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July 1st 2008 Edit

A Word From SaraEdit

Virtual Family Kingdom is all about families.

We have put together a Founder's membership especially for your family which includes special bonuses for you. It is our hope that these special gifts express our appreciation for your helping us make this world a reality.

Each of these gifts were created by our staff especially for you. Our graphic artists created the comic book from the story boards that have gone into making Virtual Family Kingdom. The DVD is produced by our media department, and gives you a behind the scene glimpse of what has gone into the making of Virtual Family Kingdom.

In addition, our graphics department has created all of the designs for the other gifts. As you know, we always pay attention to detail, and each of these gifts is a one of a kind creation from our family to yours.

It also includes three months of the Family V.I.P. Pass membership, which provides many new features especially designed for families and based on the suggestions of our members.

We also want you to know that the Family V.I.P. Pass includes those new features which have been requested by our members. When you look at the comparison chart, that shows those features which are free to everyone, you will see that everything you expected to be free is still part of the Basic Membership. In fact, you will discover that there are even new and exciting features included in the basic membership that were never there before.

The new features reflect exciting new developments, and are designed around the wonderful suggestions that so many of our community have shared with us.

We hope that you find these new features as exciting as we do, and that the Family V.I.P. Pass meets your expectations.

One of the most exciting new features is Groups

With groups, you can form anything from a small club with your best friends to a complete organization with thousands of members. Share items, build rides, host events, and enjoy being with your friends and family. Large groups even qualify for their own group badge which can be worn by members. Most importantly, your family is a group and can have family rooms where you can create a virtual family home in our world.

Even more exciting is our Families Helping Families Program.

Each month you can designate, the recognized charity or non-profit organization of your choice and we will donate ten percent of your V.I.P. Pass membership to that organization. You can also create a group for your designated charity or npo and as others join with you, your contributions will add up. By coming together, we can all make a real difference.


Sara

Virtual Family Kingdom


Founders Edit

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You only have one chance to be there in the beginning!

There can only be one group of founders for any world.

When the offer is over, that's it!








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After 48 hours, we will be opening our doors to the people who have waited so patiently on the waiting list to be able to be a part of the final beta experience. They will have the chance to experience a small part of the beta life, but they won't have the extra special distinction of being here first. That is reserved for you as Beta Founding Members for the next two days.


In recognition of our great beta testers, as a special "Thank you," and because so many of you have asked for something special to commemorate their beta experience, we are offering the special opportunity to be a Founding Member and bring everyone even closer together. Once this offer ends, no one else will ever be able to be a Founding Member again. There is only one chance to be there in the beginning!


And best of all, the account opening credits and daily login credits start immediately; you don't have to wait for the game to open.


In addition to all the great membership features of the V.I.P Pass included with your Founder's membership, you also get these special Founder's gifts:



Founder's Members only


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Platinum Spinning Wheel
Platinum Tricorner Hat

First 48 hours only!

  • Special Beta Founder Free Gifts:
  • 20,000 Extra Credits

Platinum Mane and Tail Palomino Horse with Stable Room!


Limited time and never to be released in game.

  • 50,000 credits given one time when account is opened
  • Founder's Pin (Founder's memberships can be combined into 1 to 5 star memberships. A 5-star Founder's membership will be given a 5 star Founder's pin.)
  • Three free months of Family V.I.P. Pass membership.
  • One three month gift membership. (You can use it yourself of give it to a friend!)
  • Exclusive Platinum Spinning Wheel in game code
  • Exclusive Platinum Tricorn Hat in game code
  • Exclusive Founder's Pin in game code


Founding Member kit mailed (in Real) includes:

  • Founder's Pin
  • VFK Founder's Tote Bag
  • VFK Founder's Comic Book (true story and history behind VFK)
  • DVD with behind the scenes interviews with the developers and graphic artists, including the founders in the United States and Australia, and even Sara! (Limited Edition DVD for Founders only)

FAQ's Edit

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is membership really free on Virtual Family Kingdom?

A. Yes, membership is free and includes all of the features you have ever expected in a virtual world. You can click here for a complete list of benefits included with free membership.

Q. Who decided on what features would be included in the paid membership?

A. All the features in the paid membership were requested by our community. One of the most exciting new features is the ability to join together to create a family room, a club, a group, or even a virtual version of a group you belong to in real life. You can even create a group which focuses on a charity or recognized non-profit organization. Then people who join your group and designate it as their choice, will have 10 % of their subscription donated to that charity or non-profit organization. Coming together, you can make a difference. Groups with 50 or more members will even receive a special badge for the group which every member of the group can wear.

Q. Will I have to buy credits?

A. No, you will not have to buy credits. Every player will be able to earn credits from mini-games like Space Pirates, Audubon's Wildlife Adventure, Wild West Ghost Game, Paul Revere's Midnight Ride etc., just as they always have to purchase items in the game. As we were putting together the membership features, many of our community told us that they loved to build rides and create exciting rooms, but have never been very good at the mini-games or that they had a schedule which didn't include time to play the mini-games. We also had parents tell us that their younger children had had a difficult time earning credits because the mini-games were always too complex. To meet these concerns, the Family V.I.P. Pass includes 1000 free credits daily upon login. The family can even designate which of their accounts receives the credits.

Q. Why isn't everything finished?

A. First, we will never be finished! There will always be worlds to build and new mini-games to create, not to mention improvements, fulfilling new requests and all the mysteries of the future. We are so proud of our entire community including our developers, our graphic artists, our researchers, our writers, our management and most of all, our kind beta testers who have made this all possible. In just two months and two weeks, we have gone from a promise to a reality. The reality today is a world large enough that you can become worn out just walking from one end to the other, as many of you know. A reality that includes hairdos, clothes, furniture, rooms, room lists, friend's lists, our signature Audubon's Wildlife Adventure mini-game and the ability to trade. Whether it is taking the first step in our new world, or building fabulous rooms, it is this wonderful community that has made it possible.

Q. Is Virtual Family Kingdom safe?

A. Our primary commitment is to create a safe and fun place for the entire family. This is reflected in our staff and even more importantly in our entire community.

Q. What about education?

A. From the beginning, our focus at Virtual Family Kingdom has been to bring history alive and to make it fun. We are already working with educators to create virtual classrooms with the tools that the educator needs to make the best use of Virtual Family Kingdom. This includes the creation of unique new educational experiences including educational quests, learning computer skills, and interacting in a safe virtual environment.

V.I.P. Pass Edit

Create Family or Group rooms

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Have you wanted to be able to have a family room that you can all share? Now you can have your very own special family place on VFK!


  • Share your credits in your family room
  • Share your furniture in your family room
  • Build rides together
  • Decorate rooms together
  • Enter competitions together.
  • Chat together even after game hours. Excellent for extended families.



Have a favorite hobby? Create a group room for it! Invite other Family V.I.P. Pass members to join your group. Have invitation only events, have public events. Make a room for your local club or organization where you can all meet together on VFK.


Families Helping Families Program

Donate 10% to your favorite charity. Raise money for your favorite non-profit organization. You can specify a non-profit organization such as a charitable group or even your church to receive 10 percent of your membership fee. If you don't specify a non-profit group, VFK contributes a part of your membership proceeds to charities worldwide for you.


Up to 20 family accounts.

Daily Credits:

1,000 credits given once a day at login to family member account specified by Family V.I.P Pass holder. (This could be allocated to any one of the family member accounts, or can be allocated a different family member account each day.)

Credit card validation for main Family V.I.P. Pass holder.


Family V.I.P. Pass Setup including:

  • Ability to set Instant Messenger Chat on whichever family accounts the Family V.I.P. Pass account holder chooses (The standard dictionary chat is the default for all accounts). You can chat with family and group members from anywhere in the kingdom.
  • Permit/limit videos watched
  • One click permission to allow family members to be eligible for participation in Welcoming Committee


Early access to purchasing new rooms or items.

Enhanced Friend's List - Add new friends while keeping the old, with 600 More Friends you'll never have to delete a friend!

Special invitation from your best friend? Keep all your mail in a V.I.P Inbox for messages.

Free code for a piece of furniture every month.


Special commands that allow you to:

  • List all items and furniture in a room
  • List all the people in the room to locate your friend quickly, or selectively boot people from your room.


Family V.I.P. Pass in-game pin

July 2nd 2008 Edit

Fourth of July Independence Day QuestEdit

Friday July Fourth 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time to Saturday July 5th 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time

Blast off this Fourth of July with a celebration of freedom and independence in a quest to discover the mysteries surrounding the founding of the United States. This Friday marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Whether you would have been a loyalist, or a revolutionary on the original Fourth of July, you will not want to miss this quest. It’s 1776 again and the quest for freedom is on!

A Note from the DevelopersEdit

July 2nd, 2008

Our graphic artists are putting the final touches on the map for our world, and our schedule is to have it available to everyone a bit later today.

One of the most exciting projects we have worked on is the creation of horses for our new world. Next week marks the debut of our first horse, the platinum stallion and with it the stable room and the riding field.

Whether it is a leisurely ride, a full gallop, or jumping over obstacles, riding your horse is an experience you will not want to miss.

When we began the work on our horses, we started with motion capture files of real life horse movements as the basis for our horses’ gaits. Coordinating this work with our graphic artists has resulted in the development of horses which have natural movements and are fun to ride.

Your Development Team

Virtual Family Kingdom

July 4th 2008 Edit

A Note from the Developers Edit

A Note from the Developers

July 4th, 2008

With the introduction of our map inspired by our community we have all of the major elements in our new virtual world. Now that we have the structure and major elements in place we are transitioning to Release Candidate One.

Later today, about 5:00 PM Pacific time, just before dusk on the east coast (an excellent time to start a fireworks display), we will open our fireworks game. As you all know, our last minute testing can always reveal some bug which will result in something being delayed, but we are planning on 5:00 PM Pacific time. As you already know, we always strive for something that is new and innovative, and usually a bit beyond our reach!

Over the next two days we will also be adding a lot of new elements which complete our base elements, not the least of these will be the ability to finally sit down and blink.

We will also add IM this weekend, which is the basis for our groups and clubs!

In addition, we will also bid goodbye to the ubiquitous "pink couch" label and the bug in the Audubon Wildlife Adventure game which makes the last question always wrong.

On a more prosaic note, we have also completed the re-factoring of our basic engine again which will make all rooms load significantly quicker. This update is planned for Friday night.

This should be another exciting weekend in our virtual world!

Your Development Team

Virtual Family Kingdom

A Word from Sara Edit

A Word from Sara

July 4th, 2008

We want to thank everyone in our community for your overwhelming support of our Founder's Members program and V.I.P. Pass.

Our goal is to be an involved good citizen in our community and so we also want to thank VFKFanForums.com for their support and participation in the Virtual Family Kingdom Founder's Member and V.I.P. Pass program.

We would also like to express our gratitude to VFKGadget.com for their excellent companion program to the Virtual Family Kingdom.

Again, our thanks to all our community and especially our most excellent beta testers for making all of this become a reality. When we all come together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish!

Sara

Virtual Family Kingdom

Fourth of July Independence Day QuestEdit

Fourth of July Independence Day Quest

Friday July Fourth 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time to Saturday July 5th 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time


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Blast off this Fourth of July with a celebration of freedom and independence in a quest to discover the mysteries surrounding the founding of the United States. This Friday marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Whether you would have been a loyalist, or a revolutionary on the original Fourth of July, you will not want to miss this quest. It's 1776 again and the quest for freedom is on!
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British Flag

FOJ Pin

Fourth of July 2008 Pin



When you have completed your journey through the past, you will receive 1,000 credits, and your choice of the American or British flag waving on a Stainless Steel flag pole, and our first holiday pin, the 4th of July Let Freedom Ring Pin!





A Note from the DevelopersEdit

A Note From The Developers

July 4th, 2008

We have just completed testing of our new maps, and everything is working great!

As we have completed our testing, we have updated the registration database to include all of those who are on our waiting list.

To complete your registration and create your character, click on the Register button.

So for all of those who have been so kind and patient on our waiting list, we want to welcome you to Virtual Family Kingdom!

Remember when you are creating your login that your user name can be different from your character name, or they can be the same.

For our existing Beta testers, if you have friends or family who are on the waiting list, please let them know that they can now register. We will also be sending out an email to let those on the waiting list know that they can register now.

We look forward to seeing you in the kingdom, have a great 4th of July!

Your Development Team

Virtual Family Kingdom

P.S.

For all of our existing Beta testers, we want you to know that we are running behind on including the new fireworks game, but we felt is was important to complete our testing so that all those on the waiting list could be included today.

With any luck, we should still have the game up this evening!


July 6th 2008 Edit

A Note from the Developers Edit

A Note From The Developers

July 6th, 2008

We want to thank all of those who helped us with our live test of the new fireworks game last night, everything is looking great and we should make it live a bit later this morning!

Your Development Team

Virtual Family Kingdom


July 10th, 2008 Edit

A Word from Sara Edit

A Word from Sara

July 10th, 2008

Princess Hats Picture

As we research our period wardrobes, we are also starting to test several of our newest creations. We were so pleased to have CynAnne accept our latest creation, the Princess or Damsel Hat, as a birthday gift and agree to test it for everyone.

As we researched the Princess or Damsel Hat, we discovered that its origin is somewhat shrouded in mystery, though it appears to be reasonably prominent in artwork beginning in the 15th century, especially among royalty.


There is also an interesting article about this type of hat on wikipedia under the term hennin, which also includes a number of examples of artwork displaying the Damsel Hat.

Princess Hats Detail

This is a very popular style of hat in theatrical productions and reenactments and if you would like one in real life, you can find numerous theatrical costume shops who sell them. Some of them are quite beautifully designed, and would honor any princess :-)

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Of the numerous examples we reviewed in creating our Princess Hat for the many Princesses in our Kingdom, we liked the painting by Thomas Reynolds Lamont titled “The Prince’s Choice” the best. Our graphic artists fell in love with this painting and it became the inspiration for our Princess Hat.

We imagine that CynAnne and our other princesses would all have been “The Prince’s Choice” with this hat!

Sara

Virtual Family Kingdom


A Note from the Developers and Graphic Artists Edit

A Note from the Developers and Graphic Artists

July 10th, 2008

We want to thank everyone for their great feedback on our new Fourth of July Fireworks game. We began developing this game shortly after we started this project. During the development of the game we reviewed numerous fireworks games dating back to the turn of the century. We also wanted to place our fireworks game at historical points in history that are the basis for our present day Fireworks displays. While some of you have already noticed much of this, we thought we would share some of the behind the scenes research and development that went into the making of our Fourth of July Fireworks game.

Firework games have historically tended to break down into three primary categories. The first category required the player to select a firework just as it was set to explode. A second category required the player to select the firework by color or type just at the moment of explosion. The third category was the coordinated firework game which used a combination of both the first and second. There were also a number of somewhat related games which were more focused on rockets and bombardment, but which followed this general scheme of play.

After reviewing all of these fireworks games, we decided that the most interesting was a coordinated approach. However, we wanted to add the ability to explode the firework as it ascended and not just at the moment of apex. This gives each player a greater range of strategies when deciding how to play a game.

The play of the game was also defined to some extent by our selection of the 1812 Overture for our music, as we wanted the number of fireworks to coordinate with the music. We also wanted the beginning levels to match the beginning of the musical piece and then build as did the music at each level.

We also selected our scenes to be reminiscent of the period involved. For instance, in the lobby for the game we find the verdure of a native forest much as you would have found in upstate New York in the year 1776. Many do not realize that New York was a dense forest of native trees at this time and impassible except on foot or by using the natural rivers and streams.

As the scenes progress in our fireworks game you will notice the transition to the depiction of the Battle at Baltimore during the war of 1812. At this time Ft. McHenry was under attack from 19 British ships, some with notable names such as the HMS Terror, the HMS Devastation, the HMS Erebus, the HMS Volcano and the HMS Meteor. It was on the fateful night of September 13th, 1814 that Francis Scott Key watched the bombardment of Ft. McHenry by these British vessels and wondered if on the following morning the United States flag would still be flying over Ft. McHenry. Indeed in the end, it was the American flag that that still flew, and Key wrote the words to the Star Spangled Banner, which became our national anthem.

For those who had the opportunity to participate in our Fourth of July Quest, you will remember that the flag which flew over Ft. McHenry was 30 ft by 42 ft in size and was made by a mother and her young daughter, Caroline, who was only 13 years old at the time. In addition, Caroline’s grandmother had also made flags for our new country during the revolutionary war.

We end the game with a view from a castle in honor of Tchaikovsky who wrote our musical selection. The 1812 Overture was originally written to inspire a love of Freedom in his native Russia, but has since become a standard to celebrate Freedom and Firework displays everywhere.

Again, we thank all of you who have told us about how much you enjoy our new Fourth of July fireworks game, and we hope our introduction in the game, the scenes and the music will inspire players to consider the history which this game represents and learn more about the times and the men and women that made freedom today possible.

Your Development Team

Virtual Family Kingdom

PS. For those who enjoy a bit of historical detail, you might notice the American and British flags during one of the depictions of the Battle of Baltimore in the game. :-)


Australian Walkabout Quest Edit

Australian Walkabout Quest

Date Correction: 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Sunday, July 13th to 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time Monday July 14th, 2008

G'day mates! It's time to go walkabout on our first VFK Australian quest. Australia has so many amazing sights to learn about on our adventures from the Great Barrier Reef to the distinctive Sydney skyline with the famous Sydney Opera House,

We will then trek to the back of Bourke and discover the black stump. From there we can journey to the Aboriginal's most sacred site - Uluru or as others call it Ayers Rock. You will learn ancient Aboriginal legends and discover the name the Aboriginals have for a big party.

Their unique animals such as the boxing kangaroos (careful, they really do box), furry koalas and incredible platypuses are found only in their part of the world. So, pack your vegemite sandwiches, put on your akubra, saddle up your brumby and let's head for the outback for an amazing adventure down under.

July 13th, 2008 Edit

Australian Walkabout Quest Edit

Date Correction: 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Sunday, July 13th to 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time Monday July 14th, 2008


Today's Australian Walkabout Quest will be in two parts. The first part is a quick quest to introduce everyone to the new Australian setting. The second part will start at 3:00 PM Pacific time today.

Timber Well

This will give everyone a chance to become familiar with the Australian setting before we start the big quest. The prize for the first part of the Australian Walkabout Quest will be the Timber Well!

Check back at 3:00 PM Pacific time for the exciting second part of this quest, and the second part prizes!

The entrance to the Australian setting can be found on the Victorian Age map.

G'day mates! It's time to go walkabout on our first VFK Australian quest. Australia has so many amazing sights to learn about on our adventures from the Great Barrier Reef to the distinctive Sydney skyline with the famous Sydney Opera House,

We will then trek to the back of Bourke and discover the black stump. From there we can journey to the Aboriginal's most sacred site - Uluru or as others call it Ayers Rock. You will learn ancient Aboriginal legends and discover the name the Aboriginals have for a big party.

Their unique animals such as the boxing kangaroos (careful, they really do box), furry koalas and incredible platypuses are found only in their part of the world. So, pack your vegemite sandwiches, put on your akubra, saddle up your brumby and let's head for the outback for an amazing adventure down under.


Australian Walkabout Quest Part II Edit

Date Correction: 7:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Sunday, July 13th to 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time Monday July 14th, 2008

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For the quest you will receive 1,000 credits, a picnic table, two picnic benches and your choice of a kettle grill or an upright grill, or should I say "barbie?".

The entrance to the Australian setting can be found on the Victorian Age map.

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G'day mates! It's time to go walkabout on our first VFK Australian quest. Australia has so many amazing sights to learn about on our adventures from the Great Barrier Reef to the distinctive Sydney skyline with the famous Sydney Opera House.

Their unique animals such as the boxing kangaroos (careful, they really do box), furry koalas and incredible platypuses are found only in their part of the world. So, pack your vegemite sandwiches, put on your akubra, saddle up your brumby and let's head for the outback for an amazing adventure down under.

July 18th, 2008 Edit

Freedom Through Time Quest Edit

7:00 A.M. Pacific Time, Sunday, July 20th to 10:00 P.M. Pacific Time Monday July 21st, 2008


Enjoy a time traveling adventure where we discover the struggle for freedom throughout history, including our new Australian setting.

Of course, what would traveling throughout time and space be without the right equipment?

This is our most exciting quest ever, and you will love this week’s prizes, which allow you to bring this experience to your own rooms throughout the year!

July 24th, 2008 Edit

A Note From The Developers Edit

Well, one of our horses made an unexpected debut this morning. We were testing part of the AI for the horse, and VFK_MIntie’s horse got to a jump point in the paddock which led to the map. After that, the horse did what it was supposed to do, which was avoid people by either going to another jump point, or in the worst case if cornered it would teleport back to its home paddock.

Once back in its paddock, it would head to the jump point again, and we would be off chasing the horse once more.

Short of shutting down the server we were not sure how to corral it.

Finally, several developers blocked the jump point in the paddock, and the horse decided to stay!

We did have a lot of help from everyone up late trying to corral our wayward horse,

It was an exciting test, and we learned something about interacting with our new horse.

Your Development Team Virtual Family Kingdom

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