Call out to VPN Refugees and IP Players!
Pinup
aurora77
First things first, there's a refugee group for you lonely Pirinkings out there:
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115267211826812

Master Sashi says we need to find all the stranded VPN Refugees, and there are many.

We know thousands upon thousands of refugees are out there, Viking, Pirate and Ninja. At this point, we must put our faction differences aside and work together to help all VPN refugees find safe shelter.

Please message all of your "gaming" friends and let them know about the bunker the Neko Sisters have set up here at facebook. The group link is: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=115267211826812

Our goal is to rescue 1000 Viking, Pirates or Ninja refugees by the end of May.

Of special need is to message off-facebook gamers of VPN which is a task for the brave of heart as the meteor forums are currently down for maintenance. Perhaps you know of some non-facebook VPN refugees that need our help?

Please pass along our group link through all means available. eMail, facebook message, banner planes, message in a bottle are all recommended.

Second...

In honor of the discovery of Phinea on May 15th of 2009, we're holding a contest!

Another Meteor Games game, Island Paradise, currently has Egyptian items going and we thought it would be a great idea to hold a Phinea theme contest! Submit screenshots of your island that fit the theme of VPN's Phinea and your island could be showcased!

We'd love to give out cash and prizes, but we're all island castaways or refugees around here. So you'll have to settle for recognition.

Either submit your entry as a link to your screenshot in this thread or in a private message to me. Submit as many entries as you want. All entries must be posted by midnight Pacific Daylight Time on May 12th and winners will be selected and posted on or before the 14th, in time for Phinea Day!

We'll have some old VPN players as judges. Judges cannot submit contest entries.
4 hours ago · Delete Post In honor of the discovery of Phinea on May 15th of 2009, we're holding a contest!

Another Meteor Games game, Island Paradise, currently has Egyptian items going and we thought it would be a great idea to hold a Phinea theme contest! Submit screenshots of your island that fit the theme of VPN's Phinea and your island could be showcased!

We'd love to give out cash and prizes, but we're all island castaways or refugees around here. So you'll have to settle for recognition.

Either submit your entry as a link to your screenshot in this thread or in a private message to me. Submit as many entries as you want. All entries must be posted by midnight Pacific Daylight Time on May 12th and winners will be selected and posted on or before the 14th, in time for Phinea Day!

We'll have some old VPN players as judges. Judges cannot submit contest entries.

Posted to the IP forums here: http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=94483022361&topic=53770


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New shovels for faster plowing
IP
jessicahoward
Maintaining your island just got a lot easier! Two new shovel options are available for purchase in the "Boosts" area of the shop.

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Get your baby kiwi!
IP
jessicahoward
Kiwi birds are the latest addition to Island Paradise. To get one, you will need to find a friend who has posted a notification to their wall. The notification comes up randomly much like a lost dog notice, but when you receive the notice it means one of your friends can adopt the bird, not that you will receive one. These notices are not a one time shot. They are a random chance daily like treasure chests.

No word yet on what Kiwi birds produce or how valuable their harvests are, but we do know that they can be harvested daily. So far, all other details are a surprise!

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Here's what you've all been waiting for!
IP
jessicahoward
A new island upgrade was released yesterday. Just 10,000 coins!

Also, new hairstyles, clothing and accessories for your avatar. Click on your profile picture beside your island name to customize your character.

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Also, a post from Adam on the discussion boards about slowdowns you may be experiencing:

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Sale on Meteor Credits! Stock up now!
IP
jessicahoward
From the Facebook wall:

We're happy to announce our very first Spooky Sale has just started! From today through November the 1st all players who earn Meteor Credits through purchases and offers will be rewarded with an additional 25% in Meteor Credits! Make sure to sto...ck up on your spooky goods now, this sale won't last long!

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This just in!
Rose
jessicahoward
Posted by Echo on the MG forums:

Dog clarification: So I talked to the developer who wrote the dog code - If you don't have your dog you should get a pop up (it's automatic in game and not the pop up that you produce by clicking the dog head) in the game saying you lost your dog and you have the option to post this notification to your wall again. If you click to post that pop up, someone can click on it once and get XP and help find your dog. This only works for the notification that is placed on your wall via the auto-popup rather than the one produced by clicking on the dog's head. If that makes sense... I think I got it out right.

So the gist is if you post the pop up that comes on automatically saying you lost your dog, do this for ten days and you only need 1 friend to click on the new post each day. After that you should find your pup in storage.

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A message about the current gameplay situation...
IP
jessicahoward
From Hicks on the Facebook discussion board:

We have just synced a fix that should stop the "perma stealing" bug and also fix "inability to steal bug". Optimizations are making progress but we are not ready to sync any of those changes yet.

I am also going to repost my explanation of the current situation regarding the database for those that missed it in other threads.

"Yesterday and today we have been experiencing unusually high server load (this is when many people access the game at once). The problems you guys have been experiencing in this thread (stealing/inability to steal, islands not saving, losing harvests, multiple harvest ques) are all symptoms of this high server load.

It's a misconception that we made a change that caused this server load to happen for the majority of users. Trust me, if we could simply revert a change to restore normal functionality we would.

Currently we are looking at the code to see where the slowdowns are occurring, were adding hardware, and looking at server configurations. This issue is our top priority."

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Lots of patches last week
IP
jessicahoward
Here's the official word on last weeks updates:

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Happy Halloween!
IP
jessicahoward
From the Island Paradise News Tips:

"Hey Islanders - lots of new spooky items have appeared in the shop. Be sure not to miss out, these halloween items will only be on sale for a limited time!"

Now get out there and decorate your islands!

New inventory feature!
IP
jessicahoward
Here is the latest patch notes. Included is a new feature that allows you to store decorative items in your inventory! Just in time for Halloween, you can now put away some of your other decorations. (Source)

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