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  • #3093

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I’m using the News tag and the Updates tag for official website posts, but to increase visibility, I’m also starting a thread for both as well.  Sometimes my posts here will simply be links to the official website posts.

    In today’s case, there’s not much to say or write, so I’m just going to share the news to the forum directly.  Today (2/7/2019) I messaged Zev Shlasinger (formerly of Z-Man Games, creators of Merchants and Marauders), who now is part of their board game department.

    Check out his response here.

    Zev Shlasinger Pirates CSG

    #3277

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I just changed the home page to be “regular” instead of full width.  This is mostly so the top menu shows up the same on the home page as it does on nearly all other pages.  Added an Affiliate Disclosure to the Privacy Policy page, as I’d prefer to have all the “official legal junk” in one place.  XD  Since there was a bit of extra room on the third line of the menu, I also added the recent and rapidly growing Fleets category to the menu to fill it out.

    Any feedback on how the site looks/functions (I still need to check/improve the speed more often, it’s just technical and sometimes difficult/time-consuming to figure out) is appreciated, just realize that improvements will probably be incremental and slow compared to some of the major stuff from last year. (which was inevitable given how new/bare/slow the site was at various times in its first ~8 months)

    #3380

    Ben
    Keymaster

    On Saturday I asked Wizkids and NECA on Facebook “What would it take to bring back Pirates Constructible Strategy Game?”

    They responded this morning with the same message they sent me in March 2017 when I inquired about whether or not they had the license/rights to Pirates CSG.

    Hi Ben,

    At this time I do not have nay information about the Pirates CSG/Pirate of the Spanish Main.

    Thank you,

    The WK Team

    #4300

    Ben
    Keymaster

    During the recent podcast, Mike Selinker shared with me the patent for the Chop Shop Challenge game he mentioned (which I can’t find online so far).  It says “Application status is Abandoned”.

    Then of course there’s the two patents from Jordan Weisman of Wizkids, which I’ve researched and looked at before.  Both of those still appear to be in the hands of WK/NECA, though they may expire in 2021/2022.

    https://patents.google.com/patent/US6899332B2/en

    https://patents.google.com/patent/US6899333B2/en

    #5180

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Huzzah!!  I finally made another change to the site, one I had been wanting to do for a while.  On most of the sidebars (including the home page) you can now see a “Best Posts” widget/menu with 10 featured posts!  😀  (I like the uniqueness/relevancy of the forum sidebar, and don’t really want to add more to it in case it might slow things down)

    Apparently my site now has 113 pages and 465 posts, with additional url’s for tags, categories, and whatnot.  Understandably the navigation can get a little tricky!  I’m quite happy with the top menu but wanted to display some additional best content without adding to it.  (Game Ideas was heavily considered, and still might someday replace something in the main menu)

    I plan to occasionally update the Best Posts area and change things out once in a while.  Right now I like what is on there, and the order (Beginner’s Guide right at the top, followed by action items like Game Ideas and the surveys).  The Mike Selinker podcast has not gotten much feedback for what it is, so hopefully more people will see it now.  Couldn’t help but add some battle reports there as well, some of which I’ll switch out with time.

    Feel free if you have suggestions for what should be in the Best Posts area!

    #5270

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Huzzah!  I currently seem to be ranking #2 in google for “Pirates CSG” behind only Miniature Trading!  😀

    #5271

    Xerecs
    Participant

    Huzzah!  I currently seem to be ranking #2 in google for “Pirates CSG” behind only Miniature Trading! 😀

    Nice, break out the special reserve rum, for parties and other extravagant affairs!

     

    Edit: I’m having a problem with the Custom Ships thread, it keeps logging me out when I click on it. Could be a problem on my end, but heads up.

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    #5274

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I’m having a problem with the Custom Ships thread, it keeps logging me out when I click on it. Could be a problem on my end, but heads up.

    Are you accessing the thread from the main forum, from the notification in the top right corner, or from an email notification link?

    I was just able to post there after going to the latest post from the main forum, but that might just be because I’m the admin.

    #5275

    Xerecs
    Participant

    Are you accessing the thread from the main forum, from the notification in the top right corner, or from an email notification link?

    I was just able to post there after going to the latest post from the main forum, but that might just be because I’m the admin.

    I’ll get an e-mail when a new post is made, at the bottom is a post link URL, which I click on to go here to the forum and read it. I got one today, followed the URL on the bottom, and it took me to the thread, but I wasn’t logged in, and the most recent post was the 90 point ten mast.

    I suspect this has something to do on my end with cookies and stuff.

    #5276

    Ben
    Keymaster

    I suspect this has something to do on my end with cookies and stuff.

    It might be, I had to clear some histories yesterday to get logged into the forum page properly.  However, there were a few issues with the site 2 days ago, so there’s a chance it’s a leftover problem from that.  That said, it’s strange that you can post here not there.  Try clearing your history or cookies/etc from a recent time and maybe try posting after going to the thread straight from the forum (while already logged in).

    #5339

    Xerecs
    Participant

    Weirdness continues. When I’m on the main forum page, I’m shown as not logged in. However, once I click on a thread and go in, I’m suddenly logged in. I haven’t checked the Customs thread yet though. I’m fairly sue that the oddity is on my end, though I’m not sue what to do about it, since I’ve already removed some cookies and stuff.

    #5351

    Ben
    Keymaster

    Weirdness continues. When I’m on the main forum page, I’m shown as not logged in. However, once I click on a thread and go in, I’m suddenly logged in. I haven’t checked the Customs thread yet though. I’m fairly sue that the oddity is on my end, though I’m not sue what to do about it, since I’ve already removed some cookies and stuff.

    Please let me know if it continues or affects your participation/enjoyment here.  I had a somewhat similar issue a few days ago when the hosting company had to change a few things to get the site back online.  Glad to see you post in CS again.

    If you want I can report your issue to the hosting support system, but it is weird that it seems to only be affecting your account.  (that we know of)

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