Graphics Defects, Quest Kits, and the Like

First, thanks to the GP3Ds who have continued to work hard to find bugs for us, patiently send us evidence, and put up with having SamSyn do little experiments on them. Without you, things would have been much tougher.

DX9 Bugs
We’re not going to spend time on DX9 bugs right now. We know there are a few issues, all of which we think are related to “leaking state”. That’s all very exciting, but it’s not important right now.

Quest Kits
Sigh. Quest Kits were evil, they’ve always been evil, and continue to be evil. SamSyn thinks we’re closing in on how their evilness has impacted migration of possessions (including one bizarre case where Buoys transformed themselves into…hair) (yes, hair). We are still working through the issues there. No, we’re not going to just let this slide till later. We’re not going to “fix all the bugs with quest kits” (because they’re evil), but we don’t want them breaking everything else.

Favorite Places
SamSyn got data migration to migrate favorite places. Yay!

Policy for people who’ve forgotten everything
Mackie is working on a policy for those of you who’ve forgotten your passwords, old emails and don’t have a secret question (and don’t know the answer). No, the policy will not be sending angry emails to us, calling the office, or even dropping by (all tactics people have used). It will probably involve some sort of legal identification, so if you were planning on us recognizing your voice or your picture on the internet (“I AM Justin Bieber, here’s my picture”) so you could get your avatar back, you’re out of luck.

Here’s what’s going to happen next: SamSyn’s going to have another client or two to make sure we’ve resolved all the problems, and we’ll then invite another slug of GP3Ds (a big slug).

If that goes well, we’ll probably open the world to everyone who could participate in There Betas before to see how we do with lots of people in world. Everyone will be allowed to drop stuff, etc, but chances are we’re going to pick it all up again before we open. Seriously, don’t think that if you’ve dropped a PAZ in this period it’s going to stay there.

Banned Members Policy
As of right now, the policy remains the same: Banned before, banned now. We will revisit this later after we open. If you were banned for an exploit, threatening others, hate speech, or stealing, we’re not revisiting this. Sorry.

We’re slowly updating the WebSite to remove things like the word “Free” and other changes. You’ll see it change bit by bit.

That’s all for now.

  1. #1 by XNecroscopeX on 2011.09.19 - 5:37 pm

    I am abroad now, and well I can’t play there until you guys make it available for the MAC. So, my question is, when can we expect to see a MAC version of the game or ThereIM?

    • #2 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.20 - 12:18 pm

      You can run There on a mac without there being mac compatible.

  2. #3 by Escape on 2011.09.19 - 1:45 pm

    Where am I,
    Zephyr..An excellent example of our living history revolving.. It’s a great place because we the people are Zephyr. Can you imagine paintballing with nothing there? rofl.. What’s the sense of the old gunfighter days calling out each other and a few shots then is over? Next? you go chasing..

    Anyone remember way back when a few avies decided to build a wall making access restricted?

    We do have history!

  3. #4 by migman on 2011.09.19 - 7:23 am

    Here is my first video,card table.

    • #5 by jimony on 2011.09.19 - 1:06 pm

      A few of us tested the Cracked game. It worked good. Except Okalnix had trouble with spelling English correct. I suggested we play it in his language but that didn’t work out too well.

  4. #6 by martin71 on 2011.09.19 - 4:23 am

    omg we are getting home sick here MW lmao!!!!

  5. #7 by 3cmaldito on 2011.09.18 - 7:07 pm

    How about the Unlimited Ammo Paintball Gun, is this going to be also removed from game?

    • #8 by Escape on 2011.09.19 - 12:55 pm

      Wave to 3cmaldito. The paintball gun you refer to was offered for sale on a limited time basis in Shop Central, cannot be compared with a production error.

  6. #9 by mystic1there on 2011.09.18 - 6:51 pm

    I’d like to vote that we codename the new client release “Thirsty Turtle”


  7. #10 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.18 - 6:08 pm

    Yes we are so close Thereians

  8. #11 by Rally_Guy on 2011.09.18 - 11:23 am

    We who own the one seater, are not amused. I paid $400 real American dollars for mine one seater! As I paid large sums for money for many other There items. In a 6 to 7 year span I spent nearly $10,000.00 on There. Mind you, I bought all, that’s all my Tbucks from Never from those cash Tbucks exchange websites. That hurt There to begin with! I wanted my cash to go right to the There bank. I want my one seater buggy and I want it kept rare!

  9. #12 by RockinWolfman on 2011.09.18 - 11:00 am

    thank you so much mr wilson for everything you have done, i am very thankful to be back in

  10. #13 by ForTehLulz on 2011.09.18 - 10:26 am

    Quote: There will be returning this Fall 2011!

    For people outside of the US that don’t say “this Fall” like me and want to know when that is, this fall begins in 5 days!
    So close Thereians! πŸ˜€ ”’yay

  11. #14 by JS on 2011.09.18 - 9:54 am

    I think you should create the 7 There Wonders of the world. 7 great romantic places to go visit. A wonderful waterfall with boulders all around and trees. A rainbow maybe. Other beautiful scenic places. So couples could go visit for some romantic times. Or maybe to possibly meet someone by chance. I know you like to travel to beautiful scenic places. Then I think you should take the time and recreate some of the beautiful places that you have been. Places that has inspired you over the years. This could be a great theme and very personal to you at the same time.

  12. #15 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.18 - 8:17 am

    I like rare items too. Open,Open,Open, There back home again

  13. #16 by qweasdzxc979 on 2011.09.18 - 8:07 am

    We keep our developer statuses and buggies correct?
    I’ve already started working on my amazingly detailed buggy. The theme of the buggy is going to be carbon fiber textured, with a metallic sort-of look.

    Hopefully It will turn out just as fine as I hope it will!

  14. #17 by Craig Hartley on 2011.09.18 - 8:00 am

    Great to hear saved places will be coming back. I was contemplating driving to Egypt so I could have a pyramid spot again ROFL

    Can’t wait to get back ‘there’ ^_^

  15. #18 by Okalnix on 2011.09.18 - 7:44 am

    From out the sea going to the forest and fun zones and back to Karuna.

  16. #19 by LeeCarmen08 on 2011.09.18 - 7:40 am

    Thank God SamSyn migrated favorite places. I was so worried about re-saving..

  17. #20 by 12mandy on 2011.09.18 - 7:09 am

    thank you michael for update
    reference to francis 7 idea of a prize at end of 12 months membership sounds wonderful,if not only to keep the present membership but to add to it,
    a prize like one seater buggy would be out of this world,especially for these that could not afford it,but it does not have be completely free it could be
    given at a reduced cost that way it would be withen members reach to buy one,as im sure there many rare items in there that could be offered at reduced
    cost to members and these who continue to be members as incentive for to stay and keep injoying the game,mandy

  18. #21 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.18 - 6:46 am

    MW when you open to betas before you open fully are we being charged then or are you giving people a chance to transfer buggies etc for free before opening? I don’t have anything to transfer so either way works for me, but because of a tiny debate on FB I’d like to see you say directly which one is happening if you don’t mind. ty

    • #22 by jimony on 2011.09.18 - 10:09 pm

      Tre if it makes you feel any better, you were half right, but the admin that called you out was just as wrong in making the same mistake he accused you of. Your statements pointing out his mistake was mostly correct, and MW himself said you were right, but that was deleted. MW did not say the next round of testers would have to pay, but neither did he say, from everything I read, that it would not cost anything to transfer items from one avie to another. That issue, I believe, has not been settled yet.

      • #23 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.19 - 9:14 am

        In an original blog post from a questions and answer post he made, one of the questions were “does this mean I can reclaim my alts and transfer items for free” his answer was “yes for now” If he was only referring to moving items through thereIM he never said that n the question and at the time nobody knew the transfer was broken for the IM. As for beta testing what I looked up, most software companies never charge for beta and even then offer the beta testers a discount price once it’s ready, but that doesn’t mean a company cannot charge for it. The main thing I’m wrong about was thinking all legacy avatars would be involved in the beta cause he said he wanted to see how the world does with a lot of avatars. Guess he meant hundreds not thousands lol. I just wanted 2 load for free cause of my dial-up but it doesn’t matter I’ll gladly pay for these last 4-5 months of waiting to get in if we had to to be honest. I do apologize to the users of that group who felt I offended anyone. I only reacted that way cause I felt offended myself, it’s been going on for a couple of months, didn’t just start with that post.

  19. #24 by Innie on 2011.09.18 - 6:45 am

    You guys keep asking for bugs, what we are finding, etc. I thought I would write some issues we found…

    I dropped a piece of a quest kit (the original uh oh moment that broke them) and it went invisible. Caused us to get stuck on it, yet we could not see it. It was kind of fun watching each other get stuck, but glad it showed up 12 hrs later so I could pick it back up! (It was kind of like an invisible bubble trap)

    We spent a long time trying to figure out why the communicator/change me/compass will quit working. We were starting to wonder if it might be a DX9 issue…but it did end up happening to one of us in OGL. Still trying to track this one down.

    Paz’s can’t seem to change environment in a certain sector.

    Occasionally one of us turns invisible. That’s always fun, rofl Not sure what causes it

    And, we are happy to report that we have a new statistic…. 1 out of 18 users will put someone on ignore. 18 GP3Ds that we are aware of (that we can find), 1 has put another on ignore (for something very silly).

    The world is still very very empty. Entire neighborhoods, funzones, etc. are not uploaded yet.

    Hope this helps calm the natives πŸ™‚ I know waiting for updates over the weekend can be excruciating. I tried to make a video last night, but I got a seg vio (we all kept getting those, all night)

    • #25 by Innie on 2011.09.18 - 7:26 am

      I should clarify, I meant There made/owned home neighborhoods, not player owned neighborhoods. (As in, there are only 17 club houses and 2 houses in game right now)

      • #26 by Achenar on 2011.09.19 - 11:47 am

        Well y’all are testers, so I guess someone had to test the ignore! πŸ™‚

    • #27 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.19 - 6:25 am

      Wow, thanks for that update. It sounds like it will be awhile before we all get back in, I mean with all the small things to fix. I’m sure there a lot more to.
      BIG THANKS to every one working so hard to get us all back in!!!!

  20. #28 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.17 - 9:11 pm

    Francis your right! I want a 1 seater but because it’s rare and worth a lot because I like to collect buggies. If it was a common buggy I would not want one. I’m willing to pay some good tbux for one. If There sales them in shop I would pay some good Tbux for one as long as it cost a lot. I don’t want it to be some cheap thing that every one has, then I would not want it. This would also help bring in some cash for, so yes keep it rare and expensive.

  21. #29 by 2_fast_for_u on 2011.09.17 - 7:48 pm

    thats some pretty awesome news im not going to lie i thought for a min we would have to re save all of our stuff but thanks for the update

  22. #30 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.17 - 5:23 pm

    Thank you for the cool video Francis_7 hope to you in There πŸ™‚

  23. #31 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.17 - 2:31 pm

    • #32 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.17 - 2:34 pm

      Uh, on listning to what I said again it may sound like I tranded one seaters, which I did not. I meant to use the world ‘collect’ instead of ‘trade’ and then I had to mention those who own them to sort of cover that faux paw! ‘doh Oh well.

      • #33 by spot751 on 2011.09.17 - 8:39 pm

        Commemorative things for member length sounds good as well… 1 month, 6 months, 1 year or what have you, with this others could see β€œwell they have one of them, they must have been a member for “X” amount of time to have one”.

      • #34 by softNdark on 2011.09.18 - 12:32 am


      • #35 by Hott_Chickk_513 on 2011.09.18 - 5:31 am

        Thanks For The Video! I Appreciate Your Videos πŸ™‚ Your A Good Speaker! See You Soon Enough In THERE!

    • #36 by spot751 on 2011.09.17 - 8:29 pm

      Hey Francis, yes I am with you on this one… maybe have an opportunity to get one on certain occasions, like you said Halloween, or Christmases, or what have you, start them up as a collectors items, selling option there so you can trade buy… in the long run, you can have say a 2011 open day one seater bug to commemorate the day…

    • #37 by Escape on 2011.09.18 - 9:04 am

      Excellent Video.. In reality .. We need to keep the One Seaters Rare and Expensive.. It’s part of our History!

      • #38 by Escape on 2011.09.19 - 1:15 pm

        Just like Zephyr..An excellent example of our living history revolving.. It’s a great place because we the people are Zephyr. Can you imagine paintballing with nothing there? rofl.. What’s the sense of the old gunfighter days calling out each other and a few shots then is over? Next? you go chasing for the kill?

        Anyone remember way back when a few avies decided to build a wall making access restricted?

        We do have history!

    • #39 by Eatings, Sputters, Pneumonia, ect. on 2011.09.18 - 9:29 am

      I agree with you 100% on the 1 year membership Francis. I was actually thinking that before you brought it up in your video. haha Very nice directing of your video aswell.

      Cheers, until we meet again, in There World.

  24. #40 by ant1977 on 2011.09.17 - 1:02 pm

    Galapagos tortoises enjoy delicious enrichment in the form of ripe watermelons. According to the San Diego Zoo…… πŸ™‚

  25. #41 by Hooyaya on 2011.09.17 - 11:59 am

    I do not recall hearing if all the card tables worked … ???

  26. #42 by dawn reynolds on 2011.09.17 - 10:08 am

    love the sideways pic MW! my oic is sideways too lol! anyway keep up the work so we can all go Home!!

  27. #43 by JS on 2011.09.17 - 9:41 am

    From what I gather from this page I would think you would change the name from There to MWWorld and you will be king Michael lol. Wow…before I never heard of Michael Wilson for the first 5 years of There. I didn’t know the CEO was potentially the newbie I ran down without a forcefield on. I could have been banned for life! lol. Honestly I wasn’t the abusive type. I did take my own newbies in world and play a little game with them. Hitting them with my buggy and trying to get them into a soccer goal. I think If I owned a world though I would be more incognito. Making a name and just falling into the crowd and I would never disclose who I am so I could just be one of the guys. That is what I would do. I do have my own world now but I am sure if I had 10 avatars on it it might be so slow it would be pitiful. I haven’t tested it yet. I guess I need more of an upload connection. I just serve my small world from my desktop for now. Maybe someday I can improve it with some kind of VPN or cloud I don’t know. But it is just a nature park that is all. I built this world from an Open Source platform. I love my rolling hills and pond. In fact hey you should make some ponds in some of the areas of all the vast land. Make a few nice ponds with some shade here and there. I am sure you can easily do it. At least in my world the sea level is at a certain height.

    • #44 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.18 - 12:04 pm

      There are a number of ponds on Comet and Kansas.

  28. #45 by cefarri on 2011.09.17 - 9:26 am

    Oh yeah..Questing. Yippee Yippee πŸ™‚

  29. #46 by cefarri on 2011.09.17 - 9:25 am

    Thanks to all the GP’s that have been keeping us up to date with the progress in-world. I’m sure having favorites back is nice but it could also be exciting to start over again too. I suppose you could erase them if you did want to so no big deal πŸ™‚

    • #47 by Cef on 2011.09.17 - 10:24 am

      Thanks to MW and the team for their patience and dedication. ‘Salute

    • #48 by PcDoc on 2011.09.17 - 10:37 am

      I wouldnt erase them.. you may regret that.. you can simply not use them.. you may want them eventually. πŸ™‚

  30. #49 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.17 - 8:29 am

    MW I’m wondering if any chance when you open the world to all legacy avatars for beta will therebanker be running for us to buy tbux during that time? Cause I’ll want to buy stuff like paz’s to help test them out, without tbux I’ll be limited to the things I can really help test with lol

    • #50 by Escape on 2011.09.18 - 5:25 am

      A few past beta’s, I remember tbux was available (free of charge) for testing purposes. Of coarse, what we used them for was removed from inventory when the beta ended.

  31. #51 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.17 - 7:22 am

    Same here jamt, I cant quit smiling knowing that soon we will be back on There

  32. #53 by WizardK on 2011.09.17 - 7:20 am

    I Cant Wait thankyou

  33. #54 by doubledxx on 2011.09.17 - 6:01 am

    Yes! things are looking good MW, keep up the good work.

  34. #55 by Brandyn_1 on 2011.09.17 - 5:31 am

    Thanks for the Update MW. It’s greatly appreciated. πŸ˜€
    Things seem to still be moving smoothly with fixing bugs!

  35. #56 by Esky on 2011.09.17 - 4:52 am

    Quest kits are a **necessary** evil… they keep so many people busy in world, LOL! Glad to hear you may be doing some fixes to them. Also thrilled to hear that favourite places will be migrated – this is really wonderful news.

    Thanks for the update MW and thanks to your team and the GPs – they’re all getting us closer to being back in world.

  36. #57 by Rhonda Ebert on 2011.09.17 - 4:51 am

    Jamt! ‘hugs great news for ccr, and questers alike then.
    Thanks for everything you do or should i say everything you are doing!

    • #58 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.17 - 9:49 am

      Yay! Does that mean CCR is coming back, Rhonda? That’s one of the things I’ve missed most. πŸ™‚

    • #59 by Basya on 2011.09.18 - 11:32 am

      Hi Emmajean! I so look forward to your CCR’s!!! They’re so much fun and one of my fav things to do in There!!!

  37. #60 by wicked_dreamz on 2011.09.17 - 4:25 am

    Thanks for all the great news.The gps must be doing a good job at finding the bugs.

  38. #61 by lionsheart on 2011.09.17 - 2:22 am

    this character has heard theres a beta going on.

    beta slug

    wants to know if he is big enough.

    took with fujifilm finepix f300 exr

    • #62 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.19 - 3:12 pm

      Ewwwwwww get the salt !!!!

      But great pic btw lol

  39. #63 by Dustin4040 on 2011.09.16 - 10:49 pm

    Im so happy and excited about there reopening i dont know what to do first when i get in the world again!!! Thank u again and keep up the good work!!!

  40. #64 by cindy83 on 2011.09.16 - 10:04 pm

    wooo yay free cupcakes for all lol πŸ˜‰

  41. #65 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.16 - 8:27 pm

    Question for Mackie,
    I have a extra avatar I used that I no longer want, but there is some things I would like to retreat from it like a few buggies. I did not remember the password but I did remember the email so I had the password reset and the new password was sent to the email I had then. When I tried to get back into the email, the email was deleted and says I cant recover deleted email accounts. So now I cant recover this account. I had no secret question for this account ether. Can you help me or is that avatar gone forever? I don’t want the avatar just the inventory on it, there is not many items in the inventory.

    • #66 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.18 - 11:56 am

      That’ll be one of the ones they’ll eventually be able to retrieve — but it’ll be a while, and it’ll cost you.

      • #67 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.19 - 6:12 am

        Probably not be worth it, just wanted a few inventory items.

  42. #68 by jamt on 2011.09.16 - 5:37 pm

    Hi! How is everyone? I just had a nice chat with Migman! :))) I can not wait, (LOL) I asked him at least a few hundred questions! I will go check on my favs! Ohhh and he put a quest out and it works! I didn’t ask what kind but that is great! Soooo for all you Gp’s love yea keep up the good work! love and hugs your jamt ohh cant quit smiling :)))))))))))

  43. #69 by jamt on 2011.09.16 - 4:46 pm

    yay! yes hand stand! rtr! Loving it! hugs your jamt

  44. #70 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.16 - 4:23 pm

    Its me again, GreenAngel waiting to go home, There a place call GreenAngel’s SpaceSerenity where I will be πŸ™‚

  45. #71 by calliekitty on 2011.09.16 - 3:55 pm

    Wow, this is very exciting we are soooooo close to having fun in again! I would love to help out with beta testing if you need anymore 3D GP’s, for the larger testing. And once again thank you so much for all your hard work Michael, and your teams. Michael your picture of the turtle brought back memories for me of when I was a Girl Scout leader and use to bring my troop to the Philly Zoo almost every spring, and it never seemed to fail….but it always seemed like it was turtle mating season! Needless to say, it was hard to explain to the little Brownie Scouts why was the turtle on that other turtle, and why was it making funny noises!! And having my husband there laughing didn’t help matters either, while I was trying to get the girls to move along…LOL!

    • #72 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.17 - 9:54 am

      LOL Callie! Yeah, that would be a little hard to explain. To my own children, I’d just explain what was going on (in simple kid terms of course) but I really wouldn’t want to explain that to someone else’s kids.

  46. #73 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.16 - 3:54 pm

    Thanks for the update, MW!

    PS: I need to report something wrong with my inventory, how do I go about that? Is there an email address I can send it to? You guys made a mistake that will potemtially cost you money. My inventory may not be the only one either. Anyway, let me know who I need to contact and how. Thanks.

    • #74 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.17 - 1:30 pm

      Nevermind, I’m a ditz. πŸ˜› I found the email address to send in feedback. It was just a matter of digging through the organized mess I call an email inbox and finding my There IM invitation again. *blushes*

      • #75 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.17 - 1:32 pm

        LOL That’s supposed to be “unorganized” mess I call an inbox. πŸ˜› If it was organized at all, I wouldn’t have had to ask such a ditzy question.

    • #76 by Basya on 2011.09.17 - 7:21 pm

      Hi MeadowAngel!!

      Are you talking about the tbucks that you received during the buyback when There shut down but are still showing in your inventory? Same here and in a number of others. We were told that would be eventually corrected — I assume once we’re in World with the new client those tbucks (that aren’t really ours) will be deducted.

  47. #77 by Eric D. Copeland on 2011.09.16 - 2:39 pm

    Kool Pic’s MW, maybe you could have your graphic’s people incorporate some of these scene’s into There? Maybe? The turtle would be Kool!

    • #78 by Michael Wilson on 2011.09.16 - 2:59 pm

      We don’t have any “graphics people”. Sorry!

      You could use a Picture Surface, though, and put the pictures anywhere you’d like.

      • #79 by dx on 2011.09.16 - 5:34 pm

        Does this mean that you don’t have a cartoonist in charge of engineering? How will you ever compete with… uhhh… that new rival virtual forum… er… I mean… virtual world? They’re gonna… draw pictures… and leave you in the dust, man! Plan B! Initiate Plan B!

  48. #80 by DirectX on 2011.09.16 - 2:10 pm

    Interesting. In the 5 years I’ve spent in the There environment, I’ve never done a single quest. Then again, in the real world, in the last 6 months, I haven’t had a single drink. A reminder of another noteworthy trait of, in that, like the real world, there were so many choices of things to do.

    • #81 by Dustin4040 on 2011.09.16 - 6:54 pm

      Congrats on not havin a drink in 6 months!

  49. #82 by Thumdar on 2011.09.16 - 1:32 pm

    • #83 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.09.16 - 5:57 pm

      So.. that’s a different saucer from mine.. the one of I know of… in a darker , foggy location, maybe we can trade? : P

      • #84 by Hooyaya on 2011.09.17 - 11:57 am

        One location is on NADA and the other location is on Monkey Crator (Caldera Island)

    • #85 by Basya on 2011.09.17 - 7:16 pm

      Oooh! (Hadn’t seen this post yet when I posted the above.) Oh that is so fantastic!!! I do remember that Nada site — even have that spot saved — and to see your alien (thought that might not be possible) was terriffic!

      According to Hooyaya, there is another site in Monkey Crater — I had never heard of that one — is there one there too?

      • #86 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.18 - 11:52 am

        Yes, there is (or was) a saucer in Monkey Crater — I have it bookmarked. It was on the north rim, east side of the gap, a few dozen meters NE from the watch tower there. I wasn’t ever aware there was one on Nada.

  50. #87 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.16 - 1:22 pm

    Good work gp3d’s cant wait until There opens, Yeah!!!!!

  51. #88 by Mademoiselle Fifi on 2011.09.16 - 1:09 pm

    Good work Oka…thanks for the videos.

  52. #89 by iwtfy on 2011.09.16 - 12:37 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the update! x iwtfy x

  53. #90 by SapphireRose on 2011.09.16 - 12:36 pm

    phew! thanks Micheal this means alot for you to revisit the banned members problam , i hope you will consider it as some of us have regretted what they did was childish and stupid , thanks MW !

  54. #91 by debpitts on 2011.09.16 - 11:55 am

    Great news! But I hope you can get the quest kits working for us “addicted questers” and there are a lot of us out there.

  55. #92 by Thumdar on 2011.09.16 - 11:22 am

    Glad to hear about the Favorites migration. That’s been something I’ve been hopping would be discovered and inserted. That Samsyn guy is such a geek :p

    • #93 by Thumdar on 2011.09.16 - 11:32 am

      Just logged in to see if my Favs were back in place and yep ~ they sure are. This was one of the first things I noticed when landing in world ~ all my Favorites were gone. It’s great to have them back! Now I can go see if the flying saucer is back in world πŸ˜€

      • #94 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.09.16 - 5:53 pm

        Heh.. I searched for that spot for 2 hours yesterday, I never found the ufos, but now that the favs are back I will give it another shot LOL

      • #95 by Basya on 2011.09.17 - 7:09 pm

        Oooh! I’ve been wondering about those UFO’s! Now that our Fav’s are back, I should be able to find them — please do let me know if they are there!! (I had been trying to remember where we had seen them — I know you have to be standing in a very precise area to see them).


  56. #96 by Buddleia_Girl on 2011.09.16 - 10:59 am

    O.M.G….I really needed a laugh today, more than ever. And…and….I think I want a hair buoy.

  57. #97 by Dollbaby07 on 2011.09.16 - 10:46 am

    Yeah! I cant wait to get back to the world i loved so much.Thanks for all the work guys and gals and certainty to MW and Team.

  58. #98 by Anonymous on 2011.09.16 - 10:45 am

    What is the Deal With Members who Migrated from Coke Studios and were given basically free premium membership, did we lose that?

    • #99 by Michael Wilson on 2011.09.16 - 11:56 am

      Well, let’s see oh “Anonymous”, I’ll see your Anonymous Question and Raise you an invisible answer:

      • #100 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.16 - 8:56 pm

        Re: Well, let’s see oh β€œAnonymous”, I’ll see your Anonymous Question and Raise you an invisible answer:


      • #101 by Warning I on 2011.09.19 - 11:04 am

        Lol, this is the kinda stuff that is gonna make people retaliate, how bout you grow up and act like an adult you idiot, oh well ill raise you an invisible answer, kk well ill raise you an invisible site, which is yours once im done with it.

    • #102 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.16 - 12:58 pm

      lol this will be a fun one to answer, surprised he didn’t just give you the honest answer. No you didn’t lose your premium membership, in fact we all got free premium memberships this time around, included with our 10 dollar monthly fee πŸ™‚

      • #103 by Beta2003 on 2011.09.16 - 3:14 pm

        I’d venture the reason he didn’t answer directly is he can see WHO the person is (by IP address/etc) and are posting this question as a different ‘user’ for some strange reason.

        Or maybe MW just has it out for Anonymous. πŸ™‚

      • #104 by Hooyaya on 2011.09.17 - 11:55 am

        Maybe he didn’t answer because he has answered it 4 or 5 times already. READ THE OLDER BLOGS

  59. #105 by DUSTIN4040 on 2011.09.16 - 10:38 am

    Im so happy about reopening!!! thank u MW!!!

  60. #106 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.16 - 10:26 am

    I am waiting to be back home to GreenAngel’s SpaceSerenity, big halloween party, Christmas parties, fashion shows, talent shows, quest games, residential homes and much more, yeah going home GreenAngel

  61. #107 by GreenAngel on 2011.09.16 - 9:56 am

    Hi everyone, Good Luck in being the next GP3D’s

  62. #108 by lolababy33 on 2011.09.16 - 9:51 am

    This is incredible news! WOW! Just in time for my vacation! I can’t wait to see all of you in-game. Thank you Michael, Samsyn and all of the GP’s for their hard work!

  63. #109 by 3cMaldito on 2011.09.16 - 9:42 am

    I will be glad when I am able to see my FunZone added to the available Funzones for events, makes me uneasy to not e able to see it.

  64. #110 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.09.16 - 9:23 am

    Fantastic news!

    The favorite places news is very interesting. Although I still look forward to discovering new things anyway. Great work guys!

  65. #111 by 3cMaldito on 2011.09.16 - 9:11 am


    “Here’s what’s going to happen next: SamSyn’s going to have another client or two to make sure we’ve resolved all the problems, and we’ll then invite another slug of GP3Ds
    (a big slug).”

    How exciting, Thanks for the update

  66. #112 by Wendy Stoll (Wendy50s) on 2011.09.16 - 8:53 am

    Thanks so much for all your hard work!

  67. #113 by ant1977 on 2011.09.16 - 8:22 am

    Did the Guinea Pigs get turned into turtles? I’d hate to see them flipped over and shells used for bowls of turtle soup 😦

    • #114 by CpnBob on 2011.09.16 - 2:29 pm

      heh heh, Ant.
      I was greatly surprised and pleased when I logged in this am. lol ALL the saved plac es I ever had were back, including Lot Drop places and Layout saved places, even for tenants whos places were deleted years ago. When you have a load of Lots, like you do, its great to have the saved drops as a tool.
      Thanks SamSyn!


      • #115 by Ant1977 on 2011.09.16 - 6:14 pm

        You should open it up and take a screen-shot of it CpnBob πŸ™‚

  68. #116 by softNdark on 2011.09.16 - 7:30 am

    “Yeah Baby…. Yeah…. Yeah Baby…. Yeah…. Let’s Do This !!!!” Ooooohhhh You got me excited now, yes indeed….

    MW you and the Team and “Wonderful” I can tell you really love your job, and are great at it. You’re manking many people happy, we get to escape the crap in this world and go “There” when ever we want once again!!! Thanks a Million T-Bucks!!!

    The ocean and my dogs are waiting for me now!!! Be “There” soon!!!

  69. #117 by Hugsie on 2011.09.16 - 7:16 am

    One thing about Quest kits. I have a set of them in my inventory i got as a skill reward. Problem is i don’t want it. They were evil back 6 years ago when got them and i was unable to delete them on my own. I had to request to remove them for me. However they were only able to “hide” them from my inventroy not outright remove them. I’m hoping in this inventory migration they will simply NOT be migrated into my new account.

    And seriously.. why not simply delete ALL quest kits? Assuming you’re not restoring their locations, and the information in each quest kit drop.. why not just zap them all and just give members new, clean, virgin quest kits?

    • #118 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.16 - 10:45 am

      No skill rewards were migrated, we got all new skill tickets 2 pick what we want rather than get the same items from before.

      • #119 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.16 - 12:01 pm

        Um, actually, I have a bunch of items that showed up in my Transaction History after my initial migration that have the “S” prefix indication a skill reward item. Lots of lip and eyebrow colors, mostly, but a few other bits and bobs. I’ve got tickets, too, but I’m not sure what they’re good for — were those new within the last year There was open? I wasn’t on much that year, due to problems loading virtually everything…

      • #120 by vmcl1998 on 2011.09.16 - 12:10 pm

        huh? i see old skill rewards in my inventory – the old t-shirts, items with “S” …. i think we have the old rewards plus got the tickets when we migated at skilled up again – IMO

      • #121 by GaryBob on 2011.09.16 - 2:28 pm

        If you look back I’m pretty sure he said skill rewards for Golden Tickets migrated as Golden Tickets. The old old skill rewards from before Golden Tickets were introduced should still be there (I’ve been wearing some of them so I know mine migrated just fine).

      • #122 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.16 - 4:46 pm

        Well every single thing I got from a skill ticket originally was gone and I got all new skill tickets, as they said. No clue about what came before skill tickets, I was pretty new to There. If you don’t know what the tickets are good for then you’re not talking about the same thing. We’re talking about items given to us for the tickets.

    • #123 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.17 - 7:07 am

      Can I please have Hug’s quest kits? : P

      The quest kits migrated over from levelup prizes just fine from before.

  70. #124 by KingSeth on 2011.09.16 - 6:42 am

    Awesome progress thank you soooo much everyone from MW to the GP3D’s

  71. #125 by Christy Clendenen on 2011.09.16 - 6:27 am

    Yes I would REALLY like to take my Quest Kits out and paintball them into oblivion ~ YAY more GP’s to mess with WOOT! Thanks Commander πŸ™‚

  72. #126 by alexandria3178 on 2011.09.16 - 6:19 am

    Waiting patiently with baited excitement. I feel like a woman who has spent th last year in a prison, and my release to go home is immininet!!!!!!!!

    • #127 by Mark B. (Cowbellwalken) on 2011.09.16 - 9:25 am

      We all know no one is “patiently” waiting. πŸ˜€

      • #128 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.16 - 2:08 pm

        my hubby has threatened to put me in a straitjacket 3 times just this week! πŸ˜†

      • #129 by xSnoopy on 2011.09.16 - 7:26 pm

        Hey Red,
        How about the week before?
        Never met the guy and I like him already!!
        That probably qualifies me for a trip down Zephyr valley huh?
        IN YOUR DREAMS!!!!
        The one, THE ONLY, Zephyr Beagle!! πŸ™‚
        GP3D, xSnoopy

      • #130 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.17 - 1:02 am

        No need to worry, I’ve got plenty of soysauce gelcaps in my pb gun.

        oh and regarding hubby and straitjackets…

        The week before was “his turn”.. *wink wink*

      • #131 by alexandria3178 on 2011.09.17 - 7:00 am

        Please pardon my statement about waiting patiently with baited excitement. You surely must realize that I am a southern girl, and we are prone to gross understatement when expressing our feelings.

        For example, a hundred thirty years ago, when a georga peach showed her shoe to a man, in truth it meant that she wanted him to rip all of her clothes off and ravage her until neither could walk straight for a week… Get the picture?

        So if you would please leave me to my understatements and be happy with it πŸ™‚

      • #132 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.17 - 3:42 pm

        “in truth it meant that she wanted him to rip all of her clothes off and ravage her until neither could walk straight for a week”

        Hmm.. don’t have a southern belle outfit in my closet… but hubby might enjoy the rest of that later.. *grins naughtilly*

  73. #133 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.16 - 6:08 am

    Maybe we need to get a priest to exorcise the evil out of those nasty quest kits, before they turn painball guns into bananas!

    • #134 by GaryBob on 2011.09.16 - 9:45 am

      Paintball guns almost were bananas! In a concept art book I have for, they originally had fruit-throwing as an in-world game concept (along with Capture the Flag). There are sketches of stalls selling the guns with “Fresh Ammo” being baskets of fruit! There’s also a lot of sketches for a “Monkey Island” with statues of fruit-throwing monkeys and various paintball/fruit-throwing arenas built into an ancient temple. I’d hazard a guess that this concept evolved into Monkey Crater.

      • #135 by ketchup2k3 on 2011.09.18 - 7:20 am

        Where did you get this book? Was this sold on the CafePress store with the hats and mugs?

  74. #136 by Raymond Scheffer on 2011.09.16 - 5:58 am

    Thanks for the update! Appreciate it. πŸ™‚

  75. #137 by suziequeen on 2011.09.16 - 5:57 am

    Thanks for the update It is awesome we will be home soon.

  76. #138 by McKensy on 2011.09.16 - 5:53 am

    Howling with the rest of the wolf pack I once again wish to express my gratitude for your dedication to bring back to us a meaning to life πŸ˜‰
    Love your creative composition of that photo πŸ™‚

  77. #139 by Okalnix on 2011.09.16 - 5:51 am

    Beta There The New Paintgun Zone Zephyr Idea.
    Its just a idea to talke about this or more idea’s
    A good feedback is alway’s welcome to talke about.
    So that why this video.
    BTW there is no new paintgun zone Zephyr.
    The setup is done by me with Paz., and remove them afther the recording of this video.
    Thank you to watch this video and give your idea’s.

    • #140 by Innie on 2011.09.16 - 7:14 am

      Okal, I went out there and saw this. I really like the center area staying clean, and then the building being up top.

    • #141 by Hugsie on 2011.09.16 - 7:20 am

      Zephyr was never a paintgun funzone (or any kina funzone) but it always had paingun’s available.

      • #142 by Okalnix on 2011.09.16 - 8:50 am

        This post of video is to get more feedback from people with there idea’s.
        The Zeptyr city its not a paintgun zone but idea’s are great to share with people.
        Mabey a update needed on Karuna a nice fountain or other landmarks update,or just a fun zone needed, or somthing els
        You can build a world that is nice but you need have feedback what people think about the world of
        Its makes stronger and a positive feeling if you having idea’s.
        A postive feeling become also more friently way of thinking and ,Happy Happy Jo jo.
        Let get some feedback my friends so a stronger and good frienty and positive world we have and get more of it.

    • #143 by DUSTIN4040 on 2011.09.16 - 10:27 am

      Great video!!!

    • #144 by softNdark on 2011.09.16 - 1:29 pm

      Okalnix …… Thanks, your video’s are great. I loved that hooverboad ride the most (watch out for the mountains) Laughingggg

      Also your ideas are great… in real life, if I had a choice of a whole new earth. I would NOT rebuild it the same as this one!!!
      Hope to meet you in “There”.


    • #145 by xSnoopy on 2011.09.16 - 7:15 pm

      The vast majority of Thereians, I discuss this idea with are overwhelmingly in favor of keeping an area, around the center of Zephyr clear.
      No Paz’s, books, speakers, etc, etc.
      WildBilly had the right idea when he owned Paz’s all around the tower but lost all but 2 of them when the server crashed in late 04 or early 05. He wanted to keep it clear so we could all enjoy the place.
      There is plenty of room around the periphery of Zephyr to build.
      I feel that there should be a clean area, like Zephyr was when I joined, where ALL of us can enjoy the area without worrying about running into a sign, a house, a cow, or an animated object that will lag you out.
      Zephyr has become a landmark, a place where so many of us cut our teeth in Paintball, Board and Buggy racing. It was a meeting place for so many people who wanted to do more than just chat.
      Zephyr IS the wild west of There and I vote to keep it clean.
      I would be interested in hearing what the rest of you think about this.
      GP3D, xSnoopy

      • #146 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.16 - 8:49 pm

        Yes I vote in favor of keeping an area, around the center of Zephyr clear, maybe a new statue of MW?

      • #147 by MrScrooge on 2011.09.17 - 10:18 am

        I think the area between the gazebo and the tower and areas around the tower should be PAZ and crap-free. Wild Billy did us all a favor by keeping it clear and only occasionally put stuff out, like a giant buggy at Easter time and the dreadful Christmas stuff that was so horrible I have blocked it from my memory. I think the statue should be of Wild Billy. If I get the chance I am going to grab that land and keep it until WB returns. I’m sure someone stinky will attempt to grab the land in an effort to be a dumb ass (something they don’t have to work hard at being)

        . I think a lot of us from Zephyr feel this way but I can’t speak for everyone. These are just my opinions and are no better or worse than anyone else’s. Except for Michael Wilson (I have to be nice to him or he may turn my avatar into a dog. . .wait, that would be an improvement from what my avatar looks like now!)

      • #148 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.17 - 1:02 pm

        I couldn’t agree more, Snoopy. I used to love Zephyr but in the years before There closed, I avoided it like the plague. There was just too much crap out and it ruined the look of the place, in my opinion. I’d love to see the center kept clean so everyone can enjoy it.

      • #149 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.17 - 3:13 pm

        Actually Okalnix could be onto something….

        They could just make a pb “sort of zone” in a circle around the center of zephyr with no visible walls. From the balloons outward can be for paz dropping, but no “events” or “matches” can be made.. it’d keep it clean for paintball but allow for the building around the perimiter. It would also eliminate the problematic “buggy bashing” we get there from time to time.

        Just an idea…don’t kill me if ya don’t like.. ROFL

      • #150 by luckyjunior2005 on 2011.09.17 - 5:24 pm

        I’m also in favor of keeping the central area of Zephyr clear. All of the clutter is what kept me away from it in the first place.

      • #151 by SaltySilver on 2011.09.18 - 5:27 am

        I myself liked Zephyr the way it was. I liked all the junk to get hung up on when paintballing. (paz items that is).
        No one liked all the books and scrolls and I would not be sorry to see them go or placed on the side. (speakers can be turned off)
        I’m not sure why people have it in mind that it can’t be enjoyed the way Zephyr was.
        There has many “sacred” none drop villages ie Maidenflight, Karuna. While beautiful, also void of mass numbers of avies unlike Zephyr.
        I believe it was due to being able to “own” a little piece that made Zephyr so populated. was a one of a kind “Wild West”. Why take that way.
        There is a big world things don’t have to be the same everywhere.
        Ps I’m looking forward to seeing Hellfish’s trailer, lawn chairs and trash can. πŸ˜€

      • #152 by ketchup2k3 on 2011.09.18 - 7:19 am

        I agree with SaltySilver, and think he has described Zephyr perfectly as a Wild West sort of area in There (remember how the rules towards language were a little more lax in the area?) It was a unique kind of hangout with some minor annoyances, but that’s more of what we loved about it.

      • #153 by MrScrooge on 2011.09.18 - 6:17 pm

        Really? Relaxed on profanity? Really? “Silly” was a horrific curse word there. Must have been before my time.

      • #154 by Summers on 2011.09.19 - 1:47 pm

        Why would you want to change what Zephyr has been known for.
        For as long as I can remember Zephyr has been a “dump.”
        It would be ours if there was nothing there.

      • #155 by Summers on 2011.09.19 - 1:47 pm

        It wouldn’t*

        Sorry about that. πŸ™‚

      • #156 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.19 - 3:02 pm

        It should be kept clean. It is a public space that everyone should enjoy. I enjoyed it at one point until all the garbage started to appear and people started to claim it as “theirs”. Made everyone else feel alienated like you were treading on “their space”. Why should other members not get to enjoy the area as it was before the junk was dropped so a few members can be hogs? Very selfish if you ask me. I spent time there too but was forced to give it up because it was becoming a circus. You think that was fair? Doesn’t sound fair to me…

  78. #157 by Cellophane Thereian on 2011.09.16 - 5:47 am

    Uh, YAY! πŸ˜€ (super-excited!)

  79. #158 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.16 - 5:43 am

    Great that more people will be in so soon! Even better news that that that Quest Kit problem is being addressed!

  80. #159 by N3rd_status on 2011.09.16 - 5:42 am

    Awesome news! I can’t wait to get back into the world. I miss teleporting some where random and trying to drive my buggy back to zephyr using the there maps!

    • #160 by Hugsie on 2011.09.16 - 7:26 am

      oh yeah i did a lot of hoverboat tours for newbies. I know the layout of Ootay and Caldera islands quite well. Probably the first thing ill do is fly around Caldera and spot landmarks that i can remember. Even the spot were my avatar was 1st born at.

  81. #161 by The_wifey on 2011.09.16 - 5:37 am

    How exciting!!! I can not wait…I have been looking at all my inventory and can not wait to drive my buggies!!! Eagerly waiting to get in There!

  82. #162 by Dusky Rose on 2011.09.16 - 5:27 am

    Okay MW, please tell us if the spades tables are still part of the game??? I’ve seen nothing on the game tables at all.

    • #163 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 10:16 pm

      I have seen game tables in game, but haven’t played them yet.

  83. #164 by Mademoiselle Fifi on 2011.09.16 - 5:22 am

    involved* even…lol

  84. #165 by Mademoiselle Fifi on 2011.09.16 - 5:22 am

    This update sure is uplifting……thanks to all invoved.

  85. #166 by JasonMK on 2011.09.16 - 5:21 am

    Wow, now that’s a great productive update with lots of great information. Thanks MW and the whole crew. Very exciting.

  86. #167 by BaphNagi on 2011.09.16 - 5:12 am

    Yep! Sounds like we might MAYBE get into the world by Crassmas!! πŸ˜‰

    I am certainly looking forward to it like most everyone else..

    Just gotta be patient a while longer………..

    …..BaphNagi….. Steve W…..

    • #168 by Hugsie on 2011.09.16 - 7:27 am

      Hm im thinking sonner than Xmas. maybe before Halloween is when 2003 beta members can start testing the new service on a heavier load basis.

      • #169 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.16 - 8:52 am

        He didn’t say anything about 2003 betas. He’s saying any of us who can participate in there betas will get in before the world opens.

      • #170 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.16 - 3:05 pm

        It sounded like he said anyone who participated in the beta before will be part of the next group to go in. That to me sounds like he is referring to the 03 betas. I don’t know of any other kind. :::shrug:::

      • #171 by Michael Wilson on 2011.09.16 - 3:19 pm

        No, you know, the Betas we ran for There from time to time to test new releases. You know, and all that.

      • #172 by Tre_Ghost on 2011.09.16 - 4:43 pm

        melody i didn’t sound like he said anything about previous testers. They wanna see how the world will do with lots of people, not a few. Also I assume this will be a chance for ppl to transfer items if he allows all legacy avatars in.

      • #173 by Escape on 2011.09.17 - 7:18 am

        Yea, I did participate in testing a few times. Also, remember the “Green Client”, had the Bug in nametag?

      • #174 by JasonMK on 2011.09.18 - 5:25 pm

        I always enjoyed switching over to the Beta client, it was a nice peaceful world free from litter. The one down side was that what you did for skills in the beta client didn’t tranfer over (obviously).

  87. #175 by SB on 2011.09.16 - 4:54 am

    Awesome! Thanks for the update and have a great weekend everyone!

  88. #176 by SueZ on 2011.09.16 - 4:46 am

    Great progress, this is getting more and more exciting as we get closer to being in world. I’m looking forward to helping others out, and holding events again, and meeting up in world, proud to be part of the Therian community! Thanks for the update πŸ™‚ ‘tu ”’yay! ‘hug

  89. #177 by trouble on 2011.09.16 - 4:03 am

    woot!!! great update

  90. #178 by jakejackson on 2011.09.16 - 3:58 am

    Very good updates and Youtube highlights!!!!

  91. #179 by Stamplicker on 2011.09.16 - 3:47 am

    Best Update so far!!!! Go Gp’s GO!!!!!!

  92. #180 by c25inc on 2011.09.16 - 3:22 am

    Favorite places…check! Nice fix!

  93. #181 by MrScrooge on 2011.09.16 - 3:09 am

    Looking good, Michael! I regret not being able to help look for bugs but it looks like the others are doing a great job of it. Exciting times! Bravo to Team Phoenix, kicking ass and taking names! and ❀ to Mackie, one of my favorite people from There

  94. #182 by Abacus on 2011.09.16 - 2:50 am

    If we are all out of Justin Bieber pictures… what happens if we use the Tortoise picture instead?

    Then do we get in?

  95. #183 by BABS on 2011.09.16 - 2:34 am

    πŸ™‚ ”yay! fav places! thanks SamSyn!

  96. #184 by mimi06 on 2011.09.16 - 2:24 am

    Your photo before 7 am is an eye opener rofl…………. Thanks MW and crew.. I didn’t particpate much with the quest adventures but I know they was a huge part of THERE. Thanks mackie for helping the lost get where we are! Awsome update. Have a great weekend everyone.

  97. #185 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.16 - 2:14 am

    Woo-hoo! Quest kits (that aren’t hair)!! They may well be evil, but they fulfill a useful function (actually, several useful functions). And Favorite Places, too!!! That’ll really reduce the amount of effort involved in getting to Avie Sacrifices the first time after reopening (speaking of which, anyone seen either Uber or Ubber?); I wasn’t looking forward to an hour’s drive across the ocean from Caldera. What’s “everyone who could participate in There Betas before”? Was that a particular qualification (time in world, age, invitation, etc.), or was it something we’d have had to register for?

  98. #186 by Tumble_Weed on 2011.09.16 - 2:08 am

    Ty for the update.

  99. #187 by Jon Brohaugh (puter_head) on 2011.09.16 - 1:53 am

    Awesome, awesome awesome!! Keep up the excellent work, all of you who are working at bringing this back to us!

    I absolutely cant wait to get back in world again!

    Thank you!!!

  100. #188 by Kattwomann on 2011.09.16 - 1:50 am

    Yay! Mr Wilson lives! He speaks! :p

    Seriously…always glad to hear good news. Chomping at the bit here, ready to get in world and play. At least I’ve been keeping myself busy rediscovering Roller Coaster Tycoon 3. I never gave it much time before because I was always playing There! LOL


  101. #189 by OldSchoolPro on 2011.09.16 - 1:48 am

    You’re going to invite a big slug? So now we have guinea pigs, some form of reptiles, a turtle, and finally a big slug. I will notify Noah to build a bigger ark.

    • #190 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.16 - 7:40 am

      don’t forget pink squids named blinky.. ROFL

    • #191 by xSnoopy on 2011.09.16 - 8:06 am

      Knew that was coming Red!
      Sooooo, your going from a GP to a Slug… somehow, that seems fair.

      To everyone else:
      When you get into game, the first thing to do is go to There\Settings and change the graphics setting to DX9 (if your graphics supports it).
      Then look at your skin. It’s a subtle change but a great one. It now has some texture.
      Then, look one of us GP3D’s up and we will take you to a place where there are DX9 rendered buildings. Your not gonna believe the detail.
      The whole world looks better in DX9 but its not as striking as articles that are made and rendered in DX9.
      If you guys are members of Thumdars Blog, there are some pics I posted to show how far you can now see in game. In the old There, when Zephyr was really busy you could not see that far. I can stand on top of the balloon, over the Boat and see some articles in Dune Valley Raceway.
      Take your screen shots while you can πŸ™‚
      GP3D, xSnoopy

      • #192 by Lady_Tigrane on 2011.09.16 - 11:25 am

        Have you been overdosing on the soysauce again?

  102. #193 by vmcl1998 on 2011.09.16 - 1:48 am

    Thanks for the explanation on quest kits — the KIT is evil, not the quest host πŸ™‚ Thanks for working on them, the world wouldn’t be the same without the quests.

  103. #194 by Greenie on 2011.09.16 - 1:30 am

    Another very important aspect to recover, saved places. Thanks for getting that migrating Samsyn and thanks for the interesting images that color your posts Mr. Wilson.

  104. #195 by Lela on 2011.09.16 - 1:21 am

    Thank you very much for your update.

  105. #196 by AKAUK on 2011.09.16 - 1:12 am

    yes great news to hear that the world we all loved is nearly open for us aLl to go back home keep up the good work and thanks for the heads up now we all know MW is really Justin Bieber hahah

  106. #197 by Philip Key on 2011.09.16 - 1:08 am

    Looks like we’re getting close. You know you would think those that can’t remember anything about their login would be happy it’s not so easy to get into accounts. Otherwise anyone could say they don’t remember and get into anyone’s account they want. Be glad you are having to prove your identity.

    Also just because you don’t use an email account anymore doesn’t mean you can’t access it. Accounts like Yahoo and Hotmail keep accounts, you just have to log in to reactivate your account. Also many email accounts attached to ISPs also keep your account open to revive only. Like Comcast, ATT, AOL and Charter. You can still get you email, just can’t send. If you set you email for just revive outer log into them fromtheir web based access you can still get you emails to reset our recover your lost There pass. I haven’t had Comcast in over 8 years, but I can still access my old Comcast email account to receive only.

  107. #198 by YankeeintheSouth on 2011.09.16 - 12:56 am

    Thank you so much for the news!

  108. #199 by Brido on 2011.09.16 - 12:46 am

    Exciting news πŸ™‚ Thanks for the update!

  109. #200 by Amoux on 2011.09.16 - 12:45 am

    Always appreciate seeing these updates, I’m happy that things are progressing and are being worked on. Thanks to you all for your hard work. πŸ™‚

  110. #201 by Okalnix on 2011.09.16 - 12:39 am

    Beta Test with a Hoverboat from out the sea.
    If you look good to the frames and the color bar flying is easy.
    Its on the main island.
    If I am online you can alway’s ask me on IM.
    I am just a player like you,and wanted to share you the nice and great world of

    Have fun to see this video

    • #202 by Okalnix on 2011.09.16 - 1:33 am

      Thank you for the update info.

      • #203 by GaryBob on 2011.09.16 - 9:51 am

        Thank you so much for this video! You managed to fly by two of my most favorite places in It’s wonderful to see Wordgrove is still there (even if it’s only trees right now). Seeing it there, waiting, gave me a sense of serenity. I suddenly felt less impatient and just accepted that good things will come to those who wait. Thank you again πŸ™‚

    • #204 by Hugsie on 2011.09.16 - 7:32 am

      Sure it looks great and lag free but how many users were logged in when you made this video? A few dozen perhaps? As with any massive online game, the moment when it’s available to the public and we get a few thousand users online, the lag issues will return as they used to. Especially now when it’s no longer running on dedicated servers.

      • #205 by Okalnix on 2011.09.16 - 8:39 am

        Indeed if the world is open other problems are there ,and mabey indeed some lag is comming but for now its works oke.
        Ty for your common

    • #206 by martin71 on 2011.09.16 - 7:49 am

      having fun playing in there rofl

    • #207 by Danica Ravenheart on 2011.09.16 - 10:25 am

      great video and all but just have to ask if your so much against people using third party patches why don’t you give alteratives to somethings,,,,that sound of that thing poping up with drive me crazy.

      • #208 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 10:04 pm

        Danica, I haven’t seen where he is against all third party patches, only the ones that have stolen content. Otherwise, he has only said Makena cannot provide technical support for any patches as they aren’t theirs to support.

    • #209 by Coolangatta on 2011.09.17 - 6:43 pm

      Sweet video!! Please refresh my memory and tell me what is that structure straight ahead @ 05:10?

      • #210 by Okalnix on 2011.09.18 - 11:49 am

        its a fun zone with a opject in it.
        you can drive on that roof but its a basic event place with this building on it.
        All types of events you can do that here.
        But its not a paintbal zone btw.
        Also driving between the poles you can do that to.
        mabey other people can add more info to this.

  111. #211 by Golono on 2011.09.15 - 11:54 pm

    Chugging along little by little. Almost There.

  112. #212 by Cerenela on 2011.09.15 - 11:45 pm

    These are awesome news! I’m more than ready to come back in There. Thanks for the efforts πŸ™‚

  113. #213 by Basya on 2011.09.15 - 11:26 pm

    Thanks so much for the update! Great news, especially about the Favorite Places!!!

    Umm..when we do the Beta, will we be allowed to bring in our alts? I would like transfer somethings — most particularly the tbucks from my alts to my primary avie.

    Thanks again,

    • #214 by Basya on 2011.09.16 - 12:34 am

      Ooops! Forgot to mention in my last post that today is my Avie’s 7 Birthday!!! I had been hoping to be able to celebrate in World today … Oh well, I can celebrate when we are finally in world very soon — I hope!


      • #215 by Francis_7 on 2011.09.16 - 2:02 pm

        Happy 7th B-Day Basya!

      • #216 by Fallax on 2011.09.16 - 3:07 pm

        Happy Birthday Basya

      • #217 by BABS on 2011.09.19 - 3:15 am

        Happy Avie Birthday! πŸ™‚ ‘hug

  114. #218 by Namron Therian on 2011.09.15 - 11:20 pm

    Thanks for the update. Looking forward to seeing everyone on There. πŸ™‚

  115. #219 by Buddy Schreiber on 2011.09.15 - 11:12 pm

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I check this page all the time like Ethan(#2). I was the same way with ThereCare. LOL!

    Every bit of progress is a good thing. πŸ™‚

  116. #220 by Tiger100 on 2011.09.15 - 10:48 pm

    More good news, great job guys

  117. #221 by lionsheart on 2011.09.15 - 10:47 pm

    once again thankyou for the update
    quotes picture(does my shell look big in this)
    then asks next question. Do you have a zoo in your backgarden?

  118. #222 by neckr on 2011.09.15 - 10:41 pm

    awsome job keep the hard work have been waiting and cant wait to hear more

  119. #223 by spot751 on 2011.09.15 - 10:41 pm

    Sweet, good work GP’s and MW…

  120. #224 by coolnet on 2011.09.15 - 10:40 pm

    Thank you MW, Samsyn, Mackie and GP3D for working hard to bring back. Keep up the amazing work.

  121. #225 by Dean Caballero ( Bumpin42 ) on 2011.09.15 - 10:40 pm

    Wow!!! Thats Great Great News Michael and thx all you GP`s for helping to get the ball rolling, I can`t wait to see my team mates. ( Snipers )

  122. #226 by Phil Reinsmith on 2011.09.15 - 10:39 pm

    Thanks for the timely update. Still trying to be patient, which, by the way, is something I have been told by several others I need to work on. Keep up the Good Fight, and hopefully we’ll ALL be home soon. “Rockinsurfer_boy”

  123. #227 by toufovou on 2011.09.15 - 10:28 pm

    These updates keep getting better and better. ‘yay

  124. #228 by Pilot_51 on 2011.09.15 - 10:26 pm

    I’m happy to see favorite places migrated! I have a lot of hard-to-reach places I didn’t want to lose (space, the poles, opposite side of the world, etc.). I wasn’t aware it was being worked on since I seem to remember you said they won’t be migrated, though maybe that’s just me not thinking straight in the strange world I’m in now.

  125. #229 by Liquidbraino Thereian on 2011.09.15 - 9:44 pm

    My bags are packed; got my bunny sandals; my suntan lotion & I’m ready to go! (feeling like I’m preparing for a trip to Hawaii or something). Dang…did I pack the charger?

    • #230 by MeadowAngel on 2011.09.16 - 3:50 pm

      LOL My bags have been packed and sitting by the front door ever since MW first announced he was even THINKING of re-opening. I’m ready to go home on a moment’s notice. πŸ˜›

  126. #231 by dakotaman on 2011.09.15 - 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the continued hard work and updates!! I guess the real question is: are Quest Kits inherently evil or have they been cursed?? (And there’s slways been something spooky about the floating Basset Hounds!)


    • #232 by Mooly on 2011.09.17 - 7:57 am

      Floating Basset Hounds, Batman! Reading through these various comments makes me wonder if I ever knew There as well as I thought I did. Floating Basset Hounds? lol


  127. #233 by Asifchris on 2011.09.15 - 9:18 pm

    WOO HOOO!!! GREAT UPDATE!!! Glad to see things are coming along… ‘patch

  128. #234 by Superjuice on 2011.09.15 - 9:18 pm

    Sweet. Cant wait until were all in There!

  129. #235 by ForTehLulz on 2011.09.15 - 9:10 pm

    Quest kits became hair? Thats a bit eccentric..It’s great that SamSyn had migrated everyones favourite places, I was scared of losing my little hideouts >:) Almost There! So exciting, right!? πŸ˜€

    • #236 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.16 - 8:34 pm

      Yes thank you SamSyn for migrated everyones favourite places!!!!

    • #237 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 9:56 pm

      Does this mean we will have new hair to choose from?

      • #238 by justagreatguy on 2011.09.18 - 6:50 am

        No, it means that your hair looks like Quest kits.

  130. #239 by Susan Van Brundt Redlin on 2011.09.15 - 9:10 pm

    Is it the original quest kits that don’t work, or the invisible ones, or both? Francis 7 and a few others made a patch to make them visible, so wouldn’t it be easier to just use that work-around? Also, questers could turn the visibility on or off, depending on the challenge level they wanted.

    My cards tables are so dusty! And I can’t remember which decks are marked or not …

    Jane Austen

  131. #240 by Achenar on 2011.09.15 - 9:07 pm

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot!!!!!! Keep up the good work guys! :))

  132. #241 by martin71 on 2011.09.15 - 9:05 pm

    ((Policy for people who’ve forgotten everything))

    what kind of ID will you be askin for MW to get your avi back hope i dont have to send my id cos thats one thing i never do

    • #242 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 9:55 pm

      It will probably be something like sending a fax. That would be safe since it wouldn’t be on the net.
      I can imagine a lot of people who don’t have fake IDs will have a problem with it.

      • #243 by ImageMaker on 2011.09.18 - 11:17 am

        Well, one thing that’s pretty easy is verifying the validity of a driver’s license, at least to the point of seeing that the name matches the license number in the records of the issuing state. It’s not free, or instant, unless you’re a police officer or similar government authority, but it’s at least manageable (and the putative “forgotten user” will be paying for the time and fees anyway, we presume).

  133. #244 by martin71 on 2011.09.15 - 8:57 pm

    thx for udate

  134. #245 by Bronnieb There on 2011.09.15 - 8:57 pm

    Cool! πŸ™‚

  135. #246 by TherePercy on 2011.09.15 - 8:54 pm

    Brilliant. Still a week off work, with -nothing- to do, so I’m ready. Bring it on. πŸ™‚

    Great job, Team Phoenix. ‘tu

  136. #247 by Melody_Chase on 2011.09.15 - 8:34 pm

    Awesomeness!!!!! I’m happy about the favorites. I had so many I’d hate to give them up. We’re closing in!!

    Nice pic btw!

  137. #248 by Jdin707 on 2011.09.15 - 8:34 pm

    Thank you, thank you….I have been looking forward to more great news about There’s return and cant wait….thanks again for all the hard work……

  138. #249 by dirty_dirtball on 2011.09.15 - 8:25 pm

    Good stuff, thanks for the update!

  139. #250 by AquaFresh on 2011.09.15 - 8:22 pm

    I’m so thrilled that SamSyn had the GO to create a migration for Favorit Places and that he had sucess ”’yay

    Evil evil quest kits πŸ˜€ Awsome that they been looked at with a “microscope” now and main evilness exterminated, in this process other bugs possible being pin pointed and fixed later, SUPER!

    Thanx for this great update, its getting closer and closer ‘jig ‘rtr


  140. #251 by Dihtri on 2011.09.15 - 8:21 pm

    Virtual Turtle. Real Turtle. I see what you did there.

    • #252 by thereuser on 2011.09.17 - 1:47 am


      • #253 by ForTehLulz on 2011.09.17 - 9:42 am


      • #254 by thereuser on 2011.09.17 - 5:27 pm


        What does EIGHTEEN? mean?

  141. #255 by LeeLee on 2011.09.15 - 8:17 pm

    Good to know! Thank you for the updates, Michael!

  142. #256 by Hott_Chickk_513 on 2011.09.15 - 8:16 pm

    Awesome News! I Just Did A Little Dance For My Hubby Saying “Woot, THERE’s About To Open Soon Woot, Woot” Lol!
    Can’t Wait To See All My Friends Again! Thank You MW & His Crew!

  143. #257 by GaryBob on 2011.09.15 - 8:15 pm

    I never thought the words ‘big slug’ could sound so beautiful…

  144. #258 by Lee on 2011.09.15 - 8:11 pm

    Glad its coming together now. Happy about the favourite places πŸ™‚

  145. #259 by Riot_Girl_1 on 2011.09.15 - 7:59 pm

    Woop! Awesome news! Seems like it won’t be too much longer before we get to go ‘home.’ πŸ™‚

  146. #260 by kelayna on 2011.09.15 - 7:59 pm

    Thank you for the update Go Team Phoenix with the added sparkle of Mackie!!

  147. #261 by Skyefire on 2011.09.15 - 7:58 pm

    Awesome about the favorite places! That’s going to make things more fun right at first.

  148. #262 by satarell on 2011.09.15 - 7:55 pm

    yay for Favorite Places πŸ˜€

  149. #263 by Fallax on 2011.09.15 - 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the update πŸ™‚

  150. #264 by thereuser on 2011.09.15 - 7:53 pm

    Hey MW, your terrapin is twisted 90 degrees πŸ˜€

  151. #265 by 0sassydancer0 on 2011.09.15 - 7:52 pm

    This is huge news!! Thanks to all who made this all possible. Your hard work is so appreciated.

  152. #266 by INSPiRE on 2011.09.15 - 7:52 pm

    πŸ˜€ Wonderful News Sir.

  153. #267 by JonmiChel There on 2011.09.15 - 7:48 pm

    This is a great update ! Thanks you very much for keeping us informed ! Can’t imagine how excited a got when I read “After this we will open the world” :O!! We’re getting so cloosee !! ^^

    Again, Thanks you MW!

  154. #268 by freecreed on 2011.09.15 - 7:47 pm

    Turtle power to you … rock on

  155. #269 by shanghei on 2011.09.15 - 7:47 pm

    thanks for all the hard work !!! gets more and more exciting all the time… can’t wait to get home !!!! ‘wave

  156. #270 by dandaroo77 on 2011.09.15 - 7:47 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work from everyone, and thank you for the update ‘tu :).

  157. #271 by CC (@CarCus) on 2011.09.15 - 7:41 pm

    Thanks for the update MW. I await patiently for There to open (Now to sit and ponder – How long it will be before we can start submitting designs again?) Guess I better get crackin on something. Its been way way too long since I opened my 3DS.

    • #272 by Chagall on 2011.09.16 - 11:39 am

      If there was a button, I’d +1 this.

    • #273 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 9:50 pm

      If you notice this was a duplicate post; CarCus has already +1 it.

  158. #274 by Dustin4040 on 2011.09.15 - 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much!!! great update!!!

  159. #275 by seckoa92 on 2011.09.15 - 7:40 pm

    Nice update. I was yearning fo one

    • #276 by seckoa92 on 2011.09.15 - 7:42 pm

      It’s hard to leave comments via phone. Look at my grammar. I swear I typed ‘for’

  160. #277 by CC (@CarCus) on 2011.09.15 - 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the update MW. I await patiently for There to open (Now to sit and ponder – How long it will be before we can start submitting designs again?) Guess I better get crackin on something. Its been way way too long since I opened my 3DS.

    • #278 by mimi06 on 2011.09.16 - 10:11 am

      YES! please get busy! Anxious to see whats up your sleeve! πŸ™‚ Nice to see you carcus πŸ™‚

    • #279 by ant1977 on 2011.09.16 - 1:29 pm

      How about finishing that top secret building that you were working on when There closed, hahaha Can’t wait to see that in world finally!!! :o)

  161. #280 by Brett Peake on 2011.09.15 - 7:39 pm

    Thanks for the update and all the hard work you are all doing πŸ™‚

  162. #281 by adam247 on 2011.09.15 - 7:38 pm

    Cant wait. Getting closer πŸ™‚

  163. #282 by EternalQuasarβ„’ on 2011.09.15 - 7:38 pm

    Sweet … seriously glad all is coming along this well. Keep up the work ninja’s…

  164. #283 by Yozh SunFlowers on 2011.09.15 - 7:36 pm

    Thank you very much for this new update! ‘tu


  165. #284 by Makhennzi on 2011.09.15 - 7:34 pm

    Amazing! Great Progress. Wonderful work to be getting this far. Hope to see you all soon πŸ™‚

  166. #285 by Ethan on 2011.09.15 - 7:30 pm

    Great to hear Michael πŸ™‚ Thank you for keeping us updated, I have been checking your page basically every hour for the last few days looking for updates πŸ˜› Thanks for keeping us updated. πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see the world again πŸ˜€

    • #286 by Dustin4040 on 2011.09.15 - 8:01 pm

      hahaha ive been doin the same thing!!!

    • #287 by DavidWayne on 2011.09.16 - 7:55 am

      When will we be able to give things from one avie to another?

  167. #288 by stxdixiechick on 2011.09.15 - 7:30 pm

    awesome news. We all knew the quest kits were always a pain.. its a shame they still are, however. It would be nice to keep them in game and working properly! That’s awesome news to hear that the favorite places migration is working. That’s going to be a life saver for a lot of people as well. πŸ™‚ I’d personally love to see Therecare (help files) to come back online soon, as people are asking questions about There that I had to look up EVERY TIME *grins* but, I know that’s not a priority this early in the game. Keep up the great work. ❀ for the team and for the GP3D's.

    • #289 by SaltySilver on 2011.09.16 - 12:06 pm New! Edit this video
      Save your eyes, watch the news update

      • #290 by Andrew Harris on 2011.09.16 - 5:12 pm

        Yet another reason why There is (and should be) 18+. Salty has michael constantly pointing at his nuts. I think there might be a point of “awww nuts” LOL

      • #291 by jimony on 2011.09.16 - 9:46 pm

        Andrew, that was so nutty it should have its own allergy warning.

      • #292 by SaltySilver on 2011.09.19 - 11:20 am

        Oh my goodness! well Avie MW would not stand up for some reason. So he is really sitting in the air. I did a tighter shot on him so not to see that. eek.

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