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29th November 2005
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This is just a very quick update to explain our 24 hour downtime.

Our new servers that were supposidly being set up this Friday were set up last night, while I was sleeping.

As the new servers are taking longer than we had hoped, all work is being done on the servers while the site is online on a backup server.

We apoligise for the downtime - it was unexpected and took longer than we had hoped.

The new servers will be installed over the next few days and then the site will move onto the within an hour later in the week.

For now, we thank you for your patience while the site runs slightly slower on this server.

27th November 2005
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Two new avatars related to Marapets Free Email Service have been released. And no, you don't have to upgrade to get them..

The Survey has been completed and all of the Prison Costumes have been awarded. Thank you for taking part, we have some good feedback to look into and help us improve Marapets. Here is the results from one of the questions:
When MaraTalk, our free instant messenger service is released, will you download and use it?
I'll try it 32%
Maybe 27%
No 5%

Have you looked at the MaraTalk website recently?

24th November 2005
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After months of delay, Homes have been released. You can now buy upto 5 Homes each from a choice of 8 Houses, add furniture and appliances, paint the walls or change the flooring and browse through other people's houses. As they have only just been released, not all of the special features have been released yet. You should soon be able to sell your house (fully decorated and furnished) in a way similar to trades, create and manage gardens and many other features. It will take a few more days for the furniture and appliances to actually work in the houses, such as beds for your pet to sleep in and cookers to feed your minipets.

20 new Cleaning Products are restocking. When homes get untidy, pets get sick..

20 new Electrial Appliances are restocking - get them for your home now!

There are 8 new Tools to fix new problems with your Homes.

The Broken Homes image has been updated. It shows your default house - which is the Hut you are given for free - which cannot be sold.

The Avatars related to homes have now been activated.

23rd November 2005
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Aww.. this cute little Fatty is now restocking on the island.

Our latest award is the Best Marasite Award. Judged by Laimay and I, this will given to the Marasites we think are really good and have had a lot of effort put into them. Asking for this award will never get you it!

The Mutant Azul has now been completed.

22nd November 2005
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We are pleased to announce the beta release of our new Marapets Email Service. It is 100% free to all members who have email-verified their account with us and are 13 and over. You should have notice the "0 New Emails" added to the top of each page which will let you know when you receive new emails. You will also receive an event, similar to the way Maramail works. You can also send emails from your email account, however this is very basic right now as most of its features have not been completed yet. It may take up to two weeks for it to be finished, as certain parts, such as forward and reply have not been completed yet. You should soon also be able to send attachments. Sending emails is also rewarding, as your referral link will appear on them all, which should increase the amount of members you refer to the site! There will also be some new, unique Random Events soon added that will only appear on the website. Please remember that it is a FREE service and run on donations, so we would like to thank all those who have supported us - and continue to do so - for helping us to make this possible! As you may know already, for as long as we have players donating, more and more features can be added and remain free for everyone.

We now have new, more secure and faster Security Codes when you restock.

A new Award has been released for the Most Helpful Member. This award is randomly given to players who we believe have been very helpful to Marapets. This award is only chosen by Laimay and I, and as other staff are players of the site too, they are able to win the award too. If we decided someone has been a helpful member, our appreciation will be shown on the news and with this medal being added to their profile. How can you be the most helpful member? Easy - by regularly helping other players of the site when they need it, by following all of the rules and being friendly and polite. Asking for this award will never get you it!

Five new Books are now restocking...

There are two new Hidden Avatars for you to collect.

The Mutant Zetlian has now been completed.

19th November 2005
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We would like to apoligise for all of the current site downtime. Our New Servers have been installed and we should be able to hold lots more players and stay online without any errors. If one of our main servers crashes, we now switch over automatically to another server to make sure the site does not go down. Thank you for all of the support from those who have purchased Account Upgrades. We are currently saving for a new items server which will make restocks run without ANY lag ever.

Now not only can you get trophies for high scores but you can also get Awards from specific areas of the site. The first award is from collecting all Glowing Eggs!

The Wizard Addow is the latest pet you can use your Wizard Costume on.

19th November 2005
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Marapets will be going down at 23:00MST to move back to our new servers.
The downtime should not exceed 30 minutes.

19th November 2005
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The site has now moved back to the old server set up we had a few weeks ago, which is slower and can hold less people, temporarily until we complete our server upgrades. This is to stop the site constantly going down everytime any work needs to be done. The upgrades are to make sure that as the site grows, we do not experience any lag. It is also to prepare the site for MaraTalk. Thank you for your patience.

18th November 2005
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The Mutant Doyle and Equilor have now been completed.

Wow! Another band is selling their cds in Ziranek! Leido Trio have 3 new albums restocking...

The Fire Paffuto is the latest pet you can use your Fire Costume on.

17th November 2005
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The Mutant Ushunda and Addow have now been completed.

A new band has been signed in Marada. Disco Murfin have three new cds restocking!

The Ninja Knutt and the Wizard Tantua have been revamped.

15th November 2005
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Our first ever Survey has started. It consists of 22 questions which we would like you to answer for us. Already we have found out that 65% of you would prefer to have smaller news updates but much more often. Therefore, from now on we will try to have updates atleast every few days, if not every day. Please complete the Survey if you have not already done so, you may win one of 50 new Prison Costume - which will then retire. Please click on the 'Win a Prison Costume' at the bottom left of the site.

How do you get this brand new Gothic Avatar?

The Prison Sindi has finally been completed.

The latest band to be discovered in Marada is the Blue Addows. Three new cds by them are now restocking.

The Yakubi is the latest pet to be avaliable in fire...

11th November 2005
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The High Scores system has finally had a much needed revamp. As of today, the trophies should be automatically given out at midnight MST on the first of the month. The High Scores at Slater park have also been changed to look a lot neater, and instead of just Referrals, Avatars and Arcade trophies you can now get a high score from Quests, Missions and the Slot Machine! Also, before there was the problem of joint first place position - this has now been fixed with trophies being given to each member with the top score.

It seems that a job at the Circus pays more than just MP...

9th November 2005
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The Stars shop in Enpiah is now restocking 20 new stars! With so many new stars, Ublish Quests should start to get a little easier.

The mutant Murfin and Knutt have been completed.

How do you get this Scary Avatar?

Just to let you all know, this weekend the remaining 5 Zombie Costumes and 5 Mutant Costumes will be rewarded and then they will retire. This is just to replace the 10 costumes that are not seen on the site and may of been rewarded to members who are not playing anymore. Be sure to be online this weekend!

2nd November 2005
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There is a new avatar for Schmog lovers to collect. It may be a long wait though...

After Sunday's problems with our image server crashing, we quickly bought our 20th server just to load the layout images. This means that if the image server ever does go down, the layout will still load so you can still find your way around. This means that the Site Layout should be loading faster and there is now much less load on the image server.

The Mutant Huthiq and Tantua have been completed.

Our Advertising Campaign started today. We have our banner and text adverts loading in over 1,000 different locations so you should notice a huge increase in hits and new members, so please can you continue to help any new members who are lost of have any questions. We would also like appreciate it if you owned a website, please could you add one of our Referral Banners or add your referral link to any signatures to other websites or email accounts you use - please check that you are allowed to do so first.

1st November 2005
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November is here and as always, marapets has lots on its way. October was a very odd month for us, with lots of downtime and server problems but we managed to get all of the servers we needed and if you were online on Sunday, you would have seen that we managed 15,000 page views every five minutes without any serious problems, downtime or lagging. However, we did have problems with our image server and as we are growing very rapidly, we would like to keep ahead with the hardware so that we never experience the problems of October again. Therefore, this month's Account Upgrades money will be saving for more image servers and two more top-of-the-range servers which host the main areas of the site. We would also like to let you know that this month will definately see the return of Marahomes and we also hope to have MaraTalk released in beta - however this is still uncertain. On top of that we will have lots more cool stuff we will suprise you with!

The new Account Upgrades are here and this time with a Shadow/Gothic theme. They are avaliable to purchase now, however they will not be awarded until tomorrow. Here is what you can get:

Sindi is the 26th Marapet! It is limited edition and this will be the last time for you to get this pet through Account Upgrades - this pet is very limited.

There is a Gothic Costume with the Sindi and Tantua now avaliable in this colour. You can also get an Enchanted Plushie to be able to get a Gothic Sindi or Tantua..

There is a new battle opponent named Shadow.

There is also a new Shadow Blade and Schmog minipet!

29th October 2005
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As Halloween is on monday, starting from today, all week will be Trick or Treating Week here at Marapets. To take part, all you have to do is have a Halloween pet to go tick or treating with. Then every hour, you can go to visit Elger and collect a free gift! Simple as that. You can win anything from 10MP to 10,000MP or some cool new items, such as a Elger Plushie or the new Batz minipet. All items given out by Elger for halloween this week will be retired next week, and retired items will never be avaliable again.

Don't have a Halloween Marapet? All this week the Halloween Costume will be restocking at rarity 5! There is also now a halloween Newth and Zetlian..

We will also be giving out two Zombie Costumes and two Mutant Costumes a day all week! The server has been set to randomly select 4 different times each day this week to award one of the items to a member that is online! After that, both costumes will be retired. The Mutant Walee and Chibs have also been completed.

The latest avatar is for Trick or Treat week here at Marapets. This means it will retire by next weekend.

The Halloween Treats shop is restocking 10 new items! Most pumpkins no longer restock.

Finally, for those who are going out trick or treating or having their own halloween parties, we wish you all a fun and safe Halloween!

26th October 2005
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All Avatars have been fixed. This means that even Marasite Shoutboxes are back online! There are also two new avatars for you to find...

The Prison has been added to the City map.

The Layout of the site has been updated. We now have a Gallery icon to help you get to you gallery quicker. We also have adverts at the bottom of the page run by Adbrite. If you are looking to advertise with us, please now do it through Adbrite.

As promised with the release of DNA minipets, Mutant Pets will be avaliable when you use the DNA Minipets Laboratory. There will be a chance that one of the two pets you operate with may turn mutant. The Mutant Reese and Quell have now been completed.

The Clown Osafo has been revamped to fit in with the new-look Osafo. It finally looks nice =D

25th October 2005
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All Server Upgrades have now been completed. It has taken us over four months to get the money to afford it and has taken almost 60 attempts but we know have the site running in the perfect set up for us. We have 20 servers all networked and running together to make the site very fast for you all, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no downtime. We would like to once again thank you all for your patience throughout all this time, as there have been lots of problems, glitches, errors and downtime while we set it all up. Most of these errors have already been fixed, but any that have not, please let us know. Also, for those who have been with us in the past when we have had problems, we now have daily backups on all 20 servers to ensure that no data is ever lost. A special thank you for all of those who have donated and helped make all of this possible.

There are 12 new Jobs now avaliable at the Job Centre in the City. There is now a wide range of different stats and income for you to find a perfect job for your pet. We have finally released Job Promotions, which means that a new random event will show up for you to move to a higer position than the one you are currently in. However, higher positions require higher stats but also have a higher income. Your pet could start as Homecoming Queen on 90MP a day and after 8 promotions become a Supermodel on 1550MP a day! Remember that you can have upto 8 pets all with their own jobs, so make sure that you are training and attending the school for the highest paid jobs!

The Prison has been released! The Maradan Prison is where pets are confined when they have committed a crime. Crimes can range from using illegal items, your pet getting caught having an illegal job or just by not paying our bills - either way, imprisonment is the only way to punish them. The prison will be added to the city later today, for now please click on the prison image below.

If your pet does ever get caught commiting an illegal offence, such as using an Illegal Concoction or with a job like a Computer Hacker, here are some of the Prison Costume pets. There is one for all 25 marapets and a costume too!

The default Yakubi and Newth avatars have now been updated.

20th October 2005
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The latest pet revamp is my favourite so far. The Knutt has been updated and has much more character. It was gigantic and strange before and I now have a Green Knutt! Hope you like it too...

RESTOCK CHANGES - The restock system of the site has been completely updated. Yesterday you may have seen a huge amount of items restock. This was to quickly balance the site from our recent item problem. Restocks are now fairer, less predictable and overall restock more often. Another important change is that you can no longer restock more than one shop at a time and you can no longer remember the link to an item you are restocking. This means that there is nothing other than internet connection speed that will make restocking unfair. We hope you appreciate the changes.

We have two new Hidden Avatars. It looks like the last three that were released are not working. They should be fixed as soon as these are activated today.

19th October 2005
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This is how the newly revamped Yakubi looks! We never really like the original Yakubi that much and it now has a lot more character to it!

The deault Leido Avatar has been updated.

18th October 2005
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All of our new Servers have now finally been set up. It may not seem like it, but for the past 4 months we have been trying to get the perfect set up for Marapets so that in the future we can easily expand without having to limit what we have to offer! Please be patient and expect a few problems and random downtime this week. You should notice that from next week that downtime will be a thing of the past and that now we have all of the servers set up, we can get back to daily news updates!

The Newth is the latest pet to be revamped. We hope you really like the changes!

If you haven't noticed already, we have added the link to MaraTalk underneath the side bar. We haven't told you much about it recently, but it will be a free downloadable program simililar to many popular instant messengers where you can login with your Marapets account (over 13s only) and chat to other members in real-time. There are TONS of unique features coming along with it, and its looking great...

Pet Profiles and Maramail have new icons - they look much nicer now.

And finally, as we haven't had an new Avatar in a while, here is three new ones!

9th October 2005
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Maramail has been updated! Thanks to the support of all members, we were able to get Maramail its own server. You can now store upto 1,000 maramails! You can also now Archive mail you need to keep, report mail easily and you can also quickly send mail to your Marapals! There is also a very cool Maramail Search for you to search through your saved messages for the ones you need!

We reached 200,000 Members!!! To celebrate, the second we reached 200,000 members 2 members who were online were randomly sent an Enchanted Chibs Plushie! Congratulations to jofa and mathwiz!

8th October 2005
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Galleries have now been released. You can get to them by going to Enpiah for now. We will add a link to your profiles later in the week, but for now this is the only way. Your gallery size and your shop size are the same. You can also use one of its cool features to chose which order you would like items to load in your gallery!

We have also re-coded Shops and the Shop Search. The user shops are for selling items only now, so EVERYTHING you put in there is buyable (except for hidden items at 0MP). You can also sell items for upto 250,000MP in your shop. Shop Sizes have also returned.

Trades and Auctions have also been re-coded. Completed auctions and trades are now stored and processed together by the server to avoid any errors. Please check the status page for an estimated time - although it should only take 1 minute maximum to process.

We would like to thank you all for your patience this week while we have been re-coded lots of the site to prepare it for our server changes. All errors should be fixed by tomorrow. If we can collect enough money this month we should be able to afford the hardware we need. Lots of big projects on the way...

3rd October 2005
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The Leido has been revamped now. The new one is alot nicer!

There are three new Avatars hidden.. can you find them?

1st October 2005
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October is here and new month brings new Upgrades. This month all donations will pay for our new servers, which should be set up tomorrow or by next weekend. We have gone from 6 last month, to 9 today, to 19 tomorrow. Thanks for helping to support us.

This new battle opponent comes from Enpiah and is with the new upgrades Acne Trading Card?

This new Health Potion can be used in battle to heal to full HP!

DNA MINIPETS - The new DNA Minipets Laboratory has opened in Enpiah. Dr Yekyll can breed two species of Marapets to become a cool new DNA Minipet! However, not all combinations have been released, but by tomorrow there should be 53 new DNA Minipets all with 11 colours. You need DNA though...

Here is an example of one of his operations:



Yellow DNA

Yellow Choyle

Here are a few of the new DNA Minipets.

You can choose one of ten new DNA items with this month's Gold Account.

You can also get a rarity 30 Starry Costume that will never restock in the main shops. Here is the Starry Rofling and Starry Grint too!
The trophies, lottery and other updates will be done by tomorrow. Please note that all scores will be reset at midnight MST for the arcade trophy to start again.
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