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As promised we have two new awesome designs! The concepts were by Toby (#24557) and ❤ Love ❤ (#72947), and brought to life by Kaiyo (#489), and a combo of Kai and Kita (#3988)!



Hopefully you love them as much as we do.

And as a bonus for being so awesome - not only with the downtime, but for it being completely unexpectedly early - we're putting the Downtime Potion to make these into the Advent for two days!

That's right, on the 27th and the 28th you can pick up a free Downtime Potion!



But the fun doesn't stop there...



The Metal Breeding Coin queue is a little sad and lonely - so we've reduced the price of the coin to 7mil BP! This price will be sticking around for the foreseeable future.

And we're STILL not done!

Next week we're going to throw a mini MBC event - much like the RBC event in December but with different themes and perks. Keep your eyes peeled, it might just get you reaching for your BP and throwing it at Scion*.


(* Throwing anything at Scion is not recommended and can result in a very grumpy NPC that staff have to feed cookies to placate. Please do not assault our NPCs with money.)



After a lot of deliberation with staff, we have decided to loosen our anthro rules to allow anthro style pets to be created.

We do however have a few small rules:
- Anthro pets must be fully animal or creature.
- They cannot have any human traits as defined in the disallowed and "in isolation" lists.
- They cannot breed with any pet that has humanoid traits as defined in the "in isolation" list.

The rules may need to be revisited to be stricter in the future if problems arise where customs are becoming too humanoid in a way that goes against the intents of our customs system.

These rules have been added in a subsection of the Humanoid Rules knowledgebase article.




Retired-NPC Keychain update! These are how many remain of each character:
Chaos: 4
Xero: 6
Kaz: 8
Shoe: 10
Zave: 10
Tak: 11
Rogue: 12
Spenser: 12

These are only available until we've sold out, so make sure to grab your favourite before he's gone!

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Mon Jun 26, 2017 8:05pm

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The Rusted Rodeo

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As part of our Prediction Pool Party Event, I'd like to introduce some poolside entertainment!

The Rusted Rodeo!


The Rusted Breeding Coin queue is looking a little (well, a lot) bare! In fact, at the time of this news post, it is completely empty!


We decided we would have a little mini-event that will include artist created babies. You will not need to create predictions to get the perks of this event if you choose to use a Rusted Breeding Coin during one of the following days.

Submit a Rusted Breeding Coin on:
Tuesday, June 27: 50% chance of two site-created offspring instead of one. Both offspring will be trash hybrids and will be the same trash hybrid.

Wednesday, June 28: 50% chance of the offspring being recolored artist choice! This means the offspring will not reflect either of the parents! The offspring will still be a trash hybrid.

Thursday, June 29: Users can list 5 normal Hybrids in the notes. Users will have a 25% chance of the artist choosing one of those 5 hybrids for their offspring genus! Otherwise the offspring will be a trash hybrid, you must breed 2 pets together that make a trash hybrid or include a Hybrid Genetics Kit in case you do not roll a normal Hybrid (Hybrid Genetics Kit will be refunded if you roll a normal Hybrid and one is attached).

Friday, June 30: Users have a 10% chance their offspring will be a baby Hybrid of the artist's choice! If you use a Hybrid Genetics Kit you may choose the baby hybrid if your breeding rolls the 10% chance of a Baby Hybrid (if you do not roll a Baby Hybrid your Hybrid Genetics Kit will be refunded).


The Rusted Rodeo will end on Friday, June 30, 2017!


To celebrate the Rusted Rodeo taking place, Rusted Breeding Coins will be discounted by 50% in the Trash Shop starting today (at the posting of this news post) until 11:59 pm on June 30, 2017!

Posted by Kita🦊 (#3988) on Mon Jun 26, 2017 10:21am

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Online Again!

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Welcome back everyone!

There were a few minor hiccups but we've smoothed it all out and everything should be shiny and new - but also exactly as you remember it.

It might take a little time for the site to get to know you again, so there may be a few minor lags here and there while everything catches up. You may experience the odd "404" error - just refresh and it should be fine. The site is still recaching so things will get better as you use the site.


Today's advent item will also be placed in there tomorrow, to make sure everyone manages to get one, and Manju's Musings will not reset if you missed clicking today.

The Monthly HA contest colouring round which should have ended tonight is extended to June 25th 11:59pm AST.


If anything plays up, please let us know and we'll get right onto whipping it back into shape!

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:21pm

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Over The Rainbow

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Whether rainbows are a sign of floods, pots of gold, or about a sense of Pride - they're awfully pretty to look at!

As a nod to Pride Month we're bringing you five rainbow themed pets to colour.

The only rules are that you cannot edit the PSDs, use the edits in part or full on other Gen1 designs (or Gen2+ with Magic Marker/Fox Pen etc), and you cannot recolor the rainbow edit.






These designs can only be made with the Pocket Rainbow, which you can pick up from Advent for free tomorrow!

Don't panic - we wouldn't give you 5 designs and no way to make them all. The item is also stocking until the end of June in the following stores:

BP Shop - 3,500,000 BP
GP Shop - 5 GP
Premium Purchases - 200 PP
Trash For Treasure - 5,000 TP


The item will not retire, so you can indefinitely make these 5 designs with their custom item - and we have a Knowledgebase Article for them to always be accessible to you.


Our many thanks to Kaiyo (#489) and Dreyja (#3360) for the wonderful designs (and a shout out to Kousei (#25044) for adding some rainbow magic) - we hope you enjoy them and look forward to seeing what you do with them!

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:00pm

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User Rules Clarification

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It has come to staff attention that there has been some confusion around rights, rules, and the "one month" timer.

Aywas staff consider user made rules to be absolute (unless they break the ToS or staff deems them unenforceable) - they remain active and intact even if a user is banned, has left the site, or has fallen inactive due to other reasons.

This also means that if your pet has a "right of first refusal" (must be offered to a certain person before it can be publicly put for sale) you cannot sell that pet until the user has said they do not want it. Even if the user has been inactive for weeks, months, or years.


We understand this may be a bother or create complications for some people, however the only way to ensure that all user rules are held to be valid and absolute is to hold all such rules to be valid and absolute.


In rare cases where a one month waiting period before selling anyway has been granted, this is where the user is active on site but not responding to a PM about the sale. (Please be advised that notification must be given by PM as not all users have pings enabled.) This is rarely given unless all avenues of contacting the active user has been exhausted.


We hope this clears up some confusion, and we will be instituting a KB article explaining this and other such unwritten rules that users follow.

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:42pm

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T4T: Rose Tint My World

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Trash For Treasure has some new delights for you!



Summer is undoubtedly here for the Northern Hemisphere, and as we all endure (or in some cases might even enjoy!) the Summer Solstice today, it's a good idea to keep your eyes protected from the bright sunlight - and you should look after your HA's eyes too!

These lovely rose tinted glasses will do just the job, and are available until July 21st! Plenty of time to get a pair and rock them over the coming months - or pop them in storage for the Southern Hemisphere's sunny season.


Arachnophobes beware...

(Seriously, I know some of you are really not into spiders, so please be aware that a spider - albeit a really pretty one - is coming up.)

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This is a friendly spider, but I know for some of you that doesn't matter! But if you're willing to give this little lady a chance I'm sure she'll spin you a summer romance!

This lovely fauna is also in stock until July 21st!




A quick note about The Bakery!

We wanted to give it a little time to get onto it's feet before we started to overflow it with goodies, but we are now accepting custom food items for the Bakery! Please keep in mind that it must abide by the custom food rules, and it must be something you'd find in a bakery! If staff deem it to not be suited to The Bakery the item will be put in either the Culinary Cache or Energy Emporium, depending on it being hunger or energy renewing.

We will also be moving a lot of existing baked goods and tasty desserts that fit the theme, so you always know where to get your next macaron!

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:38pm

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Monthly Customs Game

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'· .¸¸.·´'· .¸¸.·´ [[ The w i n n e r s' edition! ]] '· .¸¸.·´'· .¸¸.·´

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Aria ♥ Switch OFF (#1323) ............................................... Moirai (#73801) ............................................... Xethtine (#51645)

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Silverstream94 (#24506) ............................................... Sporadic Internet (#5121) ............................................... csgardener (#12852)

Congratulations to all of our winners!
I will be sending out your customs momentarily.

Check the news post below for some exciting KB article news!

Posted by Lacia (#25044) on Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:07am

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Knowledge Base

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Just a quick note that we're starting some work on the KB today - we're adding new categories, moving things around so things are actually useful and find-able in there.

The actual content of the articles will not be changing at this time. If any articles are changed beyond typos, or image and link corrections, we will make an amendment to this post letting you know which and what the change was.


Edit:
"Custom Rules - Illustrated" - error banner acknowledging broken images
"Crystal Check" - error banner acknowledging broken images; removed "Legacy CC" links as they are no longer accessible
"HTML Codes and Features on the Site & Forums" - Attempted to fix and update article. Updated several times this evening!
"The Basics of User Predictions" - Set private due to incorrect information. Will put live when updated.
"Rules For Submitting User Predictions" - Removed link to above article until the information is corrected. Will replace when updated.
"Items that Breed Pets" - RBC section: Edited to clarify that RuBC hybrids cannot be an RBC outcome, and that Token genera ARE allowed as normal baby outcomes (sorry for that confusion, it seems that some things were updated and others weren't, but we've consolidated them to all allow).
Custom Item Submissions - Updated re: The Bakery, and updated the hunger/energy food shop names
Custom Rules - Illustrated - Being updated with images. No rules have been changed, but we have added more examples, and moved "Textures" to it's own section, to help make things much easier to navigate

Not a KB Update:
Updated the Genus Guide entries for Crystelid, Stellata, Oculi, to reflect that they can be bred with BCs for edited babies. I'm not sure why this wasn't in there to begin with. I'm not aware of any KB articles where this is/n't noted re: Rusted Hybrids, but if you find one, please let me know!


Oh, and please read the post below, especially if you want one (or more) of the exclusive retired-NPC key-fobs on limited offer!

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Tue Jun 20, 2017 4:16pm

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Elves, Keychains and Maintenance!

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All that green can only mean one thing... Aywas must be hiring new moderators!


Nope, gotchya~

We will no longer be hiring moderators! Instead we are hiring "Site Elves"! This is a new rank that will have different responsibilities than moderators. We need a helping hand, and so we are looking for lots of helpers! Site elves will be responsible for greeting new players, answering questions, monitoring KB articles and reporting when something is out of date. Then once we feel they have progressed enough, they will be able to join the moderator team if they wish!
You will not be required to become a moderator, and our current site helpers will be bumped into this position as well!
As such, we have updated the KB article to reflect all of this information and then some! So, if you are interested in becoming a Site Elf, please check it out and send in your application.


Even if you sent in a previous application, send in a new one!

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Next up, we have a.. very special sale. You see, a little while ago Slash discovered he had Keychains made of several of his NPCs, and as part of their final Farewell, he offered to let me sell them. These are very limited edition, as we only have 13-16 of each type! Once they are gone, that is it.

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You can find the Antique Keychain and Pair of Antique Keychains in the USD shop. Please send your keychains to Kaiyo (#489) along with your address and which NPCs you would like. Please remember, this is First Come, First Serve!


We also will include a free sticker for anyone who purchases 3 or more!

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Small print rules: Only 1 Keychain of each character per person, so you cannot request 2 Chaos' be sent to you, etc. We want to share them with everyone!
These are, again, extremely limited, once they are out they are out.
If you buy one but your desired NPC is sold out, we will not be doing refunds, purchases are final.
Artist credit *cannot* be used to get any physical merchandise products.


Current Keychains in Stock at 4:00pm Aywas Time, 21st June
Spencer - 12
Rogue - 12
Chaos - 7
Zave - 10
Kaz - 9
Xero - 8
Tak - 11
Shoe - 10

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We chose this time to also sell the Melo Figurines!


Since there are already Melo Figurine Items in users' inventory, these ones are handled differently. In order to claim one of the Melo Figurines, you have to send me your figurine and Mail me immediately, including a screenshot of your Paypal receipt with the date included, and your address. You have one week after purchase to turn in your Melo and send the PM, otherwise we may not honor your figurine!


These sales will go until we are all sold out of Keychains! These offers are valid for users outside of the US as well! We tried to balance the prices so that everyone can be included.

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I also would like to remind you all that we will be having more downtime on the 25th! The site will go down at some point on that day, and while we are hoping for a seamless transfer, make sure that you have your PSD's you wanna work on downloaded, just to be safe!



Check below for some special Eve updates! (She told me to pin <3)

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:13pm

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Manju's Musings

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Hey guys! We're aware that Manju hasn't exactly been very talkative since the introduction of their new game. We've made some adjustments, and they should now be over their temporary bout of shyness. Because of the glitch, some users may find their game settings didn't reset at exactly midnight this morning. To counteract this, everyone's streak has been rolled back, so don't worry, it hasn't been lost! You must be sure to visit Manju before tonight's roll over, however, to ensure the streak continues. Once midnight AST comes tonight, the game should be back to working as intended.


Okay, quick update! [3:33pm]

Yasu figured what went wonky. You can play today if you haven't yet, and you can click again if you have. Even if you miss today you should be okay as tomorrow the scores will remain intact. Please be advised that from 00:00:01 Tuesday 20th June, the coding that will reset a missed day will come back into effect so you MUST click on Tuesday to keep your streak.

Fingers crossed this is the last hiccup - we'll have to tell Manju to not eat the cakes so fast to stop it happening again ;)

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Sat Jun 17, 2017 1:22pm

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