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Buildr Topic Icons

Starting tomorrow at 12PM, you will be able to submit Icons in ForumBuildr for each topic. You know, the little icons to the left of any post in the game.

Each icon must 60×15 in size, and represent the three topics chosen for the current build. This week they will be “Porn Shops”, “Websites” and “Directions.”

I’m really excited to see what kinds of icons you guys come up with. If some are really good, maybe we can integrate them into Flamebate proper.

Written by eviltrout

November 12, 2008 at 5:23 PM

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E-Peen(tm) Length

We’ve changed your E-Peen(tm) count to be an E-Peen(tm) length.

It’s a much more interesting way of tallying your E-Peen(tm), since not every E-Peen(tm) is created equal.

In general, E-Peen(tm) that are harder to obtain increase your E-Peen(tm) length by more than those that are easy to get.

Your E-Peen(tm) length is a value in inches less than 13″ — the first 6″ is really easy to earn, the next 7″ are much more difficult to pick up.

The length is calculated nightly based on all the E-Peen(tm) that are in circulation. As more E-Peen(tm) are added to the system, it automatically adjusts everyones length to take it into account.

Check out how well you fare. I’m a respectable 7.23″!

Written by eviltrout

November 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

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ForumBuildr update!

This week we’re deploying some of the new upgrades to the ForumBuildr tool.

Starting tonight after the maintenance period:

  • You will notice that thread titles are now split up into three topics that were submitted by the user. When you add a thread title, you have to start with the topic it belongs to.

  • You can submit a logo the second a build begins, but you can’t submit forum styles until Thursday at noon. Previously, you could submit a forum style right away, which led to many mismatched styles and logos. Voting for logos will also end on Thursday at noon, and then when people build styles they’ll know what logo they’re working with. I think this will lead to better designs overall!

  • The goal is to have a new and easier style builder in place on Thursday too, but that will depend how this week pans out in terms of the many other tiny things we’re working on!

Written by eviltrout

November 2, 2008 at 10:06 PM

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Coming Soon: ForumBuildr v2.0 BETA Upgrades

I’ve been saying for months that the part of Forumwarz that I want to upgrade the most is the ForumBuildr v2.0 BETA.

Right now it’s the only part of Forumwarz that requires manual intervention. Every Sunday night since we launched (with a couple of exceptions), I have had to stay home and do some work to make sure the stylesheet submitted jives with the existing site stylesheet. I also have to run some scripts to assign buildr scores and assign the difficulty of the forum.

The upgrades are going to move towards the Forum builds being completely automated, as well as making them a lot more customizable. I figured I’d let you guys know what we’re planning to deploy over the next little while in pieces:

  • Forum Ideas will have to give three topics for thread titles. For example, an army forum might have “Guns, Ammo and Camo” as the three topics. When a user submits a thread title, they will have to assign it into one of those topics. (this is being deployed tonight!)

  • The images for those topics can be designed and uploaded, voted on, etc, like logos.

  • We are going to allow people to upload icons for the forum, like the small pixel art ones we have for existing forums.

  • I am going to deploy a new “Style” builder to appeal to a wider audience. It will be a form that allows people without knowledge of CSS to build styles by playing with drop downs and color pickers. This will also solve my problem with the CSS not working when deployed. People will also be able to upload a background image!

  • Users will be able to submit custom titles for enemies in the forum. Again, more voting and fun!

  • Finally, we’re considering letting people upload avatars for the enemies themselves.

I think with these changes, the builds will get a lot more exciting, and will gain a lot more of the capabilities of the non-community forums!

I don’t have exact dates for most of these features, but expect to see them deployed over the next couple of weeks!

Written by eviltrout

October 26, 2008 at 4:00 PM

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Forum Builds Galore!

I can’t believe I just wrote “galore” but it’s late at night and I’m exhausted. Without further ado:

Stumped for ideas for your next doomsday device? Can’t figure out the formula behind the Penis-Snatcher™? Idolise Dr. Strangelove? Then unite with your fellow rejected members of the scientific community and plot the world’s downfall over the internet! You’ll be amazed at just how many ways we have of enacting revenge on those physicists who rejected your ideas, falsely stating that they “defied all moral standards of society”!

(I’m a fan of Fran’s awesome logo)

and…

Are you troubled by your excessive wealth? Trying to fit in in your community but can’t hide your yacht? Want to trade in your Ferrari for a Ford? Join Affluence Anonymous, where our twelve-step program can help you to stay middle class and help other millionaires stay middle class.

Our current build is Hall of Faded Fame:

The Hall of Faded Fame (HOFF) is a meeting place for all those celebrities no one celebrates any longer. One hit wonders, grown up child actors and bestseller authors under writer’s block – here they gather to exchange stories of their bygone days in the limelight and mourn about the ingratitude of their former fans.

Written by eviltrout

August 19, 2008 at 4:05 AM

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So…much…E-Peen(tm)

We got tired of always missing the deadline for creating new E-Peen(tm) when launching every fourth forum, so Jalapeno and I went nuts and created all the E-Peen(tm) for the forums you can pwn in a row through 100 as well as medals through 100.

This should last you guys a while :)

If you pwned 44 forums in a row and did not receive your E-Peen(tm) for it yet, please tubmail Evil Trout! Thanks!

Written by eviltrout

August 13, 2008 at 8:44 PM

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ForumBuildr Upgrades!

Our own Jalapeno Bootyhole has painstakingly renamed and modified about 45 of our word types for easier use!

The full list would be too long to list in this blog entry, so you can view it here as a spreadsheet.

Other Bugfixes and Enhancements

  • Searching for Word Types is much better. It can now find partial searches (like xbo for Xbox) or even words in the middle of other words. If you were frustrated with it before, give it another shot!

  • If you do a preview on a madlib, the pop-up with the suggestions now includes the @label so you can insert it much easier.

  • You now see 10 results in the search box instead of 5.

Written by eviltrout

August 5, 2008 at 11:51 PM

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New Forum Builds!

We have two New Forum builds since I last posted about them:

Don’t have time to write your thesis? Forgot about that paper due tomorrow? Is your boss going to fire you if you don’t turn in that ad copy soon? Search the internet for things other people wrote and “borrow” their ideas… and then post them here for the rest of us to steal! Throw ethics out the window and spend your time on more enjoyable pursuits (like fapping).

Cellmates is an online social networking web site that enables users to locate and interact with acquaintances from prisons, concentration camps, and even freeway clean-up groups nation wide. With over 40 million members from over 200 thousand detention facilities, Cellmates is the world’s best place to reunite with those precious souls you had hoped you’d never have to see, ever again.

Our current build is Mad Scientists:

Stumped for ideas for your next doomsday device? Can’t figure out the formula behind the Penis-Snatcher™? Idolise Dr. Strangelove? Then unite with your fellow rejected members of the scientific community and plot the world’s downfall over the internet! You’ll be amazed at just how many ways we have of enacting revenge on those physicists who rejected your ideas, falsely stating that they “defied all moral standards of society”!

Written by eviltrout

August 5, 2008 at 5:46 PM

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Site Updates – July 23

A New Domination Theme

This week we’re doing a trial run of awarding chocolate scoops from INCIT. We call this The INCIT Scoop!

We have decided to make a bunch of other changes to Domination this week as well, following feedback from the community and the results of previous theme weeks

Other New Domination Changes

  • You can now only hold 30 Domination Cards at once.

  • Medals are not awarded in the event of a tie.

  • You will receive 8 Vanilla scoops instead of 1 when you pwn 4 forums as a solo player.

  • The same account cannot have multiple characters taking part in the same raid.

  • Asshole cards can be used any time and removes 6 (instead of 10) scoops from the top player.

  • Bugfix: When a raid group pwns 12 forums, raid group members have to beat forums not already owned by anyone in their raid group in order to get subsequent scoops.

For more discussion on these changes, check out BingeBot’s thread.

Written by eviltrout

July 24, 2008 at 1:07 AM

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Site Updates – July 22

Software Upgrades

Forumwarz is now running on Phusion Passenger instead of Nginx and Mongrel. The kicker was when I asked Zed Shaw, the creator of Mongrel, about Ruby security vunerabilities at RubyFringe, and he said “Honestly, just use Passenger.”

When the creator of a piece of software (although who admittedly doesn’t maintain it anymore) suggests that I use another piece of software, I listen :)

New Features

  • Haxlrose’s resets are now always free, but limited to once every 4 days.

  • You can no longer undo a purchase if you have repaired an item since purchasing it. (a.k.a minrepair)

  • The penalty to your Ego for entering a forum with broken equipment is now related to how many times you take that particular item into combat while broken. In other words, if you unequip a broken item, enter a forum and do something, leave, equip it again and come back in, the penalty will remain until you fix it. (This fixes streaking).

  • If an account is permabanned, they lose all scoops and cards in their round of Forumwarz Domination.

  • If someone is temporarily banned, you can see the numbers of hours left on their profile page now instead of just the date.

New Policy on using scripts to achieve Speedruns

Don’t do it.

Written by eviltrout

July 23, 2008 at 4:15 AM

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