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It’s Smoothie Time!

September 18th, 2010 by TirNua Audrey Leave a comment Share on Facebook

At last, the fruit you have been storing up in your Food Processor and Refrigerators has a use! With the new Juice Bar (which is a sneak peek actually), you can mix up your own nutritional fruit smoothies and sell them to others. Currently, you have 5 smoothie recipes to make. Here are the recipes:

  1. Orange Juice: orange
  2. Apple Juice: apple
  3. Strawberry: strawberry
  4. Strawberry-Banana Juice: banana, strawberry
  5. Suicide: coffee, purple orange, red orange, blue orange, corn, strawberry

Each recipe has a different nutritional value that will boost up EMP energies. Mousing over the Juice Bar will provide you with a tooltip of the contents in the Juice Bar and how much nutrition is in each drink. To use the Juice Bar, you will need to hook it up to a battery and have already prepared fruit stored in a Food Processor Station or in a Refrigerator.

The fruit must be processed before it can be added to the Juice Bar. To process the fruit, you will need to have fruit in crates accessible on your lot and a Food Processor Station (the fancy hutch preparation station found in the food store). Once the processing station or refrigerator has fruit stored in it all you need to do is add it to the Juice Bar. Coffee: is the only commodity that can be added directly to the Juice Bar. In this case, all you need is a coffee depot with coffee cans close by.

Things to note (since this a sneak peek):

  1. The pricing is hard coded for now at 10 TAU per drink
  2. The better the EMP values are if your Juice Bar is located in the Kitchen Zone
  3. The better the EMP values are the higher the juice maker’s Mv is
  4. The Juice Bar is not scannable yet

Give your Cat a Name Just like buying persona name plates you can purchase a unique name for your cat. To do this, go to the shopping panel and select the ‘TirNua Names’ link. Under the search results, select ‘Persona Names’. You will be presented with a dialog box whereby you can search on the availability of a name. If the name is available you can purchase it for a 6 or 12 month lease.

Note: you will need to purchase a “persona” name plate and have the name before you can change the cat’s name. If you don’t have any name plates available to be applied, nothing happens when you click on the cat and click “Change Name”.


  1. Cat routing and sleeping issues
  2. Name plate purchase no longer requires a re-log in to see them
  3. Basic Social Badge
  4. Refrigerators and Food Processing Station only respond to retrieve if they have the commodity in storage

Residents - don’t forget to check the VIP store. Have fun drinking smoothies!

Audrey and The TirNua Team

Volcano Erupts Again! Ash cloud about to darken the skies!

May 25th, 2010 by Tirnua Luc Leave a comment Share on Facebook

A new major eruption of the volcano occured in the last hour. Scientists predict that the impact of the new clouds will darken the skies in the next hours and probably will be felt for weeks.

There is still no way to know exactly when a volcano eruption will occur, but scientists are developing better and better tools to track the ash clouds and evaluate how it will perturbate transportation and agriculture.

While plants appear to not yet have been affected, it seems certain that as the sun provides less energy on average, there will be diminished growth. The potential acidity of the rain might also impact some of the rivers, and potentially the water tables.

On the bright side, expect some incredible sunsets for weeks to come. Unlike an oil spill, there is little that can be done to solve the problem. Just hope for high winds which will disperse the clouds more quickly and lessen any local impact.

TirNua, May 24th 2010, 7am.

Upcoming simulations in TirNua

May 20th, 2010 by Tirnua Luc Leave a comment Share on Facebook

Tirnua's first windmill

I have some exciting changes to the game to announce. They have a broad impact on the scope of the game, and I will describe them in more details in several upcoming blogs.

When Tirnua started, it seemed that it could be just another flash game. But as the weeks went by, by adding 3D characters, the 3D flowers, the chats, messages, feeds and then the user content, the 3D scanner and printers, the oil fields, the plants, the food, (and I skip many more features) it slowly became one of the richest game that can be played in any browser. And it can still be played for free.

At this point, it might again seem that TirNua is just a virtual world, with a particularly vibrant player community, very involved in its design. And that would be an over simplification again. As you might have figured out already with observing the evolution of the map in the game, we are adding a new key element, a world simulation. This simulation will impact the game play, and promote TirNua in a new game category as a truly simulated virtual world.

While there are already virtual worlds, and they appear to run a simulation, they keep things separated. Mostly, one plays by himself, and interacts only occasionaly with the others. We are building TirNua to be a different game, bringing a new genre to the games currently available in the social networks.

It turns out that solving global warming on earth, is a complex problem. We think of it as a social (political), economical and environmental problem. We chose this subject matter as the core of TirNua to help the players  discover it and experience it, in just a few hours, days or weeks. Using the power of symbolism, we can simplify and contrast better the issues at the core of the real life issues, while providing a fun game and an avatar based social network.

Later this week, with the weekly publish, you will see carbon footprint management, the wind simulation and our first electricity producing windmill. In several upcoming blogs we will explain them in more details, and how they impact the existing and forthcoming game elements and how you’ll have to work together to make a better world!

I can only hope to make all of you proud of playing TirNua. You are the pioneers of a new game category, and we want to make sure we all have fun.


Luc and the TirNua dev team

TirNua is a virtual world exploring Energy and Global Warming

March 31st, 2010 by Tirnua Greg Leave a comment Share on Facebook

TirNua is a virtual world exploring Energy and Global Warming

  • Over the last century the world has become addicted to fossil fuels: low cost energy.
  • The amount of oil and other fossil fuels on the planet is finite and we are likely approaching its peak production yet we are consuming it at an increasing rate.
  • Global warming is destroying the planet, and man’s use of fossil fuels along with other practices, is increasing the pace of the destruction of the planet by producing large amounts of green house gases and destroying plant life which removes these gases.
  • The number of people on the planet has doubled over the last 30 years, and the standard of living around the world is on the rise meaning there is an increasing number people with increasing appetites for energy.

In other words, we have collectively got ourselves in a bit of a fix and are spiraling downwards rather quickly. We at Tirnua believe these problems are not insurmountable but do require awareness, comprehension, and action.

So what does the Energy and Global Warming have to do with the virtual world TirNua?

The TirNua simulation focuses attention on the environmental, social, and economic issues surrounding Energy and Global Warming. Tirnua provides us a fun, social place to play, experiment, exchange ideas, and invent. Of course TirNua is not only about energy and global warming, that would be a lop-sided presentation of the issues, as these the real world problems and their various solutions have repercussions in many aspects of our lives - food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, and more. Thus, TirNua will provide food, shelter, entertainment and more. Expect the decisions (individually and collectively) you make with regard to the energy and environment simulations to effect your food, shelter, and entertainment within TirNua.

A couple of interesting links from wikipedia:

Ecological Economics

Green Economy


Preview of some new objects coming today!

October 30th, 2008 by TirNua Sarah Leave a comment Share on Facebook

A friend of the company, Joelle, has been doing some amazing work helping us to keep bringing you new objects each week. This week we will get trees, shrubs and potted plants to play with in addition to some new furniture items.

Margaret and I had some fun just now making this garden center. Click to see a larger image and visit it in the game soon!

Stay tuned for the update later today!

Sincere thanks to Joelle!


August 22nd, 2008 by Tirnua Luc Leave a comment Share on Facebook

First, let me congratulate you for the work going on in the wiki about the planet design for Tirnua. It is shaping into some very interesting elements. Great job to the wiki contributors!

As you know we want the simulations in Tirnua to demonstrate ‘eco-friendliness’. Last week end I was searching some products to see how to turn my own home into a more energy independent place than it is now and I looked into 3 kind of products:

  1. Wind Turbines
  2. Solar Panels
  3. LED based light bulbs

Wind Turbines:

I like the vertical axis ones more than the propeller based. I think that we could have a wind speed model on the Tirnua planet, and based on where your lot is, you might be able to buy different wind turbines to generate electricity for your lot. The research was useful, as it turns out, there is a drawback to those things: they make a lot of noise.

Solar Panels:

Those things do not generate as much electricity, but they don’t make noise! This means we will need also to have a sun exposure model per lot on the planet

LED based lights:

Will Wright was first showing me all kind of LED based lights he installed in his home, and they are not only saving electricity, but also providing variable colors. This can be fun to set the mood in the room, or to have a party! Those things are EXPENSIVE! We need cheaper ones! But here is a company in the US has an interesting starting kit.

So I expect we will have those 3 items in our catalog of products for your home in Tirnua. I meant to discuss those as an example of what we need, and it would be useful if you could start to build a catalog of items that are eco-friendly that we should provide in our complete catalog of objects. Please build some pages in the wiki, set up links and uplaod sample images.



P.S.: I forgot to mention an article written by Andy Grove (former CEO of Intel) about energy independence in the US. I found it very interesting, and it made me realize that we need electric cars in Tirnua…

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