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Version 3.0.4 Update #2
May 19, 2017

I am about 90% complete with Version 3.0.4. I have pushed a few items back to 3.0.5 to attempt to reach my target of getting 3.0.4 out before June. Since my last update, I have coded in the Obtain pets from the Town Zoo, finished the Town Rancher screens, and added in some fixes that I found that needed to be done.

Also, a player suggested we increase the My Notepad screen which is a good place to take notes for you or your character. It is located on the main home screen. It will be increased to fit almost the entire screen and I think this will help make it more enjoyable for use.

One other code entry that will be coming with Version 3.0.4 is that Viceroyalties will be able to send money to Peasant Towns. This will enable them to better care for their towns as well as be able to afford to buy stuff from the Viceroyalty. Amounts over 100f will also have a chance for an increase to the town morale and/or loyalty.

I am looking forward to getting the 40+ changes released and it is my hope to be able to do that within the next week or so.

Pandora Project Website Updates
May 19, 2017

I've been working hard to get the Pandora Project Website back up to where I want it to be. It's been a long process as I only recently got more free time to really focus on all of the projects. There are still several locations that say more or less we'll be back soon check with the Developer's Journal. However, I'm happy to announce these are now fixed and updated:

1) Secfenia Dark has all stories up that I have a copy of.
2) Viceroy's Humor List is now back up on History tab. It shows an example of the old List as well as basic information
3) Poetry page is back up and running with 84 different poems by 4 different poets.

Hope you enjoy these and I'll update again once I get through the next stage.

Version 3.0.4 update
May 3, 2017

I am about 70% complete with the Version 3.0.4 update. There are a number of changes in this update that I think will help players. First off, I have found that the current Quickplay option doesn't update quests active, count towards the daily eating task, and isn't up to date with the new health code. All of these are addressed in Version 3.0.4.

In addition, Peasant mayors will start buying more items from their Buy Lists. Popcorn has been added as something they will buy as they can turn around and use it directly on Clerical Happiness. One popcorn will equal +1% Clerical Happiness. Also, the buy lists are more populated with items like Gold, Stone, and Iron. This is all part of the process to help peasant towns be more active.

I've also put in some changes to the formula for Peasant Population changes. There is an adjustment that will probably occur for a couple months to get peasant town populations a bit lower. Also, seasonal population, capitol, and high Temple begger funds additions to the formula has been added and are live.

A bunch of bugs have been fixed for 3.0.4. You can see the full list of everything that has been done so far (and what's left to go) by going to: http://www.pandoraproject.net/bugs/roadmap_page.php?version_id=7

I am currently planning on releasing 3.0.4 in May. I've also been working hard on getting Secfenia's code up to date for PHP7. There are less than 1000 lines of code that still have to be updated at the time of this writing. My plan is to finish this for 3.0.4.

Added to Mantis
May 3, 2017

I've added NFL Picks into the Mantis Tracker so that I can officially start adding to the project again under a unified interact. This will result in the FRAB being removed from the system. I'm getting excited for football season. Work is being done on version 6.9.0 which will include some of the new proposed changed for the system.

The goal will be to have a more open system with an ability to pick as many or as few games as you desire. Obviously more games you pick the better you can win. There will also be "winners" for each week as well once everything is done.

Version 7 will be the final version of the new format. I am hoping that I will have to complete by the start of the season, but if not, we will probably see some updates through the season to help us get closer.

Version 3.0.3 and Firefox/Chrome New Messages
March 31, 2017

I am happy to say Version 3.0.3 is finally out the door. I've worked really hard on it and there are so many player suggestions that have found it's way inside of it. Keep the good ideas rolling :) If you want to know all the items in Version 3.0.3, please check out the Issue Tracker's Change Log.

In addition, I am working on the long process of converting everything over to what will work with PHP7. I look forward to this part of the deal being over with as it has taken a lot of man hours to do this. It also takes away from me adding stuff as quickly as I want. It's my hope to have this complete by 3.0.5.

Finally, I wanted to talk briefly about the new Firefox/Chrome Messages that have appeared recently. As you all know, our site defaults to standard HTTP instead of secure HTTPS. For many years, there was very little complaint about this, but the major two browser companies are pushing for more websites to switch over the HTTPS. This is something that was already on our agenda, but we have not yet implemented it. If you feel more comfortable about using HTTPS, you can do so on Secfenia. Instead of http://www.secfenia.org, you just type https://www.secfenia.org In theory, you should be able to access everything you have before. I haven't fully tested the tavern on https and that's one of the reasons why I haven't moved over yet. With this said, by the end of the year, we will probably all be on the HTTPS version.

Update
March 31, 2017

I plan on beginning some of the initial map layout for Colonies starting in May. I have scrapped my original idea of a travel system similar to Secfenia's approach of a 9 direction to more of one where regions border only some regions and it will not include the direction. It's my hope that the map in my head can be translated better. I've downloaded one map making software and will be playing with that. I will update you all when there is more information.

Retool the Gamer
March 31, 2017

I've been running the Oxwall software for Love a Gamer and found that 97% of the users on that site were just spammers. I hate spammers. I need to retool the site and so I'm going to take it down to a Landing page. Back to the drawing board for it... It is not a priority issue either so it might take some time before it's back up and running.

Season me...
February 10, 2017

So, I've decided to change the format of the NFL Picks for next year and keep it going after talking with some of our people.

3.0.3 and Server Updates
February 10, 2017

It has been a bit since I have written here as the winter season always seems to slow me down a little bit. I've been focused on researching everything that I need to get done by the end of the year. The Secfenia core code was written quite a bit of time ago. Some of the code has not been touched in years. With us going to be moving from PHP 5 to 7 and other various upgrades, this means that I am working on silently upgrading components of the code.

It also means that we have begun a process to upgrade some of the software that we use on Secfenia as certain versions will not support PHP7. The first of these migrations was Mantis Bug Tracker. This has been completed and so far has seen no issues.

Our forum software, PHPBB, will also have to be updated from 3.1 (which doesn't support PHP7) to 3.2. This will be on our agenda. It will come with a number of enhancements as well.

I am approxiamately 68% done with Version 3.0.3 which will have a number of improvements to helper newer players (i.e. end the confusion on the two "work" options in the Temple, Warnings about changing of field goes to preparation day).

One last Hotfix... and then Mobile
November 29, 2016

I am working on what I believe will be the last hotfix needed for V3. This will fix a couple of issues that have arisen.

Once this is completed, I will start work on converting our Mobile Site over to the Version 3 code. Once the initial version is completed, I'll make an announcement so that people can test it out. As always, your feedback will be appreciated on things you'd like to see tweaked in the mobile Version.

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