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Grade Level Changes, Endurance Tack, and more!

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Grade Level Changes
*Stat limits for grade levels have been changed to provide more meaningful progression
*These now use a percent increase model rather than a fixed number of stats per level
*Progression through grade levels should be slowed in particular through the local and regional grades, so a horse's progress through these grade levels has more importance
*The Novice 1 grade has not changed at all, and acts as a baseline
*Novice level stat ranges increase 10% over the previous grade level's number of stats, local increase by 11%, regional by 12%, national by 11%, and international by 10%

The table below illustrates the new stat ranges for each grade level, and shows the size of the stat range for each grade:

Stat Range Total Stats in Level
Novice 1 100-149 49
Novice 2 150-204 54
Novice 3 205-264 59
Novice 4 265-330 65
Novice 5 331-402 71
Local 1 403-482 79
Local 2 483-571 88
Local 3 572-670 98
Local 4 671-780 109
Local 5 781-902 121
Regional 1 903-1039 136
Regional 2 1040-1192 152
Regional 3 1193-1363 170
Regional 4 1364-1554 190
Regional 5 1555-1768 213
National 1 1769-2005 236
National 2 2006-2268 262
National 3 2269-2560 291
National 4 2561-2884 323
National 5 2885-3244 359
International 1 3245-3640 395
International 2 3641-4076 435
International 3 4077-4556 479
International 4 4557-5084 527
International 5 5085-5665 580

*Based on these changes, most horses will have to have their grade level downgraded (a red downwards arrow icon will show next to their name in Your Horses list), some may not change level, and a few may require having their grade level improved

*The downgrade button is located in the same place as the improve button on a horse's page

*Deluxe members can use the Improve Horse Grades button to handle downgrading en masse
*Grades will have to be updated for each horse before it can enter shows (the same message you receive about grade improvement will pop up if you try to show a horse without its grade updated), which will help ensure horses get their grades updated and will be on the same page competitively
*Each horse will only have to have its grade level updated to this new system once, then will be on the new system and only need the usual grade improvements for increasing a level
*Everyone may update their horse’s grade level at different times, due to frequency of play, etc, but since the change is required for showing the changeover period in terms of horses on the old system competing with horses on the new one should be small

Endurance Tack Colors
Endurance tack colors are here! The default color for endurance bridles is purple, and the default saddle color is brown leather with red cloth.

(Background image coming soon!)

You may notice that this tack has an accent color on the saddle, which is a shade different from the pad color underneath the saddle. This combination (red pad and orange accent) was present on the original art, so we have carried this color variation style on to the rest of the added tack colors.

When selecting your desired endurance tack colors, be sure to look at the pad color to be sure you're choosing the color you want! The accent color cannot be dyed or changed separately and is tied directly to the pad color, so it may be a deciding factor in which dye color you like best. If you want a sophisticated look with less color, the ecru, charcoal, and silver colors are the best bet!

The last item in the colorful tack update is splint boots, so that will be up next! Once splint boots are done, our colorful tack update will be complete!

Other Updates
*Blocking has been expanded to include horse transfers, item transfers, public/private horse sales, the item market (both buying and offers), auction house bids, breeding requests, and credit sales
*Added conformation to the My Horses page listing of all horses

*Ticket notifications have been changed, so they are distinguished from normal site or message notifications - this will enhance ticket reports and make them easier to remember
*Tickets can also be opened by mods with members, for ease of communication, so you might see this feature used too!

Bug Fixes
*Fixed bridle on deceased horse
*Fixed auction house allowing double submissions of a horse
*Removed phantom backgrounds from horses
*Fixed text entered in the address bar showing on horse page
*Fixed splash art file dominances being swapped on Grade Horses
*Fixed incorrect layering with sooty in the custom horse creator and wardrobe
*Fixed incorrect marking descriptions showing for horses with multiple markings

Upcoming Updates
This a preview of two planned coming updates (other updates are also coming, but we want to notify you of these changes in particular):

*Add a cap to the International 5 grade level on how many stats are counted when a horse with more than 5665 stats (the upper limit of the International 5 grade level) competes - this would limit the stats counted for showing to 5665 for any horse with over 5665 stats; those horses would still be the top competitors in the grade level, but their additional stats would not allow them to always be guaranteed a win (wins for those horses would become essentially more random)

*Scale down stats at breeding - if a foal has more than 5665 calculated birth stats at breeding, its stats will be scaled down in order to prevent continued snowballing of inflated stats on very high-stat horses: this rescale would result in a foal who would still be born at a high grade level, but whose stats would be nerfed down to prevent self-perpetuating of stat monsters (these nerfed foals could still manage to exceed the 5665 stats from gained stats throughout their lifetime; only the stats they are born with would be impacted; the goal is to ensure over time that horse stats stay scaled to the new grade levels, preventing a need to add more grade levels or change their stat ranges regularly)

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Posted on
2023-05-06 10:17:08


excited to try out this new stat system and see how it feels, good to see the blocking update too!

looking forward to the upcoming updates as well c:

Posted by

forgottenland (#121399)
6th May 2023 at 10:45:02

This is GREAT! Thanks so much!

Posted by

Galerane (#135163)
6th May 2023 at 10:57:10

Great updates, thanks so much!

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Olivia (#28092)
6th May 2023 at 11:48:26

I have mixed feelings about the new stats range... With old ranges, it's easy to identify horses near the end of their grade as the end of grade is always 9s/99s/999s. Now, the numbers are different for every grade. I cannot memorize all numbers and it will be a hassle to compare every single horse daily to the range to figure out where they are at...

I guess it may be the time for me to stop showing after all.

Posted by

Lucia (#132336)
6th May 2023 at 12:29:36

Thank you ♥

Posted by
♥Ⓥⓘⓒⓚⓨ♥ (#130211)
6th May 2023 at 12:32:52

Awesome! Can't wait to see what else is in store. Thanks for all your hard work!

Posted by

Aeromase (#126262)
6th May 2023 at 12:52:49

Interesting changes to the grades. However I am saddened that my first self bred international horses fell all the way to national 2. It took me years to get there! Here comes a few more years to get back there

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ℌ𝔢𝔯𝔪𝔢𝔰 𝔖𝔱𝔲𝔡 (#28950)
6th May 2023 at 15:25:15

Very cool! I'm looking forward to how the new grade levels will hopefully work - a more balanced climb through the grades will be nice!

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«» Only the Wind (#55431)
6th May 2023 at 18:33:46

I can only say that these updates are obviously the result of a huge amount of personal effort. Your effort is greatly appreciated ?????

Posted by
Sparkles (#88639)
7th May 2023 at 05:50:25

Come home from the weekend to THIS ;o; SO freakin excited thank you all so very much for all your hard work♥♥

Posted by
𝙺ᵃˡⁱ 𝙿ⁱᶜᵏˡᵉ'ˢ 𝙷ᵒʳˢᵉˢ (#133969)
7th May 2023 at 19:07:43

well I have mixed felling but I will just try to follow it allllllllll!

Posted by

Emma (#134767)
15th May 2023 at 10:27:08

thank you so much for the update :)

Posted by

Katherine (#134726)
16th May 2023 at 05:45:08

Interesting, I have to try it!

Posted by

🌴CW Rescue Center🌴 (#118033)
30th May 2023 at 15:44:34

Hello, I wanted to tell you that your horse is magnificent

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ilana5824 (#135768)
30th August 2023 at 05:08:09