News and Updates

Secret Santa and Card Sign-ups!

Sign-ups for the Astral Story 2019 Secret Santa are open! You can find the form here:

Participation is not required -- there are no prizes other than the good feeling of sending a gift, and also receiving something in exchange!

The deadline to sign up is November 30th @ 23:59:59 EST!
You can also now sign up to receive a physical holiday post card in the mail.

These are FREE, but limited (40 are available!), and do require giving a name and postal address to send them to! (US and International both okay!)

Thank you to everyone for being a member of Astral Story and making our little community awesome!
And finally, the server host is planning to do a scheduled maintenance on the network that Astral Story is hosted on at the following times:

Start Time: 2019-11-29 06:00:00 UTC

End Time: 2019-11-29 10:00:00 UTC

The site should not go down for more than ~30 seconds at any point, but there could be some slight lag/delay during the time period!

November 25, 2019 20:10:03 | 0 Comments

No Month Like November

The Haunted Faire has officially come to an end! You can still visit the Prize Shop until the end of the year to spend your Faire Tickets, but all activities have now ended. The link will remain in the navigation for a couple days, but will be removed soon.

Congratuations to RetroSpectra for winning the Costume Contest! And a huge thank you to everyone who participated in the event! Please look forward to our next event, themed around the upcoming holidays!

This month's free raffle design has begun, featuring AXOM-55! You can enter the raffle for free by visiting the Raffles page.

Moving forward into November: this month, we are leaving the roadmap a bit open. The current plan includes adding new items to the existing shops, releasing the long-awaited gift art feature (it has expanded a bit beyond the initial design thus causing a delay, but should be coming in a few days), new designs, and working on a couple of very large upcoming features. More information will be posted soon, but for now: welcome to November!

November 05, 2019 17:05:41 | 0 Comments

Happy Halloween!

All Haunted Faire activities have been extended until November 3rd at 23:59:59 Eastern Time! Please be sure to submit your Inktober/Art Quests/votes by then!

Additionally, a new achievement has been added which will be rewarded to EVERYONE who has participated in any of the Haunted Faire activities. This will be manually awarded after the event ends! Don't forget there's also a limited achievement available from completing one of the Art Quests, specifically.

A new user tutorial was added to the site this month, which aims to explain how the game works and how to play! This will likely be updated as activities expand in the future. By completing the tutorial while logged in, you'll receive a special starter pack to get your adventures rolling!

We now have a "dark mode" site layout that you can choose to use! You can change between the layouts by going to this page in your settings! You can also find it from the top navigation via Personal - Account Settings - Change Layout.

And last, but not least, a new ARPG quest is available. Someone new has moved into the marketplace and is now offering a class on how to manifest the elements around you. This class is playable with each of your Astrals, and is the method to unlocking the "Element Manifest" trait for each one who completes it.

Element Manifest is the first trait that does NOT have to be reflected on the Masterlist art, as it's possible to turn it on or off (but you CAN include it if you would like, after unlocking it!). This class will also be a prerequisite for a future class, which Bensuochi will only offer to those she's deemed worthy (by completing the first class!).

That's all for today, see you all in November! The raffle design for next month will not be going up until a few days after the first, but will be entirely on-site starting in November!

October 31, 2019 18:47:16 | 0 Comments

Haunted Faire Updates!

The Haunted Faire Advent Calendar preview has been posted! A link has also been posted to the main event index.

Additionally, the first mini-game has been added to the site! (And you can now find the "Arcade" added to the navigation at the top of every page!)

Ghost Collector

The Faire Leader was brought back with a purpose -- will you help her?

And another small note: the Axomaur masterlist merge has begun, so please expect to see them be added to the masterlist over the next few days!

October 17, 2019 14:58:33 | 0 Comments

The Haunted Faire Begins!

"Hello and welcome to my home...

"If I had a name, I've forgotten it long ago, but I am the leader of the small carnival here on this plane. You will find all number of ghosts and spirits, most of which I assure you are plenty friendly.

"Please enjoy the facilities. We have no need of your Dust here, but you can participate in a variety of games to win our own currency and spend it for fantastic prizes. Most of the spirits here are just lonely and having someone to play their games would bring them the utmost joy.

"Thank you for coming, friend. Please, enjoy yourself."

The Haunted Faire Begins!

It's time, the Haunted Faire has truly begun! There are a variety of activities, including daily apple bobbing (may award Faire Tickets or a variety of exclusive pets and treasures), repeatable art quests, a costume contest, and the new Prize Shop, where you can spend your hard-earned Faire Tickets! The hub will be available as a link in the top navigation until the event is over at the end of this month!

The shop contains an event exclusive new Trait, "Ghost," as well as an event exclusive Pedestal, the "Summoning Circle." MYO Tickets are also available in the shop for those who are able to earn enough tickets during the event!

October 05, 2019 14:25:56 | 0 Comments