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Hey Everyone,

Today turns out to be my last day as an employee of deviantART.  

I just want to write a quick note to say what an amazing experience it's been and what amazing people work for deviantART.

Cheers,

Pete


On a dark and scary stormy night...



within the Zombie Kingdom of dAmn...

monsters are stirring!



The Fella Zombie King needs your help!  He needs to grow an army of monsters in the Zombie Kingdom in preparation for Halloween Night. Mummies, Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and WereWolves will all form their own Armies and build up their numbers by biting and infecting human victims and turning them into Monsters!

The Fella Zombie King will bestow prizes on the strongest Monsters! But you must make sure that the humans you infect and turn into Monsters stay in Zombie Kingdom so that they may learn the ways of the Army and be ready for Halloween Night!




How To Play


You begin by joining the #dAMonsters chatroom and "biting" someone, not yet in the chatroom, by typing:

!bite username

Biting them transfers some of your monster saliva into the bite.

Now contact that person and tell them about this contest and the Zombie Kingdom! When you get them to join the #dAMonsters chatroom, the bite will be successful, and they will turn into the same type of monster you've become. At that point, they can start playing too and help to build the strength of your Monster Army!

:bulletgreen: You can bite up to 3 people at a time.
:bulletgreen: When the bite is successful in turning someone into a Monster, you can bite again.
:bulletgreen: If the person you bite doesn't join the #dAMonsters chatroom within 12 hours, your saliva wears off (You get that bite back).



How to Gain Monster Points


The Fella Zombie King will be pleased when you turn people into Monsters and increase the population of the Zombie Kingdom. It's important to keep your Monsters interested in the Zombie Kingdom because it affects how many points you can earn:

:bulletgreen: For every person that you successfully turn into a Monster, you gain 10 Monster Points. After that, for each day that Monster visits the Zombie Kingdom you will gain one additional point - the Zombie Kingdom encompasses all chatrooms on the Chat Network.
:bulletred: If a Monster you've created is away from the Zombie Kingdom for 48 hours or more, you lose the 10 Monster Points and no longer gain the additional point per day for them.


Prizes


There are five kinds of Monsters which have all formed their own Armies: Zombies, Mummies, WereWolves, Vampires, and Demons.

Grand Prize: 4000 deviantART Points PLUS a One Year Premium Membership!

Four Subsidiary Prizes: 2000 deviantART Points PLUS a Three Month Premium Membership!


The Grand Prize will be awarded to the leading individual scorer in the largest (highest combined scoring) Army.

The subsidiary prizes will be awarded to the leading scorer in each of the other Armies.

The game started on October 24th, at 4:00pm Pacific Standard Time

The game will end on October 31st, at 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time

Although you will not be able to !bite anyone after the game ends, the game will continue for 48 hours before the winners are announced.  During this time, you may lose points if someone you've successfully bitten is away from the Zombie Kingdom for 48 hours or more.



Mutate Spells


As you get better at turning people into Monsters, the Fella Zombie King will reward you with Mutate Spells. For every 3 people you successfully bite, the Fella Zombie King will give you one Mutate Spell. With this spell, you can attempt to mutate the saliva from someone else's bite to your own.

If the mutation is successful, you get the points when the victim joins the room and they become part of your Monster Army instead.

If you have a Mutate Spell, you can cast it by typing:

!mutate username

Where "username" is the name of the person who has been bitten.


Transform Spells


As you get better at casting Mutate Spells, the Fella Zombie King will arm you with Transform Spells - this is the most powerful spell the Zombie Kingdom has ever seen.  For every 3 Mutate Spells you cast successfully, you will receive 1 Transform Spell.

The Transform Spell can instantly change the DNA of one kind of Monster into another! With this spell, you will be able to change a Zombie into a Demon, or even change yourself into another kind of Monster!

This is a powerful spell because it allows you to switch yourself or others into other Monster Armies (this can have a direct impact on who wins the prizes).

If you have a Transform Spell, you can cast it by typing:

!transform username Monster

Where username is the person you want to cast the spell on and Monster is the kind of Monster you want the DNA to become (Zombie, Mummy, WereWolf, Vampire, or Demon).


Getting Updates on your Game


To get information about your Monster Points and events that have happened to you in the game, you can type:

!status

This will tell you how many points you currenty have, how many bites are available to you, and any Mutate or Transform Spells. It will also show you recent events that have impacted your game. For example, it will tell you when a bite is successful, if someone has mutated a bite of yours, or if a Monster you've created has been away from the Zombie Kingdom for more than 48 hours.


Miscellaneous Commands


!unbite username - will undo a bite you've done that hasn't been successful yet (use this to get a bite back where you've changed your mind).

!bites - will list the people you've bitten but who haven't joined the #dAMonsters chatroom yet (ie, haven't been turned into Monsters yet).

!monsters - will list the people you've successfully turned into Monsters and who have been active in the Zombie Kingdom in the past 48 hours.

!armies - will list the Monster Armies in order of strength (top scoring army)

!vampires - will list the 5 top scorers in the Vampire Army.
!zombies - will list the 5 top scorers in the Zombie Army.
!demons - will list the 5 top scorers in the Demon Army.
!werewolves - will list the 5 top scorers in the WereWolf Army.
!mummies - will list the 5 top scorers in the Mummy Army.


Rules


:bulletred: Avoid spamming other chatrooms.
:bulletred: All interaction with other deviants with respect to the game must adhere to deviantART policies and etiquette.
:bulletred: The use of alternate accounts or any other method to cheat is strictly prohibited.
:bulletred: Any user that is found not to be abiding by the rules will be evicted from the game immediately.

dATribes

Journal Entry: Wed Aug 22, 2012, 5:50 PM

Long, long ago, on a website not-so-far away...


Within the mighty village of dAmn, a war is brewing -- a war to appease the Great Fella God!

Many in the past have sought ways to please this angry beast, and many have failed. These tales of great battle and loss are still whispered around the campfires of #devart: DaPineapple's valiant attempts to offer kingmancheng as a virgin sacrifice, or fourteenthstar's struggles to serenade Fella with her dulcet Scottish tones .. but nothing could be found to please the Great Fella God, not even a scantily clad itsfrits.

But now the tides are turning and the war is changing!

The mighty warrior Tachy-on along with the valiant troops of Community Volunteers have found a way to please Fella, and now the tribes of dAmn are competing for Fella's blessing -- and so can you!

You can help gain favor to you and your tribe by luring and trapping deviants into the great village of dAmn -- but that is not enough to please the Great Fella God! No, you must make sure your new tribesman stay in dAmn by showing them how great our village is! If they stay and your trap is successful, rumor says that the Great Fella God will be mighty pleased...


-> Game Start and End <-

The game will start 4pm PST August 24th in the #daTribes chatroom and end at 4pm PST August 31st.

Prizes

There are five different Tribes which you can be a member: Zulu, Maasai, Bakonga, Samburu, and Ashanti Tribes.

Grand Prize: 4000 deviantART Points PLUS a One Year Premium Membership!

Four Subsidiary Prizes: 2000 deviantART Points PLUS a Three Month Premium Membership!


The Grand Prize will be awarded to the leading individual scorer in the largest (highest combined scoring) Tribe.

The subsidiary prizes will be awarded to the leading scorer in each of the other Tribes.



-> How To Play <-

You begin by joining the #dATribes chatroom and laying a "trap" for another deviant by typing:

!trap username

Now get them to join the #dATribes chatroom and the trap will be successful! They will become a member of your Tribe, and then they can start playing too and help to build the strength of your Tribe!

:bulletgreen:  You can set up to 3 traps at a time.
:bulletgreen:  When the trap is successful in bringing someone into your Tribe, you gain the trap back.
:bulletgreen:  If the trap isn't successful within 24 hours, it disintegrates and you gain another trap to replace it. (The traps are rather primitive and don't stand up to weather very well).
:bulletred: You can't set a trap for someone that is already in the #dATribes chatroom.

If you mistakenly set a trap and you want to get it back, you can type:

!retrieve username

And the trap you set for username will be retrieved.

How to Gain Tribal Points

Fella will be pleased when your traps are successful and you show the new Tribe member how fun the dAmn village can be.  It's important to keep them interested in the dAmn Village because it effects how many points you can earn:

:bulletgreen: For every player that you successfully trap into your Tribe, you gain 10 Tribal Points. After that, for each day that person visits the dAmn Village you will gain one additional point - the dAmn village encompasses all chatrooms on the Chat Network.
:bulletred: If a Tribe member you've successfully trapped into your Tribe is away from the dAmn village for 48 hours or more, you lose the 10 Tribal Points and no longer gain the additional point per day for them.


Spying & Stealing

As you get better at successfully trapping people, the Fella God will reward you with Steal Spells.  For every 3 deviants you successfully trap into your Tribe, Fella will bless you with a Steal Spell.  You can use this Steal Spell at any time to attempt to steal a trap that is set for someone else.  Normally you would do this after "spying" on another Tribe and casting it after they have set a trap.  

If you have a Steal Spell, you can cast it by typing:

!steal username

For example: kingmancheng has a Steal Spell and has just noticed that Tachy-on has just set a trap for fourteenthstar.  kingmancheng wants to cast the spell so he types !steal chix0r in an attempt to steal the trap set for fourteenthstar.

Should the Almighty Fella be looking upon you favorably, your spell will succeed.  Successfully stealing a trap has two advantages:

:bulletgreen: If the trapped player joins the chatroom, they will become a member of your Tribe instead, and so you get the Tribe Points involved.
:bulletgreen: You slow the progress of the other tribe by temporarily cutting down on the number of traps they can set. The trap goes back to the original player once it either successfully traps the user or it disintegrates.

:bulletred: You can't attempt to steal traps from members of your own Tribe.


Teleport Spells

Teleport Spells are very powerful and can drastically affect the course of the game and your chance of winning.

As you get better at successfully stealing traps, the Fella God will reward you with Teleport Spells.  For every 3 traps you successfully steal, Fella will bless you with a Teleport Spell.  

You can use this Teleport Spell at any time to attempt to teleport anyone (including yourself) to a different Tribe.  They will be permanently moved to the new Tribe and all their points will travel with them and be added to the new Tribe. You can even Teleport members of your own Tribe to a different Tribe.

If you have a Teleport Spell, you can cast it by typing:

!teleport username TribeName

For example: kingmancheng has a Teleport Spell and wants to try to Teleport fourteenthstar to the Zulu Tribe.  kingmancheng types !teleport chix0r Zulu in an attempt to teleport her to the Zulu Tribe.

If you are lucky your spell will succeed.  This Spell is powerful because you can use it to affect which player is the leading scorer in each Tribe, and even which Tribe becomes the strongest.


Getting Updates on your Game

To get information about your points and events that have happened to you in the game, you can type:

!status

This will tell you how many points you currenty have, how many traps are available to you, and if you have any Steal Spells.  It will also show you recent events that have impacted your game.  For example, it will tell you when a trap is successful, if someone has stolen your trap, or if a player you've trapped has been away from the dAmn village for more than 48 hours.

Other informational Commands

!traps - will show you which traps you currently have set.
!trapped - will show you who you have successfully trapped (and are still active).
!tribes - will show you the highest-scoring Tribes (in order).
!zulu, !bakonga, !maasai, !ashanti, and !samburu - will show you the top 10 scorers (in order) for each of those Tribes.

Rules

:bulletred: Do not spam users into joining #dATribes to gain a tribe member.
:bulletred: All interaction with other deviants with respect to the game must adhere to deviantART policies and etiquette.
:bulletred: The use of alternate accounts or any other method to cheat is strictly prohibited.
:bulletred: Any user that is found not to be abiding by the rules will be evicted from the game immediately.
:bulletred: Note that although deviantART Volunteers and Staff are allowed to play, their points do not count and they cannot win prizes. ;)




dATribes Promo Stamp by dATribes dATribes Promo Stamp by dATribes dATribes Promo Stamp by dATribes

"Build the Largest Tribe"



Erebos & dA

Wed Aug 15, 2012, 3:53 PM
Not every day you're reading a book (a pretty popular book too) and deviantART is mentioned by one of the characters.  

I might not be the only one here that's noticed that but I thought it was pretty cool.

Erebos by Ursula Poznanski.

Happy Birthday!!!

Tue Aug 7, 2012, 7:05 AM by Tachy-on:icontachy-on:
Wow!  12 Years!

Happy Birthday deviantART!

I'm sure you've already read about all the fun and excitement happening today so I won't bother reiterating all of that, but I just wanted to say I hope everyone enjoys the day here on deviantART and don't forget to stop by dAmn to party with your fellow deviants and dA staff and volunteers!

:party:!

Chatroom Rejoicing

Thu Mar 8, 2012, 6:47 AM
Hey guys,

The Chatroom problem is fixed!

Come join us for a celebration party in #devart!

Spring

Sun Feb 19, 2012, 10:34 AM
I can't wait until Spring...

Merry Christmas

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 24, 2011, 4:46 PM


Sipping some champagne and cozying up to the pellet stove on this cold winter Christmas Eve.

For supper we had homemade Seafood Chowder with fresh clams, scallops, haddock, salmon, etc. Yummy.

I hope everyone has a great evening and a fantastic Christmas day!

Skin by Shinji-bpm
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Transcript of Featured Chat with Dave Nitsche

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 11, 2011, 5:22 PM
If you missed the featured chat with Dave on Sunday, you can find a transcript of the event here.  It was a great chat!

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Featured Chat Happening in 30 Minutes!

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 4, 2011, 2:03 PM
Come to #Auditorium now!  Our Featured chat with Davenit is happening in 30 minutes!

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Looking for Panelists for featured chat with...

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 21, 2011, 3:52 PM
I'm planning on having a featured chat with Davenit on Sunday, December 4th.

If you are interested in being on the panel, please note me expressing your interest and why you think you'd be a good panelist.

Thanks,

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TUG TONER

Journal Entry: Fri Oct 14, 2011, 6:58 PM



FINALLY an exercise machine I'm actually going to use!


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STICK BOMB

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 8, 2011, 7:50 PM



Stick bombs can be constructed out of most flat sticks of the appropriate dimensions. The usual material for construction is wood, but plastic can also be used. Ice pop sticks (craft sticks) and tongue depressors are popular because of availability, low cost, and because they are easily coloured. Tongue depressor sticks are strongly recommended for construction as they have lower tension than craft sticks and thus are easier to work with.

The sticks are woven together to form a reticulated grid with each stick held in place by tension created by the elasticity of wood or other material. If constructed properly, the removal of a single stick causes the other sticks to fly apart with surprising force. The speed of the shock wave depends on the materials used. If craft sticks are used, the detonation speed is approximately 30–40 meters per second (67–90 miles per hour); for tongue depressors, the speed is under 10 meters per second (22 miles per hour).


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What's going on?

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 4, 2011, 5:25 PM
WHAT'S GOING ON?

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Friends...

Fri Aug 12, 2011, 7:23 PM
Friends are like snowflakes... if you pee on them they disappear.

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Happy Birthday!!!

Sun Aug 7, 2011, 11:44 AM
Come help celebrate 11 years of deviantART all day long in the chatrooms and forums!

What are YOU doing today to help celebrate?

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LONG CAEK!

Wed Aug 3, 2011, 9:37 AM
Here's your chance to make a layer of deviantART's 11th Birthday Cake! - Click Here to start baking!!!

11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner

Sunday, August 7, 2011 marks deviantART's 11th birthdAy and we want you to celebrate with us!  We're spending one whole week doing something special for the community each day.  We've got contests, chat events, and special announcements planned, all of which you can find in this news article.

While normally reserved for Premium Members, we're allowing everyone sitewide the ability to install journal skins for the birthdAy week!  We especially encourage you to use this amazing skin to show off your dA birthdAy pride.  Check it out here to install it!

11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner

We've also launched a brand new community contest called Skribble, challenging you to use a few sketched lines to make a creative masterpiece. This contest is open to all deviantART members, and prizes include Wacom Tablets and iPads! View all the details about this contest here.

For the complete listing of everything that's going on during the week, head to this news article!

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Celebrations!

Mon Aug 1, 2011, 6:42 PM
It's another year for deviantART and that means another week-long party!

You can read about all the official events HERE!

Also, ANYONE can skin their journal with the Birthday Journal Skin:

11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner 11th Birthday Journal Skin by erickthedesigner

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Community Volunteers

Journal Entry: Fri Jul 22, 2011, 11:13 AM


Please click here to read all about the big changes to the volunteer programme here at deviantART! :D

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