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Mobile Friendly Web Client - Updates!

Thanks for all your feedback! The most frequent suggestions we received for the web client were for an improved mobile experience on Android and iOS, and we are happy to announce that we just released a big update that makes the web client much more mobile-friendly!

You can now choose between a mobile UI in portrait mode (with a nifty Menu button for map shortcuts, settings, commands and more) and the full-fat Furcadia UI (with tweaks to make it more usable on a touch screen). We definitely recommend portrait orientation for using the web client on your phone!

The newly added settings allow you to change between different levels of animations. You can also use this mobile interface in your desktop web browser as well by opening the web client in a new window and making that window more narrow. Try it out, it looks great!

Android and iOS users can make the web client behave much like a native app by using "Add To Home Screen" in Safari (iOS) or Chrome (Android). You can then launch the web client just like a native app by tapping the icon. No need to launch the browser again.

On mobile devices, you can now long-press on a character to pull up a context menu (just like right-clicking in the regular Furcadia client).

You can try out the web/mobile client at https://play.furcadia.com. Just use your regular Furcadia account to log in!

See demo videos here (iOS) and here (Android)!

Below is the full change log with all the changes. This is only an initial release. We will be adding more features and tweaks in the upcoming weeks. Please help us test this web/mobile client and let us know if you encounter any issues. When reporting bugs, please tell us about your device and the browser you're using. We primarily support Safari and Chrome at the moment, but the web client will work in Mobile Firefox also, though there may be some smaller usability issues.

  • added mobile-friendly interface
    • activates on browser windows narrower than 600 pixels wide (including phones in portrait mode)
    • single-column login and character selection screens
    • compact game view with a dynamically sized game screen, chat box and docked menus
    • chat tabs appear on a single scrollable row if you have open whispers
    • chat input shows placeholder "tap to chat" / "tap to whisper Treeki" text when empty/inactive
  • full-size interface can now be scrolled and zoomed on phones (in landscape mode) and on tablets
  • added icons and metadata so that Furcadia can be installed as a web app using "Add To Home Screen" in Safari for iOS and Chrome for Android
  • added chat timestamp settings
  • added font settings
  • added "replace 'you say' with your name" setting
  • • is now the command prefix on iOS, matching the old iPhone client
  • many usability improvements to popup menus and tooltips
    • these should not spawn off-screen any more
    • menus will scroll if there isn't enough space for all items
    • sub-menus appear/disappear with a slight delay
    • menu items are made larger if the menu is activated with a touchscreen
  • turning animation off now turns KitterSpeak animations off
  • fixed bug where login screen would hang if a character had no saved colour code
  • fixed bug when closing the last whisper tab
  • fixed bug where clicking on text in the chat log would break typing until you explicitly clicked the input again
  • whisper tabs now show spaces in names instead of |
  • smart quotes are now converted to regular quotes, so WinFurc users can see text from iOS users properly
  • custom music and sounds in dreams will now play
    • all kinds of music files should work, but only short sounds are currently supported - this will be revisited with a more comprehensive fix at a later date
  • fixed a bug where the game field was too small if you closed the keyboard with the Back button/gesture in Chrome for Android
  • fixed MIDI playback on Android
  • DS effect (5:384) now behaves correctly

Surf's up! It's time to party at Rameen!

It's time for a totally rad Beach Bash!

That sun beating down is still HOT HOT HOT; it's time to soak up the rays and waves in the Rameen Festival!

Our annual end-of-Summer party in honor of Prime Jemmion is now in full swing, so come join the fun! Don't forget to drop by Digo Market to score some fintastic seasonal avatars too!

  • Grab a guitar and unleash your inner rockstar on one of the Furcadia Guitar Masters stages
  • Flop around on the always popular bouncy castle
  • Want to go for a spin? Hop aboard one of the various critters of the carousel
  • Jump on a surfboard and catch a gnarly wave
  • Build a fancy sand sculpture
  • Float on an inner tube down the lazy river to the sea
  • And so much more!

There is so much to see and do! The tiki-torches, bonfires, and lanterns scattered across the island playground mean the party rolls on all night long.

Pixels' Underwater World

There will be a series of parrots around the dream, that spout seemingly-random information. Down at the docks, there will be a quiz booth. When you enter it, you will be presented with questions that the parrot asked -- if you get a certain amount right, you will be able to enter the Pixels' Underwater World!

Web Client Updates

Below is a list of recent changes to the Furcadia web client. The web client is freely available to all players at https://play.furcadia.com. It supports desktop computers and most mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. For more real-time coverage of updates for the web client, please follow our Twitter or Facebook accounts.

  • Walking animations have been fixed and work correctly now.
  • Hopping avatars (Froggen, Rabbit, etc) now have their proper hopping animation!
  • It is now possible to log into the web client with a newly created account/character without needing to first log into Furcadia with the desktop client. This allows new players to use the web client without needing to download anything.
  • Animations can now be properly toggled (off, normal, full) in Windows, Mac, and Linux browsers by pressing the F11 key.
  • Web client update: Added smiley support to emote detection. For example, typing ":3" will now send ":3" instead of "Kitasu3".
  • We've added support for the ignore command! This is a preliminary implementation of this functionality. For now, your ignore list will be stored locally in your device's browser. Later on, it will be saved directly on the server.
  • Added a fix to prevent the chat input from stealing focus when the player presses Ctrl, Shift or Alt. You can now copy text from the log without the input field going "NOPE!".
  • The bold, italic, and underline buttons&hotkeys now work as expected.
  • Updated textbox to use rich formatting (most formatting is stripped during sending).
  • The client now saves the height of its main chat input between sessions.
  • Fixed bug with the smiley selector duplicating text in the chat input.
  • Resolved minor discrepancy between how desktop #urcadia vs. how the webclient handles emotes in whispers.
  • Made chat tab blink if chat messages arrive while chat is not visible.
  • Changed favicon to Furcadia icon.
  • Added favicon notification dot: now you can see when you have unread chat messages or whispers, even if you're on another tab!
  • We implemented basic AFK support (uses only default settings). No auto-AFK yet, but it'll come!
  • Fixed a bug where whispers from the main chat (i.e., using / or /%%) were getting cut off after the first space.
  • Changed the page title to say Web Client.
  • Implemented the Help, Magic, and DigoMarket buttons.
  • Fixed snapdragon portrait and specitag display.
  • Fixed downloading of dynamic avatars (you are no longer a mouse!).
  • Improved cursor positioning behavior when replacing or changing text in chat input.
  • Made pasted text match color and BG color of input.
  • Fixed issues with whispering players using formatted text.
  • Made links in chat input match link text of custom skins.
  • Fixed issues with whispering furres using formatted text.
  • Added support for Insert URL button.
  • Fixed bug where text input didn't work on Safari.

You can access the Furcadia web client at https://play.furcadia.com - please report any issues or bugs through the Support System!

Purrfectly Fluffy!

Summer is the season of M'Rill, Prime of Felines, and the perfect time to welcome a new feline to the Furcadia family!

Silky, sassy, and full of fluff in all the right ways, say hello to the Purrsian!

The Purrsian isn't quite ready to sashay it's way into Kasuria yet, but when it arrives you can be one of the first to strut through Furcadia in all your floofy glory by grabbing the presale on Digo Market! The presale is available for only a limited time and comes with an exclusive FOR LIFE desctag, so be sure to scoop one up before time runs out! Meow!

Server Maintenance (August 12)

Just a quick heads-up that we'll perform server maintenance involving our database drive on August 12. The Furcadia server as well as the web site will be unavailable during this time. Maintenance will begin at approximately 2:00 PM FST and take at least one hour. For status updates during maintenance, please check our Twitter.

Update: We received new word from our hosting company concerning the hardware maintenance later today: They have extended the maintenance window, so the downtime will likely exceed the original estimate of one hour. We expect multiple hours of server downtime.

Beach Bash Dream Contest!

Though looking a little different this year, Summer has indeed arrived! With most countries having safety guidelines requiring social distancing, getting together to cool off at the local watering hole isn't that easy to do this year... which makes Furcadia the perfect place for a massive BEACH BASH!

Working alone or in a team, build a Dream with a Tropical Island Beach theme (think Animal Crossing) where everyone can gather for an epic party in the sun, surf, and sand! Woo! And since fun activities and games are often found at parties, extra points will be awarded for any interesting things to do on your island!

This contest will run til the end of August, so you have lots of time to get those creative juices flowing!

Check out the entries here!


Contest Rules

  • Dreams must follow a Tropical Island Beach theme.
  • You may not submit creations that are not your own.
  • Dreams must adhere to Furcadia’s T+ standard.
  • Read the Rules and Requirements page for more details!
  • Master and Regular entries are judged separately (please indicate your status in your submission). Exhibition entries are welcome, too!

Your submission must include everything specified in the Dream Contest Guide!

Email your entry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the Furcadia names of your team by August 30th at 11:59 pm FST

Prizes:

The entries selected by the judges as 1st place shall receive:

  • Masters: 300 GD to the Team Lead to distribute to their team
  • Regulars: 200 GD to the Team Lead to distribute to their team
  • More prizes may be given out depending on participation!

Note:

  • Any entries not meeting the requirements will be disqualified and none are guaranteed a prize.
  • Upon submission, you grant Dragon’s Eye Productions (DEP) permission to post your work and share it with the community. DEP may post, edit, and distribute creative contributions made through contests freely to players and for promotion of Furcadia.

Web Client For ALL!

Great news everyone! We are pleased to announce that access to our web client has now been expanded to ALL PLAYERS! That's right, whether you play on computer, tablet, phone or even some TV's, EVERYONE can now access our web client at https://play.furcadia.com!

The web client runs in all standard web browsers (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc)! You'll be able to play Furcadia like normal, but now on all these devices, no installation required!

It's important to note that the web client is still in it's development phase. It is a test version, not a finished product! Pounce support, a new user interface, and many other features are still missing, but will progressively be added. The purpose of opening access is so that you can test it on your computer, tablet or smartphone and share any issues you find. Please report bugs and problems here.

Annual Lighting of the Fires!

The long, hot days of Summer are in full swing -- it's time for our annual Lighting of the Fires! Come join us in the gorgeous Festival of the Sun this Sunday, July 12th at 2pm FST, where Felorin, Emerald Flame, Gar, and others will set the stunning 32-bit braziers ablaze in honor of Summer and the season of M'Rill, Prime of Felines. Always a popular event, be sure to arrive early to grab a good seat!

When: Sunday, July 12th

Where: Festival of the Sun

Time: 2pm FST

What's your Sign?

Astrology is a very popular topic worldwide, and while we have celebrated the Chinese Zodiac here in Furcadia for many years, it's time the Tropical Zodiac got some much-deserved love too!

The zodiac is the belt of constellations that the Sun, Moon, and planets move through on their yearly journey across the sky. Ancient astrologers noted the patterns of the movements of these constellations and developed a system representing 12 of them to span a year based on the seasons, beginning with Aries on the Spring Equinox.

So starting today on the Summer Equinox you'll be able to find the first in our newest series of collectible Zodiac desctags -- Cancer!

These tags will be available individually or as part of a fun Zodiac bundle featuring an avatar and consumables based on the current sign, and last an entire year in your description! Each sign has it's own corresponding element -- air, water, earth, fire -- and accompanying planet that has been beautifully captured in these desctags created by Rat the Unloved. Wear your sign proudly!

Each Zodiac tag will be released on it's corresponding start date as the year progresses, so keep an eye on Digo Market for yours to arrive!

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