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Merry Christmas and Happy Hinterlands! - posted on Sat Dec 25 at 20:56:30 by Timothy Collett

I am pleased to announce that the last bits of code for the Hinterlands feature package have now been committed to the repository. While there is still room for some testing and polish, the code is now broadly functional. (For those unsure what Hinterlands is, it was originally described in this old forum post, starting with "For the long term," though the details have changed a bit since then. A full announcement of the changes in this package will be coming soon.)

However, I can say without exaggeration that this is the single update with the most wide-ranging effects on the game since its earliest days. Because I do not wish to risk disrupting the current game situation unduly, I plan to set up a separate playtesting server running the Hinterlands code early in the New Year. Though details are yet to be determined, it will require creating completely new accounts, and it will be temporary, for the duration of the playtest, and likely to be significantly less stable than the regular game.

I will be writing up some further announcements in the coming week to give more details on all of this. For now, Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it, and to those who don't, Happy Hinterlands Day!

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