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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 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-\

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

**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.


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.


Preparing to Update:

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


*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.

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


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!

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