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Happy 3rd Anniversary, Wyngro!

Wed Jul 18, 2018, 8:01 PM by tsand106:icontsand106:


Well, we got through year 3 of Wyngro everyone! I can’t tell you all how proud I am of all the artists that have joined this group in that amount of time, and how much you’ve all helped it grow. I’ve learned so much from this group, working with people, communication skills, organizing, art in general, (especially have gotten a lot better at color theory!) and just meeting and getting to know an assortment of interesting people.

I’m not gonna lie, there were a lot of really tough obstacles this year to get past, a lot of negative vibes, and a lot of people that have come and gone. I think that it’s a very easy option for a lot of leaders to abandon a project when things get tough and relationships get tested.
But like the cornball I am, I always think back to a quote from good old Dumbledore, where sometimes we must choose between what is easy and what is right.

Although it wasn’t easy, I worked through the struggles of toxic people and negativity, because I believe in making this a place that people can enjoy, grow together, and be challenged, all while having fun.

Wyngro has grown so much, and as long as there are people out there to enjoy it, I will push myself to come up with new and interesting ways for people to participate in it. I could not be here of course without such an amazing team of staff, artists, and supporters like those of Patreon. But even those who just make the effort to say something nice to me, or about the group, or something nice about someone else’s art. That’s what it’s all about. Just being creative and supporting each other as artists.

I can’t wait for Year 4 of Wyngro and what it entails. We have so much to show you today, and even more this year. Thank you for being supportive, patient, and having so much enjoyment of this group. I love you all.

Alright enough sappy stuff, you guys want to see this year’s goodies? Have at it!!

Leaf Spikes!



Huzzah! A new upgrade to slap on your back! Nifty!
This new upgrade is also available to be freely given away to your adult wyngrew today! Something fresh and new for those who’ve already gotten the other leaf upgrades!

Wait! But what about Leaf Markings & Leaf Ears?

Leaf ears are a wyngling only upgrade that you can apply to a MYO today only! [click here!]

Unfortunately after two consecutive years of service, Leaf Markings are not making a return this year. Leaf Markings are considered Retired, though who knows? Perhaps some year they’ll make a return! These special yearly upgrades tend to make like a tree and leaf when they want to, hehe.

We know the absence of the leaf markings is disappointing to a lot of you, but they will be back later! Please try to be positive about what IS here and not concentrate on the negative!

Rules for Leaf Spikes:
Arrow left by Drawn-Mario Adult Wyngrew only!
Arrow left by Drawn-Mario You may only apply this upgrade to ONE of your wyngrew!
Arrow left by Drawn-Mario All back spikes when first added must be the same color! May be color mixed later!
Arrow left by Drawn-Mario Must be new fullbody art.
Arrow left by Drawn-Mario Please upload them to [THIS FOLDER!]




The rules for Anniversary MYOs and what’s available today for them can be found here on our [Preparation Announcement Here]!

Also, we would like to reveal a new time-sensitive Quest for those wanting to get to know our new NPC, Ivy a bit better! Can your wyngro pass the trials she put before them in order to receive something new?

NPC: Ivy by Wyngrew
[MARK OF WYNSIPH QUEST ]

The reward for this quest is a bit different than normal: instead of an item, your wyngro will receive a Tattoo instead!

What’s a tattoo?

Tattoos are odd, mysterious markings that only very wise, magic-oriented wyngrew have the ability to bestow upon others. In the olden days, Tattoos were used to mark those of different tribes, families, or even castes from one another. They were often sources of honor and inspired loyalty, drawing different wyngrew together under a common banner.

Nowadays most find tattoos more a simple decorative choice instead of a life-changing mark, though in some circles a wyngro may be looked down upon (or worse) for bearing the wrong tattoo.

As for applying a Tattoo, here’s the basis of what you need to know!

Tattoos!

Cannot have markings overlapping Tattoos
Tattoos can overlap Stamps
Tattoos are PERMANENT! Meaning they can never be moved or removed
Tattoos must be an already present color on the wyngro’s body when applied (base, secondary, accent, ect)
This Tattoo can only be applied on the body. (anywhere below the chin)




New Items for the Store!

New Shop items? Ooooo what do they do?




These new items are optional things you can use when breeding your wyngro! One allows you to give your bred wyngro ANY eye color you want. The second will give you a secondary color taken from the opposing parent that the base color is not drawn from (giving a more color variety and options to have both parent colors on the wyngling!). This option was such a hit during Febuary, we decided to turn it into a year-round option! These colors are hand picked by staff to make sure the pallets match well and are generally appealing, so there is no guarantee you’ll get the exact color you want. It’s a fun surprise! (If you’re willing to take the risk.)
Lastly, the third item will allow you to pick your base color between the desired parent.




Well that should be it—

Oh wait! A sudden wind, the smell of the ocean … The surprises aren’t over yet!




We have two new Subspecies to announce: Quills and Finns!

These subspecies are relatively common (though, of course, not as common as Standards) throughout Antova region and beyond. Finns are a common sight in port towns, and Quills tend to go wherever the wind takes them. These subspecies also seem to have certain magical abilities from wynglinghood that make them quite interesting!

If you want to know more, feel free to take a gander at their full species details on our website!

[ FINN PAGE ]

[ QUILL PAGE ]

Expect to see more of these guys around! For now, here are the first!:

Quill And Finn Adopts [AUCTION CLOSED] by Wyngrew

These subspecies have been in the works for over a year now, and we’re so excited to finally have them officially in the group. We can’t wait to see more pop up in the future and become more ingrained into the world and lore.




Well, that’s a wrap, everyone! Time to celebrate!
(And please be patient while we approve and moderate everything today!)

-Nestly & the Wyngro Team

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:icontag365:
Tag365 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
Why can't you choose your own Pokémon for the game? Why must I choose from a selection from this list?
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StygianBlack Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Can the tattoos be carried down onto their offspring?
I know this kind of a dumb question to ask..
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knux33 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nope! In that way they're kinda like real-life tattoos (applied by an outside force instead of a genetic thing)
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fIapdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was away on the anniversary, so happy (late) anniversary Wyngro! Cheer 
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Nestly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :3
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fIapdoodle Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
<3 Hopefully I'll be able to participate in next year's anniversary! I'll definitely have an adult by then! :p
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LupusArgentum Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Would 'an already present color on the wyngro’s body' mean that it would be ok to have the tattoo the same colour as the wyngros eyes?
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knux33 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid not, as on the 'body' means any color on their skin (not inner mouth, eyes, etc)!
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LupusArgentum Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018
Ok, thank you! 
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mothfeets Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can you do the "mark of wynsiph" quest multiple times with different wyngrew and get the tattoo? 
or can we only apply a tattoo to one wyngro this time?
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knux33 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You can do it multiple times! You just need one polished piece per wyngro you want the tattoo for.
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SmogNfloG Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
Well, i'm mostly happy with this update. I'm a little disappointed that the Leaf Markings are gone, I was planning on getting those eventually, but I have hope that I will get another opportunity.
However I have to express my view on the methods to obtain one of the new subspecies. While they are really cool and are slightly unique while still looking very similar to Standards, I don't see myself ever getting my hands on one as I don't see myself winning a contest, and i'm only willing to spend so much on a digital item that simply enhances my group experience.
(While I love this group to death as well as the people in it, i'm a very thrifty person and i'm not going to spend hundreds of dollars here.)

But I know i'm not the only person who thinks this and i'm sure this will be panned out in the future, it is new anyway. I will have faith that the staff will no doubt talk about this for weeks if not months before publicly addressing this.
Happy Anniversary! And here's to another year!
Blower fella (Party) 
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Nestly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is a hidden way they can be obtained that has not been unlocked yet. ;) Just be patient!
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SmogNfloG Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2018
YES!
I can wait for that :)
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Anhrak Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So this is a bit of a concern I have...

Whereas the top part of the anniversary journal was a pleasant sight to see, the bottom part was what suddenly hyped me all the way up. The quills look absolutely amazing, something I definetly was sold for immediately.

Though, this is also where I have to admit where the hype immediately got completely crushed (by me, and many others) when I looked at how they were obtained, and how much they are going for. Paying over a grand for just one digital good is out of almost everyone's league, and it is no strange thing to say that locking them behind contest prizes. They are much to competitive for 99% of the entire community that's still active, and likewise for above, it's always the same group of people that will end up getting them; Skilled Artists, or people with loads of unspent money. This turned me and a lot of people off so badly, to see so much content to raise hype, to be met with such a high wall none of us can ever expect to ever overcome. What we had been hoping for was to have subspecies that a wide array of people can enjoy, it will make all the work you've put into creating these subspecies all be used and worth it. But if only, say, one or two per month would get them, then that would only end up alianating everyone that does art for a hobby, or isn't as rich.
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PaperKenzie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
you put into words what i couldn't! i agree. imo there shouldve been a set autobid amount to keep them from going to such exuberant amounts of money, because that's probably now going to be the standard. they said they're going to be uncommon but more common than imps, yet their auction is going for more than what the last imp auction went for.
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Anhrak Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They never really defined a rarity ratio at all, actually. It mentioned 'they are relatively common around wynsiph', but this was in flavor-terms, saying as in they are not a scarce or extinct breed/species. Though, on the page it has always said they can only be obtained through contests, adopts, or possibly other not-yet-revealed means. 

I can't really blame the lack of an autobid limit. Fact is that this is the first to ever come, so a big part of the pricetag kinda contains exclusivity too. My big concern is that these species won't turn into 500$ species. Rather, something that a much wider array of people can enjoy and participate in, instead of solely people who have a strongly paying salary or do art as much more than just their hobby.
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PaperKenzie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
i was just going off what nestly mentioned in the announcements discord. i just think they should've had a set price for them at the very least, though it wouldn't have helped those who can't spend that much money anyway, so i guess that's a moot point. yeah, agree with your last sentence.
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Anhrak Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the only problem that, if there would be a limit, then it would turn into a first-come-first-serve thing, and it has proven people like that much less than this right now.

I think the better solution was to not limit the supply/availability to only just one of each. But then again, I don't know the planned rarity of them, so maybe it has a big reason why only one of each was available.
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PaperKenzie Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018
very true!
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PinkTrashRat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student General Artist
Love the spikes however we should of been told in advance about the ears and markings. I had a post ready for anni.
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Nestly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
We cannot release information about things to come about everything before it is done. This disappointment comes from the assumption that they were going to be released every year consecutively, when this was never promised. 
Your best bet is to try not to assume what was coming, so that everything is a surprise!  
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PinkTrashRat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Student General Artist
It did say given away 19th July. So it means it is given away 19th july. If it said “sometimes” or “was given” that would make it different. So I guess that’s why some people are mad. Although I just love the new upgrade more than the past ones so I’m kind of happy about it.
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Nestly Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, well we're always learning about wording and what works better. So all we can do is improve from there!
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Emiade Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree 100% I created a wyngling several months ago based on the fact I would give him leaf markings. If they had announced this before, I would have time to accept it and change my design plans. This is one of the things i think this group tends to lack in: alerting the community to the changes in the group before the apocalypse XD
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candyhighdraws Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, for awhile I've been waiting so I can give my gro leaf markings and I've already made a design based on that. ;~;/
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Unbeatablemeghan13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Same! I wasted my day off of work yesterday drawing the image for my anniversary upgrades to not get them... Dick move on their part
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PinkTrashRat Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2018  Student General Artist
I think a lot of people are in the same boat from what I heard.
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Unbeatablemeghan13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Ik, and it sucks that Nestly and the other mods don't seem to care
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PinkTrashRat Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student General Artist
I think they do care. It’s just a lot of preazsure organising events like these for around 1000 people.
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Unbeatablemeghan13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Filmographer
Then they should hire temporary help so it will be less stressful and they can get a lot more done, they know a mot of people wants the anniversary gros go you need a large team for this.

Also if they cared why not warn us about retiring leaf markings and not drop it out of no where upsetting others who waited for a full year to get leaf markings. If I was given notice then I wouldn't be complaining at all, I'd be mad if course but at least I'd know not to waste my time drawing for a upgrade I'm not gonna get
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PinkTrashRat Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2018  Student General Artist
Wyngro is a lot of work for them to handle and to hire new people is difficult as the new people would need to be trained in what to do. 

(Apparently there is a hidden way to still get them which is not yet released.)
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DOSHLORD Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy third anniversary everyone! :D
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DesigningDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student Artist
You guys are doing great! All the upgrades are really cool. Though I know you are getting some unhappy people, I really think this is all super cool stuff you guys have going on this year. Congrats on three years everyone! Here's for hoping for more to come!
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Skywiz Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Student Digital Artist
With all due and intended respect, with a description that said 'given away every year on July 19th' I dont think leaf markings should be able to be retired. It kind of makes that description out to be a lie.
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Blizz-chan Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy 3rd Anniversary!

I kinda like the new subspecies, especially the finns. The idea for tattoos sound cool.

I guess I don't have to repeat what I read in the other comments, but maybe next time announce a few days earlier if you plan to retire an upgrade or having plans that affects the whole group. That way we are better informed what is going to happen (in that case of not able applying the leaf markings this year).

With that I do would like to see wyngro continuing up until the 4th year or even longer.
Good luck handling the wynglings boom mods!
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ToonieCheckers Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, glad to see these guys finally come out!
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absurd-creature Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy anniversary! I'm absolutely loving the new subspecies and their lore, epecially how you tied them both together. I'm super excited for what's to come in the group! However, I have to agree, the retirement of the leaf markings was awfully sudden. Maybe a similar upgrade like "spade markings" could be released for a short period of time to compensate?
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LynxOnProwl Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don’t think I have to explain how the leaf markings and ears suddenly disappearing like a magic act was a horrible idea? I’m glad this community has pulled through for 3 years, but these rewards are kinda...disappointing.
the Finns and Quills can be made out of any ordinary wyngro with magic and upgrades, and the leaf spikes look so frail that they could break off, not to mention how unoriginal it seems to just take the back spikes and make them into arrows.

Wish you guys could’ve done more than just recycle upgrades and magic into an upgrade and two subspecies that aren’t even worth half the auction price you’ve given them.
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horseg27 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Anniversary, Wyngro! Congrats on your third birthday!

The new species are cute and the tattoo thing seems interesting.

However, I am disappointed with the handling of leaf upgrades. A small notification in the anniversary prep post would have been preferable. It would only have had to be a small note saying that leaf markings and ears would not be available this year but that you had some other fun things planned instead. People had very much been looking forward to these upgrades returning and would have mitigated some the distress compared to taking it away on the day. It's much better to keep people informed ahead of time rather than letting them down right at the point where they'd gotten their hopes up. I do hope that such is dealt with better in the future, because I do enjoy this group and it's upsetting to see people be so hurt because of things like this.

I have thus far thoroughly enjoyed my time at Wyngro and hope it continues for a long while yet! Good luck with the wyngling apocalypse mods!
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13BatScorpion95 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy anniversary!

Though, I agree that something about the leaf markings retiring should have been said before. Maybe announce it in the future to keep from getting as much negative feedback from other members?

The sub-species are cool, though! And OOH I'm liking the new shop items, too!
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PaperKenzie Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2018
i wish something had been said about the leaf markings retiring in the last anniversary update journal or something... honestly disappointed.

am really into the tattooes thing though.
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Brynnerz Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean, new subspecies are cool and all, but...

Hiding the fact that leaf markings and ears are gone now is SUPER sucky.
I'd only been in the group for 2 weeks so my only gro was still a wyngling last anniversary. I was super excited for this year to give her leaf ears since I thought they would suit her so well. Nevermind, I guess. I waited a year of badly drawing regular ears for nothing. Thanks. Not really.

That out of the way, the new items, quest and subspecies are super cool! I've love to do the quest but I go on holiday next week so I won't meet the deadline in time.
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TheStarsofPines Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Student General Artist
//grabby hands at finns\\
ahhhhhhh congratulations to all the staff for all their hard work, as well as to the community for pulling through for three years!! 
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Lunawolf44 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like that now there's subspecies that are a little more common ^^
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purplepuppi Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aww! I LOVE the new Finn subspecies!! But I think the adopts should have been raffled, not auctioned. That'd make it fairer to people with no money! Or at least a flatsale raffle, where there is a set (cheap. have mercy) price. Then people could enter the raffle, and whoever wins will pay. It's also sad to see leaf markings go. People really liked this upgrade, and there seems to be no reason why it was retired.

Otherwise, I love all the new stuff! Happy Anniversary wyngro! Let's hope for a year better than the last!
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Lunar-Xerneas Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oof, the salt in the comments is real... 
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cerulean-k Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2018  Student General Artist
omg I'm so sad that j removed leave markings from Aline now,, oh well
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