Is the amount of time that you can switch to a newly discovered race still set for thirty days?
That would mean that a player could switch to the new Amani race up until Day 185, since they were discovered on Day 156? I was about to tell someone that had just returned to the Combine they could still switch, but I don't see that option on my character sheet.
The option should be somewhere on your sheet just below your character ID, IIRC.
"Additionally, any new race found, will have a 30 day countdown, allowing players to change to those as well, if they're found at a later date. IE: I'm a human, and become a Squib. 3 Months from now the Yodas are found, and made playable. A 30 day countdown timer will begin allowing you to change to that newly found race only."
I've found other GNSs that refer to jesfa's original post, but none that seem to have changed the amount of time. There was one explanation that said that the timer doesn't begin until the "official" discovery date, as announced in the GNS post congratulating them on being added to the galaxy's sentients.
I think it was said in a Sims news. But I can not find it atm. I have changed race each time and I recall it being 1 week the first few races then moved to 2 weeks. (i could be wrong, but that is how I remember it)
Right, I agree totally that it makes no sense to start the timer earlier, but I'm saying that that's where the problem could likely be in the code: the observed effect that there's no Option for it Now (within 30 days following the reveal) + the lack of any citable evidence that the 30 day timer is inaccurate, + the counting days which would be consistent with such an issue in the code suggest that's where the problem could be.
Timer starts from day system is Found, but Option isn't enabled until system is no longer hidden based on usual server rules that try to keep systems hidden until revealed.
Bug report is the way to get to the bottom of this, since it's clearly not available 30 days from the GNS announcement, and from all accounts 30 days is the intended length of availability for it.
My thanks to Elias, Jesfa and Kay for your comments.
I've opened a Bug Report (http://bugs.swcombine.com/view.php?id=3464) to address this issue.
If the problem is as Kay suggested, that the computer is counting from when the system and the race within are first discovered, then the easy fix would be to recode the timer to be 30 + 7 days, to account for the week where the system is still hidden. I've suggested that.
The other option would be to code in a new starting date, beginning seven days after discovery, basically blocking the race change for that one week (as I expect is currently the case).
Ellias, you should have clicked the link to the answer I gave him in the rules update thread... but I guess I will just copy it here:
You missed a Sims News update:
"Given that people have now found our first new race, we have added the ability to swap to that race. This feature will automatically be made available whenever a new race is discovered. The feature can be accessed directly here, or through a button placed on your character sheet. The button will be visible whenever there are new races available..
Please note, each new race will only appear on the list for 14 days. Once that time period is up you will no longer be able to change to that race, so please don't ask us to change your race manually if you miss this deadline.
Important: Changing race will also reset your skills and HP (There is no guarantee that your HP will not go down), so please use caution."
You are posting the initial rule from Posted by Jesfa on Year 14 Day 25 22:07.
Therefore, the fact that the race no longer shows up to be changed to is not a bug.
So the only change I see to the rules would be: "It should be noted that once you choose your race you may not change it. The only exception is when a new race is found you have 14 days where you have the option to change to the new race found."
I am going to close your bug report, and since the latest Sims News clearly stated there is a 14 day window to change to the new race, I do not imagine any week opening to change to Amani.