September 9, 2017 - Fixed bug in loader which causes a hang after Backflip's latest update.
Note: Please report any errors down below.
You can download the sandbox at any time by clicking here.
|To get started, download the The Ultimate DragonVale Sandbox(.exe) here.
After the download finishes, double click the program to run it. (Please forgive the SmartScreen messages, getting an app officially authenticated by Microsoft is more trouble than its worth for this small side project.)
The following window will appear. Since this app is not recognized by Microsoft it gets flagged as a possible threat. This prevents you from running potentially malicious software by accident. If you have downloaded many applications from the internet, you will know this is a common occurrence until the company (or single person in my case) is large enough to get verified.
Do not be alarmed by this. Simply click the "More info" text.
After clicking "More info" you should see the app name and publisher appear. It lists me as "unknown" because Microsoft has not certified this app. Here, click the "Run anyway" button.
Now the program will run. You will see this screen appear. Simply hit the "Start" button. The program will search if any new dragons have been added to the 'Vale. This is how it automatically updates when dragons are added.
Here, the current version is 2719. As I update new dragons, this version number will increase. Once it finds the version, click "Next." If loading is taking a particularity long time (if you are reading this far in the future), hit "Cancel" in the bottom right and try choosing the "Auto From" option. Try inputting a higher number. By default it starts at 2700. You may find as time goes on the version will be 2800 or 2900. The program magically remembers your last used version so you don't have to wait a long time for updates. However, if you are from a couple of months from now, it will be quicker to choose the "Auto From" option.
If there is an update to the program, the following window will appear along with information about the update. This should rarely occur since it updates the dragons automatically. The only reason for this to occur is if I tweak a rule or if I change something major like the interface. If this happens, select "Details" to see the change long, "Skip" to temporarily ignore this version, and "OK" to download the new version. The program will take care of automatically updating itself.
The loading screen will then appear. It is setting up the sandbox.
After it loads, the sandbox will appear.
Using the Sandbox
|You will see three check boxes that are fairly intuitive. With "Upgraded Times" checked, the results will show with their upgraded incubation times. With "BEB Mode" checked, all expired dragons will also be shown as results. With"Gemstones Breed" checked, the program will enable gemstones and crystallines to be bred.
You will also notice there is a time of day control as well. You can click this to toggle what time of day the sandbox thinks it is (i.e. time specific dragons will not appear if their required time is not selected).
These controls will allow you to select which dragons you want to breed.
Hovering over the names will show which elements they contribute to the pool.
Double clicking on a result will open its respective Wiki page.
You can also find the breeding combination for any dragon by using the "Combos" tool.
By default the sandbox will check for version updates once per day at the BFS update time and program updates every launch. However, you can also manually check for these updates by using the "Check for Updates" button.
|If you notice any breeding errors, please leave a comment below.|
|Of course it is not ideal to only publish to Windows users, and definitely not ideal to have to download a program in order to use a sandbox (especially since many users use mobile devices). My end goal would to have this on a website. However, I am currently not in a position to maintain a website. If you are, please contact me on my message wall and we can discuss the next steps. Hopefully this will serve as a "proof of concept" to anyone who is willing to provide a domain to run this program on.|
|If you do not wish to download this program, I have currently implemented a Discord bot with its capabilities. To join the DragonVale Wiki's unofficial Discord chat, click here. However, I am also not in a position to maintain a Discord bot to be running 24/7. Therefore, the bot's availability will be limited as my availability is limited.|
|Hopefully some users can find this useful. Thank you for your time.|