Eldemore is Taking a Break

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Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Zayin » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:53 pm

Hey everyone, I am here to announce that effective December 1st, 2017, Eldemore is officially going on a hiatus until our new site is ready. That means we will be taking a break from doing any releases, events, or raffles until our new site revamp is ready to go. This is so that we can focus our efforts completely on the new site and not have to also work on maintaining this one and doing releases and events at the same time. The best timetable I can give is that I’m shooting for a relaunch in the latter part of 2018. As development goes on, that may change.

The site will continue to operate, and there will be a final monthly release for December, but there will be no Yuletide event. You will still be able to log in, use the forums, Codex, and trade with others. We may still release a couple of free things here and there, but there will be no regular releases, no raffles, no birthday releases, and no events. Incidentally, we’re also trimming our staff down to only a few key members to help us moderate forums and trading.

In an effort to ease skepticism about the new site, and remind everyone that we’re still alive, I will be starting a development blog in January, probably on the forums here. There, I will continue to provide regular updates so that everyone who’s curious will know how things are coming along, and that development is still happening.

I’m sorry this had to be done, but it’s really the only way for Eldemore to make progress in its modernization effort, which will be an epic improvement over the site we have now. I hope you all understand that it’s necessary, and will stick around for our eventual relaunch, which as I said, we’re shooting for later next year. I promise to provide you with regular updates starting in January, which I will highlight on the main News page when they are posted.

If you have any questions, feel free to post them here and I will respond when I get the chance. I will keep track of Q&A in the post right below this one.

Thanks again to all of you who continue to stick with us and love Eldemore! We’ll be back.

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PS, here is a screenshot of what I've been working on recently. Obviously, this is totally bare bones and going to change, but I think you all deserve to see something:

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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Zayin » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:53 pm

Q&A

Will our pets be transferred over to the new site or will we all be starting from scratch?

Yes, absolutely. Your account, pets, posts, baubles and all will still be here when you return.

If people stopped checking in, would there be a way to notify them about the new site going online? It also seems strange that the building would take almost a year, but i have no experience with programming or maintaining a website. What will the bulk of the time be spent on? This is purely curiosity and you don't have to answer.

In the couple of months before relaunch, we will engage in a "get the word out" campaign to let everyone know. I also have the ability to send an email to everyone who's signed up, and we'll post updates about it here on the site.

As for development, the main reason it takes so long is because I have a full time job. I have to work on this in my spare time and on weekends. And to do it right and implement all the same features we have now, plus the new ones we want, all pretty much from scratch, will take time and diligence.

Will you still be able to buy baubles? Will there be any Bazaar releases?

You will still be able to buy baubles, though we are not planning on releasing anything new in the Bazaar during the hiatus. The avian items and extras will still be there throughout, no sense in taking those down, but the pets will be taken down on schedule.

Will the new site feature the release of the features like item trading, Thorn's Cottage and Bastion's Heart?

Yes, definitely item trading, and Thorn's Cottage/Bastion's Heart in some form as well.

Is there any other sites you would recommend to help satiate our pet-collecting appetite until the re-launch?


A few great places to enjoy a similar experience while we work on the new site can be visited below~

Gothicat World

Flight Rising

Magistream

Chicken Smoothie

Subeta

Dragon Cave

If there are some freebies released will they be left up for the term of downtime or limited and if so what might be the expected duration?

You might want to check in on Christmas, New Years, etc. Whatever we release will be left up for a reasonable amount of time (not a single day or anything), but not the full duration of the break.

Okay, so will there be adopts on Dec 1st or not? Why not just wait until the new year to start it?

Yes, there will be monthly releases for December, those will be the last for now. That's just the timing that worked out best, I didn't want to engage in another event right now because it would ultimately set us back from our long term goals, which are more important to the future of the site.

I noticed in the archives every anniversary has a glasswork representing the site's progress, such as the beta glasswork, delta 1, etc. Will one be released next year, too, or will there be a year missing in the collection?

We kind of fell off that wagon this year, but I'm hoping we can continue the tradition next year. It all depends on when we come back up, so we'll have to cross that bridge when we reach it.

Do you have a list of features that will be added or things that will be changed? It would be kind of nice to know what we have to look forward to.

Basically, the whole site is being re-written. Layout and theme will be changing, numerous convenience/quality of life features will be added, and we're looking at also adding item trading and a re-release system like Thorn's Cottage and/or Bastion's Heart. There's more stuff that we're discussing internally, but I can't go into any of that until it's definitive.

Also, will there be a way to switch the background back to what it is now in board preferences? The art at the top is lovely, and the palette in the forums very well put-together.

You can see a preview in the Screenshot I posted. The colors you see there are likely going to change because we haven't nailed down our color scheme quite yet. Rest assured though, we are quite fond of the above art as well, so I'm hoping art like that can play a bigger role in our new site's design. And yes, we will have multiple themes probably a while after the initial launch.

Will the overall color scheme be the same, or similar?

Probably, since so many seem to like our current scheme. We haven't worked out the colors yet, but we do plan on having multiple themes in time.

Do you know about which month it's going to open on?

Nope, can't say. Shooting for later in 2018, but it's hard to make accurate predictions on this. If you check in on here from time to time, you'll have a better idea of how far along things are.

Will the pets have different line art?

No, we're not planning on changing any line art right now.

What about the forum post layout? Will any of that change, or will it stay mostly the same?

The forum layout is going to be pretty similar since we will still be using phpBB. It's just that the whole site won't be phpBB as it is now.

Will there be an easier way to locate the lore of past events, or will new users still have to find it in the forums?

Yes, we do want to make it easier for new users to get into the lore without having to scour through forum posts. The lore being scattered in the forums is a poignant symbol of our evolution and need for a new site.
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby flicka » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:02 pm

Will our pets be transferred over to the new site or will we all be starting from scratch?
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Zayin » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:06 pm

flicka wrote:Will our pets be transferred over to the new site or will we all be starting from scratch?

Yes, absolutely. Your account, pets, posts, baubles and all will still be here when you return.






























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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Mouse » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:11 pm

I'm sorry to hear you're going on a hiatus! However, is there any chance at all that you won't be coming back?
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Zayin » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:12 pm

Mouse wrote:I'm sorry to hear you're going on a hiatus! However, is there any chance at all that you won't be coming back?

Assuming I don't die, no. We've already been working on this project, there's just not much to see right now.

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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Startedraining » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:17 pm

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I'm so sad that this had to be done, but I understand why. I know things will be great in the meantime, we have a lot of activities left here to do, like complete collections and roleplay, but it just won't be the same.

At least there will be an update every now and then on the progress~
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby LunaHydreigon » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:23 pm

So Eldemore will still be up in 2018? I mean this site will be running but without events or releases and such? Or will it be shut down until the new site is up? o: I wanted to make sure just in case I have to close my art shop and get orders done for people.
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby gert3 » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:24 pm

If people stopped checking in, would there be a way to notify them about the new site going online? It also seems strange that the building would take almost a year, but i have no experience with programming or maintaining a website. What will the bulk of the time be spent on? This is purely curiosity and you don't have to answer.
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Re: Eldemore is Taking a Break

Postby Startedraining » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:24 pm

LunaHydreigon wrote:
So Eldemore will still be up in 2018? I mean this site will be running but without events or releases and such? Or will it be shut down until the new site is up? o: I wanted to make sure just in case I have to close my art shop and get orders done for people.


Everything will still be running, except for the releases of pets and events.
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