The big update is finally here! I'm sure you're all grumbling that it took long enough. But you'll see that it was worth it. :D
It's Official - V2 is no longer V2!
We've moved to eqcetera.com and have now become THE Eqcetera. V1 can still be referred to as V1 but from here on out, when referring to V2, we'll simply call it Eqcetera. :D
As you can see, Eqcetera has gotten a shiny new layout. While most pages haven't changed that much, the horse page has seen a lot of changes (more on this later). There are a couple updated layouts or tweaks here and there. For instance, you can now see a preview of your recent messages and notifications in the header, bookmarks in the menu, and a nifty breadcrumb navigation at the top. As always, if you find anything wrong or broken, please let us know!
Some of you got the message to verify your email before viewing the game. You can no longer play until your email is verified. This will help bot registrations in the future. Unverified accounts will be deleted after 30 days although this could be subject to change.
You've asked and we've delivered! You can now freeze your account. This will freeze your horses from aging and they can no longer be sold or studded, but auctions will continue to run and show entries are still valid.
Train All Button
This is here! You can purchase it as a Training Manual in the credit store for 25 credits. It's a one-time purchase and will be applied to the account you purchase it on. :)
All Purebreds have Images!!
This is a huge milestone for V2. All 9 breeds have art now. This will allow us to introduce new breeds to the game (as soon as next week :O) and begin on crossbreed art. I've heard rumors of foal images as well.
Side note: Quarter horses also now have sabino, overo, splash, and flaxen layers.
This is the biggest change of this update. Horse pages are now DYNAMIC! This means that no page refresh happens while interacting with the page. Eventually, I'd like to convert the whole site to be like this because it makes it a lot easier to show reactions to your actions on the page.
You can see that there are a few important things at the top of the page. Important actions have moved to the top in the form of buttons. If you can't show, breed, or train, the buttons will be greyed out and you can hover over them to see the reason why. You can also brand your horse with a button which will then disappear. The brand button will not appear if you do not have a brand.
Tabs have been removed. You can easily see all information now. Show results have been moved to another page to keep this page clean and not overflowing with information.
You can now trace back bloodlines to grandparents on the horses' page.
Horses now have backgrounds! All breeds have been resized to be relational to their RL size.
If you're gene testing a horse from its page, it will automatically redirect you back after the test is complete.
All white layers have been separate now so those missing white layers should be fixed. The Sa2 gene has been removed due to it not reflecting RL genetics. Color names were not changed after this so if you have a sabino without the sabino gene, that's why.
The stable page has an easier navigation that allows you to see all links instead of having to click into Estate Management to get to half of them. You can also sort and order your horses. Information has been broken out into more columns to make sorting easier. You can also see whether a horse is boarded at home or away in a little icon by its feed.
You can now sort the rescue! :O
You can now view your bids and auctions from the Auction House. You can also add items to auctions.
Horses should no longer get stuck in auction. All horses currently in auction have been removed.
Allowed breeding times should now go down to 0. You can set it to unlimited by entering -1.
Don't forget that launch this Saturday! Tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your grandma! We're going to try to get as much done as possible before then.
Also, as a note, bugs are inevitable with this big of a change. Please be patient as we fix things and work towards perfection! :D
Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is doing well.
I just wanted to make a post saying that I am still working on the new layout. It's taken a LOT longer than what I thought it would.
When the new layout goes live (at the latest on Sunday evening), the domain of V2 will change from v2.eqcetera.com to eqcetera.com. Expect a couple hours of downtime before the next update since it's going to pretty much change everything. :D
For those of you not on Discord, I'll post some previews here to tide you over...
More likely both breeds that are left will be going live with this new layout. Here's a sneak peek of one of them. :O
A searchable rescue center - https://www.loom.com/share/69e43d8a7dd74064a6020e48866fe673
A new login page (separate from the home page):
Is that a background I see on this horse? :O
And finally, last but not least.... DYNAMIC horse pages.
Thank you guys for your patience! Even though you can't see it right now, I'm working really hard to give you a better experience through a new interface with some improved features. I'll try to knock out some of those pesky bugs I haven't been able to get to before going live as well. :)
Join Eqcetera for a patriotic art competition July 3rd through July 7th at 11:59PM EST/Game Time! Submit your patriotic art entries to win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place and/or “Most Creative” or “Most Cultural”. Submissions may be posted in the in-game “Patriotic Art Contest!” forum or via FB messenger for non-account owners.
Time: July 3rd to July 7th at 11:59 PM EST/Game Time
- Must use Eqcetera breed artwork as the base
- Must be your own original work
- Nothing vulgar or inappropriate
- Must adhere to theme “Patriotic”
- No limitations on what can be added/included: animals, clothes, scenery, etc.
- No political propaganda
- No larger than 850px x 650px
1st Place: Magic Horse Token, 25 credits
2nd Place: Spy Glass, 10 credits, $10k
3rd Place: 5 credits, $5k
*If you do not have an account and win, you will be given an early access account!
Additional Categories to Win:
Most Creative and Most Cultural will receive 3 credits each.
Competition ends on July 7th, 2019 at 11:59PM EST/Game Time.
Just wanted to let you guys know that stuff is happening behind the scenes! I'm working on a lot of layout changes so this update is going to be the biggest one we've seen in a while (see the #sneakpeeks channel in Discord if you want some previews). With that said, I have to get it usable before releasing it so it's taking longer than usual for this update.
The credit sale will end this Saturday, June 29. After that, credits will go back to their usual price of $0.50/credit. We're about halfway to our goal of being able to purchase 3 breeds before opening.
New art for a current breed will be included in the next update, making it only one breed left of all the purebreds currently in the game! A new breed will be released on July 20, the official release day. After opening, the goal is to continue to release new breeds and give crossbreeds art. There may also be a foal base planned. :O
There are staff apps open in Discord including positions for mods, testers, and a social media manager. The reason they are there and not on the site is that all staff is required to be active on Discord.
Look for the big update post within the next 7 days or so - it's taking lots of hours to accomplish, but it'll get Eqcetera that much more ready for the public! :D