iToysoldiers is pleased to announce the release of iToysoldiers 4.5-rc1 – “Ragnorak”. Ragnorak brings some major improvements to the miniature wargaming event calendar and listings as well as some much needed improvements to the features of gaming clubs listed on the site.
Calendar and Events
The biggest change in this release is the look of Events on the site. They’ve been totally overhauled and present the event’s necessary information way better than before. Take a look at the calendar and a few of the events and let me know what you think!
Another pretty huge change is part of the “Regroup and Sally Forth Project”. In order to make iToysoldiers a bit easier to use I’m rethinking how all the myriad options and features on the site are presented to you. The first real step to this is collapsing some of the features. Specifically events, leagues, tournaments, etc. It’s annoying and/or confusing to have to pick the right one right from the get go. Well, Ragnorak helps by collapsing the Event and Calendar Only Event types into a single form. One form to rule them all and in darkness bind them. Ultimately the plan is to collapse leagues and tournaments into the Event form as well but that’s a pretty big undertaking and I need to plan that out. But in the meantime, if you want to post your miniature wargaming event on iToysoldiers – and even leverage some of the management features we offer, you can do it from a single form.
A minor change to Events is a switch to indicate whether you’re the event organizer or not. This is pretty cool, actually. Here’s the use case: If you’re just posting an event as an FYI to the community you may not want to be listed on the page as the contact for the event. I mean, you’re just sharing the info, right? Well, now your name only shows up as the event organizer if you flip the “I’m the event organizer” switch on the form. Of course, if you’re enabling the iToysoldiers features this switch will be flipped automatically.
Oh, and I fixed the ability for event organizers to edit registrations if they need to. Still need to address the issue with this for Narrative Campaigns but it’s a start.
Events can now be tied to a gaming club. If your club administrator has given you permissions to create events for the club you can either click the link on the club page or select your club when creating an event. All the members of the club will receive an email notification when you do so.
Oh! And speaking of club notifications… They’re better now. They actually provide a link to the content that was created. This has been something that’s been preventing me from using the club functionality all that often. It just didn’t really help at all.
Clubs now have a calendar tab! So now that you can tie an event (or a league, or a tournament) to a club, so what? Well, now folks can peruse the events that are coming up on the club page.
Along with the new calendar tab is a refresh to the look of the club pages. I think it’s better for sure. I used a similar look and feel to the events since they kind of share similarities as far as the types of info they provide.
Removing Text Format options. It killed me to do this, but part of the “Regroup and Sally Forth Project”, I’ve decided to disable the wysiwyg editor on iToysoldiers. To the folks who used it, I apologize. To the rest of you: Welcome to a cleaner interface when authoring content on iTS. I plan to be diving into the wysiwyg functionality again but before I enable it I need to address some of the issues it has when being used with mobile devices.
Some various patching and security updates for the site. Yawn. Boring.
Fixed the URL to the iToysoldiers Help Portal in emails from the site.
And there you have it! Ragnorak is all about bring better miniature wargaming event lists and entries to the world. If you know about an event that’s coming up, why not take a moment to share it on iToysoldiers. If you have any issues, suggestions, or feedback I’m all ears! Comment here or submit a request on the iToysoldiers Help Portal.
Rob @ iToysoldiers