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Monday, May 2, 2016

Thoughts about membership, monthly gifts, and sending gifts

Yeah sorry for not posting anything in a while. It's going to take me a long time to get back into this game and everything. But anyway, here's a probably messy and unorganized post about my thoughts on randumb topics

I don't know where to start on this. I never know how to start my posts lol im a horrible blogger

I'm mainly going to be talking about changes that AJHQ made to the game that make me want to buy membership less. These things probably didn't reduce membership sales or else they would've changed them back by now, this is just my views on these things

A long time ago, nonmembers used to be able to send and receive gifts freely. Some time after that (I believe it was when monthly gifts first came out in May 2011) they changed it so nonmembers can no longer accept gifts in their giftbox but can still send them and get sent stuff. So for example, I could still send something to my nonmember friend, it would still be in their giftbox, but they can't accept it. Then they eventually made it so nonmembers can't do anything at all with gifts. They can't send them or anything! >:(

I can understand why they took away the receiving gifts thing from nonmembers. That was around the time when member players were a rarity and they needed to do something to raise them sales, ya know? I think that helped sell membership more than they realized. Think about it like this. If you sent a nonmember a really rare gift, they wouldn't be able to accept it but it would still be in their gift box. Let's say someone sent me a beta eye but I was a nonmember. I can't take the gift out of my gift box but it's still there. Knowing that I have a beta eye in my giftbox, I kinda want to get a membership now so I can accept it. It's rare that someone would send you a really rare gift randumbly but still. If you say something really rare in your giftbox, you'd probably want to get membership. But now, you can't get sent things at all as a nonmember. That being said, any potential sales like that gone. I think nonmembers should still be able to be sent gifts >:(

And then there's the topic of monthly gifts. AJ used to send members a special gift every month. These special gift items were never available anywhere else, and AJHQ even said none of them will ever come back. Well, they lied about that and brought everything back in the diamond shop lol
But that's not the point. Knowing that if I buy membership this month I can get something really cool for "free" certainly made me want to get membership. Back in the day, AJ accepted Zeevex as a currency you can use to buy membership with. I remember it being very cheap in comparison to normal currency so I used to use Zeevex points to buy memberships on multiple accounts every month to get multiple gifts. I'm sure I'm not the only one who did this. But now that they added the DLC Shop (aka "the Diamond Shop") there's no reason for anyone to do this anymore. I always have more diamonds than I know what to do with. And to be honest, I don't think most of the items there are worth spending my diamonds on. Really? A knockoff version of flappy bird that they made in 5 minutes costs a diamond? Ripoff >:(

But, if that knockoff flappy bird machine was a "free" monthly gift, I'd probably want 15 of them! Monthly gifts gave the illusion that you're getting free stuff for buying membership, and the way I see it, that would increase the sales by at least some. I don't see any reason to have more than one member account now (except for sekrit personal use lol)

Finally, membership in general. In a perfect world there would be no membership and everyone would be equal, but unfortunately that's not the case. Back when they started making all these features members exclusive, there really weren't a lot of members around. You'd see maybe 1 member per server. Now, it's the complete opposite! There's only like 1 nonmember per server. This tells us that AJ really isn't broke. We have 10 million players and more than half of them have membership. Yeah, AJ's probably swimming in money by now. So now that they're no longer struggling to get sales, I really think they should be giving nonmembers more. Yes, this game needs money to run, but I'm pretty sure they have enough money to keep this game running for many more years. I could be very wrong with this information, but I don't think they'll need any more money to keep it running for a long while. They did recently let nonmembers change the colors of items again which is great! But why stop there? At the very least they should bring the chat log back and have more nonmeber items. Seriously, we only get one nonmember rare every 3 months or something!

112 comments:

  1. I do believe they stopped NM's from sending gifts because of the "Fman" reports they will receive. And did this in order to keep "Fman" from sending gifts. One person can ruin something for a thousand people.

    What I really dislike is that Every Single animal is member and In The Diamond Shop.
    They seriously need to make more Gem animals, and a non member animal.
    The last NM Animal released was the turtle because no one wanted it. Nm's get the unwanted animals.
    It would be 100% Better if AJ at LEAST made at least 1 Gem Animal a year, and at least 1 or 2 Nm Animals every few years...

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    1. Was the fman thing actually real? Mighty squad turned out to be a hoax but what about fman? I don't know, I wasn't there when he apparently ruled
      And didn't he use member accounts?

      And that's another thing. A long time ago they said when new animals come out, they will be members only for a few weeks and then become nonmember. This only happened with seals, penguins, and turtles >:(

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    2. Excuse but I am no hoax
      I am da reel deel!
      -mighty squat

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    3. I do believe Fman was a hoax as well. I've been playing since 2011, and I think the FMAN deal started around 2012-2014 (cant remember exactly when).
      I know this due to the fact that I got a JAG from him/her saying "Have A Nice Day!" with nothing attached to it. So I do believe FMAN was just someone wanting to cause drama.

      And yeah. It's too bad AJ can't keep a promise for a long time. There are literally TONS of animal species out there, and it's been years since they created a NM Animal, and months since a gem animal.

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    4. mighty squad was a hoax? I can believe fman was fake, but there were people who were hacked by mighty squad (Wootmoo and Wisteria Moon I think)and he was an actual player. I was able to look him up before he was banned. There was even a video with him in it. I'll try to find it if I can.

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    5. I think this is it. I'm not sure though, I didn't watch through to check.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEkEEud7ZNw

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    6. Yes, it was fake. None of the people that got "hacked" actually lost anything. One of them made the account wretchedjungle or whatever

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  2. ONG FIRST COMMENT
    i commented b4 i red the post skrub

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  3. I hear that AJ will be releasing toys soon too. That will make them plenty of money, heck, I'll even buy a ton! So yeah, non-members should still be able to send and get gifts, but just not accept them. I believe that it was because of the so-called Fman, like Anonymous said, but who really knows for sure?

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  4. AJ has 50 million registered accounts now. Money definetly isn't a problem.

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    1. Not all of them are active though. Many people like me have 50+ storages

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  5. i have SO MANY RARES on my non member accounts... stuck in the gift thing forever....

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  6. just now on ajjam I was sitting in a chair at the cruise ship party when a koala told me to move. of course I didn't. this is what happened.
    koala: move
    omg
    get lost
    jammers look at this person
    no respect for others
    ur mad
    me: you are raging at me for not moving my PIXELATED animal OFF A CHAIR I WAS ON FIRST and im mad?
    wolf:ur not mad ur cute
    me: SAVE MY LIFE
    Koala to wolf:omg ur hot.

    then they started... ahem... doing gross stuff o.o
    me: MY POOR LIFE

    an average day on animal jam o.o

    --chicken

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    1. "ur not mad ur cute"

      best animal jam love story

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    2. Ikr
      "ur not mad ur cute but imma ignore u and go to eugh thingies to the koala calling u mad" its the next animal jam sad love story of utoob

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  7. I hope nonmembers will be able to send/accept gifts. I think after all this time they deserve to have it restored.

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  8. Well at least they did the temporary thing of having 2 nonmember gifts this month.... thats like a blue moon though... -I created a fake new association called I wish scammer-hackers would just majicly..-spelt magicly wrong on purpose- disappear and be like AWW I MUST IMMEDIATLY GIVE BACK! Misterfrizzy-

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  9. I'm sorry for starting this back up but, LIONS ROAR, EAGLES SOAR, NON MEMBERS DESERVE MORE!

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  10. mew cuteness i made that phrase lol but nobody knows and I also started the be green for nonmembers but nobody remembers

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  11. they say "membership helps keep the game ad free" well I'm pretty sure 95% of everyone who plays the game would rather have a few pop-ups versus membership. And if Aj wanted to they could also sell a cheaper membership that would make the game ad free.

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    1. "ad free" yet they have an ad at the end of every jamoo jernal lol

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  12. Reasons why non members don't deserve more:
    1.They complain about everything, "LERNS RUR EARGLZ SUR NM DESURV MUR!!!"" and "B GREN 2 SUPURT NM TEM!!" rants in Jamaa? I mean really, you can want more, but tantrums won't get you there.

    2. They bully members. "UR MEHR GURSH MEMBER REPURT REPURT REPURT ROOD! U MEANIE!!" And "EW MEMBURZ SU MEAN NM IS ANGEL MEMBA IS DEVILZ!!1" is not helping your reputation guys.

    3. People always side with them "ERMEHGRAPES U SCALLUPD MY FOX HAT" uh they probably never took it. But all the others are like " OMG GIVE THE POOR CHILD HIS HAT BACK!"

    I will never support non members until they decide to change. And will always have a grudge against them because of their... 'pals'.

    Also they always want better trades. Like a fox hat, "ERMEHGRAPES TRAD ME" their traded a few worns and swords "NU SCALLUP TRAD ME SPIK CULLUR RUD SCALE REPURT BeKind123 SHE TRI 2 SACLOP"

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    1. Sounds like you're hanging out in aldan too much lol

      if anything, members are mean to nonmembers

      actually it's both ways

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    2. your complaining about complaining. and they can complain if they want to. how do people succeed in changing a government's laws, or getting equal pay? they complain. they strike, until they get what they want. they are taking a stand, it's the first amendment. maybe I'm analyzing this to much, but members do the same thing when they don't have enough diamonds to buy an animal in the diamond shop. I've never seen a non-members only party held by animal jam, but member only animals have parties that non members can go to. and I always see "members only party at my den!" if anything, non members are the most discriminated against in the whole game.

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    3. bruh plz no im a nm and i dont beg. in fact i see just as many stereotiepicke artick wools begging "GIFT MEH TE SPICY COOLER"

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    4. lol i find exaggeration funny

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    5. I don't exactly 'trust'them but not ALL OF them are bad. Just the ERMEHGRAPES RARE PLS RANTS NOW

      And other Anon, please, do you see people ranting in the streets daily because "I WANT FREE COLLEG! 21 YEAR OLDS DESERVE MORE! WEAR GREEN TO SUPPORT!!!" No, you dont, you really don't. People need to grow out of their tantrums. If I saw random 21 year old in the street shouting this, many people would call the police or do something to shut them up.

      Also,members PAY to help AJHQ. They need their own parties. Nm only parties... no, don't reward them for their tanturms.


      Now, go throw a tantrums because I'm 'so mean'.

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    6. Taco if you don't so that, then I will remember that at least one non members doesn't think they know it all. Honestly I'm glad one is sensible

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    7. ur comment gave me terminal illness(es)

      i will sue

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    8. Oh no, some stereotypical arctic wolf is hating on me. Yes because being nonmember automatically means you're an idiot. gee thanks. What nonmembers really are:
      1. Not allowed to buy membership
      2. Don't have a lot of money and can't afford it (nice of you to make fun of people in this category)
      3. Are SANE enough not to waist their flippin money on pixels.

      So if you excuse me, I'll go throw that tantrum you were talking about. Oh wait, you did it for me. Nice rant, buddy.

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    9. oh yeah, people automatically assume non member are idiots. What's up with that? It's not like every member is a perfect angel and every nonmember is satan. Lol

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  13. I remember when I was a non member, I still had the chat log. Then I purchased membership. When that membership ended, the chat log was greyed out. I thought my account was broken or something

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  14. As soon as the diamond shop came everything changed, it's been almost 3 years now since we got a new land. Time flies by fast but I remember in the guidebook aj released it said it only takes like 8 months to create a new land and like 4-6 months for an animal.... I've never actually heard of zeevex before

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  15. Have you seen the new Zios Glove!? Coolest item to come out in months

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    1. nope, i cant see any new items >:(

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    2. Where is this Zios Glove located? I wanna check this thing out myself.

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    3. I checked it out, it looks really cool in stores but looks really fuzzy and pixely when you put it on.

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  16. May, I made the cutest seal EVER in animaljam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [img]https://animaljamjourney.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/cuteseal.png[/img]

    [img]https://animaljamjourney.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/cuteseal2.png[/img]

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  17. I hate hate HATE the fact that non members can't even accept gifts. It makes having storage accounts a pain sometimes >:/ and why the HELL hasn't AJ made the jammer wall available to non members AFTER ALL THIS TIME??? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO "TEST" THE DAMN THING???



    ANGER

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    1. What about jam a gram typing? When that came out a few years ago they said that was being tested by members too

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    2. WHAT

      OH MY GOSH MAY, THIS HAS BECOME ENOUGH. You need to make a post with visual evidence on all of AJ's lies. They might listen to you. I am so sick of their crap.

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    3. They probably WOULD Listen to you. If they don't we can all spam there support tickets complaing. (JK) But something really has to be done.

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  18. Monthly gifts gave me life. They felt, idk, kinda special? It was weird, but it definitely made me want to have membership. I'm thinking of giving it up now, but I'm not sure.

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    1. Only reason I got membership was to get a cute owl pet or a rare lion plushie now they are nothing in the dlc shop it feels less special now......

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  19. yay wavy bookshelf is back, another item I didn't even notice was missing and they took away unnecessarily :)))))

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    1. wavy bookshelf just wants attention

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    2. Lol ikr they even made a rare one and no one knew o,o they gotta stop removing random stuff

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    3. They made a rare one????!!!!!!1111??/?/?/?"!!!

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  20. I can can completely see why you wouldn't want to play, I mean there is nothing to do anymore (besides grams boring minecraft rip off) cmon I use to live this game I wouldn't come back the, and once you loose mwembershwip it's just poo can't even make a decent den or outfit o,o ( I prob that penguin with 6th red shirt you always see or not)

    Anyways I'm excited for pkmn sun and moon blah blah and sorry for waiting your time, hope the squid hate are nm and for land ( gladly pay 10 diamonds for it )

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    1. Agree 100%. It used to be fun but now honestly I just do it for the sake of doing something. How sad is that?

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    2. Let me introduce you to this wonderful thing called Kongregate.

      -Fomar

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  21. They need to revamp the adventure and make it into a rpg would love to be link with a long now and a stone sword!!!

    Sorry for posting so much Mel :3

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    1. I want to dress as link for free dress day on Friday but have you seen how much those costumes cost??? I'd need a diamond mine lol

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    1. Everytime I see "chat" I think of Chat Noir someone help me I can't even recognise english words without thinking about miraculous

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  23. hey look! an streotiepickle artick wool genreater
    http://magicalsunnyspirit.deviantart.com/art/Aj-Arctic-Wolf-Dress-up-606194122

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    1. its there, sadly :( yet there aren't flytrap or cactus hats (aka le 2 best itens in te game)

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    2. FLYTRAP HATS!?!?!?!? i demand pics

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    3. they are animated too, i think i wanna buy a membership just so i cean wear them.

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    4. crap, did i forget to link an image? lol oops.
      here:
      http://sta.sh/0vxqkdahvh7

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  24. an artick wool's dream
    http://sta.sh/02esx5sq4aes

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  25. Mel who do you ship in Danganronpa?

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    1. Do you ship KomaHina, SonDam, SouDam, Sounia (yes I know Sonia hates Kazuichi but they're so cute together that I just can't), Nekomaru x Akane, Chiaki x Hajime, Everyone x Hajime, Komaeda x Hope Bagels, Komaeda x Junko, um... Mahiru x Hiyoko, Peko x Fuyuhiko, Hajime x Mikan, Mechamaru x Kazuichi (because well Nekomaru turned into a robot and you know what Kazuichi is like when he's around robots that aren't Monokuma or Monomi), and... um... that's it. Do you ship them?

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    2. Sonia and Kazuichi

      and still me and Chiaki Nanams

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    3. That, my friend, is the biggest OTP in the entire history of Dangan Ronpa.

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    4. What about Nekomaru x Akane
      Akane was very upset when Nekomaru died.
      and
      It was implied that Nekomaru... ahem... had you-know-what-I'm-talking-about with Akane... o-o

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    5. Swiftly moving on
      Did you know that Mondo and Gundam's voice actors sang Ponponpon together?

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    6. ong that's the song in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkQ7_oWqKpc

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    7. no it's this
      [IMAGE]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgIqozNWDek[/IMAGE]
      and it's slowly driving me nuts

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    8. Eeh, copypasta is the key to solving this.
      and it's still driving me insane
      help

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  26. You're not dead!! What a lovely birthday present :) (my bday is May 2)

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  27. GOOD MORNING
    HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
    HALP ME I HAVE CRUSH ITUS

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  28. I agree. It's also frustrating that they release these "exclusive" items that you can get if you buy a membership card, and then they come out in the Diamond Shop. I'm not sure if this has happened many times but I remember when Ice Armor came out as an 'exclusive' gift you could receive by getting a card. I thought it was so cool and I actually wanted to buy a membership almost solely to get it (so I did). In the Jam-A-Gram advertisement for it it said stuff like "exclusive" and something like you couldn't get it any other way. I think this was in December or something and then after the New Year, the same set of armor came out in the Diamond Shop. Disappointed. : (

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    1. Gift cards also used to give you an "exclusive" animal that you could only get from the giftcards >:(

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  29. I agree. It's also frustrating that they release these "exclusive" items that you can get if you buy a membership card, and then they come out in the Diamond Shop. I'm not sure if this has happened many times but I remember when Ice Armor came out as an 'exclusive' gift you could receive by getting a card. I thought it was so cool and I actually wanted to buy a membership almost solely to get it (so I did). In the Jam-A-Gram advertisement for it it said stuff like "exclusive" and something like you couldn't get it any other way. I think this was in December or something and then after the New Year, the same set of armor came out in the Diamond Shop. Disappointed. : (

    *I might have accidentally published this twice.

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  30. OMG I GOT GRUMPYRE 1ST TRY
    DEEDGE + THUMPIEs
    BREEDING RN
    What did u use for your grumpyre
    I'm actually kind surprised my first ethereal is Grumpy I always thought it would be ghazt

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  31. PSSSSSST... MEL... I have depression. Bye.

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  32. Help me I like a girl again
    I am gonna eat brb

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    1. how do i help lol i never stopped being in love with a ladybug

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    2. ladybug is code for girl love interest silly

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    3. LETS TALK WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UUUUUUUUUUUUUUP

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  33. I wonder if AJHQ still give some of their money to the lil' big cats...
    If I remember correctly, nonmembers used to be able to have free chat even after their membership :P
    Why, AJHQ?
    WHY????!!!
    BTW, AJHQ, I am NOT going to follow OR SUB to U because you don't like teh lil' big catssss!

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  34. You can play Animal Jam for FREE at www.animaljam.com
    *Some features require a paid membership

    Lol some features require a paid MEMBERSHIP
    I never knew AJ was educational

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  35. Mel, you gotta look at AJHQ's most recent post about reaching 50k! It's on Instagram btw x3






    Clark is crying tears of joy

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  36. MEL I HAD A REALLY WEIRD DREAM THAT INVOLVES HUMAN/POKEMON CROSSBREEDING AND SPONTANEOUSLY SHAPESHIFTING PIKACHUS

    COMMENT BELOW IF YOU WANT LIKE TO HER ABOUT MY DREAM

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