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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thank you to the Ozimals community for five years!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Thank you so much for celebrating our fifth Oziversary with us! It has been great to meet some of your older favorite bunnies, and to see all of the new Dorothy elites!

We hope you all enjoyed the delicious Free Cake - remember, it vanished last night, so check your bunnies and Pufflings to ensure they all have something to eat for breakfast this morning.

Tiktok Steampunk's Flickr Pic Of The Week awards have returned for the New Year. Join the Ozimals Flickr group (it's free!) and post pictures of your pets to be eligible - it's also a great place to see everyone ELSE'S photos!

We are planning Bunny Update 3.4 for early Feburary, so get ready... new genetics, new elites, and more! We'll be sharing much more information soon, but wanted to give you an early heads-up!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy Oziversary!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Today, January 9, 2015, marks five years since the first bunnies hopped out across the grid. We are more than a little amazed at this, and gratified by the support that all of you have given us--THANK YOU! To celebrate this year's Oziversary, we have a number of limited-time special goodies; read on!

Free Cake!

Free cake! Each box of cake costs L$0 and contains free cake in levels 1, 2, and 3. This food will feed bunnies and Pufflings for one week, until midnight SLT on Friday night, January 16, 2015. When the clock strikes midnight, the cake will disappear, so please remember to replace your pets' regular food when the cake is gone! Also included in the box are unscripted decorative cake slices, in case you'd like to keep a memento.

Free cake is available at both the Ozimals Main Store and the Ozimals Satellite Shop @ Shamrock Marketplace.

Ancient Everlasting Timepiece II: Electric Boogaloo

Ancient Everlasting Timepieces! An Everlasting Timepiece makes a bunny unable to breed, but also unable to hibernate, and never hungry again. Bunnies that have an Everlasting Timepiece applied will lose any Elder status they may have had, and will not boost stats any longer. When Timepieces were first introduced, there was a variation, sold for a limited time: the Ancient Everlasting Timepiece. We are bringing these back for one week, with some slight alterations.

The new Ancient Everlasting Timepiece is half the price of a standard Everlasting Timepiece, and is available singly, or in a pack of five or ten. These Ancient Everlasting Timepieces will ONLY work on version 3.3 bunnies that are at least 1400 days old. There is no time limit on their use, only on their sale--they will only be available for one week, through Friday, January 16, 2015.

Ancient Everlasting Timepieces are available at both the Ozimals Main Store and the Ozimals Satellite Shop @ Shamrock Marketplace.


Birthday Bunny Food! In previous years, we have awarded a year's worth of free food to any active bunny on the grid whose birthday is also January 9th, 2010. Last year, we expanded and improved this offer to include active bunnies born during the first week of Ozimals, and this year we are widening the net once again, to include active bunnies born during all of January 2010. We've made the list, and the owners of these bunnies will receive a special limited-edition Archetype food that will feed one bunny for 365 days! (Or two bunnies for 182 and a half days, or four bunnies for 91 and a quarter days, or... )


Holiday Elite Kindling! A new holiday elite, to celebrate Oziversary, can be created by any pair of 3.3 bunnies who have not hibernated. The kindling period has begun, and lasts for one week, until midnight SLT, Friday evening, January 16th, 2015.

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!

To be eligible, a nest must be both created and kindled during the specified date range. 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!


Happy Oziversary to everyone! We'd love to see you celebrating on Flickr, whether you build a palace of cake or just spend a quiet moment with your new holiday elites and freshly Timepieced old friends!

Much <3
Ozimals Team


Thursday, January 1, 2015

GET ends, Zodiac bunnies depart, but the holidays are not quite over.

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Happy 2015! We have lots of exciting goodies coming your way this year!

Golden Egg Time for the Pufflings has ended. We hope everyone got some lucky golden eggs!

The Twelve Days of Kindling for the bunnies, producing the Snowfall and Polar Vortex elites, ended on New Year's Eve. The Zodiac holiday elite bunny gacha machines have vanished in a swirl of snow and stardust; the limited-edition eyes they produced are gradually appearing on Flickr, but have not yet all turned up.

The Ozimals holiday season extends a little longer than the rest of the world's, however; stay tuned for news about Oziversary, the fifth anniversary of Ozimals, which falls on January 9th. Whether you have been with us from day one, or have just kindled your first bunny, there will be treats!

Much <3
Ozimals Team


Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays! Limited Support Schedule

Hello, Ozimals friends!


We hope you are enjoying the Pufflings' birthday festivities, as well as the presents brought by the 3.3 bunny update: the gacha bunnies and their limited-edition eyes, the holiday foods and treats, and now, the holiday elite bunnies that began appearing over the weekend!

Ozimals will have limited support over the holidays, so that we may celebrate with our friends and families. Between Monday, December 22, and Thursday, January 1, CSRs will not be inworld for their regular shifts, and while the support staff will check in from time to time, ticket responses may take longer than normal. Very often, the community, in the form of the inworld chat groups, can offer useful advice--don't neglect that resource!

We hope all of you enjoy your holidays, too! We'll be back in January to celebrate Oziversary... five years of Ozimals!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

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





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