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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 nearing the end of the beta phase. The next opening will be from June 2nd at 10:00 server time to June 16th at 10:00 server time, as part of the End of Beta Event. For additional updates, you can follow the site on one of the pages below:

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While I am not very social-media active, I will post to them when openings happen. A full development plan is available in the Dev Corner

Beta End Event - June 2-15, 2024
May 12, 2024 10:56:10
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We now have dates for the official end of beta: June 2-15, 2024!

beans2 End of Beta Event Timeline

End of Beta: On June 2nd at 10:00 server time, the site will go down briefly for an update. The resulting story event will run from June 2nd at 10:00 to June 9th at 10:00.

Beginning of Full Release: On June 9th at 10:00, the site will go down for a more extended period of time for another update. Mercats will release at this time.

Open Registration: The site will be open for new player registration from June 2nd at 10:00 to June 16th at 10:00.

beans1 What will change with the Full Release?

To be honest, not much, given that essence fragment sales are already live! It's more the official milestone of deciding to call beta over and move into the next phase of development.

The biggest difference will be that registration windows will be scheduled to occur at a regular interval, rather than the sporadic and inconsistent openings we have had during beta. The site will be open for registration during the 6th week of every season, and all of these dates will be permanently posted to the front page. The regular schedule will begin in Spring of In-Game-Year 10.

For more information about what's next on the schedule as far as development goes, you can check out the Long Term Development Plan.

eyes Anything else to know to prepare for the event?

You may wish to hold off on quick-selling too much until the event starts. winking

Remember also that, as previously stated, Mercats will cost 100 essence fragments - though it is possible that one copy of the transformation item may be given to each player for free during the story event.

The Second Leaf Day!
Apr 20, 2024 17:29:04
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Leaf Day will run from April 21 - April 27
The harvest season is here and cats have gathered around to celebrate food, friends, and all of the wonderful things they've done during the year. This event brings the coloring contest leafducks, five seasonal vegetable sets, and other event-exclusive items and activities!

Beta Clean-up & Essence Fragments
Apr 6, 2024 13:56:00
Coloring Contest
In preparation for the upcoming Leaf Day, we are holding a Coloring Contest. Read more on the Coloring Contest Thread. The deadline is Thursday, April 18th at 9:00!

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This super mega clean-up update brings a large pile of adventuring changes and rebalancing, a new calendar feature, the ability to expand your village by purchasing additional cat slots, and the soon-to-be-live purchase of essence fragments

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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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.

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