Happy Saturday! Updates coming your way. :)
It's here! You can now use the custom tokens you received when you transferred your V1 account. This item has been renamed to the Magic Custom Token and will only be available for a limited time in the credit store. After this token becomes unavailable, breed specific tokens will start to be released. To use the token, you must “use” the item which will take you to the custom generator.
More new art! Arabians now have their own art.
New Credit Item
A new item is in the credit store - The Magnifying Glass. This item has 5 uses and allows you to reveal the BS of foals before they reach the age of 2.
They're finally functional! However, there have been some changes. All players start off with the ability to make 3 shows each day. Basic players can purchase the Small Show Arena to increase that number to 6. Upgraded players can purchase the 3 expansions which add 3 each to the total hosted shows allowed. This allows for upgraded players to host a max of 15 shows per day.
This had to be re-evaluated to make sure that people could not host 50 shows and get tons and tons of money just from that.
Lethal overo now works. If your horses breed and generate an FrFr foal, it will tell you that the foal didn't make it. This happens before stud fees and breeding rest is set so you should be able to try again immediately. This may change in the future though.
The bank has had a face lift. Now, only the most recent 10 bank transactions show. If you want to see more, you can go over to a page with only bank transactions. Bank transactions should also now properly delete after 30 days.
Messages have been fixed! You should now see any past messages in your inbox.
You will now receive money if you accept a bid.
You can no longer brand over a horse's brand if it's already set.
The silver dapple layer has been fixed for the default images.
The stud fee has been added to the horse's profile.
The day is here! The first breed, the FRIESIAN, has been released for actual breed art. We've found a wonderful artist in Solo and unlike V1, we'll be able to fix any color issues or anything we need as V2 is developing.
I've also knocked out some bugs listed below.
Geldings should no longer appear in the breedable horses list.
Fixed a bug where you couldn't join associations.
You can no longer auto buy your own auctions.
Fixed where offspring list was showing the wrong breed.
Fixed issue with brand resets. Backtracked and gave everyone from pre-beta a brand reset.
You can no longer offer negative money or credits in an auction.
Removed stable management link if you're viewing someone else's stable.
You can no longer genetic test horses that you do not own.
It is now noted in the breeding section whether the mom or dad has been retired (this was causing it to appear that the horse did not have a sire or dam).
I'll continue going through bug reports and trying to get everything we have on V2 more stable and consistent. :D
Thank you everyone for playing! It's been a great way to tweak the economy and get feedback. If anyone has any suggestions on more ways to earn money, we're all ears. There are a couple ideas being thrown around, but the more the merrier. :D
The show winnings have been increased slightly. The same type of formula still applies as before. Hopefully, the guide above will help explain how showing and stats work. To give less importance to BS, more PS is given in training so horses with worst BS will still have some chance in showing. Finally, shows have been increased from 5 to 10 default shows created per day.
Breedings can now fail! If a breeding to a stud fails, you get a 50% refund. If you experience too high of a fail rate, let us know and it can be adjusted. Based on feedback, cooldown for both mares and stallions has been reduced to 6 and 3 hours respectively. There is also a list of offspring on horse profiles. :D
For funsies, with all the spreadsheets going around, I created a breeding management page in your stable management. This lists all horses with their BS, PS total, levels, and links to their sire and dam. Hopefully, this will make it slightly easier to plan breedings without having to visit each page. It excludes horses that are not eligible to breed.
This is going to be one of the next focuses of the game. We hope to give a lot more capabilities to associations and have them play a larger role in the game than V1. Because of this, player made associations will be limited. An Association Key will be purchasable as an item and could become unavailable if there are too many associations.
Player made associations will focus on breeds. Game associations will focus on disciplines. There is now an association for each discipline. Only horses of that discipline can join.
More features such as presidents and side chat stuff will be added in the upcoming weeks!
Shetlands are now available!
We've been working on squashing as many bugs as we could throughout the week so some of these have probably already been live for a while.
Forums are now fixed!
Fixed issue where crossbreeds were disappearing if the parents weren't an approved match.
Fixed some issues with the auction house where there was an error with not enough money and the appropriate amount of money and credits weren't getting deducted from sellers and buyers.
Fixed an issue where you couldn't rename horses.
Changed wording on the points page to make a bit more sense.
Fixed the boarding list.
With our growing player population and our desire to accelerate our growth, we are looking to bring a social media manager on to the team. Do you have social media experience? Do you love Eqc? To apply fill out the application below and submit.
* Schedule update posts for Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
* Host contests and giveaways on social media channels.
* Create engaging posts on all channels that would encourage feedback and participation.
* Use appropriate hashtags when posting on all channels.
* Look for opportunities to keep up with current trends by posting relevant posts and expanding into other channels.
* Must be 18 years or older.
* Must sign an NDA since you will receive information about Eqcetera before the public.
* Must have knowledge of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
* Must be available to communicate through Slack with the team and coordinate social media posts with email blasts and news posts made on the website.
* Must be goal-oriented and able to take expectations and run with them.
Although the position would start off as a FREE position, it would eventually become paid. When this happens, you will be required to complete a W-9 form as an independent contractor. You will also need to sign a contract stating that you will protect the brand and maintain professionalism when managing Eqcetera social media channels.
First of all, thanks to everyone for playing so far and reporting feedback, bugs, and suggestions! Second of all, here are some updates based on that feedback. :D
Based on how the past week has gone, show winnings have been adjusted yet again. This time, it's not a straight percentage of the purse that goes into your pocket based on where your horse places. Instead, there is a 50% entry fee base payout then a percentage added to it of the purse based on place. This allows us to have smaller percentages but people don't lose out as much.
Training centers are back! If you own training facilities, you'll be able to use your own training facility to mass train your horses. Players with public training facilities (those that have a training fee set) who have been online within the past hour will show up under “Community Training” in World. Based on their facilities, you'll be able to choose a horse and its discipline to train in. We hope this will fix the issue of basic players not able to train horses that they board themselves.
Somehow the time change fixed the cron to run at 12am. However, with that said, that created some aging problems so we're going to try it out at 1am to see if that takes care of it.
Creating shows has moved to Stable Management. You can now create more than one show at a time. A filter has also been added to the shows page to allow you to find things easier.
A small tweak that will have a large effect on how you manage horses is a new retirement minimum age. Horses now have to be at least 10 years to retire. Horses that you want to “dump” under 10 years will have to go to the rescue.
Speaking of the rescue, there is now a fee to surrender your horses. Again, this is to slow the “dumping” of horses that have bad BS. Adopting is still free at this point in time.
Breed standards are now visible to everyone if the horse is 2 years or older. The numbers are still hidden but this should make it easier to see a horse's worth.
You can now see your available acres on the construction page. You also can no longer purchase more than one of the Equestrian Barn (the small land upgrade). If you've purchased the maximum limit for an upgrade, the button will grey out so you can't purchase it again.
You can now also demolish upgrades. If you demolish stalls that are used, horses will get kicked out of your stable, whether it's your own or boarded horses.
Mobile Eqcetera now allows you to see currency. Also, various pages have been cleaned up around the site. The text editor has been replaced with a different one that is easier to use and handles copy/paste from Google (the other one did not x.x). The font size has also been increased slightly for the site.
Boarding stables now receive boarding fees. You can also now view who is boarded at your stable under Stable Management and kick them out if necessary. If your horse is kicked out, you will receive a notification.
Breed art won't be commissioned until there is enough money flowing in to support a horse artist. In the meantime, you can now add custom images to horses. Remember that you cannot use images without the appropriate copyright. There will be more information about this later.
Here are some small things that didn't fit under its own header.
Shows don't run unless there are at least 5 entrants.
You can now delete tabs!
Added gender to search.
Added owner profile to stable pages.
Fixed stall count in Stable Management.
Added discipline won, # entries, and EXP gained to show results.