Wednesday 26 February 2014

Kings of Spun the 19th!

Spun Salutations to you, on this bright and sunny spun day and Spun Congratulations to our latest Spun Majesties, neither of whom are strangers to the honour - sam_reynolds01 King of the EU and StealingHearts, once more Spun Majesty of North America! All Hail!

Before Uncle Spun regales you with the details of yesterday's spun contest he would like to say a few words on the subject of... well, competing. One has noticed that occasionally when one of our celebrated erstwhile Majesties enters the coronation contest, and indeed especially when by their own hard efforts they win it again - they become the target of some unspun abuse. Uncle Spun can totally understand that perhaps the high spirits of the contest can lead a spunling to get carried away, but please if you consider yourself to be a loser, do try to be a good one! No one is cheating here, and should you suffer from an Unspun Crash whilst engaged in the contest then direct your spleen at Uncle Spun, for he must carry the can for unspun bugs. Sam scored 35k points last night - he had a scheme for doing this, but that is one which is open to any who might discover the most efficient ways of harvesting the Spun... One is sure there must be some clues around here somewhere.

And so to the contests. As with most weeks EU Spunland was quiet in comparison to NA, but that did not prevent a proper spun contest for the Crown. Over the course of 4 Spun Storms and 3 Spun harvests the crown changed heads many times. Last week's EU Majesty BlueCirrus made a valiant effort to retain the title, and Atazagorafobia (spuntastic name!) and JohnPlayer67 made great efforts to take it, but were pipped to the proverbial post by sam_reynolds01 with his mighty 35k points! Which also, given that he was 18th Spun Majesty of NA, meant that for a whole 4 hours he was King on both sides of the Great Atlantic! Truly, all hail!

North America was a different spun affair, all busy and bustling, but the contest was more constrained as our lady of the Spun StealingHearts consistently saw off all contenders, indeed without a doubt our new NA majesty must now hold the record for the longest time any spunling has managed to hold the crown throughout a contest. Uncle Spun was most dizzy from concentrating so much on following her! This is not to say that there were no contenders, far from it, ReccaWolf and smokingpistol turned in fine performances, but alas could not match the 20k Spun of StealingHearts. Congrats again Spun Majesty!

Next week, Tuesday (4th March): 8 - 8.30pm GMT in the EU and 4 - 4.30pm PST / 7 -7.30pm EST in NA - Uncle Spun hopes to see you there for the 20th Coronation Contest! Until then, stay Spun!

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Second Kings of Spun 2014

Hail Spunlings, Uncle Spun here to congratulate our 2 new Kings of Spun; BlueCirrus King of the EU and oft seen but never unspun, sam_reynoldsUS King of NA!

The EU coronation was a tad on the quiet side, quite possibly as Uncle Spun was so besides himself with odd humours that he started the Coronation a full 30 minutes early! For this please accept his humble apologies. Yes, it was a fairly quiet coronation, dominated throughout by BlueCirrus. There was an early appearance by the then current EU majesty monopolheat, and JamieBoyUK even managed a brief sojourn with the Spun Crown just after the 3rd Spun Storm of the Coronation, before losing it conclusively to BlueCirrus. Congratulations again majesty!

North America on the other hand was busy, second only to our special birthday celebration. Stealing Hearts, Spun Majesty of last week stood graciously by overseeing the frantic proceedings and what proceedings they were! Although many spunlings managed to take the crown for a spell the real competition was clearly between sam_reynoldsUS, ReccaWolf and the spuntastically attired smokingpistol! Yes these 3 fought it out amongst themselves with sam reigning supreme in the end, again. On must remark that sam_reynoldsUS and smokingpistol now tie for the most number of times any Spunling has been King of NA !(3 times each - although sam_reynolds01 has been twice EU majesty).

Special mention must be made to all of those who stayed to chat, congratulate the new King of Spun and pose for more spunderful photos, Uncle Spun will have to find suitable place for posting the best of these! (you can see all kings of Spun Past here). Yes, spun thanks to Akina8373, lilmonstersmiler, Stealing Hearts, phatso64 and the rest! Hope to see you all next week, when Uncle Spun will get the time right - that's a Spun Promise!

Next Coronation: Tuesday 25th February, EU: 8 - 8.30pm GMT, NA 4 - 4.30 PST, 7 - 7.30 EST.

Friday 14 February 2014

First 21014 Kings of Spun and Update

Spun salutations & Happy Valentines all! Last night saw the return of the King of Spun contests after a lengthy absence whilst the Spun engineers worked furiously away on the mechanics of Spun. It is with spuntastic pleasure that Uncle Spun announces our first Kings of Spun of 21014, and on Spunland's first birthday too! Yes, Spun congratulations to monopolheat our new EU King and to StealingHearts our first NA majesty of 2014!

It was a busy bustling Spunland on both sides of the Great Atlantic, indeed Spunland NA was the busiest Uncle Spun has ever seen, in no small part due to phatso64 and the Homeling Collective - big spun thanks to them! In the EU the chief contenders to the Spun Crown were Recca_Gundam and our new King monopolheat, with a few brief forays from piratedragon. Mention must be made of RAPIDMOBIL, who believes he was unfairly cheated of the crown, not by foul play one must hasten to add, but perhaps due to an unspun bug... Uncle Spun had an almighty crash as soon as he granted monopolheat the Spun Crown, leading him to believe that there may have been a problem caused by network lag. This is not to say that there may be a few new unspun bugs loose in Spunland - but more of that in a moment.

Yes, North America was frantically lively, to list all of the contenders would require a very big page. ReccaWolf and tiekiller most likely had the crown for the greatest length of time (after our new reigning King that is), although honourable mention must be made of the prolific Sam Reynolds who competed in both Coronations, and our erstwhile King Akina who graced us with his Crown wearing presence. In the end there was no disputing that Stealing Hearts of the Homeling Collective won! All hail these our First Kings of 2014 and all who took part! Callooh! Callay!

Before signing off with next week's coronation dates, Uncle Spun must note that we have noticed a few bugs in the latest update, the most obvious being that the spun plants do not always seem to die during a storm. This is a particular shame as it means amongst other things that there will not be as many rabbits to catch as there otherwise might be. It also means that all things spunwise might get a little bit out of sync, eventually causing an unspun crash. If you spot any particular bugs, have a crash or are bursting with feedback then please let us know, leaving comments here, on the facebook or twitter and we will always do our best to respond (note the bonus for wearing spun suits was suggested by Tarazuma of NA - although that was via a forum post). The Spun Engineers will shortly be attending to the latest bugs and tweaking further the mechanics of Spun, we will let you know when such improvements are imminent. In the meantime..

From next week the Coronations will return to the usual Tuesday (18th February) slot: EU 8 - 8.30pm GMT and NA 4 - 4.30pm PST / 7 - 7.30pm EST. Until then keep it Spun!

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Spunland Birthday Update & New Kings of Spun...

Spunland Birthday Update

And so to the ins and outs of the latest improvements to the great Spunland Pipeline. The Spun Engineers have been hard at work for more than a mortal month on tweaks and tucks to bring you the latest in fresh Spun. 

First up there are 4 new rewards but the length of time that all of this work has taken resulted in no small amount of Spun Point inflation, and even though the cost of all of these new items may seem somewhat expensive compared to those that originally made their d├ębut in the Bank of Spun, we are aware that there are many of you with so many Spun Points already that you may be able to purchase them all immediately. It is just not possible to keep up with the prodigious generation of Spun! The rewards are 3 new Character Cubes (furniture item) and a Flying Rabbit Spunner Companion.

We will not list all of the Spun changes here, for that would spoil the surprise and with all things Spunwise we would rather that you experienced them for yourself, but to give some idea, and a reminder of things that you may have forgotten:

  1. Uncle Spun’s effusive greetings have been shortened, and once he has performed his welcoming duties he will repair to his post by the Spunland Shop where you may peruse his help on various Spun matters. Don’t be shy!
  2. From henceforth if you wear any Spunland Full Body Suit Commerce item (i.e. this is not true of the Spun Tree suit or the Spun on a Stick reward costumes) you can plant up to 3 seeds on any Spun Patch, and should you be hit by the perfidious Spun Hopper you will lose only 20% of your hard earned Spun Points rather than half. How kind are we?
  3. Spunner Rabbits will spawn continually throughout a Spun Storm from any Spun Plant that died. When one is caught another will come bouncing from the same rabbit hole. Rabbits will also no longer flee back to their holes at the end of a storm, but rather continue their frantic perambulations until caught, this coupled with the continual storm spawning should make things more lively and present the opportunity for the harvesting of more Spun Points than ever! The Rabbit HUD display now shows simply the number of rabbits which are active rather than the numbers you have caught resulting in a more useful and less confusing display.
  4. Most phenomena which produces spun will now fill the Spun Bar – that’s the display item on the top right which previously one would only have seen during harvest when collecting fruit. As you are hopefully aware the bar fills partially upon the picking of fruit and drains slowly, whenever one fills the bar a seed is got. This Spun functionality now extends to almost all Spun phenomena so that you may earn seeds from well, most things!
  5. The King of Spun will now receive Spun Points for dismissing the Spun Hopper. This the regal one does by simply running into the Spun Hopper. It should also now be easier for the King to catch rabbits – as always when a rabbit gets too close it will be sucked up into the Spun Crown, but the catching code is a little more forgiving than it once was.
  6. The Score Multiplier received for visiting the Spunland Shop will now last for 4 minutes rather than the previous stingy 2.
  7. Underspun has changed substantially and all that we will say here is; if Spunland is particularly busy it is probably best to visit underspun when it is NOT stormy. Consider yourself warned.
  8. Quitting. It has come to our attention that homelings perhaps do not realise that they can ‘exit’ Spunland (as in the game they are attached to when they arrive), but remain within Spunland. The only things that you cannot do whilst NOT being part of the game are; create clouds, plant seeds, visit the shop or take the Spun Crown. This was always the case so that you might catch rabbits and collect fruit whilst buzzing about on your favourite LMO (which as we are sure the experienced homelings among you will know is not possible if you are attached to a minigame).
  9. Spun’oween. All of the new changes (and all future ones to come) will work in Spuno’ween – that special version of Spunland that you can visit only via the Spunland Portal Reward item, or from the Relocator in the Spunland Cottage. Note when you enter Spun’oween, although it looks and sounds completely different you are still sharing the same Spunland space with everyone else. Oh, the one functionally different aspect of Spun’ween is the Spunland Shop which features different Spun Items to try and still includes the spunderful Broom Broom Reward item LMO for any who have yet to get it!
  10. Spunners. We are pleased to announce that the Flusho is back in Spunland roaming freely – but only during the day. At other times he will be replaced by another Spunner with differing habits, but we’ll leave you to see the details for yourself.
The Kings of Spun

From the 13th of February the weekly Spunland Coronation contest will finally be exactly that; a contest. Gone will be the days of competing against the unspun bugs to see who can grind spun for the longest without having an unspun crash! No longer will Spunlings be able to harvest Spun for up to five hours, denying any who arrive near the coronation time a chance to win the Spun Crown! Yes, the new contest will last a mere 30 minutes.

Uncle Spun will leave his post at the Spunland Shop and announce the start of the contest as always. All who are present, and those who arrive later will be asked if they wish to compete, doing so will bank any Spun Points you have, resetting your current score to zero (don’t worry it is saved for you – the points are not lost). Only those who are taking part in the contest will be able to take the Spun Crown whilst the contest is active. You will only be able to claim the Spun Crown from its current owner if you have more Spun Points than they.

Uncle Spun will coronate whoever has the Spun Crown at the allotted end time, gifting them the new Spun Crown LMO. Our new, freshly coronated Sovereign will then have the opportunity to have their photo taken that they might appear in the Royal Register on the Spunland website, and Uncle Spun’s musings on the particulars of the event will be published here the following day. The new reward is a purple Spun Crown LMO, which unlike the previous white incarnation will boost the wearer’s movement speed.

We are aware that some dodgy bit-fiddlers (that’s spunnerese for ‘hacker’) have a cunning way of obtaining Rewards that should otherwise be earned, but mark; they will never appear in the register of true Kings of Spun, regardless of what treasures they have garnered by theft!

EU Coronation Contest: 8-8.30 pm GMT, NA Coronation Contest: 4 - 4.30pm PST / 7 - 7.30pm EST. Thursday 13th February.

Hope to see you in Spunland! Have a Spun day!