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May Listening Session
May Listening Session
The May listening session is scheduled for this Saturday (the 30th) in our Discord channel starting at 13:00 Equiverse server time. The session will go up to 90 minutes long, or until it draws to a natural close.

The listening session is a chance for us to communicate with each other. There will be discussion topics and questions, and also open time where you, the players, can ask questions. We will discuss upcoming updates, developments, and more! If you can't make it to the meeting, a summary will be posted to the forums later.

Please note you must be 13 or older in order to create a Discord account, if you haven't one already.

Posted by

River (#51565)

Posted on
2020-05-28 21:50:00

Farmsteads and more!
Hey EVers, we have some big news today!

Farmsteads!
Farmsteads have finally arrived live in-game!

Farmstead is the new term for the combined orchards and farms feature, which allows all players to grow your very own treats for your horses! Orchards will grow green, yellow, and red apples, while farms will grow carrots and turnips. Farmsteads integrate with the in-game seasons feature and growth reflects these seasons. Plants and trees require regular weeding and watering, but will also suffer from overwatering, as real plants do. Your Farmstead can be accessed in the dropdown menu under the Home link.

Seeds are acquired from the general store - to plant a seed, select it, then click the plot you wish to place it in. Use the watering can to water a plot, and use the shovel to remove a plant or tree. Weeds are removed by simply clicking on them. Plants can be harvested, when ready, by clicking on them.



In the farm:
It costs $25,000EVD to purchase a farm, which has 25 available plots. Seeds can be sown in spring and summer, and plants can be harvested from in spring and autumn. During winter all of the plants will die back and no activity will occur. Plants will grow along with progression if they have been watered and weeded, but will neither grow nor wither if you do not progress. Plants require six days of growth to ripen and to be ready to be harvested.

In the orchard:
It costs $25,000EVD to purchase an orchard, which has a maximum capacity of nine trees. Trees can be planted from spring to autumn, and harvested at the end of summer, which in terms of game time would be the weekend when the site is in the summer season.

Trees will grow along with progression if they have been watered and weeded, but since they take a long time to mature, they will grow every day whether you progress or not. Leaving them unwatered and unweeded while not progressing will result in some growth, but it occur much more slower than with care. Trees in the orchard require four seasons of growth to mature (four real-world weeks), and once mature will bear fruit every summer without having to be replanted. One season is required before the tree will bear fruit - ensuring consistent weeding and watering will increase yield from the harvest.

Please note that, as a completely new feature, it is unknown how exactly Farmsteads will integrate with the game, in terms of the balance of production, and any unpredicted bugs that didn't come out during Beta testing. Please be patient if problems do occur, as this initial implementation is a trial of sorts. Updates to the feature will roll out as we further understand how it works into the game. Thank you for your understanding! :)

Bug Fixes
*Outstanding breeding requests will now be cancelled when a horse dies
*Some decor items getting scaled with foals has been fixed
*Some horses showing [1/1] for equipped backgrounds when no background was actually equipped have been fixed; unknown how this issue came about, please report if it happens again
*Silver displaying wrong on some horses has been fixed
*Topics can no longer be edited to have a blank title, making them inaccessible
*Some issues flagging posts for deletion have been fixed, some individuals may need to adjust pop-up block settings



Updates
*Leisure riding location themed backgrounds are now findable in their respective locations
*Leisure riding now has more stat-gain events based on your choices and your horse’s discipline - these new events will give +1 stat point, and are many times more likely to occur than the original stat-gain events, which were purely random (these random stat gain events do still exist, the new events are in addition to them, and do not replace them)
*As a special surprise, decor items that previously only worked on adult horses now work on foals too! The only exception is fly sheets, which function for adult horses only. Other decor items like halters, Santa hats, and rump stars now will show. :)



*Mod and admin crowns now show within a message view, so roles will be even easier to see at a glance
*The support page clarifies reporting bugs via the bug zapper or via ticket for game-breaking instances (old references to the bug boards have been removed)

That’s all for now, stay tuned for more updates that are on their way!

Posted by

River (#51565)

Posted on
2020-05-11 12:20:05

Farmstead Testing!
Beta Testing for Farmsteads
Farmsteads - the new name for combined orchards and farms - are now available for testing on the Beta version of our site! Your Farmstead can be found in the dropdown menu under the home link in the navigation bar. The Beta version includes its own help section with details on how the Farmstead features work, and what to expect. If you experience bugs while testing, please report them on the Beta version of the site.





To log in to the Beta, you will need a separate Beta server account. Your Equiverse login credentials will not apply. If you previously signed up for and used the Beta site, you will be able to log in with the account you created then. If you don't have a Beta account yet and would like to join, please message me for an invite link - these invites have to be generated individually, so they have to be created on a case-by-case basis. Testing requires care and attention, so please request access only if you are certain you wish to take it on.

New Moderators
Our new moderators have been chosen! Thank you to everyone who applied - we had quite a few applications and it was close between a few of them. If you were not selected this year, never fear, your application answers are saved in case we should be need to call on you in the future. :) Congratulations to our five new moderators! They are here to help, so feel free to reach out to them with your questions!

The Cryptic Cat (#7088)
Ruby (#35396)
maple (#37708)
Eliza Ð (#73632)
DarkFoldedWings (#108374)

If you ever wish to see the full moderator list, simply head on over to the Help and click the Equiverse Moderators tab right at the top. :)

April Listening Session
And lastly, the April listening session is scheduled for Wednesday (the 22nd, also Earth Day) in our Discord server starting at 1:00pm (13:00) Equiverse server time. The session will go up to 90 minutes long, or until it draws to a natural close.

The listening session is a chance for us to communicate with each other. There will be discussion topics and questions, and also open time where you, the players, can ask questions. We will discuss upcoming updates, developments, and more! If you can't make it to the meeting, a summary will be posted to the forums later.

Please note you must be 13 or older in order to create a Discord account, if you haven't one already.

Posted by

River (#51565)

Posted on
2020-04-19 12:44:27

Announcements
Hello EVers! We have a small news today, just for some brief announcements!

Crediting on Art
There is a new Equiverse Crediting Guide that has been stickied in all of the art-themed sections of the forums (here it is in the tag and signature sales section), and which is also linked in the art section of our Help. With an increase in member activity, and hence art activity too, we added this guide as a handy reference to help everyone understand the importance of crediting art creations and how to go about doing it. :)

Moderator Applications
The last day for moderator applications will be this coming Monday (the 13th) - if you haven't applied yet and wish to, please be sure to submit your form before the end of the day on the 13th. The form is available here if you would like to fill it out! Please note that only members 18 or older who have been playing Equiverse for at least a year are eligible to apply.

Backgrounds Poll
The poll on your preferences for backgrounds to be added in the future will be closing on Monday the 13th. If you haven't cast your vote yet, please check it out here!

That's all for now, happy EVing!

Posted by

River (#51565)

Posted on
2020-04-08 10:04:12

Silver Update and More!
Silver Update
The long-awaited silver update is here! Silver displays separately on bay and black bases now, as in real life, and all breed art files have been modified to reflect this change. Black horses with silver now exhibit the chocolate coat color modification, and the silvery blond mane and tail, with dappling appearing at ZZ (double dominance). Bay horses with silver have a lightened coat and some hints of silver on the black portions of their coat, and a blond mane and tail, and no dappling. These changes were made to better reflect the expression of the silver gene and make the art even more accurate.

A silver (Zz) black Gypsy Vanner exhibiting the chocolate coat:



Have fun checking out the new looks on your silver horses! :)

Changes
*Add Veteran plushie for players who have been a member for over a year - this will appear at rollover
*Foal art now shows for horses under two years of age, as per the results of the latest site poll
*White markings (tobiano, sabino, etc) now show on grey horses until they are fully greyed out
*A disclosure warning now displays for the coat applicator/randomizer if you attempt to use it on a white horse, clarifying that a coat color change will not be visible
*White is no longer shown as a horse's coat color, in order to reduce confusion; if a horse has not been gene tested its coat color will be listed as Unknown (White). Performing a genetic test will reveal the underlying coat color. If your horse has the white marking and is a bay, the color would then be shown as Bay (White) after the genetic test has been performed.
*Gray/graying is now displayed in parenthesis as well, but does not require an initial genetic test, as the horse's base color is visible at birth.
*Images for both selected parents are now visible on the breeding page
*A grade improvement symbol has been added - this arrow will show before your horse's name (much like the training boost symbol) when its grade is ready to be improved



Bug Fix
*Plushies in your cabinet, and plushies overall, can no longer be traded in to the general store (to prevent accidents)

Moderator Applications
The mod team is opening applications for new moderators! We are looking for members who are willing helpers, knowledgable in the community, and who have been playing Equiverse for at least a year. Please note that you must be 18 or older in order to apply. If you are interested, please fill out the form here! Applications will close in two weeks.

Poll
We also have a poll on which background themes you would be most interested in seeing added next. Please note that this not an on-site poll, since there are many options. If you wish to cast your vote take a look here!

That's all the news for now - stay tuned for info on when farmsteads will be ready for beta testing!



Posted by

River (#51565)

Posted on
2020-03-30 11:48:50