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A helpful resource for all aspects of designing board games: game design, prototyping, playtesting, publishing, and much much more!

Granting other members privs to a game journal!

Members should now be able to use the new GRANT feature to assign other members to a Game Journal they create. Once the initial Game Journal item is created (say just the title). A new GRANT option should appear to the right of the title.

When selected the GRANT page will give you a method to enter a user name to find the member you wish to grant permissions to your page.

Enter the member name (or partial name), once have the member name you have to select the KEEP checkbox, and select the checkbox permissions you wish to give (view, edit, delete), and lastly hit save.

BGDF Site Update : Phase 1 completed

Phase 1 of the site update has been completed, with one casualty, PM messages are at least temporarily lost. These *lost* PMs still exist in the database, but some software updates to the system is causing some random issues with the availability of the PMs. If you have any issues with OLD missing PMs please PM Zzzzz and all attempts will be made to resolve the issue.

Updates will be continuing through out the next few days, but the majority of the down time should be over with this Phase 1 update.

A message outlining the additional enhancements and changes will follow shortly, once a few additional tweaks are accomplished.

But for starters, besides the ability to DELETE PMs now, there will also be some access level changes that will allow members the ability to grant access to their content to other members. YES collaboration on game journals should be available shortly!

Thanks,
--BGDF Staff

BGDF Site Maintenance 1/9/08 - 1/11/08

BGDF.com will be undergoing some site maintenance over the weekend.

As a result the site will become unavailable during the later hours (11pm EST - 4am EST) on both 1/9/08 and 1/10/08.

Be be aware that full site, database, user files backups will be performed during this time. There will also be a large upgrade to site software, along with some other enhancements.

Thank you,
--BGDF Staff

List Of Publishers

This is an introductory list of contact information for publishers and their current status on accepting submissions. Below you will find multiple sections containing publishers who are current seeking submissions, require you to write more more info, only accept games through an agent or broker and not current accepting submissions.

These sections will be updated as new publishers are added or as the status of current publishers changed.

Playtest Journals

Long time member MatthewF has created a playtesting aid that may interest many of our members.

His product, Playtest Journals, are designed to help you capture important information about a playtest session that is easy to forget. They encourage you to examine the status of the game at key points, record player interest and choices, monitor important issues as play progresses, and keep track of ideas for changes.

For more information about Playtest Journal, and to help support one of our members, head over to Matthew's site to see more detailed information about the product.

Bruno Faidutti's FAQ for Would-Be Game Authors

Game designer Bruno Faidutti, with more than 50 published games, offers some great advice about intellectual property issues, prototyping, finding publishers, and working with them. The article, originally published in the French game magazine Des Jeux sur un Plateau, can be found on his site.

Search Now Available!

There is now an option to search the site. Ok ok it took long enough, right?!?!?!

The search option is located in the lower left column. The location might change over time, but for now that is the location to find it.

At this time, the searchable content is updated based on a 2 hour window. So this means anything that is posted within two hours of the last search indexing, may not show up, until the next search indexing occurs.

At this time it seems that 2 hours is more than adequate, and hopefully the search indexing task is stable (since it has previously had issues).

Also, please note that on the search results screen, there are also advanced search options, as well as a method to search on users.

Thanks & Enjoy!

The BGDF Staff

Private Messages - Update!

Private Message have been updated a 2nd time. At this time you will no longer see an option on the left hand navigation menu to select for Private Messages.

At this time there is now a Private Messages area located on the top right column. This area will display *recent* PMs alert as well as two icons :

INBOX
WRITE PM

If you select the first icon you will be taken to your inbox. If you select the second icon you will be taken to the write PM screen.

Again stay tune for additional changes..

The BGDF Staff

Forum Views Count

The Forum Views count issue has been resolved. It will now display the total number of views.

PM Alert Feature

Hello Members,

At this time I have released a very simple PM Alert feature. If you have any new private messages within the last day, a simple alert message will be presented in the upper right bar location above the recent topics. It will take the format of
_________________

PM Alert
X messages in last day
_________________

At this time the implementation is VERY basic. I have to do some custom modifications to the module to support anything more robust.

You will also notice that the inbox should now present you with a formatted timestamp, as well as some other simple cleanup.

Stay tune for more changes!

The BGDF Staff

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