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Club Shows, Tab Freezing, Tack uses & More!

Posted by Curly | Saturday, July 2, 2022 (12 Comments)

Happy Saturday! After a wild week of work, we’ve managed to chip away a bit more on our lengthy list. 

 

🏆 Club Shows

After many requests to have them added, club shows have finally made their way into Horse Fable!

 

Not all clubs will be included; only official crossbreed clubs and clubs with crossbreed campaigns will have shows generated. Like breed registry shows, a horse must be registered in the club to enter the show. In the case of clubs with crossbreed campaigns, the horse must also be entered into the campaign to enter shows.

 

Club shows work just like other halter shows. Instead of going off breed standards for a purebred, they go off of the breed standard of the recognized crossbreed or crossbreed campaign breed you are entering.

 

⭐ Other Club/Halter Show Improvements

    • Clubs now have a breed filter. This should make it easier to find what you’re looking for as clubs grow in number.
    • Game-owned clubs are now officially marked in the list.
    • Clubs with crossbreed campaigns are now officially marked in the list as crossbreed clubs.
    • Official game clubs are now displayed as purple stars.
    • Crossbreed Campaign horses will now have teal stars.
    • Unrecognized crosses or any horse not fitting the above 2 points now have grey stars.
  • The Halter Arena now shows yellow stars and the show types now have different colors.

 

📦 Tack Uses

Items equipped to horses now lose a use when either removed from a horse or the horse retires. Your Storage Room is now sorted into groups based on uses left. Once an item is used, it will disappear from your Storage Room. We are adding uses to tack items and all items in your inventory will be updated to have the max number of uses. This means that a currently equipped item with 2 uses when removed from the horse will have 1.

 

Your Storage Room should also show all items alphabetically!

 

Based on using one tack set for the lifetime of a horse tack items can last up to 19 - 27 weeks. Current use totals for tack are:

  • Year-round tack has 2 uses.
  • Limited edition tack has 3 uses.
  • Ingot bought tack has 6 uses.
  • Gem encrusting tack adds +1 use.

We want to note here that behind the scenes, we are mulling over a few options of expanding tack to be repaired and potentially some forever uses. We also have plans for the option to view tack on horses before equipping.

 

❄️ Tab Freezing

Per a long-awaited player request, you can now freeze tabs! You will see frozen tabs show up as a blue color on your stable page to signify the tab is frozen. Tabs that are frozen will have all horses in the tab freeze just as if they're on an account that is frozen. Any horses moving into and out of a tab will freeze and unfreeze appropriately. 



Other tab improvements:

  • There is now a confirmation message for moving horses to tabs.
  • There is now a clear “save” button for tab management.
  • You can now see the total number of horses in each tab on both the tab management page and in your stable.

 

🔖 Emails & Promo Code System

In the next few days, we will be adding automated emails that go out for new joins and people who haven’t logged in for a while. Many of these emails will have a promo code for items, ingots, and bits to help give a boost once you join. We also plan to use promo codes on social media, at events, and for special occasions. 

Promo codes can be redeemed at Town Hall by clicking Town > Town Hall then on the banner “Have a code to redeem?”. If you’ve read this, use promo code icanread to receive a gift! Limited to the first 25 to use the code.

 

🙌 Player-created Shows Table

With discipline shows making a comeback and the random option for Enter All 1 now working, player-made shows are becoming more important. If you’re wondering which shows to make, you can now check the Create Shows page and view which shows have already been made per discipline and level.

 

🖼️ Custom Horse Backgrounds

If you have a platinum account, you can now set custom backgrounds on horses for their profiles. This has been missing up until now. As a note, all art used must be credited and allowed to be used on-site. Ex. Using adobe stock images requires credit to Adobe Stock on the image. Google images is not a proper credit and will be removed. If you are unsure about proper crediting we suggest reading this forum post and this post or asking a moderator.  

 

💪 Training Manual Fixes

Up until now, it hasn’t been possible to train horses in secondary disciplines with the Training Manual. This has now been fixed.

 

There was also an error that wouldn’t allow you to train horses at all if they had less than 5 trainings for the week. This has also been fixed.

 

📌 Sticky Tabs Update

After last week’s update, we realized that no one really knew what we were referring to when we said “sticky tabs.” Sticky tabs are when tabs stay the same when using the arrows on the horse page. 

 

To help this be more usable, we had added an auto collapse of the horse’s image, but the feedback was the players would rather see the horse image. It will now remember if you’ve opened or collapsed the image from page to page. 

 

👥 Game Role Icons

There are now icons for admins, moderators, welcome wagon, and artists by profile pictures in the forums and online list. We hope this helps any confusion some may have had about who is on staff or not. We will continue to add these icons around the game.

 

✨ Join Us on the Socials

We have social media accounts we believe you should follow! Now that we have a promo code system in place, we will be posting social media exclusive promo codes! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be one of the first to see the exclusive promo code for rare in-game items, ingots, or bits! Heck, we might even have a social media promo code exclusive item sometimes. 👀

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

 

🦟 Bug Fixes

  • My Clubs should now show all of your joined clubs.
  • When using a Spectral Token and you unselect a white marking, the variation will now reset and the points will be removed.
  • Horses now show as grade in horse auctions.
  • You can no longer submit horses with pending club registrations into a crossbreed campaign.

 

🔮 Upcoming

We still have so much left to do and we are busy in the studio squishing bugs and adding new things!

 

  • BreyerFest is in 2 weeks! During BreyerFest, we will be releasing a new breed and have numerous forum events you can participate in and more! 
  • We are continuing to work on bug fixes and hope to have them all squished soon. 
  • Problem areas with site speed are being looked into and will have changes done in the next few weeks.
  • A new set of quests are coming soon!
  • We will release the first version of the explore system with quite a few fun things to do. 

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Cheers,

Bedouin & Curly

Site Downtime

Posted by Curly | Friday, July 1, 2022 (2 Comments)

Hello all, expect some site downtime tomorrow around 10:30 AM EST/game time until 12:00 PM EST/game time. Our weekend update has quite a bit that requires site downtime to push and review. We will see you in the AM!

Hall of Fame, QOL Improvements, & Bug Squishes!

Posted by Curly | Friday, June 24, 2022 (9 Comments)

Hello everyone, we managed to wiggle quite a few hours into our busy week this week to make some QOL updates and add some requests.

 

⏳ Site Speed

We are working on several things in the background to increase the overall site speed. We want everyone to know that the site may lag occasionally while we are in this process as optimizing the site is going to take Bedouin many hours to complete. This means site speed won't be a “one and done” kind of update but more like chipping away at problem areas. We are aware that the game starts lagging several times per day and are working to address these specific areas first.

 

Part of optimizing the site includes having to rebuild several pages. The first was done this week: the stable page. This page now loads horses per tab which allows for the page to load very fast. Each tab also only loads 20 horses from the server at one time. We hope you’ve seen significant improvements in speed here. This page rebuild took about 6 hours to complete to give an idea on how long it may take to fix other pages.

 

Other pages we’re looking to rebuild/improve are the herd management and mass actions. Our goal is that no matter how many horses you have, you should still be able to load pages very quickly. We hope to rebuild and/or optimize at least one page a week.

 

🏆 Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame is back! It’s starting off with only a couple of categories but more will be added over time. 

 

  • Horses ranked by level (top 100)
  • Total horses in each breed
  • Total horses in each crossbreed

 

Each unfrozen horse will be ranked every 6 hours. You can see when horses were last ranked in the Hall of Fame. All horses that have been ranked will display their rank on their page so you can see where your horse stands in relation to other horses in the game. This means even horses not in the top 100 ranks will display their ranking on their profile if they haven't been frozen during ranking. Rush on out (after reading all the news) and see where all your favorites rank!!

 

🐴 Foundation Store Improvements

We took a look at the foundation store and thought we could do some QOL updates and add in a few requested features. 

  • The number of stalls you have available now updates with each purchase.
  • If you are not boarding at home, you can now see how many transport slots you have available. This will also update with each purchase.
  • The success message no longer disappears between purchases, making the page move.
  • A name is no longer randomly generated on page load.
  • You can now choose whether to randomly generate names for horses or not. This should make it easier to figure out which horses need to be named according to your own naming conventions if you need that.

 

📌 Sticky Tabs

Sticky tabs when navigating between horses are back! To make this easier to use, horse images now automatically collapse if going to a different tab so you can get straight to business. 💼

 

💬 Registry and Club Forums

Registry and club forums have now found their way back to Horse Fable! Registries should automatically show forums but clubs need them enabled through their settings. Posts from both places will also show up in your community feed if you're a member.

 

If you're a club president, you can choose to notify all members of the club of your posts. This acts similar to how the game news posts are and can help keep everyone informed.

 

🔑 Club Keys

With fixes to crossbreed campaigns and adding back in club forums, clubs keys are back in the General Store! This means you can now make new clubs and also submit new crossbreed campaigns.

 

📋 New Mass Action

You can now mass update working paths! 

 

Just a reminder that mass actions are a benefit of upgrading and can save you a lot of time as your herd grows. Other mass actions include: putting up for sale, putting up for stud/brood, setting disciplines and careers, branding, retiring, transferring, and surrendering. 

 

🌟 Small Changes

  • Demolishing stalls in your estate when you have horses in them will remove those horses from boarding.
  • Halter show arena now shows 25 per page instead of 20 so you could see all star levels of one section (male, female, foal) without having to go to page 2 for the last 5.
  • If there are no horses in Uncategorized, it will no longer show on your stable page.
  • If a horse fails the criteria for the crossbreed campaign gen 2, it will show up in gen 1 and can be registered as a first-gen to continue breeding lines.
  •  Images have been removed from the Shows Arena to make it more compact

 

🦟 Bug Fixes

  • If you are a forever upgraded account, you can now upgrade to a higher tier.
  • The Foal Predictor can now predict crossbreeds.
  • Enter All 1 should now correctly randomly enter shows.
  • You should no longer be able to accept breeding requests for horses with under 90% energy.
  • Fixed crossbreed campaign criteria for gen 2s and 3s. There seems to be a couple horses who haven’t taken the change nicely, and we’ll be looking into these over the next couple days.
  • Preview in lab should now switch back to adult from foal

 

As mentioned previously, our list is very long and we’re trying our best to chip away at it every day. Sometimes things may go wonky (such as stable tabs this past week) but we try to put in a fix for those cases as soon as we can.

 

Cheers,

Bedouin & Curly

Q&A Rundown Document

Posted by Curly | Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (1 Comments)

Hello all! Below is a link to the live Q&A document for everyone to read over. We had a blast and enjoyed chatting with everyone and answering questions!

 

Access the live Q&A document here.

REMINDER: Live Q&A With the Devs!

Posted by Curly | Monday, June 20, 2022 (7 Comments)

Hello all and happy beginning of the week. We hope Monday is off to a great start!

As a reminder, we will have a live Q&A tonight at 7 PM EST/game time on our Discord sever where Bedouin and I will be answering your questions. Join us to chat and hang out while learning about HoFa, upcoming plans, catch a sneak peek, or even learn about us devs! For those who join, we will be having drawings to win a spectral token, 3-month bronze upgrade, and 50,000 bits! As a note, all voice chat joins will be muted and we will be utilizing Discord’s new text channels for voice chats.

 

Be sure to join the Discord server and chat with others before the Q&A. We have plenty of channels you can use for help, special interest, and even horse brags. 

 

We hope to see you all there!

 

Cheers,

Bedouin & Curly