Get your Alliance Crest ready

30th June 2014 12:48pm - add a comment!

I had to change the crest icons a bit… 16×16 pixel images didnt work right, so I redrew all the ones that I could as vectors. This works better when the interface scales.

Have a play with the Crest Maker below… :)

p.s. it probably only works on desktop browsers as it uses flash, sorry mobile people!

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New Safe Home Valleys

26th June 2014 1:10pm - 20 comments

In the reboot, when you register or sign in for the first time, you get a Safe Home Valley  to start in.   This is the same as the old universe.   The Safe Home Valley is a private realm that nobody else can get into, you are safe there! :)

You get a Small Iron Mine, some trees and a few signs to help you get started.

The Whirlpool is a one way Whirlpool.  It takes you to a random place in a random realm.  Every 24 hours the destination of the Whirlpool changes, so if you don’t like where it goes, wait a day and it’ll go somewhere new.  This means your enemies can’t camp the Whirlpool destination and trap you in your home realm.

If you reset your account, your home valley gets deleted, a new home valley is created, and you are placed in that new home valley.  This is great for new users who make a mess of their home valley and want to clear it and start again.

Deleting a realm is a new feature, and I wasn’t able to do that in the old universes.  When a realm is deleted, all gates going to it are deleted, all units removed, all bookmarks to that realm are removed, etc.  If a user is in a realm when its deleted, they get sent to their Safe Home Valley.

Another new feature… in the settings there is a new hexagon grid size.  One smaller than the smallest size. The screenshot above is 100% at that new grid size. :)

6 days to reboot!


Reboot date confirmed. 2nd July.

25th June 2014 4:44pm - 10 comments

Okay! We are now feature complete for the reboot. New universe and alliances are complete.  I need a week for testing and updating text on the website.  And you need a weeks notice so you can get ready for the crazy gold rush that is an Ironfell reboot.

The most important thing you need to know about this reboot is… if you’ve spent money on resources in the last 6 months, you get those same resources when you sign into the new universe. 

The reason for this is that I need ALL the servers for the reboot.  The old and current universe will be going away sometime in the next week.  Thankyou to everyone who has spent money, sorry but the old universes need to go away. Anyone who has spent money in the last 6 months get the same resources as a bonus in this new rebooted universe.

To collect those bonus resources, you will need to sign in with the same email address and password you used previously.   This will also get you the same username and colour as you previously used.

The consequence of that is… if you have an account in an old universe, you can  sign in with your old details.  You don’t need to register a new account.

If you want to keep playing with an old existing user name, sign in with the same email address and password that you have used before.

Stay tuned… I’m going to try and post every day this week with more detail about the new universe.



p.s. I don’t have an exact time for when the reboot will be available. I’ll start changing things over around 9am on the 2nd of July New Zealand time.  It’ll probably take 3-4 hours to get everything moved over.  And another 3-4 hours to get everything stable.  So if you’re super keen, be standing by from 9am on the 2nd of July NZ time. :)


Progress – Create Alliance Panel

19th June 2014 10:04am - 19 comments

Making progress… here’s a screenshot of the Create a new Alliance panel…


Members of an Alliance can not attack each other.  So you can jointly defend places. Build towers next to each other.

You can only be in one Alliance at a time.  If you want to belong to more than one Alliance it’s okay to use an alt account.

Name and motto (just noticed the typo, oops) are pretty obvious.

The Alliance crest has a sigil / letter that can be anything you can type in.  Special character symbols look good in there.  You can choose a colour for the sigil and a different colour for the shape of the crest.  So far, there are 67 crests in the game.  The crests get shown next to your name in places like the chat panels.

At some point in the future I’ll setup a way to change these details, but for now, get the details right first time, or you’ll have to make everyone leave the Alliance in order to create a new one with the correct details. :)

At the moment there are no ranks or permissions in Alliances.  You are either in the Alliance or you are not.  Every member of an Alliance can invite anyone into their Alliance.  Anyone can choose to leave an Alliance at anytime.

BUT, and this is a big but… there isn’t a way to kick people out of an Alliance. I know this will cause a lot of drama.  A kick command would need ranks and permissions, and that would pretty much double the time it’ll take to build Alliances. I’m storing who created an alliance and in what order people joined alliances. So in the future I’ll be able to give out ranks like Founder, Captain etc. And allow ranked people to change who is ranked in an Alliance. And then let ranked people kick players out of an Alliance.  Definitely want to add this, but it won’t be in Ironfell when we reboot.

I can’t give a date for when the reboot will happen yet.  I need maybe 3 or 4 solid days programming (its very hard to find good days with all the power cuts I keep getting).  Then when everything is feature complete, I’ll give you 1 weeks warning :)   and I’ll spend that week testing and re-writing things like the beginners guide.




Alliance Crests

10th June 2014 2:28pm - 25 comments

I’m making really good progress. The reboot is pretty much ready to go.  So now I’m working on Alliances.  :)

When you create a new Alliance, you get to pick a little crest icon for it.  These will appear next to your names in chat and in a few other places.

You’ll get to choose the crest shape and colour,  then pick a letter and colour for the letter.

The icons are 16×16 pixels, and they need to have a 10×10 pixel solid space in the middle for the letters to fit.

Anyone feel like drawing some more crest shapes?



Earth 2014

8th May 2014 6:24pm - 18 comments

Just wanted to let you know that I have been working on Ironfell… here’s a zoomed out view of the new universe… its slightly larger than the current map :)



Bugs fixed!

15th April 2014 2:41pm - 6 comments

Just updated Ironfell, with a handful of bug fixes…

  • Maui Eggs will now appear.
  • Improved stability on Android. Update the app in the Google Play Store!
  • Fixed too many trades in your trade list creating lag.  Problem was some people had over 1000 trade proposals in their trade list.  Clear or remove your old ones!  The list now only shows the 20 most recent proposals.  You need to clear those out so you can see older proposals.
  • Added some extra reporting in case PayPal stops working.
  • Stonemason’s don’t show code input if they try to put a Stone Circle on a mountain or hill.
  • Stone Circle Code input, now focuses on the input box, so you can just start typing.
  • And added the name of the realm to the realm chat panel.



Bug Fixes!

11th April 2014 9:06pm - 6 comments

– You can no longer create one way Stone Circles.
– All existing one way Stone Circles have been deleted.
– Old Oil Tanks can now be destroyed.
– Oil Seep spawn rate has been slightly increased.
– Time gates no longer land on Stone Floor.
– When dinosaurs are on auto-gather, and they plant a wollemia seedling, they now turn off auto-gathering.
– Fixed the “You have been disconnected because you have signed in somewhere else.” bug :)


Calling all bugs!

10th April 2014 9:48pm - 9 comments


Sorry about the server down time today. I started upgrading the mac mini servers to the latest version of OSX. Worked fine for servers 1 & 2. But server 3 had OSX 10.8.5 and when the upgrade to 10.9.2 ran, it didnt reboot the server. I blame apple. As soon as the server guys wake up it should be back up and running.

If you know of any bugs in Ironfell can you drop a comment here to remind me about them?

Hopefully I’ll be able to spend a day soon fixing some bugs.

The bugs I know about are:

  • One way stone circles.
  • Unstable / bad performance on Android
  • Old oil tankers need to be destroyable.
  • Check Oil Seep spawn rate. People want more oil.
  • Check time gates landing on stone floors.
  • Too many trades lag the android app.
  • Throne on wood bridge.

EDIT: Found some more bugs on an older list:

  • Stonemason: don’t show code input if they try to put it on a mountain or hill.
  • SC Code input, focus on the input box, so you can just start typing.
  • Dinos on auto gather and you manually plant a wollemia they don’t turn off auto gather
  • Changed realms in the middle of saving a bookmark and all my bookmarks were disabled until I made another saved bookmark.
  • I hatched a neutral stegosaurus and couldn’t use the arrow hex in the movement selection until i moved it normally
  • On android galaxy you can’t create a dino from an egg, eg tapping on the select box doesn’t work.
  • Woodcutter are on long-move, and stay on long move after stopping, then go to auto-gather and move in long move? or create an infinite loop that crashes flash.
  • Attempting to login elsewhere bug happens too often. Can i soften this?

Gosh it has been a while.

19th March 2014 9:04pm - 18 comments

I cant begin to explain how busy I’ve been. I wish I could have spent more time on Ironfell.   And I’m still very busy… but hey,  lets talk about something fun I’ve been thinking about…

I made a mistake making the entire map of earth into the 50 or so realms that currently exist in the game.  There needs to be more realms, new realms need to be automatically added over time, and creating the new realms also needs to be automated.  Limiting earth to so few realms was bad, sorry! :)

Here’s what I’m thinking about…  doing a reboot. Starting over with a new universe.  The realms in this new universe will still be the map of earth.  But zoomed in a lot more.  Imagine that earth is made up of about 20,000 realms.  No empty ocean or desert realms.  Mostly coastlines, or interesting rivers and lake areas.

The original universe was procedually generated based on random seeds, and in a similar way this new universe will be procedually generated based on google maps of earth.

So the new universe will start with about 200 realms.  Bigger than the current universe.  And as new realms are needed, they’ll be automatically created.

I’ll probably center it all on New Zealand, and it’ll expand outwards with at least one new realm a day from there.

The connections between realms will also be procedually generated, so the whirlpools and tunnels will be placed in a much more systematic way. So moving around the universe will make more sense.

Hopefully by the time that the full 20,000 earth realms have been created, I’ll have the space expansion ready and you’ll be too busy flying around in space to worry about little old earth.



p.s. Scorcher… I don’t reply to your emails because you are so negative. It’s really hard to stay motivated on such a huge project as Ironfell.  Be positive in your emails and you are much more likely to get a reply. :)