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!
These new butterfly-themed Travels are now restocking at the Travel Agency. Find yours there today!
Don't worry. It's really a croissant and not a cocoon. You can really eat it. Promise! New from the Bakery.
The Desana is now available in the Cash Shop for 200 CC through May 31.
Congratulations to @mindassala and @sorrow and @widgetspinner, the winners of drawing 1 for May 2022's Cash Shop Creature Lottery! A Mechamotte has been added to each of your accounts.
Buy your tickets for the next drawing now!
A jungle butterfly—affectionately called Fairies Of The Jungle—the Desana is one of the most colorful moths in all of Ark. This creature will be available in the Cave today and tomorrow and then go on sale in the Cash Shop Park for 200 CC on Monday.
It looks like this moth really wants to drink this coffee. Find these now restocking at the Bean Sack.
The Revii and Keekee are returning in June and will be unvaulted in the Cash Shop Park. They're both from 2014 and are 8 years old. Get ready! They will both be 1000 CC each.
After reviewing the mass of CDWC entries, the winning description for the Augga has finally been chosen. Congratulations to @mightyeglantine for writing the winning description—the first Augga of its kind has been added to your account free.
With each egg bearing a striking resemblance to the eggs of its cousin, the Augga egg has a very large azure eye spot marking the middle of its egg. The eye spot has been proven by the Science and Research Center in Ark City to be a non-functioning eye perhaps only existing to benefit by way of mimicry... read more.
It's the second Sunday of the month... for today you can earn double the Egg Coins for feeding creatures everywhere on the site. So, start visiting your friends' profiles and take advantage of it!
There is a brand-new feature under Preferences—Main & Side Accounts—where you can formally declare and link your main and side accounts. Everything to do with linking your mains and sides are done directly from your main account and you should do this immediately. First, verify your identity via SMS to specify an account as a main account. Once you're verified as a main account, you can enter the username, password, and email credentials of your side accounts directly on the page, and link them instantly.
Since this is now a formalized feature of the site, we will no longer be accepting or acknowledging main and side account designations as they appear in your public profile text. This is no longer a valid way to verify your identity and who accounts belong to.
Email and IP address spoofing is relatively easy to do. Asking you to verify your main account via SMS is a way of ensuring that it's really you and that you're really a human (and not a bot).
We understand that people will need some time to link their main and side accounts. In the next 3 to 6 months, Egg Cave's moderating team will become much less lenient toward accounts that are not formally declared as either a main or a side account. When suspicious activity occurs on accounts that are not declared as either a main or side, harsher and quicker penalties will be issued against these accounts.
More information can be found about main and side accounts in a new section of the Player Guide: Main & Side Accounts.
This feature of verifying your mains and sides is released in preparation for a brand-new feature at Egg Cave that'll be released in late summer. It will be an achievement-type system that will allow you to earn CaveCash without a direct buy from the site. In this achievements system, you will be rewarded for completing activites that you're probably already doing (like feeding and many other activities!).
Because this feature will allow players to earn CaveCash for free, it is vital that we have tools and controls to fight and combat illegitimate accounts, abuse, and fraud. Only main accounts verified by SMS will be able to access this new feature when it is released and accounts declared as sides will be unable to access this feature. Get ready!
No, you do not have to verify your identity via SMS to continue playing Egg Cave. Egg Cave is free to play, without a phone number. It is not required at registration. Certain Egg Cave features that may be big targets for abuse and fraud may require identity verification via SMS to access in the future.
May's butterfly and moth-themed Cash Shop Travels are now available for a limited time. Get yours there today.
These February Cash Shop Travels will retire on May 6 at the end of the day.
Macbot and Doovoo Trinket Travels are now available. You can give your Macbot egg LEGS or give your hatched Macbot DRONE WINGS! What a time to be alive...
On May 1, the Macbot and Doovoo were unvaulted and available in the Cash Shop Park. Whenever a rerelease occurs, the species population is allowed to double at most and no more. This is in the interest of protecting creature rarities and their values. This past unvaulting, the Macbot and Doovoo were limited to 35 creatures each. However, due to site lag and the server being overwhelmed with requests all at once, a total of 90 Macbots and 100 Doovoos were obtained in this past rerelease cycle (in 2022).
We sincerely apologize for this. This was not supposed to happen. It was not because we were attempting to sell more creatures than allowed as a cash grab or because the Cash Shop was incorrectly configured. Never before has an unvaulting generated so much interest and traffic at the site. These "traffic surges" are difficult to test for in development environments alone. They are unique scenarios that happen live on the site and then have to be analyzed and fixed after they happen.
Now, why did this happen and what is Egg Cave doing to prevent this from happening again?
This unvaulting generated an enormous amount of traffic at Egg Cave. Many users were attempting to buy the Macbot and Doovos at once. Here's an example of what occurs with site lag.
In order to prevent this from happening again, we have implemented something called mutex locks when purchasing Cash Shop creatures. Mutex (MUtual EXclusion) locks are a programming concept that force the server to handle requests on a first-come, first-serve basis; the server will actually reject other incoming requests if they're occurring at the same time.
What this means: In future Cash Shop rereleases, customers will begin seeing a "Server is busy" error message if the server rejects your request to buy a Cash Shop creature. This message means somebody else beat you to it in that particular timing window to buy a creature, but that there may still be other stock available. A "Server is busy" error doesn't necessarily mean the creature is sold out already, it means that you need to try your request again.
In general, servers actually do handle incoming requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Mutex locks are generally not required to enforce this. Mutex locks are something that are applied in special cases and scenarios. This is obviously a scenario where they need to be applied. The change above has been implemented.
We sincerely apologize that more Macbots and Doovoos were sold than what was allowed. In terms of retroactively correcting the amount released, we find it particularly cruel to remove Macbots and Doovoos from players' accounts that already feel that these creatures are already theirs—even with a refund. Some players have already traded or begun auctions with their new creatures, which would lead to a messy, disastrous domino effect of corrections (what if you're already traded for a Macbot or Doovoo that would be retroactively removed, due to no fault of your own?).
If you've obtained a Macbot and/or Doovoo during this unvaulting, it's yours. Based on the fix that we've implemented above, it should not happen again.
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