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News / Registration problem - resolved
« on: May 01, 2018, 03:40:31 am »
We have resolved the registration issue.

I apologize for the late post, I'm very sick right now.

There was a technical issue affecting all outgoing emails and that prevented our registrations from completing and sending out activation emails. The error has now been resolved and protections have been put in place to prevent it from happening again. This was a very unusual error and likely won't happen again.

Thank you for your patience.

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News / Registration problem
« on: April 30, 2018, 01:18:47 pm »
We're currently experiencing issues with registrations.

We do not have an ETA on when this will be resolved but we are actively looking for a resolution.

We will post when it has been resolved.

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

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News / Email issues
« on: April 18, 2018, 09:54:57 pm »
We have experienced some issues with our ticket system sending out emails. This has now been resolved.

Thank you for your patience. If you still need ticket assistance then please log into the ticket system and check for your response, or submit a new ticket.


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News / Recent Server Outages
« on: March 20, 2018, 10:36:29 am »
We had ongoing server outages for a few months, or longer. After months of monitoring the issue, we determined the issue must be hardware-related.

Our provider recently contacted us and let us know that they had replaced the CPU cooling system. This is likely what was causing these outages. As the server would overheat and automatically restart.

As rare issues like these pop-up, we learn from them and improve. Every year we have less downtime than the last year.

Hopefully, this issue has been fixed. However, we already did rent a replacement server anyway. So, when we do the Hydran patch, there will likely be a migration to a new server along with it.

We wouldn't be spinning up a 3rd server if we weren't that close. Still can't give a date, but we're almost there. You'll get a date when we add the new landing page with that information.

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Events / Santa Claus is coming to Sunstream!
« on: December 18, 2017, 06:12:57 pm »
We all have a Child within us that gets excited when Christmas is around the corner and this is mainly due to gifting!
Here at MD we would love to give you an opportunity to unleash that inner child.


All you have to do is write a letter to Monkey Santa.

Tell us in the form of an actual letter what would you like to get in Christmas mail from your Monkey Santa, and why. A new skyblade? A mount you have always wanted to get? Maybe a pet that made you giggle every time you saw it? Don't be too greedy with your wishes, Santa's miracles are limited.

Please include your IGN in your letter! And have fun with it, make sure it's like what you would actually write in a letter to Santa.

The Monkey Santa is very generous. Who knows what he has in his bag of tricks?

Let's get into the Christmas Spirit together. We hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Happy New Year.

P.S. While Monkey Santa was visiting Sunstream today, Kirito asked for x4 votes for everyone. Somehow, Monkey Santa was able to manipulate the rewards system to award 4x more Jaden right up into the new year! Enjoy!

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News / Email issues and other news
« on: November 18, 2017, 12:47:57 pm »
There was an issue with our email server that affected all users. This prevented users from registering new accounts and resetting passwords. This has been resolved. You can now register new accounts and reset passwords as needed.

Please submit a ticket at http://monkeydynasty.org/support if you need more assistance.

Big changes coming before the year ends, as we prepare for our 5-year anniversary in February. No wipes, same devs, and continued development.

2x donations returning soon!

Hydran patch also coming soon, with new customs and much more!!

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Sell / Real $$$ transactions
« on: October 20, 2016, 01:48:06 pm »
For obvious reasons, this is against our rules.

Further, it's not a very smart thing to do. You'll probably be scammed.

Do not post requests or offers for external trades. This is meant for in-game transactions.

If you post to sell your bananas, jadens, items or anything else for $$$, then your bananas will be wiped and your account will be banned. No warnings. This is your only warning.

We may add a feature in the future that will support transactions like these, but until we can log, moderate, and profit off of it. It will not be allowed.

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Polls / Should "sex change" return?
« on: October 10, 2016, 02:41:50 am »
We used to offer an item known as "sex change". This item would allow you to change a character from make to female or vice versa. It was also included with a full change,

First of all, the goal of this option was to offer a workaround to offer same-sex marriage.

Second. This option was removed because people were using it to exploit fashion specific skills that are based on sex. This is also the main reason players want it to return.

Finally. We removed this because some players thought that it was unfair that other players could basically purchase extra fashion skills. The ultimate result of this option. We agreed that this was an exploit and therefore should be removed. However, we were unable to find a way to remove these skills from users who had already obtained them. So....

We want to ask you guys what you think about this feature returning? Let us know by voting in the above poll. Review the FAQs below for more information.


Some questions people will have.

Will it cost bananas ?
Yes. It definitely will. Most likely 500 bananas. Bananas are much easier to obtain free now than they were before.

Can you remove the skills from players that have already exploited this bug?
No, we can't. The only other option is to accept that some players will have a few extra skills.

Will you ban the users that previously exploited this bug?
No. This was our fault and we don't believe players should suffer due to unintended consequences.

Will you give away these changes for free?
No. We don't see any reason to do this. Anyone who has it has had to pay for it.

Will you remove "sex change" again?
No. If the community votes to reinstate this option then it will be permanently  readded.


Will you be able to buy "sex change" for other accounts?
Yes. Like with any gear change or faction change you will be able to purchase for another user.

Can you use free bananas or banana peels to purchase "sex change"?
Yes. You certainly can.

Is this an exploit?
Technically, yes. It is. An exploit is anything being used in a way that is unintended by the developers. So, yes. it is an exploit by definition. However, I believe that the best solution to this is to just readd it and make it easier to obtain. The "cat is out of the bag" so to speak, and I believe that the only solution is to allow all players the option to obtain these skills.

Let me know what you think.

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News / Ticket updates
« on: September 30, 2016, 08:37:41 pm »
We've responded to all of the pending tickets, unbanned many users, and resolved most of the issues submitted.



If you have a ticketed issue then please log into the ticket system and check your ticket. If you have an issue requiring support, don't hesitate to contact us at http://monkeydynasty.org/support

We'll be working hard to keep up on tickets much better.


In other news, we have our testing server up and operational now. We'll be preparing a small patch for this weekend.


Finally, if you have a pending change we'll be starting those tomorrow morning. Watch your emails for a special surprise.

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News / Database repair
« on: September 21, 2016, 11:02:25 am »
Last night we had to take down the server for a short time to repair the database. There was a pretty significant issue that had caused the database to "fork". Normally, this would cause a rollback or wipe for most servers, but we have a unicorn.

Tcholok was able to repair the database, and as far as we know everything is working correctly now.

Today we're going to be watching and waiting for any more issues. Please be quick to report them. We want to get on with more development! We have much more in store for you.

I know I've been pretty quiet lately. I'm sorry, you deserve better from me too. I did take some time to reflect, as well as I had a vacation. I also got hacked. My PC was hacked and my entire password list was leaked. It caused me some stress, and I now use a password manager for all of my passwords. Even stuff I don't care about has extremely secure protection, now. I am also using 2FA on most of my accounts, and hopefully, eventually will be using it for all of them.

The goal now is to get back to the regular development some old players know and love. We know MD has a great community that is excited to see what new and exciting features we will implement in the future.

We really can't stress enough, your patience with us has been fantastic. Through all of the ups and downs, there is a large group of you that really stood by us. We really appreciate it.

Changes, tickets, unbans, bans, and other administrative tasks are next up. A small patch will come out within a day after I have a test server, and that patch will have some of your suggestions. Please, submit your suggestions on the forums, via the ticket system, or even make suggestions on this post.  I will post when the test server is up.

We're also looking for staff! Active users with in-game experience are required. Slack is a requirement. www.slack.com to download.  Don't even apply if you can't/won't join Slack with us. Staff are our eyes and ears in-game, they help with things that include testing new features and enforcing rules. You have to be a GS before you can be a GM, but there are GM positions open!

We may open Slack to all users, we'll let you know more about that soon.

Thanks for reading. Let's bring MD back to #1 again.

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News / Patch update
« on: February 27, 2016, 10:31:18 pm »
It has almost been 20 days! Time flies.

My math was off when I have the initial time, but that's fine. Either way, it's not going to be done in the 20 days I had posted. Although it will be right away, I'll post more about it soon. I know I keep saying that, but the screenshots haven't been taken yet, and it's 10 PM. They certainly won't be tonight either.

The delays are entirely attributed to the release of newer content that potentially changes the direction of the patch. I should be testing this tomorrow or Monday, and once the new content is tested I will update you further.

Simply put, this could result in working Psychea and Kytos ascension. So I don't really care how I look, or what people think about my promises and deadlines. I am testing this. All of the work that has been done on the patch so far can be easily transferred to the newer content if it works - this is part of what we have been working on. A streamlined process to move content from release to release.

Either way the patch will not include Hydran, unless some magical release happens in the next few days. Bottom line, the custom work that was the number 1 priority was shelved when we got our hands on this newer content. Our friend claims that this newer content includes both Psychea and Kytos ascension.

As you know, I have to wait for Tcholok to be able to finish a lot of the work I am doing, and his time is extremely limited. Please bare with us as we figure it all out. If this new content is not what we have been told, then we will immediately go back to completing the patch. Either way, we need to test some more new content that got added, we are completely finished our path reversal, and debugging our own client.


I'd like to point out, I was wrong when I said a year. It's actually only been 8 months since our last patch. We stopped patching out small patches because it was slowing me down too much on the bigger job, which at the time wasn't getting as much attention. Anyone who says it has been a year is rounding up by 33%, furthermore, in that time I have had much less time, as you all knew I would, due to the birth of my son. As he grows older I have more time free to be able to focus on my work, but over the past 8 months there have been many days where I haven't been able to do anything aside from daily maintenance and/or faction changes.


Another thing, I was supposed to do some unbans this week. That was delayed as well, also due to this new release. I am still planning on doing a large amount of unbans in the very near future, possibly even before the patch is released, but it depends on the time I have available. For example, there are currently 20 pending changes, at least 10 of which I will do when I wake up tomorrow, and there are about 60 pending unban tickets, give or take. Plus the regular 3 - 5 per day of various issues that need to be addressed. Managing staff, databases, servers, etc. This all takes time and effort away from the patch. My time is extremely limited, even if I spend no time at all on personal things like enjoying a video game or watching TV. So, unfortunately unbans got totally shelved for this week. I will try and get to them next week, but it entirely depends on the development work that needs to be done.

If you have any questions please post them in this thread, I'll try and monitor it and get back to you as I can.

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News / 3 year anniversary!
« on: February 18, 2016, 09:04:25 am »
Today we have officially been live for 3 years! Thank you everyone for your continued support.

If you get the any of the JD anniversary quests do not take them!!! They will be modified in the patch.

We're giving everyone a present to celebrate being online for 3 years! 300 Bananas to spend in the Banana Shop on anything you want. In a little while daily deals will start, so keep an eye out for that. Also, any purchase made today will receive jaden as well as 2x bananas.

The patch is nearly completed. There are hundreds of new items, including new fashions, pets, mounts, wings and skyblades. There are many changes being made, Lumen gear is being added, many fixes to our current custom content, and much more. Most importantly the client is cleaned up. Screenshots of some of the new content will be coming soon.

You know, this patch we've been working on is basically everything we've ever worked on. Some say this patch has been in the making for a year, that's only how long you've known about it. This patch has been in progress since I started developing. It's everything we've ever added, and all that we've held back... well, a lot of what we've held back. It includes fixes for the ugly work from when I first started, the ugly work we've found, new content from various sources, and also gives me an entire logging system to simplify further patches. It's also super clean. I suspect other servers will immediately pull it for their own use.

There have been many frustrating days, arguments, we've lost staff over this, friends even. We've lost players, we've lost respect, trust, we've lost a lot, but it's all going to be worth it. I didn't do this for nothing. This was done with one goal in mind, making a better client for the future, for everyone. I did this to have as many working custom items in the client as possible, and to have all the stuff that doesn't work removed. For us to have a clean client that is easy to read, and to move content in the future for. This was all done with plans for the future. With plans for a 15 class client, even a 16 class. We're preparing for the long term. Those who have given away their accounts, got banned because they were sick of waiting, thrown away their work. Those people will regret it when we are back to 600 - 700 online. 

We're not going anywhere. Thanks for playing Monkey Dynasty.

Tcholok will probably post later with the stats like last year. lol

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News / Year of the Monkey
« on: February 08, 2016, 12:38:15 am »
Happy New Year!

This year is the year of the Monkey!! To start off celebrations we have activated double donations and double voting.

Later on this month we will be celebrating 3 years online!  There will be many, many events this month, and we'll finally be adding that patch we keep talking about! This patch has been in development for an entire year now, with many delays that have been very frustrating for the entire community. We do apologize for the delays, and we hope that our patch notes will show you how much work has gone into this patch.

Finally, I am 100% sure that the patch will be done this month, before, we had said it would definitely be on a Saturday or a Tuesday, this is not the case anymore. It will be added immediately after it is completed regardless of the day of the week. I can not give an exact date yet, but I can say it will be no more than 20 days, and likely less than 10 days.

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News / Holiday present
« on: January 03, 2016, 08:15:26 am »
Sorry guys, I was really sick for almost 2 weeks and barely made it to the PC at all. I meant to give 100 bananas to everyone on Christmas day, but I was too sick to do much of anything. Anyways, I'm feeling much better today. Thanks for all the well wishes.

I just sent out 200 bananas to everyone on the server as a present for the holidays. Sorry that we were late sending out your present, but they are being added now. Please be patient, it will take a few hours for the system to update all of your balances, there are a lot of accounts. We'll be sharing some stats on our upcoming 3 year anniversary celebration.

Thank you all for your patience. Even those that express none.

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News / Happy Holidays!
« on: December 13, 2015, 07:55:11 pm »
Double donations are on until Jan 2nd.

Double voting is on as well!

Have a happy holidays, and a happy new year.

You'll hear from me again in the very near future about the upcoming patch.  Any changes ordered will be completed quickly, the goal is within 24 hours, but it depends on how many changes are ordered.

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