Monday, 24 November 2014

Cleanup Status





The Never-ending Story

Thank you again for all your patience as I cleaned up the database a little. There have definitely been some page load time improvement, which is great to see. But the job is never finished. Although it will no longer be my focus, I will continue to go through and optimise where I can over time, but the bulk of it is now complete. Throughout my journey I come across some things and some stats that I'd like to share.

Blasts From The Past

I found the image above that I used to use in the very early days, it sure brings back some memories. I made a variable called "dragon", which ended up never getting used, I have no idea what I planned for that, but it was ultimately dropped. There was an old option to change the font type of the game, but never fully released.

Some interesting stats for you: 2.3million comments have been sent. Just under 20million blood letters have been sent since the new thread system in 2010. And a total of 1,235,185,038 blood has been paid out in Spring Valley alone. I can't believe how popular Reign Of Blood has become over the years. And finally, $68,156,350 has been spent on daggers.

What I did

As you probably know, things get bloated after a while. And as RoB is over 8 years old now, there is a bit of bloat in the database. No different than computers going slow after a while. It was important that I spend some time going through and streamlining the database as much as I can. Here is a list of what was done over the last few weeks.

  • Went through all database tables and removed the ones no longer in use
  • Went through and made sure all tables were indexed correctly and efficiently 
  • Transferred all quests & achievements onto their own table
  • Updated all the achievements list onto the new "click to claim" system, and unlocked all the unknown achievements on list 8
  • Transfered profile data & notepad data onto the secondary player table
  • Transferred voting site data onto its own table
  • Added more data to be automatically deleted

Removals

In a clean up, some things get removed. Here is the list of the things removed:

  • All story quests have been removed
  • Angeline the VIP quest removed
  • Fark The Supporter quest removed
  • Xander The Warrior quest removed
  • Removed the need to find a bar bass to access the bar

The Road Ahead

This month, meaning from now, I'll be working on updating the coven battle systems. I know many of you are eager for me to get this going, and it will be my next priority.

Next month will be the continue focus on the coven battles, as well as updating a couple newer features, setting up the xmas event, and an extra little surprise.

In the new year, the focus will be begin on story. I will be putting together a writing team, of which I know plenty are still interested, to re-do and reboot the Dead City story quests and other features.

I look forward to our future. Enjoy the week.
Ash

Friday, 14 November 2014

Double Weekend



Double Weekend

As I'm going through the final stages of the database streamlining, which will get its own blog post with the list of what I've been doing on it over the last month, as well as other tidbits, I thought i'd give you all some free double pleasure this weekend.

Starting Saturday 15th November 00:01 until Sunday 23:59 enjoy:

Double Blood
Double Coven Exp
Double Minion Exp

Have a great weekend,
Ash

Friday, 24 October 2014

Halloween Event



Halloween Event [THE INFECTED]



Yes, it's time for some Halloween fun again! This year's event is two fold. Firstly, The Dead City Infected, and The Haunted House.

The Haunted House
The Dead City Haunted house if full of ghostly beings. And what do you ghostly beings have that a vampire would want to steal? Their souls. Go soul hunting in the Haunted House, consume their souls and feel the power. The house is a bit light hearted and fun, those poor poor ghosts.

Dead City Infected
There is an outbreak of infection in the Dead City! Turning vampires into zombified rotting monsters. Luckily, the outbreak is controlled by a vampire that created the virus, and he wants to wreck havoc across the land. If you want to join his cause spreading this infection, visit him at Dead City to find out how you can spread the infection to your enemies.

When you're infected, the blood you get in battle is reduced by 5%, as your energy start suck the blood from your victims start to drain. The effects, luckily, only last up to an hour, and at half past all victims are cured. But, you can also get rid of your infection right away by passing it onto someone else.

You get bonuses for infecting someone, and a total count is kept of how many vampires you infected, with prizes you can claim based on that amount. Head to the Dead City for more information.

And to make it even more better,  there is a current boost section in the Halloween section of Dead City. It is currently DOUBLE WP.

Of course there is a beautiful VIP/plasma special, click here for details.

Database cleanup

Thank you all for your continued patience as I work on streamlining the database. If you've been paying attention to the updates page you'll be able to see what I'm up to. The only things that are less is migrating some of the old quests and putting some more things on auto-delete. This should be complete by the end of the month, and I'll make a blog post with all the changes I made.

Enjoy the event,
Ash

Friday, 26 September 2014

Wheel Of Death Expansion



Wheel Of Death

The majority of people who login each day indulge in the Wheel Of Death. Any why wouldn't they? Free stuff is awesome. It started with a daily turn login bonus. For those that remember, you used to get a little turn bonus on top of the updates page when you login each day. An extra boost for those who are active on a daily basis. I then made that process a little more interactive, and created The Wheel Of Death. Today, I take it a step further.

The new Wheels Of Death


3 New Wheels
3 new wheels have been added in addition to the main wheel. The old lonely wheel is now labelled the Turn Wheel. This wheel gives you a random turn bonus each day. The other 2 wheels, Vial Wheel and Vitality Wheel are explained in their descriptions. The Coven Wheel will be explained in just a minute. You can spin each of 3 above wheels once per day. How awesome is that?

The Coven Wheel
Wheel number 4 is a Coven Wheel. This wheel can only be spun by a coven's owner or co-owner, and can only be spun once per week. The wheel gives out exp, as well as other bonuses you'll have to wait and find out for yourself.

Timers
As you can see in the above image, the link to spin them is below the picture of the wheel. When you have spun the wheel, that link gets replaced by a counter until you can spin again.

Payouts
The Turn Wheel's payout has been increased. So now pays out even more than before (for both winners and losers).

Quests Etc
All previous quests, achievements & missions that require the spinning of the wheel, have had their descriptions re-written to indicate that they count only the turn wheel. Future quests etc will include the other wheels, but the past ones are valid on the turn wheel only.

What's even better for those that are online right now, is that if you've already claimed your wheel today, it's been reset so you can do it again.  Find any bugs? Be sure to report them.

Database work

In order to get ready for an awesome 2015, I need to start streamlining the database. During October, you probably won't see a huge amount of updates as I'll be spending time on the back-end of RoB. This will result in even faster page loads, and the ability to add more things that could never been done before due to potential "lag". There's so much in the pipeline, and I don't want this to be a deciding factor on an awesome idea not getting done.


Enjoy the weekend,
Ash

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