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Dev Update: Aging, Training, & Fixes

Curly

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9/04/2020 9:21 am

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! :)

 

✏️ Upcoming

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…

  • Tutorial quest!!

  • My auctions pages for Auction House and Horse Market

  • Bookmarks

  • 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?!


Cheers,

The Dev Team

9/04/2020 9:31 am

Vis

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Y'all rock. Seriously. 

Great update, looking forward to the coming features!! 


Also WELCOME Elz!! 

9/04/2020 9:34 am

Mischief

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Throwback to a V1 feature... I am intrigued :D


I was MsRunner #467 on V1 ^^ hello!

9/04/2020 9:46 am

`Roze`

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This is an AWESOME update!!! Thank you so much Bed and Curly for all your hard work!! I'm so excited for all the new features!!


9/04/2020 10:06 am

Alfalfa

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HECK YES! What an amazing update. That you *all* for your hard work and dedication to giving us a fun place to play with pixel ponies! and welcome ELZ! :) 

9/04/2020 10:14 am

Eleonore

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AMAZING UPDATE! I am so happy to hear about the freeze system!

I can't wait to see the next update!

Welcome to the team Elz!

9/04/2020 10:40 am

Qeni.

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Now that it's impossible to abuse freezing/training will we be able to freeze more often than every 8 days? 🤔

9/04/2020 11:49 am

Acoustic

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Y’all are doing awesome work; I have never played a game with such an active and responsive dev team before and the difference in quality of gameplay is astronomical. Keep up the good work!

9/04/2020 10:44 pm

BlackGlassButterfly

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Yay! I'm so excited that the BS is back on the main page! This makes culling and organizing much faster. 

Damaged Stardust Estates
Specializing in American Paint Horses and Quarter Horses
Special projects include Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds

9/04/2020 11:02 pm

sparkster

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WELCOME ELZ!!!!!!! throwback to v1 wasn’t here then sadly but I wonder what it could be. could it be the semen straws and egg Bank I hope so

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