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  • 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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Opinions & Ramblings
  • By: Maelish
  • 04/29/2015 11:12 am

Sly Flourish on Finding Players

Our goal here is to help tabletop gamers find new friends and bringing them together to enjoy the fun of the tabletop gaming experience.  It is a great stress reliever and good social experience for many folks, giving them a break from the real world.  Occasionally we like to post parts of articles from other web sites who have some good advice for us.  Mike Shea, also known as Sly Flourish wrote an article a couple of years ago that continues to be a good source of ideas.  His short article on Finding Players using a variety of sources is solid and practical.  I recommend not only reading his suggestions but giving them a try, the results might surprise you.

Of all the difficulties facing your D&D game, the greatest will always be finding and keeping a great group of players. Some groups have managed to stay together living through adventures for decades. Most of us, however, have to work actively to build and keep our groups going as long as we can. The demands of our time, our commitments to family and work, and where we live often gets in the way of us forming and maintaining a regular group.

As times change, so change the ways we can bring players to our table. Today we're going to look at a few ways you might find players and get them playing D&D at your table.

You can find the entire article here at the Sly Flourish website along with a lot of other good.

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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 04/13/2015 09:47 am

Upgrade Complete

The Find Gamers site has been completed.  Some users might have minor issues with graphics until their browser cache has been cleared.  I'm working on forcing that on my end, most browser caches should clear in about a minute.

If you have any problems with the upgrade, please let me know through Feedback.  

A few things to be aware of:

  • You now have a Sent box in Messaging.  It'll allow you to remember what you've said in previous messages.
  • There is a more robust editor that uses Markup for sending messages and for use in the description of Events, Groups and your Gamer Bio.
  • Speaking of Gamer Bio, there are a lot of new features in it.  Have you noticed the new Roleplaying Preferences?
  • Online Gamers will want to set their time zone.  It'll help you to know the time difference between yourself and other Online Gamers. 
  • Fonts too small?  Don't like the menu on the side bar?  Change it in Website Configuration in your Gamer Profile.
  • Online Groups listings are finally working.  Woot!
  • You can see the Gamer Bio of anyone who has sent you a message.  Click the down arrow next to reply and you'll see the option.

Other things to know:

  • Facebook Login is disabled for the moment.  Facebook has redesigned their API, so it's forcing a lot of changes behind the scenes. (Fixed)
  • Activity Schedules for Events & Conventions are also disabled.  It wasn't robust enough in the past, so I want to make it a lot better than before.
  • A bug was reported that only seems to be affecting Inbox messaging.  It only occurs in IE, so until the fix happens (hopefully today), try using Chrome or Firefox instead. (Fixed)
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  • By: Maelish
  • 03/03/2015 09:12 am

Life is like a box of chocolate Squigs

Just a little note to apologize to you guys for so few updates lately.  My life, like many of yours is just nuts sometimes.  So while building the new version of Find Gamers I am trying to sell my home and house hunt for a new one.  My wife has also had the kidney stone from the lower planes of hell during this adventure.  So all of that is slowing things down a tinsy bit and naturally it's all my fault.  :-)

Still, if you would like to see some screen shots of the new version (coming soon to a web browser near you), just go over to the Find Gamer's Facebook Page and take a look, I hope you'll be impressed.  The focus is on making the site more feature rich but easier to use.  For instance, there will be Sent Messages so you can easily read messages you've sent to other gamers. 

I've been considering how to add Board & Card games to the site.  Unlike other branches of tabletop gaming, there are thousands of board games out there and it would be impossible to include enough to make folks happy.  But it would be nice to give you guys some options and eventually include a way to search for gamers who enjoy playing them.  So I'll be adding a new section on Board & Card Game Preferences.  Right now I'm considering these preferences: American, European, Dice, Card, City Builder, Cooperative & Competitive.  Any feedback from you on new types of Preferential Categories would be amazing. I look forward to your comments.

One of the other new features I've added for the upcoming FG version are Site Preferences. You'll be able to change the Font Size of the site (great for people with high-res monitors & folks with bad eyesight) and change the main menu styles to accommodate your personal interests. There are also options to control how often you get email notifications about specific things.

Also like the new gaming preferences mentioned above, there will be a new way to expand your Gamer Profile by rating your interests in specific Roleplaying Playstyle Preferences.  Those are things like Sandbox, Casual Gamer and Hack‑n‑Slash.  Only the ones you select interest in will appear in your expanded Gamer Profile.

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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 01/07/2015 09:41 am

Major Theme Update

Unfortunately the tools & options I'd like to give Find Gamer users has outgrown the web theme, or the visual layout, for the site. And annoying little bugs are creeping in that are causing problems for IOS 8 users for instance. So I've got a new theme for Find Gamers on the way.

It'll work better with cell phones and tablets, not just desktops. More importantly it'll allow new features and allow me to grow the site allowing more gamers lost in the wilderness to find gamer buddies.

If you are interested in being a beta tester of the new layout as it develops, shoot me a message either here or on Find Gamers.

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  • By: Maelish
  • 12/12/2014 09:45 am

Some Random Information About Our Users

Back in February the most populous states on Find Gamers were Tennessee, Alabama, Washington, Texas and Colorado.

Ten months later things have changed a bit.  The new top 5 populous states are California, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Illinois.  Isn't it interesting how 4 of those are the same but have changed places?  It makes me curious why those 4 are still on top.

90.9% of you are using postal codes but only 73.6% of the users are searchable.  Guess some people like to lurk.  :-)  

A surprising 11.2% of you are using my quirky but somehow still functional Facebook signup & login.  I consider you the brave few.

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