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Friday, December 21, 2012

Happy New Year 2013? limited edition elite bunny

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We are still here--and hope you are too--at the start of this new world. While New Year's Eve is still a few days off, according to the Maya a new cycle of time has already begun, so it's sensible to celebrate early, right?



To this end, we are happy to announce the Happy New Year 2013? elite bunny. This Mayan-themed limited-edition bunny will only be available directly from Ozimals, and only from today through January 2nd, 2013.

Each pack contains a nest which will produce this bunny, drawing from the version 2.1 gene pool, with unlocked ears and any of the following shades: Classic, Silky, Radiant, Iris, Acorn, Sunlight, Moonlight, Evergreen. The bunny's gender is random. The pack also contains one 10-use nest dye and one Standard Level 2 bunny food.

The Happy New Year 2013? elite bunny is available on Marketplace, from the Ozimals main store, or from the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

Thank you very much to all of you for your support, feedback, and enthusiasm over the past year. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season, and we will see you in 2013.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Ozimals Holiday Support Schedule

Hello, Ozimals friends!

To permit our staff to spend the holidays with friends and families, we will have limited support staff from Saturday, December 22 - Tuesday, December 25. If you have difficulties with your bunnies or Pufflings during this time, please file a ticket at support.ozimals.com, and we will reply as soon as we can. Happy holidays to all of you!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Ozimals Long Count Nest Accelerator and You

Hello, Ozimals friends!

It seems that the power of the Mayan calendar reaches even into Oz. Perhaps there is an asteroid hurtling towards us that has altered time as we know it; perhaps there is the spirit of an ancient Mayan priest giggling and making weird raptor noises at our unhappiness. Either way, the 2.1 bunny update accidentally reverted nest kindling time to 60 minutes... like the calendar itself, a Long Count.

Nobody wants another immediate update, least of all us, and as a show of confidence in the existence of Oz and Earth after December 21st, we are releasing a treat for you instead! Available from the Ozimals main store, the Ozimals Long Count Nest Accelerator will speed up your bunnies' nests' kindling timers for INSTANT KINDLING.

The Ozimals Long Count Nest Accelerator:
* is FREE
* is COPIABLE
* includes an unscripted decorative version
* can only be used through January 14th, 2013, when all threat of apocalypse will have passed.

To use the Accelerator, begin the kindling process, and then rez the Accelerator atop the nest. A menu will pop up for you, similar to the way that nest dyes work.

Thanks so much to the Ozimals community for being patient today! Happy kindling!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Ozimals Bunny Update v2.1!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Please read this ENTIRE post carefully BEFORE you begin updating!

/-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-   Patch Notes 2.1-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-\   



Additions:
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-

>>New Genetic Traits! 
>>Winter and Happy New Year Elites!
>>Yuletide holiday elite pair pack!
>>New Bunnybury reward bunny!
>>Direct Delivery!
>>Retired Traits!

**New Genetic Traits!

   We've added new genes to the Ozimals pool; they are available through version 2.1 starter packs on Marketplace, from the Ozimals main store, or from the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market. As always, new version starter bunnies have the *chance* of carrying the new genes.
   Please note that the lower-cost nests in the Bunnybury vendors ("Random Bunny Nest" and "Bunny Nest With Increased Chance of Recessives") will be switched to version 2.1 on the 26th of Dec 2012 (if we make it past the 21st!). This means that if you buy those nests from the vendor before that date, they will be 2.0 nests and will not have the new genetic traits.

**Winter and Happy New Year Elites!

   Any nest created by your updated bunnies and kindled between 12:01 am SLT on Tuesday, December 18th and 9:00 am SLT on Wednesday, January 2nd can potentially produce a holiday elite, regardless of breeding. The nest MUST be both created and kindled during that period.
   Don't forget! If you would like to bypass your chance at a holiday elite, you are given an option to choose "No Elite" in the kindling menu, and you may simply confirm that you don't want that nest to have a chance at a holiday elite.

**Limited-edition Yuletide pair pack!


   There is a limited edition Yuletide pair pack available through January 2 on Marketplace, from the Ozimals main store, or from the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market. This pack contains a pair of Yuletide holiday elite bunnies, Eve and Midwinter (different from the ones available through breeding), two ten-use nest dyes, a special limited edition Level 2 Standard wearable food, and a trio of decorative wearable candy canes.

**New Bunnybury reward bunny!

   The previous Bunnybury Exclusive Rare Bunny Nest (Magic of Oz - Wicked Witch/Valentina) has been removed from the Bunnybury vendors and replaced with a NEW bunny with exclusive traits! Like the previous bunny, the new Bunnybury bunny can pass these traits to its offspring, but they will not be available from any other source.

**Direct Delivery!

   All items purchased from the Ozimals Marketplace shop are now Direct Delivery, which means less unpacking for you--and that they will show up in your inventory in your Received Items folder.

**Retired traits!

   It is important to understand what "retirement" means for bunny traits. If a trait is retired, it is no longer available from starter nests (nests bought from Ozimals directly). Bunnies that already exist on the grid who have these traits will still have them, and will still be able to pass them to their offspring. This means that if you want to add the traits to your warren of bunnies, you will need to buy from or trade with another bunny owner to get them. To see what was retired before this update, please see the list in the 1.11 Update blog post.

   As of *this* update, the following are also retired:
---Furs: North - Silver Slipper, East - Poppy Orange, Rhinelander Lilac, Rhinelander Blue, East - Gillikin Purple, East - Emerald City, East - Winkie Yellow, Rhinelander - Red, Rhinelander - Black, West - Wicked Witch
---Eyes: Schadenfreude, Sinister, Ash, Hydrangea, Valentina
---Shade: Aphotic


****************IMPORTANT NOTES****************
   
1. THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL:
    REQUIRE 22 PRIMS FREE ON LAND
    BREAK BONDS
    RESET PRICING AND
    RESET HOME POSITION! 
   
Please check that you restore bonds, reset home near food and reprice if you had bunnies set for sale. This is a non-mandatory update, which means that your bunnies will not stop eating immediately if not updated, but to have a chance at breeding winter elites, or to breed with updated bunnies, your bunnies MUST be updated to v2.1.

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 ( http://support.ozimals.com ) and include that crate number for a replacement bunny.  Do not delete the crate until you receive your replacement bunny.

Once you pick up the crate and delete the white bunny, your update totem should move on to the next bunny in range.

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 2 Update Fields
Ozimals Orientation 3 Update Fields
Ozimals Orientation 4 Update Fields


*****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, which is available on Marketplace, from the Ozimals main store, or from the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

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.

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 OF YOUR FOOD so that it will detect that the bunnies have been updated. If you use any dispenser or server system, you need to remove the food from those systems and re-rez it.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ozimals Bunny Update 2.1!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

This coming Tuesday, December 18th, will bring the next update for the bunnies. Version 2.1 will include a sleighful of new genetic traits, and will enable your bunnies to produce holiday elites during the upcoming elite bunny kindling period. Much more information will be in the release notes on Tuesday, so be sure to check the blog and the group notices that day!


When the update is released, the bunny packs available from Ozimals will be updated to contain version 2.1 starter bunnies. Among those packs will be a very festive new limited edition pair pack of holiday elites; we'll have images and more information about these special bunnies in Tuesday's release notice. This limited-time pack will be available until our holiday celebrations end on January 2nd.

There are several holiday elites available via an elite bunny kindling period this year, too! It begins when the update is released on Tuesday, and continues through 9:00 am SLT on Wednesday, January 2nd. To have the chance of producing an elite during this time, your bunnies must be updated to version 2.1, and the nest must be both created and kindled during this period--for more information about how holiday elite periods work, please see our wiki.

The Bunnybury vendor's exclusive bunny will also be changed to a new bunny when the update is released, with breedable fur and eye traits available nowhere else!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wintertide Bunny Gacha!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Glinda and Locasta, the Good Witches, sat one afternoon, admiring a snowy field full of Comfort and Joy bunnies, all hopping happily amidst the drifts and making little bunny snow angels. A team of Comfort bunnies was building a fantastic snow fort, while a number of Joy bunnies were creating an arsenal of snowballs, and the two Witches knew there would soon be a mighty snow battle.

"They are such dear little bunnies," remarked Locasta. "It's almost a shame we were limited to two colors."

Glinda smiled, and gazed at the enormous decorated tree in the center of the Emerald City, far off past the field of bunnies. "Those two colors are special, for Relay For Life, but... imagine them in all of the colors of the ornaments on that tree. Wouldn't that be spectacular?"

Locasta's eyes lit up. "Comfort and Joy are still available for another week at the Expo, until the 19th of December--and of course those two bunnies will not be available elsewhere, but..."

Glinda was already reaching for her wand, and soon, both Witches were zapping the bunnies on the field with swirly waves of magic. The bunnies squealed, because it tickled horribly, but when the two finished, and the magical dust cleared, the bunnies were countless different colors. They hopped around in excited little circles, admiring each other and rolling in the snow.


There are thirteen different colors of the Wintertide elites. Because there are so many of these bunnies, we have decided to put them in a gacha machine. Each try is L$50, and will give you a random gender, random color Wintertide nest, with unlocked ears and shade or a rare chance to give you bunny pet food. (This means that these nests can have any currently available shade or ear type.) The nests are not transferable, but of course the kindled bunnies are, so that you can trade with your friends! You can see all of the possible colors on the Ozimals holiday tree, just outside the door of the Ozimals main store.

There are gacha machines at the Ozimals main store and at the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market--they will remain until the holidays are over. (These bunnies will not be available on the SL Marketplace.) Best of luck!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pufflings Mistletoe Pack!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

As the holidays draw closer, everyone in Oz is decorating--their homes, their towns, and especially themselves. The Pufflings are no exception; the Royal Gardens at the palace in the Emerald City are awash in twinkly lights and garlands of ivy and holly and mistletoe, all hung there by industrious little birds. There are not just festive decorations for the Gardens, however--the Pufflings have special holiday outfits, which they all wear on the day of the first winter snow in Oz. It's quite an event in Puffling society; they have elaborate snowfall-watching parties, with huge platters of gingerbread and candy.

To share this tradition with the world outside of Oz, we are announcing the Mistletoe Pack: a pair of Puffling Paragons in their holiday raiment, with two colors of breedable limited-edition eyes guaranteed in each pack, and a limited-edition wearable gingerbread cookie to feed them.


The Mistletoe Pack is available at the Ozimals Pufflings main store, as well as at the Ozimals satellite shop at the Shamrock Market, and from the Pufflings shop on the SL Marketplace, and will be sold through January 2nd, 2013.

Happy Holidays from the Pufflings and from Oz!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ozimals at the Christmas Expo!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The next big Ozimals event is participation in the second annual Christmas Expo, to continue our support of Relay For Life of SL. The Christmas Expo will open on December 6th at 9am SLT, and remain open 24 hours each day until it closes on December 19th at 9pm SLT. More information about this event is on their blog!

For this year's Expo, we have two new limited-edition bunnies, Comfort 2012 and Joy 2012. Each bunny costs L$995, 100% of which goes to Relay for Life. Each package contains a random-gender nest with unlocked ears and shades--which means that any currently available ear type or shade can appear on these bunnies--one transferable 10-charge nest dye, and one Level 2 Standard food.


Because of restrictions on RFL vendors, these bunnies will not be available on Marketplace; they are only available at the Expo.


Our shop at the Expo also holds a special gift for the Expo-wide Naughty and Nice giveaway; be sure to ask Santa for one when you visit us!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

This Weekend: The First Annual Warren Walk!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Not all bunnies live in verdant forests, you know. Many of them live in little houses all their own, or sunny meadows, or on tropical beaches straight out of travel magazines, or among clockwork wonders and spare gears in steam-powered submarines, or in majestic Egyptian temple courtyards. It is the same for Pufflings; some live among the fairies in magic woods, while some have luxurious cages that would look at home in the Taj Majal--and some live IN the Taj Mahal--while some play amid igloos and icicles in winter wonderlands.

Ozimals is happy to support the First Annual Warren Walk!

Beginning Friday, December 7th, after the 5 pm SLT Shamrock Market auction (so at approximately 7 pm SLT), and running through Sunday, December 9th at 7 pm SLT, a host of Ozimals breeders, including Malk and Candy, are opening their warrens and flocks to visitors. It's a fun chance to see the homes everyone has created for their pets, their themes and decorations, as well as their prize bunnies and Pufflings--and to hang out and chat with the Ozimals community.

If you are interested in participating with your warren or flock, please send a notecard to Oilell Pinion, including your avatar's name and a landmark to your bunnies or Pufflings; if you would like to participate in the Warren Walk without sharing yours, you do not have to pre-register, just plan to visit Shamrock to begin the tour!

We hope everyone enjoys this chance to see others' pets and their homes, as well as to make new friends in the Oz community.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

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