Event activity streams are live!

Today we’re making event activity streams live for everybody.

As I described a few weeks ago, event activity streams provide visibility into the scheduling and signup activities that are the heart of Warhorn. And we’ll be building on event activities to provide dashboard notifications to subscribers for all events you’re interested in.

Please enjoy, and let us know what you think about activity streams here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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Announcing a new preview feature: event activity streams

Today we’re unveiling a new feature that we’ve been working on for the past few months: event activity streams!

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The new activity stream on the right side of the event home page shows the most recent actions that event staff and attendees have taken – scheduling games, signing up, withdrawing, even changing characters (for subscribers).

As always, we’ve kept your privacy in mind. We don’t show any personal information in the activity stream that isn’t also visible in the event schedule. And, as always, no web search engines or users who aren’t logged into Warhorn can see names or other personally identifying information. Here’s what the same page looks like to a logged-out viewer:

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Next up, we’re building on this base to to enable our second premium feature: activity notifications for events you’re interested in right on your Warhorn dashboard. We’d even consider sending them in email or mobile push notifications, so please let us know if you’d be interested in those or any additional notification channels.

The activity stream feature is available only to subscribers during this early access period, but it will be opened up to everyone soon. The premium notification feature will only be available to subscribers, so if you’d like to have a single place to go to find out what’s happening with all of your Warhorn events, then consider subscribing!

We’d love to know what you think about the new event activity streams, so please share your thoughts in the comments here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.


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A New Look for Warhorn

Hey all! As you may have seen, we’re sporting a new look at Warhorn. After five years or so, we’ve traded in the old brown/green/orange color palette for a cleaner and cooler blue/gray/black skin.

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We’ve also taken the opportunity to clean up the designs of many pages, reorganize various things for clarity and make navigational elements consistent across the different sections of the site.

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Finally, there’s been a bit of a technology upgrade under the hood. Warhorn should be faster, more secure and more available than ever.

These changes have been in the works for a long time. We’re excited to roll them out, both to improve your Warhorn experience and to pave the way for the features we’re planning for later this year. More on that soon…

As always, please let us know what you think in the comments on this post, on Facebook or Twitter, or in email.

Good gaming!

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Search updates

Just a quick note to let you all know about a couple updates we made to our game and convention search engine.

1. Better location filtering. Many of you have written to complain about our extremely poor location filtering. When you type “oakland ca” into the filter box, you expect to only see games or events in that city, but until now we’d show you games from all over California and (wackily) Canada. The newly tweaked search engine will now return only results for Oakland as you’d expect. You can even combine location filtering with other types of filtering; for example, “oakland pfs” will return only Pathfinder Society games in Oakland.

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2. Filtering for online games. Just like you can find games in a particular location, you should also be able to find online games, but previously you couldn’t. Now, entering “online” into the filter box will work exactly as you want, or even “online pfs”.

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We hope these changes help you find the games you’re looking for more quickly and easily!

In other news, our “pledge drive” has been phenomenally successful. We’ll be writing a full blog post on this topic very soon, but in the meantime, thanks so much for all of your support! If either Finn or I had any hair, you’d have blown it back with all of the money and kind words you sent our way.

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Warhorn needs your donations

We’ve written about this before, but as 2015 winds to a close we find a need to talk money again.

For the last couple of years we’ve used that lovely black donation bar at the top of Warhorn pages to show our quarterly fundraising goal and progress toward that goal. You may have noticed that we haven’t come anywhere close to that goal for each of the last few quarters. Put simply, this is not sustainable. We need to bring in more money or we won’t be able to keep Warhorn running.

As you know from reading that earlier post, we have a number of recurring monthly operating costs – application hosting, monitoring and logging as well as various services that aid the process of developing the site. We also incur various expenses annually. All told, we need to bring in somewhere slightly north of $600 per month to cover all of these costs. During the first nine months of this year we have averaged roughly $300 per month in donations. This is clearly a big problem.

Well, can’t you figure out how to make some money?

We’re working on it:

  • We’ve floated the idea of adding features that would only be available to paid subscribers, but we’re not sure that’s the best we can serve the community. This idea remains under discussion, and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments here or on Facebook.
  • We’re also looking into sponsorship opportunities and other types of partnerships. If you represent a business and want to talk to us about a partnership, please drop us a line at info@warhorn.net.
  • We’ve considered data aggregation, but that seems to be a pretty sleazy business and we’d rather not get involved with it.
  • And of course, while it would be so simple to slap ads on the site, we’ve said from day one that we will never plaster the site with ugly and irrelevant ad banners. Anything we do along these lines has to enhance your Warhorn experience, not detract from it.

In the meantime, we need your donations to keep Warhorn running.

Over 20,000 people use Warhorn each month. We only need to raise $600 from those 20,000 people to pay for Warhorn for that month. If just 600 people each donated $1 we’d cover our costs. That’s only 3% of the total users for the month. Seems like our community should be able to manage that, right?

Put another way, if only 750 of the 30,000+ registered Warhorn users make a one-time donation of $10, you will cover the cost of operating Warhorn for an entire year.

And that’s not even considering the large conventions that host their schedules and signups on Warhorn. Events that have more than a hundred registrations can often make room in their attendance fees to send us $1 per attendee. We really appreciate when they take the time to do this!

Whether you are an event organizer or an individual, you can help us right now by clicking here to send a donation.

We know that some of you have donated before, and we thank you.

Warhorn has been running for almost fifteen years now. Neither of us has ever made a single dime from Warhorn. The fact is, even with all of you who have donated once or many times before, we have been paying out of our own pockets to keep it going. We can’t keep going with this state of affairs, and we’re working on finding more predictable sources of revenue, but in the meantime we need your help to keep Warhorn online.

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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!

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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.


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