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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 11/03/2014 02:25 pm

Gaming Groups Now Available

Hey guys, since we're speedily coasting toward the holiday season.  I'm giving a new gift to Find Gamers users - Gaming Groups.  Now you can build game groups and advertise them along with your own personal Gamer Bio.  As with all new features, please let me know through Feedback if there are problems, bugs or oddities.

To build a new group, click on the user's icon on the right-side menu, it looks like 2 heads.   Then you can click Make a New Group to do that very thing.  From my personal experience, no two groups are the same.  So Find Gamers allows you to rate Roleplaying, Wargaming, Card & Board Games and Larping on an interest scale of 1 to 5 for your group.  Give it a try!

 
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Feature Creep
Feature Creep
  • By: Maelish
  • 10/09/2014 04:27 pm

Feedback Captcha Replaced

I've recently had a lot of complaint about the captcha on Feedback and Signup.  But as of right now, the Feedback captcha has been 100% replaced.  The sign-up page is next and should be fixed within the next 24 hours.  I've leave a note here after it's been updated.

Edit:

I've updated the sign-up form too.  Both dice captchas have been replaced.  If you have problems and  all else fails, send an email to support at the findgamers.us website.

 
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Game News
Game News
  • By: Maelish
  • 08/14/2014 08:53 am

Great Starting day for Gencon

Got an early morning update from Aahz, one of our Find Gamer users at Gencon.  Since it seems a great year for the D&D All Access Pass, he decided to enjoy the mystery spiffs and 16 hours of dedicated D&D 5E game time.  Look what they gave the folks who bought that package this morning.  Looks like a great way to start Gencon to me.

 
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Game News
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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