Friesians, Minerals, and More!
Happy art update day! Our artists have been hard at work and have done an amazing job!
❤️ Donation Day
As outlined on our calendar, today we will be donating 100% of our funds to HEART 9/11 in remembrance of those lost and those responding to the events of 9/11. HEART 9/11 is currently responding to natural disasters around the US. For more information on HEART 9/11 and their efforts, click here. For historical documentation on donations, click here.
✨ Friesian Update
Friesians now have new art! Solo knows we love a long mane and some feathering! All Friesians in game have been updated with the new art.
🌄 New Background
With the release of new Friesian art we now have a new background inspired by the Drents-Friese Wold National Park from Friesland. The background includes park wildlife, Highland cattle, and the famous heather.
Our employees in the construction store now have new updated images! Ibbit has done a wonderful job giving them a new style.
💎 Mine Minerals
The mine minerals now have new art! Our place holder art is retiring and our new art by Elz is now added. All 7 minerals have their own unique look! Have you found them all yet? What do you think they’ll be used for?
🔮 Upcoming Art
We already have a few art updates outlined in the calendar. Check it out for a more detailed outline of upcoming art!
Pony Foal Art (9/25)
New Crossbreed (10/9)
Clydesdale Update (10/23)
Forever upgrades will be going off sale on September 14th at midnight.
Whew! That's a lot of art. Be sure to gallop around and check it all out! Next week be ready for us to post a development update.
The Dev Team
Avatar Art Contest!
Eqcetera Avatar Art Contest!
We are opening submissions for new default avatar art! In your account settings page you can view the few default avatars we currently have. We are wanting to expand this selection and what better way than to introduce some of our players' art!
We will be adding 5 new avatars to our collection. This means 5 submissions are eligible for winning!
The Prize Package
2 Spectral tokens
Choice of any combo of 5: Cherry Background(s), Truffle(s), or Mistletoe(s)
Featured in the winners news post and social media.
Credit on our credits page.
Prize package is valued at $65. All 5 winners will receive the same prize package.
Dev Update: Aging, Training, & Fixes
Hello everyone, the dev team is back at it again with another update! Please read this update thoroughly as it contains very important information for everyone.
📆 Horse Aging
We have adjusted horse aging slightly in order to make feedback from freezing more attainable. Moving forward, horses will no longer have a set age day. Instead, they will be on a countdown system. This means that 7 days must pass for a horse to age. If a horse is frozen, that age count doesn’t go up and their age day will change after you unfreeze.
Scenario: If Beethoven is born on Monday, he will be 0 years old and have 7 days until he ages so he will age like normal the next Monday. On Tuesday of the next week, he’s frozen until the following Friday. On Tuesday, he had 6 days until he aged. On Friday, he will still have 6 days left until he ages, and his new age day will be the next Thursday.
To keep better track of this, horses now show how many days left until they age along with the day of the week they’ll age.
Why did we do this? We announced previously that a way that we were trying to combat people cheating the freezing system was to automatically age a horse if the horse had an age day while frozen. This solution was not well received because it would have forced players to take longer breaks from the game and age horses removing the benefit of freezing. We have heard you and removed the +1 year to age after thawed rule. This way, you can still take short breaks from the game without an aging penalty.
💪 Horse Training
With the change to aging we have also had to make a change to training. Training will now reset 7 days after the horse was last fully trained (trained all 5 times). This is the same as the old system except it won’t all reset on Sundays and could be different per horse. If you train all your horses on the same day, you can still train them all on Sundays and see no difference with the new system.
If someone freezes, the days left until the horse can train again will also freeze. This means that frozen horses will have the same number of trainings in its lifetime as unfrozen horses, so it will be harder to cheat the freezing system for additional trainings.
Why did we change this? This change was needed to ensure no one was able to cheat the training system which meant a change to the day count system from the every Sunday system.
🏆 Estate Shows
The option to create shows 2 days in advance has been removed. Now, all shows will automatically be created to run the next day at midnight. When creating shows, it will only count the ones running at that time against your total. This means shows created today will no longer count against your shows available to create tomorrow.
A list of your created shows have also been added to the Manage Estate Shows page. When viewing this list, keep in mind that it is listing both today’s shows and tomorrow’s shows. You could be viewing up to 2x the normal amount of shows you would create, but it’s still accurate because of the rolling nature of show creations now.
🔬 DNA Testing
We have fixed and added back in DNA testing! This testing is not available for purebred horses since they are 100% one breed. Once tested, generic crossbreeds now show a bar representing breed percentages below their images. The colors here have gotten revamped from our previous darker colors. DNA testing has also been moved to the Vet.
➕ Small Additions
We have also added back in a few small quality of life additions with this post. We are still chipping away at the additions list, your patience is greatly appreciated.
The Breed Standards bar has been added back in above the horse’s image.
You can now see a list of the shows you’ve created on the Create Shows page.
The My Topics page is now up.
The My Replies page is now up.
🎉 New to the Team
Let’s all welcome the newest addition to the team, Elz! She did our lovely credit packages and is working through a growing list we have for her (something about the mine….). The credits page has been updated to include Elz and a link to her DeviantArt. Go check her out! :)
We will be starting our first ever art contest tomorrow! Stay tuned for more details.
Our upcoming dev list is below! We will be focusing on the new enter all and training manual and a few other bits and pieces…
My auctions pages for Auction House and Horse Market
Next/previous by ID or horse tab
Registering horses with associations/clubs
...whats that..a throw back to a V1 feature will be here soon?!
The Dev Team
Moar Bug Fixes
More bug fixes! They’re multiplying; someone get the bug spray. 🤪
➕ Small Additions
You can now see who the owner of an auction is for both regular auctions and horse auctions.
The Training Manual now refreshes after every 100 horses trained.
If you have a horse that only has a primary discipline, you will no longer be able to alter its training regime in the Training Manual.
🖌️ Art/Formatting Fixes
White horses should now be white again instead of grey.
Fixed some mobile formatting issues where the footer was popping up above the content.
Removed the search icon for mobile. This will come back later.
Horse history should no longer show HTML.
Stock, light draft, and draft foals should now display max roan.
🐛 Bug Fixes
You can now edit horses if the boarding center they are boarded at is full.
Auctions should now appropriately charge and send bid money.
Auctions should now appropriately send items.
Fixed the error when surrendering horses.
Rescuing horses now correctly charges money.
Rescue horses should now countdown. If a rescue horse stays in the rescue for 7 days, they will be automatically retired.
Horses that were for stud/brood before should now be able to go back up for stud/brood.
New players should now start with the Homemade Show Arena as intended.
The custom generator now has splash as an option.
Added in the link on mobile for notifications. You can also see an indicator for notifications now.
Art Update & Fixes!
Happy art update day everyone! Today has been long awaited!
Our art update is dedicated to grey horses. Grey horses now have their grey color linked to genetics. We have updated all breeds with the grey gene, totaling 168 grey layers! Thanks Solo! All breeds that have the grey gene now have new greying layers 1- 4 and two new fleabitten grey layers. More info on the greying process can be found here.
With the update to the grey layers and linking to base genes, Steel Grey has been added for black horses. At age 2, horses will have a grey overlay and have their name change to “Greying + color name.” At 4 years, horses will have their grey color name. GG horses will change to light grey at 10 years while Gg horses stop greying at 8 years.
All bases have the possibility of being fleabitten grey. Gg horses have a 10% chance of being fleabitten grey while GG horses have a 5% chance. Fleabitten greys can only occur in foundation or horses bred.
All horses with grey have been updated to reflect these new images. Go check them out!
🏵️ Update Days
Updates have previously always been on Saturdays. Updates are being moved to Fridays in an effort to give everyone more time to enjoy new features and give the dev team a bit of a weekend. :)
🏝️ New Land Addition
The land addition available to Platinum accounts has been added in.
🗣️ Premium Forum
The premium only forum has been added in.
🗓️ Game Calendar
The game calendar is being updated! Be sure to go check it out to plan for upcoming events.
🐛 Bug Fixes
Silver silver should now be fixed.
Chestnut horses with silver name and image should no longer be possible.
Foals should no longer show their grey name at birth.
Training arenas in construction correctly charge EXP.