Thursday 7 November 2013

Snug as a Bear in a Rug

It's winter time on the homestead and that means only one thing for the local wildlife, it's time to Hibernate!

(If I'm honest while I'm typing this I can't feel my fingers so I might join them...)

Only problem is Ted is worried about the animals and whether, with all the upheaval of the drought etc, they've got the right amount of shelter to do it right...

So, in we step to save the day, build a Dormitarium and make sure the homestead animals are safe... including four very special ones, but more on that later... ;)

First up, a popup...

That will start a four mission thread with one wrapper now and one delayed wrapper on Monday (all details HERE) and a three step build (all details HERE) the Dormitarium.

The missions themselves are... ok, I'll say it, they're Partnering, but hold fire, because there are some differences.

Instead of buying animals at first you find them in Slipshod and Breezy Dens which are bought in the market...

The Slipshod Den is coins and can drop all four types, the Breezy one is a mission reward and horseshoe purchase and has a better chance of dropping rarer animals and can also drop a bundle of the feed.

These are healables that use 6 Transfer Cages (Slipshod)  or 4 Trails of Bait (Breezy) which are both 2 hour Wall Post items to pop out a partner animal...

when healed the dens will drop one of four different types of Hibernator and once you find a specific type they'll open up in the market to buy at your leisure. These are a variety, not one specific species, called Petite, Fuzzy, Spiky and Bear.

Each one is then fed with 17 Hibernation Kits (yes, 17!), which are crafted from 2 Hearty Acorns (New Valerian Crops or Oak Trees) and 3 Warm Jammies (Wall Post).

From there we'll see the usual manager and weighing screens with all animals needing to get over 101 BMI points to get a Gold Nightcap (these are just for show, no mission requirements). Oh, and no breeding ;)

They'll then become the normal different varieties... only, some of these are not so normal, because you remember me mentioning Special Animals? Well...

We've always been proud and honoured by our connections within the PT team. Well, we were chatting to one of the lovely Devs the other day and he sprung a little surprise on us...

They asked our permission to use our names (well, 4 of them, more later) and after we acted like giggling little fangirls and a fanboy, we said yes.

So, can I present, in alphabetical order... Ms Amy Munk, Andy Ursine, Foxy Marjo and Quill Gillian, four of us in animal form! (One will come from each different variety of the partner animals)

(If you want to see them animated, they're HERE)

We love them (obviously) and we think it's awesome how they took our Express theme and Postman Merc and worked it into these animals... If your favourite Admin isn't in the list don't worry, there's more plans! Obviously we are grateful beyond belief for this gift from Zynga :)

So, I will shake off my goosebumps (I'm a fanboy, what can I say?!) and on with the news... because there's more.

For new stuff we'll see the new free gift crop mentioned earlier...

...and a new collection which will drop the kits needed to feed the animals.

So, lets get Hibernating, Race to see who gets me first!