Milestones

Hey all,

If you aren't following our Twitter account then you probably haven't heard that we have finished all SinglePlayer levels for PlatinumQuest. This major milestone means a lot, since PlatinumQuest started as SinglePlayer only. Now we just have to make the Online section work nicely with the multitude of features it adds (spoilers: it doesn't work that nicely). I find it rather interesting that the SinglePlayer levels are split into two eras: 2009-2012 with the original Platinum Team, and then 2015-2017 with a whole new Platinum Team (save for me). In most of 2012 and the entirety of 2013-2014, we had no new levels. I'm pretty sure parts of 2015 had none, but I digress. The ideas of what makes a level and how this evolved really shows.

We still have to wrap up all the corners of SinglePlayer and blast through Online before we can release.

In addition to all that, I'm super happy to tell you about the new Replay System. It replaces all current and previous recording systems (rec/avi/mov/mp4) with a new rrec format which allows you to painlessly record a run, restart without any player input and recognise when you finish a level (prompting you to save). You can then replay the level and it'll keep recording on a new file. It works with all PlatinumQuest's features, including Hunt mode. You can replay the recording on video in any resolution, framerate and OS, giving it very good stability. When you play Online, it will automatically record your run, and should you get a World Record, immediately sends it to the server, so we don't have to worry about missing runs when it comes time to make videos.
This rrec format will be required for all future World Record Rampages (excluding MBG, which continues with rec/avi/mov/mp4) as default.
As this system does use its own versioning system, any future versions of this game that change the rrec version will not have their recordings work with the release version, and vice versa.

Whatever the case, I'm excited that we've made so much progress, and I'm looking forward to releasing Soon (TM).

Until next time,
Matan

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TBNRRedZone replied the topic: #1 12 Jun 2017 11:09
I cant wait to see the full version. Will there be Multiplayer soon?
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CylinderKnot replied the topic: #2 06 Jun 2017 23:35
It's unfolding before our eyes. PQ THERe!
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TheEvoker replied the topic: #3 04 Jun 2017 17:08
Yes, I am also really very happy about the new recording system, and am looking forward to any new features which we may not have expected!! I know that everyone involved in this will have put LOTS of effort into every aspect of this. Look forward to the new music as well! Haha. Will have to wait to play this as I've got exams and other things this next month, but at least this will be the perfect reward.

After the Mayhem

Hey, folks!

We were excited to see many of you were able to attend the mayhem which ensued today! If you were unable to join the madness, there will be ample opportunity in future events, so don't feel left out!

Overall, in just under two hours, we cooperatively managed to complete every level in Marble Blast Gold! Our collective time was 1215.99 seconds, or roughly 20.261 minutes. Nice job, everyone!

You can watch a stream of the MBG levels here: https://youtu.be/h0nyqtMZwwU

Total Mayhem

We hope you all had as much of a blast as we did!
~Marble Blast Community Staff

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Eguy replied the topic: #1 30 May 2017 03:41
Sorry, I know I said I'd be there, but I had friends over who stayed longer than I expected (I had fun though).

Glad to see much fun was had, and many marbles were knocked! :P
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Rosie replied the topic: #2 30 May 2017 03:16
I had a great time! Thank you for hosting the event, Aayrl! (And I got a sweet title out of it too. ;))
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eNetroMB replied the topic: #3 30 May 2017 02:18
I've had a great time playing with such great players! It's sometimes funny or exciting to play co-op with multiple players!

Monday Mayhem

Hello Community!

We invite you to join us this Monday (05/29/2017) at 9:00 PM UTC (5:00 PM EDT) as we attempt to host the largest community co-op session to date. We will be attempting to complete each of the original Marble Blast Gold levels, assuming our server code can handle more than 4 players!

If you are unable to attend, don't worry! We'll host some more events in the near future to hopefully engage users in various time zones across the globe. Please feel free to post in the comments below which times (in UTC if possible) would work best so we can do our best to plan accordingly.

We hope you enjoy!
~Marble Blast Community Staff

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Kwill replied the topic: #1 04 Jun 2017 17:10
I wish I could have joined, this looks fun!
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Nature Freak replied the topic: #2 30 May 2017 21:06
Will this be other games (MBP and MBU) ever, or customs? Will MBG be revisited?
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Aayrl replied the topic: #3 30 May 2017 01:12
Thanks for the input, everyone!

It looks like an early morning event may be in store for some of our members abroad! Stay tuned for more details in the next few weeks!

~Aayrl

More Forum Changes!

Hello Marble Blasters!

While performing some routine maintenance this evening, HiGuy and I have also gone through the Forums layout templates and made some slight adjustments based on user feedback over the past few months. Some of these were pending issues from the original release of the latest forum platform, and I apologize for not having these necessary changes in place sooner.

If you have any additional suggestions, comments or remarks for the forum layout, certainly let us know in the comments section below so we can investigate any issues further.

Here are a list of changes that went live tonight:

  • Website Security Updates
  • Users may now update their Avatar once again.
  • Changed the Forum username links to redirect to a member's Marble Blast profile instead of their Forum Profile. A link to the Forum Profile is now listed on their Marble Blast profile for ease of access.
  • Changed the "Quote" styles - The quoted member name is now bold and underlined, and a noticeable quote style and border has been added to the quote block to make them more obvious.
  • Changed the "Last Edited By" informational text styles to be smaller and less distracting.
  • Changed the behavior of "Staff Member" or "Blue Posts" - Staff member posts will now only show with a blue background at the discretion of the staff member posting them.
  • Slightly adjusted the display position of member signatures on forum post messages to prevent crowding of post content.
  • Fixed an issue with Avatar images being resized incorrectly on certain browser sizes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the "Recent Topics" and "My Subscriptions" views to be disproportional on certain browser sizes.
  • Fixed an issue which caused user details on a message post to scale incorrectly on certain browser sizes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the "Attachments" button to overlap other elements when uploading images to a new post or post reply.
  • Fixed an issue with the "Forum" breadcrumb link which would erroneously send users to the "Recent Topics" section instead of the Forum Index.
  • Fixed an issue where certain Avatars would cause the web server to timeout unexpectedly. Special thanks to Weather for reporting this issue.

Please Note: Some changes will not be visible until your browser cache refreshes.

Thank you,
~Aayrl

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HiGuy replied the topic: #1 30 Apr 2017 16:51
We changed around some parts of the CSS and you may have an outdated version in your cache. Try force refreshing (Ctrl + Shift R on Windows, Cmd + Shift R on Mac) and it should pull the new stylesheet. Or if you wait a few days your browser will sort itself out automatically.
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TheEvoker replied the topic: #2 30 Apr 2017 13:47
This is good to see, BUT I have noticed this kind of message on every single post:

"Aayrl created the topic: More Forum Changes!" ... for example.

Is this intentional? Or is it even necessary? Seems a bit cluttery to me. And I find it hard to find the start of the post as well.

Forum Changes!

Hello everyone,

I am pleased to announce after several weeks of evaluation, we have decided to upgrade our Forum infrastructure to its latest stable version. Our previous forum software had reached its end of life, so it was necessary from a security point of view to complete the upgrade before the end of 2017.

With the new Forum infrastructure comes some exciting enhancements that we hope will make the forums easier to navigate and participate in! Below are some of the most important changes you'll notice:

  • An all new Forum Template and Layout!



  • All staff member posts now have a light blue background color in order to assist members with identifying official responses from the Marble Blast Community Staff!

  • The Marble Blast Community Staff now also have the power to flag community posts as "Helpful", indicated by a light-green color!



  • We've cleaned up how News Article replies look on the Home Page to keep our front doors super clean! Don't worry, you'll still be able to comment if you head over to the News Feed or Forums!

We're excited to hear your feedback and suggestions for improvements or changes to this new system. Please feel free to leave a comment and we'll do our best to address any issues you may encounter!

Enjoy!

~Aayrl

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Aayrl replied the topic: #1 12 Jan 2017 01:13
Makes sense.

I'll add this to our list.

Thanks,
~Aayrl
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El_Robert replied the topic: #2 10 Jan 2017 09:50

Aayrl wrote:
What do you mean by a button that links the forum profile to the actual profile? A link under the avatar on the forums, perhaps?


Yes, I think that would work too. What I meant is that whenever you click someone's name from a forum post it gets you to his forum profile (marbleblast.com/index.php/forum/user/17582-el-robert). I was thinking about having a button there (under the avatar, sure, why not) that upon clicking would take you to his "actual profile" (marbleblast.com/index.php/profile?disp=browse&user=17582), the one with game statistics, achievements etc. At the moment, in order to see that profile, we need to search the user in the Scores section of the site.
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HiGuy replied the topic: #3 10 Jan 2017 03:18
The issue with the attachments button is actually because the picture settings options are supposed to be a modal... Somehow jQuery doesn't have the modal plugin enabled.