#inworldz product review @oyo_breedable version two horses

Our beta coat horses and the first official release horses have retired. Seems like a good time for a breedables review of the newest version for the oyo breedable horses.

Now, for me, adjusting to oyo horses with their first version took a long time. I was always used to the way Amaretto and Biobreeds work in Second Life, and other breedables like them. With those, you can see exactly what coats and traits were in the line way before them. With those, you get a specific pattern to “breaking the genetic code” and that was the thing that entertained me the most about them.

I never liked “expendable breedables”…ones that expire and become useless for breeding after three or four months of time. I still don’t. In this way, Biobreeds spoiled me. Gave you so much more to work with for developing your own lines out. And I was always a line breeder.

You can be with oYo…it just takes more work. I know at least one meticulous breeder who keeps a spreadsheet of the full pedigree of her horses. I’m certain there’s a lot more within Second Life who do so.

I decided early on to give up my former line breeding habits, and just adjust to oYo ways. It was hard and took me quite awhile to get used to it. You can keep groups together and just breed their offspring together and the offspring of those together and so forth, and get into a bit of line breeding. I do to some degree on a few groups. Still not the same.

I don’t keep records, and I don’t remember everything so my system is not exact.

Even more difficult than that was adjusting to the genetic code changes. Oyo doesn’t give you a lot of details to how it works, other than the mother gets to decide more than the father. Sometimes you find after a few breedings that the female is submissive and lets the male decide. These mares are worth their value when you have a rare traited male you love.

Otherwise, with oYos it’s a whole lot of random attempts and random results.

At first, when the version two horses came out, a breeder would get unicorns like mad. They passed so easily and were given randomly so often from the version one horses when you used version two bundles on them. It really was too much, but I adjusted for it. Then, it seems almost overnight that stopped. Unicorns weren’t passing their horns nearly as much. If I had ten unicorns dropping, it seemed as if three passed the horn. Version ones weren’t giving the doublelong traits or horns as well.

So, I kept my mouth shut, and readjusted again. Grouping together and choosing who goes or stays according to traits, versus whether or not they were unicorn.

I’ll admit. I was a bit pissed that this was seemingly done without warning…there never was a notice about it or anything I saw. But I quietly adjusted my herds. No easy feat, as I was breeding about 200 at that time.

That was also when I decided it would be a good time to get down to 100 horses. It was probably a good time in my plan anyway, but my attitude was to do it because why spend so much time and money trying for something that was made more difficult to achieve? If someone was going to change the rules on me at any time without warning?

(Again…I stress there was no notice that this was going on publicly at any time, so I don’t know exact details. I just know that overnight, my results drastically changed.)

Still the cutback was good…went well, and I had good moments. I also was lucky enough to get the first sage horn…the first of the new rare horn groups. Now, this was completely random from two horses, not from the unicorns. And that horn only just passed today…finally…after fifty blooming days of trying. Same with the Cosmos horn. Still haven’t gotten that one to pass. And I haven’t seen a stardust horn for sale anywhere. Which I was greatly disappointed in. Should have made that one more available.

I do think Rainbow and Rainbow Tip horns are mismarked on list. The special one is super easy to get and find, while the common one isn’t.

Obviously, these rare horns are tough to pass. Which I understand to some degree, but this is to the point of why even try? I tell you, I’ve seen the Poppy horn and I really like it, but haven’t purchased one. Why? Why spend money on something that won’t pass?

When I talked to Alfredo about these horses while in development, he stated the goal was to make a bunch of traits that people could make combinations of. Make their own special horses from. For fun.

Right now, you can get a 5 trait combination max. Mane type, Tail type, Coat, Horn type, and Eye. With such a small group of us in Inworldz, this is taking a bit longer than I like to achieve. The rare traits are sometimes too rare.

Rare horns too rare. Not sure they should be rare. Judging from sales and what people come to me looking for, the majority of our group do not want horns anyway. May be a waste to make them rare. Good try in getting some interest in them, though. Just doesn’t seem to have worked from what I can see. I like them, but that may just mean I’m rare. *grin*

Coats are mixed. If they’re marked as very rare on the list…they’re often hard to get. Not too unbelievably so though. So not too bad there. Ones marked as rare on the list though are not consistent. Some are a lot easier to pass and a lot easier to find than others. You’d think they’d be the same.

Rare eyes seem a little finicky. But I did get three out of my one rare eye starter I bred. The spiral doesn’t seem to come up often enough to use in a combination attempt, although I got a couple. I got the TurqButterfly on a random breeding, and bought one MysticButterfly. We’ll see how that goes.

The horses are beautiful. The actions are nice. They do not appear to disrupt sim performance, nor affect the statistics we use to determine performance and lag. The lower prim count and market mode settings are a great improvement over the version one horses.

The biggest, and probably only drawback in them, is the one bug that makes the bundles keep breaking on rolling back upgrades or sim restarts. But I’m sure at some point that issue will be resolved, as Jenni and IW team are trying to find the cause. For now, we’ve found a work around, which is to box the bundles. At sales, I sell the bundles in marked boxes as breeder’s sets or with a single bundle in it. At home, I store them in marked boxes for my own purposes, versus folders in inventory or loose on a barn shelf.

Since this is inworldz, I can’t really give a full market report on them. Our group just isn’t that big, so overall sales are a lot lower. As you expect, there’s not a quick turnaround for lives or bundles. People buy specifically for their personal projects or to replace ones they’re done with.

I do have an avatar in second life playing with just a few of them, but I couldn’t begin to give you a market report on them there. I’m very well versed with breedables markets with a lot of experience behind me, but the truth is, oyo allowed the market nazis in to manage their group and their sponsored markets. It’s mucked up the whole system.

Market reports probably aren’t fair to use as a review for a breedable. They’re always inconsistent, as buyers’ moods change often. What sells one week, won’t sell another week. And often, stuff you think you should just heaven and give up on will suddenly sell on you. While other stuff could sit for months on end without selling.

It all depends on where you sell, who sees what you sell, and what that person is breeding for at that exact moment. Plus, what it is that that person is missing at home. All things you cannot predict well.

For this…the heaven feature on the oyo breedables is great. When you heaven an animal you turn it in for food or fervor supplement. Stuff you really need. And the rations are generous enough to make having to heaven so much worth it.

Only thing I’d wish for…ability to heaven bundles same way as you do lives. Gets me right in the chest each time I birth a beautiful animal only to heaven it…and I do a lot…it’s a necessary evil to keep my main herds in operation. And it is good for the grid. We need to remember they’re just pixels.

Fun, beautiful, great to play with pixels.

Sepia Walker with Beige Hair. One of the newest coats.
Sepia Walker with Beige Hair. One of the newest coats.
Galaxy Myst made an offspring stardust unicorn girl. Named her Andromeda Myst. Rainbow horn looks good on her. Still waiting for the stardust horn to show up somewhere.
Galaxy Myst made an offspring stardust unicorn girl. Named her Andromeda Myst. Rainbow horn looks good on her. Galaxy is retired and roaming around my yard now.
Kachina. Mom's a white native unicorn. Kachina got her name from being a ghost unicorn, born without a body and Jenni repaired her for me.
Kachina. Mom’s a white native unicorn. Kachina got her name from being a ghost unicorn, born without a body and Jenni repaired her for me.
This is a sweet black palomino with LL silver hair and black eyes. She's going to a special stud I've been feeding sugar to so he keeps many females happy.
This is a sweet black palomino with LL silver hair and black eyes. She’s almost retired now.
This sweet silver LL on brown walker is actually from cross breeding to 1.08s.
This sweet silver LL on brown walker is actually from cross breeding to 1.08s.
Mystic made me a LLLL brown walker male to set up my LLLL breeding with. Perfect since I have only been getting females.
Mystic made me a LLLL brown walker male I started my LLLL breeding with. 
Purchased from Chloe, this beauty is one of my favorite studs.
Purchased from Chloe, this beauty is one of my favorite studs. And he’s almost retired now.
Had a visitor while checking out the horses at my stables. These dragonettes are starting to play around us more.
Had a visitor while checking out the horses at my stables. These dragonettes are starting to play around us more.

 

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Kaedara and RFL #Inworldz update and future planning

Warning: long, rambling update…

RFL Update: Elvenglades

Traffic has slowed and so have the oYo Breedables sales for RFL. Sort of expected that. Figured there would be a rush in the beginning and then occassional visitors until the rush to tip donations over the edge at the end.

I am disappointed with Dee’s Designs though. I’m not going to scrap it…the store stays to honor my mother’s successful fight against Breast Cancer, even if I’m the only one to enjoy it. It will remain and sales will continue to go to the RFL kiosk year round. IF any sales come about.

Shame too. I spent hours looking for some of the textures I used for pictures in there. At least they’re free TOS so I can use them on websites and whatever else I need, so not a complete waste of my time.

At this moment, Elvenglades kiosks have raised 61,100 izzies total. Not too shabby. In addition, Kels told me the oYo bundles I gave her for the first auction raised another 9500 Izzies. That’s good to know.

The bears are loved that I donated and she popped into the vendors. Not sure what those have brought in total. I think some were given away at the picnic and not sure where all the vendors are. Only one I know of doesn’t show but one sale of them, and I’ve had a lot of word of people loving them. Perhaps perms were not changed and they’re giving them to one another…don’t care. They can give to RFL kiosk on their own in return if so.

Holding the bear people like the best. Horses with me are Bob and Dee, named after my parents.
Holding the bear people like the best. Horses with me are Bob and Dee, named after my parents.

Kels has 15 Breeder’s Sets of wildz, horses, cats, dogs, and dodos to help finish the rest of the season from me. Of course, I breed way too many and will have more if she needs it.

I think I can call this “experiment” a success. My hope is to raise another 40k between now and the end of the season for an even 100K.

Those horse bundles still break!

The horse issue could hinder that, if I don’t find a work around. I just don’t have time to maintain loose version 2 bundles and spend the few hours or so it takes to send them in and then rename and price them when I get the new ones.

There was plenty of notice before this update, so I picked them up and then replaced them with wildz bundles that do not break. Only V2 horse bundles out now are boxed breeder’s sets, which don’t break for some reason.

Thing is, most of the small group of buyers want the horses. Being such a small group, losing the ability to provide the best selling product is hurting my oYo sales, and the RFL kiosk.

And the lack of knowing what is going on. Oyo isn’t noted for sending out notices and letting us know everything…they work more by word of mouth. So, those of us who cannot attend events/auctions or hang out to see chat all the time, do miss a lot.

Elvenglades RFL oYo sales have gone to the wildz thanks to the horse bundles breaking.
Elvenglades RFL oYo sales have gone to the wildz thanks to the horse bundles breaking.

(I just informed one other big oYo breeder of her broken bundles and she’s shocked. Knew nothing about it and wonders why there’s no notices to people, or anything being done. Jenni said maybe I should contact others about it when I see their bundles broken. Not my job, but maybe I will. The more that know their bundles are broken, the more they’ll request something be done about it. Or stop breeding.)

I’m left with no recourse, but to plan as if nothing will be done in the near future about this issue. Need to cut back anyway. I’m clearance selling some horses and have my stay at home breeders down to 58 now, with plans to cut that by ten to 12 per month until probably down to breeding about 20 at a time.

I’ve picked up others like sabers, bears, and elephants, so by the time I’m finished breeding for the goals I have set now, I’ll have probably around 75 animals total. A lot more manageable than the 200 I’ve had in the past.

Thinking I may just breed to retire ones for my displays and sales products, and to donate to RFL. It’s a shame no one is supporting Mandy’s wonderfully done sales area, so any sales spots I need will be there. I may keep a selection at Elvenglades for RFL year around too…depends on what happens after the after season sorting.

My work around for the v2 bundles will be to box them all – means that will have to wait until I can find time to take pictures for each one and set them up.  I tested with ten loose ones out this time and kept the boxed sets out…9 of 10 loose ones broke, and boxed set ones were okay. Jenni is quick and fixed them right away, but still…

And shopping sucks anymore because other breeders just don’t check theirs. Most bundles at markets are broken. Although, I will admit, it does seem like less broke than before from this last update. Still many of them did.

RFL corner on Elvenglades Sim
RFL corner on Elvenglades Sim

He’s still alive!

We found someone who’s in contact with my close online friend and cover artist, Ron. I should have been informed but it seems that a windows 10 upgrade wiped out his contacts from his sister’s computer.

Ron’s been undergoing cancer related surgeries, with some hopeful results and some bad results I’m not at liberty to disclose. Around 4 weeks ago he had an ulcer burst and went into emergency surgery on top of everything else.

He is recovering and should have been entered into rehab yesterday. They hope to have him recovered enough to go home in a few weeks. Prayers still needed.

Or good thoughts…He’s Hopi raised so whatever you do, he appreciates.

Enchanted Isles sim in Kaedara region
Enchanted Isles sim in Kaedara region

Kaedara Future

God willing, I’ll be able to keep all four sims going for years to come. And maybe even add a few. We’re probably going to change jobs and move again, due to impossible circumstances we can’t seem to fix, much as we want to.

This is probably a good thing for us and our lives, so not wholy unwelcome. I just expect things to get pretty bumpy for awhile.

The unfixed bundle situation did make me consider cutting back and letting the sims go…and maybe it will if it’s not fixed. But I’m giving it time…as long as it takes for my current horses to retire, before deciding anything.

My sims are not doing well anymore in traffic. The store one is. The exploration ones are not.

Hudan I can understand. That one is picked up for new forest product to be built…not much to see there at the moment.  The forest is being worked on in my build level during the few moments I get.

But the other two finished ones are not. The story journey across the sims appears to be a failure. It begins where the store traffic comes in. People just do not seem interested. That may have to become a freebie bookcase with all the books in it instead for visitors.

Enchanted Isles is my sanctuary and do not think I’ll scrap it. The Silverwood Memorial will remain on it, and so will Marion Margaret Press’s base, which still needs some work done to it. This sim may be my book series’s show off sim.

Moor-Knight will change though. Perhaps I’ll make it the castle sim, with a full castle and full of items for sale in it. People seem to prefer shopping versus exploring and hanging out in nature scenes.

I shall miss the bog and the bog lady’s house when it comes time.

Elvenglades stores will be developed out as planned. And at some point, the product out and more will be in the marketplace.

This is a winter project…perhaps not until after our forthcoming move to who knows where in real life.

I am making a full range of holdables...may end up needing a whole store just for them when I'm done!
I am making a full range of holdables…may end up needing a whole store just for them when I’m done!

 

 

Feeling humbled #rflofIW #inworldz

While working on business forms, I check my Inworldz account through the website to see some wonderful people visited the Elvenglades sim to push us over the 50K mark for the year in RFL so far. Amazing!

This is counting the 21,100 izzies that went into the general fund kiosk during the few weeks before season opened and what’s on the current kiosk.  I jumped in and deposited the sales…we’re at 51,500 izzies so far this year!

Thank you so much. This means so much to both Mystic and I to see this working so well. And makes us love Inworldz all the more.

RFL corner looks nice. But I hope to add more to it before the season speeds by.
RFL corner looks nice. But I hope to add more to it before the season speeds by.

One way to know that I’m a little bit oYo addicted is to see how much is available in that corner, then to know that I’ve sent a bunch of stuff to Kels for the oYo events already, and I have a bunch more that I’ve been boxing up…and I still have a ton left over. LOL

I really am slowing down now. This morning, I separated my horses on platforms so ones that I want to have all the salt they can reach to produce as much as possible were separated from the ones I’m only letting have half as much. Part of my future goal is to breed to sell pets to go with the outdoor displays I have in design stages right now.

Then I went and birthed fifteen full white sabres. LOL It’s okay, I’m capable right now, and my number total will still come down on the goal day. They can produce RFL babies while I’m busy with family.

I have two big projects planned to build and the products I’m still working through. Plus I just loaded more materials for more projects.

Can’t give a time frame though. We’re off on a family trip this weekend. Then, I fear, another family member is getting close to his time so that interruption is expected. Plus fairly certain this is my dad’s last year, so I’m sure I’ll make another trip to visit him after this weekend. (I do see him this weekend.)

With building my business up, my build and play time is on the weekends, but these trips are also on the weekends. Plus we have September through December marketing efforts with the business, but Inworldz is part of that too. For the book promotions anyway.

Thank you to all who visit regularly, even if you just browse. It’s much appreciated. And thank you to those who help raise funds for the kiosks. Feels good to see that through my sometimes whining and griping about things there are those patient enough to put up with it.

Oh and still prayers needed. My cover artist, Ron, may be having a difficult time handling his cancer surgeries. We normally hear from him daily…every few days if he’s really ill. It’s been 3 1/2 weeks. People have been asking on the message sites he frequents about him, so it’s not just me. And he’s not answering emails.

Let us hope it’s computer issues rather than worse than what I know of his surgery troubles. His troubles are enough to need prayers. This long absence is cause to pray a little harder for him.

Graphic for one of the books Ron made me...being repurposed for Kaedara Inworldz.
Graphic for one of the books Ron made me…being repurposed for Kaedara Inworldz.

 

yay! go oYo for #rflofIW we have kick off in #inworldz

Our group’s band leaders are back and ready to get into event planning. Yay! I think I’m more relieved than excited to see them back and getting down to business. I get testy and whiny a lot, because I also worry a lot.

We’ve lost so many people this last year due to too much life, and the dreaded death. I don’t take anyone for granted…haven’t for a long time. Think it all started with this woman who worked for a business I managed.

I helped her move on to a higher paying position where my husband works, but still saw her every day on her way home from work. She banked at the same bank where my business had accounts and I’d run the day’s deposits in at the same time she was on her way home. We’d chat for two minutes each time before going on our way.

One day she looked very busy with doing something with her account and I decided to just leave quietly, thinking, “I’ll catch up with her tomorrow.”

She was killed in a car wreck on her way home that night.

I repeated that mistake once more after that with a favorite aunt of mine. Youngest and healthiest of the family who died suddenly, surprising us all. I even had to ask my mom to repeat who it was when she called to tell me, positive that she had said the wrong sister.

I never assume there’s a tomorrow with anyone I associate with online and offline. Hence, my posts get whiny and frustrating…and this is why I feel using group notices are so very important in a virtual world business. How else are we to know there’s still work going on in the background? (Especially when we cannot attend the community events.)

mmm…I just thought of a few areas I’m failing my own expectations. Must add those to the week’s to-do list.

But Relay For Life!….I’m getting a number of visits for the oYo sales corner. Not so sure about Dee’s Designs. That store does not seem as much as a success as I hoped with the current crowd.

I may have to expose that one to a new crowd with some ads.

I do have some ideas that may work better for next year, and I may be able to contribute to Inworldz’s broader Relay efforts then. This year, I’m too limited in time and expense due to our parents preparing for their last days. Which I’m surprised has not happened for two of our four parents yet.

And spending more time with them, being thankful we’re given the extra time we did not expect.

Today I’m on limited Inworldz time due to nursing a slight neck injury I got yesterday afternoon. It will pass soon and I’ll be back to normal.

If you’re interested in seeing what we’re doing on the sims, click on the Find Us link above.

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#rflofIW @oyo_breedable sales and building on Kaedara in #inworldz update

It’s been a weekend of mixed feelings. The Relay For Life sales area is loaded up, but traffic was not good this weekend, causing me to question how this was doing.

It’s difficult to measure results with the oYo crowd. They have a pesky habit of not utilizing group notices to keep people informed for various things until last minute. Like now…there’s new elephants being coded in…minis! But how many know? Just the few of us who happen to be in when Jenni told us in chat. And this whole RFL season? Only Lord knows how it’s going to work because I haven’t seen anything telling us if there’s going to be future fundraising auctions or if we’re just skipping this one.

Which would be a shame. We raised over 600K last season.

I don’t think it would happen. I suspect it’s just quiet while Kels and Matt are gone for…whatever. Don’t know what’s going on there either. But the group does pull together when the band leaders are in town…just not much when they’re not, like now.

Still…my oYo RFL fundraising area has seen a little action, and it does feel good to toss the funds in the kiosk routinely. Right now, it’s around 9,600 izzies since the season officially started Saturday. (Pre season kiosk ended at 21,100 izzies)

There’s a new memorial wall for Digital Pixal in the area now too. Lazy sent me some of her bundles to donate to RFL.

These bundles came from Digital Pixal, via Lazy. Each time one is sold the buyer gets a plaque put in the bundle's place.
These bundles came from Digital Pixal, via Lazy. Each time one is sold the buyer gets a plaque put in the bundle’s place.
How the plaques look. I goofed making them at first have them fixed now.
How the plaques look. I goofed making them at first have them fixed now.
RFL is all set up. I'll continually add oYo bundles as they come available and may build a few more items for Dee's Designs.
RFL is all set up. I’ll continually add oYo bundles as they come available and may build a few more items for Dee’s Designs. I even added to the Garden of Hope since this picture was taken…and Digital’s wall was added in.

I am cutting back on oYo critters yet again over the next month. I am at my happy place with them in regards to how many I have, but have changed my mind after a walk around my sims.

They’re costing me way more time than I should give to them. Cutting the number down by half again will get me down to a more acceptable priority. I’ve worked it out. I have a lot retiring within the 30 days and a good portion of them are flagged for going bye-bye at the end of the 30 days.

My walk around the sims left me feeling very guilty about neglecting my duties as a sim owner. So much is unfinished and has not been worked on in quite awhile. Time to change that and to get the sims set up properly.

For the time being, all my spare moments are spent tending to the RFL building on my sim and getting the first floor of the regular building set up. I promised an update ad through the group on that middle of last month and didn’t get there. Time to do that.

New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee's Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee’s Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee's Designs.
New in RFL kiosk vendor in front of Dee’s Designs.

 

#rflofIW @oyo_breedable sales setback in #inworldz

It seems there was a reason to do a last minute restart of all regions for internal updates, which is no issue for me. What is, is that obviously there’s a lack of communication or progress between oyo people and IW people about the version 2.0 issues.

I love both IW and oYo, but truly wonder how long I can justify this. Through the last two updates and any sim restart since then, the bundles break. I’m not speaking of one or two but loads. I get anywhere from 80 to 120 of them each time broken that has to be heavened, deleted, or remade by Jenni.

This time was 80 bundles I had set up for Relay for Life fundraising. I was able to birth a bunch to cut down on what I had to send in to Jenni. Those will be a flash sale through the weekend, for a lot less than what I would have sold the bundles for.

The market/grid size being what it is, I’m sure I’ll end up heavening most still after the sale. What a loss.

I am worried about my RFL efforts this year. And the lack of improvement in this situation. I’m proceeding very carefully, and thinking.

If things aren’t improved soon, I very well may give up the four sims and just do one mainland sim, or go back to renting a partial sim and do less in Inworldz. Dealing with things when the bundles break does cost me time I don’t have, and now my RFL set up time was compromised this weekend.

Hoping I can still get the special kiosks items made.

 

#rflofIW #inworldz Kaedara Update feeling a little guilty

Here I sit relaxing with my cup of morning coffee at the bog lady’s house, feeling a bit guilty and a little apprehensive this season.

I’ve been so tied up with life events that my sims have been largely neglected. Any other sim builder would have had them full developed long ago. As it is, for a long time, I’ve barely gotten more than maintaining the breedables done.

Cozy seating and cool sounds at the Bog Lady's house on Moor-Knight sim.
Cozy seating and cool sounds at the Bog Lady’s house on Moor-Knight sim.

Well, it does not help that I have hundreds of bundles and the last two times the grid updated a hundred of these broke. Each time. First time, forgiven. Second time, a royal pain.

I’ve been trying to watch for when the next update comes through. Make sure most are picked up or boxed up before it runs. I just hope Jenni and the IW team are working together to solve this. Haven’t seen any comments on forums, nor any reports about it from the oyo teams.

Not that oYo is really good about notices. It seems that if you don’t attend auctions or parties, you don’t get told much. (edited to include, or if you’re in chat when one of them is online…timing you know.) If they wish to stay in force when the grid grows in the future, it’s one of the things that must change for them. If they wish to avoid more frustration with customers than a creator normally gets, that is, which is already a lot.

Luckily, Jenni’s very approachable and I’m able to contact her directly to get more information. Perhaps someday, if I get some more free time, I can make a teaching series for oYo and enlist her assistance in filling in the gaps of my knowledge for it.

I have a good selection of products in Dee’s Designs for Relay For Life season, and will fill the second floor soon. The oYo sales area next to it is full and I’ve put 21000 Izzies into the kiosk from oYo sales so far.

I am part of oYo Team, but am worried. I don’t see where anyone represented them at the captain’s meeting and there’s been not one word through the group. This seems very unusual and concerns me. Like it or not, oYo has been a large part of the effort and it seems to have taken a back seat with them.

Granted, I don’t know what’s going on. But do wish they’d at least let us know what is coming…I can’t see them not doing something for RFL.

I am concerned a bit about the loss of some key breeders. Can I increase my giving this year to make up the difference? I don’t know…

There have been new members too in this time, so it does not seem as though the group is lacking. Nothing beyond the normal summer time slow down on both grids is visible. (No, I’m not talking about the other grid…that’s another book for another day. LOL )

Although I’m losing some valuable weekend time for building in Inworldz this month, I hope to make some progress on the sims. I need to make at least ten custom built trees for Hudan and offer those singly and in landscape groupings to get that sim finished. And I need to set up two more stores on Elvenglades.

I love my breedables, and the explosion of new stuff was super fun and addicting to get into, but it’s died down a bit for me. I still enjoy the horses, but I feel some people complained about too many unicorns and Jenni altered the settings.

I had arranged my 200 horses to match those settings…traits to traits, unicorns to unicorns. Now it’s frustrating that my unicorns make a lot fewer unicorns and I get a higher percentage of surprise unicorns from horses, where I didn’t really want them.

Even breeding 1.08s to use 2.0 bundles on provides significantly less cool bundles.

Since then, I’ve cut way back on my breeders and adjusted to breed trait to trait, mostly ignoring the horn. It seems to work better for me that way since the change now.

I know people complained because they wanted to sell their stuff and feels this lessened the market value of them. I understand…but I’ve realized something.

This is part of the entitlement problem we have nowadays. We see this in publishing all the time. We produce a good series of books, people love it, and then they feel they “own” our creation. God forbid if we delay getting the next book out, or even, gasp! decide to end the series and retire from writing.

They get pissed! They say we owe them a book, and so much worse… We don’t. We don’t owe anyone anything. And that’s the truth.

It’s why there’s pirating about in both book publishing and music industry. Entitlement.

oYo brought out the Hippie Phants recently. I'm an elephant lover and artist, these critters embrace both sides. And they make me smile on tough days. This is my current herd.
oYo brought out the Hippie Phants recently. I’m an elephant lover and artist, these critters embrace both sides. And they make me smile on tough days. This is my current herd.

I’ve realized it’s the same in breedables. A creator does not create the product just to build a secondary market. (Okay, maybe a few new ones may do so, but this is not how breedables started and not how most work.)

But once a breedable is available, suddenly people think they’re entitled to buy that product, grow it, and breed it, and make their money back. Often they feel they’re entitled to make a living at it…I’ve been around many of these. And I made a small paycheck at it for years myself.

Bottom line though, we’re not entitled to that.

I knew I fell victim to it long ago, but didn’t know what it really was until I realized this recently. I only knew something wasn’t right and I felt miserable playing the market game, even when I profited so greatly from it.

Living in a small town, I understand more about the community conscious part of it. “You live here, so you owe it to the community to do this.”

They do this in breedable groups too.

Sorry, hun. I bought a product to use and to dispose of the resulting creations it gives me as I see fit with no regards or obligation to anyone else. Period.

I don’t owe the community anything just because I’m using a product. I don’t have to care about the health and growth of the secondary market. That is just not the point of raising breedables.

I feel sorry for those who do believe it, and more sorry for those who are brow-beaten into following their “rules and guidelines” in what to sell their stuff for.

This is not to say I don’t pay attention to those around me. I price for what seems fair. Fair is a balance of supply and demand, with close attention to what the product is worth keeping to myself and with what buyers seem happy to spend. Not how much I can make from the sale of one product to pay gaming bills that should be my own responsibility, nor how much the market nazis want to force people to pay for a certain trait.

I’ve found a sort of balance in this with oYo in Inworldz. Now, I like to play the lottery and buy packs when I buy food to see if I can get a rare out of it. I buy the mega pack. It gives you 12 chances at a rare for 5k.

This means to me, if I want to buy a rare, I’m not going to feel taken if I pay 5k for that rare. In Inworldz, people aren’t bad about this, thankfully. Most of us sell our rares for anything from 2-5K each.

I do have some that I sell for less, as do others. Usually these are ones you can find more easily. Some rares just seem to come out more than others.

When I go over 5K, I’m adding in for an additional trait, usually at 1k each. Or adding extra because it’s something I’ll use for myself once something retires, if that one does not sell. (Honestly, buyers seem happiest paying 2k for many rares, versus the 5k. Really depends on how “new” it is at the time of purchase.)

In the Relay for Life sales area I’ve planned a system to offer breedables for anything from 100 to 2000 Izzies, in an effort to give anyone living on a budget a way to give. Next door, Dee’s Designs has product as low as 50 Izzies for those on super tight budgets.

I still see Team oYo on the list for teams this year. That is comforting. There is just a delay in letting us know what’s going to come this season, and not life causing them to skip it this time, it seems.

Guess I better plan my kiosk only sales for this too…those builds have to be created and set up this weekend.

I may be an introvert, but I love a good fight. Let’s fight cancer!!

BTW, my mom beat her breast cancer. God willing, it will just be natural old age that takes her and not that now.

But my main cover artist, Ron, still needs prayers. Seems he’s having a super hard time recovering from cancer surgeries. And further prayers he hasn’t lost motor control of the one arm in the process.

(As I wrote this, another 3k in sales for oYo came in to go into the kiosk this week. Makes 24k total now.)