Become a Creative Hero during the ‘Creative Festival’!

Rev-up your creative spirit for the Creative Festival!

Calling all artists, developers, writers and creatives! ✨ Have you been keeping your creative spirit in check? Because it’s time for the Creative Festival, our brand-new Whales And Games Discord server event, completely dedicated to the 🍭 Art & Creative ☕ category of the server! And it’s going to be our longest-running one yet, taking place all-the-way from July 2nd to the 14th August! That’s a month-and-a-half!

From us and half of the server’s members participating in this years #art-fight, to a point leaderboard where you strive to be a creative hero, it’s the ideal time to get crafty if you haven’t tried any sort of creative activity before! Here’s a full breakdown of what this event entails!


Become a Creative Hero!

For the duration of the Creative Festival, each day you post something you’ve finished or a work-in-progress piece in one of the 🍭 Art & Creative ☕ channels (#art-fight, #creative-showcase, #wips-and-discussion and #gamedev), you’ll be awarded a point. Post again the next day and get another point. Keep posting daily and they’ll start stacking!

During the event, the Members List will be split into roles of 1, 5, 10, 15, 20 points as well as one dedicated to the highest-score. Those of you who score at least 1 point, get a permanent ‘Creative Initiator’ role. Beyond that, while the 5, 10 and 15 roles are temporary to the event, shall you reach 20 points, you’ll also get to keep a permanent ‘Creative Hero’ role! That’s two permanent event roles in one! 🏆

B-B-But! It doesn’t end there! The member with the highest-score of the event also gets to keep an unique ‘Creative Champion 2020’ role! And, it has the perk that the champion can pick their own custom role colour that lasts until next year’s event!

For this edition of the event, points and roles will be attributed manually. We will be checking for posts on these channels and attributing points at 12AM UTC every night! You can check the current standings and who’s leading the leaderboard on the #festival-leaderboard room!


Join us on Art Fight!

Conveniently, we have also decided to host this event right alongside Art Fight (although we are completely unaffiliated)! For those that are not familiar with the event, Art Fight is a month-long yearly online art-trading game where players are split into two teams.

By drawing original characters (OCs) belonging to players on the opposing team, you score points towards your own team! And they can do the same thing for your characters too to score for theirs! It’s basically gamified art-trading!

Moski is also participating this year again with our Whales And Games and Bunny Copulation characters and we will be striving for Team Spice! We’ll be adding new characters and reference sheets over the course of the event, also keep a lookout for us to share some of our own attacks and defences!

Moski's Art Fight Profile

For the duration of the Creative Festival, we will be hosting a special #art-fight room so you can show us some of your favourite characters, attacks you’ve made and defences you’ve received! You can also find a list of server members participating in the Pins 📌 of the channel so make sure to link yours too!

And, to keep the competitive spirit flaming even while on this server, we also made roles to go alongside the Art Fight teams! On the Pins 📌 of the #art-fight channel, you’ll also find a message that allows you to pick your own team!


Updated Creative Showcase!

In addition to all the event-specific shenanigans going on, we have also updated our #Creative Showcase page to feature the Pins 📌 from January to July of both #creative-showcase and #wips-and-discussion. This expands the featured gallery from 41 pieces to 82 pieces that have been pinned in these channels in the past!

Thank you to everyone for continuing to showcase their work over on our creative rooms and allowing us to feature their work over on this page!

Updated Creative Showcase Examples

You might have also noticed that #creative-progress has also become #wips-and-discussion. We thought this made it more clear that the channel was dedicated not only to sharing work-in-progress pieces, but also the ideal space for creative discussion if you want to share tutorials, tablet talk, and more!


And Even More!

And that’s just the beginning of the festival! Over the course of the next few weeks we will also be showcasing our new character sheets and designs. We want to bring to the spotlight characters of the Whaleverse that never really got much of a chance to shine, and there’s a ton more we want to do with them that are in the works!

Get your tool belt ready, get well-seated (unless you have a standing desk) and ready up for a competition-fueled festival and fight! And keep an eye out, because things are only getting heated from here on out! 🏖

Happy Lunar New Year! Here’s some Micro-Announcements!

Happy Lunar New Year! Even if you don’t celebrate it locally, the Lunar New Year is an important day for most of South-East Asia, and like many others, we wanted to join the celebration to spread the joy worldwide! We have a slew of new community activities and micro-announcements to make! Consider this your micro-Status Report for this month! 🥠🐁


Whales And Games Micro-Announcements

Let’s start with the spicy stuff! We have a slew of new Whales And Games micro-announcements to make regarding what you should expect in this upcoming year!

  • We will begin pre-production of our first commercial project starting in February with a considerable development time planned.
  • We will be returning to game jams this year making short one-shot game projects, with one of them being a Trivia game. They can also include updates to old projects.
  • Colossorama – The Champions Update will release sometime in the future but falls into the second category of projects.
  • And even more! You can expect this an even more announcements going forward! We will be going into more detail about our plans soon, so we hope you are excited for the slew of new things going forward!

You can expect this an even more announcements going forward! We will be going into more detail about our plans soon, so we hope you are excited for the slew of new things going forward! 👀


Find and Join your Chinese Zodiac!

It isn’t called the ‘Year of the Rat’ for no reason! Every birth-year on a 12 year cycle is associated with an animal in the Chinese Zodiac! Curious to find what’s yours? Well, we’ve set up a special #zodiac-table room in our Discord server you can find what animal is under your Chinese zodiac!

Even better! In that room you’ll also find commands that you can use over on the server’s #commands room! Using one of these commands will add your zodiac animal to your username and will also let you claim a special Lunar Celebrator and pinkish-red-name for posterity!


Join us for a Lunar Gaming Nights Club!

What’s a new years celebration without a loud party? We’re doing it gaming style! If you’re ready for a good old-fashioned Gaming Nights Club session, come join us on our Discord and we’ll kick off the Lunar Year with style! This rat den is gonna be packed!

Join us on January 26th (Sunday) at the usual time of 9:30 PM UTC for a night-long celebration of south-east Asian culture and gaming alike!


Whalechan and Polite All-Dressed Up!

And to close it all off, here’s our newest artwork with Whalechan and Polite all dressed-up for Celebration! This is one of our proudest and most complex works of art and animation so far, and a good window into the quality of what you can expect from our own game art going forward! Hope you like ‘em!

It’s Spooky Month! Join us for Halloween Server Events!

Halloween Banner

Boo! 👻 Were you spooked? Well, you should have, because we’ve made our Discord and Social Media all festively scary! That’s right, instead of cleaning away the cobwebs, we placed them around all over the place, just in time for this Halloween! And of course, we have to once again feature the incredible banner art from last year from VampyrOfSwords!

Festivities are a bit busy with our upcoming talk, Moski’s trip, making stickers and the upcoming (at this point that’s our actual Halloween monster) Colossorama – The Champion Update but we still wanted to do something special to vary things a little this season on our Discord Server! Here’s what we came up with!

Hope you’re ready to become the monster under your bed because you’ll have to pick between becoming a Skeleton ☠️, a Vampire 🦇 or a Witch ✨! The team with the most members by November 4th will result in a special Whalechan-design themed after that team’s monster, to be posted at a later date!

You can join a team by heading to #commands-cemetery on our Discord and typing !skeletons, !vampires or !witches to join each respective team! You can only be in one team at one time, but you can switch to another team by using that team’s command! You can also leave the competition entirely by using !leaveteam but that would be a bummer. 😱

We want to see your spooky art! No, really, any spooky art that you have around at all! From monster girls that you’ve drawn, to special Halloween commissions that you’ve been making! We want to see what you have been up too, and we would love for you to share it with us on the Server over at #creative-candy channel! In fact, there’s already been some spooky art shared there! 🍭

Also make sure to tweet it over to us , or send us a link to a tweet of some of the Halloween stuff you’ve made so we can share your stuff in all of its glory! ✨ We’ll be making a art-thread later on just for Halloween art, but you can tweet it at us at any moment!

It’s time to bring it back from the dead one of old server events for a one-off! Join us on November 1st (Friday) at 9:30 PM UTC for a night of spooky-scary glorious multiplayer video-game fun through our special Halloween Gaming Nights Club! Don’t know what that time-zone corresponds to? Check this link out!

We’re taking suggestions for games to play so we can announce them in advance for everyone to get ready at hand! Make sure to drop your spookiest suggestions down on the #gaming-ghouls channel!

Whales And Games Status Report – November 2018

It’s been two months since we last wrote a status update regarding what we’ve been working on here at Whales And Games! To make sure everyone is always up to date with the last happenings, we’ll be posting more of these regularly. That being said, here’s what happened in the last few months, and here’s what’s coming next! ✅

  • We have announced Colossorama’s 1.3 Update entitled The Champions Update and have been working on it daily. The update already adds double the number of weapons the last update did, several new characters and much needed gameplay tweaks. No release date as of yet. Haven’t caught on with the update’s announcement yet? Here is is!
  • Our second planned major update is still in the works, and its base foundations have already been developed! However, most of the attention has been shifted to Colossorama to allow it to grow larger.
  • The same is the case with Shipyard, our set of backend tools. We’ve been working on it as Colossorama shapes up and have been improving its overall underlying structure.
  • We have returned to actively posting in our Social Media profiles, and have been posting new content Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays! If you haven’t followed us on other networks yet, you can follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.
  • We have started hosting Server Events on our Discord server, including events where the community plays online games together (Gaming Night Clubs), our very own Dungeons and Dragons campaign (Dungeons and Dragorbs) and one for collective brainstorming regarding the Whaleverse (Freeform WAG).  
  • Speaking about Discord, we have also gotten Discord Verified! This means we get to show-off a sexy checkmark next to our server name!
  • Last but not least, we will be participating in the upcoming Ludum Dare 43 from Dec 1st to Dec 3rd! We will be developing a new game jam project during this time to keep you holding you tight until the Colossorama update comes out! Please look forward to it!
  • And as you might have guessed it, yes, we’re still swimming in a sea-of-fun!

This new status report also carries on various of the points of the previous one, like continuing to establish a reliable brand and team. For this upcoming Ludum Dare, five of our six team members will be participating, making it our largest team for a game jam yet! If you’d like to accompany development as it happens, make sure to join our Discord server! ⏳

We’re now a Discord Verified Server!

If you’ve been in our Discord Server during this last week, you might have noticed that we are now a Discord Verified Server! It’s all thanks to everyone for helping make this server lively and talkative as it currently is! ☑

During the last month we’ve kicked off Server Events and it’s awesome that you’ve been greatly enjoying them! We’ve been slowly bringing new people aboard to our community and we look forward that, with our upcoming releases, even more people come to join us!
As a result of being verified, you can now invite anythrough through the new link at https://discord.gg/whalesandgames! No more having to create and share random invite links on the spot, although you can also use https://discord.whalesandgames.com if you prefer. If you know someone that you think would enjoy the server, make sure to invite them, as we’re close by to reaching 100 members! ??