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Transforming Experience 1.3.3

Patch Notes for Transforming Experience 1.3.3

Changes

  • Nether Nation (Faction) has been created.
  • ‘Nether’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for Nether Nation have been created.
  • Nether Nation has a capital city in ‘The Nether’.
  • Ender Republic (Faction) has been created.
  • ‘Ender’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for Ender Republic have been created.
  • Ender Republic has a capital city in ‘The End‘.
  • The Syndicate (Faction) has been created.
  • ‘Syndicate’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for The Syndicate have been created.
  • The Syndicate has has a capital city in ‘Magic’.

Edit: Due to time constraints, market activity seeding of Nether Nation, Ender Republic, and The Syndicate has been pushed back to a later patch.

Server Economy

Polaris Empire has opened a cashier service in February City, February.

Personal Banking

1 Emerald = 0.70 SquidCredit.

10 Emeralds = 8.00 SquidCredits.

100 Emeralds = 90.00 SquidCredits.

Cash-in your emeralds today before these special offers go!

Equipment

  • ‘Nether’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Nether territory.
  • ‘Ender’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Ender territory.
  • ‘Syndicate’ equipment type has been seeded into the game Purchasable from Syndicate territory.

Equipment is currently not obtainable through normal game mechanics.

Squidwolf WiFi

  • We have reverted to our previous network setup due to deterioration in overall network reliability and speed.

Squidwolf Server Network

  • Squidwolf COLOSSUS website has been moved to ‘Potion Forest’.
  • The entire web server population of ‘RichHoudini’ has been moved to ‘Potion Forest’.

Edit: These scheduled activities will be carried out on Sunday, 29 September 2013.

World Shaping

The following new worlds have been added to the game:

  • The Nether
  • The End
  • Magic

Transforming Experience 1.3.2

Patch Notes for Transforming Experience 1.3.2

Hardware Upgrades

  • Squidwolf Server Network: ‘Edge’ server will be receiving a hardware upgrade with this patch. RAM will be upgraded to 10GB of RAM.

Changes

  • Surface Federation (Faction) has been created.
  • ‘Surface’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for Surface Federation have been created.
  • Surface Federation has a Capital City in ‘Surface’.
  • ‘Shadow’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for Shadow Kingdom have been created.

Server Economy

Chest Vaults have been disconnected from the game but your Emeralds will still be contained with them. You can exchange your emeralds for deposits into your new server account at the “PUMPKIN MALL Cashier Services”.

Personal Banking

1 Emerald = 1 SquidCredit.

10 Emeralds = 10 SquidCredits.

100 Emeralds = 100 SquidCredits.

Premier Banking

250 Emeralds = 275 SquidCredits.

500 Emeralds = 550 SquidCredits.

1000 Emeralds = 1,100 SquidCredits.

Cash-in your emeralds today before these special offers go!

Storyline

Surface Federation is one of the ‘big four’ races of Squidwolf Minecraft. Their homeworld is on the core world of ‘Surface’ to which they have a capital city. Surface Federation controls the only portal allowing access to ‘The Nether’. Shadow Kingdom is an independent faction holding territory on the core world of ‘Edge’.

Equipment

  • ‘Surface’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Surface territory.
  • ‘Shadow’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Shadow territory.

Squidwolf WiFi

  • We have improved the performance of AFP file transfers over our new 802.11ac network.
  • General fixes to Wi-Fi base station stability
  • Fixes some issues with AirPlay streaming
  • General fixes with USB interoperability including connection to external storage devices
  • Fixes some issues with NAT port mapping settings
  • Disables TKIP security with 802.11n rates per the Wi-Fi Alliance specifications

Squidwolf Server Network

  • Introducing Caching Server with Mountain Lion: Speeds up the download of software distributed via the Mac App Store.
  • Squidwolf Time Machine Server now has service monitoring of which computers have backed up, when they last backed up, and the size of the backup.
  • Squidwolf Server now features centralised certificate management.
  • Various bug fixes.

Transforming Experience 1.3.1

Patch Notes for Transforming Experience 1.3.1

Issue Fixes

The following issues will be resolved in this patch:

  • Chat prefixes not updating correctly, not displaying in colour formatting.
  • Polaris Embassy in Level-Up (Edge) is being repaired.
  • Polaris Empire (Faction) is now being set to permanently neutral.
  • WarZone (Faction) is being removed from the game.
  • DragonTravel (Faction) is now being set to permanently neutral.
  • Repair service at Polaris Embassy now works as intended.

Changes

  • Type I Polaris items are now illegal in the game. Owners of this equipment type are hereby required to destroy them or surrender them to the Dev Team. Use of these items is considered an exploit and will be punished.
  • Type II Polaris items are now illegal in the game. Owners of this equipment type are hereby required to destroy them or surrender them to the Dev Team. Use of these items is considered an exploit and will be punished.
  • Type I Sirius items are now illegal in the game. Owners of this equipment type are hereby required to destroy them or surrender them to the Dev Team. Use of these items is considered an exploit and will be punished.
  • Type II Sirius items are now illegal in the game. Owners of this equipment type are hereby required to destroy them or surrender them to the Dev Team. Use of these items is considered an exploit and will be punished.
  • Endaris (Faction) has been created.
  • Aqua State (Faction) has been created.
  • ‘Aqua’ faction equipment has been seeded into the game.
  • Buy orders for Aqua State have been created.
  • Faction Mob limit has been increased.
  • Item server sales has been nerfed, permanently.

World Shaping

  • ‘At’, a new world on the Stargate network has been generated.
  • ‘Motion’, a new world on the Stargate network has been generated.
  • ‘Obelisk’, a new world on the Stargate network has been generated.

DragonTravel

  • The flight path between Landing and Pumpkin Mall has been adjusted to avoid collisions with SafeZone Assembly headquarters.
  • An unstable economy fix has been applied to DragonTravel flights.

Storyline

A new Faction has emerged between a coalition of Ender and Polaris citizens. They have founded the creation of a new ‘race’ known as the Endarians (Endaris) and have moved to the newly discovered world of ‘At’ and settled there. Meanwhile the Aqua State has officially registered with the SafeZone Assembly and declared the world of ‘Movement’ as their homeworld.

Equipment

  • ‘Omnipotent’ equipment type has been seeded into the game.
  • ‘Aqua’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Aqua territory.
  • ‘Endaris’ equipment type has been seeded into the game. Purchasable from Endaris territory.

SquidNews | Polaris Empire makes ‘At’ stargate address public

February – Polaris Empire confirms they have discovered a second stargate address to a world referred to in ancient text as ‘At’. They have announced this information will full details. The stargate address (confirmed to be working) is below:

20 – 18 – 11 – 38 – 10 – 31 – 9

These digital correspond to the 38 symbols of the stargate cartography which translates below as:

Block of Iron, Wool, Coal Ore, Block of Emerald, Iron Ore, Soulsand, Gold Ore

Currently the only stargate confirmed to exist on the core worlds is deep inside Teal’c Mountain, Edge and the territory is currently claimed by Indigo. The SafeZone Assembly, a recently founded coalition between the four empires is debating whether to force Indigo to surrender this land to the SafeZone Assembly and allow free travel between worlds only reachable by the stargate network.

Transforming Experience 1.3

Patch Notes for Transforming Experience 1.3 to be deployed on 6 September during extended downtime.

Please note that these are early patch notes and may be subject to change before or during patch deployment.

Fixes, Changes and Improvements

The ‘Empire’ Initiative

These changes are being made or as a part of the Transforming Experience 1.3 patch include:

  • Landing (Edge) Changes:
    • The following structures were removed:
      • All houses directly next to the spawn building.
      • The billboard.
      • Edge Market.
    • The following structures have been added:
      • SafeZone Assembly building (Landing)
      • Polaris Embassy (Landing)
      • Landing Indoor Market (Landing)
  • The following worlds have are being added to the game:
    • Dawn (eight symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address) [LIVE]
    • At (seven symbol Stargate address) (Address Discovered!) [LIVE]
    • Motion (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Obelisk (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Perspective (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Tao (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Rasa (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Shoot (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Feel (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Magic (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Zoo (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Rainbow (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Cruise (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Air (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Detect (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Time (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Home (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Heart (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Star (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Fruit (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Moon (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Rubicon (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • Notchlantis (seven symbol Stargate address) (Unknown Address)
    • The Nether is not accessible by a Stargate and can only be accessed via Nether Portal.
    • The End is not accessible by a Stargate and can only be accessed via End Portal.
  • The following Factions have been created:
    • Polaris Empire [Polaris] (Empire Faction).
    • SafeZone Assembly [SafeZone] (Independent Faction).
    • DragonTravel (Independent Faction).
    • Sirius (Independent Faction).
  • The following changes have been made to existing Factions:
    • SafeZone. No longer an Empire Faction, now classified as Independent Faction.
    • Shadow. No longer a Player Faction, now classified as Independent Faction.
    • Slothland. No longer a Player Faction, now classified as Independent Faction.
    • Indigo. No longer a Player Faction, now classified as Independent Faction.

 

Other Fixes, Changes and Improvements

  • Pumpkin Mall
    • The ‘Head Store’ has been removed in accordance with SafeZone Assembly laws.
    • Pumpkin Mall Cashier Services now allows for citizen credit withdrawals.

    Political Landscaping

    • The Squidwolf Railway Company has been surrendered to SafeZone Assembly. Has been renamed Edge Railways.
    • Level-Up City ‘WarZone’ has been dissolved; No longer has a territorial claim.
    • Polaris is now completely under the control of Polaris Empire [Polaris].
    • A new Faction has been founded by the DragonTravel company [DragonTravel]. Territorial claim made in Edge.
    • A new Faction has been founded [Sirius]. Territorial claim made in Sirius.
    • Indigo Faction has been forced to surrender all territorial claims made in Flight in accordance with SafeZone Assembly laws.
    • Polaris Empire has refused to give up their means of travel to Embryo.
    • The HazelScript service is now under the control of SafeZone Assembly and has been sanitised.
    • Creation of a new Faction now costs 1,000 Sc.
    • Faction territorial claims now cost 1.7 faction power.
    • Citizens will now lose 1.3 upon their death.
    • Citizens will now earn 0.7 faction power per hour, online.
    • Citizens will now earn 0.4 faction power per hour, offline.

    Polaris Embassy

    • A Polaris Embassy has been created in Landing (Edge).
    • A Polaris Embassy has been created in February City (February).
    • 24 hours of Limited Creative – 1,200 Hc. Now available.
    • Forbidden items in Limited Created are no longer accessible.

    Emerges Stargate Network

    • A Stargate address for Sirius has been discovered, classified by Polaris Empire.
    • A Stargate address for At has been discovered, made public by Polaris Empire.
    • These addresses are being discovered by the scientists of Polaris Empire as they learn the secrets of an Ancient Library buried deep beneath February City (February).
    • Addresses are composed of blocks, each address must consist of at least 7 blocks placed into the first seven fields of a ‘dialling chest’, next to a Stargate.
    • Some addresses can be 8 blocks or even 9 blocks in length. These are usually for worlds which are very far away.
    • Addresses are composed from 38 blocks which is expected to be made public by the Polaris Empire science department.

    Portals

    • SafeZone Assembly has outlawed the creation of Nether Portals on core worlds.
    • SafeZone Assembly has outlawed the activation of End Portals on core worlds.
    • SafeZone Assembly has re-activated the End Portal in Squidwolf Mountain as a gesture of good faith towards the Ender Republic (The End).

    Crime & Punishment

    • SafeZone Assembly is now responsible for Bounty Prize payouts.
    • SafeZone Assembly has announced the holding of ‘Mob Hunt’ events on February as a method to increase travel to the world by making it safer for citizens. When these events are announced, citizens can take part in the hunts by typing /joinhunt and if enough citizens join the hunt, the event will begin.

    Exploration and Stargate worlds

    • Travel to recently declassified ‘Stargate’ worlds is only possible through a device known as a Stargate. These worlds have unique addresses which must be inputted into the the ‘dialling chest’ in order to establish a connection.
    • Such addresses are being discovered all the time by the Polaris Empire, Aqua State, Surface Federation, and Ender Republic; and will either be made public knowledge or kept secret.
    • It is possible to discover these addresses, which are composed of seven symbols (blocks), yourself via trial and error.
    • The only accessible Stargate on the core worlds is in Teal’c Mountain, Level-Up (Edge) and is currently under the control of Indigo. There is debate within the SafeZone Assembly to force the surrender of this installation and remove the territorial claim.

    Squidwolf Hosting

    • SquidElite the highest and most feature-rich hosting package is now available from Squidwolf Hosting.
    • SquidElite hosting package costs £20.00 a month.
    • SquidElite‘s features are unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, 500 FTP accounts, 500 mailboxes (400MB), unlimited sub-domains, 50 MySQL databases, WordPress ready, 1-click CMS install, 25/7 support, Dedicated Support Team Member, SiteBuilder (50 pages), Technical Support), 1,000 email forwarding services.
    • 1,000 SquidElite packages are available.

    Communications and Cartography

    • Chat Prefixes have been fixes and now work as intended. Echelons 1 and 2 only, more echelons will be added per patch.
    • Squidwolf Minecraft Online Map has been restored, areas of the maps will become available once users explore them again.
    • Squidwolf Minecraft Online Map now features HD textures and landmarks.
    • The in-game chat channel is visible on the Squidwolf Minecraft Online Map (read only).

    HazelPorts

    • fftw-3 3.3.3_3 installed.
    • fontconfig 2.10.95_0 installed.
    • gettext 0.18.3.1_0 installed.
    • sqlite3 3.8.0.2_0 installed.

    Updating content…

    Squidwolf COLOSSUS

    • Player Stats for Squidwolf Minecraft database connection errors have been fixed.

    Edge Railways

    • Repairs have been made to the vandalised sections of the track between Pumpkin Mall and Fire Mountain.
    • A Minecart vendor has been constructed at Pumpkin Mall Railway Station.
    • Minecart buy service is now 30 Sc at all stations.
    • Minecart sell service is now 25 Sc at all stations.
    • There is no longer an ‘unlimited’ supply of Minecarts at all stations.

    Narcotics

    • A new recreational use for the ‘red mushroom’ has been discovered, it has hallucinergenic effects.
    • SafeZone Assembly is expected to ban the sale, ownership, and use of this item.

Post Vacation Thoughts

I’m back from vacation now. Actually it has been about a week now. What have I been doing since then? Well nothing terribly exciting I’m afraid, just fixing some stuff, talking to programmers and trying to get my big projects in order. But even though I haven’t been working doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped thinking about work. Well it’s debatable when I’m thinking about work and when I’m thinking about play but that’s one of the perks at working at Project: Hazel.

What I have been thinking about mainly is large faction fights. Of course that got me to thinking about my own mortality or more my in-game mortality. You see; in faction fights items are lost and although losing a shiny sword is no big deal to some and you accept it as a part of Squidwolf Minecraft – especially part of faction fights – it is a bit frustrating that not only did you lose your bling but it goes down before you can say pwnd (pwnd is a pretty tough word to pronounce though). What is the problem here? Some say its focus firing and I would have to agree.

What you have to understand about focus firing is that it’s really effective. As soon as an opponent is removed from the battlefield, the items in that person’s inventory stops being useful for the opponent whether that’s doing damage, defence or logistic (however unlikely).

Now probably some of you are thinking, “Sure we can just give people really high armour hitpoints and incapacitate them when they go 50% into armor”. It might work but I don’t think it would. Part of war is to inflict financial losses on your enemy and nothing does that better than destroying his property, in this case his items. On top of that people would rather get all the loot he was holding than boast about incapacitating a player.

Besides that “fix” doesn’t really fix the issue. I wouldn’t really be more satisfied being incapacitated in five seconds than I would be at being killed in five seconds. When would I be satisfied then? By the time people can make strategic decisions both on the battlefield commander level and on the individual level, that’s when I’m satisfied.

Let’s go back to the focus firing and what makes it possible. To be able to focus fire on something, the opponent needs to be in range of all the combatants that are involved. The squad formation that this results in is commonly known as the blob. I’m not talking about the blob that comes up on the map where you have 200+ Faction Mobs crammed in the same region, I’m talking about the blob where those 200 Faction Mobs are crammed in to the same 15m radius chunk. If a player is range of one of them it’s in range of all of them, ie. around the tight “formation” of players is a “sphere of death” wherein anything hostile dies.

So what are we trying to do? Well some of you may have noticed that there are special equipment being seeded into the game, known as Polaris and Sirius. The names of these items are now considered to be incorrect. But regardless we are adding different attributes to different items.

The Polarian Empire

In the storyline the Polarians (who come from Polaris) are a race of people (using the Enderman as a template) who triumphed in a war against the Enders (who come from The End) and thus set up the SafeZone. Unofficially the SafeZone is actually the faction of Polaris but we will be changing this soon when we add new empires.

Polaris Weapons and Equipment

Polaris has four grades of technology. The first set is called “Omnipotent” and only 10 of each of this technology is available in the game from when we seed it. The Polaris weapons which already exist (Type I) actually have the same attributes.

Omnipotent – Maximum Enchantment Level (Unnatural)

The term ‘unnatural’ is used when regular in-game players are unable to achieve this.

Transcendent – Enchantment Level 700

All transcendent weapons and equipment are enchanted to the level of 700 (25 of each of these are available)

Polaris – Enchantment Level 400

All Polaris weapons and equipment are enchanted to the level of 400 (50 of each of these are available)

Sirius – Maximum Enchantment Level (Natural)

All Sirius weapons and equipment are enchanted to the maximum natural level (100 of each of these are available)

 

We have plans to seed more of these special weapons for different empires with different attributes and scarcity as our storyline grows and becomes available eventually.

Well thats it for now, sorry about the length.
CyberCat

P.S. Thanks to Digital Pancake to teach me how to speel umipotant 😉

WTS SquidMag #001

When Squidwolf Magazine first came into being, Squidwolf Syndicate boasted something around 5,700 subscribers… I think. While I can’t be too sure on the numbers, but the number of active subscriptions was certainly far below the 14,000 figure that was recently announced to the world. (14,200 now. ~FibreSquirrel) I’d like to think Squidwolf Magazine has been a central part of Squidwolf’s ascension, a crutch that has allowed it to stand upright and proud, where before it was arched and withered. I’d like to think that, but in reality SquidMag was just the armpit hinge (Big toe or ankle, perhaps? ~Fibre) of the aforementioned walking aid. In any case, Squidwolf no longer needs such devices, metaphorically or otherwise and we (well, me) must search for evermore-outlandish similes in order justify SquidMag’s existence… but that is for another discussion. At the Fanfest perhaps.

Back to those 5,700…

As we all know, SquidMag #001 has been sold out for close on 10 months, and since it has, many hundreds of people have enjoyed our products, a few of whom might be interested in acquiring a copy (certainly there are plenty already who have expressed a desire to do so). The long and short of it is that we’re considering ordering a reprint of the first issue of Squidwolf’s official magazine, simply to allow those who missed out and who would like to complete their collection, the opportunity to do so.

If we do decide to reprint, we’ll make sure it won’t be a direct copy. We’ll subtly have the words ‘reprint’ on the cover, or do something else to distinguish the ‘new’ from the ‘original’. In every other respect the mag will be the same as the first, warts and all.

We are also considering venturing into physical copies of the magazines as well as retailing on the NewsStand on the iOS platform.

This plan isn’t set in stone. I’d like to hear your views on the matter – after all, some of you will have bought SquidMag for it’s collectability (Like my 10 copies! LOL ~Fibre), I’m sure. Personally I’m still hoping for a reprint of Retro Gamer #1 as I still have a gap where the first issue should be [sigh]. Sadly other magazine publishers aren’t as caring or sharing as we are 😛

Details on EON#10 to follow in a few days.

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