Published: Sunday, 29 December 2013 13:54
Written by IsraeliRD
I remember when we played around with the idea of modifying the main forum skin of the previous Marble Blast Forums. The staff discussed this for months and was unable to decide on something that would look good. Drafts came and went by as we kept changing the layout. Eventually plans fell through, procrastination arrived and nothing came out of it.
When we got the domain name of the website to our hands in 2012, we had an idea of creating a brand new website dedicated to Marble Blast, and not just forums. But if we couldn’t decide on a forum’s skin, how can we tackle a task much bigger than that?
I want to give massive shoutouts to Aayrl, HiGuy, Sam, Phil, Jeff and Perishingflames for helping us make this website come true, and to Kevin Ryan for giving us, the Marble Blast community, this very domain name.
Big shoutouts to both Pro Marbler and Sporlo who helped us copy all the data from the previous Marble Blast Forums into the new one. All the posts and threads will be available on the new forums.
What you are seeing right now would be impossible without all these people, so right before you rush to the shiny new MBP 1.50 Beta 1, the new Forums or anywhere else, please take the time to comment here with your thanks to these guys.
I also want to thank YOU for being here with us. We could not have had the motivation to do all this without you. Whether you make a level, a mod, or just post spam, we could not have been here if it wasn’t for you.
Onto the main course!
The new website contains many features and as we continue developing in the upcoming months, more features will be completed. Let’s start explaining!
You probably noticed the top bar; this will be able to direct you to many of this site’s features including the forums, downloadable custom levels and mods, extras and more.
This news section is going to play a pivotal role by replacing our normal announcements board. Be sure to check here frequently on latest news from both the Marble Blast world and the outside. We will have a number of people who will be able to post news, so you won’t get tired of me. Lucky you.
Accounts created on this website now act globally; you may use them to upload custom levels, comment on news posts, levels and more. They will be used as your forum account as well as your Leaderboards account. Your profile section will include relevant info pertaining to the many sections of this website.
The forums themselves have been revamped. We moved to a different type of forums that allow us much more control and customization than ProBoards. We’re still working things out, but it’s pretty nifty so far. The Vault/Archives have been removed and will now be available via CVS format for your browsing pleasure. New topics to be trimmed will be moved to a brand new Vault/Archives section.
We also have a featured section, for both levels and videos so you can play and watch some of the best this community has to offer. We will also have a regular poll which is pretty neat. Additionally you will be able to get to the latest and most popular topics of the forums from the left side as well as check out some statistics.
Lastly we built a custom level uploader where one can upload his/her custom levels and others can comment, favorite and rate. You can also browse uploaded custom levels and of course download the CLA (Custom Levels Archive) once it is uploaded in the upcoming weeks.
We hope you will enjoy the new website, and please give us feedback and suggestions with regards to it. We strive to make this website the best it can be.
- Matan and the MarbleBlast.com staff