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All posts created by Bob

Bob
So close, but not quite there yet. Fingers crossed for Thursday.
Bob
Two more hexes visited by the Emerald Aristocrats! Here's the current status for all 15 hexes still running the sequence:

  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 106117 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 116400 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 26 (The Revenge of Nhur Athemon) at 100000 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 0 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 37570 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 48180 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 48900 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 12688 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 17492 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 12360 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 20880 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 28740 strength.
Bob
We were hoping to have something ready to go on Zog tomorrow morning, but the latest build still has some issues. The bugs we're finding keep getting tinier and tinier, so we can tell we're close. Unfortunately, some seemingly small issues have been more troublesome to fix than usual, and were hiding other bugs, making things very difficult to predict. We're still hopeful that we'll have something ready for Wednesday morning.
Bob
Nhur Athemon's phylactery is really getting a workout. He's now fallen in Talonguard's assigned hex, and two more hexes are close to a visit from the Emerald Aristocrats. Here's the current status for all 15 hexes still running the sequence:

  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 7650 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 54835 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 25 (Elite Dark Elves) at 74225 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 6401.5 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 44300 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 20371.5 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 31454.25 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 33935 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 34829.25 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 16260 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 24780 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 0 strength.
Bob
Cauchemar
Is a possible Layout change anything to even be considered at this point?
I'm sort of guessing that it is so far in the future that I should just place buildings as if the layout will never change. smile

I should also say that plan was set up when we anticipated releasing the alternate layouts pretty quickly, so we may find we need to offer more options when we do get around to it. Maybe we'll make it easier to move buildings around without destroying/replacing them, or maybe we'll offer an option to decide where each building moves to when converting the layout. However, moving structures to the same-numbered slot would still likely be the default method, so you might make things easier on yourself by taking it into account.
Bob
Nhur Athemon falls once again, this time in the Unassigned hex southeast of Cauchemar. Here's the current status for all 16 hexes still running the sequence:

  • Talonguard 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 37825 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 18250 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 27 (Gathering of Legends) at 84618 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 13510 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 11701.5 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 49600 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 25671.5 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 37424 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 44800 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 45800 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 19440 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 27960 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 2760 strength.
Bob
The Emerald Aristocrats invaded a second hex. Which will be cleared out first, or will there be a third before that? Here's the current status for all 17 hexes still running the sequence:

  • Talonguard 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 80846 strength.
  • Unassigned (Marketstead 3-3-3): Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 119040 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 28250 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 26 (The Revenge of Nhur Athemon) at 12000 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 19856 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 16701.5 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 0 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 35100 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 42424 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 49800 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 4420.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 22440 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 0 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 5760 strength.
Bob
The Emerald Aristocrats are roaming Talonguard's assigned hex, and two other hexes are just one escalation away from being invaded as well. Here's the current status for all 17 hexes still running the sequence:

  • Talonguard 4-5-5: Currently on escalation 29 (Emerald Aristocrats) at 113108 strength.
  • Veggr Tor 2-3: Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 41650 strength.
  • Unassigned (Marketstead 3-3-3): Currently on escalation 28 (Over the Crown) at 98800 strength.
  • Unassigned (Phaeros 4-4-5): Currently on escalation 26 (The Revenge of Nhur Athemon) at 40000 strength.
  • Phaeros 3-4: Currently on escalation 24 (Elite Duergar Slavers) at 28805 strength.
  • Sylva 2-3: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 16500 strength.
  • Hope's End 4-5: Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 50000 strength.
  • Unassigned (Sylva 4-4): Currently on escalation 21 (The Wrath of Nhur Athemon) at 50000 strength.
  • Canis Castrum 4-4: Currently on escalation 20 (Ustalav Invaders) at 23401.5 strength.
  • Greystone Keep 3-3: Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 3500 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 3-3-3-4): Currently on escalation 19 (Elemental Rift) at 41800 strength.
  • Succinct Prime 3-3-4: Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 7809 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 2-3): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 8440.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Fort Ouroboros 6-6): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 11630.5 strength.
  • Unassigned (Brighthaven 1-2): Currently on escalation 18 (Undying Ogg) at 26460 strength.
  • Sunholm 5-5-6: Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 609.25 strength.
  • Unassigned (Staalgard 1-6-6): Currently on escalation 17 (Mordant Spire) at 9780 strength.
Bob
Everything was looking good at the end of last week for putting a release candidate up on the test server early this week, and then it wasn't. Some of the fixes that went into this week's first build exposed a tangled nest of edge cases that require additional fixes, so we're working our way through that now. On the positive side, we're at a point now where we're able to test nearly everything, and the bugs we're finding are generally pretty quick fixes, so we can tell we're closing in on the final round of fixes needed before going to the test server.

On the negative side, the earliest we'd have something ready for the test server will be late this week, and Cole and I will both be on vacation the following week. Since this update will include some additions to the back-end services that are shared by the test and Live servers, it's not a good idea for us to put it up right before we're headed out of the office. Instead, our focus will be on getting a release candidate ready by the end of this week, with the goal of deploying that build on the test servers the Monday (12/2) or Tuesday (12/3) after we return. If all goes well, we'll be able to switch the Live servers over a couple days later.
Bob
Azure_Zero
I'm hoping that the new model will allow for character training and payment to be synchronized to a day of the month, so when I unsub one character and resub another character, the resub doesn't kick in until the other is unsubbed.

That's not something we'll be able to include in the initial rollout, but it would be theoretically possible to add some kind of delayed activation in the future. For now, the moment you instruct the client to activate a character, that character is immediately set to Active with an end-date 30 days in the future, just like accounts are handled currently. If you want to switch from Character A to Character B without any overlap in activity, you'd have to manually activate Character B right after Daily Maintenance on the day Character A is scheduled to deactivate.