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This is Halloween!

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

Alacrites of all ages! I am thrilled, chilled, and absolutely spooked out of my skin to tell you -- the event we've all been screaming for is finally upon us:

Halloween has arrived on Alacrity!

This is the first year that Kit, Larth and I have been in charge of setting this event up, so it took a little longer than we would've liked.
But thanks to the weeks of work Kit put in poring over the code, and assistance from Larth along the way, we've finally got this show on the road!

There are three events this year, plus the special Pumpkin Shop. Older players will be familiar with everything, but for anyone who hasn't gotten a chance to take part in our spooky shenanigans, here's the rundown of what's what:

Trick or Treat

Go to the userpage of any Admin* (that's the rainbow paw, folks) and click on the haunted house on their page to trick'r'treating!
You can do this once per day and will receive a random Halloween item (or fleas, oops! You never know what you might pick up in spooky old houses).

*We're going to try and change this to any staff member soon, but for now it will only be available on Admin pages.

Backyard Dig

You'll find the Backyard Dig page under the new Halloween tab.
Choose a dog to go digging around the frighteningly well decorated yard you'll see there for a chance to win money, Halloween treats, and -- most importantly -- pumpkins which can be exchanged at the Pumpkin Shop for some pretty awesome items!

Your dig turns get reset to 5 every half hour, so keep coming back and using them up!

Survivors Vs. Zombies

Yes -- everyone's favourite game is up again!
The epic, annual final showdown is back for another year on Alacrity.
To join in and secure the survival, or destruction, of the human race, pop over to the Survivors Vs. Zombies page located under the Halloween tab.
Choose which side you're going to be on, admire the glorious new banner declaring your allegience on your userpage, and then find people on the opposing team to attack!

You'll be able to attack someone once every 20 minutes, and will receive pumpkins for attacking and being attacked -- and don't forget these handy dandy items that can be purchased from the Survivors Vs. Zombies page:

They'll both go a long way to helping you and your team out in the race to victory!

And last but not least...
The Pumpkin/Halloween Shop

So you're getting all these pumpkins from the Backyard Dig and your death-defying battle efforts, but what to do with them?
Well, you spend them, of course!

You can find the Pumpkin Shop located under the Halloween tab, as well as being linked on both the Backyard Dig and Survivors Vs. Zombies pages (the "Halloween Shop" links).
There you'll find a myriad of exclusive Halloween items and rare re-releases, ready and waiting for you to trade in your pumpkins for them!
It's a bit disorganised currently, but we're going to try and fix that soon. In the meantime the shop is fully functioning!

I think that covers all the Halloween events!
We'll keep you posted on any changes or updates we make to the Halloween features in the coming days.
All events will be running until Thursday, November 5th.
The Pumpkin Shop will stay open for a bit longer so that everyone has a chance to spend all their pumpkins.

Other Updates:

• Speaking of Halloween, we'd also like to give a belated congratulations to the winners of the Spoopy September dog auctions! We had a blast creating those beauties and we hope you enjoy them. :)

• For those of you who missed the last news post, we have a winner for the Custom Marking raffle! Out of 1,530 tickets, Anchantal (#3598) won with ticket #1374!

• If you have any suggestions about future raffles on Alacrity, please hop over to the Raffle Suggestions thread! We'd love to hear your ideas and feedback. :)

Posted by Ehm (#93) on Oct 17, 2015

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Raffle Results

The winner of the raffle is user #3598 with ticket number 1374! In total we sold 1,530 tickets before the midnight deadline. We did not have a staff winner this time around.

I've put up a thread in the suggestion forum for anyone who has thoughts about future raffles they feel would be beneficial.

Keep your eyes on the news today and tomorrow for more event news


Posted by Kit (#7244) on Oct 16, 2015

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Summer Sendoff Contest Results

Drumroll, please...
After multiple intense rounds of 100% anonymous judging, the votes are finally in!

The winners of the Summer Sendoff contests are as follows:

Beauty Contest
1. ღHakuღ (#282092) owned by ✍Silas (#5944)
2. Aoi (#199477) owned by Anchantal (#3598)
3. Tilted's Morning Mist (#291736) owned by Joy (#26821)

Colouring Contest
1. K (#18315) (entry)
2. Saghyme (#38426) (entry)
3. Zyzy (#28004) (entry)

Drawing Contest
1. Refugee (#23681) (entry)
2. Sparrow (#19005) (entry)
3. K (#18315) (entry)

Writing Contest
1. Wolverine (#24307) (entry)
2. Zy the Perfectly Imperfect (#28004) (entry)
3. Alaya Timelord (#15204) (entry)
Phantom's Opera (#26434) (entry)

Thank-you to everyone who participated in all the contests; casting our votes was definitely not an easy task!

Everyone who entered a qualifying entry but did not place should have received their $5000 entrance prize. Please use the Issue Hub to submit an issue to the Admins if you haven't received that yet.

The winners listed above will all be contacted soon regarding their prizes!


• The items in the Monthly Shops will only be available for a few more hours! Thanks to Ny & Maggots' hard work, Larth's got a whole new batch of items to re-release. Keep your eyes peeled for another news post about that!

• You have two more weeks to grab a ticket for the Custom Marking Raffle! In five years, we've only offered this twice before now. It's your chance to leave you mark on Alacrity permanently by adding a new marking to the breed of your choice!

• There's less than two weeks left on the Spoopy dog auctions. These are custom designed smooth glitch dogs, designed with Halloween in mind and packed with some very rare items and backgrounds!

• Halloween is on its way... are you prepared? ;)

Posted by Ehm (#93) on Oct 01, 2015

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Refugee (Ala's Official Shrink)
Congrats to all the winners for each category. I loved all of the writing entries. Thank you The Haunted Lollipop!! Means a lot to me :)
Posted on 10-5-2015 at 3:33 PM
The Haunted Lollipop
Congrats on the winners for the drawing contest! I personally liked Refugees the best anyway :P
Posted on 10-1-2015 at 8:15 AM
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