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Egg Cave is quite the happening place! Visit our blog for the latest updates on everything new that we add to the site — new creatures, exciting worlds, account updates, and unique activities to do!

Mar 29, 2017

5:18 pm ECT Comments: 20
TEST SERVER OFFLINE - The version 3 test server, which several hundred loyal testers used to make sure version 3 is in tip-top shape, is now offline in preparation for tomorrow's transition.

We're really excited! Thank you for bearing with us through a somewhat long transition in terms of Internet time. We love you all!

Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for transition updates while the site is offline tomorrow morning and afternoon. (Links in the sidebar.)

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Mar 28, 2017

5:24 pm ECT Comments: 95
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VERSION 3 - After many months of extensive testing by our most loyal players, we are excited to announce the upcoming release of Egg Cave version 3. It's happening! Version 3 is an all-new Egg Cave, with a totally fresh and new look that loads faster and is (more) compatible with modern mobile devices. Don't worry! We'll be the same game with a familiar but improved look! And we think you'll love it.

On 30 March 2017 beginning at 9:00 AM ECT eggcave.com will go down for maintenance to update the web site. We anticipate that eggcave.com will be inaccessible for up to 9 hours (until 6:00 PM ECT) during this transition. We don't expect to use this full maintenance window (we could be done earlier) but that's what we're projecting. Here is the full maintenance schedule for this transition:

  • 9:00 AM: The site will close. All open trades and auctions will be closed, returning anything held in escrow to your account. All creatures are made safe.
  • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM: Migration of our critical infrastructure.
  • 12:00 PM (estimated): Your creature images will be loading again.
  • 6:00 PM (latest, possibly earlier): eggcave.com is back online with your creatures ready for adopting and feeding!
  • 6:00 PM - 11:59 PM: Your mail, profile comments, creatures for resurrection (dead creatures), and notifications will be imported from version 2 to version 3.

What you should do to prepare:

  • Double-check and verify your email addresses: verify each email address associated with all of your Egg Cave accounts. Do this for your main and side accounts. Make sure that they are up-to-date and that you have access to each email's login. The #1 reason people lose access to their Egg Cave accounts is because they no longer have access to the associated email address to verify their identity.

Questions

Why will this take so long?

We know, we know! This maintenance will be quite long, the reasons for which are complex. Here's the gist: because Egg Cave's codebase is nearly 8 years old (which in the tech world is like 1 million years), we had to recode everything from the ground up. The most time consuming part of the transition will be importing your data to version 3. We have to do this for everybody, which amounts to hundreds upon hundreds of millions of rows of data.

As much as we would love to tell you that it's possible to import hundreds of millions of rows of data in a few seconds... it's not. It takes time and requires us to feed the new servers your data bit-by-bit in small, incremental steps.

Why will mail, profile comments, creatures for resurrection (dead creatures), and old notifications be imported *after* the site is back online?

For this transition, we had to split our data up into two types: (1) critical data that must exist in order for you to log in and (2) auxiliary user data. Critical data is speedier to import and, once present, the site will be functional for you. Auxiliary data (like notifications) are much larger and require greater time to import.

Essentially, we split the transition into two phases of data migration to have eggcave.com online faster. We can bring the site back online for you to log in and feed while we're importing remaining auxiliary data like notifications.

What will we be moved during this time?

All of your account data and creatures.

Can my creatures become unhappy or die during the transition?

No creatures will be lost or can die during the transition. In fact, when version 3 comes online, we'll make it easy for you by setting everybody's creature happinesses to 100%.

Will there be anything that's not transferred?

Currently open and running trades and auctions will not be transferred to version 3. In version 3, they will need to be re-created. The reason we're doing this is because in version 3, trades and auctions are brand-new and allow you to put both items and creatures in the same lot (i.e. there's no longer separation between "Items Trades" and "Creature Trades").

What about existing EC and items held in escrow for trades and/or auctions?

At 9:00 AM, all Egg Coins and items held in escrow will be returned to your account. You do not have to manually close your trades and auctions -- we'll take care of it for you.

Will I be able to load my creature images during the transition?

At the beginning of the transition, no. However, we estimate that creature images will come back online about 2 hours into the transition before the full site is back online.

A Note on Infrequently Accessed Egg Cave Accounts

Inactive Egg Cave accounts that have not logged in since 21 October 2015 will be REQUIRED on version 3 to set a new password via the account's associated email address. If you do not have access to the account's associated email address, you will permanently lose access to the account if no security questions are present.

This is happening because on 21 October 2015, Egg Cave updated its secure password hashing algorithm and has since maintained backwards compatibility with older encrypted passwords. However, version 3 will not maintain backwards compatibility with the older encryption and will force you to set a new password via the associated email address.

If you have logged in to Egg Cave since 21 October 2015, this does not affect you and no action is required.
Mar 27, 2017

12:00 am ECT Comments: 34
DRAGOLD'S DEN CLOSED - Dragold's Den has officially closed for this year's celebrations. Thank you to everybody who participated!

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STAY TUNED - Stay tuned for more exciting announcements!
Mar 23, 2017

6:00 pm ECT Comments: 24
COFFEES - Fancy a drink? How about one of these coffees from the Bean Sack?

    

DRAGOLD'S DEN - Are you enjoying your boosts and magical prizes from the Dragold's Den? He's always really happy to see you, whenever you visit.

Continue visiting through 26 March, 11:59 PM! Just a few days left.

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FIREFOX SECURITY NOTICES - If you recently received a Firefox "security notice" about our login form being potentially insecure, don't worry. Egg Cave's login form has remained secure and has been safe to log in to at eggcave.com. No account data has been compromised.

The reason for this notice is that recently Firefox has begun "requiring" web sites to utilize an HTTPS/SSL connection on all login forms requiring a password. If any login form doesn't have an HTTPS connection, including any other web sites, Firefox throws this notice. This is a good step in moving the web forward toward a safer future, but does not technically mean that web sites are "unsafe" to log in to.

But in any case, we're now using an HTTPS/SSL connection on our login form, so we're all set to go!

CAVECASH ISSUES - We're sorry to those of you who experienced a temporary lapse in your ability to purchase CaveCash a few days ago. We had troubles connecting to Stripe and PayPal's servers (our merchants that process your payments securely) for a brief period. This has now been fixed.

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Mar 19, 2017

12:00 am ECT Comments: 11
ST. PATRICK'S ICE CREAMS - These flavored ice creams will keep you from overheating this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Find them at Finley's Flavors!

    
Mar 18, 2017

12:00 am ECT Comments: 6
MOUTHWATERING CUPCAKES - The Bakery has been busy preparing for this weekend's celebrations of St. Patrick's Day!

    
Mar 17, 2017

12:00 am ECT Comments: 124
ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us at Egg Cave. Dragold's Den is now open through 26 March, 11:59 PM! It's back!

DRAGOLD'S DEN - Visit the Dragold's Den once every 30 minutes (reduced from 1 hour) and try your luck at some amazing St. Patrick's Day prizes! The possibilities are:

  • Double feeding: increase by 2 feed stats per 1 feed
  • Double EC: get double the amount of EC from feeding for a time period
  • EC reward: you are rewarded handsomely with a sum of EC
  • EC stolen: sometimes the Dragold gets greedy, sorry!
  • Travel prize: from the Dragold's Den prize pool
  • Creature prize: which can be (1) March Cave monthlies, (2) Dragold Den's seasonals (Coinster & Nathare), or (3) the new Youngold creature below (a new DD seasonal)

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NO SIDE ACCOUNTS AT THE DEN - Please do not visit the Dragold's Den with any side accounts. It would be bad luck to do so.

New this year:

  • Visit every 30 minutes, instead of every hour
  • EC rewards are more generous, when you receive one
  • We've added the Youngold and new Travels to the prize pools
  • Minimum boost times have been increased (on average, boosts will last a few minutes longer)

THE YOUNGOLD - It's not a redraw! It's not a replacement. It's a brand new, chibi creature that is beyond adorable. It's the newest addition to the Dragold's Den prize pool. The Youngold is only obtainable through Dragold's Den (not a Cave creature).


NEW TRAVEL PRIZES - New Travel prizes that can only be obtained through Dragold's Den (not the main shops) have arrived too! Lots and lots of rainbows! Yay!

    

Here's the total Dragold's Den prize pool this year:

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