Hello everyone! Over the next few days, I will be cleaning out the bug box and changing the status of many tickets to "fixed". When I do, many of you will receive notifications but don't worry! It's just a bit of early spring cleaning. :)
I have completed the bug box clean and updated all tickets and left comments as needed. If you have a bug that was marked as "fixed" please re-report with info.
New Breed: Tennessee Walking Horse!
Happy new breed day everyone! Today we are excited to welcome our first new breed of 2021!
🐴 New Breed!
Today we are celebrating our first new breed of 2021! Due to popular demand for a gaited breed, the Tennessee Walking Horse (TWH) has “running walked” into Eqcetera! This breed comes in an array of colors and even...leopard! After researching the breed, it was found that there are a few registered TWHs that carry the leopard gene. This means TWH in-game have been given all possible leopard patterns.
Leopard TWHs will join us at the end of the month when straws and eggs are launched. There will be a drawing for 2 eggs and 2 straws which will open in the forum once straws and eggs are added. We will also be auctioning 1 egg and 1 straw in the Auction House afterward for those who wish to have a chance to purchase if they did not win via random drawing.
Somatic Mutation TWH
A forum post is open with bidding for one of 2 somatic mutations TWHs. To view the horses and bid click here.
🐛 Bug Fixes
Smaller images for liver chestnut American Warmbloods, Abstangs, and Friesdales fixed.
Flaxen no longer shows in color names for grey horses.
Greying horses with black bases have been fixed to correctly say “Steel Grey”
Greyling layer fixed for Brumby foals.
Bay + Dun horses should now show the dun layer.
Autobuy can no longer be lower than the reserve for both the Horse Market and Auction House.
Chestnut based Norwegian Fjords now show Dun in their color name.
Brown Bay + CrCr now makes Brown Bay Cream and layers as Brown Bay base + Cream overlay. A new color!!
📜 Terms of Service & Rule Update
🚘 Road Map Update
We have made an adjustment to the 2021 Road Map which includes a change which will happen in just a few weeks! Straws & eggs will be added this month instead of quests & lore. We have decided to move quests and lore to July inorder to more easily incorporate features from now until then into the overarching story.
What a year 2020 was! As we look towards the future and kickstarting 2021, we wanted to lay out some plans for you so we can all be excited together about what's to come!
After evaluating Eqcetera’s status compared to other games, we’ve decided that it is classified as Early Beta. This means that existing features are still quite volatile in that they could change without notice. Please know that all changes are in line with our vision of the game. We take months to plan a single feature and a great deal of thought goes into every change. While changes may seem disruptive individually, we’re building towards a greater and more complete experience of gameplay, and we’ve valued your patience and enthusiasm up to this point. Thank you so much!
Looking into 2021, we see Eqcetera coming out of Beta in August. For context, most games are in Beta for several years with a team as small as ours! This gives us about 8 months to finish up game features, work out all the kinks, and generally deliver a more rounded product for you to play and enjoy. During V2, we made a lot of changes in the heart of the gameplay that expanded what we could plan. The move to V3 has expanded our possibilities even further by providing a stable codebase, more cutting edge technology used in the code, and streamlined code design. These changes mean we can add some really cool new features that would’ve been impossible on V2’s codebase – more on these in a sec.
As a reminder, while we are in Beta, we will not be accepting any new suggestions or feature requests. This isn’t actually a change; we’ve been doing this since we moved to V3! Instead, we will be reviewing suggested tweaks to current features that could help improve gameplay but anything outside of this will be planned for after we move out of Beta.
What does moving out of Beta mean? It means that we will not make any more drastic changes to existing features, other than QoL updates. We will be opening up player suggestions again and only adding new features. It also means that we’ll start advertising on social media and other channels to increase our reach and grow our playerbase.
Want to see how we will progress out of Beta? Check out our 2021 Roadmap to see details for each month! This is definitely worth a look — some of the new features are super-popular requests we’ve been getting for a long time and are thrilled to be able to implement in the coming year!
For 2021, we will continue our goal of making horses more unique as individuals while also adding features to improve gameplay and help the economy. Since we’re moving to a once per month dev update schedule (more on that below), we will have a monthly focus. You can view each month’s focus on the 2021 Roadmap page! We decided to create a separate page so that it can be referenced throughout the year. Note that it’s difficult to plan a full year ahead and when we dive into 2021, we could see changes to this roadmap. If this happens, we will keep you updated!
Some highlights include:
Player and Horse Careers
Updates and additions to Associations & Clubs
Eggs & Straws (woo!)
A few features that haven’t been revealed yet!
The roadmap does not include art updates or new breeds – though we have the next year planned for those, too. 👀
Looking at 2021, most of the changes left to be added to Eqcetera are quite large. This means it will take more development and testing time than our previous schedule accounts for. Thus, we will be moving our development updates to once per month. This does not mean that smaller updates can’t happen in between such as bug fixes, updates, and smaller tweaks. However, for the large game-changing updates, we need more time.
Development updates will not be scheduled on the calendar since large features require lots of testing, fixes, and code time. However, we do aim to keep on the once a month update schedule.
At this point in time, we will also be moving our art updates to once per month. This allows us to better budget for art and potentially get a stockpile of art going so if Solo ever needs a break, it will be possible in the future. If revenue for the game picks up this year, we will likely move back to a more frequent art schedule.
As a reminder, to ring in the new year together, we are bringing back a player favorite, BINGO! We will be hosting a few rounds of BINGO on our Discord on January 2nd at 7 pm EST/Gametime. A round of BINGO will also be held in the forum for those without Discord on January 2nd at 5 pm EST/Gametime. Our BINGO theme revolves around everything we completed in 2020. :)
A Year to Remember
Surprise! Our final news post of the year is here (really this time)! We want to give a formal reflection on what a year 2020 was! We realized there was a lot we could share with you from the year that just wasn't covered. We managed to do quite a bit of work in adding new breeds and art, transitioning to V3, and more!
📸 Big Picture Stats
We gained 5,642 player accounts. This is almost 200% growth from 2019’s total accounts.
We have fixed 252 known issues since V3 launch in August.
We added 7 new breeds to Eqcetera and updated art for 4 breeds.
We completed all crossbreed artwork and added 2 new crossbreeds.
We completed all foal types with all associated artwork.
We added 2 new disciplines.
We completely redid the game codebase and released it.
We had the best year for revenue in the history of Eqcetera, allowing us to bring on Curly in a part-time game director position.
We were able to donate to a charity for the first time in February 2020 - to the Wildlife Victoria to help the Australian wildlife during the crazy wildfire season. We also donated to Heart 9/11.
🐴 Breed Releases
Brumby - February 2020
Irish Cob - April 2020
Norwegian Fjord - June 2020
Arabian (art update) - July 2020
Welsh Mountain Pony (A) - August 2020
Welsh Pony (B) - August 2020
Friesian (art update) - September 2020
Clydesdale (art update) - October 2020
Welsh Cob (C) - November 2020
Welsh Cob (D) - November 2020
Andalusian (art update) - December 2020
🐴 Crossbreeds Releases
Anglo Arabian (art) - January 2020
Warlander (art) - February 2020
Araloosa (art) - February 2020
Quarter Paint (art) - March 2020
Appendix Quarter Horse (art) - April 2020
Quarab (art) - May 2020
Hispano Arab (art) - June 2020
Irish Sport Horse (NEW) - July 2020
Drum Horse (NEW) - October 2020
Major Updates and Additions
We began adding in several additions that were setting the framework for 2021 and expanding our vision for Eqc. Many of these changes came with art and new game features as well!
1st Half of 2020
❄️ January 2020 - June 2020
The generic crossbreed base was introduced and the old placeholder art thrown out.
Our first equippable item was added alongside setting the groundwork for other equipable items.
Private studs and broods became an option for the stud/brood market.
An updated look to the foundation store and breeding grounds that now displayed horse images and BS.
An offspring list was added to keep track for foals from horses.
Our Valentines event occurred and horse-friendly chocolate truffles were introduced.
Added in daily care (feed/water/groom) to make our pixel horses a bit more “real”.
Moved boarding centers separate from player estate.
Added in herd management and employees for care features.
Ability to store feed/water was added to auto feed/water horses at home.
Boarding passes were introduced to encourage both boarding away and at home.
Added in the new default background after a long search for an artist!
Reverse badger marking was added to all breeds.
We managed to raise $571.06 from Brumby coin sales to donate to Wildlife Victoria.
Search was expanded to add more options when looking for horses.
Added to associations and the ability to transfer clubs.
Began expanding foal art for body types starting with draft foals!
The first seasonal background was added, the Cherry Blossom background.
Added in the breed star system based on a horses breed variance.
The General Store was built on the world page to sell various items.
The new stable background was added to give the feel of home.
Lots of background work was occurring to begin V3 transition.
We announced the transition to V3 as Bedouin began re-coding the entire game.
Light draft foals trotted into Eqc and look so darn adorable!
Our first referral contest began which introduced leopard Irish Cobs.
Most of the site was transferred to V3 by the end of the month!
We gave various updates on the V3 transition and plans.
Various custom generator changes to update layering and display.
Marking and gene % for horses in V3 got an overhaul.
The retirement background was added for retired horses.
Most of the core gameplay was complete for V3 by the end of the month!
2nd Half of 2020
🌻 July 2020 - December 2020
Adjusted launch date for V3 to give more time for staff testing.
Completed all needed crossbreed art which ended with the Irish Sport Horse!
To add some fun before V3 launch, the Summer S’more Challenge was brought back.
Spectral tokens were launched as part of the Christmas in July sale along with the Throwback Mountain Background.
We had our first live stream to answer questions and chat with you all about V3.
Stock foals joined us in Eqc and made us all say “Awwww!"
Pre-V3 launch both the Welsh A and B joined us to begin adding in all Welsh sections.
V3 launched and opened with so many new changes and additions. To view an overview click here. Note, some of this has changed since.
We launched the new help site and transitioned away from the Wiki.
A lot of work went into the greying update which added stages for greying to horses and different grey types.
New art was added for the Hall of Fame, Bank, and Horse Market.
We squashed a lot of bugs...a lot.
Many more bugs were squashed from the V3 transfer.
Added in a new aging system with countdowns.
Added in the Enter All II and Train All II to more easily mass show or train.
Pony foals frolicked into Eqc. They are so cute!
The mine had art added for the minerals. Oooh so shiny!
We held a donation day for HEART 9/11.
Many many more bugs had been fixed.
Companions made their debut with the Elusive black Cat and Great Horned Owl.
We gave hints as to whats to come such as tack.
We held a Fall Forum Event to celebrate the season.
Added the Quick Start Guide to the site.
Cooldown, breeding age, and transport cap were added or adjusted.
Studs and broods were added to Horse Market and only displays those fed,watered, and groomed.
New avatars were added using player made art!
Finished up the last Welsh section so all 4 sections are in-game.
Added a new discipline, Hunter Under Saddle!
To celebrate the holiday the new Turkey companion was sent to all.
We added tack! All breeds received art for brown english tack and an english saddle pad.
Somatic mutations were introduced in a few breeds which randomly occur through the foundation store and breeding.
Mass purchase of items in the General Store was added.
Mass equip of items was added to easily equip tack, companions, and backgrounds to all your horses.
Added a new discipline, Hurdle Racing.
Added in black leather english tack and 2 seasonal holiday pads.
Bedouins dog, Vega, joined us as a seasonal companion. :)
👋 Goodbye, 2020!
Whew, we are glad to say goodbye to 2020 but more so extremely happy of what we accomplished. As you can see, we did a TON in 2020. Now, we can look forward into 2021 and share what we have in store! We’re excited to see Eqcetera morph into its final shape this year. The roadmap outline of what is to come in 2021 will be posted on January 2nd.
To ring in the new year together, we are bringing back a player favorite, BINGO! We will be hosting a few rounds on BINGO on our Discord on January 2nd at 7 pm EST/Gametime. A round of BINGO will also be held in the forum for those without Discord on January 2nd at 5 pm EST/Gametime.
Sale, Equipables, and Social Media Reminders
Merry Christmas to those who are celebrating today! We hope everyone's holidays have been fantastic thus far.
⛄ Holiday Sale Reminder
Don't forget the holiday sale ends on December 26th at midnight! Ingots are up to 35% off and a few packages are available for purchase which includes our newest item, the Breeders Promise. Check it all out at the Ingot Store.
💫 Spectral & Magic Tokens
Now until December 26th at midnight both Spectral and Magic Tokens may be bought as singles. We have noticed requests for this and are happy to open them up for those of you who do not wish to purchase the 6 pack of them in the ingot store. NOTE, the packages in the ingot store are 6 for the price of 5. Both tokens can now be found in the General Store for their single token value. To check out their benefits view the Item Catalogue here.
🎄 Holiday Pads
The Holiday Pads will be leaving us on January 1st at midnight. Be sure to go get them while you can! They will return in December 2021.
🐶 Vega Companion
As a reminder, Vega can be bought in the General Store and is available until January 1st at midnight. She will rejoin us around her birthday in July to celebrate. :)
🐎 Social Media New Breed Hints!
Several hints about our first breed of 2021 have been posted to our social media. Head on over to our Instagram or Facebook and check them out. Be sure to follow us to keep up-to-date about social media exclusive hints. Our new breed will be joining us in January…. 👀
✨ 2021 News Reminder
This will be the last news post for this year (Really this time 😋). We want to once again thank everyone for sticking with us through 2020, the V3 transition, and all the changes. We are extremely excited about going into 2021 and will be revealing a roadmap in a post on January 2nd. This will outline current plans for 2021 and answer several questions we have received about development and additions. Yay for a new year!!
Enjoy the rest of your holidays and keep an eye out for a post on January 2nd. 😁
The Dev Team