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I just wanted to put the word out that Garden of Shadows is running another Secret Santa for TS3 this year! (Also for TS2, but I'll be playing in the TS3 sandbox.)

You don't have to be anything like a master creator in order to join; all skill levels of creation are welcome and we'd love to have you sign up. It's a lot of fun, and a lot of great stuff comes out of it.
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I forgot to mention...

In case anyone's interested, [personal profile] gelydh and I were interviewed in this month's SF Magazine. :D
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I'm working on a necklace mesh, and I'm curious about which EPs people have so I can figure out the best way to go about it since all three expansion packs have a necklace category.

If you could take a moment to fill out this poll, it'd be greatly appreciated. If you can't vote, please feel free to leave a comment letting me know which (if any) EPs you have. (Anonymous comments are now turned on.)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 73

Which EP(s) Do You Have?

View Answers

World Adventures
56 (76.7%)

58 (79.5%)

Late Night (plan on getting)
61 (83.6%)

8 (11.0%)

Thanks muchly!

Also, I've got quite a few DW invite codes sitting around if anyone wants one. Just leave a comment and I'll hook you up.


Oct. 5th, 2010 02:10 pm
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[personal profile] aikea_guinea
Just a quick reminder that if you want to convert our TS2 items to TS3, please check with us before doing so.

This is especially important right now as we have quite a few things we're working on, and we'd hate to have someone waste time and effort on something we're already doing. Please note that we're not adverse to other people converting our items (we're nothing if not lazy), but there are some things we'd like to do, and in fact have probably started.

Our contact information can be found here. It's completely pointless to try contacting us via email, because neither one of us ever remembers to actually check it. If, for whatever reason, you can't contact us through DW, you can get a hold of us over on GoS.
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Apparently in the next EP (which looks fanfuckingtastic), we'll have the ability to move objects up and down on the wall (among many other things). I just want to let everyone know that I'm going to be updating my wall writing mesh so it will be compatible with this.

Until I get the mesh updated, I suggest you don't clone it to make recolors of, as your clone won't be able to move up and down on the wall when the EP comes out. (And why I didn't think to make it like that in the first place to avoid the same thing I had happening in TS2 is beyond me.) Of course, I won't be able to tell if my changes will have any affect until the EP actually comes out, but it'll be a start at least.

This will only affect the half-sized mesh, as the full-size one more likely than not won't be able to be shifted up and down anyway.

It shouldn't take me very long to fix this, so... something.

Edit: This is the part where I realize I never actually made a half-height version of this mesh for TS3. So... go ahead and keep recoloring the full height version, because it won't shift anyway. I'll be making a half-height version soon, and we can all go on pretending I have any idea what I'm doing.


May. 5th, 2010 10:03 pm
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[personal profile] aikea_guinea
GoS is back online.

Just thought I'd mention it.
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Last night, [personal profile] gelydh was telling me about something odd she noticed with some t-shirts she'd downloaded from another creator. They were really cute, and she was really looking forward to using them, only... they didn't show up quite how she was expecting.

She uses my default replacement shirts, which have a slightly better shaped mesh and different textures, along with a change bumpmap to allow for more variation in styles. The shirts she downloaded were showing up with what appeared to be the original EAxis mesh and textures, which was momentarily confusing. The creator had used the TSR Workshop to create these shirts, so I decided to do a bit of poking around in the file to see what I could find out.

Turns out TSRW likes to include a whole buttload of uneccessary bits and pieces in the files, bloating them, and subsequently bloating your downloads folder.

I decided to put together a comparison package using TSRW just to illustrate the difference, and this is what I found. )

I'm sure the TSRW is great for some things -- people seem to be able to make nice enough objects with it, I suppose -- but I'm not sure it's such a good idea to make simple clothing recolors with it. How many multitudes of the same mesh do you want to have floating around your downloads folder? The CTU isn't perfect, but for something simple like a graphic shirt I believe it's the better program of the two to use.

While I'm biased against TSR for unrelated reasons, my purpose for posting this information is simply to keep you, the downloader and creator, informed.


Apr. 1st, 2010 03:38 pm
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[personal profile] aikea_guinea
Holy shit! We've reached our goal for our donation drive!

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated; I cannot express how grateful I am for everyone's generosity. It means so much to both of us. ♥
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[personal profile] aikea_guinea
*deep breath*

Ok. We hate to do this, but it's that time of year again. Our webhost will soon be asking us for a large sum of money, and we'd really appreciate it if anyone who can spare anything would chip in a bit to help us out.

As we said last year around this time, we had no trouble paying for our hosting out of our own pockets back when we first opened the site, but unfortunately (?) we got too popular or something. We go through a lot of bandwidth each month which is why it isn't cheap anymore.

Every little bit helps! Thanks in advance! And please don't feel bad if you can't donate. Also, we're not holding any downloads hostage or anything, either. I'll let everyone know how much we've recieved, and once we've hit our goal just to keep this as transparent as possible.

Goal: $250
Total to Date: $250
To Goal: $0
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Eeewww... this post is all sticky.

Want to link to us? [personal profile] gelydh made us a new itty bitty linky banner dealie:

Please reupload to your own host, and point your links to :D

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