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  1. I'm super proud of my wreath and tree, and pretty happy with my house. So I came to the forum to show them off, expecting to find existing threads. I may have overlooked the ones for wreaths and gingerbread houses, but all I could find is one for trees. So I decided to start one for the other two. Sorry if I derped and missed an existing thread. x.x

     

    https://dragcave.net/wreath/Lurhstaap

     

    Isn't it glorious? It's such a beautiful chaos. XD I'm still tweaking my house, so I'll post that in a bit when I'm done with it. Show me your completed wreaths and houses! I want to see what other people did. There were far too many assets to use more than a fraction of them even with that kind of crowding, so I'm eager to see how others chose to use their options. :D

     

    EDIT: I think I might be done with my gingerbread house? Dunno. I'll probably keep tweaking it until the end of the event in small ways. But it's basically done. I'm really proud of my "rose" on the door and the "vines" climbing the front walls. And my sprinkle-y roof. 

     

    https://dragcave.net/holidays12_house

  2. I don't see any signs that a new release is happening, and no eggs seem to be dropping in any event, new or otherwise, in the last five-minute drop times. Any idea what's going on?

    EDIT: Whew! They came back after the hour. Guess it was a random bug.

  3. Funny, I was actually expecting something rather zombie-like because of the surrounding game and suchlike. Definitely didn't get that! I guess it would've been a bit redundant with the actual zombies, but I'd still like to see some kind of Lich-Lord or Dracolich species that may or not be literally undead but more or less looks the part and can control and dominate zombie dragons. Even a fully skeletal breed, with tattered webbing on its wings...! (end fantasizing.) 

     

    I hate to say this, but I agree with people saying this ultimately feels more like a creepy regular release than an actual Halloween. Having an atypical color scheme is one thing, but they just don't feel Halloweenly. All the other Halloween breeds except Caligenes and Omen Wyrms use either traditional or semi-traditional Halloween-associated colors. Vampires (not official, I know, but I still think of them as the first Halloweens) are black, red, and white (albeit the female is more of an ivory or bone white). Pumpkins, of course, are pumpkin orange. Black Marrows are black/dark gray and red. Cavern Lurkers are black and deep purple/violet with red/orange flecking. Shadow Walkers are ghostly white/gray. Graves are white, black, and orange. Desipis are black and orange. Arcanas are purple, orange, and green, with some candy corn colors on the wings. 

     

    But with the other nontraditionals, IMO, it still works and feels Halloweenly. The gray bone marks on the brown-and-gold Caligenes, and the specific patterns formed by the golden markings, both help tie them to sarcophagi and mummies as well as death's head moths; they have a Halloween-in-Egypt vibe. Whereas Omen Wyrms get away with it by being dramatically and blatantly (and wonderfully!) Lovecraftian, with their Color Out Of Space/Dreamlands Nightmare Beast look. The Kohrakis just... don't quite give me that same specific feel. They're definitely creepy and swamply, but I think more of bayous and rot and decay and... wait a minute. I think I'm actually talking myself into this color scheme. XD The color on the wings still throws me - I'd prefer if it were less saturated, so it looked more like swampwater, or that it were more of a true gray/black - but the gray hair like hanks of mossy lichen hanging from a dead tree, the tarnished gold like something that was once bright and shiny but has now fallen to decay and sickness... Yeah, the more I look at them and settle them conceptually, the more workable it feels. It's not as immediate as the other breeds, and I still wish it were more distinctively Halloween-colored in some ways, at least in markings or something... but I can feel the conceptual Halloweenness and that's helping to make the colors feel less random (as in non-holiday-specific). 

     

    Color nitpickery aside, I love their vorey lore and their azhdarchidness and their beautiful antlers. Yes, they're reindeer antlers, but while I do think they'll breed well with a number of Christmas breeds, that alone doesn't make them look Christmassy to me. I'm a sucker for dragons with antlers, or with branching antler-shaped horns, so that type of feature will always please me. And as I mentioned I love their lichen-y fur and their tarnished look. They're definitely spooky in a way I appreciate. I don't see a strong wendigo resemblance, but there may be some influence there. There are other predatory mimics in mythology, after all.

     

    I do wish they'd been allowed to go full drake, as they're very drakely, but maybe someday. I haven't given up hope for a holiday drake or two-head yet! We have a holiday pygmy, after all! 

     

    As for the pose similarity, I think it's just a natural sort of pose for a flying creature to be shown in. They don't strike me as being similar enough to be traced at all. It's just a coincidence of what kind of poses make sense to best show the sort of creature while also giving it a scary, powerful appearance. 

     

    And no, you're not crazy! That's normal. :) TJ always keeps one to freeze, or two if the hatchlings have different sprites for the sexes. 

     

    EDIT: Wanted to add that I LOVED the game and rather wish there was a way to keep playing it. I think I missed out on one of the treats, to my eternal shame, but RL was not kind to me this year and denied me a lot of the playtime I would normally have been able to invest. I did notice that there seemed to be fewer eggs dropping this year, both in the Halloween biome itself and in the regular biomes when the new eggs were dropping. If that was deliberate, I don't think it was a good idea. If not, maybe it means there are more people playing than before, which in turn suggests it might be time to increase drop numbers a little. 

  4. It's not passive aggression - they're trying to help you avoid losing any more eggs. I understand it's no fun to be told your understanding of something is incorrect. I sincerely do. No one likes being in that position. But that's all that's happening here. You're being gently corrected in your understanding of how egg sickness works. They don't get "used" to things like real living creatures do, so your idea that they can be harmed by early fogging simply does not apply. Sickness for Dragon Cave eggs is a very simple phenomenon. The more time the egg has left on its timer, between 7d0h and 4d1 the fewer views/UVs/clicks it can safely have without becoming sick or dying. At/after 4d0h, they can hatch. That's absolutely it. There is no possible way for fogging to make things worse except if you leave it fogged for all seven days until it dies (which, of course, you're not going to do in any event unless you're making zombie fodder.)

  5. What happened with the Market today? Why did our shards get refunded and our gold/silvers taken away? Is there a notification or alert or post about this anywhere? It's pretty discouraging. I was excited. :(

  6. I think you're probably right. Since the messy wave of awesome seems to have passed, when my scroll opens up more from stuff growing up I may do my part grabbing and hatching some "unwanted" stuff just to help keep the AP moving. 

  7. YES!! I finally caught a Trololomen my life is complete ❤️ It's a Dorkwed too! Still hoping to catch/trade for more, but very happy to at least get one. 

     

    @RandomBreeder I'm not sure what you mean by "suddenly Thuweds", but they're in demand precisely because they're last year's new release. That makes them the rarest Halloween right now other than this year's release. Last year's release is ALWAYS heavily in demand and hard to grab. 

  8. What's with all the messy Omen!Altkin? Are they destined for deadlining, intended for freezing, a troll on people who are looking for G2s...? (Not intended critically - just honestly curious. There seem to be a lot of them from what I'm seeing in the trades and the AP.) 

     

    The wall has officially hit the 31st, BTW - saw an Arcana go by. (I can't grab anything right now but I'm stalking it anyway ROFL because I am obsessed)

  9. 7 hours ago, tiny_gremlin said:

    I got a Pug Arcana code!!

     

    LOL now I'm picturing an Arcana sitting all Blofeld-style with a pug in its lap being like, "Yessss..." *strokes pug*

     

    I'm still working trades and the AP so I may have even more when I'm done (can't resist a good code on a CB, especially holiday CBs!) So far I've got af4ng, vvows, REMHX, E1SUx (might name this, but I keep being tempted to read it as 'Everyone Sucks' and keep it as a code derg lol), eySoW (going to be matched to BOARM), and SxC1r (major prize here! 'sexier').

     

    I got some great codes on other Halloween CBs this year too. CB Black Marrow RuShW, CB Cavern Lurkers Foxc4 (Foxy for... the female mate will complete the phrase, nicely versatile), xYuHo (going to be bred exclusively to Zyumorphs LOLOL), CB Grave oL4dy (either Ol' Lady or Oh Lady), CB Pumpkin SwQrn (one letter off Sworn) ... While people beat me to a lot of CB codes I would have liked to have, I am VERY content with what I've ended up with this year. 

  10. Using StarSea's lovely tool, I mocked up some more complex lineages for people who might want to see.  First, some GoN/Avatar stuff. Not sure what avatar they'll turn out to breed so I did all three.  (Where are you guys hosting images? It won't let me upload more than a few images at a time through the forum.)

     

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  11. The adults are spellbinding - literally. I cannot overstate my adoration for those sprites and the breed in general. I love Halloween dragons in general, so it's very hard to overturn my favorites hierarchy, but I think the Arcana have done it. They're just so freaking perfect. The colors and patterns, the rendering of the sprite, the whole "magical trickster" concept... I am absolutely positively in love. I need a huge collection of caveborns to name after each of the Major Arcana in Tarot and all the G2s I breed will be named after the Minor Arcana in some way. I have already planned this. I will be hunting CB Arcana in the Halloween biome SO HARD next year (and I'm already angling to try to trade for as many as I can get this year!) 

     

    The only "problem" is that I collected too many code Arcana. So I don't want to name them. XD So I need EVEN MORE CB ARCANA to make up for the abundance of code Arcana I have now. 

    Worth it though. I got some pretty neat codes! Like af4ng, and vvows, and REMHX. I am so bummed about the last one - it's one letter off from REMIX. If only that H were an I! But I'm training myself to read it as a stylized sideways I rather than an H. LOL

  12. I would SO make massive use of "gifting slots" if they were a thing. I did multiple batches of abandoned new CBs, BTW, and I'm sure I'm not the only one, so people who missed out should keep an eye on the AP. They'll start showing up in a day or two, whenever we start seeing eggs bred/dropped on the 31st.

     

    Speaking of which, is it just me or are the eggs way lower-time than usual at this stage? Why? Did everyone really just ignore the AP until the CBs were gone?

  13. https://dragcave.net/lineage/hBtBS

     

    YES! Success! I forgot to get more than five fodder this year so I was afraid I wouldn't get any new zombies, but I did! She's another female though which kind of irks me. For some odd reason I have more luck with lady fodder. 

     

    Also, I LOVE the eggs. They have a definite "trickster/wicked clown" kind of feel to them to me and I hope the dragon follows up on the vibe of the eggs.

  14. True, it doesn't have to be all sweetness and light to be not pure evil. Some kind of candy-themed "trick or treat" concept would be awesome. 

     

    i'd also still love some kind of bright red devil thing, but I love red dragons, so I'm biased.

     

    Honestly, I'd also like to see something more along the lines of the Graves again - traditional Halloween orange, black, and white, maybe with some touches of violet and/or green. Just a very traditional look. Desipis comes close but there's not quite enough orange on them. And Pumpkins are all orange. So I'd love to see a more balanced orange-and-black color scheme.

     

    I've been saying this for years, but I'm still into the concept of a werewolf-dragon, too. 

     

    (And to be fair, the Christmas and Valentine dragons aren't 100% squishies. Aegides are obvious badasses. Mutamores can be grumpy and unpleasant and even during their breeding season their behavior is kind of annoying. Heartstealings are literally thieves, even if they try to matchmake through their thievery.So there's more balanced temperaments than it may seem at first glance.)