Thursday, 1 October 2015

Revisited: Mt. Tilia (Pets)

Mt. Tilia 

We start a brand new month today, and with each new month, comes a new round of pets. So today I'd like to announce a few new features and changes to the pets, which come into effect right now.

Updated Look

I have gone through all the pages and given the general look and feel a bit of an upgrade. You'll notice some better positioned back links and a better flow of the features.

QP Task Changes

I have altered some of the QP task milestones (pray I don't alter them any further), putting a little more emphasis and reward on level and added a new pet power category. This increases the total of QP you can earn a month to 36, up from 30.

Pet Turn Claiming Changes

I know some of you weren't a fan of the weird way you the pet turns worked, so I've changed it for the better. Each hour you get given +20 pet turns you can claim (no more full hour waits, on the top of the hour you'll be able to get another 20.) The same cap of ~240 remains.

What's even better, is there are now two ways to get a small turn bonus. Firstly, any hour you level your pet up in, you get an extra +3 turns for the next hour, totalling 23. Secondly, if you claimed your turns in the previous hour, you'll get an extra +1 turn for your next hour, totalling 21. Any hour that you level up your pet and claim turns, you will get 24 turns the next hour.

Pet Equipment Store

Two types of pet equipment has been added to the new Pet Store at Mt. Tilia. You can now purchase collars, which increase the rage and attack of your pet, and armour to increase its defence. These items are automatically equipped after purchase, and are paid for using Units, which is earned randomly by fighting other pets.

Training Changes

There are now 3 training options. Firstly, we have a new enhanced training option which allows you, for free, to train up to 20 turns per day getting better results. It works the same as your own personal motivation at the Dead City gym. Secondly, we have the option that was there before, train 1 turn and randomly get either +0.01 or + 0.02 per turn. Thirdly, a new option which gives +0.01 with a random chance to get a +0.03 per turn.

Custom Pet Avatar

As a little extra reward for those who play with the pets on a regular basis, you can now upload your own pet avatar when you have hit the milestone of 500 total level ups.

Battle Changes

A couple of noticeable changes have been made to battle, excluding the new units currency. Firstly, the wait to attack again after you lose has been reduced to 50 seconds.  And secondly, there is a new list pets below your power option.

Pet Hitlist Changes

The pet hitlist has had a few new features, too. It now shows the power and whether the pet is attackable or not. You can now also order the pets by name, level and power.

WP Rewards

Although it wasn't advertised, the top 10 pet levels of each month are rewarded with +1 WP. This is now permanent and advertised across Mt. Tilia.

FAQ & Settings Page

The help page has been updated into two distinct categories, your pet options and a help guide. The help guide has been completely re-written to show all the changes made today.

Other Changes

  • First place wins and level at the end of the the month get a collar collectible
  • Last month's top 10 wins and level leaderboard added
  • Pets now close when cooldown is active
  • Increased the size of the pet bio edit box
  • Mt. Tilia progress (wins, level, and wins today) added to home page
  • New comprehensive logging system to help catch botters

And what makes this so much better? It's all available on Reign Of Blood Mobile too.

I've started up a dedicated thread for feedback and bug reports right here.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Crazies End

2 Week Crazies Event

I hope you liked the 2 week crazies event I ran for you over the last couple weeks. Today is the final day, so get all that extra stuff in while you can. I also would like to say I'm back 100% from my time off now, so give me a couple days to get up to date with everything and we'll get this ball rolling...


Friday, 4 September 2015

Reign Of Blood MOBILE

Reign Of Blood Mobile

It is finally time for a decent and usable mobile version of Reign Of Blood. I proudly announce the open beta of Reign Of Blood Mobile. This will be quite a lengthy post on the journey of getting this done, so get comfy.

Why Now?

The general shift to mobile devices has become too obvious to ignore. People aren't keeping up buying new PC's, but are keeping up with phones. And after doing some analytical work on the traffic Reign Of Bood gets, a few months ago, I saw this.

I could no longer ignore the fact Reign Of Blood isn't mobile friendly. This time 6 months ago it was Desktop 65%, mobile 28% and tablet 6%. Which means people are using their mobiles more and more. And if you're a mobile user, you'll know it can be frustrating, or near impossible to play fully on a mobile device on the desktop version. So what happens? People don't bother.

The Goal

The goal of Reign Of Blood Mobile is create a mobile version of the game which works on as many mobile and tablet browsers as possible, is as fast as possible, with using as little data as possible. The reason it took so long to get this going is because you can't just shrink down all the current pages into a little screen, doesn't work, each page needs to be reformatted for the new size. A lot of work, but well worth it for sure.

The Interface

I gave you a sneak peak last week on what the main home page looks like, and here it is again. This is screen you'll come to when you login. Keep in mind that designing for a mobile interface, there will be some navigational differences to make the game possible on a smaller screen. So your home page is essentially the main hub to all other features and pages.

On a few pages i've added some hidden sections, when you see those little down arrow icons next to "More Stats", you can click that link to show extra content, as you see here.

The structure of the layout is fixed, meaning you can't zoom in. Which makes playing a lot easier so when you double the tap the screen, it doesn't annoyingly zoom you in. You can see the battle pages below fit perfectly and make it super easy to attack, go back and attack again.

The battle shows and you can easily to see the outcome, and use back buttons on the top and the bottom for easy navigation back to where you were (more on that in a bit.)

And finally just to show you, an example of the daily quests page.

Navigational Flow

One of the main things I focused on, as well as making it look acceptable on a smaller screen, is the general flow of the game. You play a bit differently using mobile instead a mouse, so the general flow has to change. In regards specifically to vampire battles. The way to do your battles on mobile is different so I did several things to make it "flow" as well as possible. There is always the heal option at the top of each page (notifications too), and the back button is smart and takes you back to where you were. If you were on the 'vampire below my power' page, it'll know that and take you back there, if you were on your enemy list, it would know and take you back there, even after you 'finish them' and heal. I have also made the top Reign Of Blood logo and link back to your home navigation screen.

Notes & Restrictions 

This is currently an unfinished beta product. And there are some restrictions and exclusions at this time. These include:
- HTML is turned off on all pages
- Desktop access to it is blocked
- Not new player friendly at the moment, no tutorial
- You can't signup on mobile
- No image uploading (yet!)
- Only Paypal accepted payment method for packs
- No links to standard quests yet

Getting To It

Like last time, if you didn't know the URL of where mobile was, you wouldn't even know about it. After the beta (or when we have a stable beta) I will put a script on the homepage which detects your browser, if you're on a mobile, it'll show you the mobile interface, and will of course give you the option to login to the mobile site, or the regular desktop site. That'll be pretty sweet.

For now though, for those who want to help test (on mobile devices only):

Go to:

There will be a link at the bottom of the page to make suggestions, report bugs and give feedback. The thread you can also find here.

This is still a work in progress, although 90% of the game is currently on it. I intend to continue to improve and work on it as feedback comes in. Thank you for patience, and thank you to those who will help make this better.

P.S. The AP Rage event is active on mobile too.


Friday, 28 August 2015

Big Reveal & AP Rage Event

The Big Reveal: Reign Of Blood Mobile v2

I've been working hard the last few months on the brand new Reign Of Blood Mobile site. It's almost ready for open beta for those eager to get into it. I'm aiming for a stable enough release some time next week. You can have a sneak preview screenshot below:

AP Rage Event

The end of August is always a fun time. Not only am I celebrating my 27th Birthday, it is home to the  AP Rage event. Although actually wasn't planned this year, it seems people have been expecting and preparing for it.  I'd hate to dissapoint.

The AP Rage event will start on Monday 31st August and end Sunday 6th September. You'll find a link to the AP Rage information page at Dead City.

Game Wide AP Extra Rewards

The total of all AP spent during this event will be tallied. If all players hit the below milestones, extra rewards will be given to all that took part (and traded at least 25AP) after the event.

10,000 total AP used: 3 QP
25,000 total AP used: Free Potion Credit
50,000 total AP used: Special 2 Week September Event For All
100,000 total AP used: Collectible

VIP & Plasma Special

Of course with every AP Rage event, we get a delicious VIP & Plasma sale to go with it. Get some bargain AP before the Monday event begins. Click here to see the packs.

General Notice

They'll be loads more info regarding the mobile site, as well as the story behind it all in a blog post next week when the beta begins. I shall be taking a couple weeks off in September to give my eyes a bit of a rest. I'll still be popping on to do my usual checks and answer blood letters of course.

Enjoy the  weekend,

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