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  1. 19 hours ago, Awdz Bodkins said:

     

    I think there is a big difference between being unsure/questioning how things could be and denying that any of it is true. I really like expressing it as a faith journey for Christians working through their uncertainty - and we are all on a faith journey as life brings change and we try to make sense of it. I think it is a far healthier position to be contemplating and trying to understand, than to just accept things without thinking about them at all.

     

    I've known people who say they are not sure if God exists, yet attend church because "it's a family thing"; because they attend church, they are called Christian. What bothers me much more are the people who insist they are Christians and that hatred and/or violence is an appropriate response to the teachings of God, because that hatred/violence against others is completely against what Jesus taught. At His greatest display of anger, Jesus only turned over tables - He did not assault any individuals.

     

    With the basis that God (or Goddess, as gender is not applicable to the one who created it) exists and cares about each one of us, I have to believe God came to earth in human form to show us how to live as intended - clueless otherwise, we can be restored to a right relationship with God because of it. How can I say the One who created =everything= could not have performed miracles? And even if there is a scientific explanation for it, so what? Each miracle was the right thing at just the right time.

     

    tl;dr: Hang in there HeatherMarie, you are on the right path with trying to work it out.

    Actually You sum it up pretty well, too. 

     

    NOT sure how precisely I missed this post before when addressing HeatherMarie's, but... I really like the image you used of it as a journey.... and I would add that it isn't always an EASY journey.


  2. 11 minutes ago, Syiren said:

    I didn't realize how these new eggs hatch before. It's like they ooze green slime! That is so flipping awesome! And it shows really well against the purple shell of the egg! Kudos to the clever mind that came up with that! :wub:

     

    I thought it was green flame, but YES, creepily cool, either way!

     

    ETA... maybe we can pitch the question of WHICH it is at the spriter after the big reveal of the adults!


  3. 10 minutes ago, Dragon_Arbock said:

     

    DC has existed for 10 years. This has been an issue every single year. I think it's pretty obvious TJ does the bare minimum to update this site's coding. I keep saying if he's so 'busy' and he doesn't actually want to take care of the game, give or sell it to someone who does.

    I respectfully disagree with you here.

     

    TJ has implement any NUMBER of things int he last few years ( allowing old Hallows to be caught in their own biome to name just one... OR the marketplace!) That are DEFINITELY above and beyond the 'bare minimum' of keeping the code updated.


  4. 6 hours ago, relaks said:

    I have... conflicting thoughts, regarding religion. 

     

    I personally am what could be called agnostic atheist, as in I don't actually know if there's a higher power or not (and therefore won't confirm it or deny it) but it is my personal believe that there's not. And I think if there was proof that God existed, I could believe in his existence, but not in him.  I'm not comfortable with the possibility of destiny, of our paths being chosen for us, of a higher power able to mess with our life. When I was younger (like 8-9 yo) I attended catechesis. I think I never really believed, even if I asked to be baptized. I thought everyone was like me: that we chose to tell the stories so we'd have something to guide us but that we all knew they were not true. Turns out nop. Some people really believe it happened. I'm okay with that, obviously, but I just... don't believe it happened.

    I'm sure many things have an historical basis, but the major things like Moises receiving the word of God, Jesus, etc? That sounds like fantasy to me. I'm just not able to believe these things.

    And to be totally honest, I can feel uncomfortable when people speak about it with certainty, because they truly believe it happened. I'm torn between the part of me that says "Everyone believes what they want and you cannot prove anything" and the part that doesn't understand how you can possibly believe these things... Because I don't believe the more "fantasy" bits, I'm unable to see how some people can. I don't know if I explain myself...

     

    That's just me. 

    There's no proof there's nothing out there neither, and I understand why people find comfort in believing and being part of a community (though you can be part of a community without it having to be religious, tbh). But I have to admit that, as much as I respect personal belief, I have a problem with institutionalized religion. I have no problem with Catholicism, for example, but I don't like the Church (capital C) at all. And I don't mean individual churches with the priests and everything, I mean the Big Church, the Vatican, the whole head of the organization. For me, religion is an personal and deeply intimate thing. You can share it with others if that brings you joy, obviously, and I won't deny convents, monasteries (etc) have done good deeds, but the Institution... yeah, no, I won't say what I think exactly because I fear I might offend some people. But that? I have a big problem with, yes.

    Idk. I feel like on an individual level, monotheists religions can be a guide for morality and how to act towards others, to find solace and joy for some, to be a part of something greater than us. I respect that. But on an institutional level, it feels to me it's another tool to control the people and decide for them what's right and what's wrong. That's... not for me, at all. 

     

    I cannot speak about other religions/practices though (buddhism, wicca, any and all form of paganism...) because I don't know enough about them. I've always been more inclined towards polytheists religions because they feel more organic to me. I don't know if there's a god for the forests and another for the rivers, and another for the crops, but I do believe in some kind of... balance, on Earth. Mother Nature might not be a conscious being or a goddess, but it is a powerful force we should respect because it's the basis for our survival. I'm really interested in learning about those believes, the ones that bring us closer to the earth and to nature, from where we come from. 

     

    (Sorry for my ramble, and sorry if I offended anyone. It's really not my intention. )

    IF I may humbly submit... some of the BIG C church things you talk about ( in the past particularly...) NOT even all Christians like/agree with . Again that is one of the OTHER reasons there are denominations.... and protestants as opposed to Catholics.

     

    As for what @HeatherMarie... I can feel the struggle you are having with it reading your post. IF It helps, even those who consider them selves to be believers struggle with the subject of faith some times ( IE, for example ... I consider myself a Christian in that I BELIEVE in the things you mention ( Jesus' death for sin and resurection and all of that...) as my way to heaven. THAT said... I don't always feel like I have the faith in God that I SHOULD have... and of course I KNOW that the Bible teaches that without faith it isn't possible to please God...) Faith, I think , is a daily CHOICE as much as anything.  SO what you are feeling isn't UNUSUAL at all I would say. 


  5. 28 minutes ago, angelicdragonpuppy said:

    Whoops, totally thought the S1s were S2s! The S2s are a little busy looking for my tastes, but I imagine all that will look nicer when it has an adult sized sprite to be realized on.

    I admit, I am finding that so far I am rather partial to these new pretties. I wonder who made them!

     

    Can't WAIT to see the adults * Tries to hurry TJs hatchies to grow up*


  6. 15 minutes ago, scalesofgrey said:

    The hatchling's pose and stripes felt feline-ish to me. Cheshire Cat?

    Ooooh! INTERESTING theory there! XD

     

    In any case I have caught myself six of these lovelies ( Hoping for three male and female pairs!) so I am well satisfied with the results of my hunting. 

     

    Looking forward to seeing what these beauties grow up to be!

     

    BTW! Has anyone tried sorting them?


  7. 9 minutes ago, KrazyKarp said:

    I dunno... as an atheist, I obviously don't believe the Bible is, for lack of a better word, true. I do like the stories in it, they're fun to read! So I suppose I appreciate the Bible on a literature level rather than a religious level.

    Right. Believing it on a religious level? That is a matter of faith. 


  8. 5 hours ago, HeatherMarie said:

    I don't know any Christian who would say that the stuff in the Bible is false. That's kind of the opposite of what a Christian is. They believe the Bible contains the Word of God, contains the miracles He has performed and the accounts of Jesus's sacrifice, etc etc. Most Christians I know would get very very defensive if someone said the Bible is false. Now, not everything in the Bible is *current* in terms of what God wants for us and such, that's why there is a difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament. But saying it's false? Never known a Christian who would say that. 

    As a Christian myself I would say that this a fair assessment. We DO believe that the Bible not only contains but IS the Word of God.

    Therefor, by definition it is NOT false.

     

    If that helps?


    As @HeatherMarie pointed as for interpretation for a Christian's life today.... well that can vary. At's why we have many, MANY denominations! XD


  9. 39 minutes ago, relaks said:

    Oooh love the colors on that hatch! 

    They seem like a pretty calm breed, love the chill pose! Makes me think about cats 😛

    I'm really curious to see the adults!

    Me too. I agree that they put me in mind of cats!

     

    These guys are LOVELY. May have to catch more of these pretties...especially if these keep their promise as adults.


  10. 13 minutes ago, The Dragoness said:

    I don't collect Vampires, so I'm mostly neutral on this. I don't view them as a true Halloween breed. 

     

    However, I don't think having a small quantity drop on the 31st each month is the best idea. Just look at how hard it is to catch CB Golds...and those drop daily. It would be pretty difficult to actually catch a CB Vampire with normal breeds filtering in and potentially blocking the cave. Not to mention the large increase in site traffic and potental lag. Anyone who is not interested in catching CB Vamps wouldn't exactly have an easy time with hunting either, as the cave would be so busy. 

     

    So, even though I don't consider Vampires a Halloween breed, I think they should be released in a very large number around Halloween. I don't care whether they end up in the regular biomes or holiday biome. Only releasing a few wouldn't help the lineage issue at all.

    This is a point AS... I am not SURE what their baseline rarity is supposed to be. ( AND I do know that MINE can be a lot of FAIL dragons, sometimes, when it comes to biting. :P )
    So clearly some ratio applies to them, also!


  11. 29 minutes ago, RealWilliamShakespeare said:

     

    Can't believe I never responded to this. Sorry!

     

    Having them drop on the 31st sounds great to me. I still love me some vamps, and because they're available year-round I can see them causing a problem in the biome clogging things up. This morning I already saw a backlog of Shadow Walkers in the biome, and atm it seems to be Pumpkins. I imagine Vampires really would get in the way for a lot of users, so having them limited to a certain day like the 31st sounds good imo. We could still get CB ones (which I would love :wub:) but they wouldn't cause a huge hassle!

    Agreed, I would LOVE this way of handlign it.AFTER all, we are more likely to get zombies that day... and zombies appear on our scrolls, too. Vamps in the cave would give it a spooky flavor!


  12. 6 minutes ago, IsmaielDeath said:

    Okay thanks. So they are still one of the few special dragons that you can't get as CB variant. Pity. I guess i got confused because the Wiki lists them as Halloween dragons.

    They originally WERE a halloween release.


    Trouble is that a vampire can bite an egg at ANY time of year( unlike the rest of the holiday breeds which have a limited breeding season to 'reproduce after their kind').

     

    Hence, as I understand,t hey are DIFFERENT from the Halloweens and NOT considered one of them anymore.

     

    'Bitten' vampires', then, can be found at any time of year as when a vampire bites there is a chance that even IF the egg turns it will be kicked to the AP. 

    The closest you can GET is a CB egg of some other breed turned vampire.
    Difficult yes, but there IS another thread discussing ways of allowing proper cave dropped vampies to be had!


  13. 14 hours ago, HeatherMarie said:

    Oh yes, very much agree! I've been told it's because there have been cases of women who sued doctors because they got their tubes tied and then later decided they wanted a baby, which is frankly ridiculous, if you consent to the procedure and sign the forms you have no right to sue! But yes, for whatever reasons it is horribly difficult for a younger woman to get that procedure done. Doctors will outright refuse to do it on younger women. Even worse, there are doctors who insist that 'if you get married maybe your husband will want children', *that* is horrid. It's ridiculous and horrible that some doctors seem to think a *potential* future husband should have more say in the woman's medical procedures then the woman herself! 

     

    I definitely agree that if a woman knows for a fact that she'll never want to bear a child, or would never be capable of going through the pregnancy, then she should take steps to eliminate that option, ie have that procedure. I definitely think a woman needs to be responsible enough to realize that it's better to do that procedure then to risk getting pregnant down the line and having to abort. Unfortunately, that procedure is simply not an option for many women. Doctors refuse because she's 'too young' and 'may change her mind' etc etc. Also, many insurances won't cover that at all, or only if it's deemed 'medically necessary' because of some disease or something. As much as I *never* want to get pregnant, I can barely afford rent, I certainly can't afford to pay for that procedure myself. And that's a huge issue in general when it comes to medical care, there are things that *could* be done to prevent pregnancy but it's so expensive that it's not even an option for many women, and insurances don't see it as 'necessary' so they won't pay a dime.

     

    Some of that ought to change, IMO.

     

    Like... IF a woman can get an abortion on the grounds that it is her body and she should be able to do what she wants to with it, WHY shouldn't the same logic apply here. Inconsistent IF you ask me. As I said, I personally think that the situations that lead to abortions are tragic at best and would prefer to see ways of reducing the perceived need for them.


  14. 30 minutes ago, TerraAnne said:

    Seeing all these people having trouble finding omen wyrms makes me glad that I caught so many cb's last year.  :o I know the pain though as that happened with pumpkins last year I think. It took me forever to get my two pumpkins.

    I really just wanted my witchlights this year. I grabbed a bunch so maybe I can make some cool lines with them at some point.

    I have been having DECENT luck with my catching now that  the initial craze has died down.

     

    I managed to catch another pair of CB graves, another pair of  CB Caligenes, two more female CB Witchlights, a pair of CB pumkins ( which I missed out on last year!) AND... the Male CB Cavern Lurker I have been hoping for since one of my CBs LAST halloween season misgendered on me! XD

     

    No Omen Wyrms, bred or CB, this year though... but I wasn't as focused on getting those.


  15. On 10/27/2018 at 8:43 PM, HeatherMarie said:

    I honestly don't think forcing the woman to listen to the heartbeat is really about changing her mind, or even making sure she understands how serious the decision is. I think most doctors and politicians who support that simply view abortion as a horrible sinful thing, and the woman should be made to feel horrible about it, should be punished for making such a horrible decision. At least, that's the tone I've heard from most people who talk about that. 

     

    For a little bit of personal perspective, I've talked before about how if I ever got pregnant I would *have* to abort because I'm simply not mentally stable enough to go through a 9 month pregnancy without trying to kill myself (and the fetus). Think about that for a minute. A woman who is *already* mentally unstable, who is already freaking out and completely at the end of her rope and she *knows* she has to abort that fetus/embryo *now* before she completely loses it.... What is being forced to hear the heartbeat going to do to her? It's most likely going to send her over the edge immediately, and there is a very good chance she'll try to commit suicide before the abortion can even be performed. When you are hanging onto your sanity by a thread, being deliberately guilted in such a severe way is bound to push you over the edge. It's torture, plain and simple. It is medically unnecessary to force a woman to hear the heartbeat, especially if she has already been informed about all the actual facts of the procedure. It is not necessary to make a woman understand the situation, it is not necessary for *any* reason. It's just a way to inflict more mental anguish on an already-fragile mind. Torture.

    Frankly @HeatherMarie , what I would PREFER, in a case like yours, is for someone who knows that they never, EVER want a pregnancy and that one will only EVER result in an abortion, to be able to decide to have a procedure that would permanently prevent that.( AND yes, I realize that there are potential issues of people changing their mind AND that often docs are too afraid of a law suite to allow it... at needs to change , IMHO) I suspect that knowing it CAN'T happen, or at least that it is extremely unlikely would add greatly to such a woman's peace of mind and mental health. I don't really LIKE the concept of abortions, ethically, since there is NO agreement as to precisely when life begins, though I can understand that there ARE situations like what you describe AND cases where it makes the woman desperate for WHATEVER reason ( You aren't really any further ahead if the woman commits suicide!) and so would much prefer it if people that knew they were never going to want a child to be able to take steps to prevent that... and that there were just far fewer situations where women felt that they NEEDED an abortion. If any of that makes sense?

     

    Better birth control and knowledge of how to properly use and just more options in general BEFORE it ever got that far?


    I , personally have FAR less issues with PREVENTING a pregnancy before it happens ( via either abstinence OR wisely used birth control) than I do with abortion.

     

    To give a ' for instance' my own Mom, after my sister was born, decided that she didn't want ANY further pregnancies ( too hard on her back) AND had her tubes tied at that time... no more baby siblings for me! Something like that should DEFINITELY be an option for a woman in the case you described!

     

     


  16. On 10/26/2018 at 11:49 AM, HeatherMarie said:

     

    Exactly. Very much this.

     

    My posts were about *after* a woman has had an abortion, and the fact that a website claiming to provide 'after-abortion care' had only negative wording that seemed like it was deliberately focusing on how horrible a decision abortion is and how all woman *must* feel bad about it. @JavaTigress That has nothing to do with making sure a woman is informed about the procedure beforehand. Of course women should be informed about what exactly is going to happen, and of course women *may* feel bad about it or even have regrets after. That doesn't mean an organization should deliberately *push* them to feel guilty about it or insist that it *must* be a horrible thing that every single woman will regret. 

     

    And yes, forcing a woman to listen to the heartbeat before allowing an abortion *is* purely manipulation and guilt-tripping. Offering the option of hearing it, sure, that can fall under 'making sure the woman is informed'. But forcing then to listen to a heartbeat when they have already decided to abort and have already done the research and listened to the explanations and everything, there is NO medical reason for that, no reason at all beyond 'let's make this person feel even more horrible about what they are doing'. 

    Well, and I DID say the situation needs to be handled carefully.

     

    I am not sure that FORCING someone to listen to the heartbeat is the answer. Giving them the option to, yes, I'd be all in favor of that.

    Forcing it? No. I am willing to admit that IF someone has already made the decision that probably isn't going to change it.


  17. Happy Halloween to me! 

    XD

    I managed to catch a couple more CBs! 

    AND I managed to snag a few pretty bred eggs so! Locked now so time to hatch some before I head back out for more.

     

    ALSO the weeping angel treat is cute!


  18. 3 minutes ago, Lurhstaap said:

    No, there won't be any CB Vampires. There weren't last year either. They're not considered "official" Halloweens for some reason. Alas! I'd've snagged those too happily.

    This. I would have LURVED a chance at a CB vampire or two of my very own!
    Any one esle having absolutely ZEROluck at all catching CB s in the Biome, right now. XD

     

    I keep trying but FAILING epically to get anything I go for.


  19. On 9/29/2018 at 3:19 PM, olympe said:

    Well, fact is that at least some women feel regret after an abortion. Offering them help without enunciating all the good reasons for their decision isn't necessarily an evil plot to shame them. There are at least dozens of possible reasons for an abortion, but they are not what might make a woman seek out help afterwards. 

     

    Also, letting a woman listen to an embryo's hearbeat can be a way to drive home the point so many people prefer to ignore: Abortion ends a human life, no matter how developed. Personally, I'd rather have that point made before going through with an abortion instead of after, when someone else might point it out - maybe even your best friend who just happens to be happily pregnant and tells you about her own experience of listening to her unborn child's heartbeat. However, leaking personal information (your name, your desire to have an abortion performed) to other people, even significant others, is an absolute no-go and, at least where I'm from, would be punishable by law.

    I think @olympe makes a valid point here, @HeatherMarie. As even YOU point out, an abortion IS a very serious decision, WHATEVER your reasons for deciding.

     

    The very fact that the issue IS so hotly debated proves that it is COMPLICATED and fraught with emotion ( Whatever your stand on it)... should we be surprised if some women at least ( not necessarily all) have regrets or second thoughts about their choice? Isn't that part of the responsibility that comes with making choices? WHY is pointing out that those feelings MIGHT arise (And they might) necessarily 'shaming'. ( THOUGH I will agree that the discussion needs to be handled carefully OR else it could easily become so!) Is wanting women to be INFORMED about all of the possible consequences of their decision a bad thing?

     

    AFTER all... even IF you assume that an abortion is nothing more than a medical procedure ( leaving aside the ethical argument about it).... when a patient is proscribed a medication by their doctor, or they require some OTHER medical procedure, AREN'T they usually informed at that point of all the possible side effects and complications that COULD occur ( whether or not those happen to THEM personally)? Why shouldn't that be the case with an abortion, too?

     

    Again.... don't get me wrong, it is a discussion that DOES need to be handled with care, BUT necessary, I think.


  20. On 10/16/2018 at 12:40 PM, osmarks said:

    I mean... it'd be something... but would still involve throwing shards at a wall for a tiny chance at winning.

    This.

     

    I don't MIND so much placing my usual entry by doing things I would be doing anyway...BUT paying shards for extra entries, I dunno, it'd feel a BIT like buying a lottery ticket to me ( Which I don't DO because I feel pretty sure the odds are 'not in my favor')... giving up something DEFINITE for NO guarantee of winning. To add to that, also agreed with those that point out there would be likely frustration from those that DID dump a bunch of shards on the raffle and come up with nothing to show for it. I would be more in favor of INCREASING the number of winners drawn, OR perhaps even of allowing prizes to be for sale in the market ( IF TJ were agreeable to that), over this option which, seems to me, might spell more trouble than anything.

     

    At said, I DO think @pinkgothic makes a point.

     

    EXTRA entries I would oppose, BUT I think allowing a person to choose to use their shards to buy their entry ( ONE, SINGULAR) rather than collect a breed they don't want might be an idea. ALSO I second what @Starscream said about punishing those that cheat the system to get an unfair advantage ( IE- via multiscrolling or such like that!)


  21. 21 hours ago, animatedrose said:

    I'd be in support of a holiday AP. Not so much reducing the multiclutch size. Those extra eggs are good for spreading lines around and helping newer users get their hands on dergs that they might not be able to get otherwise. Especially since, last I checked, it's still not guaranteed that the holiday biome will return. I know 90% of my holiday dergs come from the AP because I couldn't get most of the CBs last year due to slow internet.

     

    I like the big multiclutch. I actually had a chance at getting some bred dergs that were, imo, impossible for me to grab CBs of in the holiday biome (like Hollies, RIP any chance of ever catching those in-biome). Less multiclutch means less breeding, less eggs in the AP, while the number of people grabbing them either remains the same or grows larger. I'd rather see a separate AP for holidays than see it reduced. Then there's no worry for regular eggs dying behind the holiday wall.

    This. Very MUCH this. ( THOUGH I am HOPEFUL for a return of the Holiday Biome!)

     

    AND I would say this goes ESPECIALLY if the holiday biome is to be an established 'thing'. 

    Because here is the thing!  If holiday dragons have their OWN special biome... why NOT their own SPECIAL AP?

     

    The beauty of it? A person could then hunt holidays IF they wished.... or ordinary eggs if they had no interest in them.... or EVEN a combination!

    It would allow players more possibilities and options which can ONLY be a good thing.

     

    So, in short, I support a holiday AP to solve the problem, NOT reducing clutches for holidays. They only get to 'reproduce after their kind' once a year, after all!

     

    As for the OP's suggestion about nixing the cooldown on newly adulted holiday dragons and increasing the breeding window...I would say I am of two minds about it. I can see why lineage breeders would like more time. AT said, I would ONLY support it in conjunction with a separate AP for the resulting eggies. AT way those that aren't interested aren't hindered. For NEW release breeds at LEAST I think the  'artificial' cooldown should stay in place. On breeds from previous years.... not so sure. Again, I can see why this annoys the lineage breeders as other breeds can be bred to produce eggies as soon as they adult.