Upgrades and Treadmills

April 30th, 2015 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

Here’s a small team update to let you know what we’ve been working on.

You might have seen early morning server restarts and developers running around testing things. We have been bringing the game up to date. There’s still a lot to be done, but we are now using the latest versions of Flash sdk and new server software. This is one of the vital steps for the game to be brought up to date with today’s standards.

Most of this won’t be noticeable by players. But if you are running a very old version of Flash, you might get prompted to update that when you login. If that happens, all you need to do is download the latest flash version for your computer using the link that will show up.





Recyclable treadmills

No more overloading your inventory when you’re trying to print rare treadmills! You can now recycle your unwanted “not-so-rare” treadmills. We made the red and blue treadmills recyclable but still kept the others the way they are to avoid anyone recycling a pink or classy one by mistake.

You get a little more metal and a little less trash from recycling them, than you would from the regular treads.

Let’s get printing those treads :)

TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


New login gifts for Easter

April 3rd, 2015 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

This year’s easter eggs are here. You can grab these as a login gift if you enter the game during the Easter holiday!





Everyone gets the green egg, and residents get both of them!

Logging in during the holiday week will be the only way to get these eggs.

As usual you get random things from them - it can be a boost to your EMP capacities, a little bit of money or something to pretty up your lot for spring.





The Easter store is up - if you missed out on this earlier, you now have a new chance to finish your Easter badges and print the Easter Mystery box.

This has been explained in more detail in the previous Easter blogs

  • Easter Eggs and Mystery boxes
  • The Grand Easter Egg Hunt
  • We’ve also done some bugfixes to issues that occurred alongside our recent server updates.
    You should have seen fixes to EMP, teleporters and trades. Thanks all for the help reporting.

    Have a great Easter holiday! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Amazing new features this April!

    April 2nd, 2015 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    Here are some of the new features we have implemented today. Enjoy!





    Custom content for faces

    We already have custom shirts, custom pants, custom shoes… now we’re taking the leap and adding custom content for faces!

    It’s easy to customize your face:

    • Just snap a selfie of your own face ( See.. http://www.wikihow.com/Take-Good-Selfies )
    • Upload it to the game

    Viola! You are now running around looking like a perfect little mini-you.

    Of course, old and new developer’s faces are protected and can’t be uploaded into the game.
    We’ll be using facial recognition software to prevent this.

    Also please know that we reserve the right to run an identity check and automatically append your real name to any characters you create in the game. This should prevent people from trying to impersonate noobs for the purpose of spying, stealing biofuel, or asking somebody (repeatedly) to be your boyfriend.


    Changes to the character models

    A long awaited change is coming to the character models. We realized that the facial features of the personas need to be much more personal and distinguishable. So as a special treat for our loyal players, the longer you have been playing this game, the bigger your head is going to appear in the game! Your persona’s head will grow roughly 1 pixel for every month you’ve been playing the game. We haven’t yet decided if it will keep growing indefinitely or if it will be capped at some point.

    As an anniversary gift, when you reach 3000 days old in the game, we will present you with a golden pin. You will be able to use this to prick a hole in other player’s heads and make them explode at will.

    The bigger the head, the bigger the explosion will be!
    And you thought size didn’t matter.


    New minigame - Hamburgers

    Yep you read that right. Finally what you have been asking for - we are bringing in a new mini game.

    You and your friends stand around a table flipping hamburgers. One person bakes the bun. The next person adds a reasonably sized burger, not too small and not too large, but just right. Another person grabs the cheese and the last person adds a topping of their choice. All this while muttering cryptic letter combinations to express the size of your buns.

    The game ends when the players fall into a burger-induced food coma.
    To wake up from this you will need to purchase a cup of coffee for 10 GP.

    Don’t worry, the coffee cups will be made of gold, silver or bronze, and you will be able to keep and trade them as rares.




    Cats

    Cats will now constantly appear underfoot and trip you when you attempt to walk anywhere.

    They will also now attempt to jump up and fall asleep on your 3D printer laptop, while you’re trying to print rares. This will happen regardless of whether you have a pet bed in the room or not. A warm laptop is just too irresistible to them.


    The global mute button removed

    We have changed the global mute button. Instead of muting the game, it now amplifies the cat and bird sounds so they will be easier to hear for people who are hard of hearing.

    Happy April Fools day! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Easter Eggs and Mystery Boxes!

    April 13th, 2014 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    The Easter store is open and now everyone has a chance to get those Easter egg badges again!

    Grab yourself some eggs in the Easter store, open them and see what you can find inside.
    Try to find all the eggs in the easter badges while the event lasts!





    Remember, for the eggs to register in the badges you need to “find” them inside other eggs.

    Common eggs can contain Uncommon eggs, and Uncommon eggs can contain Rare eggs. To get the Epic egg and Faberge egg, look inside the Rare ones. Some of the eggs even contain cash, chocolate and other goodies. Good luck! :)







    A new Mystery box full of new Easter items!

    We also have some brand new easter stuff being released today. There are six new items released, and the only way for you to find out what they are, is to print them on your 3D printer.

    That’s right - there’s another Mystery Box!

    See if you can find all the super cute Easter items. Two of them will also register in your Mystery box badges.





    Here’s how you get your hands on those new Easter items:





    Buy the new Mystery box in the store, it’s Mystery Box 4 and has a yellow label. It’s in the Easter store and the Featured store.
    Pop it in your scanner and scan it onto a DVD.

    Then print the box using your 3D printer.

    The box contains the blueprints to 6 different objects, or 7 objects if you count the small chance of getting another Mystery box when you’re printing. If you find the Easter bunny or the animated Cracking egg, those will also register in the Mystery box badges.



    Psst… Store owners

    Since the new Easter objects won’t be released in the TirNua store, the only way to get them is if someone has printed them from the mystery boxes. They will probably start turning up in player stores as people start printing them, so everyone can buy them from others and use them to decorate your lots.

    Happy Easter!

    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Valentine’s contest Winners!

    March 2nd, 2014 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    Here are the winners of the Valentine’s Day contest - in no particular order! Thank you everyone who participated!

    We loved seeing all the fabulous entries and we hope you enjoyed the competition. :)




    Cherry… with Cherry’s room 856




    Simone … with her lot 1865




    Emily … with Emily’s Rainbow garden




    Auntie Social… with Flowers R Us




    Sami … with Lot of Love Cafe

    Congratulations!


    The trophies are being distributed to the lucky winners. There are no losers in this competition. Even if you didn’t make the top 5 this time and get the gold, you will still get the silver trophy.


    Thank you everyone for participating! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Valentine’s Deco Contest

    February 13th, 2014 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    As you guessed from yesterday’s blog post, it’s time to start decorating for Valentine’s Day!

    All you need to do to enter this contest, is to decorate a lot in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, take a snapshot of it and post the picture on our Facebook page.

    The prizes are the Gold and Silver heart trophies!

    Everyone who participates in the contest, will get the Silver trophy - unless you are one of the five lucky winners who get the Gold one!

    What do I need to do?

  • Decorate a lot in the spirit of Valentine’s Day
  • Take a screenshot of it
  • Post the picture on our Facebook page
  • Include the name of the lot (or a link to visit it) so we know who the picture is from and can go look!
  • How are the winners picked?

    We will count the number of “Likes” your pictures get. The 10 pictures with the most likes on February 21st, 2014 will be in the running to win.

    Out of those 10, the team will pick out the final 5 winners.

    You do not have to be a TirNua player in order to vote. You can share your favorite pictures and invite your friends to vote. It helps spread the word about the game and you can get more votes from doing it too, of course.

    FAQ

    What does it mean that the lot should be decorated in the spirit of Valentine’s day?

    - It should show that it’s a Valentine’s day lot. Use some Valentine’s day objects or in some other way bring Valentine’s day to mind. You can use custom walls and floors if you like - you can use any size lot. You can take a picture of the whole lot or just a part of it.

    What if I’m unable to post the picture myself?

    - It’s okay to ask a friend to post it for you.

    How many pictures can I post?

    - Only one picture per person.
    - You are not allowed to use alt personas or accounts to participate more than once.

    Can I work together with a friend?

    - Theoretically you can work together, but only one of you can win the prize. If nothing else is stated the prize will go to the lot owner.

    How do I take a screenshot?

    - See http://www.take-a-screenshot.org/

    Where do I post it?

    - Post on www.facebook.com/TirNua

    When do I have to post it, and when are the votes tallied?

    - Voting can start as soon as you add the picture
    - We will check the votes close to midnight of 21 February 2014, no more votes will be counted, and the work to determine the final five winners will begin.


    For general rules that apply to all our contests see the contest information in the help section. We can change or amend these rules if we find there is a need to do so.


    Good luck - have fun! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Valentine’s Day is here again!

    February 12th, 2014 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    For our Valentine’s day update this year we have some new fun items for your garden or in game weddings!






    Check these out, you’ll find them in the Valentine’s Day section of the store.









    The new festive tables work as counters, and you can place items on them - for example the new tray or the heart urns.








    There are 4 new decorative heart urns. The animated pink one, and the regular copper one are for sale in the Valentine’s Day store!

    If you’re wondering how you can get your hands on the gold and silver, keep reading…

    Other changes

    You may notice an improvement with the game if you clear your browser cache and see what happens when you use your mouse scroll wheel…

    There’s a contest coming up!

    There will be a separate blog post about the Valentine’s Day contest. Suffice it to say we hope the new items have inspired you to some decorating greatness.

    This contest will soon be on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/TirNua.


    Happy Valentine’s day! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    12 Days of Giveaways

    December 13th, 2013 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    It’s that time of year again - Santa’s little elves have been wrapping presents for everyone.

    This year’s Christmas event is the 12 Days of Giveaways!

    12 Days of Giveaways

    When logging into the game between the 13th and the 24th december, you have a chance to get surprise Christmas gifts.

    When you open the gift, the item inside will be randomized. If you are lucky you could even bag yourself some premium objects!

    Log in every day for the 12 days before Christmas to collect your gifts!

    Each gift will contain money (tau). They also contain a random item. It can be

    • A common gift
    • A more valuable gift
    • A premium gift

    It all depends on your luck.

    Residents can find extra gifts!

    For our residents we have a special treat. In addition to the other gifts, every now and then we will include another special gift that goes only to our residents. Those will not be given every day but only once in a while. You will notice when a resident gift has been included to your daily “loot”.

    Timings

    You will have at least until midnight pst to pick up your gift before it expires, and the next one will be added manually during the night, 3 am pst or sooner. You must log out and log back in, if you were already ingame.

    How do I find my gift?


    1. Log into the game

    2. You should have a blinking mail icon saying you got a gift

    3. Go to your room and open your inventory

    Finding your gift in inventory

    4. Find the gift inside - it’s under the “gift” icon

    The gift in inventory

    5. Pull it out and open it

    Click Open

    6. Wohoo! Have you been naughty or nice? :)

    Woohoo!

    Happy holidays! :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Badges, Gardening and new Lot Highscores!

    August 7th, 2013 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    We know you’ve been waiting impatiently for a new update - here it is! :)
    These four flowerpots are now available in the Gardening store and Featured store - and they will give you access to a grand total of 27 new pots if you scan them and print with your 3D printers.



    Buy one of each, pop them in your 3D scanner and try your luck printing them. Here is a preview of just some of all the new flower pots you can print!



    Huge garden urns in gold, silver, bronze and marble - these work for all ground plants except the strawberries, corn, daffodils and such bigger plants. The Gold one is the rarest one and it might take you a while to get them all!



    Just a few of the round pots - you can print a total of 10 different pots from the striped round pot we released earlier. The ones pictured here are the Terracotta, Aged Terracotta, Blue Porcelain and Bamboo pots. See which other pots you can discover by printing the pot and trying for a rare!

    Note: These pots used to be unscannable and have now been updated. That means you may need to purchase a new updated striped pot to be able to scan it.



    It doesn’t end here, there are also 10 cool square pots to try for. You start from the Yellow square pot. This picture only shows one of the cylindrical ones but there are a total of 4 to try for, starting from the Terracotta.

    We also have a bunch of new badges you can start working on! There are badges for each of the new pots that have been released.



    Good luck and have fun printing!




    Work in progress: New lot scores!

    The perceptive among you have already noticed there is a new lot highscore in the works! We are still testing and working out the details of this, so there will be more information about it later. Can you already figure out what the score does?

    Have fun printing and gardening and keep an eye out for further changes to the lot scores! :)

    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


    Indoor Gardening and Scarecrow Zero

    June 12th, 2013 by TirNua Anna Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    Calling all decorators out there. :)





    You can now grow ground flowers in these decorative striped pots!
    Nothing like a pot of fresh flowers from the garden to brighten up your room. You can even replant coffee trees in these and grow them inside.

    To use this: Grow the flowers on regular dirt and move them into the pots by dragging and dropping.

    The pots work for most of the ground flowers - orchid, gladiolus, geranium, coffee, all the decorative bushes and so on. There are some that we haven’t enabled due to the size, for example

  • Strawberries
  • Corn
  • Daffodils
  • So for those plants you will still need to grow them outside on regular plots.





    Avoid dragging the flower pots over each other when there is a flower already inside. If you have done that and re-enter the lot, the flower can drop down a notch. Just move the pot and it will correct itself and stay that way.






    Here it is - the Scarecrow Zero!

    Birds only fall on polluted lots, and as you know you can attract even more dirty birds to your polluted lot with the Luxury Feeder. We decided to go ahead and make a Scarecrow Zero too.

    If your lot is polluted but you still don’t want to slip on those rubber gloves and get down to business cleaning the gulls, you can get this super efficient scarecrow to scare them off to go bother some neighbor instead.

    The regular versions of these are still available too, if you just want to increase or decrease the number of birds you get. The feeders and scarecrows are not needed on clean lots as those are naturally bird free.

    Enjoy :)


    TirNua Anna and the Catroo team


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