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  • By: Maelish
  • 09/18/2015 10:41 am

Surprising Benefits in Tabletop Gaming

As Patrick Allen over at Lifehacker has pointed out, there are quite a few surprising benefits to roleplaying games.  Naturally we'd expect most of these benefits to extend to wargames and of course board & card gaming.  

The first obviously would be the benefit of making new friends through table-top gaming.  But there is often a subtle unrecognized growth in social skills development that you get through conversation.   And let's not forget that with most gaming you get to flex your brain through use of tactics, learning how to work as a team and problem solving skills.  

However roleplaying is often unique from other types of tabletop gaming because it requires you to work through a dynamic and often an unpredictable story.  It doesn't matter if you are the Game Master running the game or one of the players.  Playing your character's personality through the game's adventure and the situations that unexpectedly occur require a high degree of creativity.  Over time you simply get better thinking outside the box and that has real world benefits.

In short, gaming is a useful hobby.  You meet new people and can develop a number of new skills.  If you don't believe me, read the full article at Lifehacker.  It's called "The Surprising Benefits of Role-Playing Games (and How to Get Started)."  You can read the entire article on their site.

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 08/04/2015 11:00 am

The Compendium

Our members might notice a new option in your menu options today.  The Compendium is in beta testing for our registered members.  It is intended to be a by the numbers catalog of high quality web sites that will be scrutinized by the toughest critics we can find - our members.

At this time The Compendium is accepting website recommendations.  In the near future you'll be able to report bad links and more importantly you'll be able to vote on sites that appear in the page.  The site's rank will rise based on your votes.   During beta testing an error or two might creep in, please report those errors in Feedback when possible.  The number of features The Compendium eventually has will be driven by its use. 

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 07/10/2015 10:39 am

Emails, Aol and My Thinning Hair

It's come to my attention that a small percentage of users haven't been getting emails from Find Gamers.  This affects notifications about messages from other users and password reset information.  After doing some digging and subsequently pulling the hair out of my head in repeated frustration, I discovered that AOL is blocking those emails.  Ironically enough they own several hosting companies where other user's email domains reside as well.  So those emails aren't reaching users either. 

Ironically Google Gmail is fine.  Also all emails going to domains hosted by Google are getting through without a problem.  For that matter pretty much everyone else is getting their email as well.  Too bad Google doesn't have a hair restoration product to save me from AOL, they seem to have everything else at the moment.

Still - this is pretty frustrating for me since it keeps a couple dozen of you from getting email notifications from Find Gamers.   I've contacted the AOL postmaster service but they blame somebody else.  The somebody else blames guess who... somebody else and the circle of blame continues.   I am trying a few tricks on my end and our hosting provider is looking into solutions too.  However if nothing gets fixed soon I'll probably start sending the automated messages through a 3rd party email provider like Mail Chimp or something similar because ironically AOL doesn't block them.

So I'll try to keep everyone up to date on this issue and hopefully have an update for you next week.  Keep an eye on this new entry for new information.


UPDATE (8/4/15)

It looks as though we're finally got AOL, MSN and Hotmail to accept emails.  Holding onto my `woot` until I'm certain.


UPDATE (8/18/15)

99.999% of all emails are now reaching users.  Some occasional password resets were not.  A new fix is in place that should catch those and send them correctly.  All of the bad emails end up in my inbox but remember that you can send feedback without being logged if you continue to have trouble.  

 
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Opinions
Opinions & Ramblings
  • By: Maelish
  • 06/16/2015 09:40 am

Are your dice Cheating?

Apparently some of my dice are cheaters.  How about yours?



 
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General
General
  • By: Maelish
  • 05/31/2015 01:58 pm

Find Gamers Attacked But No Critical

Last week on 5-27 we were attacked by a group that identified themselves as Muslim Corporation Cyber, a pro-palestinian hacker group.  What they have against gamers - who knows, maybe they don't like dice or something.  

We were down for days waiting on our provider Hostgator to do a security analysis AND we're still waiting for them to get around to it.  

  1. It doesn't appear the database was touched, however all site and security passwords were changed within hours of the breach.  
  2. However as a safety precaution  All User's Passwords have been scrambled.  
  3. This means everybody including myself have to use the password recovery process to get back into their accounts.
  4. It works fine, I just used it to recover my own account.  
  5. If you have problems, send feedback.
  6. If you have other questions, leave them as comments in this new article.
 
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In Other News...
Sites Worth Mentioning
  • By: Maelish
  • 05/21/2015 09:33 am

New 3d miniatures are on the horizon

David Lowry over at Club Fantasci has an interesting find on a new 3d miniatures company called Imagine 3D Miniatures.  It's worth the look.

I wonder if in the next few years we'll see complaints from sculptors and miniatures companies like Reaper in the same way buggy manufacturers complained about automobiles.  Either way this is the start of a change in miniatures that will revolutionize gaming for all forms of the tabletop experience.  


You can read his write-up on the Imagine 3D Miniatures and a lot more here at Club Fantasci.

 
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