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

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Increasing the feels



Reign Of Blood

On a quick note, I hope you all enjoyed the 2 week event at the start of the month. I know many of you love the AP rage event, we'll have another soon.

8 and a half years. That's a long time for something to still be going strong. And I'd like to keep doing that. So, I want to change, or rather improve, some things. Some graphically, some mechanically. But not in a huge way. People don't like change, and to be honest, neither do I. But I would like to increase the feels a little more. What do I mean by that? Well, one example is the feeling of accomplishment. Sure there is already lots of that. But can it be done more? What would really push you to do that little extra?

So I'll be doing some research and a lot of background work for a while and get some good stuff cooking. I'd also like to say at this point that towards the end of the year, probably in the next couple months or so, I'll be doing some MAJOR database work. I am going to streamline the hell out of our database. Getting rid of old unused stuff, clearing out lingering data, setting up more automated deletion for future data, and just giving it a really good clean. Not only will it make Reign Of Blood more fast, it will make for a more efficient system.

Keeping things fast, fun and flowing will keep us on track to always being one of the most loved vampire games! And I plan to keep it that way.

Your Daily Routine

To get me started on my feels quest, I'd like to get know your general daily routine. I know the routine I put in the daily to do list page, but some people do things differently. I know quite a lot of you won't want to share. But I'm not asking for your dirty secrets, just your general daily routine of how you do things, so I can get an idea of the most popular areas and spend extra time increasing the flow of those features.

If you'd like to contribute, you can post it on this thread, or send me a blood letter if you don't wish to have it public.


Graphic artists

My most recent graphic artist has gone off to college. I could outsource some work, but we have so much talent on Reign Of Blood, I'd like to tap some of it. If you want to part of a graphics team for future Reign Of Blood image related jobs, please send me a blood letter.

Writers

A couple months ago I put out applications for writers. I haven't forgot about that. I've made a list of all the writers that will be put forward to the next stage. Circumstances change, even over a couple months. So if you applied a couple months and go and are still interested, send another blood letter (link below) to say you're still interested. If you did not apply, and would like to, you can blood letter (link below) with your application on why you should picked as a writer for future Reign Of Blood quests and writing content.

Click here to send the blood letter to the RoB-Bot.

Thanks,
Ash






Thursday, 28 August 2014

Double Event Celebration



Double Event

The end of August I always get the pleasure of celebrating my birthday, apparently dubbed Ashmas, or Ashday, and as I'm about to enter into the wrong side of my 20's, we're going to have a little fun.

You'll be able to enjoy 2 different events over 2 weeks, each lasting a week each.

Event 1 is available for viewing now at the Dead City. It includes:


  • Double turns from voting
  • +10% Blood
  • +10% Coven Exp
  • Spring Valley death chanced halved
  • +1 QP for correct QOTD answer
  • Double daily WP


Event 1 will start on my birthday, the 30th August and last for 1 full week. Event 2 will be revealed when Event 1 ends. I wonder what bonuses you'll get?

Free Turns & QP

Just for the pure giggles, put "Ash" somewhere in your username. And on my birthday, the 30th, I'll give everyone who does 50 free turns and a QP. I'd love to see what creative nightmares people come up with.

Plasma Special

As with most years, there is a special on to help celebrate this awesome occasion. The special will last throughout the 2 weeks while these events are active. The special starts today.

Enjoy the events!
Ash

Sunday, 17 August 2014

War Of Covens Changes





War Of Covens

I've made a few backend changes to the War Of Covens today. The main change that you'll notice is the way you choose your war day. Due to some errors that could creep up from time to time, I've changed the way you declare. Before you would choose a day next week you'd like to war, and when that day came, you would war. Now you must choose the day you want to war THIS week. For example, if it's Tuesday, and you want to war this Friday, then you can do so.

The only complication with this is Monday, because unless you get on at midnight game time Monday morning, you'd miss a few hours at least if you wanted to war that day. So I was going to declare Monday a "Truce" day, but thought, you know what? If a coven wants to get in at the right time and take advantage of first place on what will probably be the most unpopular war day, why the hell not?

So to confirm, from Monday 00:01 game time, your coven owner or co-owner must choose a day to war THIS week (not next week anymore). Everything else works the same.

On the page itself, you'll see I've tidied up the layout a little, and also sorted out the messy tables on the previous wars page.

Mobile Payments

Some of you may have noticed that Onebip is currently not available. And that's quite simply, I've had enough of them. I've had complaints from some people who it simply doesn't work for, and others who have contacted them and got useless responses. And I can tell you, I've been getting the same ridiculous unhelpful responses too. So I've decided to ditch them. I have an alternative in the works, and it shouldn't be too much longer, but they do work a little different. Keep an eye on the game updates page for when that's ready, if it's before the next blog post.

Midweek Madness

There will be a Midweek Madness event this week!  From Tuesday 00:01 game time, until Thursday 23:59 (that's pretty much 3 full days) you'll be able to enjoy Double Blood for free. Want even more? Check out one the surprise packs available right now.

Enjoy the week,
Ash

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