Are you getting problems with the art too? I keep noticing the baby art got bigger when the hatchlings…
The having to refresh the images problem when dragons grow up is a known bugthing that I think FR has given up trying to fix (other than giving you the image refresh button). Another tip: if you have multiple dragons that have the grainy big pic, putting some apparel or a skin on them will also refresh their image without having to image refresh each one. :)
Thanks everybody for celebrating Songbird Day with me! (Or at least, for putting up with all my spam. New followers: usually I only have about three queued posts a day, so don’t be alarmed by today’s deluge.) For my own celebrations, Joy’s taking me to a fancy-schmancy dinner tonight, and just a bit ago I transferred my Smashwords first-quarter ‘14 royalties to my savings account. I can’t think of a better way to spend my Songbirdversary. It’s not a huge amount, but it’s some of the best money I ever earned. I might get myself something special at the beach this weekend with it.
Here’s a little peek at the draft for Book Two! (I’ve tried to find an innocuous bit, but if you’re spoiler-avoidant, read Book One first!) It is a draft, so it’s both rough-cut and subject to change, of course. But after a year, I thought you’d like to see what people are up to in Valnon. Enjoy!
In case you haven’t seen yet, circuit will be trumped by any other tertiary, so you’ll need another circuit dragon to breed him with. If you haven’t gotten one by the time he’s ready to breed, lemme know? I’ll prob have someone I can send over. :)
Oh, good to know! D: So is circuit the “weakest” tertiary? A recessive gene? Damn, I should have expected that :’D thanks!
There really should be more officially about this, shouldn’t there? :P
Circuit is definitely the weakest tertiary. There’s no “recessiveness” sort of genetics in this game, where a dragon can “carry” a gene but not show it. What you see is what that dragon can pass on, and what shows up in the kids is kind of a RNG battle royale between what the two parents have.
In general, the weakest genes in the prim/sec/tert spots are iridescent/shimmer/circuit. I haven’t worked out the math here, but if you want to reliably get any of those three traits, it’s a good idea for both parents to have them. You DO have a chance to get a circuit if you breed a circuit to a crackle or an underbelly or heck, even a basic, but it’s a low chance. I’m pretty sure that there’s a hierarchy of all traits, but I haven’t really worked out the math of, say, how tiger vs. clown goes down. (oooh, here’s a slightly-old [no crackle, for instance] chart!)
In general, though, at the very least it’s good for you to breed tri-gened dragons to tri-gened dragons (or, dual-gened dragons to dragons with genes in the same slots), so that you don’t have any chance of “losing” a trait in the kiddos. That is, unless you like the look of basic in any particular slots, of course.
If you’re planning to breed for a particular trait or combination of traits (or heck, even if you just are bored), I’d suggest playing with the Foresee Progeny tool in the Scrying Workshop. You can plug in your dragons and see what the chances are of you getting what you want. Also useful when you’re poking around the AH for a mate for someone. :)
Oh! And also, again in case you haven’t run into it: there is an incest ban. ;P Two dragons that are related…whut, like up to 5 generations back cannot breed. The Assay Bloodline tool in the Workshop will let you know if you’re going to run into this problem (praise all the dragon gods for that…the Workshop is a new thing…we used to have to just try to keep track or guess.) So, unless you like charting out family trees, you’ll probably find yourself on the AH a lot trying to find a mate for someone you want to keep but who…is related to everyone else. :P
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.
The fact is, though, that nobody would climb Sagarmatha (which is what the Sherpas call the mountain, although that’s a recent coinage; before they used the Tibetan name, Chomolungma) without Sherpa aid and Sherpa knowledge. The Sherpas set the ropes up the entire mountain ahead of any other climbers, carry supplies up the mountain from camp to camp before any climbers start behind them, serve as porters for climbers throughout the process of climbing, and pack out all the trash (and I do mean all the trash, including human waste) behind. They’re the first ones in at the beginning of the season and the last ones out at the end. Every person who’s summitted the mountain in modern times has done so relying on the work of a Sherpa, and — although this is changing somewhat (but not fast enough for a lot of the Sherpas) — often without giving any credit to the Sherpas that make it possible.
So I’m saddened to hear that a dozen (or more) Sherpas died yesterday on the mountain (because the moutain will kill you as easily as not; it will not notice, it will not care), but I’m even more sad that they were there on that mountain because of alpine adventure tourism and Western demand. I’ve been pleased to see several news articles about the icefall include and acknowledge some of the ethical quandaries and the stark realities of Everest tourism. I wish this could help make meaningful change in how the commodified “climb Mt Everest” industry runs these days, and helps to get some of those unqualified people being duped by unethical expedition leaders off the mountain until they’re at least a little more qualified, but I doubt it will.
I don’t travel. I don’t like traveling, but even more, I don’t like TOURISM. It always smacks of “wow, look at your amazingly exotic culture and land and beautiful (dying) way of life, oh gee, am I making it disappear faster by encouraging Western influence and wear and tear into your country, oh sorry, WOW, LOOK, AN ELEPHANT!” The sort of feeling that gets people up in arms about “slum tourism” hits me about most tourism. This is peoples’ lives and countries your touring, and it’s very hard to do that respectfully when you are a rich white person who probably paid more for your plane ticket than your porter/guide will make in their entire lives. This isn’t white guilt: it’s trying to be respectful of the people who are helping you and the country that you want to see.
This whole post is worth a read, and if nothing else, I hope that it (and the implications of the tragedy on Everest, because no, those people would not have been up there if Westerners didn’t want to climb that mountain) makes people think when they plan tours in other countries. Makes them ask some tough questions of the expedition companies: how much do you pay your guides? Is that reasonable for the amount of work they do/danger they are in to make this happen for me? How sustainable do you try to be? Is there anything we will be doing that some would think disrespectful? If you ask, you demonstrate that these are important issues to you.
A friend of mine climbed Kilimanjaro with her mother. She got to know the guides and asked them what they most wanted/needed. Boots, they said. Some of them climbed without them, or climbed with shoes held together with duct tape because they couldn’t afford new ones. She came home, hit up the next REI clearance sale, and paid to send a huge box of boots back to them.
Also so many books about bad relationships, petty jealousies, existential angst, and tragedies born of lack of communication.
Tbh, all of this stuff is why I don’t read mainstream fiction. I am barely interested in these things when they involve people I know and love, and generally that’s only because I’m trying to help them out of the mess caused by all the above. Why in hell would I want to read about it? How do people find this fun? *headtilt*
(I’d also bring out the “I am confused why people like to read/watch assholes do dickish things. Are there not enough assholes doing dickish things in real life, that you have to seek out fictional ones?” rant, but that’s probably for another quote.)
i really hate the attitude a lot of men have about how women are so different and mysterious and hard to understand, as if women are some kind of foreign species and not fellow human beings and then complain about women being unapproachable and ‘prude’
you don’t get to put me on a pedestal and then complain about me being out of reach
"you don’t get to put me on a pedestal and then complain about me being out ofreach”
I’ve never heard wiser words.
+1 This annoys the crap out of me, esp. when MY DAD does it. He is a very smart and (ostensibly) equality-minded man, but he also once honestly said to me, when I pointed out that women have been reading sci-fi for a long time, “Oh, I didn’t know. See, until you told me, I didn’t know that women liked Neil Gaiman.”
*hats off to you* Seriously, this is such a dumb “controversy” it makes my head hurt. I’m convinced that it’s only kept alive largely by people who have never actually attempted to write good fanfiction. Anyone can write good fanfiction? THE PIT OF VOLES SAYS OTHERWISE.
And anyone who won’t agree that they’re paying for my time and labor deserves what they get, which would be nothing. You want someone to work AT COST just because you asked? And you’re not a friend or someone else I even KNOW? *lolz into the sunset*
Things like this tempt me to open for commissions (I am a somewhat contrary Aster). The only reason I don’t is because I don’t work well under pressure and so limit my pressure-writing to occasional charity commissions and sometimes Yuletide. But other than that, I’d totally do it, if only as a “sure, i can write anything, if someone provides some impetus by paying me” exercise.
Also, this makes me want a spritey FF6-esque Songbirds RPG. Grayson upgrades class halfway through. The Songbirds armor is all costumes, and their ultimate armor are their hours’ dress. The Songbirds can fight using voice moves that require button combos like Sabin’s special moves. Willim’s ultimate weapon could be a quill.