31 December, 2017

A New Year's Special & A New Version!

“The world is changing: I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth,and I smell it in the air.”


Full bright TREEBEARD LE in its natural habitat.

The  ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ™ Team went deep into J.R.R. Tolkien's Fangorn Forest to bring back our 2018 New Year's Limited Edition, TREEBEARD.

The oldest of the Ents in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Treebeard was a tree-like creature, "a shepherd of trees," and as the wizard Gandalf said, "the oldest living thing still walking the Sun upon this Middle-earth."

As Ents do, Treebeard came to resemble the plants he herded, and the  ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ TREEBEARD is no exception. This LE is genetically designed to guard your grow in the coming New Year!

Like its namesake, ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ TREEBEARD is strong and slow -- high potency, slow growing indoor/outdoor plants. Although the "real" Treebeard was four meters tall, these are medium large plants at 1.925 meters tall and wide, and feature subtle sprite-like Entwives FX.  

(Entwives, you ask? Hey, we're NOT going to read LOTR to you! Go buy the Cliff Notes! Watch the movies! Google is your friend. Does this mean there's a LOTR set heading our way in 2018? You tell us!)

Two seed packs are on sale for L$420 and 10-seed bulk packs for L$2100 at ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Central.

NEW VERSION!


What's more, TREEBEARD is our first Version 4.19.905 release! So we've released a new HUD (Version 4.20180101) for your updating enjoyment!

Version 4.19.905 has several new features, but the most exciting is the new myGrow 2.0 web page link. Instead of the old hard to use single page list, the new myGrow is "paged" and provides several basic search filters to help you locate your currently growing plants. New version plants record more information about themselves: tint, glow, FX, and importantly, location. So for 4.19.905s, you're able to click a SLURL link on your myGrow 2.0 page that can transport you directly to that specific plant! (You'll still be able to see older version plants in myGrow 2.0. Those listings don't include FX, tint, and glow stats, and the direct teleport link isn't available.)

What's more, the myGrow 2.0 system encrypts your username and ID. Privacy, privacy, privacy! But as they say, better safe... Now, if somebody wants to see your myGrow page -- perhaps to figure out a buy or trade -- they'll have to get the link from you!

You'll find your personal link to myGrow 2.0 in the Help Submenu of every 4.19.905 plant as well as in the HUD Menu > Help Submenu of HUD 4.2018.

Additionally, we've added AutoPause and PassGroup controls to the plant menu. Now, AutoPause is available to HUD-phobic growers (who get no benefit from PassGroup anyway). but more importantly, this lets you fix any cross-ups when configuring a group with the HUD. (Yes, we all forget to click plants "HUD On" when setting up groups! 😜)

AutoPause and PassGroup are found in the new Special Submenu of plants' Advanced Menu. This meant moving the Banner button from the Advanced Menu back to the Main Menu to make room for the Special Submenu on the Advanced Menu.

Confused? Good! The bottom line is that you're now only two clicks instead of three from hiding hovertext banners! (Djeaux thinks this is the coolest part of the new version, but he doesn't like text banners.)

As always, the new version incorporates a lot of small, mostly behind the scenes changes to make the growing experience work better and provide you with easy access to the tools you need to take your breeding projects to the next level. And oh yeah, we sometimes change things just to make sure that growing ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ remains challenging and fun. (You figure out what that last sentence meant!  😁)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY GROWING! 
And remember, "it's always 4:20 somewhere!"

02 December, 2017

Heaux Heaux Heaux - Holiday Specials


The ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Team has a big pile of goodies for you under the tree! Based from our alternate shops at the 2017 RFL Christmas Breedables Expo as well as ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Central, we're bringing you lots of holiday cheer!

RFL STAR OF WONDER

First... Our annual One-Of-A-Kind (OOAK) LE, RFL STAR OF WONDER. These large plants are 6.0 Superweed out of the box and feature an amazing "Royal Beauty" FX. The highest bid takes all 24 seeds that will ever be released, along with bonus gifts worth over L$4000 if purchased separately.

We're asking for a minimum bid of L$10,000 on this OOAK, with 100% of the proceeds going to RFL. Check out displays at our Expo locations and follow the Growers & Breeders Group for more details on this outstanding opportunity to get a unique strain and help out Relay For Life!

HOLIDAY NUGZ RED, BLUE & GREEN w/Radz FX
We are also delighted to introduce our second holiday package -- HOLIDAY NUGZ. These little jewels are fun-sized, medium potency, medium growth rate outdoor plants with RED, GREEN, and BLUE foliage. These plants not only expand the WeeDable mini-plant series but also expand the "Radz" FX set as well!


"But wait, there's more..."

The ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Team also brings you a very special Special Edition (SE) set, and it's a real "Sneaky Santa!"  Enjoy  a visit from the JOLLY ST NICK who stashes GIFTS GALORE under the tree, and then unwrap 'em to find WISHES COME TRUE!
Left to Right: WISHES COME TRUE, GIFTS GALORE, JOLLY ST NICK Special Edition Set
Generation 1 plants are JOLLY ST NICK, featuring a vintage Santa graphic. Santa leaves GIFTS GALORE in the 2nd generation, and WISHES COME TRUE in the 3rd generation. Like our other SEs, each generation has a chance of producing an alternate foliage in its offspring. But because Santa Claus is coming to town, these plants have a 100% chance of throwing the next foliage in the set!

All three varieties are medium potency, very fast growing outdoor plants featuring White Twinklies FX. And yes, Virginia, that FX is an extension of last year's Twinklies FX set!


Growers Notes (Caution! Technical information ahead!)
  • Previous SE sets (Mandala and Star Trek) present a 1-in-25 (4%) chance of throwing an alternate foliage when seeds or bricks are germinated. These are our customary SE odds and are built into every ovule, which makes it possible (since Star Trek) to update SE plants using the HUD 4.2017. In order to make every succeeding generation show alternate foliages, Sneaky Santa seeds have a one-off (4.19.904m) ovule. (You can verify this by the usual Edit > Content > Ovule Properties method.)
     
  • Plants with the 4.19.904m ovule will always produce offspring that follow the SE sequence, JOLLY ST NICK > GIFTS GALORE > WISHES COME TRUE. The sequence repeats beginning at generation 4.
     
  • Males are capable of passing the specific foliage they display and are also able to pass the White Twinklies FX. This is probably the best strategy for working the FX into other breeding lines.
     
  • Mutations such as dwarf, giant, superweed, or ultra will be lost in the next generation unless the grower chooses one of two paths. First, the SE Lock may be used to remove the SE system and lock in the parent's foliage forever. Or you may devise a plan based on the following information...
     
  • The standard upgrade ovule presents 4% rather than 100% odds of throwing an SE foliage. Upgrading Sneaky Santa plants using the HUD 4.2017 in CSLUT mode will replace the 4.19.904m ovule with a regular 4.19.904 ovule. Although the offspring will still have SE capabilities, the odds of getting an alternate foliage are greatly reduced, and mutation stats will be passed as usual.

      
Notes for Secondary Market Buyers:
  • A "pure" Sneaky Santa plant will show 4.19.904SE in the plant's stats after germination. It will also contain a 4.19.904m ovule. The odds of the offspring following the alternate foliage sequence are 100%.
     
  • A Sneaky Santa plant that has been updated with a standard ovule will show 4.19.904SE in the plant's stats, but the ovule inside will be 4.19.904. The odds of the offspring having an alternate foliage are 4%, the regular mutation rate.
     
  • A Sneaky Santa plant that has been "SE Locked" will show 4.19.904 in the plant's stats. It may have a 4.19.904m ovule or a 4.19.904 ovule (if it's been updated), but the SE system has been removed. The odds of the offspring having an alternate foliage are zero.

17 November, 2017

A Busy Month!

The Matrix w/Green Fog FX
October & November were busy at ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Central! Starting on October 18, five new LEs were released in 31 days!

The Matrix came first. Steaming with Green Fog FX and the "falling numbers" foliage, this "large-ish" medium growth rate, medium potency indoor/outdoor strain featured a Gen 1 sound bite (Morpheus' classic red or blue pill quote from the movie) and came packaged in a "red pill."

Devil Weed w/Brimstoned FX


Sweet Leaf w/Freakified FX
Next up was a pair of medium-sized, fast-growing, high potency Halloween LEs: Devil Weed, our Halloweed strain with Brimstoned FX, and Sweet Leaf, our Day-of-the-Dead sugar skull variety with Freakified FX (a multicolored leaf). These were delivered as four seed packs (two seeds of each type).

Zom Bee w/Baby Beez FX 

As an extra "treat" for Halloween, the ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ
team released Zom Bee. Medium potency, very fast growing outoor plants, these little boogers featured "art by Gleaux" for both the foliage and "Baby Beez" FX.


Anonymous w/Gunpowder FX
Finally, to celebrate Guy Fawkes' Day and help us "remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason & plot," came Anonymous, a medium potency, medium growth rate monster with flashing Gunpowder FX and a Gen 1 sound bite. Released at Westem's Patron Auction with "bonus bags" for winning bidders!

Whew! That's a lot of crazy cool LEs coming fast! And the holiday season is just beginning! And remember, we're running a "grower design contest," so you may have a chance to design an LE! Check out the Buzz for details -- pick up a copy at any of the newpaper machines at ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Central!

13 October, 2017

HURRICANE PARTY & AUCTION 10/717

SEE ALL THE PICTURES ON FACEBOOK w/WHIRLI PLACEBO PLAYING LIVE!
HURRICANE LE has CAT 5 FX and is the newest V9.2017 with all the bells and whistles to love! It also has a sound byte that is inheritable to remind us that this HURRICANE is going to take alot of time to get right...and it has an added new "Overcast" TINT: 
We managed to raise (with the amazing support of our generous family of grower's support) $100,000.00 LINDENS!! That's around $400 USD...WOW
That will make a difference somewhere for a families in need.
Thank YOU ALL

04 October, 2017

Version 4.19.904 has been released!

Version 4.19.904 is now available in all fourteen Standard Varieties on sale at ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ™ Central! Both regular four-seed and 24-seed bulk packs have been updated.

A new HUD 4.2017 update (version 4.20170930) is being "pushed" to everyone who wears an older HUD 4.2017 and is also available in the free HUD vendor at the store. Remember, the HUD 4.2017 functions like a wearable Update Transmogrifier, so you can begin updating your existing grows.

The key features of Version 4.19.904 are:

  1. Some new hovertext stats features, notably the use of gender symbols (  and ♂ ) and the inclusion of the FX name in the visible hovertext;
     
  2. An AutoPause option to set plants so they will pause themselves at the last growth interval before they flower, which should make for fewer heartbreaks when you're growing plants to sell at auction or in pOT pLOT; and,
     
  3. A "PassGroup" feature that gives you the option to have female plants pass their HUD Group assignment number on to their offspring.
At this time, AutoPause and PassGroup options are accessed only through the Advanced Menu of the latest HUD. As a side note, both of these new features were suggested by growers. The ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ™  Team listens!

Again, it's easy to update your plants to the newest version. Just grab a copy of the latest HUD -- either from a box of new Standard Seeds, from the free HUD vendor, or through the update process from your old HUD 4.2017 -- click the HUD Menu and switch the CSLUT On. If your plants are are already set up with "HUD On," you can use the HUD's Advanced > Update button to perform a bulk update, or you can click each plant and use the plant's Advanced > Update button!


01 August, 2017

New HUD 4.2017 Now Available

HUD 4.20170728 is now available! This HUD upgrade adds two exciting features to the HUD grouping and other goodies already in HUD 4.2017.

  • An integrated Transmogrifier! Throw away that old CSLUT! It's built in now! Designed to work with the HUD's bulk updating feature or manual updates of V4 plants from the plant menu!
  • Automatic HUD updating! When we release a new HUD (or integral CSLUT update) you'll receive it automagically ... if you wear the HUD!

Faster loading HUD graphics & smoother operation, too! And... It's FREEEEEE! On the deck at ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ™ Central!

Click "Help" in the HUD Menu for more about Using the Version 4.2017 HUD

The new HUD includes all the features of the existing HUD 4.2017 such as bulk updating, HUD groups, user-configurable preset buttons, multiple range options & the convenient shrinking-and-expanding graphical interface. Try it now. Revolutionize your growing experience!

06 July, 2017

ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ Ḉőɱᵽȇţįţįőņ!

The ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Team is proud to announce the First Annual ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ Ḉőɱᵽȇţįţįőņ! This event will promote creativity, advanced breeding strategies, and help inject a little excitement into what is usually a "slow" time in Second Life, and get us all through the SL "Summertime Blues."

Working from a common basic LE, breeders will compete for prizes (and bragging rights) in several categories:
  1. The MAD MAX award for the highest height, potency, and growth rate,
  2. MINI MED for the smallest weighted size,
  3. CHRONIC CRUSH for the highest potency,
  4. SPEEDY GONZALES for the fastest-growing hybrid, and
  5. DRIVEN SNOW for the highest generation achieved with statistically pure plants.
THE RULES

A special ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ LE, CHARLOTTES WEB, will be released for a limited time. The basic CHARLOTTES WEB plant is very low potency, slow growing, and relatively small. The odds of all the usual mutations (superweed, ultra, bright, and foliage inheritance) are the same as all other 4.19.903 ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ plants.

Competitive breeding will focus on developing this LE to achieve one of the category goals listed above. During the contest period, competitors may hybridize or inbreed their ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ LEs in any way they choose.

The competition will run from 7 July to 15 August. Entries will be accepted no later than 7 PM SLT on 15 August. The location and method for submitting entries will be announced in the ḈḁṇṇḁḇḭṦḼ Growers and Breeders Group approximately one week before the competition closes.

One entry will be accepted per contestant. The category of competition must be declared by the contestant. For example, if a plant is entered in the "Chronic Crush" category, it cannot be considered for "Mad Max," "Speedy Gonzales," or another category regardless of how it might place compared to declared entries in those categories.

Entries must display only the ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ LE foliage and FX, and inspection of the entry's parents must show no other foliage and FX but those from the original ŞųɱɱȇƦ Ḉŭᵽ LE. [In other words, plan your last few generations around "cleaning up" the foliage and FX!]

At the end of the contest period, competitors will submit one plant, male or female, paused between 90-99% maturity. [Some extremely fast growing entries in the "Speedy Gonzales" and "Mad Max" categories may need to be grown without food for the last statistical growth period to do this. For example, a plant with 20% growth rate would have to be removed from food at 80% maturity and grown at one percent default growth rate for about ten cycles to put it between 90-99%.]

The plant's stats will be used to determine its score. For Mini Med and Mad Max categories, the height and width of the plant will be averaged together to determine the overall size score. For Driven Snow, the plant with the highest generation and all stats (glow, brightness, height and width, potency, and growth rate) closest to the original wins.

Have fun!