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April 2018 Game Updates

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on April 16th, 20184 Comments »

April 2018 Game Updates

This update really has something for everyone. A new update is live for R^3 Air Edition. So patch your game client, and join us in the Multiplayer lobby for circa-2007 levels of multiplayer!

What’s New?
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The R^3 Engines now automatically connect to Multiplayer! This is our first big push towards making the multiplayer servers as active and enjoyable as possible. Please let us know what you think of this experimental change. We’ll be adding an opt-out method as soon as the testing phase concludes.

By popular request from the community, we’ve added a Note Scale Option and Hide Receptor Visual Mod. You can now adjust the size of your noteskin all the way down to 20%. The visual modifier works similarly to the Dark mod on StepMania.

Official Tournament Hype
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With the 12th Official Tournament on the horizon, here are some ways you can contribute and start preparing:

The Official Tournament Special Batch is now OPEN for stepfile submissions. Submit and browse submission details using our new Batch Submission System!

Round 1 of the Pre-Official Tournament Tournament has just begun, but signups are still open until April 18th, at 8 PM (server time). Just post “in” and you will be sorted into a skill bracket.

We’re Hiring!
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[Edit: All Multiplayer Moderator positions have been filled!] This week, we’re looking for 2-3 Multiplayer Moderators. The requirements for this role are respectable levels of activity and maturity, as well as familiarity with multiplayer and the site-wide rules. Get started by sending PrawnSkunk a private message, or by starting a conversation on Discord with PrawnSkunk#4512.

If you have a keen interest in UI/Graphic Design, the development team is also looking for a designer to help on a UI redesign. If you’re interested in applying, send a private message to Velocity, or on Discord at Kiochu#4676.

- FFR Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Apr. 14, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on April 14th, 20183 Comments »

Welcome to the continuation of Songs of the Week after the Easter/April Fool’s Release!

Pear
Musician: DanPaladin
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Indie
Difficulty: 30
Song Length: 1:45

Inspector Gadget (Powerglove)
Musician: Powerglove
Step Artist: gameboy42690
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Metal
Difficulty: 87
Song Length: 3:18

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Apr. 1, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on April 1st, 20183 Comments »

Happy Easter, Passover, and April Fools! That means we get songs with awesome titles. Or maybe we could be kidding about that

Feel free to leave a comment on this release in this thread.

Jews 1 Oppressors 0
Musician: Jake Kaufman
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Novelty
Difficulty: 58
Song Length: 3:29

Smoke Weed Everyday
Musician: Rasmus Hedegaard
Step Artist: Xiz
Song Genre: Dance
Style: Hip Hop Remix
Difficulty: 34
Song Length: 1:52

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Mar. 17, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on March 17th, 20185 Comments »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This time around we have two songs: Sis Puella Magica is an elegant piano solo stepped by XelNya, and an interesting blend of rock with piano and drum n’ bass from DarkZtar. Feel free to leave comments in the thread.

Sis Puella Magica
Musician: Sebastien Skaf
Step Artist: XelNya
Song Genre: Classical
Style: Piano Solo
Difficulty: 50
Song Length: 2:31

Dedication
Musician: void
Step Artist: DarkZtar
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Piano Rock
Difficulty: 69
Song Length: 2:19

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Mar. 3, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on March 3rd, 20185 Comments »

Welcome back to the Saturday Release schedule for Bi-Weekly Song Releases! The last release was a special release on Valentine’s Day so it was a bit earlier.

Feel free to leave comments in the Song Release thread.

Anima
Musician: Xi
Step Artist: DarkZtar
Song Genre: Dance 2
Style: Artcore
Difficulty: 91
Song Length: 1:54

Bohemian Chic
Musician: Chelp
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Jazzy Pop
Difficulty: 59
Song Length: 2:31

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Feb. 14, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on February 14th, 2018 Leave A Comment »

Welcome to the 2018 Valentine’s Day Release! We’ve got an easier chart from M0nkeyz for an excellent Drum N’ Bass song released from Monstercat, by Feint. YoshL also provides us with a shorter but harder chart that packs quite a powerful punch for its length. Feel free to leave comments in the thread.

We won’t be alone
Musician: Feint
Step Artist: M0nkeyz
Song Genre: Dance
Style: Drum N Bass
Difficulty: 30
Song Length: 2:24

Mix a Little Foolishness
Musician: Renard
Step Artist: YoshL
Song Genre: Dance 2
Style: Electronic
Difficulty: 88
Song Length: 1:26

- The Game Management Team

Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Feb. 3, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on February 3rd, 20186 Comments »

Welcome to the continuation of Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week! We have Head Banger from hi19hi19, a short file featuring lots of dense handstream control, and then a flavorful chart for WonderWing from DarkZtar with lots of syncopated rhythms.

Also be on the lookout for the Valentine’s Day Release! Feel free to leave comments in the Song Release thread.

Head Banger
Musician: AKIMO
Step Artist: hi19hi19
Song Genre: Rock
Style: Metal
Difficulty: 89
Song Length: 1:16

WonderWing
Musician: Sakuzyo
Step Artist: DarkZtar
Song Genre: Misc
Style: Artcore
Difficulty: 73
Song Length: 3:11

- The Game Management Team

Happy New Year! Bi-Weekly Songs of the Week (Jan. 1, 2018)

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on January 1st, 20185 Comments »

Happy New Year, FFR! We know we just had a songs release, but we wanted to kick off 2018 by surprising you with another!

We hope you have prepared some ambitious New Year’s resolutions. If they involve a lofty skillboost, let us know what your FFR goals for 2018 are! *(The New Year fills you with determination.)

New Game
Musician: Nitro Fun
Step Artist: juckter1
Song Genre: Dance2
Style: Electro
Difficulty: 68
Song Length: 2:11

The Fated Hour
Musician: Exias
Step Artist: Silvuh
Song Genre: Dance2
Style: Instrumental
Difficulty: 69
Song Length: 2:49

Thank you for being with us for a huge milestone – our 15th revolution around the sun.

- The Game Management Team

New Batch Search Engine Site Released

Posted in Flash Flash Revolution on December 31st, 20171 Comment »

Happy New Year’s Eve! I am happy to announce that the new Batch Search Engine (BSE) Site is now up and running. This new site comes with several benefits over the old one.

Performance and Cost Improvements

Overall, the new site runs faster. The biggest difference can be noticed on the Queue’d Songs page. On the old Batch Search Engine Site, the Queue’d Songs page could take anywhere from 20-30 seconds to load. Now the loading time for that same page is only a few seconds.

The new site will also cost less to keep up! Spending less keeping the site up for the same functionality, in addition to performance improvements, is a win-win.

More Opportunities

This new BSE site will be more maintainable and customizable, standardized to the Python programming language. The old site, while functional, was convoluted and hard to maintain.

Users can provide their feedback and suggestions in the BSE changelog thread. Be sure to look there for current known issues, suggestions, plans, and completed work related to the BSE.

Better Stats

While this is not implemented yet, in the future there is possibility for visualization of data related to song submissions. For example, what if there’s a pie chart that shows the breakdown of song submissions by stepartist for a batch?

There is already a proof of concept for this type of graph visualization on the Crossover Spectrum Site Stats page. While this is a project different from the BSE, there is already existing work to take data and provide different insight.

Sincerely,
- DossarLX ODI