Saturday, July 2, 2016

Alpha Build 7.7 for Patrons

Woo, I can gladly say that the Ranch Assistant system is finally ready for you guys to use! This is the last major gameplay system that I'll be adding to the game (we'll also be adding the Inquisitor system, but that's an ultimately much smaller system based on parts already in game). This is important not only because the system itself is cool and I hope you guys'll like it, but because it means I can majorly shift my focus towards refining gameplay/game balance and writing storylines/events. Alita is the only assistant who will be currently available in the game, but expect that number to expand rapidly.

Important note about animations: You'll notice there are no animations in this update. Don't freak out! They're coming! As a result of the issues we had with the harpies as well as a few other compounding problems (computer troubles, some missing cow parts, some particularly complex animation set-ups), the prep work for the animations got pushed back this month. Making animations requires a long set of processes, starting with cutting up the poses and assembling them before anything can be actually animated. Since rather than doing the animations one at a time we put them through each process in batches (cut all the poses, then assemble all the poses, etc) this means that all this month's animations are currently in the assembly phase.

What we're planning to do is, instead of making you wait a whole other month for more animations, have our mid-month release be our "animation update". Given this goes well, from now on we'll probably do releases in this manner, with two releases each month: a gameplay update on the 1st, and then an animation update mid-month.

Also, as this is the last major system we're adding to the game (and an update to some of the more important bits of the UI), there's a very high chance of bugs. I fully expect to be doing a hotfix even before we get to the animation update this month, so let me know of any important bugs and I'll try to get the hotfix up ASAP.

7.7 Patch Notes

Additions
- The Ranch Assistant system is now in-game! This is the last major game system to be implemented! You can use it to assign breeding pairs to your assistants who will automatically be bred every day, increase the happiness of monsters in a particular building, or automatically sell your consumables. Complete Alita's quest-line in order to use it in-game.
-  Alita the robot girl has been added to the game! To get her on your ranch you must complete her new questline, which is currently the biggest questline implemented in the game. In order to start it, you must raise your affection with Margo and have Ellenor on your ranch. It's also the first quest line in the game to involve branching paths.
- The Shop Menu and the Monster Select Menu have been overhauled. The shop now more clearly shows the monster idles and the monster select menu now includes your custom sorting tabs. They're also both prettier and ideally better optimized now! (There may be a few issues introduced with the new selection menu; let me know and they'll be added to the hotfix)

Bug Fixes/Minor Changes
- Happiness events can now occur on the same days as other events at the ranch, and are more frequent as a result
- The loading time when opening the breeding menu after loading a save has been shifted to immediately when you load the save itself
- Gremlin versions of the Swine, the Seraphs, and the Mandrakes are now possible to obtain.
- Changed Feral, Futanari, Neoteny, and Genderbent into platinum traits: will not apply to old monsters, so you may see some gold versions of the trait floating around on your old saves.
- Fixed issues with Kay's Sea Sponge
- Fixed issues with mousewheel scrolling

Known Issues
- While selecting a monster to add to an assistant's breeding schedule, you aren't shown the energy cost; this will be fixed soon
- Consumables loaded from saves from older versions won't be counted as having been harvested from your monsters when being sold by a ranch assistant, and won't stack with newly harvested consumables (this was not tracked previously)
- Alita's mouth and idle movements aren't animated yet
- There may be some weird game behavior when monsters with disabled traits are obtained
- The tutorial displays some of the old UI
- The colors on some animations are incorrect as they have yet to be overhauled

102 comments:

  1. Robot girl Alita, huh? I wonder what THAT is a reference to.... ;)

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    1. I do actually wonder, I don't get the reference

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    2. Are you just pulling my leg? It's hard to tell when it's plain text...

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  2. I think the two-per-month release schedule is a good idea! It means you can focus more.

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  3. Well I better raise ellenor's affection. Also I really hope people won't freak out with the no animations thing this month. :P

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    1. The community will probably be livid

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    2. Unfortunately, I agree with Brayden on this one. Some people don't know progress unless they can SEE it. I love the whole idea of a branching path. That's kind of cool.

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    3. Hopefully most people will be reasonable; after all we'll get animations later this month. Plus everyone's always complaining that the team spends half the month doing nothing . . . I don't know that they do, but if they're releasing stuff every two weeks(ish) instead of once a month, they'll at least look busier. Besides, I like that they're giving me a reason to play the game besides staring at nekkid monsters.

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    4. The most important and respectful aspect of this entire update is that they are telling us this. Keeping us in the loop keeps frustration levels down. Keeping people in the dark just gives them another reason to question why they are staying. I'm glad they have decided to inform us of the delay. I'm fully willing to wait another 14 days because I know something is coming and I'm more understanding because I was told. The reason is secondary.

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    5. There will probably be at lest two or three people who will be upset and will call the dev's scammers,lazy,con-artist and everything else under the sun with some abusive comment and try and justify it.

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  4. Ok i test that's. thk for schedule and communication . Also share your though of questline , project or others things if you get stuck somewhere . It's not wanna sneak , just help if i can .

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  5. So... how would one go about raising Elle's affection? She practically disappears after building the Alchemy Lab. I assume that's changed by now as well. Guess I'd better go build a barn now :P
    All in all, nice work guys. Glad to see the story being expanded as well as a new mechanic. Keeping the game somewhat fresh :) I think I'll wait for 7.7.1, however.

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  6. I have reported this game-breaking bug multiple times and it still hasn't been acknowledged. I even messaged you directly! What the heck, guys!?

    There's a game-breaking bug missing from your "known issues" list. If you have enough monsters to require scrolling, the breeding interface completely bugs out. This means players cannot have more than 18 monsters! This should be easily reproducible. This bug totally blocks players from progressing in the game. Please fix this ASAP!

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    1. I have over 60 monsters and can scroll without problems... didn't have problems on previous release either.

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    2. I also have over 50 monsters and have no problem scrolling through the list in the breeding menu. Are you loading a save from a very old version?

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  7. I have reported this game-breaking bug multiple times and it still hasn't been acknowledged. I even messaged you directly! What the heck, guys!?

    There's a game-breaking bug missing from your "known issues" list. If you have enough monsters to require scrolling, the breeding interface completely bugs out. This means players cannot have more than 18 monsters! This should be easily reproducible. This bug totally blocks players from progressing in the game. Please fix this ASAP!

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    1. I have way more than 18 monsters and have never had this problem. In one of the older versions if you didn't have a full row of monsters you would have to grab the scroll bar and pull it down to see the last row but that has been fixed.

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    2. Yup, I have WAY more than 18, and no issues with it.

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    3. Because it's not a known issue anymore, apparently:
      "- Fixed issues with mousewheel scrolling"
      Also, it seems you're the only one having this problem still. You could try starting over (after backing up your current save) or grabbing the scrollbar. I've frequently had >18 monsters with no issues... since 7.5.

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    4. I have been having this issue as well. I play on my tablet so idk if that could be the reason.

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  8. There seems to be a bug when turning in a monster for a request. If you have the option "Only show monsters with usable hearts" checked active in your breeding pen then it applies it to the fulfill monster select screen also.

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  9. out of curiousity, why would you cover up how much gold I have while I'm buying monsters? That makes it difficult to judge what I should buy. Am I missing something?

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  10. Not to sound like a drug bag, but I'm sure the reason you guys didn't drop any animations this month isn't because of tech problems. It's because H-bomb was the only person online every night working and streaming while the others dick off

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    1. Fleet has also been streaming. Now as for Spurple he is already caught up with all of his work so he really doesn't have anything to do and on to of that he has Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) so he's taking a much need brake but he's also working on some side stuff.

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  11. Not to sound like a drug bag, but I'm sure the reason you guys didn't drop any animations this month isn't because of tech problems. It's because H-bomb was the only person online every night working and streaming while the others dick off

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    1. Or you know, the reason the others didn't stream could be said tech problems. Either way, speculating at this point is useless. Hopefully this new system will work better. :)

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  12. After I get robot running, I can't breed and activating of her keeps cycling every day.

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    1. I'm having this exact same bug. It feels like the quest somehow is never being flagged as completed or something.

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    2. You triggered the singularity. Don't do that, especially outside the game.

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    3. How did you get her running? I have the level 3 ingredients Ellenor asks for but she doesn't show up in the alchemy tower. I have gone through a couple of weeks and there hasn't been a new event triggered. Am I missing something?

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    4. You probably are missing an ingredient, I thought I had all of them but was missing wolf jizz. When I got it, she took everything when clicking the tower.

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    5. Does it matter if it is dickwolf jizz or titwolf jizz?

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    6. Never mind I didn't have the needed quantity.

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    7. Ok, I got her up and running but I am unable to breed anything but the issue seems to be because the "Click and Drag" text for sorting monsters is stuck on the screen when I open the breeding menu is this the same issue you are having?

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    8. I'm waiting for next patch before doing anything else.

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  13. Awesome, I was really looking forward to seeing Ranch Assistant system. Its ok that there are no animations this month I was watching the streams already know.

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  14. I have Margo at 1000/1000 and Ellenor's already on my ranch on an old 7.4 save, but it doesn't seem to be triggering the quest to get Alita. Am I missing something? I've tried sleeping, going to every building/area of the map, but nothing seems to be making this quest start. I'm not going to have to start a new save, am I?

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    1. Never mind, it finally started. I think I had to lose some reputation with Margo first (asked her about her boobs) so that it would recognize the reputation increase when I actually fulfilled a monster request for her. A little while later, I found the locked door and the quest began.

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    2. Started a new game, got both Margo's rep to 1000 and Ellenor on the ranch, but still not getting the Alita quest. Advance 2 weeks just in case but still nothing.

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    3. Unless there's some trick I'm missing, I think I've spent enough time trying to get this to trigger. The boobs talk thing did get the quest to start, but then that was it. Fastforwarded almost a month and nothing's happened.

      Kind of disappointing given that it's the only content in this release...

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    4. Did you ever work it out? I had to talk to Margo about her boobs to get the door to trigger but since then nothing. Do I have to get her back to 1000/1000?

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  15. Maybe I didn't give enough detail last time. I'm using the exe version if that makes any difference.

    In the pen, when selecting your monsters to mate, after you've selected your first monster you get the pregnancy chance and energy cost while hovering over the options for the second monster. Once you've selected the second monster and try to change either monster, that hover percentage/energy cost doesn't change and remains what it was for the original pair. If you actually select another monster the values will show and will remain the values shown until another selection is made. The only work around I've found is to close and reopen the menu.

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    1. I also hope that this small inconvenience can be patched up. It would make it more streamline like it once was.

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  16. Has anyone else noticed that after getting the vase from kay, that the pieces your supposed to find on the beach dont pop up anymore? or has that quest line been deactivated?

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    1. You have to get the history of the vase first.

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  17. WHen will spurple be streaming again. He took last month off but will we see him this month?

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    1. In fairness, right now spurp's role has him -waaaay- ahead of the animators.

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    2. It's true, but at the same time it is always better to be ahead. In case anything needs re-doing, he doesn't fall behind then, and if the animators pick up a steady pace (meaning Vanilly will be able to make 5-7 animations without problems, and Subtank also gets up to the speed) then Spurple will have problems keeping up, so it is better if he makes content ahead, while he can. Of course unless he has right now holiday, in which case let him rest :D

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    3. Given all that goes into animating these things, I'd be pretty surprised if SP can't keep up the pace once those two are working at their fastest, assuming they aren't already. That said, I would really like to see more work from him anyway, because fbreeder + every type of horseperson is my kinds of kink and I have been impatiently waiting to see that art forever.

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    4. I've been waiting for some horsie goodness as well. So we've seen concepts for the Holstauruses and Demons, but are they avoiding Stallions or something?

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    5. I just like being able to get a look at the art. They dont do art updates anymore so i like being able to compile all the art into a nice folder, if he doesnt stream at all i cant see any of the art they are working on. I thought he would be back this month but it looks like he is taking this month off too :(

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  18. when will there be more animations involving the male breeder and male monsters?

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    1. They are doing the female breeder animations first, then the male breeder, then monster X monster.

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  19. still hoping you put a secondary set of tabs to bring back the sort by monster feature in the breeding pen like the shop still has...I miss it and it was the only sorting tool I personally needed

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  20. So now that most of the major system updates, is there any chance we might hear more about the possibility of FutaBreeder? Been a supporter since about the start with hopes we might get the option.

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    1. I think they did mention that they have no intention of doing that - but I'm not certain. Anyway, as much as I'd like that, they already have more than enough animations to work on. No need to add even more yet. That would make more sense as something to add once the game hits a "complete" stage if they decide to do some updates/expansions afterwards.

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    2. It would add too many new animations (which already there are too many to make), and Breeders are not that commonly used in Breeding, their purpose is more for events/lore than actual kinking it up with the monsters ;)

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    3. Monsters can be anything. Breeder is human. Not gonna happen.

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    4. A human x monster = monster. I should know cause my futa tit wolf plus breeder made a futa tit wolf. The breeder works similar to ditto in pokemon,

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  21. Seems every turn I get the Alita's activation dialog repeated over an over again. Not sure why?

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  22. I hate how the new monster shop ignores the chosen tab when I restock..

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  23. after completing the alita event I cant choose any of the monster to breed them and they disappear

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  24. Wait one motherfucking second. Now there are not five monsters fitting in one room of a pen, but 4??
    Wtf?

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    1. Is that any particular monsters? I'm still seeing five. Though I do only have the animated ones, so cats, wolves, and harpies.

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    2. I have 4 in every first room I think, at least cats and wolves. May be a bug, but not sure.

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    3. I have five in the first harpy room. It may be a slight area of confusion, but monsters don't automatically get shifted to the first available spot.

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  25. When will the browser version come back? I can't play the new versions anymore on ipad :(

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  26. Hi! I have an issue on events with animation + text as in the inn event and marchioness event. The animation is blocked on the first phase and the text works fine. As if the text block the use of the animation arrow. Is there a way to fix this?

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  27. Hi! I have an issue on events with animation + text as in the inn event and marchioness event. The animation is blocked on the first phase and the text works fine. As if the text block the use of the animation arrow. Is there a way to fix this?

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  29. yeah i have problems with breeding monsters after activating and keeping alita all it says on the heart is drag and click and thats it you might wanna fix that

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  30. I just started a new file for fun and I've been trying to do the Marchioness 3 trait quest (Selfish Futanari Altruistic). Is it even possible to get Selfish + Altruistic on one monster? I've been trying to breed a Futa + Alt Harpy with a Selfish Catgirl and none of their dozens of offspring have been suitable. They've rolled Futa + Alt, Self + Futa, but no Self + Alt, let alone all 3. Did Marchioness give me an impossible quest? Should I just start another new file?

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    1. It's not possible. Selfish(Take) and Altruistic(Give) are diametric opposites. You can't ever have a monster with these two traits.

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  31. If i make fanart how can i send it to you guys?

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  32. when elleanor requests those 6 ingredients, after i got them all, i click the alchemy lab but nothing happened?

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    1. nvm it happened, maybe it got something to do with ellenor's affection for me?

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    2. I had the same problem you have to have a certain quantity as well, though I don't remember her saying that in the event dialogue.

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  33. I've encountered a real serious issue. Finally completed the Alita quest and Alita is now available to use as a ranch assistant... but the breeding menu has stopped working entirely immediately after she was added as a Ranch Assistant. I can open the breeding menu itself by clicking on the breeding ring on the farm, but the menu itself doesn't respond to clicking except on the right side tab, which then displays NO monsters (not even the Breeder). This... this needs a hotfix pretty quickly. http://i.imgur.com/kWRdKuB.png http://i.imgur.com/nI186KD.png

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    1. If you look closely, it seems like the breeding menu is broken or some sort of default placeholder breeding menu rather than the ACTUAL breeding menu. For whatever reason, when Alita was added as an assistant, clicking the breeding ring has started taking me to the placeholder rather than the actual menu. Look at the difference, particularly in the numbers displays at the bottom. NORMAL menu: http://i.imgur.com/EenrGT4.png "BROKEN" post-Alita menu: http://i.imgur.com/kWRdKuB.png

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    2. Hey, if anyone could send me a save where this issue occurs, I think I can get this issue hotfixed really quick.

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    3. How can I send you my save file?

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    1. Margo, when I talked to her, she started to say something then stopped but afterwards a job for Cordellia popped that will get her to move story along.

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  35. Not sure if this is a glitch or not, but I don't seem to be able to unlock the Nurturing trait.

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    1. (Using 7.7)
      When you complete a gold quest, do you get a message saying "You have unlocked Null", or are there still traits unlocking? Also... debug codes can help. I won't tell you what they are, though. Sometimes a particular trait can take an ungodly long time to unlock. I have Nurturing unlocked on my current save, so it's probably just bad luck on your end.

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    2. That was it.
      weird that it took so long.

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  36. I've noticed (maybe this is a bug for just me) that when you breed two monsters and they have offspring, if you are full you go to the selection screen like normal to choose the one you want to get rid of. Only, there is no longer an option to select the monster you just created. I kind of rely on that to compare traits with the ones I have already, so this would be an important fix for me!

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  37. I love the new look for the shop menu. Also, I can't seem to locate the sorting menu anymore. I may be just blind, but it's bugging me. I have this thing about selling only Ferals to Kala and I had a Tigirl ready to go but as I had fed and bred her that day, I couldn't sell her. I was pretty ticked about it.

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  38. Uh... Not sure where to go to ask this. Haven't been able to find a forum. Does anyone know how people in this world deal with monster overpopulation? Like we breeders produce a shit ton of monsters on a daily basis. Do they just die after a while? We know elves live a long time, but what about the rest? And what about every time a customer goes and fucks his/her catgirl/guy and produce offspring? Do they just set them free or donate them? And what does the guild do with the hundreds of harpies I've donated? Am I over thinking this? Definitely. It's just that the world has me intrigued as it's apparent Hbomb put some effort thinking up how this all works.

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    1. There either sent to another breeder farm, guild, slavers or sex pets. Even elves stated that they buy slaves, mostly human. cow girls are also use for their milk stated by the carpenter.

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  39. Im having a problem with the ranch assist thing. i cant breed any of my monsters the normal way and on the breed button it just says click and drag the whole time. i cant access any of my monsters in the breeding area and alita doesnt have enough energy to breed any of them.

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    1. And the Alita event keeps Reoccerring.

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  40. If at all possible in one of the future updates I would like to either have the option to move monsters around in the stables or for them to automatically move into the spaces that open up when I sell or donate a monster so that I don't have one or two monsters in each holing pen.

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  41. Um.. so how long is it gonna take to update?

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  42. While buying monsters, where can you see how much gold you have left? The price/restock piece is blocking the regular one and i cant see anything else here. :/

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    1. While playing female Breeder the male breeder's icon is showing instead in the breeding list.
      (Im gonna keep on posting things i notice in this comment so i wont spamm to much.)

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    2. Personally im having a hard time with the shops and items display, theres no names on them, only pictures and no information on whatever you have in your inventory, i got a sea slug or something from Kay at the beach and a weird bucket showed up in my inventory, after 1 feed/use its gone for the other monsters but its still in my inventory.
      Same with selling stuff, if i didnt know what i was doing then i would have a hard time understanding anything here. (aka, for newbies it could be har to understand how it works),(Ex, you might need an item or two for alchemy so it would be bad if you sold them by mistake.)
      The former design was better according to me but thats mostly my personal opinion.

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  43. why not let other get thes free now sench it dead

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