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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Summer 2014 Warren Walk Registration Now Open!

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!

Maybe you have special mutants or a collection of elites or a spectacular custom-built Bunny Temple, or maybe you have a pretty Puffling garden or a precariously balanced pyramid of perfect Paragons, or maybe you have a super-scientific high-tech genetics facility or you just hang out with your favorites in a nice tiki hut on the beach. Now you can share your pets and their home with the rest of the Ozimals community.

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

1/ Register in advance to show off your pets. Registration closes at 2:00 pm SLT this coming Monday, July 28th. Until then, you can get a registration form and instructions from this sign at Shamrock Market:


2/ Warren Walk begins on the evening of Friday, August 1st, so you have until then to make sure everything is ready for its closeup! A kiosk at Shamrock will give visitors a notecard directing them to a starting point for the Walk, and then they can visit all of the registered locations.

3/ The Walk will end on Sunday, August 10th. 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!

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!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, July 21, 2014

Last Chance for Promise 2014 elite bunny!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Thanks so much to everyone who has made a donation to RFL by purchasing our limited edition elite bunny this year!

Promise 2014 elite bunny to benefit Relay for Life

The Breedables Fair closes tonight, Monday, July 21, so today is your last chance to pick up a Promise 2014 elite bunny (and donate to Relay for Life in the process!). If you need a refresher or a landmark, please see our earlier post about Promise 2014!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ozimals Bunny Update 3.0!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 3.0! Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating! 


Bunny Update 3.0!

Update 3.0 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 3.0, 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 3.0 updater.

Additions:
* New genetic traits!
* Holiday kindling for Summer!
* Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gachas!
* New natural elites!


New genetic traits!


Please note that these new genetic traits are NOT available through starter packs! The Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gacha bunnies are hiding a host of limited-edition eyes ONLY available through the gachas. These eyes will be retired with the gacha machines at the end of July and will not be available from us otherwise. (For more information about the gacha bunnies, please see our previous post!) 

Holiday kindling for Summer!

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 today, Monday, July 7, when the update is released, and closes at midnight SLT on Thursday night, July 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!

Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gachas!

This update brings the Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gacha machines--all of the information you will need is in the previous blog post!


New natural elites!


New "natural elites" have been added! For more information about natural elites, please see the Ozimals wiki!



****************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.

Happy Kindling and Much <3
Ozimals Team




Ozimals Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gacha!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Ah, summertime. Iced tea, popsicles, and sitting in a nice air-conditioned movie theatre watching guys in capes save the world from other guys in capes. Only in the movies, though, right? Guys in capes don't actually save the world too often... or so one might think.

The reality is that bunnies in capes often save the world--from other bunnies in capes!--but have arranged with the major studios to have their stories told using human actors and a degree of artistic license.

We're celebrating their adventures this summer with the Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gachas! Here's everything you need to know about these special bunnies:

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!

We have two different machines, with different prizes. They are L$75 per play, and the bunny nests inside have unlocked ears and shades, meaning they can produce bunnies with any currently available ear or shade type.

The two rare bunnies--the rare hero and the rare villain--are guaranteed to have limited-edition eyes as their hidden eyes. If you are unfamiliar with bunny genetics and elites, this means that when you click one of these bunnies, you'll see their true shown genetics in text (even though you can't see them on the bunnies because of their costumes). Besides their shown genetics, though, every Ozimals bunny also has a set of hidden genetics, which you can discover and pass on through breeding. In these bunnies--the two "Rares"--that set of genetics holds the limited-edition eye. It's guaranteed on the two rares, but the other gacha bunnies have a chance at carrying limited-edition eyes, too!

Summer Blockbuster Bunnies: Superheroes gacha key

The red machine contains Bunny Superheroes: six common hero bunnies, one rare hero bunny, one rare bunny food, and one Happiness totem. The totem boosts the happiness of bunnies in a 10m radius, has a menu to turn the bunny signal light on and off, and will work through July 30th, at which point it will become a collectible. Obviously, it also summons bunny heroes if you are in peril!

Summer Blockbuster Bunnies: Supervillains gacha key

The purple machine contains Bunny Supervillains: seven common villain bunnies, one rare villain bunny, one rare bunny food, and one Happiness totem. The totem boosts the happiness of bunnies in a 10m radius and will work through July 30th, at which point it will become a collectible. When asked about its other possible functions, the villain bunnies just cackled dramatically.

These bunnies will not be available on Marketplace; the only place to get them is from the gacha machines. There are gachas at the Ozimals main store, and at the Ozimals Satellite Shop @ Shamrock Market!

Learn more about these bunnies' superpowers and personalities at the Ozimals Flickr pool, and be sure to post pictures of YOUR bunnies' escapades there, too!

Happy kindling, happy summer, and much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, June 30, 2014

Ozimals at the Summertime Breedables Fair for RFL!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We are proud and excited to continue Ozimals's support of Relay For Life of Second Life by participating in the Summertime Breedables Fair this July!

The Promise 2014 elite bunny will ONLY be available at this event!
This year, our donation is a limited edition elite bunny named Promise, who is wearing purple to show her (or his!) support for Relay for Life. As always, all proceeds from the sale of this RFL event bunny will go to RFL/ACS.

Each box includes one random-gender bunny nest with unlocked ears and shades. What this means is that , rather than the limited range available to ordinary starter nests, these nests can produce Promise bunnies with ANY currently available ear or shade: Upright, Half Lop, Lop, or Airplane ears, and every shade except Vitreous, Petunia, Bamboo, and Aphotic. Also in the box, you'll find wearable bunny food shaped like an RFL purple ribbon, so you and your bunny can both help support this cause!

The Breedables Fair will open at 12:00 noon SLT on Wednesday, July 2nd, and close on July 16th. There may still be early admission passes available, which will get you in a day early--see the Fair's blog for more information. 

Please come visit Ozimals on Breedables Fair 1, pick up a Promise 2014 elite of your own, and show your support for Relay for Life!

Much <3
Ozimals Team



Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bunny Games Registration & More Info!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Registration for the 2014 Ozimals Bunny Games began today! It is first-come, first-serve, and there are a limited number of spots available. (Check out Monday's post for a refresher about Bunny Racing.) A quick review:

You create or join a race group with three other people. Your group has a name, but also is one of four groups representing each region of the land of Oz. When the races begin, your group will race bunnies against each other for the Quarterfinals, and the winner from your group continues to the Semifinals.

In the Semifinals, you're playing for the right to represent your region of Oz in the finals, so the four winners from each region race bunnies against each other. There will be four winners from this round: one to represent each regional team: the Gillikin Gladiators, the Munchkin Marauders, the Winkie Warriors, and the Quadling Questers.

These four winners will race against each other in the Finals, to determine an overall Bunny Games Champion!

There will be prizes for the winners at all levels, including:
Quarterfinals winners: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event!
Semifinals winners: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event, plus winners’ choice of one of two sets of Summer Blockbuster gacha bunnies!
Finals winner: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event, plus both sets of Summer Blockbuster gacha bunnies! Additionally, the members of this winner’s original race group will all receive the exclusive elite.

Races will begin on the day of Ozimals Bunny Update 3.0, scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014. The update will contain a number of tweaks and additions, but most importantly, the Summer Blockbuster Bunny Gacha, featuring themed elites with limited edition breedable traits available through a random gacha machine for a low price!

Please note the following important points!

1: There will be a special racetrack used for these races, available for free from Ozimals starting on update day. There will be public tracks on Magic of Oz and at Shamrock Market, or you can use your own. These special 2014 tracks will vanish after the 2014 races have concluded. Your current racetracks, for those of you who have them, will not record your group's progress--you must use the 2014 track!

2: If we see you using alts, you will be disqualified. You may play as ONE avatar in ONE race group!

3: Please use family-friendly language in naming your race groups. Like it says in the SL guidelines, if you would blush telling your grandmother about it, please do not use it.

How to register:

You must have an Ozaria account to compete. If you do not yet have one, here's how to register--it's free! 

If at any point in this process, you get an error stating that the page "isn't redirecting properly", you need to back up to the Ozaria front page and be sure you are logged in!

To create a race group: log in to Ozaria, view your profile:

Select "View" once you've logged in
...click "Bunny Games" in the left-hand menu...

Click "Bunny Games"!

and "Create Group". 

Create or Search groups from the Bunny Games screen.

When you create a group, you'll need a name for your race group and a 256x256 thumbnail image to represent it, and the site will ask you to pick a team representing a region of Oz. You cannot go back and add/change these once the group is created, so plan ahead!

What you will see when you select Create Group

If you create a group and it is not full by Friday, June 20th, at 2:00 pm SLT, it will be deleted. If this happens, we will re-open that group's slot, and it will again be first-come, first-serve, for registrants. If this happens to your group and you do not find a spot in a new group, you will not be able to compete, so it's best to make advance plans with the other people you'd like in your race group! (The group creator has no special advantages in the races, just so you know.)

What does "full" mean? Three other people need to join and be approved by the group creator, so that the total number in the group is four.

What group creators will see on the Bunny Games screen if they have pending approvals

To join an already existing group: Log into Ozaria, view your profile, click "Bunny Games" in the left-hand menu, then the button labeled "Search Groups", and find the group you want to join. Group creators will have approval rights, so joining a group of strangers at random is probably unwise--make sure you are joining the correct group, as we will be unable to make edits or rearrange group rosters once they are set!

When you Search Groups and make a selection, this is what you'll see.

What happens next?

Once groups have been finalized, you have some time to practice, making sure your racing bunny is getting a proper diet, plenty of sleep, and enough exercise that he or she will be ready to win on race day! You may run as many practice races as you like, but none will "count" until the games officially begin.

Once update day arrives and the Bunny Games have started, the members of your race group will need to decide amongst yourselves upon a location and time to run your race! The group creator will have a special code--a ladder key--to speak to the racetrack. Once that code's been given, the very next race will be the one that counts towards the Games: each member of the group must participate, with one bunny apiece. The winner of that race will advance, representing your race group, to the Semifinals, where he or she will compete against the other groups in your region of Oz.

Once the Games begin, you must complete your race group's race within a specific number of days. More information about this, and about the Semifinals, will appear here on the blog when the Bunny Games begin.

Happy racing and much <3,
Ozimals Team

Monday, June 16, 2014

Bunny Games 2014!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Summer is here, and with it, the return of the Bunny Games! We'll be starting everything this Wednesday, June 18, but we're telling you about it in advance in case you have questions or need to register for Ozaria--this way you have plenty of time!


Ozimals Bunny Games 2014


We're doing the Bunny Games differently this year; it's set up more like sports playoff brackets. To achieve this, the number of race groups--like teams in the playoffs--is necessarily limited, and admission will be first come, first serve. There will be a total of 64 players, divided into 16 initial groups, with 4 players in each group. So! Make sure you understand what you need to do to participate!

You will, obviously, need to be registered on Ozaria to sign up for a race group. If you want to participate but haven't registered--it's free!--don't put it off until the last minute.

On Wednesday at 2:00 pm SLT, registration will open. You will need to either create a race group with three of your friends, or join an already created group.

To create a race group, you will log in to Ozaria, view your profile, click "Bunny Games" in the left-hand menu, and "Create Group". When you create a group, you'll need a name for your race group and a 256x256 thumbnail image to represent it, and the site will ask you to pick a team representing a region of Oz. You cannot go back and add/change these once the group is created, so plan ahead!

If you create a group and it is not full within 48 hours, it will be deleted, so it's best to make advance plans with the other people you'd like in your race group! (The group creator has no special advantages in the races, just so you know.)


What does "full" mean? Three other people need to join, so that the total number in the group is four.

How does one join an already existing group? Log into Ozaria, view your profile, click "Bunny Games" in the left-hand menu, then the button labeled "Search Groups", and find the group you want to join. Group creators will have approval rights, so joining a group of strangers at random is probably unwise--make sure you are joining the correct group, as we will be unable to make edits or rearrange group rosters once they are set!

Please note that "three other people" means three other people--not your alts. If we see you using alts, you will be disqualified. You may only play as ONE avatar in ONE race group!

Once there are sixteen groups of four people each--four groups for each of the four regions of Oz--registration will close. If any group fails to fill up, or the group creator fails to approve all members, by Friday, June 20th at 2:00 pm SLT, we'll delete that group and re-open registration to fill that space, making announcements in the inworld groups.

So, what happens once groups are set? The first round of races is the Quarterfinals, and the members of each group will race their bunnies against each other using an Ozimals Bunny Race track. Each group creator will have a ladder key, a special code to give the track before the race so that the winner's information goes to the Ozimals Bunny Games database.

The very first race each race group runs once the code has been entered is the race that will count, and all race group members must have a bunny in that race.

The sixteen winners of these races will go on to represent their race groups in their regional groups, who will race against each other in the next round: the Semifinals. The Semifinals will produce four regional champions, who will race against each other in the Finals.

There will be prizes for the winners at all levels, including:
Quarterfinals winners: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event!
Semifinals winners: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event, plus winners’ choice of one of two sets of Summer Blockbuster gacha bunnies!
Finals winner: exclusive elite bunny created solely for this event, plus both sets of Summer Blockbuster gacha bunnies! Additionally, the members of this winner’s original race group will all receive the exclusive elite.

Top Secret Elite Bunny!

More information about Bunny Race tracks: Bunny racing was introduced for the 2012 Bunny Games. There is a blog post with information about the track and how to use it. Bunny Race tracks are available from the Ozimals main store or from the SL Marketplace, in both copy and no-copy versions.You can use your own track for these races, or a friend's, or any track set up for public access.

More information about Ozaria: Ozaria is a free website allowing Ozimals pet owners to track information about their pets, reward programs, and more! Please see the Ozimals wiki for how to sign up!

More information about Oz geography: The four regions of Oz and their associated team colors are: Quadling Country (red with silver), Winkie Country (yellow with green), Munchkin Country (blue with black), and Gillikin Country (purple with orange).

See you at the races!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

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