Posted at 22:34 GMT on Friday 25th March 2011
Round 41 - Rise from the Shadows signups are now open!
Ticks will start at 20:00 GMT on Friday, 1st April.
There have been two major changes in the game this round, and we will look to build on it in this and future rounds.
The first one relates to having a single user login. As of this round, users are automatically created a permanent account. This will mean that all future games will use the same basic account, with just the race and planet name needing to be specified on login. This will be rolled out to the beta and speedgame servers over time. We will keep a track of every planet's final score, value, experience, rank, and so forth, and over time every planet will have a planet profile, which will be able to display previous planet rankings, alliances and so forth. Based on the history data, we may also look to link previous rankings in an unconfirmed fashion.
The second, more minor, change relates to the information that is given when signing up. To decrease the required information, we have merged the username and e-mail fields, and the ruler name and nickname fields. Streamlining the signup process has been a focus of Jagex to move us closer to a point at which they can link to us on their website.
We would also like to confirm that ship statistics, governments and races are not yet final but we hope they will be classed as final by the end of the weekend. There will be a further announcement in-game to confirm this.
Best of luck for the coming round.