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February 14, 2019 @ 9:20 pm

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KZK Discord Digest 8 - Week of Feb 7 - Feb 14



Blau Says...

No Digest last week due to no Discord notices. Nothing to sync!

BLAU NOTES:

Kat has finished the fixed animations for the Direwolf 1.01 update (fixed the floating on small/medium etc).
No ETA on update release. Kat is not happy that it is so behind, but he’s doing what he can. Please see the last entry for more.
We’re checking interest for Seasonal Raptor LEs (Frostbite, Valentine’s, Mardi Gras) for the holidays we missed. Reskins are very quick, so it won’t take much away from the Dire update work.

Also, a clarification from Group Chat / Discord that I meant to sync over but it didn’t get answered until the next day:

  • The contract for the Direwolf Devkit does include a clause that allows Kat to make changes to the contract. 
  • Please note that the contract will only be changed for the purposes of clarification and/or closing loopholes. We aren’t jerks. We won’t be making needless or malicious edits - that would make no sense.
  • Signers will be notified of changes.
  • Signers will have 5 business days to review and accept the new terms. 
  • If the signer decides the terms are not acceptable and they decline, the contract is terminated.
  • Termination requires the signer to delete all copies of the assets they got from the devkit, and to stop selling things they’ve made that include those assets. (Assets include things like the .PSD shaders, the .BLEND mesh, etc.)
  • Things made that are completely original (e.g. textures with custom shaders, animations, accessories rigged to fit, etc) do not need to be taken down.
  • The point of this revision clause is to allow us to change the contract if need be. It shows the process we’ll take & the actions required of signers. Hopefully, we won’t need to make any edits, but if we do, that’s why it’s here.

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Feb 10

Kat Last Sunday at 12:16 PM
@everyone So go figure a few days ago, when the weather was really nice, I was in a great mood to get work done, and I did! Got all the animations for all 3 sizes finalized (to fix the ‘wiggling’ issue on the smaller sizes), and had started work on the ambient animations when of course I get sick. Still on the fence as to whether or not its hay fever or a cold, all I know is I’ve had barely enough brain power to stare at a computer screen for longer than 10 minutes.  I’m on the backside of it now, so with some luck I’ll be back to normal in a couple of days. I’ll keep you posted :heart:

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Feb 12

Kat Last Tuesday at 2:07 PM
@everyone So due to being out of town, convention insanity, and general update stuff for the direwolves, then getting sick (im better now yey!), there’s a lot of seasonal LEs that didn’t launch.

Should I make and release a frostbite, mardi gras and valentines set of raptors? vote :thumbsup: for yes, and :thumbsdown: for no.

[I can’t copy/paste the responses, but it was 11 Nay to 63 Yea as of this post]

Feb 12

Kat Last Tuesday at 2:19 PM
@everyone Since its on a few peoples minds: 1.01 update eta: when its done. I’ve been fighting my depression and anxiety for the last few weeks, only to get physically ill and spend 4 days on the couch counting the ceiling tiles and wasting a whole ton of time. Direwolf plush: See previous info. I’ve no excuse for being so behind, so I’m trying my best to chip away at my tasklist on days when I feel well enough to sit down and get stuff down.

Please don’t confuse my lack of motivation for burnout. I genuinely love what I do, and I’m honored that all of you support me so fervently, so I try to do my best to earn your respect and dedication. Its just lately my depressive episodes have taken a turn for the worst, resulting in complete dissociative episodes and cognitive impairment and 'blackouts’, or moments where I literally lose entire hours or full days. I try to speak candidly about my problems, to encourage others to be open about their troubles with their loved ones. as for seeking help.. I’m going to, but its something I want to pursue once I’m moved out of Louisiana to someplace with better trans healthcare before i start shelling out hundreds of dollars to sit in an armchair for an hour.

February 1, 2019 @ 6:23 pm

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KZK Discord Digest 7 - Week of Jan 25 - Jan 31



Blau Says...

Posted a day late, but it’s been a pretty quiet week.

BLAU NOTES:

Direwolf v1.01 update still in progress. We’ve gotten a lot of the bugs wrangled, but there are still some left that need fixing. No ETA yet, sorry!

Also, a general reminder, if you need a Direwolf redelivery, you need to hit the Purple terminal. Not the Blue one. They’re hooked to different databases.

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Jan 27

Kat Last Sunday at 2:53 PM
@everyone I’ve been kind of dark lately on the progress for the update. Things are slow going, not for any technical reasons, but because I’m finding it very hard to motivate myself and keep my mind focused on the tasks at hand. Its not like I’m easily distracted, not in this instance, more that when I have a thought, its like… it goes into a tunnel but never comes out, if that makes sense. I’m doing my best to nurture my mental health where I can, and chipping away at my long to do list on days when the train actually reaches the station, to keep beating that metaphor into the ground. Today my focus will be rebuilding the HUD to fix the issue with button visibility, and fix the broken color UI. Gunna burn some incense too and listen to some really cool ambient ost music on loop, which usually helps, so wish me luck!

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Jan 28

Kat Last Monday at 1:17 PM
@everyone Taking the chance to plug our #traders-forum again! If you’re an artist, looking to drum up some extra cash to make ends meet, or a writer looking to expand your library, or a musician seeing clients for custom compositions? That’s the place to start! While fame and success aren’t guaranteed, we’re at the very least happy to offer artists of all walks of life a chance to reach their audiences. And if you just wanna share some cool tunes, #music-share is a great place for it! Did you draw a really cool piece of art? #art-share! All kinds of places to chat about what drives you, just remember to use these channels responsibly, and respectfully! Remember that they are a privilege, not a right!

Also did you know that we have an #ark server? We sure do! Check #ark-server-info for login details! increased gather rates, 300 level cap, 450 max wild creatures (with 560 max tier dinos!) AND rare sightings? (You ever wanted a golden flaming gryphon with a unicorn horn? That’s possible!)

January 24, 2019 @ 8:52 pm

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KZK Discord Digest 6 - Week of Jan 18 - Jan 24



Blau Says...

BLAU NOTES:

We had a snafu with the second database earlier this week. Kat tried to manually alter an entry and it got submitted before he was done writing, thereby accidentally overwriting all purchase logs in that DB with garbage entries.
IT IS NOW FIXED. We had a quick response from our host and they got it rolled back. Vendors were taken offline for a few hours while they worked. We had to manually re-enter some entries that got lost during the rollback, so if you get a redelivery from that timeframe that says ADMIN SEND, that’s probably why!
If you made a purchase on that database (Stone Pillar / Direwolf) between Jan 17 and Jan 21 2019 and you can’t get a redelivery please contact Sylver Bu.
This did not affect our primary database.

I put up a crystal in the mainstore near the Direwolf vendors that gives info for how to get creator files for em. This does not directly sell you the devkit or anything like that, and is meant more for folks who do not use Discord or follow group notices. Got friends lookin for that stuff, point em to that.

The deadline for getting the Direwolf Devkit Preorder discount has ended.
Also, neat news! If you made a Direwolf purchase before or on January 20th, you qualify for the preorder bonuses!

Our plans for the first half of 2019 or so (no dates set in stone unless mentioned):
1. Direwolf v1.01 update. The preorder bonuses (Direwolf plushy av & rezzable objects; two exclusive skins) will likely ship around the same time as the update rolls out.
2. Elemental Kirins Round 3: Ragnarok, Nova, Aeterna, Teknika (Destruction, Creation, Time, Technology respectively). 
3. KAT - Con Crunch for TFF. Aiming for a spot in the Artist Alley. 
4. KAT - Moving cross country. Will likely be limited availability for about a month. Likely happening in April.
5. New server & database setup. Aiming to launch late February / early March at the absolute earliest. This’ll allow us to combine our vendors & have a more robust back-end to prevent any more potential database weirdness. Bit more info below.
(Kat already spoke to someone at Caspervend about their system. They don’t support the way our vendors are set up & the sheer number of items we sell.) 

January 17, 2019 @ 8:10 pm

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KZK Discord Digest #5 [Week of Jan 11 - Jan 17]



Blau Says...

BLAU NOTES:

You may not resell the flat (premade) skins, even if altered.
If you get a Devkit / Paid PSDs and have alt accounts (for stores, etc) you intend to use the assets with, please make sure you let Kat know.
You don’t need to sign the contract for the Paid PSDs, just the Devkit.
Devkit contract can be signed digitally.
Kat’s got his software migrated over to his new rig. Direwolf bugfixes next.

Also, outside of posting these, I never get on Tumblr.
If you need to contact me (or any of the other KZK staff honestly), do so on Discord or SL.
Tumblr messages will likely be ignored.

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Jan 11 2019

7:40 PM] Kat: @everyone Hey folks. Spent most of today getting caught up with RL obligations that got pushed aside due to work/con prep, so I ran out of time to do anything in SL, but I’ll be fresh and ready to go first thing tomorrow! I’ll be handling contract stuff, exchanges, and sorting through the massive list of suggestions/fixes needed for the direwolf so I can set up a roadmap for the direwolf 1.01 update. Thank you all for your incredible support and patience! :heart: (Despite sleeping almost 10 hours last night I’m still so exhausted rofl)

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Jan 12 2019

11:24 AM] Kat: @everyone If you have purchased a devkit, or the PSDs for the direwolf, and you use separate accounts to manage your store separetly from your personal affairs, then I need to know. This’ll be useful in quickly putting to rest any false accusations made against you. Thank you.

11:36 AM] Kat: @everyone I would like to make sure anyone whose signed the Direwolf Devkit contract that editing the pre-existing textures on the Direwolf is not an acceptable use as defined by the Devkit license. Clause A beneath ‘YOU MAY’ states specifically that you’re allowed to edit anything included with the Devkit, defined as the product. The flattened, default 'skins’ included with the Direwolf’s HUD are not part of that. All textures sold must be derived from the PSDs, using your own markings.

2:18 PM] Kat: @everyone Our wonderful friends over at Roarbeast are celebrating the release of their newest avatar, the Smolbeast Eastern Dragon! Its tiny, its adorable, and its coming out today!  Join Stickman and help him celebrate, today at 2PM SLT at the Furry Fashion mall/club! :heart:

9:16 PM] Kat: @everyone So, now that the trip is over, and its back to the usual. Part of what I need to get done is migrating over to Helix 1.0–the new rig given to me so generously by my family for christmas. Its an absolute monster of a rig that’ll let me get things done faster and with less fussing. To do so, I’ve got to deactivate things. Atm I’m waiting for the new intall of zbrush to ldownload, so I’ve got a while to kill. I’ll be taking the next couple of hours to process some devkit and psd kit requests! reminder that if you’ve yet to do so, please carefully review the contract, and remember, it is LEGALLY binding. It can be signed digitally, since I know most folks don’t really have printers anymore.  https://drive.google.com/open?id=17EijMp046_UUO-dsqDvj77rJb8Msf8aMiB2cbLvemTI

TL;DR: Yo, you want the devkit? I’m here, so lets do it.

[9:43 PM] Kat: @everyone Btw you don’t need to sign the contract if you’re just buying the psds. apologies for lack of proper communication on this! <3’

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Jan 13 2019

6:46 PM] Kat: @everyone So today I migrated over my storage drives, got all my software moved over and activated on Helix, and am in the process of reinstalling most of my games and getting everything configured. One major hurdle tackled! Next up, Direwolf update. :smiley:

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Jan 14 2019

[1:55 PM] Kat: @everyone Please do not share links to websites or contents that allow the illegitimate acquisition of copywritten content. This includes movies, music, tv shows, nd subscriber only art. Thank you.

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