Future of Arcanox (for real)

No App Updates Anymore

I’m very sorry, but there won’t be any Arcanox app updates anymore. Google Play requires new apps and app updates to use a recent Android SDK and GooglePlay API. But upgrading to the new SDK would take me a considerable amount of time, which I don’t have, since I’m working full-time for another company and I also have two children, who need their father. Therefor I can’t submit any new app updates to Google Play anymore.

Balancing Adjustments

I’ve planned to make some balancing adjustments, which will make the game more rewarding and enjoyable. These adjustments are possible by changing the Arcanox server. I’ll announce these adjustments in more detail later.

In-App Purchase Shutdown On November 25, 2019

On December 1, 2019 Google will stop supporting the in-app purchase API that Arcanox is using. For the reasons I mentioned above, I won’t upgrade the Arcanox app and therefor also not the in-app purchase API. To avoid that the last payments are not executed correctly, I’ll shutdown buying Rubies and castle skins on November 25, 2019.

Arcanox Shutdown On October 30, 2020

Keeping Arcanox and Juhu Games running costs ~220€ per month. I would love to keep it running forever, but I’m not wealthy and have to feed three mouths. Therefor I’ll shut down Arcanox on October 30, 2020.

Until then there will be World Cups and other events and I hope that you’ll experience many fun and exciting moments together! 🙂

Thanks a lot for your support and the kind words over the last 5 years! ❤️

Chris

Arcanox is back online!

In German / Auf Deutsch

The Arcanox server is back online. I was able to repair the database, so this is NOT an old backup. The repair was a wild trip and it’s possible, that some accounts haven’t been restored. Please contact me, when your account is missing: chris@juhugames.com

There will be a compensation for the downtime, but I had no time to think about this yet.

Within the next weeks I’ll also post a new proposal regarding the future of Arcanox, on which I would like to hear your opinions.

Sorry for the downtime and all the trouble and thanks for the support and kind messages!

Chris

Database Repaired!

I was able to repair the damaged Arcanox database. On the first glance everything looks fine. I still need some more time for testing and to get the server back running.

I’ll keep you updated.

Sorry for the inconveniences and the trouble.

Chris

Future of Arcanox

In German / Auf Deutsch

The Arcanox database was irreparable damaged during maintenance work. Because of several mistakes from my side the last working backup is from February 2018. I’m really sorry and ashamed about that. (More details here )

Using the old backup would be frustrating and disappointing for everyone and I also don’t want to end Arcanox like this.

But I have a proposal, that hopefully reduces your justified anger and frustration and let’s everyone experience Arcanox in a better way than ever before.

Proposal

  • We reset the entire game.
  • Everyone starts with 5000 Rubies, 365 days premium account, Christmas presents every day all year long and earns a lot more Rubies when attacking other players and the AI.
  • No Pay2Win anymore. Buying anything for real money will be disabled.
  • In 11 months the final Arcanox World Cup will start.
  • The World Cup results will be posted on Twitter, Facebook and this website.
  • The game server will be shut down finally a few days after the final World Cup.

Complete List of Balancing Changes:

  • Everyone starts with 5000 Rubies instead of 200 Rubies.
  • Everyone will have the premium account for 365 days.
  • Maximum Rubies from attacks per day increase from 50 to 100 Rubies.
  • Maximum Rubies per attack increase by 2 Rubies, even for weak opponents, who gave no Ruby reward in the past at all. e.g. instead of earning 3 Rubies for destroying an enemies castle of your level, you will earn 5 Rubies.
  • Whenever you collect the last Christmas present in your castle, there will be new ones, when you log in the next time.

Reasons For The Proposal

  1. The Arcanox player base shrank after I stopped releasing updates and GooglePlay changed the ranking algorithms. But there are still enough players, when everyone starts from scratch, because everyone will be on a similar power level.
  2. Doing everything right from the beginning, applying all you have learned about Arcanox and making rapid progress is a lot of fun. Various Arcanox veterans started playing a second or sometimes even third account, because of this. And with all the balancing changes it would be even more rewarding and enjoyable.
  3. Pay2Win forces designers to make compromises on the gameplay. Without Pay2Win Arcanox will be all about skill, dedication and fun.
  4. Keeping Arcanox and Juhu Games running costs ~220€ per month. Last month the game made ~50€ revenue and it wasn’t much more before that. I’m not wealthy and have to feed three mouths. That’s why I can’t keep Arcanox running forever.
  5. The game will have final winners: the winners of the last world cup, the players/guilds on rank 1 on the leader boards. When you have achieved this, no one can take it away from you ever. And you’ll be the winner because of your skill, not because of your wallet. And that’s super cool IMO.

Your Opinion, Ideas & Feedback

Please let my know by email (chris@juhugames.com), Twitter or Facebook what you think about the proposal. I plan to make a decision on this not earlier than tomorrow night.

I’m really sorry about the data loss, but I’m also excited about the idea, that you could experience Arcanox in a pure, more rewarding and more enjoyable shape before it finally ends.

Thanks a lot for your support and the kind words over all the years!

Kind regards

Chris

Frequent Questions & Answers

Will there be a singleplayer version of Arcanox?

Making a singleplayer version of Arcanox would take me at least one month full-time. Upgrading Arcanox to a more recent Android SDK and GooglePlay API would take at least another two weeks as well. Without these upgrades I wouldn’t be allowed to submit the game or any updates to GooglePlay.

Right now I’m working 40 hours per week as an employee and I have 2 children, who need their father. Therefore I don’t have much time and energy left to work on projects in my spare time. Thus a singleplayer version of Arcanox is unlikely.

Data Loss

Unfortunately all my attempts to repair the damaged database files failed. The database Arcanox uses (MongoDB) has a built in repair and journaling system, but the damage seems to be too bad. I also wasn’t able to recover the data with lower level tools.

What makes the situation even worse is that the last working backup is from 29th February 2018. An automatic clean-up process deleted all the more recent backups.

I’m really sorry about this. It is totally my fault, that there is no more recent working backup.

I’m not sure how to proceed from here on. Since around 1.5 years the monthly costs for Arcanox/Juhu Games (~220€) exceed the revenues, but I didn’t plan to shut it down in the near future, because there are still players enjoying it.

I’ve to get some sleep now. Tomorrow I’ll think about how to proceed and if there are any ways to reduce the loss, frustration and anger.

I’m really sorry.

Chris

Server Downtime

The Arcanox server is offline since around 16 hours, because the data center did some changes during a scheduled maintenance. These changes require adjustment to the Arcanox server.

I’m very sorry, that I haven’t been able to take care of this earlier and that there haven’t been any news regarding this until now.

After fixing the server I’ll take measures to be able to react faster to such situations in the future.

Sorry for the inconveniences 🙁

Chris

Arcanox Guild Tournament Result – September 2019

The Top 4 Guilds received (divided among the top 40 members based on their weighted score):

1. 4500 Rubies
2. 3500 Rubies
3. 2500 Rubies
4. 1500 Rubies

1. SuperTiger with a total score of 63566
Ryu, Stranzl, 18am, M8e, Thor, mesut, Heimdall, LJDF, momix, exr, znia, alex, Hero, Nidhog, luluael, hitchen, omarino, Quentin491, játékos, Artur, Dracko, Wilo, ponds, clement11, Ichigo, bob, angistiti, Logos, zedd, kiwille, Hugh, Lordpaul, Unisus, MRF, lohit, migi, momochi, zazen, mojojojo

2. SAO with a total score of 57364
серж, Kotik89, gawg, Серж, PerfectCas, Brandon, valentin, Евген, picky, EZzzz, FearS, AsunaYuuki, renzo, Shark, Alcaon, Something, Zavadskij, Саня, martinsupe, Лорд, VeteR, Николандре, carlos, King, Exodia, hakzk, pickjet, Роман, Kirito, nekstari, Nolito, ролдж, Zephyr, fran656, NURLAN, 6aHaH, Enzo, ЛЕОН, Arceus, jobbas, Mavel03, leo, superya4

3. ГвардиЯ with a total score of 54096
boga, ENKe1, zmei, alefan, сима, Алексей, xer, CHERVAKUS, MakarkOFF, porshen35, roman, Night44, oper, hrust, макс, Кентохо, Ramon, Gino24, SnailMan, Игорь, Dru, Han, Ilyayra, Sloth, Иван, Выживший, Leta, AlviSlesh, Templar

4. Secrets with a total score of 48835
Dustan, jason, Asad, Shepard, awais, alvin579, Foxx, Dis, magicmouse, hade, ondra22, burundi, Günter, Bigiey, Grimmjow, Rasor07, nochesita4, julian, sandy, Brasswick, Vanguard, Achilles, Sebi, kukloch, capernicol, Caoz, Mappo, xJOKERSx, Valvulita, shaheer, Littlesix, Bilbo, didlmaus, Justin, Elenotlan, avi, Emanuel, lau, Travisty, renato, Narlog, ulises21, Atenea, Пиллигрим, Zoffi, Cborgx