Event archival

As we mentioned in our last post, we have some very active users; nearly half of you are registered for more than one event. For this reason we show your events on your dashboard, so that you don’t have to rely on browser bookmarks and search tools to find them.

Sometimes, though, it’s no longer useful to have an event on your dashboard. This most frequently happens when a recurring event stops having games scheduled. If nothing’s happening with an event it just clutters your dashboard and makes it harder for you to see the active events. To combat event rot we’ve added a new event archival feature. When we see that an event doesn’t have any activities scheduled and has been quiet for several months we archive it to get it off your dashboard.

Event organizers, if we archive your event you’ll receive an e-mail message. If you think we’ve archived your event in error, or if you subsequently decide you want to schedule some activities, just reply to that message or contact us at info@warhorn.net to get the event reactivated and re-added to your attendees’ dashboards. Sometime in the next couple weeks we’ll be rolling out an enhancement to this feature so that you can archive and reactivate your own events.

One note: we erroneously archived a number of events earlier today that didn’t have any upcoming scheduled activities but which nonetheless had been active very recently. Sorry, our bad! We reactivated those events quickly; organizers, you should have a reactivation message in your mailbox in addition to the mistaken archival email. Please let us know if your event didn’t get reactivated but you think it should.

We hope you enjoy your new dashboards. With this week’s updates they should be less cluttered and feature the most useful information about your activities. If you have ideas on how we can further improve the dashboard or other areas of Warhorn, we’re all ears!

Posted in Announcements

New for your dashboard: upcoming activities

Since we launched the new version Warhorn last summer you’ve been able to register for any number of events with a single Warhorn account. Many of you have taken advantage of this opportunity! 45% of our users are registered for at least two events. Over a thousand people have registered for 5 or more events. One incredibly active user has an astonishing 59 registrations!

However, we haven’t done much to provide you with tools to manage all of these registrations. For example, while your dashboard lists the events you’re attending, there’s no way for you to see the activities for which you’ve signed up at a glance. You have to go through the tedious process of clicking into an event and then to your personal schedule for that single event – and then repeat it for the rest of your events. What a pain! But we’ve got a solution.

The next time you log into your dashboard you’ll see that we’ve replaced the old “events added since your last login” section with a brand new section listing your upcoming activities. Every game you’ve signed up for, across all of your events, in chronological order. See dates, times, locations, whether you’re playing or GMing, all with a single glance. Check it out:

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We’ll keep an eye on this feature to see how you all are using it. We may enhance it in the future to show your activities in the context of a calendar – let us know in the comments here or in an email to info@warhorn.net if you’d like that or if you have any other suggestions for ways to keep up with your registrations and signups.

Enjoy!

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Warhorn logos now available for your site

Event organizers often ask if we have any Warhorn graphics they can use on their own web sites, to link their attendees to the event’s Warhorn site or just to give us a shout out. We’ve always appreciated this thoughtfulness but for the longest time didn’t actually have any assets to provide. Now we do! You can find color codes and logo graphics of various sizes at our new https://warhorn.net/brand page.

Please get in touch with us at info@warhorn.net if you need anything other than what we’ve already provided. And feel free to drop us a line if you use our logo on your site; we’re curious to see how people incorporate these images. Thanks!

Posted in Broadcasts

New campaign: D&D Adventurers League

Gen Con is right around the corner and the newest D&D organized play campaign, the D&D Adventurers League, makes its debut there. The first D&D Expeditions adventure becomes available for play shortly thereafter. So it’s a great time to announce that we’ve added support for this new campaign to Warhorn!

The Warhorn home page for all things Adventurers League is https://warhorn.net/campaigns/dnd-adventurers-league. Here you can browse the list of available scenarios and find when and where they’ll be offered at locations near you. We can tell that anticipation for the new campaign run high; as of this writing 78 upcoming sessions of DDEX1-1 Defiance in Phlan are already scheduled for Warhorn events!

As we find out more about how factions work in this new campaign we’ll add more information about them to the catalog so that you can find the adventures that are particularly well-suited for your character.

Please give us a shout at info@warhorn.net if you have questions, concerns or additional information about the D&D Adventurers League. Good luck to those of you taking on the Cult of the Dragon at Gen Con in the first special event of the campaign!

Posted in Broadcasts

Organized play membership settings

Those of you participating in organized play campaigns like Pathfinder Society and Living Forgotten Realms probably have a sense of how much effort it takes to coordinate a convention or game day. All the marketing, scheduling, facilities management, logistics, printing, staff and attendee wrangling, after-action reporting and so forth. It’s a thankless job. So why not do your bit to make it easier for the volunteers who serve your hobby? Take advantage of Warhorn’s new organized play membership settings to specify your PFS and DCI numbers so that your event organizer doesn’t have to dig through stacks of papers or hound you with endless e-mails to get them.

Organized play membership settings

Once you’ve set your membership numbers event staff will be able to see them in Warhorn and more efficiently report your gameplay. Then your orc-smashing will be just a little more guilt-free!

Posted in Broadcasts

Log in with Facebook

Isn’t it frustrating to join a web site and have to type in yet another password? Either you have to make up a new string of gobbledygook that’s too hard to remember (so you make your browser remember it for you or write it down), or you reuse a password from another site. Your security is at risk no matter what choice you make.

Well, new users of Warhorn won’t have that problem if they’re also on Facebook. Existing users, you can connect your account to Facebook and then log into Warhorn with one click. Let Facebook’s dollars and engineering horsepower keep your identity secure. Here’s how it works:

If you already have a Warhorn account and are currently logged out, go to the login page and click “Log in with Facebook”. This will send you to Facebook and ask you to authorize Warhorn to access your Facebook account (if you aren’t logged into Facebook you’ll need to do that first). Once you confirm, you’ll be sent back to Warhorn and automatically logged in.

Log in with Facebook

If you already have a Warhorn account and are currently logged in, go to the “Apps” page in the account settings section (the cog icon in the top nav bar) and click “Connect” next to the Facebook section. This will send you to Facebook as described above. After confirming you’ll be returned to the Apps settings page where you’ll see that your account is now connected.

Connect to Facebook

If you don’t have a Warhorn account yet, go to the signup page and click “Sign up with Facebook” to create a Warhorn account based on your Facebook account’s name and primary email address. The flow is similar to logging in with Facebook as described above.

Sign up with Facebook

After performing any of these actions, you can always return to the Apps settings page to disconnect your Warhorn account from Facebook if you so choose. If you signed up with Facebook and never explicitly set a Warhorn password you’ll want to do that before disconnecting; otherwise you’ll need to use the password reset function after disconnecting from Facebook before you can log back into Warhorn.

Note that Warhorn does not post to your Facebook account. We may add that capability in the future, but if we do we will ask for permission first and allow you to change your mind at any time. We’ll also give you simple controls to manage exactly what gets posted to Facebook on your behalf and what does not.

If you’re a Facebook user, please give this a shot and let us know what you think. If you’d like to be able to log into Warhorn via some other social service we’d like to hear that as well.

Posted in Broadcasts

Introducing broadcasts

Perhaps you’ve noticed new Warhorn features pop up every now and then and wondered what inspired them, when they were introduced or how to use them. Wonder no more – our new broadcast system will proactively tell you about new features.

Whenever we launch a new feature you’ll see a notice in the upper right corner of your dashboard. Click the headline to read more about the new feature at our blog. Click the “x” to dismiss the broadcast if you have already read the blog post or just don’t want to see it anymore (a new one will still show up for the next new feature though, don’t worry).

Broadcasts Screen Shot

Never fear missing out on new things to do at Warhorn. With broadcasts you’ll always be informed!

Posted in Broadcasts
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