Be sure to check the Exodus 3000 Forum often to see the most recent updates and announcements.
12/25/2012 - I'll be restarting the server tonight at 11pm EST. It will hopefully be only a short outage.
12/16/2012 - I will be upgrading the version of php that the site is running on this evening. Please let me know if you see any unusual behaviour.
01/20/2012 - Our hosting provider will be doing an emergency maintenance period this evening from 3-7am EST. The entire site will be offline during this period. We apologize for the inconvienance, and will be giving all active players a bonus 500 anytime moves as our way of apologizing for the disruption.
08/10/2011 - The radar symbol for stores has been changed to X instead of Q.
08/02/2011 - If no one else gets to them before then, I will be processing all confirmed trades tonight around 10 PM EST
07/05/2011 - there is apparently an issue with competitions. You can sign up for them, but it won't let you actually take any moves. Any compeititions that kick off before I figure out what is going on, I will reset to a point after I have made them playable.
06/25/2011 - The force card sale will run all day tomorrow. There will be a new option on the Purchases page that will show up after reset.
06/14/2011 - BAD DEVELOPER, NO DONUT!!!
My sincere apologies to the players whose alliances were accidentally deleted this evening.
I did not take adequate precaution before executing the alliance purge and apparently have deleted all of the alliances that I meant to keep.
You should be able to recreate your alliances, and if you have member lists, I will do what I can to reregister people properly.
Again, I really apologize to everyone for the major inconvienance.
06/13/2011 - The moderators of the private alliance forums should now be able to control who is in their membergroups.
In addition tomorrow evening we will be purging all alliances whose leaders have been purged. If you are in an alliance whose leader has disappeared and would like to assume leadership, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
04/11/2011 - We have implemented the suggestion made by QueenSheba to highlight settlements you own.
Unless there is a significant bug that is found, it is unlikely that there will be new features added to the game at this stage. This is not because we are giving up on the game, but because I have begun to rework the entire codebase from the ground up. This rebuild will put the code in a format that will be far simpler to add new features too in the future.
In addition to all new code, we will also be introducing a new interface, and revamping the look of the site as a whole. We have some very exciting things in the relatively near future, and hope that all of our players will stay with us through this time. Watch this space for screenshots and other information as they become available.
11/29/2010 - I'm pushing up a couple small code changes. Expect irratic site behaviour for the next few minutes.
11/17/2010 - Looks like we've finally cleared up the attack site warning from Google.
11/04/2010 - Those of you using Firefox, or reaching us from a Google search may have seen a warning that this site is distributing malicious software. This is not correct. We believe the this is a misidentification caused by the IFRAMEing of the leaderboard ads. We have requested a review of the issue, and expect to hear something from google very soon.
Please rest assured that we are not, and will not, ever ask you to install something on your system, or distribute any trojans or viruses.
09/08/2010 - We will be having intermittent outages on September 16th from Midnight until 4 am EST while out hosting provider performs some network maintenance. We apologize for the inconvienance.
07/05/2010 - We will be ending our unlimited digs for non-sbuscribers promotion this evening at reset.
06/29/2010 - Someone is sending out bogus password reset emails. These are spoofed to appear to be coming from email@example.com. This is not a valid email address, and should be blocked. I don't know where the links in the email go, but they don't come here.
06/22/2010 - The IRC will be down for a short while this evening.
06/15/2010 - Our IRC server was hacked today, so it has been shut down until I can get some security fixes in place. We apologize for the inconvienance and will have the service back up as soon as possible.
06/15/2010 - The IRC server is back up, although I've not been able to resusitate Marvin yet.
05/28/2010 - Nigey will be making descriptions for the player-named minerals of Group 6 over the next several days, and bringing them all into the standard Mineral page format. If you won the contest and got to name a mineral and would like to have some input on it's details, please either put that information on the appropriate page, or contact either Nigey or Admins ASAP.
05/25/2010 - We would like to welcome Nigey as our new Wiki Manager. He's already done an impressive amount of work with the minerals, and we look forward to the other contributions he will be bringing us on that front.
05/15/2010 - New notepad feature available to subscribers. This feature provides subscribers an easy means to keep track of in-game information and details.
05/11/2010 - Competitions are fixed and playable again.
03/06/2010 - The purge was implemented this morning at reset. However, there is a bug wherein if you land on an unclaimed settlement the picture will be undefined and you will not be able to claim it.
We are aware of the issue and are working to correct it. Please bear with us while we get this cleaned up.
03/06/2010 - The unclaimed settlement takeover bug is fixed. There is some fallout from this of homesteads appearing to be misassigned. I'm working on clearing that up right now.
02/23/2010 - On the evening of March 5th, we will be instituting a new policy wherein all player accounts that have been inactive for 15 months or more will be purged from the system altogether. All players with accounts on the forum have been notified of this via email already. If you have contact with a potential deletee who is not on the forums, please let them know what is going on.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a member of an alliance whose leader may be purged, please contact us via email or the forum so that we can determine who would best be suited to take over that leadership.
If no leader can be determined amongst the membership, the oldest still active player in the alliance will be designated as the new leader.
02/22/2010 - The map page has been updated to not only work better and faster, but to also indicate which alliance is dominant in each sector in regards to settlement governance.
02/19/2010 - The issue with mission completion resulting in negative stats has been corrected. We apologize for the problem.
01/29/2010 - Please take a moment to review the change in policy on how player suggestions will be proccessed from here on out.
You can view the thread at: http://www.exodus3000.com/forums/index.php/topic,44051.0.html
01/29/2010 - Please note the new contest we are running through February in the forums. Top prize is $10 cash!
12/24/2009 - SERVER LAG
Many comments and complaints have been made about the lag time on the game after the latest server move. I'm making this post to help give everyone a clearer idea as to exactly what we are dealing with, and what our plans are to improve it in the future.
Previously, the game was hosted on an expensive dedicated server. While this gave the game a high degree of throughput and a lot of horsepower (frankly much more than it actually needs) it also added substantial financial overhead to the administration of the game. This cost was part of the reason that we got so far behind in payouts, as we had to pay hosting fees each month before we could issue payouts to anyone.
While shopping around for a new home, we looked at many options, including both dedicated and virtual private (shared) servers. We opted to go with our current VPS solution for two reasons. The first is that stat-wise, it is practically identical to the dedicated server that we were running on before in terms of available bandwidth, burstable RAM, and storage space. Secondly it cost roughly 1/5 what the dedicated server we were on before did.
Frankly I was surprised at the amount of lag we started experiencing on this server after it came under load, as the comparison of this machine and the one we were on, on paper, was so similar. I've discussed the issue at length with our new hosting company and they pointed out several small tweaks and coding inefficiencies that could be made. The server tweaks have been put in place, and I am slowly working my way through the codebase trying to tighten up the way the pages load, but we are basically hitting the limitations of being on a VPS as far as response times go for a site as large as ours.
However, with the cost savings we are now getting and the rate of purchases being made, Rick estimates that we are within 3 months or less of having issued all standing payout requests at least $100, or the entire payout amount if less than that. Our plan at the moment is that once we have caught up on payouts, to talk to our current host about upgrading to a dedicated server. The good news is that while that will be more expensive than what we are currently paying, it will still be cheaper than what we were paying at our previous host. I will also be continuing to work on tightening up the efficiency of the codebase so that there will be incremental upgrades in speed of the next several weeks.
We would like to thank our players for sticking with us through this transitional period, and their continued support of Exodus3000.
12/09/2009 - The server move has been completed, and everything is functional now except for Marvin. I'm still working on him. Several players have complaint about a general decrease in speed of the game. We are aware of the problem have have already taken some steps to make it work better. We will be continuing to make improvements in the near future.
11/24/2009 - As you may have noticed, the move didn't actually happen yet. Due to some unforseen issues, the server move has been postponed until 11/29 at reset. At that point the game will be locked until the DNS change has propogated.
One of the first things that you may notice after the move is that the attack log will be truncated to the beginning of this year. This is necessary because the current log file is far to big to move efficiently. Some of the other logs may also be truncated. We apologize for the inconvenience.
11/20/2009 - We will be moving Exodus3000 to our new server starting Monday, Nov. 23. We are taking every step possible to keep interruptions to a minimum, but to ensure that no one loses data or information in the move, we will be locking down the game on this server at reset on Monday. As the server change propogates, the game will automatically unlock for each of you. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to post a response to http://www.exodus3000.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=176413#176413
11/13/2009 - Within the next 5 days (By 11/18) we will be making a DNS change. This should not disrupt the site, but please be aware that some minor connection issues may result during the propagation.
09/23/2009 - We are beginning our domain transfer today. This step should not result in significant disruption.
09/01/2009 - New contest!
Sponsored once again by QueenSheba
08/20/2009 - Red Card Giveaway,
This contest brought to you by QueenSheba
08/13/2009 - If you are getting an error on the missions page, please send an email with your username to email@example.com
08/12/2009 - Mission page listing is now corrected to properly show the missions that are not supposed to be hidden before they are found. These missions are marked as "Public Mission", until you actually find it and accept it.
On a side note, we've created a twitter feed specifically for development notes (#exodus3000_dev). This is seperate from the standard exodus3000 twitter.
08/07/2009 - IN WAY OF EXPLANATION
Many questions and concerns have been voiced over the last several days, since the site went offline for two days at the beginning of the month. Please let us lay those concerns to rest.
Firstly, we would like to announce that the admins of Exodus3000.com have officially purchased all rights and full ownership of the game from Eric Paulson and Viking Development. Mr. Paulson, while still feeling very passionately about Exodus no longer has the time to devote to it, and so it was agreed that the three admins (Jason, Krista, and Rick) would be in a better position to properly support the player base of the game and to continue to work and expand the game.
The downtime at the beginning of the month was caused by a minor miscommunication between Mr. Paulson and ourselves. This miscommunication has been straightened out, and thusly the site is back up and running.
You may ask, how will this change of ownership impact me? Primarily in wholly beneficial ways. We have plans for many significant changes and additions in the next few months, not the least of which will be the release (finally!) of the much-discussed Phobos Expansion. Also in the works are new missions, a new way to do trades/gifts, and numerous other minor tweaks and fixes. On the downside, there will most likely be another down period within the next few weeks, as this purchase is going to necessitate another server move. We will do our best to keep the impact of this move to an absolute minimum, and will give everyone advance warning before it happens.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our players for sticking with us through all the trials and tribulations and we look forward to providing you with an even better and more awesome Exodus in the future.
The New Owners,
Jason, Krista, and Rick
07/28/2009 - Had to restart the server today to clear up some weird behaviour. The game should be running smoother now. Sorry for the inconvienance
06/02/2009 - The war on Mars has begun! Good luck to those alliances participating. You can track the results at http://www.exodus3000.com/index.php?page=war-hof
06/02/2009 - The war on Mars has begun! Good luck to those alliances participating. You can track the results at http://www.exodus3000.com/index.php?page=war-hof
05/29/2009 - The mineral contest has ended! Congratulations to the winners, and here is hoping everyone enjoys the new mineral set.
04/03/2009 - The requested addition to display your current cargo/max cargo on the main game window has been added. For it to work properly, however, you may have to clear the cache in your browser. This option is available under Tools->Clear Private Data in Firefox and Tools->Internet Options->Browsing in IE.
04/02/2009 - NOTICE: Due to a programming error, reset for 4/2/09 did not occur at midnight. Instead it happened at 6:35 EST. This is a one time glitch, and my sincere apologies to those players most affected. -Jason
04/01/2009 - Please note changes to the referral page.
03/31/2009 - The new mining expansion has gone live. Mining in volcanoes will now give you a number of units of a given mineral, instead of a direct MD reward. These minerals can be sold at Settlements for a variable MD value.
03/24/2009 - New Feature: At the top of the game window you will now see a scrolling ticker of items that are currently for sale in the various stores around Mars.
03/19/2009 - You can now use Upgrade cards to upgrade your Cargo and Storage stats from your Stats page
03/12/2009 - Cargo and Storage is now upgradable at Outposts. Unlike the other stats, every upgrade for these two increases them by 5, instead of 1. Cargo caps at 200, and Storage caps at 1000.
03/10/2009 - A minor tweak has been added, so that once a player has gone into an abandoned state, they will unjoin all of the settlements they have joined in the past. This will allow alot more movement on the top settlement population list, as well as having an impact on the upcoming Mineral expansion.
UPDATE: This unjoining does not happen until someone comes across the abandoned homestead. So if a player drops into an abandoned state (3 months) and then comes back into the game before someone visits their homestead, they will not unjoin the settlements.
03/04/2009 - Subscribers may now Go To Store for free, just like Going To Homestead.
03/03/2009 - The chat system is currently not functional. We are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.
03/03/2009 - The chat is operational again! Many thanks to Eric for finding the solution we needed to get this back up and functional.
01/06/2009 - Apparently the admins email got broken during the server move and was just now corrected. If you have made purchases that have not been credited to you recently, please resend your paypal receipts.
11/28/2008 - Please be patient while the game is moved to a NEW SERVER over the weekend! Expect some downtime over the next few days. Thanks for your understanding.
11/25/2008 - In addition to the new cashout rates, the 3-month subscriber cashout card rule has been extended to 6 months. This means that you must pay for a total of 6 months of premium membership before you can request a cashout card.
11/24/2008 - The exchange rates for cashouts has been changed.
10/31/2008 - The Martian Plague series of missions is finally complete! Happy Halloween.
10/05/2008 - Competitions Changes: It is still possible to join a competition more than once, however this does not impact you odds in any way, other than preventing a full range of players for that particular competition. We are going to leave it like this for a little bit to see how well it works for everyone.
10/02/2008 - Note: The chat room rules have been updated. All changes were to Rule #4. Please read and become familiar with them.
10/02/2008 - Cashout Card Policy
After much deliberation among the admins, it has been decided that we are going to change our Cashout Card Policy.
The new policy will be that you have two avenues to get one or more Cashout Cards. The first is by being a subscriber for three months. After three months you may ask for a free Cashout Card. The second method is by purchasing $100 of stuff, be it moves, radar upgrades, whatever. Every $100 spent entitles you to another Cashout Card.
Cashout Cards will remain untradeable and unsellable, and are still findable through Digs.
09/23/2008 - A new mission series has begun! Beware, for the Martian Plague is upon us. Can you save the planet from this horrible disease? Of course not, you're just a prospector, but you can help! Check out the missions page for more information.
09/22/2008 - The exploration set redemptions have been fixed so that the extra bonus is only given on the first three sets as intended.
09/18/2008 - The Cashout Card giveaway for 3 months of being a subscriber is a one-time event. If you have received this bonus, you may not receive it again.
09/17/2008 - It has come to our attention that a player known on here as masterlink18 has been making posts on other forums stating that you can get a $5 Amazon gift certificate for signing up and making 200 moves. This is a complete scam. Making 200 moves gives masterlink18 a bonus, but you will not get a gift certificate from this site. Masterlink18 has been banned, as will any other players found doing this kind of scam.
If you are a victim of this liar, we apologize, but hope that you will stick around and check out the game. What he said about it being fun is true, and you can earn money playing. Please click the Game Rules/Help link to the left or in this post to learn more.
09/10/2008 - The generation of these announcements has been automated to make it easier for the admins to let you know what is going on with the game.
08/01/2008 - The payment options for moves and subscriptions is back to normal! This weekend, all purchases over $5.00 will come with 500 free moves.
06/05/2008 - As of today, we are introducing a new 'sliding-scale' cashout system. The more stat points (weapons+defense+intelligence+security) you have, the better the exchange rate will be when you choose to cash out. The rates begin at 500,000 MD = $20 if you cash out with less than 40 Stat Points. The best rate is 150,000 MD = $20 if you cash out with more than 80 Stat Points. See the Exodus 3000 Wiki for more information.
04/27/2008 - You can now use your experience points to get huge purchase discounts! See the purchases page for more information.
04/25/2008 - Competitions are ready! Click here for more information
12/22/2007 - You can now activate Force cards from your Stats window. You can activate as many at a time as you want (even if it pushes you over the normal cap of 30), but every one you use past the first has a very slight chance of giving one or more stats a -1 instead of the normal +1.
12/14/2007 - Secret Missions are now available! These missions will only appear on the mission page after you have accepted them. Among the Secret Missions is one that will allow you to steal money from players who have a value (in MDs and 1000 MD cards) of more than 100,000 MDs.The Hacker Missions have been removed.
12/14/2007 - Missions are now live!
11/23/2007 - A 'Free Upgrade' card has been added! Check out the cards page for more information.
11/23/2007 - The maximum number of levels for weapons, defense, intellegence, and security has been changed from 20 to 30!
11/22/2007 - Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Exodus 3000! We're a bit behind on raffle drawings, so there will be FOUR of them Friday night at midnight in the chat room.
Update! The winners were sabertwo, jen0526, funschine, and adams03605. Among the prizes were $15 cash, hundreds of cards, a Force card, Free Upgrade card, and tons more. Congrats to all of you!
10/02/2007 - Cashout Cards have been added! Click here for more information.
09/03/2007 - LABOR DAY PROMOTION! All move purchases today will come with 25% more moves. All purchases over $7.50 come with a FREE homestead move anywhere on the map! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org after your purchase to claim your bonus.
09/01/2007 - This week's raffle winner was stefie19. Congratulations! The prize was 5000 moves.
09/01/2007 - NEW CONTEST! Post a classified ad mentioning Exodus 3000 in your local newspaper to earn 1000 free moves and be entered into a $50 drawing, which will be held in the chat room on October 1st. Please email email@example.com for more details.
08/30/2007 - Information on site downtime.
08/03/2007 - Congratulations to all players who cashed out in July! The payouts totaled $1722.04.
07/04/2007 - Two new features added!
1) The radar now shows the places you've visited by highlighting the spots on the grid
2) you can navigate using your arrow keys!
07/01/2007 - Payouts for the month of May totaled $1643.50! Congratulations to all players who cashed out!
05/29/2007 - 100 new cards, called "Exploration Cards", have been added to the game. These can only be found by searching craters in remote areas of the planet (greater than 400 coordinates in any direction). The prize for finding all the cards is 1000 moves and 5000 MD.
Update 6/2/07: Congratulations to mydragonfly, dogtoy, and mommy2cs for being the first to find all 100 cards!
05/15/2007 - You can now search for cards in abandoned homesteads! See card descriptions here.
05/09/2007 - Exodus 3000 premium memberships now come with a 1-day free trial, and have been reduced in price.
05/06/2007 - IRC chat now available! When you log into the game, you can now chat live with other players. More info on the forum.
Happy May Day! Lots of new stuff is going on behind the scenes, and a few major changes have been implemented. Here are some of them:
- You can now dig for treasure when you have run out of moves for the day. More info in the forum.
- The number of moves your referrals have to use before you get a bonus has been reduced from 300 to 200.
- Home page has been modified to make it more readable for those with wider screens. Ads are not as intrusive as they used to be.
04/05/2007 - Significant enhancements are on the horizon. Look for a restructured referral system and a ton of new, fun features added to the game in the next few weeks!
04/02/2007 - March payouts = $1892.20!
03/03/2007 - February payouts = $1610.93!
02/02/2007 - Congratulations to all players who got a payout for January! The total amount given out was $2834.15!
12/22/2006 - It's time for the Exodus 3000 Holiday Giveaway! Get a FREE bumper sticker with a purchase of $10 or more!
12/20/2006 - Congratulations to rotinegg on 500 referrals! He recieved an iPod Shuffle and Nano. See what everyone else is winning by visiting the Exodus 3000 Payouts and Prizes Forum.
12/15/2006 - The total amount paid out for the month of November was $2118.00!
11/15/2006 - The total amount paid out for the month of October was $2213.62! Congratulations again to everyone who got paid!
10/03/2006 - Congratulations to everyone who got a payout for the month of September! The total amount paid was $2089.18! The top player received $162.74.
09/24/2006 - If you can't beat 'em, join 'em! You can now join any number of settlements at no cost regardless of your upgrades. More info in the rules and the forum.
09/14/2006 - The Game Map is now available! See the purchases page for more options and specials.
09/05/2006 - It has been decided that the payout structure will remain based on an exchange rate, like in August. See the payouts page for more info.
09/01/2006 - 73 lucky players won Amazon.com gift certificates worth a total of $525.00 in the month of August!
09/01/2006 - $654.43 was paid out to eligible players who requested payouts. Thanks to all of you for helping make this a success!
08/20/2006 - You can now purchase radar upgrades! Just log in and click on the Purchases link.
08/17/2006 - Congratulations to caitalapaine for finding the second iPod in a volcano!
08/04/2006 - WE HAVE A WINNER! On our very first day, becca_fl found an iPod Shuffle while mining a volcano! Congratulations!