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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 07/04/2018 03:57 pm

Minor Upgrade

Today (July 4th) we upgraded software on the server side of our site.  Originally we thought it would force everyone to change their passwords, surprisingly that turned out not to be true.  No one is happier about that than Maelish.

For our members, the upgrade gives a minor speed boost and changes to password encryption.  The new version will encrypt (hash) your password far more effectively than before.  We recommend that our members change their passwords.  When you do, it'll save a far more difficult to crack version of your password.

If you experience any other odd problems or error messages, please send Feedback.  We really do appreciate it!


 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 05/14/2018 10:39 am

Password Migration

Sometime in the next month Find Gamers will upgrade it's password encryption methods.  We have not been hacked or had a security snafu.  Rather, it's a proactive measure to keep your account more secure.   It's not just us, a lot of websites are doing the same.  Honestly, it's just a smart move and helps to lock things up a little tighter.  The change should be fairly painless for our members.  


What You Need to Know: 

  • The update will invalidate everyone's current password including my own.  
  • You'll need to use Forgot Password? on the Sign In page.
  • There will be a notice on our front page afterwards pointing back to this news article.  It will be there for at least 30 days after the upgrade.
  • This news article will be updated to reflect the change.


Why are we doing this upgrade now?  It's because we're updating the coding language to make the site faster.  Faster and more secure sounds good right?

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 03/13/2018 09:10 am

Vote to add Games for your Biography

We've added a new survey page to Find Gamers.  Our first batch of polls will be a follow-through on something I've promised quite a few members, the ability to vote on adding game systems for our user's Gamer Biographies. 

Going forward - members can request newer options, game systems et cetera through Feedback.  Then we'll typically add a poll to the Survey page, members can then vote to make it available below and to our member's Gamer Biographies.

If our new polling page is adopted by our users, we might add comments to them.

You can jump to the survey page by clicking here.  

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 02/04/2018 07:13 pm

Twitter Posts for Groups!

A special hello to our gamers who love their Twitter.  Our website is now testing a new way to share FG member's group pages.  It's a new option that allows our #lfg #tabletop #gamers to share their group's page here at Find Gamers.   It's completely optional.  Every time you create a new group or update your existing group, we'll send a tweet out about your group updates.

I've been asked a few times, why would FG do that?  Well, honestly it's just to help our members out.  It's the only reason this website exists in the first place.  We spread the word, people notice and then come back to this site to read your group's information page.  Piece of cake right?

Twitter users can follow the site's twitter posts here:  https://twitter.com/Find_Gamers


 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 12/04/2017 10:17 am

Failure, Irritation and Zero Notification

If you have noticed some weirdness with Find Gamers lately, just know you aren't alone.  Our hosting company decided to convert it's web servers to an entirely different product without notifying it's clients.  The result was like boarding a train to failure and not a little bit of irritation on my part. 

I won't go into all of the details but the site kind of blew up for a few days.  We think everything is working right now.  At this point, the only weirdness might involve our web fonts.  You'll know if they aren't working just by looking at the main menu on the left. 

Try clearing your browser cache if they aren't showing up yet.  If you are still affected, please log-in and then let me know through Feedback.   

 
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General
General
  • By: Maelish
  • 10/26/2017 08:28 am

Got Wargame Ratings?

In the course of updating the available wargames in our Games & Genres, I've been trying to add more popular games to Find Gamers.  But it's hard to find a websites or publications that have information about the popularity of different wargames.  So I'd like to ask our members about some information we need your help in finding.

The first would be industry data on the sales of wargames over the past few years.

Secondly and more useful, do you know of a website that has a list of wargames that's similar to Board Game Geek's ranking system.  This type of information would let us know more about games that slow-burn over years.  They are popular over decades instead of driven by pop-culture trends.

Board Game Geek does have a "Wargame" section but it's a list of wargame style board games.  So it only includes games with boardgame mechanics like Axes & Allies but not for games like Bolt Action.  Their list does have a few very popular pop-culture games like the X-Wing Miniatures Game.  But it's a list voted on by predominately board gamers, not wargamers.  We're looking for games voted on by wargamers.

Our members probably know more about Wargames than I do.  If you aware of a source with information that Find Gamers can use, please pass it along to us.  Thanks!

 
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