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The Winter Market: Event Rules & Schedule // START HERE
« on: November 24, 2020, 08:29:39 PM »

Winter has come again, but this winter is dark. The days seem shorter, it seems colder than usual with days chilly enough to freeze over ponds, the sun disappearing behind clouds during the day. Sometimes the nights are blustery and black; others, the sky seems full of more stars than ever before, vibrant and exciting...

The winter market is happening again, even in this dark and cold! The setting is a clearing in a dry spot of the swamps, wide and long, sheltered by some wide-sprawling branches. Here there are many fallen stumps and logs that kin can use to set up shop --

And this is the core of the festival: kin selling wares, or running games, offering pebbles or taking them from the visitors who move through the clearing each day. It's a social event where kin might find some of the special fruit juices that some kin have been allowing to ferment in scooped out logs, or some of the creatively fired goodies that others have created with the aid of some salamander friends. It's a smorgasbord of activity, friends greeting friends, raucous laughter.

Come on in and explore!

Festival Booths: Info about booths, the core of this event, and how to set up your own
Pebbles: A refresher on our on-forum currency and how it's used in this event
Grams: Grams are the core prizes to be won in this event, and turn into semi-customs
Free Raffles: How to get free grams to give away during free raffles
Paid Raffles: How to buy tickets for grams you can keep or give away in our paid raffles
Accessories: Add-ons for your existing kin, to make them festive for the season
Gram Tally: Check out ALL OUR PRIZES IN ONE POST


Event Calendar
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2020, 08:31:33 PM »

The Winter Market is a traditional Matope event that we have run in the past, with many opportunities for users to run their own mini events and contribute their creativity to the shop on the whole! The concept of this event is simple; there are many small booths with mini RP prompts, where kin can interact with other kin or complete a task or game, and through their participation, users can earn pebbles.


The core of this event is user-run booths, located in this subforum, in which participants are rewarded with pebbles for their efforts. All users are not only allowed but welcomed and invited to create their own booth! We also welcome you to create non-game threads if you'd like -- make a booth in which you sell your art for pebbles, or simply in which you RP! It's up to you.

Of course, you're also welcome to simply participate, instead of running your own thread. Visit as many booths as you'd like to win prizes and gather pebbles, but keep in mind that you can only visit each booth once per day. Explore the many creative games our users have come up with! Collect your dues and spread the love!


No matter what you're up to, make sure to keep an eye out - Matope staff will run temporary pop-up booths where you can directly win boxes, bags,  boxpiles, accessories, or large quantities of pebbles.  These booths will always be announced in the #announcements channel on our discord server, and will act a little more like our traditional events where you obtain kin and/or pets directly.  You'll be able to participate in a staff booth once per staff booth instead of daily, and they can spell bigger prizes for you - but they also only last a short time.

All booths, whether they're run by users or by staff, will have some in-character component.  If you have no kin at all, you may participate with a made up kin of your own.  Who knows - maybe your fortunes will change over the course of the event!


We're going to try to keep an up to date listing of booths with short descriptions in this thread!


About Pebbles
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2020, 08:32:57 PM »

Someone has taken the time to gather up and mark hundreds of multi-colored pebbles, sorting them into groups that denote their value, so that each booth at the Winter Market can easily hand them out to those who participate in this event. It's unclear who did the work, but the result is staggering.

These pebbles serve as the core of the event: the only currency that's worth anything within this clearing, and the only way to get them is through participation. Each post made in the Booths subforum will grant pebbles to daring kin, and once they've been earned, they can be spent on special events, on accessories, or traded from one kin to the other....



On this forum, we have our own special currency in the form of Pebbles.

Pebbles are earned through posting and can be used for a multitude of reasons: to buy custom and semi-custom kin and pets; to buy breedings; to bribe colorists for special requests; to buy tickets for on-site raffles or to participate in on-site games; to trade with other users for any goods or services they might need, including art, writing, journal coding, or whatever else might swing your fancy.

Participation in this subforum will grant you with a high number of pebbles, to allow you the opportunity to buy grams, accessories, Chibi Plush tokens, and more! Users who choose to start their own booths will get a bonus batch of pebbles as part of thread creation, and any post you make in this forum will offer even more!


About Grams
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2020, 08:33:25 PM »

Once you've got your hooves on some pebbles, what then? You can trade them with other users for services like art, accessories, or more, or for nothing if you want to simply give a friend a gift -- or you can use them to buy grams once they've been stocked in our forum shop! Stocking in the shop will will happen every 5 days during the event, and will be offering gift boxes, bags, and box piles that you must give away to a friend.

Each gift box corresponds to a free, unedited semi-custom kin from a specific colorist. Each fancy gift box corresponds to a free, edited semi-custom from a specific colorist. Each gift bag is a free, unedited semi-custom pet or familiar either from the core shop familiars or any special familiar that is open permission or that you have been granted permission for.

And the box piles, of course, are for the babies in breedings! Each breeding that comes out of these piles of boxes will produce exactly three offspring, and edits will be CC -- which means that the colorist gets to decide if they're doing edited or unedited babies. These boxes will be in the weekly paid and free raffles, and also offered through free events and contests during the course of the Winter Market!


« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2020, 08:36:26 PM »

Every other week during this event, we will flaffle off fancy gift boxes, regular gift boxes, gift bags, and box piles in this thread.

These will be free but must be given away to another user. You will be able to specify who you wish to send them to [not yourself!] and the recipient will be able to redeem them for a semi-custom from the corresponding colorist in this thread!

More information can be found in the Free Weekly Raffle thread


« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2020, 08:37:21 PM »

Every other week during the event, we'll be rolling raffle winners for a supply of fancy gift boxes, regular gift boxes, gift bags, and box piles. This paid raffle will be between people owning this item in the shop; all you have to participate is to buy a ticket! Each person can only win once per raffle, and when you win, you will forfeit all raffle tickets purchased so far, but you're welcome to purchase more. If you're not rolled in a week, your tickets will carry over to the next raffle!

More information can be found in the Paid Weekly Raffle thread


« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2020, 08:38:25 PM »

Pebbles can also be used to purchase accessories for existing kin! Each accessory can be purchased for 10 pebbles, limit one per kin. More info can be found in the Accessories For Sale Thread!


Re: The Winter Market: Event Rules & Schedule // START HERE
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2020, 08:38:57 PM »

araucana, beejoux, blinded by silence blue, corn, dovaxy, maxx, owlsomniac, phoe, ryuukishin, starrydance, stella cinere, valkymie

Thanks to our colorists for their excellent work!

Over the course of this event, we'll be giving out 25 fancy gift boxes, 100 regular gift boxes, 100 gift bags, and 62 box piles.
This is a total of 287 total grams, and work out to 311 kin and 100 pets, and that's not even counting all the EXTRA PRIZES!