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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Warhorn is dead, long live Warhorn!

After ten long years I’m both saddened and excited to announce that Warhorn v1 has been shut down. Saddened for the obvious reasons, but mostly excited because now we can get on with the business of developing the modern edition of Warhorn without distraction (either financially or administratively).

The King is Dead

As a single example of the kinds of things you can expect to see going forward, in the last few months we’ve been working with some of the Pathfinder Society campaign volunteers to build deeper support for PFS into Warhorn. They’ve put together a comprehensive catalog of all sanctioned PFS scenarios, and we’re creating a way for event staff to choose from this catalog when specify scenario offerings rather than tediously entering these details. This will save you time setting up your events and also enable us to publish statistics about Pathfinder Society play on Warhorn which we think will be interesting to many in the community. We’ll be doing the same for Living Forgotten Realms and eventually for all game systems and organized play campaigns.

We’re also committed to  building on the quality of life improvements that have been slowly making their way into Warhorn. For example, now that event staff can specify the time zone for an event and you can see that time zone on the schedule, we plan to give you the ability to set your preferred time zone so that even if games occur outside your time zone you can see them in your local time. And why is it that you can’t save information about your characters so that you can choose a name when signing up for a game and have its class, level and combat role information automatically come along for the ride? No good reason. We plan to fix that.

Further down the line, we’ve got some really exciting ideas about making it easier for you to find games you’re interested in. If you’ve been signing up for games on Warhorn for a while, shouldn’t we be able to point out games in your area that you might not already know about? And shouldn’t you have more powerful tools for searching for any kind of game you like?

Also, we want to acknowledge  that gaming is something you do with your friends for fun. You should be able to sign up for games together and choose to play together when lots of people have signed up for the same game. You should be able to have a public presence on Warhorn (but only if you want one) and show off what you’ve accomplished in-game. If you participate in organized play campaigns, you should be able to see and talk about your and others’ characters and play histories.

I wrote the very first lines of code for Warhorn v1 back in 2003 because I wanted to get a bunch of RPGA friends together in a hotel meeting room to play D&D all weekend. It went through rapid change for a few years and then more or less settled into the state it existed in until today. When we first contemplated a new version we thought we’d just tear it all down and start from scratch, but that was too much for two people to handle. So Warhorn v2 essentially became a faster, slicker, mostly easier to use little brother of v1. That was fine for its first six months of life, but 2014 is the year where Warhorn v2 grows up and comes into its own right. We hope you like new stuff because we’re gonna throw a bunch at you!

PS: If you have any suggestions for improvements we can make, please send your ideas to us at https://warhorn.uservoice.com/forums/217440-general. That’s a community-sourced list of ideas that you can vote on to show your support; the more votes an idea gets the stronger consideration we give to it. Tell us what you want!

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Venues!

We’re excited to announce a significant new feature for Warhorn event organizers: venue support! Event staff can now enter addresses and phone numbers for venues where event activities will be held. The event schedule groups activities by venue and allows users to view venue details and maps. For example:

Because venue support has a few different parts we’ve provided a knowledge base article explaining how to set up venues and use the new schedule features (yup, we’ve expanded our support site to include a knowledge base; we’ll add more articles over time as we build new features and revisit existing ones). We always try to build features that are straightforward and intuitive to use the first time, but this information is here to help in case we missed the mark somewhere.

Venues vs event listings

You might be wondering how venues relate to an event’s location in the event listings. The answer is, there’s no specific relationship between the two. You have the freedom to specify whatever location you like for the event listings without regard to the geographic location of any venue you might configure.

Take for example the Central Valley PFS event. The event staff specified a location of “Central Valley, CA, US” for the listings but have defined a number of different venues in various cities in the region.

Browsing listings by location

Another improvement you’ll notice is that the locations in the event listings look a lot more consistent. That’s because we normalized the listing locations to use separate fields for city/region, state/province and country (event staff, see the Event setup > Location page). This improves your ability to browse listings by location because we can more intelligently order the listings now.

Event listings ordered by locationCountry-specific date formatting

Those of you not in the US will be relieved to see that we’ve introduced date formatting more appropriate to the event location. For example, the dates for this Australian event are in DMY format rather than the MDY format commonly used in the US (and Belize…?):

Non-US date formattingOver time we will add more localization features so that users can see event information in ways that are more natural to where they are (such as explicit event timezone support and the ability for users to set date formatting and timezone preferences). We want to reduce confusion and make the site as comfortable as possible.

As always, please don’t hesitate to give us feedback or make suggestions about what you’d like to see. There’s a “Feedback & Support” link at the top of the page for that very reason. We hope you like the new venues feature and all the other associated changes!

 

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