Tuesday 30 September 2008

Latest with RoB and Ash

It's a Tuesday evening and i wanted to post a new blog, so here i am. For those who have not noticed, ReignOfBlood's daily signups have gone through the roof! Which is thanks to a few donations from Chaos of course. I've got some advertising in different places and on some vote sites, you probably notice when you vote for RoB daily. (which i'm still tracking by the way ;~) ). And i've been looking into search engine optimization to get RoB high in Google's search results.

On a more personal note, i started University today. For those who don't know i'm doing my 3rd and final year doing a BSc (Hons) computing degree. I don't know how much work there will be compared to the last 2 years of it, so i cannot predict it. But i will always find time to work on new stuff for you guys. (I did the first 2 years of my degree at my local college up in Barny where i used to live, much closer and easier learning enviroment, pretty boring actually lol, but now i've moved to Plymouth to a proper "university" to finish it off, for those interested).

What's next you must be thinking? Well, there are a few things that i want to do, a new weapon system, vamp powers. I have quite a few things on my list (not going to announce all of course :-P), but i have quite a list to work through as well as fixing and tidying stuff up, and all the suggestions you guys are making in the suggestion forum. Which i do read by the way, i get blood letters saying please read my suggestion etc etc, i do read them all, even if i dont reply, all possible suggestions i do note down, so for people who think they're being ignored, you're not!

I'll report any progress next week and let you know how my first week at Uni went!

Monday 29 September 2008

MP gone =[

There, it's finally gone. It's over. Bye bye. I have had a few questions, so i'll answer them publicly.

"Do you still gotta zap people for the achievement?"
Yes, MP being removed from the game will not effect the achievement, nor will the achievement change.

What do you get for zapping people now?
... killing them?

Will MP be replaced?
In the sense of a reward for magic? No. But for a new future feature? Yes.

Also, for those who have not noticed, i have added 2 more chat rooms, a help chat and a roleplaying chat. Chat rules apply to all of course :) As well as the general chat there aswell.

Wednesday 24 September 2008

New Underground complete!

The new underground is now launched, check it out, and click the "give feedback" link when you're down there to give your thoughts and/or suggestions. Thanks :)

Tuesday 23 September 2008

MP, turns & underground

Okay, lets start with the underground. It is almost complete :) I've gotta run some tests and maybe add a couple more things in, but it will more or less complete and will be released in the next couple days, if not, the end of this week if all goes well.

MP, finally MP is going to go. (I know i've been saying for AGES i'm going to get rid of it, but i really am this time :P). This sunday night i will be removing MP completly, you have until then to sell or trade in what you have. There are 2 reasons for this, one explained in the next paragraph, the other for a new feature, with vampire powers, coming into play which will replace it.

Turns, i'm getting rid of all ways to get turns other than the hourly turn rate. This includes, alignment, and plasma trades. Something else will be rewarded instead of turns. The exception to this is a new feature coming out soon, you'll know about that later. This will help keep cheating down, and of course getting MP will help that too. This will happen Sunday also.

Until then, you'll have a new underground to play with a maybe a new weapon system thought out. Enjoy :)

Not reading the blog is not a valid exuse to not selling your MP in time. It's made clear on everypage on the site when a new blog subject has been posted, and on the main page it states you should read this to keep in the loop of what's happening. So that exuse will not be accepted:)

Monday 22 September 2008

Underground Ore

I've decided to scrap the whole ore (to get AP) in the underground. Don't worry, it's going to be replaced with other stuff, it just really does not fit the new underground. So i suggest you trade what you have or you will simply lose it. The underground will be complete sometime this week, got a few more things to add in etc. Should be fun.

Also today i have been thinking about re-doing the weapon system, it could be A LOT more fun than it is now, so i am going to think it through. Don't worry though! All current weps etc will not be effected or changed, deleted, or anything like that. I'm not that mean! But it's just something for you to think about :) I'll let you know more after the underground is finished and i'm ready to move on to my next improvement.

Saturday 20 September 2008

We need you!

I've had a pretty busy weekend, thus not being able to work on much. Been having trouble getting my Uni stuff sorted, which is a pain in the ass. And had a job to finish off for someone else. The underground is coming along nicely, and should be more interesting that what it is now:)

Suggestions, suggestions, i need you guys to tell us what you want in the game, or what you think could be improved. I cannot give you what you want unless you tell me what you want to see. If you have any ideas please post in the suggestion forum (http://reignofblood.net/forum.php?brd=sug), i read all posts, all ideas that will fit, i will do :)

For those that have not yet noticed, we hit a total of 80,000 signups today. Which is awesome! I cannot wait untill 100,000! Thanks to everyone who invites their friends and for donating to help support advertising RoB around the web. Keep it up!

Tuesday 16 September 2008

Voting Cont. & updates

More people seem to be voting now which is good, i will watch it over the next week and see how it is going, and take any action if needed. The underground is about 50% complete, please keep posting your ideas in the forums, if i like it, i might just add it in :)

Sunday 14 September 2008

Voting and stuff.

A couple weeks ago I put a counter on the voting links to find out who is actually voting and who is not. I know some people just click the link and get the turns and that's it. The reason why you get those turns is the help RoB in the rankings by VOTING. It turns out only 1/4 of you actually vote after clicking the link and claiming your turn reward. That is pretty sad don't you think? An extra second of your life just to click confirm or type in a 5 letter word. If this dosn't improve i'm going to have to start being an asshole and either reduce the turns you get, take it away completely, or just stop individual from getting turns from voting. (Yes most sites log Ips, so i can match!). If you havn't noticed, Apex has an incentive system where it will add your turns only when you actually vote. So far this month RoB has had 1257 votes, if i take another random site, on MM100 RoB has 345 votes. That just shows because you don't have to vote, you're not. Not all sites have the incentive system like Apex does, if i'm forced just to use sites that has incentives then your total turn bonus from voting would be decreased because you have less sites to vote on. It takes no effort to just confirm your vote, so please think about this the next time you vote. With RoB higher in the rankings we can get more players and more fun and competition in the game.

I've been away for the weekend, and i will now start to work on the underground, i have noticed a few threads pop up about it and will keep this them in mind, thank you :)

Just to clear a few things up with these achievements, NONE of them are buying VIP, earning points or anything stupid like that. I may be mean, but i'm not that mean :-P

Thursday 11 September 2008


So i added two more achievements onto list 2, i've been keeping an eye on what people are up to and they're not that hard... just about wasting turns really. To answer any questions, yes, there will be a list 3. But not yet though, but that will be a very hard list. The problem being is that i started the achievements idea 2 years into the game, so whatever i set them as there will be some people who have already hit those points so its no work for them. So list 3 will be designed for the future, but of the course the prize will be phenomenal of course.

The idea of the "secret" achievements has done what i wanted them to do, and that was to get everyone buzzing around trying to find out what it is. #16 seems to be a tough one, but i know of a couple people who have it so it won't take long for it to be spread everywhere. But the new 2 are not that hard, just wanted to add a little more buzz.

There has been some complaints about the link thing that i changed. The idea of the link, is to get your friends to join/click whatever. Not for people to post to people already signed up, thats not the point of it. It's an incentive to bring other people to the site. But it wont change, you can only click one link per day. I might make it 50 clicks in a week or something... i'll see how it plays out.

What's next? I think i'm going to work on making the underground better, i don't think people go down there much. It's either battle or train your turns. I want the choice to be battle, train or search. Gives you more of a choice and more in need of a strategy to play the game.


So this is ReignOfBlood's blog. I will post random stuff, ideas etc here. A way to keep my personal views off site but for anyone to view and comment :)

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