News and Updates

Statement on New Virtual World

June 24th, 2014 by Lyle Maeterlinck

Many of you are now aware that Linden Labs has announced that they have begun to build a new virtual world. Understandably, some of you have expressed some apprehension about this new virtual world, and there have been a lot of questions about what place Bloodlines will have in it. Will Bloodlines exist in the new virtual world, and if so, will your current Bloodlines account carry over? These are questions we cannot possibly answer yet, as we know next to nothing about the new virtual world. The Next Web claims that a beta version is expected in 2015, with a 2016 launch. We would like to point out that these launch dates are probably extremely optimistic and aggressive, and that it is next to impossible to determine how long it will actually take to build something like this. So, regardless of what the situation is with the new virtual world, it is something you will not have to worry about for at least a couple of years.

We would like to correct a few misconceptions. It has been announced in various places that the new virtual world will not be compatible with Second Life, and what has actually been said is that it will not necessarily be compatible with Second Life, meaning it might be, it might not, but they’re not making any guarantees. They are just prioritizing the strength of the new virtual world over compatibility. That means some things might not be compatible. But, Ebbe Altberg has stated, ‘A lot of what you have will be possible to move across…’.

Regarding Bloodlines compatibility, there are many possibilities. It’s possible that Bloodlines will simply stay in Second Life only for as long as it exists, it’s possible that Bloodlines will span both virtual worlds, and that we will be able to transfer Bloodlines accounts over to accounts on the new world on request, it’s possible that we will make an entirely new game on the new platform, and it’s also possible that this new virtual world will never even be released. Right now, there just isn’t enough information to know what is going to happen.

We are dedicated to making sure the Bloodlines community keeps thriving and growing. Each of you are a part of the future of Bloodlines, and you make this community what it is. It just doesn’t make sense to make assumptions about the future of Bloodlines and Second Life based on a few slivers of information, and then base your investment in the community on those assumptions. No one knows what the future of Bloodlines will be, but that has always been the case. The real future of Bloodlines and of Second Life is up to each of us. Liquid Designs has every intention of continuing to invest time and resources in Second Life. We have lots of new updates coming out soon, including mesh prisms and cider barrels, and updates to the soul reaper and spike, and much more. We hope you will join us!

A few links with more info:

Blood Tanks and Casks Affiliate Vendors

June 23rd, 2014 by Lyle Maeterlinck

affiliate_tanks_casksWe have just released new Blood Tank and Cask Affiliate vendors. They are packaged in the same crate with the existing Thirst affiliate vendors. Just to be clear: we have not added the Tanks and Cask products to the existing affiliate vendor product sets, we have added new, separate affiliate vendors to the same crate as the existing affiliate vendors. So, in order to get the Tank and Cask affiliate vendors, you will need to get an update of the affiliate vendor crate from an update terminal. Pressing the update button on your existing vendors will not add them. Once more: this is a new set of affiliate vendors, it’s just been added to the same crate. Commission is 3%, the same as all other Bloodlines affiliate vendors, and they work the exact same way. So, if you already own the affiliate vendors, you just need to go to the update terminal and get an update. If you don’t, you can pick them up at any Bloodlines store for 1L$. We hope you enjoy these new vendors!

Network Issues

June 18th, 2014 by Lyle Maeterlinck

Over the past 14 hours or so, Bloodlines has been suffering intermittent downtime due to a networking problem at our webhost. We wanted to let you know how sorry we are for this unacceptable interruption to the system, and that we are doing everything we can to reduce the downtime as much as possible. The service interruption was caused by a hardware upgrade at the data center where the Bloodlines servers are hosted, and this hardware upgrade caused unexpected problems. So, this service interruption should be a very rare and unusual event. While the system is up and healthy for now, we are not out of the woods yet, they have told us that they are continuing to work on the problem, and that additional periods of downtime may happen before it is complete. If you made any purchases during the downtime that you did not receive, please send a notecard to Lyle Maeterlinck, and I will make sure you get your delivery as soon as possible. Thanks very much for your patience and understanding while we get through this!

Blood Containers Series 5

June 17th, 2014 by Lyle Maeterlinck

Mesh Tanks and Casks

Presenting Blood Containers Series 5, our best containers ever. These containers have been re-built from the ground up, both inside and out. They are jam-packed with features, and almost everything about them is customizable. Every container comes with 9 free changeable textures, and premium texture expansion packs are on the way. You can also tag your container with a bit of text to help keep track of it, and the tag will add itself to the object name, and to the hover text, which you can also change the color of, or turn off completely. These containers come with the same level of security options as previous releases, where you can open your container to the whole grid, to a list of up to 25 friends, or to a group, or you can lock it down and keep all the blood for yourself.

Series 5 also comes with the ability to accept Linden payments for blood directly through the containers, at a price per liter that you set. Blood sales are also subject to security controls, so you can set different prices for different groups or lists of friends, and keep everyone else out. You can also use your containers to sell larger amounts of blood to others who own Blood siphons. They can pay your container to siphon directly into their own container. The hover text will keep you updated on the full security and sales status of your container.

What’s more: these containers are no longer purchased from the rez-style vendors on Liquid Estate. They have been integrated into the same licensing system that we use for other no-copy items such as the drinks and apples, so they are delivered directly from our inventory servers. This means that Tank and Cask affiliate vendors are coming soon. And one more thing: these containers will be able to be updated for life, and you’ll never have to buy a new version in order to get the new features.

Stay tuned, we will be releasing Series 5 Prisms and Cider Barrels very soon!

Bloodlines Event: Club Bloodlines

June 17th, 2014 by Noire Luminos

Club_Bloodlines2uhn tiss uhn tiss UHN TISS UHN TISS!!!
Do you hear the pounding beat? Follow the sound and come dance with us this Friday evening at Club Bloodlines!! Come as you are. Prizes to random winners this week!

When: Friday June 20th  4-7pm SL

Where: Liquid South/Badlands Border

 

Bloodlines Event: Yellow Brick Road

June 12th, 2014 by Noire Luminos

YellowBrick_partyAhahahahahahahahahahaha! I’ll get you my pretty! And your little dog too! We’re definitely not in Kansas anymore! If you love this timeless classic as much as we do, follow us on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City and relive the magic that we all know and love!

When: Friday, June 13th  4-7pm SL

Where: Liquid South/Badlands Border

Coming Soon ~ Bloodlines University!!!

June 4th, 2014 by Noire Luminos

BLOODLINES_UNIVERSITY2Presently Seeking: Teachers from all time zones, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. (Note: This is strictly non-profit; it is a volunteer position only.)

Don’t forget: We need teachers for War also!!

All languages welcome!

 

Please contact Rhage Terasaur, Allegra Sawson or any Bloodlines Liaison for the official Teacher Application!

We will begin teacher reviews (our version of interviews) on June 15th.

We look forward to classes beginning on July 14th! Please contact any Bloodlines Liaison to be added to the official Bloodlines University group!

Bloodlines Event: Medieval Party

May 28th, 2014 by Noire Luminos

Medieval_PartyKings and Queens, Lairds and Maidens, Honorable Knights and Lowly Squires… You are all invited to partake in the Medieval festivities this Friday evening at the Bloodlines Medieval Party! Music, Prizes and merriment await you!

When: Friday, May 30th 4-7pm SL

Where: Liquid Badlands/South Border

Bloodlines Hunting Contest

May 27th, 2014 by Mars Bracken

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In an effort to encourage the spirit of true hunting, we are holding a grid-wide contest. There is no purchase necessary to enter, and the prizes will be the souls of Mars Bracken, Lyle Maeterlinck, and Noire Luminos.

A representative from Bloodlines will be roaming the Second Life grid as a fresh unbitten avatar. Once a week, we will choose one person who is attempting to hunt them as the winner. The chosen hunter will be able to exchange bites with Mars Bracken or Lyle Maeterlinck, and then be entered to win one of the three souls at random.

The periods will be:

June 1st – Aug 23rd      |      Aug 24th – Nov 15th    |     Nov 16th – Feb 8th

After 12 winners have been chosen weekly, one of the twelve will be picked at random to win the soul, which will also be picked at random between Mars, Lyle and Noire. Then the next 12 week period will begin, with one winner getting to exchange bites and be entered into the drawing for the next soul, and so on until all 3 souls have been given away.

How will we select the weekly winning hunter? Spam biters will not be considered. We are looking to foster the spirit of true hunting – RP, conversation, seduction, diplomacy – these are the things we’ll be looking out for in a hunter.

We will announce each week, who won that week’s bite exchange, as well as the final winners of the souls, here on the Bloodlines Blog.

So starting June 1st, get out into the grid and start hunting! You may just end up owning Mars Bracken’s soul!

Happy Hunting,

Lyle Maeterlinck, Mars Bracken & Noire Luminos

 

Bloodlines Event: Spooky Carnival

May 23rd, 2014 by Noire Luminos

SPOOKY_CARNIVALHello boys and girls! Know what time it is? It’s carnival time… Spooky Carnival that is! That’s right, all the carnival fun you can handle with a healthy dose of spookiness, just like a sweet little cherry on top of your sunday!

When: Friday, May 23rd 4-7pm

Where: Bloodlines South/Badlands Border