Updates: What are we working on?

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 30-Sep-11 | 28 comments

Enough of the updates with just added games! Let’s talk about some of the things we’re working on.

Played It

Play more than one game in a day?
We’ve updated the “Played It” feature so for every 2 Gamer levels you go up, you can say you played another game. So if you’re at Gamer level 5, you can say you played 3 games each day. This feature has the ability to be more detailed (saying who you played with, who won, etc.), but we’re keeping it simple for now.

Explorer hourglass

The Hourglass
We’re testing a quest that gives Explorer xp or Reporter xp if you’ve been on a game or news page for a certain amount of time. So… if you see an hourglass pop up in the lower right part of your browser window, click on it, and you’ll be rewarded. Note: What’s being tested is the frequency that the hourglass shows up, how much of a time delay there is, and how much of a reward is given.

Color avatars

Color Avatars
Soon (mid October) you will be able to spend BG gold on color avatars! An added bonus is each one comes with 5 border colors to choose from; blue, red, orange, yellow and green. If you get tired of the border color, you can easily change it at any time.

Profile Themes
Want to spruce up your profile page by swapping out the background with something else? Not only will you see it, but anyone who visits your profile will also see it… It’s in the works.

Custom themes

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Game themes, badges and avatars
Tasty Minstrel Games will be the first publisher to help us launch game specific themes, badges and avatars! Eminent Domain, JAB and Belfort will be the first games with these items available.

Eminent Domain theme, avatar and badges

Added Games:

Lancaster
Queen Games

Paris Connection
Queen Games

New York
Queen Games

Mammut
Queen Games

Show Manager
Queen Games

A Touch of Evil
Flying Frog Productions

Invasion From Outer Space
Flying Frog Productions

Neuroshima Hex
Z-Man Games

Blue Moon City
Fantasy Flight Games

Glen More
Rio Grande Games

Le Havre
Lookout Games

Added Expansions:

Nightfall: Martial Law (Stand-alone expansion)
Alderac Entertainment Group

Innovation: Echoes of the Past
Asmadi Games

Added Upcoming Games:

Penny Arcade The Game – Gamers vs Evil
Cryptozoic Entertainment

Nightfall: Blood Country (expansion)
Alderac Entertainment Group

Comments (28)

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Miniature Painter
Intermediate Reviewer
Master Grader

Flying Frog makes such beautifully crafted games!!

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1

What, I can’t record more than one game played per day? That quickly gets problematic… I don’t mind metagame elements like all these prizes and levels and stuff, but it’s sad when they interfere with use of the site.

I wonder, are there plans to add certain non-commercial games, like Chess, Go, Hex, etc. ? It would be a shame not being able to log them.

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I play blue
USA

Two games? Last night I would have needed seven. This was over a roughly five hour game session. Kingdom Builder, two plays of A Few Acres of Snow, 7 Wonders with Leaders and Mankin Pis and Dungeon Raiders. This is a typical game night. If you are concerned with devaluing your currency maybe change how loving game plays is rewarded.

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USA
Platinum Supporter
Petroglyph
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester

Sweet… Grandma likes. 🙂

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Paladin
Herald
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter

Oho! It’s here now. 🙂

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Paladin
Herald
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter

Yes, a few fellows with colored avatars appeared. But these features seem to be still admin-assigned, no trace how to change them in one’s own profile. Let’s wait then…

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Critic - Level 5
Professional Advisor
Expert Reviewer
Marquis / Marchioness

The few colored avatars and special backgrounds that are floating around are looking sharp! I look forward to the full roll-out!

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Platinum Supporter
Thunderstone Fan
I play blue

The hourglass is currently set up to appear between 90 and 180 seconds after the page loads … just enough time to have a good read of the page. This is of course only intended as a fun little extra thing.

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Knight-errant
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
Intermediate Reviewer
The Big Cheese 2012

I have seen the hour glass pop up while writing a couple of times, but then by the time I go down to click on it, it has dissappeared.

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Pet Lover
Novice Reviewer
Detective
Champion

@Macabee & @MarvinK

It usually takes a few minutes for an hourglass to show up. It’ll pop up in the lower-right corner of the screen (it’s very noticeable).

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7
I play black
Paladin
Knight-errant
BoardGaming.com Gold Supporter

Another thought: game specific avatars should also be unlockable based on plays/hearts etc. for the game in question.

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7
I play black
Paladin
Knight-errant
BoardGaming.com Gold Supporter

Oh, and please add black as a border color!

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7
I play black
Paladin
Knight-errant
BoardGaming.com Gold Supporter

Nice inprovements. Things are progressing nicely. I also haven’t seen any hourglasses pop up, but some have so that’s just probably my lack of either perception or opportunity.

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Knight-errant
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
Intermediate Reviewer
The Big Cheese 2012

I can’t wait to be in LIVING COLOR!

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Paladin
Herald
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter

There’s one more welcome feature: changing the tip type. By mistake I’ve incorrectly labeled my latest tip to “Robo Rally” as Strategy while it should be Rule and I can’t change it. 🙁

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Gamer - Level 7
BoardGaming.com Beta 1.0 Tester
Petroglyph
Explorer - Level 3

I like the fact that I can acknowledge the fact I play more than 1 game per day, but have yet to see any hourglasses pop up. exactly when do they appear? i.e. is it random times, when I access a game page I’ve been on forever or what?

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Norway
I play yellow
Asmodee fan
Count / Countess

What are the odds of you adding Neuroshima Hex just after I aquired it? I’ve played it for a while now but only recently got it myself. Nice addition, now I may add it under owned 😀

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Critic - Level 5
Professional Advisor
Expert Reviewer
Marquis / Marchioness

Jim (and friends) are working fast! The green hourglasses I’ve been seeing are adding points to Reporter correctly.

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Paladin
Herald
Advanced Reviewer
BoardGaming.com Bronze Supporter

It seems that some of the hourglasses (green ones) say that they add 1XP to Reporter while they add to Explorer like the blue ones.

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Pick a Favorite LGS
Robots on the Line fan
Miniature Painter
I play blue

We’re actually planning to open the site back up for registration in a couple weeks after we launch the new avatars, themes and identity badges. We want to make sure the new system has all of the kinks out. I’ll talk about identity badges in another article next week.

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