12th Official Tournament: Round 2

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on August 16th, 20194 Comments »

Hello again! A new week, a new round. For those of you who are not one of the at least 67 people being eliminated from the gauntlet – congratulations! You made it (perhaps by the skin of your teeth) and are one week closer to prizes, and perhaps a division championship. Without further ado, let’s get right to the round 2 songs.

D1: Red Tint
Round 2′s chart for D1, Red Tint, enters the game as the new lowest difficulty offering for a song by popular artist S.S.H. – while operating at a lower tempo than the previous round, DarkZtar gives our players a bit more in the way of pattern variation and introduces some extended 24th streaming to push D1 a bit on the speed front. (I’m actually interested if some of the melodies in this song remind anyone of a particular game. Drop some comments on the FPP – I’m legitimately curious, since it reminded our entire household here.)
D2: Mindreader
Oh yes, it’s time for some meaty dubstep, coming from the mega-talented Virtual Riot, whose music has some how only made three appearances before today on FFR. DarkZtar scores yet another chart into the tournament roster with Mindreader, a fairly (by D2 standards) technical chart that has some relatively tricky patterning and opens up with some sustained near-10 note-per-second stream, before mixing things up with some layered 16th sprints and rhythmic mixups.
D3: Starchaser
The EDM ride continues! Psychotik makes their first mark both in this tournament and on FFR with Coyote Kisses’ Starchaser, and D3 will get a bit of a push in terms of overall difficulty. Not only can players expect some reasonable density in patterns, but some of these patterns occasionally have some quick repeated taps falling into and out of doubles/jumps.
D4: rainy beauty [Heavy]
Veteran stepartist bmah makes their first of two appearances in this round with D4′s rainy beauty [Heavy]. The joviality of the song is counteracted by a fairly aggressive chart featuring dense low-speed jumpstreams, layered 24th note scales, numerous mini-jacks and overall difficult patterning that promises to give even the stronger D4 players a challenge.
Impressive round 1, D5. Too good in fact. Enter AVALON by SASAKURATION, bmah‘s second file for this round. AVALON isn’t quite as technical as the other bmah chart in this round – however, it demands one-handed control and jumpstream ability a bit more than expected, all culminating in an unbroken 16th note jumpstream that goes on for a respectable amount of time.
D6: Lamuscore
D6 dips their toes into some high speed content having to fight against PrawnSkunk and his chart for Mekuso’s Lamuscore. This 240 BPM breakcore song carries a good mix of tricky patterning between some fairly aggressive jump usage combined with 16th bursts while pushing players around with sections of unbroken streams, short 32nd bursts, and a variety of flams to force players to be attentive and focused to not trash their score.
D7: October (Dark Autumn Remix)
To the poor, poor souls who thought that once they got rid of Xandertrax’s old chart for October from their radar, it would never resurface again: it’s back and it wants to play once more with a shiny new soundscape. October (Dark Autumn Remix) is a remix both composed and charted by TC_Halogen that takes musical and chart structures as inspiration from the original counterpart released more than a decade ago. D7 players will face substantial amounts of mindblockable 32nd note bursts, added mini-jacks, heavier layering, more difficult transitions, and an entirely unique breakcore soli that brings a fresh technical perspective that doesn’t exist in the original.
D8: Nest Wanderflux
The chiptune breakcore has not left D8, showcasing resident musician and elite keysmasher Aquellex‘s’ prowess of LSDJ with their mashup of Powerflux and Wanderlust. Their creation, Wanderflux, turns the intensity up to 15 out of 10 with a song whose tempo basically sits on the top-end boundary of possibility with their tool of choice – running at a blistering 255 BPM, the song is loaded with huge rushes of kicks, high speed chip melodies and numerous noise effects that aid to produce a TC_Halogen chart that is brutally difficult, as expected with this newly created division.

Good luck, everyone!

- psychoangel691 & TC_Halogen

It Begins! 12th Official Tournament: Round 1

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on August 10th, 201910 Comments »

AHHHHHHH! Can you believe it?! It’s finally here!

Round 1 of the 12th Official FFR Tournament is under way after such a long wait. Many shoutouts and thanks to everyone for being patient as well as thanks to those helping to put this all together.

First thing’s first, an announcement about the big change for this year. An 8th division has been added to the tournament. With such monumental achievements happening across FFR, the time just feels right. For this tournament, we were a bit more selective of who was bumped due to the quick shift. However, in coming tournaments, the general line will be at 100+ skill ranking. We’re super excited to see how the addition of this 8th division will affect the tournament and how intense the competition will be amidst our top players.

On another note, all files will be entered into game rated as 0 for the duration of the round. Those of you who have participated in previous FFR Official tournaments will be used to this. For anyone new here that isn’t aware, we have come to find that people tend to get too caught up in the ratings in previous tournaments and feel this really helps keep the tournament fun and it’s even been found to calm some people’s nerves not knowing how difficult the file really is.

With all of that out of the way, let’s move onto the songs for round 1!

D1: Misbehave (In This Cave)
Stepped by our resident community manager devonin, Misbehave (In This Cave) is a funky song by Ryan Ike whose chart places an emphasis on banjo melodies of varying speeds and rhythms. While fairly short at 1:47 and mostly tame in structure, D1 players will be tested in their ability to control short sprints of 16th notes at a respectable speed.
D2: The Hop
The Hop by OR-IF-IS adds to the list of shorter songs in the opening round of this tournament. rayword45’s choice of following 64th-note swing percussion makes D2’s bouncy opener rhythmically challenging for players of this level. Thankfully, the patterns are generally forgiving and the short length gives players ample time to put a large amount of attempts into the more difficult parts of this file.
D3: Machines
As someone who admittedly lacks a fondness of FFR’s rock genre as a whole, DarkZtar brings an absolute positive standout in Machines, by Crown the Empire. At a shade over 2 and a half minutes, this chart gives D3 a run for their money with 16th note streams that are constantly intermingled with layering and not-so-simple patterning. It is an excellent song and chart that I legitimately hope the competitors enjoy as much as I do.
D4: Bang
“IT’S ALL BANG BANG BLOODY BANG!” D4 most certainly gets the shaft on length here, opening up with a filthy, near 4-minute dubstep song – Bang by Droptek. Multiplayer moderator and growing simfile artist presence Deamerai unleashes a monster on the D4 competitors that demands precision in burst control, mini-jacks and solid mental fortitude.
D5: Carnation
Ah, my division where I shall die a very swift death. Carnation by aaaa (an appropriate artist name), is Elekton’s first file to FFR and it is a great one. Clocking in at 2:32, it is a lovely melodic piano song that features a great variety of jumpstream (ew #madcuzbad), mini-jack patterning and really nice appearance in general. Don’t let my bias against jumpstream pull you away because this file actually is very well done and is the first of great Elekton content to come.
D6: Ambient Ooparts
With great songs comes great durations? Well, Ambient Ooparts is an awesome song by cosMo@Bousou-P that brings a similar fate to the D4 players with regards to length, punching in over 3 and a half minutes of keysmashing carefully crafted by DarkZtar. Nothing stands out as an advantageous skillset in this for a D6 player other than sheer focus and control, as intermittent blips of broken jumpstream get interrupted with a variety of bursts, mini-jacks, split-handed jumptrills, etc. Stay focused.
D7: Super Soaker
Chiptune. Hi19. Speed. Colors. Streams. Got it? Good.
Super Soaker revives from the dead after sitting in queue for a rather long period of time, returning with a vengeance to terrorize our elite keysmashers right out of the gate. hi19hi19 leverages Blitz Lunar’s high-speed melodies and complicated rhythms to create a chart that packs a punch in terms of pattern variation and speed, forcing even those who have substantial ability in stream to check their control.
D8: Violent Arcade
And finally, D8. The… unicorns?
The first ever D8 song in an official tournament with a mere 14 competitors jousting for position in hopes to secure high enough scores to qualify for the top 8 of a brand new structure not seen to FFR. These keysmashing titans will do battle on Violent Arcade, a menacing opening to what appears to be a violent division (pun intended). DarkZtar makes yet another appearance in this opening round, absolutely assaulting everyone in his way with Final Sketch & rgLed’s monstrous collaboration as his weapon of choice. This brutal chiptune breakcore song provides a lethal mix of patterns that will likely pose issues to anyone who even attempts it. And this is just the beginning.

Good luck, everyone!

- psychoangel691 & TC_Halogen

New Werewolf Game Signups Open

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on August 7th, 20191 Comment »

the sun fan is opening up signups for a Turbo Werewolf game. 12 hour day phases, 12 hour night phases, and 9 players, this will be a substantially faster and less complicated game than the last several making it a great game to come try out TWG for the first time. Signup thread is located here, and as always, if you’ve never played TWG before, reviewing the rules thread here, is definitely advised.

AAA Achieved on Reluctantly Accepting Temporary Overexhaustion (109) by Sillyfangirl

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on August 2nd, 201959 Comments »

The second highest difficulty song on FFR, which had a previous top score from Ziltoid of 12-0-0-0, has been AAA’d live on stream, by Sillyfangirl.

You can watch the replay of this momentous accomplishment here.

Congratulations to Sillyfangirl, and we’ll look forward to the very top levels of D7 having one more serious competitor for the Official Tournament.

Check out the clip of the moment, and the aftermath here

New Werewolf Game Signups

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on July 31st, 20196 Comments »

A new Werewolf Game is taking signups in the thread here.

This is not a Junior Werewolf game, so if you’re new to TWG, you should consider waiting for a jTWG to open up.

For basics about the Werewolf Game, check out the TWG Rules Thread or the basic tl;dr rules for information about how it works.

12th Official Tournament

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on July 28th, 201917 Comments »

It’s time! Dust off those keyboards the 12th official tournament is here! It’s been a long time coming but the wait is over. Signups are open now, and the tournament is set to start August 9th at 11:59 PM Server Time. For all the details check out the thread here. To sign up click the image below.

Tournament Sign Up

See you on the dashboard!


FFR Data Breach / Account Security Announcement

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on July 21st, 201911 Comments »

Hello everybody.

As some of you may have seen from the forums, there is reporting that there was a breach of FFR in July of 2019, resulting in the compromising of Usernames, Email Addresses, Dates of Birth and IP information, as well as Salted MD5 password hashes. We had a similar breach in 2016, and this latest breach appears to have compromised an additional ~85,000 accounts.

What this means for you is a couple of things. If you use your FFR password for any other websites or services, you need to change those passwords right away.

What it means for FFR passwords is a little more complicated. Some leveling with you is going to happen now.

Due to various issues (Mostly the non-profit nature of the site and the absence of Synthlight) it is unlikely that we’ll ever be able to upgrade the security architecture in any especially meaningful way. As well, while in 2008, salted MD5 hashes were fairly secure, that has become less so as time passes. Our version of vBulletin is as updated as we can make it, and our version of WordPress is one we’re stuck with because none of those things can be changed without Synthlight’s involvement, so in the near-term in today’s information security climate, we have to basically be frank that we lack any especially compelling ways to secure your password.

Out of the salted hashes compromised in the breach, nearly 150,000 of them remained uncracked. Those were likely users who had very strong passwords. Even with the comparative ease with which MD5 can be cracked today, sufficiently strong passwords are at least some deterrent to these attacks. So for FFR, like any and every other service you have with a password, your best bet is to use a password manager like KeePass or lastpass to generate you very strong passwords unique to each source. If you don’t want to use something like that, the usual suggestions for strong passwords apply: a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols, as long as possible, bearing no resemblance to any personally identifying words or phrases, and avoiding things like simple substitution (3 for e or 1 for i etc).

We are definitely sympathetic to anybody who had passwords and information compromised that are used in any other places, especially if they are newer users who joined the site after the last breach, at which time we also had to be frank about the reasons why we’re unable to properly secure user data. But as much as we would love to make the changes needed to secure FFR, our hands are sadly, tied.

Devonin and the FFR Team

Update: It is believed that the particular vulnerability that led to this breach has been found and closed. It appears that whoever carried out the breach took advantage of a disabled WordPress plugin which has since been deleted completely. As well, as a precaution, every such plugin has been completely removed. This seems the most likely source of the breach as a number of other sites have also been breached in recent months via WordPress Plugin issues. While this does appear to be a fix that will prevent further breaches exploiting this same vulnerability, the general weakness of site security remains, so all precautions above regarding passwords and data management still apply. Thank you everybody for your patience, and willingness to hear our explanations regarding our difficulties in safeguarding your data.

Independence Day Release 2019

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on July 3rd, 20196 Comments »

Happy Independence Day! For this release we have two songs, one of them an orchestral song from Riot Games with tricky patterns and the other a catchy electronic song.

Feel free to leave comments in the thread.

Helix of Garatia
Musician: sasakure.UK
Step Artist: YoshL & PrawnSkunk
Song Genre: Dance 2
Style: Electronic
Difficulty: 72
Song Length: 2:02

Kindred, the Eternal Hunters
Musician: Riot Games
Step Artist: XelNya
Song Genre: Classical
Style: Orchestral
Difficulty: 45
Song Length: 2:26

- The Game Management Team

New Junior Werewolf Game Starting

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on June 18th, 201912 Comments »

FFR has long been host to a thriving Werewolf forum game community. A game of deduction and intuition, full of great opportunities to manipulate, mislead and investigate.

The latest jTWG game is up and looking for players! You can check out the thread here. If you’ve never played TWG before, before you sign up, you MUST read through The Werewolf Game Rules.

The Junior Werewolf Game games are a great way to learn and start to get comfortable with the game before taking part in the full TWG games that are often much more complicated.