Archive for June, 2010

Turn Down that Darn Radio

June 26th, 2010 by TirNua Audrey Leave a comment Share on Facebook

Sound System and Volume Controls

Now you have the ability to control the sound level on your radio instead of just turning it on or off. This is all part of our introduction of a sound system in TirNua. To set your preferences, go to the ‘My Stuff’ tab and select the ‘Preferences’ sub-tab.


The Birds

The first sounds that you will begin to hear are SEAGULLS. Yes, we have birds flying around in TirNua!!!
You will see these birds roaming the skies in some locations more often then in other locations, like the closer you are to the beach.

Handy Dandy Mute Button - to mute radio and sounds. Toggle on and off as desired.


RedRed Alert: Player Stores and Store searches is currently broken.
We are working round the clock on the issue and hope to have it fixed shortly.

Other

  • Persona Status - set your personal status and change it as often as you like. Set it in on feed floating panel in-game, share it on facebook or twitter and see it as your status on the Persona Web
  • Dress Me on Lot Update - you can now change your clothes while on any lot, it doesn’t have to be your own lot.
  • Fixes/Changes

    1. Treadmill bugs are fixed
    2. Custom Content Clothing can no longer be put on from your lot, just from inventory. No more missing body parts when putting it on directly from your lot
    3. Other players will see you change your outfit without you needing to exit and re-enter the lot to see it
    4. Fixed crash when purchasing clothing before entering a lot
    5. The owner of a plant will get the badge if someone else grows it to fully grown for them
    6. Fixed invisible persona when you change personas
    7. Resident Badge appearing in inventory when you don’t own one has been fixed
    8. Missing display of water times on tool tips when watering is late
    9. Made watering times on flower tool tips red when watering is late
    10. Changed Good and Bad Carbon Footprint High Score names to ‘Best’ and ‘Worst’ Carbon Footprint
    11. Bad and Good Carbon Footprint are now just called Carbon Footprint in - all badges, good and bad are displayed under Carbon Footprint

    So be quiet or noisy this weekend!
    Audrey and The TirNua Team


    Carbon Footprint Issues Fixed

    June 22nd, 2010 by TirNua Larry Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    This past weekend I discovered a bug that was causing the display of Carbon Footprint scores to be incorrect. In many case it was showing Good Carbon when in actuality you had Bad Carbon and vice versa. I’ve fixed the bug but as a result many of you were very upset to discover that your Good Carbon Score was actually a Bad Carbon Score. I am very sorry about the mix up. Here are a few pointers on how to improve your Carbon Footprint so you can try to get back to a Good Carbon Score.

     

    What you can do to improve your Carbon Footprint

    Growing and maintaining live plants on a lot.

    Trees will improve your Carbon Footprint more than flowers.

    Recycle your trash in Recycle Stations.

    Charge your batteries using clean energy sources such as treadmills and windmills.

    If you have to use boilers, burn bio-fuel rather than oil.

    Create bio-fuel from plants grown with no Fertilizer or Super Grow

    Create objects using the 3d Printers, Sewing Machines, and Kilns using clean energy and your recycled goods

    Purchase goods from other users who have printed/sewed/kilned them using recycled goods and clean energy.

    Note: You can see the Carbon Footprint of any object before purchasing it by hovering over it.

     

    What you can do to worsen your Carbon Footprint (and pollute the environment)

    Use fertilizer and Super Grow on your plants.

    Charge batteries using dirty energy such as boilers burning oil.

    Leave trash and toxic lying around.

    Don’t use recycled products.

     

    In the coming weeks I will be releasing some new UI features allowing you to see better how exactly your lifestyle is affecting your Carbon Footprint.

     

    Larry


    Dad’s Dressing Up for Father’s Day

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

    Be sure to Dress up Dad with on of these New Shirts this Father’s Day
    Find these shirts for sale in the men’s clothing store.

    Happy Father’s Day!!!





    Dress Me on Lot!

    You no longer need to go to the Dress Me Tab in order to change your outfit, now all you need to do is just drag items from your inventory and drop them onto your persona. It is as simple as that. For the time being, you need to be on your own lot to change your outfit. This is just Phase 1 of this feature, expect more to come in the upcoming weeks as we fine tune it.



    Inventory Categories

    Yes, that is correct, we now have tabs for your inventory sorted by category! We know how long some of you have waited for this - no more long searches for that particular item you think you might have in your inventory. Yay!




    New Player Startup Kits - in an attempt to get new players to quickly grasp what TirNua is all about we have implemented a ‘Startup Kit Selector’ whereby new players are given the option to select from 3 modes: easy, medium or hard. Easy gets there quicker but has consequences in terms of ‘bad’ carbon footprint whereby ‘hard’ takes longer but you will start out ‘More Green’.


    Other

    1. EMP Energy Values are displayed in the tooltip in the Visitor Panel In-game. We removed the EMP numbers from the persona tooltip last week but you can still find the numerical values here.


    2. More Energy Activity Badges
      1. Oil Industry Professional
      2. Bio-energy Producer
      3. Biofuel Explorer
    3. New Look to the Scroll Bars
    4. New Look to Object Tooltips In-game
    5. Good Carbon Scores display as negative numbers
    6. Batteries & Battery Depot show CFP charge
    7. Faster Charging on Windmills - tuned the formula on the windmills so they will charge a bit faster. Let us know what you think.

    Fixes

    1. Recycle batteries in the depot is working
    2. Buying/selling energy causing huge CFP

    As usual don’t forget to check out the VIP Store for the hot deal of the week.
    Enjoy!
    Audrey and The TirNua Team


    It’s Summer Time - Get the Kids and Get the Sprinkler On

    June 11th, 2010 by TirNua Audrey Leave a comment Share on Facebook



    Water Sprinklers - Huge Time Saver for Gardeners out there!

    Place this object on your lot and you will be able to water the plants on the adjacent tiles all once with just one interaction! It is possible to water up to 9 plants with each sprinkler.

    You can find the object for sale in the Gardening Store or in the V.I.P. Store if you are a resident.

    New and Improved Lot Search

  • Top Rated searches on the World Map are more prominent now.
  • The “Open Lots” search will now only return search results of those lots that the caller can actually enter. If the lot is public everyone will see it in the search or if you are a resident, roommate or a friend of someone with an open lot - you will be able to see their lot in the search results. No more going to an open lot from the open lot search only to find out you can’t enter the lot because it is locked.
  • All “Top Rated …” searches only include public lots. This means the lot must be open to the public in order for it to be included in the search results. To do this, the entry permissions have to be set to Public and anyone can enter the lot unless they are blocked.

  • Badges, Badges, Badges Galore and… more on the way!

  • New Score Types: Gamer & Designer score types are new and we renamed Recruiter to Evangelist
  • 5 new Designer activity badges - print various rares
  • 3 new Energy activity badges - 1 for each level of oil
  • 2 new Gamer activity badges - 1 for finishing basic UI quest and 1 for finishing 3 UI quests (for newbies only)
  • 18 new top score category badges have been added; 6 per evangelist, designer and gamer
  • To see all these badges go to the ‘My Stuff” tab and the Badges sub-tab. Mouse over the badges to see tooltips or double click on them for the specific details on each badge.
  • Added a badge count and badge categories in the persona web search and in the visitor tool tip
  • Other

    1. The Persona web has been updated to use tabs and has a more compact layout.
    2. A new and improved EMP display - we simplified the UI for the EMP display. The bar inside the battery image reflects your current value while the darker battery image is your capacity.
    3. Tool tip display of the Base Carbon Footprint of items for sale in both TirNua and User Stores
    4. Groups: add tab to info/manage dialog to show all totems and their competition.

    Fixes

    1. Changed the CFP Scores to be in the same units (KGs) as in the rest of the game
    2. Abandon lot process
    3. Weather is now a 20 second event that happens every 5 minutes
    4. Disallow others to continue in-progress scan jobs, fixed scanners getting stuck (we hope!)
    5. Number of fruits per day is correct now
    6. Oil donkey - now requires drilling on one of the deposits per lot

    As usual don’t forget to check out the VIP Store for the hot deal of the week.
    Enjoy!
    Audrey and The TirNua Team


    TROPICAL DEPRESSION WARNING

    June 7th, 2010 by Tirnua Luc Leave a comment Share on Facebook


    TROPICAL DEPRESSION ALBERT FORECAST/ADVISORY NUMBER 1
    NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER TIRNUA
    2100 UTC SUN JUNE 06 2010

    TROPICAL DEPRESSION CENTER LOCATED NEAR COMMUNITY CENTER
    POSITION ACCURATE WITHIN 20 NM

    PRESENT MOVEMENT TOWARD THE NORTH WEST OR 300 DEGREES AT 10 KT

    ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE 1005 MB
    MAX SUSTAINED WINDS 30 KT WITH GUSTS TO 40 KT.
    12 FT SEAS.. 90NE 0SE 0SW 90NW.
    WINDS AND SEAS VARY GREATLY IN EACH QUADRANT. RADII IN NAUTICAL
    MILES ARE THE LARGEST RADII EXPECTED ANYWHERE IN THAT QUADRANT.

    FORECAST VALID 13/0600Z …REMNANT LOW
    MAX WIND 25 KT…GUSTS 35 KT.

    FORECAST VALID 13/1800Z …REMNANT LOW
    MAX WIND 25 KT…GUSTS 35 KT.

    FORECAST VALID 14/0600Z …REMNANT LOW
    MAX WIND 25 KT…GUSTS 35 KT.

    REQUEST FOR 3 HOURLY SHIP REPORTS WITHIN 300 MILES OF COMMUNITY CENTER

    THIS IS THE LAST FORECAST/ADVISORY ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
    CENTER ON ALBERT. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE REMNANT LOW CAN BE
    FOUND IN HIGH SEAS FORECASTS ISSUED BY THE TIRNUA NATIONAL WEATHER
    SERVICE…

    $$
    FORECASTER ‘MINDYOURWINDMILL’


    Custom Content Shoes & More Roommate Keys!

    June 4th, 2010 by TirNua Audrey Leave a comment Share on Facebook

    Yes, Custom Content Shoes are Here!
    We know some of you have been yearning for these for awhile now!

    As a resident, you can create your own custom designed shoes along with other custom content clothing items.
    Learn how
    to create your own custom content now.

    Badges

    Badge Count - on the persona web next to each persona, you will see a tally of the total number of badges each persona has acquired. To the right of this number there are three icons representing the badge categories. These icons will be sorted in the order of the highest number of badges. You will readily be able to see who has the green thumb, who the energy moguls are and who is or isn’t taking care of the environment.

    ‘My Badges’ added as a floating panel in the lot view. No need to go to the persona web to get the latest update on your badges and scores, now you can access the information while in your lot.

    Badge sub-Tab added to the ‘My Stuff’ tab. Since the ‘My Stuff’ tab is all about your stuff and the place to go to see who your friends are, your in-game messages, active quests, high scores of you and your friends, your private info, renewal information on leases you own and the place to set your preferences we felt it only appropriate to add a tab for badges here too.

    More Roommates - Up to 10 Now!

    We have increased the maximum number of Roommates for purchased Lots to 10 from 4. The first four keys are free. You must purchase any additional keys.

    The price for each additional key progressively increases with each one purchased. Here is the pricing scheme:

        // key 1  0
        // key 2  0
        // key 3  0
        // key 4  0
        // key 5  50
        // key 6  100
        // key 7  150
        // key 8  200
        // key 9  300
        // key 10 400

    Also, we have decreased the maximum number of Roommates for free Lots to 2. These keys can be created for free.

    Learn more about roommates here.

    Store Object Descriptions - when you mouse over some of the objects in the TirNua store catalog you will start to see fun, zany object descriptions for each item like in the picture above. You can thank Atlas for these, he is the one responsible for them! He offered to help us out and we sure are glad that he did! Check out the objects in the Energy, Food and Manufacturing collections to see just what we are talking about.

    Better feedback for actions you perform in game that effect your carbon footprint and green thumb score. When you do somehting that adversely affects the carbon footprint like burning fuel in the boiler or fertilizing a plant, you will see a red footprint specifying the amount that you are impacting the environment.

    On the other hand, when a plant reaches full grown, you will see a green footprint specifying the amount your green thumb score has gone up. You will also see green thumbs that point up or down reflecting the impact on your green thumb score as a result of these actions.

    Additionally, when you are charging a battery you will periodically see a lightening bolt with the amount that it has just gone up.

    Note: CFP score updates are made once a day, the changes you are seeing in this feedback will not actually be reflected in your score until the daily processing updates them.

    Bug Fixes

    1. Quests no longer printable
    2. Ghost flower pots are no longer ghosts when reproducting plant
    3. Garden flower plots display new plant when reproducting (do not have to leave lot and return to see new plant)
    4. We believe we have a fix for stuck objects. When you have an object that won’t seem to move check to see if the object has a ‘disconnect from unknown’ interaction on it that is selectable
    5. Salad bar fixes - one more time!

    As usual don’t forget to check out the VIP Store for the hot deals of the week.
    Cheers,
    Audrey


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