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Fri Mar 7, 2014, 8:17 PM by KiyokoAmaya:iconkiyokoamaya:


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SO, WHAT'S AN ALLMATE?



An AllMate is an AI companion capable of speech that assists its owner in day-to-day life. One may hook the AllMate up to a COIL and allow the AllMate to facilitate the device’s functions, like verbally conveying directions from the GPS.

Each AllMate comes with a programmed personalityPlease note that this doesn't mean your OC programs it themselves; they simply choose it and the makers program it. that the owner can choose. They can come in many forms resembling objects, humans, or animals; however, in this group, your character must start out with an animal AllMate.Any other kind of AllMate is rare and will be mostly limited to mod characters and/or NPCs. AllMates are constructed from synthetic material, so your character won't have the allergic reactions that they might have to normal animals.

Currently, GO Entertainment is the sole manufacturing company of AllMates. Although they can be shipped worldwide (at a great cost), the only place where AllMates are common in everyday life is in Midorijima.

★ Starter AllMates can be mammals, birds, fish, arthropods (insects), reptiles and amphibians!  


the AllMate Creation Guidelines



:new: by ebonred We discourageDiscourage does NOT mean ban. Exotic species and wild animal species are still allowed as long as they follow the size limit. HOWEVER, you will have a lower chance of getting into the group.

Use your own judgement to decide whether or not you want to risk entering with a rare species. If you have confidence that your application is decent enough to pass with the species disadvantage, feel free to create an exotic species AllMate. If you aren't very confident in your application, please stick to a common house pet species.

Because during the first opening, we accepted a large number of exotic / wild animal species, this opening we encourage members to choose smaller and more inconspicuous species that do not stand out in (Japanese) society as their AllMate (e.g. cats, dogs, etc.)
members from picking large / exoticBy exotic, we mean animals that are NOT commonly kept as pets. Wikipedia has a very helpful list of species on what is considered exotic.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exotic_p…
/ common or uncommon wild animal species as their AllMate.

Word of advice:  If you have to think twice about a species, you may not want to choose it. For example:

Thought 1: "I want a ______!"
Thought 2: "Wait, is that small enough?"

:new: by ebonred Please also review this list of species already taken by current members to avoid creating duplicate species or duplicate AllMate names: CLICK!

Please read through these guidelines carefully before asking any questions. Asking questions that are clearly answered in the journals will reflect negatively on your chances of getting accepted.

  • No mythical or extinct species. It must be extant in real life.
  • It must be mobile, not sessile Definition:  permanently attached; not freely moving.

    Definition from Dictionary.com
    .  
  • Mutants or handicapped AllMates are not allowed. GO Entertainment will never sell "factory mistakes" and damaged or dysfunctional AllMates.  If your AllMate is broken, it can be fixed. Repair costs are relatively affordable in most cases so it shouldn't be a problem for most AllMate owners. Special circumstances, regardless of how well it's explained, will be be judged aggressively.
  • It must be a single animal (e.g.: no swarm of bees).  
  • You are allowed to add accessories to your AllMate and alter their colors any way you want. But please, nothing inappropriate.  
  • AllMates may NOT have special abilities or extraordinary features. Please remember that AllMates are the same weight and have the same basic physical capabilities as their real animal counterparts, like speed, strength, and flexibility, but not any other special abilities like poison, shedding skin, regrowing limbs, etc.  
  • Try your best to depict the animal realistically in your application art! We are not expecting it to look photorealistic; this rule is less to make you draw the animal super realistically and more to keep you from purposefully giving the AllMate unrealistic features. For example, if you were drawing a snake, we do not expect you to draw every scale out; we just don’t want to see a lady snake with eyelashes or something like that. If you have any questions about what’s “realistic enough,” feel free to ask!  
  • Follow the size limit guidelines.  Use common sense when picking an animal. Your AllMate will follow your character almost EVERYWHERE. Think realistically in terms of how your AllMate is going to get around if it's large.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GET AROUND THE SIZE LIMIT.  This includes making miniatures or baby versions of large, over-the-limit animals (e.g.: no miniature elephants, miniature horses, lion cubs, etc.)


the Size Limit Guidelines



LIMITS FOR SMALLNESS


The smallest AllMate we will accept MUST still be visible to the naked eye and no smaller than 2 inches (5 cm) in at least one side (width, length or height).

LIMITS FOR LARGENESS


The guidelines only apply to the MAIN BODY of the animal. Horns and such won't count towards the height limit.

:new: by ebonred The size limit has been shrunk from the first openingAllMates of members that got in during the first opening that may be over the current size limits do not have to be changed (because of ex post facto). Please do not point out examples of AllMates from the first opening to try and argue for a bigger AllMate. If your AllMate was approved during an app check from the first opening, that approval may no longer apply; all applicants' AllMates must follow the current standards, not past ones. (4 ft to 3 ft).

Height: no more than 3 ft (~ 91 cm)

Length: can be more than 3 ft ONLY IF height and width are both below 3 ft but can NEVER EXCEED 10 ft (~3 m)

Width:  can be more than 3 ft ONLY IF height and length are both below 3 ft but can NEVER EXCEED 10 ft (~3 m)

Research Recommendation!


Before you ask "Is (the species you want) allowed?", we would recommend that you use Google or Wikipedia to find the measurements of the species and make sure it follows the size limit guidelines! Otherwise, you may be marked down for neglecting to follow instructions. If you find conflicting resources about size, however, or are worried about a certain species for other reasons, feel free to ask!

★ AllMates that do not follow these guidelines may be offered as event prizes (so if you really want that dragon or dinosaur or whatever, work hard and keep an eye out!)



Misconceptions of Obtaining AllMates



AllMates are calibrated for a certain owner, so if an AllMate was disowned or tossed out, it would have to be recalibrated which is a complex and expensive process and it's more likely that the AllMate would just get used for parts. This means your OCs MUST get an AllMate new from the shop.

Examples of what is NOT ALLOWED:
  • You may NOT find an abandonedThis implies that your character knows how to calibrate Allmates on their own, which also implies that he/she is able to mess with Allmate's programming. This is strictly forbidden for any members. AllMate and then take it home to make it your own.  
  • Because each AllMate is unique to each character, they CANNOT be "passed onto" another owner. This means neither the AllMate's memory chip nor it's physical animal model can be inherited from another person.
  • Your character may NOT hack/alter an AllMate's programming in any way beyond what is standardly allowed.


If you aren't sure regarding your AllMate's situation, please check with us.


Additional Info



Can I ever change my AllMate?

Yes, but it won’t be easy. In addition, you can only change the AllMate’s body; you must stick with the same chip which contains the AllMate’s memories, personality, etc. Be warned that the operation will cost a lot and will rarely be offered. A ‘free’ way to change your AllMate could be as an event prize, but those will be pretty rare.

So what’s this other form AllMates have?

Each AllMate also has an online form, which we will normally refer to as a Rhyme form; it is the virtual avatar the AllMate appears as anywhere in cyberspace, including the game of Rhyme. Your AllMate does not physically transform in real life. Like with the AllMate’s physical form, the Rhyme form can be humanoid, animalistic, etc; however, your OC’s AllMate must have a humanoid animal form. (Any other kind of Rhyme form is rare and will be, again, mostly limited to mod characters and/or NPCs.) The Rhyme form should resemble the normal form (e.g.: same general color scheme) and be at least 90% human-looking.


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:iconsecretninjafuture:
secretninjafuture Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
It can be an octopus? Octopus aren't too large or too small, and they are the best!
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:iconlalalabb:
LALALAbb Featured By Owner Edited Nov 8, 2014
I was wondering, would a Fennec Fox or regular fox be ok? Cause they have a lot of different sizes and i don't know if they are considered exotic or not...
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014
Sorry but this group is closed, we will not be accepting any new members. 
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:iconlalalabb:
LALALAbb Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Oh yes i know i realized that after i asked that question, sorry to trouble you :)
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:iconunquietowl:
UnquietOwl Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have two questions--

My friend and I were thinking about joining but they have more interest in being my allmate, would that be acceptable if we put the allmate on my app as well as either the allmate drawn in their style or mine?

The other question was if small deer breeds were allowed such as the musk deer? they're about the size of large dogs.
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:iconcatqueenofideas:
CatQueenofIdeas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Artist
Um is a ferret ok? Kitty Glasses 
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Yes that animal can be an Allmate ! 
:iconcoolplz: 
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:iconcatqueenofideas:
CatQueenofIdeas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Artist
Lol cool! (Lol I changed it to a pug..) Do we have to draw the allmate in human for too? (Everyone seems to be doing it....)
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Nope ! Only current members have had their allmate apps drawn right now. If you make it into the group we will be asking you to do so also. 
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:iconcatqueenofideas:
CatQueenofIdeas Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Artist
I see thanks a bunch! (Sorry last question) I have the character drawn with her allmate and I downloaded the background. But I don't know how to put her in the background. Do you perhaps know how?
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
you're welcome ! 
have you tried flattening your image ( make sure it is transparent ) before moving the layer over into the file with the background? 
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:iconcatqueenofideas:
CatQueenofIdeas Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Student Artist
I don't know how to do that and yeah it said to make a transparent but I didn't really know what it meant much. (I somehow got in in the background but its a bit ruff.) I finished my app but idk on how to make the background transparent. I looked at other apps too and they put like an image in the back ground . Though I don't think I'm skilled enough to do so. Plus some just put other pic and that's it.
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akiicchi Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
What program are you using? if you are using photoshop here is video tutorial that could help : www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NPUYd…
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marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello there. I was thinking of getting a snake for my oc. The species I had in mind was blood python. Does that count as an exotic species?
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that would be considered exotic. Your chances would be additionally extremely lowered by the fact that there is already a blood python in the group (coincidentally, that happens to be me who already has it).
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:iconmarimariakutsu:
marimariakutsu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:giggle:
Okay then...
Do you guys have a king snake in the group? 
:meow: 
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, there's no king snake. If you would like to check any other species, we do have a database HERE! o/
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NepoChii Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ummm do hummingbirds count as exotic? //I think they do but I just wanna ask//

And if not...Pigeons are... not I think? XD
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:iconneririn:
Neririn Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure you can find that answer on Google owo b
Good luck!
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:iconnuclear-ass:
NUCLEAR-ASS Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student General Artist
If I have a male character, can I have a female allmate? 
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:iconneririn:
Neririn Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Of course o u o ! I don't see why not.
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:iconkaitorei:
Kaitorei Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok so Imma brave up and ask because I keep hesitating about it... ;m;

Are mixed breed dogs considered exotic/uncommon? Like golden-doodles, labradoodles, labskies, etc? Looking about I'm not seeing finding anything against them, but also not finding much in general worldwide much less centered around Japan. The crossbreed I'm looking at is a three way mix and two of the breeds are relatively common in Japan. It's also not a mix of any wild, non-domesticated animals and also within the 3 ft height limit at its largest. I know it's a convoluted technicality/loophole, but I wanted to ask at least. .m.; sorryifitseemsstupid ;;
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, we wouldn't count those as exotic/uncommon since technically if you take it to the other end of the spectrum, mutts (super mixed dogs) abound, so it'd be odd to count against those with only 2-3 breeds mixed-- as long as you're not mixing anything too extreme (like a Great Dane with a chihuahua or something, I guess) o7
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:iconkaitorei:
Kaitorei Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okiday thanks a bunch! ;v; It's a mix of Alaskan Malamute, German Shepherd, and Siberian Husky, which are all within the same size and all still under the 3ft limit. Now off to finish this app! \o\ //rolls
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:iconnerdybeast:
NerdyBeast Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, along the terms of exotic, a friend of mine looking to join the group was curious as to whether a sting ray would be allowed as an allmate??
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They are allowed as long as they are small enough. I'd say they're more uncommon as pets rather than exotic, depending on the species o/
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NerdyBeast Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah okay, thank you!
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:iconnotaverde:
NotaVerde Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, I'm planning to give my character a marine animal as an AllMate and wanted to confirm something: Would a chain catshark (it would be about 1.64ft in length) or a small-sized cephalopod be considered exotic/forbidden? I know that some catshark species are sold as aquarium pets, but I don't know how you'd judge that.

I just wanted to make sure, sorry if it's a stupid question- ;v;
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
As long as the catshark species ( like the black banded ) or cephalopod is commonly sold in aquariums it will not be counted as being exotic. If you would like to double check about a specific species, feel free to let us know what one you had in mind and we'll let you know ! 

shh don't worry, we're happy to help out ! 
:iconloveloveplz: 
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:iconnotaverde:
NotaVerde Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright, then I will research some more and check back with you if I have any more doubts >v<

Still, thank you very much for answering so fast~
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:iconzweeni:
Zweeni Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, I have a question about AllMates, if you don't mind~

Would snakes be considered "exotic" pets? I did a little research, and apparently Japan has the third-largest market in the world for exotic animals. So if my character was to have a snake commonly raised as a house pet, would that still be considered exotic?

I was thinking of giving him a Ball Python, which is apparently the most common and popular snake to have a pet and doesn't grow beyond 3-5 feet in length. Would this be acceptable?

Also, are there any special restrictions concerning snakes? You don't usually measure them according to 'height', so would the 3 feet restriction apply to length, instead? 

Thank you for putting up with my questions ^^;
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No, we don't consider snakes exotic pets; a ball python is fine. )b And no, the size limit parameters are written with animals that aren't usually measured by height in mind, so for snakes, you would still go by "Length: can be more than 3 ft ONLY IF height and width are both below 3 ft but can NEVER EXCEED 10 ft (~3 m)"; in other words, snakes can be longer than 3 ft as long as they're under 10 ft and less than 3 ft tall and wide (and I don't think any snake is that big diameter-wise, so it's fine). I hope these answers cleared everything up! :iconloveloveplz:
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:iconzweeni:
Zweeni Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, they did! Thank you so much!! ^^
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! ; u ;
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:iconchibi-bakeneko:
chibi-bakeneko Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Student General Artist
Is there a list of taken Allmates somewhere?
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Check out the newest announcement; we just released the list )b
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:iconchibi-bakeneko:
chibi-bakeneko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
Ha, it wasn't out when I left the comment. I'm glad it i now, though.

Would an otter be acceptable? It meets the size requirements, but I worry about it standing out.
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, that's why I said we 'just' released it; it wasn't meant to imply that you missed it o/ I'm glad you find it useful!

Since otters aren't normally kept as pets, it would be judged harder, but as long as it meets the size requirements and other actual rules, it's not forbidden.
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:iconchibi-bakeneko:
chibi-bakeneko Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student General Artist
alright, thanks for the help!
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:iconkiyokoamaya:
KiyokoAmaya Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! o/
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:icontitsu-sama:
Titsu-Sama Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014
Ah, sup. Question, are tortoises/turtles allowed? And would they considered to be "exotic"?
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
hello ! tortoises/turtles are allowed and if they are of a species commonly found as household pets it will not count as exotic. if you are unsure, feel free to ask us about the specific species you had in mind.
:iconloveloveplz: 
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:icontitsu-sama:
Titsu-Sama Featured By Owner Edited Aug 23, 2014
EH, ERM--

Would a sulcata tortoise be alright? It grows to be about 20-30 inches, and people keep them as pets sometimes. I guess. Yep...
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
yes, that would be fine to have !
:iconcoolplz:
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:icontitsu-sama:
Titsu-Sama Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Ah, mkay then o vo, thanks!

Ahahah... I bet the alligator spanning tortoise is an exotic lol... //rollsaway
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
you're welcome ! and sorry but we would consider the alligator one to be exotic ; o ; you can still have exotic pets ! it just may lower your chances for this opening.
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:iconakai-len:
Akai-Len Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Hello!, I was wondering if red panda is allowed?  :la::la::la:
sorry I confused whether it's include exotic or not :(
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:iconakiicchi:
akiicchi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
hello ! yes, red pandas are allowed but it is considered an exotic animal and will lower your chances of getting into the group. 
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:iconakai-len:
Akai-Len Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
aww,, I see :la:
thank you for the respond, :iconloveloveplz: Maybe I'll use more common pets like puppy or bunny (they are also cute :happybounce:)
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