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My Colony v0.50.0 Released

The moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived, the release of My Colony v0.50.0 - the fighting 50!

50 is a nice round number, but is the update nice and round as well? Let's take a look at what is new and what has changed:

My Colony v0.50.0 Changelog

New Stuff
  • New Structures: Bloodletting Station, Spire of Knowledge, Quantum Sugar Cloner, Uranium Silo
  • New Unit: Ancientbug
  • New premium content: Orb of Radiance
Changes
  • GBT: Added cooldown time between GBT trades, increased transaction civics costs, GBT contracts with lot sizes above your trading capacity no longer appear, You can no longer trade in lot sizes above your gifting capacity, The server can now limit the size and price of your trades.
  • Storage Limits added: Aluminum, Uranium, Gold, and Clay now have storage requirements.
  • Resource Decay: Resources left sitting outside of storage will now decay.
  • Collect All: You can now collect all gifts at once with a single click.
  • Message Reporting: There is a new in-game mechanism to report abusive PM's.
  • Rebalancing: Antanium Synthesis Lab and Triantanium Refinery now offer a small amount of storage. Money generation from the Investment Bank and Clothing Sweatshop has been reduced.
  • Tech Window: Each available tech now shows what new structures is contributes to.
  • Online Colonies: Colonies played in online mode now require an internet connection to play.
  • Right Click: Mouse users can now quickly move vehicles using the right click button.
  • UI Changes: A bunch of small UI improvements carried over from Antiquitas v1.0.0 were added.
  • Galactic Emperor Tax: Possibly the last tax the emperor will ever collect!
Additional Notes

I had intended this update to be a big Zolarg content update, but instead was required to spend most of my time making changes to the GBT and it's associated API. As some will know, I've never really been thrilled about having the GBT in the game, and am even less thrilled in having to micromanage it. Ideally people would be able to conduct themselves as adults and treat the GBT system with respect, but I'm afraid that is not what has transpired. The actions of a few bad apples have thus forced my hand to really crack down on the Galactic Board of Trade, and several changes have now been implemented to that effect.

The first issue was involving the actual server API which the game contacts in order to do trade deals on the GBT. I threw the script together quickly to facilitate an in-game trading feature and didn't put any effort into security. This made it easy to exploit. Since the vast majority of players play in offline mode, I never gave it much thought, but over the last week, one of our players with a lot of free time on his hands really took it upon himself to hit the API hard and did a significant amount of damage to the online in-game economy. New security measures have been added, but they are not present in older versions of the game, and the server API cannot be fully patched without cutting off access for older versions of the game. For this reason, in one weeks time, access to online play from any version of My Colony older than v0.50.0 will be disabled. So if you play online, please update as soon as the release is available on your platform.

Here is also a first and only warning on this matter. Every call to the API is now logged and any user taking advantage of any exploit will be permanently banned from the service altogether. All of your colonies will be banned as will any device that you have been logged as having connecting to the service with. I do not care if you paid for premium or not, you can still play the game offline.

Other issues with the GBT involve using it for storage or using it as a means of transporting large amounts of goods from one colony or another. I don't consider this an exploit, but new measures have been put in place to block it from being used in this manner. The purpose of the GBT is to facilitate trades between colonies and nothing more. Using it for other purposes interferes with the pricing structure of the market and has an impact on the in-game economy for any player who plays the game online.

There is a new Galactic Trade Authority bot that monitors all trades on the GBT and logs trades which are considered grossly out of step with the current market realities. There is no auto-banning or "three strikes your out" feature associated with this. Everything is logged and will be reviewed by a human moderator (me). If it is decided that you are taking advantage of the system, your access to the GBT may be blocked.

There was also a new Galactic Emperor tax levied. This is the Emperor's highest tax ever, coming in at 95% of everything over $750m, and 100% of everything over $10b. This was imposed because of the API hacker who auto-purchased every contract on the market, leaving some players with an ungodly amount of money. If you got your money legitimately, then I am sorry, but this is the way it is. You can thank the abusers for the tax.

The good news is that as of this update, the resources of an individual colony can now be edited directly by the server if need be. For that reason, there probably will not have to be anymore global galactic emperor taxes levied. Because of this change though, all colonies in online mode are now required to have a constant internet connection. Really, this should have been a requirement from the start. If you cannot be constantly online, then consider playing the game in offline mode.

There have also been issues with users sending abusive messages through the in-game messaging system, including threats and other forms of harassment. To combat this I have added a new reporting feature which you can see in all new mail messages that arrive. Message reports will be reviewed by a human, and if you are conducting yourself in a manner which I do not feel is right for the game, then you will be banned from the service.

Anyway, like I said before, I really hate having to be a nanny here for the game. I'd much rather spend my time adding new content and features. If you don't like the new changes and don't want to see any more controls added in the future, then please encourage your fellow players to use their heads when playing the game. The API isn't there for my own benefit, I'd just as soon get rid of online play altogether, as it caused more headache than it is worth. The feature exists entirely for the benefit of those who want to play online, but if it can't be handled properly I have no problem taking it away. The vast majority of users play offline and wouldn't even notice if it was removed.

On to better things, you will notice some UI improvements that have been carried over from Antiquitas (which is now available and you should download (and 5 star) from here: http://apps.ape-apps.com/antiquitas/ ). Zolarg also received a few new things, with more coming in the next release. There is a new Ancientbug which is their version of the E.T. Builder, and their first alien structure is the Quantum Sugar Cloner which is a vast improvement over the Sugar Farm and takes up far less room. Insectoids will be getting a lot more alien content in the next few updates.

Also, there are only a couple of resources left now that do not require storage, and that will be soon changing. Keep that in mind and plan your colonies accordingly.

Between now and the end of the year, the updates are going to focus on Zolarg content. Once 2018 hits, the Reptilians will be making their way into My Colony, and the way they operate is going to be a bit different than the other races. They will make the difference between Humans and Zolarg seem insignificant. But until then, enjoy the update as there is still a lot more to come!
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2017-11-20 18:01:52
Edited by bastecklein on 2017-11-20 18:05:15
#2 2017-11-20 20:15:58
Darn. Seems the need for Uranium Storage has voided all the uranium I currently had. :P
I was also hoping for something silly in its description like dense steel can act like Lead preventing gamma rays escaping.
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Oh well I'd take updates over a colony any day.
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I still have plenty of aluminium need to see if i can import or generate uranium and continue from there.
lol. :P forgot i needed at least 1 piece of uranium so i could grow it. I enjoy this challenge.
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[edit: hey bast that mega bot recycling for 1 piece of uranium still exists.]
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I also did notice it say sync'ing with server. very nice I like the feeling of security that brings
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I have also noticed that in the research area it shows you what you can gain from learning such tech. very useful and handy for progression!
Edited by Forcedminer on 2017-11-20 20:21:03
#3 2017-11-20 20:25:04
oops, I'll get the uranium thing in the next update. Actually the Megabot used to cost Uranium back in the day, but too many people were confused on how to build it so I removed that requirement.
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#4 2017-11-20 20:30:51
no problem I'll keep my eye out for anything else and let you know.
#5 2017-11-20 22:42:03
I think its a good and necessary update, many don't agree and will quit because of it.
Looking forwards to the next update!
Edited by nunez499 on 2017-11-20 22:42:17
#6 2017-11-21 00:32:52
nunez499 said:I think its a good and necessary update, many don't agree and will quit because of it.
Looking forwards to the next update!


It's good and necessary because people will quit? That doesn't make sense :P

Anw on topic, glad to see the GBT getting fixed and resources getting more challenging to make and acquire. The 10b credits hurts though
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#7 2017-11-21 01:18:47
Is there any way to determine why the server is refusing my connection? The game has been updated to 0.50 but it now says it can't connect to the server
#8 2017-11-21 06:05:21
that was the last version I'm going to play. I can't keep my colony running with all these changes. It is in general more difficult to get money. Money is worth more then it was before. but things like taxes/infrastructure repair aren't reduced. I need 200b every day only for infrastructure repair. This update killed the game. congrats
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#9 2017-11-21 06:32:15
So sad to see the resources decay. Gift to all commonwealth member should be good in this sense.
Charter code: T0gtaz50 (Both 0 are zero). Join me, I am resource rich.
#10 2017-11-21 08:15:05
Dear developer, I need up to 1 billion dollar to maintain my colony a day. AND my colony is an independent state means I dont have to pay taxes to ANYONE. This windfall tax occurs to me twice already. I find it hard to maintain my big colony any further. I am sad to say but I am leaving this game. I believe many players are upset about this so called windfall tax. All independent states are not ruled by anyone. Please return me all us all our hard earned money. I personally need that to support my colony. Very disappointed. goodbye.
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