Gregor Mendel, you say? Yes, Gregor Mendel! He was an Augustinian priest and scientist, who gained posthumous fame as the figurehead of the new science of genetics for his study of the inheritance of certain traits in pea plants. I totally stole that from wikipedia.
You know, I really do believe that Kingsisle has a good heart beating inside it's amorphous chest over there in Austin Texas. I think that at the end of the day, they want to teach us through play yet not make it seem like we're learning. That's kind of the difference here between games like Jump Start where it's overtly putting learning number one and something like Wizard101 where the learning is kind of hidden.
. . . and I could just be talking out my posterior.
The new pet breeding really has me going back to my high school memories when I first heard about Gregor Mendel. Gregor Mendel was cool. He's all planting his pea plants in his super secret experimental garden tucked away in some hip abbey trying to figure out how to make pea plants more awesome. Little did he know that we'd all be trying out genetic experimentation in a video game someday trying to get certain "dominate" and "recessive" traits to manifest.
Now all our little community needs is a nice clear list of all the traits that are possible.
As I envision this, it will be a four column entry.
This is probably the most desperately needed list from this expansion for those who are serious about breeding their pets. Miguel Wildthorn gave us a great head start with his petnome mapping; unfortunately, we need this petnome mapping effort times 50 since there are now so many pets in the game. AND, since you can't dance your pet to epic anymore, this is now going to have to be a community effort to uncover the hundreds of talents and derby talents out there. AND, knowing the name of a skill and the actual effect of the skill are both needed.
In other words, Miguel could do this on his own, but it'd go a lot faster with some community involvement.
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You know, the major glaring difference I see here between Gergor Mendel's work and our Wizard101 breeding is cost. It costs a whole heck of a lot more gold to breed two epic pets than it does to breed two pea plants. It'd be like Gregor Mendel starting his genetic experiments out with Snowdonia Hawkweed that was expensively flown in from Wales within a climate-controlled, transportable atrium.
So whatcha gonna do about that? I'm sensing a lot of forum gold in someone's future over on Wizard101 Central if they have the time to organize a community thread and list out the pet derby talents and pet talents. Perhaps this is something the Pet Master would be interested in. Or perhaps Miguel himself would like to take the lead and guide the community to petnome mapping success! I look forward to your ideas and comments on this one, fo' sho'!