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Temperature: 32C / 89.6F

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~ Latest Announcements ~
tiny hearts Welcome to Cat's End
Pixel Cat's End is a virtual pet site where you collect and manage a village of cat-like creatures. You can dress them up, give them jobs, build and decorate their homes, and take them on tabletop-rpg-style adventures.

Cat's End is now in closed beta testing. If you'd like to be notified about upcoming registration windows and opportunities, feel free to keep an eye on the site... or follow one of my infrequently-used social media pages:

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While I do not have time to keep these updated, I will post to them when openings happen. A full development plan is available in the Dev Corner

Small Status Update
Feb 29, 2024 9:47:30
Hi everyone! hi Apologies for how quiet it has been for the last two months (and for how slow the queue has been the last couple of weeks).

As mentioned in the last update, I have been dealing with some IRL stuff that has eaten up all of my time for these couple of months. It ended up being much more time-consuming than I had anticipated, and I went from ~20 hrs/wk to work on the game to less than 3 hrs/wk to work on the game. tired (Nothing bad happened! I just had to move IRL and the place I was moving to needed extensive work/repairs.) anotherdayswork

The good news is that I am almost finished with all of the stuff I need to do and I will be returning to my normal development cycle soon! I'm expecting to have at least half the day this Saturday and Sunday, and then will return to having full weekends and select evenings to work on the game the weekend after this.

Not being able to work on the game has been truly dreadful weary and I feel like a puppy that hasn't been allowed outside to play in months - so I'm really scratching and pawing at the door ready to get moving again. pleading

What's next?

I am currently working on some substantial clean-up, especially on adventuring, but in other places too. Here is a selection of some of the things that are either done on the local copy of the site or actively in progress:
  • A re-brand of conditions to make them easier to understand (both front-end for you and back-end for me) (this is done)
  • Health stat mitigates weather effects in gathering and weather health-penalties in adventuring (this is done)
  • Ability for me to add automatic-success chips to an an ability so that certain abilities like healing cannot miss (in progress)
  • Adjustments to the less-used abilities to make them more beneficial (this includes giving conditions durations, so that certain conditions can be made better by having them last, for example, 5 rounds instead of 1) (in progress)
  • Adjustments to the thief class that re-categorize thief attacks as "stealth attacks" instead of "melee attacks" so that thieves can get improved dice on their own skills - especially relevant for their attacks that are beyond level 4 (in progress)
  • No animations adventuring will be truly 100% no animations whatsoever so that it can be used as a screenreader-friendly version (will be accompanied by a page-refresh mode toggle since I've found some screenreaders really don't like the no-refresh thing) (in progress)
  • You will be able to go faster (this is done)
  • You can choose the transparency of the battle background image so that you can provide more contrast between the icons and the background if you need the icons to be more visible - this also serves double-purpose as the ability to decrease contrast between the backgrounds and the site as a whole (for example, setting winter backgrounds at 50% on dark theme to make them darker) (this is done)
(This list does not include everything to get cleaned up in the next update, I have a lot more that hasn't been started yet.)

The ability to purchase essence fragments is also likely to drop in the next update - prior to the end of beta / mercat release. I'd like to get you all testing it to make sure it's working properly before everyone goes wild getting fishy kitties.

And of course... mercats are well underway!

January 19-22 Registration Weekend
Jan 19, 2024 17:26:31
Are you missing your confirmation email? Tickets regarding missing emails are getting responses as they come in, typically in under 12 hours. If you haven't heard back, please reach out again with an alternative email. I have been getting some bouncebacks about emails that don't exist or whose mailboxes are full.

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Pixel Cat's End is now Open for Registration until Sunday, January 21st Monday, January 22nd at 18:00 Server Time. Head on over to the Registration page to sign up!

sparkles Introduce Yourself
An Introductions thread is pinned in the Off-Topic Forum, feel free to stop by and say hello!

cozy Have any questions?
If you have any questions at all, post in the Q&A Forum! There are many of us who would love to answer your questions and help you get oriented. There is also a robust assortment of guides in the Guides Forum. A quick assortment of FAQs is included in the next post of this thread.

rally Long Term Development Plan
If you'd like to learn more about the long term development plan, you can see an outline in the Dev Corner.

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There are user-organized freebies and giveaways in the Raffles & Giveaways forum over the next week, so do check those out.

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exclamation Please Note: There's a known issue with gmx addresses being unable to receive emails from the site. Please choose a different email when signing up for the site so you can get your confirmation code.

It's possible other addresses may also be affected (for example, mail.com). If you do not receive your sign-up email after a few hours or so, please send in a support ticket to indicate this and I'll make sure you get yours forwarded from a separate address.

Custom Content!
Jan 1, 2024 17:47:22
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This update brings the implementation of the custom clothing, decor, and buildings system!

Our next registration window will be from Friday, January 19th at 18:00 to Sunday, January 21st at 18:00

The Second Snowmelt!
Dec 16, 2023 17:11:41
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Snowmelt will run from December 17 - December 23
Spring is here and not-cats everywhere are celebrating the start of the New Year with flowers, treats, and lots of wishes. This event brings the coloring contest springsnails, a large number of flower recolor items, and other event-exclusive activities!

Mini-Update: Miscellaneous Things
Dec 10, 2023 11:05:56
Coloring Contest
In preparation for the upcoming Snowmelt next week, we are holding a Coloring Contest. Read more on the Coloring Contest Thread. The deadline is this Thursday, December 14th at 9:00, so don't forget to enter!

Hi everyone! Sorry about how quiet it's been lately. Custom content and mercats are under active development and they're both pretty large projects. While this update was mostly back-end, there are a few front-end changes and bug fixes!

snowmeltstamp Snowmelt Preparation!

- The odds of encountering special chests in adventuring during Leaf Day and Snowmelt have been doubled.

- The odds of receiving a soft-retired item during Snowmelt and Leaf Day have been tentatively set at 1:500. I suspect this is going to be much too rare and that it will need to come down, but it's hard to predict how much people are going to be grinding for stuff until the week starts. The exact number will very likely be adjusted throughout the week.

- Snowmelt card notifications will now merge together at the top of the page like expired listings, rather than sending an individual notification for every one.

- You will be able to view your send-history for Snowmelt Cards

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Custom content is coming along quickly! My goal is to get the whole system up and running by early January. When custom content launches, essence fragments will not be purchaseable with USD, but they will be purchaseable not too much later.

- Currently the queue and submission system is 100% complete and the Artisan's Market itself is around 10% complete.

- I have implemented custom buildings, so you don't need to split your decor into pieces anymore. The submission cost will be 50 essence fragments and you'll get the whole 400x400 space to work with!

fish1 Status of Mercats

Mercats will release with the end of beta and a big launch party. I don't have a date for this yet, but it will be the next thing to appear after custom content.

- Mercat base art (colors, patterns, lineart, white markings, etc.) is 100% complete

- Mercat clothing is around 10-15% complete, but is going quickly

cloud Miscellaneous Updates

- You can now use the item's full name in bbcode or the ID. Your choice! Example:

resourcesred meat

[item=red meat]

- Inventory and Safekeeping now have the start to a very simple search function

- Cat decoration, scene decoration, and trinket addition have been moved to the new search-box system

- You can now put 12 clothing items on each cat, 10 cats in each scene, and 40 decor in each scene

- The auto-sort buttons now have a confirmation window

OSHAapproved Bug Fixes

- Fixed bug where categories didn't work on trade response page

- Fixed bug where back arrows were going the wrong spot in snowmelt card area

- Fixed bug where windy weather conditions were displaying as partly cloudy, this existed on the weather rollover itself so it will take 5-6 days to show the changes

paperball Art Fixes

You may need to clear your cache to see the changes:

- Fixed applied to Bark Pendants and Swords (Original items were not adjusted to properly fit longhair poses)

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Summer 27, Year 9

Condition: Cloudy

Wind: Light Breeze

Temperature: 32C / 89.6F

Temperature Warning: Outdoor tasks may be slightly more difficult in weather this hot.

Summer 28, Year 9
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Summer 29, Year 9
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Summer 30, Year 9
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Summer 31, Year 9
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Summer 32, Year 9
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