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Alpha testing ran from October 7th, 2020 through November 4th, 2020 and was a smashing success!

Up next is our Kickstarter campaign that will launch March 1st, 2021 at 11:00 AM CST.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. In the meantime, feel free to follow us on our social media pages to stay up to date on progress. Moonsblessings, we hope to see you soon!

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Kickstarter Info and Announcements Megathread

We have compiled this handy dandy guide to explain all of our plans for Lorwolf’s upcoming Kickstarter, including specific tier details, pricing, and some FAQs. Please let us know if you have any questions, we hope to see you for the official launch!

Beta Tester Info: Keys are special 6-digit codes that players must enter while registering for the beta test. These key codes will be sent via email right before the Beta test begins. Beta key owners will not be able to use their key until the Beta test has begun. The Grimalkin is a KS/Beta Tester KS exclusive* Companion.

Kickstarter Tier Info: The Kickstarter Krane Companion and Kickstarter Forum Decor are KS exclusive* items.

Darkspine Tier Info: The Chiropta Companion, Mika’s Mantle, and Shrouded Forum Decor are KS exclusive* items.

Murkwood Tier Info: The Keboko Companion, Luana’s Mantle, and Bloodlust Forum Decor are KS exclusive* items.

Goldsea Tier Info: The Vespen Companion, Elius’ Mantle, and Enlightened Forum Decor are KS exclusive* items.

Icerun Tier Info: The Simbur Companion, Orrin’s Mantle, and Frostbitten Forum Decor are KS exclusive* items.

Bracchus Breed Tier Info: This Tier rewards 1 Bracchus Breed Change Item, which is a specialty item that players can use to change 1 of their wolves into the Bracchus breed. As an exclusive KS breed, the Bracchus Breed Change Item will not be available for purchase in-game after the official launch! This tier also includes a Choose One Pack reward - meaning you can choose one of the four Packs (Darkspine, Murkwood, Goldsea, or Icerun) and receive all of its rewards. We will send out a survey after the KS to ask for your Pack choice.

Beta Early Access Tier Info: This tier upgrades 1 standard Beta Key into 1 Early Access Beta Key. This upgrade allows you to sign up for the Beta test 2 days before anyone else. We will not be wiping Beta Account IDs, so claim this tier if you would like to have a lower User ID! This tier also includes a Choose One Pack reward - meaning you can choose one of the four Packs (Darkspine, Murkwood, Goldsea, or Icerun) and receive all of its rewards. We will send out a survey after the KS to ask for your Pack choice. This tier is limited so act fast.

Allied Tier Info: This tier includes all rewards from all of the Pack Tiers (Darkspine, Murkwood, Goldsea, and Icerun).

All the Companions! Tier Info: All Companions that are rewarded in this tier (minus the Holiday Snowcat) are KS exclusive* items. The Holiday Snowcat is a legendary Companion that may be awarded/purchased in-game or through our yearly Holiday Giveaway.

Beta Early Access + Tier Info: Early access and all digital rewards bundled into one convenient package! This tier upgrades 1 standard Beta Key into 1 Early Access Beta Key and includes all lower tier rewards. This upgrade allows you to sign up for the Beta test 2 days before anyone else. We will not be wiping Beta Account IDs, so claim this tier if you would like to have a lower User ID! This tier is limited so act fast.

Item Designer Tier Info: You will be working directly with our artist, Alaunis, to design your very own item! This is a collaboration, meaning Alaunis will take input from you as the designer, however final decisions on looks/function will be up to her. Items must fit into a food, material, or trinket category and abide by our game’s theme, setting, style, and ToS. Designer edits and revisions will be limited. Designers will be able to design 1 item in 2 uniquely-colored versions, name their items, and provide unique descriptions if desired! Designers will also be credited in their item’s description and receive 10 copies (5 of each version) of their item upon Lorwolf’s full release. This tier is limited so act fast.

Companion Designer Tier Info: You will be working directly with our artist, Alaunis, to design a Companion to your specifications! This is a collaboration, meaning Alaunis will take input from you as the designer, however final decisions on looks/function will be up to her. Companions must abide by our game’s theme, setting, style, and ToS. Designer edits and revisions will be limited. Designers will be able to design 1 Companion in 2 uniquely-colored versions, name these Companions, and provide unique descriptions if desired! Designers will also be credited in their Companion’s description and receive 10 copies (5 of each version) of their Companion upon Lorwolf’s full release. This tier is limited so act fast.

Apparel Designer Tier Info: You will be working directly with our artist, Alaunis, to design your very own Apparel Item! These items will be custom-fitted to all current and future breeds, so you know your design will last through the ages! This is a collaboration, meaning Alaunis will take input from you as the designer, however final decisions on looks/function will be up to her. Apparel must abide by our game’s theme, setting, style, and ToS. Designer edits and revisions will be limited. Designers will be able to design 1 Apparel Item in 2 uniquely-colored versions, name these items, and provide unique descriptions if desired! Designers will also be credited in their item’s description and receive 10 copies (5 of each version) of their Apparel Item upon Lorwolf’s full release. This tier is limited so act fast.

Stretch Goals

Reaching our Campaign goal of $3,000 will unlock even more goodies in the form of stretch goals! These stretch goals are additions that we would love to add to the game but don’t have the time or resources to complete without funding. With your help, we can unlock the following additional features:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the “Kickstarter exclusive*” items?

Every tier contains Kickstarter exclusive rewards, which are items that will not be acquirable after the Kickstarter has ended - neither in game, nor through our giveaways, nor anywhere else. For instance, the Vespen Companion from the Goldsea Pack tier is Kickstarter exclusive and acquirable only through this Kickstarter campaign. However, the Holiday Snowcat from the All the Companions tier is not a KS exclusive Companion and we will continue awarding those to winners of our various giveaways.

What if we want to purchase additional items? Are we limited to a single tier?

Kickstarter does not support the purchase of multiple tiers or addons, however we will be letting anyone who wishes to purchase multiple unlimited tiers or items do so by increasing their pledge amount by however much the cost of that additional tier or item would be. We ask that backers increase their pledge amount for these addons during the Kickstarter campaign so that we can reach our funding goal!

Once the Kickstarter has ended, we will be sending out a Backerkit survey to your email that will review your purchase and allow you to select the additional tiers or addon items you wish to include in your order. Here are the available item addons we will be offering:

  • Bracchus Breed Change Item - $15
  • Companions, Apparel, and Forum Decors - $5 each

When and how will we receive our rewards if we decide to back the Kickstarter?

All in-game rewards (Companions, Forum Decor, Items, etc.) will be sent through email as a special key code. These codes can be redeemed twice - both during the Beta test and during the final launch of the game. We will send an email to you shortly before the Beta test that will contain the code you can redeem onsite.

Why are some tiers limited?

We’ve set a limit on every Designer tier and tiers that reward a Beta Early Access key. Designer tiers are limited so as not to overload our artist. Beta Early Access keys are limited so that only a set number of players can sign up early for the Beta test and thereby have a lower ID number or reserve a specific username. As such, only 93 Beta Early Access keys will be given through our Kickstarter. Regular Beta keys are unlimited!

Is there a set date for the Beta test or official release of the game?

We have not yet announced the start date for the Beta test or the final release of the game. There is still a lot of work to do before we are ready for the Beta test, but rest assured we will announce these dates well in advance on all of our social media platforms!

Do we get to keep our usernames/accounts after the Beta test?

We plan on deleting all user account assets (such as wolves, items, Companions, Forum Decor, etc.) after the Beta test, however all Beta testers will be able to keep their Usernames and IDs when the final game is launched. This will be beneficial for those who wish to have a lower ID number or who want to reserve a specific username! All rewards purchased through the Kickstarter or Patreon will be re-redeemable during the final launch by using the same redemption code we will send to you via email.

What is the “Choose One Pack reward?“

The Choose One Pack reward is part of the Bracchus Breed and the Beta Early Access tiers and allows you to choose one of the four Packs (Darkspine, Murkwood, Goldsea, or Icerun) and earn all of its rewards. We will send out a survey shortly after the Kickstarter has concluded to all backers of those tiers to request their Pack selection.

How do the Designer tiers work? Why is there a limit on designer revisions?

The three Designer tiers we have included (Item, Apparel, and Companion) allow you to work with our artist to create assets in the game according to your specifications! If you back one of these tiers, you will be contacted directly by Alaunis to begin discussing the creation of your asset. The workflow for designing an asset for Lorwolf will go something like this:

  1. Initial contact with additional information
  2. Final asset idea is decided upon
  3. Alaunis presents 4 sketch ideas for asset, backer chooses 1 sketch idea - first round of edits
  4. Alaunis presents final sketch idea - second round of edits
  5. Alaunis presents final lineart - third round of edits
  6. Backer decides on colors for the two versions of their asset
  7. Alaunis presents final assets - fourth and final round of edits
  8. Backer decides on asset names and optional descriptions

We have limited the amount of designer revisions/edits to four rounds so Alaunis has time to work on all backer assets.

Our Kickstarter Pre-Launch Page is now live!

We’ve activated our Kickstarter Pre-Launch page! Follow this link to sign up for notifications so you don’t miss any important KS news:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1927969705/lorwolf-an-online-virtual-pet-game

Development Update - January

Happy New Year everyone! We have some exciting news to share with you all, including some info about our Kickstarter and Patreon campaigns. Keep reading to find out more!

What’s New?

  • Kickstarter Announcement
  • Patreon Changes
  • Timeline Update

After a successful Alpha test and a considerable amount of progress made last year, we feel Lorwolf is ready for one more push to get us to the final Beta test and eventual launch! To help get us there, we’ve decided to host a Kickstarter campaign which will help us raise the necessary funds for our estimated development costs. As a thank you to our backers, we plan on including a variety of in-game rewards in the form of exclusive breeds, apparel, companions, and so much more.

We’ve set a launch date for Monday, March 1, 2021 and set a goal to raise $3,000! With your help, we can get the resources we need to finish Lorwolf and release it to the world!

You can expect more information about Lorwolf’s Kickstarter within the coming weeks, including specific details about the tiers we plan on offering and all of their rewards. In the meantime, feel free to tell your friends about Lorwolf and help us spread the word!

In light of our upcoming Kickstarter campaign, we’ve decided to cancel Lorwolf’s Patreon by the end of this month (January). We will be sharing one or two more content posts this month, but feel free to cancel your subscription at any time.

Patreon has funded Lorwolf’s entire development thus far and helped us stay afloat amidst our growing expenses. We can’t thank all of you enough for all of your support, you’ve helped get us to where we are today and we truly could not have accomplished any of this without you. We will be including all of your names in our “Credits” page and anyone who earned in-game rewards through Patreon will be receiving those rewards before the Beta test and final launch!

Here is our updated timeline graphic showing the new Kickstarter launch dates!

Development Update - November

Today marks the end of the Alpha testing phase and the start of a new chapter in Lorwolf’s development! We are happy to report that the Alpha test went even better than we could have imagined - over a hundred players got to experience the game for the first time and nothing blew up horribly! A huge thank you to all of our testers who diligently combed through the game in search of bugs and offered so many excellent suggestions on how to improve it. We couldn’t have gotten to where we are today without all of you, so thank you <3

Below you’ll find all of our plans going forward, as well as some new and exciting things we have currently in the works:

What’s New?

  • Kickstarter Plans
  • Pack Companions
  • Bracchus Breed

Kickstarter Plans

We have now officially moved into Phase 3 of our development timeline, meaning we are ready to begin working on our Kickstarter campaign! This campaign will help us raise the funds we need to finish development and propel us towards Lorwolf’s official launch. Our tiers will be filled with a variety of KS exclusives, including: A new breed, Companions, Apparel, Forum Decor, and more. We will be posting a lot of information about this Kickstarter within the next few months, so stay tuned :3

Pack-Specific KS Companions

Here are some previews of the Companions we’ve already finished for the Kickstarter! These Companions will be awarded in each of the Pack specific tiers including; the Darkspine Chiropta, the Murkwood Keboko, the Icerun Simbur, and the Goldsea Vespen.

Bracchus Breed

The Lorwolf Kickstarter will also feature an exclusive breed tier - the Bracchus! This breed was modeled after the adorably leggy Maned Wolf, a species native to South America. As with all of our KS exclusives, the Bracchus breed change item will only be available for purchase through the Kickstarter, never in-game. More information about this tier and many more will be coming soon!

Here are the preliminary concepts for the Bracchus breed adult models:

Alpha Testing - Final Updates

With only a few days left of Alpha testing, we wanted to share a final update going over some interesting statistics, special treats, and some of our plans moving forward.

Alpha Testing Statistics
We were able to gather some extremely valuable statistics for Lorwolf’s gameplay during this testing phase, and we were very excited by the results. Here are some of the more interesting stats we thought you all might like to see!

Number of players: 124
Number of wolves created as of 10/31/20: 20,207
Companion with highest win rate in Arena: Holiday Snowcat
Most popular breed: Lupin
Coolest Pack survey results: 43.5% selected Goldsea

Special Rewards
As you know, original key owners will be given a Golden Unicorn companion for every key they won/purchased through us. To show even more appreciation, we wanted to create some extra goodies to give to all of our Alpha testers so you can show off that you participated in the Alpha testing phase. Those items include:

  • 1 Alpha tester forum decor item
  • 1 Alpha tester forum banner
  • 1 Alpha tester apparel item

I have not finished the art for these yet but I will post an update when they are! We will be sending these items to every person who signed up for the Alpha test in the form of a key code. This code will be emailed to the address you used when signing up, and can be redeemed both during the Beta test and final launch.

Lorwolf Plans for the Future
At 11:59 PM on Wednesday, November 4th, we will be wiping all game data from the server. This will include all user accounts and IDs. We will also be locking the Lorwolf Alpha Discord server from any future communication, but will keep it saved so that we can go back and reference it if needed.

We will be hosting a Kickstarter to help us raise funding for the rest of Lorwolf’s development, and also host one more round of testing - the Beta test. We will conduct the Beta test in much the same way as this Alpha test with a full month of testing and a special Beta testing Discord server. People who earned Alpha keys through our now retired Patreon tiers would have earned the same number of Beta keys, so those that have extras may trade them to others if they so wish! Anyone who hasn’t earned a Beta key yet will get a chance to buy one through the Kickstarter at a base price of $5.

In addition, we wanted to share some good news! We will NOT be wiping usernames or IDs after the Beta test has concluded, so everyone will be able to keep the name and user ID they used during the Beta test for the final launch. The Kickstarter will also feature an Early Access Tier that will allow users to sign up and play the Beta test 2 days before anyone else so they can snag a lower ID if so desired! Anyone who earned in-game rewards will also be able to redeem those rewards during the Beta test, like the Golden Unicorn, the Grimalkin, Alpha tester rewards, and anything else!

We want to thank all of you again so much for taking the time to test out Lorwolf. We appreciate your patience, diligence, and efforts in finding bugs and errors that we missed. We were able to gather hundreds of your suggestions which we know, once implemented, will make this game all we want it to be and more. Seriously, Lorwolf would not be where it is today without all of you, so thank you. We hope to see you back for the Beta test and official launch of the game!

Moonsblessings, JimJim and Alaunis

Alpha Testing is Live!

We made it! Alpha testing has now begun. Alpha testers may now register for an account and begin playing! Please review the Alpha Testing Guide if you haven’t already! Have fun, and moonsblessings from the Lorwolf Team <3

Pre-Alpha Announcements

Greetings Alpha Testers! We hope you are all excited to begin testing, starting tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. CST! We wanted to share some last minute announcements with you so that you are prepared for the grand opening:

We are anticipating a large strain on our servers which may cause outages and/or delays. You will be sent a confirmation email upon registering which may take up to 10 minutes to arrive in your inbox. Please be patient (and check your spam/junk folders if you've waited longer than 10 minutes)!

We also ask that you reread through our Terms of Service page as well as the Alpha Testing Guide. We have made a few changes to these entries so please take another look before you start testing.

Moonsblessings, see you soon!

Alpha Testing

Hello everyone! All of our Alpha testers should have received an email on September 19th that includes their Alpha code and other information regarding the test. If you are an Alpha tester and haven’t received this email, please send a message to support@lorwolf.com and we will be available to assist! Thank you, and moonsblessings