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Let’s wrap this up, shall we?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Woah, it’s been a minute since I’ve been here. If you’ve checked the about me page you’ve seen that I started school part time. Part Time school + Full Time job = no spare time! I had a few more things I wanted to post about the Christmas Founder’s Reunion and now seeing that there is going to be a Valentines Reunion/OB I need to hurry up!  from www.hellokitty.fr

from www.hellokitty.frSo let’s travel back to December. It was the final day of the reunion and luckily I had gotten everything done. I was prepared to take it easy and help anyone that needed to complete quests. Little did I know that I was going to be the one needing all the help. Surprise, it’s a last minute event (torture device?) called Designer Depot. Guilds can custom design t-shirts and hats which is really, incredibly awesome, but here’s the catch, you have less than 24 hours to get everything together. from www.hellokitty.fr Ummm, what? I’m going to be completely honest, it was horrible for me! I was the only guild representative online and I felt that put me in the leadership roll. I immediately panicked about everything that needed to happen. Our entire guild needed to make a group decision about colors and a design, except, there were only 4 of us online. We came up with a pretty basic design concept that the 4 of us agreed upon, but would everyone like it? Did we have time to wait? That’s how it was pretty much all day. People coming into the game and me having to explain the t-shirt thing over and over. Everyone having different ideas. People not being able to afford what we came up with. Plus, the pricing and rules were crazy complicated! I hope I did the math right! ::crosses fingers:: Then I had to stay on my farm most of the time so people could bring me money. (Not to mention I felt like I had to stay in game all day) I am most definitely happy to help my guild in any way I can, but these last minute things really get to me! I am a planner and organizer by nature, and this was chaos. Please HKO, no more!!! Give us time to make something decent! We (and when I say “we” it was me and whoever was in game and responding at the time these decisions were made) decided just to do shirts and save the hats for when/if they do this again. Our shirts are going to be light blue with a pink design. Our design is the word “cute” and a cloud (to represent our guild mascot cinnamoroll). Luckily Sej knows her way around photoshop and was willing to put some visuals together for us to vote on. Thanks again Sej! I know it must have been maddening!

Now the good thing about having to collect money meant everyone ended up at my farm. Which means this:

give me all your money!

turned into this:

House Party!

We all ran into my house and started taking pictures. This has got to be one of my favorite traditions, the last day screen shots! Hey Alesana, get off SaigeMorrow!!

and House Party 2

That’s better! ^__^ From here we decided we needed group pictures in New York. It took some of us a little longer to get there than others seeing as how some people had come to my farm from New York and some from Londan. I had come from Londan. from www.hellokitty.fr

damn the man, save the empire

We met up at the Empire State Building. I missed out on some of the fun due to my long cross country trek. There was a girl from another guild there. She came and sat with us, but never said a word. I wish I had gotten her picture!

Next we went to the ice rink in Central Park.

we're so cute! YAY!! A Sugar chan and Cricket screen shot. We have been real life friends for over 20 years now, so it’s always fun to hang out together. from www.hellokitty.fr

what's that smell?

I think the dinosaur just farted on us and ran away!

ooof, get off of me, i can't breathe!A few of us went to visit Santa and sit on his lap. He should probably come with a weight limit. We are crushing him!

Sometime during all of this I had to run all the way back to Londan to turn in the t-shirt money.

did i make it in time?

I think I was the last one because it took me so long to get there. GM-Zel was super nice.

I really meant 13 shirts!

Then it was all the way back to New York for more screen shots. I must have lost 5 lbs. from all the hiking!!!

Coming back from the Santa picture we discovered a massive group of people standing in a line,

so what are we waiting for?

so we jumped in. I believe there was some caroling, done mostly by me. from www.hellokitty.fr Then the line kept getting bigger and bigger till there was no line at all.

lines make me itchy!

I kept trying to ask this girl this girl where she got her sweat shirt. (Oh man, I just noticed her super sweet shoes!) There was nothing like it in the item mall, but she never answered me or my PM’s. Oh well.

With the giant influx of people my computer started lagging like crazy and I’ve never been a big crowd kind of girl. I politely excused myself and went back to the ice rink. I sat there and read everyone’s last minute goodbyes and then HKO Founder’s Reunion was over.

I’m really happy we had the chance to go back. It was a fun experience, really insane quests and good times with my guild. I’m looking forward to more of the same with the Happy Hearts Valentines Event. I probably won’t be on as much because of school, but I look forward to seeing everyone soon!from www.hellokitty.fr

 <3 made by ljuser Cherany

Secret Santa

Sunday, January 4th, 2009

made by ljuser creamiicandyOnce I learned that the Founder’s Reunion was going to be all about Christmas I knew I wanted to get presents for people. Then it hit me, why not arrange an in-game Secret Santa? My brain usually goes to the extreme and I was originally going to open it up to the whole Sanriotown forum. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my guild, but I also like interacting with new people. I thought something across guilds (and involving the guildless) would be fun. However, when I started mapping out how to go about this I started considering time zones and varying schedules and realized if I opened it up to everyone I could easily get in over my head.

 from www.hellokitty.fr

So instead it became Super Cute Secret Santa.

ho ho ho ”Ho, ho, ho. Merry Christmas!”

I was a little embarassed after I posted the idea. What in-game presents could people possibly need? As lame as I felt my idea would be in practice, 7 people expressed interest and excitement. This in turn got me excited and I felt a whole lot better!

from www.hellokitty.fr

from www.hellokitty.frTo put it together I had everyone that was interested email me. Then I wrote down names and did a random drawing. I emailed my guildmates with the name of the person for whom they would be Secret Santa. Next, everyone posted their wishlists in the forum. The most sought after items were those for the Christmas quests. People also listed seeds or things they collect. No one was looking for anything outrageous and I was truly grateful that all involved were in it for fun. 

I kept tabs on everyone to make sure things were running smoothly. I think there were only 2 problems. The first one was easy enough. I emailed 2 people through forum email and at least 1 of them didn’t receive my email. However, it was a small problem and took little time to fix.

from www.hellokitty.frI discovered the second problem during the random name drawing. If someone were going to be my Secret Santa it wouldn’t be a secret. It was with a heavy heart that I realized I wasn’t going to be able to participate. Halfway through the reunion I voiced my sadness to Sugar chan and Astroasis. Both encouraged me to make a wish list and post it on the forums, so I did.

I asked for:

Christmas Stars, Mistletoe and Candy Canes because they were so cute.

Snow because we needed so much!

and snowman seeds because I <3 the snowmen. Hopefully I’ll still have my seeds when OB starts!!

Once again, my guildmates proved themselves to be the most awesome people in the world!

the most awesome person ever...and astroasis (haha jk) Well, one day Astroasis shows up on my farm bringing tons of snow, 20! snowman seeds, lemons, oats, strawberries (and probably some other things I’ve forgotten). I was floored! Throughout the reunion she gave me at least 500 snow. It was amazing! I am so happy Astro decided to join Super Cute! (and not just cause she gives me stuff!) She is super hilarious and definitely a good friend. She’s been there for my venting when dealing with one thing or another. ^__^ Astro: You were the best Secret Santa ever!

from www.hellokitty.fr

yikes! a giant gingerbread man!

Petal also showed up bringing Christmas items from the monster drops. (stars and canes and mistletoes) I was shocked and so happy! Pheona gave me 100 lemons which I split with Kimberly and Kimberly gave me the bee stingers guide. I know the bee stinger wand is low level, but I want to know how to make everything! ^__^ I’m pretty sure other people helped me out too, I need to write these things down.

from www.hellokitty.frSo, a very special thank you to Sugar chan, Astroasis, SaigeMorrow, Alesana_Kitty, Petal, Kimberly and Kireu for making the Super Cute Secret Santa a great event and super fun time! You guys are awesome!

 from www.hellokitty.fr

…of armies and such

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

It’s no secret that we needed a lot of snow during the Christmas reunion. I thought the snowmen were hilarious and secretly desired to plant them all over my farm. However, I’m not a terribly dedicated farmer so I only planted three.  I collected bit by bit and my guildmate, Astroasis, would bring me her leftovers as well. I went to thank her and to my horror discovered this!

....brains....brains

She had raised a snowman army and by the looks of it she was recruiting!!!* Emi RUN! I had to get out of there quickly before the snowmen got me too! I raced to Alesana_Kitty’s farm.

you will join you will join you will join

As I got closer I could hear chanting. ::you will join you will join:: I became dizzy and lost track of time. When I woke up I had joined Alesana’s snowman army. She was preparing an attack on Astro’s farm. Knowing we were outnumbered, I sneaked away when no one was looking.

Once back I looked at my 3 snowmen and knew there was no way I could defend myself. Sometimes desperate situations call for desperate measures. I had to raise my own army and fast….

this does not look pretty ”Mwahahahahaha….oh. Come on guys. Carl, this is serious!”

fear me! ::ahem:: “Mwahahahaha! My army will crush you!”

Unfortunately my army wasn’t very intimidating. Astro visited while I was afk and played amongst them. Perhaps I wasn’t clear on the definition of “crush them” during training.

*And by raised an army I really mean she selflessly continued to harvest snow once she was done with the quest and gave it to me. Astroasis is the greatest! ^__^ made by ljuser creamiicandy

When I put on my pants I like to danceHappy New Year’s Eve everyone! I hope you have had a good 2008 and will have an even better 2009. Thanks to everyone in my guild, you guys are awesome, to everyone that has helped me in game and to those who come and read/comment on this blog! You have all made my 2008 that much better! ^__^ Have a wonderful (and safe!) New Year’s!!!S-A-F-E-T-Y Safety Dance

Break out the fireworks!

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!)

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