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Irish Daughts, Show Changes, and More!
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, November 9, 2019 (16 Comments)

Happy Update Day!

New Breed - Irish Draught

Decided by popular vote, the Irish Draught is now here! Like all new breed releases now, they will be available as a breed coin only for 1 week. Next Saturday, they will appear in the Foundation Store as a regular breed. Along with the ID is a new crossbreed - the Irish Sport Horse. 

Do you guys like voting in new breeds or is it more exciting for it to be a surprise?

Note: The ID breed coin image will be uploaded soon! We might have forgotten that one detail. x.x

Show Point Change - Take 2

Based on the feedback, we’ve changed the points formula again. This time, it is percentile based broken into 10% percentiles. However, you’ll still receive a bonus for horses defeated to still encourage showing in large shows.

Although we’ve tested this quite a bit, please let us know if you see anything wonky with show point allotment. There never fails to be an issue after involving tons of horses and different scenarios. :P

Show Results

To help keep better track of how your horses are doing, a points column has been added to the show results page. Keep in mind that this change is not retroactive so only future shows will have show points gained. 

You can also see the overall show results now! Show results are now kept for 30 days. If a show has run in the past 30 days, there will be a link to the show page with the ranked results. This is also not a retroactive change so you’ll start seeing this after tonight’s shows run.

More Horse Info / Changes

Horses, starting from today, will have a “bred by” section on their profile. 

You can see how many total horses, mares, stallions, and foals on your profile page now. No more manual counting!

The Brand, Transfer, Surrender, and Retire buttons only show up now if you click Manage. 

Show Creation

You can now see the shows you’ve made in the last 30 days. This may be too much and in the future shortened to 7 days.

Bank Transactions

The first step to categorizing bank transactions has been taken. You’ll now see that “Type” is more specific for a category of spending/receiving money. Eventually, bank transactions will be by day then by category where you can expand that category to view individual transactions.

Staff Info

There is now information about the staff in the footer on the game. Not sure how we’ve gone this long without it. :D

Breed Files

We really want to offer valuable information for each horse breed on Eqcetera. This would come in the form of different pages dedicated to breeds, their general information, some history, and some game stats. If you’re really interested in this type of thing, let us know! It’s a lot of writing, and Curly could use the help. :D

Tweaks

  • When showing a horse, only 1 day shows will appear.

  • The custom generator now shows a dun overlay for bay bases instead of the bay dun base.

  • The custom generator now shows the grey overlay for the grey option.

  • The first horse in the list for regular training (without the training manual) is now automatically selected.

  • You can now see how many show entries are in a show from the Show Arena listing.

  • You can now see which of your horses eat from storage from the Feed Management page.

  • You can no longer purchase more feed than a boarding stable has left in their upgrade. If you try to, it will prompt you to put in less feed.

  • Horses who have applications open in the association now disappear from the registration list. Before, it was only if they were registered.

  • The stable description box has been made taller for those coding layouts.

  • Association/club horses are now sortable.

Bug Fixes

  • Feed management should now account for “away” boarding fees in the calculation.

  • Horses should no longer show up in the rescue without a price.

  • Marwaris (and future rare breeds) are now included in the club breeds list.

  • When viewing other people’s boarding centers, you now see their boarded horses and not your own.

  • You can now vote once per association/club election instead of just once for everything.

  • There should no longer be bank transactions with no messages.

  • Studs and broods should no longer show up if the owner has a frozen account.

  • Studs should now be taken down if the allowed breedings has been used.

Friesdales!
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, October 26, 2019 (7 Comments)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!

New Crossbreed Art: Friesdale

This is our 3rd crossbreed art release!

Tie Breaker Breed Poll

The Irish Draught and Norwegian Fjord are running neck and neck in the polls so we’ve extended a tie breaker poll until Monday or Tuesday.

Other Tweaks

  • You can no longer have HTML in horse names although emojis are still allowed.

  • The percentage bar for levels now represents the progress to achieve the current level and not overall.

Optimization, Next Breed, and Bug Fixes!
Posted by Bedouin
Friday, October 18, 2019 (15 Comments)

This much needed update focuses on optimization rather than a lot of new features. 

Optimization

Some of the horse data storage has been restructured so that horse pages can load faster as well as any lists of horses such as in dropdowns. Please let us know if you find any new bugs here.

Also, let us know if the speed of Eqcetera speeds up for you after the update and if you see any more of those gross server error pages.

Vote for Next Breed

While we do still have many crossbreeds left to do art for, if we only focused on crossbreed art, there would be no new breeds added to Eqcetera over the next 5 months. We’re trying to alternate between the two so that something new is coming at you at least every once in a while. ;P

This is the first breed vote we’ll have for Eqcetera! Every other breed added has been a surprise. We decided to look at the horse types we have and saw that draft breeds could use a little attention. In the Poll Center, you’ll find a poll with 4 draft breed options. Vote for your favorite so we can decide what to add next!

White Markings

Unfortunately, I found a small bug with how white markings were being generated based on their possibilities. This has now been fixed! You may notice moving forward that some markings are more rare because they are going off their actual percentages. Also, no more unacceptable white markings for Friesians. :D

Associations

Presidential elections are (belatedly) now open for breed associations. I’ve also fixed horse entries where you can now enter horses into them. Whoops.

Referral Points

You can now spend referral points by clicking on your name in the top right corner then “Referrals.” You’ll see a t-shirt in there now! This is the first piece of merchandise for Eqcetera. You can also purchase money, credits, and Magic Horse Tokens. More items will be coming soon!

Your referral number never goes away. However, you can only spend the number of referred accounts you have accumulated. You’ll see your referrals and points available to spend on the Referrals page.

Upgrade Options

I’m sure you’re tired of hearing reminders about infinite upgrades going away, but they’re going away soon! This means they’ll not be available for purchase in the credit store in the future. They might come back for a to-be-planned annual charity event, but they will never be for regular sale in the store again.

Why are they going away? The plan was always to have a cheaper subscription option. Starting in early November, you’ll be able to subscribe monthly through Paypal for $4/month (price subject to change based on feedback but Paypal fees have to be considered). It will be an automatic subscription that you can cancel at any time through your account settings page. This will just be another way to pay for the 1 month option at a discount (1 month is currently $6 USD). 

The awesome thing about subscriptions is that they will guarantee some income for the game every month. We currently have to rely on getting in new players who are interested enough to purchase an upgrade or some other purchase to be sustaining in the long run. Growing a subscription base will ensure art will always be at least partially paid for. :D

Small Tweaks

  • The enter all section on the shows page now has a message saying you should save the settings on your Estate Settings page.

  • The monthly RP listing for basic players in the Hall of Fame now excludes players who have had an upgrade for any portion of the month. These players will now still be listed in the upgraded player list even though their upgrade has expired.

Bug Fixes

  • Sticky topics in the forum should now always appear at the top.

  • “You have shown your horse but it can still enter more shows.” message will only appear if you’ve actually entered your horse in shows.

  • Fixed some markings not showing on foals.

Expected Down Time Tomorrow Night
Posted by Bedouin
Thursday, October 17, 2019 (0 Comments)

Due to all the server errors that have been popping up lately, I've been looking at doing some database optimizations. I'm hoping to push this live tomorrow night but it'll have down time associated with it. Down time could last for an hour or so.

Color Update, Showing Changes, + Lots More!
Posted by Bedouin
Sunday, October 13, 2019 (2 Comments)

Happy Update Day! Even if is Sunday instead of Saturday… this update took a while to test. 

Color Update!

If you think about the possibilities of different colors, these possibilities have now greatly expanded.

Here are a few of the colors to be on the watch for:

  • Chocolate Palomino

  • Golden Palomino

  • Light Buckskin

  • Light Palomino

  • Sable Champagne

  • Seal Buckskin

In addition to the new base colors, there is now a cream overlay which allows for other colors like:

  • Amber Cream

  • Classic Cream

  • Gold Cream

  • Sable Cream

  • Double Cream Champagne

A few colors now have new color names and due to new image layers and bases!

  • Sable Dunskin

  • Light Dunskin

  • Wild Dunskin

  • Brown Dunskin

  • Amber Cream Dun

  • Classic Cream Dun

  • Sable Cream Dun

  • Golden Cream Dun

  • Amber Silver

  • Classic Silver

  • Sable Silver

  • Sable Cream Silver

  • Classic Cream Silver

  • Golden Cream Silver

  • Amber Dun

  • Classic Grulla

  • Gold Dun

  • Sable Dun

New white markings have been added!

  • Badger face (Rare)

  • Tall stocking

Horses now have more greying stages. Foals will have their solid base only for age 0. At age 1, they will start to have a slight grey tone. Adults from ages 2-4 will show a greying stage like what is below.. 

A 2-year Mustang changing from bay to rose grey.

And finally, horses have shadows!

Breed Coin Sale

To celebrate all the new colors, we’re going to have a short breed coin sale for 50% off. It’ll last until Wednesday at 8 pm EST/game time. 

Also, don’t forget that infinite upgrades will no longer be offered as an upgrade option in a couple weeks!

Showing Changes

A couple of things have changed with shows. 

First, points are now recalculated. Like with any update to showing, this may need tweaking. 

Without getting overly complicated in the explanation since there is math involved, I’ll try to break down how points are now calculated. First of all, places 1-20 still earn more points based on the number of entries and show tier the show is in. Secondly, all other places are based on how many horses you defeat. Lower show tiers give less of a bonus here and there is always a base number of points even if you didn’t defeat any horses. If you’re confused about this, feel free to ask questions and I’ll be happy to answer them.

Second, the day has come from the show purse to be more limited. Money from show creation has greatly inflated the economy, and we want to tone it down to be more realistic. From now on, the percentage of the show purse has been halved. It is also capped at 5x the show fee.

Addition: I forgot this the first time around. Levels have been slightly recalibrated to require a little more points for each level. The reason for this is that it will be easier to gain points and since training boosts also depend on this, we don't want too fast of level gaining.

Whispering Crater

To help counter the loss of some of show purse, there is now a location in the World called the Whispering Crater. If you’re feeling generous, you can toss a stone into the crater for others to find. The goal of this location is to allow players to spend money (and get EXP in return) and allow poorer players to gain money. This can potentially be the source of income you need if shows don’t make you enough money and your horses aren’t showing well.

Association Update

Official breed associations are now game-owned. This means that no one owns the association and presidents will be voted in by association members. If you own a club that used to be a purebred association and want a refund, please message me. I’ll refund you and everyone in the club before deleting it. I’ll also be watching game associations more closely to make sure they all have presidents. All game associations have also been made public to join. Breed associations will be added soon!

Player-made associations are now called clubs. You can now change your club rules after you create the club. Rules include selecting multiple pure/cross breeds and/or associations. Hopefully this allows for clubs to be more flexible.

White Marking Inheritance

White markings can now be inherited from the stallion. It looks at markings from both the mare and the stallion when breed, and still has the same percentage changes of 50% nothing, 25% inheritance from parents, and 25% random.

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed where auctions in the process of ending were giving out extra money if you hit the page.

  • Auctions should now say ended if it’s finished instead of continuing to count down.

  • Horses can no longer be saved without a name.

  • Breed button should no longer show up for geldings and sterile mares.

  • Notifications for transferring and selling horses should no longer have broken links to the player’s profile.

  • Fixed crossbreeds listed under the list of purebreds in the Hall of Fame.

  • When you remove a horse from boarding, it will automatically take that horse down from stud/brood and from being for sale.

  • When viewing someone else’s retirement pasture, it should now accurately show their information.

  • Standard chestnut no longer costs 1 color point in the custom generator.

  • The correct player should now receive notifications if their horses has been accepted or rejected from an association/club.

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