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HUD Updates: Mesh Fangs, Claws, The Nexus Object

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

We’re pleased to announce updates to all of the Bloodlines HUDs: The Thirst, The Rage, The Human HUD, and The Fury. There are significant updates included in this version, including new, bento-enabled mesh vampire fangs and lycan claws, and a new attachment we call The Nexus Object.

A different Nexus is included in The Thirst, The Rage, and The Human. The Fury HUD interacts with the Rage and Thirst Nexus Objects. The functionality that existed prior to today in the claws and fangs is now in the Nexus, and claws and fangs are now just cosmetic attachments used for effect. The Nexus Object will be used from now on to hold your custom Bloodlines bite and claw animations.

In the process of upgrading, you will need to move any custom animations from your old fangs and claws into your Nexus. Please see the instructions pages for the various systems for detailed instructions for moving your animations from your fangs and claws to your Nexus Object. The Nexus Object will also be important in our upcoming RPG expansion, and this update can be considered a preliminary update to that expansion!

We’ve tried to include fangs and claws that will fit the vast majority of mesh and non-mesh avatars out there. If you find that none of the fangs or claws fit you well, you are free to use third-party attachments, attachments you make yourself, or none at all. As long as you’re wearing the Nexus Object, everything will still work.

We’ve also brought HUD skins that we released previously on the Fury to the Thirst, Rage, and Human HUDs, and we’ve fixed multiple issues with animations that have been reported to us.

We hope you enjoy this update!

 

Bloodlines Sims Under Construction

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

We want to thank everyone for their patience as we rearrange and redesign the Bloodlines sims in preparation for the upcoming RPG Expansion!

The sims have been moved already, and will shortly be renamed, but construction will be ongoing. The search and maps will be off for a few days while they catch up to the changes. LMs should all still work fine ongoing, but you will have to re-point your Picks to the new sims if you want them accurate.

Thanks again for bearing with us!

Coming in 2018: RPG Expansion

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

We’re excited to announce that we’re currently working on a major RPG expansion to the Bloodlines system for 2018!

Currently we’re planning on adding Harvesting and Crafting, Treasure Hunting, and Combat involving both players and NPC monsters. We’ll also be adding two new races to Bloodlines, Angels and Demons, as well as all of the possible 2-race hybrid combinations (Angel-Lycan, Demon-Vampire, etc.).

Rest assured, all of the current Bloodlines ranks, achievements, and records will go unchanged. The new aspects however will be very integrated into the Bloodlines system, so plan on finding new uses for your tools and metrics, and new meaning added to your chosen race!

While work has already begun, we are still open to suggestions and requests, so we have added a spot at each of our sims where you can drop us a notecard with your ideas. We can’t promise we’ll integrate everything you ask for, but we definitely want your input.

As we get closer to release we will have more announcements, so stay tuned!

Locations of Suggestion Boxes In-World: 

Bloodlines East Suggestion Box

Bloodlines West Suggestion Box

Bloodlines South Suggestion Box

Bloodlines Frontier Suggestion Box

Bloodlines Badlands Suggestion Box

Blood, Lumen, and Cider Containers Version 7: Update and Trade-In

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Today we’re announcing the release of Vital Blood, Lumen, and Cider containers version 7. This update contains a few minor script updates, and more extensive updates on the actual meshes themselves. Here is a list of updates we’ve made to these containers:

  1. On the Cider Barrels, Casks, and Bone and Iron Prisms, the meshes have been updated with new UV maps to allow us to release more extensive custom and rare textures and gacha textures for these items. Bone and Iron Prisms now include a “cabinet” around the central crystal that can be textured or transparent, depending on the texture released.
  2. Bug fixes:
    1. On tanks, the local chat that was printed when the ‘info’ button was pressed reported the incorrect access mode. It reported ‘Fill Only’ when it was actually ‘Fill / Drink’, and vice versa. The mode was being set correctly and displayed correctly in the hover text, just reported incorrectly to the owner when the info button was pressed, and this has been fixed in version 7.
    2. The Next / Previous buttons weren’t working on the texture menus if there were more textures than would fit on a single menu, this has been fixed.
    3. We fixed a few minor things regarding textures, and making sure that all containers have the correct texture displayed on rez.

Trading In Your Containers

If you’ve purchased any kind of container from Liquid Designs in the past, you should automatically be delivered an object called ‘Bloodlines Container Trade-In Machine’. It will come from a server named ‘Liquid Update System’. The machines may take some time to deliver, but if you want to get yours right away, you can come to any Bloodlines store and click on the vendor titled ‘Container Trade-In Machine’, and it will be delivered to you.

You’re not required to update your containers, but this machine gives you the option to. The trade-in machine will work for any container that has a button labeled ‘Select’ on the main menu. We added ‘Select’ buttons to containers starting with version 2 to allow the containers to interface with other objects like siphons, bottles, and refill stations. Version 2 was released in the summer of 2008. Any new container bought since then should have a select button, and should be able to be traded in with the trade-in machine. So, the only containers that won’t be able to be traded in are ones purchased in the first few months that Bloodlines was released.

You can use the trade-in machine on one container at a time to trade them in. The trade in process works like this:

  1. Rez your Bloodlines Container Trade-In Machine near your containers. Make sure that the container you wish to trade in does not have a custom texture applied to it, make sure it has a default texture applied. You can set this by touching your container and selecting Texture > Default, and then selecting one of the options. If you don’t have any custom texture licenses, the menu will skip the ‘Default’ selection screen, and go straight to your default textures.
  2. Touch the machine, you will get a menu with ‘Start’ and ‘Cancel’ options. Press start to begin.
  3. Touch your container, and press the ‘Select’ button on the menu.
  4. Your container will be checked by our system to see if it can be traded in. If it can’t, you will get a message in local chat and the process will be canceled. If it can, you will get another menu with ‘Trade’ and ‘Cancel’ buttons on it. Press Trade to trade in your container.
    1. If your container was full, you will be delivered a new Version 7 full container.
    2. If your container was empty, you will get a new Version 7 empty container.
    3. If your container was partially full, you will get a new Version 7 empty container, and any Vital Blood, Lumens, or Cider that was contained in it will be moved to your Metric Reserve. You can view the amounts of your metric reserve by going to your Blood Cellar, Lumen Vault, or Cider Tavern (click on your container icon on your Bloodlines profile) on slbloodlines.com. You can access these metrics through the refill stations on Liquid Estate.
  5. Your old container will be remotely deactivated and emptied. Please delete or discard your old container in order to reduce the possibility of confusion when old deactivated containers show up in your inventory. If you really want to keep your old container, we can’t stop you, but we recommend keeping them organized and separated in your inventory, perhaps in a folder named “Deactivated containers”. It goes without saying, but do not try to sell or transfer away these old containers.

Also, a word of warning to anyone who wants to purchase aftermarket containers: there will inevitably be some who will try to con others into buying their old deactivated containers. There have always been deactivated containers floating around out there for various reasons. Be careful and never purchase a container without testing it yourself. See our post on how to buy an aftermarket blood container.

 

Update to Rare Libraries

Friday, July 28th, 2017

We made a few tweaks to the Rare Libraries today:

  • Owners are listed in order of who has the most of any given texture, and how many
  • A link to the Guide has been added to the Library page
  • A link to the personal Library page has been added to the Cellar page
  • We’re slowly adding a “More Info” link to all the Rares in the guide, so that you can track down when/where a texture came from in the blog posts.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback and suggestions!

Bar Pack Mesh Updates

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve done some major mesh updates to the Bar Packs! Also now included is a new Bar Tap which is animated, and will pour / deliver glasses of vital blood, cider and moonshine. There are also now a mesh framed poster (in 5 variations) and a mesh blinking neon sign included.

Free updates will be sent out to all current owners of each pack, as well as the Mega Bar Pack (sans the Haunt). The new versions are also now available in stores, and in affiliate vendors.

See the new items displayed in-world here.

Scheduled Maintenance Part 3 (last one)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Bloodlines systems will be unavailable today, Thursday, July 13 from 4-4:05pm SL time for scheduled maintenance. We’re sorry for the short notice on this, and any inconvenience that it causes. Thanks for your patience during this time. If you miss any purchases during this time, or have any questions, please contact Lyle Maeterlinck in-world.

Scheduled Maintenance Part 2

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Bloodlines systems will be unavailable today, Wednesday, July 12 from 2-2:10pm SL time for scheduled maintenance. We’re sorry for the short notice on this, and any inconvenience that it causes. Thanks for your patience during this time. If you miss any purchases during this time, or have any questions, please contact Lyle Maeterlinck in-world.

Scheduled Maintenance

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Bloodlines will be in maintenance mode tomorrow morning, July 10, 2017 from 3-3:20am SL time for scheduled upgrades. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thanks for your patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact Lyle Maeterlinck in-world. Thanks!

Nightshade / Wolfsbane Updates & Rare Texture Gifts

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve done some minor mesh updates to the Nightshade and Wolfsbane potions, and are giving away a free gifts for the next month (June 26th-July 26th)!

The purchaser of either potion will receive two Rare textures, one for Tanks and one for Iron Prisms. After purchase, the textures will automatically show up in your Rare Library and be available 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 July 26th.