Archive for June, 2009

Love works in mysterious ways

June 6, 2009

This is a story that we received from Karina where she writes about her pet Miss Sunshine’s friends finding their true love! ;)

Written by: Karina Pedersen (MissSunshine)

Finally! The opening day of the hotel has come. Miss Summer Sunshine was so excited that she couldn’t stand still. For many years she had had a dream about working as a chef at her own place. Now it was happening – Hotel Petfriends was opening today. It had four rooms with double beds: The Jungle room, the Safari room, the Princess room and the Classic room; two toilets to share, a well sorted kitchen and a little outside café. It was an exciting thing for the society to get a hotel, the first one. Even the Mayor was coming to say a few words at the opening.

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The first party of guests had already booked rooms for the next weekend. Clonyco had just started an event coordination office, and her first arrangement was a stay at the new hotel. Everything was arranged.

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Miss Sunshine smiled. Her best friend Lily had just come. She was a very talented ballet dancer and had promised to perform at the opening. But – she looked sad. What was wrong?

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“Why do you look so sad today, Lily?” Miss Sunshine asked.

“Oh… it’s nothing,” Lily looked away.

“But – I can see something is wrong. Tell me. I am your best friend.”

“Well… every spring I get like this. The birds are building their nests, new lambs are born, lovesick cats are singing the night away – everybody is falling in love. But not me.”

“I see. But somewhere there will be someone for you, too. I am sure about that, Lily.”

Lily smiled, “Maybe you are right. The one and only is out there somewhere. I just haven’t met him yet.”

The two friends smiled at each other.

Suddenly the reception bell rang. Miss Sunshine jumped. Her first guest!

“I will be right back. Then we can talk. But I need to welcome my first guest!”

“Of course!” Lily turned around and started her warm-up for the dance later.

Miss Sunshine hurried down to the reception. There he was. He turned around.

“Ehh…. Welcome,” Miss Sunshine frowned. “Are you going to stay here?” He didn’t really look like she had expected her first guest would look like. She had thought he would be a little more… noble. But now he was there, and he was her guest.

“Yeah… hi…”. His voice was raspy. “My own place has been invaded by bats. I can’t sleep because of the squeaking and rustling in the walls. I need my sleep”.

“And… you sleep during the night?” Miss Sunshine had to ask. “I don’t have a dungeon… I mean…”

“Of course I sleep during the night! Do you think I have to stay out of the sun, and every morning I take out my coffin to sleep in?” He laughed. “I have heard that before”.

Miss Sunshine blushed. It was exactly what she had thought.

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“You can stay in the Jungle room. What is your name?”

“Ølmanden”, he answered. Papers were filled out, and he left for his room.

Ølmanden? What kind of a name was that? She rushed up to Lily.

“I just need to go. I will be back very soon!”

Miss Sunshine was going to see her sister Smoothy. She was a real globe trotter and knew many words. When she arrived at her house, Smoothy was all packed to go to Austria. She loved the mountains and was going to climb them for a whole week.

“No, sis,” she shook her head. “I am sorry. I don’t know that language. Try the library”.

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At the library she met Panda. He was very clever and loved reading. He read big books, small books, fiction and non-fiction. If it was in a book, you could be sure that Panda knew about it.

“Hi, Panda. I need to find the meaning of a word, but I don’t know what language?”

“What is the word?” Panda asked.

“Ølmanden”.

“Oh! That must be Danish. Just a minute!” Panda disappeared behind some book shelves. He found an old, dusty dictionary. “Here it is. Ølmanden… ølmanden… Got it! It means… the Beer man…”

“Hmm… not a promising name. What kinds of parents call their son that? I hope he doesn’t give me trouble at the hotel.”

Miss Sunshine hurried home. In an hour the opening would start.

When she came home a strange sight met her. Lily and Ølmanden were standing outside. They didn’t say a word. They were just looking at each other. The air was quivering. Time stood still.

They had fallen in love at first sight. Miss Sunshine had never seen it happen before, but that was had happened.

“Well,” she said. “I guess we can turn the opening into a wedding as well.”

Lily nodded. Ølmanden nodded. And so it was.

The hotel opened. Balloons were put up, guests were arriving, and Miss Sunshine made a big wedding cake. The Mayor came and had brought his brother too. He was Mayor in Restaurant City, the neighbouring town.

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Ølmanden had bought Lily a beautiful ring, and Lily had found herself a marvelous wedding dress. Everybody was happy.

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But dark clouds were gathering. Lily had put the ring on the table, while she was dancing, and when she was done, the ring was gone! Everybody was questioned, but no answers were helping. Suddenly the Mayor yelled, “There! A thief!”

Somebody was hiding behind a bamboo screen in the Jungle room. “Come out,” the Mayor said. A dark shadow rose. He was covered in black from top to toe. In his hands he had the ring.

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“My glasses,” he whispered. “I need my glasses”.

Miss Sunshine wondered. She knew that voice!

“Panda!” she cried.

“Yes, it’s me.”

Nobody said a word.

“I… well…” He cleared his throat. “I… You see. I have read all these exciting stories about pirates, robbers, ninjas, mysteries… and… I just thought I wanted to go on an adventure myself. I didn’t mean to keep the ring. And I felt so bad… and… Please, will somebody find my glasses for me?”

Miss Sunshine didn’t know what to say. Everybody had been so upset. Both Panda and Lily were her very good friends.

“You shouldn’t have taken the ring, Panda. But everybody needs an adventure sometimes. Maybe this is something for Clonyco as an event coordinator? She can arrange mysteries and adventures for everybody, but then everybody knows that it is just for fun, and nobody will be upset.”

Panda nodded. He was so ashamed of himself.

“I have a lot of ideas for new adventures. Can I be your assistant?” he asked Clonyco.

Lily and Ølmanden were in love and were just happy to get the ring back. They couldn’t stop kissing each other.

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That night Miss Sunshine couldn’t fall asleep. It had been an exciting day. The town had got a hotel, an event coordinator, a ninja thief and a newly wed couple, all in one day! What pleased Miss Sunshine the most was that her friend had finally found the one and only. Love really works in mysterious ways!

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And the winners are…

June 5, 2009

We sincerely thank you for all for your great contributions to Playfish’s I Play Here! competition. Once again, we were overwhelmed by your talent, passion and creativity, and touched by your continuing enthusiasm for what we do!

We asked you to take a photo of yourself holding up a Playfish logo. Exactly where you took the photo and what you were doing at the time was entirely down to you, and we had a lot of fun looking through all your entries to see all your fantastic and inspired ideas!

From all the amazing submissions, we chose our 50 favourites to become finalists. With prizes on offer for the top 10, we let YOU vote for the photos you liked the best, and here are the results!

So, let’s see who you voted for shall we?

The winner and proud owner of a shiny new Apple MacBook (making us all very jealous here at Playfish) is Paula from France, who took a spectacular picture of herself and a friend standing on the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. At least, we think it’s Paula behind that cute Pet Society mask! Congratulations from Playfish, Paula!

1st place

Second place goes to Minerva from the Phillipines who seems to have been interrupted at an awkward moment while playing Pet Society. It’s a good thing she keeps a print of the Playfish logo with her wherever she goes or that could have been embarrassing! Minerva wins an 8GB Apple iPod Touch, which she’ll also be able to take wherever she goes. Congratulations, Minerva!

2nd Place

3rd place goes to Hathairat from Thailand. Hathairat wins a Playfish T-shirt, a Pet Society figurine, 25,000 Pet Society coins on Facebook and Pro Pack expansions for the Facebook versions of Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Word Challenge and Geo Challenge. Hathairat’s photo was taken underwater, which we think might be an artistic metaphor for the aquatic nature of the name Playfish, or it might just have seemed like a cool idea at the time. Either way, the prizes are yours! Well done, Hathairat!

Additionally, Jermaine from the Phillipines and Angela from Mexico win a Playfish T-shirt, a Pet Society figurine, 20,000 Pet Society coins on Facebook and Pro Pack expansions for the Facebook versions of Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Word Challenge and Geo Challenge. Well done to you both!

3rd, 4th and 5th place

Finally, Laszlo from Hungary, Pirun from Switzerland, Annelies from Belgium, Enita from the USA, and Ario from Indonesia each win a Playfish T-shirt, 20,000 Pet Society coins on Facebook and Pro pack expansions for the Facebook versions of Who Has The Biggest Brain?, Word Challenge and Geo Challenge!

Playfish congratulates everyone who participated in I Play Here!, and we thank you for your continued support. We hope you love playing each of our games as much as we love creating them for you!

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th place

Puzzling Pieces!

June 4, 2009

Hey Pet Society fans! The latest mysterious items have now been hidden away in mystery boxes, so sign onto Pet Society now via Facebook to start hunting!

“?” was determined to not let any pictures get into the wrong hands this week, so to ensure they were safely disposed of, he shredded them after the order was finalised.

However, while sitting by the fountain, eating biscuits, and wearing a disguise (to avoid alerting “?” she was around), Sirius heard the paper shredder, so peaked through the door of the Mystery Store to see what was happening. As soon as “?” was out of sight, she snuck in and grabbed the strips.

Unfortunately, she’s had no time to piece them together as yet, but maybe they will give you an idea of what to look for anyway!

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Now that Sirius has managed to put the strips in the correct order, here are the images!

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Cookie Jar

Lifebuoy Deco

Panda Mask

Note that this update is for Facebook only, and that MySpace is still subject to the MySpace Rewind.

Pet Society does an Italian Job

June 1, 2009

Hey Pet Society fans! An Italian merchant was in town this past week secretly securing deals with most of the village shop keepers in preparation for Festa della Repubblica! So sign on to Pet Society now via Facebook and head to your favourite store to see what Italian inspired pieces your pet might enjoy! Remember that any items labelled This Week’s Special (TWS) will be in store until midnight GMT on Monday the 8th of June, 2009, but may be available again at some point in the future.

In the Luxury Store, Felicity introduces the fine Mandolino, as well as a model of a Retro Car and the carefully crafted Roman Couch!

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Mandolino

Retro Car Deco (TWS)

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Roman Couch

Terrence, not wanting to be left behind in the Cash Shop, brings you this fantastic life-size Retro Scooter Deco; the Pet Statue to commemorate the influential pets of days past; the Traditional Wood Fire Oven and Cooking Pot With Spaghetti to bring some Italian flavour to your pet’s kitchen; plus the Gondola Bench which will allow your pet to imagine it is peacefully rowing through Venice!

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Retro Scooter Deco

Cooking Pot With Spaghetti

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Pet Statue

Traditional Woodfire Oven

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Gondola Bench

If your pet wishes to decorate in the style of an Italian restaurant, Preston has some great Red Checker items and a Condiment Set to assist in the Furniture Store! Or, for a more classic look, check out the Roman Side Table.

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Red Checker Utensil Set (TWS)

Red Checker Dining Table (TWS)

Red Checker Kitchen Towel (TWS)

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Roman Side Table

Lily is sure to impress this week in the Clothes Store, with Italian inspired outfits ranging from the Blue Soccer Shirt and Pants that are similar to what you might find Italian soccer supporters wearing today; to the Empress Dress, Gold Wreath and Legion Armour, drawing inspiration from the time of the Roman Empire!

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Blue Soccer Shirt (TWS)

Blue Soccer Pants (TWS)

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Empress Dress

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Legion Armour

For the homely touch, ensure you visit Grumble in the D.I.Y. Depot. He has some Italian Villa selections; plus install the Colosseum View Window in any room for a great outlook.

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Villa Patrizia Wallpaper

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Villa Patrizia Window

Colosseum View Window (TWS)

Truffles is delighted to bring an Italian feast to the Food Store this week, so ensure you try some before Truffles eats it all himself!

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Spaghetti Al Pomodoro (TWS)

The flavour of Italy even extends to the Café, with Tiramisu and Biscotti the newest additions!

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Tiramisu

Biscotti

Note that this update is for Facebook only, and that MySpace is still subject to the MySpace Rewind.


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