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August 2009


Sleepy time week continues, now that you have your nice comfortable pajamas, let’s make sure you have a nice place to sleep. We have two nice new beds for you today. And one of them is a RARE item!

So get a lovely Sleigh Bed, or be one of the 50 people to purchase the RARE Canopy Bed! This new rare Canopy Bed looks like it’s just made for royalty. When I first saw it, my first thought was “That’s so cute; I even want it in my real home!”

Those RARE Beach Huts sure went fast! Don’t miss out on this lovely bed!!

There are only 50 total!

If these beds aren’t your style, then we have some wonderful rugs that look so soft and comfy, you could just fall asleep on them. Who needs a bed, sleep anywhere! In a bed or on the floor, it doesn’t matter as long as you’re comfortable!

We have some more beds on sale for you today as well!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
King Size Bed Beds
Brass Bed Beds
Tannin Bed Beds
Bedroom Drawers Furnishings (Other)
Baby Crib Hobby

This sale ends Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sales items today!
Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Canopy Bed Beds
Sleigh Bed Beds
Border Rug Floor Objects
Purple Rug Floor Objects
Zebra Rug Floor Objects
Artistic Area Rug Floor Objects

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It’s sleepy time week at Hotel iWin! So, to start this week out we have some cute new pajamas for you! Some dressy ones for the ladies, and some nice comfortable tops and bottoms for the guys! And since you’re buying these cute new sleep clothes, we have some handy shopping bags for you as well.

You can buy your Sleepwear, take it home in a nice colorful Shopping Bag, and then lounge out on your new Lounge Chairs that you got on sale!

But don’t nap too long, we have some other great sleep items coming later this week!

Speaking of bedrooms, check out MadamePat’s beautiful rose bedroom! Wouldn’t it be a pleasant way to wake up, surrounded by those flowers? Even the cat has found a toasty warm place to sleep by the fire.

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Blue Shopping Bag Hobby
Bedroom Lamp Lighting
Sleek Red Lounge Chair Chairs
Sleek Blue Lounge Chair Chairs
Wicker Lounge Chair Chairs

This sale ends on Friday around noon PST. So get your sale items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Red Sleepwear Outfits (female)
Blue Sleepwear Outfits (female)
Red Pajamas Outfits (male)
Blue Pajamas Outfits (male)
Green Shopping Bag Hobby
Black Shopping Bag Hobby
Red Shopping Bag Hobby

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You play our games and you know what you want. Now’s your chance to tell us, and get paid for your ideas!

Do you live in the San Francisco Bay Area? Do you play Facebook games? We would like your opinion on a new product that iWin is developing for social networks. We need you for an hour at our beautiful San Francisco office where you will get to play a new game, talk to the developers and make $50 for your time!

In order to make your opinion heard AND MAKE $50, here’s what to do:

  1. PM me with your contact information including your email address, phone number, and what games you play on Facebook.
  2. Visit our San Francsico Offices on either Thursday, September 10th or Friday, September 11th.
  3. Make your opinion heard!

…And walk away with $50 in your pocket!

For more information, or to reserve your spot, please PM AnneiWin on the forums with your email address, phone number, and games you play.

We’ll find out what time works for you, and send you our address. More importantly, we’ll set aside $50 with your name on it.

We look forward to hearing what you think!

Click here to PM (Private Message) me!

Did you try Coconut Queen yet!?

Coconut fever is here, and if you haven’t yet tried Coconut Queen, here is your chance! Try your hand at Coconut Queen for free, just CLICK HERE!

Playing Coconut Queen puts you on a journey to a tropical escape, and of course you also earn Opals while playing Coconut Queen! And what better way to spend those Opals than on some cool and unique Coconut Queen items for your Hotel room? Today we have a new RARE item for you!

Resting in the shade between tasks in Coconut Queen sounds pretty tempting. What better place than your own Coconut Queen Beach Hut! There are only 200 total, and for a rare item this baby is pretty cheap! For a cool 1000 Opals you get your very own Beach Hut! Rush to the store to grab yours before they are gone!!

What would be a paradise and a Beach Hut without foliage? We also have some super cute Palm Trees to put you into the tropic mood. To round out your decorating trip, we have a lovely Coconut Queen Mural, featuring the same artwork you can find inside Coconut Queen.

So be sure to try the game and make your own Coconut Queen Hotel room and getaway to a sunny and relaxing spot in the tropics!!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Lifes a Beach Background Backgrounds
Surfboard Hobby
Sand Castle Outdoor
Blue Folding Chair Chairs
Blue and White Umbrella Furnishings (Others)

This sale ends on Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sale items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Beach Hut Outdoor
Palm Tree Outdoor
Coconut Queen Mural Backgrounds
Red Swim Trunks Bottoms (male)
Green Swim Trunks Bottoms (male)
Black Swim Briefs Bottoms (male)
Short Swim Trunks Bottoms (male)

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Since I’ve been playing Coconut Queen almost non-stop for the last week and a half, I was going to do a full on review of the game, but frankly, our pals over at Gamezebo not only beat me to it, they did a waaaay better job than I would have!

You can check out the full review here, but there are a few choice tidbits I’d like to crow about:

Their review score was 5 stars – Here’s a visual: 5 stars!  Out of 5 even!  They also said some very nice things, such as:

Coconut Queen is an ambitious, humorous and wonderful game, which is worth a try for every gamer, no matter of his or her general preferences.”

And

“It seems as though iWin has been on a winning streak with its recent releases. After the entertaining Kelly Green: Garden Queen only two weeks ago, Coconut Queen turns out to be the first game that can really compete with Build-a-lot in every respect.”

I think I’m actually blushing a little!

Ready to play?

Need some more convincing?

What I love about Coconut Queen is that, even when you’re hurrying to complete a goal, it never feels frantic and stressful.  I also like the “off the grid” building style, where you can arrange your resort however you like without constraints.  If they trees are in your way, you can even clear the jungle to create your perfect island paradise!

Then there’s the charm and humor.  Andy, the producer of the game and world-renowned iWin blogateer, is a really funny guy, and this shines through in all his games.

And really, who doesn’t want their own army of hunky, agreeable men who build stuff?  You?  I didn’t think so.

Speaking of Andy, he was kind enough to compile an awesome list of tip and tricks to help you be the efficient and benevolent ruler you always knew you could be.

“You Rule, Here’s How”

A Handy Guide For The Recently Crowned

  • You can win without beating all 58 chapters of Coconut Queen.  But completing each chapter earns you a gem, which can be spent to enhance the game.
  • There are two concepts that you must master.  The first concept is Commercial Income, and the second concept is Appeal.  We will explain them later.
  • There is no right way to develop your resorts.  Anything that helps you meet your objectives is fair game.
  • There are so many things that you can do, but not all of them are necessary for the specific challenges in front of you.  Focus your efforts on the actions that bring you closer to meeting your goal.
  • With one exception, reserve the land near water exclusively for your rental buildings.  Landscaping and commercial buildings don’t derive any benefits from being near the water.
  • The exception is the Lifeguard Tower.  These must be built near water, but they raise the appeal of all nearby rental buildings.  They also make it easier to spot and shoo the gum gum sharks!
  • Watch out for damaged property!  You’re not receiving your full income until damaged stuff is repaired.
  • When several things are damaged at once, picking the right order to fix things makes a difference.  When resources are scarce, you are best off repairing lots of little stuff so as not to break the bank.  When resources are plentiful, repair the big-ticket items first.  They are the items most likely to help you meet your objectives.
  • You can only have a maximum of 20 workers at once.  That’s a lot.
  • Commercial buildings don’t benefit from appeal, so they don’t need to be near anything else.
  • You must master dividing your attention.  Some stuff just takes time.  Start something that takes a while, then go somewhere else and start something new.  As long as there are enough resources, you and your workers can multi-task like crazy.
  • Whenever you have a spare worker and unused open space, plant new jungle.  By the next chapter, the new growth will be fully grown jungle, and that’s free construction materials.
  • Some of the objects in the game can only be unlocked by playing the Free Play levels.  I’m not telling which items, or how you get them.  Just go develop!
  • If you find yourself running out of time, you should know that you can always pause the game and think about your next move!

Commercial Income

  • Commercial income is generated by commercial buildings, but is slightly more complex than rental income.  Each commercial building, such as a Concession Stand or a Water Sports Store, makes a certain amount of money off of the tourist population.
  • As an example, a Concession Stand can make $10 per tourist every “payday”, which is every 15 seconds.
  • Each rental building houses a certain number of tourists.  A Cabana holds 2 tourists, a Cottage holds 4, and so on.
  • So if your population consists of 50 tourists, then each Concession Stand is making $500 (50 x $10).
  • If you build a Cottage, then each Concession Stand is now making $540 (50 + 4 new tourists, times $10).  That’s only $40 more.
  • But if, instead, you built another Concession Stand, that’s another $500, because it’s making another $10 off of each of your 50 tourists!
  • So either way, you increase your Commercial Income, and it all goes towards your Bottom Line.

Appeal

  • Think of improvements—umbrellas, hot tubs, swimming pools—as emitters, and think of rental units—cabanas, cottages, condos, hotels, etc.—as receivers.  Each receiver can receive appeal from every unique emitter that’s within “broadcast range”.  Improvements or rentals on their own don’t generate appeal; it takes two to tango.
  • One of the most profitable ways to lay out your resorts is to cluster your rental buildings around a group of appeal-raising elements such as pools, hot tubs, and beach umbrellas.  This way, several rental buildings can benefit from just one of each type of improvement.
  • Here’s a juicy secret: appeal translates directly to a percentage increase in rent! That’s right! If a Cabana has +10 appeal, then it’s generating an extra 10% rental money.
  • It’s possible, through expert use of improvements, to DOUBLE the rental income of a building.  Whoa.

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All of us here at iWin hope you have as much fun playing Coconut Queen as we did making it…and playing it.  A lot.

Did I mention I finally got the Oprah award?

Yep, so I got that going for me!

I think you’re going to enjoy it, have fun!

We have our Coconut Queen contest winners for you today! Our grand prize was a 200 Dollar American Airlines Gift Card!

And that Grand Prize winner is craftbugjo!! Congratulations, you have won both the 200 dollar gift card as well as 3000 Opals! Please keep an eye on your email for further instructions!

For our 2nd place winner, we have dianahere6! 2000 Opals will be coming your way soon!

For our 3rd place winner we have suma6869!! Expect 1000 more Opals in your pockets soon!

And last, but not least, we have conflay earning a nice 500 Opals!

Congratulations to all of our Coconut Queen Contest winners!! The Opals will be awarded later tonight.

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The anticipation is killing me! I can’t wait until Coconut Queen comes out on the 20th of August!

However, I do have some new items to help tide people over until Coconut Queen is released! How about some new Coconut Queen themed items for the Hotel?

Be your own Coconut Queen in Hotel iWin! We have some cute tropical outfits to get you started!
What would a Coconut Queen wear? How about a Coconut Bikini! You can wear it with or without a Lei. Those flowers sure smell nice. We also have some cute grass skirts for both the guys and gals!

And of course we have our Coconut Queen Movie Poster for you to put up in your room as well! There will be even more exciting Coconut Queen items coming on Friday.

And of course we have our Tuesday Room of the Week. This lovely room was pointed out to me, and it really is a quite stunning tribute. I’d love for everyone to take a moment to see dthieman room and see the lovely photographs she has up of her Mother and Father. This room is just beautifully done. The way the sofa colors match the old photographs. What a keen eye for detail.

Don’t forget we have a great Coconut Queen website as well; I love the desktop images you can get! Check them out!

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Life Ring Hobby
Window onto Beach Wall Objects
Boom Box Appliances
Tribal Mask Wall Objects
Tiki Mug Hobby

This sale ends on Friday around noon PST. So get your sale items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Lei Tops (male)
Coconut Bikini Tops (female)
Coconut Bikini with Lei Tops (female)
Grass Skirt Bottoms (female)
Grass Warrior Skirt Bottoms (male)
Coconut Queen Poster Wall Objects
Ocean Landscape Landscapes

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Attention all building game enthusiasts!

The Seattle studio has been working on something truly special, and we think you’ll LOVE it.

Coconut Queen will be released on August 20th, and it’s a cool, exotic, refreshing tropical drink for your eyes, ears and brain.

We’ve really outdone ourselves to show you what a true Premium game can be.   We crafted a distinct, retro tiki-lounge soundtrack to set the mood.

We dug into classical illustration and animation of the 50’s and 60’s to create the sights.

You are going to meet Liz, the first of a new generation of casual heroines, and join her as she inadvertently becomes Coconut Queen on the beautiful and mysterious tropical island of Lui-Lui!

One blog entry is not enough to tell you every reason that you will love taking a tropical vacation with Coconut Queen.

Unfold the story and solve the mysteries in whatever order you like.

Enjoy the challenges of building and managing beautiful tropical island resorts in a variety of unique settings.

Instead of a handful of building types on a half-dozen bare patches of dirt, help yourself to over thirty fun buildings and landscape elements, each with a unique contribution to your resort, and landscape however you like.   After all, you will be the Coconut Queen!

So pack the sun block and grab a tropical drink on August 20th. But be careful about sipping that drink while playing, ‘cause you’re going to be laughing a lot!

NOTE:  I’ve been playing Coconut Queen a LOT for the past week, and I took the screenshot from the free play mode of my own game.  Check out that balance, I’m about to get the Oprah award!  – Terrie

Visit the Coconut Queen Forum

Check out the Coconut Queen Game mini site for FREE ring tones and wallpapers!

Enter the Coconut Queen Contest for a chance to win!

Did you ever wish that you could teach your dog new habits? Have you ever wanted for your trusted companion to fetch your slippers instead of the newspaper? Well, now you can at Hotel iWin! Our shoe week continues with these comfortable new slippers for guys and gals. Available in three lovely color choices for all tastes and preferences. Now, if you are heading off to the land of nod, or if you are just waking up and starting off the day, you can be sure your feet are nice and comfy.

Also for our sale today we have some other sleepy time items for you. Two different beds to help you drift off and rest those eyes. To make that morning perfect, we have some nice Coffee Makers for when you wake up. Although, you could have coffee before bed time, but you’ll want to make sure that it’s decaf!

Remember that you can still enter our Coconut Queen Contest for your chance to win a $200 travel gift certificate.

SALE ITEM CATEGORY
Sofa Bed Beds
Single Bed Beds
Cappuccino Machine Appliances
Coffee Maker Appliances
Golden Retriever Pets

This sale ends on Tuesday around noon PST. So get your sale items today!

Here are the new items we have for you today:

ITEM CATEGORY
Bernese Mountain Dog Pets
Green Slippers Shoes (female)
White Slippers Shoes (female)
Pink Slippers Shoes (female)
Green Slip-ons Shoes (male)
Blue Slip-ons Shoes (male)
White Slip-ons Shoes (male)

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One of the great things about working at iWin is our tolerance for working remotely.  Pookie and I are preparing to test that tolerance.  We’re leaving for ten weeks and will be staying at her mother’s.

While the thought of living in your mother-in-law’s house for 10 weeks may give most men psychosomatic illnesses, in my case there are two mitigating factors.  The first mitigation is geographic.

My mother-in-law lives in Brazil.  Dona Olympia, as she’s reverently called by all who know her, still lives in the house her late husband built himself.  The very house where Pookie grew up.  It’s a modest home on a plaza in a city Dona Olympia has watched grow around her and upward.  Within a few blocks is a tailor, a butcher, a grocer, and two dozen places to eat a meal or have a drink.  Tuesdays and Fridays a farmer’s market sets up on a street within an easy walk.

Not much beyond the neighborhood’s vaguely defined confines are the modern forms any American will instantly be familiar with.  Supermarkets, shopping malls and fast food restaurants.  Wal-Mart, Home Depot and KFC.

If all goes to plan, I’ll never set foot in any of them.

Até logo!

Oh, the other mitigation.  Dona Olympia adores me.  Immodestly I have to admit, I am quite cuddly.

NOTE:  John didn’t provide any pictures, so I… heh heh… took a few liberties. – Terrie

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