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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


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



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.



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.



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


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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The company said they will probably get to working on the site either tonight or tomorrow, so I'll open up the site until I get the confirmation e-mail that they're ready to begin work. When they're ready, I'll close it down again.

Posted by Jack (#1) on Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:16pm

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Scheduled Maintence


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There will be downtime tomorrow starting 12 PM Aywas Time. I am not sure how long this downtime will last but hopefully it will not be all day. Assume it will be a few hours, though, so plan your newly gained free time accordingly ;)

This is a positive downtime and should, hopefully, get rid of that SQL error and the lag issues. :)

Posted by Jack (#1) on Wed Oct 14, 2009 3:04am

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Hiiiii I have updates!


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Shoe says:

HIIIIII! I have updates! I put some items on the site yaaaaayyyyy! Okay here we go:

This is the Glittering Rock! If you bring it to Chimera (who doesn't like any of us T_T) he'll do something nice for you! Not telling what though, you'll just have to find one and find out! Anyway you can get them in the caves areas of explore! ^__^

This is the Hippie Mushroom! XD It's so psychedelic that when your pet eats it, the pet turns into a random color/species combo! Hahaha! It stocks in Tak's shop to be sure to harass him! ^_^

I know I have tons of items to add T___T But it's so hard to stay focused! And when I'm even focused Nevora tickles me so I can't concentrate everrrrr TT Tell her to stop! Uuuummmm...anyways... oh yeah! Xero has something to say! So listen to him you guys I'm out! *grins, hugs Xero, then vanishes*

Xero says: *shoos away Shoe* Ugh...well, anyway... I have finished configuring the software on the Robot Melo. I will have a few to release but not many as I am not a machine and don't have time to make a ton of these things. Due to this I will be releasing them twice next week, for one hour durations. I am thinking like 12 AM - 1 AM and 12 PM - 1 PM, but let me know what you think works for you? I guess?

Posted by Kaz and Shoe (#21) on Tue Oct 13, 2009 10:30pm

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More games


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I just added a bunch of new ones. :-)

Posted by Jack (#1) on Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:05pm

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