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 Patsynoreply@blogger.comBlogger113125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-48106100828279790682011-07-22T16:06:00.005+01:002011-07-22T16:14:46.285+01:00The Water Balloon Fight Summer 2011<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XJ6VijtYCxs/TimTjdNcobI/AAAAAAAAAH8/s3lrrcULTkI/s1600/Water%2Bballoons.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 184px; height: 175px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XJ6VijtYCxs/TimTjdNcobI/AAAAAAAAAH8/s3lrrcULTkI/s320/Water%2Bballoons.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5632195046349250994" /></a>Well, it's all go on Howrse at the moment as we go straight from the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/07/howrse-magic-potions-fruit-salad.html">Potion Contest</a> into the Water Balloon Fight.<div><br /></div><div>This is a great contest and anyone can join in. Water balloons will appear as UFOs for you to catch. Inside each water balloon there are prizes - anything from ageing points and apples to tack and BM items. You get to keep the item and you get the chance to give an exact copy of your item to a friend - by throwing a water balloon at them.</div><div><br /></div><div>At the end of the contest, the players who have thrown the most water balloons to their friends will receive the following prizes:</div><div><br /></div><div>1st - 10th: 2 x Harmony Pack and 100,000e</div><div>11th - 50th: 1 x Harmony Pack and 50,000e</div><div>51st - 100th: 50,000e</div><div><br /></div><div>You can only receive a maximum of 15 balloons per week but you can throw as many as you can catch.</div><div><br /></div><div>The contest runs until 5 August at noon game time so get throwing those water balloons!</div><div><br /></div><div>Lucy</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4810610082827979068?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-15621886366147054882011-07-18T11:34:00.000+01:002011-07-18T11:34:34.286+01:00Fruit Salad Potion contest is extended<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2rUPx9avnPI/TiQMDbdFBqI/AAAAAAAAAwc/7angHzRHsLo/s1600/Screen+shot+2011-07-18+at+11.18.57.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="182" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2rUPx9avnPI/TiQMDbdFBqI/AAAAAAAAAwc/7angHzRHsLo/s320/Screen+shot+2011-07-18+at+11.18.57.png" width="320" /></a></div>Howrse announced today (18th July 2011) that the Fruit Salad Potion contest has been extended until noon, Game Time on Wednesday 20th July.<br /><br />So that means you all now have an extra two days in which to get those missing fruits, horns and feathers for your potions. However, the Flash Sales will still end today at noon, although on Howrse's page about this it says the 16th! We're assuming they mean the 18th though.<br /><br />Additionally, the extra Unicorn breeding times which are currently available, will also be extended until 20th July at noon, Game Time. So you can now also breed Uni's at 10.58am and 9.58pm Game Time until the end of the contest.<br /><br />So get potioning. Hmmm, that's not a word is it? Never mind. Have fun!<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1562188636614705488?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-71451225135839458172011-07-17T10:10:00.004+01:002011-07-17T10:15:34.226+01:00Ultimate Howrse Summer Giveaway - Winners<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c-j8eyjyHnw/TiKmiOx7uZI/AAAAAAAAAwY/RtXo1a9Jfp4/s1600/winner.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="160" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-c-j8eyjyHnw/TiKmiOx7uZI/AAAAAAAAAwY/RtXo1a9Jfp4/s200/winner.jpg" width="200" /></a></div>Well we had a fantastic response to our contest so thank you to all of you who entered. Well, it's a shame not everyone can win but the three lucky players who did, are listed below:<br />FIRST PRIZE, A Helios' Ray - <b>blubell</b><br />SECOND PRIZE, A Ploutos' Parchment - <b>stormie11</b><br />THIRD PRIZE,&nbsp; A Squirrel - <b>Chaddie</b><br /><br /><br />So congratulations to all our lucky winners. We hope you enjoy your prizes. We will be running more competitions in the future so make sure you visit Ultimate Howrse regularly.<br /><br />Now I have to head off back to Howrse. I need to check on my Humphrey!<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-7145122513583945817?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-89580760133696935852011-07-10T20:29:00.006+01:002011-07-16T12:05:07.025+01:00The Ultimate Howrse Summer Giveaway<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y3CoxlDIVbM/ThoEQXUATdI/AAAAAAAAAwU/fgDCmB87zwg/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-07-10%2Bat%2B20.55.00.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5627815363535195602" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-y3CoxlDIVbM/ThoEQXUATdI/AAAAAAAAAwU/fgDCmB87zwg/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-07-10%2Bat%2B20.55.00.png" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; float: left; height: 210px; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; width: 199px;" /></a>It's summer and here at Ultimate Howrse we're enjoying the sunshine. And when it's sunny, Patsy and LucyLou like nothing more than to share our good mood with you - our wonderful readers.<br /><div><br /><div>So we have devised a brilliantly simple contest for you to enter. And when we say simple - we mean simple. You don't need to know anything to enter and anyone who plays on International Howrse can play. All you have to do is post a comment below that includes your Howrse <b>player name.</b> How easy is that?</div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>OK, so what do you win? Well we are offering three fantastic prizes. The winners will be chosen at random so everyone has a fair chance. You can win:</div><div><br /></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #3333ff;">First Prize: A Helios' Ray</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #3333ff;">Second Prize: A Ploutos' Parchment</span></b></div><div><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #3333ff;">Third Prize: A Squirrel</span></b></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #3333ff;"><b><br /></b></span></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #3333ff;"><b><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: black;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: normal;">Rules:</span></span></b></span></div><div><ul><li><i>Only one entry per person</i></li><li><i>You must post your Player (user) name in a comment to enter</i></li><li><i>You can add more to your comment if you wish. Feel free to say hello!</i></li><li><i>You must be registered on the International version of Howrse</i></li><li><i>You must have a Karma of at least +1</i></li><li><i>You must spell your player name correctly or we cannot verify who you are</i></li><li><i>Absolutely NO personal information is to be included, such as your email address</i></li><li><i>Winners will be notified by Private Message on International Howrse</i></li><li><i>If you are under 16, please get your parents' permission to enter</i></li><li><i>Prizes will be sent via the Item Exchange and via Gifting</i></li></ul>The contest closes at 8pm GAME TIME on Friday 15th July 2011. So make sure you enter and get your friends to enter too. </div><div><br /></div><div>Good luck everyone!</div><div><br /></div><div>Patsy &amp; LucyLou</div><div><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE: </span><span style="font-style: italic;">Once the contest closes at 8pm game time on Friday 15 July 2011, we will choose the winners by drawing the names from a hat. We will then contact the winners by private message, on Howrse. After this we will publish the list of winners on Ultimate Howrse as soon as we've contacted everyone.</span><br /><br /><b>UPDATE 2: </b><span style="font-style: italic;">The contest has now closed and we are notifying the three winners. We will publish the names of the winners soon. Please note, several players entered the competition after the deadline, so they could not be included in the draw. </span></div><div><br /><div><br /></div></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-8958076013369693585?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com40tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-44622020628717665442011-07-10T10:19:00.005+01:002011-07-20T00:13:48.616+01:00Sapphire- the new Divine horse<a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kLeKqXTqlTo/Thl1SwBNrXI/AAAAAAAAAwM/PSx-35ZOeO0/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-07-10%2Bat%2B10.47.21.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img alt="" border="0" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5627658174364233074" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-kLeKqXTqlTo/Thl1SwBNrXI/AAAAAAAAAwM/PSx-35ZOeO0/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-07-10%2Bat%2B10.47.21.png" style="cursor: hand; cursor: pointer; float: left; height: 316px; margin: 0 10px 10px 0; width: 285px;" /></a>This is Sapphire - the latest Divine horse to come to Howrse and he arrives by way of the current 'Fruit Salad' contest. Like the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/06/ruby-new-lottery-divine.html">Ruby</a> Divine, Sapphire gives you diamonds which can be traded to give him more skills or to buy items in the Black Market. 10 diamonds equals 1 pass and Sapphire gives you a diamond on even days and 1000 equus on odd days. So if you look after him every day, you will have enough diamonds to trade for 1 pass, every 20 days!<br /><br />Howrse also says this about Sapphire: <span style="font-style: italic;">Sapphire is a precious horse. Each time he wakes up, he asks you to come and join him on another player's page. If you follow his instructions, Sapphire gives you a diamond on even days and 1000 equus on odd days.</span><br /><br />Each Sapphire comes with a Philospher's Stone and a Water of Youth. Like most Divines they are male and cannot breed and currently they cannot be sold either. This may well change so we'll let you know if and when you can get Sapphires in HoP's or in the sales. They also have 1200 skills split evenly amongst speed, jumping, gallop etc.<br /><br />Now the only way to get one of these lovely horses right now, is by cooking up a potion using the following ingredients:<br /><br />15 x Horseshoes<br />5 x Pegasus Feathers<br />15 x Ingredients of your choice<br /><br />But even that isn't quite enough. You need to have made 30 potions throughout the course of the contest too.<br /><br />So get those potions brewed and maybe you too can soon be the proud owner of a magical, diamond-giving Sapphire!<br /><br />Good luck,<br /><br />Patsy <i><i></i></i><br /><i><i><br /></i></i><br /><b>UPDATE:</b><i><i> We understand that the issue with Sapphire's not working properly has now been fixed.<br /></i></i><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4462202062871766544?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-47112299726335812842011-07-05T22:34:00.003+01:002011-07-05T22:42:30.061+01:00Howrse Magic Potions - The Fruit Salad<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h8HR_7jSFb4/ThOFLuWG0bI/AAAAAAAAAGA/KuFiiWEUxAM/s1600/Howrse%2BFruit%2BSalad%2BCompetition.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 194px; height: 214px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h8HR_7jSFb4/ThOFLuWG0bI/AAAAAAAAAGA/KuFiiWEUxAM/s320/Howrse%2BFruit%2BSalad%2BCompetition.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5625986795981689266" /></a>Starting today until the 16th of July at noon game time Howrse have introduced the Magic Potions competition. You have to collect ingredients for a Fruit Salad and then trade your potions in for Black Market items, companions or the new Divine, Sapphire.<br /><br />Howrse have also introduced a new breed - the Gypsy Vanner - who can be won during the contest.<br /><br />Also, because some of the potions require Unicorn horns, for the duration of the contest Howrse have added in two more unicorn breeding times:<br /><br />10:58 game time<br />and 21:58 game time<br /><br />To enter the contest simply click on the link from your Howrse homepage.<br /><br />Happy Fruit Picking !<div><br /></div><div>Lucy and Patsy</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4711229972633581284?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-50261024636846394262011-06-25T17:07:00.007+01:002011-06-25T17:35:16.202+01:00Thank you to our readers<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tlx8wlGLMu4/TgYND6DwkII/AAAAAAAAAv4/lBzexRwEYPA/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-06-25%2Bat%2B17.29.15.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 244px; height: 317px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Tlx8wlGLMu4/TgYND6DwkII/AAAAAAAAAv4/lBzexRwEYPA/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-06-25%2Bat%2B17.29.15.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5622195545594433666" border="0" /></a>Since LucyLou and I started Ultimate Howrse in September 2009, it has gone from strength to strength. And we are delighted. We are especially pleased with all the comments and feedback we get. Not only that, it's great to see you all helping each other too.<br /><br />We have always aimed to be the number one place for players to go when they want help, advice or news on Howrse. And with your help, we really are getting there. You, our readers, are part of a huge worldwide community of players who visit Ultimate Howrse in growing numbers.<br /><br />And speaking of numbers, since we began we have had over 56,000 visits with more than 113,000 page views. And we now average over 300 visits every single day. And this is brilliant because the more people who visit, the more comments are left for you to read and enjoy. We try to answer every question you ask, but often other players provide their own answers too, which really helps us out. You are certainly a very helpful and supportive lot!<br /><br />So we wanted to say a big 'thank you' to all our lovely readers who continue to use Ultimate Howrse as their first choice for Howrse help. And don't forget, you can post a comment or question on any of our articles or you can email us at: <a href="http://ultimatehowrse@me.com/">ultimatehowrse@me.com</a>. You can also follow us by clicking on the 'Follow' button on the right hand side of the page. That way you can become part of the Ultimate Howrse family.<br /><br />So let your friends know about Ultimate Howrse and then they too can join the biggest and friendliest Howrse community on the internet!<br /><br />Happy Howrse-ing,<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-5026102463684639426?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-8550419069601316932011-06-18T17:19:00.003+01:002011-06-18T17:28:48.674+01:00Ruby - the new lottery Divine<a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AJ_3IjqrsCk/TfzR9JRGZqI/AAAAAAAAAF4/v5HTT2SHF_8/s1600/Howrse%2BRuby.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 235px; height: 247px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AJ_3IjqrsCk/TfzR9JRGZqI/AAAAAAAAAF4/v5HTT2SHF_8/s320/Howrse%2BRuby.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5619597283441403554" /></a>Meet Ruby, the new Divine Horse who you can win in the latest <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/06/howrse-lottery-june-2011.html">Howrse Lottery</a>.<div><br /></div><div>Like most Divines, Ruby is male and cannot be bred or sold. You get him aged 83 years and 6 months. He has 1200 skills, is immortal and has a Water of Youth already on him. </div><div><br /></div><div>Every time Ruby has a birthday he earns his owner 5 diamonds. Now diamonds can be traded to give Ruby more skills or to buy items in the Black Market. 1 pass is equivalent to 10 diamonds. Every other day that isn't his birthday Ruby gains a little in height. He starts at 22 hands so he's going to be a very tall horse!</div><div><br /></div><div>Only 1 Ruby is won in each lottery draw so cross your fingers and good luck. (I do hope I'm lucky enough to win one as I think he's very pretty...!)</div><div><br /></div><div>Lucy</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-855041906960131693?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-5151982554128150312011-06-18T12:31:00.006+01:002011-06-18T17:29:27.491+01:00Howrse Lottery June 2011<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dPt8cgoocwA/TfyUzIUrvLI/AAAAAAAAAFw/4p3ugc-nQIM/s1600/Howrse%2Blottery.png" onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 314px; height: 210px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-dPt8cgoocwA/TfyUzIUrvLI/AAAAAAAAAFw/4p3ugc-nQIM/s320/Howrse%2Blottery.png" border="0" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5619530041180011698" /></a>Well Howrse has bought back the ever popular lottery, where you can buy tickets and win some great prizes.<div><br /></div><div>Until 27th June you can take part in the draws and win anything from apples to the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/06/ruby-new-lottery-divine.html">new Divine Horse, Ruby</a>. Every ticket you buy will win you something so its worth taking part.</div><div><br /></div><div>Draws take place every day at 0:00 - 2:00 - 12:00 - 14:00 - 16:00 - 18:00 - 20:00 - 22:00 Game Time. For each one you can buy 2 tickets yourself at a price of 200 equus each. You can also send your friends tickets (although you can only send them one throughout the whole of the lottery) and they can send you tickets back. For each pass you spend you will receive 2 tickets for the next draw (although this doesn't include horse purchases. So basically you need to spend them in the Black Market). In addition, you also get one ticket per draw for winning a competition with any of your horses. This is a new way to get tickets which I think is great as it gives everyone more chances to win.</div><div><br /></div><div>You can enter the lottery by going to your homepage (the page you get when you first log in) and clicking on the lottery banner. </div><div><br /></div><div>Lucy</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-515198255412815031?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-42925652476935357552011-05-22T12:55:00.004+01:002011-05-22T14:08:15.131+01:00The Black Pearl<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pD8zZnq3Vyo/TdkKUbKpAgI/AAAAAAAAAFk/kLDoKPfi8qc/s1600/Howrse%2B-%2Bthe%2BBlack%2BPearl.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 215px; height: 232px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pD8zZnq3Vyo/TdkKUbKpAgI/AAAAAAAAAFk/kLDoKPfi8qc/s320/Howrse%2B-%2Bthe%2BBlack%2BPearl.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5609526156872712706" border="0" /></a>There have been a few changes to the Black Pearl and Golden Apple coats over the past week, including the introduction of some brand new items that you can submit illustrations for. Here's an overview of how the Black Pearl now works.<br /><br />The Black Pearl now lets you submit illustrations for Golden Apple coats (as before), Helios's Ray (backgrounds for your horses' pages) and the Horn of Gold (coats for the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-howrse-companions.html">companions</a>).<br /><br />The Black Pearl costs 2 passes and you need 5 karma points to be able to use it.<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br />Creation of illustrations<br /></span><p>To create a new illustration, you can use any computer graphics editing software such as Paint, Photoshop or Gimp. You're not allowed to just submit a photograph - it must be an illustration or drawing and it must be your own work - don't copy it from anywhere or you risk having your account suspended. Make your illustrations as life-like or imaginary as possible.</p><p>If you're not sure where to start, many Howrse players provide outlines of horses (line art) that they've given their permission for other people to use and submit as coats. Check out the <a href="http://www.howrse.com/member/forum/topic?id=1395864495&amp;page=6233">Black Pearl - free line art</a> forum post if you'd like to use one. So you could start with of these and just colour it in any way you like!<br /></p><p>To send your illustrations, you must use the templates provided by Howrse:</p><ul class="disc" style="margin-bottom: 4px"><li><a href="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/gabarits/pomme/modele.png">for the Golden Apple</a></li><li> <a href="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/gabarits/rayon/modele.png">for Helios's Ray</a> <ul><li>A black frame marks the position of the horse to help you position your landscape properly</li><li>The frame and the horse it contains <b>must be erased before you send</b> your illustration</li></ul> </li><li> <a href="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/gabarits/corne/modele.png">for the Horn of Gold</a> <ul><li>The top frame is for the <b>awake</b> Companion</li><li>The bottom frame is for the <b>sleeping</b> Companion</li></ul> </li></ul><p><b>Your image must be placed on the transparent space on the provided template. You must not change the size or format of this template.</b></p><p>Make sure you follow Howrse's instructions or your artwork may not be accepted. You must save your work as a .PNG file.<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"></span></p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">Publishing your illustration<br /></span></p> <p> Now, when you send in your illustration via the Black Pearl, it won't be published right away.</p><p>Firstly, Howrse will check it to see if it meets all the criteria for submission and then it will be sent to the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/creation-space.html">Creation Space</a> for other players to vote on it.</p><p> If your illustration wins the vote then it will be published on all versions of Howrse at the end of the month (including the different language versions). You will also earn passes as your illustration is used by players - see our post on the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/creation-space.html">Creation Space</a> to learn how much you can get.<br /></p><p>If your illustration doesn't win the vote then it will appear again in the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/creation-space.html">Creation Space</a> the following month to allow players to vote for it again. If after 3 months, it still doesn't pass the vote, it will be removed.</p> <p> If your illustration doesn't get voted on to the game then you will get back the passes you spent on the Black Pearl. However, if your coat isn't accepted because it doesn't fit <a href="http://www.howrse.com/marche/noir/object?qName=perle-noire">Howrse's criteria - which can be found on the Black Pearl page </a>you won't get your passes back - so be careful!</p><p>Good luck with your illustration submissions and let us know how you get on.</p><p>Lucy<br /></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4292565247693535755?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-27498506836333467142011-05-19T20:10:00.004+01:002011-05-22T20:35:19.183+01:00The Creation Space<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HRUH4ybvprM/TdVyN2cl65I/AAAAAAAAAFc/OTvkT2y4Ujk/s1600/Howrse%2B-%2BThe%2BCreation%2BSpace.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 166px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HRUH4ybvprM/TdVyN2cl65I/AAAAAAAAAFc/OTvkT2y4Ujk/s320/Howrse%2B-%2BThe%2BCreation%2BSpace.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5608514493239126930" border="0" /></a>This week, Howrse have just introduced another new feature - The Creation Space.<br /><br />The Creation Space is now the place where you submit illustrations for Golden Apple coats via the Black Pearl.<br /><br />Howrse have also introduced two new items that you can submit illustrations for: <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-howrse-companions.html">the companions</a> (bought with a Horn of Gold) or backgrounds for your horses' pages (bought with a Helios's Ray).<br /><br />The Creation Space is for all languages (English, German, French etc...). That means if you propose an illustration and it wins the vote, it will be available in all languages and vice versa.<br /><br />Yes, there is now a vote involved. When you submit an illustration to the Creation Space other players will be able to vote for their favourites. Your coat / background will only be accepted by Howrse if enough players vote for it!<br /><p>The selection process takes place every month, and follows a specific procedure. This month:</p> <ul class="disc"><li style="list-style-type: decimal"> <b>Proposing illustrations</b><br /> <span style="color:#5A630C;">16 may 01:00 » 23 may 00:59</span><br /> Everyone can propose illustrations using the Black Pearl<br /><br /> </li><li style="list-style-type: decimal"> <b>Validation</b><br />The Howrse team removes any illustrations that don't comply with the rules<br /><br /> </li><li style="list-style-type: decimal"> <b>Voting</b><br /> <span style="color:#5A630C;">25 may 01:00 » 30 may 00:59</span><br /> Players of all languages vote on the illustrations once they have been validated<br /><br /> </li><li style="list-style-type: decimal"> <b>Selection</b><br /> The most popular illustrations are selected and sorted by category<br /><br /> </li><li style="list-style-type: decimal;"> <b>Publishing</b><br /> <span style="color:#5A630C;">31 may 11:00</span><br /> The selected illustrations are published online in each of the site's languages</li></ul><p>Proposing illustrations gets the creator rewards. The day an illustration is published, each illustration earns its author:<b><br /></b></p><b><nobr></nobr></b><ul class="square"><li> 10,000 equus<br /></li><li> Different numbers of passes for different types of illustration: <ul><li> <img src="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/medium/pomme-or.png?sdfjlnfq8463uiyr&amp;sdfjlnfq8463uiyr" /> <b>50 passes</b> For a Coat for the Golden Apple with no limitation on the number of uses or <b>25 passes</b> for a coat <span style="font-style: italic;">with</span> a limited number of uses </li><li> <img src="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/medium/rayon-helios.png?sdfjlnfq8463uiyr&amp;sdfjlnfq8463uiyr" /> <b>25 passes</b> for a Helios's Ray landscape </li><li> <img src="http://www.howrse.com/media/equideo/image/produits/medium/corne-or.png?sdfjlnfq8463uiyr&amp;sdfjlnfq8463uiyr" /> <b>15 passes</b> for a Horn of Gold companion </li></ul></li></ul>Golden Apple coats have also been changed slightly. Old style coats can now be retired by their owners after 100 uses. Any Golden Apple coats created using the Creation Space will either be published as unlimited coats or as limited use coats (with a fixed number). However, Howrse will now make the decision on how many uses these coats have. The author no longer has any control.<br /><br />So, get yourselves along to the Creation Space and start submitting your illustrations, voting and enjoying the new graphics that come along. Let us know what you think.<br /><br />Lucy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-2749850683633346714?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-61947708968670035522011-05-17T22:23:00.003+01:002011-05-17T22:49:33.953+01:00Flash Sales May 2011<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-726RklzQuPI/TdLsJ7_u6VI/AAAAAAAAAFU/sg5ehqfjn2Q/s1600/Howrse%2BFlash%2BSales.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 223px; height: 176px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-726RklzQuPI/TdLsJ7_u6VI/AAAAAAAAAFU/sg5ehqfjn2Q/s320/Howrse%2BFlash%2BSales.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607804141497674066" border="0" /></a>Today Howrse have announced the return of the ever popular flash sales. From today, Tuesday 17 until Monday 30 May at 12.00 game time you can use your equus to bid on gifts in the flash sales.<br /><br />Among the gifts to be won are new <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-howrse-companions.html">companions</a> not yet available on the game - the Squirrel, Turtle and Frog. Howrse introduced <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/05/new-howrse-companions.html">companions</a> to the game last week and these three are currently only available via the flash sales, so they are bound to be popular items.<br /><br />You can also bid on Nyx Packs, <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/01/posiedons-pack.html">Poseidon's Packs</a>, Fertility Wands, Passes, Pieces of Cloud, Ploutos' Parchments, Horns of Plenty, Made-to-measure tack and aging points.<br /><br />There are two types of flash sale - the direct sales in which every item has a fixed price (but you have to be quick to get them) and the auctions in which you can bid any amount for the item you want. Remember though that you can only buy one item in each type of sale every 3 days - so make sure you pick your items carefully.<br /><br />Right, time to save up your equus and get bidding on some great gifts!<br /><br />Lucy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-6194770896867003552?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-51689075468119289852011-05-16T13:32:00.015+01:002011-05-16T17:52:16.345+01:00New Howrse Companions<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGjS4qaKEhc/TdEkfgb5_CI/AAAAAAAAAE8/xd4N-CRIdf4/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanions.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 228px; height: 209px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-mGjS4qaKEhc/TdEkfgb5_CI/AAAAAAAAAE8/xd4N-CRIdf4/s320/Howrse%2BCompanions.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607303134754503714" border="0" /></a>Howrse have just introduced companions to the game. Here's a quick guide to what they say about the companions and how they will affect the game:<br /><br />Once your horse is 8 months old you can now assign him a companion. Once a companion has been assigned to your horse it can't be removed, so make sure you choose wisely. (Scroll down for a guide to what each companion offers your horse).<br /><br /><br />The companions act as a bonus for your horse giving skill gains and a dressage bonus.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">MOST IMPORTANTLY</span>: You now cannot play <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/04/all-new-foal-games-from-april-2011.html">games with your foal</a> unless your horse has a companion!<br /><br />Each day when your horse wakes up, its companion is asleep. You can choose to wake up the companion by playing with it or leave it asleep. If you play with a companion the time you choose to play is taken out of your horse's day - just like lessons, rides, training etc.<br /><br />If you buy a horse with a companion already in place you have 7 days to decide whether to keep the companion or change it to a different one. If you replace the current companion you do not get any compensation and the companion runs away.<br /><br />When you play with your companion the following things happen:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">From 8 months to 1 y</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">ear 6 months</span><br />Your horse receives a gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play, equaling a maximum gain of 1.2 (as previously). So, your old foal games will still work but you MUST now give your horse a companion to be able to see the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/04/all-new-foal-games-from-april-2011.html">foal games</a> button.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">From 1 year 8 months to 25 years</span><br />Your horse wins equus and/or skills depending on which companion it has. The maximum skills gained over your horse's lifetime is 60. These are spread evenly between all his skills (so 10 extra points per skill).<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">From 1 year 8 months </span><br />If you play with your horse's companion for at least 30 minutes it will give your horse a bonus in dressage for that day.<br /><br />When you age your horse it's companion falls asleep again ready for the next day.<br /><br />There are currently 7 companions available (Howrse say that there are more on the way)<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Goat</span><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X9qIenjGT5o/TdEfmeaJb-I/AAAAAAAAAEE/pIsLfXAJLkY/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2Bgoat.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 164px; height: 193px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-X9qIenjGT5o/TdEfmeaJb-I/AAAAAAAAAEE/pIsLfXAJLkY/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2Bgoat.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607297756911202274" border="0" /></a><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">300e</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+2</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months:</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 years</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">4 equus for each hour of play<br /><br /><br /><br /></span><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u7XwIvBYzjc/TdEiMUvZQnI/AAAAAAAAAEM/7oI2SWg00WE/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BMonkey.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 164px; height: 132px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-u7XwIvBYzjc/TdEiMUvZQnI/AAAAAAAAAEM/7oI2SWg00WE/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BMonkey.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607300606174249586" border="0" /></a><span style="font-weight: bold;">Monkey</span><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">500e</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+6</span><br /><span>From 8 months to</span><span> 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in </span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 years:</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">4 equus for each hour of play</span><br /><br /><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b6D3RQN9nMk/TdEixP-FugI/AAAAAAAAAEU/Gc45HhkPkp4/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BRabbit.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 162px; height: 161px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b6D3RQN9nMk/TdEixP-FugI/AAAAAAAAAEU/Gc45HhkPkp4/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BRabbit.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607301240548866562" border="0" /></a><span style="font-weight: bold;">Rabbit</span><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">1</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">0</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">00e</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+3</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 </span><span>years</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">6 equus for each h</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">our of play<br /><br /><br /><br />Swallow</span><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uqzPI30aqdg/TdEjFDsrusI/AAAAAAAAAEc/Uetl3hiQw9g/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BSwallow.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 161px; height: 164px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uqzPI30aqdg/TdEjFDsrusI/AAAAAAAAAEc/Uetl3hiQw9g/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BSwallow.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607301580852017858" border="0" /></a><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Variable</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+5</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><br /><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 yea</span><span>rs</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">0.06 sk</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">ill gain for each hour of </span><span style="font-weight: bold;">play</span><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /><br /><br />Cat</span><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s49ge9cZo5Q/TdEjY-R5V_I/AAAAAAAAAEk/I5png76c2x4/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BCat.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 161px; height: 170px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s49ge9cZo5Q/TdEjY-R5V_I/AAAAAAAAAEk/I5png76c2x4/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BCat.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607301922994870258" border="0" /></a><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">Variable</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+9</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 years</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">0.09 skill gain for each hour of play</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Phoenix</span><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O8mFX5zFSiE/TdEjrcc6bWI/AAAAAAAAAEs/QoJSBKv2nXI/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BPhoenix.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 160px; height: 169px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-O8mFX5zFSiE/TdEjrcc6bWI/AAAAAAAAAEs/QoJSBKv2nXI/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BPhoenix.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607302240331787618" border="0" /></a><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">1 pass</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+12</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 years</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">0.12 skills gain and 25 equus for each hour of play<br /><br /><br /><br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">Griffin</span><a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E617N2tY5a8/TdEj8B1pp0I/AAAAAAAAAE0/VuefTuFiTTo/s1600/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BGriffin.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 159px; height: 148px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E617N2tY5a8/TdEj8B1pp0I/AAAAAAAAAE0/VuefTuFiTTo/s320/Howrse%2BCompanion%2B-%2BGriffin.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5607302525245564738" border="0" /></a><br />Cost: <span style="font-weight: bold;">2 passes</span><br />Dressage bonus: <span style="font-weight: bold;">+14</span><br /><span>From 8 months to 1 year 6 months</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">A gain in Genetic Potential for each hour of play</span><span style="font-weight: bold;"><br /></span><span>From 1 year 8 months to 25 years</span><span style="font-weight: bold;">:<br /></span><span style="font-weight: bold;">0.15 skill gain and 30 equus for each hour of play</span><br /><br /><br />Let us know if you've got any questions or opinions about the introduction of the Howrse companions.<br /><br />Lucy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-5168907546811928985?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-3584486085168132582011-04-28T19:52:00.005+01:002011-05-16T17:54:53.580+01:00Our big interview<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iDIHpFFYlcI/Tbm5hARhWvI/AAAAAAAAAvc/VUTr1radjZ8/s1600/chat%2Blogo.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 310px; height: 300px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iDIHpFFYlcI/Tbm5hARhWvI/AAAAAAAAAvc/VUTr1radjZ8/s320/chat%2Blogo.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5600711588272233202" border="0" /></a>As promised, here is our interview. We were kindly asked to be interviewed by <a href="http://www.howrse.com/joueur/fiche/?id=567455&amp;message=doCongratulation">red_chick94</a> who has interviewed quite a few players on Howrse. Anyway - here's her interview. We hope you enjoy it:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">red_chick94 interviews LucyLou and Patsy</span><br /><br />This is my first combined interview I’ve done with two great players, LucyLou &amp; Patsy. Please let me know via pm or on here if you like combined interviews.....<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Hi you two! Do you feel privileged to be the first players to have a combined interview with me?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Oh most definitely. Having looked at your list of illustrious interviewees, I feel honoured to be interviewed at all!<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Absolutely. I hope we can do the interview justice.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">So, how did you two meet/get to know each other?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> We actually know each other in 'real' life. We used to work together and one day I introduced Patsy to Howrse, via a conversation about the price of turnips!<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Yes, that's right. I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical when I first saw the game but I thought that any game that had fluctuating vegetable prices in, had to be worth a look.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">How would you describe each other in one word?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Hilarious (but I mean that in a good way - she never fails to make me laugh!)<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Inspirational.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>Awww, thanks Patsy.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> So, I noticed you had a fabulous website. Can you tell us about it?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Well it's basically a help site/blog that we set up together for the players of Howrse.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> As LucyLou says, it's really just intended to help players of the game. However we find it helps us too. We find out loads of things we never knew, when we're researching for our postings.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> How did you think of the name?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> I'm not sure really. We wanted it to have the word Howrse in so people could find it easily. Patsy came up with the Ultimate bit.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> As LucyLou says, we definitely needed it to have Howrse in the title. I chose 'Ultimate' as I thought it summed up what we wanted the site to do, it's easy to spell and has a memorable sound to it, I hope!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Why and when did you set it up?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> It was Patsy who came up with the idea originally. We both get so many questions from players each day asking for help so she thought it would be a good idea to make a site where we could share all the knowledge we have about the game. Hence Ultimate Howrse was born.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Yes I suppose it was my idea. But as soon as I discussed it with LucyLou, she was really excited about the whole thing. We launched the site on August 31st 2009, with an article about how to take care of your first foal. Since then we've had over 39,000 unique visits and more than 81,000 page views. Our readership is based mainly in the USA, with the UK second and Canada third. But we have readers from all over the world. Places such as Guam, China, Iran and Brazil.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Wow. I'm impressed by Guam.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Oh there's loads. Angola, Belgium and even Christmas Island. In fact we have readers in 101 countries around the world.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> What is your aim with your website?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span>We have a pretty simple aim with Ultimate Howrse - to help players enjoy the game as much as possible. We wanted to create a site outside of Howrse where people could come and find answers and information on the game. As it turns out, it's not just us providing the help - other players come on and answer questions and share their knowledge too.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>I agree with everything that Patsy has just said. Sometimes it's quite hard to get your question answered on the Howrse forums so hopefully we're providing another place for people to go to get help and advice, as well as news and special features such as interviews. Like this one!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Are any new features going to come to UH?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Something we've just introduced is videos. We found that sometimes trying to explain how to do something is quite difficult just using words. So what better way than to use video?<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>I really like the videos - we've just posted one showing what happens when you wake your Gypse up in the morning. Not a lot of players get to see this as they don't own one (me included!) so it's a really nice thing to show. And also very hard to explain by just writing about it.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P) </span>In the future we may get into Facebook and Twitter but for now we just want to build a community around Ultimate Howrse. We average around 300 visits a day, so right now, we just want to make sure we're doing all we can for our readers and contributors.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Do you find it hard to manage this game and the website?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> I have to say that it can be rather time consuming but I'm always conscious that we need to keep the site up to date. I'm always the one who posts about any 'breaking news' coming from Howrse. Things such as a new Divine horse, new features or a new competition. I like us to be the first for important news because a lot of players search Google for information when something major happens in the game. So I love it when we are there with the answers - or most of them at least. LucyLou does a great job of writing about things such as training, breeding or running your EC. Mainly because she knows what she's talking about and I don't.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> LOL thanks Patsy. I find it quite hard to do both. Sometimes I'll be in the mood for playing the game rather than writing about it and at other times vice versa. Patsy has to keep me on the straight and narrow! But yes, I really enjoy helping players with the 'nitty gritty' elements of playing the game.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> What do you two enjoy doing the most on this game?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span>That's easy - making money!<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>That's easy for me too - skilling horses.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Can you two tell me a random fact about yourselves?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>I wrote my University Mathematics dissertation on 'Equations of length seven over free groups'.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Nice! Hmmm, I can't quite compete with that. However, my voice was once used as the voice of a cuddly bear that was sold in gift shops. I had to say things like "Happy birthday" and "I love you" in a cartoon voice. Strange but true.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> You both have great rankings. What has made these rankings achievable?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> I've been playing the game since 2007 and after about a year I realised that to get up the General rankings you need to buy horses, and lots of them. So that's what I did and still do to this very day. The highest I've been is 6th overall but these days I'm quite happy to just be in the top 10. In fact, just today I went back up to 8th - it's a lot harder these days though.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> I have to confess to being a bit inconsistent. I'm currently in the top 10 of the Breeders' wealth rankings and I achieved this mainly by buying horses in the auctions and then selling them at a profit in the direct sales. I do buy passes too which helps. But I get bored easily. About a year ago, I was in the top 20 of the Breeders' wealth rankings but decided to spend nearly all my money to buy 1561 horses which got me to 19th in the General ranking. And then, I sold them all and got back into the top 20 of the Breeders' wealth rankings! Random.<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Do you agree that having a close friend on the game is useful?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> Absolutely. I'm actually quite rubbish at playing the game and if it wasn't for LucyLou's patience and advice I'd probably have given up about 900 days ago!<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Yes definitely. We help each other out all the time and it's great to have someone to talk to about the game. Most other people would think I'm mad.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> You are mad.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>Thanks for that!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> You’re ECs are looking great as well; however have either of you made a mistake within the EC?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L)</span> Oh I'm terrible with my EC. I'm forever forgetting to plant crops, get new employees and extend my horses board. I am proud of my EC's ranking - when everything is as it should be - it took a lot of time and hard work to get it up there.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> I made a brilliant mistake with my EC recently. I accidentally bought 50 DO (small) boxes instead of manure! No joke - 50 of the little devils. I had to destroy them all and only got half my money back. I'm a bit stupid like that sometimes. Other than that, my favourite trick is to forget to extend my employees' contracts. Doh.<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Can you tell us who inspires you most on the game?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>Anyone who's above me in the General ranking - I know how hard they must have worked to get there. And also Patsy inspires me too - with her vast amounts of money and herself restraint when it comes to spending it!<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P) </span>Well obviously LucyLou because she keeps me going but also players who do things like play the game without buying passes or people who produce really creative GA coats. I just admire players who play their own game really.<br /><span style="font-weight: bold;"> Finally...if you two could swap seats with each other and play each other’s game for one day, would you do it? If so, why, if not, why?</span><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L) </span>Oh I would, definitely. Although Patsy might find she has considerably less money when she comes back the next day as I would spend it all buying lovely horses! That's my downfall on Howrse; as soon as I have money I spend it.<br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(P)</span> It would be great - to have all those horses and all those PM's to deal with. Not sure I could cope with the lack of equus. I may have to sell a few Divines! Hmmm. maybe we should just stick to our own games. Things may just get a little messy!<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">(L and P) </span>Thanks for a great interview. We've really enjoyed ourselves. Happy Howrsing.<br /><br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-358448608516813258?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-48744179468287776472011-04-26T20:34:00.004+01:002011-05-16T18:30:53.054+01:00Coming soon - an interview with ... us!<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uwgk_j77pMY/Tbchhb1P1LI/AAAAAAAAAvU/1NdztBwoaKU/s1600/speech-bubbles.jpg"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 320px; height: 271px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Uwgk_j77pMY/Tbchhb1P1LI/AAAAAAAAAvU/1NdztBwoaKU/s320/speech-bubbles.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5599981519948993714" border="0" /></a>Ah fame at last. Well LucyLou and I have been running Ultimate Howrse for nearly 2 years now and we've finally got the recognition we deserve! The other day, <a href="http://www.howrse.com/joueur/fiche/?id=567455">red_chick94</a> contacted me and asked if LucyLou and I would like to do an interview for her forum. Well, of course we said 'yes'. She has interviewed quite a few players over time, including people such as horsekitty, Dr Zig and sassyk. So we were both honoured to be asked.<br /><br />Currently we're just waiting for the interview to be published in her forum. As soon as it's in ready you'll then be able to read it if you just visit her page on International Howrse and go to her EC forum. We'll also be publishing the full interview here, on Ultimate Howrse. So either way, you won't miss out.<br /><br />So come back soon and you can find out all you wanted to know about Patsy, LucyLou and Ultimate Howrse.<br /><br />You lucky people!<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4874417946828777647?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-68011573115263706062011-04-22T12:37:00.005+01:002011-05-16T17:52:36.559+01:00Unicorn change<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-apxGUxG7HRM/TbFqR2J8iGI/AAAAAAAAAvM/9hecxgmdVDw/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-22%2Bat%2B12.35.49.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 296px; height: 254px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-apxGUxG7HRM/TbFqR2J8iGI/AAAAAAAAAvM/9hecxgmdVDw/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-22%2Bat%2B12.35.49.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5598372666625788002" border="0" /></a>Howrse has introduced a change to the<a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2009/09/handy-hint_14.html"> Unicorns.</a> It's not a major one but will increase your chances of breeding one of these little cuties. Here's what Howrse tells us:<br /><br /><p style="font-style: italic;"><strong>From now on</strong>, when you breed your <strong>Unicorns </strong>you have a <strong>little more chance</strong> to get a baby Unicorn !</p><span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><p style="font-style: italic;">You must however still breed them at the right time and have both parents Unicorns of the same breed to get a chance at having a lovely little baby Unicorn !</p><span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><p style="font-style: italic;"><strong>We wish you luck for your future Unicorn babies!</strong></p><span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><p style="font-style: italic;">The Howrse Team</p>Now what they don't say is exactly what that increase is. Well, we've done a little digging and discovered that you now have a 1 in 5 chance of breeding a Unicorn instead of the previous 1 in 6 chance. You can find this info in the 'bonus' tab of your Uni. Of course you still have to ensure both parents are Unicorns and that you breed at exactly 6.23am or 6.23pm <span style="font-weight: bold;">game time</span>.<br /><br />So now you have a slighty greater chance of breeding a lovely Unicorn, like my Wilbur - pictured above.<br /><br />Good luck!<br /><br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-6801157311526370606?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-16320310546124273522011-04-16T15:33:00.006+01:002011-05-16T17:59:45.483+01:00Gypse<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sx-Det0ggcM/Tamu-AlqMLI/AAAAAAAAAvE/F7CcGKY8tUs/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-16%2Bat%2B15.59.37.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 307px; height: 306px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Sx-Det0ggcM/Tamu-AlqMLI/AAAAAAAAAvE/F7CcGKY8tUs/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-16%2Bat%2B15.59.37.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5596196392317628594" border="0" /></a>We've written about the Gypse divine horse <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2010/10/gypse-crazy.html">before </a>but we've never written about what a Gypse is and what makes it different from other Divines and Specials. So, the Gypse (or 'sand' horse) first appeared in the summer of 2010 Beach Competition, when they could be bought with 'sand' which you earned by winning competitions, buying passes, training horses etc. After the competition, Howrse then gave players the chance to win one in a Horn of Plenty (HoP). And I was lucky enough to get one.<br /><br />Now the Gypse is very unusual in that the skills it had when you got it could vary hugely. Gypse's that were won in the Beach Competition came with zero skills. Players had to use the 'sand' they had left to give the horse skills. However, players who won Gypse's in the HoP's found that they came with 10,000 grains of sand which meant that these Gypse's effectively had around 1300 skills!<br /><br />Like most Divines, they are male and cannot breed. However they can be sold. What makes them different from all other Divines is the fact that players can add skills to their Gypse every day and they can decide which skills the horse gains. Howrse states that you have to 'rebuild' Gypse's each day but this is a little bit misleading. In fact, you simply get given a certain amount of 'sand' each day which can then allocate to whichever skill you wish.<br /><br />The best way to explain this is to show you. Click on one of the links below to see what happens when you activate your Gypse horse each day.<br /><br /><a href="http://youtu.be/D_u5uyRQjZM">Ultimate Howrse video guide - Rebuilding Gypse (Standard definition)</a><br /><br /><a href="http://youtu.be/D_u5uyRQjZM?hd=1">Ultimate Howrse video guide - Rebuilding Gypse (High definition)</a><br /><br />So that's all you need to know about the Gypse.<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1632031054612427352?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-52687988134576226822011-04-16T13:28:00.005+01:002011-05-16T18:04:50.254+01:00The Fountain<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTnM-jrqwwE/TamNAVz6_eI/AAAAAAAAAu8/7NtvtwtidRs/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-16%2Bat%2B13.27.05.png"><img style="float:left; margin:0 10px 10px 0;cursor:pointer; cursor:hand;width: 219px; height: 178px;" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aTnM-jrqwwE/TamNAVz6_eI/AAAAAAAAAu8/7NtvtwtidRs/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-16%2Bat%2B13.27.05.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5596159048978988514" border="0" /></a>With the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/04/wandering-horses-madness.html">Wandering Horses</a> competition there was a great deal of discussion in the forums about the Grand Prix element. To win the 'Shy' horse, you needed to enter the Grand Prix. And the best way of getting enough points for this was to get a Fountain because you were awarded 50 points towards your'Shy'. Neither LucyLou or I had ever won a Fountain as they are only awarded to players who come in the top 100 of the Grand Prix each week.<br /><br />Well, last week I managed to come 36th in the Grand Prix and so was awarded a Fountain (along with a Falabella, but I'll talk about that later!) which you can see in the picture above. As you can see it replaces the icon for water above the 'Drink' label. So what does it do? Well, with a normal water, your horse gets +2 energy and +1 morale. With the Fountain, your horse get +6 energy and +3 morale. This is really useful, especially when you are training/blupping your horse.<br /><br />Now the Fountain only lasts a week. After that it disappears and you have to come in the top 100 of the Grand Prix again to get another one. However, a really good thing about the Fountain is that in the week that you have it - it appears on <span style="font-weight: bold;">all </span>your horses, which is fabulous.<br /><br />So that's the Fountain.<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-5268798813457622682?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-78009821336892181792011-04-12T16:11:00.006+01:002011-05-16T18:31:07.392+01:00Ultimate Howrse videos<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sVfXBNoZYqI/TaRtadyebUI/AAAAAAAAAu0/rfmL7gmrF70/s1600/youtube-logo%25282%2529.jpg"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 200px; height: 142px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-sVfXBNoZYqI/TaRtadyebUI/AAAAAAAAAu0/rfmL7gmrF70/s200/youtube-logo%25282%2529.jpg" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5594716938541362498" border="0" /></a>We're big fans of technology (as well as Howrse of course) here at Ultimate Howrse, and we thought it would be a rather great idea to try a new way of helping all of our lovely readers. So we decided to try our hand at video guides. Whilst we love writing about all of our hints, tips and news, sometimes it 's just so much easier if we can actually <span style="font-style: italic;">show </span>you instead. As from today, we will, from time to time, be using video to help you learn about Howrse, its features, gameplay and much more.<br /><br />As you'll see, we've added a new tag (called 'Video' obviously!) to help you search for anything we've posted to our YouTube channel. Below is our first video, so please be patient as it's out first attempt. Practice makes perfect remember!<br /><br />This first video is really just a test and is intended for people who are brand new to Howrse. We shall be producing videos ona whole range of topics, so if you have any requests, just drop us an email to <span style="font-style: italic;">ultimatehowrse@me.com</span> and we'll do our best to help.<br /><br /><a href="http://youtu.be/OE670HhIQfM">Ultimate Howrse video - The Menus</a><br /><br /><a href="http://youtu.be/OE670HhIQfM?hd=1">Ultimate Howrse video - The Menus (High Definition)</a><br /><br />Enjoy,<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-7800982133689218179?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-18895776696590478192011-04-10T16:54:00.007+01:002011-05-16T22:05:20.665+01:00All new Howrse foal games from April 2011<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GTzCcQK7GQU/TaHXTScrMII/AAAAAAAAAuk/e2uccX-q1qc/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-10%2Bat%2B17.12.46.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 66px; height: 65px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GTzCcQK7GQU/TaHXTScrMII/AAAAAAAAAuk/e2uccX-q1qc/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-10%2Bat%2B17.12.46.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5593988938540462210" border="0" /></a>These brand new foal games have been devised since the major changes by Howrse in April 2011. With the removal of the saltstone, the removal of the two-carrot bonus and the increase in gains from the 'double lesson' the whole way foals are trained has changed. So it's great news that <span style="font-weight: bold;">StaciMM</span> has come up with these all-new foal games to allow for these changes. So a big thanks to her, and here is her guide. We've tested it and it works perfectly:<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">This will work for any size horse/pony and should NOT result in a seriously overweight/unhealthy horse.</span><span style="font-style: italic;"><br /><br /></span><span style="font-style: italic;">Board your foal in a centre with carrots &amp; clean, fertile meadows, and make sure morale is full when you put the foal to bed at 6 months old.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">Put your horse to bed in the meadow each night. If the temperature is under 10C put your horse to bed in the box.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">NOTE: Your horse will now need a companion to be able to do these games.</span><br /><br />8 months<br />Groom/1 Hr Pasture/1 Hr Games/Turnip/Feed 4 pounds/7 Hrs Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water<br /><br />10 months<br />Groom/1 Hr Pasture/1 Hr Games/Turnip/Feed 4 Pounds/1 Hr Games/1.5 Hrs Pasture/7 Hrs Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water<br /><br />12 months<br />Groom/1 Hr Pasture/1 Hr Games/Turnip/Feed 4 Pounds/8 Hrs Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water<br /><br />1 year 2 months<br />Groom/1 Hr Pasture/1 Hr Games/Turnip/9 Hrs Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water/Feed **<span style="font-style: italic;">Feed 2-3 pounds less than it recommends</span>**<br /><br />1 year 4 months<br />Groom/30 Minutes Pasture/1 Hr Games/Turnip/Feed 4 pounds/10 Hrs Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water<br /><br />1 year 6 months<br />Groom/30 Minutes Pasture/2 Hr Games/Turnip/Feed 14 Pounds/10 Hrs Games/1 Hr Games/Stroke/Carrot/Water<br /><br /><span style="font-style: italic;">At most ages you are feeding a little less than recommended so as to get ready to overfeed at 18 mos. You MUST feed 14 pounds at 18 months to be able to put your horse to bed with 20% energy. </span> <span style="font-style: italic;"> Do not feed more than 4 pounds on each day when it says to feed just 4 pounds. The horse is eating a little in the pasture, and will be at a good/healthy weight when games are done. A pony (or small horse) may need to be underfed slightly at 20 months.<br /><br /></span>So good luck with your foal games. As long as you follow these instructions carefully, you will be rewarded with a perfect 1.2 GP gain on your horse.<br /><br />Patsy<br /><span style="font-style: italic;"></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1889577669659047819?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com54tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-52998358187498957432011-04-07T23:23:00.004+01:002011-05-16T18:34:15.815+01:00Wandering Horses madness!<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sOCqa8utiVI/TZ47rk1Ny7I/AAAAAAAAAuc/WQXgv9lzYjI/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-07%2Bat%2B22.56.55.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 303px; height: 284px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sOCqa8utiVI/TZ47rk1Ny7I/AAAAAAAAAuc/WQXgv9lzYjI/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-07%2Bat%2B22.56.55.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592973407048027058" border="0" /></a>Well we've never seen anything like it. Howrse has gone crazy. We're all going mad for Fortunes', Pioneers' and Shy's. And as a result of the competition frenzy, prices for passes and HoP's have gone through the roof. Now aside from the controversy that has been raging in the forums about the 'Shy' part of the competition (we'll talk about that another time), this has to be the most popular competition ever on Howrse.<br /><br />And so, in the frantic scramble to complete the objectives in order to win (for 5 days only, remember) these special horses, people are desperate to get hold of Horns of Plenty in order to get thet elusive 'Champion' horse. And I have to confess, I've been happy to sell pass horses for the going rate. And it's a record for me. 81,000 equus for a pass horse? Yes it's true. Three times! And when I got my Pioneer horse, I sold the HoP that is awarded with it, for 150,000 equus!<br /><br />Crazy times and crazy prices. I just hope everyone gets what they want and enjoys the madcap mayhem that is the Wandering Horses competition.<br /><br />Good luck everyone.<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-5299835818749895743?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-17355605998043245162011-04-05T10:45:00.006+01:002011-05-16T18:34:30.156+01:00Wandering Horses and NEW features<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2JDdasrKLjg/TZrpNl0e8TI/AAAAAAAAAuU/H4oVBXHOeqM/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B10.46.14.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 223px; height: 320px;" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2JDdasrKLjg/TZrpNl0e8TI/AAAAAAAAAuU/H4oVBXHOeqM/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B10.46.14.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592038307033706802" border="0" /></a>We've already seen that showers are coming to the international game but it looks like plenty more new things as well as some changes are on the way. Now all of these things are currently (5th April) only applicable to some of the non-international sites. We got our info from UK Howrse. So here's what we've found:<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">Wandering Horses feature</span><br /><br />For two weeks UK Howrse is running a 'competition' wherby you collect a variety of UFO's or achieve certain objectives. These UFO's and objectives give you points and when you reach 100 points you get to have one of the 'wandering horses' for 5 days. Each of the 6 horses requires you to do things such as log on to the game, buy HoP's, enter races etc. When you 'win' your horse for the 5 days you also get an "awesome gift' when you take care of it. So it looks like HoP sales are going to be busy!<br /><br /><span style="font-weight: bold;">New features</span><br /><br />Again, on UK Howrse, there are some changes coming.:<br />Apples can only be given to <span style="font-style: italic;">other</span> players' horses. This is a strange one and we're not sure why it's been introduced. Maybe Howrse have something planned for the weeks ahead.<br />Also, the Salt Block is disappearing. No! We love our Salt Blocks. Apparently you will now get more energy when feeding, to compensate.<br />The double-carrot advantage is now being replaced by a single carrot and single turnip which will just provide more energy. Hmmm. Turnips cost 50e don't they...?<br />The two lessons are combined into one. So now lessons will take twice as long, use up twice as much energy but give 2.5 times more money and 2.5 times more skills. They will also provide 4% morale. The exisitng benefit of the third lesson will be replaced by additional equus earnings and skill gains in the remaining lesson.<br /><br />So we shall wait to see if the international game gets all these new features and changes. There's certainly a lot to think about. Let us know your thoughts as we always love to hear from you.<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1735560599804324516?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-18949202890500257652011-04-05T10:27:00.007+01:002011-05-16T18:04:06.395+01:00EC shower coming to Howrse?<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DiIlnEcU5Hs/TZrhULhBNQI/AAAAAAAAAuM/65HkCBz4FcI/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B10.27.24.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 138px; height: 221px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DiIlnEcU5Hs/TZrhULhBNQI/AAAAAAAAAuM/65HkCBz4FcI/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-04-05%2Bat%2B10.27.24.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5592029624138806530" border="0" /></a>We've noticed that on several non-international sites such as UK Howrse, you can now buy a shower (see the picture) for your boxes in equestrian centres. Bizarre but true. Howrse describes the shower like this:<br /><span style="font-style: italic;"><br />The shower is equipment for boxes in equestrian centres.It allows horses boarded in the box to spend 10% less energy on actions. That's why it's in such high demand among horse breeders and an asset to your centre!</span><p>It's an interesting new item and one that would definitely be a boost for breeders. On the UK site today (5th April) showers are priced at 19,900 equus. However, it is the same as the price for boxes and meadows in that the price fluctuates. So expect the price to increase if and when it comes to the international version of the game. We'd be surprised if it didn't come to the 'main' game but you never know.<br /></p><p>So will we soon be rushing off to buy showers for our EC's? Maybe next, we'll be buying jacuzzi's and saunas too!</p><p>Patsy</p><p><br /></p><p><span style="font-weight: bold;">UPDATE:</span> <span style="font-style: italic;">Ow has confirmed that the showers will be coming to the international site soon.</span><br /></p><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1894920289050025765?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-15591730024215139572011-04-01T08:52:00.007+01:002011-05-16T18:34:45.070+01:00The Big Lottery has ended<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ei8hFtZxIyY/TZWGcnHk75I/AAAAAAAAAuE/xvrlmbd-Q94/s1600/photo.PNG"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 304px; height: 227px;" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ei8hFtZxIyY/TZWGcnHk75I/AAAAAAAAAuE/xvrlmbd-Q94/s320/photo.PNG" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5590522338545561490" border="0" /></a>Today, 1st April 2011, the <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/03/balios-and-lottery.html">Big Lottery</a> has finally ended and in typical Howrse fashion, it finished at a different time than they had advertised. Ah well, never mind. The lottery has been hugely successful and popular with thousands of players entering each of the 8 daily draws. In fact it was so popular in the first few days that Howrse had to change the rules to stop massive amounts of prizes being handed out as well as to prevent cheating.<br /><br />Originally you could exchange tickets with a friend 3 times during the lifetime of the lottery, but this meant enormous amounts of prizes were appearing in people's inventorys, which would have possibly undermined the game. For example on one draw, I won 840 apples! So Howrse changed the rules so that you could only exchange tickets with a friend once. A number of players had cheated by setting up multi-accounts and this was another reason for the rule change. Howrse also changed a rule which meant you could not take part in the lottery if your account was registered after the start of the competition. Smart move, we thought.<br /><br />So players (including myself and LucyLou) were frantically sending and receiving friend requests in order to swap tickets. This became very confusing and it was hard to keep track of who had sent tickets and who hadn't. Howrse even set up a friend-making forum to make it easier for players to get large numbers of friends. Players soon realised that by deleting friends as soon as a ticket exchange had been completed meant you could get round the '10 friend requests per day' rule. A bit naughty but very useful.<br /><br />So thousand of entrants for each draw and thousands of prizes awarded. Howrse added Nyx and Posiedon's packs to the items you could win, after the rule change. So players were also winning apples, Laurels, Eolus' Winds, Seahorses, Made to Measure Saddles, HoP's and of course bigger prizes such as Ploutos' Parchaments, Hermes' Winged Staffs and of course, <a href="http://ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com/2011/03/balios-new-lottery-divine.html">Balios'</a> - the new Divine horse.<br /><br />I was very lucky. No I didn't win a Balios but I did win 7 Parchments and a Hermes' Winged Staff. Now LucyLou and I checked a large number of Balios winners and found that most of them had been registered on the game less than 300 days. So it appears that Howrse were possibly trying to prove that newer players have an equal chance of owning a Divine, by allowing more, less established players to win this fabulous new horse. Just our opinion of course.<br /><br />And after several days of the Big Lottery, something totally unsurprising happened. Howrse started offering Balios' in HoP's. Well who'd have thought? We had to laugh when we saw this as the day the lottery started it was 100% certain that the new Divine would soon be available in Horns of Plenty - which you need to buy with passes of course. Oh well, that's how Owlient make their money as a business, so fair play to them. It was just so predictable it made us smile. We wouldn't be surprised to see that you can get one if you buy 30 passes. We shall see.<br /><br />So, the Big Lottery was a success and an enormous amount of players took part. We'd love to know what you thought and if you'd like to see another one in the future. And if you were lucky enough to win a Balios - then share your good news with us.<br /><br />Now, time to start saving for those passes....!<br /><br />Patsy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-1559173002421513957?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div> Patsynoreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6476152314122764275.post-42307755086376526312011-03-22T19:34:00.004Z2011-03-22T19:47:45.420ZBalios - the new Lottery Divine<a onblur="try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}" href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ulu4oq6nS-g/TYj7r19CmBI/AAAAAAAAAt0/d9RzNBoYbiw/s1600/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-03-22%2Bat%2B19.41.56.png"><img style="float: left; margin: 0pt 10px 10px 0pt; cursor: pointer; width: 313px; height: 320px;" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Ulu4oq6nS-g/TYj7r19CmBI/AAAAAAAAAt0/d9RzNBoYbiw/s320/Screen%2Bshot%2B2011-03-22%2Bat%2B19.41.56.png" alt="" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5586992068389148690" border="0" /></a>Today, we welcome a new Divne to Howrse - Balios. He is the brother of Xanthos and comes in four different types - Solar, Lightning, Nebula and Snowflake.<br /><br />On the 19th of each month he gives his owner a Nyx Pack - providing that they connected to Howrse the day before - very generous we think!<br /><br />Now, at the moment the only way to get a Balios is to enter the Howrse Lottery and have a go at winning him. As I type only 1 Balios exists in the whole game - you can take a look at the <a href="http://www.howrse.com/elevage/fiche/?id=14875128">first Balios won by clicking here</a>. Currently Balios cannot be sold, although it looks as though this may change at some point in the future.<br /><br />Balios is born aged over 740 years old and with 800 skills (although this may vary depending on the type). According to Howrse his skills will increase a little bit each day - rather like an Ocean.<br /><br />So get buying those Lottery tickets and let's see if you're lucky enough to win a lovely Balios. I know I'll be trying...<br /><br />Lucy<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/6476152314122764275-4230775508637652631?l=ultimatehowrse.blogspot.com' alt='' /></div>Lucynoreply@blogger.com13