New Home Page and Player Profiles Live

Greetings, commander! iToysoldiers is super pleased to announce the release of “Kilgrave”.  The Kilgrave release introduces a brand new home page for folks who aren’t a member of the site yet as well as a brand spanking new player profile and stat pages for every player on the site. We’re also introducing our new iToysoldiers Help Portal, which isn’t huge news but still pretty slick.

Let’s chat about the new home page first.  The old one was kind of dated and had a few issues.  The first of which is that it didn’t really tell anyone what iToysoldiers was all about. Well, now it does. Yeah, it’s kind of a marketing page for the site but I think that’s okay ’cause it’s important to let people know what iToysoldiers has to offer the miniature wargaming community.  I built it to show off the player functionality ’cause that’s what most people are interested in.  I’m going to be working on the Ironmonger program (for local game stores) and the event management pieces shortly.

Now.  The really cool bit of Kilgrave is the new player profile pages and the stats pages.  Here’s some of the new features:

  • A consolidated statistics page that covers all of your activity on iToysoldiers.
  • A great new player “landing” page that highlights your best stuff on iToysoldiers and provides easy navigation to all of your content, decorations, and media.
  • A fantastic new battle statistics summary page with new charts, and even competitive play stats.  Check it out on the Stats tab of your profile.

And lastly, I’m introducing a new support portal – one that I control rather than a third party so I can be sure that all the usage follows the iToysoldiers privacy policy.  So if you ever have a question or wanna find our faqs you can zip over to http://help.itoysoldiers.com.

And that’s what’s in Kilgrave.  If you run into any issues don’t hesitate to let me know at http://help.itoysoldiers.com or send me an email at rob@itoysoldiers.com or you can comment here.  Curious to know what you think of the new stuff.

Carpe Acies!
Rob

What’s a core feature to miniature wargamers?

I’ll admit that I get distracted with nifty new things that I can add to iToysoldiers.com.  It’s extremely tempting to fiddle with new features and unfortunately that comes at the expense of things that one might consider to be “core” features.  So over the last week or so I’ve been thinking about what the core features of iToysoldiers are from a player perspective and I’m committing to polishing those up.  Here’s the list I’ve come up with for each of the three major aspects of the hobby:

Gaming

  • Battle Reports and Stats: Kind of where iToysoldiers started.  I mean, the original tagline of the site was, “We have stats. Stats are cool”.  To be fair, I’m always working on making this better.  The Kilgrave release is going to see some new player stat pages that I think you’ll like. Submit a battle and let me know how I can improve them.
  • ListCrit: I’m kinda bummed that more folks don’t take advantage of the listcrit system.  I find a lot of folks use the Army Profile and/or blog functions to post their lists.  That’s cool.  I mean, use it how you want, right?  ListCrit was inspired by the ship buildout tools for Eve Online.  I need to revisit this ’cause I think I may have made it too cumbersome.  But anyway, a place to get peer reviews of your army list is pretty neat, right?
    Any thoughts on how I can make ListCrit better?

Modelling

  • Modelling Projects: The first thing I need to do is decide how I’m going to spell this on the site.  “Modelling” and “modeling” are both correct depending upon what country you’re from.  But I digress.  This is one of the newer features on the site.  Immediate needs are stats and achievements related to the projects.
    Take a look at the modelling projects and let me know what you think of where they’re at right now.

Narrative

  • Army Profiles: So the inspiration for army profiles are those old Index Astartes articles in White Dwarf. I don’t have any specific plans right now to improve it (there was a release not too long ago that added some authoring tools that are kind of cool.  Any feedback on the Army Profiles as they are?

So that’s my list, from a player perspective.  Did I miss any that I should be focusing on? Any ideas for improvements on them? Don’t hesitate to let me know.

New Player Profiles: Kilgrave is going to be Legendary

I’m working on the Kilgrave release.  There’s really two pieces to it: A better “Home Page” for folks and updated player pages.  I know…  They don’t seem related but they kinda are in my mind.  At least that’s what I tell myself.

Anyway… I’m really excited to show off the new player profiles.  As iToysoldiers has grown and there’s more kinds of things to show off about your miniature wargaming exploits I’m finding that I’m having to revamp a bunch of things.  That’s not bad, per se…  I’ve learned a bunch building this site and as I come back to various things I can make ’em better.  The profiles are no exception.

So what you’re going to be looking for is a player profile that captures all your deeds.  There’s going to be lists of media (images and the like), achievements, campaign badges, lists of your army…  Essentially I want to capture all the bits that show off your wargaming prowess.  I want the profile page to be the page you use to say, “Hey! I play wargames.  Here’s what I’ve done.”

Now that’s harder than you might expect.  So, there’s site specific stuff like your renown, level, battle score and the like.  And then there’s the content you’ve contributed.  What’s that all going to look like.  Well, that’s what I’m thinking about now.  So, internal iToysoldiers metrics will have a lower priority on the screen than images and content.  I find it sad that iTS achievements and campaign badges are not the defacto standard for war gaming accomplishments but I think I’ll live.

I’m hoping to have Kilgrave ready for release early next week but I keep finding things to tweak.  Bare with me, commander!  I’ve got your six.

Carpe Acies!
Rob @ iToysoldiers

Cool idea? Club and Store Automatic Ladder Leagues

So last night I was thinking about some of the conversations I’ve had with my local gaming crew.  One of the things they mentioned was internal ranking for the club would be kinda cool.  I think I have a nifty idea to accomplish it.  Read on:

The basic format would be this:  Every given time frame (I’d probably default it to every quarter) a “league” would be automatically generated for each club and store that opted in to the system.  Every member would then be allowed to register for the ladder.  As players play each other in regular games, league games, or tournament games the system would automatically calculate a ranking based upon the results of the battle.

The ladder rankings would then show up, of course, on the ladder page but could also show up on the club or store page.

The rankings themselves would be generated once per day (so as to not add too much additional processing when unrelated battles are reported).  The rankings would be ELO style and reset at the beginning of each new ladder league.

Whatcha think?  Cool idea?