Shifting Gears in 2022

Hello, everyone. This is not so much a site update as it is an update on the status of Strudel Cafe’s development. 


We, the developers, strive to put out consistent updates to keep our players engaged and happy. Even during the ongoing pandemic, we have tried to keep moving with as little pause as possible. Over the years, we have adhered to strict release dates. Our members have come to expect monthly events and updates, and we have felt immense pressure to keep up with this demand. We have been so focused on plowing forward and providing a gaming experience that can bring joy to our players, that we have burnt ourselves out in the process, with no room to slow down and breathe. We have no intention of ever giving up on the website, and we are constantly planning out future features, but now more than ever, we would like to ask our players for empathy and patience.


Strudel Cafe is a passion project being created and maintained by only three self-taught developers and a handful of volunteers that help the community keep running. We are not professionals, and all of us have full-time commitments outside of the website. With the pandemic failing to slow down, our lives have been affected in numerous ways. We are struggling to keep up with the tight deadlines and deliver the best quality products while also being able to make a living off of our other jobs. We feel honored to be compared to sites as large as Subeta or Neopets, but please realize that behind those websites are entire staffs of dedicated artists and developers. Strudel Cafe operates solely off of the volunteer labor of three developers, two paid staff members, and community volunteers. It is unfortunately not as simple as adding more staff to our team. At the end of the day, Strudel Cafe is a free website that generates little to no income. We do not run ads, and hosting is covered by what little is brought in by our team’s Patreon. While we would love to bring aboard more staff members to help with our project’s development, it is simply not feasible with our budget.


We have read the messages from our members in the suggestion box and servers, and though we have not had the time to address them, we take all feedback received into consideration. As self-taught artists and coders, we rely on the feedback of our members to steer our game in the right direction. However, some of the “feedback” we have received has been neither constructive or kind. We understand that some of our members may have felt disappointed in recent events, and we regret to hear that. However, the hostility towards our team is unwarranted and unappreciated. We implore you to remember that this is a free game. 


After much discussion, we have decided to shift gears. We will be focusing our priorities on lasting projects and site updates rather than one-time events. Our team will no longer be adhering to strict deadlines, or making promises as to when large updates will be released. With only three developers, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to predict how quickly we can complete larger projects (namely, Magic School and the King’s Cavern area.) We have planned out some events to get us through the remainder of the year. These will be our recurring annual events, such as Enlightened, Shipwrecked, and the Advent.


Over the past four years, we have consistently listened to the feedback of our members and strived to create a free game that can make people happy. If you would like to support the website and its developers to help us create new content, please consider supporting our Patreon. We have worked hard to introduce games and events to create a memorable experience and loving community. We hope that these past few years have earned us the trust of our players to know that we will continue to do our best for this site, even if updates are not announced with concrete deadlines. 

By The Strudel Team | Posted 2022-01-09 14:02:38

January Rollover

Happy New Year's, everyone! Let's all have a wonderful 2022! 
As per usual, please check out our Winner’s Showcase to see last month’s winners.


The Winter Advent shop is open! Make sure to check it out and spend those sweet sweet peppermint tokens on anything you might have missed out on. 

This month's event will be postponed. Another newsletter will be posted when the events are ready to go! Thanks for your patience, and happy New Year!


All activities have been rolled over and are ready for the new month!

By The Strudel Team | Posted 2022-01-01 13:19:12

Winter Rollover

Seasonal rollover complete and it is officially WINTER in Midveil!

Trees have been cut down for the season and orchards cleared for lumber.
Winter seeds/saplings/starters are now appropriately purchasable from the Farmer's Market!

By The Strudel Team | Posted 2021-12-20 23:56:14

December Newsletter

Happy December, everyone, and a merry Midwinter to you all!
As per usual, please check out our Winner’s Showcase to see last month’s winners.

As previously announced, our winter advent is back! Make sure to check in every day to see if you’re naughty or nice! Don’t worry… Merry has a gift for you either way! She may be cranky, but she’s in quite the giving mood this time of year. Don’t fret if you miss a day. By collecting tokens, you can get prizes you missed out on at the end of the month via the prize shop! Check it out here!


2021 is coming to an end, and the staff is working hard to finalize the planning for 2022! We have quite a few projects in the works, and are just pulling together the last few strings to make them a reality! The Fledgling Class of Magic School will be released later this month. Magic School will be released in parts, starting out with Hearth.


2022 will kick off with a fundraising event, so we’re giving a month’s notice for you to gather up all those precious crumbs! 

All activities have been rolled over and are ready for the new month!

By The Strudel Team | Posted 2021-12-04 17:04:52

Midwinter Advent

Tonight at midnight begins the Midwinter Advent!

There is no ARPG to unlock this year, so you will be able to begin collecting right away at nightly rollover. The advent will run for the full calendar month of December and prizes must be picked up on their allotted day, so be sure to check in daily! If you miss a day don't worry… each day you will also collect 1 Golden Peppermint Token (and 5 per day from the 25th - 31st!) which can be spent in the prize shop at the conclusion of the event to pick up any prizes you missed or want more of! Golden Peppermint Tokens begin on the 2nd to give people ample notice of the event to collect full tokens!!

Like last year, Merry will decide each day if you are Nice or Naughty and bestow a present accordingly. (Unless Merry is feeling particularly neutral that day and decides to gift everyone the same thing!)

Click here to check it out!

Regular monthly rollover will occur as normal on the first Saturday of the month.

By The Strudel Team | Posted 2021-11-30 18:21:09