Hello all! Can you believe it’s almost May already? We’re posting this today so that a few of the monthly bugs will be fixed for tonight’s rollover.
There has been a change to how referrals are credited to accounts. Instead of them immediately being credited, the new player referred now has to both verify their email and complete the tutorial for the referring person to get credited with the referral.
Don’t forget about the referral contest that officially kicks off tonight at midnight. Once it starts, you’ll be able to see rankings in the Hall of Fame.
Below are the prizes:
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
Points earned during the referral contest will also count towards regular prizes which can be found in the Referral Shop.
Credit Store & General Store
All of the items available in the credit store are now found in the General Store. Account purchases that are one-time and do not result in an item will stay in the Credit Store.
The Hall of Fame has been reorganized so it’s easier to find things.
The monthly RP has been fixed and will be running for the month of May.
Association elections have been fixed. They should now open on the 25th and end on the 1st of the next month. They will all end tonight at midnight for the month of May.
There will be another development update on Sunday. :)
Happy art update day! :3
New Art: Appendix Quarter Horse
The Appendix Quarter Horse has arrived! Can you believe we only have 3 more crosses left that need art?
New Location: General Store
The world has a new location called General Store! This is where all game items that cost money will go. Right now, we only have backgrounds available, but who knows what the future will bring. ;)
New Background: Stable
You can now find a new background, the Stable Background, in the General Store.
The staff page has gotten a bit of a revamp! All staff now have images and a blurb about them.
As you have probably noticed, association shows did not run this past week. We’re going to pause them until this weekend when a few more of the kinks can be worked out. If you’ve entered them already, your entries will stay and you’ll receive winnings when they run.
FAQ and Wiki Page
The FAQ has undergone an update and now has the most up to date information. The Wiki Fandom page is also undergoing updates which includes new breed pages and image updates. The Wiki will take time to update so check in regularly.
Please continue to post your thoughts and feedback in the Discord channels and forum posts. We’re reviewing all ideas. Because a lot are fairly complex and would require a lot of planning and testing, we’re actually going to do something a bit different to implement these changes.
After next week’s dev update, we will be creating a completely separate sandbox Eqc. Anyone is welcome to join and provide feedback. Anyone who is registered on Eqcetera will have their account, horses, money, etc copied over. By moving to an isolated environment, we can make changes that could otherwise be disastrous if done wrong here. We could also reset everyone back to the “beginning” multiple times with no worries about affecting anyone’s real account.
We will most likely suspend one or two dev updates as we work out some kinks on the sandbox version.
Cherry Blossom Background
Just a reminder that the Cherry Blossom background will be retiring on April 30th at midnight until next year.
Horses now have ID in their miscellaneous information.
The Create Bookmark link in the sidebar has been renamed to Manage Bookmarks.
The enter all entrant limit has been raised from 1,000 to 2,500.
If you unequip an item, it should now go back into the owner of the horse’s inventory instead of the original item owner’s.
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.
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
Association elections will be fixed. You will also be able to go back and view placement for association shows.
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.
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 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 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.
We will include an area to see transfers/sales between users, trophy wins, freezes, money made, and money spent per horse.
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
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.
We’re not sure how this would look like, but there are a few options including player jobs, another business estate, or careers.
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 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. :)