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I\'m really liking how the quad core loads the site. How about you?

Posted by Jack (#1) on Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:03am

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New Cash Shop Items

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I didn't want to think about it, but it's really inevitable. We do it now, or we're going to do it later. Since we're in alpha, it's best to do it now.


We're getting everything recoded.


What does this mean to you? Not really anything, except that in three months (the new coder set this deadline--he's very, very experienced in optimized coding) everything will be recoded and fresh and ready to play on. He's going to import all the info so you won't lose anything. He even said he'd code the ability to put items and backgrounds on your pets =)



Everything will run as planned until we make the switch. There will be updates, new colors added, contests run, etc. We just have to make some do with the lag until the new site is coded then we can all migrate over there and be happy. I'm still gonna move this version of the site (v1) over to the new server so we should be experiencing some speed pick ups but nothing compared to what we'll have with fully, completely optimized coding from the ground up. =)


I needn't say this is expensive. Due to this I have put a shitton of cool items in the cash shop. Support the recode! (and the 200/month server bill)







I'm also going to have coded an item that will hatch your eggs immediately =) Upgrades will also be coming soon. If you have any suggestions for items that can go in the cash shop so we can raise the money for the recode (even if they're ideas and not in existence!), let me know!



I'm really looking forward to putting a Titbird on my pets!

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:00pm

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Items reimbursement

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Since I peared your inventories, I'll be adding 10,000 BP to all accounts. =D Hopefully this should be enough as an average reimbursement. Besides Zave will feed all your pets to 100% once a day when the coder gets on to implement that =) Right now Zave's being spanked by Kaz though. *snicker*

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:50am

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Problems III

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So we do have a few user made suggestions that will ultimately help the site. I am deleting all common items in all inventories. Your stuff like 100% restore items, spheres, eggs, coins, etc will not be touched by this, nor will any slot gaining items.


I need you to continue releasing unwanted pets.


Zave will be changed so he fills up all your pets hunger to 100% once a day instead of giving you items. Throwing Bones will only give out items in level 4 and 5 but they will be better now. Slots will be give out more bp and less items.



I think we'll be able to get through this. Deleting the commons is freeing up a ton of database entries. It's really helping.



I think I will be changing explore cost to 1 Energy 1 Hunger per explore too. But that will come later.

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sun Oct 18, 2009 1:19am

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Problems II

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I need you to "release" (stray) any unwanted pets you have so I can delete them. The stray fee has been set to 1. This is going to be our first attempt at solving this problem until our programmer comes online to code a mass deletion feature.


Holiday Breeding Coin

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:33am

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Problems I

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The optimization and talking to the guy who did it has brought up some major longevity problems with Aywas. We cannot go on as we are: with so many pets and items. We cannot.



The first problem is pets. There are too many pets owned by users. Before I changed the capture success rate to 10%, you were getting them at 50%. There are over ten THOUSAND pets on the site in two weeks.



The second problem is items. There are too many, again. The games hand them out like crack. The inventory table is also essentially what's causing the site to lag even though we've optimized.



These two things combined will kill Aywas. It will. I need some solutions.

Obviously there's the idea that we can wipe everything and start fresh for beta testing and move out of alpha, with the 10% capture rate and reducing how many items the games give out. It will hurt but it would be the best option.



Alternately, we can provide a mass deletion option so you can delete your items/pets that you don't need. like, keep your super rares but ditch everything uncom and com for the good of the site. This might work. We don't know. But it's something worth trying.


Obviously I'm hoping for other possibilities. But the future is dark for aywas if we go as we are. This is only a temporary solution, the optimizing we did, and it will eventually crack and break.


So, does anyone have alternatives?

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sun Oct 18, 2009 12:09am

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We're on speed

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You might notice there will no longer be any lag or SQL problems. :D

Posted by Jack (#1) on Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:33am

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New food items

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Zave says:

The new shipment has come in =D You can find it in my shop!


Posted by Jack (#1) on Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:16am

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Drawing Contest I

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Kaz says:

Shoe was too lazy (or distracted, or idiotic-- pick one) to do this earlier, so apparently I have to do it. Not that I really want to, but I'm sure he'll screw it up if we wait, so here we go.


*looks at notecard given to him by Slash* Right, drawing contest. Apparently this first round will be a contest in which you draw one of your pets (or yourself) interacting with an Aywas NPC. That's a clickable link, by the way. *rolls eyes*


And here's the forum thread to put entries.


Anyway, this ends on October 30th. So you have two weeks to prepare yourselves for this challenge. Naturally, I'm sure you want to know the prizes, don't you?


*sticks notecard in Slash's handwriting to news post*


First Place: $20 USD or 15 GP + first pick of prize pot

Second Place: $15 USD or 10 GP + second pick of prize pot

Third Place: $10 USD or 8 GP + third pick of prize pot



Prize Pot: Hybrid Custom, Common Species Custom, Shimmering Rock



*eyes prize pot* Looks like Slash is whoring out the first hybrid custom. Ah well. Enjoy the contest, addicts. *vanishes promptly*

Posted by Kaz and Shoe (#21) on Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:29am

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Story Contest Results

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I'm finally done judging the story contest YAY! Now I must say we have a ton of talented authors in our batch. BUT THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE. Except that there were like, five. Anyway, three winners and two honorable mentions =) As always I'll rant about why I chose the winners.


Prizes were upped regarding Aywas content:

First: $45 USD or 50 GP and first pick of prize pot

Second: $20 USD or 15 GP and second pick of prize pot

Third: $8 USD or 5 GP and third pick of prize pot



Prize Pot: Breeding Coin, Glittering Rock, Lesser Breeding Coin

Honorable Mentions: TRE each




OKAY NOW HERE'S THE FUN PART - WINNARS

Now before I announce winnars... I will be uploading the book forms of these soon so you can start purchasing them via Sunny's shop. =D


FIRST PLACE
MEL

WITH: THE HUNTER

I laughed my ass off so hard. I honestly did. I loved this piece the moment I started it, and it didn't disappoint me in the end. It's essentially about the retardation that Chimera has to deal with coming to his door--or at least one instance where he feels he's dealing with retards--and what unfolds when some n00b thinks he's going to try to become a vampire slayer. Yeah. You heard that right. Chimera was not impressed. This story is EXCELLENT, it was so fresh, and I urge you to read it. It made me laugh so much.






SECOND PLACE
LUUK

WITH: CONTACT

Luuk actually has a really nice series of work concerning these two characters, but this is the one that struck me the hardest. In essence, it's about her character Morgan struggling to deal with the kindness that comes from his enemy, Erling. On a deeper level, it's about Morgan yearning for human contact, but shying away from it, and yet ultimately being unable to pull himself away from it. Read it now. NOW.







THIRD PLACE
KRISTINA

WITH: THE CREATION OF AYWALAND

Notwithstanding the fact that Aywaland wasn't quite created like this--hurrhurhurrrr--this is still a juicy read from a comedy standpoint (I have a weakness for comedy, I admit). It's about myself and the NPCs getting together to create the world of Ay. Except, in real life, it was more me chasing after programmers and crying lol. But anyways this is still really entertaining and I truly enjoyed reading it.




Honorable Mentions

At Tamas' Heels by bribes

Sixty Minutes by Kerfluffle




YAAAAAAAY I'm done.

Boy do I hate coding these news posts in html lol they look so ugly while I write them O_O

Posted by Jack (#1) on Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:13am

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