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Our New Project: Jellypets™
Published: April 1, 2009

Happy April Fool's Day 2009!

We've been getting a lot of questions about our latest announcement, so we decided to throw together a mini-editorial to answer all of your questions! :D If you have any more, just email us and we'll try to give an answer in the news so that everyone else can see as well.

What kinds of games are there going to be? ~ JN Users
Plenty of games! To start off, we're probably only going to have a few simple web-based games, such as card games, RPGs, and text-based adventures. We'll find a flash programmer soon enough, so we plan on having flash games eventually.

If you know anyone who knows some flash and actionscript, and is willing to work freelance, let us know, or have them send some samples of their work!

What currency will be used on the site? ~ JN Users
Joodles, of course! We'll be offering a cool trade in program for you to convert your forum account's Joodles and items into Jellypet™ Joodles. (So, you might want to take advantage of the poor forum economy now and try stocking up with as many Joodles as you can. :P)

Oodles of Joodles!!!

How many pets do we get to own? ~ JN Users
You should have been to the meeting we had discussing this! Initially, we had settled on 4 maximum pets. But then that didn't really fly with many people, so we switched to 5. That just wasn't good enough, still, so we bumped it up to 10. After that, the conversation drifted towards what everyone was having for lunch today, but the issue made a vehement reappearance, and much more debate ensued. Eventually, we settled on 21 pets per account. I think that ended up being the most reasonable number, with your ability to have a side account and all.

What's all this talk about evolution? ~ JN Users
Well, we decided to take a leaf out of the Pokedex and let our Jellypets grow from babies all the way up to more powerful, stronger pets! The stronger your pet is, the more likely it is to succeed in Socko-saving missions.

Pet Eggs
If you think we're a handful now, wait 'til we're grown!

Can I train my pet and have battles? If so can I fight other users? ~ JN Users
Right now, we have no plans for a battle system. (It's way too complicated!) But never fear, if there's enough interest, we could try throwing something together this summer.

What will I be able to do with my pet? ~ JN Users
When we open up, we'll have toys to play with your pet, food to feed your pet, and beauty items to groom your pet and change its appearance. You can also play games with them to raise their happiness level and sign up for little 'missions' that will take you globe-trotting around Jelly World helping out its inhabitants.

We also plan on implementing pet diseases that you'll need to cure with medicine. If not, your pet will die and you'll need to arrange a funeral! (But don't worry, we'll be offering a wide variety of coffins and plenty of funeral parlors that you can book, as well as lots of choices for final resting sites.)

Viridian Fields Plot of Land
Viridian Fields: where the good pets go

Will we be able to sell items to other users? How about auctions and a trading post? ~ JN Users
Dave is working on finishing up the shops section of the site as we speak. By the time we open, it'll definitely be done. The auctions and trading post, however, will likely take awhile longer. Our goal is to have them online by the end of the summer for sure!

Do I use my current Jellyneo username to play or do I need a new account? ~ JN Users
Yes, you will be able to use your current jnAccount to play, so make sure you register now if you don't have one already! (An important note: our jnAccounts and JN forum accounts are separate systems, so you'll need to sign up for both!)

What are the rules for side accounts? ~ JN Users
Glad you asked! We'll lay out some of the rules, bylaws, and subsections you should know and memorize here (all are subject to change, and additions are always happening):

  • You may have only one (1) side account in addition to your main account, allowing you to have a total of 42 pets.
  • Absolutely no Joodles are to be made on your side accounts!
  • You may groom your pets, play with your pets, and cure your pets on side accounts, but you may absolutely not feed your pets on side accounts.
  • You may only post on the forums from your side accounts on Mondays, Wednesdays, and the third Tuesday of each month.
  • You may only ever login to your side account for three hours on the allowed days.
  • You are not allowed to send items between your accounts, or to friends from your side account.
  • At any given time, you may only have an amount of Joodles divisible by six on hand on your side account. (So, you can only have 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36 ... 3618, 3624, etc.) Any excess will be removed in order to help maintain the economy.
Failure to comply with the above restrictions will result in the disabling of both of your accounts.

Do you plan on running any plots we can participate in? ~ JN Users
Plots? Who needs plots when you have a stream of constantly updated missions to participate in? We'll be having our first annual gaming tournament this summer, so that should keep you occupied enough. :) Besides, we have more important things to work on, like making sure we set up the payment gateway properly for the JP Mall! (See below question.)

When will Jellypets™ Premium be released? ~ JN Users
Currently, our plans are to release Jellypets™ Premium by June 1, 2009. That means you'll be able to get loads more features by the summer! In fact, now that we're thinking about it, perhaps the battle system would be a great feature for premium members! And plots! Premium member only plots, too!

Silver Blocking ShieldPointy Battle AxeRose WhipParagon SwordCommercially Viable Wooden Sword
Wouldn't it be neat if these weren't just toys? :O

Will Jellypets™ have a cash mall where we can use real world money to buy stuff? ~ JN Users
Of course! How can a free gaming site compete at all in today's world without some sort of mall for users to buy virtual items? Ours is going to be better than the NC Mall, too! We decided that in ours, you'll be able to buy items that give you an advantage in the game; items such as a Rapid Growth Potion (to age your pet more quickly), a Complete Defence Potion (to prevent them from regressing to baby form) and new fur markings or body parts for your pets. We plan to release new markings, horns, wings and colours regularly... well, as frequently as our artists can keep up with that is! *cracks whip*

Can I be a Jellypets™ staffer? ~ JN Users
I don't know, can you? Here's a list of people we're currently looking for: Flash developers, LAMP developers, artists, creative writers, and translators for the following languages:

  • Tagalog
  • Swahili
  • Creole
  • Finnish
  • Latin
  • Braille
(And yes, that means Jellypets™ will be available in the above languages by the end of the year! :D)

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