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