Format Aside

Finally worked out all the kinks (I hope!) for the background image morning-day-evening-nighttime transitions that have been plaguing me recently. A small victory but I’ll take what I can get! I’ll post a video in a day or two showing how cool it looks with the new layout.

Nothing else major to report yet. Progress this week has mainly been javascript bug fixing related.

Championship Competitions

I have been thinking a lot about Competitions too. I want to have some kind of weekly Challenge. Something you could make progress on throughout the week with Championships on the weekend or some such thing. The ideas are still rolling around in my head right now, but I like the idea of perhaps needing to earn X number of points each day to enter the weekend Championship. I’m not sure yet if the competitions would be special events separate from the player created ones (probably), or allow players to create their own. Maybe once players master all the competition courses they could create these special qualifier events. Running a Championship Qualifier Competition (thats what I might call these) could be an honor, something to make a big deal about that would earn more points, with a higher purse. A long running qualifier (one that’s been recreated many times) would have a higher Prestige, with perhaps a higher added purse too. Prestige isn’t something I’ve talked about much yet but Farms and Competitions will eventually have Prestige ratings. Higher Prestige ratings would be reflected in the players Overall Score. Overall Score is something else I haven’t spoke much about but it’s going to be a single numerical value to represent your success/progress within the game. It’ll be another leaderboard added in the future with perhaps prizes to the top players each month. That is something I’ll write more about in the future. For now I’m going to continue thinking about these Championships and how I might integrate them into the game. Competitions are one big aspect of the game getting an overhaul with this update I’m working on.

New Layout and Bug Fixes

There are a lot of changes and bug fixes coming with the next game update. We don’t have a release date as of yet for this next version but I wanted to share the progress with you. We make progress every day but you guys don’t get to hear about it too often. So this blog is where we can share what we’re working on.

New Layout

The most obvious change is an update to the game’s layout. The header colour has been changed to transparent to give the whole site a more “open” feeling. We’ve replaced the page-width progress bar for player level with  a smaller bar located within the header. An icon has been created for the Next Day button so it fits in better with the design. The current Season and Year will be listed in the header now. So you’ll have an idea how old your farm is. Some of you have some really old farms!

The responsiveness of the header has been fixed as well so it should show up better on mobile devices. As a result the header information has been duplicated in the side bar and will only be visible on smaller screen resolutions. You’ll also notice that the icons on the left side navigation menu have been updated for a consistent look.

Farm Updates

There are some updates to the farm view then have been completed including:

  • Decorations within pastures and barns can be flipped horizontally
  • Adding decorations will now add them to the center of the view you’re actively looking at, instead of the far left corner
  • Decorations can be returned to your inventory assuming you have enough room
  • Stall elements can also be returned to your inventory which also means…
  • Now you can return your barns and pastures to your inventory once the horses and decorations are all removed
  • The HTML editor for your page has been updated so you can now use the Add Image button properly
  • HTML changes, new farm name, new farm logo changes will show up on your farm layout immediately without a page refresh now

Competitions

Competitions will be getting the next overhaul. You’ll be able to search for specific events and level. This update is in progress but not completed yet. I’ll post more as I have more to share.

 

Thats all for now. Check back here once in a while and we’ll have more to share with you and thanks for playing!