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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Pufflings!

Hello, Ozimals friends!



In December of 2011, the Good Witches of Oz threw a birthday party for Ozma, the ruler of the Emerald City and Empress of the Land of Oz. This was not unusual; Ozma's birthday is a holiday, observed every year with parties and fireworks and cake and gift-giving in all of the regions of Oz. The party at the palace in the Emerald City is the grandest and most festive of all of the celebrations, and every year the royal bakers and florists and musicians and firework-makers try to outdo their previous spectacular creations.

No-one tries harder than the Good Witches, who engineer magical gifts and entertainments throughout the evening. In 2011, inspiration struck when they saw an enormous platter of cream puffs being prepared for the party. The two witches worked through the entire afternoon enchanting them, and at a whispered word, there was a flurry of multicoloured feathers, and instead of a tower of cream puffs, there was a tower of tiny magical birds: Pufflings!

The bright little creatures had been meant as party favors for Ozma's guests, but they soon began to multiply; their sugary diet and friendly chirps made them popular companions throughout Oz. People kept them in their houses, their gardens, their parks--and eventually, inevitably, a few Pufflings appeared in our world, too.

Quickly, Puffling-keepers here learned of one of the birds' most mysterious characteristics. Every now and then--with a reason or schedule apparently known only to the Pufflings themselves--there are magical Golden Eggs born to a few lucky Pufflings! These Golden Eggs produce baby Pufflings with a special genetic trait *NOT* inherited from either parent, one which can be passed on to the baby's descendants!

Pufflings do not need specific genetics or special food to produce Golden Eggs; any breeding during the span of Golden Egg Time can produce one of these eggs! No one except the Pufflings knows when Golden Egg Time will begin, though they do make it clear to us when it has ended so that we can pass that information along to Puffling owners.

To celebrate the Pufflings' third year among us, a unique version of Golden Egg Time began a few days ago--Golden Egg Time's Greatest Hits! Fourteen GET genetic traits have returned for one more chance! Remember, there are holiday foods, Bliss totems, and limited edition holiday treats available right now, to speed your Pufflings along and fill them with holiday cheer. Good luck and happy breeding!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, December 8, 2014

Warren Walk is in Full Swing!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The 2014 Winter Warren Walk began on Friday and is the biggest one yet! To start your tour, click the blue Warren Walk sign at the Shamrock Marketplace Information Hub, and it will give you your first landmark. There's also a box to click for a notecard about how the Walk works!

Participants went all-out this year--there are wonderful spaces for photo ops, lots of treats, some amazing gifts, ice skating, Santa, and of course some great bunnies and Pufflings to peek at! Warren Walk closes this weekend, so don't miss your chance for some holiday fun.

Since there's so much going on right now, a recap is worthwhile. Besides Warren Walk, here's a quick overview of the current news from Oz:

1/ Gacha machines selling male and female limited edition Zodiac bunny elites, all with chances at one of twelve limited edition eyes, are at the Ozimals bunny main store and the Ozimals Satellite Store. These will disappear once the holidays are over.

2/ Limited Edition Holiday Omni Foods, which feed both bunnies and Pufflings and are shaped like tasty winter snowflake cookies, are available at the bunny store, the Pufflings store, and the satellite store. Each box contains a totem which will boost the Happiness of surrounding bunnies and the Bliss of surrounding Pufflings, but will stop working once the holidays are over.

3/ Treats! Limited edition packs of treats - special cookies that boost specific stats - ALSO include the Happiness/Bliss totem. The satellite store has both versions, but otherwise you can find Puffling treats, to boost Charm and Zip, at the Pufflings store, and bunny treats, to boost Love and Energy, at the Ozimals bunny main store. Treats are transferable, too--and will only be sold until the holidays are over!

4/ Holiday elite bunny kindling will begin on Friday evening, December 19th, at midnight SLT, and will only last until New Year's Eve, so get ready! Those treats and totems will come in handy!

There's more to come, in the weeks ahead, for all of our Ozimals pets, so enjoy the holiday season with us, and share your winter fun in the Ozimals Flickr pool!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bunny Update 3.3!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 3.3! Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating! 





Update 3.3 is a non-mandatory update. What this means is that your bunnies will continue eating for two weeks without being updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If your bunnies are not updated to 3.3, they will not be able to breed with updated or new bunnies OR produce holiday elite-capable nests. Remember, a bunny takes 72 hours to go from 0% hunger to 100% and hibernation, so you have two weeks plus three days to update... just don't forget!

If your bunnies do hibernate, all you need to do is give them food, wait 24 hours for them to come out of hibernation, and then use the 3.3 updater.


The Bunnybury Random Nest, Bunnybury Nest With Increased Chance of Recessives, and the Bunnybury Exclusive Rare Bunny Nest will be updated on update day, since their potential genetics have not changed from 3.2.

Additions:
* Winter Elite Bunny Gacha / Limited Edition Eyes!
* Winter Holiday Food and Treats!
* The Twelve Days of Kindling!
* Winter 2014 Happiness Totem!

* 15-Minute Nest Kindling Time!




Winter Elite Bunny Gacha / Limited Edition Eyes!

We are celebrating the Winter holidays with a pair of elite bunny gacha machines! This time we have split the gacha into male and female elite bunnies, and all of the bunnies have a chance at carrying limited edition eyes! For all of the information about the gachas and these elite bunnies, please see our previous blog post.


Winter Holiday Food and Treats!


The Oz bakers have been busy, and there are mountains of holiday food with which to treat your bunnies and Pufflings. Additionally, there are special packages of stats-boosting treats! Both the treats and the food come with a Happiness/Bliss-boosting totem. Please see our previous blog post for all of the information about the food, the treats, and the totem!


The Twelve Days of Kindling!

Holiday elite bunnies are special rewards for active bunny breeders--if you've not been with us for previous holiday kindles, here is how they work! 

The holiday kindling window begins Friday evening, December 19th, at midnight SLT, and closes at midnight SLT on Wednesday night, New Year's Eve, December 31st. The nest's hovertext will not tell you whether or not the nest is an elite; it must be kindled to find out. 


When you kindle a nest created during the date range window, you will see a "No Elite" button in its menu--pressing this button makes the nest ignore its chance to produce a holiday elite, so use it carefully, if at all! Remember, if a nest has a chance to be a natural elite AND a chance to be a holiday elite, natural elite wins-and the "No Elite" button only turns off the holiday elite chance, not the natural elite chance, if one is present.

The genetics of potential holiday elite parents do not affect eligibility; both parents must be updated to the current version, the nest must have been created and kindled during the date window, and both parents must have zero hibernations.

To check the number of hibernations on any bunny: if the bunny is not yours, click the bunny and choose "Ozaria" from its menu. If the bunny is yours, click "Support" and then "Ozaria". This will bring up a web page showing the bunny's number of hibernations, 
so it's easy to check if a bunny you own or are considering buying is eligible to produce holiday elites! Of course, if your bunnies DO have hibernations, you have plenty of time before the kindling period starts to get some elites from the gacha all ready to go!



Winter 2014 Happiness Totem!

The Winter Happiness Totem works on both bunnies and Pufflings, boosting Happiness for bunnies and Bliss for Pufflings by 3% (for the nearest 16 pets within 10m). It will continue working until New Year's Eve, at which point it will disappear. The Winter Happiness Totem is included in the boxes of holiday food, and in the boxes of holiday treats for bunnies and Pufflings! Get more information about the food and treats from our previous post!



15-Minute Nest Kindling Time!

In 3.2, we introduced a shorter bunny nest kindling time: 15 minutes. This shortened wait is permanent, and not going away with the 3.3 update! Hooray!


****************IMPORTANT NOTES****************


1. THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL:

    REQUIRE 22 PRIMS FREE ON LAND
    BREAK BONDS
    RESET PRICING AND
    RESET HOME POSITION!

Please check that you restore bonds, reset home near food and reprice if you had bunnies set for sale.

2.  If your update totem gets stuck on a bunny (after 5 minutes, it hasn't completed)  please TAKE THE CRATE into your inventory and delete the white bunny underneath.  Copy the crate prim description number.  File a support ticket ( http://support.ozimals.com ) and include that crate number for a replacement bunny.  Do not delete the crate until you receive your replacement bunny.

Once you pick up the crate and delete the white bunny, your update totem should move on to the next bunny in range.

*****BUNNY FOOD, THE UPDATE, AND YOU!*****

The food does NOT get updated itself; it only communicates to you the need to update your bunnies. PLEASE NOTE!! You do NOT need to buy new food!  Once you update your bunnies, they will eat any recent version of food just fine.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

2. Prepare your update area:

A.  Designate an "update area" someplace on the land you own.
B.  Rez your updater at the center of the update area.

C. It is important to only rez ONE updater!
D.  Pick up ALL third party scripted products (monitors, dispensers, servers, rings, etc.) and any other heavily scripted items in the area. These items can slow down or even prevent the update process from beginning or completing correctly. This is VERY IMPORTANT.

3. Update your bunnies:
    A.  Turn bunny movement off. Take a moment to record the bunny's ID if you do not already have it recorded.
    B.  Pick up your bunnies one at a time (do NOT pick up in a group!)
    C.  Rez up to 10 bunnies in your update area. The updater affects bunnies within a 9m radius (18 m circle with totem in center)
    D.  There will be a short delay before the updater begins; please be patient! :)
    E.  The bunnies will update one by one. A crate will appear over them and the process will be shown in hovertext above the box.
    F.  When all updates are completed, remove the updated bunnies from the update area, and put down the  next 10 un-updated bunnies.
    G.  Continue this process until your entire warren is updated.
    H.  After the update is completed,  RE-REZ ALL YOUR FOOD so it will detect that the bunnies have been updated. If you use any dispenser or server system, you need to remove the food from those systems and rerezz them.

Much <3
Ozimals Team





Winter 2014 Bunny Gacha!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Santa has come early to Oz, and has brought this year's Winter limited edition elite bunny gacha machines! Read on for all of the info!


Gachas, if you're curious, are like gumball machines: you pay a low price and receive a random prize, available only for a limited time through these machines!

The 2014 Winter Holiday elites represent the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Each sign has its own limited edition eye, and each elite bunny of that sign has a chance of carrying that sign's special eye. 

These elite bunnies will only be available through these gacha machines, which will disappear once the holidays are over. The limited-edition eyes will not be available elsewhere, except from the lucky descendants of these elites!

Each nest in the gachas has unlocked ears and shades, which means that these bunnies can have any currently available ear type or shade.

We've made an important change from our prior gacha machines--this time, there are two machines: one filled with male bunny nests, and one filled with female bunny nests! The "boy" machines have a blue top with a floating blue male gender symbol, and the "girl" machines have pink tops with floating pink female gender symbols, so they are easy to tell apart.

The Winter 2014 Zodiac Bunny Elite gacha machines are inworld at the Ozimals bunny store and the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Winter 2014 Holiday Foods and Treats!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

To help your bunnies and Pufflings celebrate the winter holidays this year, we are offering limited edition foods and treats! Here's all of the information you'll need to know about them.

Mm, cookies!

The boxes of treats are specific to bunnies and Pufflings - the Puffling box is available at the Ozimals Pufflings store, and the bunny box at the Ozimals bunny store, while both are also at the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Marketplace. Bunny treats will not work on Pufflings, and vice versa, so check the name of the treat to be sure! Each box contains eight single-use cookies: two each of +1% Love/Charm, +1% Energy/Zip, +2% Energy/Zip, and +3% Energy/Zip, packaged in a giant decorative cookie! These treats are transferable, both as a package and individually, and make perfect stocking stuffers for your Ozimals friends!

The food corresponds to, and works the same as, Level 1 Pet, Level 2 Standard, and Level 3 Archetype Omni Food. Each food type is available as a single food, a single wearable food, and an Epic food. When these foods are eaten all up, they will not poof--instead, becoming collectable decorations--so you will need to pay attention to their remaining servings while they feed your pets!

Each box of Winter Holiday food or treats includes a Happiness/Bliss Totem. This totem boosts the Happiness of bunnies and the Bliss of Pufflings! It will continue working through New Year's Eve, to make breeding quicker and easier during the holidays. Each totem will affect the sixteen closest pets within a 10m radius. Once the totem stops working, it will disappear.

All of the foods and treats are limited editions, and will be removed from the shops once the holidays are over.

Happy Holidays from Ozimals!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Winter Warren Walk!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We are always super-excited when members of the Oz community organize events for everyone to enjoy, and one of our very favorites is the Warren Walk! The 2014 Winter Warren Walk is sponsored by the Shamrock Marketplace breedables market.

Want everyone to see how you pamper your awesome Pufflings? Feel like parading your favorite breeding bunnies--or your collection of mutants, or your spectacular elites? Warren Walk is for you!

This will be the fourth Warren Walk (you can see pictures from the previous three by searching the Ozimals Flickr pool!) and we hope it will be the best ever! For those of you who missed the first three, here's how Warren Walk works:

1/ Register in advance to show off your pets. Registration closes at the end of the day, this coming Tuesday, December 2nd. Until then, you can get a registration form and instructions from this sign at Shamrock Market:

Visit Shamrock Marketplace and click this sign for information!

2/ Warren Walk begins on the evening of Friday, December 5th, so you have until then to make sure everything is ready for its closeup! Warren Walk will run from December 5th through December 13th, beginning after the Friday night auction at Shamrock. A kiosk at Shamrock, set up after the 5:00 pm SLT auction on the 5th, will give visitors a notecard directing them to a starting point for the Walk; from there, they can visit all of the registered locations.

3/ You don't have to show your warren in the Walk to enjoy looking at everyone else's, but it is a fun way to meet people in our community and show off your very favorite pets! Warren Walk works much like a "Garden Walk" in RL--as you visit each location, you will receive a landmark to the next spot on the list.

Much more information is available at Shamrock--if you still have questions, please contact Faolain Oconnell inworld--and we'll post again when the Warren Walk begins. Register soon! We want to see your bunnies and Pufflings in all their glory!

See you on Monday for Bunny Update 3.3!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Look Ahead To Winter!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Mark your calendars! Bunny Update 3.3 is coming on Monday, December 1st! This will be a non-mandatory update--which means you will have two weeks to update your bunnies before they stop eating--because we know this time of year can be busy for everyone!

Included in 3.3 are special kindled holiday elites, loads of sugary holiday treats and foods, a totem to help with holiday breeding, and the 2014 Winter Holiday Elite Bunny Gacha! The gacha machines will go out on update day--there will be more details then, but the gacha bunnies are elites this year, and will potentially carry a year's worth of limited edition eyes!

Between now and then, here are two things to note:

We'll be taking a holiday on Thanksgiving weekend, November 27-30, so that the Ozimals staff can consume sufficient pie for the winter ahead. We'll have limited support on those days--please file a ticket if you need help with your bunnies or Pufflings, and we'll reply as soon as possible!

Also, Linden Lab is conducting massive maintenance this week, with repeated restarts and craziness through Friday. If you spend time with your pets in the SLT morning, please be aware of this. There is much more information and advice about this maintenance on the SL Grid Status blog!

Much <3
Ozimals Team


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