DRAGONS.. a Month in Review

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BattleBeast Breedables has reached the end of its first month since the company launched its beast on March 9th.  The BattleBeast dragon emerged into Second Life with a majestic and awesome, powerful and loyal entrance.. it is not just a breedable, it is a battling, evolving creature of personality and mystical surprises.  During its short life the group has grown steadily, bringing a friendly and welcoming community of Dragon lovers to BattleBeast Breedables.  After a weekend of music, games and festivities, the launch party ended and BattleBeast was off and running.. or flying, as the case may be.

In evolving their three-fold concept of breedables mixed with battle mixed with roleplay, the announcement was delivered mid-March that dragon battling was on.  Soon after, dragon owners began to challenge one another to battles and to design tournaments that feature the dragons world of experience points, stamina, and health stats. At a Q&A session during the month, BattleBeast Resident displayed a piece of armor worn on the head of one of his dragons.  One could see that the battle concept of these dragons is just beginning and there are some fun aspects beginning to surface.  “We are providing the base, the beginning of battle,” said BattleBeast, “ and looking to our community to let us know what they need from us, to make the Battle Experience what they’d like it to be.”  “We are listening to them and love the input and direction they are providing.”

Around mid-March, dragoneers also began to discover the power of the crystals, FREE to anyone at the main store and also available in the dragon starter packs.  One of the most often asked questions, it seems that  there may be hidden secrets about the crystal still remaining, but we WERE given a peek into what they do.  What DO the crystals DO?  We’ll share with you the top ten most asked questions, including that one and the facts that we’ve discovered, later.

The fun continued when the best Dragon Pick Up Lines contest was opened for entries in mid-March.  That was followed with the Best Comeback to the Pick Up Lines contest and both drew some great responses.  All winners were awarded  wonderful trophies created by Keichimaru Murakami and Hikari Vixen.  Rumor is that future contests will involve a lottery crystal of some sort and will award random gifts to a dragoneer on occasion.  hmmm yet another awesome crystal power….

Speaking of rumors..  has anyone heard talk of BattleBeast dragon gold?  As all dragon-lovers know, dragons stockpile gold and those who dare try to steal from their lair face a grave battle, indeed.  This leads one to wonder.. about this rumor of gold.  Will the dragon bring gold to their master, as a gift?  will it be earned?  battled for? What power or favor would this gold bring its owner?  Dragoneers are still unveiling the power of the crystals, they don’t yet know all the truths hidden in them and now it sounds like another dragon reward is around the BattleBeast corner!

Moving on to the end of the month, The BattleBeast breeders were treated to a touch of spring when an LE Dragon was sold for a limited time.  This Limited Edition special dragon brought three spring coat colors along with a spring eye, all of them passable new variations of the coat and eye traits.  BattleBeast Breedables also participated in the grid-wide Spring Fever Breedables Hunt, when they provided a glimpse of the Spring LE Dragon in the form of a dragon statue.

The BattleBeast staff continues to stay busy in the dragon lab planning, improving and listening to suggestions brought to them from the imaginations of their awesome community.  “It is exciting to move to the next step”, says Marketing Director Andi Canare.  “The experience of our group members and dragoneers is one of the things that keeps us enthused to make our beasts better; to grow and evolve him into being even more.”  “We are planning the next reveal of dragon growth and development, added Wynter Sommer, “but of course, you’ll have to keep your eyes and ears open for what and when they will be released.  Suffice it to say, our BattleBeast Resident is showing no sign of slowing down, rather he’s fast forward, full speed ahead.”   What will the next 30 days bring?  Well, the community and the dragon will help determine that, but among fundraising for Relay For Life with their team, Dragons For a Cure, taking part in the upcoming Home & Garden Expo’s Breedable Fair and the grid-wide Nature’s Hunt (fantasy edition) they ARE definltely looking ahead and flying forward.  Stay tuned…

Top Ten  BattleBeast Questions

Question 1: What is that crystal for?!

Answer: This is probably one of our most common questions. So here is the answer. The Yellow crystal is currently the most common. It glows when a male is ready to mate, and it sends sparkles to a female as she gets pregnant. We also have additional crystal colors which will act as a type of “lottery” related to time. If a certain crystal is near a dragon in pregnancy recovery, sometimes – not all the time – it being there will speed up the recovery time. Or, if a different colored crystal is near a female getting pregnant, it being there will sometimes – not all the time – improve her chances of having a more rare trait.

Question 2: Does fighting (battling) unlock any traits?

Answer: No, if a trait does not already exist in a beast’s genetics, then it will not suddenly appear.
However, battling has other benefits for breeding. As you get higher in Level and XP from Battle it will change the affect the genetic mixing has when that dragon mates. So the more rare traits that might be carried in that dragon – Visible or Hidden – have a better chance of coming out.

Question 3: My computer and connection are slow. Does this mean I am at a disadvantage for battling?

Answer: No! Right now, our battling is turn-based, not real time. Therefore none of your genetics or your battling will be affected by the quality of your computer or your connection speed.

Question 4: Is there a dragon “haven” or a way to send off our “unwanteds”?

Answer: Yes, it’s called the “Beyond” and its already a button in your dragon’s menu. (More -> Beyond) However, it is not yet active. We are hoping to have that available sometime in April.

Question 5: How old do the Dragons have to be to mate, and how long can they breed?

Answer: They are old enough to breed at 7 days, and will continue to breed until they are 180 days.There is no limit to the number of eggs they may have in this time period. Pregnant females may battle; there is no restriction on battling.

Question 6: How long can the dragons battle:

Answer: They can begin to battle at 5 days of age and will continue until 250 days old, as long as they maintain vigour and euphoria greater than or equal to 50%. We may look into extending battle for Ancients in the future.

Question 7: How often do they mate?

Answer: It takes both male and female 3 days to gain desire. After mating, the male drops to 0 and begins to regain desire immediately. The males can mate about 2 times a week. The female is pregnant for 3 days, then will have a 3 day recovery period before beginning to regain desire.

Question 8: These things are awesome and I want in! Where do I find the BattleBeasts?

Answer: Come visit us at our mainstore located at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/
La%20Terrasa/238/130/22 or stop by our website, www.battlebeastbreedables.com

Question 9: Tell us about BattleBeasts Customer Support System?

Answer: A ticket can always be filed at our website at www.battlebeastbreedables.com/ticket and one of our support team will respond promptly and the issue will be handled as soon as possible.  You can also join our group, BattleBeast Breedables and chat with our awesome community.  We have a tremendously friendly and helpful community.

Question 10: Why are you called BattleBeasts and not BattleDragons?

Answer: Because there might be other beasts in the future! We want to take this wherever it might go.

it’s the Year of the Dragon..

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Celebrating 2012 as the Chinese Year of the Dragon, BattleBeast Breedables introduces a revolutionary concept in SL: combining a breedable animal with gaming. The BattleBeast Breedables Dragon is the first SL project to unify the fun of breedables, gaming, and role play (RP).  Our very exciting “Countdown to Launch” project started last week, with a Closed Beta. “This testing is an instrumental part of our program”, said BattleBeast Resident,  “I might add that Closed Beta has gone quite smoothly and the group of people who’ve been testing the dragon have been happy with the project and are very enjoyable to work with.”

What’s so revolutionary about a breeding dragon, one might ask?  Well, the BattleBeast Breedables dragons don’t JUST produce off-spring, eat, interact, and look amazing in accessories… (although they DO look amazing in accessories),  the Beasts battle!  Gamers will appreciate that XP, Levels are earned through battle. Stamina, strength and speed are a blend of Nature and Nuture: Breeding and Battle. As you breed your dragon traits to produce the best possible (“Nature”), the dragon also gains through battle (“Nurture”).  
Better Battles means Better Breeding, and Better Breeding means Better Battles.
The BattleBeast dragon is a game built around its own history and adventure.  Then add in the fact that they hunt, they patrol and you can ride them, and you’ve got Second Life revolutionary!

“We’re excited to unveil the world of the BattleBeast,” said Project Manager Wynter Sommer, “which yes, begins with the dragon, but the future holds so much more than the dragon for us.”  She refers to the ‘world’ of the BattleBeast because this Second Life ‘world’ can mean different things for different SL residents.  One group might choose to build an arena and host battles or participate in tournaments, hold auctions and rent habitats, while another might choose to focus on breeding and sell amazing dragons, while yet another may open a shop full of the fashions that a dragon trainer might wear.

“An exciting approach we’re bringing to SL breedables is our intent to encourage and support the secondary market,” added Wynter.  “We want to see accessories built for the beasts and sold by others.  We are talking with potential affiliates who not only choose to house our vendors but also add their own accessories, habitats… their ideas to what would be perfect for the dragon, and sell it right next to our vendors, in their own shops.”  Wynter summarized by saying, “Together, our team has probably owned every breedable in SL and we understand the importance of that market and how it keeps the game fun for everyone.  We want this experience to grow and to be rewarding for all of us.”

Collectively, the team brings years of creating, coding , marketing and customer service experience.  Its artist was employed with a major animations and 3D entertainment corporation that probably everyone would recognize, in RL.  The scriptor has vast experience in the world of Second Life scripting and real world programming, and many would instantly recognize the projects completed by him, as well.  

A group is forming in Second Life now in preparation to begin the final phase of testing before the big launch.  Open Beta is not expected to last too long before BattleBeast hosts its public release during a 2-day celebration where visitors will be able to enjoy the BattleBeast experience.  Battles will be staged, hunts will be available, live music and festivities will entertain those who come out to Welcome the Dragon to SL.  Search for the Battlebeast Breedables group inworld and join in!  For more information, visit our web site at www.battlebeastbreedables.com.

Better Battles means Better Breeding.
Better Breeding means Better Battles.

See you in the arena!

COUNTDOWN TO LAUNCH!

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The story of the BattleBeasts…

The mist of a primeval dawn parts…  As the sun burns red into the sky, a fierce, powerful creature is silhouetted against the dawn.  Nothing like this majestic beast has ever been seen.  Somehow knowing all eyes are upon him, he rears upon his back legs, swinging his fierce head to survey all that is before him.  Then without warning he roars and spews a stream of fire high into the sky.  The creatures of the land cower before his might.

Just when they felt it safe to look up, the earth and sky began to rumble and shake. When at last they dared to look they saw that the horizon was filled with these creatures … large and small … red, black, blue and green.  Their scales glowed in the light of the new day, eyes like molten crystal glittering in the light.  Some thundered across the ground and others soared high above, their wings so enormous they nearly blotted out the newly-risen sun. Sometimes from deep within the primordial forest the sounds of their battles could be heard as they fought one another for power, for position … and for mates.  When they mated the air was filled with the energy of creation and the species flourished, growing stronger and better with each generation and each battle … at least those who survived.  These were the first, the genetic patterns for all of their kind that were to follow.

Long after these beasts first appeared, two legged creatures began to crawl and then walk the land, bringing their own fire with them.  When they gained language they called themselves humans … and the magnificent beasts were named dragons. But even deep in the caves and swamps and forests they could not escape the relentless movement of the humans into their homes.  Over the eons their habitats shifted and shrank until there was no place in that world that could support them.

And so they found a new world, a new life — a second life.  And here they continue their age-old traditions of birth, development, mating, battle, and death. Their second life, their new adventure… has just begun. Come join us!
                   “Better breeding means better battle.”  
                   “Better battle means better breeding.”