App Updates

Battle Reports & New Domain

Posted Apr 27, 2019 by: JonathanBattle Reports & New Domain

We're excited to announce a number of new updates for the Game Fortress web app. Read below for more details:

  • For starters, we've got a new domain! We feel that gamefortress.app better expresses what our site is about, especially as we prepare to launch our app in the Microsoft and Google Play app stores (Apple will come later). Note that your logins remain the same, but you may have to login to the app again due to the domain change.
  • Battle reports. We've added in new battle reports functionality. Now, whenever you're participating in an event you can create an exciting monument to your victory, or testament to a painful loss. To create a battle report, simply navigate to the public page for an event you attended after it has started or been completed. Click the battle reports link on the left hand navigation. Create a new battle report by entering a title and then uploading photos of your endeavors. Click the pencil icon on each photo to edit it and add a title explaining the context of the snapshot.
  • Share buttons. You will now find buttons that allow you to share content on various pages as you're exploring on mobile.
  • Clubs. You can now select a club name when signing up for an event. This shows locality & team support in event player results but is otherwise decorative. We will integrate it with league rankings eventually.
  • Various improvements to mobile, unit autolookup features, bug fixes in regard to like buttons and other functionality.

Major Updates Released

Posted Mar 02, 2019 by: Jonathan

March marks the release of a significant update for Game Fortress. We're very excited to announce these changes and look forward to any feedback from the community.

Payment & Free Tier

First off, the biggest change. All currently built functionality is now free! We want to give back to the community and provide an incentive for people to invite others,without worrying about money. In the future, as use of the app increases, we anticipate adding additional, paid-for functionality. This might include things like fully tracked and built out experiences for narrative campaigns and tools for more easily finding gamers in your geographic region.

Leagues

We've built an open ended league system. This includes built in tracking for ITC events, & Game Fortress leagues, but more importantly - it allows you the hobbyist, or store owner, or event manager to create your own leagues! Keep these private or open them to the public. Add in restrictions & timelines optionally. As events are completed, points will be applied to the participants for the league after a short period of time. Members can then review their league history and view the leader-board for the league in the explore section.

Progressive Web App

This is a technical term for saying a website that behaves like an app. You can now pin the site on your home screen on your mobile device. What's more, resources used on the site will be cached to allow for fast performance even after moving onto low signal or slow wifi. How this works is when the site is first viewed, the web app is installed on your browser and caches certain resources. When you return to the site, your browser will use the local copies instead of pulling them down from the web. Finally, we've also built in a backup system of your collections, projects & lists so that you can view these even when you're offline! This should allow you to display your lists or show off project pictures during a game, even if you have no service.

List Building Improvements

We've made various changes to list & collection building to improve the experience. In particular, we've added an autolookup for upgrades to allow you to more easily find a matching cost for the upgrade you are trying to add to a unit. We've also patched the process for changing upgrade costs to perform better. This makes it so that when you have to change the cost for an upgrade for a particular faction, due say to a rules change, you can easily update costs across all your models & lists easily and in one place.

Finally, we've built tools to more easily add multiple units at once, copy units in your collection, and copy upgrades while editing a unit.

Event Management

Sporting not only swiss pair algorithms, but single and double elimination options - Game Fortress allows any user to run a complex event. We've also built in event online payment with tracking, all you need is a PayPal account.

Login Experience

We've revamped our login experience to give you the option of staying truly logged in on a single device. This method utilizes strongly encrypted cookies on your browser and info on our server to keep you from having to type in passwords.

Bug Fixes

In addition to the above, we've performed near countless bug fixes to improve the reliability of the app. These, being more mundane, we will not list out in entirety.

Adepticon

Posted Apr 03, 2018 by: JonathanAdepticon

What a great time we had at Adepticon this year! So many thousands of fellow hobbyists & gamers, exciting vendors, great models and fun competition!

I was lucky to be able to participate as both a vendor and a player. Tried my hand at the 40k championship and went 2 and 2, with 2 games maxed out and 2 games zeroed out :( It was quite the up and down. Had an interesting list that I would tweak if I could go back. I would replace my scions with conscripts or AM infantry squads, as I already had so many deep striking units that my scions had to start on the map! If you want to see my list, go here.

As a vendor I was able to talk to dozens of hobbyists, store owners, tournament runners & game producers. We're very excited about future opportunities to assist & partner with these people. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi!

Since Adepticon, we've pushed a number of patches to the site to improve usability, fix bugs, and add features. Please login & give the site a try! Next up & soon to be released are features to support narrative campaign events, local league tracking, and further features for tournament support. Keep your eye out for further updates soon!

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Battle Reports & New DomainPosted Apr 27, 2019
Major Updates ReleasedPosted Mar 02, 2019
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