Dreamhowl has played Dungeons and Dragons since 2007 and has roleplayed on forums for longer! She loves making new characters come to life.
Today, the Internet is full of chat rooms; there's Chatroulette, where users can video chat with another randomly selected user, or anonymous chat rooms like Omegle. However, these chats consist of text-to-text or video-to-text conversations with random strangers. What if you want to meet new people, but in a more detailed, colorful and anonymous environment?
Wolfhome is a 2-D chat website that allows members to use two-dimensional animal avatars in their chat rooms. At Wolfhome, the rooms are more than white backgrounds; each room has its own themed environment drawn by artists of the website, resulting in beautiful scenery to pose your own avatar while you talk with other users. Members can even mark a room as their favorite for easy access in the menu panel. In essence, Wolfhome makes chatting with others more customizable and fun.
How to Make Your Own Avatar
Despite the name of the website, wolves are not the only 2-D avatar allowed on Wolfhome. For a member without a paid subscription, the options include the old wolf model, a modernized wolf model and an adorable jackal avatar. Each avatar has basic poses that the user can switch by clicking on themselves during chat, including sitting, laying down, sleeping, growling, playing and laughing. Among the free avatars, the jackal has the biggest variety of poses. As you go higher in subscriptions, more avatars become available for use, as well as the ability to upload custom-drawn avatars and poses of your own.
As a member of Wolfhome, you also have the ability to customize the color of your avatar's colors in “The Bodyshop" portion of the chat room map. Using the color bars or typing in the specific codes of colors, the avatar's colors can be customized on the back, belly and eyes of the animal. This option allows for individualization among users and is not limited to realistic color markings - your animal avatar can have purple fur, pink paws or red eyes, if you wanted it.
How to Join a Chat Room
The majority of chat rooms on Wolfhome are open to all users, no matter what subscription. Each room features a different, unique background to pose your avatar in and interact with others; examples include Coyote Mesa, Forest Cave, Kindergarten and Sandy Shore. However, if you have a paid subscription of the right level, you have the ability to create your own personal chat room with the options to have a password lock or restricted to certain people. You can upload your own background (as long as you made it yourself, or have permission to use the work of someone else) and can kick other users out of your room if need be.
Alphas, Gammas and Betas are appointed by the staff of Wolfhome from the community based on activity, maturity and responsibility. Pestering the staff to be considered for one of these ranks is not advised; show your dedication through forum activity, a good attitude and being helpful around the site.
Every chat room is watched over and visited by the Administration - Alphas, Gammas and Betas - of the website, appointed members with the task to monitor conversations for mature language, inappropriate behavior or role play and bullying or disrespecting other users. The Admins have the ability to remove other Wolfhome users from rooms or, if necessary, ban them from the site altogether. The Gammas are meant to deal with minor problems, while Betas are to be contacted over more serious issues, and Alphas only if the first two are unable to help. So if parents are concerned about their child chatting on Wolfhome, or members themselves are worried about inappropriate conversation or harassment, they need not be concerned about unsupervised chat rooms. Furthermore, members are always encouraged to use the “ignore” feature to block other Wolfhome members before a conflict escalates.
How to Choose a Subscription
On Wolfhome there are six levels of account subscriptions - Free, Basic, Standard, Preferred, Elite and Ultimate. All accounts require the purchase of Deltas, the currency on the website. One Delta on Wolfhome is equivalent to exactly one dollar, and the purchase can be made via paypal or a debit or credit card (but no “snail mail”). With paid subscriptions, Deltas are deducted daily from a user’s account; therefore, for the Basic account, members are charged 0.06 Deltas each day, or $1.86 in a 31-day month. The Ultimate Subscription - the highest option - would come out to $10.23 in a 31-day month.
Each level of subscription unlocks different perks as you go further up the list, aside from the new avatar selections. For example, the Preferred account not only grants the user fifty custom poses and ten custom rooms, but also allows the use of a friends list to keep track of other members online (similar to adding friends to an instant messenger). Without a subscription at least as high as the Preferred account, members on Wolfhome do not have this capability. Many users with Free or Standard subscriptions have to keep their own lists of the people they befriend on Wolfhome, either in the “About Me” section of their information visible to other users, or simply in a text document on their personal computer.
How to Roleplay on Wolfhome
Roleplaying is not the main purpose of Wolfhome - in fact, the FAQ states that the site was made for chatting, not roleplaying - but the Administrators are very accommodating. Because of this, five rooms have been designated for roleplaying only: Lava Lake RP, Night Den RP, Storm Mountain RP, Volcano RP and Wilderness RP. The rules state that any member who wants to roleplay being a member of a pack, having a mate, pups or fighting (for example) should do it in these rooms as oppose to other chat rooms. Roleplay in other rooms is technically not allowed, and members may be warned about it if an Admin is in the room supervising or if the other users in the chat room find it bothersome.
Remember to respect other users, even if you don't agree with their opinions or decision to roleplay. If another Wolfhome user is being bothersome, try contacting an active Alpha, Gamma or Beta or ignoring them before taking action yourself.
One particular behavior that may be seen in any chat room on Wolfhome is a user searching for a “mate,” a member of the opposite sex (or role playing as the opposite sex) to be the figurative mate of their avatar. When two people are mates on Wolfhome, they tend to spend their time on the site together, chatting with each other in the same room with their avatars posed next to each other. Sometimes mates on Wolfhome consider themselves as dating in real life, either long distance or having already been a couple. Otherwise, two users who are mates may be very close friends. Wolfhome users who enter chat rooms with the sole purpose of finding a mate are often called “insta-maters” and are frequently frowned upon by other users, excluding those who are also looking for the same thing.
Popular Chatlands Sites
Wolfhome Avatar Chat is an online virtual world, 2D graphical / comic chat rooms using avatar poses.
Lupinar is a virtual world inspired by the Age of Mammals. A member uses an avatar, or pose, to roam a variety of locations. Artists are capable of creating, uploading and even selling their own, original artwork.
- Cats Paw Island
CatsPawIsland Avatar Chat is an online virtual world, 2D graphical chat rooms using avatar poses.
How to Browse Chatlands Sites
Wolfhome is one of the more popular Chatlands websites owned by wunderwood LLC. There are multiple chat sites, with users having the ability to create their own chat sites linked to Chatlands. For the moment, being an owner of a Chatlands website is free, but is expected to have a daily fee of one Delta to remain up and operational. Subscriptions paid for on the chat site would go toward the fee, however, so if the site had active subscribers, owning the site could potentially remain of no cost. While there are many smaller chat sites popping up due to this opportunity, Wolfhome seems to have the most consistent population. Nevertheless, each site hosted on Chatlands can be accessed with your one username - there is no need to make new accounts for each chat site you want to visit.
So, if you are looking to join an online chat room but want to have more fun, try visiting Wolfhome or other offshoot sites on Chatlands. There are a plethora of animal avatars and themed chat rooms and sites to choose from!