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I've been elsewhere online this afternoon but just tried to go from my scroll to the cave and it was just a lag.

 

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i'm not sure where to put this, but how secure is the forum messaging system? after mentioning some health stuff in a couple of pms, i started seeing ads on here for a medical practice specializing in those health issues. today i talked about my dog, and specifically how she's a spiteful pee-er, and now i'm getting ads for the #1 brand of dog food recommended by vets for kidney problems. is this a coincidence or does google ads have access to forum pms? 

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If you see ads in the PM section, then yes. Scripts can easily parse the page they're currently running in, and send them back to wherever their owner wants that data.

 

(I don't know if they're also in the PM section because I block ads everywhere. I'm paying for ad removal on the main site so I refuse to accept them in the forums.)

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10 minutes ago, Ruby Eyes said:

If you see ads in the PM section, then yes. Scripts can easily parse the page they're currently running in, and send them back to wherever their owner wants that data.

 

(I don't know if they're also in the PM section because I block ads everywhere. I'm paying for ad removal on the main site so I refuse to accept them in the forums.)

 

thanks, that explains it! i'm seeing them outside the pm/messaging system, but that would be easy enough for them to deliver while i'm logged in with the same cookies. 

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I've been playing DC for years and have never seen something like this occur before, but I snagged an albino egg with 1 hour left and it immediately died after I put it in a hatchery. I checked on it less than a minute afterwards and it was already dead. I'm not sure why that happened...

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11 minutes ago, OstrichDragon said:

I've been playing DC for years and have never seen something like this occur before, but I snagged an albino egg with 1 hour left and it immediately died after I put it in a hatchery. I checked on it less than a minute afterwards and it was already dead. I'm not sure why that happened...

It ran out of time. Time says 1hr left for the last hour of its life. 

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Small thing I've never thought about before, on the coding side of things: Does anyone know exactly how the growing process for each dragon is coded/made? Basically what I'm thinking about is stuff like when an egg is hatching, and it goes through the different cracking stages, are each of those stages like 'new images' that replace the image before? Is it something where the coding/whatever has all these different cracking-stage images, as their own image-files, and it just inserts the correct image? Or is it more like an animation-type thing, where the actual image-file is the same one and that same one just has the different stages in itself to cycle through? 

 

(I'm not very knowledgeable in coding stuff so I'm not sure if there is an obvious answer or even if I've made sense in my phrasing, sorry.)

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I'm pretty sure there's no animation involved. The site probably just delivers the sprite that belongs to the current stage & breed for a given creature.

 

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7 hours ago, HeatherMarie said:

Is it something where the coding/whatever has all these different cracking-stage images, as their own image-files, and it just inserts the correct image?

I feel like we have some evidence this is true, given the cracking stages are occasionally too large for the egg sprite during the initial release (we've seen pygmy or drake eggs with regular dragon cracking stages, for strange results!). So presumably, when there is no custom cracking (where each stage of course is its own image; although whether it's "simply" sliced out of a larger image I couldn't say), there is one unblemished egg sprite, and then the egg cracking overlay is computed into the image depending on the dragon stage.

 

Whether that in turn is precomputed, i.e. done once when the breed is initially released, or is done on-the-fly, i.e. whenever the image is not fetched from a person's browser cache, but actually comes from the server, again I couldn't say for sure. But since we have custom cracking, it would make sense that they're precomputed (otherwise you'd have two kinds of logic depending on whether they're standard-cracking or custom-cracking).

 

As a developer (but this is rampant speculation! Please don't take it as anything else ❤️), I would imagine there's a high likelihood the images are in some not-publically-accessible folder, following a certain naming convention, e.g. .../alcedine-red-egg-s0.gif, .../alcedine-blue-egg-s0.gif, et cetera (yes, those would be the same image - I actually deliberately picked that example to illustrate what I mean!), and the image serving script would just look for the file by simply looking at the stage it's meant to display ("egg" & "s0") and the species of the dragon ("alcedine" & "blue"), building the file name, and serving that. And if it can't find it, it shows a fogball.

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Anyone know what gives with Baikala breeding?  How is it possible for me to get a green egg from a Coast male and a Forest non-Baikala mate, but a Jungle male and a Coast non-Baikala mate give... a green egg as well?

 

How are these things supposed to work?!?!? ;A;

 

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The color of a Baikala egg depends on these factors:[1]

The biome the CB Baikala egg was picked up from: green Baikala are found in Forest and Jungle, while blue Baikala are found in Coast.

 Male Baikala x any CB female dragon = Egg color of its mother's biome.

If the mother has no biome (bred dragon) or is from Cave, Alpine, Desert, or Volcano, offspring will be the color of the Baikala father.

 CB Female Baikala x any male dragon = Egg color of the female Baikala.

 

 

If that's any help - it looks half right but I am half asleep....

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5 minutes ago, Amazon_warrior said:

Anyone know what gives with Baikala breeding?  How is it possible for me to get a green egg from a Coast male and a Forest non-Baikala mate, but a Jungle male and a Coast non-Baikala mate give... a green egg as well?

 

How are these things supposed to work?!?!? ;A;
 

It's like copper breeding, I think. If father's a baikala, the baikala child is the color of the mother's habitat.

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1 minute ago, Dirtytabs said:

It's like copper breeding, I think. If father's a baikala, the baikala child is the color of the mother's habitat.

 

But then the _second_ result should have been a blue egg, and it isn't?

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6 minutes ago, Fuzzbucket said:

 

If that's any help - it looks half right but I am half asleep....

 

Then something's wrong because that is not the result I'm seeing for the green Baikalas.

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3 minutes ago, Amazon_warrior said:

 

But then the _second_ result should have been a blue egg, and it isn't?

I was gonna say Fuzz has better info by copying the wiki, but huh. Why *is* the egg green? Maybe there's a tiny bit of randomness, like xenowyrms?

 

I have an initial release wrong-color baikala from coast, and funnily, M green (forest) baikala and F green (coast) baikala produce green.

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Just now, Dirtytabs said:

I was gonna say Fuzz has better info by copying the wiki, but huh. Why *is* the egg green?

 

I have an initial release wrong-color baikala from coast, and funnily, M green (forest) baikala and F green (coast) baikala produce green.

 

Interestingly, I have exactly the same issue.  I have a glitchy green femme from the Coast and she has never not bred me a green egg: https://dragcave.net/progeny/mP93n

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1 hour ago, Dirtytabs said:

 

I have an initial release wrong-color baikala from coast, and funnily, M green (forest) baikala and F green (coast) baikala produce green.

 

1 hour ago, Amazon_warrior said:

 

Interestingly, I have exactly the same issue.  I have a glitchy green femme from the Coast and she has never not bred me a green egg: https://dragcave.net/progeny/mP93n

 

But... Aren't those working correctly?  CB Female Baikala x any male dragon = Egg color of the female Baikala. If you are breeding a CB Female Baikala, it will *always* give the same color of the female. In each quoted example the CB female Baikala is green, meaning she will only breed green. That's how it's supposed to be. (The fact they are 'supposed' to be blue because they are from the Coast is probably overridden in the system because, well, they *are* green.)

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6 minutes ago, HeatherMarie said:

 

 

But... Aren't those working correctly?  CB Female Baikala x any male dragon = Egg color of the female Baikala. If you are breeding a CB Female Baikala, it will *always* give the same color of the female. In each quoted example the CB female Baikala is green, meaning she will only breed green. That's how it's supposed to be. (The fact they are 'supposed' to be blue because they are from the Coast is probably overridden in the system because, well, they *are* green.)

 

I genuinely don't know.  I'm trying to find out!

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^^ I assumed it was original-habitat based, but matching the mother makes more sense. Still, the listing on the wiki isn't entirely right, so this might not be, either

 

I checked all my baikala baikala offspring, and I don't have much data but...

All of my CB right-color males produced their color when bred with a CB female from cave, alpine, desert, and volcano (11)

All of my CB right-color females produced their color when bred with a CB male from anywhere (5)

A CB right-color forest male produced a green egg when bred with a CB wrongly-green coast baikala, matching its mother 

A CB right-color coast male produced a green egg when bred with a CB non-baikala from forest https://dragcave.net/lineage/qf4Lf

 

It's now when I try breeding them all that they only produce the other breed's egg, aren't interested, or refuse. -__-

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It also sounds quite inefficient to read both colour and biome. Clearly biome does matter because of the green egg from a Forest mate x Coast male.  And, barring glitches like my and DirtyTab's green Coast girlies who were never supposed to be a Thing, colour is biome-determined.  So why on earth would you need to check that twice?

This boi would have opinions about that...

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21 minutes ago, HeatherMarie said:

 

 

But... Aren't those working correctly?  CB Female Baikala x any male dragon = Egg color of the female Baikala. If you are breeding a CB Female Baikala, it will *always* give the same color of the female. In each quoted example the CB female Baikala is green, meaning she will only breed green. That's how it's supposed to be. (The fact they are 'supposed' to be blue because they are from the Coast is probably overridden in the system because, well, they *are* green.)

https://dragcave.net/lineage/Zmo9u Well, it certainly doesn't do so for glitched blue baikala females.

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1 minute ago, Shadowdrake said:

https://dragcave.net/lineage/Zmo9u Well, it certainly doesn't do so for glitched blue baikala females.

 

 

......... and somehow I managed to forget to submit for evidence my own lineage! :lol:

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17 minutes ago, Shadowdrake said:

https://dragcave.net/lineage/Zmo9u Well, it certainly doesn't do so for glitched blue baikala females.

 

Huh. Well, I thought I understood what was actually going on, but guess not! If there is inconsistency in the way wrong-color-biome Baikalas breed, that's definitely an issue.

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9 minutes ago, Amazon_warrior said:

 

......... and somehow I managed to forget to submit for evidence my own lineage! :lol:

 

Ooh, I just-now-remembered to check my blue jungle female baikala, whose children are all green https://dragcave.net/progeny/9KzzV, though I tried a (coast) bauta with her earlier but they produced no egg.

 

And it's not that once they produce one color, they stick with it: https://dragcave.net/progeny/SFqTk

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