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Achievement Rankings Updates

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

We’ve made a few changes to the achievements rankings on the website that we wanted everyone to be aware of. The changes are explained below.

  1. Soul War player medals rankings for current month added:
    We realized that the player medals and family medals rankings were not showing medal rankings for the current month, they were showing all-time medals progress. We’re keeping both of these rankings, and we have added rankings for player medals for the current month and family medals for the current month. Ties in these rankings are broken by all-time medals progress.
  2. New ranking for top achievements players:
    We’ve added a new ranking called Top Players Combined. This ranking combines overall achievement progress with current Soul War medals. It ranks players in the following order: overall achievement progress, total achievement levels, current month soul war medals, all time soul war medals, then total achievements. We have updated the top players ranking on the home page to this ranking. We believe this ranking more accurately reflects current players efforts towards achievements.

NEW: The Soul War

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Introducing THE SOUL WAR! The Soul War is a monthly contest where you can challenge other players and families in a contest of Bloodlines achievements, and collect and win all-new medals for gaining achievements! You can view the full rules of The Soul War in the Achievements Guide, and you can track your Soul War progress on your profile. The Soul War provides new monthly rankings on total achievement progress, single achievements, and medals collected. You can also cooperate with your family to see if you can beat other families in the monthly achievement contest, and collect the most medals! We hope you have a great time playing The Soul War!

(No, this is NOT an April Fool’s joke :))

Five New Achievements!

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Announcing the release of five new achievements! Now you can get achievements for collecting Blood Vials, Lumen Vials, and for holding souls that you obtained through the Blood River, Moon River, and Blood Doll Collector achievements. You can read the specifics on these achievements in the Achievements Guide. We’ve also made some minor updates to the display and organization of the achievement rankings, and the individual achievement progress pages that we hope make them easier to read and more user-friendly. Have fun

New: Garlic Secret Identities

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Today we made an update to the way that account names that have been deactivated by the Garlic Necklace are displayed on the website. The Garlic Necklace is an item provided by Bloodlines that allows people to deactivate their accounts if they wish, so their avatar names no longer appear on the public site at Every person who is under Garlic has been assigned an automatically-generated “secret identity” name, and this is the name that will appear in lists on the website such as soul and minion lists. So, deactivated accounts will no longer appear as “(name removed)” on the website, they will appear as the auto-generated secret name. The secret names will appear in “Firstname Lastname” format, and you can identify them because they will have one of the following five last names: Immortalus, Maleficus, Damarchus, Grimm, or Miasmador.

There are several purposes to this:

  1. You can now specifically identify a soul you own that is from a deactivated account, and trade it with the Soul Reaper, or use it for ransom in an Electrum transfer. When selecting deactivated souls for transfer with the Soul Reaper or the Electrum, you can use either the legacy name format (such as “Lyle Maeterlinck” or “Firstname Resident”) or the secret name. When you’re transferring a deactivated soul, both the secret name and the legacy name will show up in the soul reaper messages, such as “Secret Name (Legacy Name)”.
  2. We’ve heard that some people don’t like owning souls that show up as “(name removed)” on their profile. Also, it’s possible to obtain or trade for a soul that later gets deactivated, and some people have been disappointed by this. Now, deactivated souls will show up as the secret identity name, which looks the same as a legacy name on your profile.

Every account is assigned a single secret name only once. If you go in and out of garlic, the secret name remains the same, you don’t get a new secret name each time. If you own a soul that belongs to a deactivated account, you can view the legacy name of that soul by logging into and look at your own profile, then hover your mouse over the secret name, and you’ll see a tooltip with the legacy name displayed. To clarify this, ONLY the soul owner can see the tooltip with the legacy name of the deactivated account, and ONLY if they are logged into the website and looking at their own profile. Legacy names of deactivated accounts still will not be publicly displayed on the site. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact Lyle Maeterlinck directly.

New Feature: Family Allies and Enemies

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Introducing a new game feature: Family Allies and Enemies! Families are now able to form alliances with other families, as well as designate those families that they are feuding with.

The family profiles on the website are updated with the means for engaging in this new aspect of the game. Family leaders are able to send ally requests and respond to invitations to ally with other families. In order to be allies, both families have to agree to do so. Enemies however may be set unilaterally – you don’t have to get the agreement of the other clan in order to designate them someone you are unfriendly towards. If both families set each other as enemies, it’s considered mutual and listed as such in their profiles.

There is a limit of 10 allies and 10 enemies per family, so choose wisely! Your friends and enemies are out there now, waiting to hear from you!

To learn more about allies and enemies, see the Allies and Enemies section in the Bloodlines guide.


New Website Feature: Abyss Listing

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Now you can view a list of Bloodlines players whose soul is in the Abyss in the stats section. This list is ordered by last login date, so people at the top of the list are players who have logged in recently. This is a new way to find souls that are floating around in the Abyss that only need a Hemlock to get them out.

The Abyss might be a scary place to go, but there are souls there for the taking if you decide to rescue them. (Just don’t tell them that the Hemlock potion tastes like black licorice and paint thinner!)

Brief Maintenance Tonight on War and Vendors

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Tonight we will have a brief period of maintenance starting at 3:00AM SL time, and lasting for approximately 10 minutes. Note that this only affects Bloodlines War and the Liquid Vendor System. Bloodlines Thirst, Rage, and Human systems and websites will not be affected by this maintenance. Please refrain from making purchases during this time at Bloodlines stores and from Bloodlines affiliate vendors. If you have any questions, please contact Lyle Maeterlinck.

Network Issues

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

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!

Scheduled Maintenance Tonight: POSTPONED

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

UPDATE: Scheduled maintenance tonight has been postponed until tomorrow night, Thursday, March 13, 2014, for the same time, 2-3PM. No scheduled maintenance will happen today. We’re very sorry for any confusion that this causes.


The Bloodlines Thirst, Rage, and Human systems are scheduled to be unavailable from approximately 2:00 AM SL time until approximately 3:00AM SL time tomorrow morning, Wednesday, March 12, 2014 for server updates. Bloodlines War will remain available during this time. We expect this to be the last period of downtime for routine maintenance for the foreseeable future. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

This maintenance period is going to be adding a layer of robustness to our server architecture that will protect us against future problems, and help ensure the availability and durability of Bloodlines for a long time to come.

Please let me (Lyle Maeterlinck) know if you have any questions. Thanks to all of you for making Bloodlines the ultimate vampire community in Second Life!

Scheduled Maintenance Tonight

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Hi everyone, overnight tonight we are having a period of scheduled maintenance starting at about 3:00AM SL time. We expect the maintenance to last for 30 to 45 minutes. During this time, all Bloodlines services will be unavailable, including the Bloodlines website, and all in-world web-connected items. To view the status of the Bloodlines system during the downtime, please stay tuned to

We’re really sorry about this. We take downtime of the system very seriously, and will be taking additional steps to prevent future maintenance episodes of this kind.  If you have any questions regarding the downtime, please contact me (Lyle Maeterlinck) in-world. Thanks!