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DaveBattledome Updates in the Future
Posted by Dave on June 28, 2018, 11:20 am NST

hardtotame is on the boards again today, this time sharing an update on how they will be approaching Battledome fixes:

We liked your suggestion to start with a few simpler fixes that take less time, so that you have visible improvements in the BD sooner rather than later. We're moving ahead with this plan. Again, I don't have a timeline, but know that this decision will speed up the overall process. However, you may not see some of the bigger fixes until much later.


No other news yet, but hopefully we'll see some fixes and additions to the Battledome, which was revamped all the way back in 2012 but hasn't been touched since.

Hardtotame later clarified her position on the Neopets Team slightly:

I am not a programmer and I never claimed to be one. Just thought I should let you know. You can thank me for communicating (my pleasure) and for getting your messages across to the right people on the team (any time, folks!) but don't thank me for fixing things. I rarely fix anything on this site (some of the item fixes I have done, but nothing beyond that) and you should be grateful for that!
HerdyExtra Plot Prize + Altador Cup Avatar Changes
Posted by Herdy on June 13, 2018, 5:40 am NST
Plot Prize

Today has seen the release of an extra plot prize, the Potion of Healing. This is an extra prize for those who donated additional potions beyond the achievement requirements during the plot. It appears to be a once per battle healer, however it is not currently subject to the Equip One rule that normally applies to healers. It is unclear if this is a glitch or deliberate.



Additionally, there is a glitch with how it is awarded. Hardtotame has been on the Neoboards with an update:

Players who received the Potion of Healing will find two in their inventory. Do not move either item from your inventory until further notice. You can not sell, auction or trade the potions, nor move them to your SDB until this is resolved.


We have sent out a NeoMail with the same instructions. If you have moved it to your SDB/equipped your pet with it, move it back to your inventory and leave it there. If a random event takes it away, you can send in a bug report to get it added back to your account.


We're currently collecting information on exactly how many times you needed to donate in order to qualify for the potion. If you got one, let us know how many potions you donated across the event.

Altador Cup Avatar Changes

Additionally, hardtotame made another announcement about changes to the new team avatars for the Altador Cup. Initially, they were to be removed when the Cup ended, but this has now changed!

Have you read the updated FAQs? You can keep your team avatars after the tournament ends. Next year, if you decide to join a different team, the new avatar will replace the one from this year.

I hope you're enjoying the Altador Cup!

(I have no time to stick around and chat today. We'll talk next time I'm here! Hopefully.)


Additionally, she posted that the animation of the Altador and Faerieland avatars would be fixed so that they looped correctly.
HerdyMessages from TNT
Posted by Herdy on May 25, 2018, 5:24 am NST
The staff member that posted many updates on the neoboards last week, hardtotame, has been back at it early this morning with more updates on multiple boards.

Battledome Updates
First, on the Battledome board, she has given an update on the progress of BD fixes:

A lot of you have been asking for updates about the Battledome fixes, and for an update on DoN.

DoN - This is easy to answer. We want to fix the Battledome first.

Battledome fixes - *sigh* Okay, so here's what's happening. We took a look at the results of the survey, and we made a list of things that we need to focus on. Our senior-most programmer is the one that's working on it. He's also the one that gets called in every time there's something 'big' that needs to be done. With the current situation we're in (having to optimize the entire website for mobile, looking for solutions to features that currently work on Flash, etc), that's fairly often. Which means, he has to put the fixes on hold and help us with solutions to these other issues, that come with grave consequences if they're ignored. So, he's on one such break right now, and he will return to the Battledome once he's done with his current task. For these reasons, it's very difficult to give you a timeline that we can be sure we'll stick to, but we can tell you that you ARE on our list of priorities, and we're working on it (just not at the moment, unfortunately).

Wraith Resurgence Prizes
Over on the Site Events board, she gave additional updates about the plot:

We haven't finished running the script for this, so if you haven't received your trophies or prizes yet, don't worry - it's coming!

I see a lot of concerns about some of the tiers and prizes (the ones that stand out to us are the users who missed the top tier by the 'Stickler for Time' achievement, and the users who donated a large number of potions in hope of a better prize).

We need some time, but we will be looking into these concerns and seeing what we can do about them. You can expect to hear from me again in a week's time about this (if they haven't been addressed already by then).

She later stated that there may be scope to changing the plot prize requirements to exclude those who missed the Stickler For Time (Fiendish Formations on day of release) achievement:

RE: Time-specific achievements affecting trophy tiers
We're sorry that you had to miss out on certain parts of the plot, but apart from 'Stickler for Time', we will not be reconsidering the tiers for this plot. Good point about the prize shop vs. prize tiers systems - awarding plot points takes a lot more planning and effort, and we did not feel ready for it with TWR.

And posted that those who suffered glitches with plot steps may have their issues looked into:

@lokiloku
If you got a response to it just hours ago, it will be looked into. I see another user that has reported the same bug in the bug report we got today. Again, this will take a while as we're still just awarding trophies right now, but it will be looked into.


She also made a general board asking for opinions on whether some of the plot weapons that were given out should have their icons reduced:

I have read a few arguments for and against nerfing plot weapons.

In the past, I have advocated for certain things because a few people were vocal about it on the boards, only to realize after it was implemented that there was another side to the argument that we hadn't considered, that you brought up after it was too late to change. I don't want to make that mistake again, so please voice your opinion here so that we can consider both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Item Fixes
And finally, she gave updates on item fixes (of which many have already been fixed!):

RE: Item fixes in general
I understand you want us to focus more on fixing things that are broken. Accordingly, we're making this a priority, and we plan to give you weekly updates about what we've fixed that week. We're thinking of doing this in the editorial. What do you say?
SirCabbageEver wanted to play a real game of hot potato? New Battledome Item!
Posted by SirCabbage on May 15, 2018, 12:26 am NST
Another couple of weapons have been released in the"Daily Dare". Well, I mean. They sort of have. Early reports suggest that both today's item and the item for spellseeker do- nothing.

Clearly TJST was sick of us all complaining about the balance-breaking weapons they have been releasing of late because it looks like the new in "thing" is releasing items that don't work!





After the first item released and didn't do anything I held back on posting about it, hoping that TJST would promptly fix it. But now with two items broken it is time to start hoping that this is not the start of a new pattern.

Realistically as it stands the only value in either of these weapons is that thanks to the Spellseeker Vial of Power's 1million np estimated value 5 of them may be used to help you obtain the "I Taunt the Pant Devil" avatar- something which I know is likely of top importance to battlers... Though it should be said the lavaball's estimated value of zero seems more on-point.

Edit: The lavaball has since been fixed, no word on the vial.
SirCabbageAnother battledome item released in the Daily Dare!
Posted by SirCabbage on May 9, 2018, 12:37 am NST
After the last news report I thought I would just cut to the point without any puns... but then I made that one. Point is, we now have a second new battledome item released from this year's "Daily Dare".

This time we are looking at a brand new snake related item for the cobrall infested game "Piper Panic"



This item represents the second item given out for the battledome by this daily dare (if you don't count the movement increasing potion). It is also not time limited so you have until the end of the event to earn it if you would like it. The score isn't hard with a guide, but does require some last level deaths to get the score.
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