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What was the Fog?
When TJ first released the game, he used sprites from other games for almost every dragon and creature.  This was copyright infringement, and he eventually took down the game and asked players in the forums to help make new, original sprites.  This was known as the Sprite Replacement Project.  This lasted for several months, and it was dubbed The Fog because all dragons (adult and otherwise) appeared as a cloud of fog when viewed.  In some cases, one dragon had only one sprite submitted to replace it (such as splits), and the only one submitted was used by default--situations like this, as well as dissatisfaction with some of the other sprites chosen, has led to continuations of the Sprite Replacement Project since.  Other dragons (namely blacks and vines) had more than one good sprite submitted, and in some cases those good sprites not chosen have been released later as alts.

The original sprites: [link]

I was NOT active in the forums at the time of the Fog, but I had my dragons posted on another site during that time.  I believe that the Fog lasted approximately from March 2008 to June 2008.

What order were the dragons released in?
The first thing to know is that dragons are often released in groups rather than one-by-one, and that many dragons and creatures already existed when the game was released.  The second thing to know is that TJ has not always announced releases, in the forums or otherwise, so in some cases dates are approximate or unknown.

Original dragons/creatures:
pink --now called bright pink to note the difference between these and new pinks
zombie --originally, these could be gotten at any time of year, but TJ temporarily took them away when people kept killing so many that their scrolls were burned.  On Halloween 2008, all older zombies returned to their scrolls and users were allowed to make new ones.  There is an automatic cap on kills now to prevent people from killing too often, so scrolls are no longer burned for this reason, but originally there was no cap and the number of kills permitted was not visible and had to be guessed at.
yoshi (blue, green)--now called dinos and altered for copyright reasons

Not-quite-original ( dates from TJ09's scoll ):
"There wasn't really a release schedule as there is now with stuff every month. Back then dragons just showed up as I found sprites to use." --TJ09
gold --June 2, 2007
chicken --June 2, 2007
neglected --June 5, 2007
yoshi/dino red and yellow --June 5, 2007
red --August 5, 2007 (forums opened on the 3rd)
silver --September 22, 2007
stone --October 5, 2007
split --October 12, 2007
paper --December 3, 2007

First new release:  December 25, 2007

[FOG -- only paper and holly (and baby chicken) sprites remain the same; all other sprites replaced, with holly hatchie sprite used as the base for many new hatchie sprites.  Paper adult was shrunk down from original.]

Second new release:  Possibly released July 22 or 23, 2008, but not before July 21.

Third new release: these many have been released the same day as skywings and guardians, some confusion on dates here
alt vine
alt black

Fourth new release:  September 14, 2008
summer seasonal --these were released for only one week, with a long gap between these and autumns, leading to a lot of confusion over TJ's intentions.

Fifth new release:  October 31, 2008
re-release of zombies

Sixth new release:  November 28, 2008
autumn seasonal

Seventh new release:  December 20, 2008
winter seasonal

Eighth new release:  December 24, 2008

Ninth new release:
leetle trees --released at the end of yulebucks and before the new year, these were dropped sporadically in between normal eggs and lasted only three days, with no mass drops; these were very difficult to obtain and have not been released again since, despite Kila's support of seasonal drops and different versions.  It is said that these were released only as an advertisement for another of TJ's pet games, leetles.com.  There was no announcement.
Re-dropped December 27th, 2010

Tenth new release:  February 9, 2009

Eleventh new release:  February 14, 2009

Twelfth new release:  April 9, 2009
spring seasonal

Thirteenth new release:  April 22, 2009
dorsal (red and purple)
[new] pink
stripe (white, blue, green, red)

Fourteenth new release:  July 14, 2009

Fourteenth-and-a-half new release:  August 20, 2009
Lord Dracogangake's Lord Dracopancake, AKA the leetle stack of pancakes [link]

Fifteenth new release:  August 24, 2009
deep sea
water horse

Sixteenth new release:  October 31, 2009

Seventeenth new release:  November 22, 2009

Eighteenth new release:  December 25, 2009
snow angel --a snow angel's wing colors are determined by the scroll it is on, not by the dragon itself, and [unlike sweetlings] the version is unknown until it is an adult.  TJ  discovered that a method to figure out who would have which kind was leaked--this was a violation of the Terms of Service, though that was not clear until TJ took action; one night, everyone's snow angels turned into the kind with solid gold wings, then were re-shuffled when he changed the coding that determined what variation one got.  I was one of these users, and my snow angels originally had the white wings with gold stripes, now stuck with solid gold.  Many of us make a note of this event when writing our snow angel descriptions.
(^spriter alts:
http://dragcave.net/view/mr2b owner: JaziandCo
[?]  owner:  Dis)

Nineteenth new release:  January 15, 2010
bluna (skywingXwater, skywingXdeep sea, skywingX waterwalker?)

Twentieth new release:  February 14, 2010
sweetling --alt sweetling, black with a skull mark rather than pink with a heart mark, were given to those who caught valentines at the start of the release and then ran afoul of a glitch that auto-abandoned them.  Like snow angels, the sweetling version is determined by the scroll it is on, not by the dragon itself.
(^spriter alts:
http://dragcave.net/view/MpjG owner: Nepherim (unknown scroll name?)

Twenty-first new release:  March 26, 2010
"Guardians of Nature" --This egg comes from using the trios' group BSA known as Summon.

Twenty-second new release:  April 1, 2010
sunsong amphipteres
hellfire wyvern
bright-breasted wyvern

Twenty-third new release:  May 26, 2010
day/night glory drake
shallow water (AKA goldfish, magiXwater)

Twenty-third-and-a-half new release:  June 12, 2010, in the wee hours of the morning
TheDarkCynder's Thuwed Leetle Tree: http://dragcave.net/view/n/Cookco%20Khoo  Story can be found here: http://dragoncave-evolution.wikidot.com/news  I was present on the IRC that night, and while I was the person who said, "Congrats if he does it," I'm pretty sure everyone but TDC herself understood what was going on.  That poor girl.  She was so not awake that night.

Twenty-fourth new release: July 4, 2010
Egyptian spitfire
coastal waverunner --This breed's original name was coastal pteradrake, reason for change unknown but possibly related to the large number of drakes released recently

Twenty-fifth new release:  August 27, 2010
flamingo wyvern

Twenty-sixth new release:  October 10, 2010

Twenty-seventh new release:  October 31, 2010
dark marrow

Twenty-eighth new release:  December 25, 2010
ribbon dancers
(re-release of leetle trees)

Twenty-ninth new release:  February 13, 2011
gold, silver, bronze prize dragons from game-wide 2010 Xmas tree decorating contest; generally known as "prize dragons" but the spriter calls them "tinsels."
(^spriter alt: 
http://dragcave.net/view/Penk owner: Marrionetta --this dragon breeds as a silver prize)
user posted image GoldPrizeS1.gif !@.gif B0Bh.gif.png gold: 5
1. http://dragcave.net/view/Lexy owner: cherryalexandra (same on forums)
2. http://dragcave.net/view/iWin owner: Aamaranthine (same on forums)
3. http://dragcave.net/view/Epic owner: Lorimmel (same on forums)
4. http://dragcave.net/view/s5gF owner: smileytechie (same on forums)
5. http://dragcave.net/view/AGYI owner: cherrywafflegirl (same on forums) (This dragon is known best for its second child-- a gold prize egg with a father with so hideous in lineage that Starscream advised the owner to Bite it... which is exactly what happened.  That was an AP catch.)
user posted image CPI9.gif PEu4.gif Abby silver: 10
1.  http://dragcave.net/view/Abby owner: Goslander (same on forums) Code is the name of her deceased parrot.
2.  http://dragcave.net/view/DMHP owner: b0113061 (b0113062 on forums)
3.  http://dragcave.net/view/EQdU owner: chariset (same on forums)
4.  http://dragcave.net/view/wind owner: Saphira888 (same on forums)
5 . http://dragcave.net/view/k1ss owner: KissMyChaos (same on forums???)
6.  http://dragcave.net/view/booo owner: Skwisgaar (same on forums)--player was burned for multi-scrolling
http://dragcave.net/view/X7j3 owner: tokiwartooth (Skwisgaar)
http://dragcave.net/view/Z6RUP  owner: [unknown] (Skwisgaar?)
http://dragcave.net/view/kk9Qr  owner: [unknown] (Skwisgaar?)
http://dragcave.net/view/gpWFP  owner: [unknown] (Skwisgaar?)
http://dragcave.net/view/qWpuA  owner: [unknown] (Skwisgaar?)
http://dragcave.net/view/3kd0F owner: Skwisgaar
http://dragcave.net/view/XTRM5  owner: moritsugu (Skwisgaar)

http://dragcave.net/view/gJRrR  owner: TheAz (Azure on forums)
7.  http://dragcave.net/view/aobO owner: chanxxx (same on forums)
8.  http://dragcave.net/view/2nd! http://dragcave.net/view/UaDI owner: Leidarendi (same on forums) (code was originally 2nd!, changed afterwards, reason unknown)
9.  http://dragcave.net/view/TREE owner: cryptarch (Undertow on forums)
10.http://dragcave.net/view/ERNA owner: Ernaklein's mom xD
user posted image BronzeS1.gif COTe.gif EsTg.gif.png bronze: 15
1. http://dragcave.net/view/Rnbw owner: SadinaSaphrite (same on forums)
2. http://dragcave.net/view/wish owner: MissK. (same on forums)
3. http://dragcave.net/view/Wyms owner: CommanderWymsy (has a space on forums)
4. http://dragcave.net/view/Vein owner: Absolute (same on forums) Code is the name of his ex... requested post-breakup.  Fun fact:  Vein means wine in Estonian.
5. http://dragcave.net/view/fUck owner: Grimace (same on forums)
6. http://dragcave.net/view/1337 owner: Wobster109 (same on forums)
7. http://dragcave.net/view/Anzu owner: FallenZephyr (same on forums)
8. http://dragcave.net/view/Ryko owner: Astreya (same on forums)
9. http://dragcave.net/view/Wish owner: TheAz (Azure on forums)
10. http://dragcave.net/view/1219 owner: Hazardous Force (Shiny Hazard Sign on forums)
11. http://dragcave.net/view/NCjU owner: Captain4Ever (same on forums)
12. http://dragcave.net/view/ARMY owner: Federal (does not speak English; contact through her friend Rosa Kreisler on forums)
13. http://dragcave.net/view/aBv6 owner: GlassWalker (has a _ on forums)
14. http://dragcave.net/view/A76J owner: Pandanyangi (same on forums)
15. http://dragcave.net/view/Aht6 owner:  TigerUS (same on forums)
(all eggs, desc. "This egg is very reflective, almost metallic-looking."-- ie. same as traditional gold egg)
(all s1, desc. "Aww... It's a cute baby dragon.")
(all s2, desc. "Aww... It's a cute baby dragon.  And look!  It's grown its wings!  It must be close to maturing.")
(all adult desc... nonexistent, there is no description because the spriter doesn't write them and forgot to get someone else to.)
Most honorable mentions chose a CB holly as their prize.  20 HMs in total, some chose invalid prizes.  One chose a CB sitting black alt.
1.  http://dragcave.net/view/yule owner: naturalcyber (same on forum, holly)
2.  http://dragcave.net/view/Zibl  owner: storm76 (same on forum, holly)
3.  http://dragcave.net/view/Time  owner:  DarkEternity (same on forum, holly)
4.  owner:  cymrudraco (same on forum, none-- chose an invalid prize?)
5.  http://dragcave.net/view/Holy  owner:  syaoransbear (same on forum, holly)
6.  http://dragcave.net/view/yyxy  owner:  PuzzleChick (same on forum, holly)
7.  http://dragcave.net/view/Bell  owner:  Arula (same on forum, holly)
8.  http://dragcave.net/view/noir  owner:  ashkore_Marek in forum (Marek on forum, [was a sitting] alt black)
9.  owner:  sonictheonlyhedgehog (same on forum, none-- chose an invalid prize?? asked for GoN)
10. http://dragcave.net/view/Alc1  owner:  alci (same in forum, holly)
11. owner:  phyre (same on forum, none-- chose an invalid prize?)
12. http://dragcave.net/view/tf02  owner:  Kitty4761 (same on forum, holly)
13. http://dragcave.net/view/holi  owner: Nerys (same on forum, holly)
14. http://dragcave.net/view/WOOO  owner: s0r0k4 (same on forum, holly)
15. http://dragcave.net/view/snow owner: Melosk (same on forum, holly)
16. [Appoloosa knows this one, owner asked for privacy]
17. [unknown code, scroll, owner]
18. [unknown code, scroll, owner]
19. [unknown code, scroll, owner]
20. [unknown code, scroll, owner]
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Thirtieth new release:  February 14, 2011
(^spriter alts:
http://dragcave.net/view/8CBO owner: Dolphinsong

Thirty-first new release:  March 15, 2011
black stripe

Thirty-second new release:  April 1, 2011
"alt" nebula

Thirty-third new release:  May 21, 2011 -- "5th Anniversary of Dragcave"
crimson flare pygmy
dark myst pygmy
misfit pygmy
nilia pygmy
seawyrm pygmy

Thirty-fourth new release:  July 18, 2011

Thirty-fifth new release:  September 17, 2011
spotted greenwing
gold-horned tangar

Thirty-sixth new release:  October 31, 2011
shadow walker
(^spriter alts:
[purple shadow walkers]  owner:  Nakase
[golden shadow walkers]  owner:  Fiona BlueFire)
Thirty-seventh new release:  December 25, 2011
winter magi
(^spriter alt:
http://dragcave.net/view/GEfUV and http://dragcave.net/view/gZStM  owner:  Earthgirl)
Thirty-eighth new release:  January 23, 2012
royal blue
golden wyvern

Thirty-ninth new release:  February 14, 2012
(^spriter alts:
http://dragcave.net/view/hmSAC and http://dragcave.net/view/Lyzar  owner:  LadyLyzar)

Fortieth new release: April 24, 2012

Forty-first new release:  May 21, 2012
tsunami wyvern
ultraviolet (purpleXspitfire)

Forty-second new release:  August 15, 2012
blusang lindwurm

Forty-third new release:  November 3, 2012 (Halloween release delayed due to Hurricane Sandy flooding TJ's home locale, ostensibly so that those currently lacking power would be able to participate)

How do we find out our scroll number?  Is finding out against the TOS?
This is absolutely not against the Terms of Service.  When I first joined the site, everyone had to link to their scroll using their number instead of their name, and some of the old links are still out there.  As far as I know, your number has zilch to do with the coding of the game... all it does is tell you how many people signed up before you. Here are a few ways to find your number, depending on which browser you use:

Firefox:   If you're on FireFox - right click and select 'View Page Info'. Select the 'Security' tab. Now press the 'View Cookies' button and look for the cookie named 'dragon[id]'. The content is your user ID.

Go to the wrench dropdown
Click "Options"
Go to "Under the Hood"
Scroll to "Cookie settings" and click "Show cookies"
Type "dragon" in the search bar
You will see dragcave.net, dragon[id]--click it
In the bottom of the window, "Content:" will be your user number.

Internet Explorer:
You can go straight to the Temp folder on your comp
Go to Temporary Internet Files find the cookie named dragcave, open and search for *dragon[id] in the text
Or if u wanna access the same folder through the browers it's Internet options >> history >> settings >> show files

What are the so-called "secret" pages?  Are we allowed to talk about them?
Also see here
Presumably, we can talk about the secret pages these days.  That has not always been the case.  "Secret" pages are open secrets, people know about them but there are often no links to them unless you already know what you're looking for.  In no particular order:

The infamous XD egg: http://dragcave.net/view/XD
The <3 egg from 15Jan10: http://dragcave.net/view/%3C3
The Thuwed page: http://dragcave.net/thuwed
"The Thuwed page also lets you know if you're on the waiting list for a 2nd-gen Thuwed or not. If you are, you get a bolded message at the top that says "You are currently on the breeding list."" --TPishek
The help page: http://dragcave.net/help (this page includes many useful links to other "secret" pages)
The Dorkface lineage/offspring page:
Holiday tree preview: http://dragcave.net/treepreview
Holiday tree ornament grab: http://dragcave.net/treeget
Terms of Service: http://dragcave.net/terms
The wilderness nursery:  (not always around-- when it is, there's a link on the main wilderness page) http://dragcave.net/wilderness/young
An example of strange things that happen in the wilderness: 
The page of your 10 most recent mate refusals:  http://dragcave.net/reject

More secret pages used to exist, but were taken down over time for unknown reasons... possibly lost in server changes, possibly TJ got bored of them, possibly lost or broken in coding changes.  WTFBBQCHICKEN was apparently a page at one time, for example, but it is no longer available.

Which holidays does dragcave celebrate or recognize?
It is important to note that T.J. Lipscomb is an American, and therefore his choices among all the possible holidays reflect what a typical American would both celebrate and think of as relatively secular and non-patriotic.  The commercialistic holiday of Christmas is celebrated, but the more religious Easter is not... at least 'not really.'  The very culture-specific Halloween is celebrated, but not the nation-specific Independence Day.


Chinese New Year (2012)
2012:  Release of royal blues and golden wyverns in honor of the Year of the Water Dragon
Valentine's Day (2009+)
2009: Valentine '09 dragons
2010: Sweetlings and alt sweetlings
2011: Rosebuds
2012: Heartseekers and anonymous Valentine cards giving
Spring Equinox (2009+)
when seasonal dragons change from winter to spring
April Fool's Day... this is more like a nod in passing than a real celebration, however:
2009: A mild repeat of the infamous Pokemon night, though sadly not as extensive as the first
2010: Release of nebulas, sunsongs, hellfires, and BBWs
2011: Release of alt nebulas specifically as an anniversary celebration for them
Some of the time, the cave eggs showed up as vertical rather than horizontal.
Rumors of a named gold egg.

Carrot Cave: Game-wide word replacement.  Included dragon and scroll names; in forum posts, these replacements were reversed, also some reports of reversal in the cave as well.  Not true on lineage pages or on forum titles.  Mod/admin names are changed only on their posts, not all the way.  There is also a carrot badge for those who logged in this day.  The leetle trees changed to tiny broccoli sprouts, though the descriptions still called them trees.
egg = seed
hatchling = sprout
dragon = carrot
SockpuppetStrangler = _S_ on the forums
Khay = _K_
TJ09 = _T_
drake = potato
dino = banana
2012: Announcement of "Dino Cave," another spinoff like Leetles.  In other words, nothing happened on this day.
Easter (2010+)
2010: An Easter egg hunt around the site
2011: An Easter egg hunt around the site-- previous year's eggs are shown in the same basket, but only the new ones can be collected
2012: "
Summer Solstice (2009+)
when seasonal dragons change from spring to summer
[American] Independence Day
2010: Release of spitfires and waverunners.  There is a firework badge for those who logged in this day.
Fall Equinox (2009+)
when seasonal dragons change from summer to fall
Halloween (2008+)
2008: Vampires and the return of zombies
2009: Pumpkins and Bite BSA
2010: Dark Marrows and a trick-or-treat hunt
2011: Shadow Walkers and an adventure-exploration collection game
2012: [], an exploration collection game, and a trick-or-treat hunt
Winter Solstice (2008+)
when seasonal dragons change from fall to winter
Christmas (2007+)
2007: Hollies
2008: Yulebucks
2009: Snow Angels
2010: Ribbon Dancers and the tree decorating contest
2011: Winter Magi, a story and wreath decorating event, and a raffle connected to amount of participation in the event