1. Deo

    Deo Thread Author Psst... Join the Discord! deo

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    Welcome back!

    Discussion in 'Bulletin Board' started by Deo, Apr 14, 2017.

    Welcome back, everyone! As you can see, the new forums are live and we're all ready to go! We apologize for the long wait, but we'd like to think the wait was worth it. The staff have worked very hard to bring you an improved experience on Relic Castle. Our forum software is much more responsive, modern, and stable. We have a good handful of new, useful features that I'd like to touch on today.

    Before we get to that, though, I want to give a special shout out to @Cilerba@Cilerba who assisted us with the re-branding of Relic Castle -- that logo at the top is his work, and we're very grateful that he was able to give us a hand. Thank you very much!

    Resources & Tutorials
    Part of what makes this community so great is the public resources and tutorials we create for everyone to use. Fan game developers have a plethora of excellent quality public assets to use at their disposal, and we wanted to make it even easier to find the resources you need.

    Our new resources & tutorials manager will help you do just that, with multiple categories for both resources and tutorials, information on when the content was last updated, reviews to reflect the quality of the resources, and other useful information such as a credits tab and what version of Essentials it can primarily be used on. After using it, I'm sure you'll agree with me that threads pale in comparison.

    We're very excited to see new content be created and displayed through this system. We'll be keeping a close eye on what type of content is frequently submitted, and expand the categories as need be.

    Community Streams
    Community Streams are something we're very excited to be able to include on Relic Castle! Streaming has recently become more of a prominent way to connect with the fan game community in recent years, and we're glad to be able to provide a feature that involves it in the community in a more obvious way. We hope that streaming becomes a staple in the fan game community for years to come.

    If you want more information on community streams, check out our overview thread.

    Discord Integration
    Since September 2015, Relic Castle has had a Discord server which has brought our community closer than ever. In the past, we've had to manually approve users to chat on our Discord server, but our new forums have Discord integration which automates the approval process once you've linked your Relic Castle account to your Discord account, which is beneficial to both you and us.

    If you want more information on our Discord server, check out our Discord page.

    Weekly Discussions
    Weekly Discussions are returning to Relic Castle as an official staff-run activity! Each month, we'll select a handful of discussion topics to reserve for weekly discussions, and through out the month we'll get a chance to discuss them at length as a community. In these discussions, feel free to talk about what has and hasn't worked for you as a fan game developer, or maybe you can chime in as a player.

    If you want more information on the Weekly Discussions, check out our sub-forum.

    New Badges
    Badges are returning, of course. We've retired a few of them, but added even more! Some of the ones we've added should hopefully encourage general forum activity and resource contributions. Another badge related feature is that you can pick the order you want your badges to appear in your postbit.

    If you want more information on badges, check out our overview thread.

    And More!
    There's so many more changes and additions to the forums, from direct messages replacing personal messages, to two-step verification and our new SSL certificate, to alerts being updated in real time, we hope you find your forum experience to be much improved since the old forums!

    And with that, on behalf of myself and the rest of the staff, welcome back to Relic Castle!
     
  2. Shgeldz

    Shgeldz :eyes: socialmedia

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    Guys they won't say it themselves, but a serious, serious shoutout to @Atomic Reactor@Atomic Reactor, @Deo@Deo, @Aki@Aki, and @Cilerba@Cilerba who worked their fannies off on this. There's a TON of amazing things and a load of new features that will make Relic stronger than ever in the future, and allow for all of us to hone our craft and enjoy the community.

    Hats off to them, lms if you agree.
     
  3. Fontbane

    Fontbane Trash Junkrat Main member

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    I look forward to the new members and what we can accomplish with a rebooted community! Between the user friendliness and organization of this new site (not to mention the new tutorials and resources section), Relic Castle will be a great place for fangames!
     
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  4. Involuntary Twitch

    Involuntary Twitch Pixel Artist & Writer member

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    This reboot looks amazing, I love how you have the resources all organized in one place now. You've really turned this place into the master hub for all things Fangame related, other than the Pokemon Essentials wiki. I hope with this website redesign, more people will be able to discover the joy of playing and creating fangames!
     
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  5. Mantager

    Mantager Melon Energy mantager

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    I'm really liking the reboot so far. It feels more sleek and modern, and it's easier to access resources and tutorials. And most of all, BADGES! Damn I love 'em. You guys did a great job on redesigning the site, it's great!
     
  6. Evan

    Evan in another life, Starrcasm starrcasm

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    Hurray!! I'm excited to be a much stronger part of this community than I was last time--and I look forward to all the new hijinks we get used to!

    Time to do an audit of the badges I have...
     
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  7. LlamaMinister

    LlamaMinister Lazy Artist member

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    Alright, time to finally start being alive on the new site. Here's to hoping I keep to that!
     
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  8. Domiok

    Domiok Local Goof member

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    Everyone who strove to make Relic Reboot a Relic reality deserves a big round of applause! While the site was great previously, it runs so smoothly with its sleek coat of paint. It's encouraging to see how spirited everyone involved is about making the site the best that it can be, and I'm excited about all the steps you've taken to pulling the community even closer together with improvements like Discord integration, streaming promotion, more events, and better resource sharing. Cheers to the new site!
     
  9. Shipley

    Shipley Pixel Artist member

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    I love the new reboot! Thanks to all of you that worked so hard on it! :yum
     
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  10. Altered

    Altered Rookie member

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    Relic Castle: Final Mix

    It looks great though~
     
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  11. Ras

    Ras Rookie member

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    The new UI looks really nice, and it's very easy to navigate around, really cool!
    Are you by any chances planning to add a dark mode?
     
  12. Evan

    Evan in another life, Starrcasm starrcasm

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    Or more themes in general?? User submitted themes? Fangame specific themes???
     
  13. Deo

    Deo Thread Author Psst... Join the Discord! deo

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    We'll be rolling out more themes in the future, but a dark mode comes first. We're still making slight tweaks to our base one here and there.
     
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  14. Radical Raptr

    Radical Raptr 78% memes radicalraptr

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    Cute slowpoke theme when!!!

    Also great work on the website, it's a heck of a lot of fun navigating and posting in mini discussions! I prefer modes like discord for discussion, so forums are a bit foreign to me, but I'm liking all the effort you put into this, and I know it was a lot of stress and passion! so I'm glad your hard work paid off so well!!