As with many things, there are two or three ways pet sites approach how many pets a user may own. Typically, it's either limited (slots) or unlimited. When it comes to slots, things branch out to being very small (5-10) to having house/cave/field/etc. sizes that determine how many pets you can have. Unlimited pet sites usually run into two issues: pets EVERYWHERE or it's extremely difficult, too difficult for a lot of people to play.

We're going to try to find a happy medium - as we hope to do with many things.

This is a difficult task, but I believe in balance and compromise, and I hope that if we are successful in achieving this, we'll make more people happy.

I aim for the unlimited side of things, but the difficulty of obtaining pets will be fairly high. This may vary depending on what type of user you are, as well (this is something you get to pick, but I'm not going to go into detail at this point in time). It's not going to be impossible, and you will certainly get your first pet off the bat, and there will still be an abundance of pets to play with and sell and trade and be happy and skip around cheerfully~

But we're going to keep a tight leash on it. If it hints to getting out of hand, we'll have to yank back and up the ante. We'll likely be starting the game out much harder than it will probably end up being, just to err on the side of caution. I hope that makes sense. If not, don't worry about it, you'll get your pets either way.

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Accounts

Nov. 19th, 2010 01:39 pm
Every pet site handles accounts differently, whether it's straight up usernames, user ID numbers, multiple accounts, beta & alpha accounts, et cetera. This post details how Whimsy Bells plans on handling these aspects of accounts.

Every user will be limited to one account. The only exceptions that will be made will be for certain staff members who will inevitably get an upper-hand and not be able to play the game as it is intended to be played. Their secondary accounts may or may not be secret, as well. And again, this only applies to certain staff members - particular positions where they have to be stuffing their accounts with items to test things out. This will not be common whatsoever, and any staff member caught transferring items, et cetera, between their two accounts will probably be booted.

We're going to go by a user ID system, that way users can freely change their names and so on. However, elitism surrounding low ID numbers will be discouraged.

No user can sell their account. If you, for whatever reason, feel that you no longer need or want your account - maybe you're leaving the site, maybe you want to start fresh - then you must first contact the staff. I'm still working out the details, but in situations like these where the user absolutely does not ever want to use that account again, we are considering having Account Auctions. However, there a lot of complications involved in that, so it's more likely that they'll be converted into NPC accounts and the contents of the account will be auctioned instead. We'll see!

As far as beta and alpha accounts go, we'll probably have at least alpha. However, any alpha or beta testing will be free. It's silly to charge for that, and we don't plan on doing so. There will be a screening process, but your helpful testing will get you some perks (some permanent, some not) and your account will be classified as beta or alpha.
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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