A community for collaborative character creation and trading, worldbuilding and roleplay.
|Cy and Sudo
|6 October 2014
|Art archive, trading, roleplay
Toyhouse is a website for the display and trading of adoptable, commissioned and other personal characters or fursonas, and roleplay involving them. As of November 2014, it was in semi-open alpha, with a restricted number of invites being distributed to premium members, who get 2 invite codes every week, distributed on a Sunday. The site is currently in Beta now and has been for years, still requiring invite codes for sign up, although codes are not difficult to come across and typically given away for free.
Characters may be organized with tags, folders, world assignments, and links with other characters. Members may authorize other users, and watermarked images may be provided to those who do not have full access. Designers can assign character owners and specify any transfer permissions/restrictions.
Toyhouse is not the only website that does this, previously other websites such as Etsy and DeviantArt had artists that also engage in exchanges, but Toyhouse is among the most popular, especially for characters and character designs. Alternatives to Toyhouse include Refsheet.net, CharacterHub (not CharaHub which has long been closed down) and Unvale, but Toyhouse currently has the largest userbase for a character storage site, and is often preferred for artwork storage and HTML/CSS customization.
Toyhouse was originally created by Cyan Crows, an Australian game/software studio owned by Cy and Sudo (formerly Lulu). Former staff included Minsuil and Jaywalk. The site is now solely ran by Sudo with no immediate plans of hiring new staff, meaning that help tickets are rarely answered and development is slow.
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