Archive for July, 2012

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Heyya Everyone!!!

Well its Tuesday again!!! Woot and what would Tuesday be without a connection from yours truely. Today I will be telling you about something that alot of you have been asking for.

When you walk into our stores you see all kinds of good things

Group Joiners!!!

Starter Packs!!!

Horsie Snacks!!!

and lots lots more but wait I just noticed something new!!!! I start to think to myself this is what we have been waiting on!!!   Amaretto Ranch Pet Food JUMBO Pack!!! That is right the Jumbo packs of pet food are now in all store locations so go get yours today for just 2300L for 25 pet foods 🙂

 

Until next time Happy Breeding everyone 🙂

Racing and Training Explained!

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Happy Monday everyone! Have you gotten a new racing trait and ready to head off  to the races?? I can hear the bugle call from here! As promised here is some more detailed information on racing and training!

 

~~~~~THE HUD~~~~~

1.) Can only connect one horse at a time to the hud.
2.) Can only wear one hud at a time.

 

 

~~~~~THE STATS~~~~~

ONLY NEW STARTERS WILL CARRY THE HIDDEN RACING TRAIT TO PASS ON TO NEWER GENERATIONS. (Is not breed or coat dependent).

 

 

***SPEED***

 

Speed = The Sprinting speed of a horse.

 

Speed is ranked using the following Class system:
S = 3x Avie Run Speed (ARS) {Highest Possible Class} 50 minutes of training time
A = 2.5x ARS 45 minutes of training time
B = 2x ARS 40 minutes of training time
C = 1.5x ARS 35 minutes of training time
D = ARS {Lowest Possible Class}30 minutes of training time

 

Class D is where horses start
Classes S,A,B,C, and D are trainable and passable

 

 

 

***STAMINA***

 

Stamina = The amount of time a horse can sprint without recharging

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Stamina is ranked using the following Class system:
S = 50s of sprinting and 50 minutes of training time
A = 45s of sprinting and 45 minutes of training time
B = 40s of sprinting and 40 minutes of training time
C = 35s of sprinting and 35 minutes of training time
D = 30s of sprinting and 30 minutes of training time

 

Class D is where horses start
Classes S,A,B,C, and D are trainable and passable

 

 

 

 

***XP***

 

XP is gained through training your horse in a given field (speed or stamina) to move from one class to the next you must train from 0% to 100% in the current Class of that field.

 

XP Gains as follows:
Class D gains XP @ .5% per minute of training
Class C gains XP @ .4% per minute of training
Class B Gains XP @ .3% per minute of training
Class A Gains XP @ .1% per minute of training

 

Class D is where horses start
Classes S,A,B,C, and D are trainable and passable

 

 

***BREEDING***

 

Offspring of horses with the racing trait have a chance to receive the racing trait of their parents.

The Racing traits come from breeding “Starter Coats” together or one starter with any other horse.

Please note that the Racing trait CAN be passed on.

When the Racing traits pass they can pass as the same class, one class higher, one class lower or even two class’s lowers.

Well I hope this gives you guys a better understanding of the racing and training! Until next time happy racing everyone!

Some Tips to reduce Lag!

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Hello everyone today I would just like to mention some helpful tips to help reduce lag on your Sim’s!

Now I know some of you don’t get the lag spikes that others do but as most people can agree when you have lots and lots of breedables on the same Sim it can begin to lag at times. Well here are some helpful tips to help reduce that lag.

First thing that you can do is to turn off the animations in the horses/K-9’s/Barnyard Birds. This helps reduce lag when you have say 100+ on the same sim as each one runs its own animations and all that animation can cause lag in some cases.

Another thing you can do is to turn off movement. As we all know whenever anything moves the Sim has to keep track of it and if you have 100’s of Horses/K-9’s/Barnyard Birds on the same Sim that’s alot for the Sim to keep track of.

You can also turn off sounds and this will help reduce the lag but wont have as much effect as Animations and Movement off will.

Now the hover text being turned off wont affect the lag what so ever.

So if your experiencing lag then try some of these steps and it should help the lag on your sim 🙂

Until Next time Happy Breeding everyone.

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I Know Something!!! And I MUST tell someone!!!

 

Well it’s Saturday and it’s me again and for some reason I just can not keep a secret. So want to know a really juicy secret? Well… here it goes…

 

Starting August 05, 2012 Amaretto is introducing a new Show Horse from August 5th 2012 to September 5th 2012 . Well everyone knows its a horse, but I know which one.

* Starting August 5th 2012 at 12:01 am SLT any bundle dropped from the breeding of 2 Palomino’s you have a chance at the bundle being an “Amaretto Palomino Showhorse”!

* That’s it! The only qualification is they both have to be Palomino’s, they can be any color but Mother & Father MUST BOTH be Palomino’s.

* We will announce what horse is next close to the end of the 30 days of Palomino’s!

* Keep your eyes peeled as you won’t know what the “Amaretto Palomino Showhorse” looks like until it hits the grid !

* This “Amaretto Palomino Showhorse” will have a chance of passing its special eye!

* So Amaretto community… gather up your Palomino’s and get them ready for an excitement filled month of breeding!

 

Since I’m already spilling the beans, there’s more

 

ALSO Starting August 05, 2012 Amaretto is introducing a new Best In Show Pug from August 5th 2012 to September 5th 2012 . Which I will add is Jaymee’s Favorite

 

* Starting August 5th 2012 at 12:01 am SLT any Kennel dropped from the breeding of 2 Pug’s you have a chance at the Kennel being an “Amaretto Best In Show Pug”!

* That’s it! The only qualification is they both have to be Pug’s, they can be any color but Mother & Father MUST BOTH be Pug’s.

* We will announce what Best In Show K9 is next close to the end of the 30 days of Pug’s!

* Keep your eyes peeled as you won’t know what the“Amaretto Best In Show Pug” looks like until it hits the grid !

* This “Amaretto Best In Show Pug” will have a chance of passing its special eye and collar!

* So Amaretto community… gather up your Pug’s and get them ready for an excitement filled month of breeding!

 

Well good luck everyone and get those Palomino’s and Pug’s out and get to breeding, until next time Happy Breeding!!

 

Richie sent me to the corner !!!

 

I promise I’ll try and keep all secrets to myself from now on

*Looks at Richie and Rolls eyes*

Until next time…..

Protecting Yourself

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TGIF!!! Hello everyone! I have heard reports of scammers and scams happening again so I wanted to use my blog to provide yet another reminder, a few things you can do to protect yourself and your horses.

 

  • Don’t buy/sell horses to avatars that are only one day old.
  • Always set prices of your horses in your inventory.
  • Don’t buy horses from random people iming you.
  • Always check the creator of the horse, K-9 or Barnyard Bird. It should always without exception be JJ Cerna for horses, Ancient Biscuit for K-9s and Mazelina Menna for Barnyard Birds.
  • NEVER I mean never buy a duplicated horse or a horse that you haven’t seen rezzed in Secondlife.

 

 

Amaretto cannot be there to help you at every horse sale nor can we refund you if you buy a copybotted horse or a duplicated horse. You have to protect yourself against these people in Secondlife, if you do fall victim to one of these scams the best thing to do is file a abuse report them to Linden Lab.

 

Please be responsible and protect yourself, it’s sad that this even has to be a connection.  But you guys have to be proactive and protect yourself against such scams and report all scammers to Linden Lab with an abuse report.

 

I also want to include what Jaysin wrote on the forum on “How to Protect Yourself” Straight from the Horses Mouth:

 

There have been some issues with a griefer lately pretending to give out free stuff that if you wear it or give it debit permissions it will drain your Linden balance. I just wanted to give out a few tips about protecting yourself from these kinds of griefers and thieves.

1.) Always pay attention to who is giving you things. If you don’t know them don’t wear it… only rez it. If it asks you to give it debit permissions DECLINE IT!!!! Then delete it and purge it from your inventory.

2.) When dealing with Amaretto products they are no modify, no copy, no transfer. They can only be purchased from an Amaretto store and Marketplace or be given by one of the three Amaretto Business Avatars JJ Cerna, Ancient Biscuit, and Mazelina Menna. Any other avatar trying to give out Amaretto Products (other than animals of course) is a griefer or copybotter. Real Amaretto products will never ask for debt permissions!!!!

 

 

Happy breeding everyone until next time!!!

Just a Reminder

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Hello everyone! Happy Wednesday! I wanted to touch on something that I have run across. When you go to update please be sure to go to any Amaretto Store and pick up an updater. You might be thinking that clicking on the menu on horse then update this does not work you will need the updater.
Update Instructions
Single Updater: Place the updater near the horse that isn’t updated and click the horse and click the update button. The horse will be updated and the settings will be the same as before the update process. ***DO NOT PICK UP HORSES OR THE UPDATER UNTIL IT HAS COMPLETED THE UPDATE PROCESS***

Bulk Updater: Place the bulk updater in the middle of your horse breeding area, click the updater and adjust the settings you want your horses to be set to after the update process, then click the update horse’s button on the updater menu. This updater has the ability to update all horses that are not v3.5 in an entire region. However, depending on sim performance it may only do the horses in a 96 meter radius. Do not remove the updater until it has completed updating all horses and the hover text above the updater reads FINISHED. ***DO NOT PICK UP HORSES OR THE UPDATER UNTIL IT HAS COMPLETED THE UPDATE PROCESS***

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Hello everyone, I wanted to talk you about the advertising system on the Amaretto website. All ads currently are priced at a flat rate per week ( no worries about having views or clicks expire just straight time ). Currently ads are priced in 4 tiers:

1 Week Rotations cost 10$USD or 2500L$ and will run 1 week from the date of Approval.

2 Week Rotations cost 19$USD or 4731L$ ( 5% Off ) and run 2 weeks from the date of Approval.

3 Week Rotations cost 27$USD or 6723L$ ( 10% Off ) and run 3 weeks from the date of Approval.

4 Week Rotations cost 34$USD or 8466L$ ( 15% Off ) and run 4 weeks from the date of Approval.

Now for the technical information you need to know about your future ad!

Ad Titles are limited to 25 characters

The logo for your ad can be any size up to 180 x 180 ( Pixels )

The body of your ad is limited to 135 characters

We review all ads placed in the system to ensure they are appropriate ( no profane language etc. etc. )

Placing an ad to advertise your market, your stud service or even your store is really simple just follow these steps:

First click on the button at the top that says Advertising and a new page will open.

Then Click on the red Create an Ad to open the ad editor/package selector.

Choose a package and click the blue Create an Ad button to go to the editor, in this window there will be a preview for your ad as you create it helping you decide exactly how your ad will appear ( the preview is actual size ).

If you have created an ad campaign already ( previously created an ad ) then you can add the new ad to that campaign if not you can enter a campaign name below if you want. ( Its only used to group your ads for your convenience )

Next if your ad has a URL ( like an in world SLUrl ) copy and paste it into the URL box so that when they click on the ad it takes them to the url.

Enter a title for your ad like So and So Stud Service.

Then give your ad a body text ( explain what you are advertising )Finally Upload your ad logo ( remember it has to be 180 x 180 or smaller )

Press continue and a new section drops down be sure its set to today’s date for start date and press continue

Once you press continue you will be asked to place order or edit ad. Please review your ad and make sure its how you want it. Press Place Order to submit your ad and proceed to the Pay With Pay Pal screen. This takes you to the Pay Pal Payment Gateway where you can complete your order and have your ad placed in the review queue. Within 24 hours we will review your ad and either approve it ( at which point the package starts but not before) or Deny it and send you a message with why it was denied ( refunds are issued if you chose not to place the ad after this ).You can also pay for the ad inworld using L$ here http://slurl.com/secondlife/Amaretto%20Ranch%20Horses/91/147/22

I hope this helps everyone understand the Advertising system on the website. Enjoy

Animations in the Horse Hud!

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Hey guys its Monday! I know you guys were all holding you breath to reading my connection today! 😛 So I thought I would write about a few things in the update that i dont think everyone really is aware of!

Like did you know there was a new side saddle animations put in the new hud ? Thats right connect your horse to the hud > riding> female> side saddle. Now you ladies will be riding in style!!!

Or how about the special animations that you can use from the hud? Like feed your horse a apple or brush their coat? I mean how cool is that!
All you have to do is is wear your HUD and rez your horse in world click the animations button on the hud and you will see two other animations brush and feed.

Brushing your horse

From the main menu select animations, be sure your horse is rezzed out and your not wearing it! If you select brush> then you will get two options Large and Regular. Men choose large, women choose regular. You will get a object named “Regular Horse Brush”
Wear the brush and you will get a pop up menu with different grooming options!
I have included a pic below of me brushing one on my prize shetlands!

Feeding your horse a apple!

From the main menu select animations, be sure your horse is rezzed out and your not wearing it! Then select Feed, you will get sent a object named “Green Amaretto Apple”. Simply wear the apple and you will get a menu option to choose your size avatar. I have included a picture of that as well!

Remember if you need the new Horse Hud you can click on your horse>help> get hud and it will send a hud to your objects folder.

So some super cool stuff hidden in the hud you guys try it out!! Well until next time Happy Breeding everyone!!

 

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Hello Everyone its me your neighborhood Webmaster and today i would like to retouch a little bit on the various log ins for the Website/Ticket system. As Many of you know the website and the ticket system are 2 separate log ins, i know this is something that can be confusing but i hope to explain it a little to help clear any confusion.

First off we have the main website login.

This one is for everything but the ticket system.

First off its best to use a NON-Second Life based browser as the internal browsers don’t really work with much ( and in fact have shown not to work with the website or the ticket system most of the time ). at the bottom of this post i will provide a few links to the popular browsers for you to choose from 🙂

Now in the browser of your choice go to http://amarettobreedables.com and near the top of the page is a sign up / sign in button. If you have already signed up for the main website you would click sign in if not then click sign up ( Remember registering for the main website will not register you for the ticket system and vice versa you have to sign up for both but you can use the same email / password combination for both 🙂 )

Now after clicking sign up you will be prompted to create your profile just fill in the information with your Second life information and when it asks for profile address refer to this connection: http://amarettobreedables.com/connection/?p=472

Now you are registered and should receive a confirmation email, if for some reason you did not receive the email ( please be patient and give it at least 30 minutes to arrive and be sure to check your spam folder as well ) Please send a Notecard in-world to Tmzasz Luminos and I will look into it and get the account activated for you 🙂

 

Now on to the Ticket System

Now the reason you have to sign up for the ticket system as well is because the website and ticket system use a different method of storing the user names and other information and cant understand each other ( its like if you went to another country that spoke a language that you were not familiar with and they didn’t understand you )

Now to register to the ticket system go to http://support.amarettobreedables.com and click on the button in the center of the page that says Register. Again its best to use a NON-Second Life browser for this.

After clicking register fill in the Account information as a reminder we only need your second life name and do not suggest or need you to fill in any RL information.

Once you register ( no email confirmation with the ticket system ) at http://support.amarettobreedables.com there is a box on the right hand side of the page that says Log In and one that says Subscribe. Ignore the one that says Subscribe and put your email address and the password you chose into the login box and login 🙂

After logging in at the top where it says > Home > View tickets > Submit a ticket > Knowledgebase > News > Troubleshooter click on home to go to the front page or Submit a Ticket to go straight to the ticket submition page.

 

I hope this helps everyone to be able to login easier 🙂

 

Links to Popular Browsers:

Google Chrome

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

Apple Safari

http://www.apple.com/safari/download/

Mozilla Firefox

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

Opera

http://www.opera.com/

Internet Explorer

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/products/ie/home/

What’s your Excuse?

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With the new Super Duper Amaretto Information Kiosk in all Amaretto Stores, it will make things easier for the community to know whats happening.

 

Okay , so now there can be no excuses on why you did not come out to the Amaretto Events and have fun .

 

Every Saturday at 5:00 pm Ava has Club Amaretto where we all hang out, dance, and play the sploder.

 

Karrie and I try and plan 3 different events each month. We’ve had dances, fishing tournaments, hunts, ice skating, game nights, a carnival, and Friday July 27th at 3:00 pm slt we will have our first Pool Party at Boomtown.

 

We try and plan fun things that the community will enjoy, so that we can hang out, meet, and really get to know our community. Hey, the Staff at Amaretto likes to have fun too !!!

 

I’m sure everyone has seen the Q&A notices where we answer questions at a specific location. Even if you don’t have a question you can come and hang out there with us. Sometimes we send notices that we are fishing at boomtown, or playing games or just hanging out there. We love to just hangout and talk.

 

If any of you have any ideas about what kind of events that you think would be fun, send them on a note card named events to either Karrie Woyseck or maleficent Farshore, and we will see if we can make it happen.

 

So for now, get your dancing shoes on for Saturday nights and your bathing suit ready for July 27th and be ready to have a great time !