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Blog and comment styles have been optimized. Things are much more pleasant now! There are still a few styling issues, such as italics being overwritten, but the reading experience is dramatically improved.
Game-specific banners are in place. We can do so much more with the visual elements of the site with the new layout, and this is the first step. We will continue to make this feature more robust! Big plans.
The Watch page continues to expand. More videos have been added and the tagging architecture, as well as the searching of it, is established. Head over to the Watch section and check it out!
We are 95% finished with the retooling of product mouseovers/product display and will roll it out as soon as it is ready. We are also actively working on general mobile scaling/responsiveness, the layout and content of the homepage, and the functionality and design of the Account section. Each day, things improve.
We will keep the updates rolling so that you all know where things stand. We will not stop until the web experience here is remarkable for everyone. Enjoy!]]>
We have known since Worlds 2014 that the Wardens Cycle was the swan song for 1st Edition. Alas! Let us bask in the Eastern sun under these great pyramids one final time. Soon we mount our stallions, head West with our mighty khalasar, and set off to create a new Westerous. Today, let us look one last time at exciting new cards for 1st Edition.
What a card! I have long been a fan of the Dothraki and this cycle has been supremely kind to them. A four-cost Dothraki Army with No Attachments and Renown? Okay! But wait, there’s more!
It comes with a tremendous Limited Response that can trigger on offense and defense! The Dothraki do not lack for characters or for strength on characters, so the New Khalasar being on the board is pure brutality. If the New Khalasar is in play, attacking or defending power challenges is extremely risky!
Now, let us imagine if House Targaryen had a way to put a New Khalasar into play after a challenge was initiated against them… Maybe even a card they might already be inclined to have in their deck. Oh yeah, Ambush From the Plains! It also plays very well with the Dothraki Vanguard, who after coming into play searches the top five cards of the deck for a Dothraki to put into play. Further, the importance of additional Renown cannot be overstated.
Of course, it is good even outside of a Dothraki deck. In two of my favorite Targaryen decks, Heir to the Iron Throne and “Burn”, it fits right into the non-unique, four-cost slot.
WHAT?!! If this is not a silver bullet, I do not know what is. It has the negative of being an attachment without setup and being only playable on Dothraki. Having a game-changing ability however…well that changes things.
Thinking back to last year’s Regional in Missouri, I distinctly remember my Dothraki being trashed by a Renown Rush deck. This is a single card that answers lots of bad matchups, particularly those relying heavily on keywords like Renown. Of course, the character with this attached can be bypassed by Stealth before it matters, but it has the ability to remove other important keywords like Deadly, Vigilant, Vengeful, Stalwart (haha) and so on.
While it may seem obviously made for Dothraki (it is their weapon of choice, after all), it has a ton of play outside of Dothraki. You need Dothraki to play the card, but there are so many good Dothraki characters that most decks have them anyway. Targaryen also has some clever ways of giving traits (ie Rhaegar’s Harp) as well, so that could get very interesting.
As a quick answer for a few bad matchups though, this is really handy. I am particularly interested in using it in my Lady Dany’s Chambers deck that really abuses the ability to fetch and recur one-of attachments, but we will see how far down that hole we go before the end of the current Regional season.
These cards are fantastically good. I expect the New Khalasar will find a place quickly in the ranks of the more popular Targaryen decks and the Bloody Arakh to be used in the more interesting decks that Targaryen has to offer. The Khalasar is good in and of itself, whereas the Arakh has restrictions and is really only as powerful as your opponent’s keywords. This alone makes me think the Khalasar will see a lot more play.
What are your thoughts on these new cards? Do they make the cut? Will they change the game?
If you want to order The Blue is Calling, you can do so here. You can also become a Covenant Subscriber to automatically receive this pack, as well as 2nd Edition packs as they release!
It has been a great ride and I look forward to many, many more wonderful memories from both the 1st and 2nd Editions of the Game of Thrones LCG. As we ramp into the 2015 tournament season, do not forget the reason for which we play Thrones… Burn them all!!!
The most significant update from the past two days is the link being established between a new blog and the recent blogs feed. Things are now showing up as intended and expected. If you post a blog, it goes to the top of the feed on both the homepage (when signed in) and the Read page (under “recent” tab). It is one of the more important features, and we are happy to have it resolved.
Expect more changes late today and early tomorrow as we forge ahead on pulling the product information out of the mouseovers, changing the font styling on blogs, and getting rid of the $0.00 in the header. Banner style and size, general site scaling, user blog search, and much, much more is still on the list.
Thank you so much for all of the positive feedback and constructive criticism. There is an enormous amount of light shining at the end of this tunnel!
Last night we implemented the following:
– The activity feed on Home (when you are logged in) shows the correct content, including recent comments and blog posts. Next we will tighten up the styling and add a “View More” button that allows you to keep browsing through past activity.
– The inbox in Account is online. Next we will significantly tighten up the styling on the inbox, increase its functionality with basic things like viewing all unread messages, and add a notification in the header when new messages are received.
– User profile links are accurately linking. As a bonus, user blogs are now viewable past page 1, which was broken on the old site.
– Featured Blogs are appearing on the homepage. They are not yet appearing in the Featured feed.
– The Visit page links are working.
– The dot in the header of Shop has been removed.
We have two big foundational hurdles remaining. The first is triggering recent blogs to show in the Recent feed. The second is changing the text styling on blogs and comments to make them much more pleasant to read. Our goal is to have the former live by this weekend and the latter in place by early next week.
We will continue to keep everyone updated! The foundation is nearly complete. Much love from Tulsa!]]>
1) Activity is visible, though not yet properly styled/implemented.
2) Blog categories are now visible while browsing blogs on both Home and Read. Filtering of blogs based on said category is not yet active.
3) The video sections are functional, including tags! We will begin importing our past videos and continue to fill things in over the next few weeks. The “customize” filter works, allowing you to search out videos with specific tags, even in combination.
Our current focus is the Account section, particularly the inbox, as well as the appearance of new blogs on both Home and Read (new blogs are not currently displaying on either of these sections).
We are also in the process of pulling the nested product titles, prices, and interactions out of the product images and putting them in their proper place and changing the text styles on blogs to make them more readable.
We will continue to keep everyone updated!]]>
First, we are still very much in the throes of implementation. Our old site architecture (Magento and WordPress, with custom plugins) was 4+ years old, and the process of updating both platforms, finding all of the old plugins that no longer work, cleaning them up, and either re-implementing or cutting them, is a long and arduous one. We have run through the process a few times on our dev server and there is never a lack of random conflicts. That is what we are sorting through now.
We have prioritized the restoration of key functionality (blogs, shopping cart, user pages) and the implementation of unified accounts. The latter is one of the major, necessary upgrades of this initial round. There are no longer two logins (one for the content-side and one for the store-side), which is significant. The site is unified! Huzzah!
We are currently in the process of restoring secondary functionality. Private messaging/inbox, user activity feeds, the sitewide activity feed, the user backend, avatars, the new “Watch” section, blog categories, search, etc. are in this category. It is a long list. If something is currently lacking that you found critical to the TC experience, it is likely on this list.
After all functionality has been restored and brought up to speed, we will begin focusing on the user experience. This includes proper scaling (some elements are way huge right now, some are smaller than they should be) and mobile optimization, spacing, moving elements around, making the text easier to read, products/mouseovers, proper product display, etc.
Then, and only then, we will begin implementing some of the fun new stuff that is only doable after our foundation is no longer outdated. You know…the things we want to do
It has been a long, crazy, exhausting process for us – literally years in the making – but we are so excited to finally get some movement here. We are fully aware that alienating your current user base with a user experience that is clunky and foreign is the wrong direction, so please stick with us as we continue to restore features and tighten the entire thing.
If you have any questions throughout the process, we are always here and willing to answer questions. You can leave them on the blogs or use the shiny new contact form.
Bust out your ships and cards and play a few games while you are waiting!]]>
We had a total of 58 participants in the tournament after the smoke cleared. Supreme congratulations to Pacer Stringfellow, who won the day with Noise and Replicating Perfection by defeating Ahmed Abassi (Kate, RP) in the finals. One thing is for sure – Georgia brought the heat on this day.
Here is the faction breakdown.
Shapers ran the day, with 10 Kates, 6 Kits, 5 Hayleys, 2 Chaos Theorys, and 1 Nasir. Anarchs were right behind them, with 4 Noise, 4 Whizzard, 3 Reina, 3 Valencia, 2 MaxX, 2 Quetzal, and 1 Kim. In a wild phenomenon that has never been observed before, Criminals had the weakest showing, with 8 Andromeda and 7 Leela.
This Regional was the story of Replicating Perfection. Jinteki easily takes the most-represented title, with 15 Replicating Perfection (over 25% of the field), 3 Personal Evolution, 2 Tennin, and 2 Biotech. Haas-Bioroid followed with 11 Engineering the Future, 2 Foundry, and 1 NEXT Design. NBN and Weyland tie for least-represented, with 7 Near-Earth Hub and 4 Making News for the former and 6 Blue Sun, 2 Gagarin, 2 Building a Better World, and 1 Argus Security for the latter.
After the Top 8, Shaper and Jinteki were the star performers!
Our Top 8 competitors were running the following lists:
Ahmed Abbasi – Kate / Replicating Perfection
Zach Bunn – Kit / Near-Earth Hub
Sean Pacer Stringfellow – Noise / Replicating Perfection
Ross Freitag – Kate / Replicating Perfection
Ben Torrell – Hayley / Near Earth Hub
Sasha Friedman – Andromeda / Engineering the Future
Sam Suied – Reina / Replicating Perfection
Adam Roach – Leela / Replicating Perfection
If you would like to be surprised when we post our coverage of this event on YouTube, hide your eyes! Otherwise, take a look at the tough journey of these competitors through the bracket.
Ahmed faced off against his meta-mate, Sean Pacer Stringfellow and lost to a well-oiled Noise deck! Mark one win for the Anarchs this season.
Productions of most of these games, as well as our post-game with Pacer, are in the pipeline. Thank you again to everyone who spent Saturday with us playing one of the greatest games ever created. Keep an eye on our live stream this weekend for our X-Wing Regional, and catch our weekly Netrunner nights every Wednesday at 6:30 CDT!