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Recently we've been seeing a lot of concerns raised by users when staff take official actions with users, and of course with some recent bans the worries have resurfaced and have reached us. First and foremost I would like to stress that we only ever take steps such as these when there is ample onsite evidence that actions that breech our Terms of Service have occurred.
In this instance it has regarded the "USD Sales of Designs By Artists" section of the ToS, which reads as follows:
"This section governs the sale of derivative works (artworks incorporating official Aywas pet bases, SCC pets that have been submitted already, and HA avatar artwork). Players may only accept USD for their derivative artworks through the Commissions Platform or through the use of Artist Paintbrushes. Players are forbidden from negotiating or selling derivative artworks through any other means, or in any other location. This means that players may only receive USD direct to their PayPal account when in connection with a Commissions Platform official request, or when an administrator redeems a Paintbrush for them."
This was written into the ToS in June of last year when the feature was released, and a news post was made to make everyone aware. There is also a knowledgebase article which was linked in the news post and is linked on the Commissions Panel page, to ensure that the knowledge of this was clearly and easily accessible.
Previous to this all USD sales of derivative works were disallowed by the ToS, except through Paintbrushes when they were initialised. As such any purposeful circumvention is a permanently bannable offence.
The fee that the commissions platform takes is not to punish the artist, but a licence for them to profit from the use of our copyrighted materials. These fees also allow us to continue building and repairing the site, as well as support the many artists that work as contractors for us in the breeding and custom ticket systems.
No one on staff takes banning a user lightly, and none of us take any joy from it - it is simply a necessary part of the work we do to continue maintaining the website. As always, as long as you have read and abide by the ToS then you are not in any danger - and if you are ever in doubt about something you want to do, or something someone has asked you to do for them, then please contact a member of staff. We are here to help you and always happy to do so =)
Posted by Eve (#2775) on Mon Apr 4, 2016 4:49pm
Welcome to April!
Welcome to the wonderful month of April!
Let's hop right to it and spring ahead with some new shiny pets. *u*
It's time to shower you with our newest GP Shop pets!
While the BP Shop pets bloom!
If you colored one of these fun pets, please contact Kyu (#1010) for your payment!
Make sure to include your PayPal address if you are opting for the USD option.
We will also be collecting pet PSDs directly from the thread, so you no longer have to send them in. However, please make sure you keep the links active for two weeks (at least until mid-March) so we have time to snag 'em for science!
The illustrious Essence of April 2016 was made in honor of Athena.
A single sip from this owl-shaped bottle might not necessarily make your pet wiser, but it will transform your active pet into one of the monthly colorations above at random.
Have a party, it's your birthday!
It's that time of year again, where the Aywas zodiac calendar resets and switches over to a new birthday Lunaris theme for the next twelve months.
After taking inspiration from community ideas, I am excited to announce that our new theme is... Native American zodiac animals!
The Falcon Lunaris you see above will be reigning over the skies through the entire month of April; a new Lunaris will take over on May 1st.
Don't forget to check out the birthday link to claim your gift from Aywas on your big day! Need to change your birthday? Click here! Missed your birthday Lunaris or picked up the wrong one? Contact Kyu (#1010)!
The new monthly contests have been announced!
May Monthly Pets - BP Shop: Enter
May Monthly Pets - GP Shop: Enter
May Monthly Customs
Good luck with your entries!
The Nova custom creators have returned to their respective places in the GP and BP Shops for April and May. In June, they will migrate back to the Premium Outlet.
Nuts 'n Bolts Nook
A monthly update from behind the scenes.
We've been busy bees behind the scenes, and Slash will have more details for you in our next April post!
Cheers to a new month!
Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Sun Apr 3, 2016 10:46pm
Adventures in Easter
We have processed the current Easter Pet Submissions and selected several to join us in adventure!
You can find these and more hiding around in different adventure zones, they will remain there until the closing of the Easter Event (we'll announce the date once the Seasonal Shop is Opening)
Payment will be sent out at the end of the event!
Those that have Accepted written in their posts will be used later! We have also decided that this isn't nearly enough Holiday pets and re-opened the Easter Pet Submissions Thread, just like the Item and HA submissions it will remain open until April 5th at 11:59pm.
We are still wrangling a few glitches with the floating eggs, so if you discover something new please come over to the Glitches thread! As a note, the eggs do spawn a little slow, they can take a couple seconds before they actually appear on your page, so click a little slower if your a speed demon <3
Posted by Kaiyo (#489) on Fri Apr 1, 2016 3:10pm
Monthly HA Contest
The winning HA sets have been placed into their respective shops!
Last month earned the following:
GP Set: 90 GP per artist
BP Set: 44,300,000 BP per artist
Premium Set: 1,986 PP per artist
Want in on the action? Well, phase one - the basing contest - is open and waiting for entries!
Head here to submit your design. Fingers crossed you can all squeeze this month in!
Posted by Eve (#2775) on Fri Apr 1, 2016 7:49am
Breeding Season is upon us again, and there's plenty of new things in store!
The Spibby (Chiro x Arak) and the Abyss (Cerby x Yena) are two of our new hybrids on the block! Breeding staff noticed that you wanted some more "scary" sorts of hybrids, so we hope these fit the bill!
But that's not all... we have a new rare hybrid to unveil as well!
The Fetail (Teo x Faux) is finally here! Teos and Fauxes are among the most popular genera available, so it only makes sense that they should get their own hybrid! Unlike other rare hybrids, you can use a Breeding Coin for this one, as well as Hybrid Potions, HCCs, etc.
After all their parent genera aren't all that rare after all, so there's nothing wrong with making this rare hybrid a little easier to get, right? ;)
A number of you have asked when some new Bonus Items would be released, and we're happy to announce this new breeding season has brought two new custom makers to the Collect Bonus page.
The Emaia Seed allows you to create a 50% edited Emaia custom, and the Alidae Seed allows you to create a 50% edited Alidae custom.
The Metal Takeout Box has also taken a peek into the Bonus items section, if you happen to want to make some metal snoodles and fauxes! (Who knows, maybe they would make for a very nice looking Fetail).
Some more goodies await the beginning of April, so be sure to check back later to see new monthly pets, jeweled sets, and others! Also, be sure to read the news post below this... otherwise, you might be confused by the flying eggs.
Posted by JAK (#15) on Fri Apr 1, 2016 1:39am
Happy Belated Easter!
As I am sure some of you have noticed there may be a Rainbow Easter Egg floating around your screen!
When you click the Easter Egg it should open into a small window telling you that you have received one Point! These eggs will continue floating around until Friday April 8th, and the points will be used for the Seasonal Shop
These eggs spawn between every 5-15 minutes, so be ready to click!
Be warned, the Eggs do get a little finicky if your browsing on multiple tabs, and we are testing a new style for the floating currency versus what everyone has known in the past, so if you stumble across an error please post in the Glitches Forum and ping me, if you have general inquiries feel free to ping me to the news comments!
This is also a reminder to check out the Easter Contests! They will be closing in a few days so get your submissions in!
Happy Easter and Good Hunting!
Posted by Kaiyo (#489) on Fri Apr 1, 2016 12:20am
T4T: Birthday Banner-nza
Happy Birthday Jazzy (#1178) from Tala! You are always loved no matter what!
This banner scroll for your HA will be in stock today only! Better hurry along to Trash for Treasure to grab one while you can!
Posted by Eve (#2775) on Thu Mar 31, 2016 5:29pm
IMPORTANT: Custom & Offspring PSD files
This is an incredibly important news post and we recommend that every single user read this thoroughly.
It may have appeared that some things in the coding realm slowed down or stopped, but we've been working very hard behind the scenes to fix a problem that popped up and was a severe priority to fix.
As such, everything you've ever known about how offspring & custom PSD files work on our site has changed.
- Do not email in any PSD files anymore.
- To upload a custom PSD, visit its pet page, click the 'edit pet' button, and upload the PSD file directly.
- You can only upload a PSD for a G1.
- When a PSD file is uploaded for a custom, a little icon will appear when viewing your customs in your lair to tell you that a PSD exists for the custom.
- Please be aware that if a custom has a PSD uploaded, and you upload a new PSD for that custom, the previous version will be deleted.
- When a PSD is uploaded, it is automatically available in breedings for breeding artists and follows the pet if sold so that the new owner can download the PSD.
What if I sent my custom PSD into the email but it doesn't show as having a PSD uploaded?
- Due to how this was coded, the little banner icon will only appear for newly uploaded PSD files. Not previously uploaded PSD files.
- If you have the PSD on hand for your custom, please just re-upload it via the site. Do not request it from us.
- If you don't have your custom PSD, and you're pretty sure you emailed it in, you can use the new PSD fetch thread linked below to have the PSD file attached to your pet.
OFFSPRING (G2+ CUSTOMS):
- Do not email in any PSD files anymore.
- Site babies hatching from here on out should be automatically linked to their PSD files.
- You can download the PSD file, if you're the owner, by visiting the offspring's pet page.
- User predictions now allow PSD files to be attached when submitting the prediction. We recommend doing so as adding a PSD to the pet after the fact will not be possible.
What about G2+ Customs from before this change?
- PSD fetch thread has been overhauled.
- You can post up to 10 pets at a time now in the thread.
- If a PSD exists in our drive, we will attach the PSD to the pet on site.
- If you have a G2+ pet that did not have its PSD sent into the email, DO NOT SEND IN AN EMAIL. We will most likely open a thread at a later date for this exact situation. In the meantime, just link the PSD in the breeding notes for any breedings like before.
- PSD preview images will not always generate immediately. You may need to refresh the page a few times or wait a few minutes before refreshing.
- The PSD preview image may look odd. Whether that be a black background, white background, slightly funky, or what not. That doesn't mean your PSD uploaded wrong. It just depends on how google drive reads the PSD file to generate the preview image.
- Does it matter what you name your PSD file? Nope! Our server renames all files according to the specifications we require so it doesn't matter what you personally name your files.
Posted by Kyu & Mauri (#1010) on Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:48pm
Due to a lack of entries we have decided to extend the Easter HA Submissions and the Easter Item Submissions
Both contests will end April 5th at 11:59pm
Also remember to check out the Easter Chatter Thread for links to the other contests, or just to chat! Easter gifts have been handed out daily!
Have fun and Happy Late Easter!
Posted by Kaiyo (#489) on Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:34pm
New Sketch Stuff
By popular demand some new sketch items have hit the USD Shop:
Sketch BC Kit contains the coin, two pens, and a sketch artist ticket!
Pens and Double Pens are in the USD Shop now. The double pen item is also stocking in the BP Shop for 80,000,000 (a discount off the single pen option!).
Hope that helps with the pen issue!
Posted by JAK (#15) on Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:30pm