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Discussion in 'Tribe News' started by Malo, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. Malo

    Malo YakTribe Mechanicum
    Staff Member Yak Founder

    Since I've managed to post very few updates, have fallen behind in my target for the beta, and some have asked for updates, here's a preview of what I've been up to on the new YakTribe.

    New Features
    Along with a complete re-code of the gaming tools for Necromunda, Mordheim and GorkaMorka, I'm also expanding the site itself with some new features. The community we've built together over the years has been able to keep these games alive but also to allow fellow gamers to find each other in the world and meet up for some wargaming. That is the basis of the new YakTribe.games site.
    • New Home page with featured items, site features and articles/news feed
    • Articles pages contributed by myself and staff for information on tabletop games, old or new
    • Favorites and Friends functions making easier to use the Player Hunter and keep up-to-date with your favorite games
    • Dedicated Games page providing favorite, player hunter, news, articles, forum integration, tags, similar games and searching for all added games. Hundreds of games to be added.
    • Location pages for your local stores and gaming centers for the Player Hunter to find your local stores automatically and add to favorites
    • Player Hunter tool to find other players in your area playing the same games and initiate meets. Totally opt-in system requiring your location with a lot of potential.
    • Competitions system allows users to browse past and current competitions and have your entries featured in their own area.
    New Gallery
    As part of the new site I'm also replacing the Gallery system with the official XenMedia addon by XenForo, instead of the 3rd party plugin I was using. There are a few technical reasons that allow me to integrate with it easier outside of the forums and it is also far better supported as an official module to XF. The new competitions area relies on this addon for full functionality and will make it easier for both the competition organizers and for submitting your work.

    New Server
    Currently YakTribe is running on a simple shared hosting, which has been great so far with decent speed but won't allow growth. The new system is (already) running on a dedicated Digital Ocean droplet that I've built for it running high speed easily expandable storage and commercial version of Litespeed webserver. Combined with the recode of the tools and an overall brand new PHP structure, it's insanely fast and should really allow growth. It's about 4 times the cost of the old server but it's still very cost efficient and importantly will allow me to increase the processing power, memory or storage dynamically.

    Beta Soon!
    I'm close to providing access to the test server to let you folks go in and play as there's only so much testing myself and our few staff can do (they don't have access either yet!). We'll have more information soon on that.

    Here's some samples from the new site, please excuse the length of the post as some of the screenshots are quite long. I've included some shots of the Necromunda tools at the bottom as well.


    Favorites and Friends



    Player Hunter




    Necromunda Tools Preview


  2. Punktaku

    Punktaku Gang Hero
    Honored Tribesman

    guess that means i need to start playing with this site more so that i can figure it out just as you launch the new site.
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  3. Blood Donor

    Blood Donor Executive Officer in Charge of the 2014 Bake Sale
    Staff Member Necromunda Custodian Yak Philanthropist


    Those screenshots look amazing!
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  4. CaptainDangerous

    CaptainDangerous Gang Hero
    Yak Comp 3rd Place

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  5. spafe

    spafe Executive Officer in charge of Hats
    Staff Member Necromunda Custodian Tribe Council Yak Comp 2nd Place

    Nice one Malo! Those shots look proper dapper! Verily you are the master of fashionable noggin attire.

    I get the feeling I've got a lot to learn on this new site set up though!
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  6. hreikin

    hreikin Gang Hero

    @Malo everything looks great i cant wait for it to launch - the only thing im not keen on is the font of all the headings

    will you be including any tools for Shadow War on the site or leaving that to the sites people have already created ?
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  7. Azzabat

    Azzabat Hive Guilder
    Tribe Council Yak Comp 2nd Place

    Amazing stuff. Likewise I'm not a fan of the font, but it is all truly amazing.
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  8. Llewy

    Llewy Gang Champion
    Yak Comp 1st Place

    Absolutely phenomenal! I think we will get used to the small changes swiftly as it all looks really intuitive. Super impressed, especially looking forward to the new gang editor.

    I second @hreikin thoughts about the font for the headings though. I prefer the slightly more sombre looking font - capital 'e's rather than lowercase - that you've already used for the headings in the tools section.

    Thank you Malo! Truly incredible skills.
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  9. Ptrix

    Ptrix Ganger

    Looking absolutely lush! Very excited to get to grips with the new gang and campaign tools, and the revamped site as a whole.

    Will throw my hat into the ring for early beta testing if you need it. I'm sure @Llewy and @The Duke will be keen to help out in that regard too!

    Will echo the comments about the font, it's not my fave.
    #9 Ptrix, Aug 1, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017
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  10. dabbk

    dabbk Gang Champion
    Tribe Council Yak Comp 2nd Place

    Super exciting stuff indeed! Looking forward to beta testing it :)
  11. thestance

    thestance Ganger

    Very impressive. I can bring nothing to the table here. Make tea, maybe dance for you. You sir are a wizard. I like wizards.
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  12. Malo

    Malo YakTribe Mechanicum
    Staff Member Yak Founder

    Really appreciate this kind of feedback. If you or anyone would like to provide some alternatives from Google Fonts I'll be glad to give them a go. Or possibly the same one I'm using for Necromunda tools?

    Most definitely. Once the Necromunda tools re-write is complete, I'll basically be duplicating them and making the appropriate modifications to create Shadow War tools.

    I appreciate the kind words folks.
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  13. hreikin

    hreikin Gang Hero

    The font you are using for the Necromunda Tools is good, the first one just seems a little to "cartoony" for me.

    Awesome news on the tools front, i eagerly await the updates !
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  14. Malo

    Malo YakTribe Mechanicum
    Staff Member Yak Founder

    Major milestone for required plugins, Bootstrap v4 final went beta so the components are now finalized. Was building it on alpha and every version had lots of changes. FontAwesome v4 is now in beta as well and I have Pro version of that implemented for icon usage throughout the site. The current YakTribe is built with those plugins but I wasn't going to construct the new Yak upon the old versions.

    With the main responsiveness and flexibility using the Flex functionality of CSS, old browsers will not be compatible. Not even IE11 will be supported as it doesn't have full Flex support.

    How's this for a replacement font for the site.
    yaktribe font.JPG
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  15. spafe

    spafe Executive Officer in charge of Hats
    Staff Member Necromunda Custodian Tribe Council Yak Comp 2nd Place

    Love it, the only bit that worries me... if IE isnt supported... does that mean I need to try and get... chrome, or is it something else I;d need to get to make it work? (techno school me in terms I can hit with rocks!)
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  16. Malo

    Malo YakTribe Mechanicum
    Staff Member Yak Founder

    That's correct. If you're using IE now, moving to Chrome for your internet experience you'll wonder why you didn't do it years ago. Experience websites as they should be, without making a cup of tea waiting for it to render and wondering why everything looks like the 90's.
  17. Azzabat

    Azzabat Hive Guilder
    Tribe Council Yak Comp 2nd Place

    I'm loving the new layout, especially the past competitions boxes (2016 / 2017).

    I think I speak for us all when I say we're incredibly lucky to have you delivering such a quality site.
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  18. Ben_S

    Ben_S Hive Guilder

    Any news on when the site will be changing?

    I suppose it would be nice if it was before GW releases the new game, as we may get an influx of new members. But we don't yet know that release date anyway.
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  19. Malo

    Malo YakTribe Mechanicum
    Staff Member Yak Founder

    Before the new Necromunda definitely. I'll be opening up private beta soon for some folks to go in and play with it and help decide some new features.

    Expect some news in the next couple of weeks.
  20. Mad Robot

    Mad Robot Maddest of Them All
    Yak Philanthropist

    The new font is awesome, very modern looking. Any other browser compatibility issues you're aware of? I currently use waterfox.
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