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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ozimals 1.5 Holiday Update!

/-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Patch Notes 1.5 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-\

Fixes:
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"Under-the-hood" optimizations to code to improve script memory.

Additions:
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New Holiday content! Holiday Elite chance on nests created and kindled during the time periods of:
December 20th - Dec. 27th (Holiday)
Dec 29th - January 2nd (New Year)
January 9th - January 13th (Anniversary)

Holiday Content:

Special Limited Edition Holiday Naughty and Nice Packs
Contains:
Two Holiday Elite Bunnies (random gender) with hidden chance of Limited Edition Holiday Eye trait (These bunnies are available as classic/half lop or classic/upright only in this pack)
Naughty and Nice Gingerbread Cottages
LE Collectible Combo Food/Water - feeds two bunnies for over two weeks
Energy Candy Canes and Cookie - 5%
Holiday Tree of Joy

Special Limited Edition Collectible Holiday Combo Food - All levels including Aphrodisiac.
Includes various levels of Energy Candy Canes and Cookies depending on food type, 1 Holiday Tree of Joy (gives happiness)
Archetype Food also contains Limited Edition Gingerbread Hutch!

PLEASE NOTE! The Limited Edition Collectible Food is our new combo food so it does work a bit differently.

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

1. THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL:

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

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

2. Due to a safeguard put in to make the update process smoother and faster, when your bunnies have been updated they MAY appear "chubby". Don't panic! Simply re-rez them and they will pop back to normal with no problem.

3. 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 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.

If you need a location to update your bunnies, Ozimals Orientation islands have a sandbox type update area where you can rez your bunnies in a quiet area and chat with other bunny peeps while you do it! (Updating bunnies only here, please don't build!) SLURLs below:

Ozimals Orientation
Ozimals Orientation 2
Ozimals Orientation 3
Ozimals Orientation 4

*****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 and water! Once you update your bunnies, they will eat any version of food just fine.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

Preparing to Update:

1. Get the updater. Available on Marketplace and these locations:

Ozimals
Magic of Oz
Ozimals Satellite Store
Lawst Paradise
Hope, Texas
Ozimals Orientation

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. 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.

***Does your Updater say "Poor sim performance, aborting update. Please try on a different sim." ?

The updater includes a "Sim Grade" that checks several factors on your sim to determine if you can easily and successfully update bunnies in the location where the updater is rezzed.

If your sim qualifies, the updater will simply begin to update your bunnies. If the score is too low (the minimum is 0.35) then the updater will show a hovertext number of your sim's present level in real time so you can make adjustments to get your sim to the minimum score.

The simplest method is to pick up scripted objects that are not bunnies in the area. If that is not sufficient, begin picking up bunnies until the sim grade number is above 0.40.

If you cannot raise your sim numbers high enough using these methods, you can also take bunnies to a sandbox to update them. ***MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT NEED TO DO THIS***

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 30 second delay before the updater begins, (or longer for homesteads) 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 AND WATER so they will detect that the bunnies have been updated. If you use any dispenser or server system, you need to remove the food/water from those systems and rerezz them.

Catch a Snow Bunny and WIN!

The hills of Ozimals are blanketed in snow and the bunnies are all atwitter anxiously awaiting Santa's midnight ride. The Trees are being decorated and stockings hung. Fires are popping and the smells of tasty treats are wafting through the air making mouths water. It is the Holiday season and the bunnies are excited to share it with all of you!

We all know how the bunnies love to get their pictures taken so Candy and Malk decided it was a must to have a winter photo contest! The Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest starts Monday, December 20, 2010 and will run through Sunday, January 2, 2011, and the bunnies are hopping with glee over all wonderful photo opportunities that are scattered over Ozimals and Magic of Oz. Whether you want to take a picture of a bunny in the snow or be the snow bunny yourself as you sled down the hills of Ozimals, we can't wait to see your wonderful winter pictures!

Now let's talk about prizes! Candy and Malk have come up with a collection of wonderful prizes for the winners of the Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest. The 1st Place winner will receive the complete collection of all the Ozimals Limited Edition Winter 2010 Elite Bunnies! I don’t know exactly how many bunnies this will amount to or what they will look like as this is all top secret but I *do* know we are talking about bunnies in the plural, as in more than ONE!

Second and Third place winners will receive Naughty and Nice Packages full of tasty treats and gifts for you and your bunnies!

So pull out the long johns and put on the mittens, because it's time to explore the Winter Wonderland that Ozimals and Magic of Oz have become. Holiday decorations are out and there are all kinds of fun Winter activities waiting for you to discover as you walk, ride, or sled through the snowy landscape of the two sims. And don't forget the camera because you never know where that perfect snow bunny picture will reveal itself!

There are of course some rules so please be sure to follow them. If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Tinsley by IM or notecard.

Basic rules (The Short Version):

The theme of the contest is Winter Wonderland. The picture must be taken on the Magic of Oz or Ozimals sims or include an Ozimals bunny in a Winter setting.

You can submit 1 (one) entry per avatar.

Photos must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group to entered in the contest.

In the description of your photograph, list your SL Avatar Name as well as the following (feel free to copy and paste): Entry for Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest

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Detailed Rules (The Long Version):

The Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest is brought to you by Ozimals.

1. The theme of the Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest is Winter Wonderland, therefore the picture you enter in the Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest must either be taken at the Magic of Oz or Ozimals sims as they appear now all done over in snow or include an Ozimals bunny in a Winter scene. Photos should not include other breedable animals. Photos taken at Magic of Oz or Ozimals can, but are NOT required to, include Ozimals bunnies.

2. You must be a member of the Ozimals Flickr Group in order to upload a photo. Please do not contact Ozimal staff to upload pictures for you. If you have trouble uploading contact Elizabeth Tinsley and she will assist you in figuring out how to join the group but you must upload the picture yourself or have a friend do it.

3. Entrants are limited to one photo per avatar.

4. Photos should be high-res and cannot be smaller than 1024x1024 pixels. Aspect ratio must be square.

5. Post-processing is allowed, but no excessive brush use or artificial borders please. This is about creatively capturing your bunnies in their natural virtual environment, not your Photoshop abilities.

6. Please no signatures on the portraits.

7. Please show general common sense and good taste. Images should be PG in nature. Explicit adult images will be disqualified. Pictures deemed offensive will be removed from the Ozimals Flickr Group and disqualified from the contest.

8. Pictures must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group and contain the following information:
In the description field include: Full SL Avatar Name as well as the following (feel free to copy and paste): Entry for Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest

9. Photographs need to contain the correct information in the description field or else your entry will will not qualify for the contest.

10. Entries uploaded after Midnight SLT time on the 2nd of January, 2011 will not be entered in the contest.

11. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used in future by the owners of Ozimals for any promotional purposes and to the picture/s being on display in world after the competition.

**** Winners will be notified after Sunday, January 9, 2011.

Please notecard Elizabeth Tinsley with any questions.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Very Happy Holidays at Oz

The Magic of Oz and Ozimals invite everyone to come celebrate this holiday season with a week-long Winter Festival. Both the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims are decked out in festive winter cheer with lots of hidden and interactive treats for all.

Wander around the snowy hills to find some beautiful photo opportunities complete with poses and holiday card scenery. Go sledding down the hill in front of Ozimals or take a horse-drawn sleigh ride with that special someone around the enchanted Magic of Oz. Play among the snowmen, take a ride on the Snowflake Merry-go-Round, or capture the flag in a full-on snowball war with friends. You can even flop down and make whimsical snow angels in the powdery snow.

We have trees set up all over Ozimals and need your help decorating them! On each of the Holiday Trees there are picture frames that you can drag your favorite holiday and/or bunny pictures from the past year on to. Please remember this is a PG sim and we are family friendly when selecting your photos to share. And to give you even more inspiration for picture memories, starting Monday, December 20, the Ozimals Snow Bunnies Photo Contest will be open and looking for your best winter themed bunny images. More information will be announced on this fun winter contest but the prizes are fabulous and the theme is winter so definitely starting planning your shots as you wander around the snow cloaked hills of the Oz sims!

There are also Holiday Movie Screenings in the Witch's Castle on Magic of Oz with hot chocolate and assorted holiday treats! Come watch an assortment of classics guaranteed to have you rolling in the snow with laughter and crying those holiday tears of joy as you remember all the best parts of why you love this time of year! Grab a friend of a loved one (or both!) and come pick a Holiday movie to wrap your presents to!

Now Showing: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Love Actually.

And of course it wouldn't be a holiday celebration in Oz without a rockin' party! And in true Oz fashion there will be TWO very special and fun parties for you to attend. Bring your friends or that someone special and rock with us around the Holiday Tree!

Rockin' Around the Holiday Tree with Carolling by Xavian Starsider

When: Sunday 12/19 @ 11am - 1pm
Carolling Concert from 11:30 - 11:50am
DJ: Sierra Sugar
Dress: Casual. Come dressed for wintry outdoors fun!
Where: Tea Party @ Ozimals

AND

When: Wednesday 12/22 @ 6pm - 8pm
Carolling Concert from 6:30 - 6:50pm
DJ: Sierra Sugar
Dress: Formal
Where: Ballroom in Emerald City @ Magic of Oz

Happy Holidays to all, from Oz!

Don't forget to check out the Strawberry Marketplace on Ozimals to pick up some last minute Holiday gifts and necessities! There are a selection of wintry offerings from the Merchants of Oz plus some special gifts hidden around the tree just for you!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Regarding the Lawsuit Against Ozimals by Amaretto

We've been asked about the injunction and lawsuit filed in California against Ozimals Inc. by Amaretto Ranch Breedables LLC. To clarify the most basic misconception about this issue in our first paragraph – we are *not* claiming and have never claimed to own the idea of a breedable virtual animal. That is not the issue at hand despite the response from Amaretto’s attorney. Ideas are not protected by copyright, but the particular expression of an idea most definitely is.


The Ozimals team would like to take a moment to address your questions and explain the reasons behind the steps we have taken. In order to do this it is necessary to go back several months, to June of this year. At the beginning of June, one of the owners of Ozimals was approached by a key member of the Amaretto Horses development team inquiring about our copyrights and asking that we take a look at their product before it was released into beta. The entire conversation is posted here: http://www.ozimals.com/Amaretto_Dev_Team_Member_060910.txt We are attempting to get clarification on if we can post the name of the avatar that initiated the conversation with us. If we can do so, we will.


They presented the notecard that was intended for the beta testers that described the Amaretto product and asked the Ozimals owner to review it. Upon reading the notecard, which only covered very basic information, it was immediately obvious that the current state of the Amaretto horse product was a near complete clone of the Ozimals concept of a breedable. Since the Ozimals works are protected by copyright, the Ozimals owner notified the Amaretto development team member that the product in its current state was nearly identical to the Ozimals work and would be infringing on the copyrights that Ozimals held if Amaretto released it. It was a very civil conversation and it lead Ozimals to believe that Amaretto would respect the copyright protections that we had notified them of and develop their own concept for release.


Needless to say, Ozimals was both shocked and disappointed when Amaretto released a product in September that was even more similar than what had been presented to the owner of Ozimals. We communicated our concerns and rights in June and attempted to very politely inform Amaretto that they must develop their own concept so that any problems could be avoided. We were deeply saddened that they chose to ignore the notice we gave and release a product that infringed on the intellectual property of Ozimals.


Once we were made aware of the released product, we contacted our intellectual property attorney who began an investigation, gathering information on the scope of the infringement. Normally in a situation of copyright infringement in Second Life, the copyright holder files a DMCA against the infringing material which would have it completely removed from the grid.

However, Ozimals did not want the unlawful decisions made by Amaretto to affect the breedable community in such a negative way. After much research and discussion, we decided to send an initial letter to Amaretto outlining the infringement and the rights that Ozimals has in an attempt to come up with a solution that ends the infringement with the least impact on the community possible. Please note that only personal identification has been removed from the letter. http://www.ozimals.com/Amaretto-Letter-110210.pdf


We are deeply disappointed in the response we have received from Amaretto including this latest lawsuit and injunction attempt under the radar while we were in good faith negotiations with their attorney to settle this without the DMCA. It was our greatest hope to resolve this in an amicable and civilized fashion. We will continue to attempt every method to lessen the impact this may have on our breedable community, and will keep you updated as much as possible via the blog.


Since Ozimals began development, there have been many other breedable pets introduced. Ozimals welcomes fair competition, because it helps to improve products for everyone and inspires us to continually come up with new innovations to take the breedable animal to new levels in Second Life. However, what Amaretto did is not fair competition and if Ozimals did not stand up for copyright protections, we would be doing a disservice not just to our company but every company in Second Life that develops a unique concept and brings it into our virtual world.


Any resident who has been part of Second Life for a period of time has likely come into contact with a copyright infringement situation in-world. Unfortunately, it happens with too much regularity and often to creators who don't always have the means to protect what is rightfully theirs. We are fortunate to be able to invest into protecting our intellectual property and part of what we hope to do with this action is to help establish a safer environment for great ideas to flourish in Second Life.

As always,

Your Ozimals Team

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Ozimals Holiday and Community Meeting Schedule

Greetings Bunny Peeps!

As you know, we have entered the holiday season, and Ozimals wants to give you a heads-up for our schedule changes and limited support days between now and the New Year.

**Community Meetings Go to Bi-Weekly for the Holiday Season**

So that we can continue our strong focus on wrapping up open projects and making progress on our new projects despite the normal holiday rush and off days, we are taking the Community Meetings to biweekly beginning this week and continuing through the New Year. We will of course, have additional meetings if needed and supplement with Bunny Bytes newsletters to keep you updated. The schedule for Community Meetings between now and the beginning of January will be as follows:

Nov. 29th
Dec. 13th
Dec. 27th
Jan. 10th

That means that there will not be a Community meeting tomorrow, November 21st. After the Jan 10th meeting, we will evaluate to see if we need to go back to a weekly schedule or if biweekly is preferred by the community. Let us know your thoughts in January :)

**Holiday Limited Support Days**

Everyone wants to spend time with their loved ones during the holidays, and our hard working and dedicated Ozimals staff definitely deserves to do that! On the days listed below we will have limited support online and in our ticket system.

Limited support means there may or may not be CSRs in-world on shifts. We do have some people working shifts on some of the days below but there won't be constant coverage. But don't worry! You are always able to file a ticket 24/7 on our support site - http://support.ozimals.com

Tickets filed on these days will be addressed on the next business workday.

November 25th, 26th and 27th
December 24th, 25th and 26th
December 31st, January 1st and January 2nd

We appreciate your patience and we wish you and yours all the best during this holiday season!

Much Wintery <3,

Your Ozimals Team

Friday, November 19, 2010

Did Someone Say Happy Oziversary?

The Oziversary is almost over but there is no way it is winding down! We have major events planned for this weekend (November 20-21) from dancing to hunting so make sure to put Magic of Oz on your To Do List!

TWO, count them, TWO Fancy Dress Balls are taking place this weekend as we welcome in the 3rd year of Magic of Oz in Second Life! We are excited about what this next year will hold for the Magic of Oz community so please come and help us celebrate good times and good friends!

Dance Times:
Saturday, November 20 from 5-7pm SLT
Sunday, November 21 from 11-1pm SLT

Catch a Tornado to the Dance!

And remember pull out the ball gowns and tuxedos because sometimes the occassion just calls for a little bit of fancy!

Here is your chance to win an Ozimals Bunny Warren Pack! We have two chances to win this great prize and all you have to do is come to Magic of Oz or Ozimals, grab up something from one of your favorite MoO or Ozimals merchants, and take a picture. How easy is that!

Magic of Oz and Ozimals were the brainchildren of Candy and Malk, but they continue to be the vibrant places they are because of the life you bring to them as a community. Take a moment this weekend to show us some of your favorite places across the sims because we really want to know what you find special about Magic of Oz and Ozimals!

Complete entry details for the 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisted Photo Contest can be found here. We can't wait to see your pictures!

The Over the Rainbow Hunt is still going on and its not too late to collect a airship full of fabulous gifts from some of your favorite Magic of Oz and Ozimals merchants. Magic Pearls will be rezzing all over the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims through Midnight Sunday, November 21 so don't miss out on being part of the celebration this weekend!

Pick up your Basket at either Magic of Oz or Ozimals to start collecting Magic Pearls today!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Visiting Oz? Send Pictures!


Dorothy had her chance to return to Oz and now so do you! Come and celebrate two years of Magic of Oz in Second Life by doing the Over the Rainbow Hunt. Once you have finished the Over the Rainbow Hunt and thoroughly explored both the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims in search of hidden Magic Pearls you will be in the perfect frame of mind to enter the 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisited Photo Contest where you have the chance to show us Oz through your eyes. What special memories do you have of Oz during the past two years? What new spots have you discovered that have become instant favorites? Pull out your camera and capture a story to share with us. They say a picture is worth a thousand words so start writing your Oz adventures today!

Oh, and if you are wondering, the Ozimals Bunnies are so excited about the celebrations taking place for the 2nd anniversary of Magic of Oz in Second Life that they convinced Candy and Malk to give 1st place prizes of Ozimals Bunny Warren Packs to the winners of the Oz Revisited Photo Contest!

The 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisited Photo Contest is brought to you by the Magic of Oz sim.

Conditions of Entry:

1. You must purchase & feature at least one product available from Magic of Oz or Ozimals sim merchants participating in the 2nd Oziversary Over the Rainbow Hunt. Use of the demo items will not be accepted

2. You must take the picture at the Magic of Oz or Ozimals sims and it must be obvious that this is where you took the picture. The picture can be taken anywhere on either sim so explore and find the spot that speaks to you. :)

3. You must be a member of the Magic of Oz Flickr Group.

4. Entrants are limited to a maximum of two entries. Only one picture from any one resident can win a place (i.e. 1st or 2nd prize).

5. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used in future by the owners of the Magic of Oz sim for any promotional purposes and to the picture/s being on display in world after the competition.

6. Pictures must be uploaded to the Magic of Oz Flickr Group and contain the following information: your complete name (Second Life name that is), the product or products belonging to Oz or Ozimals merchants in the picture, and the category you wish your picture to be judged in: Photographic or Post Processing.

7. Entries uploaded after Midnight SLT time on the 21th of November, 2010 will not be entered in the contest.

There are TWO categories, but you may enter only one of them, so choose carefully:


Category 1: Photographic.

This category is for those who do not wish to or do not use image editing software such as Photoshop, Gimp or Paintshop etc. This category is there for those who rely solely on in world lighting, set, costume, shot perspective etc.

You may however crop your picture but that is the extent of any photo manipulation. Those entering this category who are found to have not kept by these simple and clear guide lines will be disqualified.

Photographic Category Prizes:

1st Prize: Ozimals Bunny Warren Pack
2nd Prize: Prize package containing various gifts from MoO and Ozimals merchants

Category 2: Post Processing.

This category is for those who wish to use such image editing software as Gimp, Photoshop or Paintshop etc. Basically the rules here are "if we can still make out that you are at Oz and have a product from a participating Oz or Ozimals merchant, you're good to go." Although of course, less can be more.

Post Processing Category Prizes:

1st Prize: Ozimals Bunny Warren Pack
2nd Prize: Prize package containing various gifts from MoO and Ozimals merchants

Winners will be notified by November 30.

Please notecard Elizabeth Tinsley with any questions. Have fun and enjoy the Magic of Oz!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Come Fly Over the Rainbow!


It's that time again! The 2nd Oziversary has officially started and we are ready to hunt! Come and join us on the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims as we hunt for Magic Pearls, collect Bluebirds and find presents hidden in Rainbows!

The Over the Rainbow hunt features gifts from 19 of our Magic of Oz and Ozimals merchants. Spread out over two sims, you will be hunting for Magic Pearls to fill your basket so you can gather Bluebirds to open the Rainbows at each merchant's store. I have seen the gifts and as always our wonderful designers have come through with creations to amaze and astound!

Pick up your Over the Rainbow Hunt Basket on either Magic of Oz or Ozimals and start finding Magic Pearls now through Sunday, November 21.

Participating Merchants Include:

On Magic of Oz

FallnAngel Creations
Evie's Closet
~silentsparrow~
LOU LOU & CO
Risusipo Shop
REBEL XTRAVAGANZA
Fae & Tiny Fantasy Creations
MnM Design
Schadenfreude

On Ozimals

Frippery
Jolly Farm
~Houses for You~
.:.the rabbit habit.:.
No Strings Attached
Lazy Places
Sanu
+mocha+

Please note that The Stringer Mausoleum and the JD Mechanical Toy Factory do not currently have Rainbows in their stores. Please check back later in the week and hopefully their gifts will be available.

Friday, November 12, 2010

It's Oziversary Time at Magic of Oz!

The seasons are changing once again on Oz as we welcome Autumn to our Emerald lands, and with the arrival of the falling leaves we also have exciting news. Magic of Oz is two years old! Starting Friday, November 12 and running through Sunday, November 21, we will be enjoying over a week of festive activities including the Over the Rainbow Hunt, the 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisited Photo Contest and a Fancy Dress Gala Ball so big it will spill over two magical days!

The Over the Rainbow Hunt starts at 1pm SLT on Friday, November 12. There is nothing else in Second Life that can quite compare to the flair and excitement that is encapsulated in a Magic of Oz hunt. With prizes from 19 merchants across two sims, this hunt promises to be a must do event! For the Over the Rainbow Hunt you will be collecting Magic Pearls as they rez across the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims in order to procure Bluebirds that will allow you to gain gifts from the Rainbows located in each participating store.

Once you have finished the Over the Rainbow Hunt and thoroughly explored both sims in search of hidden Magic Pearls you will be in the perfect frame of mind to enter the 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisited Photo Contest where you have the chance to show us Oz through your eyes. What favorite memories do you have of Oz during the past two years? Take a picture and share your stories with us. Both the Over the Rainbow Hunt and the 2nd Oziversary: Oz Revisited Photo Contest will run from November 12 - November 21.

To finish out the week of Oziversary celebrations we will be having not one, but two fancy dress balls, so no matter where you are in the world, you will hopefully be able to join us in celebrating another year of Magic of Oz in Second Life. On Saturday, November 20 from 5-7 pm SLT and on Sunday, November 21 from 11-1 pm SLT, we will be dancing up a storm to the musical stylings of DJ Sierra Sugar as we dream of the adventures we will have in Oz during the next year! Come and join us and be part of the celebrations! They won't be the same without you!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ozimals Halloween Scarefest Tricks and Treats

Just a reminder that the Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest ends in just a little over 24 hours! Still plenty of time left to get your spooky on and nab some pictures of what your bunnies are up to this Halloween. Remember, the bunnies can be scared or scary, but please keep all the pictures PG oriented.

To enter just upload your picture to the Ozimals Flickr Group by 11:59 pm SLT on Thursday, October 28. The winning entry will receive a full collection of all the Ozimals Halloween Elite Bunnies. So far five have been sighted: Candy Corn Bunneh 2010, Mummeh Bunneh 2010, Frankenbunneh 2010, Vampire Bunneh 2010, Jack-O-Bunneh 2010. Will there be more? One never knows! Don't miss out on your chance to win the full collection!

Click here for the complete contest rules.

If you are in need of some inspiration for your photo shoot or a Spookalicous Halloween Costume stop by the Halloween Display at the Strawberry Marketplace on Ozimals to see some of the fabulous treats our Oz merchants have cooked up for the holiday festivities.

And don't forget, the Halloween celebrations are just getting underway. On Saturday, October 30 from 1-5pm SLT, the bunnies will be hosting their very first Halloween party! It's a Costume Party so don't disappoint the bunnies! Dress up in your best and prepare to scare us to death, or at least make us die laughing! We will be awarding prizes for the Best Dressed, Scariest, and Funniest Costumes with gifts galore from Ozimals and the merchants of Oz. Who knows, there might even be door prizes just for showing up! So mark your calendars and start dressing now because it is going to be a party for the ages!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ozimals Spookilicous Halloween Update 1.4

/-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Patch Notes 1.4 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-\

Fixes:
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Bunny range is now fixed to allow only up to 100m


Additions:
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**First time users now get a welcome and info message on rez of first bunny!
**Updater now announces startup, and explains that it should not be opened into inventory.
**Starter pack helpful message on rez as well as auto dialog
**Starter pack dialog change to help new users
**New Halloween content with Probability increase on nests created and kindled during the period of Oct 27th to Midnight on Oct 31st
**New GUID checks to make sure the texture uuid's are correct (fix for "white heads")
**Internal code preparation for upcoming combination food and Bunnybury.

If you need a location to update your bunnies, Ozimals Orientation islands have a sandbox type update area where you can rez your bunnies in a quiet area and chat with other bunny peeps while you do it! (Updating bunnies only here, please don't build!) SLURLs below:

Ozimals Orientation 1
Ozimals Orientation 2
Ozimals Orientation 3
Ozimals Orientation 4

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

1. Due to a safeguard put in to make the update process smoother and faster, when your bunnies have been updated they MAY appear "chubby". Don't panic! Simply re-rez them and they will pop back to normal with no problem.

2. PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!! THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL BREAK BONDS, RESET PRICING AND RESET HOME POSITION! Please check that you restore bonds, set home position next to food and reprice if you had bunnies set for sale.

3. 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 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 and water! Once you update your bunnies, they will eat any version of food just fine.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

Preparing to Update:

1. Get the updater. Available on the Marketplace and these locations:

*Ozimals

*Magic of Oz

*Ozimals Satellite Store

*Lawst Paradise

* Hope, Texas

* Ozimals Orientation

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. 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.

***IMPORTANT NOTE***
The updater includes a "Sim Grade" that checks several factors on your sim to determine if you can easily and successfully update bunnies in the location where the updater is rezzed. If your sim qualifies, the updater will simply begin to update your bunnies. If the score is too low (the minimum is 0.35) then the updater will show a hovertext number of your sim's present level in real time so you can make adjustments to get your sim to the minimum score. The simplest method is to pick up scripted objects that are not bunnies in the area. If that is not sufficient, begin picking up bunnies until the sim grade number is above 0.40. If you cannot raise your sim numbers high enough using these methods, you can also take bunnies to a sandbox to update them. ***MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT NEED TO DO THIS***

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 30 second delay before the updater begins, (or longer for homesteads) 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 AND WATER so they will detect that the bunnies have been updated. If you use any dispenser or server system, you need to remove the food/water from those systems and rerezz them.

PLEASE NOTE: There will *not* be a Community Meeting this week because of update and Halloween preparations. We will resume the meetings on Monday November 1st at the normal times.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Trick-or-Treat Eats from Ozimals!

Ozimals is happy to announce that the Halloween Collectible food is now available in the mainstore, satellite location, and the SL Marketplace! This food is the same price and works in the same way as normal food, except when the servings are gone the items remain as a keepsake collectible to decorate your bunny areas.

We've also included in each Halloween box a special Ozimals 2010 pumpkin that gives a 5% happiness bonus from the 20th to the 31st at midnight to help with your frightful festivities!

Happy Halloween from your Spoooky Ozimals Team!

Ozimals Mainstore

Satellite Store

SL Marketplace

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest

The bunnies have heard a rumor. There are ghosts and goblins running about in Second Life, the Witching Hour is fast approaching and people are carving faces into pumpkins! Oh! Its true you say? Halloween is coming! How exciting! The bunnies love being scared almost as much as they love being scary, so we have decided to host a Halloween Scarefest Photo Contest just to see what devilish delights all you bunny lovers can devise to send shivers running down our spines!

Now let's talk about prizes! Candy and Malk have come up with a stellar prize for the winner of the Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest. The winner gets the complete collection of all the Ozimals Limited Edition Halloween 2010 Elite Bunnies! I don’t know exactly how many bunnies this will amount to or what they will look like as this is all top secret but I *do* know we are talking about bunnies in the plural, as in more than ONE!

Now the other exciting detail is the final voting is going to be DONE BY YOU! Candy and Malk have decided that the winner of the Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest is going to be chosen by the Ozimals community! So once the submissions close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, we will select the top three photos and place them up for a popular vote! The where and when of this will be announced as we get closer to October 28th, but you can get a look at all the bunny horrors as they happen by keeping an eye on the Ozimals Flickr Group.

Whether your bunnies opt to get their fright on or are quaking in their fur at each little creak of the stairs and howl of the wind, it is definitely time to get your cameras out and capture this Halloween, Ozimals style! So get those cameras ready because you never know what terror might be lurking right around the corner!

There are of course some rules so please be sure to follow them. If you have any questions please contact Elizabeth Tinsley by IM or notecard.

Basic rules (The Short Version):

You can submit 1 (one) entry per avatar.

Photos must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group to entered in the contest.

In the description of your photograph, list your SL Avatar Name as well as the following (feel free to copy and paste): Entry for Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010

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Detailed Rules (The Long Version):

The Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest is brought to you by Ozimals.

1. Each picture you enter in the Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010 Photo Contest must include an Ozimals bunny. Photos should not include other breedable animals.

2. You must be a member of the Ozimals Flickr Group in order to upload a photo. Please do not contact Ozimal staff to upload pictures for you. If you have trouble uploading contact Elizabeth Tinsley and she will assist you in figuring out how to join the group, but you must upload the picture yourself or have a friend do it.

3. Entrants are limited to one photo per avatar.

4. Photos should be high-res and cannot be smaller than 1024x1024 pixels. Aspect ratio must be square.

5. Post-processing is allowed, but no excessive brush use or artificial borders please. This is about creatively capturing your bunnies in their natural virtual environment, not your Photoshop abilities.

6. Please no signatures on the portraits.

7. Please show general common sense and good taste. Images should be PG in nature. Explicit adult images will be disqualified.

8. Pictures must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group and contain the following information:
In the description field include: Full SL Avatar Name as well as the following (feel free to copy and paste): Entry for Ozimals Halloween Scarefest 2010

9. Photographs need to contain the correct information in the description field or else your entry will will not qualify for the contest.

10. Entries uploaded after Midnight SLT time on the 28th of October, 2010 will not be entered in the contest.

11. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used in future by the owners of Ozimals for any promotional purposes and to the picture/s being on display in world after the competition.

**** Winners will be notified after Sunday, October 31, 2010.

Please notecard Elizabeth Tinsley with any questions.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Ozimals Collaboration with Linden Lab!




Ozimals is delighted to announce a special collaboration with Linden Lab! We've worked together to produce a promotional email that will be sent out to all Second Life Premium Members with an offer for an exclusive Ozimals Bunny "Luv Pack" as an introduction to the Wonderful World of Ozimals!

This pack will be available through the new Second Life Marketplace for only 14 days. The pack includes a pair of bunny nests (male and female), two weeks worth of Level 2 food for those bunnies, two Lurve Potions to help those first nests appear, and a special Luv Bunny Home which is only available through this limited edition pack. This is a complete package designed to get someone who is new to Ozimals off to a hopping start!

These limited edition nests have a chance to produce an Exclusive Luv Pack trait - the Sparrow eye. Once this promotion is over, the Sparrow eye trait will be removed from the genetic pool of starter bunnies - making it a very special prize indeed.

We believe this collaboration will provide lots of exposure to bunnies, our wonderful community, and bring a whole new generation of Second Life Residents into the entertaining hobby of owning and breeding Ozimals bunnies!

Please join us in welcoming these new members of the Ozimals community, particularly when they ask questions in the in-world groups. This is an excellent opportunity to share your tips and tricks, trade photos, and show off your carefully bred lines!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

2010-09-30 *Alert* Second Life Serialization Errors

September 30, 2010
*Alert*  Second Life Simulator serialization or deserialization errors

This alert describes a situation that happens occasionally on Second Life, and is the result of a known bug in the Second Life simulator. Linden Lab is working on a fix, and has announced in office hours that they are working on a fix, but it has not been released yet.

Below are three short sections, What to Watch For, What is this About? and What Should I Do?

What To Watch For
THE TRIGGER: You rez or kindle a bunny or rez some other scripted item - this does not only affect bunnies - and you see a long error message that looks like this (long error message that says "System.Runtime.Serialization" in it):

---- SAMPLE ERROR MESSAGE ----
System.Runtime.Serialization.SerializationException: serializationStream supports seeking, but its length is 0
  at System.Runtime.Serialization.Formatters. ... (usually much longer than this with many more mentions of serialization or deserialization errors
---- END OF SAMPLE ERROR MESSAGE ----

What Is This About?
This error indicates an internal programming error in the Second Life scripting engine. This error is known to be "in the wild" and Linden Lab is working to get a fix confirmed and rolled out, but it is not yet ready to roll out. (This problem, and the status of their fix, was discussed at Oskar Linden's office hours today on the beta grid.)

What Should I Do?
BEFORE doing anything else, and certainly before restarting your region (which likely won't fix this problem anyway), please send the following information to Aeron Constantine:
* Date and time that the problem occurred
* Name of  your region (or a SLURL)
* What you did just before the error occurred (rezzed bunny, picked up bunny, kindled nest etc.)

Best regards and thanks for your support,

Joel

Saturday, September 25, 2010

2010-09-26 Ozimals Product Notification - Please Read

Hi Bunnyfolk,

I am writing to let you know we have identified a rare issue that may result in some bunnies not eating, and have tested two solutions. We wanted to get this information out to you as soon as we had identified the issue and solutions.

Does This Apply To Me?
This message does NOT apply to you if you have updated all of your bunnies to v1.3F.9 (this week's optional update) or if you are using only v1.3 food and water (purchased in the last three months). Re-rez problems are due to Second Life grid problems, and are not part of the issue described below.

This issue ONLY applies to you if BOTH of the following are true:
1) You are still using Ozimals bunny food and water v1.2.
*If you are not sure which version you have, check the name of your food and water objects in inventory or in world to see if they have "1.2" in their names. (NOTE that this food and water were replaced by v1.3 over three months ago. If you are using v1.3 food and water this issue does NOT apply to you.)

2) You did NOT update all of your bunnies to this week's 1.3F.9 version
In some, but not all, of these cases, you may find that bunnies will not eat or drink.

Two Solutions
If you are affected by this issue, you have two ways to keep your bunnies happy and healthy until the Halloween update:

* OPTION 1) You could update your bunnies to the new v1.3F.9 version.

* OPTION 2) You could purchase some v1.3 food and water - just enough to get you through to our Halloween release, at which point after updating your bunnies your 1.2 food will work. This will not cost any extra, as your 1.2 food and water will be usable - just not between now and the Halloween update.

Where To Get Your Free Bunny Updater (if you choose option 2)
Ozimals

Magic of Oz

Alternative Ozimals Store

or on the Second Life Marketplace

Halloween Update Will Remove the Issue
The issue ONLY exists with the combination of v1.2 food or water and non-updated v1.3F.8 bunnies. As previously announced, there will be mandatory update for Halloween, and after that update your bunnies will eat v1.2 food and water.

Questions?
If you have questions or would like help, please file a ticket and our CSR team will follow up with you.

Thank You For Your Support
As I've said at the community meetings, we are working to get more solid about our test and release process to make any of these situations as rare as possible. Thank you for your continued support.

Best regards,

Joel

Technical Background (aka How did this happen?)
We discovered that the scripts in the v1.2 food and water, while mostly functional, do not behave in a way that matches their programming code. We rebuilt a new food and water from component parts, without making ANY change to the programming, and it worked fine with both old and new bunnies, yet the existing food and water do not match this behavior. This can happen in a system like Second Life, where scripts are interpreted. Unfortunately we have no way to fix food and water that is in your inventory, so we had to find another solution.

What made this issue visible? A change was done on the server to accommodate the new v1.3F.9 bunnies, and that change was supposed to be transparent to both older bunnies and older food. In fact, it would have been, had the old food and water behaved according to its programming.

How could we have prevented this issue? If this update were mandatory, the symptom would not have shown up. If we had realized a) that there was any v1.2 food and water were still in use (we didn't) and b) that there might be a potential interaction, we could have tested this scenario.

Current v1.3 food, and newer consumables when they are released, allow for feeding multiple versions of bunnies, whereas the older food did not.

In the future, we will run a deeper test matrix any time we do a non-mandatory update, and assume that there is some amount of older food and water "floating around" that might still be in use.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Ozimals Update! Open up the Possibilities!

Update 1.3F.9 !

This update adds the ability for current bunnies to bond/breed/interact with bunnies that contain new traits (new traits refers to new furs, new eyes, new shades etc that are introduced by Ozimals). The bunnies containing the chance for new traits can be purchased in any Ozimals store and in the Marketplace, as always.

We are implementing a new process to monitor and control the release of new traits through the Ozimals store by periodically cycling in new traits based on real time population of the last traits released. This will help ensure a better control on the numbers produced in the population.


IMPORTANT NOTES

1. Due to a safeguard put in to make the update process smoother and faster, when your bunnies have been updated they MAY appear "chubby". Don't panic! Simply re-rez them and they will pop back to normal with no problem.

2. PLEASE NOTE!!!!!!! THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL BREAK BONDS, RESET PRICING AND RESET HOME POSITION! Please check that you restore bonds, set home position next to food and reprice if you had bunnies set for sale.

3. 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 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. 1.2 food behaves differently than 1.3 food. (The version number can be seen in the name of the food) PLEASE NOTE!! You do NOT need to buy new food and water! Once you update your bunnies, they will eat any version of food just fine.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS COMPLETELY FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

Preparing to Update:

1. Get the updater. Available on Xstreet and these locations:

Ozimals

Magic of Oz

Alternative Ozimals Store

Hope Texas

Rare Jewel

Neko

Plumeria Island

Marblehead

Lawst Paradise

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. 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.

***IMPORTANT NOTE*** - The updater includes a "Sim Grade" that checks several factors on your sim to determine if you can easily and successfully update bunnies in the location where the updater is rezzed. If your sim qualifies, the updater will simply begin to update your bunnies. If the score is too low (the minimum is 0.35) then the updater will show a hovertext number of your sim's present level in real time so you can make adjustments to get your sim to the minimum score. The simplest method is to pick up scripted objects that are not bunnies in the area. If that is not sufficient, begin picking up bunnies until the sim grade number is above 0.35. If you cannot raise your sim numbers high enough using these methods, you can also take bunnies to a sandbox to update them. ***MOST PEOPLE WILL NOT NEED TO DO THIS***

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 30 second delay before the updater begins, (or longer for homesteads) please be patient! Smile

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 AND WATER so they will detect that the bunnies have been updated. If you use any dispenser or server system, you need to remove the food/water from those systems and rerezz them.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Announcing the Winners of the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest!


Hi Bunny Fans!

I just wanted to announce the winners of the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest. We have many, Many, MANY amazing entries so thank you all so much for taking your cameras out and showing us your creative side.

We are planning on using the winning photographs to help decorate the new Ozimals University. We hope this is the first collection of many that we are able to bring in world to display. I encourage you all to take a look at the Ozimals Flickr Group, I kid you not when I say that this was a very hard contest to decide. It is a known fact that the bunnies were born with the photogenic gene, but beyond the adorable bunny faces, we also have a host of creative and talented photographers posting pictures every day about life with their Ozimals bunnies. So from the Ozimals team we offer up a round of applause to the winners of the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest and all the people who are part of the Ozimals Flickr Group!

Due to the splendid response we decided we simply had to have multiple prizes for each category so without further ado I present the list of winners!

Oh! Just a few more details first. If you are listed as a winner, Elizabeth Tinsley will be in touch with you to arrange getting your prize to you. The prizes go as follows:

1st Place - a one year supply of food (pellets or hay plus water) for a pair of bunnies

2nd Place - an Exclusive Prize Edition Light Blue Bun Bun Dress & Bunny Ears from Katat0nik; Houses for You - Gift Certificate for One Free House of Your Choice

3rd Place - 1000L$ gift certificates to silentsparrow; Jolly Farms - Mad About Bunnies - a Hat of Wonder

A Special Edition Bunny Love Mask from Frippery and wearable bunny trophies from Risusipo Shop for each place winner will also be distributed.

Also this may have been the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest but it will not be the last! Stay tuned for more fun contests in the future!

Bunny and Me
1. Bunny and Me by Ally Revnik

2. Bun Capone by Sonya Marmurek

3. Peek-a-boo by Kabachi Masala

Best in Show
1. Family Outing by June Trenkins

2. Lick & Violet In-Love by Dragonia DeCuir

3. Life with Fawns by Blair Kyrie

Funny Bunny
1. A Lot of Time with Bunnies Makes You Start to Look Like One by Katiya Rhode

2. Human for Sale by Surprise Serendipity

3. Bunny Battle by Gabrielle Talon

My Bunny’s Favorite Things
1. I Can Fly! by Samhain Ashdene

2. Bunny Who Wore A Monocle by 2mo Keng

3. Opalessence Chasing Butterflies by Jeweled Swords

Friday, September 10, 2010

Win Free Eats for a Year with the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest

FREE EATS FOR A YEAR!

Yes, you read correctly! If you are interested in the possibility of winning free food for two of your bunny friends for an ENTIRE year then this newest Ozimals contest is for you! Ozimals, along with some of the fabulous Magic of Oz and Ozimals merchants, are offering a wagon full of tempting goodies that any bunny lover would be tickled pink to have!

What is this contest you ask? Well its a photo contest. Sounds easy doesn’t it? All you have to do is start snapping pictures of your bunny loves and you are in the running for ~*ExTraORdinAry!*~ gifts galore! Read on to get all the details because the contest is almost over. All entries have to be posted to the Ozimals Flickr Group by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 12, but don’t panic! You still have loads and gobs of time to take a winning picture and get it entered! Don’t wait any longer. You know your bunnies were born to be in pictures!

Just choose one or more of the following categories (yes you can enter each category if you want to) as your inspiration and then uploading the results of your creative energies to the Ozimals Flickr Group.

1. Bunny & Me (Family portraits)
2. Best in Show (Bunnies a la carte)
3. Funny Bunny (Most humorous picture. Family Friendly please!)
4. My Bunny’s Favorite Things (Pictures including merchandise from MoO/Ozimals Vendors)

And yes here is the all important prize information! We have fabulous prizes not only from Ozimals herself but from some of the very talented and generous merchants on the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims.

Did some say ~PriZeS~:

Ozimals - 1 year supply of food (standard or pet) for a pair of bunnies
Katat0nik - Exclusive Prize Edition Light Blue Bun Bun Dress & Bunny Ears
silentsparrow - 1000L$ gift certificate
Jolly Farms - Mad About Bunnies - a Hat of Wonder
Houses for You - Gift Certificate for One Free House of Your Choice
MnM Designs - Great spirit "Suzume" Tree Sparrow
Risusipo Shop - Wearable Trophy Bunnies
Frippery - Bunny Love Mask

So scoop up your bunnies and start clicking away. We can’t wait to see where your adventures take you!

And don’t forget to read the rules for all the details. (Pulheeeeeease read the details! Bunnies start to cry when you enter the contest wrong and we hate to see damp bunnies. All the tears make them frizz!)

**One change has been made to the rules. Upon additional consideration it has been decided that all pictures uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group between the dates of 12:01 am Sunday, August 27 and 11:59 pm Sunday, September 12 will automatically be entered into the contest regardless of being tagged Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest or not. If a category has not been indicated by the person uploading the picture then the category for a picture will be decided by the judges. All decisions of the judges are final.

Monday, August 30, 2010

August 30th - 12 noon and 6 pm SLT - Ozimals Community Meeting!

Don't forget about our first Ozimals Community meetings tomorrow, August 30th at 12 noon SLT and again at 6 pm SLT - please come by (better come early!) to get status updates, ask questions, and meet the new guy on the block ;) Here's the SLURL! http://slurl.com/secondlife/Magic%20of%20Oz/55/106/1502

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest


I have exciting news for all you Ozimals bunny fans! To celebrate the opening of the Ozimals University on Monday, September 13, 2010 we are hosting the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest, and we want you to be involved! I admit I never knew that our bunnies could take pictures, but we all know they are amazing creatures so it doesn’t surprise me in the least to know that they have figured out how. Oh wait! I’m confused, bunnies won’t be taking the pictures, but they will be playing the starring role in the pictures you are taking!

We have come up with the following four fun-filled categories to inspire your photographic creativity:

1. Bunny & Me (Family portraits)
2. Best in Show (Bunnies a la carte)
3. Funny Bunny (Most humorous picture. Family Friendly please!)
4. My Bunny’s Favorite Things (Pictures including merchandise from MoO/Ozimals Vendors)

And yes the best news is yet to come! We have fabulous prizes not only from Ozimals themselves but from some of the very talented and generous merchants on the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims.

Prizes include:
Ozimals - 1 year supply of food (standard - Level 2 or pet - Level 1) for a pair of bunnies
Katat0nik - Exclusive Prize Edition Light Blue Bun Bun Dress & Bunny Ears
silentsparrow - $1000L gift certificate
Jolly Farms - Mad About Bunnies - a Hat of Wonder
Houses for You - Gift Certificate for One Free House of Your Choice
MnM Designs - Great spirit "Suzume" Tree Sparrow
Risusipo Shop - Wearable Trophy Bunnies
Frippery - Bunny Love Mask

So scoop up your bunnies and start clicking away. We can’t wait to see where your adventures take you!

And don’t forget to read the rules for all the details.

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Basic rules (The Short Version):

You can submit 1 (one) entry per category for a total of 4 (four) entries.

Photos must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr Group to entered in the contest.

In the description of your photograph, list your SL avatar name and the category that you are entering the photograph. If you are entering the “My Bunny’s Favorite Things” category you also need to indicate which item(s) belong to MoO/Ozimals merchants.

**ADDITIONAL NOTE - ANY PICTURE UPLOADED TO THE OZIMALS FLICKR GROUP BETWEEN THE DATES OF 12:01 AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 AND 11:59 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED IN THE CONTEST.**

The categories are:
1. Bunny & Me (Family portraits)
2. Best in Show (Bunnies a la carte)
3. Funny Bunny (Most humorous picture. Family Friendly please!)
4. My Bunny’s Favorite Things (Pictures including merchandise from MoO/Ozimals Vendors)

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Detailed Rules (The Long Version):

The Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest is brought to you by Ozimals.

1. Each picture you enter in the Ozimals First Evah! Photo Contest must include an Ozimals bunny. Photos should not include other breedable animals.

2. You must be a member of the Ozimals Flickr group

3. Entrants are limited to a maximum of 4 (four) entries total, 1 (one) entry per category. No matter how many categories you enter, you may only win once per avatar.

4. Photos are preferred to be high-res and cannot be smaller than 1024x1024 pixels. Aspect ratio must be square.

5. Post-processing is allowed, but no excessive brush use or artificial borders please. This is about creatively capturing your bunnies in their natural virtual environment, not your Photoshop abilities.

6. Please no signatures on the portraits.

7. Please show general common sense and good taste. Images should be PG in nature. Explicit adult images will be disqualified.

8. Pictures must be uploaded to the Ozimals Flickr group and contain the following information:
- In the description field include: Full SL Avatar Name, Name of the Category you are entering the picture in, Name of item(s) belonging to MoO/Ozimals merchants if entering the “My Bunny’s Favorite Things” category

**ADDITIONAL NOTE - ANY PICTURE UPLOADED TO THE OZIMALS FLICKR GROUP BETWEEN THE DATES OF 12:01 AM SUNDAY, AUGUST 27 AND 11:59 PM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE ENTERED IN THE CONTEST.**

9. In order to be eligible for the "My Bunny’s Favorite Things" category, you must purchase & feature at least one product available from the Magic of Oz or Ozimals merchants. *** Use of the demo items will not be acceptable***

10. Entries uploaded after Midnight SLT time on the 12th of September, 2010 will not be entered in the contest.

11. By entering this competition you agree to your pictures being used in future by the owners of Ozimals for any promotional purposes and to the picture/s being on display in world after the competition.

**** Winners will be notified after Sunday, September 19, 2010.

Please notecard Elizabeth Tinsley with any questions.

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