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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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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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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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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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Behind the Scenes Updates

There are some updates behind the scenes affecting the programming language Find Gamers uses.  This upgrade shouldn't effect your experience on our site.

If you encounter a new error or something weird, be sure to let me know through Feedback.  Please be sure to include what you were doing and the page you were on if possible.

Thanks guys! 

 
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RPG Talk

There is a great resource on Discord for the gaming community called RPG Talk.  It's an active chat community centered around tabletop roleplaying games. They have casual play-by-post games, and channels to talk about your favorite game.  You can also find dedicated channels for lfg (looking for group), pug (pickup groups), crowdfunding, game production and gaming with a whole lot more.

Some of you might remember the community from it's time on Slack.  However recently the community has moved to Discord to take advantage of it's unlimited chat logs.  I personally find it a fun place to hang out with other tabletop gamers.

I hangout on RPG Talk fairly often, so it's a great way to chat with me as well.

 

Some starting tips for RPG-Talk:

  • After signup you'll automatically join a few channels like #general, #introductions and #off-topic.  Once you log-in for the first time, make certain to say hello in #introductions.  Chances are someone will ask you what games you enjoy playing, it'a a great way to get your toe in the water.  
  • Type /channels in any channel.  You'll get a private message from the RPG Talk Bot with the current channel list.  Joining channels is easy, just type /join channel_1 channel_2 channel_3 etc.  Incidentally I'd keep an eye on that list, it's updated frequently.
  • Don't be afraid to chat with people.
  • Be patient.  Sometimes the channel members you'd like to talk with might be tied up with work or real life.  Other times they might live in other time zones around the world.  If you are trying to get the attention of a specific person in a channel, start by typing @ and their name.  As you type a window will pop up and you can select them.  They'll get a notification that you mentioned them specifically.

Taking a look at the Discord widget below, you can see who is online right now.  But below that is the Connect button, you can click it join.  One last thing:  Although Discord has great support for voice chat, most members of RPG-Talk only uses text-chat.

 



 
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