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Abstangs, Barrel Racing, and Future Plans!
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, December 7, 2019 (21 Comments)

It’s that time again! We have an art update for you. :3

New Crossbreed Art

This time, it’s Abstangs! The reason we chose Abstangs is that 1) they have the most layers of the crossbreeds left, and 2) neither Arabians nor Mustangs have a crossbreed with art yet. This brings us up to 6/15 crossbreeds with art! We’re making progress. :)

New Discipline: Barrel Racing

There’s a new discipline in town! Barrel racing requires that you have the outdoor arena in your training center to train.

Associations

You can now donate to associations and clubs. This money will go directly into the club’s money till. Club presidents can now transfer money from the till to players. Expect that some restrictions will apply to this soon so that the till can’t be drained from the club into the owner’s account.

Game Calendar

You’ll notice in the sidebar that we now have a game calendar. Hopefully this answers questions like when the Marwari is in the foundation store and when the next chat party is going to happen. We’ll try to keep this planned for one month out.

Trial Mods & Community Manager

Please welcome Roze, Rhea, and caberneigh to the team! They’re going to be trial modding for a couple weeks while they learn the ropes. 

Vulpine, our other mod, is now moving into a Community Manager role alongside being a moderator. She’s helping Curly and I with planning new features and figuring out ways to keep the community engaged.

You can now clearly see each part of the staff on the online page and when they post on forums. 

Discord Link

To make it easier to see, there is now a link to Discord in the sidebar. For those of you not on Discord, this is where a good portion of the community is. We’d love to have you join us! This is also where chat parties take place. :)

Future Plans

That brings us to some future plans. I wish I could say they were all implemented for today’s update, but now that we have the details worked out, they’ll appear in the next couple ones.

Associations

Association/club shows has been something “in the works” for a few months. Every time I would start to work on it, I’d run into something else that would need to be considered. Now that we’ve figured out a plan for them, here’s an explanation of how they will work.

For now, we’re going to focus on associations/clubs who specialize in breeds. These clubs will be able to create their own shows which will evaluate based on BS with a random factor thrown in. They will only allow for 20 entries before automatically running. Shows that haven’t run at midnight will then run, no matter how many horses are in them. 

The club will be able to set the entry fee for their own shows. All entry fee money will go into the club’s money till. 

To discourage players from making their own clubs just to put their own horses in shows, clubs will be required to have at least 25 members before being able to create shows. We’ll also have a minimum horse requirement as well, although we’re still working out a few details on that.

Crossbreeds

One gap in the game currently is unregistered crosses. No one wants to or even should breed them right now because they have no BS set, meaning they’ll always result in 6 poors. This new planned system will fix this and offer another level of breeding.

Either the vet or lab will offer a DNA test which will show you what % of breeds the horse has in it. This could be 2, 3, 4, or even more breeds. An example of this is if you breed a Friesian and APH cross to a QH and Appy cross. The resulting foal would have 25% of each breed. Foals could also have combinations such as 50/25/25, 50/25/12/12, 75/25, and 8/8/8/8/25/25/25 (o.o). The possibilities would be almost endless!

So even with knowing the percentage of each breed, how would BS be determined? This would become a weighted average for each BS stat. Definitely calculable in your spreadsheet as long as you know the perfect BS for each parent breed. So that example of the 25/25/25/25 Friesian/APH/QH/Appy cross would have the same perfect BS every time it’s bred. You could start to work towards all greens and 6 E for this combination.

Yes, this seems a bit complicated, but it will allow you to go a bit more crazy with future breeding projects. Also, this opens up some possibilities in the future for new registered breeds. There’s still a lot to think through on that, and we want it to be both fair and scalable, but this is the foundation we need to even start thinking about that.

As a side note, we’ve also been thinking about how the artwork would work for this system. We would implement something similar to how foals are planned with generic body type images for pony breeds, light breeds, light draft breeds, and draft breeds. The dominant body type would win in the breed combination of the cross. If there is more than one body type winner… we’ll just have to figure that out. ;)

Objectives

We are still working on this! We’re going to be converting the tutorial into a series of objectives that reward prizes. This setup will be easier for people to navigate back to than the current tutorial and will also be an introduction for objectives.

Tweaks

  • You can now see the days left in their upgrade in the boarder list.

Bug Fixes

  • You should no longer be able to kick boarders out of other players’ boarding centers.

  • Stylesheets are no longer allowed in forum signatures.

  • You should now receive the appropriate brood fee.

  • You should now be able to enter the correct horses into game associations.

  • Money is now removed only if a member or horse is approved into an association/club. This money is also only added to the money till upon approval.

  • You should now be able to click on the auction link if a horse is part of an auction with multiple horses.

  • Horses over 30 will retire on their next age day.

Bug Fixes
Posted by Bedouin
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 (4 Comments)

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving (if you celebrate it)! Here’s a quick update on some bug fixes.

Bug Fixes

  • The registration bug has been fixed! If you didn’t have acreage before, you should have it now.

  • Feed Manager should now update correctly.

  • If you edit a game association, it should now keep the breed/discipline it was supposed to have.

  • When converting stalls in your estate, it should now show the correct number available for the stalls you can convert. It will give an error if you go over that amount of stalls.

Thank you for your patience with these bugs. I’ll continue to go through the bugs list this week, but these bigger ones should be knocked out now.


New Layout, Aztecas, and Subscriptions!
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, November 23, 2019 (5 Comments)

Happy Update Day! This one is quite pleasing to the eye. 

New Crossbreed Art

The latest crossbreed to get art is: both Aztecas! Both American Aztecas and Aztecas now have the same base art. That brings the total up to 5/15 of our crossbreeds that have art!

New Layout

You’ll notice something different. The layout has been made more narrow and the navigation has been rearranged to make things easier to find. The mobile version of Eqcetera is staying pretty similar to the old layout which seemed easy to use and also transitions well from the new layout.

Please let us know if there’s anything wonky from this change. :D

New Branding

Although the logo for Eqcetera didn’t change, all images across the homepage, Discord, and social media channels have been updated to be the new, brighter image. This image is from a new artist who will also be completing some new horse backgrounds for us after the holidays. The default image will be updated to be in the same “scene” as the new front page image. 

Marketing Platform

Eqcetera is now integrated with a new marketing platform. This means that you may occasionally receive emails from the game in the form of newsletters, flash sale notifications, etc. At some point, we’ll also be creating a coupon system for purchasing credits, meaning that you as a player will have access to a percentage off credits for a specific time period and no other player will have that discount. 

Please note that this is a work in progress. If you see anything wrong, please let us know so we can fix it.

Subscriptions

You can now upgrade as a monthly subscription. It costs $3.99/mo and will be handled through Paypal’s subscriptions. You can cancel through your account settings or Paypal at any time. This price ends up being about the same as a yearly upgrade but paid monthly. This will help the game gain some predictable income and allow for future growth.

Forum Chat and Games

There is a new forum chat in the Lounge to go check out and join in on the conversation! We also have a new on-going forum game in the Games & Contests forum. Find the Foundation is for those of you who mass buy or want to test your chance of finding the foundation.

Tweaks

  • Horse information on the horse profiles have been moved above lineage and offspring.

  • Training centers now stay online for 3 hours after a player has been online. Hopefully this helps with those early morning slower times.

Bug Fixes

  • You can no longer enter negative feed for horses.

  • Going between horses on the show page should now be fixed to not skip horses.

  • Crossbreed horses should now correctly show in the offspring list.

Note: There will not be an official update next week due to Thanksgiving. :)


Quality of Life Improvements
Posted by Bedouin
Saturday, November 16, 2019 (11 Comments)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far! This update contains mostly quality of life updates and some features that have been requested for a while. :)

Irish Draughts

You can now find Irish Draughts in the foundation store! 

Account Linking

You can now link multiple accounts from the settings page. You’ll need the username and password of the account you want to link. Once linked, an account switcher will appear next to messages where you can easily select an account to switch.

Tabs

The much requested feature of being able to manually order tabs is here. You can also select multiple horses on the Manage Tabs page and move them all into one tab. Hopefully this helps cut down on the time spent reordering and rearranging your stables.

Board all at Home

To make it easier to board horses after a massive buying spree, there is now a “Board All at Home” button in transport. This will only board as many horses as you have stalls available. All other horses will stay in transport and must be boarded elsewhere.

Objectives

Objectives are now closed as we redo that system. This will take a couple weeks, but it’ll be much more comprehensive than what we had. We’ll also be moving the tutorial into that system as well and adding a link to the main navigation. 

Tweaks

  • Horses who have been shown already will be removed from the next and previous buttons when showing.

  • An offspring count has been added to the offspring list on the horse’s page.

Bug Fixes

  • Horses should no longer be stuck in shows.

  • Reply edits should no longer stop at 8 edits.

  • Feed total should now appropriately update.

  • The second foal in a set of twins should now store “bred by.”

  • Past shows on the Create Show page should now show the number of entrants correctly.

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.

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