The Newsroom

Sorry for lack of updates....
Taylor and I are currently in the process of moving to another city so we've been pretty busy and haven't had much time to update. Also, my laptop was pretty much fried...but fortunately I now have a shiny new one so that problem is solved. We've been very busy trying to find a new apartment in Nashville and jobs and whatnot. We're hoping to do some updates over the weekend though if we get some downtime. I've missed ibbits! D: Anyway, check back later this weekend! We have some pretty cool things planned.
posted by heidi on Jul 13, 2013, 4:17 pm
More milk...

A mini update...the item Chocolate Milk has been added. Great for ibbits with a sweet-tooth!
posted by heidi on May 19, 2013, 3:43 pm
Back from vacation!

The ibbits team is back from vacation! Both Taylor and I were taking a quick break to regroup after the end of the semester. Over my break I had a bit of time to draw a quick item, a bottle of milk! This milk bottle contains 5 small servings and is great to top off an ibbit's hunger if they are too full to eat a larger meal.

Anyway, expect many updates over the summer! I don't have too terribly much else to do so ibbits will definitely be a priority. Let me know if there are any features you want sooner rather than later and I'll try to start on them. ;D Hope everyone's finals went well and happy start of summer!
posted by heidi on May 18, 2013, 2:16 pm
Feed your ibbit!

Doesn't that steak look delicious? least to a Kakin'eko it does! ibbits now get hungry and you can feed them! However, since there aren't a lot of items yet I have not implemented food nutrition/health yet (since there isn't enough variety to provide proper nutrition). Also, mood cannot yet be affected by feeding as of yet because I may re-evaluate how the 'mood' stat is calculated but I digress. At least you can get used to the new system and start introducing your ibbit to new foods. I'll give a brief overview of how the food system works now.

Young ibbits are often reluctant to try foods based upon their personality. You remember when you didn't want to eat those Brussels sprouts when you were a kid even though they were great for you? This is similar. An ibbit may have to get be shown a new food as many as 10 times until it stops making a fuss. On the other hand, kids are more likely to make decisions about their 'favorite' and 'disliked' foods than adult ibbits are. Childhood is a great time to introduce them to all sorts of new things so that they won't be picky as adults. Of course, depending on personality, some ibbits will be pickier than others, but the more you keep trying the more they'll come around to new things. Also, depending on the species, some foods are pretty irresistible. For example, Ghostlings love sweet things such as fruits and desserts, whereas Kakin'eko like meat and dairy. If an ibbit decides that a specific type of food is one of its 'favorite' foods you will get a bonus. Remember, all little ibbits are reluctant to try brand new things, but be persistent and it may pay off!

ibbit speech
You'll know what your ibbit thinks about a certain type of food. It will let you know! If an ibbit is too full and thinks that it will get sick (i.e. bloated) by eating the item you are offering, it will simply turn it down. Then again, young pets may not have as good of judgement and will just go along with what you say. Especially if they are the less independent type. It is up to you as their guardian to make sure they make wise food decisions until they are fully grown and can think for themselves. If they love a particular type of food they'll let you know. If they are neutral, they'll still be grateful, but not ecstatic. More responses are coming, so that you can get an even better idea of each ibbit's personality but I'm tired now though (it's late where I'm from!).

How to feed:
Feeding your ibbit is pretty simple. Just go to your backpack, click on an item, and select your ibbit. You'll be able to tell if they're hungry or already full. If they are asleep you won't be able to offer them food because, you know, that just doesn't make sense. ;P You may notice that the interface is a bit different than before. The pop up item window now adjusts to be a better size for your browser, and you can see the item's information in more organized way. You can feed an ibbit with food from your backpack or its personal inventory. Eventually your ibbit will be able to snack on food from its own inventory when you're not around, but we'll save that for later.

So yeah! Try feeding your ibbit! The more you introduce it to foods the better so even if he/she things carrots are disgusting, try again later and they may be feeling more adventurous. If you find any bugs, please let me know. I've tested things...but I can't always catch everything. Also, if you've been having issues equipping/removing clothing please try again. I may have fixed the issue. If not let me know and I'll keep working on it. Anyway, please let me know what you think of the new features! Enjoy, everyone!
posted by heidi on May 3, 2013, 11:35 pm
Shops are Open + Allowance!
Yey! Two shops are now open on Market Street! You can now buy a few items from Miffy's Fresh Food Market and The .README File. To visit the new shops just click on the compass button on the navigation bar. Something new that I added that SBP never had is the ability to sell items you own back to shopkeepers. This will be one of the more important ways to make bits in the future. Also, I have added shopkeeper clout so the more you buy items from a particular shop the more the shopkeeper will recognize you. These clout points will add up and will be able to get you future benefits such as better selling prices for items, the ability to 'chat' with the shopkeeper, and possible quests.

Another fun thing I've added today is 'Allowance.' For those of you who were on SBP back in the day you may remember this feature. Basically, since there aren't really any good ways to make bits currently, every day each user can collect 100 bits worth of allowance. To collect your amount just click the yellow box above the ibbit module on the sidebar.

Anyway, there are even more updates that are planned for tomorrow, so please check back! ;D
posted by heidi on Apr 27, 2013, 9:02 pm