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Monday, December 23, 2013

Ozimals Holiday Schedule

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The holidays are here, and so that our staff can have time to celebrate (or chip ice off of their cars), we will have limited support from Monday, December 23, through Wednesday, January 1. If you have difficulties with your Ozimals pets during this time, and nobody in the group chats has advice that helps, please file a ticket at support.ozimals.com and we will reply as quickly as possible!

It isn't as though Oz is silent and empty, though... Ozma is testing recipes for green-tinted anniversary cakes, and has put the retirees in Bunnybury to work making party decorations. Enjoy your holidays and we'll see you in 2014!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mr. & Mrs. Peppermint Puffling Paragons!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Mr. & Mrs. Peppermint!
Even though the land of Oz is covered in a deep blanket of snow, holiday activity continues at a brisk pace! Just like in our world, though, sometimes an Oz resident gets tired--or even gets dangerously close to shouting "Bah Humbug!" When that happens, little armies of Puffling carolers appear like magic in their doorways, dressed up for the occasion, and cheeping out holiday melodies. They bring tasty hot drinks and festive candy, and their bright little voices soon get everyone back in the spirit!

To help YOU celebrate in fantastic Oz style, here are a pair of limited-edition Paragons! Mr. and Mrs. Peppermint will only be available through the holidays, and each one carries a limited edition eye that will only be available from these packs: Mrs. Peppermint has Rosy eyes, while Mr. Peppermint has Minty eyes, and both are dressed in holiday finery! This time they are available in individual packs, by gender, and each Puffling comes with 30 days' worth of limited-edition Standard Level 2 Puffling food and a matching limited-edition birdhouse.

Mr. and Mrs. Peppermint are available at the following locations:

Pufflings Main Store
Ozimals Satellite Shop @ Shamrock Market

They will not be available from the SL Marketplace.

Keep watching the blog! We'll be posting soon about the winners of the Design a Bunny contest, a wrap-up of the RFL One Of A Kind Auction, and more!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Guardian 2013 Bunny: One of a Kind!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Some of you will remember the Dark Phoenix Puffling, a one-of-a-kind Puffling we donated to the RFL Auction For Life two winters ago. This year, we have created a one-of-a-kind bunny, Guardian 2013. This bunny is based on one of the entries from the Design-a-Bunny contest, and will be the ONLY bunny ever to have this design. The proceeds will, of course, go to Relay For Life of SL.

Guardian 2013 One Of A Kind Bunny!

The Guardian 2013 bunny DOES have an exclusive breedable trait, which can be passed to its offspring--the winner of this bunny will be the only bunny breeder who can produce this trait, until/unless he or she chooses to sell/trade the Guardian's offspring.

The winner will be able to specify gender, ear type, and shade for the bunny he or she receives.

Also included with the bunny:
   Six months of Level 3 Archetype Omni food for one bunny
   Two 100% Lurve potions
   One Size 15 grow potion
   One Guardian nest dye with three designs and 100 charges

Our display space at the auction is number ten, so you can go see and bid on this bunny - remembering that the winner's actual bunny will have gender/ear/shade the winner wants, not necessarily what's on the display bunny!

The way the auction works: Silent Auction bidding begins on Tuesday, December 3, and runs through 4:00 pm SLT on Saturday, December 7. The highest bid on each item from the Silent Auction will be the starting bid in the Live Auction, which begins at 11:00 am SLT on Sunday, December 8th. If no live bids are placed to beat it, the top Silent Auction bid will win the item.

You MUST pre-register by midnight SLT, Saturday, December 7, to participate in the Live Auction! More information about the auction and a pre-registration form are available from SLBreedables.com!

While you are at the Fair, scoping out the Guardian bunny, don't miss the booths from Ozimals markets like
Shamrock Market @ RFL and Krazy Kritters Market @ RFL. Additionally, members of the Ozimals community have filled gacha machines with donated Puffling eggs and bunny nests, all to benefit RFL, at Market Nest/Egg Gachas @ RFL!

If your head is spinning from all of our events right now, here is a quick recap!
   Winter Holiday Bunny Gachas began today!
   Dream 2013 Limited Edition bunny is on sale now through December 15!
   Winter Holiday elite kindling period begins Sunday, December 8!
   Cherish bunny tickets from the Inspire 2013 packs are being accepted now!

Winter holiday Puffling Paragons are yet to come, followed by a glimpse into early 2014... Stay tuned!

Much <3
Ozimals Team


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Winter Holiday 2013 Ozimals Bunny Gacha!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

As part of our celebration of the winter holidays, Ozimals is introducing our new gacha machines, full of exclusive bunnies!


Gachas will appear at or around 12:00 noon SLT on Monday, December 2, at the following locations:

Ozimals Main Store
Ozimals Satellite Shop at Shamrock Market

Each play costs L$75, and you will receive a random bunny nest from the gacha. There are fourteen possible nests - seven "normal" and seven "rare". Each nest has one of seven new limited edition furs, available only from these gacha machines! Additionally, the "rare" nests have the matching limited edition eye for their furs. This is not a "chance" for new furs - all nests are guaranteed to have them, and all rare nests are guaranteed to have the corresponding eyes.

These bunnies are not elites - the furs and eyes you see are breedable traits, not a costume! These nests have unlocked ears/shade, which means that your bunny can have any available ear type or shade--not just those available from standard starter nests!

The gacha machines will be out through the holidays, and are the only place to get these traits! Once they are gone, these traits will not be for sale in starter bunnies.

Remember - the RFL Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair, featuring the limited-edition Dream 2013 bunny, opened earlier today! And there's still more to come from us - a holiday elite kindling period, holiday Puffling Paragons, and more in early 2014!

Happy Holidays and Much <3
Ozimals Team

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Limited Edition "Dream" bunny @ RFL Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The 2013 Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair opens Sunday morning, December 1st, at 9:00 am SLT! This event benefits Relay For Life of SL, and you can find the Ozimals area here!

We'll have more information in the coming days about the unique bunny we've created for the One of a Kind Auction -- you can pre-register for the auction via that link! -- but here's what you need to know about the bunny we're selling during the fair!


The Dream 2013 bunny has a limited-edition breedable fur, "Glitterfall Dream", that will ONLY be available from this bunny and its offspring. All of the Dream bunnies have the fur as a shown and breedable trait; this is not an "elite costume".

All Dream 2013 bunnies have unlocked ears and shades; this means that your Dream nests can produce bunnies with any currently available ear type or shade! (Please see our Traits List if you are curious as to which shades are retired and which are available.)

Dream 2013 bunnies can have any available "starter" eye, but have a chance at a hidden limited edition eye, which is breedable and can be passed to their offspring. This limited edition eye will only be available from these bunnies!

Also in the package: a limited-edition purple-and-white "Dream" Level 2 Standard Omni food, and one ten-charge Dream nest dye.


All proceeds from the sale of Dream 2013 go to Relay For Life of SL! The Fair runs through Sunday, December 15th.

Our space at the Fair also has a special little gift for shoppers, though you may have to convince Santa that you've been good, first!

Much <3
Ozimals Team




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ozimals US Thanksgiving holiday schedule

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Pie!

Due to the holiday weekend in the US, we will have limited staff from Thursday, November 28, through Sunday, December 1, so that our staff may visit friends and family, get stranded in snowstorms, and eat a whole lot of pie. If you have difficulties with your bunnies or Pufflings during this time, you can often get help from the Ozimals community by asking questions in the inworld groups--but if your problem puzzles everyone, please file a ticket, and we'll get back to you as soon as we recover from eating all of that pie.

Remember! Still to come: RFL limited edition! Bunny gacha! Holiday Pufflings! Kindled holiday elite bunnies! AND the RFL One Of A Kind auction!

Much <3 (and pie!)
Ozimals Team

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ozimals Bunny Update 2.7!

Winter arrives at Ozimals!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 2.7! Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating!

Update 2.7 is a non-mandatory update. What this means is that your 2.6 bunnies will continue to eat for two weeks if not updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If your bunnies are not updated to 2.7, they will not be able to breed with updated or new bunnies OR produce holiday elite-capable nests--more about that in a moment. For any bunnies with earlier versions, this update is mandatory; those bunnies will stop eating once the update is released.


Additions:

* Winter Holiday elite kindling period!

* Bunny Gacha!

* Relay For Life!

* Inspire 2013: Cherish ticket reminder!

* Design A Bunny Contest!

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* Winter Holiday elite kindling period!

Starting on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 11:00 PM SLT, and ending on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 11:00 PM SLT, any nest produced by version 2.7 bunnies can potentially produce a holiday elite! The nest must be created AND kindled during this window of time, and will not tell you in hovertext if you have an elite; you must kindle it to find out!

As always, these nests will have a "No Elite" button, if you would rather shut off the option on a particular nest. If you have a nest that is eligible to produce a holiday elite AND a natural elite, the natural elite trumps the holiday elite, whether you use the button or not, so you don't have to worry about getting a holiday elite instead of that natural elite you've been wanting. Due to the vast amount of other new bunneh stuff added in this update, there is one type of kindled holiday elite this year.

* Bunny Gacha!

Starting on Monday, December 2, there will be a different set of holiday bunnies, available only from these gacha machines, at gachas near the Ozimals main store. There will be fourteen bunnies in the gacha--a "common" and a "rare" version, each, of seven different bunnies. These gacha machines will be L$75 per play. Each of the gacha bunnies will have a new limited-edition breedable fur, and the rare versions will offer those same furs with their matching limited-edition eyes. These bunnies are introducing our new genetics for this update--these traits will NOT be available from starter packs. Again--starter packs like the Warren Pack and the Pair Pack will not have new genetics added for this update; all new genetics will come from the gacha and from the RFL and Cherish bunnies. We'll post to the blog with MUCH more information about these gacha bunnies when the gachas are released.

* Relay For Life!

Don't forget! The RFL Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair opens December 1st! Please see the Ozimals Winter Forecast post for more information, and we'll post much more on opening day! In short, we'll have an RFL exclusive bunny, with new breedable fur and a chance at a limited-edition eye to benefit RFL! In addition, we are participating this year in the RFL One Of A Kind Breedable Auction, on December 8th, with an extraordinary bunny. This bunny will be the only one of its kind, and will have an exclusive breedable trait, obtainable ONLY from this ONE BUNNY and its offspring.

* Inspire 2013: Cherish ticket reminder!

Hold on to your bunny tickets from the Inspire 2013 package! We'll be accepting them once December begins. If you have more than one, please send them all in one folder per avatar so that you can get your bunnies as quickly as our little paws can manage!

* Design A Bunny Contest!

We'll be announcing the winners of the Design A Bunny Contest once all of the holiday bunnies have made their appearance. In the meantime, you can see a photo of the finalists on Flickr.

Happy Holidays!

****************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.

2.  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.

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

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

1. Get the updater, available free from these locations:

The Ozimals main store

The Ozimals satellite store @ Shamrock Market

The Ozimals shop on Marketplace

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 short delay before the updater begins; 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 so 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 rerezz them.

Happy Kindling and Much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Inspire 2013 Elite Bunny @ Toys For Tots Expo!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Inspire 2013 elite bunny!

The Toys For Tots Breedables Expo opens on Wednesday, November 20th, at noon SLT! Ozimals is happy to support Toys For Tots--you can read more about their work at the Toys For Tots website. This event will run through the evening of Sunday, November 24th, with vendors and live music and many other attractions, so don't miss it!

Ozimals has created a special bunny for this event, the Inspire 2013 elite, which can only be purchased at the Ozimals area at the Expo. Once the Expo is over, this bunny will be off sale forever.



We are doing things a little differently with this bunny, so read carefully!

The Inspire 2013 elite bunny is a version 2.6 bunny, with a special elite "costume", like any other elite. Previously, we'd said this bunny would carry some new genetics, but because of the need to thoroughly test our upcoming update to the bunnies, and our excitement about this Toys For Tots event and eagerness to participate, we decided the best way to release an elite for the charity AND give buyers some new traits with their purchase was as follows:

When you buy one of these bunnies, you will receive:
*One random-gender v2.6 Inspire 2013 nest with unlocked ears and shades
*One limited-edition Standard L2 Omni Food
*One decorative cupcake - it doesn't feed your pets, but lets you "keep" the limited-edition food as a souvenir
*One 10x Inspire nest dye
*One Ozimals Inspire Bunny Ticket

Cherish bunny: the exclusive reward for your Inspire Bunny Ticket!

We'll be doing a bunny update soon. After the update, in December, you can turn in your Bunny Ticket to receive a SECOND limited-edition bunny, Cherish. This bunny will have a limited-edition breedable fur, as well as a chance at a limited-edition breedable eye, and will ONLY be available in exchange for the Inspire Bunny Ticket. Both the eye and the fur are exclusive to this bunny, and cannot be obtained through other 2.7 starter bunnies.

In other words, your purchase gets you TWO bunnies: one elite, and one with exclusive new breedable trait(s). Complete instructions for redeeming your Bunny Ticket are included in the box.

See you at the Expo! And remember, there's much more wintery goodness on the way; check out the Ozimals Winter Forecast for a refresher!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, November 8, 2013

Ozimals @ 2013 Toys For Tots Breedable Fair & Expo

Hello, Ozimals friends!

In addition to everything mentioned in the Winter Forecast blog post, Ozimals will also be participating in the 2013 Toys For Tots Breedable Fair & Expo this year!

This event benefits Toys For Tots, which has distributed over 469 million holiday toys to over 216 million less fortunate children over the past decades. The Second Life incarnation of Toys For Tots has supported the RL charity and independent artists in SL by producing a holiday cd each year for five years now, and this year they are hosting a Breedable Fair!

The 2013 Toys For Tots Breedable Fair & Expo will run from November 20th through November 24th, and we'll be selling a special bunny ONLY at this event! This bunny will have a limited-edition breedable fur, as well as a chance at a limited-edition trait, and will not be available after the Expo. Proceeds will benefit Toys For Tots!

We'll be announcing more information about this bunny when the Expo begins, so watch the blog and group notices!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ozimals Winter Forecast!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We hope you got more treats than tricks last week and enjoyed Hallows' Eve! We're well into planning for the winter holidays, so here's a little overview of what lies ahead for Ozimals!


First--a bunny update! We're planning to update the bunnies this month--don't worry, we'll get it done before Thanksgiving--to make space for all of the holiday goodness that is on its way. Be sure to watch this blog and the groups for more information as we get closer to the update!

Next, all of you are aware of Ozimals's longtime support of Relay For Life of Second Life. This year is no different, so we are terrifically excited about the Magic of Christmas Breedables Fair! This event, benefiting RFL, opens on Sunday, December 1, and runs for two weeks, through Sunday, December 15.

We are planning a special bunny to be sold at our booth at the fair, with the proceeds going to RFL. This bunny will have a chance to pass a limited edition breedable trait!

Every year, the Breedables Fair hosts an auction of one-of-a-kind breedable pets. This year, we are participating with something we've never offered before. There will be a one-of-a-kind elite bunny in this auction, one who looks utterly unlike any other bunny... but ALSO, this bunny will have a special breedable trait that no other bunny will offer. This trait can be passed to this bunny's offspring - so if you win the auction, you will be the only bunny breeder who can produce this trait, unless or until you share or sell some of your bunny's babies. We can't wait for this auction, and hope we can help RFL break some records this year!

Our winter plans for Ozimals also include holiday Paragon Pufflings, an elite kindling period for holiday elite bunnies, and a holiday bunny gacha. The gacha bunnies this time will have special breedable furs, exclusive to the gacha, and rares will carry limited-edition traits!

Thank you very much to everyone who entered the Design A Bunny Contest! All of the bunnies mentioned above are based on contest entries, and we'll be announcing the winning designers' names and giving them their prizes in December!

If you haven't been to the main store recently, stop by and check it out--we have a new store build! To celebrate, katat0nik has made a new exclusive dress: BunnyCakes! There are mesh demos at the Ozimals store, and the dress is available in four colors as well as a discounted fatpack!


See you soon!

Much <3
Ozimals Team





Friday, October 11, 2013

Hallows' Eve 2013 at Ozimals!

Hello, Ozimals friends, and happy Hallows' Eve!


Late one October night, thick murky fog rolled in from the sea around the Ozimals sim, obscuring everything through the long black hours. When the first rays of weak sunlight arrived the next morning, the beach that had been the bunnies and Pufflings' summer home had vanished, swallowed up by a deep, dark swamp, flickering with mysterious lights. The Good Witches set out to explore its hidden heart, and, oh, what they found there...!



Zombeh Bunneh 2013 Holiday Elite bunny: This creepy little nest will produce a random-gender Zombeh Bunneh 2013 elite bunny, with any possible ear type and any currently available shade except Dusky. These bunnies will only be available in this pack, and only until Sunday, November 3, 2013. Also in the pack is one Hallows' Eve 2013 Omni Standard Food, a decorative copy of the food, and one 13-use transferable bunny nest dye!



Momba 2013 Puffling Paragon: This sinister egg will produce a female Momba 2013 Paragon, available only from this pack and only until Sunday, November 3, 2013. These Pufflings have the chance of carrying the new Hooked Beak--this trait will only be available from the Momba 2013 Paragons, but can be passed to their offspring. Also in the pack is a limited-edition Puffling birdhouse that will make your Momba feel right at home!



Hallows' Eve 2013 Omni Standard Food: Like all Omni foods, this will feed both bunnies and Pufflings. The pack includes one limited edition Hallows' Eve Standard Level 2 Omni food cupcake, as well as a decorative copy (just for decoration; it is not food and will not feed your pets!) and one 13-use transferable bunny nest dye. With this pack, you can provide extra tricks and treats for all of your pets!

All three packs are available exclusively inworld, at the following locations:

Pufflings Main Store
Ozimals Main Store
Ozimals Satellite Shop @ Shamrock Market

Remember! There are only four more days left in the Ozimals Design A Bunny contest! You still have a chance to enter, though - please see our earlier blog post for the details!

Much spooky <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, October 7, 2013

Hallows' Eve draws closer--so does the Design A Bunny contest deadline!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Many of the things we associate with modern Halloween were not yet in vogue when L. Frank Baum first introduced us to Oz; the phrase "trick or treat" was still thirty years in the future. Time passes in Oz, too, though, and nowadays Halloween is celebrated in Oz just as it is here. So, just as here, as the days are getting shorter and colder, Munchkins are deciding on their costumes, while Quadlings are in their kitchens preparing mountains of treats. The Winkies are raking their yards clear of great drifts of leaves, in preparation for Halloween parties, while the Gillikins labor over decorations--the giant purple squashes native to Gillikin Country make spectacular jack o'lanterns!

Late in the summer, we had said there would be an update in October, but we've decided against this. The workshop has become quite crowded with past and future Hallows' Eve Paragons and elites, though, and they are spooky! They keep frightening the baby bunnies--who are never totally convinced even when the elites peek out of their costumes to reassure them--and newly-hatched Pufflings, who keep hopping across the lawns in peeping little gangs, planning Halloween tricks as payback for being frightened. We're excited to share them with you, so that all of you can have the fun of Halloween in Oz, too; we'll be announcing the special 2013 Hallows' Eve releases later this week!

Speaking of costumes, this is the FINAL WEEK to enter the Design A Bunny contest! All entries are due at midnight SLT on the evening of next Tuesday, October 15th! If you have EVER dreamed of a bunny you wished you could have, now is your chance! Please see the earlier blog post about the contest for all of the details!

Stay tuned! I hear creepy noises in the distance, and I think they're getting closer!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fur & Feathers Fun Fair starts today!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We are always excited for events organized by the Ozimals community, and this week there is a huge slew of them, all as part of the Fur & Feathers Fun Fair, a week-long event hosted by breeders of Pufflings and bunnies, and sponsored by Krazy Kritters Breedables Market and Shamrock Market & Auctions. 



The Fun Fair is just like a real-world country fair, with contests, dances, exhibits, fireworks, games, auctions, bunny races, rides, fishing, and many more attractions! The whole thing begins this afternoon, with a kickoff celebration at Krazy Kritters at 4 pm SLT, and continues with tonight's auction at Shamrock at 5 pm SLT, followed by fireworks at Krazy Kritters at 7 pm SLT. A complete schedule of the week's events and their locations is available from kiosks at both markets:

Krazy Kritters Information Kiosk
Shamrock Market Information Kiosk

It is such a treat to see the community creating events like these; this is a great chance to have fun with fellow breeders and talk about your pets! Don't forget, too, if you take pictures at the fair, to add them to the Ozimals Flickr pool!

Remember that you have just a little over a month left to enter the Ozimals Winter Holiday Design-a-Bunny contest--entries are due October 15th!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, September 6, 2013

Warning! Wonder Warren Window Waning!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

To remind you all, there are only a few more days before Wonder Warrens are no longer available; they will go off-sale on Monday, September 9th.

These packs contain very special bunnies, which, instead of the standard "starter" furs, have "shown" furs that will only be available from Wonder Warren packs. These are breedable traits, of course, and can be passed to these bunnies' children, but will not be available again from Ozimals. Besides these limited edition furs, the nests in the Wonder Warren packs also have the chance of the new eyes and furs added to all starter nests in update 2.6, and everything that comes in a standard warren pack is also included in the Wonder Warren. These packs are available inworld only, at the Ozimals main store and at the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

Mini Rex Too Castor (WW exclusive fur!), Luzula eye! Photo by Bea Shamrock--thanks, Bea! 

Many many pictures of the Wonder Warren furs, as well as the new 2.6 genetics, have been posted to the Ozimals Flickr pool, so be sure to take a look! And thank you very much to everyone who has posted pictures! We'll be updating Ozaria shortly to reflect the traits which have been discovered thus far.

If you were not able to attend our recent Community Meeting, one of the things we discussed was the plan for the next few months. Those of you who've been with us for some time know that Hallow's Eve and the Winter Holidays are always grand occasions for Ozimals. In addition to these, early January brings our fourth "Oziversary". Besides celebrating these holidays, we have new genetics to add to the bunnies and the Pufflings in the coming months, too.

However, what we'd really like to focus on is upgrading the bunnies' code to work more like the Pufflings' code. Through your purchase of the Wonder Warren, you not only get cool new exclusive stuff, but move us closer to this goal. Re-coding the bunnies would give us much more flexibility in adding new genetics, meaning far fewer updates for you! We hear you when you ask for more new furs and eyes more quickly, but until the bunnies' code is reworked, that just means more and more updates.

We also anticipate that there would be fewer problems for you that would necessitate filing tickets for your bunnies. Of course, there's still nothing we can do about SL's occasional moments of bunny-envy; "being eaten" can happen to any object in your inventory, but we are happy to work with you to return your missing pets. However, new code WOULD help some of the non-LL difficulties--things that have been patched as well as possible within the confines of the way the bunnies were originally designed, but could work so much better if rewritten from scratch.

There are many things that we think, "If we'd known then what we know now, that would have been coded differently," and this is our chance to fix them. Did you know that when bunnies were released, Candy and Malk expected a big breeder to have maybe forty bunnies at the most? Since many of you have hundreds, that sounds funny NOW, but re-coding would let us help the bunnies adapt to how their owners DO keep bunnies, rather than how we EXPECTED them to!

Everything has its time and season, though. We do have to weigh further investments--especially big ones like re-coding from the ground up!--in the bunnies against the size of the community and the level of support with which that community entrusts us. We are more appreciative than you can imagine for those of you who have stuck with us all of this time, from the owners who have fields of bunnies stretching to the horizon to the ones who have a contented pair of pets, and we're happy that there are still new people, first-time owners, on our list every morning. We'd love to give you the things you are asking for--we need your support, your trust, and your evangelism to do that.

Remember, entries for the Design a Holiday Bunny contest are due October 15th! Stay tuned to group notices and the blog for a post soon about the Fur & Feather Fun Fair, a community-organized event that begins next week, and more information about Hallow's Eve 2013 from Ozimals!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ozimals Bunny Update 2.6!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 2.6! Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating!

Update 2.6 is a non-mandatory update. What this means is that your 2.5 bunnies will continue to eat for two weeks if not updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If your bunnies are not updated to 2.6, they will not be able to breed with updated or new bunnies. For any bunnies with earlier versions, this update is mandatory; those bunnies will stop eating once the update is released.

Additions:

* Limited Edition Wonder Warren Packs!

* New Genetic Traits!

* Retired Genetic Traits!

* New Bunnybury Exclusive Bunny!

* Design a Winter Holiday Elite Bunny!

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* Limited Edition Wonder Warren Packs!

For this update, we are introducing a special limited edition pack, the Wonder Warren. The bunnies in the Wonder Warren will share the same chance of new traits as the regular packs. However, there is a SECOND set of new furs, exclusive to the Wonder Warren. All Wonder Warren bunnies will have these new furs as their VISIBLE furs--so you are guaranteed new furs on these bunnies right out of the box--PLUS they have a chance of other new traits.

The Wonder Warren will be limited to 400 packs total, but there is no limit on how many packs anyone may buy. These packs will only be available inworld, at the Ozimals main store and at the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market. When all 400 are gone, or on September 9th, whichever comes first, they will become unavailable. These special Wonder Warren furs will NOT be available again and can ONLY be bought in this pack.

These are *not* elites; these furs are breedable like any other new fur.

Wonder Warren packs have different packaging from regular warren packs, and will be sold from a special vendor. There will be fifty packs in each location when the update is released. If needed, we will add more on Tuesday, August 27th, at 10:00 am SLT. Delaying until this specific time gives multiple time zones a fair shot; after that, we will add more as needed, but the total number of packs that will be available is 400.

* New Genetic Traits!

All of the standard bunny packs--pet packs, pair packs, and warren packs--will have the chance of new traits once the update is released. ALL new packs will have a chance of new traits, but the Wonder Warren will also have an ADDITIONAL set of new furs, which will not be available from other packs.

* Retired Genetic Traits!

We are retiring a large number of traits in this update, including all Velveteen furs, all Annamite furs, and the following eyes: Orchid, Cognac, Knight, Clover, Pyrite, Curacao, Magma, Chestnut, Storm, Beryl, Mushroom, Ianthine, Blaze, and Cirrus. Also leaving will be the current Bunnybury Exclusive bunny, Velveteen Berry with Grenadine eyes.

* New Bunnybury Exclusive Bunny!

There will be a new Bunnybury Exclusive bunny, which will be available from the Bunnybury vendor when the update is released. This bunny will have a new exclusive fur and new exclusive eye, unavailable anywhere else. These traits are breedable. The bunnies from the vendor will all be Classic shade this time, with any ear type possible - so if you want to see it in your favorite shade--and you WILL--get breeding!

The Bunnybury Random Nest and Nest With Increased Chance of Recessives will be updated a week after the update, on Monday, September 2nd, and will then also include the chance of new traits.

For more information about Bunnybury, including a slurl to the vendor, please see the Ozimals wiki.

* Design a Winter Holiday Elite Bunny!

We're holding a contest! This year, we'd like to see your dream Winter Holiday Elite bunny - the winning entries from the community will inspire the 2013 Winter Holiday Elites. For more information and how to enter, please see the contest announcement blog post!

For more information about our plans for the holidays this year, please check out the notes for the recent Community Meeting.

****************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.

2.  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.

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

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

1. Get the updater, available free from these locations:

The Ozimals main store

The Ozimals satellite store @ Shamrock Market

The Ozimals shop on Marketplace

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 short delay before the updater begins; 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 soit  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.

Happy Kindling and Much <3

Ozimals Team

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Design A Holiday Bunny!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Some of you may remember that years ago, there were many threads on the Ozimals forums full of your great suggestions for elite bunnies. This year, we're holding an official contest! Show us your dream Winter Holiday elite bunny!

The winning design(s) will be the inspiration for the 2013 Winter Holiday Elites. If your design is picked, the holidays will come early for you -- you'll get the bunny and some holiday treats before anyone else does! Plus, we'll give you free food for that bunny for a year, so you can celebrate all year long!

All entries are due by October 15th, and you can enter as many times as you like. 

We'll be posting the finalists on Flickr for everyone to see, too!

How to enter:

1/ Download the Bunny Coloring Book. This .zip file contains pictures of all parts of a bunny--you can use as many or as few as you need to show us your design!

2/ Email your completed design, with "Design a Holiday Bunny / [Your Full SL Name]" as the subject line, to firelight@ozimals.com.

Good luck and happy imagining! We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Much <3
Ozimals Team



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Community Meeting this Sunday; Bunny Update next week!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We'll be hosting an Ozimals Community Meeting this Sunday, August 25, at 12:00 pm (noon) SLT. The meeting will be held on the Ozimals sim, in our new Community Meeting location.

If you've never attended one of our meetings, please come! They are a great opportunity to meet other Ozimals breeders and fans, as well as a chance to ask us questions directly. The most important part of THIS meeting, however, will be to discuss our plans for the rest of the Ozimals year, and specifically to talk about Bunny Update 2.6.

The bunnies' update will be early next week, and there is lots to learn about what's coming! We hope to see you there!

Much <3
Ozimals Team


Friday, August 2, 2013

Seven More Days on the Beach...

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We hope you are enjoying our summer on the beach! It has been great to see the bunny elites and Puffling Paragons, as well as the new limited edition traits, lounging around in the sunshine; thanks to everyone who has posted pictures to the Ozimals Flickr group pool. Seeing so many of you at Beach Bunny Bingo was a pleasure, too!

However, no summer is endless; we are already hard at work on the next wave of Ozimals goodness--watch for an announcement of an Ozimals Community Meeting in the weeks to come!

With that in mind, we're leaving the gacha machines up for one more week. All of them will vanish on Friday, August 9th--and with them, your only chance for the Beach Bunny elites and the Beachball Puffling Paragon.

Until next Friday, they remain on the Ozimals Beach and at our satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, July 15, 2013

Beach Pufflings Gacha and Holiday Paragon!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Seeing the bunnies having so much fun on the beach has made the Pufflings jealous. Worried that the tiny birds might be overwhelmed by the ocean waves, Ozma forbade any of them to go to the beach without some safety precautions.


We are happy to introduce the beach Pufflings gacha! Like the bunny gachas, it is L$50 per play, and contains the following:

FOUR Surfboards in exclusive Puffling orange!
FOUR beach towels in exclusive Puffling orange!
SEVEN "common" Pufflings with "Wingfloats" wings, in Evergreen, Ink, Snow, Chiffon, Flamingo, Mocha, or Chartreuse!
SEVEN "common" Pufflings with "Innertube" bodies, in Evergreen, Ink, Snow, Chiffon, Flamingo, Mocha, or Chartreuse!
ONE "rare" Puffling Paragon, with a Limited Edition trait!

The Pufflings that come from these eggs will not necessarily look like the ones in the picture, as their non-exclusive traits can vary; for example, a Puffling with Ink Wingfloats could have any body color, crest style, eye color, etc, that is in the current starter eggs, but it WILL have Ink Wingfloats.

Wingfloats and Innertube, as well as the secret LE trait in the rare Paragon, will only be available from this gacha, though they can be passed to the offspring of these Pufflings.

The Puffling Paragon itself will only be available from this gacha, though like all Paragons, its design is a "costume" and cannot be inherited by its offspring.

The Puffling gachas are set up on Ozimals Beach, right by the bunny gachas, and at our satellite shop at Shamrock Market!

To celebrate the summer festivities, there is ALSO a holiday Paragon, who can appear randomly from any egg created and hatched by your Pufflings between now and midnight SLT on July 31st. (That's the night of Tuesday/Wednesday, the 30th-31st.)

Happy Hatching and Much <3
Ozimals Team

Summer Warren Walk Begins!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The Summer Warren Walk and Trivia Game have begun! The Warren Walk continues through July 28th, and the deadline for Trivia Game entries is July 27th.

The Warren Walk is an event organized by the Ozimals community for the Ozimals community. It's a great opportunity to hang out with other breeders and talk about bunnies and Pufflings... as well as getting a peek at other people's prized pets, the many cool environments and homes community members have created, and a glimpse of breeding strategies throughout the Ozimals world.

Shamrock Market and Krazy Kritters are sponsoring these events--you can visit either market to find a kiosk full of information, including the Warren Walk landmarks list, a trivia game card, information about the Warren Walk Flickr group, and more!

Remember, Bingo today at 3:30 pm SLT! The more people playing, the higher the prize!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beach Bunny Bingo!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

It's time for Bingo! Our first game will be today, Saturday, July 13, at 3:30 pm SLT. Unlike previous Bingos, where we gave away Bunnybury tickets as prizes, this time the prizes will be Omni Food.

For those of you have not played Ozimals Bingo with us before, when you arrive at the Bingo location, you need to grab and wear a hat and a card from the box. Once a game is underway, your card will automagically fill in the spaces that have been called, but you must be wearing both the card AND the hat!

It's a lot of fun, and a chance to socialize with the rest of the Ozimals community!

Beach Bunny Bingo will be held on Ozimals Beach.

Our scheduled games are as follows:

Saturday July 13 - 3:30 pm SLT
Monday July 15 - 3:30 pm SLT
Wednesday July 17 - 3:30 pm SLT
Friday July 19 - 3:30 pm SLT
Saturday July 20 - 3:30 pm SLT
Monday July 22 - 3:30 pm SLT
Wednesday July 24 - 3:30 pm SLT
Friday July 26 - 1:30 pm SLT

Unscheduled, spur of the moment Bingo games will be announced in the inworld group chats.

Good luck, and much <3
Ozimals Team

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bunny Update 2.5

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 2.5! We're excited to have you meet the Beach Bunnies, and come play on Ozimals Beach!


Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating!

Update 2.5 is a non-mandatory update. What this means is that your 2.4 bunnies will continue to eat for two weeks if not updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If your bunnies are not updated to 2.5, they will not be able to breed with updated bunnies, or produce holiday-elite-capable nests. For any bunnies with earlier versions, this update is mandatory; those bunnies will stop eating once the update is released.

Starter bunny packs, bought directly from Ozimals, do not have new genetic traits as of this update, due to new traits available from the Beach Bunnies Gachas.

Additions:

* Beach Bunnies Holiday Elite Kindling Period!

* Beach Bunnies Gacha Machines and LE Traits!

* Bunny Nest Autolabeler!

* Beach Bunny Bingo!

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*Beach Bunnies Holiday Elite Kindling Period

The Beach Bunnies holiday elite kindling period began earlier today, July 11th, and ends at 11:59 PM SLT on Friday, July 26th. Nests both created and kindled by version 2.5 bunnies during this period have the chance at producing a holiday elite bunny. Of course, as always, if you would rather skip the chance, the nests' menus will have a button labeled "No Elite".

For more information about special holiday elite kindling periods, please see the wiki!


*Beach Bunnies Gacha Machines and LE Traits

Ozimals is celebrating this summer with our Beach Bunny gacha machines. There are 3 machines: Male, Female, and Surfboards. Each machine is L$50/play, and they are located on the Ozimals Beach and at our satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

The Male and Female machines have beach towels and bunny nests inside. Among the bunny nests, there are six different "Rare" nests: three male versions and three female versions. The bunnies in these rare nests have special coats and the chance to pass Limited Edition hidden traits.

The nests in the gachas have unlocked ears and shades, which means that the bunnies inside them can have any currently available ear or shade. All of the bunnies and towels and surfboards in the gachas will only be available from the gachas - ALL of the bunnies are elites!

Bunny nests are not transferable, though of course the bunnies are once they have been kindled. Towels and surfboards ARE transferable, so you can trade with your friends!


*Bunny Nest Autolabeler!

Now, when your bunnies create a nest, you have new options.

When you Show Stats, there is a new line added to the bottom, "Mother's Generation:", followed by a number. This number is the generations left to the mother bunny when the nest was created. This way, you can easily see which nests---yours or anyone else's---were created in a mother bunny's final three generations, and could thus be elite-eligible.

When you click "Name Nest", you will be given the choice of manually labeling it, like before, or automatically labeling it. The Automatic label will look something like this: "[10]Harlequin Blue & Orange-Dark Blue-Lop Ears-Classic". The number in brackets at the beginning is the Mother's Generation number, and the rest is... well, self-explanatory.

We hope this will make it much easier to keep track of your nests!


*Beach Bunny Bingo!

To inaugurate the Ozimals sim's new beach, we'll be holding Beach Bunny Bingo games--stay tuned to the blog for a post detailing the schedule.

****************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.

2.  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.

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

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

1. Get the updater, available free from these locations:

The Ozimals main store

The Ozimals satellite store @ Shamrock Market

The Ozimals shop on Marketplace

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 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.

Happy Kindling and Much <3

Ozimals Team

Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer Warren Walk!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Some of you may remember the Warren Walk last winter.. the Summer edition begins soon! Think of it as a walking tour of the community - you can go see people's bunnies and Pufflings all over the grid, admiring their homes and their covet-worthy babies! This event is organized by members of the community, FOR the community, and we are excited to see this year's lineup!

This time, there's also a Trivia Game--you can win prizes and L$ and have fun doing it! For more information and to list *YOUR* warren or flock on the tour, please visit the kiosks at Shamrock Market or Krazy Kritters. The deadline to enter is 12:01 am SLT, Wednesday morning, July 10th.

The Warren Walk itself begins July 14th.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, July 1, 2013

Pufflings: Last Chance for Beatrice!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

While we get geared for the beach, fair Beatrice is departing for gentler climes. The sea air does not agree with her delicate constitution, so tomorrow, Tuesday, July 2, is the absolute last day that you can get a Beatrice Puffling Paragon from Ozimals. Besides being a special Paragon herself, Beatrice has a limited-edition genetic trait, unavailable elsewhere, that she can pass on to her offspring. For more information about Beatrice, please see our previous blog post.

To get your very own Beatrice, please visit the Pufflings main store or the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Saturday, June 29, 2013

July 11: Bunny Update 2.5

Aloha, Ozimals friends!

Update 2.5 for the Ozimals bunnies is coming on Thursday, July 11! This update brings all of our summer beach party fun, as well as some under-the-hood improvements and some delightful surprises! We will have much more information for you on release day, so dust off your Bingo hats, work on your tan, develop a taste for poi, and stay tuned! Here's a little sneak peek:


One of the reasons we are waiting until the 11th is that Linden Lab have announced their intention to start enabling Server Side Appearance, a/k/a Project Sunshine, on July 9th (in some regions at least). If you are using a current viewer, this should be the normal weekly episode of restarts for you--if you are NOT, you will have larger problems than un-updated bunnies. (See the Second Life blog for a quick overview! July 9th will be the start of the second of the three steps outlined in that post.) Waiting to do our update until a few days have passed will hopefully minimize the stress for all concerned.

The weekend before that is a holiday weekend in the US, when the Ozimals staff traditionally grills things, gets sunburned, and fights off alien invasions with their families and friends. Thus, we will have limited support from Thursday, July 4th, through Sunday, July 7th. If you need support during this time and cannot locate a CSR, please file a ticket--we will answer them as soon as we've prevented the Martians from landing. Many questions can be answered with the help of the community via the Ozimals inworld groups, too, so don't be shy to ask in group chat!

Mahalo, and much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pufflings: Enchanting Food

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Today we are introducing Enchanting Food for the Pufflings.


It is available at the Pufflings main store, and at our satellite shop at Shamrock Market.

What is Enchanting Food for?

When a Puffling goes too long without food, either inworld or in your inventory, the enchantment that originally created the little bird wears off, and he reverts to the cream puff he once was. Cream puffs, true to their natures, cannot breed or play. To renew the enchantment and return them to the happy, enthusiastic Pufflings they once were, you have several options.

One, you can purchase and use Enchantment Dust, which instantly re-enchants them

*or*

Two, you can feed them - letting them eat for 24 hours will re-enchant your Pufflings.

Any Puffling that is version 1.2 or later can eat its way out of Disenchantment by eating Omni Food. Earlier versions--1.0 and 1.1--cannot eat Omni Food until they have been updated to the current version, and cannot be updated until they are out of Disenchantment.

So: Enchanting Food, while it will feed any Puffling, is intended to be used to re-enchant 1.0 and 1.1 Pufflings. Feed it to them while they are coming out of Disenchantment, and then once they are no longer cream puffs, you can update them and they will happily eat Omni Food. If you have leftover old-style food, that will work just as well to get older version Pufflings re-enchanted.

You do not need Enchanting Food unless you have older version Pufflings who are Disenchanted *AND* you have no old-style food for them to eat *AND* you do not want to use Enchantment Dust.

If you have had any other problems since the update--including difficulties with Sepia eye textures--please do not hesitate to file a ticket at our support portal, and we will do our best to fix up your Puffling!

And, last but not least: the days are getting longer and longer, and the bunnies of Oz are VERY busy planning their trip to the beach! They're patching their floaty rafts and beach balls, shaking last year's sand out of their swimsuits, and lecturing the excited baby bunnies about not swimming until one hour after eating Omni Food. They're all going to the beach, and all of YOU are invited too--so watch the blog, stock up on sunscreen, and practice your surfing, because your invitation will be here before you know it!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Pufflings Update 1.2!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Pufflings Update 1.2! Please read this entire post carefully before you begin updating!


Update 1.2 is a non-mandatory update. What this means is that your Pufflings will continue to eat if not updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If you are not able to be inworld and updating until later, your Pufflings will not go hungry. Until your Pufflings are updated, however, you will not be able to use the new features, nor will your Pufflings be able to breed with 1.2 Pufflings.

Additions:
*Grow and Shrink potions
*New genetic traits
*Omni Food

*** 1. Grow and Shrink: There are new potions available for the Pufflings! These enable you to change the size of your Puffling to anything from 1 to 10--a standard adult Puffling is size 3. Grow and Shrink potions will only work on adult Pufflings who have been updated to version 1.2. Each potion works for one "step" in size--so if you wanted to go down to size 1, you would need two Shrink Potions.

*** 2. New Genetic Traits: We have added heaps of new genetic traits to the Pufflings gene pool! Any Pufflings starter egg, if rezzed for the first time after the update is released, has the chance of these new traits. We are excited for everyone to see them! The current batch of starter Pufflings will come with old-style Pufflings-only food in the box, but that brings us to our next topic...

*** 3. Omni Food: At long last, this update heralds the release of Omni Food--food that can be eaten by both bunnies and Pufflings. This food comes in the same types and sizes as bunny food--making it a lower price than old-style Puffling food--with the same boosts to love and energy for both bunnies and Pufflings. Your Pufflings will still eat old-style Puffling food, of course, if you have some lying around--and bunnies will still eat old-style bunny food--but it will no longer be sold.


A note about Marketplace: We are still patiently working with Linden Lab to fix the difficulties that Marketplace is having with Birdsong Thistle's listings. We're very sorry, because we know it is frustrating, but because of this, the 1.2 Updater, as well as Grow/Shrink potions, are not currently available on the SL Marketplace, and we cannot estimate when they will be.

****************IMPORTANT NOTES****************
   
    THE UPDATE PROCESS WILL:
    REQUIRE 20 PRIMS FREE ON LAND
    RESET PRICING AND
    RESET HOME POSITION! 
   
Please check that you reset home near food and reprice if you had Pufflings set for sale.

The Pufflings updater does not rez anything except the newly updated Puffling. When the updater is running, don’t be alarmed when your Pufflings disappear--it will rez 1.2 versions of the same Pufflings in their places.

The updater is very fast, and has been tested in many different environments. Still, if you have any problems with the update, please file a ticket with the names and if possible the IDs of any Pufflings affected. If you do not have a record of their ID keys, you can look them up on Ozaria to get that information. This is one of the reasons it is a good idea to name your Pufflings; it is MUCH easier to find a specific Puffling in your list who is named "Engelbert" than one who is named "Ozimals Puffling", like the rest!

Make sure your Pufflings are named before you update, and that you have access to their ID keys, and any problems you could possibly encounter are much easier to resolve. A Puffling's "key" is the ID number shown in local chat stats. You can also extricate it from the description line of the Puffling, visible when you edit the Puffling, or see it in that Puffling's listing on Ozaria. If you haven’t registered for Ozaria yet, it is free and very useful, and you can get a registration code from the Ozaria signs in the Ozimals shops.

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

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ozimals%20Orientation%202/224/156/21
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ozimals%20Orientation%203/230/153/21
http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ozimals%20Orientation%204/228/153/21

*****PUFFLING FOOD, THE UPDATE, AND YOU!*****

The food does NOT get updated itself, it only communicates to you the need to update your Pufflings. PLEASE NOTE!! You do NOT need to buy new food! 

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

Preparing to Update:

1. Get the updater. Available at these locations:


*Ozimals Pufflings Main Store:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ozimals/66/54/32

*Ozimals Satellite Store at Shamrock Market
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Shamrock%20Market/23/203/22

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 Pufflings:

    A.  Turn Puffling movement off. Take a moment to record the Puffling's ID if you do not already have it recorded.

    B.  Pick up your Pufflings one at a time (do NOT pick up in a group!)
   
    C.  Rez up to 10 Pufflings in your update area. The updater affects Pufflings 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 Pufflings will update one by one.

    F.  When all updates are completed, remove the updated Pufflings from the update area, and put down the  next 10 un-updated Pufflings.

    G.  Continue this process until your entire flock is updated.
   
    H.  After the update is completed,  there is no need to re-rez your food. \o/

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Pufflings Paragon "Beatrice"!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Silas is a happy little Puffling, hopping around and exploring the brightly colored modern world. Even though he is sepia-toned and his tastes run towards things some of the other Pufflings call "antique", he likes seeing all of the progress made in the last hundred years.

But... there's one thing that has haunted him: how will he ever find a mate? An old-fashioned girl like himself? Silas has many lady friends among the other Pufflings, but hasn't met just the right one... yet.

Many of you have asked this, too, so we are very happy to announce the release of the Puffling paragon "Beatrice"!



The limited edition Beatrice arrives in a sepia-toned birdhouse. Sure to captivate Silas, she is dressed in the latest 1913 fashions. She will only be available through Wednesday, June 19th, from the Pufflings main store and from the Ozimals satellite shop at Shamrock Market. Just as all Silases were male, all Beatrices are female.

Beatrice has a limited-edition genetic trait that she can pass to her offspring; this trait will not be available from any other source.

Here is some important information about next week's Puffling update and Beatrice! We know there will be questions about Beatrice's food and whether the eggs will be "updated" next week, so hopefully this will answer those for you.

1/ Beatrice comes with a standard Level 2 food. As of the update, all of the food we sell will be the new Omni Food, which feeds both bunnies and Pufflings. The food in Beatrice's box will not change, however--though it will of course still work, like any current food, after the update.

2/ Any Pufflings "starter" egg--an egg purchased directly from Ozimals instead of from another breeder--has its genetics set when it is first rezzed. This means that any starter egg, whether from the first week of Pufflings or from this week, including Beatrice, "learns" its genetics when you rez it, pulling from the current gene pool. Still with me? Okay, so this means that if you buy Beatrice today, and rez the egg today, your Beatrice will have 1.1 genetics. If you buy Beatrice today, and rez the egg after the update, your Beatrice will have 1.2 genetics. Please remember that it is not when the starter egg is KINDLED, but when it is first rezzed, that counts--and that this only applies to starter eggs, not to any that your Pufflings have created.

3/ Whichever set of genetics your Beatrice has, she will always have the limited-edition trait; the updated genetics won't affect that.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pufflings Update: June 13!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Save the date! Next week, on Thursday, June 13, it will be update day for your Pufflings. As always, we recommend updating promptly, and keeping your pets updated to the most current version, so it's nice to be able to give you this much advance notice. Here's a little preview of some of the things you can look forward to!

All "starter" Puffling eggs--boxed eggs purchased directly from Ozimals, rather than from another breeder--will have a chance at new genetic traits once the update is released! Where, before, there was a gene pool for the Pufflings... now it's more like a gene OCEAN: we have added a LOT of stuff in this update, which will combine with the older genetics to create fantastic new looks. We're excited for you to see!

Grow Potion and Shrink Potion, for Pufflings, will be released that day too, and will work on any Puffling that has been updated to the new version and is at least seven days old. Just like the potions for the bunnies, these will allow you to permanently size your Pufflings down to a teensy size one.. or up, to an imposing size ten... and anything in between!

Finally, something we've been wanting to do for eons is has finally come to fruition: Omni Food. (Not to be confused with the old bunny food of the same name.) This new food will replace the food we currently sell for bunnies and Pufflings, and will be available in all of the sizes and food types as current bunny food, including Wearable. Omni Food will feed bunnies and Pufflings, making everything simpler for everyone. Plus, it's really, really cute. Yay!

As usual, there will be more information about all of this on update day, so be sure to check group notices and the Ozimals blog next Thursday. See you then!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, May 31, 2013

Pufflings GET ended, & last days of Breedables Fair

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The Pufflings' Golden Egg Time--introducing the new shade Raincloud--has ended. Like any GET trait, it will only be available from the Pufflings who were born with it during GET and their descendents. For more information about Golden Egg Time, please see the Pufflings wiki, and for some great snapshots of Pufflings with the Raincloud shade, check out the Ozimals Flickr group!

The SL Breedables Fair at the 2013 Home & Garden Expo, featuring the limited edition Puffling, Silas, whose sales benefit Relay For Life, closes this Sunday, June 2nd--so if you haven't been to check out the Ozimals area and our spot in the Breedables Hall of Fame, don't miss out!

Remember, too, that summer is just around the corner in Oz! Stay tuned!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, May 24, 2013

Silas Puffling @ the 2013 Breedables Fair!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

The Breedables Fair at the Second Life Home & Garden Expo, to benefit Relay For Life, is now open!

Be sure to visit the Ozimals area--we're located on Breedables Fair 1--to see the special limited-edition Puffling, Silas! This year's RFL theme is "100 Years of Hope", and Silas is all dressed up in the height of 1913 fashion to celebrate.

You can also visit us at the Fair at the Breedables Hall of Fame; there is a Puffling vendor there too, if you cannot get to our main display.

If you can't get in right now, don't worry--the Breedables Fair will be open through Sunday, June 2, 2013.

For more information about Relay For Life of SL, please visit their website.

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Friday, May 3, 2013

Ozimals Community Meeting This Sunday!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We hope you are enjoying Spring! In our last blog post we mentioned our upcoming Community Meeting--here are the details:

Where: Magic of Oz
When: 2:00 pm SLT on Sunday afternoon, May 5.

We will be discussing upcoming events including the Pufflings update, Relay for Life, and our plans for the summer! As always, the second part of the meeting will be an open Q&A session. A transcript will be posted on the forums next week if you are unable to attend, but we would love to see you there!

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GET ends, Summer in Oz, *and* Strangelings release!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

We hope you have enjoyed Golden Egg Time and the April Fools surprises from the bunnies! Both have now concluded. We'll be holding a Community Meeting on Sunday, May 5 (don't worry, more information and reminders are coming in a future post!) to preview our plans for summer--we are already hard at work on the next round of treats and improvements!

Malk and Candy, however, are working doubly hard. Their partnership with several former Lindens, Flying Monkey Interactive, has begun its conquest of the world outside of Second Life with the long-awaited release of Strangelings!

Strangelings is a fantasy pet breeding game, playable on the web and on iOS devices. The genetics-based breeding system allows tens of millions of possible combinations, so if you play carefully, you can breed your ideal unique pet! If you have the Second Life Strangelings avatar, you have seen how many completely different looks you can create, but the avatar is only part of the story. The game itself is a lush 3D world where you can interact with your Strangelings and find out what secret genetics they are hiding.

A big part of Strangelings is its online auction house--you can become a part of the Strangelings community by selling your pets at dynamic live auctions, and your auction profits are paid in real money!

Because Strangelings is accessible from your desktop or from a mobile device, you can play any time, anywhere! There's no concern about land or prim limits, no required cost, and you are not victim to an outside platform's quirks--the world of Strangelings was designed and built for playing with your pets.

For more information about Strangelings, and to start playing right now, please visit http://strangelings.com/game/index.html .

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pufflings GET and Mystic Fool 2013 Bunnies!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Since their surprise debut on April Fool's Day, many of you have seen Mystic Fool 2013 bunnies--if you haven't, go check out the Ozimals group pool on Flickr! The Mystic Fool can come from any nest created by version 2.4 bunnies after 12:01 am SLT on Tuesday, March 19; like other holiday elites, parental genetics have no bearing on the chance for these bunnies.

The kindling chance for Easter elites ended on April 2nd, and the Easter Sweets elite packs and Lucky Charms food packs are no longer available.

The Pufflings are celebrating the new season as well; Golden Egg Time began a few days ago and is still ongoing, producing the new color "Snow". As always, we will post an announcement when GET has ended--after that, "Snow" will only be available from the Pufflings who were born with it during the GET.

For more information about Golden Egg Time, please see the Pufflings wiki!

Thank you to everyone who has been adding pics to Flickr--keep them coming! (Looking at you, owners of "Snow" Pufflings...) Remember, Flickr is free--if you do not yet have an account, here is a quick explanation of the service. Once you have joined, you must join the Ozimals Flickr group to submit your pictures.

Stay tuned for the next round of news--though we're not looking too far ahead yet; April is still young ;)

Much <3
Ozimals Team

Monday, March 18, 2013

Ozimals Bunny Update 2.4!

Hello, Ozimals friends!

Welcome to Bunny Update 2.4! Please read these notes carefully before you begin updating!

Update 2.4 is a non-mandatory update for 2.3 bunnies. What this means is that your 2.3 bunnies will continue to eat for two weeks if not updated, though each food you have rezzed out will message you once a day to remind you to update. If your bunnies are not updated to 2.4, they will not be able to breed with updated bunnies, or produce holiday-elite-capable nests. For any bunnies with earlier versions--2.2 and older--this update is mandatory; those bunnies will stop eating once the update is released.

Starter bunny packs, bought directly from Ozimals, do not have new genetic traits as of this update, due to the batch we unlocked less than two weeks ago.

Additions:

* Easter Holiday Elite Kindling Period!

* Easter Sweets 2013 Packs!

* And some "under the hood" improvements too boring and code-y to go into here.

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*Easter Holiday Elite Kindling Period

The Easter holiday elite kindling period begins at 12:01 am SLT on Tuesday, March 19--that's midnight on Monday night--and ends at 12:01 am SLT on Tuesday, April 2--also midnight on Monday night. Nests both created and kindled by version 2.4 bunnies during this period have the chance at producing a holiday elite bunny. Of course, as always, if you would rather skip the chance, the nests' menus will have a button labeled "No Elite".

For more information about special holiday elite kindling periods, please see the wiki.



*Easter Sweets 2013 Pack

Ozimals is celebrating Easter this year with an elite bunny pack available exclusively from Ozimals. The Easter Sweets 2013 Pack contains nest dye, a limited-edition holiday food, and two random-gender nests: one each of the Criollo 2013 and Forastero 2013 elite bunnies. These nests have unlocked ears and shades, which means that the bunnies inside them can have any currently available ear or shade.

The special holiday food is a 30-day Level 2 Standard food. It is our first mesh food, with an LI of only 2, instead of the higher numbers of the older prim foods!

Easter Sweets 2013 packs and Version 2.4 Updaters are available are available from:

The Ozimals main store

The Ozimals satellite store @ Shamrock Market

The Ozimals shop on Marketplace

****************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.

2.  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!)  LMs below:

Bunny Update Fields @ Ozimals Orientation 2
Bunny Update Fields @ Ozimals Orientation 3
Bunny Update Fields @ 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!  Once you update your bunnies, they will eat any version of food just fine.

FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS  FOR A SMOOTH UPDATE PROCESS!

1. Get the updater, available free from these locations:

The Ozimals main store
The Ozimals satellite store @ Shamrock Market
The Ozimals shop on Marketplace

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 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.

Happy Kindling and Much <3
Ozimals Team

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