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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More Updates! Beta Date and Release Date and Vendors, Oh My!

Hi everyone! I’ve got an update on the open beta and the release date. As we have said since we began, our target release time was the beginning of October with a tentative launch date of October 9th. Given the fact that our system is a robust one, the approach we are taking with the beta testing is very thorough, testing a few features at a time and layering new ones on once we have ironed out the bugs. We’ve gotten an amazing amount achieved already, but to keep to our standards for testing we will need to push the open beta date to October 9th with a launch date of October 17th.

The open beta will be placed at the Ozimals preview store (ON OCTOBER 9TH)for anyone to come by and pick up a copy to test for that week. Just remember that the beta bunnies will delete themselves on October 16th so that everyone can start with a fresh group of bunnies – but this will give you an excellent opportunity to see these adorable creatures for yourself!

We know that you guys are excited and anxious to get the bunnies, and we are working long hours to get them to you quickly – but it is of the utmost importance to us that we release a stable product with as few bugs as possible. If that means delaying the release date by a couple of weeks I think that it is definitely worth taking the time to get it done right.

I have to give HUGE props to our beta testers for helping us find bugs and making suggestions for features. They have been truly excellent about documenting bugs and helping us squash them quickly. We are so very grateful to all of you for your help. You have contributed to making Ozimals a great product and we thank you for that. We plan to keep adding testers from our update groups during the next few phases up until open beta.

Speaking of our update groups – we are THRILLED to say that we have over 1,300 people in our 3 update groups (accounting for the few who are in more than one) The Ozimals team is overwhelmed and humbled at the incredible support from our community. We’re planning to send out a small gift in appreciation of your confidence in us – so keep an eye out for that. Our forums are also going strong with over 500 members and lots of informative threads posted daily and a growing list of entrepreneurs in our Bunny Business Forum. If you haven’t come by yet, give us a look! You can find it at forums.ozimals.com – just be sure to sign up with your first and last SL name.

Some various notes now - We’ve had lots of requests for displays of the Ozimals bunnies from markets and other business owners. We would love to come and put down something at your location so if you are interested, please drop a notecard to Candy Cerveau and she will get in touch with you.

We’ve also had inquiries about affiliate vendors and the shops that will be for rent on the Ozimals sim. We will have affiliate vendors that pay a commission and those will be available at launch. We have a section of shops on the Ozimals sim that we plan to rent to creators. We know that there are several excellent markets in place already that welcome breeders of the Ozimals bunnies with their nests and live bunnies, so we are going to limit the items sold on our sim to only bunny products and accessories - so that we can support those markets. If you are interested in renting a shop from us, please send a NC to Elphaba Stormcrow with the title “Ozimals sim shop rental – Your Name” and what type of product you make (or will be making). It is possible we may have to do a lottery for the shops because the demand is already pretty high. If we have to go that way, we will update you in a later post.

We’re planning another Q & A session on Friday evening at 6 pm SLT to talk about the topics in this post and any other questions you may have – stop by and have a chat.

Again, the team wants to extend their most sincere thanks to you Bunneh lovers out there for your support and we beg your patience while we work to bring you the next generation of AI animals!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Information on Bunny Breeding

I wanted to talk about one of the checks we will have in place in our system to prevent over breeding and population glut of bunnies. I’ve heard many comments from people who want to be sure that we prevent some of these population problems that have occurred with other breeding pets. This is something that we’ve discussed from the beginning and was a key part of our design. The first one of these checks is Generations.

Generations:
We’ve considered this feature carefully before deciding to make it a part of Ozimals - Bunny. We feel it is a great way to prevent overpopulation while adding to the realism of the experience. Your bunnies cannot die by accident so you don’t have to worry about losing a rare bunny that is important to the breeding process, and this helps control the bunny population to keep the game fun and challenging for everyone. Remember that you can continue to produce bunnies with those same genes through each set of subsequent generations.

The beta bunnies currently have 15 breeding generations. Once those 15 generations have been produced, it is considered “retired” and can no longer breed. There will be a "cooldown" period of 48 hours between each generation before the bunnies can breed again.

Each time you breed a bunny, the generation number drops by one. If you let a bunny die from owner neglect, they will lose one generation. Those are the only ways to reduce your bunny’s generation numbers at this time. In addition, retired bunnies still contribute positively to your warren. Once a bunny is retired, he/she is given “Elder” status, can be switched to the basic food for maintenance, and will give a 1-3% increase in a random stat (random stat is rolled once the bunny hits that status) to all bunnies within a 10 meter range. Only one Elder(per stat) is effective per 10 meter range – their stats do not stack.

We are also offering an optional higher level to this part of the game with the Matriarch and Patriarch bunnies. To produce a Matriarch/Patriarch, you MUST feed the bunny the special “Archetype” food for its entire breeding life. Once the bunny reaches retirement after being fed only the Archetype food, it attains the rank of Sage which gives the same benefits as the Elder except that its range of influence would be 20 meters. If you continue to feed the Sage bunny the Archetype food for 60 days, it will ascend to Matriarch or Patriarch status. This status gives a 7.5% increase to a random stat (random stat is rolled once the bunny hits that status) to all bunnies in a 20 meter range. Only one M/P is effective per 20 meter range – their stats do not stack. Once ascended, Matriarch/Patriarch bunnies can eat the basic food for the rest of their lifespan.

IMPORTANT: In order to raise your bunny to Matriarch/Patriarch status, it must be fed ONLY the Archetype food for its entire ascension period. If the bunny eats premium, standard or basic food even once before it attains the Matriarch/Patriarch status it cannot become one, even as a Sage – it will lose its ability to ascend and will drop to Elder permanently. NOTE: the starter food/water included in the starter kits DO NOT count against attempting to raise your bunny to Matriarch/Patriarch status.
If the Matriarch/Patriarch bunnies die from owner neglect 5 times, they suffer a permanent premature death. Their high status does guarantee an additional 6 months of life beyond their normal lifespan.

Remember - the Matriarch/Patriarch is completely optional and not required for anything. You will always be able to do everything for your bunnies yourself over time, this is just a fun side game for people with a really nice prize at the end :)

I know there will be lots of questions on this - we do plan to hold a Q & A session specifically on this topic later this week and also please visit our forums at forums.ozimals.com to discuss!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Big Update! - You can hold Yer Bunneh!


Hi guys!

We have HUGE news for you all, several big reveals in this notecard! The big day is tomorrow too - the start of our Beta. Watch for an IM from me and a package to get you going. Remember we have a beta section on our forums for chat and questions on the beta, so please sign up at forums.ozimals.com with your SL name so you can participate!

The big one - You will be able to hold your bunnies! Not a copy, or a non-scripted version - but the actual animal. :) You can literally pick up any bunny you own from the ground and wear it from your inventory. Holding the bunny will increase its happiness too! Bunny poses are made by Dove Swanson of Long Awkward Pose and they are adorable. :)

The bunnies will be several prims less than our original estimate of 18-20. We've made several modifications to improve and streamline the bunnies and we'll release a final prim count once we go through a bit of beta testing.

Another great feature is that the bunnies have a "homing system" you can set the radius for that will keep your bunnies within a certain area, eliminating the need for pens and hutchs other than for organizational or decorative purposes.

All bunnies can be housed in the same area without unwanted breeding issues. We have a system in place where you can form bonds between two bunnies that will prevent them from breeding with any other bunnies but their bonded mate.

You can also breed your bunny with a bunny owned by a different person, so long as both owners are in the same group. You do NOT have to deed your Ozimals bunnies to the land - you just have to make sure that all your Ozimals products are deeded to the same group. This opens up a great opportunity for people who might want to set up "stud services" - charging a fee to breed a certain bunny with one of yours.

More details to come - lots in store regarding the breeding system and much more. :)

Keep it hopping!

Candy Cerveau

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Mini Rex!

Here's our fifth breed - The Mini Rex! Mini rexes are known for their soft velvety fur and unique markings - we have some of the prettiest colors that the rexes come in, like black otter and castor! Stop by our preview shop at Magic of Oz to see a display of the new bunnies!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ozimals Pricing!

Hi Everyone! Here is a preliminary Price List to give you an idea of how we will be selling the bunnies and what will be offered. Remember, this is subject to change before launch, but the amounts should remain about the same. No 7K lindens in sight! ;) We've tried to make it affordable for both the breeders and the pet lovers. The important thing to remember is that you can choose how much you want to spend on your bunnies. We are offering lots of options based on your goals, needs, and budget.

I know there will be LOTS of questions so if you could please go to the forums and sign up there to ask, so everyone can see the answers that would be great! Just go to http://forums.ozimals.com and register using your SL name. That is important because we are using the same logins for any support tickets and we need to know your Second Life name.

Give us feedback, let us know what you think! and be sure to sign up for the hippogroup update group (no group slot needed) or the regular SL group - Ozimals Orations and Updates. The beta starts Monday and we are choosing beta testers randomly ONLY from our update groups, so sign up by Sunday night! Here's the slurl: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Magic%20of%20Oz/167/103/22


Keep it hopping!

Candy Cerveau


Bunny Price List

IMPORTANT NOTE:The only requirement for maintaining your bunnies is the food/water. Other items are optional, you can choose to speed up a certain process, but are NOT required.

Basic Bunny Starter Kit: 295L

  • One bunny with random stats, breed, and gender.
  • One “Basic” Starter Food and Water – lasts for one week.
  • A special gift for the new owner.

Advanced Bunny Starter Kit: 595L

  • Pair of bunnies, guaranteed one male and one female – random stats and breeds.
  • One “Standard” Starter Food and Water – lasts for 2 weeks.
  • One item that gives a % increase to happiness for one week.
  • A special gift for the new owner, exclusive to the advanced kit.

Breeder Pack: 3,000L - random gender or 4,000L - 5 male/5 female

  • 10 bunnies – random stats and breeds.
  • One Large “Standard” Starter Breeder Food and Water – lasts for 2 weeks.
  • One item that gives a % increase in happiness to 10 bunnies for 2 weeks.

Aphrodisiac Food: 275L

  • Gives 3% increase in Love to one bunny for one week – a LOT, or Love Over Time

Love Potion: 500L

  • Gives instant 5% increase to Love for one bunny.

Happiness Totem: 150L

  • Gives a 5% increase in Happiness over time to one bunny for one week - a HOT, or Happiness Over Time

Basic Level Food/Water: 99L/4 weeks

  • Food for non-breeding bunnies. Satisfies food/water requirements and keeps Love at 0%. Great for pet owners!
Standard Level Food/Water: 195L/4 weeks

  • The staple food for bunnies – no stat bonuses.

Premium Level Food/Water: TBD/1 week

  • Several foods which give stat bonuses and one that gives access to an exclusive bunny archetype!

Standard Level Food/Water (Breeder Size): 1495L/10 bunnies for 1 month

  • Over 25% savings off buying the individual bowls!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The next breed of the Ozimal: Bunny - The Dutch!



This is the dutch bunny, one of the most recognizable breeds and SO adorable with their dark jacket over white! Don't forget to join our update groups for a chance to be in the beta beginning Sept. 14th - we will be pulling exclusively from those groups to help us with final testing. See www.ozimals.com for how to join! We have a hippogroup also so no group slot needed :)

I'll be out of town until Tuesday, September 8th - if you have questions, please feel free to message Malkavyn Eldritch until I get back.

Keep hopping!

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