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Radix April Update

A handful of improvements have been made in this month's maintenance update, though nothing new or shiny. Most users probably won't notice these updates specifically but they should help to improve the overall experience for teachers, students, and other players. For example:

  • Tweaked the profanity filter to allow more common phrases.
  • Fixed some bugs in chat permissions and buddy lists.
  • Improved readability and reporting of failure system in Teacher Dashboard.
  • Fixed bugs in inventory and sorting.
  • Quest log adds new quests to the top of the list.
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Ysolian Aquatic Life

  

Most of the aquatic animlas around Ysola are hard to spot. They're hidden in rivers or swamps, or live on the coast where travelers can't get to. However, there is an ophidian snapper that can be observed lounging in the mucky shallows of Murky Maws. And although the polka fish are somewhat camouflaged in the muddy grassland rivers, they are large and like to swim near shore to scrounge for snacks. Keep an eye out for these species next time you go wading!

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Teacher Resources

Did you know about all the helpful resources for teachers using Radix with their students? When you're logged in with your teacher account, from the Dashboard click on Teacher Resources and you'll find all kinds of information.

  • The Quests section contains an index of all the quests in the game, organized by quest line (and therefore topic area). Each one links to a description of the quest and its learning objectives, along with connecting questions to facilitate discussion and even additional resources outside of Radix. These pages will help you connect quests to your curriculum even if you don't have time to play through yourself.
  • The Tools section shows a list of all the tools players may need to use in the game, with tutorial videos on how to use those tools. The tutorial videos may be helpful for students as well as teachers. Many videos are already posted, and others are coming soon.
  • The Dashboard section link to pdf instructions on how to create classes and manage your classes, as well as how to use the Class Progress section to monitor students' work and even assign quest lines. This pdf can be viewed online or printed and referenced on paper for those that prefer it.
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Plumebill Pride


Are you aware of the importance of plumebills to the people of Ysola? These artifacts are just a few symbols showing how dear they are to the hearts of the Ysolians. If you are interested in this fascinating species, here are a few ways to find out more:

  • Find real live plumebills in Lednem Wilds and in The Menagerie.
  • Visit Bulu's house.
  • Play the EV2 evolution quest line, Plumebillian History 101.
  • Participate in the call for plumebill fan fiction!
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Lower Sabetlan Marketplace


Once you've finished the algebra quests in Sedge's Edge, you will have earned the right to trade in the legendary Lower Sabetlan Market. This is where the real wheeling and dealing goes on, but you have to be smart to get deals here. The secret to this marketplace is that the values fluctuate day by day. A clever trader will watch the market for a few days then pounce on a deal at the right moment. In addition, the quests given by Koling and Witani are open-ended and replayable. The quest-givers don't evaluate how well you did so it's up to you to decide if you could have done better, and compare your results with your fellow Curiosi.

Teachers, encourage your students to set goals for themselves or each other, such as seeing who can get the most zorbits possible, who's the first to get 20 fluffins, or who has the widest variety in their trading kit.

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Good Deal on Algebra

If you haven't played the algebra quest line, you're missing out on some good deals! Check out the marketplace at Sedge's Edge to see what merchants are willing to trade. Before you go, you should know that the marketplace doesn't operate on the usual currency system - instead it's barter-based, so you'll have to see what's in your trading kit then figure out what the best deal you can find is. You can trade multiple times to work your way up to a fortune, though you are limited by the trading tickets you are given. When you're done trading you can visit the broker to trade your goods in for zorbits. Some items in the market you may recognize and some you may not. Either way, you can't be sure which are the most valuable unless you use what you know about unit conversion and ratios. So what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some sizzgams and a few snipsnaps!

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Food Web Kit

Once you have investigated some stool samples, you will have some knowledge about the predator-prey relationships in a certain biome. In order to keep track of this information and visualize the ecosystem, you can create a food web! Using the food web kid players can add species and draw arrows specifying who eats whom in their food web. The food web kit itself does not know whether a food web drawn in it is accurate, but it does know if stool data has been collected about each relationship. Certain quests in the ecology quest line ask players to create and turn in a food web to explain what they have discovered about the ecosystem.


Draw food webs and send them to your friends to compare notes. Start by picking up some poo and then turn it into a beautiful web of life!

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Who Pooped Here?

   

When you activate your stool tool, you will suddenly be able to spot the droppings of various creatures in the world. By using the stool tool to examine the feces, you can often identify recognizable bits within them. This provides you with valuable information about what that creature has been eating. Of course, some animals digest their food so well that there is nothing recognizable left in it. Some may wonder why we designed such a tool into the Radix game, and while we could say it was to satisfy our affinity for toilet humor, stool samples are an authentic and valuable tool that ecologists use and they contribute to the embodied experience of The Radix Endeavor.

If you're ready to get your hands dirty, look for the Population Arbitration quest line in Murky Maws. Or, just walk around the world with your pooper scooper and see what you can find!

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Radix March Update

In this month's maintenance update, we've tried to address a few issues that have been making it difficult for schools and other users to play Radix. These are things we would have loved to address sooner but didn't have the time. In fact some of them could still use some additional work and in a perfect world we'd be able to continue working on them, but we're happy to at least be making small improvements throughout the pilot phase. These are some things you may notice in the latest version:

  • Traveling from one area to another loads faster than before.
  • When quests are available that you haven't started, an "!" appears on the world map.
  • Failure reporting in Teacher Dashboard is more accurate and clear.
  • Mail can be composed from the inbox, not only from the Friends List.
  • Small improvements in clarity have been made to a variety of tools.
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Radix Forums

Did you know we have discussion boards where teachers, students, and anyone who plays Radix can go and chat about the game? Teachers can share ideas on how to connect the Radix content to their lessons. Students can look for advice on where to find Dr. Jopanda or how to breed a fast, plaid schloggen. And everyone can ask and answer questions to help their fellow players along. We're excited to build the community and have you all connect around tips, tricks, and strategies in the game - but in order to do that, we need YOU! Go visit the forums, ask and answer questions, post your ideas, and be a part of the excitement!

Teachers, get your students involved by asking them to think about and respond to the questions in these forum posts:
Travel Destinations
Made Anything Cool Lately?
Radix Recipes

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The Radix Endeavor is an educational MMO game in development at The MIT Education Arcade, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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