Happy Friday, everyone! We have a rather stuffed TGIF for you this week with server news, the return of the Piggy Bank and more, so let’s get right to it: Server and Latency Update This week we upgraded some of our server hardware that had been running for a few years. The reason we upgraded is because the new hardware promised better performance, however this had significant configuration changes that needed to be ironed out. The migration of our other servers (such as the Memcache server from a couple weeks ago) went smoothly, but this past update had a few additional wrinkles that needed to be addressed. We didn’t anticipate any of this being player-facing, unlike the Memcache replacement which would have visible effects. As you may have noticed we had periods of higher latency (ie: lag) as we worked through configuration issues. This has since been fixed up and we now have the new servers performing well. Aside from the latency, there were no issues with data loss and we will continue to monitor server performance and make adjustments as needed to ensure that your gaming experience is not compromised by infrastructure issues. We thank you for your patience while we work through performance and stability improvements. The Piggy Bank Returns Next week in Zombie Slayer and Viking Clan, the Piggy Bank promotion will be coming back with a few adjustments to make it a bit more friendly and easier to understand. Let’s go over some of what will be going on next week. When the Piggy Bank ended last time, we heard from a lot of players that they thought they would be able to open their banks after the time limit was up, and that they didn’t know the bank would disappear. We agree that this could have been clearer, so from 9 am Pacific on January 28 to 9 pm Pacific on January 29, if you had more than 25 FP/UN in your Piggy Bank when it ended last time, you will be given an opportunity to open your Piggy Bank to get that FP/UN. Just like the last time, this will cost $5 USD. During this time you will not be able to add anything to your Piggy Bank, this is so you can have an opportunity to get anything you had in there from the last run. From 9 am Pacific January 30 to 9 pm Pacific February 1, we will be running a regular Piggy Bank event. This means that a portion of the FP/UN you use will be stored in the Piggy Bank. Once it reaches 25, and to a maximum of 250, you can pay $5 USD to open the bank and get the FP. Every time you open the bank, the rate of return on your FP/UN goes down a little bit, so make sure to break wisely! We’ve also made efforts to update the in-game information screen for the bank to make sure that it’s very clear when the Piggy Bank goes away and any other pertinent information you need to know is there. Mobile Job/Adventure/Outbreak Response Update Earlier this week we released a re-work of the older Adventure screen for our mobile apps. We cleaned it up, removed the pop-up animation, and generally just made it more efficient. Our goal here was to keep the same amount of information, display it more intelligently and make better use of the screen real-estate. Here’s a shot of the new screen from Mob Wars: LCN: If you have any feedback about this update, definitely let us know! Frozen User Count: 5 Lame Joke of the Week A grizzley bear walks into a bar and asks the bartender: “Can I get a……….martini?” Spoiler The bartender asks “Why the big paws?”.