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Holiday Breeding Coin Changes & Predict Caps
This newspost is going to be a potentially upsetting one to some people, but please bear with as I explain some changes we are making to Holiday Breeding Coins.
As a result of raising the pay for contract breeding artists and giving them fairer wages for their work, a problem began with edited coins. Holiday Breeding Coins were a great way to breed Silver pets and other genuses without getting a hybrid, and for a cheaper price.
However, the fact that Holiday Breeding Coins typically produce two offspring regularly (instead of the chance of 1 or 2 via gold Breeding Coins) means that the queue, now quite large, competes with the regular Breeding Coin queue and clogs up artist time. This creates long wait times for offspring from both coins in the end. Because of the fact that they are also cheaper than gold Breeding Coins, the cost effectiveness of doing two offspring and paying out the same is not sustainable. We also do not want to lower artist pay for Holiday Coin artists either, since that also isn't fair.
So as of today, the Holiday Breeding Coin will only produce one offspring by the artist team. As a compromise, however, if the breeding has common/uncommon species parents, you are welcome to submit a second offspring via predict if you choose. This is retroactive and will affect all current breedings in queue that have not yet been assigned to an artist. Up until this newspost date you will also be allowed, for said retroactive breedings, to submit ONE predict for rare parent HBC breedings and TWO predicts for common/uncommon HBC breedings. Married pairs in this retroactive period can receive 2 predicts for rare parents, and 3 predicts for common/uncommon.
From tomorrow onward, however, any new breedings will get one artist baby for rares, and one artist baby+one predict baby for common/uncommon. Married pairs will get one artist baby + one predict for rares, and one artist baby + two predicts for common/uncommon.
I will give the Holiday queue a week as of tomorrow, May 10th, a time period that, if you wish to request a refund of your breeding due to the change, you will be welcome to ask me to do so personally. Remember that you can easily flag a breeding as having predicts to take it out of the assignment queue if you wish to put predicts without risk of having it assigned.
This is an inconvenience, I know, but the fact of the matter is we wish to be able to keep fair pay for the artists involved while also keeping ahead financially. We will have a dedicated Holiday Coin artist for a few months to see how this helps us as well, and ensure that the queue moves at a steady pace.
If you have any questions or other concerns regarding this, please don't hesitate to ask.
ADDENDUM FOR PREDICT CAPS
BC predict caps have been raised to 15 GP per one predict. HBC predicts are 25 GP per one predict.
For the tl;dr crowd:
- GP Predict cap for HBC has been raised to 25, as requested.
- Rare breeders with HBC can add an extra predict for free. Uncommon/Common breeders can add two extra predicts for free, meaning you get an extra baby that you expected with HBC. This is good for all breedings submitted before this news post.
- A new USD item will be added for $20 that will fund another 30% edited baby in an HBC breeding. Yes, it will work for rares too. It will also allow you to select which parent species you want in common/uncommon breedings.
Posted by Frey (Semi-Hiatus) (#90) on Sat May 9, 2015 9:24pm
Free Monthly Custom Game!
It's time to give away nine free customs designed during April under the theme of Lei Day!
To play the free custom game, please include the phrase "CUSTOM #__" in your news comment. For example, if you want Custom 1, please comment "CUSTOM #1."
Don't lose out on a chance to win one of these customs by voting incorrectly!
Custom One = bad.
Custom1 = bad.
Custom#1 = bad.
Custom #1 = good!
I love custom #1! = good!
Here we go!
Please contact Kyu (#1010) for your prize if you designed one of these customs!
If one of your creations didn't make it in, we highly suggest entering it as a site pet submission here if you don't want to sell/keep it. :)
You have until May 11th at 11:59 p.m. to get your vote in!
One vote per account.
Want to see one of YOUR creations featured in the monthly free custom game?
Enter your submission for June here! The theme is Water.
(Please also remember to ensure your submissions follow standard custom/pet rules.)
Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Sat May 9, 2015 12:00pm
The (extended) art gallery has been judged!
The theme was HA Wardrobe and we received a trunk full of stylish entries!
Here are our featured winners:
The current theme is Trash Shop Hybrids*!
Help us welcome in the Crystelid, Stellata, and Oculi by featuring one or more of them in an art gallery entry using any medium you like. :3 You also have a bit of a head start, as this theme officially begins tomorrow.
As a starred (*) theme, you can enter this contest even if you've won recently or plan on entering in the coming weeks.
Official Aywas stock is not permitted for this theme.
Some new themes have also been added!
May 17th - May 23rd: Sidewalk Chalk
May 24th - May 30th: Under the Water*
May 31st - June 6th: Photography
Remember, if you have an idea for an Art Gallery theme, please share it with us here! This thread in the Think Tank is always open, and I reference it frequently when creating new themes. :) (If you have any favorite themes that we've done in the past but you'd like to see again, you can let me know that as well!)
Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Sat May 9, 2015 11:46am
Rusted Breeding Coin
A new Breeding Coin has appeared - the Rusted Breeding Coin!
This breeding coin will allow you to breed a Trash Shop hybrid. The result will always be a single metal (no edits) hybrid.
Crystelid | Stellata | Oculi
Some new hybrids have sprouted out of the Trash Dump! Crystelid (Itoa x Corra), Stellata (Chorlu x Opterix), and the Oculi (Garu x Serafex). These hybrids can be bred using the Rusted Breeding Coin to get one metal baby, or you can use a Breeding Coin to get a normal edited baby (or babies).
Rusted Breeding Coins stock in the Trash for Treasure shop for 250,000 Trash Points.
Interested in being a metal colorist for the Rusted Breeding Coin? Head on over to this Job Thread to inquire about the position.
Posted by JAK (#15) on Fri May 8, 2015 8:50pm
HA Basing - Vote!
Please select your vote.
Posted by Eveglori (#2775) on Fri May 8, 2015 8:05pm
Ace Representation Day
Be sure to pick up your copy of Aces in the Advent Calendar! Today is Ace Representation Day. Let's go through the four different ones you can obtain from the package of aces:
Ace of Hearts
Ace of Spades
Ace of Diamonds
Demi or Gray-Ace
Ace of Clubs
Interested in learning more? Be sure to visit the AVEN Network to learn about asexuality, and their AVENwiki to learn about aromantic, demi and gray ace, and other ace-related orientations.
Happy Ace Day fellow aces!
Posted by JAK (#15) on Fri May 8, 2015 12:48am
Trivia & Weekly Raffle!
This week's raffle winner is:
Who had 38 crystals out of 11,408 total and won a Jeweled Crystal!
Next week's winner will receive...
A Grand Edit Randomizer!
Set a reminder to snag those crystals!
The trivia has been updated!
Last week's questions and answers revealed!
What genus is featured in spock-sickle(#44622)'s Art Gallery piece from April 26th?
The Regius is created from breeding a __ and __ together.
Soli x Shen
This item will allow your breeding to have two offspring but with guaranteed up to 30% edits on the second founder.
Greater Life Seed
Who is a new SCC artist (hired within the last month)?
all of the above
The ___ can easily reach 100 mph and keep running for ten to fifteen minute periods of time.
Which user won a custom Horuset through the Snakebean raffle?
This Arion has hooves that are used to brand other animals.
How many Fresh Leaves did the winner of Raffle #89 spend?
Which user created the Moonstone Bright Eyes?
Which of the following genera does not yet have a random potion?
How many questions will you get correct this week?
Posted by Eri & Dew (#17) on Wed May 6, 2015 9:54pm
We are happy to announce that due to the sheer generosity of your fellow players, the number of pets available for auction has doubled. We'd like to take a moment to thank everyone who donated pets or designs to the USD Auction. At the rate this is going, we can confidently feel like we can defend these chargebacks, even if the individual in question continues to try reversing them. This is definitely still possible, but not as frightening as it originally was.
The USD Auctions will be open for approximately seven days (it depends on the individual pet - be sure to check their end date).
Everyone's support has been greatly appreciated. Our community is wonderful.
Here is a PSD search thread, for players bidding on auction pets.
Posted by JAK (#15) on Wed May 6, 2015 5:03pm
USD Auction Donations
Some players have asked if they can donate custom pets or custom pet designs to the auction. These donations can be made on this thread. Thank you for your support.
I posted an update to the rant thread regarding Amazon's response for those who are interested in following it. I will be posting another one shortly.
Posted by JAK (#15) on Tue May 5, 2015 4:21pm
Cash Auctions - Liquidation
It is with a heavy heart that Aywas brings you the opportunity to participate in the cash auctions of hundreds of custom pets. The reason for this is that the previous owner of the pets has caused us to fall nearly $5000 in debt due to chargebacks. I have a rant thread that goes into some detail regarding the situation.
We have to seek out a way to make ourselves whole for the damage done to us--both in terms of money lost and potential damage to the good standing of our payments account. As you can understand, if the chargebacks (which now number over a hundred in the past two months from this one individual) cause us to lose our payment accounts, that would be devastating. A high number of chargebacks can cause payment processors to cancel accounts with a company due to high risk.
Our PayPal account is not currently affected by this problem, but I have no idea if the volume of chargebacks on Amazon Payments could affect it in the future.
The USD Auctions page reflects all of the custom pets that we have decided to reclaim from the player who filed the chargebacks. You can pledge a bid on the pet by entering an amount and an invoice e-mail address.
1. Bids made through USD auctions cannot be canceled.
2. Please place a bid only if you are committed to buying the pet if you win it.
3. Pets come "as is" as we have no idea what rules may have been placed on them. We will help mediate any issues between the new owner and any previous owners.
4. We would prefer accepting payment on our Amazon Payments account to prevent the delinquent account (it's in the negative) from being sent to collections and/or legal action taken against us for not having the disputed funds. If it cannot be paid through this, we will accept PayPal.
5. All auctions end in approximately seven days. End dates are listed on the auctions themselves.
6. When the auctions are over, your total bill (all your auctions won) will be invoiced to you. Upon successful payment, all pets won will be placed into your lair.
Some highlights below:
It is not a usual thing for Aywas to take repossession of pets on a banned account. This situation is unique, grave, and we hope will not have to be repeated in the future. Ultimately, we appreciate any support, because this is one of the worst situations we have found ourselves in.
As a final note, any comments making threats toward the individual who filed the chargeback will be removed without notice. This happened on tumblr before and it will not be permitted here. Believe me, I am just as angry as you are, but threats will only make things worse, and they cannot be tolerated.
Posted by JAK (#15) on Tue May 5, 2015 8:52am