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Polls & Your Opinions?
So I've been back from my honeymoon for 3 weeks now. It was fantastic, and I thank you all for your suggestions on what to do and where to go!

Since I've been back, I've run into a bit of a conundrum. You'll see below.

New Features
* Polls are back! News > Polls.

So to elaborate on New Features being such a short list - I am currently working on about 5 different things. I keep getting distracted between them, so I decided to code Polls instead and try to get your opinions on which one I should prioritise. Basically, which one would you like to see added this side of Christmas?

A link to polls for the lazy ;)

I am also working on smaller updates as well (never fear!), but these are the next few *big* updates that I want to add. I have a couple of secret updates to come as well, which I obviously won't poll for your opinions because they are secret ;D.

Bug Fixes
* Stallions can no longer be gelded while they are up for stud or sale/private auction.

I have been working on converting the current genetics system to create the genotype of a new horse from the Equine Center as well as storing the "allowed" genes in a breed. The actual details won't mean much to most people, but basically there will be a bit more variety to what colors/markings (and the genes for those colours and markings) can be acquired from the Equine Center. This includes "rare" genes such as silver and champagne. They will be extremely rare, but they will be available from the EC when this system is implemented.

In order to make sure that I haven't missed any genes from breeds, if you are familiar with genetics, please check the breeds you are most familiar with from the Statistics page. If you click on a breed name, it will now list all the available genes for that breed according to the new system. If anything is missing (e.g. the custom horse tool says Akhal-Teke should have cream, but the new system doesn't), please comment on this news post.

This also makes it easier for me to add "allowed" genes to breeds, for example, Silver and Sooty for Gypsy Vanner. Previously I would need to edit the code in about 5 different places for each new allowed gene. Once this code is implemented, I should be able to just add it and it will automatically update everywhere.

I am the worst at explaining things, I'm sorry.

Posted by

Abbey (#1)

Posted on
2016-12-07 16:22:22

Auto-Treating and Horse Achievements!
Preferred Treats

Treat assignments are back! It's been a long time coming, but I've finally added treat assignments back into the game.

I have shuffled around the horse page a little bit so that there's room for the feature, but it will be displayed at the bottom of the "Currents" list on your horse's page. The icon will show as greyed out (or lightened) when the horse hasn't been treated today. If you click on it, similarly to the care tools at the top, it will use a treat from your inventory to give to the horse.

Yes, this feature is also included in Auto-Care. You will need to make sure you have enough treats in your inventory to cover all horses in the division otherwise Auto-Care won't work at all. Unlike the old system where it used to tell you that you had run out of treats, this time it will tell you you don't have enough and none of the caring will take place.

Horse Achievements

We now have horse achievements! There are currently 6 achievements to earn for each horse you own, and each achievement you earn will reward the horse with completely pointless achievement points ;) but it will also award you with a cash prize for helping your horses earn the achievements!

These achievements will only be awarded when you access your own horse's page - you will receive the achievement notification and any prize attached.

Any achievements your horses earn can be viewed at the bottom of their page.

Smaller Updates!
* Your Riding School selections will now "stick" - meaning that the number of hours you choose for each type of lesson will remain in the text input for the next horse when you submit.
* To prevent confusion with horses that are gray but are displaying a different color because they are young, I have changed the color to the horse's displayed color for horses under the age of 4. Horses aged 4-7 will show the displayed color with "(graying)" next to it. Horses over the age of 7 will display as "Gray".
* Horses without a specialty will now show as "[N1 N/A]" instead of "[N1 ]" in the showing/training dropdown list (using N1 as an example).

I am away
I will be around for the next couple of days to bug fix any of the new features here today, but from the 2nd to the 17th November I will not be around. I am on my honeymoon for two weeks in LA and will have very limited internet access. (If you have any suggestions of great places to eat or do stuff in LA/American things in general[chain restaurants/stores/etc], let me know ;D).

Moderators may point you to this news post if you are having any issues around the game which can only be fixed by myself. Unfortunately I will be unable to do anything until I get back, so please be patient.

Posted by

Abbey (#1)

Posted on
2016-10-29 05:40:11

New Showing System!
We officially have our new showing system in place!

I have added in a new sorting option for Auto-Showing: "Soonest". This will choose the shows which run the soonest so that you can hopefully get your show results sooner.

All shows created from this moment on will have a 24 hour countdown timer and will appear in the shows list (almost) immediately. Shows will be removed from the list when the countdown runs out, or when the show reaches 15 entries. The shows which are removed from the list will run within 15 minutes.

Stable owners can now only create a maximum of 200 "active" shows. This means that as soon as their timer runs out, or the show has run because it has reached 15 entries, stable owners can create more shows. It is intended to be a more dynamic show creation system. Let's see how it goes :P

There are a couple of small, temporary issues.

1) I am using a new way to store the prize pool for shows, so it will show incorrect amounts for shows that were created before today. For this reason, I will be disabling sorting shows by prize pool until they sort themselves out.
2) Shows will not be able to run every 15 minutes until today's shows have cleared up. I will aim to have the new showing system running properly at around midday EV time. In the mean time, shows can be entered. They just won't run at their expected time today (e.g. if you enter a show that runs in 4 minutes from this news post, it won't run until later).

I expect there will be some bugs throughout the day, so I will be around to hopefully fix them.

Please make sure to report bugs in the news comments or on the Bug Board!

Edit: I have created some filler shows for every grade past the Novices to help out with some members being unable to create new shows until their old shows clear.

Posted by

Abbey (#1)

Posted on
2016-10-24 05:11:21

Miniature Update
Hello all!

I promised a couple of weeks ago that I'd be bringing you a new show system, and I just wanted to give you a small update on that. It's taking a long time because I'm needing to convert the current showing system into the new system, so I'm currently waiting for the 3 days that shows would normally take to run to catch up to the 24 hour system that we're going to have. I'm hoping to be able to have the new system in place over the weekend, possibly Monday if things don't go right ;D

I do have a screenshot for you though;

You will be able to just browse shows without having to enter any horses this time :) and I will be allowing ordering of shows by clicking on the header of the columns: you'll be able to order by entries, prize pool, when it runs, and fee.

I also wanted to use this update to say that I am working on a bunch of highly-requested updates which I will be releasing over the next two weeks, but then it will be radio silence for 2-3 weeks as I am going on my honeymoon on the 2nd November! I'll be back for the 17th, so will be back to work then :)

Thanks everyone <3

Posted by

Abbey (#1)

Posted on
2016-10-20 02:23:13

Shows Update & Some Extra Bits
Showing Issues
So I've spent the past couple of weeks keeping an eye on shows and they seem to be running okay. I finally got through the 40k+ shows that needed to run last Monday and since then there have been no days where they've not run.

I am working on a new showing system but it'll take a while to code and bug-test to make sure that there are no issues. For the time being, the current shows seem to be running fine so they will have to do for now.

User Logs
I have implemented a User Logs system which tracks your actions in the game including things like wishing in the well, locking and unlocking your account, locking your divisions, using your items, and so on.

It will not include information like entering shows as that needs to be done on an individual show basis which will get a bit spammy.

This information will be available to moderators as well so they can help diagnose any issues you're having with your account, and can recommend when the issue needs to be escalated as a bug. Please let me know if you feel like I've missed out any important features that you think should be tracked!

Reporting Horse Genotypes
Since horses have been able to be imported to the game, some horses were given a faulty genotype, or had the genotype passed altogether.

I have included a button for horse owners to report their horses if the genotype/phenotype doesn't seem right. This report will go directly to me and I will be able to fix it hopefully within 24 hours.

Additionally, I have edited the code to prevent horses without a genotype (or a faulty genotype) from breeding and will nudge any member who receives an error to the horse's page so that it can be reported for faulty genotype.

Hopefully this will help me track down the coding that's causing all the incorrect genotypes :)

Posted by

Abbey (#1)

Posted on
2016-10-05 14:14:54