Nov. 18th, 2010

This blog - or whatever you prefer to call it - is a record of the development of Project Silver.

Project Silver is currently a secret from anyone who I don't know personally, and not all of them know the details. In very simple terms, Project Silver will eventually be known as Whimsy Bells, which will be some type of virtual pet site. Perhaps, we hope, a new breed of virtual pet simulation, but we'll just have to see...

Within these Chronicles are the vague, ambiguous details of the development of Project Silver and its approach to completion. I only release what I feel is safe, considering the high competition out there, although I doubt anyone will be reading this but myself and occasionally the highly informed friend or future staff member. Because of this, many of the posts here will tend to detail the coding aspects and their progress more than anything else.

Nevertheless, certain gems of information may sneak their way around.

I (inkling) plan on having Whimsy Bells operate as an entirely original, brand new, fresh face to the virtual pet site world. I'll hold on to old ideas, but many new ones will make their way through - some of them you will love, some of them you may not care for at all, but will still hopefully find refreshing.

Let's cross our fingers.
Every pet site has certain basic traits, ultimately classifying them as certain types of pet sites. Some are strictly breeding sims where you select markings and mutations, select their colors, and see how the offspring turn out. Others make their own art, churning out different colorations, and the users pick their preferred breeds and colors, often within a limited amount of space for pets.

Whimsy Bells will be a compromise between these two, but that's all I'm going to say for now...

Another aspect that many sites have are "customs". In most breeding sims, a custom is a "generation one" pet that you personally designed. One or two others sites, however, that operate on the coloration system, are having users submit their own colorations for their personal customs.

Whimsy Bells will have something close to the latter.

Some pet sites are also now incorporating human avatar systems, along with equippable items for pets.

Whimsy Bells hopes to have both, though they will not likely function the same as others, necessarily.

Most breeding sim pet sites do not have a battle system, whereas the coloration systems often do.

Whimsy Bells is hoping to go above and beyond in this department, but we're trying not to be too optimistic...

Other pet site basic characteristics - NPC shops, trading, multiple currencies, forums - can be, generally, expected. Of course, a few of them will be extremely different from what you're accustomed to.

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