Somatic Mutations, Special Auctions, and Community Games
Happy weekend everyone! Today we have a small art update for you all.
🦄 Somatic Mutations
The last somatic mutations are here! The Quarab, American Azteca, Azteca, Friesdale, Iberian Warmblood, and Hispano Arabe all have somatic mutations. This means all breeds in-game now have mutations!
✨ Special Auctions
A few auctions will be going up shortly in both the horse market and auction house. Included will be:
Leopard Irish Cob straw & egg
Leopard Tennessee Walker straw & egg
💥 Behind the Scenes
Behind the scenes, we are frantically working on The Big Thing so we have been more quiet than usual lately. Sneak peeks are being posted to Eqcetera social media so keep an eye out there! Some hints and visuals have been posted. Who will figure out what we are up to first?
😊 Community Games
Please know we haven't gone missing and have something amazing up our sleeves. We want to thank everyone who has stuck around with us during this quiet time. We also want to thank everyone who has been active in-game or via Discord. We truly enjoy having the chance to talk with our players and receive feedback while also having a bit of fun randomly chatting. So, to do a bit more with the community while you wait for The Big Thing, we will be hosting some community game nights on our Discord server. Keep an eye out for a news post with dates and times outlined for you.
Just a reminder we will be revealing our planning and development efforts on August 7th. This update will be very worthwhile so get it on your calendar!
As always, have a wonderful weekend!
Bedouin & Curly
Akhal-Teke Foundation Release #1
Today begins the release of the Akhal-Teke into the foundation store! Akhal-Teke is now available to players with gold and platinum upgrades. On Saturday at midnight (12 am EST/Gametime), the breed will be fully released for everyone to purchase at the foundation store. They will then be removed at 11:59 pm EST/game time on Saturday and will only appear every month on the 17th.
Cron Changes, Discipline Perks & More!
Happy Tuesday! We have a fairly exciting update for you today.
⌛ Cron Time Changes
After reviewing the times that various crons run, we decided to make some changes. There are at least 2 benefits we could think of for this change:
Horse age would be more accurate meaning there would no longer be that weird gap when horses show the wrong day that they next age.
Pushing off the show cron will give people in west coast and mountain times another hour to show every night.
Old Times (in EST/game time)
12:00 am : Shows run and new shows are created
1:00 am : Horses age + care
2:00 am : Daily tasks (various processes running every day that don’t fit into the other 2 crons)
New Times (in EST/game time)
12:00 am : Horses age + care
12:30 am : Daily tasks (various processes running every day that don’t fit into the other 2 crons)
1:00 am : Shows run and new shows are created
🦄 Rare Breed Update
The rare breed limits are now in place for Akhal-Tekes. They will still go into the Foundation Store for gold and platinum players on Thursday at 6 pm EST/game time, but they will appear at midnight (12 am EST/game time) on Saturday for regular players. They will then be removed at 11:59 pm EST/game time on Saturday and will only appear every month on the 17th. Their next appearance in the Foundation Store will be August 17th. This information can now be found on the help site.
We are giving Marwari breeders a bit more time to prepare for the rare breed change. This is to ensure they are able to achieve the level 25 requirement for breeding. Once the new requirements are added in for Marwaris, they will begin to count towards the 5 offspring and 3 clinic retrievals. These changes will be added on August 5th when Marwaris go into the foundation store.
✨ Discipline Tier Benefits
Discipline tier benefits are now in! We have added these benefits to give more purpose to climbing tier ranks and reward everyone's efforts. Like halter title benefits, they will be kept secret. See if you can figure them out.
💡 Big Announcement
Don’t forget that a big announcement will be happening on August 7th. We’re so excited to share with you what we’ve been working on. It's been hard not to reveal what it is, but we’ll be posting sneak peeks on our social media accounts. Don’t forget to follow us!
Because of this big announcement, we’ll be taking a small break from Eqc updates over the next few weeks to focus on getting things ready for August 7th. Does anyone have a guess on what we’re up to? 🤔
Upcoming Art Updates
August 14 - Draft Crossbreed
September 11 - Light Draft Crossbreed (This will complete all crossbreed bases! 🥳)
See you in a few weeks!
Bed & Curly
New Breed, Rare Breeds, and Fixes!
Happy new breed day! On to the exciting part…!!
🐴 New Breed: Akhal-Teke
The Akhal-Teke has trotted into Eqcetera! Known as the most beautiful horse in the world, the Akhal-Teke sports an iconic metallic coat. The breed comes in a variety of colors including roan! Roan Akhal-Tekes are noted in old stud books but are non-existent today. However, roan Akhal- Tekes in Eqcetera will be present in very minimal numbers. Akhal-Tekes are now available via custom token and will go into the general store for gold and platinum members on July 15th and for everyone on July 17th. There is however some extra information about their release below.
The only way to get a roan Akhal-Teke is through breeding to the game-owned brood which will have strict breeding quality requirements. Eligible studs must be at least level 70, have a total PS of 1,000, training boost of 10, and BS star value of 4 or higher.
🦄 Rare Breeds
The Akhal-Teke is a rare breed which means it must be limited in-game. To do so, we are bringing back the limited foundation store availability and adding in new requirements for rare breeds. This means Marwaris will also soon return to the foundation store.
Akhal-Tekes will only be in the foundation store on the 17th of each month and Marwaris the 5th of each month. These breeds will cost $10,000 per purchase. On top of their more costly price point, these breeds will have breeding requirements to keep their numbers down. The dates these breeds are available will be added to the game calendar for future reference.
Rare breeds may only be bred when at level 25 or higher, can only produce 5 offspring (excludes twins), and can only have 3 successful Breeding Clinic retrievals. This is to ensure rare breed numbers are kept as well, rare.
💎 Ingot Sale
A lot has gone on behind the scenes with Bed and I doing many long days of planning and strategizing. To say the least, we have a very large surprise in store which will be coming soon. On August 7th, we will be announcing The Big Thing. In order to prepare for the announcement and The Big Thing, we have been busy funneling most of our revenue toward preparation. This means, we’re a bit low on funds and needing a little boost to keep on schedule.
From now until July 11th at 11:59 PM EST/gametime ingots will be on sale for up to 35% off. Purchase of ingots will be going directly to funding several development projects and ensure we get The Big Thing to you in a shorter time-line.
🌈 Grade Horse Colors
We have had quite a few grade horse colors successfully bred for! Our list thus far:
Anadalusians - Varnish Roan by Middy
Arabian - Palomino by Raine
Arabian - Golden Palomino by Raine
Arabian - Leopard by Stir Fry
Arabian - Varnish Roan by Stir Fry
Congrats for successful grade projects! All new image layers for these colors are now in and ready to be seen. :)
🐛 Bug Fixes
There was an issue where transferring money would throw an error. This has been fixed!
Some horses were remembering old deleted clubs and were refusing to load their info tab. They should be fixed now.
If a grade horse has been downgraded to a regular crossbreed image because of missing art, the tack should now match the crossbreed instead of trying to fit the purebred art.
There was an interesting issue where horses that placed the same in the same type of show were receiving a different set of points. This should be fixed now!
Sooty should now show for black-based horses if they have modifiers in the custom generator.
If you try to use a breed coin from your inventory and switch to spectral, it should now appropriately update the color points and the total ingots due.
We hope everyone is staying comfy and enjoys their weekend!
Bed & Curly