News and Updates

Archive for the ‘Updates’ Category

Updates to Prevent Gaming of the Achievements

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Update 5/23/17: We’ve made some additional changes to the achievements. First, many of you will be happy to know that based on overwhelming community feedback, we removed the throttle on Haunt visits. We realize many people have turned the Haunt-visiting at single locations in to a sort of mini-game, and that the throttling greatly hindered this. We studied and reassessed the situation, and have concluded that this aspect of the achievements, while the requests did seem to be coming in at a high rate, was probably not being automated, at least not by the vast majority of players who enjoyed this activity. We still urge you to strive to visit a variety of different Haunt locations instead of standing in one place at large Haunt farms. You can always access active Haunts using the Haunt button on your HUD.

We’ve also added some additional controls on the biting / clawing achievements (Berserk and Frenzy) in order to make gaming of these achievements using alts less rewarding. If you’re doing these achievements honestly with your friends instead of logging in lists of alts, you probably won’t notice any change. If any of your attacks do get throttled, make sure you aren’t logging in a long list of alts to attack, and instead, try to interact with a variety of real Bloodlines players in order to gain your achievements. Thanks everyone for your feedback and patience with us while we work to address these situations, and please let us know if you have any other thoughts.

Original post follows:

Yesterday we made a couple of adjustments to the Detective, Investigator, Voyager, and World Travels achievements. We believe that some people may have been using automated tools to cheat at these achievements. We commend people on their creativity and motivation in getting these achievements, but we also have to take the measures we can in order to prevent cheating, gaming, and exploits.

Wikipedia defines an exploit as:

“the use of a bug or glitches, game system, rates, hit boxes, or speed, etc. by a player to their advantage in a manner not intended by the game’s designers. Exploits have been classified as a form of cheating”

To be very clear, nobody has hacked or compromised any Bloodlines items; rather some players have found ways to automate avatar logins or clicks in order to cheat at the achievements. We were also seeing things like 4 haunt visits per second, second after second, and thousands of avatar scans that run 24 hours per day. We see patterns in our logs that are clearly not legitimate actions performed by human players. So, we put in place some measures that we hope will make it inconvenient to cheat at the achievements.

This could be referred to as nerfing:

Among game developers, MMORPG designers are especially likely to nerf aspects of a game in order to maintain game balance. Occasionally, a new feature (such as an item, class, or skill) may be made too powerful, unfair, or too easily obtained to the extent that it unbalances the game system. This is sometimes due to an unforeseen method of using or acquiring the object that was not considered by the developers. The frequency of nerfing and the scale of nerfing vary widely from game to game but almost all massively multiplayer games have engaged in nerfing at some point.”

Keep in mind that all scans and haunt visits will keep working just as they always have: you will always get scan data back, and information on haunts no matter what. The only thing that has changed is whether you get achievements for those actions. If you are playing in good faith, and finding real players to scan instead of logging in thousands of alts, and if you are visiting legitimate haunts instead of clicking as fast as you can at a haunt farm, it is very unlikely that any of the updates will affect you.

If you have any questions, please contact Lyle Maeterlinck. Happy achieving!

 

Update: Refill Stations

Monday, May 15th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased to announce that the refill stations have been updated. They are now all-mesh environments, we’ve (hopefully) made them more easy to use, and there’s particle and sound effects added.

To help raise awareness of their new locations and to celebrate their creation, we’ve made some station-themed Limited Rares which will be available for the next month. From May 15 – June 15, whenever you make a purchase at a refill station you will automatically be delivered a license into your Rare Library for the appropriate cider, blood or lumen container shown above.

Locations:

New Cider Refill Station – Badlands

New Lumen Refill Station – South

New Blood Refill Station – West

All 3 New Refill Stations – Frontier

Valerian Update and Gift

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We’ve done some minor mesh updates to the Valerian Potion, and are giving away a free gift during the month of April!

The purchaser of a Valerian 4 Pack will receive two Rare textures, one for Tanks and one for Iron Prisms. After you’ve rezzed your crate, the textures will automatically show up in your Tank or Iron Prism texturing menu (the “Texture” button, under “PotionCabinet”). You will only receive one set per purchase, so apply and use them wisely!

No limit to the number of purchases / textures, but the free gift period ends on May 1st.

The Weapons Update

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

 

We did a mesh update of all the Bloodlines: War weapons! They’re all now lower prim, shrink much smaller, and are available in vendors immediately.

You can update your Handgun, Flamethrower, or Swords at any Liquid Designs Updater terminal.

The Serum Update

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We updated The Serum! It’s now mesh, lower prim, and available in vendors immediately.

Due the vast number of the old serums still in SL, we will unfortunately be unable to do a trade-in. However any serums you currently own should continue to work just fine!

The Mine Update

Monday, March 13th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We updated The Mine this week. In addition to now being mesh and 1 prim, we’ve also added a feature that allows you to rename the mine. This should help fool the mine detectors out there!

Due the vast number of Mines in SL, we will unfortunately be unable to do a trade-in. However any mines you currently own should continue to work just fine!

Dominion Mesh Update

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We updated the build of the Dominion this week. The new Base and Pylon are both just 1 prim now! The new base will work with old pylons if you prefer to leave your current set of pylons out and just swap out the Base itself.

Due the vast number of Dominion bases in SL, we will unfortunately be unable to do a trade-in. However, we will continue to support and service the old prim Dominions, and they will continue to function just fine in perpetuity.

Mandrake Update and Gift

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

We’ve done some minor mesh updates to the Mandrake Potion, and are giving away a free gift during the month of March!

The purchaser of a Mandrake 4 Pack will receive two Rare textures, one for Tanks and one for Iron Prisms. After you’ve rezzed your crate, the textures will automatically show up in your Tank or Iron Prism texturing menu (the “Texture” button, under “PotionCabinet”). You will only receive one set per purchase, so apply and use them wisely!

No limit to the number of purchases / textures, but the free gift period ends on April 1st.

Update: The Welcome Sign

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a relatively minor update, but we’re happy to say we meshed the “Bloodlines Friendly” sign / freebie givers. They now come in two styles, have menus for texture change and hide/show of legs, as well as test delivery of the freebie crate inside.

We’ll be sending these out to anyone who’s ever bought one previously, but if you’d like one they’re available at any of our main stores for $1L!

 

Update: The Bonds

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We updated the Bonds this week! The ringboxes are now mesh and much lower prim equivalent. Also because we had requests for the rings to resize smaller, we re-meshed them as well. They’re lower prim equivalent and should fit even the tiniest of hands!

If you currently have a Bond and would like an update to your ring, just visit one of our stores and click on the Ring Redelivery Terminal:

Lumen Bond Ring Redelivery Terminal

Blood Bond Ring Redelivery Terminal

Human Bond Ring Redelivery Terminal