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    SUBSPACE-EVENTS.COM

    Hi everyone,


    For the past month Iíve been working on something new:


    SUBSPACE-EVENTS.COM


    Trench Wars, and all other zones in fact, have always faced a problem when it comes to distributing information. With the population as it stands one of the most important things we can do is answer these two questions very clearly:


    1) What is happening in the zone right now? What can I get involved in this weekend, as player or spectator?..
    2) What is happening in the coming months? What leagues are coming soon? What does the summer roadmap look like?..


    This game is unique in the sense that itís probably one of the only games to exist that has no way of storing or accessing the playerís registration information (without direct billing access).

    Anyone who runs any kind of company/project/game/anything would tell you Itís VERY important to be able to contact your own users, and itís something that we try to do in various ways, but this was never functionality that was offered out-of-the-box to zone owners/sysops.


    Today we have the following channels of communication:


    Facebook page - Updated twice a week.
    Twitter profile - Updated twice a week.
    Newsletter - Sent twice a week.
    news.txt - Rarely updated, only with major changes,
    Discord - Generally inactive.


    This is ok. Subscribing to the newsletter youíll generally get an email on Thurs/Fri telling you what the weekend holds, and an email on Monday with the results of various league matches. I hope youíre subscribed if youíre interested in all the latest info.


    What we donít have is a site that offers a broad view of the entire summer, which leagues are running, what time do things start? WTF is 4PM EST in MY timezone?


    SUBSPACE-EVENTS.COM will be an events calendar that lets you see whatís going on at a glance.


    You can toggle on/off various leagues in the sidebar. It was also built to handle multiple zones from day one so we can expect Chaos Pro Leagueís next season to be listed too - once I speak to them.


    My favorite feature is something so simple but has never been implemented. Timezone support. By default all events are shown in YOUR local timezone and itís displayed very clearly that ďthis event starts in 4 hours 35 minsĒ. Exactly what we need.


    The site doesnít really translate to mobile very well, a giant events grid with horizontal scrolling. Right now itís optimized for desktop. If people like it and find it useful I can think about a mobile version, or native apps - could be a fun side project.


    The site is not directly related to Trench Wars, as I said all zones that have scheduled events are welcome to get in contact and list their leagues.


    Iím looking for feedback, so let me know what you like.


    For any curious technical folks, itís a React webapp using Redux for state management, Moment for dates/times, Bulma as the CSS foundation (although I didn't really use much of it, just the buttons and modals) and it's deployed to Firebase for hosting (Spark pay-as-you-go plan, essentially free for a project of this scale).


    Right now I have to add events myself but I'll think about how best to open it up in the future. I'll be actively updating the calendar with all the latest seasons, events etc.


    If feedback is good I will link this in the headers of our various subsites (tw.org, gallery, twd, ssbe, forums etc) to gain visibility. Thanks for any feedback you have and let's hope it serves as a helpful resource for existing players.
    It drives me mad when I see people ?go BasingCup and say "what is this??". I post it everywhere HOW ARE YOU NOT AWARE???
    I want everyone to be aware of what is going on in the zone so a site like this should hopefully help.
    -Wirah (Method/Mefod)

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    First off, this is bloody epic, much needed feature, well done, and thank you.

    This is a good candidate for replacing the Flash box at the top of tw.org

    There's something up with the scrolling in Firefox. Sometimes the events move smoothly as you scroll, but mostly they don't move at all until you stop scrolling then they snap into place. Works fine in Chrome and Edge. Screenshot taken while scrolling: https://imgur.com/a/CNKtjRy

    I still think it needs a little (i) in the corner to indicate there's more info there if you click.


    Edit:
    Also, there's a slightly better favicon at tw.org, steal that.
    <link rel="icon" href="/twimages/vcSj2.png" type="image/png" />
    http://trenchwars.org/twimages/vcSj2.png
    Last edited by Rab; 07-08-2018 at 12:00 PM.

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    Looks sleek and very useful! TYVM

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rab View Post
    There's something up with the scrolling in Firefox. Sometimes the events move smoothly as you scroll, but mostly they don't move at all until you stop scrolling then they snap into place. Works fine in Chrome and Edge. Screenshot taken while scrolling: https://imgur.com/a/CNKtjRy
    I'm using position:sticky to fix the header to the top but after testing in a few browsers it doesn't really feel stable enough. I think I'll refactor this to use position:fixed and make <body> the only scrollable content, rather than some div with overflow:scroll.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rab View Post
    I still think it needs a little (i) in the corner to indicate there's more info there if you click.
    Will add that tomorrow

    Thanks for the feedback so far!
    -Wirah (Method/Mefod)

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    Been waiting for this moment a long time, watching development. Great work, love it!
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    Looks good - glad there is no tab for TSL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rab View Post
    This is a good candidate for replacing the Flash box at the top of tw.org
    do this plz, won't be long before I forget where this thread is and have no other way to find this site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rab View Post
    do this plz, won't be long before I forget where this thread is and have no other way to find this site.
    I've done a very bad job at advertising the site so far. I'll add it to the Flashbox section and various navbars. Will send a newsletter too.
    -Wirah (Method/Mefod)

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