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Development Update: State of Eqcetera, Future Plans, and Bug Fixes
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, April 18, 2020 (14 Comments)

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone has been doing well. 

State of Eqcetera - 2020 Quarter 1

As promised when we posted our first State of Eqcetera update back in January, we’re posting an update on how the game is doing for the first quarter of 2020 (Jan - Mar). Our goal is to be transparent with players so you know what’s happening behind the scenes. As you can see below, we’ve been doing a lot better in the first quarter as opposed to Q4 of 2019.

Month

Revenue

Expenses

Profit

January 2020

$1,195.57

$3,304.56

-$1,838.99

February 2020

$3,388.42

$3,847.49

-$459.07

March 2020

$2,304.25

$3,008.94

-$704.69

Detailed report: Google sheet

Like last time, don’t be scared of the negative numbers. I’ve been doing well in my job so I haven’t taken any pay for the past couple months, meaning we’re building a nice nest egg. 

Because of this, starting next week, I’m officially going to be committing one weekday per week to Eqcetera. As a background on my schedule, I’ve only worked on Eqcetera as I’ve had spare time up to this point. Last summer, I had a lot of time because work was slow so I was able to devote a ton of time to Eqcetera. Now, my work life is getting more busy, but I wanted to let you guys know that I’m still committed to working on Eqcetera which is why I mention the official work day. <3

Future Plans

Finish Associations

Association elections will be fixed. You will also be able to go back and view placement for association shows. 

Crossbreed Association

To account for crossbreeds, there will be at least one association added so that they can also benefit from association shows. We’re still working out the details for this.

Summer Referral Contest

We plan to have a referral contest that lasts the month of May. All points will count towards regular referral rewards and any referrals during the month of May will appear separately in the Hall of Fame. 

Prizes would include: 

  • 1st Place: $100 Amazon Gift card + Leopard Gypsy Vanner + Forever Upgrade?

  • 2nd Place: 1-Year Upgrade + Leopard Gypsy Vanner + 50 credits

  • 3rd Place: Leopard Gypsy Vanner + 25 credits

Breed of the Month

We will resurrect the Breed of the Month contest, and it will be built into the game. Players will be able to generate 5 choices for each of their 2 horse slots and choose between those horses. The 2 horses would get sent to the player. The goal of this contest is to reach the highest level within the month. The winner each month will receive a Magic Horse Token.

Advanced Search

An advanced search option will include the ability to search for BS, PS, and by gene. There will also be a toggle option to remove studs and broods on cooldown from the search.

Rare Breed Voucher

We’ve mentioned this before and it’s still in the plans. Each player will receive 10 rare breed vouchers per month that can be used on any “rare” breed like Marwaris. They would become available in the Foundation Store at all times instead of one day per month. Marwari Coins will still only be available for 4 days out of the month. You can find those days on the Game Calendar.

Straw + Eggs Retrieval and Storage

You will be able to retrieve straws and eggs through the vet. Frozen storage will be available through the Lab. All players will start off with 10 storage spaces for straws and eggs, but that number can be increased through credits. Eggs and straws will never expire.

More Quests

More quests will become available that you could accept or reject from Thaddeus. These quests will include the following categories:

  • Breeding quests: These quests will only be achievable by foals bred by you. These could be accomplished by breeding to outside horses. Goals would include breed standards, colors, crossbreeds, and training boosts.

  • Showing quests: These quests could be achieved by showing a specific number of horses, reaching levels, or entering specific disciplines.

  • Association quests: These quests would tie into registering, entering shows, voting, and other future association features.

  • Game quests: These quests would tie into games in the Game Room.

  • Other Feature quests: We are planning on specific features such as a riding area that would tie into quests.

  • Special event quests: These quests would only be available for a set time during a special event and could include anything in the game.

Badges

Badges will be awarded for multiple areas of the game and can be shown off on your profile.

Saving Retirement Info

Horses that have been retired will have horse pages similar to regular ones with basic information. It will clearly state that the horse is retired and will have a unique retirement background. This way, it will be easy to browse through a horse’s entire pedigree and gather information.

Horse History

We will include an area to see transfers/sales between users, trophy wins, freezes, money made, and money spent per horse.

Riding Feature

This feature is still in the early stages of planning, but we want to include a feature that rewards online activity. The way we envision it is that you could ride a single horse in a location and increase the horse’s PS (very rare), find collectible items, find money, etc. It would add another way to make money and spend time in the game.

Grey Genes and Other Markings

Grey horse coats will soon be linked to your horse’s base color. This means horses that are grey will no longer get a random grey color but a grey based on their base of chestnut, black, or bay. A new grey variation and new greying transitions will be added. Other new markings will also be added as well as some marking variations. After the planned update on July 4th, we plan to have a marking update.

Estate Profit & Loss Statement

For those who are super number oriented, we want to provide an easy way to see an overview of all the money spent and gained for the overall estate. This would include show entry fees, show winnings, horse care, vet costs, horse sales, and horse purchases. It would be categorized by revenue and expenses similar to a real life profit and loss statement. It would also be filterable per day, per week, or per month.

Long Term Plans

Equippable Items

This is a big one. We eventually want to add equippable items to horses that would show directly on the image. We’re thinking right now that it will be for decoration purposes only and a way to make horses more unique.

Jobs

We’re not sure how this would look like, but there are a few options including player jobs, another business estate, or careers. 


Bug Fixes

  • We are aware of the RP being broken for the monthly RP contest. This will be fixed for May.

  • We are also aware of the elections not running for April. This will be fixed for May as well.

  • Horses that are not boarded should now show an error message saying so for the breeding, showing, and training buttons.

  • Horse health is now calculated instead of stored. This should prevent the discrepancies we’ve been seeing with health not matching up with care.

  • The issue with Dun Dun has now been fixed. All horses with that issue should be fixed now too.

Gypsy Vanners now Available + Chat Party
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, April 18, 2020 (2 Comments)

Gypsy Vanners are now available in the Foundation Store!

Don't forget that there's a chat party at 6pm EST/game time on Discord (join here). We'll be having a Q&A session and a few games with prizes!

A larger post will be available later today. :)

Chat Party on April 18th @ 6pm EST/game time
Posted by Vulpine
Thursday, April 16, 2020 (3 Comments)

We are having a discord chat party on April 18th at 6pm EST/ game time. There will be a game discussion and then a chance to win prizes!

You can join our discord with this link!

Bug Fixes- Custom Generator & Breeding
Posted by Curly
Monday, April 13, 2020 (4 Comments)

Hello everyone! We have fixed a couple of bugs that occurred after the last update.

  • PaPa (Pangare) horses from the custom creator will now show up in your barn. 
  • Breeding horses with pangare now works and foals will show up in your barn. 

Any issues with custom store horses read this forum for instructions. If any other issues with breeding or the custom store arise please let us know!

A few bug fixes :D
Posted by Bedouin
Sunday, April 12, 2020 (4 Comments)

Hello! Hope everyone is doing well. Here are a few bug fixes. :D

Tweaks

  • There is now a Gypsy Vanner association.

  • Customs now have a slightly less chance of getting fairs.

  • Silver Dapple is no longer being generated. A black horse with silver will result in a Silver Black.

Bug Fixes

  • The water storage should now accurately reflect how full it is.

  • You should no longer be able to breed horses after switching accounts in another tab.

  • You should now be able to show horses from the single show page again.

  • The color bug for greying foals should be fixed for real now. :)

  • Pangare should no longer show on black horses created after today.

  • The issue with silver not showing in some horses should be fixed now for new horses.

  • Horses should now automatically get kicked at 0% health from boarding centers.

We are continuing to look into other bugs posted. If you see any of these reoccur, be sure to let us know.


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