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June 1st Edit

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A major update for all of our Beta testers: Edit

As you may have heard in the news, there was a large explosion caused by electrical equipment failure in the H1 data center in Houston that knocked down three walls at about 5:00 PM CDT. Fortunately, and most importantly, no one was injured. In addition, no data was lost and there appears to be no damage to the servers or networking equipment.

You remember when you first started playing that the servers went down? Well that was because of bandwidth, so we went to The Planet, which is recognized as one of the most RELIABLE providers in the world.

As luck would have it we are among an estimated 100,000 websites that are down around the world.

We have been assured that engineers are working around the clock to get the H1 data center back online, and we are told it will resume operation sometime tomorrow, Sunday, June 1st.

We are not going to waste this time though. This gives us the opportunity to complete enhancements we are working on, and add new lands. Our goal is that each day you log into the kingdom, it will be better than the last.

Keep an eye out and make sure you log on when the services are restored, because our world will be better than ever.

We have rerouted the DNS for the WWW server, so that we can share with you what is happening.

However, we do need the bandwidth from the H1 data center in Houston to support all of us in our virtual world.

We will keep you updated about the progress being made in restoring the Houston data center.

Your development team Virtual Family Kingdom

We will be posting updates below from The Planet on the progress being made in bringing the H1 data center back up.

Update 1: Edit

From Doug Erwin (The Planet): "This evening at 4:55pm CDT in our H1 data center, electrical gear shorted, creating an explosion and fire that knocked down three walls surrounding our electrical equipment room. Thankfully, no one was injured. In addition, no customer servers were damaged or lost."

"We have just been allowed into the building to physically inspect the damage. Early indications are that the short was in a high-volume wire conduit. We were not allowed to activate our backup generator plan based on instructions from the fire department."

"Our initial assessment, although early, points to being able to have some service restored by mid-afternoon on Sunday. Rest assured we are working around the clock."

"I am sorry that this accident has occurred and I apologize for the impact."

Update 2: Edit

Hello,

Our various departments continue to work very hard to restore service to our H1 data center. We expect to have ServerCommand access restored within the next several hours as well as access to single homed nameservers out of H1 redirected to another facility.

We will continue to provide status updates once an hour. We do not have an Estimated Time to Repair at present.

Todd Mitchell

Update 3: Edit

Morning, We are continuing to work through various issues this morning. We will have additional contractors on-site this morning starting at approx. 7 AM. Some will hand-off from contractors who worked overnight and others will start the recovery/installation of new electrical gear to power the data center. We are still working through the EV1 DNS and ServerCommand items. We are making progress on both items and expect to have both functional within the next 120 minutes. In addition to the above, the network engineering group worked overnight to prepare the network for the recovery of H1. We expect the reconvergence of the network to go smooth once H1 comes back online. We do not have an Estimated Time to Repair at present; we should have a better estimate this morning. Our staff and management continue to work through the night and morning-- we will continue to provide hourly updates. Todd

June 5th, 2008 Edit

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A note from the developers

VFK Gadget is a fine new application, also in Beta mode, which is created by Kurt Boyer (who many of you know as BlueHairedMonkey).

Kurt's new VFK Gadget is a simple and FREE program designed to help you view and play Virtual Family Kingdom.

If you would like to download and try VFK Gadget, you can find it at: http://www.vfkgadget.com/ Your development team Virtual Family Kingdom

June 8th, 2008 Edit

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Audubon Wildlife Adventure:

Highscore, Top Scores Today: Player, Score Audubon Wildlife Adventure:

Highscore, Top Scores Today:

Player Score

1. YoungLink 1184

2. Cindi-Lu 1000

3. Cindi-Lu 900

4. Ydoom 878

5. YoungLink 728

6. BraveTinuviel 668

7. fonna 630

8. Skyway 624

9. Iolanthe 580

10. Iolanthe 566

11. JungleDudette 514

12. YoungLink 478

13. YoungLink 450

14. JungleDudette 432

15. Freesia 410

16. JungleDudette 410

17. Skyway 406

18. Iolanthe 402

19. Cindi-Lu 378

20. YoungLink 374

21. Skyway 352

22. Iolanthe 340

23. JungleDudette 340

24. JungleDudette 316

25. consider 292

26. Guest10417 286

27. Swimmy 278

28. Cindi-Lu 274

29. BraveTinuviel 270

30. Be-Happy 266

31. princessakoolkat 254

32. YoungLink 242

33. MaidenAmerica 236

Credits

This exciting game has over 50 levels and 500 paintings by Audubon. Each level is a bit harder and the credits keep increasing. It takes about an hour and a half to go through all the levels and you can get over 25,000 credits.

Every time you login you receive a different set of birds to start the game, but the birds stay the same during your login to make it easier to learn them and earn credits.

How to Play

Watch for birds as they swoop into the scene and click on them to identify what species of birds they are. You can find and identify up to 500 birds in 50 levels with 10 birds being added each level of play. Be careful though, misidentify more than 3 birds or run out of fuel and the game is over!

Fuel

You need fuel to power your vehicle. Going faster or idling your vehicle uses more fuel than cruising and should be used sparingly. The amount of fuel you have is displayed in the upper right corner of your screen. To collect more fuel, run over the red canisters that appear in the road.

Obstacles

The road can be rough in the untamed wilderness. And you will encounter many hazards that can damage your vehicle like rocks and tree trucks which cause you to lose fuel and should be avoided.

June 13th, 2008 Edit

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A note from the developers:

Our hats are off to those amazing players on the Audubon Wildlife Adventure game high score leader board. You certainly know your birds, Audubon would be proud!

None of us ever got to level 60 in the game, and so it was great when our beta testers discovered the bug which let the game continue past level 60.

We hope that our new richest members of the community will also be our newest philanthropists :-)

Your development team, Virtual Family Kingdom

June 14th, 2008 Edit

SURFS UP SUMMER FUN QUEST Saturday, June 14th, 2008


Our first quest! Cowabunga! This month is the beginning of summer, and what better way to welcome in the warm weather than with a few days at the beach surfing! To hit the surf, you need some basic equipment like maybe a... surfboard. To get your great new VFK designer surf board, you have to go on a quest to find it. I'd like to say that it will be totally easy, but what is the point of a quest if you don't have a bit of a challenge? Your brand new surfboard is just waiting for you to "hang ten" at the end of your journey around the kingdom. Go on the Surfs Up Summer Fun Quest and complete all the tasks as they come up. You will then be all set to hit the beach. I haven't found the beach yet, but I for one like to be prepared, and you just never know what's going to happen around here.

June 15th, 2008 Edit

VFK Happy Father's Day Quest June 16th, 2008 - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Pacific Time

If you're like us you probably had a busy Father's Day yesterday. To extend the celebration of Father's Day we have a special easy quest!

Grab your dad and have a great time playing. Because what better way is there to continue a great "Dad day" and to tell your dad you think he's groovy than with a life-size Lavalight complete with blue lava and 500 credits to buy Dad something he (or maybe you) will love! :)

So rock on Dad's, you're the greatest!

June 21st, 2008 Edit

Largest Palm Tree In VFK! June 21st, 2008


WendyB Largest Palm Tree

The first day of summer and the first day of our room list we found lots of great rooms and we discovered the largest palm tree in VFK to cool off under!

Our thanks to PrincessWendybird for the shade and this fabulous tree!

June 26th, 2008 Edit

A Note from the Developers
Release Chart

June 26th, 2008


Many in our community, especially educators, have requested that we make July 4th Day One. These requests are primarily based on conflicts with work and summer school schedules. With your help, we’ve stayed right on schedule, however, we also think July 4th is an excellent choice as it so eloquently represents freedom and a new beginning.

This also works well with the release of our July 4th Independence Day fireworks game!

Another reason we like July 4th is that it makes it easy for everyone to remember when beta ended and Day One occurred.

Our original choice of June 26th to end beta was chosen purely based on the development timeline we put together, so there is no technical reason why July 4th would not be an excellent date to end beta.

We truly appreciate all of our community and beta testers and also everyone who was there for the early alpha tests.

As beta ends, July 4th will be day one of the release candidate phase of our new world. For all of our community who are new to software development, the RC phase of a project is primarily focused on refining interface, introducing assets based on the existing structure and feature sets defined during beta. With the framework of our new world so well defined, and because of the excellent assistance of our beta testers, we look forward to the final cycle of development and the launch of RC1!

Your Development Team Virtual Family Kingdom

P.S. – We have also had a number of questions concerning the transition from beta to release regarding existing items such as furniture, credits, etc. We want everyone to know that they need not be concerned about any of their items being misplaced or lost between the transition from beta to release.

P.P.S. – If you have ever found yourself being unexpectedly transported to a friend’s room, you might want to know why this happens. The reason for this is that when you click on "go to a friend," and it is not possible to transport you to the friend then just like an old time telephone operator, the next time your friend is available, even if that means they log in hours later, the system completes the connection and takes you to your friend.

June 26th, 2008 Edit

VFK FAD-ulous Summer Quest Sunday, June 29th 7:00 A.M. Pacific time to Monday June 30th 10:00 P.M. Pacific time

What's better then a summer full of fun and fads! This Sunday and Monday join us as we search for some of the funniest, funkiest, and way out fads through history. So grab your Tamagotchi, dust off your hula-hoop, and get ready for the new craze in quests! It's going to be a blast from the past, not just a passing fad, so get ready to Woot for the Zoot! You won't want to miss the awesome prizes, because they might just teleport you where you want to go.

June 29th, 2008 Edit

Featured Rooms June 29th, 2008

Our featured rooms this week in the order we discovered them are:

VFK largest ice create picture1




Glitter scooped up a huge cookies-and-cream ice cream on a cone to help keep everyone chilled out.

VFK largest ice cream jade flavor chocolate




Jade’s cool confection, an enormous chocolate ice cream cone with a strawberry on top made our summer evening cool and tasty.

Bluehairedmonkeys room





BlueHairedMonkey created our first aquatic attraction, a stellar fish aquarium which created quite a few currents.

Vfk room picture Giant Pineapple by cutegalloweengirl




CuteHalloweenGirl did a fresh and fun pineapple which Surf said made us all think about riding the waves in Hawaii.

June 29th, 2008 Edit

VFK FAD-ulous Summer Quest Sunday, June 29th 7:00 A.M. Pacific time to Monday June 30th 10:00 P.M. Pacific time

EmeraldWizardFire

Our quest today is all about exciting moments in history. One of our most exciting moments was the introduction of Merlin’s Shoppe and enchantments last night during our Merlin’s Medieval Madness Grand Opening. We introduced two great enchantments, Static and Sparkle.

RubyWizardFire

To celebrate this moment and to say “thank you” to all our beta testers, our quest prizes today include 10,000 credits to help everyone get the enchantment of their choice. In addition, we saved what may be our most amazing enchantment yet, Wizard Fire, as a prize in today’s quest. Of course you will also get to choose whether you want Ruby Wizard Fire or Emerald Wizard Fire as your prize.

Have a FAD-ulous time learning about the history of fads and enjoy this enchanted quest!

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