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Jul 4, 2019, 10:48am
To Address Concerns
So, I did read through the critique thread, and there are some really good points and a lot of things I plan to implement. I did not reply to it because I use it as a sort of reference guide when working on the event as what needs addressing and what is within my ability to address in a certain timeframe. I honestly didn't see anything that I won't address (beyond 2 customs, but I really liked the suggestion of 1 custom and 1 breed change), but I can't promise everything will be changed between now and next solstice. There's quite a bit on that list, and I'd feel horrible promising you guys I'll fix it all and then have to say oops, sorry, didn't get to everything. Just know that the feedback is very deeply appreciated and will be referenced and integrated as time and available volunteers allows.
As far as planned activity level for the site - I will be moving, and it's not a "nearby" location, so for the month of July and possibly the beginning of August I will be around, but will not have as much time as I'd like to dedicate to the site. I will still be filling orders, and if a site artist wants to open Cash Shop Slots that will be an option, but as far as new content things will be quiet (outside of Mod Events). I am still actively looking for a coder, as well as trying to learn coding myself. My plan is to start learning and to have volunteers assist me in creating smaller features to learn with while continuing to look for a senior coder to assist. This way new content will continue to come out, although bigger features will be slower in coming. My new job will afford me much more free time than I currently have, so I will be able to learn faster and dedicate a healthy amount of time to the site, creating new content and fun things to do. I'm very excited about a lot of the stuff that is planned and honestly am impatient myself to get working on it!
As for Solstice Stuff - Stickers are out, yay! And High Score Boards should be awarding prizes correctly now. ^.^ Additionally, special velvets will no longer drop in Explore.
For the rest of this week I will be in a mad dash of packing, but will definitely be around to answer questions and do backend whatnots. ^.^
Thank you all for your continued support and patience through this time of change~. It may be a bit quiet for a little while, but know that it is temporary. Also, rest assured, I love this site as much as many of you do. It is my safe space and creative playground, and I get to share it with some of the nicest, most supportive, fun people I have ever had the blessing of meeting. Financially, the site is stable, and there is no "closure" in site. ;-) WindRose will continue on, through periods of quiet and through lively times of fun, and will continue to be the awesome space we've all come to cherish for many, many years to come.
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Jun 29, 2019, 5:28am
Summer Solstice Event End
After a week of fun, it's time to turn the candles back in until next Solstice, and let the beetle go back into hiding. I hope everyone enjoyed the event, and if you have any suggestions for things you'd like to see next year, please feel free to comment with them here. ^.^
Congratulations to the Sun Team~!
The Sun Team managed to bust out 25 wins, trumping Moon Team's 19 and pulling out a win.
Stickers will be up shortly. I will make another news post when they are so everyone knows to get them ^.^ Thank you for your patience!
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Jun 21, 2019, 3:43pm
Unfortunately, I will be stepping down as Coding Administrator in the near future. During the transition process, I will still be available for critical bugs and making sure the site stays running, and I have offered to help familiarize new coders with the code and server setup. I've greatly enjoyed my time working on Windrose, and the friends and relationships I've made here.
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Jun 21, 2019, 6:25am
2019 Summer Solstice has Begun~!
Welcome to the Solstice~!
Once again all of Cairn celebrates a time when the two goddesses, Ziya and Indu, war for dominion over the sky. In this version, we know that Indu will win, that the days will become increasingly shorter as the goddess of the moon prevails and casts her power over the world. Or, at least, so legend says. But it would seem something different is going on this time around - it's a bit darker than usual. There was a strange occurrence last night. Other villagers reported seeing a strange darkness when Exploring. What could have caused this?
But enough about all of that. ;-) Let's talk about prizes!
As Irefe's previous news post mentions, Rex was unfortunately unable to continue on as a site artist. There will still be a custom awarded as the grand prize of the winning team's raffle winner, and I will update this post when I have found an artist willing to do so. As a sorry for the unknown artist, this custom will also come with one mutation!
This year's Solstice Custom will be done by Wyvern~!
You will also notice some extra fluff appearing in the Special Events forum. If you're curious about what was going on in Explore last night, head on over and read the stories. ;-)
Edit Add on: This year's sticker will be a little late, but there will be one ^.^
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Jun 20, 2019, 10:38pm
A Time to Say Goodbye
Well, to put it simply... this will be my last news post.
It's a difficult decision, and one I wish I didn't have to make, but for personal reasons I'm going to be stepping down from staff on Windrose. I attempted to continue work on Windrose as long as I could, but everything in my life is just too stressful and I decided this is the best choice for me.
It's hard, it really is, to say goodbye. I loved it here as staff. It was never just a job, Windrose was like another home for me, a home I tried my best to make an enjoyable place for everyone here with all of my power. Walking away from almost 8 years of that is... really, truly heartbreaking.
I'm not sure what else to say, I cried going through the item database for what I know might be the last time, and I'm tearing up again writing this (and trust me, I'm not a crier lmao). Goodbyes are hard and I'm not good at them. Or feelings. I suck at feelings.
Truthfully though, I'm not leaving the site altogether, I will still be around as a regular user, I still plan to play the site, so you will still see me, I'm just no longer going to be part of the staff team.
As a final word from me, I just want to say thank you to everyone that plays Windrose, for allowing me to have a site to have such a deep connection to by sticking around and playing as well. This site and my position would never have existed if it weren't for all of you, and I never would have had as much fun if I didn't meet the wonderful and sweet people here and make the friends that I have. So thank you.
As a footnote, Rex has asked me to also tell you all that he's decided to step down as Art Admin for personal reasons and will no longer be working for the site.
We both thank you all for everything and hope to see you around!
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