Major project is due in in a week. Give me time to panic please! I hope to have time to post soon but I need to focus on IRL and I haven't been on SSO as much because of that. I love y'all millions and I promise a post by Tuesday, whatever it happens to be
I'll be surprised if you haven't seen this on social medias yet, but here is what SSO announced today:
As you can see, on the 10th June, SSO will be hosted a live event in Stockholm (capital of Sweden). *Pauses blogging for a couple of minutes to sort out the moth that has just flown into my room* There will be all sorts of things going on that are quite common to live events. You will be able to purchase t-shirts and the new book (and meet the author). There will be goodie bags, meeting SSO YouTubers such as Stacy Place, Esme Silverforce, GM Doris, Matilda and Ylva. Also, they will be designing a new variation of a horse breed and showing you a bit about what goes on behind the game. I think that it's really nice that SSO are trying to meet with their players in the real world, but I do worry about it becoming too "commercial". Of course, I am a bit annoyed that I cannot attend but at least they're making an effort to live stream it so hopefully everyone will be able to join in from all over the world!
This post contains spoilers from the latest story quests.
Wow, this is overdue... I completely forgot that I hadn't done this yet! Oh well, here it is, the blog through of the latest story quests.
Awh, look it's so cute. I better check if it's a starbreed.
Yes but we still need to find a starbreed. We better keep searching, right? Let's go and report back to Valedale.
Come on, there must be something we can do? The quests can't end here - I need more XP!
What about Justin Moorland? Wouldn't he be able to do it?
Elizabeth, stop being the classic book adult. I'm going to go and talk to Alex, Linda and Lisa, which obviously isn't at all suspicious!
Excellent! Let's go! We need to get in without anyone seeing. We need a distraction...
Wow, it looks nice in here. But it's not exactly a jail. Oh look Alex, it's a secret door.
There's a lot of strange things in here. We better hide before one of the druids see us. Oh look, it's Justin.
You already have, mate, by giving me xp (although more would be appreciated). Ok dude, let's get you out of here.
Well, we know there's a primeval tree at South Hoof. Oh no, it's Rianna and she doesn't look happy. Let's run!
Here we are.
Excellent, glad to hear it but we do have an angry druid on our tail so can you hurry up and do the horse bond thing with Justin. Cheers!
That's...interesting...and not really that helpful. A location would have been helpful! However, it is possible that I know the horse you speak of...
Oh no, it's Rianna and she still doesn't look happy. We're in trouble!
And then she gave us this rope to put in our saddle bag, which is cool. I really hope we have more druid lessons soon! I loved breaking into the jail and I got some inspiration for writing while looking around it. Maybe another story coming soon...
This week's update was a brand new running pet to the game. At first, I was very excited at the thought of running pets but have since decided that they cost too much and are not that different to pets that just sit in the saddle bag. However, SSO have added this new dog to the game.
Although I think they look very sweet (and I love their collars), I think that 299sc is far too much for a pet. I love the way they look but I don't think any amount of cuteness is good enough for the extreme price that SSO are asking for from us. However, regardless of this, I do think that it's nice that they've taken what the players want in the game on board and are expanding on it. I'm sure some people somewhere in the world will love this update! Also, fun fact, when SSO first released the dogs yesterday they were too small so today SSO increased the size.
There are also some mini quests with Jojo and her dog. It's nice to have a little quest to fit with the main part of the update but I don't think they had to be with Jojo. Couldn't we have just had the quests with another NPC unrelated to Jojo?
Guess whose birthday it is tomorrow... But anyway! SSO have announced on Instagram that they are releasing a new book. This was actually something that they said a couple of years back, so it's cool that it's finally here. So here is the book:
Looks quite cool right? It's all about Lisa arriving to Jorvik for the first time. I think it might be a bit young for me, but it would be call all of the same. Rose Shadowlee commented that it made her want to log on and see all of the places in Jorvik that are featured in the book. I think that it's nice to have a book written in a universe that you can actually explore, even if I don't necessarily want to read it myself.
However, what's the fuss about? Well, the book is released on Wednesday, in Swedish only and will only be available to Sweden, Norway and Finland. I see why they're doing this, because they want to test the market, but still I can't help but feel frustrated that they have a global community but continuously only release content for their part of the world. It just makes players from other countries feel excluded.
Do you think SSO should have had the book translated into more languages before publishing it?
Hey guys! This weeks update included two main features: customisation of the starter horses and a brand new camera tool. First, I took a look at the camera tool.
The camera tool is something that players have been asking for for a very long time. Although I have a MacBook and therefore have no issues with taking photos in game, many people with windows computers do so this new feature is very helpful for them. Here is the interface when you open the camera:
The game freezes when you go into the camera which means you can get some awesome action shots, like above. You can move around the perspective and zoom a bit, which is very useful. In addition, you can do some basic editing with some basic filters and you can add the SSO logo in the four different corners. However, the thing that excites me the most is the fact that you can change the time of day. As a player who cannot get on until after 6 most week days, I often miss the good light so now I can take nice quality photos again. For example, this one was taken at midnight!
I think that this is really good for players to boost their creativity. I'm not that happy with SSO at the moment but this was a great addition to the game and I really enjoyed it.
The second addition was the ability to, for 299sc, change the appearance of your starter horse, much like you can change the appearance of your player.
I think that this is a good feature since when SSO updated the breed, many horse coats change appearance so players may not have chosen those coats, so it's nice they get a chance to change it. However, I personally will never change my starter. He has always been that colour and it is that colour that he will stay. Horses in the real world don't magically change coat!
Have you managed to take any cool photos with the camera yet?
Hey, it’s Li here just finished kayaking. Had a good evening and saw a pretty interesting update awaits (although I need to sleep now so it’ll have to wait for tomorrow). It’s nice to see that SSO now allow for photos within the game as players have been asking for ages. I don’t know if I’ll use it because I can take good quality screenshots anyway, but we’ll see tomorrow!
Aaaaah, no posts in so long! I haven't been on SSO much due to chat ban but I did pop on today for a bit and discovered something...interesting. But first, before I talk about that, I am currently in the middle of updating my blog! I'm really excited to give it a new feel and hope it'll be done this weekend. I just need some photos and a bit of editing magic to be done. I feel like for a while I've wanted a new style so here it comes.
Today I was exploring Jorvik when I saw a little path coming out from behind one of the Jarlahiem doors. I became curious and followed it.
As you can see, there were about three houses at the end! I'm sure this is nothing new, I've just never seen it before and after playing the game so long it's always a thrill to find something new about the little island of Jorvik. I just thought I'd share this before doing a proper post tomorrow.
Love yous for reading, x
To say I'm livid is an understatement. I was far to angry to write this properly yesterday, so I'm writing it now. Yesterday, in the middle of an open event, I was given a 10 day chat ban.
Despite the fact that I'm open to have some banta with my friends, I tend to do that outside of SSO purely because of the chat ban. Therefore, I did not break their terms and conditions but I was banned anyway. I have read through them and I know that this is true. The thing the makes me angriest is the fact I cannot even update FR calendar or FR info for 10 days. That is 49 other people being affected by a ban which was given out unjustly because SSO are using a system that makes mistakes on paying customers. I have contacted support and they have replied (with a clearly copied and pasted reply that has been very rushed) and have not even bothered checking to see if my ban is valid or not. Despite saying on their website:
"We understand that this new system is not perfect and it is currently a work in progress. The system itself is learning every day, based on the behavior and actions of our players and on adjustments made by our team. All reports are investigated, so every report helps our team to improve the system in some way overall. If our team reviews your suspension and decides that our terms and conditions have not been violated, your suspension will be removed."
Well, this isn't true because customer support isn't bothering to invest the situations. I have requested that they send me the chat logs, if they don't I will take it further because I paid for this feature, I'm not going to have it taken away without contravening any terms and conditions. Especially as in the mail back from support, they threatened taking away my account without me actually doing anything... I'm 99% sure there's some legal case happening outside of SSO right now which is why they have felt the need to do this but it's too much, it's too far and, at the end of the day, they are taking away PRODUCTS WHICH WE HAVE BOUGHT. Sometimes there's a reason but sometimes there is not.
To say I'm livid is an understatement.
Wondering what the update will be. Well, here's a 'little' hint...
So, what is a Lusitano. It's a horse which is closely related to the Spanish Andalusian and is often used in classical dressage. This would explain the theory that this horse will come with a brand new gait to be used in dressage - wouldn't that be awesome! It currently looks like it's coming in white and chestnut, but there will also be a third colour that will be a surprise. I think the horse is ok but I'm not feeling "wow". I do like the mane quite a lot but besides that I think it looks clumpy. I will have to wait to see it in game!
Hello guys, it’s Li here. Everything is starting to crash at the moment and I just can’t handle it if it’m honest! I feel a bit ill, my laptop is crashing due to excess files and I have two videos to edit plus loads of stuff IRL. Ugh, it’s just a bit much right now. I hope to have time to blog tomorrow. I have been looking at a new design for the blog which is very exciting (or at least I’m excited). Love yous!
Hello everyone! Just got back from my wonderful holiday so while I'm recovering ready to get back into blogging, why don't you check out this video I upload while I was away:
While I was writing a rant about the SSO age range, I started to think about why I actually play SSO. What actually appeals to the game for me?
Well, firstly I love writing my SSO blog as well as getting into editing photos and videos. I love the media side! But most importantly, I love owning Frosty Roses and hanging out with them all regularly, they're amazing! I love being able to put time and effort into these things which involves being online. Also, ever since I have remembered, I have had a need to be the best. Therefore, I love to keep up to date with my account and get my horses maxed as well as getting the highest in everything (or at least trying to) along the way. And finally, I love some of the questlines (which is why I get so annoyed when SSO ruins them).
So that's it. That's what keeps me on such a huge part of my life. Why do you play SSO?
Despite not being an editor myself, I love other people's edits. I love creative art that is unique and their own style. At the moment, here are the two artists that I've been loving most. I'm not going to pretend that I'm trying to support their art, I am but they have very big followings over on Instagram but if you do fancy following them, click on the picture for a link to their Instagram page.
!!Neither of these pieces of artwork are mine. I am just using them to show case these two artists talents and they belong to these artists!!
Firstly, Catherine Mistheart. As you can see, her art is amazing. She often bases it off films or books but sometimes bases it off the SSO universe, of course and often combines both (my favourite being Harry Potter cross Jorvik). Her style is completely her own - not copied off anyone else. Looking at her work does just make me smile because it's so fun and beautiful. I would highly recommend you look at her other pieces of work!
Look how cute this one is! It's by Jenny Whaletuin. My favourite thing about Jenny is the fact that her opinions are her own and she's not afraid to say what she thinks (but still manages to phrase it nicely, don't forget that). Her art is very very unique, I have never seen anything like it before. But she's highly talented and has many pieces about lots of exotic animals being in SSO - like this one. She's just another artist who makes me smile and I think you should certainly look at.
Happy Wednesday update day everyone! I'm still camping but I hope to be able to check what the update is today, I presume it'll be JoJo coming to Jorvik! Now, in last weeks update I saw this image:
Do you see the blurred out thing? I wonder what it may be. I honestly have no idea about what it could be but it must be coming soon as they are clearly testing it for use. I hope that it will be some kind of stamp system, like in club penguin, but I don't think it will be.
What do you think it will be?
Hey there guys, I have a brand new story series for you. I hope you enjoy! - Li
Jorvik was so small that they didn’t have a proper pier. Well, apparently there was one in Jorvik City but no one really used it as it wasn’t kept in the best condition. Back home, whenever we’d been on a boat we had been able to drive on and off, but on Captain Brus’s ship (the fact that we knew the name of the captain said a lot) there were no cars allowed and to get off, we had to all take it in turns, 4 at a time, to go into a little rowing boat.
With eight kids, I guess Mum and Dad had always had it difficult. Back in Cardiff, we had a three bedroom flat to try and accommodate us all. Take my word for it, it was a squash. So when the lawyer knocked on our door saying Mum had come into inherit a farm? Wow, we partied all night.
I say we but I do not include Poppy and Ashton. Ashton (NEVER call him Ash) is only two and Poppy is only four, so neither of them seemed to understand that our life would be changing forever. For me, no more nice local sixth form down the road. Instead, homeschooling was on the menu. What a joy.
Strangely, none of the others seemed to see the problem with us inheriting our family’s farm. Wren was excited to be able to go fishing in the local river (despite the fact he had only ever seen fishing on the TV). Renee was so happy that she couldn’t stop pretending to be a pig. Leo just couldn’t wait to decorate the farm (he was the only one that had inherited Dad’s artistic trait). Bailey was excited to go exploring in the mountains near our house. Even Aden, who I thought might be with me on this, was excited to be able to go riding at the near by Silverglade Equestrian centre.
So yes, it felt like the world was against me.
I opted to take the last ride in the boat to the shore, waiting behind with Aden. The land appeared to be an orangey gold tone and the houses were old and ramshackle, but had this rustic vibe coming with them. The smell of salt, and fish, littered the air, assaulting your senses with their aroma.
“It was very nice of Great-Grandma Dew to leave us her farm, Rachel,” Aden tried to plead with me.
I gave him the fierce big-sister stare, “Giving up college with my mates to fix up some abandoned farm somewhere away from civilisation and don’t try to tell me otherwise, because it is. Our address even includes the words ‘Forgotten Fields’.”
Before Aden could reply, however, the small boat appeared to row us to shore.
Over the short journey to the long wooden walk where the rest of the family (Mum, Dad, Ashton, Poppy, Wren, Renee, Leo and Bailey) waited (holding far too many bags and suitcases), Aden made conversation with the sailer about the different stables around Jorvik and which one would be best for him to learn to ride.
Finally, we arrived at the jetty where Mum helped me out onto the slippery wooden surface (which seemed to be missing a plank every few metres).
“Well,” she said, “We better get walking.”
“Excuse me, walking?” I knew I sounded shocked - I was. What did she mean walking? We were literally trying to carry our whole livelihood with us.
Dad jumped on the opportunity to get in Mum’s good books, “Yes, the farm is only a kilometre from here. We will be there soon!”
And with that, off we marched to our new home. What joy.
Look at these beautiful pink wings belonging to beautiful pink fluffy unicorns! Don't you just love it! Didn't you just love rainbows and JoJo Siwa!
...Or maybe you didn't.
Maybe you're with most of SSO players and are not into these things because, like most SSO players, you are of the age of around 11 - 16. Maybe you still like these things - that's ok! But many teenagers do not like these things. These things are for eight year olds. I think that SSO wishes that most of its players were eight because they're constantly bringing out content aged at that group of people. But the fact is, they're not. Most players are at least at secondary school because that is when most parents allow children to start talking to strangers online. I think that SSO haven't realised this, or they have and they do not like it. Whatever they're doing, they're going to lose their main audience and when it sinks them, I will be sitting on the shore saying "I told you so".
Welcome to my little space on the large internet where I can share my thoughts, views and fanfics! I am you 'normal' teenaged girl, who loves writing, gaming and horses. I've played Star Stable online since 2nd June 2014 and I am currently a level 20 player on Cupcake Valley where I hang about with Frosty Roses and my 18 pixel horses!
Disclaimer: All images and anything else to do with this blog are taken in the game Star Stable Online produced by Star Stable Entertainment AB. I have nothing to do with Star Stable and own none of their graphics. But I can tell you it is a great game and you should play it!