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Ardath Rekha

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  1. Weirdly, I keep getting the odd smiley face. No other trick or treats are dropping for me. My housemate has gotten two different things so far, but the creepy smile has appeared three times and that's all I've been able to get. Glitch? Edit: And it has resolved! Son of Edit: Or not... now I'm stuck on a green piece of candy that keeps reappearing. Great event, though!
  2. Argh, first time I've ever missed a drop on the first day. And now I'm not seeing any in the cave. *crosses fingers that they don't turn out to be ultra-rares*
  3. After working my butt off to get pairs of Pyro Xenowyrms and Thalassas Xenowyrms, which I don't know if I'll be able to do again because they're dropping like ultra-rares, both pairs refused their mates. Refusals are genuinely becoming ruinous to game-play. We need something to end refusals' permanence, or we need to have dragons above a certain level of rarity (ie, dragons that are going to be difficult to impossible to replace) unable to refuse.
  4. Chrono x Chrono = Gaia, or at least that was the result for this little one. I'm stumped.
  5. I love the new dragons, they are absolutely beautiful, but the new release system has become really dispiriting. The eggs vanish so quickly. I've been relatively lucky, but the collection system I built long ago is totally wrecked by this release. I catch 5 CBs and 5 breds of each breed. Multiply that by all of the alts and this just added 60 dragons to my scroll goals. And it's dropping like an ultra-rare. I'm still working at it, but my housemate barely uses his scroll at all anymore. He watched me earlier today, muttered something about "nobody I can't bill makes me work that hard," and logged out of DC without doing anything other than gendering the eggs he caught on Day 1. I'm honestly not sure how much longer I can last at this pace -- and I've been playing since '08. But I'm in grad school now and I can't spend hours stalking the cave, and I've NEVER lucked into the kinds of dragons that would let me trade for the things I can't catch. I feel like, ever since the January 2010 release, we've been punished for complaining about the way that one flooded the cave for a month by getting tiny, paltry, hard-to-catch releases. But anything that has six alts should never be anything but an ultra-common, and it's really disheartening that only three days after the release began, it's virtually impossible to see the eggs, let alone catch them. I'm not done yet, but I'm nearing my limit.
  6. Yeah, that's kinda driving me crazy right now, too. Setting my OCD off something fierce. Edit: Plus it risks making ER hatchies sick.
  7. Weird problem: I can't get the site to accept my dragons suddenly. When I put in my scroll name and have auto-add checked, nothing happens; instead of going to my scroll list, the page just refreshes. I turned auto-add off, and I was able to get to my scroll list, but then when I tried to add my dragons I was bounced back to the front page, and when I looked at my scroll list again, they hadn't been added. This only JUST started. Edit: Oh, and, I just noticed that when I get bounced back, I get an "unable to connect to dragon cave" message on the front page, but it's kind of hard to spot at first.
  8. Seconding this (even if it's early Sunday afternoon for me), especially since I can only catch two because I JUST bred and caught several dragons that I've been trying for for a while. Not being able to plan for a drop means I either have to give up on breeding projects or risk being shut out of a drop... that diminishes the fun of gameplay. The eggs are lovely, don't get me wrong, but I'm really not able to fully enjoy new drops the way they're currently arranged, and I miss being able to.
  9. Seconding this. I adore them, and I really hope they won't turn out to be rares the way the coppers have.
  10. Something needs to be changed. I'm about ready to give up on several of the lineages I've been working on. Too many dead ends and "sorry, try back in a year." I do seasonal patterns; if they reject their mates, it may take me a year (or more) to produce a replacement with the right patterns and colors. It's as vexing as holiday eggs. Why are refusal rates suddenly sky-high like this? I started doing lineages because I no longer have the free time to stalk the cave itself, so I figured this would be a way to keep the fun going; lately, "fun" isn't the word I'd use for the results I'm getting.
  11. I have to admit that refusals are the one thing I genuinely hate about the game. I lucked into an amazing female gold, a perfect heartseeker/gold checkerboard, and hunted really intensely during the Valentine event to get her a mate and get their future child a mate... only to have her refuse him. There's nothing I can do about that for, at minimum, a year... and that really puts a pall on the game. A refusal also ruined one of my pygmy/pumpkin checkerboards and it'll take me a few years to fix it. I will... unless all these refusals end up driving me away first. And just sayin', I didn't come to the game for real life... kinda came to the game to get away from it... so the realism argument is meaningless as far as I'm concerned. I get plenty of that from my day job, thankyouverymuch. I'm in favor of doing away with them altogether... but I'll settle for a way to reset if that's as much as we can get. Something to take the nasty aftertaste away. Disinterest and no egg are already annoying enough.
  12. That actually worked out pretty well for him, I think.
  13. This is pretty fun! LOL, none of us are going to have a dragon actually stick around until the final day, are we? I can't wait to see what's in the next box of shinies.
  14. I am going to miss playing the mana game. That was a LOT of fun. Maybe it will reappear sometime?
  15. My badge appeared when I filled up my Mana gauge. Playing the game is a really fast way to collect mana, but you can do it by picking up shards individually, too.
  16. Happy Holidays everybody! I LOVE the Mana Alchemy game! I'm kind of hoping that maybe it'll still be available to play after the holidays, because it is a lot of fun.
  17. Wow, I wish I had the kind of free time in my life to get bored by a game. I can barely fit this game into my schedule at all anymore, so I really miss knowing when I should hold off on my breeding projects and when it might not be a good idea to be egg-locked. All that uncertainty is making me play the game less, not more.
  18. Just have 77 ND hatchies left to find, myself. If you're googling, and a hatchie comes up with a scroll link, be sure to click on that, too, and scroll through the user's other things. I found a scroll with more than 100 ND adults that way. O.O
  19. While there is part of me that would really like to have something done about the inundation of way too many breeds, this doesn't feel like it should be it. I'm deeply annoyed by the whole "dragon flavor of the month" thing that has developed, and the way that the rares have turned into near-impossibles just because so many other breeds are overwhelming them. I would like something to balance that out, because I'm starting to eyeroll about each new release and mentally calculate how much it decreases my chance of ever catching another CB metallic. But this feels like it would just make things worse. Okay, so we "retire" a breed for a few months. With warning, of course. And for the next three weeks or however long, everybody is putting their breeding/catching plans on hold to try to grab the last of those eggs before they vanish. Newcomers to the game suddenly have to compete with veterans over a dragon that, until that announcement, was easy enough to get that maybe they had been putting it off while trying to capture more challenging varieties. Crazy trades, many of which people will end up wishing they hadn't made when that breed returns and floods the caves six months (or however long) later, dominate the board. People who are actively working on a checkerboard pattern using the breed discover that their project has to be put on hold for half a year. Game-playing gets destabilized, but not in a particularly good way. Will it actually clear out the cave enough to spot the increasingly elusive rares? Probably not. Similarly, I think the holiday dragons are as much limited-edition as we will ever need. I'm struggling with completing my "set" of the latest eggs, tbh, and just hoping that I can finally grab the last two CBs I need once the next drop happens and people are less interested in this flavor-of-the-month; worrying about reaching my definition of completion while competing with every single DC user who is worried about the same thing, with a clock ticking... that would turn me off of the game forever. At least with the holiday drops, the eggs are plentiful enough that anyone who tries to participate will get something (and the two-egg cap on CBs ensures that there are enough for everybody and that what constitutes a "complete set" is already defined by the limit itself). I played Magistream for a short while, but I ended up leaving in disgust after discovering that all of the sprites that really appealed to me most were discontinued or locked behind a pay wall. Let's please not import that philosophy to DC.
  20. What really bothers me about the images Slaskia just posted, aside from the lack of spaces between the columns, is that the same actions keep moving to different parts of the page. That increases the chance that a user will misclick on an action they don't want to do. If we have to get used to it, we'll get used to it a lot faster if things are in consistent places.
  21. Looks like the site has gone down, at least partly. Anyone have any idea how long it's been down? (Oddly enough, graphics from the site still work, but the site itself isn't loading, and "Down For Everyone or Just Me?" says it's not just me.)
  22. Agreed. It was very disorienting. I initially thought my browser upgrade had messed up the page. I really don't see how this improved anything. Editing to add: Okay, and now it's genuinely BROKEN. The abandon link on the right side is not clickable. I'm stuck with an egg I can't get rid of. NOT COOL.
  23. As someone who is now in a PhD program (which is murdering my free time anyway), not being able to know in advance about a drop means that I probably have to miss it. My housemate still plays the game, but not much anymore; he's not bored by it as much as annoyed by how much time he has to spend on it to get anything new or unusual. He's two years ahead of me in his work, so this is probably me in two years, and I'm not looking forward to that. Honestly, I'm tired of all these new releases. With so many species in play, actually seeing the species I'm trying to get, even when it's no longer new or rare (unless it's an ultra-common that I've already stocked up on) takes forever, and I don't have forever anymore. Throw in a release that I can't fit into my increasingly-crowded schedule (and that's difficult, at times, even with advance warning) and I'm feeling like I'm not-so-subtly being told I'm too old for the game now and shown the door.
  24. That might have been the "Death Star" egg. At certain points it looks like two eggs, because you have an "Alderaan" egg and the "Death Star" egg, which then blows the Alderaan egg up. I thought there were two eggs when I first saw it, too. Woo hoo, Andrew and I just hit the 55 mark! *relaxes!*
  25. Not too thrilled about the time change... but we'll see, I guess. Saturday night/early Sunday morning is doable, but Sunday afternoon, not so much. Especially because (if I'm feeling well enough) I have a memorial service to attend around then. Sunday afternoon is kind of a traditional "family time" for many people. Midnight was great because for the entire US, that's not an especially difficult hour to stay up... it's only 9 pm in California. For people over in Europe, it's about 5-6 am, yes, but that means that if they get up and log into DC, they can still catch something during the first few hours before other eggs start mixing back in, and for everybody east of them, it IS daytime. I'm sure TJ has better stats on when most people show up on DC than we do, so maybe this will be better for a lot of people, but I have a hard time believing that, and I know it won't work all that well for me. :-/ Maybe I can catch something this time tomorrow night. :-/