A Moment of Silence for Jumpgate Classic

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Today is the Old Girl's Last Day. :(

As you may recall from my obituaryJumpgate is closing its doors today forever. One of the most unique and special MMORPGs ever made will be no more, and I just wanted to ask for a moment of silence in tribute of this much beloved game. You’ll be missed, old girl, and you’ll never be forgotten.

Edit: So on a lark, I emailed the Gazillion folks to see if they would reactivate my account so I could fly around one last time…and they DID. However, I then found out that the server is closing at 5:00 PST…and there’s no way I’ll be home by then. I am just totally crushed right now. :/

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Squad Wars Q&A: Learning from The Past, Preparing for The Future

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Learn More with Our Q&A!

A little while back, I received work of a new space game being put together by some of the same minds behind my beloved Jumpgate, such as Scott Brown, one of Jumpgate’s creators. This new game, Squad Wars, looks to be similar in a lot of ways to Jumpgate, so of course I wanted to know more. I was therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to have a Q&A with Mr. Brown, and you can read the answers after the cut. Enjoy!

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Site Stuff: List Updates

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Making a List, Checking it A Billion Times...

Hey y’all, how are ya? I’m sure y’all are aware of my huge list of games I plan to review for this site (i.e. every space game ever made for a computer-based platform). I’m constantly updating it, but until now, I’ve not been able to find a way to also show my list of games I know of in development.

Well, in playing around with the associated Google Inline Spreadsheet Viewer plugin, I found that I could embed multiple sheets from the same document! Therefore, now if you scroll down, under the completed list is my list of space games in development…that I know of. ;)

This is where I need your help. If you happen to glance at the list and see a game that isn’t on there, please let me know. I try to put every game I find on there, but some slip through the cracks, so any help y’all could provide would be enormous.

Also, I’ve tried to make the list a bit more useful by adding a status column to the completed list. There you can easily see if a game has been reviewed, or is in the process of being reviewed, or not reviewed because I couldn’t find it. I’m hoping this makes the list more clear for everyone. Sadly, since this is still based on a Google Spreadsheet — it’s so easy to update! — I can’t yet embed links in there, but eventually I hope to fix that.

Anyway, just wanted to update y’all. Hope you’re having a great weekend, and thanks for visiting, as always! :)

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Site Stuff: Thanks For Your Patience

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You Guys are Represented by This Dog, and I Wanna Give Y'all a Hug! ;)

Hey y’all, I just wanted to chime in and personally thank everyone for their patience this week. I didn’t release any major content while running that integrated forum experiment because I didn’t want to lose any valuable comments. Rest assured that I’ve got several great articles coming in the pipelines for next week, including the conclusion of my Distant Worlds – Legends review series, the continuation of my Weird Worlds review series and more, so thanks again for visiting, and please stay tuned. :)

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Site Stuff: My Decision on the Forums

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One More Time...

Update: Hey y’all, the now new forums are now up. I still need to play around with the look of it, but it’s fully functional! Just click the link above or right here to head over and register. The good news, this forum has Tapatalk support, yay! The bad news, I wasn’t able to migrate posts and users over, so for that I apologize. You can see the old forums here for the time being, if you want to copy your posts over. Now you don’t have to register on the blog to post comments — though can if you still want to, if you want a custom avatar and such — so please head over to the forums and let me know what you think. Thanks!

 

Hey guys, how are you? First off, you may notice that we’re using WordPress comments for this post, and I’ll explain why in a moment. First, I want to thank everyone who signed up to help me with this experiment. It was fun, and I’m glad I tried it, but it opened my eyes to a few things.

First, the forum plugin, bbpress, is nice and simple, but honestly I think it’s TOO simple. I want this place to grow and expand and not just be a blog, but an even bigger community of awesome people than it already is. With its lack of search functionality and forum/thread granularity, for example, I think bbpress would get too unwieldy as it got bigger, making posts harder to find and providing a less-than-fun experience overall.

Secondly, I’ve realized throughout this I’ve always said I want this place to be a blog first, and…that can’t really happen in the forums are intertwined with the comments. I’ve been doing some research and a lot of thinking, and realize that it’s best if users have the option of both quickly commenting on a post and, if they choose, visiting the forums as well. That way the blog can be a gateway to the forums, but not dependent upon them. That way they don’t even have to go through a sign up process if they don’t want to, as WordPress’ comments system works pretty well as is.

Therefore, over the next day or two, I’ll be installing MyBB as our forum. I’ve done a lot of research on free forum software and played with some, and MyBB just clicked in terms of usability and feature set. I want to again thank you all for helping me with this experiment, it gave me a lot of insight. I’m hoping the new forum will be even more fun to use once it’s all set up. I also thank you for your patience in this. My site is growing faster than any blog I’ve ever had, and I’m trying to grow along with it, so it’s a big learning experience for me, and I thank you all for making it as awesome an experience as it’s been thus far. :)

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