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Jen Shikami

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  1. Thanks, Drake1. Our 7Seas Fall Fishing Festival is this weekend in Osmium, Thursday to Monday -- swing by if you'd like!
  2. Exactly, Irene. The OP says it should be trans in case it doesn't fit... but to me that sounds like a better argument for offering a demo version. Yes, I know demo versions are more work, but why should a customer ever have to gamble on something fitting -- a gamble at their own expense? The idea that they can gift it away is nice and all, but it still puts a burden on the customer of taking a leap of faith.
  3. One that made me laugh recently was a hair designer with no-mod hair. AND no resizer. Seriously? Hair? Yeah no. I have seen my customers do quite lovely things to the wings from Vaengi thanks to them being mod-OK, matching them to outfits, etc. And posted the photos correspondingly to groups on flickr, and got me great exposure. Honestly, I'm surprised more designers don't make tint-friendly items.
  4. I'm on the 7Seas team so I just wanted to drop in and say thanks for mentioning our game! Tari, that is a really great summary, and I'm so glad everyone likes it. It's our strong community offering endless new catchables and contests that really keep it going strong. You're right, I haven't updated http://www.7seasfishing.com since 2010 (I was busy having various babies and medical drama, but that's over, so this is on my "do this ASAP!" list.) 7Seas is still quite active, though. Not only are the community builders very prolific, but Meissa and I have been coordinating fishing festivals and related prizes every six months for the 7Seas community. For example, Fishiversary festival is coming up from March 23 to 26, 2012. Watch group notices for more info. We have some other interesting plans coming up to help the community promote their own items. But that's not finalized yet so that's probably all I should say! As for other fishing in SL, believe it or not I do encourage you to check them all out. I haven't played them myself, but a lot of our fishers enjoy other fishing systems as well. And why not -- the more fishing fans there are in general, the better it is for everyone.
  5. Just spotted this due to the mentions of 7Seas / 7Selections. I think folks are thinking of my Ragged Fairy Wings. For example, here's a pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vaengi/6921361259/in/photostream Thanks for the compliments, but these are definitely Violaine Villota's, not mine. She's very talented, isn't she? I have always admired her work! She makes wearable wings in RL too. Both our wings are in the rather popular genre I like to think of as "fairies put through a shredder" In black silhouette they both look extra similar due to the shredding. BTW, I'm renaming and moving my wing store to Vaengi -- more details at http://www.vaengi.com
  6. Sweet photos! Sounds great -- I should drop by sometime to check it out. Don't forget you can also promote this in the 7Seas Social Chat group and get it added to http://7seasfishing.com using your promotional tool from the kit.
  7. Same problem here. I opened a support ticket and whenever I hear back, I'll post...
  8. Hi there, whatever happened to the llTransferLindenDollars thread? You mention it in your first post and I think it was sticky before, but now it seems to be MIA. Is it still happening? Any news on what's going on with the LeTigre RC that includes the llTransferLindenDollars update? I don't have a good understanding of how timing works from RC to gridwide deployment... and it sounds like there were some unrelated issues holding this wave up? Any clarification appreciated. Thanks!
  9. Melita Magic wrote: If you want arcade games though, I'd go to the source, but now offhand I can't remember who makes them all. Maybe someone else can? They have a big sim with all their games for sale as well as a nearby 7seas fishing pier. Hi there -- sorry we didn't spot this sooner! Perhaps you mean Insert Coin Arcade in Flotsam Beach? That's where the 7Seas Fishing headquarters is, too. You can visit the arcade here: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Flotsam%20Beach/93/144/21/
  10. Jesica Dragovar wrote: more partnership between well known items, imagine catching a fish in 7seas and being able to add it to a cooking HUD to convert it into food like for Spellfire or something I don't know much about Spellfire, but this would arguably be possible for custom catches. Probably a great crosspromotion too. I've seen people make custom catchables that double as salvage, weapons in other systems, all sorts of possibilities there.
  11. Elric Anatine wrote: I haven't fished in a very long time, and I know that custom items can be added to the offerings, but from the base 7Seas system, are there new additions? Hi there! Meissa has made some new official catchables lately, but I admit I haven't other than a few for special events like the Fall Fishing Festival. I've been too busy cranking out babies in real life. I'm getting back into SL bit by bit now. First thing I should do is update the fish list which is horribly out-of-date: http://7seasfishing.com/fish.html As others have said, conveniently there are still tons of custom catches out there to be had meanwhile. If you have any other questions, do let me know! And thanks for the thread everybody!
  12. Would you consider virtual pets to be "games"? What kind of aspects would a virtual pet have to have for it to qualify as a game? I'd love to hear what you think. I'd say at a minimum, they need to have some kind of way to make progress. Breeding, growing, or something. Otherwise they're more like virtual toys than games. Personally, for meeroos, horses, etc. I think these would qualify as games, in the oldschool Tamagotchi sense. They're more like a casual maintenance game like you would see on Facebook (____Ville) or a smartphone app. For a different kind of example, the fish we make for 7Seas are "pets" in the sense that they're animal-shaped, nameable, and a couple are sort of breedable so you can earn breeding points. But compared to the others, I don't think our version of pets is as much of a game in and of themselves. So they're probably more like pet-themed toys.
  13. (Ugh, it ate all my line breaks! Trying to edit and add them back...) We use a couple of different business models... here's what has worked for us. Arcade games: People can buy them direct from Insert Coin Arcade and use them at their own arcades/clubs/whatever. There is a free-to-play mode or they can charge various amounts if they prefer. They can also optinally use the code hooks in the system to give out prize tickets that the person can trade in for various prizes. Since the prizes can be basically anything and unique to the arcade, this seems to be a great cross-promotional opportunity for the arcades and it also gives a value-added aspect that can encourage people to pay for games even though you could play the same game for free elsewhere. 7Seas Fishing: This is a rather different approach since it is a self-franchising system. The gear vendors sell copies of the fishing area kit, so at any time a player could upgrade themselves into a fishing area owner with their own vendors (which sell the fishing area kit...) All the vendors give 20% commission on sales, so that's where the financial incentive to own a fishing area comes from. Again, people can fish/play for free, but if they want to catch fancier fish and earn XP, they have to buy bait. So basically they pay for the bait rather than directly buying the catchables. Between fishing contests and catchables, that's the meat of people's motivation to fish... More on catchables -- as with the prize desk for the arcades above, fishing area owners can add custom local catchables to the system to help make their area different and exciting compared to others. Because we have opened a lot of code hooks and given out other tools so the community can help build content, it adds a ton of variety to the game and an extra layer of fun for all those builders out there in SL. Plus then they can all sell their own compatible gizmos. We've seen some really inventive and creative work! I really think more business owners should consider opening up at least portions of their system to allow user customization. Like custom prizes, custom skins for game systems, customizable messages... add ons or plugin support...
  14. We had to get or hire live translators for our 7Seas game manuals. It definitely makes a big difference in our support requests, particularly the Japanese and Portugese ones. Japanese in particular... we actually had a customer service rep for a while who knew a good chunk of Japanese and that was a huge help.
  15. Huh, never heard of this. Where can I get more information? As for tools to help people at different scripting levels create games, you might want to check out my brother Seven Shikami's OpenArcade pack. He gives out a bunch of basic prims and scripts that could be used as the starting basis for a playable video game in SL.
  16. Agreed, it's definitely a different experience for new users! As noted they're still getting used to SL. This is part of why we bury several 7Seas Fishing features in the "Advanced" menu on the fishing rods. Even experienced people could get confused if all of a sudden they're automatically declining their catches.
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