Special Black Friday on Howrse!



This very special Friday, special horses will be in the direct sales! You will be able to purchase them for passes and the luckiest will be for equus!

Starting 2019-11-29 09:00 through 2019-11-30 09:00 for 24-hours, each hour will bring a new divine horse to the direct sales. Be quick, though, there are limited quantities for each divine that becomes available.

Remember to tell your friends to join Howrse, the more players we have on the game this week, the more special horses that will be on sale. We prepared other surprises for you this Friday! Don't forget to log in to check it all out!

Some of the horses that will be sold during Black Friday will be revealed soon within this discussion thread and via our social media sites: Facebook and Instagram! So, stay tuned!

Happy shopping,

The Howrse Team
cailow
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I enjoyed this event. It was a surprise each time and rewarded dedication. It also helped that I got the two remaining divines I have been wanting, plus one other that will be useful, though I wasn't especially hunting for it.

That said, this event did indeed reward those who A) have passes enough to click without cost concerns, B) have pretty good internet, and C) are not in some why disabled or otherwise unable to act VERY quickly. I don't know how any of that might be fixed.
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This is just my opinion, but I personally think this event was unfair in many ways. I couldn't afford any of the divines, but even checking sales at every hour I only ever saw 2 different ones. ...also... the way I understood it was that this was meant to give people a chance to get divines they needed for their collections... yet it looks like some players were buying up everything they could grab for the sole purpose of reselling them for a profit. just take a look at direct sales now. I think all this event really did was further reward those who have seemingly unlimited resources. default smiley (d)
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Sabrina Jones wrote:

it looks like some players were buying up everything they could grab for the sole purpose of reselling them for a profit. just take a look at direct sales now. I think all this event really did was further reward those who have seemingly unlimited resources.


Most divines sold during the event were not able to be resold. However, I did go through the direct sales for Divines because your claim didn't seem right to me and only found 5 (out of every listing that had been posted from Nov. 29th on) that were being resold. The only two that are being resold for a profit are the two Croesus. The other 3 it seems were accidental purchases because the asking price is almost 2,000 passes below what it says they were purchased from Ow for. Not "some" players; one player. Almost every single player that was able to grab something, got it for their own game, not to resell to be greedy or diminish someone else's luck.
I don't have "unlimited resources": I'm offered the same daily objective opportunities as everyone else but I was able to grab a few divines that will benefit my game because I have a budgeting and saving strategy which is what this game is about. I know a lot of people that never buy anything and save up for months in case a promo comes across that they want to splurge on. Sure there are people who probably swiped their card several times during the event but that's what corporations are all about. They're going to cater to people who have more money to spend on their game whether other players are okay with that or not.

All of the divines I was able to grab, I got in the first three rounds which happened to be 3am, 4am, and 5am my time and there were less than 200 people on each time. I tried during some of the later rounds but even with the excellent internet I had, players were still faster than I was. I can see how the even can be viewed unfairly but there won't be a single event (because there hasn't ever been) where every single person who played it was happy.

Aside from the fact that my Lotis still hasn't shown up from completing that trophy, I'm really happy with the event but, like everyone else, I can see where a few changes could be made. I like the ideas that have been brought up about more divines offered per round, less Sleipners, and limiting how many divines you can purchase per round. I thought the idea of having a different reserved offer once an hour would be great too. Also if there would have been consistent timing for the drops?? That was crazy.
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Sabrina Jones wrote:

This is just my opinion, but I personally think this event was unfair in many ways. I couldn't afford any of the divines, but even checking sales at every hour I only ever saw 2 different ones. ...also... the way I understood it was that this was meant to give people a chance to get divines they needed for their collections... yet it looks like some players were buying up everything they could grab for the sole purpose of reselling them for a profit. just take a look at direct sales now. I think all this event really did was further reward those who have seemingly unlimited resources. default smiley (d)



You have to respect those people with "seemingly unlimited resources". These players worked hard, either in real life or in game, to make all their resources and passes. While it would be nice if everyone had a chance to get something it's not fair to blame those players that purchased with the hard-earned resources to do it
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I did some trawling through the directories. Turned out to be interesting. Just to recap my own experience first: I was on around 18-20 of the rounds. In most of these I tried to get a divine for equus, having sold much of my inventory for that, but failed. In the end I managed to get one of the cheaper ones for passes. There were still some for cheap passes listed after I'd bought mine, while the equus ones all disappeared instantly.

So, first I went through the sales for a couple of the divines I would have liked to have got to see what the people who bought those were buying. (I'm not going to give any name, or the names of the divines as I don't want to identify anyone). It turned out both of the ones I looked at were only sold for passes.

First a divine who went for less than 1000 passes. I found that everyone who'd bought this divine had bought several others: between 4 and 31 divines per person. Most had bought 10 or more.

A second, more expensive, divine sold more copies: I ended up not looking at them all, but a similar number to the first divine. In general more people buying this divine had bought lower numbers of others, with several buying in the 1-5 range. However this group also included the biggest buyer I saw: buying 39 divines.

In all of these, only 4 divines were sold for equus.

So, next I went looking for people buying for equus. I looked at various divines I knew had sold for equus, looked for people who'd bought them, and then looked to see what else they'd bought.

I found a few more cases where people had bought mainly with passes, but had bought a relitively small number for equus. My feeling is that these people may well have been going for the divine they wanted rather than worrying what they were paying.

I found several people who'd bought only for equus: these people had only bought small numbers, between 1 and 3 each. This included some big name players.

Finally, a group who bought mostly for equus. I found 4 people who between them bought 58 divines, 48 of them for equus. If there were roughly 6 equus sales per round, that makes 144 divines sold for equus. 4 people buying 48 of these is a high percentage... From what I've seen of them, these are perfectly nice people, helpful in the community etc. If I'd been quicker I'd have liked to get a few equus divines myself... so no critisism intended.

So, it seems to me that in spite of some people buying massive numbers, there wasn't a big problem with the supply of divines for passes. I was too slow to get any for equus, but could have bought more for passes. Some reserved sales would help those with slow connections, but otherwise the pass divines sales were good I think, and no problem with people buying multiples.

But I do think there was a problem with equus sales. Many of these went to people who'd probably quite happily have bought for passes (but got the odd one for equus by accident, possibly because they didn't need to take the time to check, and so got a speed advantage).

My impression is that many trying to buy for equus only managed one or two. However some with fast connections and clicking skills were able to snap up a high percentage of those available. On international there were quite a few people managed to get something for equus... but during the sale we did hear about another server where apparently all the equus sales went to one person!

So, solutions if they do this again:

1) More equus sales available. I think most of us would like this. I'm not sure Howrse would do this though, unfortunately.
2) Restriction of the numbers of equus sales each person can buy. Sadly this might be needed.
3) Other stuff in the sales. My idea was to sell vouchers, each of which allowed you to top up a divine's bar by 25%. Allow only 3 per divine, and that way people would be able to complete divines they'd part bought, but not start new ones.
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default smiley (n) I couldn’t even get a chance to get any divine. All I’d seen we’re pass divines. They need to bump up the chances or make a separate sales tab for a Black Friday sale. I think it could have lasted a lot longer too at least through the weekend to give people more of a chance then once a year. default smiley :( thumbs down for me. I always seem to have bad luck in this game
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I personally don't think we need a limit, but I do think that there should either be a reserved sale each hour lasting for a couple of minutes, or like 10 of each chosen divine on offer each round for the price. I feel that either of these would be a better solution than trying to limit how much people could buy.
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RowanGreen wrote:

First a divine who went for less than 1000 passes. I found that everyone who'd bought this divine had bought several others: between 4 and 31 divines per person. Most had bought 10 or more.

A second, more expensive, divine sold more copies: I ended up not looking at them all, but a similar number to the first divine. In general more people buying this divine had bought lower numbers of others, with several buying in the 1-5 range. However this group also included the biggest buyer I saw: buying 39 divines.


Wow! And here I was thinking I was lucky with catching 3. I wonder how those fast buyers even did that. Literally, HOW did they accomplish that? Mechanically/technologically, how were they able to do it? I attended about 2/3s of the hourly releases and repeatedly had the experience of clicking on something only to be told "sorry, someone else got it first."

If multiple people caught 30+ divines, that suggests they were there for every release and got multiple divines for at least several of those releases. HOW? I admit, I was looking for specific divines, and the secord or two it took me to scan for them probably cost me the opportunity for greater success, but I am legitimately confused how someone could click and claim quickly enough to get multiples per release even if they were indiscriminately clicking.
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Ventus wrote:

I personally don't think we need a limit, but I do think that there should either be a reserved sale each hour lasting for a couple of minutes, or like 10 of each chosen divine on offer each round for the price. I feel that either of these would be a better solution than trying to limit how much people could buy.
^^^^This!!!!^^^
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AdmYrrek wrote:

Wow! And here I was thinking I was lucky with catching 3. I wonder how those fast buyers even did that. Literally, HOW did they accomplish that? Mechanically/technologically, how were they able to do it? I attended about 2/3s of the hourly releases and repeatedly had the experience of clicking on something only to be told "sorry, someone else got it first."

If multiple people caught 30+ divines, that suggests they were there for every release and got multiple divines for at least several of those releases. HOW? I admit, I was looking for specific divines, and the secord or two it took me to scan for them probably cost me the opportunity for greater success, but I am legitimately confused how someone could click and claim quickly enough to get multiples per release even if they were indiscriminately clicking.


Autoclickers. default smiley :s Seen them rising in use here for a long time.

I use one, not on Howrse but on other games for my own physical health due to wrist injuries, and they make a huge difference.
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Autoclickers. default smiley :s Seen them rising in use here for a long time.

I use one, not on Howrse but on other games for my own physical health due to wrist injuries, and they make a huge difference.


Just because you personally aren't capable of doing something such as buying a horse quickly, farming a large number of horses daily, BLUPPING a horse in a certain amount of time, etc., whether it's because you physically can't click that fast, you simply don't have enough practice, or your internet connection/your device can't handle it, doesn't automatically mean that anybody else who manages to accomplish that is cheating.
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oʀᴄʜɪᴅ wrote:

Just because you personally aren't capable of doing something such as buying a horse quickly, farming a large number of horses daily, BLUPPING a horse in a certain amount of time, etc., whether it's because you physically can't click that fast, you simply don't have enough practice, or your internet connection/your device can't handle it, doesn't automatically mean that anybody else who manages to accomplish that is cheating.


I just want to add to this, I am personally handicapped due to a health condition and damage to my wrist and mouse finger, but I can still go fast because I have taken steps to make myself more comfortable, and mainly because of having a ton of practice over the years. It is possible, but I would say it requires practice more than anything.
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