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March 2023 Updates
• Please warmly welcome our newest staff members! Tetrameryxx will be joining Gardeners and colourlesBird & pzreich24 will be joining New Growth!
• Our Newcomer's Guide has now been updated with a fresh look on the Weebly!
• Our FAQ page has been revamped with lots of new information!
• You can now re-add esk removed from gameplay back to the game! Please refer to the "Trading and Transfer rules" of our new FAQ for more information!
• The Wellsprings Equinox Donation drive is back! Check the event here!
February 2023 Updates
• The Pop-Up shop is now closed! Don't worry if you missed out, it'll pop up again soon!
• As of today we will be returning to our normal 7-day grace period. Thank you all for your patience!
• Our Pop Up Shop is coming soon!! It will open in 1 week (Feb 8th) so get ready!
• We will be opening our Guest Artist Applications in 2 weeks (Feb 15th) Please take this time to review the Application Information as we have updated requirements for a better Guest Artist experience and flow for both staff and artists!
• The Wellsprings has been updated and revamped for the month of December onwards! Check it out here!
You can always access the old journal here.
• Please join us in welcoming our newest staff members! Narnicissa for Curators and Starwatchersky and Jammoos for the Outreach team!
Our 5th Anniversary event has now concluded! Thank you to everyone for growing with us <3 if you have missed the deadline of the prize claims, please send us a group note!
Its TWWM's Fifth Anniversary! Help us celebrate with fun prompts, pop up & trinket shops!
Check it out here!
We have a new feature added in celebration of our anniversary ~ Tell 000 A Story
We've made an update to our Point Tracking Guide and moved it to the Weebly for better visuals. come check it out here!
Lastly, we've compiled all the data from our fun survey! Here they are! Thank you all for participating in the survey! We got a ton of great feedback and it was super fun to see all the results! Thank you Viiv for compiling it!
• Thank you to everyone who participated in our surveys! They are now closed. We'll put up some of the fun stats once we comb through all the data!
• We have an update to the Energy Exchange! There will now be a Modify Elemental 10-100 GP sliding scale price depending on the scale of change. This will be used for changing an existing elemental within the same 'type' (ie drizzle to downpour, sunlight to sunbeam), and changing the elemental's visual appearance/coverage. Not sure how much a change will cost? Send us a group note!
• There will now also be a Dismiss Elemental option starting at 10 GP. Some elementals are very embedded into an esk's design and thus removing them will alter a lot of the design and cost more GP, whereas some are more external and would cost less. Same as above, if you have questions please give us a shout via group note!
• We now have a stone and crystal guide to help players with the difference between what is okay for a nature feature depiction vs a transformation reward!
•We have an update for previous esk forms for purchased abnormal esk, wellspring non-object abnormals, and non-object greenhouse abnormals that have had a previous esk form added to the masterlist. If the previous form design has not been depicted in artwork outside of the reference it can be removed and a new design submitted. This applies only once per ownership change.
If the design has been depicted, the previous design can be replaced via Spirit Renewal with no changes (other than artistic style differences) to update the artwork displayed in the previous form section of the masterlist. No EE purchases can be applied to the previous form.
• A reminder! we still have these surveys going We are looking for your feedback! We have two optional surveys for members to fill out - filling out either survey will earn you the magic potato treasure! The first survey is mostly a fun questionnaire to see what our members stats are! the second survey is more information gathering to get some feedback from players about various aspects of twwm. Both surveys are completely anonymous and all questions are optional
Survey 1: some fun information!
Survey 2: twwm feedback!
• Points Guide and Scoring System Update
The points guide has received a much needed update and has now been moved to our weebly for easier access and viewing: Scoring Guide
We hope that the new points guide will assist you and make it easier for all players to get a better understanding on how to score their artwork!
Consequently, as we were going through all the sections and updating them, we have decided to make adjustments for certain categories!
The changes are as follows:
Scenic bonus has been changed to 30AP and 10GP
Origin Prompt Bonus has been changed to 15GP (AP is staying at 50AP)
Batches are now capped at 20 per submission
Sketches can now receive the minimal background bonus
Animation sliding scale has been added AP 10-25 (GP sliding scale is staying the same)
These updates are in effect immediately. The origin prompt bonus and the scenic bonus can be updated retroactively..
Origin prompts you have already drawn for your own esk, may have the GP re-scored to reflect this update. As origin prompts are limited per esk ownership, we do not want players that have already completed their origin prompts to miss out on these extra GP.
For esk that had their origin prompts done before you owned them, re-scoring the GP of those submissions is not allowed. As you are allowed to re-do all origin prompts after receiving a new esk, you can score these under the new system.
We hope that you will enjoy this new update!
* a small note! The point calculator is updated however there is a little hiccup with the sketch and abstract background. Once selected it can’t be unselected, but you can refresh the page to reset the calculator! We hope to have this fixed asap!
AlienFlufff is a featured Creator of the month!
Watching Clouds - Monthly PromptUnder the moonlight, the world was still. Water cascaded gently by, reflecting the glittering stars like little gems. When one thinks of cloud watching, it’s usually on a summer’s day, lying upside down in the grass. While that is a pleasant experience and very accurate for many, Fantasia’s favorite time to observe the sky was at night. It was calm and quiet, and the light was less harsh. The soft clouds drifted past, slowly obscuring the glimmering specks of night. They were dark, but still visible, and misty in quality. It was almost magical. The puffs of vapor moved past the stars, revealing them to the world once more, but partially covering the moon. The world’s light dimmed, as a portion of the celestial body was covered. The edges of the clouds glowed slightly. It was so peaceful, so mystical, so nice. These were the moments Fantasia enjoyed. They looked closer at the sluggish shapes, tilting their head this way and that. If they really looked, they could see some shapes: a rabbit, a whale, an astronaut. Strange, the clouds, with their ability to become something completely different. A shift in perspective and the object would change, infinite possibilities in an endless night sky. These were the moments. Fantasia was alone, of course, as they usually were. Most beings would watch the clouds with friends or partners, a classic cliche in a romantic story. But that was nothing like what they wanted. After all, they preferred loneliness. It was peaceful and thoughtful, allowing them to more thoroughly examine and analyze the fluffy clouds passing by. Perhaps another day they would watch with someone else, but not today. Not tonight. They wanted to hold the stillness and silence as close as they could. So, they observed the clouds in solitary silence., Prompt: April 2022Word Count: 300ML Link Score Breakdown:Base Score: 6 AP (Writing: 300 words)+10 AP (Monthly Prompt)+5 AP (Personal Work Bonus)Total AP per submission: 21Base Score: 3 GP (Writing: 300 words)+1 GP (Monthly Prompt)Total GP per submission: 4...
Esk 5151 is our featured character of the month!
[TWWM] EstuaryKaihi breached the surface of the water without a splash, her whiskers wiggling forward to taste the air. It was just a little windy, enough to roughen the surface of the water and make it hard to peer out when Kaihi was drifting along under the water's surface. She was afraid she'd lost the flock of birds she was following but no – through the reaching branches of a maple she saw them, dark on the blue of the sky.She wasn't sure what kind they were. They were large birds, with long necks, and broad wings that kept them flying steady. They were headed southward, along the river which met the creek which drained her pond.Kaihi must have been very far from her pond now, indeed, but she was not worried. She could go back instantly if she needed to. Kaihi rolled over underwater and adjusted her token necklace, the charm winking in the dappled sunlight.An hour later, Kaihi sensed something new in the current: a taste of salt. The river had gone flat and sluggish, full of meanders, and then all the sudden there wasn't really a river anymore – just a wide, flat estuary with a thousand braided rivulets cushioned with plump grass patches. The salt was stronger here, more than a taste, a feeling; Kaihi felt her connection to her biome waver, the bladderwort flowers crowning her head growing limp and pale. But it would not fade entirely. This was a liminal place, a threshold. Neither marine nor freshwater, and somehow both.Kaihi slowed, turning her body against the current. The water pressed against her fur and tail and she hung there. While she was distracted contemplating the change in her surroundings, the flock of birds she was following mustered their strength and with a chorus of honks they took off over the sea.Kaihi looked after them, disappointed. Should she have floated up there to fly with them? It was too late now, Kaihi didn't feel like leaving this boundary space today.She hesitated. The day was wearing on, the sun lambent behind westerly clouds. Was it time to go back home?No! That was enough questioning, Kaihi wanted to do something!She jumped out of the water, fur flowing through the air as she floated along a meter above the waving grass and rippling water. Turning away from the south, the ocean, Kaihi swam through the air along the width of the wetland, sailing eastward.The balance between biomes was tenuous, tottering. Kaihi angled left and right as it pleased her, soaring with generous sweeps of her forked tail. Eventually she came to a muddy, flat area sprinkled with brackish water. There was a black-and-white bird there, and Kaihi swooped down to investigate.The bird was fairly tall, taller than Kaihi had been before she was an esk, she was pretty sure. It was mostly white with dark grey legs. Around its wings as they lay tucked against its sides was a ring of black, and its pate and tail were black as well. It was searching through the shallow water with a curious side-to-side motion.Kaihi's coin necklace caught the light of the sunset. The small coin was just as invisible as Kaihi was when she concentrated, but when she didn't – she appeared as a blur in the corner of the eye, a bend of the grass under no breeze, or a fleeting shadow. The light glinted off the square insides of the coin, and the bird looked up. Kaihi quickly covered the charm with a foreleg, but froze when she saw the bird's beak.It curved… upward! How utterly bizarre!The bird made a musical call and flew off, wings noisy over the brackish wetland. Kaihi followed closely, this time concentrating on being silent and invisible. The bird didn't go far; it returned to its colony, a few dozen other birds that all seemed to be paired up. Oh, they were nesting!Kaihi landed gently on the mud just beside her new friend. (Kaihi already thought of the bird as a friend.) She was distracted looking at all the other birds, all the same kind as hers, but with very slightly different amounts of black feathers on their white bodies. They were indeed in pairs, each guarding a small pile of vegetation that formed a nest right above the mud. Kaihi looked at her new friend and looked around for its mate.However, the bird tended to the nest on its own. There was only one egg, and it was a little small. Looking around, Kaihi's friend was a little small compared to its companions, too. The bird finished fussing with its egg and looked away, seeming to weigh the time of day against the need to protect its nest. It was too late to go get another meal, so it sat down over the nest and tucked its head into its plumage to sleep.Kaihi stood there for a very long moment, taking in the scene. She was still elated to have found a new, strange bird to observe and befriend… but her attention did not shift to the other birds. She was looking at the lonely nest-keeper. It looked so small and alone.With a coppery trill, Kaihi's familiar appeared from the sky. The bright orange and purple kingfisher looked out of place around the black-and-white birds, but it flew admirably around tall legs and stretching wings. The kingfisher aimed directly for Kaihi, pausing a second to rub its face against Kaihi's fur, then fluttering to land on the lonely bird's back. It settled down into an oblong non-shape, eyes squeezing shut. It was trying to comfort the bird in whatever small way it could.Kaihi rippled closer and curled around the bird. She closed her eyes as the sun dipped below the horizon, wishing her magic was stronger here in this in-between space so that she could help this beautiful bird raise its single egg. Perhaps tomorrow she could search for an esk nearby who could combine their powers with her…
Esk 4119 is our featured character of the month!
[TWWM] Two Sides to WinterOf all the seasons, Plumeria liked winter the best. The stillness of the air, the serene silence of the world around her, the way the stars shone unabashed through the clear night sky… the winter was her favorite time of year.However, if unrestricted from those four categories, another time held her utmost reverence. The silvery twilight time between winter and spring, where the air was still still but crackled with an unseen energy, where the determined growing of new plants pushed up through the lethargic blanket of white, where all of life yawned and stretched, rubbing its eyes as it prepared for a new year of bustle and chaos.Plumeria, too, was waking up again. Bits of snow melted off her matted green fur, water cascading down her long neck and stout legs. The light purple flowers growing out of her back drunk in the morning sunlight, waving gently in the breeze. Her silent vigil was over, and it was time to see what her boundary offered to her.She took off at a slow pace, dainty paws barely disturbing the snow they fell upon. As subtle as a boat crossing through calm waters, she strolled through the woods, making not a sound. Little squirrels dug through their long buried stashes, grabbing pawfuls of acorns and other assorted nuts. Migratory birds sailed overhead, returning from their long winter voyages. Even the perennials were jubilant, waxy green leaves pushing up through the frosty soil.“Good morning,” she said silently to the world around her.Of course, it being the world, she did not get a response.She almost went back to her even-eyed surveying, but something sparkling on the ground caught her eye. Craning her long neck down, she bent over to inspect this curiosity: a bundle of frost flowers peeking up between the new leaves. The unmistakable tingle she felt in her soul proved what she was already thinking: this was the work of another esk.It was uncommon for others to come by here. Plumeria’s boundary was somewhat remote, and her tall stature made it clear that this area was already inhabited. Why, then, was someone else here?Plumeria’s heart told her to dash after the residual scraps of magic, see whoever was behind this and whether or not they were friend or foe. Unfortunately for her, her lumbering body was not built for bursts of panicked speed. So she continued at her trademarked leisurely pace, all the while her thoughts raced.---Gleeful chuckling filled the forest air as a small esk dashed about, frost following his footfalls. With every hop, skip, and jump he did, little frost flowers would grow, bloom, then wither. Feathery frost grew on the melting ice of brooks and crept up the trunks of trees. They glistened, catching the light, casting his path with glittering sparkles.This particular esk was long and lithe, covered in thick winter fur. On his chest grew a bundle of purple flowers, contrasting with his white fur. The tip of his tail, as well as his eyes, were a striking black.Nali wasn’t malicious by nature- he was quicker to play and make merry than to do anything mean spirited. However, his race through the snowy wonderland led him to foreign boundaries, and he was none the wiser.I wonder if there’s anything I can find here? He thought to himself, coming down from his energetic romp into a slower trot. His frost elemental settled down as well, returning to his coat and making its familiar swirling marking. Once he did, however, he was able to get a good look at his surroundings.Where… am I, actually? Nali wondered to himself, taking a more exploratory stance. What remained of the snow covered any and all potential landmarks, as well as their smells…Wait.Nali raised his head and searched for any signs of magic. Much to his embarrassment, he succeeded. He was, no doubt about it, trespassing in someone else’s boundary....Welp. I hope they’re friendly, at l-“Who are you?” a stern, feminine voice said from behind him. Instantly, he noticed, the sun had gone behind a cloud. Turning around? He realized it had gone behind HER.Despite her dainty toy legs and fluffy appearance, the esk standing before him with a disappointed school teacher expression towered over him. She was as tall as some of the nearby trees!“My name’s Nali. Sorry, didn’t realize I had strayed that far out of my boundary. What’s your name?” he replied, always good natured.Plumeria’s eyes narrowed imperceptibly, then she finally relaxed, head bowing down to greet him. “Plumeria.” she replied, then tilted her head in confusion: “Aren’t you afraid of coming across an unfriendly face?”“Why, did you move in near some?” he joked, shrugging.“Of course not! I just mean… why be so reckless? An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, after all.” she asked him.“What’re they gonna do, say mean words to me? It’s not like they can kill me twice.” he said flippantly.“You seem awfully unbothered by all this.” she huffed.“Well, you seem to worry too much.” he huffed back.For a moment, the forest was silent. Nali had a rare moment of thinking back- did he push things too far? Perhaps he should’ve conceded some points?The sound of Plumeria’s uproarious laughter completely derailed his train of thought. The tall green esk was doubled over, a hilarious sight given that she was 70% neck, and Nila couldn’t help but chuckle as well. This chuckle turned into loud laughter, and the tension dispersed.“Hah! You’re… not that bad, Nila.” Plumeria announced in her most mature voice, shaking her head as if to shake off the childlike laughing fit she had just had.“You’re not bad yourself.” Nila answered in turn.
Sorry if this isnt the right place to ask, Im new. This all looks really fun but Im still unclear on the differences between games and which I should join. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!