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.
Happy Update Day! Even if is Sunday instead of Saturday… this update took a while to test.
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:
In addition to the new base colors, there is now a cream overlay which allows for other colors like:
Double Cream Champagne
A few colors now have new color names and due to new image layers and bases!
Amber Cream Dun
Classic Cream Dun
Sable Cream Dun
Golden Cream Dun
Sable Cream Silver
Classic Cream Silver
Golden Cream Silver
New white markings have been added!
Badger face (Rare)
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since it’s the first of a new month, here’s a special update regarding various contests. :3
October Breed of the Month :: Quarter Horse
This month’s special breed is the Quarter Horse. Like the past couple months, we’ll still have the forum post to enter your horse in the contest here. However, one difference this month is that these horses will be manually added to the Hall of Fame so you’ll be able to keep track.
Next month, there will be a special page where you can add the breed yourself.
Last month’s winners
Congrats! Prizes have been sent. :D
Side note: Rabicano was just relased in Quarter Horses.
You’ll notice there are now two different ranks on your player profile, one for lifetime RP and one for monthly RP. From now on, there will now be two monthly RP contests every month - one for upgraded accounts and one for basic accounts. The prize of a Magic Horse Token will automatically be rewarded at age rollover (1 AM) on the 1st of each month and the RP count will reset.
Players now earn +1 RP for every 6E foal they breed. More ways to gain RP will be considered in the future.
Instead of having a referral contest that only lasts for one month, we’re going to be implementing a Referral Shop. You’ll notice that the referral section of your account settings has moved to its own page under your user menu.
The shop has not yet been implemented, but we have some ideas. One of them is a limited edition t-shirt. :o If you have any ideas on referral prizes, let us know! We want you to be motivated to spread the word about Eqcetera.
For the first 7 days after a player has joined, they will see a link in the menu to a Newbie Guide. This is a basic guide for getting started and should hopefully fill in any gaps in the knowledge needed to immediately start playing the game.
There are now 20 shows made (starting at tonight’s rollover) for each discipline and each level, 10 for $100 and 10 for $500.
The Discord widget has been temporarily removed while I figure out if there’s a way for it to have less issues (broken images, server not connecting, etc).
There is now a setting in your Estate Settings to switch between the next and previous buttons being your whole list of horses or by tab.
There is now an arrow beside your user details in the top right to remind people that this is a dropdown menu with menu items under it. :)
Disciplines are now alphabetized about the site.
The online list now has pages and is cleaned up a bit.
Aztecas have been split into Aztecas (Andalusian x Quarter Horse) and American Aztecas (Andalusian x American Paint Horse).
Happy Update Day! We have quite a few things in this update so be sure to read everything. :)
There’s going to be a chat party on Discord at 3 pm EST! Be sure to tune in as we discuss this update and get feedback on some future plans.
Thank you to everyone who participated in the survey. Your input has been invaluable and has helped us get a pulse on where everyone stands with not only how the game is being run but also opinions on current features and how we can improve gameplay. There are a couple recurring trends I noticed which I’ll list here (that aren’t already being addressed in this update):
Discord vs the Forums :: Although our community is usually active within the confines of Discord, Eqcetera may seem like a ghost town for those who haven’t joined Discord. To try to balance the community between Discord and the forums, we’re going to make an effort to bring more activity into the forums.
More things to do :: This is definitely something we’re working on! It will involve several major updates to the game which will be completed over time. If you have any specific suggestions, we’re always listening to new ideas!
Economy Adjustments :: We are aware that show purse winnings to show creators are too high right now. However, until there are more ways to win money in the game, we can’t decrease this quite yet. Economy balancing will definitely be a focus over the next month or two.
…. Now onto the juicy updates! ^_^
New Crossbreed Art - Pony of the Americas (POAs)
Our next crossbreed art has been added! 2 down and 11 to go!
Please note that in 2 weeks, there will not be a new breed nor new crossbreed art. Solo will be dedicated to adding in some new colors variations and getting caught up on various tasks. Our art schedule should resume as normal in 4 weeks. :)
Enter All Button
It’s finally here! This much requested feature can be found in the credit store for 50 credits. Please make sure to leave feedback on the functionality of the button. We’re always willing to optimize current features!
If you purchased the Enter All on V1, you will automatically see that your cost is 25 credits. You get a 50% discount to honor your past purchase.
Better Showing Experience
We’re working on improving the showing experience for accounts without the Enter All button. The first step for this is to add a shift + click functionality so you’ll no longer need a browser plugin for this. Hopefully this speeds up your time showing.
It is now possible to get twins when breeding horses. The chance is very small to mimic real life, but it is possible. This will allow for future features such as chimerism.
First of all, I want to say that crossbreeds have not historically been added to obvious areas of the game to keep an air of mystery around them. It would encourage players to breed their own crosses to find recognized ones.
However, this has caused both confusion and crossbreeds to be left behind. They are just as much a part of the game as purebreds are, but players forget about them because they’re left out of specific areas of the game. So they’ve now been added officially into the game although you still can’t purchase them directly from the Foundation Store or as customs.
You can now find the official list of parent breeds and resulting crosses on the Getting Started page (no more relying on The Crossbreed Queen for the list :]). They also now show up in both search and the Hall of Fame.
I issue an official challenge to everyone to try to catch up the crossbreeds to some of the pures. :3
Crossbreeds Pt 2 - Breeding back to Parent Breeds
It is now possible to breed back to a crossbreed’s parent breed. However, because crossbreeds have their own unique set of breed standards, this may not always be advisable if breeding for BS. But it’s an option now. :D
Horses now must be approved in associations in order to join. The list of horses to register has now been limited to horses who have not registered before and qualify to join the association. Association presidents also have the option to reject the horse and provide a reason. After a decision has been made, the horse’s owner will receive a notification on the decision.
There is now a poll center! You can access this on the news page. When a poll goes live, everyone will receive a notification like a news post so no need to check back unless you want to look at the results of a poll you voted on. :)
In an effort to make forums more usable, I’ve completely revamped the backend logic for them. This has allowed for a few different things.
Bumps no longer have a “fake” reply associated with them.
Forums now have pages.
You can see if a post has been bumped or replied.
Creating a topic has been moved to its own page.
You now have pages to see which posts and replies you’ve made.
Around the game, you’ll start noticing little help icons. This is to explain specific features without having to go to the wikia or find your answer in help.
Credit transactions have been moved out of the bank, and you will start seeing credit transactions related to your account from today onward in the Credit Store. Bank transactions are deleted after 30 days which was deleting credit transactions as well. Credit transactions will no longer be deleted.
Here are some smaller improvements in a list.
You should now receive a notification if you had horses kicked from a stable that was downgraded.
You must board a horse to put it up for sale. Only boarded horses will show up in the sales pen.
Fixed the stall count in the Foundation Store. It should now accurately reflect how many home stalls you have.
The next and previous buttons are now confined to tabs on both the horse pages and showing.
You can now delete bookmarks. :O
Added an age column to Feed Manager.
Create a Tab section of the stable page has been moved to Manage Tabs page.
We’re working our way down the list! According to the last big update, we have the following coming up:
More ways to make money
As always, we appreciate everyone who has stuck with us this far! We’re constantly changing things to be better based on your input so keep it coming!
Hope everyone is having a good week so far!
Our September chat party will be at 3 pm EST/Game time this Saturday, September 28. Like every chat party, we're going to be asking for feedback on different areas of the game.
Before Saturday, we ask that you take this simple 3 question anonymous survey. We would love to know how we’re doing running Eqcetera! Results will be discussed as a community during the chat party.
For the chat party agenda, here’s a high level list of things we plan to discuss so get your thinking caps on and come prepared on Saturday to discuss. :D
General feedback - Thoughts on updates, rare breed releases, and boarding centers
Grinding vs strategy - What keeps you online?
Associations - Game vs player associations
Motivation/prizes for upcoming referral contest
Objectives - What would you like to see?
Time permitting - Feedback on big planned feature
As you can see, we have a lot to talk about! If you’d like to have your thoughts heard in a group discussion, make sure to attend. Chat party feedback helps us plan the next couple months on Eqcetera. We’ll also have a few games with prizes to break up the serious talk.Note: The chat party will be on Discord. You’ll see a separate channel created before the start time labeled #chat-party-2019-09-28.