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Monday, December 20, 2010

Ozimals 1.5 Holiday Update!

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

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


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
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****************



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


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 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.

***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


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


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: 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.

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

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