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We are an online forum and community based around the virtual life PC game, Babyz, created by Mindscape/Ubisoft in 1999. Milk is the center of our little Babyz Community, and we've been going strong for 15 years and counting!
today, i am very excited to introduce to you a brand new feature on milk: participation points! true to their name, participation points (also known as pp or ✨party points✨ for short) are earned based on your participation and overall forum activity. it is similar to a currency, but unlike our previous currencies, participation points are only earned through direct forum activity instead of through buying and selling.
the idea behind participation points is for them to be easy to earn as long as you are active and contributing to the forum. of course, this doesn’t mean you need to be on milk 24/7– most of us are adults with lives and responsibilities, after all! participation points are simply designed to reward members for making an effort to be a part of the community.
to read more about participation points or check out all of the participation rewards that you can earn, visit our new VIP Lounge!
hi friends! happy june! summer will officially be upon us very soon, and with it, another exciting quarter at milk! i’ve been hinting at a few things being in the works, so i thought it was time to give you guys a few updates on some of the things coming up this season.
☀️ participation points launch ☀️
during the second half of this month, we will be launching our new participation points system! this new currency system has been under construction since before caps were retired as a feature and is actually something i’ve been wanting to implement for years. i will explain more in the actual information post that comes with the launch, but the basic premise is that you earn these points directly from your participation on the forum, and you will be able to use the points you earn to purchase special prizes from a special shop, among other things! i will also be awarding retroactive points for the last couple of events since caps were discontinued, so everyone will get some spending money to start out with.
look forward to the official participation points launch coming around mid to late june just in time for milk’s 16th birthday!
☀️ the return of theme weekends ☀️
following the launch of participation points, we will be bringing back our theme weekends as a fun way to earn points in between events! for those who were not around during past theme days/weekends, they are essentially just quick little 1-2 day micro-events where you can earn bonus points for doing specific things such as posting a family banner, putting up adoptions, entering pageants, or even just making lots of posts!
theme weekends will return the weekend following our participation points launch!
☀️ pageant camp ☀️
during july and august we will be running a very special summer camp for all our little models and shutterbugs: pageant camp! it’s okay if your babyz aren’t fans of the outdoors… this camping trip is really more of a glamping trip! there will be activities for babyz of all skill and experience levels, including posing classes and practice pageants for beginners and the return of elite and advanced pageants for our veterans. at the end, there will be a big camp competition to crown the pageant camp king or queen! we will also be unveiling our new pageant gem system (which is no longer a currency but an exciting update to titles and rankings)!
registration for pageant camp will open at the end of june/early july and camp will officially begin mid to late july and extend through august.
i can’t wait to show you guys everything we have been working on! <3
it is time to beggin signups for our spring EGG-stravaganza!!!
the egg-stravaganza starts on thursdegg 4/14. signups will beggin now and conteggue through the event so that eggyone who pops in late can still join in the fun!
if you want to parteggcipate in the great milky egg hunt this year, you will first need to sign up!
sign up???" you might be asking. "we never had to sign up for egg-stravaganza before??"
why YES, veteran milker, that IS a very eggstute observeggtion! the reason is because THIS year we are combining two great classic events: egg-stravaganza and color wars! so you will not only be scouring the forum for eggs, but also using your handy dandy egg dye to attempt to dye the forum in your team's color! additionally, the eggs you find will count towards your team's total as well as your own.
how do i sign up?
to sign up, all you have to do is reply to this post with the listed form! then, on thursdegg you will be among the first to be placed on a team so you can begin participeggting ASAP.
spring is approaching, and with it, the season of flowers, bunnies, chicks, and... you guessed it, EGGS! we have a very EGGciting classic milk event coming up in a few weeks and we're looking for some EGGcellent members to contribute in an EGGstremely helpful way!
please design us an egg! you can design it using pixel art, digital art, or however you'd like! the only rules are as follows:
egg design rules
♥ eggs can be of varying sizes but should be no larger than 70x70 px or else they'll be difficult to hide!
♥ eggs must have a transparent background
♥ eggs must have some sort of design on them (IE they can't be just a plain solid colored egg-- these are easter eggs!)
♥ you must be okay with us using your egg in varying ways across the forum including but not limited to being edited into random graphics and posts.
you can use one of the below templates to make your egg or you can just freestyle your own!
once you have finished your egg please post it in this thread! you are allowed to make as many eggs as you like.
you have until april 10th to get your eggs in!
THANK YOU and happy eggmaking!!
pssst... looking to contribute more than just eggs?
if you'd like to be part of the event committee for the upcoming spring event please reply here to sign up!! members of the event committee will be added to the secret event planning board & will get to play a big role in making this next event happen!
i wanted to make an information post about the big auction we have coming up on sunday!
what is this?
you might have heard that caps are going away. this auction is our final farewell to our caps currency, and a fun opportunity to spend your remaining caps before they disappear!
how long will the auction last?
the auction will run for a full week from sunday, march 6th until the following sunday, march 13th. the next day, on the 14th, caps will be removed from the forum ~forever~.
can i be part of the auction?
absolutely! we are hoping to have a nice full auction packed with awesome things to bid on, but that's where we need your help! a few of our mods have already set up auction booths, but the event would be even better if there were items from our members as well. this is a great way to give back to the forum and community we love so much and help keep it alive!
what kinds of things can i auction off?
literally anything-- the auction room is your oyster!! there is no limit to the kinds of things you can put up for your friends and fellow milkers to bid on.
some ideas for things you can auction off include:
other services (for example i could do tarot reading)
non-babyz game items (petz, sims, animal crossing items, etc.)
vouchers/requests for any of the above (no immediate effort required! :D)
the possibilities are just about endless! as long as it's not something that would go against proboards TOS or our forum rules, you're good to auction it!
how do i set up an auction?
i have created an auction booth setup room where you can create your auction lots ahead of the event. i have set this board to be "hidden", meaning that you can only see the threads you create yourself (aside from staff). this way, all items can be a secret until the event!
to create a lot, simply start a new thread and tell us what you are auctioning, the starting bid, and what date/time (including timezone) the auction will end. the starting bid is whatever you feel your item is worth, usually in the realm of 50-300 caps depending on the item. the ending time is just whatever date/time works best for you during the week to come back and reach out to your auction winner!
if caps are going away, what do i get for putting up an auction lot?
every item you put up for auction will earn you a reward in the form of our new participation points currency, which you will be able to spend once we get our participation shop and exclusive areas up and running!
i have another question!
ask in this thread!
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022 - GOODBYE TO CAPS - INFORMATION & AUCTION ANNOUNCEMENT
posted by lacey • reply to this post
milk is saying goodbye to our currency, milk-bottle caps, for good!
as discussed in this thread, caps have reached the point of redundancy unfortunately, so we are discontinuing them.
caps will officially go away on
monday, march 14th
will there be anything new to replace caps?
yes! to replace caps, we will be introducing two new currencies:
participation points participation points (or just "pp" for short) are exactly what they sound like: they are earned for participating in milk activities and events! you will also be able to exchange event currencies (such as easter eggs, festival tickets, etc.) for participation points if you have any left over once the event is done. we will be opening a special shop exclusively to spend your participation points in, which will feature a rotating stock of limited clothing sets, toys, playscenes, coupons, blind box growers, forum perks, and more.
pageant gems pageant gems will be a special currency that you'll be able to earn and spend in our pageant area! along with them will come more pageant types, pageant perks, a special pageant shop, and more. detailed information to come as i am planning a kick-off pageant event in april to introduce these!
how will mootiques work without caps?
with caps being discontinued, the mootique area will transform into a board where members can post their creations for download or delivery via PM, either in "shop" threads similar to mootiques or just single posts. although members will no longer earn caps from others buying their items, hexers will earn a set amount of participation points for each item they offer. members will also be allowed to make their offerings more exclusive by allowing only a certain amount of people to have it sent to them before discontinuing or retiring the item.
the adoption center and trading post board will remain functioning as it currently does.
what will happen to my current mootique?
all caps-format mootiques will be archived on march 14th, the day caps are discontinued. until then, mootique owners are free to hold sales for members to spend their remaining caps on before they go away.
if you would like to work on setting up a thread for downloads/PM-delivered items, you are welcome to create those in our current "thrift shop" board as all threads in that board will move into the main mootique board after march 14th.
will there be anything special for me to spend the rest of my caps on before they disappear?
yes! we will be holding a week-long auction from sunday, march 6th - sunday, march 13th. members will be able to set up an auction thread for anything they might want to auction off, including hexies, clothing sets, toys, playscenes, artwork, graphics, or even petz and other non-babyz items! you can literally auction a n y t h i n g. there will also be some other fun milk-sanctioned stuff to bid on like forum perks etc.
each member who auctions off items during this week will earn their very first participation points (per item) for the upcoming participation shop as well as a badge! you'll also get to keep any caps you earn for auctions that end within the week so you can spend them on other auction posts.
i have created a board in the event hall for you guys to work on setting up your auction posts ahead of time. the board is set to private so members can only see their own thread for optimal secrecy before the auction!! GO FORTH and set up your fun stuff!!!
it's time to start getting all our little travelers ready for this year's get to know you week!
get to know you week is a special event that we like to run at the beginning of each new year to help our members, newbies and oldies alike, to get to know each other a little better and celebrate the BC as a community. i am SO excited to bring this back to you guys!!
this theme week will run from friday, january 14 until ~sunday, january 30
(give or take a few days for wrap up)
there will be lots of fun activities to take part in during this event, whether you are currently active with babyz or just want to stop by and hang out with your milky friends for a bit! one of my goals in the new year is to provide more activities for those who don't play anymore but still want to take part in the community :)
for those who are active with babyz, though, one of the most exciting activities during this event will be the ultra-fun [b]family flip wondertrip[/b]!
what is the family flip wondertrip?
the family flip wondertrip is a special exchange program where you can sign up one of your babyz for a lovely little vacation to visit the home and family of another member! in turn, you will be hosting an exchange baby from someone else’s family!
that sounds like fun!! can i see what my baby gets up to?
yes! during the family flip, we will have a board set up for wondertrip diaries, where anyone who is hosting a baby can post a little diary about their exchange baby’s visit! these don’t have to be super fancy or extensive— it’s just a place to share photos and talk about what you’ve been up to!
♥ how it works ♥
1. each milker who signs up will fill out an application form about the baby they want to go & "live" with another family for two weeks, similar to fostering! they will then (straight away please!) email their kid to email@example.com or upload and PM them to lacey.
2. by sending a baby to someone else, you are also volunteering to host someone else's baby for a week, to keep things fair and even!
3. before the event, the moos will match up the kids with a host family & announce who's visiting who! we will then post the babyz out & the event can begin!
4. during the event, there will be a subforum open where each host parent will post a thread to keep a diary of their visitor's stay! each update/activity you post will earn you 50 caps (up to a maximum of 500 caps).
♥ the simple rules ♥
- remember, to send your kid out you must also play host to a kid in return!
- please do try to post at least an update or two over the course of the event to make sure everyone has fun!
- if you have any concerns about sending your babyz to a specific milker, please PM lacey after you submit your application so we can bear that in mind when matching kids up.
- please send your baby (don't forget all the bmps!) to firstname.lastname@example.org OR upload and PM the link to lacey straight after you submit your form so we're not waiting for you!
visit this announcement thread ("reply to this post" at the top of this update box) to find the sign up form!
happy new year, milk! this month marks the start of milk's first quarter of 2022. i wanted to make a little update post to let you guys know what's going on around the forum this season!
♡ this year, i am super excited to be bringing back our formerly annual get to know you week event! the object of this event is exactly what it sounds like: it's all about getting to know your fellow forumgoers and community members, as well as their babyz families! during this event we also do a super fun baby swap where your baby can go on a special vacation to visit another member and spend some time getting to know their family, while you play host to someone else's baby in return! i will be posting the signup for that activity this week, so keep an eye out!
♡ don't forget, the bc yearbook is still open for submissions! i am planning to remodel and update the yearbook website to bring it into 2022, but i need your updates to do it! this is a great way to make sure your babyz are immortalized in bc history.
somehow this time of year has descended upon us and it is time to start preparations for milkmas! our annual secret santa is a beloved milky tradition and i am so excited to bring it back this year.
how does it work?
we will be accepting signups for secret santa until sunday, december 5. the quick sign-up is to ensure people plenty of time to work on their gifts! on december 6th, i will match up milkers based on skills/desires and send out PMs to let you know who you will be giving a gift to along with instructions on how to pass your gift along.
what if i don't know how to hex?
there are lots of things you can give other than hexed items, especially during the holiday season! some suggestions include coupons (such as for graphics or photoshoots), mootique gift cards, items bought from mootiques, artwork, or anything you can come up with! remember, it's the thought that counts - you might not think you're a brilliant hexer, but your recipient will be delighted by anything you make if you do hex something!
can i help make things for others to gift?
absolutely! this time of year, you are allowed to offer "giftables" in your mootiques or as a request thread, where you might offer coupons, exclusive "giftable" clothing sets/toys/items, hexies, artwork, or anything else you can think of. the catch is that they would be gift-only items, which would only be allowed to be purchased as a gift for someone's secret santa (or milk friends).
can i still play even if i don't celebrate christmas?
of course! milk secret santa is for everyone.
can i still take part if i didn't manage to send out my gift last year?
you can pm me to discuss this.
how do i sign up?
navigate to the "moosflash" board to find this post (or simply click "reply to this post" abov) and reply with the signup form! feel free to reply if you have any questions as well.
welcome, my pretties, to the big trick or treat door!
beyond this door lies THREE spooky and aDOORable treats for your little trick or treaters!
each treat can be obtained in a different special way.
for treat one, you simply have to trick or treat!
reply below with a graphic of at least two of your babyz dressed in their halloween costumes!
to earn treat two, we need to light up all the little jack-o-lanterns across the forum so that our little trick-or-treaters can find their way.
make a reply or a post in at least 10 different boards on milk. you can go into sub-boards as well but only one post per "main" board (aka the ones visible from the front page). for example if you make a post in a sub-board of daisy chain drive that counts as your post for the whole of daisy chain drive.
treat three allows you to get in on the fun! create a door of your own using this template (or find your own if you prefer) and post it in a new thread in the trick-or-treat board. then, create your own treat to give out to trick-or-treaters that come knocking at your door thread.
milk trick-or-treat will run until wednesday, november 10th!
our annual fall festival has pulled into town this morning and is here to stay through halloween!
come on down to the fairgrounds where you can try your luck at the carnival games, ride the ferris wheel, grab some deliciously unhealthy fair food, have your fortune read, get your face painted, and spend your hard-earned tickets on amazing prizes!
we've loved putting the festival together for you this year and we hope you have fun!!
happy october lovely friends!! today marks the start of milk's fourth quarter. i wanted to make a little update post to let you guys know what's going on around the forum this spooky season!
♡ our annual fall festival rolls into town in about two weeks, on october 15th! there is still time if you are interested in donating any sets to the festival vendor booths. see the linked post for details!
♡ the fall festival will lead into our annual milk trick-or-treat event. i will make a separate post about that as it gets a little closer, but you may want to start thinking about what your babyz want to dress up as and what kind of goodie you'd like to give out to trick-or-treaters!
♡ the bc yearbook is our latest community project, currently under reconstruction and accepting new and updated entries to get us back up to date for 2021! if you don't have your babyz in the yearbook, please consider submitting them!
♡ sunny pastures school has concluded its first month in session! october's assignments will be posted at some point today and students will have until october 31st to complete them for a full caps reward. any latecomers can still complete september's assignments for half caps. remember, at the end of the school year, the house that has completed the most assignments will receive a prize and a badge!
as some of you might remember, we used to maintain a really cool bc yearbook to show off all the babyz of our community and also keep a visual record of how hexing has improved and hexing trends have changed throughout the years.
we fell off the wagon with it back in 2016 but i'd love to get it back up to date and keep it active again if possible - but i need your help to do that!
please click "submit" on the bc yearbook page linked above and fill out the form to submit a baby. you can also submit updates for babyz that are already on the website but need updates to their information such as name changes, photo updates if they've been rehexed, or new parents.
i am planning to change the phrasing of "moms" to "parents" and a few other things to make the site gender-inclusive and bring it into 2021.
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2021 - FALL FESTIVAL IS COMING! SEEKING DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS
posted by lacey • reply to this post
that time of year is approaching once again. the fall festival will be pulling into town next month and we here behind the scenes are officially starting to get everything ready for it! for those who are newer here, fall festival is our annual autumn- and halloween-themed carnival here at milk, with tons of fun fair games, rides, vendor booths, and more!!
the fall festival pulls into town mid-october of this year and will lead into halloween and milk trick-or-treat.
to prepare for the festival, we are looking for the following:
every year we have a festival marketplace where fairgoers can spend the prize tickets they earned in our games! since this is one of the most anticipated events of the year, i always like to make sure the marketplace is nice and full and has lots of variety for people to spend their hard-earned tickets on. we also often give away extra prizes in some of our games.
if anyone would like to contribute to the marketplace or prize stash, we will accept:
- hexed clothing sets, minisets, or costumes
- hexed toy sets or addball plushies
- hexed playscenes
- vouchers for hexed babyz, hexed clothes/toys, photoshoots, or graphics to be redeemed from you at a later date
if you are interested in contributing a donation please respond here so i can get a general idea of how much we will have to offer. donations can be dropped off by replying then PMing lacey with a photo or graphic of the item as well as a link to the file(s). (files can also be emailed.)
if anyone is interested in helping with planning and hosting games/activities for the festival, you can also volunteer to assist our staff as an event planner! please only volunteer if you are willing to commmit to hosting 1-2 activity threads! please reply here if you are interested in volunteering and i'll get you set up asap.
thank you so much friends!! i'm really excited about this year's festival. i also have some special tricks up my sleeve for this event which will require a signup thread-- that will come later on as we get a little closer!
TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2021 - TIME TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL ~ SUNNY PASTURES REOPENING
posted by lacey • reply to this post
i have an exciting announcement for you all today! milk's own school for babyz, sunny pastures, has reopened and is now enrolling!
for those who weren't here when it was around last, sunny pastures is designed as a way for newbies & veterans, hexers & non-hexers alike to earn caps to spend in the mootiques here at milk! in sunny pastures, your babyz complete assignments, and for each assignment that you turn in, you can collect caps.
this time around, we have four houses that your babyz will be sorted into based on their personalities.
at the end of the year, the house that has completed the most assignments will win the house cup & lots of special prizes to go with it!
the school year begins tomorrow, so enroll your baby today!
happy july, milkers! i am so excited to see the forum getting busier and brighter over the last couple months and i really hope it continues this way. i wanted to post a little update to let you guys know some of the things that are going on this quarter.
the seaside festival is a big beach party to celebrate and say "welcome back" to milk after all of the quietness on the forum AND stress in the real world for the past year! milk has always been a home and an escape for a lot of us and i'm so happy to be able to revive our little community again.
the beach party doesn't have a strict end date but the aim is to leave it up through july to give everyone a chance to participate! i'm hoping to add a few more things to the surf shop during that time as well :)
so come lay down a beach towel and relax, go splashing in the water, hunt for seashells, grab a bite from the food truck, watch some fireworks in the evening, and most important of all, have fun!
NOTE if you are not seeing the new theme for the event, please make sure you have your forum theme set to "[main do not delete]" in your profile settings.
hello friends! it has been a while but i hope you are all doing well. as it is now (essentially) summer on my end of the world and i have quite a bit more free time as well as energy and motivation these days, i am really hoping to be able to get a revival going here at milk! so this is just a little informal announcement about what i've got planned.
♡ i am working on a little "welcome back" summer beach party event to kick things off and give everyone something fun to come back to! it will still be quite low key and just have a few activities as well as (hopefully) a little shop. i am aiming to have the event up in the next week or two. if anyone would like to try and stretch out their worn out old hexing muscles and donate some summer or beach-themed sets to the shop, that would be lovely-- you can just reply here or PM me!
♡ on that same note i would love to get some fun "relearn together" and "family sorting together" kinds of threads up where everyone can help each other get back into playing, hexing, making graphics, and general milk-ing together as a community.
♡ as you get back into the forum you might notice a few changes. i have been condensing and simplifying some areas since coming back to make things a bit easier to follow. if anything has moved and you're not sure where to find it feel free to ask!
♡ if you see anything that hasn't been updated for a while please excuse it as i'm still working to get everything back up to date! also don't worry for the moment if you haven't posted in your house board in 2 years or whatever rofl, we'll address any inactive/idle threads if/when things start getting actually active again!
hi friends! this is just a small update to let you guys know about some changes that will be happening on milk going forward.
there is a lot going on in everyone's lives right now, including the senior staff who are both going through some personal life things. as such it is difficult for us to put on events and maintain a schedule for things going on at milk. we know a lot of you are busy people as well and don't always have time to participate in events and activities, especially ones as often as milk is known for having.
for these reasons, we have made the decision to put events on hold for the time being. this is not to say that there will NEVER be big events ever again, because there almost certainly will be. but i think for at least the remainder of this year we will just have sort of a "static" forum where you can come and participate in day to day goings-on but not large scale events. there should still be simple activities that pop up here and there and themed things for the holidays as well!
to go along with this decision, since there won't be as many event/themed layout changes going forward, i have put together a selection of super cute new forum themes for you to choose from! you can see the playroom one right now which is the current default, but i have also made layouts to correspond with four other rooms in the babyz house!
i really like all of them and i hope you will enjoy changing between them as often as you want to!
i am definitely planning on doing a few cute seasonal ones in the coming months as well, such as a halloween attic and a christmas living room.
i hope with this update the forum will fall into a steady posting pace with everyone being able to focus their attentions on updating their babyz families, hexing, and not always having to jump into a million events giving you no time for anything else! i know i personally am looking forward to posting more non-event related babyz posts as well as updating you guys on my diary and playing in the off-topic areas.
love you guys and thank you so much for understanding why this needed to happen!!
signups are now open for our upcoming third quarter event, camp milk!
camp milk is an exciting summer camp event where your babyz will be assigned into cabins and can earn points for their cabin team. there will be fun team games and competitions as well as activities similar to our sunny pastures preschool that babyz can complete for spending money in the camp store :)
camp milk will run the whole third quarter from july 1 until september 30.
it will have a relaxed pace so you can pop in and out to participate as you can!
if your baby would like to attend camp milk, please have them fill out the form in this thread.
this whole month, we as a forum will be focusing on the babyz game and the simpler times we've shared in the babyz community. there will be fun challenges to complete in-game with your babyz, babyz discussions and polls, as well as nostalgic activities based on things from bc past popping up throughout the month!