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Archive for November, 2008

My farm is the Bermuda Triangle

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

During Founder’s Beta my farm was my sanctuary. A place to hide when lag got to be too much or if I just wanted to chat. To my surprise it attracted others too. Their arrival remains a mystery but I have documented their presence.

During the New York build I left the game on when I went to sleep so others could continue to build on my farm. This plan backfired during the competition, but oddly enough worked once the contest was over. I went to bed one night while several guildmates worked away on Grand Central Station. When I awoke something was different.

Vincent!

A strange dog named Vincent was guarding the station. I say “strange” because he was not mine. I tried to offer him food, but he would not budge. I went into Londan for a bit and when I came back he was gone. I later found out he belonged to a guildmate who had been working on my house, but she had left hours before. Perhaps there was a strong force keeping Vincent with me.

Then, the last day of FB I was running all over the place helping people with last minute quests, finishing up houses and emptying my inventory. (I feel that last one might have been a mistake on my part >__<)  I made frequent stops to my farm and discovered I wasn’t alone!

BBE

BlondeBlueEyes from Sailoria had come to my farm, but was now immobilized! I tried to unfreeze her but nothing worked. Perhaps it was a spell from the Kevs or maybe she was trapped in a time warp. Either way, she figured out how to escape!

It is a strange phenomena indeed and one I will keep a close eye on when the game continues!

Guild Events Part 3

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

In the spirit of giving I would like to talk about the Food For Friends event. It was my favorite event of Founder’s Beta. Hello Kitty Online is my first MMORPG and with my easily addictive personality I rapidly began spending more and more time in the game world. It is totally fun, but afterwards I would feel bad about other things in my life I had neglected. (Which is something I’ll really have to work on when the game is released) But Food For Friends alleviated that guilt. I was playing with a real world goal in mind. Sure there was a lot of farming involved (>__<) but it was for a good cause! I didn’t even mind staying up past midnight to deliver our food….much. (I was dragging the next couple of days, seriously)

It's GM Cal

Food drop off screen cap courtesy of Sugar chan

Super Cute Totals

 Super Cute donated almost $200 worth of food! I know that’s only a drop in the bucket, but I am proud of everything we accomplished. We knew early on that there wasn’t much chance of us winning. (A guild of 28 against guilds of 150-200?? no way!) We worked on this out of kindness and a wish to do something for others. Everyone, across all guilds (and players that donated indiviually) did amazing work! I am always very excited to share that I was part of something that raised over $12,000 for Unicef and the Asian Youth Orchestra.

Also in the spirit of giving I would like to share a couple of websites where you can donate free food everyday!

Help end world hunger
At freerice.com you can play games that donate food to the UN World Food program. You can play and donate as much as you want.


FreeKibble.com


FreeKibbleKat.com

Free Kibble and Free Kibble Kat donate pet food to different animal shelters across the US. You can answer 1 question a day at each website.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I am anxiously awaiting Open Beta and with all the christmas game rumors that are circulating I am super excited!

Cinnamoroll Thanksgiving

(I know Thanksgiving is over, but this is too cute to pass up!)

My suggestion…

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

I had a tremendous amount of  fun playing Hello Kitty On-line Founder’s Beta. Sure, some things were annoying ::cough::farming::cough:: and the big events were a learning experience for all. But, the overall experience was profoundly enjoyable and I have nothing to complain about except:

brown hair

THE HAIR!!!!!

I loved the brown hair I started the game with! I was disappointed to see all the buyable hair was in non-natural colors so I decided to keep mine basic. However, after battle with the hedgehogs I discovered blue hair in my inventory. I figured I would try it on, just to see what I looked like. I clicked the blue hair and it appeared on my head, only my brown hair was nowhere to be found! It was gone forever and I was so so sad. I guess some things you just have to learn the hard way.

 Luckily, a guildmate told me that the Lynxs dropped black hair so I went on a stunning spree. I was no longer sad and blue. (Sorry for the pun, sometimes I just can’t help myself!!!)

AND luckier still, amongst the madness that was Hello Kitty’s Birthday Party a GM randomly opened a trade and gave me my dream hair! I forget who it was, but thank you so much!!!

So, my sugesstion for Open Beta and beyond is to please make hair interchangable like clothing!!! I’m hoping new styles and colors will be avaiable in the future and I don’t want to miss out because I’m too scared of losing my old hair! ^__^

Blog For Thought

Monday, November 17th, 2008

I became interested in Hello Kitty Online after my friend Sugar_Chan talked about it non-stop. Everything sounded so cute and it seemed like it would be a fun game to play. I was very cautious because she has dragged me into many websites before (orkut, IMVU anyone?) only for both of us to lose interest. I constantly vow that she will never pull me in again! Luckily, I let my guard down and it turned out to be an amazing experience.

I entered the game and worked very hard. Sugar_chan kept talking about this guild she wanted to form. I knew I had to join. We’ve known each other since the 2nd grade and saying no wasn’t an option. I didn’t have anything against guilds, but I was enjoying the game on my own. HKO is my first MMORPG and I didn’t know what to expect. Sugar worked very hard to earn the $30,000 all by herself and thus formed Super Cute! ^__^

                                     

I participated in Guild Chat while I worked on the endless supply of missions. I couldn’t believe some people had completed everything already! I waved hello when I saw people, but I didn’t really understand what being in a guild meant until I needed help with Pochi for the New York event.

Somehow I had gotten it in my head that Pochi would disappear before I finished the quest and my dreams of building New York would be squashed. I was so close, I just needed to make oat biscuits and roasted veggies. However, I had no cooking guides for either of them. I voiced my fears in guild chat, that Pochi would miss out on his succulent feast and I would miss out on the Empire Key. Immediately I had an offer from a guildmate to make these items for me. I asked if there was anything she wanted in return and she said no. Red flags went off in my brain, there had to be a catch. People don’t do things for nothing. I waited to see what string was attached to this favor. I mined coal for the veggies and she did the rest. I thanked her profusely, yet waited for the demand for money or items. It never came. I was thoroughly shocked by her kindness! It then became my mission to pay that kindness forward.

I discovered that most everyone in my guild was just as helpful. The guild events really helped us bond and I am still amazed by how awesome we worked together as a team.

I came into this game expecting to indulge in cuteness, interact with Sanrio characters and relax through gaming. How surprising it was when I realized I had gotten the added bonus of friends. Not only that, but these people I had known for less than a month were what I was going to miss the most.

My favorite moment came at the very end of FB. After the Kevevent I decided to hide in Madame Tussaud’s and spend the last few minutes with Hello Kitty. In guild chat I mentioned  where I was and everyone thought it was very sweet and sentimental. I wanted to ask them to come join me, but I knew people were working hard on last minute stuff. We all talked about what we would miss and said to keep in touch. With about 10 minutes left, Astroasis walked in and sat next to Hello Kitty. I was so happy. She was followed shortly by ~*LeReiNa*~. It was such a touching gesture, moreso than anything I could have imagined when I started playing.

I came into HKO alone,

but did not leave that way. ^__^

Guild Events Part 2

Monday, November 10th, 2008

So, my guild had spent the whole day gathering building materials, a feverish hour and a half hunting down the mystery materials and had waited on pins and needles while I got the land certificates. Everyone was so excited when I right clicked the certificate and the base structure appeared on my farm. All that was left was to get the materials on there and begin hammering away. Unfortunately the materials did not come with instructions. I got them all in my inventory, right clicked on the building and hit the DROP button thinking it would drop the materials onto the base. A box popped up asking if I was sure. I clicked yes and the entire structure disappeared. I had dropped the building from my farm. >__< Guild chat went crazy. Everyone was running to the now vacant lot and wondering what had happened. In the meantime, my heart had jumped out of my chest and was flopping around on the floor.  I managed to get out an “I’ll fix it” before heading back to GM-Neverender’s farm. I found him there and explained my situation. He said he could help as long as I promised him my first born child. I immediately agreed and the deal was done….just kidding. ^__^ I did explain what happened and he was very understanding. He was extremely generous and gave me another land certificate for Grand Central Station. (thank you!!)

Luckily Astroasis had figured out the pesky transfer of materials and everyone had gotten to work on the Statue of Liberty. She came to my farm and placed the materials on the new base because I sure didn’t trust myself to do it! ^__^ Now by this time I had a pounding headache, and I should have been in bed already. My job requires a great deal of energy and losing sleep is never a good idea. I wished my guildmates good luck and headed to bed.

In the morning I logged on bright and early only to find out that we had lost. BUT, the Statue of Liberty had been completed! Many helped with the build, but Astroasis, ~*LeReiNa*~ and OKGirl pushed themselves to the limit and finished it. ^__^ Great work everyone!

Statue of Kitterty

Next up was Grand Central Station on my farm. Even though we hadn’t won the competition, everyone wanted to see the event through. ^__^ I was very thankful for all the help. We had all been excited to learn that these structures also functioned as houses. I wanted to get mine done before FB ended! Luckily my friends felt the same way. I had many guildmates help, but again, after I went to bed Astroasis and Malaree took turns working on Grand Central. I woke up the next morning to discover I only had about 150 whacks left! I decided to finish it before I went to work.

almost there

ALMOST THERE…….

and done

and done! AND I wasn’t even late to work! haha!

As much as I wanted to complete the event, I never saw Cutie Jewelz online again and the Empire State Building was on her farm. Perhaps we’ll get the chance in Open Beta!

group shot!

We all did our best and I am proud of my guildmates for their time, effort and selflessness! This was such a fun event and we got to be a part of building New York!!! How cool is that?

Cinnaline

Guild Events Part 1

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

I was so engrossed with playing HKO up until the last moments of Founder’s Beta that I haven’t taken the time to update my blog properly!

It was a crazy week in Sanrio Land. 2 guild events and a lot of mini-events sprinkled throughout. I will say I missed out on a good bit of sleep. I didn’t realize the lasting affects of this until I took a 4 hour nap today! @__@

Anyways, the building New York challenge was just that, a challenge! But my guild totally stepped it up!

cinnamoroll orange        SUPER CUTE REPRESENT!!!!        cinnamoroll orange

Once the main resources were posted everyone went to work mining, chopping and gathering. We ended up with twice the amount of building materials we needed!

Next was the mystery materials hunt. @__@ We had all been saving random things like crazy, but nothing could have prepared us for the complete randomness that was in store. I immediately offered to slaughter hermit crabs for the 5 copies of Wizard of OZ pg 21 since I was already in Sanrio Harbor. It was a nightmare! Tons of guild members fighting for a small amount of crabs and I’m pretty sure that page was the rarest drop of them all. It was pandemonium! I managed to get 2 pages before deciding to move on and come back later. My guildmate, Kimberly, turned out to be a crab killing phenom and grabbed the rest. I don’t remember how many of us there were gathering materials, but it wasn’t a whole lot. We all worked tirelessly because it was a race against the clock. And oh yeah, we had to write and submit a poem too! >__<

“A guild event, oh how nice
A chance to work together
But building New York comes at a high price
These oxalis are taking forever
Thank goodness we won’t do this twice”

I wasn’t joking! The oxalis really did take forever!!!! As the guild representative, I took the materials and keys to GM-Neverender’s farm and obtained the land certificates. Along with myself, my guildmates, Astroasis and CutieJewelz, allowed us to build on their farms. We all convened on my farm to begin construction on Grand Central Station. However, I couldn’t figure out how to get the materials onto the building. And that is where I made my epic fail of a mistake…….

To be continued! Cinnamoroll writing