September Numbers, Developer Update

September Numbers

Income (this period) from all AvMans
Subscriptions: $15,060
TB Sales: $21,996 (avg $22.69/purchase, $733.2/day)
Gross Income: $37,056

Developer Update (the exciting stuff)

As you all know, SamSyn’s been as busy as a bee updating the developer program, and you guys have been doing a GREAT job of participating by submitting items and reviewing them:


296 submissions (since we started counting new submissions)
3,144 reviews (ditto)

on 10/5 that was

Total Submissions: 178
Total Reviews: 1,766

So not only are developers submitting items (which implies, trying them out, etc), they’re also getting reviewed, which is awesome.

More to the point is the impact on T$ sales:
Recent TBUX Sales

10/1 $877
10/2 $1,170
10/3 $822
10/4 $1,237
10/5 $1,075 (so far)

avg for October as a whole

TB Sales: $5,407 (avg $23.92/purchase, $1081.4/day)

Which is a very nice bump. Another metric is that we’ve collected over $1M T$ in submission fees alone, which is all good for the economy.

Developer Next Steps

SamSyn is working on ironing out the last bugs, particularly with Auctions. We expect another round of fixes next week.

By way of explanation, the “problem” with Auctions and the new system is this:

As you recall, in the “old” system, Developer products were “static” in that every few days, we gathered up all the approved items, loaded them into databases, and pushed them out to the servers (that’s a rough description). And, since the product databases are identical across all servers, Auctions could just look anywhere for a product, and it would be there.

Now that products are, as they always should have been, “dynamic”, a given product is only stored on one server, and auctions needs to know to where to look for the product.

(Don’t worry about this being a performance or reliability issue – we cache products in the servers, and of course we takes LOTS of backups).

Bruce’s Secret Project

On of the advantages of moving to Amazon’s EC2 services is we get something called “snapshot backups”. Bruce has been working on implementing these, which will cut the nightly “maintenance time” from just over an hour to minutes each night.

Once implemented, this will mean improved availability for both East Coast, and overseas customers, particularly those in Australia.

Roadmap Reminder

Just to refresh everyone’s memory, here’s the Roadmap we’ve been following:

– Prove There can run “in the Cloud” – Done
– Resurrect There Cluster – Done
– Resurrect There IM – Done
– Open Cluster for Guinea Pigs – Done
– Reload all There Scenes – Done
– Create Avatar Possession “Reclaim” Tool(s) – Done
– Create Avatar “Claim My Alt” Tool(s) – Done
– Open for all legacy avatars – Done
– Create Subscription Program and Turn on – Done
– Great PAZ pick-up – Done
– Neighborhood Restoration – Done/Ongoing
– Resurrect ability to sell approved Developer Items – Done
– Re-Open for New Members (NO Free Trials) – Done
– Resurrect Developer Program to allow new submissions – Almost done – Testing!
– Implement Peer-Review system for Developer Submissions – Almost done – Testing!
– Implement a way for Developers (at least) to get real $ rewards for their T$ sales
– Implement some sort of Free Trial program for new members (if we can figure it out)
– Reconsider prior bans for some infractions
– OSX version

That’s all for the week!

  1. #1 by Riot_Girl_1 on 2012.10.08 - 11:21 pm

    Great post and all VERY exciting news!! Thank you 🙂

    Also, I’m quite glad to see it’s still decided that fig leaf will see no change. I like the There standards and I’d like to see the game stay classy. 🙂

  2. #2 by Douglas Mulls on 2012.10.08 - 2:21 pm

    Very thrilling news, Michael!

    On the topic of paintballing, I enjoy paintballing the most out of all the other sports There has to provide to its members. Back then, There was free and had a one-time subscription package. Presently, that has all been modified. With all the Therebucks purchases, Developer submission fees, product rentals, the restriction of third-party Therebucks transfers, and the monthly access fee of $9.95/month, can the T$200 paintball refills for Tommyguns be eliminated? I am a college student and would still like to enjoy There and what it has to offer, which is paintballing. I hope you take this into consideration. It’s is a new era for There, indeed! ‘yay

    Thank you for all you do.

    • #3 by Michael Wilson on 2012.10.08 - 2:32 pm

      Well, a few clarifications:

      1. The only thing which has been changed in the “Fee” structure is the addition of a $10/month subscription fee.
      2. Developer Submission fees are the same as they were before.
      3. Therebucks purchase fees are the same as they were before.
      4. I won’t comment on the Therebucks reseller issue again.

      But anyway, Paintgun refills are still free, anyway.

      So yes, your wish has been granted.

      • #4 by Douglas Mulls on 2012.10.09 - 12:48 pm

        Super! I’m definitely returning to There! Once a Therian, always a Therian!

        And please. Do not plan to close again. With new features and strategies, keep There open even longer than it did the first time.

        See you There!

  3. #5 by Okalnix on 2012.10.08 - 1:10 pm

    Good work guy’s
    small question if you have the time for it.
    Rathing on buggy woot be nice if we got that back.
    For some racer wanted to have competition to other racers.
    Woot be great if we get that back.

  4. #6 by Deb Sassybeme on 2012.10.08 - 12:33 pm

    Oh wow less maintenance time. Less break in play time. Who could argue with that? Way Cool!
    I’ve been a little curious again. Are we no long going to use fig leaf in stylemaker? I know it is 18+ now. Are we going to wait till someone passes that line of sexy to porn? Then just pull any overly offensive out of auctions. Will it be added later if needed? I just haven’t seen any answers as to which way this subject was going to be played.

    • #7 by Michael Wilson on 2012.10.08 - 12:58 pm

      Yes, we are still going to use it. I’m sure SamSyn is going to look into it!

  5. #8 by jimony on 2012.10.08 - 11:45 am

    By the way, I am taking my vacation during Thanksgiving and now, thanks to the pic, I am torn between spending it by going to the Grand Canyon or spending it in There. Maybe you could put a Grand Canyon in There so I can do both?

    I actually would like to see actual location replicas in There of some of the greatest natural landmarks like the GC and Niagra Falls for instance. Maybe that could be added after the other suggestion I made.

  6. #9 by jimony on 2012.10.08 - 11:38 am

    The numbers are sounding GREAT! I am sad to see the subscriptions down to around 15,000, but that will increase I am sure when the list is completed.

    I would suggest one more item to add to the list: add jimony as a full time ThereTester avatar so he can quit his job and play more.
    Just a suggestion of an idea that would be really cool to add in my opinion.

    • #10 by Michael Wilson on 2012.10.08 - 12:30 pm

      Wait, you want to be a There Test Avatar? I’m not sure you know what kind of existence that would be…

  7. #11 by Namron Therian on 2012.10.08 - 11:34 am

    Thanks for the update, especially the update to the overall roadmap. Is there a way to locate this in an easy-to-locate section (such as a separate tab) of the blog for easy reference? It would make answering questions in other places like Thumdar and Facebook MUCH easier.

    Thanks again,


  8. #12 by emimi on 2012.10.08 - 11:15 am

    when can we pay with CC without Paypal :/ ?

  9. #13 by EternalQuasarâ„¢ on 2012.10.08 - 11:00 am

    Good stuff Oz very exciting shit going on here!!!

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