Friday 28 March 2014

Revisited: Spring Valley [Updated]

Reading the title of this post, I can only imagine the different reactions that are going off in people's minds. But yes, the much loved Spring Valley is finally getting a makeover.  The general censuses of Spring Valley, is that the blood pay is pretty good, but people just hate how often those pesky humans with their plasma launches get a shot in before you can open your mouth and say "hold on there matey". I have spent some time making it less painful.

Spring Valley Stats

For those of you who love stats as I do, here's a few about Spring Valley to date. There are some things I keep stats of and log, but I always forget to go look them up. So I was surprised to see the stats of Spring Valley. For the amount of dislike it gets, people sure do use it a lot.

Total hunts: 20,528,441
Total blood payout: 987,093,112 blood

Spring Valley Updates

The changes that have been made to Spring Valley today are as follows.

  • New House Images - I have decided to keep the old ones, but there are also new house images thrown into the mix.
  • More Houses - Before there was 2 rows of houses, with a cathedral at the end. Now it goes a little deeper, with more houses after the cathedral, and something else at the end of those.
  • Cathedral - The cathedral now has a permanent bloody use.
  • New Way To Browse - Before you were given a list of all the houses. Now I've made it so it feels more like you're walking through Spring Valley, where you can pick off houses as you pass them by. 
  • Quick Options - You can still click on the houses to enter them as before, but I've also added a quick drop down menu when outside the house, to make your hunting faster.
  • Customisable Default - With the quick option above, there is a settings page on Spring Valley which allows you to set the default of which action to take while outside the house.
  • 2 New Hunt Options - Before you had sneak in, walk in, and run in. Now there are 2 more.
  • More Stamina - You gain Stamina the same way as before, being located in Spring Valley whilst alive. But the potion shop has been updated, and they pay out more with each purchase. A shortcut to use your Spring Valley Trik's potions is also available there.
  • Pesky Humans - Reduced chance of getting caught by 25% 35%.
  • Empty? - Reduced change of finding an empty house by 25% 35%.
  • Multiple Stamina - To make Spring Valley slightly less time consuming for those who want it to be, there is now a 2x option. Which uses twice the stamina, for x1.8 of the reward. There is also a VIP option for x3, and a VIP+ option for x4. Full information and payouts are explained on the Spring Valley's Help/Guide page.
  • Speed? - It now tells you how much speed you need to have to hunt certain houses.
  • Layout - The overall layout has been updated and improved quite a bit.


I have made a couple more tweaks included with the above after 18 hours of watching people play Spring Valley. Here they are:

  • Fixed a bug that wasn't applying the the 25% less chance getting caught and finding empty houses. And reduced it a little further again.
  • Shortcut at the bottom to get back quickly to house #1.
  • Information and services section now appears when you're dead.
  • Hunting skill now multiples with the stamina multiplier.
  • Shortcut link to VIP heal when you're dead.
  • Your stats section added to top hunters page & formatted the page better.
  • Fixed a few typos.

Thanks for all the feedback so far, keep it coming.

Please report any bugs in the forum or in a BL to me.


Monday 24 March 2014

Achievements List 8

Stupid ISP's

I am currently internetless. Have been since last week. I've changed my broadband package and my ISP (Sky) have made a huge mess up in getting a new router sent to me. It should have arrived last Tuesday, and then today... and now it's Friday. Without getting all angry about it again, at least you know why I've been absent. I apologise, and will be catching up on things and blood letters today. I've got a 3G stick with some credit now to last this week, but that's painfully slow. Saying that, here are some updates for you...

Achievements List 8

Achievements list 8 is now ready for your efforts! There's a few unknown ones (as there was with list 7), these spots are saved for features currently in development.

I've been asked about giving hints to the previous achievements list secrets. So I've made it a little bit easier, and given, albeit vague, hints on each of the secret achievements. You'll find those on the incomplete achievement lists.

Top Profiles

Thanks for everyone who took part in the St. Patrick's day profile makeover. There were some great ones! My favourites are listed below, and all the others I liked are listed below them. All prizes have been given out. I hope you enjoyed the event, and enjoy the prizes!

Fabian Constantine (129755) 
Grumpy Shamrock (208663) 
Black Gardenia (636232) 

Thanks & enjoy the week,

Friday 14 March 2014

St Patrick's Event

Each year we celebrate St. Patrick's day because, well, who doesn't love the Irish? The full details of the 5 day event are listed below. Enjoy!

Irish Dressup

Dress your profile up with an Irish theme and enter into the competition to win a bunch of free plasma! If you want to enter, post your profile on the entry page on the St. Patrick's section of the Dead City. The top 5 will win a plasma prize, and all valid entries will win some free gold coins. As an example, I've done mine up.

Leprechaun Gold

Hiding in Greenwood are sneaky Leprechauns. They're hiding in all the nooks and crannies of Greenwood. Go and find them and steal some of their gold! You can buy drinks at the Dead City Green Bar with the gold you find over there.

VIP/Plasma Special

No event is the same without a good special. Head over to the Buy VIP/Plasma page to see all the awesome value packs available to you.

Everyone gets a free drink on me!

Enjoy the event!

Tuesday 11 March 2014

23 Updates

Updates Updates Updates

I've been on an update spree today! No major changes, just lots of little ones. I've started a new thread in the forum about what updates you'd like to see, so if there is any you can think of, post it here. I want to continue making Reign Of Blood as good as possible.

 The updates & fixes that have been made today:

  • New table header image and border setup. Less grey & more red!
  • 6 new emotes for everyone to use have been added
  • Move notifications box above the stat box on the left option added (account page)
  • Tidied up the grammar and capitalisation of the notification texts
  • The day has been added to Dead City's date
  • New battle/war exp stats now properly reset when leaving a coven
  • Game ID displayed on the new forums is no longer a profile link
  • Help chat content now displays the correct font
  • Extra characters allowed when editing posts to accomodate "RE:"
  • You can now rate RP characters
  • Delete all blood letters from a particular sender after ID search
  • Minion image size increased from 75x75 to 125x125
  • Increased Demeter's custom text character limit
  • Quest boxes now open on click, and page anchors removed
  • New vote site added and some voting structure changes
  • VIP Credits page has been updated with quick trading links & new layout
  • Changed the available VIP Credit packs to just a 30 VIP pack.
  • You can now buy VIP+ pack with 2 VIP Credits
  • House VIP and Coven VIP credits removed, all now done through normal VIP Credits
  • VIP Credits have been added to the Auction House
  • Potion Credits have been added to the Auction House
  • Status update character limit increased
  • Competitions forum board added

VIP Credits

As you can see above, there's been a few changes to VIP credits which I'd like to explain a little further here. Basically, I've discarded house VIP and coven VIP credits. If you have any left over, you can still use them. But from now on, it'll all be done through VIP credits. The VIP credit page now tells you all the information you need to know. House and coven VIP are now both bought using the same VIP credits you use to trade for VIP yourself. It just makes more sense this way. Makes it easier to use,  and easier for buying and trading. 

The packs available for VIP credits, are a 31 day VIP pack for 1 credit, and now a 31 day VIP+ pack for 2 credits. VIP credits (as well as Potion Credits) now have a spot on the Auction House too.

VIP Credits are a great way for you to buy/trade VIP with other players safely, a great way to give out rewards to coven members (as they can be donated to covens.) They're also a good way of controlling your own VIP, being able to practically start your VIP days whenever you need it.

I hope you enjoy these little updates,

Thursday 6 March 2014

New Forum Look

New Forum Look

We have a whole load of forum boards on Reign Of Blood. Ranging from game themed boards, all the way to recruiting for your family. The previous solution was to section off groups of boards, for example roleplay and family, to help organise the chaos. Thanks to the original idea from Darion, I've come up with a new solution that allows me to bring everything back to one place.

So today, I've updated the forum board layout.

As you can see from the image above, it looks quite a bit different, but also, rather similar.  Here's a breakdown of the changes that have been made today:

  • All boards brought back to one page
  • Expandable and collapsable board sections
  • Quick link to last posts specific to each board
  • New "last posted threads" page shows threads in order of when they were last posted on
  • Avatars now display at 150x150, allowing bigger, more beautiful avatars
  • Small forum tweaks, for example, moving username below the avatar
  • A few new boards have also been added 

I hope you enjoy the new forum look, it does look pretty good. And lastly. Coffee anyone?

My morning Cappuccino!
Enjoy the new forum,

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