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Custom Helpers Wanted

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Earlier today we rapidly cleared the entire custom queue to start "fresh" with an empty queue. As a result, please be aware that you should not judge whether a custom was necessarily appropriate for that item based on whether it passed or not - only egregiously unacceptable pets were rejected from the queues to make for this fresh start.

(EG: If a custom passed under Blue CC today, don't assume that future customs made on those lines will.)



Applications for the volunteer job of custom queue helper are available here. We will need volunteers to help with the overlays so Graymare can process customs faster now that we have the queue down to zero.

Provided we get reliable helpers, we should be able to keep the queues moving quickly. Anyone interested is encouraged to apply for the job.

Posted by JAK (#15) on Fri Feb 6, 2015 10:30pm

Comments: 28


Trivia & Weekly Raffle!

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Weekly Raffle

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This week's raffle winner is:
Lady Raven (#34177)
Who had 32 crystals out of 14,915 total and won a Bottomless Trunk!

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Congratulations!

Next week's winner will receive...

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A Master Key!

Set a reminder to snag those crystals!

Trivia

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The trivia has been updated!
Last week's questions and answers revealed!

Which artist is the newest member of the SCC team?
InvertSilhouette (#51851)

What is the Art Gallery theme for February 15th - February 21st?
Chinese New Year

What item did the recent Hybrid Package raffle use as a ticket?
Radioactive Breeding Coins

The green spots on the Vamped Bumble are shaped like...
hearts

What is NOT a type of pizza that Aywas offers?
Plain Pizza

Alphabetically, which Unus is listed 4th in the Aywapedia?
Apple Pie

The "Aywas Astrology: Lunaris Zodiac Sets" KB article has how many "tags" on it?
4

The Blushing Rose Bride item was made by...
Chich (#55039)

Which of the following is NOT a filter option for the Silver Database?
Previous Owner

What is the February Monthly Customs theme?
Kites



How many questions will you get correct this week?
Good luck!


- Eri

Posted by Eri & -- (#17) on Wed Feb 4, 2015 9:27pm

Comments: 6


Adventure Pets & Raffle

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Congratulations to Jaq and Danny (#2511) for winning a Blue Custom Orb in the Pet Coloration Submissions Forum monthly raffle!


You may have noticed these new Adventure pets roaming around. These pets are excited to find new homes!

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If you want to design some Adventure pets, go and post them in their respective threads here! There's also a chance that the designs accepted from that forum will go into the Pet Shop! Remember, you can earn SP!

If your design is now released as a site pet please contact Kyu (#1010) for your free copy.

Posted by Kyu & Mauri (#1010) on Wed Feb 4, 2015 6:55pm

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Cross Site Trading: PSA

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This is another PSA about cross site trading (trading Aywas content for content on other sites).

There is a rising amount of scamming being done regarding cross site trading. This generally involves trade with a site that does not have very good customer service for scams.

If you are doing any trading for Aywas stuff, tell the person with the Aywas content to send it first. If they are offering you GP, items, pets, etc. for your off-site stuff, you must ask them to send it first for both parties to be completely protected. Otherwise, if you send your off-site items/pets/etc first, and that person does not have the content to send you, you will not be able to receive any assistance from Aywas Staff.

Unfortunately a number of sites do not protect their users or recover scammed materials so make sure you get your Aywas content in your account first before you send off any offsite content.

Aywas staff CANNOT HELP YOU if you lose your stuff offsite. And if the offsite staff is not helpful, you will lose out completely. Be proactive and trade safely by asking for Aywas content first.

Posted by JAK (#15) on Wed Feb 4, 2015 1:14pm

Comments: 19


Painted Errors Thread

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There is now a Breeding Mistakes thread specifically for the PLBC and PMBC. It can be found here in the Breeding Chat. If you have any issues with your PLBC or PMBC breedings, post there to have it brought to the attention of the moderator filtering the requests.

The Knowledge Base has been updated to reflect this.

Posted by JAK (#15) on Mon Feb 2, 2015 11:05pm

Comments: 4


Art Gallery

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Art Gallery

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The art gallery has been judged!
The theme was Puzzles and we received some fittingly clever entries!

Here are our featured winners:



They won:

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Congratulations!

The current theme is Trinket Pets*!
You can use any medium you like to spotlight one or more of our Trinket genera, their items, etc. :3
As a starred (*) theme, you can enter this even if you've won recently or plan on entering upcoming contests.
Official Aywas stock is not permitted for this theme.

Good luck!

- Eri

Posted by Eri & -- (#17) on Sun Feb 1, 2015 10:02pm

Comments: 6


Let the Love Letters fly!

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Delivery! Delivery!
The Adore-a-Gram Lunaris has returned for a couple of weeks to supply us with seemingly endless pink and red envelopes inked with sweet nothings~

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It seems there will be a Love Letter waiting for everyone in the Advent Calendar on February 2nd. How sweet!

Before you send your Love Letter zipping off through the Ay skies to a friend, a Valentine, or a stranger, pull up a chair and grab a Love Latte while I review how our annual mail event works. :3

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Love Letter Event

Love Letters are sitting at a pretty R20 and can be found anywhere you can obtain R20 items (adventure, cooking, dailies, etc.). They will also randomly pop up in the Random Crap shop.
(As always, we will monitor the numbers and make sure that the letters aren't being too shy!)

Each time you send a card to a unique user (meaning, to an account you haven't sent a card to yet), you AND the recipient will each receive 1 Valentine Point.
You will be able to spend these points in the Seasonal Shop on a bunch of sweet treats!
(Tentative date for opening the shop is February 14th, and Love Letters will be findable and deliverable until the shop closes.)

To send a card to someone for Valentine Points, click on the Love Letter in your inventory and hit Use to bring up the prompt. We have a confirmation screen to ensure your letter reaches the correct destination safely!

New this year: You must put some sort of message inside the letter, you cannot send a blank one.

*Please note: We have tested basic HTML (images, links, breaks) and all seem to be working properly!*

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Point Breakdown & Tally

If I send you a card, we both get 1 point!
If you want to send me a card in return, we both get 1 point again! (Aww, you're a peach. <3)
So that is 2 points for each of us for a card swap.

In my blushing flurry and moment of overwhelming emotion, I might want to send you a second card. I can do so, but neither of us will receive any additional points. (I hope you still appreciate the thought! ;~;)

You can view the Love Letters you've received, along with points you've accumulated here.
You can also review the Love Letters you have sent to others here.

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If you're looking for somewhere to arrange letter swapping and sending, try swinging by Aywas Talk!
Our Love Letter event runs purely on community participation and rewards you for sending sweet notes to your peers, so take advantage of the opportunity to make someone's day. :)

Good luck with your letter writing and envelope licking!

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- Eri
*vanishes in a cloud of perfume*

Posted by Eri & -- (#17) on Sun Feb 1, 2015 6:49pm

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Welcome to February!

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Welcome to the fabulous month of February!
Though February is a few days short of the other months, we'll make sure it's packed with goodies. :3

Let's kick off this lovey-dovey time of year with some GP Shop pets that are eager to cuddle with you!

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Along with some BP Shop snugglers who will stay by you throughout all of your movie/TV binge-watching!

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If you colored one of these awesome 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-February) so we have time to snag 'em for science!

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The Essence of February 2015 was created in honor of grapefruit month!
Using this potion on your active pet will randomly change it into one of the colors above. Try a swig of this sweet juice and see what you get!
As you also might've guessed by now, our overarching theme for the monthly essences this year is food. :3

The premium monthly item is in transit with a bundle of love letters, so I will let you know as soon as it arrives. I think you guys will like it. *u*

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Have a party, it's your birthday!
We are on our twelvth Lunaris in the celtic tree zodiac series.
The Rowan Lunaris is currently reigning over the skies through February 17th, then a new birthday feline will take over!

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!


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The new monthly contests have been announced!

March Monthly Pets - BP Shop: Enter

March Monthly Pets - GP Shop: Enter

March Monthly Customs
Theme: Awards Night

Good luck with your entries!

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The Nova custom creators are still in the GP/BP shops this month but will migrate to the Premium Outlet for March, and then back to their respective GP/BP shops for the subsequent two months.

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Coding Corner
A monthly update from behind the scenes.

Check out the "Skills and Scarls" update below to read about what we've been working on!
We will also be kicking off our annual Love Letter event soon, so keep an eye out for that. *wink*

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The Jeweled Crystal has all of its new bases for the month!
Click here to get the PSDs.

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The Hybrid Jeweled Crystal has as well!
Click here to get the PSDs.

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Hope you guys enjoy them!

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Love Letters: Coming soon to a lair near you!

If you have any Love Letters hanging around from previous years, DO NOT attempt to use them yet. There will be an announcement when it's safe to bombard one another with our favorite red and pink envelopes! And if you have no idea what I'm talking about because this is your first Valentine's Day with us, stay tuned!

With lots of platonic love, as always,
- Eri

Posted by Eri & -- (#17) on Sun Feb 1, 2015 4:17pm

Comments: 21


Monthly HA Contest

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The winning HA sets have been placed into their respective shops!

Last month earned the following:
GP Set: 237 GP per artist
BP Set: 69,200,000 BP per artist
Premium Set: 3,154 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 between all the spooky going ons!


This Month's Schedule:
Basing Thread: February 1st
Basing Vote: February 8th
Colouring Thread: February 10th
Colouring Vote: February 26th
Release: March 1st

Posted by Eve (#2775) on Sun Feb 1, 2015 6:45am

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Skills and Scarls

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Skills and Scarls

Starting February off, we have a number of new things for you to enjoy, including a new species obtained in a unique way through Adventure.



The Scarl is a pet you've seen before - there was a call for PSD files for it during the last weeks of January. It is a rare pet that is made with an item called a Mermaid's Purse.



This custom item allows you to make a 50% edited Scarl. But, it's different from other custom makers. Mermaid's Purse is account bound, which means it cannot be sold, traded, or given away (though the pet made from it can be).

You can also only have one on your account at a time, which means you need to make a Scarl before you obtain another Mermaid's Purse.

Mermaid's Purse are obtained through the "Hidden Item" hook of Adventure - you've probably seen it before, it goes like this:



If you come across a hidden item and obtain it, there's a small chance you'll get the custom making item along with it. But remember, if you already have one, you can't get another one until you use it!



Each pet is naturally born with a skill depending on its genus, and all pets have at least one natural skill. However, now you can obtain items to give your pets additional hidden item skills!

You can either buy the skill items at the Explore Shop for 6,500,000 BP each, or you can pick up a pack of four skills in the USD Shop for $15.00, depending on your preference.

Pets with all four hidden item skills will be able to pick up any hidden item they see, and will have a much higher chance of obtaining a Mermaid's Purse because you must successfully pick up the hidden item to have a chance at the custom maker.



The Edit Repository is what we are rolling out along with the Scarl release. This is a feature where artists can upload their FREE USE PSDs for custom pets (the only rule is that the PSD needs to be free. Any other rules can be indicated by the artist in the comments of the submission). Other users can download the PSDs, color them, and submit them to the custom queue.

Folks who were hired to create Scarl PSDs: please upload the designs you made to this new feature now. Other users will be able to enjoy them and start on submitting their Scarls right away. All designs paid for during that period will be automatically ruled Blue if not further edited by the player.

The repository will have a queue that is managed by multiple edit check trainees. They will mark whether a PSD is bronze, blue, gold, or silver for reference. When you turn in a repository custom pet that has not been edited further, indicate on your custom notes if the pet was ruled in the repository as that crystal to speed your service. (Please note that the customs department reserves the right to adjust the "color" of a repository PSD if a mistake is made, as these are our trainees.)

The repository is a neat feature that allows you to tag your PSDs with themes, and search by the themes, crystal color, and by pet genus.



Last (and admittedly forgotten), the experience gained per monster battle has been bumped up to about double what it was before. This month staff is going to be looking into the EXP curve of leveling and battling to make it more reasonable and fun to play.

We regret to inform you that the adventure recoders have dropped their project, so we will be working with adventure as it is.

We hope you enjoy the updates and look forward to the big February posts coming up later today and tomorrow!

Posted by JAK (#15) on Sun Feb 1, 2015 4:40am

Comments: 82