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Game News
  • By: Maelish
  • 07/30/2014 12:12 pm

Statistics Tell a Story

As of today on July 30th, 2014.  There are some interesting statistics generated by the users here at Find Gamers.

Can Host: 34.3%
Can GM: 48%
Game Online: 29.9%
 

These numbers are interesting.  If they continue to hold true as the site grows, it could explain why some of us have trouble finding other folks to game with.  Firstly, only a third of us are able to host games.  This is a huge hurdle to overcome, because if you don't have a place to game - then you have no game.  It's an interesting dilemma and something I'd love to help solve.  So hopefully soon there will be a new searchable option for `places to play.`  There will be also search options for game stores, private gaming groups, clubs etc. 

Great news on the GM'ing front.  With almost a50% of you interested in running a game, there are no shortage of options there.  Gaming Online is far more popular than I expected it to be.  I honestly can't stand to game online so you guys are amazing to me.   

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 07/08/2014 11:27 am

Welcome Great Britain and Canada

I'd like to welcome gamers from Canada and Great Britain to Find Gamers.  You'll can now search for local gamers in your area via our search tool.  Just remember to set your Postal Code in Basic Preferences to get started.  GB gamers should use their Outward Code only and Canadians should use their FSA postal codes only.

Any Events, Conventions or Local Events will work exactly as the Gamer Search feature.   If you have questions or see problems, let me know via feedback.  

Update:  

One of the new UK users mentioned some confusion about how the postal codes should be entered.  So I have clarified the instructions a bit.  I've also added some new code in the Basic Preferences.  When you submit a postal code, the site runs a check.  If it's good then you're told which "city" you are in.  Otherwise it gives you a list of alternate locations if there are any partial matches.

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 06/26/2014 12:16 pm

Testing Canadian Postal Codes

I've been wanting to add more table top gamers to our little party for a while.  So as a first step, I've added the FSAs for the Canadian Post Code system to the gamer search.  This means our friends in Canada can start using Find Gamers to find other gamers near them.  At this time the Gamer Search works great and the Event system seems to as well but the flavor text still says 'zip code' throughout the site.  And honestly guys, I'm going on vacation in a few days.  So give me a break, I promise to work on it when I get back!  All of the syntax and confusing text will be updated and tested.  If you run into a bug, please let me know in Feedback!

In the future there are plans to add Australia and Great Britain.  Honestly it would already have been done except for the fact that my geolocation functions weren't written for your postal code systems.  There are complications involving lots of repeated postal codes.  I'll get it worked out eventually, so don't give up on me.  :-)
 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 06/18/2014 09:46 am

More Zip Code Updates

Back on March 27th, the Zip Code data for Find Gamers was updated.  But weirdness kept cropping up, apparently the database had some problems that I've finally fixed, tested and updated this morning.  At this time the domestic USA seems to be 100%, some of the missing locations for a few of our users aren't missing any more.  US islands and territories like Micronesia, Guam and sunny Saint Croix in the US Virgin Islands are now in the database as well.

All of the public US military base zip codes have been added as well.  Unfortunately the federal government doesn't like to hand out the latitude and longitude for those locations.  So all of those numbers are zeros, which is kind of weird if you look on a map.  Latitude 0 and longitude 0 is in the middle of the ocean south of Ghana and west of Cameroon in Africa.  So maybe thats the secret lost location of Atlantis and they're just hiding it from us.  Either way this presents a problem for APO military gamers.  So for now I'd suggest putting your base name in your biography text until I can come up with a solution.  If any military gamers have a suggestion on how to fix this otherwise, I'm open to suggestions.
 
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General
General
  • By: Maelish
  • 05/23/2014 08:30 am

Login with Facebook & Password Recovery

This morning as of 8:07 am, there is a new feature on Find Gamers that allows Log In With Facebook.  It's been tested as much as one guy can (that would be me) and it seems to be working fine.  But Facebook has changed their application interface 4 times in the last 2 weeks, it makes set-up and testing a pain.  If some Facebook users wouldn't mind trying out the new login then sending feedback or leave comments, I'd appreciate it.  If you do send feedback about some type of foobar, please be detailed about exactly what you see.   If it breaks you can blame me & Facebook at the same time.

Also this week the password recovery process has changed.  Find Gamers no longer sends your password in an email when you Sign Up or Recover your Lost Password.  From now on when you recover your password you'll get an email with a link.  The password recovery link is only good for 24 hours, after that you'll have to request password recovery again.  I know it seems like an extra step but it'll protect your privacy and Find Gamers account.
 
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Game News
Game News
  • By: Maelish
  • 05/16/2014 11:29 am

Tabletop Wargame Updates

As of late there has been increasing interest from several gamers actively requesting the addition of Boardgame Style Wargames. Because of that I've changed the title of the wargames page from Miniatures Wargames to the more generic Tabletop Wargames.  This allows Find Gamers to be more inclusive of a greater tabletop wargaming audience and maybe help some of you find gamers in your local area.  Thats why we're here right?  :-)  

Keep in mind that Find Gamers is interested in adding not just new games but popular older games as well.  So feel free to send us the names, information and publisher links for games we might have missed.  Other folks have requested new games recently, here is a partial list of new Tabletop Wargames that are now available to add to your Gamer Profile:  Malifaux, Dead Zone, Star Wars: X-Wing, Battle Cry, Ogre, Advanced Squad Leader, Commands and Colors, Twilight Struggle, De Bellis Antiquitatis, De Bellis Magistrorum Militum and Puppet Wars.
 
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