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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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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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