Wednesday 30 April 2014

27th Kings of Spun and madmunki mayhem

Spun salutations dear reader, and a thousand common apologies. Yes, the 27th Coronations sent even more unspun grief than usual to test our mettle, but despite the chaos higharkey1 (EU) and StealingHearts (NA) were crowned our 27th Majesties of Spun, all hail!

For some reason known only to themselves the madmunkis decided to do things a little differently last night. i-munki and madmunkid arrived in Spunland EU and tossed a coin to decide who would become Uncle Spun for the duration of the coronation. madmunkid won, and so i-munki decided to join the game whilst madmunmkid performed Uncle Spun’s regal duties. The Spun Crown however was never meant to be contested by the madmunkis and it let all know this in no uncertain fashion by causing an almighty unspun crash. Alas. As fast as possible the Coronation was recommenced, and although the remainder went smoothly enough, Uncle Spun must beg your forgiveness for the catastrophic interruption. Although higharkey1 took the title in the end, dangerwomen, Lady-d-Lincourt, sam_reynolds01 and richrich1991 all had their brief moment of regal magnificence.

Were that the end of madmunkis problems this would have been bad enough, but when it came to NA there was no opportunity for coin tossing or role consideration, for only one madmunki made it across the Great Atlantic, indeed the other by extreme unspun occurrence could not get to any Spunland. And the unspun events did not stop there... StealingHearts dominated the contest, challenged only briefly by SsstartssS, lilmonstersmiler and U_Wnt_this. Then at 2 minutes to the coronation time a uniquely unspun phenomena struck; Uncle Spun was suddenly ejected from Spunland (as though by an instant influx of new arrivals) and when he attempted to return found himself in a different instance! The day was saved by lilmonstersmiler, our Majesty of the Unspun Bugfix I, and to her we owe our eternal gratitude as she threw Uncle Spun a rope as it were, and he managed to return and anoint StealingHearts as the 27th NA King of Spun. Calloo Callay!

Next week the 28th Kings of Spun will be decide on Tuesday the 6th of may, in the EU at 8 – 8.30pm BST, and in NA at 4 -4.30pm PDT and 7 – 7.30pm EDT. With luck it will be a less traumatic contest. Uncle Spun should also mention – look out for the competition to win a Spunland Cottage, as the winners will be announced at the same time as our next Majesties are celebrated here next week. Stay Spun!

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Transatlantic King of Spun the First!

Spun Salutations, and instant apologies if Uncle Spun's uncontainable excitement runs away with his words this fine spring day - Yes, Callooh! Callay! For the first time ever we have the same spunling crowned King of Spun (the 26th) in both NA & the EU on the same day! This most majestic of Majesties is none other than Sam Reynolds, in the guise of sam_reynolds01 (EU) and sam_reynoldsUS (NA)!!! Superspun congratulations Sam! To mark this spuntastic acheivement the Spun Artists have rendered your frame in a special fashion.

The Coronation in the EU was as busy as Spunland has ever been, indeed Uncle Spun was hard pressed to spin his way this way and that through the throng without colliding with contestants, forever fearful of a mighty unspun crash. The competition was fearsome, at one point sam_reynolds01 was being chased by at least 6 persistent foes at once, putting Uncle Spun in mind of the Dukes of Spun with their train of spunball collecting revellers. Of the many who valiantly tried to deny our majesty his win the most tenacious were GothicNeo, assassine9799999 and our 25th King of Spun luukhoestra- commiserations and deep respect to you all.

Perhaps it was a premonition of the imminent momentous occasion which compelled Uncle Spun to spend the pre-coronation period actually in play, in fact Uncle Spun was briefly King of Spun himself before our event began! This coupled with some confusion caused by Spun deDuke mysteriously summoning the Happy Duke of Spun  produced a slight delay to the start of proceedings, which otherwise went (mostly) smoothly. JoeUnspun, lilmonstersmiler, slytherin_queen4 and Ren_Echo all managed to capture the crown at least briefly as did, U_wnt_this which may be Uncle Spun's favourite name he has ever seen in Spunland! Spun Congratulations to you all!

So it seems as though the bug fix worked, indeed it looks as though we also no longer have issues with syncing. This is not to say that Spunland is bug free, far from it I am afraid, but we will continue to hunt the unspun critters down and banish them as best we can. In the meantime we can only beg your patience, and pass on our apologies to those of you who find it wearing thin, to whom we say; fair enough, take your patience elsewhere and from it craft a pretty picture or tune, or better still sacrifice it to summon into existence a wobbly world which celebrates weirdness, a paean to all things fun, devoid of angst and insecurity - but be sure to send us an invite if you do, that we may attend and express our everspun gratitude!

Next week, the 27th King of Spun will be decided on Tuesday the 29th of April, EU: 8-8.30pm BST and NA: 4-4.30pm PDT / 7 - 7.30 EDT. Until then Stay Spun!

Friday 18 April 2014

Majesty of the Unspun Bugfix I

Spun Salutations Dear Reader, it is with spuntastic pleasure that Uncle Spun finds himself announcing that lilmonstersmiler made Spunland history on Thursday by being crowned Majesty of the Unspun Bugfix I! It was no ordinary coronation occasioned as it was by the need to test the latest bugfix, the cause of no small amount of trepidation for we at Spunland Mansions, and Uncle Spun is more than thrilled to relate: It works!! It works!! Callooh! Callay! Although it is 'Unspun Bugfix I' as another is required... The catastrophic crashes of last week are banished, and from this initial test it looks like our spunling playmates are all in sync, the one obvious outstanding issue being that many of our spunflowers seem invulnerable to storms and are not dying as they should. We will be looking at restoring mortality to the spunflowers as soon as we can, should you spot any other unspun behaviour please let us know.

Big Spun thanks to Majesty lilmonstersmiler, CathedralDream, tieKiller and the others who came out to help us test the fix. The test took place only in North America due to tedious demands of time and space, which also resulted in the unusual circumstances of both madmunkis being in the same physical location for once and consequently sharing an Avatar!

 Next week a normal spun service will resume - so on Tuesday 22nd of April come compete for the title of 26th King of Spun! EU 8 - 8.30pm BST, NA 4 - 4.30pm PDT / 7 - 7.30 EDT. Have a Spun Day.

Saturday 12 April 2014

Spun Out Of Control

Spun Salutations Dear Reader, it is with much distress that Uncle Spun finds himself writing this missive here today, but needs must when the Unspun Devil drives... On Wednesday of this week (9th April) our latest Spunland bug fix went live, only it seems to have fixed one bug by opening the door to a host of others, indeed one cannot stay in Spunland now for more than 5 minutes without a mighty unspun crash striking.  Uncle Spun is sorry to say that we need to postpone the coronations until we get this fixed. It is unfortunately not the first time we have had to do this, but such is the nature of continually evolving the Spun.

The last substantial update to Spunland (in February) added a lot of new functionality, but somehow introduced a bug that we have never been able to reproduce in our test version of Spunland. You may have spotted things in Spunland being 'out of sync', that is to say occasionally you will see someone planting a seed during a storm, or even planting a seed on a patch where there is already a fully grown spunflower, meaning that their version of Spunland is not the same as yours. This is particularly bad during the weekly coronation contest, when occasionally you may spot the Spun Crown suddenly disappearing from the current apparent King to reappear on the head of another. In this case someone's Spunland is probably experiencing a harvest (when the crown gets reset), so they have been able to take it from a place where it should not be... All most unspun.

Anyway, the Spun Engineers added some new code to try keep everyone's Spunland consistent, and it looks like this is causing crashes all of the time (which one supposes is a consistency of sorts - just the opposite of that desired). We are now hard at work on another fix, but as we cannot reproduce the problems in the test environment it is rather tricky, so we beg your patience. If you visit Spunland be sure to save at the Bank of Spun often, for a crash is likely to be at most minutes away.

We will let you know as soon as a new fix goes live, then, once we are convinced that the fix has worked the Coronation Contests will resume. In the meantime we beg your patience and ask that you accept our most humble apologies. Have a Spun Day.

Wednesday 9 April 2014

25th Kings of Spun

Spun Salutations dear reader! Uncle Spun here with a foggy head to quickly congratulate our new Kings of Spun - once more we hail luukhoekstra as the EU king of Spun and ReccaWolf, now 25th NA Spun Majesty! Spun Congratulations!

Uncle Spun must move on to the apologies without delay, for the EU contest although busy and hotly contested was the scene of a most Unspun crash which most certainly cost GlassReaver the crown. You have our deepest apologies GlassReaver and today we wear our spun heads with shame, with any luck the fix which goes live this day will put paid to such common horrors. With luck. Yes the EU contest was a busy one and GlassReaver clearly dominated, but following a last minute crash luukhoekstra took the Spun Crown and kept his regal title.

In North America things seemed, to Uncle Spun at any rate, a little more stable. Amongst the many who claimed the crown Sentient-Prime and ReccaWolf did so for the longest times, with ReccaWolf winning the day on 18,520 points. All Hail our new Kings please, and forgive Uncle Spun for this brief missive today. With the fix going live, hopefully next week's contest will be less traumatic...

Same time, same place: Tuesday the 15th April, 8-8.30pm BST in the EU and  4 - 4.30pm PDT / 7 - 7.30 EDT in NA, come proclaim yourself the 26th King of Spun!

Wednesday 2 April 2014

Kings of Spun the 24th & Latest Spun...

Spun salutations dear reader! All hail our new Kings of Spun, luukhoekstra of the EU and ArlingtonAvenger of NA, our 24th Spun Majesties! Before getting down to the important business of reporting on the regal drama of last night Uncle Spun must relate to you some Spun news...

So Spunland is still beset by unspun syncing issues, which we were hoping to have a fix out for today, unfortunately this has been postponed until next Wednesday (9th April). For the sake of the Spun engineers one must stress that this will be an attempted fix, that is to say they cannot reproduce these issues in their test environment, so it may take a few attempts to get this sorted, please bear with us!

Today does however see Spunland added to the pool of Home challenges - Uncle Spun is afraid that these will be a little too easy for seasoned spunlings, but will at least get you points towards trophies and suchlike. At this moment we believe there to be 3 challenges, hopefully more will be added at some future point...

Right, to the Coronations. Uncle Spun is pleased to report that the EU contest was a lively one, indeed it was one of those occasions where there were so many contestants that Uncle Spun spent the entire match squirming as he spun in fear of an unspun crash. Although many were the heads to hold the crown the contest in the main was between bjkber, GlassReaver and luukhoekstra, not to forget sam_reynolds01 in his Spunling Ghost costume, although we are sure that sam was just taking part as opposed to really competing. As the final 5 minutes of the contest began it seemed as though GlassReaver, our 4th EU King of Spun, would be coronated our 24th in his regal purple Spun Suit, but luukhoekstra made a cunning play, having left the Spun Crown unchallenged for the passing of two whole Spun Harvest he seized it with his 11,954 points in the final minutes and was duly crowned. It was a close contest. To bjkber we must offer the unfortunately usual Spun apologies as Uncle Spun is fairly certain that bjkber's ambitions were felled by an unspun crash.

On the other side of the Great Atlantic Spunland was somewhat less populated, but that did not prevent a fierce contest from taking place - a contest between the sartorially similar shadowdemon_4 and ArlingtonAvenger. Unless Uncle Spun is very much mistaken, the only other spunling to lay claim to the Crown was erstwhile majesty smoky500, making this most majestic of Spun objects more like the ball in a tennis match than the adornment for the head of a King. In the end ArlingtonAvenger won with a spuntastic 16,908 Spun Points! Before signing off for this week, Uncle Spun must thank Akina8373 and lilmonstersmiler for a most enjoyable post coronantion chat that kept him up long past his bedtime.

Next week - same time, same place: Tuesday the 8th of April, EU: 8 - 8.30pm BST and NA: 4 - 4.30pm PDT / 7 - 7.30pm EDT. Stay Spun!