The Dog returns from their winter break, and is excited to see you again!
…But that excitement may be quickly broken, as their enemies find new ways to survive and grow powerful.
It’s been a while! I hope you have been doing well. If you’re not doing well, that’s okay too. When it comes to the Dog, I’m feeling refreshed. I’ve had some time to think about what to work on next while I playtest, tweak, and fix issues.
Future Update: Reward Chests
For the next update, v97, the Dog levelling up will grant Chests as rewards instead of directly awarding the same item to all players. Chests get sent to your mailbox, and can be opened at any time.
The other major change to rewards being introduced is ⭐Star XP. Equipment will need ⭐XP to reach the next ⭐Star Tier. Equipment will no longer require an UPGRADE to progress to the next ⭐Tier and will no longer reset to Equipment Level 1 when reaching a new Star Tier. This allows you to open chests from your mailbox without worry that more Mailbox space will be taken up. Note: You can still use the UPGRADE command to exchange Gems and Gold for Equipment Levels, or to progress to the next ⭐Tier.
That’s all the news from me for now. Let me know what thoughts or questions you have about these changes on Discord. More will be shared in the Discord channel in the coming weeks, including when you can expect the update to drop.
See y’all soon.
When the Dog levels up, a Shining Bone is dropped.
Can be claimed with the code SHINE.
When claimed: Enemy Power is reduced by 1, and Friendship is increased by +1% per stack.
Dig charms now produce a bone rather than produce DIG work.
Player Fugitive and Prisoner status are cleared on login.
Tiles (Such as Enemy Waves, or Golden Dog) in the Tile Tray at the bottom of the screen move more quickly.
Pet reduces 1 Enemy Power XP for every 10 Pet Work.
Each Kick and Riot level permanently increases your Max Fugitive Health by 1.
Riot produces 90% less Enemy Power XP.
Riot now actually has a chance to break an individual out of jail.
I wrote it worked like this a long time ago but it was untrue so basically I lied to you all on the commands page can’t believe you fell for that haha just kidding I’m sorry here it is working now please don’t be mad
When you break out of jail, your character automatically enters Stealth for 5 minutes.
New Onyx items can be found.
New Item: Chaos Fragment ⭐⭐
Passive: +5 Riot Power. +5% Chance to escape Jail with Riot.
On Level Up: +0.1 Riot Power
New Item: Rage Fragment ⭐⭐
Passive: +5 Kick Power. +5% of Kick damage is converted into Fugitive Health.
On Level Up: +0.1 Kick Power
New Item: Thieve’s Mask ⭐⭐⭐
Passive: +25 Fugitive Health. 5% Chance to ignore damage to Fugitive Health.
On Level Up: +1 Fugitive Health. +0.25% Chance to ignore damage to Fugitive Health.
Fixed an issue causing Item Upgrade costs to be more expensive than intended.
Quality of Life
End of Game: Added Chat messaging at the end of the game that mentions the time played, the Dog Level reached, and the top Friend and Enemy players.
Fugitives: Added a Chat Message that tells you to apologize after becoming a Fugitive.
Skill Inspection: The Skill command will give you a realtime update on your stats instead of showing the stat value provided by your Skill.
Loadouts: Loadout swapping no longer deposits items that are already equipped and in your target loadout. This makes it so that you can repeatedly type an action like ‘COP’ without it cancelling item effects due to swapping.
UI: Item-stars are colored differently based on Tier to make them easier to distinguish.
UI: You can see the meters for claimable items that are not the foremost item.
UI: You can see the icons for claimable items that are not the foremost item.
Item effects are now cancelled when unequipped. This notably prevents the Rapid -> Chain combo, which took advantage of the fact that Rapid items would continue to fire after being unequipped.
Now deals an automatic critical hit and deals more damage per item level.
Now provides Contribution, and has a flat 40% chance to trigger and their Power increases with item level. Soul items will also provide Modifier XP where applicable instead of just the base Modifier (Spirit, Armor, Jail Health).
Spirit inspection now shows XP progress.
Armor, Spirit, and Jail Health take dramatically longer to level up, but have dramatically higher maximum stack increases each level.
Pray reduces the time between Spirit attacks at a ratio of 1 second to 30 Work.
Charms are now consumed at a ratio of 1 Charm to 30 Work.
Charms are now activated as a projectile to better show their effect.
Reduced the visual intensity of Spirit attack projectiles.
New! Structures can generate Items that, when claimed, add Charms and trigger a Frenzy for that specific structure which increases Work Speed for those nearby. These items can be claimed separately from Riches (Gems, Gold).
Bones once again provide more points the more players are claiming the item.
Claim Power for items in the Items category increases with more players claiming. Claim Power can boost certain effects of claimed items, and also increase the speed at which it is claimed.
Enemy health scales twice as fast as previously.
Enemy actions are taken twice as slow. (e.g. 4 seconds per action, up from 2 seconds)
Additional enemy types (e.g. Corruptor, Knight) now appear at higher Enemy Power levels than previous.
Knights no longer apply the Weaken Armor debuff.
Corruptors now randomly add either the Burn or Weaken Armor debuff.
1) Provide consistent rewards for defenders, so that defending does not punish rate of rewards over time.
2) Balance so that Dog defenses such as Cop, Smith, and Pray are less one-sided / more contested by enemies.
Golden Dog adds to the number of Rewards that are available when the Dog levels up (See Events for more details about Golden Dog)
Number of choices during Rewards scales with Dog Level.
1-40: Provides a random reward
41-80: 2 Choices
81-100: 3 Choices
101+: 4 Choices
PICK A’ has a chance to reward 50 or 100 Gold.
A Gold Chest can now spawn from the other options. The Gold Chest contains 250 Gold.
The UI display at the bottom of the screen, which has historically displayed when enemies will spawn, now also shows when Events will spawn. The underlying system has been updated to function more like a conveyor belt that moves Tiles across the screen and spawns them when they touch the left edge. Previously, this system was entirely time based, so tiles could overlap and be hard to read on screen. Now Tiles will shove other tiles out of the way if they overlap, to make space on the metaphorical ‘belt’.
New Tile: Golden Dog
Roughly every 20 minutes, a Golden Dog tile is added.
While active, the Dog rapidly decreases any Anger added to them and all skills (except Riot and Kick) gain increased speed for 1 minute.
Adds +1 Chest Reward when the Dog Levels Up.
Enemies are now overall more threatening to the Dog.
Enemy tiles are added in more varieties.
Enemy Power now always starts at 1 (Previously, set to 1 on first Dog kick)
Friendship no longer decays from Enemy Power increasing.
XP required to increase Enemy Power scales much slower at higher levels.
For reference- Level 10 now requires about 3/4 the previous amount of XP required, whereas Level 20 requires about 1/5th of the previous amount.
Enemies spawn in greater quantities as Enemy Power increases.
Hey all. Hope you’re staying healthy, staying safe.
Let’s get to it.
Beta Test Information
First, all of what’s written here will be available in a Beta format via a separate Twitch channel. Follow http://twitch.tv/dxraider for go-live notifications. A post will also be made to the discord when a Beta test goes live.
Please keep in mind that no progress made during Beta playtests can be transferred to your main account. I know this makes the Beta significantly less compelling to play, but any time you do spend playing will help us identify critical issues to address before release.
Return of the infinite dog
In v96, the game will be transitioning to an ‘infinite mode’, where the game does not end until the Dog leaves. If you’ve been around for a while, you might be familiar with some of this already.
There was something special about being able to come to the game after a few hours or days (and even weeks at one point!) and see how the game has progressed. We’re going to revisit that idea. This update makes DKTD feel more like a lobby you can hang out in, grind out some skills/equipment, progress the current run, and check back later to see what has happened.
But what is life without conflict? In v96…
Fugitives will be able to augment their skills with Onyx Equipment.
Endlessly spawning enemies grow stronger with every Kick and Riot.
New debuffs will torment the Dog, including Anger, Vulnerable, and… Fire.
Every five minutes of game time, Enemies will spawn.
The types of enemies that spawn will change throughout the day according to a hidden schedule that changes every day. (For example: You might encounter Corruptors for a few hours, and then none for the next few.)
Any Kick or Riot damage dealt will grant XP to Enemy Power. Beware – When Enemy Power increases, the Dog’s Friendship and Spirit are damaged.
Your salvation from overwhelmingly powerful enemies will be leveling up the Dog. Each Dog Level will reset Enemy Power to 1.
An important note is that Enemy Power is significantly different in v96. It will no longer reduce the damage you deal. Instead, it will exclusively make enemies stronger both in Health and Damage.
Skill Damage is now a random roll between 1 and your Skill Power. The same goes for Enemy Power.
Experience gain still caps out at 10 experience per action.
The Dog Is leaving in sixty seconds…
Heart Points have been removed. When the Dog is kicked, such that it penetrates Armor, the Dog will become Angry.
If the Dog becomes Angry, a 60-second timer will begin. If the timer reaches zero and all Anger stacks have not been cleared, the Dog will leave, ending the run.
Anger can be removed either via PET or it can be removed by Spirit Attacks (see further below).
When the Dog levels up, a Reward Vote begins. Each vote will have a selection of options that can now include specific items rather than chests. This works the same as the Post Game Rewards vote in v95.
It should be noted that Reward Votes primarily drop Equipment and will only rarely drop Gems. Gold is no longer a drop from Reward Votes.
The primary sources of Gems will now be Enemies, and DIG.
When an Enemy is defeated, there is a chance for Gold or Gems to drop.
Similarly, there is a chance for DIG to unearth precious Gems. Gems will drop more frequently at higher Enemy Power levels.
Gem Drops Rotate Daily
The types of Gems that can drop from Enemies and DIG will rotate each day.
There will be at least 3 types of Gems that can drop every day, and for one day of the week all Gem types will drop.
The gem drops for the current day will be displayed on screen, and an official list will be shared on the website by the time v96 is released.
Why change to a daily rotation of Gems? It can be frustrating to not get the Gem drops you want. A daily rotation gives some agency to plan when you want to focus on farming the Gems you want. It’s important to note that there will always be ways of obtaining the other types of Gems, such as through Reward Vote chests, or Daily Quests.
These are getting a tweak to accommodate the new game mode. Specifically, the game completion quests will be removed, and Gems will be added as rewards in addition to Gold.
Fugitive Items & Onyx
Players will be able to collect Hastening, Mega, and Rapid items for the Kick and Riot Skills. Onyx Chests will be rarely available during Reward Votes, though Vote A (the default option) cannot roll an Onyx item.
Other PvP Updates
Stunned on Imprisoned
When a Player is imprisoned, they are stunned for a short period of time. The effect of Stun prevents movement, and prevents firing projectiles. Stun will not cancel any active commands.
Reduced Damage to Players
Players will take 10% of normal damage to their Fugitive Health (rounded down), minimum of 1 Damage.
Other Skill Updates
Armor & Jail Level
Smith and Cop can now level up Armor and Jail Health respectively. Their level determines their maximum stack size. There is no level cap.
In v96, Spirit will play a little to the strengths of PET and COP, but also have the ability to remove dog debuffs.
Spirit will now decay slowly, based on Enemy Power. By default, Spirit provides bonus Dog XP. Spirit will additionally fire a projectile at any debuffs on the Dog to cleanse them (This includes Anger). Finally, if any enemies are active, Spirit will attack them with projectiles.
Charms are now automatically claimed when spawning from DIG.
DIG-type Charms no longer spawn naturally.
Bones now drop from DIG. Claiming a stack of Bones will add points to the Dog that increases with Friendship.
As mentioned earlier, Gems can now spawn from DIG according to the day of the week.
See You Soon
A Beta playtest should be coming online soon(tm) for v96. I’m excited to show what we do have and look forward to your thoughts and feedback.
This update unifies some of the behavior when a Projectile hits its target. Most notably: Chaining, Rapid, and Mega Items can now trigger Recharging and Soul Effects. This may make some of those items more viable for certain builds.
The amount of experience gained from Actions is now displayed above your character’s head.
There is a new callout that appears over players when they become a Fugitive, or Apologize.
Difficulty selection is now a vote that occurs immediately after the lobby wants to start a new game. After 30 seconds, the game will begin at the Difficulty level with the most votes.
In the case of a tie, the easiest Difficulty will win. If there are no votes, that counts as an all-way tie, and Difficulty 1 will be chosen.
UPGRADE and UPGRADENOW have been improved to support multiple upgrades at once. This can be done by adding the quantity # to the end of the command.
The help descriptions for these commands have been updated on the Item Commands page.
The probation period for SORRY is now 2 minutes (down from 15 minutes)
The drop rates of all items have been affected in this update, with Tier 5 items being the most affected.
I probed around for potential issues with how items are being rolled. Why was Dire Pray almost impossible to roll? It didn’t take long to realize:
I didn’t implement weighted random selection correctly (How embarrassing) but have corrected the error and verified that it’s now working as intended.
The actual drop rates were off across the board from their intended values, but Tier 5 items on Difficulties 8 and 9 specifically were WAY more generous than intended, due to the error. (Except for poor Dire Pray)
Consequently, all item drop rates have been updated, but the most significant change is that Tier 5 items will be much rarer in Difficulty 8 and 9.
You can now discard and receive materials from unwanted Mail using the new RECYCLE command (and its counterpart, RECYCLENOW)
Recycling gives Gems or Gold based on the type of item recycled, and based on its Tier.
Tier 1: 10 Gold
Tier 2: 1 Gem
Tier 3 – 4: 3 Gems
Tier 5 – 6: 5 Gems
Please refer to the command help section in Item Commands for more details.
Should SMITH and PRAY share the same color?
A small Straw Poll was opened in the Discord. Nine of you responded to the survey, with all but 2 votes disagreeing that SMITH and PRAY should share the same color (Blue).
While SMITH and PRAY were originally the same color for sharing similar functionality (Prevent the Dog from losing Hearts), I also thought that it would be best, given the current state of the game, to be consistent with how COP, PET, and DIG are all separate.
SMITH Chest, Gem, Color
SMITH will no longer share the same color, gem, and chest as PRAY.
SMITH is now colored Indigo
New Gem: Amethyst
Are Charms Charming?
Because Charms last an entire game, with no way to remove them, their effects had to be somewhat limited. Charms were intended to play the role of a slow momentum gain that, if built up, would greatly improve your odds of success.
There’s a few problems I’ve observed with Charms since release:
The momentum gain was slow.
It’s a lot of work to type in codes.
Players were picking up fewer charms every day.
To help address these problems, we’ve made these changes:
Multiple Charms can be claimed at a time. You can do this by typing codes separated by spaces, such as: aaa bbb ccc ddd eee. You can claim up to 5 Charms in this way.
Charms now are time limited, and far more powerful. Read more below for details.
Claiming a Charm grants 10 Contribution. Increases the Points you receive at the end of the game.
Charms grant Friendship when they overflow from DIG.
Charm stacks are now limited to 5, and all Charms decay over time.
When a Charm decays, all stacks are removed. The decay is reset when a stack is added.
Charm effects previously triggered 1 effect per 10 Works (+10% Work Efficiency), and now instead trigger 1 effect per single Work, per stack (+100 to 500% Work Efficiency, depending on stack count).
Difficulty 7 – 9 have had more Fugitives, Prisoners, and Arsonists added.
DIG takes more Work to produce a Chest. (180 Works, up from 90)
Players who did not participate in the previous round will no longer be able to vote in Post Game Rewards.
Updated Chest artwork.
The Daily Quest ‘Daily Games Player V’ has had its Gold reward restored.
The UPGRADE confirmation after successfully upgrading an Item’s Tier now displays the correct cost consumed from your Wallet.
Lobby: The first Difficulty site fully worked should now prevent other Difficulties from being chosen.
Lobby: Updated Difficulty 7 – 9 work sites to display the correct amount of works required (60).
Actions that started in the Lobby will now properly be cancelled before a game starts.
The first couple weeks of v95 have been bumpy, but a lot has been learned and a lot has been fixed.
Thank you for your time, thoughts, suggestions, and of course… Thanks for playing!
It is now possible to type USE ABC to trigger a specific item’s Use effect.
COP was incorrectly generating Jail Health while simultaneously damaging enemies. It now only adds Jail Health while not damaging enemies.
Fixed some issues where the ‘Dog has not left in’ timer wasn’t resetting from Kicks. The timer should now persist between games, and between application restarts.
The Skill command is now less aggressive about what it matches. (E.g. typing ‘I like to skill pet‘ will no longer trigger the command)
The Bank now includes Amethyst in its upgrade costs.
The Recycle command is no longer case sensitive.
Fixed an issue where UPGRADENOW was sometimes showing an incorrect upgrade cost.
The Upgrading page has been updated to include Amethyst.
The Items (v95) page has been updated to include icons, as well as searching and sorting capabilities.
The Charms page has been updated to include icons and searching capabilities.
The Commands page has been updated to be more consistent with how the Items Commands page is written.
Fixed an item duplication issue caused by claiming more Items from the Mailbox than you could hold.
Difficulty 9 Power was unintentionally raised to 60 and has been lowered back down to 52.
Charms should no longer be able to stack past 5.
Gems should now properly be added to the Mailbox when they overflow from your Wallet.
The amount of Corruption that Corruptors add has been increased slightly.
Fixed an issue where the Mailbox would display both the Currency quantity in your wallet, and the quantity in the mailbox.
Fixed an issue where Upgrade prices were not being calculated correctly.
Developer Note: Although the prices appeared to be random, what was actually happening was the Upgrade price would change as other players in the lobby took actions or used the Upgrade command. The price would reflect whatever the last Item used in a calculation was. I originally thought we were just missing some price checks, which we were, but additionally there was an issue in a piece of code called the Variable Stack.
Imagine a stack of paper, where you can place a sheet on top or remove one from the top. Whenever paper is added to the stack, we write down what it says somewhere, and the game reads what we wrote. When you take a piece of paper, you also have to write down what that paper says, or its lost forever. (Because… well, paper is cheap and we have a lot of it. This is a terrible metaphor for computer memory, by the way.) Well, we weren’t writing down what the paper said, the game assumed we knew what we were doing, and just rolled with the last thing we wrote down…. Which was likely someone else’s upgrade cost, or possibly even the cost of another item you had equipped.
The message when an Item reaches max level more clearly indicates the next UPGRADE will increase the Tier.
The Bot will now tell you when you cannot claim an item from your Mail because it cannot be leveled up.
The enemy wave started message is no longer misleading about how you can target enemies.
The ITEM <code> command now properly shows the name of an item you don’t own.
The ITEM command can no longer trigger in sentences that begin with ‘item’.
Fixed an issue where UPGRADE was not displaying the correct cost to increase the Tier of an item.
COP now properly gives a miniscule amount of XP every time it’s performed in the Lobby.
Fixed an issue where the PRESTIGE command did nothing for players who had completed the MAX Prestige.
Fixed an issue where UPGRADE BANK would incorrectly state that players could not afford the upgrade despite having all the materials.