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As most of you know, the 2015 TWG (There Winter Games) is on, and one of the most anticipated events is Francis7’s “Death Race 3000”. So, without further ado….
Another amazing promo for another amazing event!!
Even though were able to sell only two of the first ten reduced-price Funzones, we’ve gone ahead and reduced the price on over 100 more Zones, effectively immediately.
If you already hold the deed for a zone, the new pricing applies to you, too. We’re sorry, but no, it’s not retroactive.
We’ll be putting the deeds for the un-rented zones up for auction, a few at a time, over the next few weeks. Since some zones will be in high demand, we think this is the best way to decide “who gets it”.
Sooo, keep your eyes open for the Zone you’ve always wanted! With these new prices, you can’t afford to wait, because we’re sure someone else has their eyes on it too!
As an experiment, we’ve repriced some FunZones!
- Mogul Mounds, was 80K, changed to 40K
- Ash Field was 70K, repriced to 35K
- Banded Rock was 70K, repriced to 35K
- Blue Vista was 70K, repriced to 35K
- Boulder Terrace was 70K, repriced to 35K
- Burning Rock was 45K, reduced to 22K
- Camp Stage was 65K, repriced to 32K
- Chasm Stage was 65K, repriced to 32K RENTED!
- Cluckie’s Hideaway was 45K, repriced to 22K
- Dry Wind was 80K, reduced to 40K RENTED!
- Dust Devil was 80K, reduced to 40K RENTED!
- Passae Beach was 33K, now 22K RENTED!
As you can see, two are already gone! Get ’em while they’re…er, hot!
Two more rented! Only eight left!
Through the magic of Stripe, you can now pay for Therebucks or There subscriptions even if you don’t have a PayPal Account.
This also means that many of you who couldn’t pay due to your locale (Egypt, for example) may now be able to pay.
There’s one little hitch – if you’re still running Internet Explorer 7, you won’t see the Stripe options. This is because Stripe uses relatively modern browser features which Internet Explorer 7 lacks (by “modern” I mean “modern like running water in your home” modern – IE 7’s not exactly the latest and greatest itself).
One other hitch – if you want to purchase a developer item using the “Real Money” option you still need to use PayPal. This is because only PayPal offers the cool digital / micropayment options which make small purchases even worthwhile.
We hope you like this new payment option, and, if you know anyone who hasn’t joined There because they needed another option, please let them know!
Recently, we’ve had a spat of “Griefing”, “near-Griefing”, and other annoying events. As annoying as they are to you, they’re a real problem for There because we (SamSyn, Bruce, and I) end up spending time on them.
There are lots of tools in world you can use to avoid Griefers, people you don’t like much, or just people in general:
- You can ignore them, which not only makes it impossible for them to talk to you, it also hides their name (they become “Ignored”), and their clothing.
- You can teleport away from them. Given that you have an entire Virtual World at your disposal, this is always a good option.
- You can buy or rent a neighborhood or neighborhood lot, and exercise as little or as much privacy as you feel like today.
- If someone is shooting you with a paint gun, you can use your Force Field to protect yourself.
- You can turn on “Buddies Only Voice” to ensure you only hear the voices you want (including the ones in your head) (If they’re on your buddy list, that is).
By far, however, the best tools you have are your own maturity. Whatever tools we come up with, Griefers, who apparently have nothing better to do with their time, will come up with a way to get around them.
But what griefer’s can’t do is make you react.
We know that when a Griefer (who has problem run of of flies to pull the wings off of) makes an Avatar with a name that disturbs you, it’s bothersome. Even if you can’t see it (since you cleverly ignored them), it bothers you that others can.
Well, first, remember that just about everyone else will recognize the name as having being created by a Cretin (that’s a fancy word for Griefer). It’s not like someone going to see an avatar name “MichaelWilsonKillsKittens”, and immediately call the SPCA. Seriously. Think about it.
Second, if you do react, all you’ve done is stimulated what is probably a pre-teen who’s been grounded for not cleaning their room into griefing you some more. Like a tick on the butt of a diseased rat chewing on the carcass of a hyena, as long as it gets blood, the griefer will keep sucking. As soon as you cut off it’s food, it dies.
So, don’t react. Of course, you can ask us to ban them, and we’ll be happy to do that, but all that does it get them all excited.
You can also have fun with them. If they make a shirt, say “MichaelWilson’s Drunk”, I’d make one that said “But a least tomorrow I’ll be sober, and you’ll still be a fool“.
We’re all adults here. Most Griefers, aren’t, at least mentally. If you act like an adult, then they’ll get bored, and go back to puzzling out how to tie their shoes.
We’ve had lots of suggestions, which were rejected for handling griefers. Here are a few:
- SamSyn, Bruce, and I will take 8 hour shifts, 7 days a week, to stay in world and instantly pounce on any Griefers who appear. If we did this, we wouldn’t get anything else done.
- Get rid of free trials. This is probably not a good solution.
- “Free Trial” accounts will be restricted to standing silently in Zona until they become premium members. While this would cut down on griefing, and give us another nice statue gardern, it wouldn’t entice new members to join up.
I know this isn’t a pleasant subject, but I think it’s worth bringing up from time to time. With all the bad things going on in the world right now, it seems like people could focus on being nicer to each other, instead of finding new ways to torment ourselves.
As you know, unlike the “old” There, we no long process credit cards ourselves, but instead use PayPal as our payment processor. We do this because by accepting, or “vaulting”, credit cards, we need to be what’s known as “PCI Compliant“.
Not only did this take considerable manpower, it was also expensive, as we had to pay external organizations to “verify” that we were PCI compliant.
Given all the expense and hassle, it made much more sense for us to use a payment processor like PayPal to handle credit cards for us. Among other things, PayPal (at the time) was one of the few processors who handled subscriptions, and is the only processor which handles micropayments.
Though most people can handle PayPal just fine (after all, they do serve millions of customers quite successfully), some people either can’t use PayPal, or, for their own reasons, don’t want to.
Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ll soon be adding Stripe as a payment option for subscriptions and Therebucks purchases.
(We won’t be supporting Stripe for “Real Money Purchases” of developer items. The reason for this is that Stripe doesn’t support “micropayments” – charging a much smaller fee for small purchases than they normally would. We could use Stripe for this, but their fees (which are typical for the industry) would eat up almost all of the purchase price).
We hope you’re as excited about this as we are, and will be letting you know as we get closer to release.
Every once in a while, we get an email which is so…special that we just have to share.
Without further ado, here it is:
I think it speaks for itself.
There: The only place where even the Weekends have Trailers:
And, not only THAT, there’s a ”contest” for the best Trailer. So, not only is it Free, you can ”’Win Prizes”’! Learn more here!
Camping Around The World
Who needs the Game of Thrones, when you have There.com? Thrones, Schromes, we’ve got something event better!
I’m happy to help spread the word about a truly unique event in World this Month: Camping around the World. And, to help promote it, I found this amazing video!
And, just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, we’ll be holding our next Free There Weekend (FTW), starting Friday, April 11th at 6 PM PST (9PM EST) and ending Sunday, April 13th at 11:59PM, PST. So tell your friends, tell your Facebook, tell your Twitter!
(We’ll be running some Google advertising to this affect over the next week or so, and, of course, posting on our Facebook Page).