We’re going to go live with a new update Friday, October 16th. We will update this post + email + post to social media when it goes live. If you play on the web browser, it will automatically take place. If you use one of our installed applications, please note you will need get updates before you can play again. This could take some time depending on internet speeds and platform, so you may want to request students get the update before the next time you play together in a live class!
Nurse Marysol is overwhelmed at the clinic: a sudden influx of patients have appeared, all of whom are sneezing and complaining of a rash on their forearms. Councilwoman Nasim fears an epidemic. Students must advise Nasim on best practices for Espethians to avoid the illness–while simultaneously learning everything about it!
This new storyline is a bit different, rather than focusing on a specific standard in a content-oriented topic, we focused on the Nature of Science. Our goal is to help students undersatnd how science works and experience what it’s like to have to quickly make recommendations and adjust based on those results. Teachers can get access to the Teacher Guide here.
Based on feedback from our players, we decided to revamp our character customization options. Some players wanted more muscular characters, or more petite ones, etc. so we have a brand new set. We also added over 20 additional hair styles to choose from! Only some are available when you first create your character, the others can be upgraded to from Whipper Snippers in the Marketplace later (with your Credits earned from questing).
So, how does this work for existing characters? Your current character will auto-convert into the closest body style to the one you had, but we also wanted you to be able to change it, so we implemented a BRAND NEW update messaging system that can also give you gifts! So you’ll get 350 Credits that you can use at Whipper Snippers in the Marketplace to redesign your character.
Students are also automatically blocked from doing assigned quests ahead of the assigned date.
This improvement was made to address two concerns: students wanting to better know what teachers wanted them to do in the game (not just one at a time), and teachers not wanting students to free play and complete assignments they had planned for upcoming days during class. So now, once a teacher assigns a quest, this will automatically happen:
One thing we’re really excited about is our new Update Message that will happen when students log into the game. This lets us tell them what’s new AND even give rewards or gifts (as described above, with us giving about Credits to students to redesign their characters).