Breedables arrive on the hypergrid

Love them or hate them — and many people do love them — but there are now breedables on the hypergrid.

Previously, breedables in OpenSim were limited to closed grids like InWorldz, with Oyo Breedables, Fussels Breedables, and, of course, Amaretto Breedables.

As of this week, however, breedable turtles have arrived on AviWorlds, SkyLife Grid, and Kitely, thanks to the efforts of SkyLife founder Josh Boam, owner of the JP Collection store on the Kitely Market and the Second Life Marketplace.

Josh Boam and his LifePet Breedables turtles.

Josh Boam and his LifePet Breedables turtles. The hollowed-out stone is the turtle den that the turtles are scripted to stay close to.

Why turtles?

There used to be breedable turtles in Second Life, called Petable Turtles, said Boam, back in the pre-mesh days. He recalls that there were even auctions where turtle breeders sold turtles.

“I spent 13,000 Lindens one time on a turtle in Second Life,” he said.  “They’re cute.”

The LifePet Breedables store on AviWorlds.

The LifePet Breedables store on AviWorlds.

But it didn’t last.

Now he’s bringing turtles back.

Boam made his LifePet Breedables turtles using Maya to create the mesh turtles themselves, Photoshop for the textures, and the free breedable scripts from Ferd Frederix for the functionality.

How they work

You start out with a box, open it up, and you get a little turtle egg. Click on it to hatch it, and set up the turtle den for the turtles to roam around. It takes seven days for the turtles to grow to maturity, after which they can breed and reproduce every five days.

The turtles eat turtle food, which lasts one month per turtle, which is sold separately. They come in seven starter colors, then with every new generation, you get new types of turtles.

A LifePet Breedable turtle eats mesh fruit, as visible in the bowl above.

A LifePet Breedable turtle eats mesh fruit, as visible in the bowl above.

“There are thousands of combinations you can have,” Boam said. “The deeper you get in the generation, that’s when they start showing things like glow and shine.”

The turtles are animated, so that they move around, or tuck themselves into shells when they go to sleep.

“When they mate they get up on their hind legs and bob their heads a little bit,” he said. “It’s kind of cute.”

The turtles cost 275 AV$, or a about US $1.37, on the AviWorlds grid, or $1 each on the Kitely Market.

Help wanted

Unfortunately, while Boam can build and script a turtle, he’s not as strong at the other aspects of creating a successful business around the product.

For example, breedables need events such as auctions and shows.

“I have to get someone to do the events,” Boam said. “I’m horrible at it. If someone wants to help out, they can send me an email at [email protected].”

Boam said he’s also willing to export the turtles over the hypergrid. Right now, they’re only sold locally, because the scripts break when exported. So far, he hasn’t been able to fix this problem.

Interior of the LifePet Breedables store.

Interior of the LifePet Breedables store. The turtle carrier boxes are free.

Again, if someone wants to help, they can contact him.

He’s also willing to set up stores or affiliate outlets on other grids.

Josh Boam

Josh Boam

“I’d love to get them out there,” he said.

Unfortunately, he said, there’s a lack of affiliate vendors in OpenSim.

“In Second Life, that’s how we do it,” he said. “Affiliate vendors rock. Give them 50 percent, they’re making money, they’re making you money, and you don’t have to do anything — they’re advertising your product for you.”

Scripting a vendor system, server-side modules, or database-driven breedables scripts that will ensure authenticity even across the hypergrid — these are all tasks beyond his programming skills, he said.

Beyond turtles: pot and horses

Turtles not your thing?

Boam also makes breedable pot plants — “Blazing Breedables” — and is working on breedable horses.

“Anything can be a breedable,” he said.

The pot plants are already available for sale on the AviWorlds grid, on the Blazing Breedables region, for AV$ 349 each, plant food sold separately. They’re also sold on Avination, Zandramas, and in Second Life.

Blazing Breedables medicinal marijuana store on AviWorlds.

Blazing Breedables medicinal marijuana store on AviWorlds.

“Not everybody wants to grow virtual cannabis,” he admitted. “There’s not a lot to do with it once it grows.”

In theory, however, someone could turn the product into something people could smoke.

“And if someone wants to come in on with me with to do that, they could come in and make lots of money,” he said. “I’m very easy to work with.”

The breedable horses, called Stunning Stallions, are not yet available for purchase, because they’re still in beta.

The breedable horses are still under development.

The breedable horses are still under development.

In addition, Boam said, he could use some help making the horses rideable.

“I want to do pigs, too — they’re kinda cute,” he added.

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Maria Korolov

Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

  • Winter Silversmith

    I can’t wait for breedables and interactive pets to come to TanGLe, I miss my cat in SL =^,,^=

  • damn you josh you beat me to the breedables xD im just glad its another hamiltonian 🙂 great job man. GO TI CATS eh 😀

    • why not work together I am a designer I create stuff with mesh prim and textures. You have the brains to make it work 🙂 Plus we both live in the same city 🙂 should get together sometime for coffee and see if things click 🙂 I am easy to get along with and would love to make new friends You know how hard it is to find someone that understands all the stuff we do Its very rare to meet someone in real life that shares the same interests in virtual worldfs without having to fly across the country lol..Hit me up!!

      • well in light of the recent attack in Ottawa killing one of our own east Hamilton resident, i say we should stick together, or the very least maybe you and me do some kind of virtual memorial for Nathan on a popular HG grid.

        • Interesting Conversation Or Rather From a one Zetamex Employee read about it here exposethefacts Dot Com

          • Birch Wind

            Well, that digressed quickly. I don’t know that posting that does anything for your authenticity however. Anyone is capable of copy/pasting things out of context, or adding in or subtracting from said conversation. Regardless, your quick jump to suggest you would call the police seemed rather harsh and if indeed you felt so strongly that you needed to voice that concern, why continue on with the conversations at all? Were you baiting?
            Either way I think that the site you have linked to is a horrible example of Gossip and Drama in the metaverse and it is the LAST thing needed. Airing dirty laundry does nothing for anyone except making the ‘airer’ feel vindicated. Why go out of your way to publicly embarrass and ridicule? What kind of person does that make you?

          • lmpierce

            Hi Everyone,

            It’s okay to post a link to another site, and likewise, it’s okay to post a critique of that site. However, it’s time to tone down calling each other out.

            The bottom line is, we are all entitled to our views, but there should be no personal attacks made here for having those views.

            If a comment violates the discussion guidelines, you can flag that comment for review, or you can email your concerns to: [email protected]. Please note that there is often some delay in processing comments.

          • probably if people are going to post links and make comments it’d be best if it were actually concerning the topic at hand, which in this case is breedables in OS. As Birch Wind said there’s enough gossip and drama in the metaverse and it is the last thing needed.

          • lmpierce

            Hi Winter,

            Since we allow links to other forums there is no guarantee that those forums match the discussion from which they originate. The only comments with links we delete are links that amount to spam.

            In this case, however, I did follow the link and the discussion on the target site did include the topic of breedables. This does not negate the concerns expressed here about gossip and drama, but the responsibility for making those judgements on sites other than Hypergrid Business rests with the readers.

          • Guest

            Except for the fact that the comment says directly to read an interesting conversation with a Zetamex employee — THAT is what I take issue with. The discussion on the target site (main page) does not discuss breedables. It discusses copyright issues. So even THAT is not quite correct. The post above directly tells readers here to go view slanderous drama and I think that in light of all the internet bullying – which IS in fact causing the deaths of people world wide, frustrated at these open public attacks – that the responsible thing to do would be to remove that – and the subsequent discussion, completely. Because no – his comment was not at all on topic. Nor was the ‘conversation’ you directed to. It was malicious slander. You can guarantee I will no longer read HGB as anything more than a mocked up internet version of a tabloid rag. Very disappointed!

          • Guest

            The post above directly tells readers here to go view slanderous drama that has almost NIL to do with breedables and a LOT to do with trying to publicly shame someone. I think that in light of all the internet bullying – which IS in fact causing the deaths of people world wide, frustrated at these open public attacks – that the responsible thing to do would be to remove that – and the subsequent discussion, completely. Because no – his comment was not at all on topic. Nor was the ‘conversation’ you directed to. It was malicious slander. You can guarantee I will no longer read HGB as anything more than a mocked up internet version of a tabloid rag. Very disappointed!

          • Birch Wind

            The post above directly tells readers here to go view slanderous drama that has almost NIL to do with breedables and a LOT to do with trying to publicly shame someone. I think that in light of all the internet bullying – which IS in fact causing the deaths of people world wide, frustrated at these open public attacks – that the responsible thing to do would be to remove that – and the subsequent discussion, completely. It was malicious slander. You can guarantee I will no longer read HGB as anything more than a mocked up internet version of a tabloid rag. Very disappointed!

          • so your going to just let this asshole trash my name, cause me to go through depression and trigger suicidal thoughts in me and its ok yet its not ok for me to say this. Oxymoron much here or what? Favor the bully’s and crap on the victims.

          • A person that is being Hurt by the negitivity that is spread around Say you own a huge company and somone next to you opens up a Store selling all stolen goods everthing he gets in his store is stolen from someplace Would you turn a blind eye ? # Sick and tired of being ripped off and made to be something less than what I am.

    • You never know we could be Best friends but we don’t even know it yet LOL

  • In regards to Kitely, since they have a special way of doing things with turning off regions when not in use I am not sure yet how this will effect the operation of the Turtles, all exciting times.

  • skylifegrid

    100 % plan to be in os grid I miss them soo much you know the saying you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. Hurry back os grid 🙂

  • skylifegrid

    I want to point out that the breedable cannabis is Strickly medical use only. Unless you live in a place recreational use is allowed lol

  • AviWorlds

    I would like to have a snail like the one in SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS. Would be great !

  • KikkiHover

    I had those ‘Breedables’ at Zandramas grid and they never worked right . I never got any costumer service nor a refund of the money I paid. I think because of this lack of costumer support they are no longer for sale at Zandramas.

  • unfortunately I had to take my breedables out of Kitely unless you can help me figure a way to detect the amount of time the sim is down or offline and when it comes back To make the Pets age that amount of time Right now the pets life is put on pause when the sim is turned off and when they come back It is just like no time has passed 🙁

    • Was worth a test tho 🙂 Happy to say Our Breedables are now on The new Develop and Prosper Grid that is under construction.

    • Phoneix Dreamscape

      There is a very simple way to determine how much time has passed in Kitely sims:

      llGetUnixTime() – Returns an integer that is the number of seconds elapsed since 00:00 hours, Jan 1, 1970 UTC from the system clock.

      Simply check and store the UnixTime in the state_entry event and periodically in your script. To see how much time has passed simply subtract the stored UnixTime from the current UnixTime in the state_entry when sim and script start again.

      QED.

      • skylifegrid

        You make it sound easy lol

  • I remember breedables caused quite a bit of lag. Has that been resolved? Or at least reduced?

    Can one species of breedable eat another as its food? I’m picturing an extremely simple ecosystem