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Click Exchange Updates Finalized

March 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM 33 Comments

You talked, we listened!

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Calculating. Calculating. Calculating. Decision has been reached.

After reviewing your fantastic feedback about the Click Exchange, we feel that we have reached a solution for the Exchange! Based on the informal community vote in previous blog post, we have chosen option 1 to solve the Click Exchange's recent issues. The following changes have taken effect for the Click Exchange:

  • XC balances under 10 are automatically reset to 10 at the start of each day (at 12:00 AM ECT)
  • Creatures of players who have been inactive for more than 2 months are automatically removed from the Exchange

The Click Exchange FAQ has been updated with this recent information.

Thanks for helping us make Egg Cave a better place for everyone!

Click Exchange Updated

March 24, 2018 at 12:00 AM 87 Comments

Click Exchange Updated

Enjoy a brand-new look at the Click Exchange that's optimized for mobile responsiveness and faster page load times. Over the last couple of days, you may have also noticed more creatures are available for clicking there; this is due to some algorithm changes that we are testing, which adds 10 XC to accounts under 10 XC each day at midnight.

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It'll be a clickstorm!

Fixing The Click Exchange

Right now, there are 10,000+ creatures in the Click Exchange but only a small percentage of them end up appearing on most users' click lists. This has made the Exchange be fairly quiet, with little to do or click. The reason why? XC, essentially, is too scarce.

The problem with XC scarcity is that its distribution is skewed toward the most active participants. This isn't a problem in itself, but it leaves less XC to go around for the little guys, people who are new to Egg Cave (i.e. starting with 10 XC), and people who visit the Exchange less frequently. The top 100 Exchange participants own 94% of XC wealth. When even one person from the top 100 wealthiest XC holders decides to not participate in the Exchange for a period time, the total XC in available circulation could be zapped by as much as 15%.

We are considering, with community discussion and ideas, changing the way that the Click Exchange works so that there's more to go around for everyone and ultimately, more creatures to click and give stats to.

Proposed Solution 1: XC Injection From the Bottom

Solution: give 10 XC to all Exchange participants with a XC balance less than 10 XC each day. This injects fresh XC into the Exchange and makes many creatures available for clicking.

Potential downside: inactive users can freeload off the Exchange. A proposed solution is to remove inactive users' creatures from the Exchange after 1 month.

This solution is currently live and is in testing at the Click Exchange as we speak. If you've noticed more creatures appearing there, that's why.

Proposed Solution 2: Site-wide XC Monthly Reset

Solution: to ensure that XC distributions never get too skewed, XC balances could be reset for all users site-wide at the start of every month. This amount could be 10 XC or something else like XC equal to the number of creatures you have on your account. Everyone is equal and works their way "up the ladder" so to speak by being active participants every month. There are no runaway skewed distributions that worsen over time.

Potential downside: people may feel disappointed that they lose their XC at the end of the month.

Proposed Solution 3: Algorithmic Redistribution of XC

Solution: using brains and math, we could write a system-wide algorithm that automatically redistributes XC from the big fish to the little fish. You would receive a notification that XC has been taken from your account.

Potential downside: algorithms are never 100% fair and people may feel slighted by the system and feel penalized for being active participants. Overall, this idea is the least attractive to us at Egg Cave (tyranny!).

Proposed Solution 4: Convert To a "XC for EC" Model

Solution: convert XC into a one-time use currency (i.e. XC are not transferred between accounts upon clicking creatures) that is purchasable by Egg Coins. The conversion amount could be something like 10 EC = 1 XC. You increase your XC balance not by clicking other creatures but by "topping up" your XC balance with Egg Coins earned from feeding, trading, etc.

Potential downside: this solution has the least negative effects in our view. It also feels the fairest to everyone. But it means that you have to use your EC to get XC. This is a brand-new Exchange model altogether that would need support from the community to work well.

We want to hear from you!

These are three solutions that we have thought of for fixing the Click Exchange, but what do you think? Solution 1 is currently in testing at the Click Exchange as we speak (and has been for the past couple of days). Do you have other ideas? Submit what you like and don't like in the comments below.

New CDWC Creature for Earth Day

March 23, 2018 at 12:00 AM 34 Comments

New CDWC Creature

A new Earth Day creature has appeared in the Creature Description Writing Contest. Write a winning description for this creature and receive the first of its kind! Earth Day is April 22.

Dragold Gummy Tails

March 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM 22 Comments

Dragold Gummy Tails

Find these adorable gummy tails restocking at the General Food Store! Warning: eating them can offend Dragold's and cause them to become even more greedy than they usually are.

    

Updated Egg Profile Pages

March 20, 2018 at 2:00 PM 61 Comments

Updated Egg Profiles

Egg profile pages have been updated to a new page shell that loads faster and improves responsiveness for mobile devices. Enjoy faster feeding and a clearer visual presentation!

UPDATE MARCH 21: The giant happiness cucumber has been made a bit smaller now. More creature, less cucumber! Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Dragold's Den Continues

Enjoy Dragold's Den through the end of March (through March 31)! It's the biggest and longest Dragold's Den to date.

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Yay! Spread the love!

Creature Happinesses Fixed

March 19, 2018 at 11:15 AM 38 Comments

Creature Happinesses Fixed

There was a glitch that caused creature happinesses to decrease at an accelerated rate these past couple of days. This has been fixed and all of your creature happinesses have been reset to 100. The barrage of notifications about creature happinesses have also been cleared from your accounts, too.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. If you had a creature that died unexpectedly between March 17 and March 19 (up until this blog post), please submit a ticket for a free creature restoration.

UPDATE AT 1:10 PM ECT — about 1,100 creatures died during this period after further investigation. Instead of processing resurrection requests manually for individual users who write us (which will take a lot of time), we have decided to restore all 1,100+ creatures that died during this time. If you had a creature that died between 17 Mar at 12:00 AM and 19 Mar until 11:15 AM, it has been restored to your account without exception. Please check your account Coves. If you are still missing a dead creature that you can't find, please submit a ticket with their name(s) after checking your Coves.

Mass deaths have become mass resurrections! Whoohooo!

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Creatures need to eat, but not THAT much, right?!

Users who use the Leaf of Vaka or had their creatures in Tim's care were unaffected.

More St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

March 18, 2018 at 12:00 AM 37 Comments

The Marnire

We're continuing our St. Patrick's Day celebrations with this brand-new creature, the Marnire. It will be available in the Cash Shop through April 30, 2018.

Collect yours today!

This creature is not available in the Cave or from Dragold's Den. It is a Cash Shop exclusive.

Immortalization Date Issues

Immortal notifications were sent out in error. Any immortal at dates have been fixed. Thank you!

We are aware of the immortalization notifications and dates glitch. Rest assured that we will be fixing these within the next 24 hours.

Happy St. Patrick's Day: Dragold's Den Returns

March 17, 2018 at 12:00 AM 73 Comments

Happy St. Patrick's Day

It's Paddy's Day at Egg Cave. We have so many amazing celebrations in store that we can't wait to show you!

Dragold's Den Returns

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Every year, the Dragold opens their den to the public to try their luck. Visit Dragold's Den once every 15 minutes for special prizes. Note that, if the Dragold is feeling greedy, he might snatch some Egg Coins from you, so be careful!

Here's what could happen when you visit:

  • 2X Feed Boost: when feeding, all creatures including yours will receive 2 feeds instead of 1
  • 2X EC From Feeds: receive up to double the amount of EC from feeding
  • EC reward: you are rewarded handsomely with a sum of EC
  • EC stolen: Dragolds are known for being greedy! Watch out!
  • Travel prize (rarest): from the prize pool
  • Creature prize (rarest): Gilyon, Coarach, Coinster, Nathare, Youngold, or Greenold

New Den Prize: Greenold

Another Dragold cousin, the Greenold, has arrived on the scene and can be obtained from visiting Dragold's Den. Congratulations to @applegranny for writing an adorable description at the CDWC; the first of its kind has been added to your account for free.

More New Den Prizes

These new Travels have been added as Dragold's Den prizes, too. They are exclusive to the event and do not restock in the main shops!

    

Dragold's Den Updates From Last Year

  • Expanded prize pools (new prizes listed above)
  • Visit every 15 minutes instead of every 30 minutes (virtually doubling the amount you can obtain!)

Chocolate Coins

If you find these chocolate coins at the Bakery, please note that they are not accepted as legal tender.

    

Pot of Gold Ice Cream Sandwiches

Gold! Chocolate! Ice cream! Rainbows! What more could you want in a special treat? Find these pot of gold ice cream sandwiches at the General Food Store.

    

Youngold Plushies

Find these beautiful, brand-new Youngold plushies restocking at the Toy Shop.

    

Dragold's Den Returns Tomorrow

March 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM 23 Comments

Dragold's Den Returns Tomorrow

Dragold's Den returns tomorrow, March 17 beginning at midnight Egg Cave Time. See you then for amazing prizes!

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Clover Hunting Books

It's the same text but comes in different colors! Which do you fancy? Find these new clover hunting guides at Leila Library.

    

Known Issue: Timestamp Offsets

We are currently working to resolve a known issue with timestamps that appear to change (i.e. egg stolen dates). We have the solution but it hasn't yet been implemented (this one is going to take time!). We will update you more on this issue in a later Site Blog post in the coming days.

FIXED! Any incorrect stolen dates your creatures might've had (and other date errors) have been fixed. Egg Cave has fixed its DST problems, including when blog posts will be released.

March 2018 Lottery: Drawing 1

March 15, 2018 at 4:00 PM 18 Comments

Lottery Winner

Congratulations to @tetromino and @silvershadow and @iris1929578, the winners of drawing 1 for March 2018's Cash Shop Creature Lottery! A Falcena has been added to each of your accounts.

Buy your tickets for the next drawing now!

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