.

As far as other updates, I had hoped to have newborn auto activities and MIP activities finished by now, but as you may have noticed or server is currently on the fritz. I have talked to A2hosting about it and they say that they are currently trying to resolve the issue, but for now the site may cut in and out. Mostly this is just making it really hard for me to test new scripts since things are taking forever to upload and manually accessing the database is pretty much impossible at times. Things seem to be a bit more stable today, however, so I'm going to try to get some work done. Newborn ibbit activities are going to be a bit different from child and adult ones. For example, they won't be able to feed themselves, and since they are babies they obviously cannot go out and find items on their own. Once I get the system up and running I'll do a big news post explaining how to care for newborns and write a .README on it. Honestly, it won't be too hard, but the way that you decide to raise your newborn will have an impact on its future personality and how quickly it grows. Anyway, I'll keep you guys updated on the server status and if anybody has any questions about anything feel free to ask! :D April Fool's was a big success so I'm really happy! Also, I'd like to add that I'd love to see some of your Fool fan art on Tumblr, twitter, and Deviant Art so I can reblog/retweet/post it to the ibbits group. I'm now accepting submissions on Tumblr as well so if you have anything ibbits related that you'd like to see on the ibblog, feel free to send it my way. Thanks guys!
posted by heidi on Apr 3, 2015, 1:49 pm
Meet our new ibbits mascot...Gloobo!
Gloobo the...weird
That's right! Step aside, Oekakineko, Gloobo is taking your place! Soon, you will see him all over the site...in fact, he is so awesome that he is going to replace all the shopkeepers on Market Street, including Addison and Farren. That's right Farren, I bet Gloobo can do a better job that you. Anyway, to celebrate the magnificent event, you can have an amazing one-on-one conversation with Gloobo. Just click the April Fool's link on the sidebar!

Also, I apologize for the delayed posting of this news. The site has been slow, so it has been difficult for me to upload and test things. I've extended the amount of time that you can talk to Gloobo until noon tomorrow. Sorry about that! I think I may start looking for a new web host for ibbits.
posted by heidi on Apr 1, 2015, 10:57 am
Big reveal on April Fool's Day!
A lot of fun stuff is going to happen on April Fool's Day! New species reveal, new site features, and more! Also a special item giveaway is going to take place only on Wednesday, April 1st so be sure to stop by! Make sure to tell your friends so they don't miss out! Let the guessing begin! ;D
posted by heidi on Mar 28, 2015, 11:09 am