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Ozimals | Pufflings Preview Meeting

Last week Ozimals held a community meeting to preview their newest SL breedable, Strangelings. Shortly after that meeting a notice was sent out to their groups thanking everyone for attending and announcing another meeting to preview yet another project. Today Second Life was introduced to Pufflings. Unlike the Strangelings there have been no teasers sent, no information released on this”other project” from Ozimals. Yesterday Candy Cerveau made mention in the Ozimals Orations and Updates group chat that the meeting was birthday themed with pastries involved (possibly) and earlier today in a meeting reminder notice this new projects name was released, Pufflings.

Ozimals Pufflings Preview Meeting

The meeting was held in a tent decorated with birthday presents, balloons and towers of creme puff pastries called croquembouche. Glinda and Ozma, who made a rare inworld appearance, had a short dialog as follows:

Glinda: Welcome, everyone, to the birthday celebration of her Majesty, Ozma, Empress of Oz.
Ozma: Hello, and thank you all so much for coming! The royal bakers have made Endless Cake, so there is plenty for everyone, even if you would like a second helping.
Glinda: Every year, Ozma’s birthday is a public holiday in Oz, and the people hold celebrations, but this is the first time the palace party has been a public one. Some of you may not know about some of the events at prior celebrations; Ozma’s friends always plan special surprises for her birthday, and because magic is common in Oz, these surprises are spectacular.
Ozma: Last year there was a PIE. A perfectly normal pie. But when I cut into it–carefully, I might add–there was a troupe of DANCING MONKEYS inside waiting to begin their routine. They danced up and down the table for the rest of the afternoon.
Glinda: Didn’t you like them?
Ozma: Oh, they were wonderful! I just never… thought… well, you know. I thought it was PIE. And though we built a wing onto the palace, with a monkey-sized theatre, sometimes I think we need something different… a cheerful palace pet, something which delights and enchants palace guests.
Glinda: That’s solved, this year: Endless Cake! The not-enough-pie part, I mean.
Ozma looks around the tent, at the gifts piled high and the towers of cream puffs. “I think we have enough cream puffs for everyone to have a HUNDRED.”
Glinda: Then if some of them were to stop being cream puffs…?
Ozma looks curiously at a cream puff. “Stop being cream puffs? What do you mean by that?”
Glinda smiles, and waves her wand. “Happy Birthday, Ozma!”

And with that the creme puffs turned into these round birds, Pufflings, and began hopping all over the floor of the tent.

Ozimals Pufflings

“So these are the Pufflings! Pufflings are, as you just heard, magical animals created by Glinda for Ozma’s birthday.  They love living in the Palace at Emerald City, but they also want to visit other lands beyond Oz and meet new people like you.  If you have had bunnies, the way the Pufflings work will be very familiar.  But we’ve also added many new tweaks to the system based on what you’ve told us you’d like to see, as well as some natural, yet intuitive evolutions to the way Ozimals-style breeding works.

Pufflings will have more of their code based on a server rather than in-world. This will allow much more in-world processing power to be allocated towards interactive features for the birds. However, they will not stop functioning or disappear if the server goes down.  Having this hybrid system will allow us to have less updates and more flexibility to add content and features quickly without disruption to you.  The Pufflings have many different body aspects (such as tails and crests) that can be bred, along with color and feather patterns that will give an incredible variety of choices to your breeding.  We will be talking more about the breeding of Pufflings in our meeting on the 11th.”

More images can be seen on my Ozimals Pufflings Flickr Set and also many others have been adding their own pictures to the Ozimals Flickr Pool.

If you were unable to attend the Ozimals Community Meeting Puffling Preview you can read the  meeting notes which have been posted on the Ozimals Community Forums.

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Ozimals | Strangelings Preview Meeting

Yesterday I attended the Ozimals Strangelings preview meeting. Wow! Where do I start?

Strangelings Preview MeetingPrior to the meeting the Ozimals Orientation region was closed, so the Strangelings could be rezzed and positioned. Upon arrival in the regular meeting area it was evident that the Ozimals team had been busy. The entire meeting area had been transformed into a rocky swamp in theme with the 3 teasers which had been sent out previously (see teaser #1, teaser #2 and teaser #3). Displayed amongst the rocks were a sampling of beautifully textured Strangelings.

The first thing that caught my eye were the vibrant colors of the textures. Next I noticed all the variations of the Strangelings, at least those that were displayed. The base Strangeling will be very fox-like in appearance. However, through breeding, the Strangelings can have different attachments called Aspects. Some of those shown were Wings, Dorsal Spines, Horns, Unicorn Horn, Webbed Hind Legs, Hoofed Hind Legs, Scorpion Tail and a tail that to me looked like a Lion Tail. These definitely do not resemble any other breedable, current or past.

Ozimals Strangelings Preview

“With Strangelings, we really wanted to step outside the realm of realistic animals into a more fantastical place – the Aspects give breeders the ability to create pets right out of their own imaginations and we can’t wait to see what people come up with!  Our development team did a fantastic job making a creature that looks very different from anything you’ve seen before, and we only displayed a few Aspects at the meeting.  There’s so much more to show you, keep watching.”

Candy Cerveau, Ozimals

Strangelings Preview     Strangelings Preview     Strangelings Preview

More images can be seen on my Ozimals Strangelings Flickr Set and also many others have been adding their own pictures to the Ozimals Flickr Pool.

If you were unable to attend the Ozimals Community Meeting Strangeling Preview you can read the  meeting notes posted on the Ozimals Community Forums. There was a lot of information shared with more to come in future meetings. Speaking of future meetings, shortly after the Strangelings preview meeting was over the following notice was sent from Ozimals to their groups …

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the community meeting tonight! Apologies for the sim meltdown – we had to stop raising the limit at 70 but luckily we were able to split the group onto two sims to accomodate most of the people who wanted to attend. If you weren’t able to get to the meeting but still want to look at the Strangelings, we are leaving them out for the next 24 hours or so. Don’t forget, next week we reveal the other project we’ve been working on… Join us 6/27 at 6pm SLT for the details!

So stayed tuned into Ozimals as they reveal yet ANOTHER project next week!

Ozimals | A First Look at Strangelings

Yesterday the following notice was sent to the Ozimals groups from Candy Cerveau …

“We’ve been quiet for a bit because we’ve been working hard in the Wizard’s Workshop and now we have lots to show you 🙂  Join us NEXT Monday, June 20th, at 6pm SLT for the resumption of the Community Meetings–this will be a big one! Get a first look at the Strangelings, learn about the upcoming Summer Festival and much more – but here’s a quick teaser to tide you over until then…”

Ozimals Strangelings Teaser

Two other Strangelings teasers have been released prior to this one. I have included both of them below in case you need a refresher or to compare all three side by side. I am looking forward to see more of the Strangelings and also to learn what may be so “Strange” about them.

Ozimals Community Meetings are held in the Ozimals Orientation region at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ozimals%20Orientation/145/174/23

Ozimals | Update v1.7 brings Collection Quests, Co-Owners and more

Ozimals Bunny Update 1.7Ozimals 1.7 Update Box

  • Six new genetics have been introduced in the Ozimals 1.7 starter packs and are now waiting to be discovered through breeding.
  • Non-Owners Menu now includes a link to your bunny’s SocialBun profile!
  • New Elite chances! The chance of achieving an elite bunny has been increased, though the parent bunnies must still meet all of the requirements. Keeping bunnies on Level 3 food throughout their breeding lives still *doubles* the new chance! Furthermore, an eligible female bunny’s chance increases from her 13th nest, through her 14th, and to its maximum on her 15th and final nest.
  • Menu changes
    • Support Menu now gives direct links to the following Ozimals web sites;
    • Interaction Menu changes
      • Collection button added (for SocialBun Collection Quest)
      • Co-Owner button added (you can now add 2 co-owners to every bunny)
      • Refresh button added (instantly update any changes to the Ozimals database)
  • Bonding changes
    • The bond confirmation pop-up has been removed to streamline the bonding process
    • Bonds and bond time remaining is now viewable to the bunny owner on the bunny’s SocialBun profile page.

NEW FEATURE! SocialBun Collections

  • Collections are a new SocialBun mini-game, found on SocialBun under “My Bunnies forSale”. The bunny’s Collection button is in the Interaction menu.
  • A Collection Quest is a quest to find a specific bunny. Each one is randomly generated for you; everyone will have different bunnies to collect. The idea behind the quest is to find a matching bunny and collect it. The bunny will be permanently removed from your warren–please make certain before you choose to send it in for a collection! In exchange for each bunny that you help to collect you will receive a collection point which you can turn in for rewards.
  • You may request a collection from the page, and if you complete it or skip it within 24 hours, you can move on to the next quest 24 hours from requesting the first.
  • If you cannot complete your quest within 24 hours, you will be given a 72-hour extension. This will be displayed by a countdown clock when you go to your collections page.
  • If you do not complete or skip your quest during the entire 96 hours, it will expire, and you can request a new one.
  • Each user will begin with two skip credits, each of which allows that user to skip one quest.

NEW FEATURE! Co-Ownership

  • Under the Interaction menu you will now see a “Co-owner” option, which allows you to assign, list, and delete two co-owners to your bunny.
  • Potential Co-owners must be in range of the bunny when you are assigning them as co-owners.
  • PLEASE NOTE! Co-owners can do just about anything to your bunnies, including bonding, Bunnybury and sending them for Collection quests! Ozimals cannot replace bunnies or be held responsible for what your co-owners may do, so be extremely careful when using this feature!
  • When a bunny is sold or given away, when the new owner rezzes the bunny, the prior co-owners will be erased.

Spring/Easter Holiday Elites, Limited Edition Elites and Holiday Food

Ozimals Easter Spring Display

Holiday Elite chance on nests created and kindled during: April 20 – April 27

This means that any nest created by your bunnies AND kindled between 12:00:01 AM SLT (one second after midnight on the morning of Wednesday, April 20th) and 11:59:59 PM SLT (one second before midnight on the evening of Wednesday, April 27th) can potentially produce an Easter elite, regardless of breeding.

Don’t forget! If you would like to bypass your chance at an Easter 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.

There will also be an Easter elite–different from the ones available through breeding–exclusively available at the Ozimals shops and through the SL Marketplace on April 19-27th.  The bunny will have the chance of carrying a limited edition eye, available only from this bunny.

Additionally, there are special limited edition Easter foods available from the Ozimals shops and on Marketplace; these will become collectibles, instead of disappearing, when their servings are exhausted. The foods come with delightful extra bonuses, including a Happiness Totem, which boosts the Happiness of surrounding bunnies, and will last until the end of the elite kindling period.


Ozimals | Project FUR Japan

Ozimals has created another bunny to help raise money for victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. This time the proceeds will be benefiting the homeless animals left behind by this disaster.

Ozimals has teamed up with Project FUR Japan organized by Blazin Aubret and Tristan Careless. For further details about Project FUR Japan please read their blog at http://projectfurjapan.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/welcome-to-project-fur-japan/

For details about the special Ozimals bunny please read http://projectfurjapan.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/ozimals-has-some-special-bunnies-for-project-fur-japan/.  As of this writing there is no date yet released for the start of this event, the availability of this bunny or its pricing.

* For those of you who searched every inch of the Ozimals regions (you know who you are) after Aeron’s “something fishy at Ozimals” comment in the Ozimals Orations and Updates group chat, well now you know he was probably hinting at this koi inspired bunny.