Posts by Sociopathic Sunshine

The Inventory Trading functionality has launched into beta! See the announcement here!
The winner of the Civilization VI giveaway is Hanzo! Our next giveaway is Okami HD! See the announcement for more info!
This week's "Let's Watch!" will be on Thursday, February 22th! We'll be watching Finding Dory!

    As FeralFront continues to eye loftier goals (giving away more stuff and getting more people on the FeralFront train, mostly) we want to keep looking for ways to allow everyone to contribute. Besides just being an active, excellent FeralFront member, writing articles, inviting new people, or any number of other things, you can now also create your own custom advertisements and pay to have them displayed in threads!


    Whether we like it or not, advertisements are one of the best ways for FeralFront to make the money it needs to do the things it wants to do (even the simple things, like continuing to exist). The ads being shown from Google have been restricted significantly to try and show the most relevant things to FeralFront's members (no, I don't believe I'm the 10,000th visitor), but they still probably show mostly stuff you don't really care about right now. How might we change that? Well, by letting the members of FeralFront pay to put up their own ads!


    We've just released a functionality allowing you to create advertisements and pay to have them shown to other members. It's like a much more effective version of a blue bar notification. :) You can use this to share most anything you'd like. Plots your clan has going, messages from you (maybe just telling everyone how great they are), links to "grow your creatures" type games (make sure it isn't against their TOS!), or most anything else you can think of.


    If you have any questions that aren't answered in the thread I linked above, just send me a Conversation. I expect we'll be making updates to this functionality as time goes on to make it as well suited to us as possible. :)


    Thanks for being awesome FeralFront members!

    One of the many ways you can support FeralFront is paying to have your own, custom advertisements displayed in threads. These can be advertisements for pretty much anything that's appropriate for FeralFront. Some ideas of what you could advertise:

    • A thread you've created
    • A plot your group has going
    • A 'hatch your creatures' type game (make sure it isn't against their TOS!)
    • An invitation for people to comment on your wall
    • Letting everyone know how awesome you are

    Creating New Advertisements

    The first step to getting an advertisement displaying is to (shockingly) create it. You can create an advertisement by going to Credit Store in the menu, then Advertise. On this page, it'll show all your current advertisements. As you likely don't have any, you'll only see a button that says New Advertisement. You'll want to click that cute little button and fill out the form that appears. You could also just click here, while feeling vaguely betrayed that I didn't tell you sooner.


    Please carefully read each heading, title, and extra piece of information on the form that shows up. They're all there for a reason. After you fill out the form, click Submit, and see the success message, follow the instructions at the beginning of this section to get back to your advertisements (or click here, while feeling vaguely betrayed again).


    You can create image or text ads. Both will (as of this writing) display at exactly 300 pixels square. Images will be resized to have their largest dimension be 300 pixels, and text will wrap in a 300 pixel wide square. The best choice for an advertisement is to create a 300 pixel by 300 pixel image to use. This way the advertisement will display exactly as you intend no matter what device it's being viewed on.

    Getting Your Advertisement Approved

    The next step is getting your advertisement through the approval process. This part is actually really easy. You do literally nothing unless contacted. :D An administrator reviews advertisements awaiting approval as soon as they have a moment. After your advertisement has been approved, you'll see the change indicated in that advertisements information on the Advertise page. Once the advertisement is in approved status, you can then use the Add Displays button to (as you might imagine) add displays to your advertisement. The cost (in Credits) to do so is displayed as soon as you click the button (before any payment is made). As of this writing, the cost is 10 Credits for 1,000 displays of your advertisement.

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    What Happens Once Your Advertisement Starts Displaying

    Once your advertisement starts displaying, you'll see the Clicks and Displays Remaining numbers start to change. As you might imagine, the number in the Clicks column indicates how many times someone has clicked on your ad and been directed to the URL you chose when you created it. The Displays Remaining indicates how many more times the advertisement will be displayed before you need to add more using the Add Displays button on the right.

    I Want to Target Specific Types of People or Specific Areas of FeralFront

    The advertisement system is currently pretty basic. It's an entry point for us to determine how we best want to utilize the system moving forward. As we use the system and learn what we need to do to get it working as well as possible for everyone (showing advertisements to those most likely to be interested) we'll make updates to make it even better. If you've run a few advertisements and have some ideas, feel free to send me a Conversation.

    Tracking posts haven't been necessary since we moved to the new forum software.

    For those who don't know about manage subscriptions, you're in for a treat! On desktop you can "Manage Subscriptions" (which can stop you from getting further notifications from a thread, or give you notifications from a thread even when you haven't posted) by going to the top of the page and clicking the little think that looks like a ribbon, or a bookmark. It's in the same bar as the "breadcrumb trail".


    On mobile you tap the menu (the 3 stacked lines in the top left), click "Options" and then click "Manage Subscriptions".






    The world is being rebuilt to something more consistent and approachable. Allowing a new person (be it a new person to FeralFront, or someone who's only spent time on other parts of FeralFront" to easily step into the RP, understand the world, and have a base to build stories on. It'll be a minimal scaffolding of sorts for us to write continued stories around.

    The giveaway for late February is Okami HD! Okami has long been known for it's distinctive and beautiful art style, and has now been upgraded to HD! Join the Discord server to enter!


    Experience the critically acclaimed masterpiece with its renowned Sumi-e ink art style in breathtaking high resolution. Take on the role of Amaterasu, the Japanese sun goddess who inhabits the form of a legendary white wolf, on a quest to defeat Orochi, an eight-headed demon and tyrannical monster responsible for turning the world of Nippon into a ruined wasteland.


    Check the Steam page for more info!


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    Hello everyone!


    We've just released an update that allows you to trade Inventory items with one another. It's pretty simple right now. We'll add to it as we identify the things that are most wanted/needed. :D


    You can find the new sections under the Inventory menu under "New Trade" and "My Trades". "New Trades", as you might imagine, will allow you to create a new trade. "My Trades" as you also might imagine, will show you all your currently open trades (and allow you to accept/refuse/cancel" them.


    In the event that a trade that was initiated can no longer be completed (the items offered or desired by one party no longer belong to the appropriate party, for example) it'll show as "Invalid" when you try to complete the trade.


    If you have any questions, feel free to ask! As always, Discord will often get you quick answers. :D

    Hello everyone!

    You'll notice ads returning to FeralFront in the coming days (unless you're a subscriber, in which case no ads for you). When it comes to ads, the short of it is that FeralFront needs money to do cool stuff like:

    • Continue existing (server costs being a thing and all)
    • Do giveaways (games and other fun stuff aren't free, no matter how much I want them to be)
    • Eventually make it possible for the admins to dedicate more time toward organizing and handling community events
      • Let's Watch (watching movies together on Rabb.it)
      • Let's Share (getting articles written by FeralFronters for FeralFronters; the editing process takes more time and effort than one might think)
      • Hopefully more stuff, including creating lore for our world and having more sitewide events!

    If you can't subscribe, and feel the couple ads on each page are too damaging to your experience, FeralFront still has more ways for you to give back to the community you love!

    • Tell your friends about FeralFront
      • You could invite them to the Discord
      • You could invite them to a Let's Watch
    • Be part of Let's Share and write for FeralFront
    • Help answer questions in The Help Den
    • Welcome new members in The Welcoming Board
    • Be generally helpful and awesome, and have fun :D

    Staff want FeralFront to not only continue existing, but to thrive. To help more people feel like they have a place they can belong, and to give more back. To just generally be a great place to hang out. Regardless of the way you give back, it's great to have the excellent community that we have, and we want everyone near and far to know it.

    Hello everyone!


    In FeralFront's ongoing effort to get everyone involved and/or having fun (hopefully both ;) ), we're going to add another way to participate with the FeralFront community and share what you're passionate about with everyone.


    We're looking to start releasing regular articles. The articles should be about something that'd be generally interesting to the FeralFront community. Good examples are video games, books, movies, gaming peripherals, and writing tips. That isn't an exhaustive list, though; we'll certainly consider anything else you think the FeralFront community might be interested in!


    If you're interested in writing for FeralFront, send me a DM on Discord or a Conversation here on FeralFront. The articles should generally be between 1,000 and 2,000 words, with somewhere in the middle being ideal. When you contact me, we'll work out the best way to cover the topic you're interested in, and then we'll get a sweet article posted up with an author credit to you!


    For something more serious, FeralFront will also consider articles about the struggles we all face every day, such as depression, anxiety, being part of a minority, or even just your personal story (if it's inspirational and uplifting). I will scrutinize these articles heavily, and will reject any that I feel have even the slightest bit of attention seeking attached. A good article of this type can help many people, but an article that comes across as attention seeking or insincere can be devastating.


    I would be sincerely honored to help anyone tell their (inspirational and uplifting) story, or share the methods they use to combat their anxiety, depression, or other personal demons. Again, just DM me on Discord or send me a Conversation here on Feralfront. :)

    We'll be watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the new one with Johnny Depp) on February 8th at 6PM! It's a good movie and we'll all have a great time watching it together! :D Remember to add FeralFront as a friend on Rabb.it!


    Willy Wonka decides to let five children into his chocolate factory, through the release of five golden tickets in five separate chocolate bars, causing complete mayhem. The tickets start to be found, with the fifth going to a very special boy, called Charlie Bucket. With his Grandpa, Charlie joins the rest of the children to experience the most amazing factory ever. But not everything goes to plan within the factory.


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    The giveaway for the first half of February will be Sid Meier's Civilization VI with the Australia Civilization & Scenario Expansion and the Vikings Scenario Expansion (currently going for $70 on steam).

    Originally created by legendary game designer Sid Meier, Civilization is a turn-based strategy game in which you attempt to build an empire to stand the test of time. Become Ruler of the World by establishing and leading a civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age. Wage war, conduct diplomacy, advance your culture, and go head-to-head with history’s greatest leaders as you attempt to build the greatest civilization the world has ever known.


    Civilization VI offers new ways to engage with your world: cities now physically expand across the map, active research in technology and culture unlocks new potential, and competing leaders will pursue their own agendas based on their historical traits as you race for one of five ways to achieve victory in the game.


    For more information check out the Steam Page.


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    We'll be watching Moana on February 1st at 6PM! If you haven't heard of Moana, maybe stop living under that rock. :D Remember to add FeralFront as a friend on Rabb.it!


    Moana tells the story of a young girl, the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with a goddess. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of returning the heart of Te Fiti and saving her people.


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    As I've explained to those who asked in the past, under no circumstance would, or could, FeralFront move to so-called 'free' forum hosting. Aside from the sheer difficulty of getting 90 million posts and upwards of 100k users moved into one, none of them are meant to serve forums with huge amounts of historical content like FeralFront. Most of them will claim that they handle it fine, but FeralFront left 'free' forums quite awhile ago because they just aren't good at it.


    The next notable issue is the lack of flexibility. If something on FeralFront isn't working right, we have all the power necessary to fix it. We can design additional systems (Post Templates, Discord Chat integration, Inventory, etc) exactly how they're wanted. We can add, remove, or change hardware to increase performance, lower cost, and/or better suit what the forum needs. Whatever we want to do, we can do it. The only rules we need to deal with are the laws of government. In that same way, a 'free' forum would also have control over all of FeralFront's data, how that data is stored, and the uptime of the hardware that data is on. Without actually owning a data center, we're as close as we can be to having direct control over uptime and exactly how our data is dealt with (no one else should have access to our data; FeralFront's private data is private).


    After that, the (perhaps) most obvious 'nothing is ever free, it's just paid for by someone else' comes into play. The most straightforward way 'free' forums work is displaying ads to your users. So, instead of your forum taking in ad revenue, the 'free' forum takes it in. This has two major problematic parts. 1) They take your money instead of you. 2) They are beholden to those advertisers, and you're beholden to the 'free' forum. The reason you don't currently see advertisements on FeralFront is entirely because we refused to be held to the strict rules demanded of the advertising platform of the time. On a 'free' forum, this only gets worse, as you then don't have any control over the advertising platform (unless you pay the 'free' forum money to remove them) and you have someone else with additional rules and reason to boss you around. While I'm currently casually looking for a new advertisement platform to integrate with FeralFront to help us get all the stuff we want, that platform has to be one that fits with FeralFront and what we do.


    All that said, FeralFront doesn't require a fund. I pay for the servers, I pay for the giveaways, I pay for the domains and the SSL certificates, and I pay for everything else that comes up. I'm in no danger of going broke because of it. We have a fund because it'd be nice if (at the very least) FeralFront could cover its own expenses. It's always nice to have more money, but more than that, the admins would like more for FeralFront. You'll notice we've been continuously trying to increase the community feel of FeralFront, and make it easier for new friends to find us and fold in. Doing these things is much easier with funding. One of the major things we'd like to do is actually be able to pay someone to (more or less) be an 'engagement coordinator'. Someone with the responsibility to make sure everyone has their questions answered, direct site wide plots, make sure the lore of the fancy-shmancy new world always makes sense, and things like that. It's currently the responsibility of various staff, but we all have many other commitments and it's not always done as well or as quickly as we'd like. Right now, this is a pipe dream, and it probably always will be. But it's nice to have goals.


    'Free' forums are great for forums just starting out. They offer a fantastic place to build an audience, 'test the market', see what it's like to run a forum and how difficult it is, and just generally jump in to everything and see how you like it. FeralFront passed the threshold out of 'free' forum territory long ago, and we don't miss it. :)

    In an attempt to further embrace our roots (and further empty my pockets) FeralFront is going to start biweekly giveaways! They'll generally be video games, but anything FeralFronty that's awesome could be up for grabs. Whatever it is, it'll be delivered via the most efficient and cost effective legitimate method. In most cases, it'll be a Steam code. :)


    The "rules" (I use the term loosely) are simple. You enter up to once per day by messaging FeralFrontBot on the Official FeralFront Discord Server. Simply send FeralFrontBot a message containing (exactly) "entergiveaway". That's it. Every other week a random winner will be selected from among the entries. The only 'disqualification' (if you'd like to call it that) is that I won't send a game to someone who already owns that game.


    As some are rightfully suspicious of free things (nothing is ever free, it's just a matter of who's paying for it), here's the deal. The reason we're requiring entry via FeralFrontBot is to get people connected to the FeralFront Discord server. The hope is that the draw of shiny free games will pull you in, and then you'll stick around to chat because we're awesome. The more people that are engaged and the more often they're engaged, the bigger the FeralFront community will grow. A bigger community allows more fun, more giveaways, more everything.


    With all those complicated rules out of the way, I'm happy to announce our first giveaway is Stardew Valley! Stardew Valley is an open-ended country-life RPG. Check out the description below!

    Mkay guess I have to leave then. Like every other situation where I actually like my life, forced out of it and people act like I’m the one in the wrong when I’m not 🙄😤😖

    You were given an instruction. It was clear. You are not the victim, and you would do well not to play the victim.


    It's very easy to comply with the instruction "be nice to others". Please do so.