November 24, 2020

2020 Black Friday

Hello Collectors,

That time of year has come! In the States, this is when we usually gather up the whole family, pig-out on delicious food, and say what we’re thankful for… followed immediately by buying more stuff. This year, we are highlighting the crazy antics of this time of year with a new (24ish hour) set, some online sales, and new functionality with some miniature boxes you may have laying around.

Online Sale

We can all agree that 2020 has been pretty not good, but there’s good news! It’s almost over! Enjoy a 20% discount on virtual items from the online store through December 3rd, 11:00 CST / 17:00 UTC.

Royal Jelly Store

Some temporary bundles will be available in the Royal Jelly store.

  • Mixer Sale Bundle| Limit 4 | 400 200 RJ
    • 20 Mixers
  • OMG Mixer Bundle | Limit 1 | 400 100 RJ
    • 20 Mixers
  • Black Friday Bundle | Limit 1 | 400 RJ
    • 2 Mystery Boxes (Black Friday variant)
    • 2 Striped Chests (16hr)
    • 2 Chest Keys

Unique Discounts

Starting now, all commissions will be discounted by 20% if submitted and paid for by the end of 2020. All work on these discounted commissions will begin in January 2021. If you currently have a Unique Commission in the queue that you would like to receive this discount on, you can email support and request that change. If you would like a Unique finished before the end of the year, it will be the full price. All Unique Commissions are handled by invoice, where your discount will be applied.

Learn more about commissioning Uniques.

Gameplay

New Set: Surviving Black Friday is a parody on the typical shopping experience at big-box retailers. This set will begin on Thursday and end on Friday. Be sure to stock up on honeycombs for this set!

Mini/er/est Mystery Boxes: Blue has been available for some time, but has not had any functionality. We wanted this item to have something unique, but didn’t know what… until now. Blue Mystery Boxes will NOW have access to a special new Uniquepool of items, supplied by the community. Black will release at some point on Cyber Monday, allowing for direct access to the Mixerpool. If either the Mixerpool or Uniquepool is empty, a message will appear indicating so, leaving the box in your pouch.

  • Miniest: Any numbered item.
  • Minier: Sub 10k numbered item.
  • Mini: Sub 1k numbered item.

Uniquepool: This new aspect of the game will contain any items placed there by Unique owners. To add an item to the Uniquepool, owners can gift a new item directly to the Uniquepool by gifting it to “Uniquepool” without quotes. To add a Unique that has already been created, simply mix it with a WallaBee Mixer and it will be added, leaving your WallaBee Mixer in your pouch.

Itembrowser has added a new tool so you can browse which items are available in the Uniquepool.

Mixerpool: Previously allowing anything to come out of it, including Player-owned Uniques, the Mixerpool will only contain game-issued items from collections and exclusive items, including those from limbo.

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October 21, 2020

Performance Adjustments Incoming!

Hello Collectors,

We wanted to give notice that we will be performing some updates today around 14:00 CDT (19:00 UTC) that will change how we handle items in a player’s pouch. All items in a player’s pouch rely on an ordering system to keep items in their place. The current process for maintaining this order is a bit messy and cleaning it up may help overall app performance (especially during a drop, when pouches are a main focus). Although we expect this update to be smooth to implement, we do foresee the order of items in your pouch to readjust themselves as a one-time side effect to this update. Please note that you may return to a new ordering of items in your pouch around the time of the update. Once we’re sure the update is working the way it should, we will announce the “all clear” through Twitter.

Thank you for your patience.

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October 16, 2020

Hive Chest (Re)Rebalancing

Hello Collectors!

The following changes have been made to Hive Chests. Please take note of these changes as they are now active in the game. In addition to these changes, a new variant of the Mystery Box to celebrate fall is now available through Painted Chests for a limited time!

Wooden Chests | (2 hour)

  • Honeycombs (100-500hc)
  • Exclusive Items
  • Bronze Mixer
  • Locks (5-10)
  • A chance to pull from mixer pool (50% Odds no 5D items from pool).

Lightning Chests | (8 hour)

  • Honeycombs (500-1000hc)
  • Silver Mixer
  • Golden Mixer
  • Bronze Mini Mystery Box
  • Silver Mini Mystery Box
  • Gold Mini Mystery Box
  • Locks (10-15)
  • A chance to pull from mixer pool (75% Odds no 5D items from pool).

Painted Chests | (16 hour)

  • Honeycombs (1000-2000hc)
  • Royal Jellies (25-40)
  • Box O’Locks
  • Mystery Box (Fall Colors)
  • A chance to pull from mixer pool (100% Odds no 5D items from pool).
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October 6, 2020

Gameplay Balancing

Hello Collectors,

Back when Covid-19 began, we made some adjustments to the game to help encourage the ability to play more from the safety of your home. As restrictions fluctuate between countries and smaller forms of government, we are planning on adjusting the following aspects of WallaBee back to normal. With these changes, we’re also going to make some additional updates to gameplay that we wanted to make you aware of. These changes will occur on October 8th, 17:00 UTC.

  • The doubled radius for interacting with places will return to normal.
  • Increased honeycombs found foraging when fewer places are nearby.
  • Club locations will be removed until the next competition.
  • Hive Chest contents will be changed to have a wider range of rewards.
  • Opening Hive Chests will be limited to one (1) at a time.
  • Different items will be available through foraging.
  • Midas Touch => Golden Mixer recipe will return for a limited time.

We hope to add additional changes that didn’t quite make this list before the next update comes. Standby as we continue to make sure balancing adjustments.

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September 15, 2020

Saving Variants and Prestige Items Coming This Fall

Hello Collectors!

We are excited to announce that our fall update will consist of the much-requested ability to save multiple variants of a single item, along with a new game mechanic: Prestige Items. Ever since Ben (WallaBee Founder) teased the idea of variants, the community has wanted to save them alongside the other items in their set… but how should that look? WallaBee Staff has been thinking about design and architecture changes necessary for this heavily-desired feature to become reality over the past few years and have made various changes to the user interface to accommodate saving variants. These features are still being created as we speak, but we are very excited to share some information with you now, to help better prepare you for the update.

Saving Variants

Let’s use the Keyring item as an example. Pretend you have a Green-haired keyring saved to your set. After this update, you will be able to save the other four colors: Blue, Yellow, Red, and White. Trying to save the same variant color that you already have saved will prompt a Swap Item popup, similar to how it currently works. Within your set, you will see the Green-haired keyring highlighted at the Set View level, along with the other items within The Arcade set. Tapping on the Keyring will allow you to view the item like normal, but will also allow you to scroll horizontally between all of your saved variants. You will have the option to highlight a different variant in your set by scrolling to the variant you would like to highlight and selecting it with a special button. You can remove any variant from your set at any time, just like other items, allowing you to trade them away as you wish.

Not final design. For illustration only. Subject to change.

Prestige Items

Have you completed all of your sets? Are you looking for something else to do with items instead of endlessly feeding Wishing Wells? Don’t you wish you could highlight your hard work in another way? Well, now you can! Prestige Items offer a new way to play WallaBee between new item releases, without the dreaded FOMO (fear of missing out).

So what are Prestige Items, anyway? We’re glad you asked! Prestige Items are an advanced option to continue your collection past just filling up a set and lower item numbers. Prestige Items can be created from already existing items, keeping their number intact, and will add a level and rarity to them. Upon becoming a Prestige Item, it will gain a new appearance, including a Level 1 title and an Uncommon rarity. Prestige levels can be increased by gaining XP from mixing other items of the same type with the Prestige Item, up to a maximum level of 100. The required XP to level up an item varies depending on which rarity it is. There are 5 rarities: Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary, and (we’re keeping this a surprise).

Any set item can be changed into a Prestige Item by mixing it with an ‘enabler’ item or by spending Royal Jellies. Once an item becomes a Prestige Item, it will take on the above attributes of a Prestige Item and lose the ability to be mixed with anything else (i.e. a prestige blue egg cannot be mixed with a yellow egg to create a green egg). Prestige Items will be blocked from being sold in the market or from being recycled. This new feature will not work with any Collectibles (Exclusives, Uniques, Wallagraphics, etc.), but will work with all set items. Items made into Prestige Items will no longer have special mixes (i.e. Wishing Well, Job Lot, Perfume, Aftershave, etc.). Similarly to Prestige Items getting a visual upgrade, completed sets will showcase your efforts once all saved items are Prestige Items.

FAQ

  • I have been leveling up a Prestige #5112 Bearded Lady and just traded for a #900 Bearded Lady! Can I transfer my progress from the #5112 to the #900?
    • Yes, but it first requires changing the #900 Bearded Lady into a Prestige Item. Once it is a Prestige Item, you can mix both items together to swap Prestige Levels.
  • I don’t have any Royal Jellies. Can I still prestige an item?
    • Yes! There will be a special ‘enabler’ item released that will allow you to convert a normal item into a Prestige Item. This ‘enabler’ item will be available through multiple means, including the Item Stores.
  • Will this be another mix chain feature like “Texas Music Legends” or “Heart Series”?
    • No, this is completely new. The required number of items (XP) needed to increase a Prestige Item’s level changes depending on which rarity it is, so it will never get exponential. With over 4,000 different set items, we want this feature to be a fun, casual addition to the game, instead of very ‘grindy.’
  • You mentioned that Prestige Items will no longer have special mixes. Does this mean my Perfume can’t become a Prestige Item?
    • Your Perfume can become a Prestige Item, but it will not work as a normal Perfume anymore. Anything made into a Prestige Item loses normal mixing behaviors. I.E. A normal Wishing Well mixed with a Prestige Wishing Well will destroy the normal Wishing Well and add that XP to the Prestige Wishing Well.

SURPRISE

As if the above isn’t enough to be excited about, we would like to formally announce that David McCabe (Mizak) will be stepping into a larger role with the WallaBee team as a new staff member, starting now! David has helped on-and-off with our website since the switch over to V2 in 2016, helped test various features we’ve released as part of a test team of players, and more recently has been helping with backend improvements and bug fixes. David’s abilities with backend code and knowledge of the game are very helpful resources to our team, which we look forward to furthering in his new role as staff. Stay tuned as more WallaBee development becomes available.

Quick Bio

Mizak has been playing WallaBee since the beginning, gathering up as many lower numbered items he could, but that chapter of his playing style is coming to an end. He will no longer be participating in item releases in the typical sense moving forward, as his staff title will allow him information that is not readily available to other players. Mizak will keep his previous sets intact, continuing to trade for lower items, but will begin collecting a higher number moving forward, beginning with the Soapbox Derby set. More information on his new trading procedures can be found in his bio.

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August 19, 2020

Scheduled Maintenance Downtime

Hello Collectors,

There will be a scheduled downtime tonight between 4am – 5am UTC (11pm – 12am CDT). During this time, the game will not be accessible and show a screen that prompts you to update your app. Please note that there will not be an update available at this time. We will announce on Twitter when this maintenance has concluded, at which point the app will be available again.

Thank you!

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August 18, 2020

Birthday Cakes Announcement

Hello Collectors!

On August 1st, we bid farewell to Hksfarm (Daniel Hammock), as his life is pulling him in a different direction. We wish him the best with his ventures and send him off with our love. With that change happening just over 2 weeks ago, we have been figuring out your main concern surrounding Daniel leaving: Birthday Cakes. What’s going to happen with them? Who will take over distribution? Will it just stop? The answer to all of these questions will be answered below.

Daniel has graciously handed over control of the cakes to our staff as a whole, so we will be moving forward with the distribution process. Our team has been thinking long and hard about how the birthday cakes will be handled moving forward. Over the past few days, we have been testing a new automatic process for gifting out cakes, and now have it ready for use!

One thing to note about the birthday cakes is that it’s completely optional for players – we don’t collect birthdays in order to play. This creates a somewhat difficult challenge for us to navigate, but we think we have a good plan in place to deal with this. We will continue to use the birthday cake form to collect new birthdays but won’t need it for those who have previously filled it out.

Birthday Cakes will be distributed automatically in the following order: (Cherry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Key Lime, Red Velvet, Ice Cream, Freeze Tag, Unicorn). If you have received any of these out of order, your next cake will be backfilled with any missing cakes.* Gifted cakes are distributed based on previous cakes gifted to you, which allows us to verify that you earned the cake and did not receive it through a trade.**

With these changes, Birthday Cakes from deleted/timed-out accounts will be added to the Mixerpool on occasion, giving players the ability to lower their numbers without interfering with the gifting order of cakes.

That’s all the information we have on this at the moment! We have consolidated the main bullet points below for ease of reference.

  • Birthday Cakes will be automatically given based on optional signup through the birthday cake form.
  • Birthday Cakes have a new solidified order for distribution.
    • Cherry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Key Lime, Red Velvet, Ice Cream, Freeze Tag, Unicorn
  • Birthday Cakes from deleted/timed-out users will be added to the Mixerpool on occasion.

*I.E. If your first cake was Chocolate, your next two cakes will be Cherry and Vanilla in that order.
**I.E. If someone gave you their collection of cakes, that would not impact which cake you get next, possibly resulting in you have a duplicate from the previous trade.

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July 15, 2020

Summer-Themed WallaFigs & Open Unique Commissions!

Hello Collectors!

It’s been a few months since our last series of WallaFigs hit the market, but we’re back with another batch! This series is themed around the previous WWH2O set: bright colors, swim trunks, and water guns! You’ll find this new special-run series a great value while they’re available, at a discounted price! Just use promo code: WWH2O

WWH2O WallaFigs will be available from July 15th through July 31st. You can preview this new series here. If you’re ready to purchase, you can find it in our online store.

 

Additionally, if you’ve been thinking about creating a custom Unique, we are ready to hear about it! Please check out the details to get started! We’d love to help make your ideas a reality in the world of WallaBee! Unique items are a staple of our game, adding so much personalization into our community. These items are a great way to make a statement, relive some past memories, or create something entirely new!

 

WallaFig Details

  • BAU Items: WWH2O WallaFig
  • Available in the Freeze Tag Store for $50, July 15 – 31 2020. Use promo code: WWH2O at checkout to receive 40% off!
  • Preview tool to create live previews of your BAU before you purchase (courtesy of Mizak and ItemBrowser)!
    • WallaFig submission form will be available on July 15th.
    • Not following these guidelines will result in staff contacting you for correction and may result in a delay in receiving your item.
  • No limit per user
  • Item Name chosen may not contain copyright/trademarked names/terms (including WallaBee Characters) or reference to other players. Our staff has the final say on name approval. Using already existing item names is not allowed and may result in a delay in receiving your item.
    • Acceptable Names: Lasagna Cat, Foraging Feline.
    • Unacceptable Names: Garfield, Bearded Lady’s Cat.
  • Unique ownership is nontransferable between accounts.
  • You will have all distributive rights to your Unique once it is added to your account, with the exception of offering it through Foraging, Star Shop, and/or Market resale. WallaFig is giftable and will NOT come out of a Gift Box.
  • There is no distribution cap.
  • This offer is specifically for a personalized Unique, not a custom Unique commission. Alterations to the design of the Unique are not available outside of the available options to choose from which we have provided. If you’re interested in commissioning a Unique, more information is available on our website.
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June 18, 2020

Memorial Accounts

Hello Collectors,

It is with a heavy heart that I write this blog post for our community. A dear friend of so many of us has passed away, leaving the world a little less than it previously was. We have just been informed that ChucksGhost passed away yesterday – June 17th, 2020.

ChucksGhost

Chuck was an integral part of WallaBee and the community, being one of the first people outside of staff and testers to play the game. He loved the players in the community and actively worked toward sharing that love with all of you through trading his Uniques. His favorite number was #4, which he traded fairly for whenever he could. So many more words can be (and should be) shared about Chuck, but I’m currently at a loss for words. I’ll make a post in the forums in WallaBee chat so everyone can share their memories.

Additionally, we will have a new type of account for past and future players who have passed away: Memorial Accounts. Think of these accounts as virtual places of memory. Chuck left a legacy that we want to honor, taking his dying wish into consideration by returning his 4’s collect to certain players that helped build that collection. All Memorial accounts will retain all of their Uniques. Staff will occasionally move any unsaved Unique from their pouch into their set, but we ask that you don’t spam these accounts with Uniques and fill their pouch. For the present time, these accounts will show the same as normal within the app, but will have a new title added to the website. Itembrowser will also be adding this information to their website.

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June 8, 2020

WallaBowl Results?

Hello Collectors!

We want to start by congratulating all of our teams for putting in some crazy effort toward this competition. 53,943 Strikes were destroyed, leaving only 2,659 surviving thus far! That’s a lot of dedication to create those glorious Golden Turkeys.

At the end of the two weeks, we expanded the number of item slots from 300 to 1000, but that still didn’t end up being enough for our clubs. Bravo! During the last weekend, we saw 3 teams rise to the top of the leaderboard for a 3-way tie (extra items past the 1000 limit don’t count). Part of this season’s competition rules was that we would not end it in a tie… so what are we to do but host a very special tie-breaker!

Bonus 11th Frame

Welcome to overtime… or what we like to call the 11th frame. The rules are very simple for this tie-breaker: There will be one representative bowling for your club’s fate.

Club Phoenix, Club Yeti, and Club Dragon will all send one player to represent their team. That player will be given 10 Basic Balls and 10 Ten Pins items to mix. The resulting items from those 10 mixes will produce the club’s 11th frame score. Whoever has the highest score from those 10 items left in their pouch will be crowned the winner.

To ensure fairness, there are some restrictions on who will be able to be your club’s representative.

  • BeeKeepers and staff will not be able to participate.
  • Your representative will need to remove all other bowling items from their pouch to help ensure there is no cheating.

Steps

As a club, decide who will be your representative. Create a new forum post to discuss this if needed. Once a representative has been selected, create a new topic called “Our representative is” in your Club forum and RedCarRobbie will handle it from there.

Points

  • Strike: 15 points
  • Spare: 10 points
  • Split: 8 points
  • Average Shot: 5 points
  • Gutterball: 0 points

Technical Rules

Should there be another tie, we will continue to add frames in this manner until teams get eliminated and a winning team is crowned.
The ten (10) items left in the representative’s pouch will be tallied when they submit their final scores to RedCarRobbie.
No special coding has been set up for this portion of the competition, so this is 100% based on RNG.
Special note: Average Shot and Split can be rolled in an attempt to earn a Spare, but can also result in a Gutterball. Is making that extra roll worth losing the 5 points?

Conclusion

This blog post will be updated with the names of the representatives, a link to the items given to them, and the results. Each item used in this 11th frame will have WallaBee Support as the gifting party so that there is no confusion on whether an item was valid.

May the mixing odds be in your favor. RedCarRobbie awaits


Round 1

Club Dragon

Representative: jesseknx
Items:
Basic Ball 1, Basic Ball 2, Basic Ball 3, Basic Ball 4, Basic Ball 5, Basic Ball 6, Basic Ball 7, Basic Ball 8, Basic Ball 9, Basic Ball 10
Ten Pins 1, Ten Pins 2, Ten Pins 3, Ten Pins 4, Ten Pins 5, Ten Pins 6, Ten Pins 7, Ten Pins 8, Ten Pins 9, Ten Pins 10

Score:
10/10 for 25 points (0 possible rerolls).

Club Phoenix

Representative: Elli61
Items:
Basic Ball 1, Basic Ball 2, Basic Ball 3, Basic Ball 4, Basic Ball 5, Basic Ball 6, Basic Ball 7, Basic Ball 8, Basic Ball 9, Basic Ball 10
Ten Pins 1, Ten Pins 2, Ten Pins 3, Ten Pins 4, Ten Pins 5, Ten Pins 6, Ten Pins 7, Ten Pins 8, Ten Pins 9, Ten Pins 10

Score:
10/10 for 61 points (8 possible rerolls) [Max Possible Score 95]

Club Yeti

Representative: EmeraldAngel
Items:
Basic Ball 1, Basic Ball 2, Basic Ball 3, Basic Ball 4, Basic Ball 5, Basic Ball 6, Basic Ball 7, Basic Ball 8, Basic Ball 9, Basic Ball 10
Ten Pins 1, Ten Pins 2, Ten Pins 3, Ten Pins 4, Ten Pins 5, Ten Pins 6, Ten Pins 7, Ten Pins 8, Ten Pins 9, Ten Pins 10

Score:
10/10 for 61 points (5 possible rerolls). [Max Possible Score 80]


Round 2

Club Phoenix

Representative: Elli61
Items:
Basic Ball 1, Basic Ball 2, Basic Ball 3, Basic Ball 4, Basic Ball 5, Basic Ball 6, Basic Ball 7, Basic Ball 8, Basic Ball 9, Basic Ball 10
Ten Pins 1, Ten Pins 2, Ten Pins 3, Ten Pins 4, Ten Pins 5, Ten Pins 6, Ten Pins 7, Ten Pins 8, Ten Pins 9, Ten Pins 10

Score: 10/10 for 59 points (7 possible rerolls) [Max Possible Score 85]

Club Yeti

Representative: EmeraldAngel
Items:
Basic Ball 1, Basic Ball 2, Basic Ball 3, Basic Ball 4, Basic Ball 5, Basic Ball 6, Basic Ball 7, Basic Ball 8, Basic Ball 9, Basic Ball 10
Ten Pins 1, Ten Pins 2, Ten Pins 3, Ten Pins 4, Ten Pins 5, Ten Pins 6, Ten Pins 7, Ten Pins 8, Ten Pins 9, Ten Pins 10

Score: 10/10 for 40 points (3 possible reroll)

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