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Newbie guide

Sat Nov 7, 2015, 4:51 PM by Unikeko:iconunikeko:


Newbie guide by Kuku-ri

This guide is here to help those who're new or confused about some facts. If you as a newbie or past-newbie have something what confused you and it's not mentioned here, please feel free to comment so we can effeciently help other new members and give them easier time beginning?


What is an ARPG?


The term ARPG is short for 'Art Roleplay Game' or 'Artistic Roleplay Group'.
It is basically an RPG game made by artists for artists: it combines elements of RPG gaming with art. Generally an ARPG will focus on an original species designed by the group, such as the Kukuri.


How does it work?


A lot of you are probably familiar with classic RPG games where you create a character, kill monsters, do quests and gain EXP (experience points) to level up and become stronger. An ARPG works more or less the same way, except it's art-centric!

Every time your ARPG species is depicted in an artwork of any medium, they gain 'experience points' that will level them up!

If these artworks are 'activity' artworks, you can be rewarded with loot too!


For Kukuris, these points are called "Fate Points" (or FP for short).
Your skill level in art will not affect how much FP you gain, as everyone is compared to their own gallery. A more experienced artist will not have any advantage over a newbie artist; everyone levels up the same way.

You can acquire loots and items, craft equipments and potions, encounter or trigger various random events, etc, all by participating in activities within the group such as hunting, traveling, quests and more!


ARPG terms

There is a lot of terms that float around ARPGs, and when shortenings come in it can get quite dizzy! Hopefully this section will answer some of your questions!

Genotype (geno) and Phenotype (pheno)
Genotype is a string of letters that basically tells how the Kukuri looks colorwise and markingwise. A lot of people refer undesigned Kukuris as "genos," as they are still only strings of letters without much identity.

Genotype always starts with the Kukuri's color. If the letters are small, that means that it is not present in the genotype. A big first letter and a small second letter (Aa) means that the gene is present as a non-dominant form, and when both letters are big (AA) it means that the gene is dominant. Knowing this, the colors respond to following letters:
Aa/ee: This means that the kukuri is CRIMSON, as Aa corresponds the crimson color.
aa/Ee: This means that the kukuri is HAZEL, as Ee corresponds to the hazel color.
aa/ee/Xx: Means the Kukuri is RAVEN. Xx correspons to the raven color, and when neither Aa nor Ee is present, it means it's pure raven.
aa/ee/Oo: is the same as raven, but PEARL color.

However, these colorations can be mixed, and that is when things get interesting. Read more about them in the Coat Colors page!

For markings, the non-dominant and dominant are written little differently. When there is a small "n" in front of the shortening (nSo), it means that the gene is non-dominant. If there is no "n" and the letter repeats itself (SoSo), it means that the gene is dominant and thus more likely to be inherited in breeding and allows the marking to have extra properties!
Related pages: Genes and mutations

Import/Upload
An import refers to a Kukuri that has been designed, officially been approved by the group and added to Kuku-ri. When someone mentions that they are selling an import or an uploaded Kukuri, it means that it isn't a geno anymore, and cannot be designed again (expect with special items).
Related pages: Design approval

Semi Custom
Semi custom refers to a Kukuri which is bought from the group from an special event, and the person which bought the semi custom can decide what kind of markings the kukuri has (with limits), regardless of who the parents are. If you're familiar with Closed Species, you could think that semi custom is kind of Make Your Own (MYO), but within limits. Semi customs often come with a short or none lineage.
Slots
Slots are breeding related. Each Kukuri has a set amount of breeding slots (but the amount does raise with the kukuri's rank), which the user can either use themselves or sell for other users. You cannot breed another person's kukuri without owning a slot from the said Kukuri.
You, as an user, also have slots. Unlike Kukuris whose used slots stay with them the rest of their lifes and the total can be increased via art, yours will refresh at the beginning of every month. You can breed 4 times a month (being the person who posts the breeding) and be part of 2 splits in a month (Being eligible for some of the kukuris produced in the breeding but not being one who posts the breeding).
You can check here your personal monthly slots, and the slots any kukuri has used and their total!
Related pages: Breeding

Breeding Permission
When you've acquired a slot, the person who owns the Kukuri must give you a breeding permission. This is the proof that you own the said slot, and it's required to be shown in the breeding if the Kukuri is not owned by you. The breeding slot must be given on the group provided page, no other proof of the deal is eligible. That's also why it's important to keep these permissions safe, so make sure to copy the link to the comment in the Sta.sh or something similiar!
Related pages: Breeding

Split breeding/clutch/litter/bun
A breeding where there are two people who will be owning the Kukuris produced, divided by the rules set by them beforehand.
Related pages: Breeding

POTC/POTL/POTB
Pick Of The Clutch, Pick Of The Litter, and Pick Of The Bun all refer to same thing. This is a term seen in split breedings, and it basically means that whoever has the Pick Of The Clutch gets to decide first what they get.
Related pages: Breeding

Round robin/dodgeball
Little lesser used term, but also split breeding related term. In this kind of pick system the decided person picks first, the other person second, the first person as third and second person as fourth (provided that the nest produced enough genos for this).
Related pages: Breeding

Lineage, sire, dam
Lineage means the Kukuri's ancestors (A short family tree, if you may), and it's important when checking for inbreeding. Sire stands for the kukuri's father, and dam stands for the kukuri's mother. That means that Sire's Dam, for example, means the father's mother.
Related pages: Breeding, Design approval

Activity roll
A lot of people ask activities as a payment, due to them giving them items that they might need for crafting. With activity roll they mean a kukuri that is rolled for items. Since you can draw up to 3 kukuris in one activity image, if you're asked 3 activity rolls you can do them all in one image, provided that the person owns all the 3 kukuris portrayed doing the activity in the picture.
Related pages: Hunting, Gathering, Excavating, Traveling


Kukuri terms

As many groups, Kukuris have few things named on their own ways for players to enjoy. These are terms you might see around!

Dove/Rook
These are terms that relate to Kukuri's gender. Dove stands for a female Kukuri, and Rook stands for a male Kukuri.
Bun
A nest of Kukuris (as in a result in breeding) is called a bun.
Loaf
A group of Kukuris is referred as a loaf. Members often describe the "all the kukuris I own" as "my loaf".
Crescent (Cr)
The ingame money that can be acquired with doing activities and then selling them to the shop. You can check how many Crescents you have from your bank, which will be created for you when you acquire your first items/Crescents.
Related pages: The Bank

Enamored
A picture that is required in every breeding, unless a starter is present.
Requirements for Enamored: Both Kukus must be at least 50% visible, colored, shaded and with minimal background surrounding at least 50% of both kukuris. For writing, 500 words. A same enamored picture/story can be used 2 times.
Related pages: Breeding

Fate Points (FP)
When you or someone else does art or write stories of your kukuri, it gains Fate Points. This is easiest explained as experience points, and when you acquire enough you gain new ranks that unlock new things for your Kukuri (often more breeding slots and skill points).
Related pages: Fate Points and Skill Points, FP tracker (and how to make one)

Skillpoints (SP)
Skillpoints are divided in 3 different types: Attack (ATK), Defense (DEF) and Speed (SPD). Currently these skillpoints are used in special events, but will also affect quests and coliseum battles in the future.
Related pages: Fate Points and Skill Points



Kukuris and how to get one

Kukuris are closed-species by Unikeko, which means you can't just make one 'cause you desire so, but it has to be acquired by either events held by the group or bought from other players.

Read more about Kukuris here.

Adoption Center is a place where the members can donate their undesired Kukus for newbies to adopt! It is a good place to stalk when you're wishing to get your own. However, your account has to be at minimum 1 month old to be able to adopt your first kukuri.
Kukuris for Sale - gallery folder is a place you can look through when looking for your own, this is where people will post when they're either selling, trading or auctioning their Kukus for either money, art, or other things.
Looking for Kukuris- gallery folder is where YOU can post a journal telling that you're looking for your own Kuku - many people are willing to help, especially if you offer something in return!
Buy a slot to 2 starters and breed! If you'd like to aim for rare markings, try to get something you desperately want and would not like to haggle with the prices, you can try to breed your own!
Additionally, if you're willing to wait, there are some random events where you might get a Kuku yourself! Sometimes they're simply monthly events, sometimes they're big ones and will be announced on their own!



FP and SP

Fatepoints (FP) and skillpoints (SP) are two ever-growing stats of your Kukuris. Fatepoints are easiest explained as experience points what you can acquire by creating stories and art of your Kukuri!
Skillpoints are stats of your Kukuri, which benefit you on many activities within the group. For example, great speed might help when trying to tame a wild Kukuri, or great strenght may help in a spaw or wits.

Read more about Fate points and Skillpoints here.



How do genes work


Genes are limitations of how your Kukuri looks. The long row of letters may look intimidating, but it is mosly for checking is the gene dominant or non dominant and for those who which to try and breed some certain colour.

For example your gene row might look like this:
oo/aA/ee/xx/nCo/SOSO
This means the Kukuri in question is don-dominant crimson because there is only one A in the row of oo/aa/ee/xx. Only one A means that it is not as likely to pass down to the child if matched with EE, for example, which would make your Kukuri dominant hazel.

nCo means that the Kukuri has "collar" gene which creates a marking around the neck, but it is non-dominant - it is less likely to pass down to a hatchling, and when designing your Kukuri you do not have the dominant priviledges.
SOSO means that the Kukuri also has the gene "socks", which as it says creates colored socks on it's feet. However, this gene is dominant since it doesn't have the small n but instead double letters in it, so you're eligible for the dominant priviledges - in this case, if you so desire, the socks can potentially cover your Kuku's whole leg. You are never forced to use any or all dominant options if you wish not to. Dominant genes are also more likely to pass on to the hatchlings.

Read more about genes and colors here



Designing your own


When you have acquired your Kukuri, you download the official import picture, and navigate through so that you have your Kuku's right ears and horns. That is a start.
Then you pick the coloration - while it doesn't exactly have to follow the examples provided, there should be a clear difference between red and brown, for exampe. A very slight shades are allowed to be created, but nothing that is visible enough to be counted as a marking.

When you've finished this, it's time to slap on some markings. You have to follow your Kuku's provided markings, but unless it is specified what color the marking is (especially apparent with white markings which will always be white), they can be any shade close to your base color. So as example, if you have crimson base you can make your colorations light reddish, dark, orange-ish or wine red.

When you've finished playing with your design, you're allowed to put on minimal amount of white and black - these are only few spots of said colours which will not be passed down on any lineage, but more here to add one last unique touch on your Kuku. Rule of the thumb is, if your minimal white looks like it could be a gene on it's own, it's probably too much.
You have rather free reign on coloring the horns and ears, however they too much follow the same coloration guidelines with the basecolor. Meaning that a crimson Kuku cannot have an amber horn, for example. It is recommended that any markings put on ears or horns would reflect markings on the body. The markings also cannot be complicated enough to pass as hieroglyphs.

Read more about genes and colors here


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:iconscottie-x:
Scottie-x Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New Deviant Professional Digital Artist
wait what do i do if i'm completely shit at art and have no talent whatsoever?
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner 5 days ago
In kukuri we courage people to try new things and learn while doing ´v`/ We have all levels of art here, but don't judge anyone differently, we have same rules to everyone.
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Gela98 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Student Digital Artist
okie , I'm newbie too and I just adopted my first geno I understand how colors and genes works etc. 
but there is a question... THE TAIL 
Mother has fuzy tail and father has regural one. What Tail should I make ? or is it up to me ?
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RadiantRaindragon Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not an admin, but I can help!

If the geno doesn't mention what kind of tail it has, then that means it has a regular tail.
This is your geno, right?

A-24
Parents: Haia 006 x Kobo 1979

Common Kukuri - Male - Healthy
Aa/Ee/nSf/nSm
Smoked Amber with Snowflake
Droop ears, Short horns
Diurnal, Omnivore
WHISKERS MUTATION

If it had a fuzzy tail, then it would say 'Fuzzy Tail' somewhere in the geno. It doesn't, so your kuku has a regular tail. :D
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Gela98 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Student Digital Artist
okie thank you !
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beuxpatawn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im a newbie, and im kinda confused what i do after i adopt a kukuri? do i make a fate point tracker and then draw my kukuri? i really need advice!
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Miruae Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019
Hey there!

Once you receive your adopted kukuri, the first thing you'll want to do is design them and get them approved. Fate point trackers come after that.

You'll find the import bases for kukuri in the Resources gallery folder. They come ready as PSDs with all ears, horns, and tails included.

Next, our Kukuri Genetics pages provide all you need to know about your kukuri's genetics, including coat colours, markings, mutations etc!

Once you've finished designing your kukuri, upload them to Sta.sh and submit them to Design Approvals, where a member of our design team will check your design and make sure it fits within our guidelines.

If your design is accepted, great! Once they're able, our import team will upload them to Kuku-ri and your kukuri becomes official!

If the design needs fixing, our design team will let you know why and give tips on how to help your design fit within the guidelines. Once amended, you can then submit the corrected design to Design Corrections. -- If your design does need some corrections, don't get disheartened! I'm a mod and even I still make mistakes with my designs <3

However, as a new member who owns less than 3 kukuri, you're also able to ask a member to design your geno for your in Design Request!
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beuxpatawn Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2019  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you! ^^
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BluefeatherGaming Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2019   General Artist
Hey, i have twins (just other horns) and i wanted to ask
can they be uploaded at the same time
can i send them to approval together
can i make it the same design with right traits though
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2019
We unfortunately will upload kukuris in the order they will be approved ´A` And since you can send only one design in a day, you can only be lucky to get matching IDs :< I'm sorry, but if we would do this to you, we'd have to do this for everyone and that would be a huge job for admins.
You're allowed to make them as twins ´v`/
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BluefeatherGaming Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2019   General Artist
what if i want a kuku but i cant pay and my account is created today (my friend has this problem)
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2019
There's plenty of members who willingly are giving genos to newbies for art payments ´v`/ That is one of the easiest way to get a kuku if account isn't eligible for adoption!
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BluefeatherGaming Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2019   General Artist
i found one, my friend oves a payment now
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Fernblaze15 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So it says that you account must be one month old to get a kuku from the adoption center, does that mean you Da account or your group account (Is there even such a thing as a group account?????)
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2019
That means your dA account ´v`/
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Fernblaze15 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2019  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU!!!!
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FeistyTadpole Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
To draw, I use either ibisPaint or Medibang, and I’m not sure if either of those support the type of file that the templates are (I know for certain Ibis doesn’t). Is there any way to get a design approved without using the template?
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019
According to quick googleing (I know nothing about these softwares unfortunately) Medibang should support PSD files :0 Our imports are always PSD files, but if none of the softwares you use will support them, one way to get design done is to ask from members in Design request! You can also pay for other members to do your design, but community driven requests are free!
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FeistyTadpole Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the help!
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Aludrown Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got my first Kukuri from the adoption center(!) and it says 'please use this comment as proof' I'm a little confused on how to do that haha
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IFeelFreeLikeABird Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019   Artist
Save the link to the comment and when you go to design approvel after doing a design for the geno, add the link of the comment which is your proof of owning this kukuri, either in the form provided on the design approvel page or sta.sh(the form is prefered or both)
(Sorry if the explation isn't good enough, it's the basics of the basic, if you wish you can note me for more info, if you haven't already figured it out)

If you have any other questions, please go here!: Questions and answers
You will get a much faster replys from a admin ^w^
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Aludrown Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! Figured it out, thanks a bunch ^^
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IFeelFreeLikeABird Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2019   Artist
No problem, happy to help!
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Jinxx-Black Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I'm new to ARPGS (though I do play by post RPs), and I was wondering if it's a requirement to be able to do art? I'm not artistic really, and I came across these species and am highly interested. Would love to join, but if being artistic is a requirement then idk. 

The Kukuris are super cute, so hopefully if I'm able to join I can learn how to do this sort of rp. 

TIA ^_^
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2018
We accept all kinds of creative talents here, you can collect FP for kukuri and tell their story not only through pictures, but also through literature! You can even sculp if needed ´v`/ All those talents can be learned too, and I personally learned ARPG is best way to learn doing things!
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fatmatt1220 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018
So, question...what exactly is a Kukuri?
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
You can take a look of Species information for more knowledge ´v`/
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fatmatt1220 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
thanks, also are they ride-able like a Chocobo?
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
Yes :3
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fatmatt1220 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2018
AWESOME!!!
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FangLeToucan Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
HI, i was wondering if someone could help walk me through getting started and getting my own Kukuri? I've tried reading the guild and it still kinda confuses me on what I need to do.
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018
The most best strategy is to head into our Adoption center and check if the list has any kukuris of your likings ´v`/ Almost all genos there are in undesigned state, so you can make your own kukuri from provided colors and markings the geno has. Otherwise you can head up into gallery and choose from one of the sale journals other members have posted in, since they can sell different kind of kukuris for art or money! You can get only one kukuri from adoption center and only if you have none yet, so keep this in mind when exploring the journals! Otherwise you can also purchase breeding slots for existing kukuris from other members and breed them together to get new pups that might have genes you fancy the most! There's many ways to get a kukuri, all you have to do it just pick up the best ~
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FangLeToucan Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, thank you for the clarification! I appreciate it a ton!
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qerardqay Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dumb question but i lose focus easy
can you change a kukus name/gender?
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jrusti Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2018
Not a dumb question, don't worry!
Name can always be changed in Import updates, but gender can't be changed!
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qerardqay Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet! thanks!
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MariiCreations93 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually reminds me a lot to flight rising, specially with the markings and heritage xD
tho, i really want to try it out... is just that too much info to process :'D specially the genos and phenos... i will get a lot of confusion in that one, for sure hahahaha.
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whitewolf121 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i know noob thing to ask i got a adopt from the place you first get one do you have to color them yourself?
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whitewolf121 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nvm i feel stupid XD
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Pebble-Bounce Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I would join this but this is just too much information to choke on xD
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Jalohauki Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018
It grows to you ;3 I was in the situation of yours two years ago and thought I would never understand, but slowly but surely it became clear! Always it's okay to ask help too~
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Pebble-Bounce Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I really don’t visit deviant often enough (well when SCHOOL starts) so I won’t have much and my Kukuris won’t be ... good level ... or something xD
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whitewolf121 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
for your account having to be 1 month old does that mean your da account or be a member of the group for a month?
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jrusti Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
It means your deviantart account!
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whitewolf121 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thank you
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XxAsk-FluffyxX Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2018  Student Artist
Hrm , I have a question~

if you are struggling with you’re design- are you allowed to have help creating your design if you already have you’re kuku’s geno??
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