Status Update

Hello Hunters,

This week has been so busy and the days have passed by so fast, I had to look twice when I saw it was Thursday today. Well worth it with all the great stuff we have coming up though! As per usual we have a lot to share with you today, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the forums, there is a link to the discussion at the bottom of this Status Update.

 

Love is in the Air!

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This week we kicked off our annual ‘Valentine’s Event’ and you guys and girls have not wasted any time in getting involved in daily competitions and events. The leaderboard is very closely contested and it’s still anyone’s for the taking! There are some sweet prizes up for grabs as well as a ‘Deployable Hunting Tower’ which you can get for just completing the mission pack. More details and information can be found HERE.

 

New Item Release

Next week there will be a new item going live in the store, I am trying to think of some sort of hint for you to guess. However the only ones I can think of are nothing but smoke and mirrors!

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But if you tune into today’s Classic stream at 4pm CET, we will be using the new item and I think once all the smoke clears, you are going to love it! Tune in HERE www.twitch.com/expansiveworlds today 4pm CET.

 

What’s on the Lathe?

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New Live Competition: Pistols at Noon!

As I mentioned last week we are launching our very first Live contest that will be held on Twitch. I have some more great news to share with you all, the team have been hard at work and have developed an in-game camera that I can use to film the competition. For obvious reasons it is only available to Staff accounts, it makes me invisible to the players and animals will not spook. This should make for some very exciting footage and Graham and I will be doing our best impression of some ESPN commentators.

The winners are drawn next week on Tuesday at Noon, so you still have lots of time to get yourself entered. For more details and how to enter the competition, please head HERE.

 

Albino Ambition

Today signals the end of the competition. It has run for the last 4 weeks and there have been lots of amazing albinos shot. Thanks to everyone who entered, we might even run a similar event in the future. To have a look at the competition and how it ended up click HERE.

The final week’s winner is Paqer for this very nice Moose with a score of 154.348, congratulations!

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Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. If you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score! Rares go into this THREAD and trophy animals into this ONE. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typicals, but they go into this THREAD.

This Weeks Winners

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this very nice Bighorn Sheep which was shot by LeafyIsAwesome. This to many would be classed as a super rare, as lots of veteran players have never even laid their eyes on one. Congratulations!

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Serab86 for this very nice Sitka deer. It has an impressive score of 109.882. Great stuff!

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Snowshoe Hares and Rocky Mountain Elk. Polar opposites… Get it?

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Game Update

Game Update 8th February 2018

Hello Hunters,

Please see the changes for today’s Game Update below:

Changes:

  • Preparations for the Valentine’s event next week.
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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

How are we all this week? Good, I hope!

We have another full Status Update this week, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up and have a read!

 

What is that Smell?

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So as promised, yesterday we released new scent sprays for both Sambar and Rusa deer. These will now help hunters to secure these two illusive species, Sambar more so than ever! You can purchase them here, we look forward to seeing everyones results. Today’s stream will be focused on these sprays, come watch today at 4pm CET to see how they work. Watch Here.

 

So many Goats, so many competitions!

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So as some of you will have seen, we announced a winner for the Feral Goat competitions last week, who was not originally announced as a winner.

We have to put our hand up here and say sorry, a mistake on our end. Basically Treedweller had the most complete, well-rounded set of challenges as a standalone entry, but the other winners had some of the most interesting individual challenges. The decision was taken to incorporate more people from the community and split it amongst multiple people rather than award a prize to a single person – but we were really impressed with all six entries. Then when it came to preparing the competitions for players, due to a miscommunication, Treedweller’s complete competition set was created. But we have actually come up with a solution that will see everyone with a big grin on their faces, including the wider community.

Today we have included the other 5 winners competitions as well, yes that’s right! This means that there will now be a total of 12 unique competitions. This means there is now more chance for you guys to get some of those sweet em$ and string some interesting Goat hunts together!

Patrick has been hard at work getting the other winning entries implemented and today they go into the competition rotation as well.

Get lemons -> Make lemonade.

Congratulations to Madrugo, TheSheWolf, Pittie, TR_GorkemCanakcili, KingOmar and Treedweller.

 

What’s on the Lathe?

 

Pistols at noon

New Live Competition: Pistols at Noon!

We are super excited to announce our first ever ‘Live’ competition. This is a trial run event and all going well, hopefully we can make them more regular.

The details:

  • Players must enter the draw for a chance to compete.
  • Only four Hunters will be selected.
  • The event will be broadcast live on Twitch, 4pm CET Thursday the 22nd of February.
  • The contestants must be available on the 22nd from 3:30pm CET to do checks, until 6pm CET.
  • If someone fails to show we will select a Hunter from the Twitch chat.
  • The competition will be Pistol based and will be split into two separate events, each event being an hour long.
  • Competitors must own either a .22 grasshopper or .357 Revolver and either a .44 Magnum or 10mm Pistol.
  • Competitors are encouraged to have/use Discord, but this is not essential.
  • We cannot be held accountable for other people’s’ connections and you enter knowing that having a bad connection might hamper your chances of doing well in the competitions.
  • Prizes for first and second will be an unreleased Item, third and fourth will not walk away empty handed.
  • Prizes will be confirmed next Wednesday the 14th.
  • Winners will be selected on Tuesday the 20th at Noon CET.
  • One entry per player.

If you have any questions and/or would like to enter the competition, please click here.

 

Roses are red, Rusa’s go poop, I am bad at poems… Sorry.

So as most people probably know it’s Valentine’s day next week, if you didn’t and had forgotten, you can thank me later 😉 . The whole week is going to be full of missions, competitions, sales and more. It all kicks off this coming Monday morning and hopefully it hits you all, right in the feels.

 

Albino Ambition

Today we enter the last week of this competition, it feels like the new skins have been out a lot longer! So if you shoot either an Albino Moose or Whitetail this week, be sure to enter them, as it’s your last chance to win!

This week’s winner is Riccardo_84 for this very nice Moose with a score of 151.361, congratulations!

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Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. If you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score! Rares go into this thread and trophy animals into this one. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-typicals, but they go into this thread.

This Weeks Winners

Albino Moose

The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this very nice Albino Moose which was shot by TheNightOwl. With such a nice trophy shot, it was hard to pass by. Congratulations!

Sambar

And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Lateralus for this very nice Sambar deer. It has an impressive score of 341.653. Great stuff!

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Sambar and Rusa deer. The new scent sprays will come in handy for sure!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

I trust everyone is well and that all your shots have been on point. I have been looking through the forum and there have been so many amazing animals harvested, well done team!

Feta Be Accurate! – New Feral Goat Competitions.

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Get it??? Feta? Like goat cheese and ‘better’?… I crack myself up… Anyway I am pleased to introduce to you all the new pack of goat competitions, they are now part of the regular competition cycle, there are 7 unique competitions and 11 in total:

Competition Details:

  • Biggest Feral Goat (Starter, Intermediate, Elite).
  • Top Feral Goat (Starter, Intermediate, Elite).
  • Outsmarting the Goat – Highest scoring Feral Goat with a shot to the brain.
  • Right on Target – Longest shot Feral Goat with any Crossbow.
  • Stealthy Job – Highest scoring Feral Goat with any Bow.
  • Loud and Clean – Highest scoring unspooked Feral Goat at 100% Harvest Value with any ethical shotgun.
  • Weigh it Well – Heaviest out of your first 6 harvested Feral Goat shot with a SxS shotgun.

Seeing as Feral Goats are a species that I have shot thousands of in real life, I am super excited about these competitions and you can watch me try my best at today’s competition live on stream this afternoon, 4pm CET www.twitch.com/expansiveworlds

 

What’s on the Lathe?

I mentioned last week about a new style of competition that we are working on, this is still happening, but it has just been pushed back a week, so check the forums early next week for your chance to enter. But here is a little more information to mull over:

  • The competitors will compete live on Twitch.com.
  • Competitor numbers will be limited to four.
  • Anyone can enter and competitors will be drawn randomly.
  • The event will last two hours and consist of two, one hour competitions.
  • Competitions will be Handgun themed.
  • The winner gets a currently unreleased item.

 

Smarter Than The Average Bear?

There has been some confusion over recent bear changes, mainly I think it is around peoples’ expectations of how they think they should be. So let me try to explain what has changed with them.

The original Grizzlies and Polar Bears were missing some stages in the AI cycle, which is where all the confusion starts.

Let me explain. In their original super aggressive state, they were missing a stage in their AI, the ‘look and listen’ stage that happens when you get within range of an animal. Because the bear was not running any ‘surrounding checks’, this was allowing users to run straight up to the bear. Then once you got up to the bear there was the chance that it charged you or fled.


We added the ‘look and listen’ stage back to their AI, but they had an issue which meant as soon as you went into the ‘look and listen’ range they automatically went to ‘fleeing’, which is why nobody could get close to them.

So now the bears are alert, like they should be in real life. But like all animals in the game you can now stalk them and if you get close enough to them, they will either attack or flee. So they are actually working as originally intended now and not too easy to kill like they were on release.

But if we now compare bear species, Grizzly and Polar Bear are much more likely to charge rather than flee than the other species. If you want to do tests I would try walking around, not running. Like mentioned in the last status update Grizzly Bears are not as aggressive as people think and only attack when startled or they have cubs, but if you run around in the woods and they hear you, they will avoid you.

I hope this helps to explain what was fixed and why it has been fixed. It is now finally working as intended. It should be fun working out how to hunt them now. I hope you enjoy the added realism.

 

Albino Ambition

Today we enter week three of this competition. But this week’s winner is Fegenhampe for this amazing Whitetail that actually makes the Super Rares Gallery, scoring 175.707. Congratulations.

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But I also must congratulate Jonatas_Vitor for this amazing Moose, It must look amazing in your trophy lodge.

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There are still two weeks of the competition left, for more details and the correct post to enter them head Here.

 

Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. If you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum, don’t forget to mention the score! Rares go into this Thread and trophy animals into this One. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typicals, but they go into this Thread.

This Weeks Winners

Rare pheasant

The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this amazing melanistic pheasant which was shot by felipepipo. A beautiful rare that many of us can only dream of harvesting! Congratulations.

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to piomarvado for this very nice Whitetail and trophy shot. It has an impressive score of 188.543. Great stuff!

 

Detailed hunt analytics

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Do you spend a lot of time looking at your hunt history? Or are you a profile stalker that enjoys looking into other players’ hunt histories? Either way, UHC has created a great tool that allows you to dive deep into the stats behind any hunt, and we think you’re going to love it. Meaningful data, graphs, charts, heatmaps and interactive harvest maps are just some of the cool features on offer with the UHC Expedition Analyser. Whether you just want to look at your hunts in more detail, or look at hunts from the pros and figure out the best spots for finding animals, this tool has something for everyone.

To read more about this feature click here. To get started, all you have to do is create a UHC account. It’s fast, simple and FREE, and UHC offers a bunch of cool members features, including personal best data, competition hosting, free TeamSpeak servers and even a chance to earn em$ through participation!

www.uhcapps.co.uk

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters test their skills against Coyote and Red Kangaroos. I have a feeling, treestands, scent eliminator and quick reflexes are need this week!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Game Update

Hello Hunters,

Please see the changes for today’s Game Update below:

Changes:

  • Grizzly Bears and Polar Bears should now go into a watching/listening state when the player comes within close proximity. Before, this state was skipped and bears proceeded to flee immediately. This fix results in them becoming less spooky.
  • Tweaked Grizzly Bears and Polar Bears to be slightly more aggressive than Brown and Black Bears.
  • Now when setting aim/look sensitivity to the lowest value on the slider, it should not completely stop the player from looking around/aiming.

Bug fixes:

  • Fix to audio bug in Whiterime Ridge. This fix includes an additional audio setting under Game Settings in the Launcher. Players experiencing this audio bug can enable the Extended Audio Memory option prior to launching to correct the issue. Those not experiencing the issue should leave the option unenabled.
  • Fix for ‘Illegally Blonde’ mission not spawning the right variant of Black Bear.
  • Newly taxidermied Albino Kangaroos will now have Albino fur in the Trophy Lodge, instead of having common fur. Unfortunately this won’t fix the issue for players that already have taxidermied Albino Kangaroos.
  • Fixed Sneaky 3D Summer Field Hunting Backpack. Model should now show up on players backs.
  • Timbergold Trail environment sound issue fixed and adjusted mix.
  • Fixed Piccabeen Bay name displaying incorrectly on loading screen.
  • General localization fixes.

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Changes:

  • Added Extended Audio Memory option setting under Game Settings in the Launcher. The Extended Audio Memory option can be enabled prior to launching the game for players experiencing audio memory issues.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed issue with Start and Tutorial buttons not being enabled after full game download.

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

How has everyone’s week gone? Anyone managed to bag any good animals? I managed to get a new PB Mule Deer which scored 243, it was a nice surprise as I seem to be lucky with the rares, but never any top scoring animals. Anyway, enough about me, let’s take a look at what’s happening with the game this week!

Was that a cannon I heard?

New .405 Lever Action Rifle

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A lot of people have been requesting a new rifle to deal with the stronger animals in the game and we have just released a classic that perfectly fits the bill!

The .405 is a classic rifle and traditionally it never had any optics. This is because of where the breach is located, how it is loaded and how the shells are ejected. So to keep it as true to the real gun, currently there are no scopes for it. In saying that, it is designed for the biggest of animals and these tend to present a much bigger target and are generally easier to get close to. I took it to the range before and can hit the bulls eye at 100m with ease, I might have also shot a few clays with it 😉 There is a great discussion taking place at the moment on our forums, take part Here.

New Competition: .405 Big Medicine Gun

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As traditional with any new weapon release, we have a competition to complement it. This time it’s a combination of your heaviest Moose, Banteng and Water Buffalo. More details can be found Here.

What’s on the Lathe?

We have been working on some new competition ideas here at EW and the first one that I can hint at is our first ever live eSport-style event, where people will compete live on stream for a currently unreleased in-game item. If this sounds like a bit of fun to you, keep an eye on the forums next week for your chance to participate.

The WRR sound issue is nearly fixed and all going to plan you can expect it in a patch very soon, we understand how frustrating it is and we appreciate everyone’s patience.

We are still working on individualising the bear behaviour, more research is being done and then the programing will be tweaked to get their behaviour as true to real life as possible. Surprisingly enough Grizzly bears are more cautious than people (including myself) tend to think.

Albino Ambition

The new albino textures appear to have gone down a treat with everyone and the community competition is still running. This week’s winner is TalonLePineapple for this very nicely composed trophy shot.

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But I also must congratulate Gaffi for this lovely photo as well, it was very hard to pick between the two.

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There is still three weeks of the competition left, for more details and the correct post to enter them head Here

Rare and Trophy of the Week

The new weekly social media competitions are going well and it’s great to see so many new people coming into the forums. If you have shot a rare or high scoring animal from this week and want a chance to win, then share them in the correct thread on our forum. Rares go into this thread Here and trophy animals into this One. We currently don’t have a competition for Non-Typical’s, but they go into this Thread.

This Weeks Winners

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is this stunning albino Wolf which was shot by haldar and would you believe it? It was his first ever Wolf harvested! Congrats!

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to Granti for this W-I-D-E Blacktail with a massive score of 195.5. Great stuff!

New Staff Member

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Introducing Silvia Scalisi, who is our new FullStack Developer. Please give her a warm welcome.

A little introduction from Silvia,

Hej Hunters! My name is Silvia Scalisi and I am a FullStack Developer working with the theHunter Classic in the Stockholm office. As a FullStack Developer, my goal is to build robust servers and appealing user interface for our players.

On the personal side, I am a Sicilian girl who moved to northern Europe two years ago. I enjoy cold temperatures so Sweden is a perfect fit for me :) I love playing retro games (Tetris is my favourite), going to Zumba classes, eating and preparing Japanese food and spending a lot of time laughing with friends! I am really happy to have joined the team. Ciao!

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters have a shot at Brown Bear and Moose. So load up your bear barrels and bring out the heavier guns this week!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

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Status Update

Hello Hunters,

I hope you are all having a good week. Winter has slapped us in the face hard (finally) here in Stockholm. It has been snowing since Tuesday and the snow is actually a nice change, as it illuminates everything at night and brightens up the short, dark, winter days!

So what’s new?

Updated Albino Textures

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So the term ‘deeper not wider’ gets thrown around from time to time and we hope that these updated Albino textures prove that we are still committed to making the game a more immersive experience and that we do listen to you guys and gals, in case you weren’t sure 😉

The new textures have been updated for Whitetail Deer and Moose and they were remade by our talented character artist Cecilia. If you are lucky enough to bag one, we have a competition running at the moment, to read more and enter Click Here. 

What is in the chamber?

We have been working on a lot already this year and as per usual we can’t talk about most of it just yet. But what I can tell you is that we are working on another new rifle, and if you are interested in an early look you should definitely tune into the stream this afternoon! We will be giving you all a sneak preview, 4pm CET Watch Here. We are also going to be trying our luck at getting some of the new Albinos.

Scent sprays are in the works for Sambar and Rusa, they are currently with the Beta testers making sure they smell… ahh, I mean work properly.

We are still working on the WRR sound issue and we have worked out a good long-term way to fix it. The nature of the fix however does mean that it is taking a little bit longer than originally expected, sorry for the inconvenience.

New Weekly Competitions

We have started two new weekly competitions which feature on our social media networks. ’Rare’ and ‘Trophy’ of the week are the two new competitions, and all the details are in the title really. As long as you have shot a Rare or Trophy animal from the past week, then put it in the Rares or TruRACS thread and we judge it as the most impressive of the week, you win some sweet em$. Here are this weeks winners.

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The ‘Rare of the Week’ is an amazing Piebald elk with a score of 394.487 by Radukukiller90

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And the ‘Trophy of the Week’ goes to xOEDragonx for her amazing Banteng with a score of 154.405

 

Free Rotation

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This week’s free rotation lets our guest hunters have a shot at Roosevelt Elk and Grey Wolves. Keep your ears open for that spine tingling Elk bugle and scan the river banks carefully for those Wolves!

Best of luck out there and I hope you all have a good weekend!

TK

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Game Update

Hello Hunters,

Please see the changes for today’s Game Update below:

Features:

  • New Albino fur textures on the Moose and Whitetail Deer.

Changes:

  • Sambar Deer will now share the same ethical permitted ammunition list as the Elk.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed misplaced internal organs of the Feral Goat.
  • Bobcat cautious state now syncs in multiplayer.
  • Fixed charge sound on Feral Hogs.
  • Shiver camera shake added.
  • Fixed localisation string for trophy shots in a multiplayer game.
  • Fixed 9.3x74R Gunracks.
  • 9.3x74R O/U Rifle: Switched ammo in single reload animation.
  • 9.3x74R ballistics improved.
  • Glass material for the 1.1-8×30 Rifle Scope is now fixed.

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Status Update

Hello Hunters!

It’s the end of the week, and therefore time for another Status Update! The office is very calm right now as everybody is back, rested after the holidays, and hard at work creating new content and game improvements.  On Wednesday we added some new backpacks for your hunting dogs and the team is getting up to speed on lots of other goodies to make 2018 a year to remember!

Wish You Were Here…

We recently wrapped up the Piccabeen Postcard competition that TreeKiwi has been running on our forum.  We’ve had a lot of great entries to choose from and finally settled on the top three, feel free to check them all out on the above linked thread, but for convenience here’s our winning entry from DarkHunterxx (big congrats!):

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These Missions are the G.O.A.T!

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I hope that pun “worked”, but in any case, we have new missions!  This week we added a whole new series of activities for you to do based around our agile Feral Goat population.  These missions certainly raised a few chuckles when we showed them off on stream, we hope the rest of you enjoy them.  The concept itself came from forum member Tanngnjost, many thanks!

Our Bags are Packed…

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Or well, our ever-faithful hunting dog’s bags are!  This week’s new content consisted of two stylish, and very functional, packs for your dogs to carry supplies in.  The two new colour options consist of the Summer Forest and Winter Forest patterns and are sure to look great on any occasion!  Or well, I guess the purpose of camouflage is not to be “seen” at all…but you get my meaning. 😉

Free Species Rotation

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To aid everybody in their feral goat missions they are of course on free rotation this week, along with one of our newest arrivals to the EHR, the Sitka Deer.

Back to Goats…

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To complement our new missions we’ve discounted a whole bunch of goodies that’ll come in handy.  Please do drop by the in-game store and take your pick, I highly recommend that 7mm Bullpup if you didn’t have one already!

Until next week!

/Graham

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