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Not much has changed on the website in the last couple of months and I think I should clarify a bit the current situation.

 

Yes, since Summer my free time dedicated to TF and gaming in general has decreased, however I'm slowly regaining lost ground so to speak, while trying not to lose in all the other aspects of day-to-day life. More so, my interest and dedication in Blizzard's new game is just as high as when I started following Titan (seems like in the early 90s :p), so there are no issues in this regard.

 

The main reason for the website not really evolving in the last 3,4 months is that the software behind most of the website, the IPB Suite, is about to receive a super major update. Initially its release was hoped for late Summer / early Autumn, however now it looks like it's going to happen early next year, March or so at the latest.

 

The new version changes the very core of the suite and has improvements for pretty much every aspect of the software, as such I definitely plan on switching TF to it. There are 2 issues however. First, I'll most likely wait until 2,3 bug fix patches go through, which means an additional 1-3 months after release.

 

Most importantly, it's totally not backwards compatible. Which is why playing with any new plugins or making any other custom modifications to the theme / tools right now is or at least feels totally useless.

 

Together with the new IPB version, TF will also receive a design update as well, however at this point there's not much else to do but wait.

 

So I guess my message is to have patience and don't think the website is not being actively maintained or well, focused on, anymore. :)

 

"Stuff" is also happening behind the scenes, either driven by other TF members or just by me, so don't go too far. The start of 2014 should be more interesting. ;)


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Oooh, how exciting :) roll on 2014


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Sweet, can't wait for 2014 :)


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Good good! We're still here for the long run :-)

 

Can we have a sneak peek at the new design? :-)


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Good good! We're still here for the long run :-)

 

Can we have a sneak peek at the new design? :-)

 

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I'm pretty sure we're going for this ^^



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You should post up some Statistics like you did ages ago, i really enjoy seeing how the site traffic changes over time as news stories break and just generally how many people we get through here.


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worst-website-of-2013.png

 

I'm pretty sure we're going for this ^^

 

Dammit Eremite, can't you keep a secret?!
 
Seriously though, the new design right now is just bullet points and vague specifications in a file on my PC, with some links to a few websites as well, from which I wish to "steal" some ideas.
 
I will use these notes to either hire a designer to build a special theme from scratch, or buy one of the new themes that will come out for the new version and modify it myself as much as possible. We'll see.

 

You should post up some Statistics like you did ages ago, i really enjoy seeing how the site traffic changes over time as news stories break and just generally how many people we get through here.

 

Here's a funny one: http://i.imgur.com/szS9hUH.jpg It includes the crazy rush we've had at the start of April, so everything after that is pretty much close to 0.. :D

 

Here's one that starts when the reset announcement hit: http://i.imgur.com/Q25ZxVQ.jpg

 

Right now we're basically getting 600 - 800 daily visits. Lowest amount of all the year, however it is more than expected, with Blizzcon gone, holidays almost here, and no real news on the horizon.


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I suppose so, I feel sure we'll see a spike in visitors when some new news comes out,


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Now is not our time, now is time to lay dormant... but one day we will reign supreme in the Titansphere. Euph is still here! :)


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The Euph has been awakened. I can now claim this thread a total success!


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Oh, Euph. Ummm, hello?

 

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The beast has awakened.


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