Escapist heading in "a new direction"

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bluegate:

Nick Calandra:
I am aware. Feature requests are fine and all that, just try to keep the speculation on what decisions we "might" make to a minimum. The forum users will in fact be getting an early look at the new site design to provide feedback before anyone else does in the near term.

Same thing will happen with the forums too.

Prepare for a lot of "This doesn't look like the old site D:" in both a literal and figurative sense 😜 Looking forward to it though.

It definitely won't look like the old site haha, the font on V1 is what, 8pt?

I like keeping my sites clean and easy to follow. May be a little bland to some, but I'd rather have a functional and easy to use site over something super flashy (as much as I love Polygon's layout, their big features are super nice looking).

Knowing the forums software we'll be using, it'll be as simple as what you've got here.I like the look of this forum too, but the backend is literally older than the dinosaurs.

Nick Calandra:

Arnoxthe1:
This kind of involves the forum again, but if you can, make a thread in the forums for each content piece just as it was in the old days. This will allow you to not have to juggle two different commenting systems/communities at once and also drive traffic back to the forum again.

Oh, and the Badge system. That was pretty damn amazing and unique. I think everyone was sad to see them stagnate as they did.

If we do end up moving to Xenforo, I do know for a fact they have a badge system, so that should be an easy implement.

XenForo has a trophy system, but it is sadly not at all on the scale of the Badge system that the Escapist has. Now, there ARE purchasable add-ons that will add badge functionality, but as said, you'd have to purchase them.

Now having said that, poking around the XF settings, I think one could maybe jerry-rig a badge system together. but it would definitely take a bit of coding. You'll also have to create an entirely new quiz system to link into it.

Hey all!

As an update on this, it looks like we'll be able to implement the updated site design...this weekend! Was originally planning on doing it Sunday night, but gonna do it tomorrow night so we're not dealing with any issues Monday at the start of a new work week.

The site will go into maintenance tomorrow night (Saturday, July 27th) at 10 PM CST and will remain in maintenance until the update is completed.

We'll be using Sunday as a feedback day and to fix any issues you guys might find with the site, make updates as needed.

Thanks all, see you then!

Nick Calandra:
Hey all!

As an update on this, it looks like we'll be able to implement the updated site design...this weekend! Was originally planning on doing it Sunday night, but gonna do it tomorrow night so we're not dealing with any issues Monday at the start of a new work week.

The site will go into maintenance tomorrow night (Saturday, July 27th) at 10 PM CST and will remain in maintenance until the update is completed.

We'll be using Sunday as a feedback day and to fix any issues you guys might find with the site, make updates as needed.

Thanks all, see you then!

Havent won me over yet, but you're atleast saying the right things.

Palindromemordnilap:
Another new direction? We're going on quite a few of those lately, there can't be many left XD

If this doesn't call for a "hold my beer, I don't know what does.

Website update is complete! There's still some minor issues to workout, but all should be in working order.

https://www.escapistmagazine.com/v2/

Ok, so I've been away since... Let me see...
I last came to visit when Russ Pitts announced he would try to resuscitate this site. It seems like his attempts went approximately how you'd expect CPR on a bloated rotting corpse to turn out.

At least the forums are still alive dangling here (it would seem our ever-shifting rulers want to keep this insular little island community of weirdos in their net until they can figure out how to monetize it). Would anyone care to give me a little recap of what's been going on?
I feel like my head is spinning trying to deduce recent events from forum posts like some kind of neckbeard Nancy Drew.

It's so weird to see such an integral part of my teenage years going through all of this. To think my entire MLP phase played out in here.

Jonluw:
Ok, so I've been away since... Let me see...
I last came to visit when Russ Pitts announced he would try to resuscitate this site. It seems like his attempts went approximately how you'd expect CPR on a bloated rotting corpse to turn out.

At least the forums are still alive dangling here (it would seem our ever-shifting rulers want to keep this insular little island community of weirdos in their net until they can figure out how to monetize it). Would anyone care to give me a little recap of what's been going on?
I feel like my head is spinning trying to deduce recent events from forum posts like some kind of neckbeard Nancy Drew.

It's so weird to see such an integral part of my teenage years going through all of this. To think my entire MLP phase played out in here.

Sept 2018 - Escapist V2 launch

Feb 2019 - Russ Pitts leave of absence after events

June 2019 - I become Managing Editor of Video / we sent Yahtzee to E3 and he had a lot of "fun"

July 2019 - Site design refreshed, new content direction announced, Gameumentary becomes part of Escapist

August 2019 - I'm announced as Editor in Chief, Yahtzee doc on the way, Insurgency doc on the way, new video games show with new personality in development, more news added to our line-up, lots of feature write-ups on games and other interesting topics.

September 2019 - More new content.

Nick Calandra:

Jonluw:
Ok, so I've been away since... Let me see...
I last came to visit when Russ Pitts announced he would try to resuscitate this site. It seems like his attempts went approximately how you'd expect CPR on a bloated rotting corpse to turn out.

At least the forums are still alive dangling here (it would seem our ever-shifting rulers want to keep this insular little island community of weirdos in their net until they can figure out how to monetize it). Would anyone care to give me a little recap of what's been going on?
I feel like my head is spinning trying to deduce recent events from forum posts like some kind of neckbeard Nancy Drew.

It's so weird to see such an integral part of my teenage years going through all of this. To think my entire MLP phase played out in here.

Sept 2018 - Escapist V2 launch

Feb 2019 - Russ Pitts leave of absence after events

June 2019 - I become Managing Editor of Video / we sent Yahtzee to E3 and he had a lot of "fun"

July 2019 - Site design refreshed, new content direction announced, Gameumentary becomes part of Escapist

August 2019 - I'm announced as Editor in Chief, Yahtzee doc on the way, Insurgency doc on the way, new video games show with new personality in development, more news added to our line-up, lots of feature write-ups on games and other interesting topics.

September 2019 - More new content.

Thanks. It's been a bit of a hobby of mine to come have a look at the escapist once a year or so ever since things started going downhill. It's quite fascinating how long the site has been able to stay alive in its ghost town state.

I'm being snarky for the fun of it, but I do actually wish you the best of luck in your endeavor. It would be really cool to see the site restored to its former glory.

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