Welcome to December! This time around we’ve got some Gamelan and J-pop. Following DREADNOUGHT, bmah impresses us with a song name that turns out to be little japan girls singing. Comment in this week’s thread!
Step Artist: ilikexd
Song Genre: Misc
Song Length: 2:25
Musician: paraoka feat. haru*nya
Step Artist: bmah
Song Genre: Dance 2
Song Length: 2:38
- DossarLX ODI and your Game Management Team
Did you miss out on the last shirt we had available? Want another design? Check out the current teespring campaign we have going. This one is only running until Dec 8th so it can make it out to everyone before Christmas. If you decide to put it on your list be sure to let them know they need to order before then. There are a few more options this time around as well, you can get a Men’s T-shirt, Women’s T-shirt, or a hoodie! There’s even some color options to choose from, so what are you waiting for? Go help us raise some funds for events!
Sorry for the delay. Opposed to the last release, this time the files are on the lower end of the difficulty spectrum, both instrumentals. Braum is a Nordic folk theme for a League of Legends hero, and Emotional Adventure is a piano solo by FFR’s own Shiki. Leave comments in this week’s thread!
Step Artist: Xiz
Song Genre: Classical
Song Length: 2:17
Step Artist: Silvuh
Song Genre: Classical
Song Length: 2:18
- Silvuh and your Game Management Team
Oh baby we’ve got a spicy one this week.
First off, B.B.K.K.B.K.K, a hardcore track with some surprisingly challenging bouts of broken and continuous jumpstream, graciously given to us by the legendary gamedad90210. We also have something that FFR hasn’t seen in quite some time: an achievement token! Game Genie is a near seven minute marathon approaching 5000 notes, masterfully stepped by SKG_Scintill. To unlock, AAA 50% of the public levelrank songs, then check your levelranks! Comment in this week’s thread!
Step Artist: gameboy42690
Song Genre: Dance 2
Song Length: 2:07
Step Artist: SKG_Scintill
Song Genre: Token
Song Length: 6:54
- OWA and the GM supreme meme team
It’s back, and this time…with a vengance. Are you ready to comb the site looking for the most dastardly tricks we have to offer? Look no further, because the thread is right here, waiting for your arrival. We hope you enjoy your..stay *evil laughter*
In other news!
Did you notice anything about the website? Other than some spoopy additions hidden everywhere? Recently, the development team has cooked up some site changes that you guys all helped to influence through the October 2014 Site Use Survey. Things are arranged around a little bit differently, but everything’s still there as it should be!
The High FGO+ batch is still ongoing, and submissions are still being accepted. Notes for the first five files are up in the Batch Review Thread, and judging is still charging forward! Deadline is October 31st, 11:59 PM Server Time. Not that much time left!
The Official Tournament Special Batch has now opened up as well! The thread has all the pertinent information for what kinds of files they’re looking for in this batch.
As an additional announcement and clarification regarding these special batches, if you already have a file in the normal queue, you are allowed to transfer the file(s) over to a special batch if it fits the special batch’s criteria.
If you’re looking for a quick stop to see progress, head to the Weekly Batch Update and Sprint Overview for a glimpse at the progress of all of that stuff
The web development team has been working on the Batch Search Engine, with progress steady and creeping forwards.
Get ready for the Team Bracket Tournament hosted by Deadlyx39 and Red Blaster. Signups end November 7th at 11:59 PM server time, so join up with a team, and get arrowsmashing!
Ongoing right now is the Player’s Choice Tournament feat. botchi246 and Kanzas, where players get to pick their songs before rounds start. See how that’s turning out, or let this serve as a reminder to submit your round scores!
Keep an eye out for the results of gstarfire’s All Skill Tournament as results are pending as of now.
Congratulations to the winners of the Amazings Only Tournament, and all who participated! Truly an interesting take on hyper-accurate play.
The big official event is up there, if you haven’t read that, you may want to do that right now, or check out the Halloween Hunt Thread
badman7772 continues to do his RNG, pulling cards from your gameplays. If you haven’t actually checked out the FFR Trading Card Game then you should also give that a peek.
Thanks to everyone who bought a T-shirt. Keep the pictures are coming in! In total, the fundraiser raised $208 for prizes for use in a certain…Official tournament that is coming up.
Shoutouts to the social media crew, who update much more frequently than the front page! If you want more detailed and juicy tidbits of FFR happenings, definitely head on over and give the FFR official Twitter a follow, and the Facebook page a like!
For the time being, the Youtube project will be put on the backburner, as focus shifts towards the upcoming official tournament. The hype levels have been set to minimum, so let’s start raising the bar. Every day is a day closer to the official!
This week, we have two fairly chill but very different tracks. The first one is a hip-hop track with fast hi-hats and polyrhythms, and the second is a calm instrumental featuring slow violins. Comment in this week’s thread!
Gangsters Paradise (Candyland’s OG Remix)
Musician: Coolio Remixed by Candyland
Step Artist: Wayward Vagabond
Song Genre: Hip-Hop
Song Length: 2:12
Step Artist: Silvuh
Song Genre: Misc
Song Length: 2:00
Hey everyone, sorry to have missed doing this last week but there’s been so much up on the front page lately I thought it might be good to take a break for a week.
As you’ve probably already noticed lots of things have been going on in development lately. We’ve had a skill rating formula update, a new stat on the global leaderboards, halved noteskin, more tokens added to the recent achievements, R^3 engine updates, updates to the site that have optimized it and most recently, the front page updates that are happening. Please give a huge thanks to all our devs for taking the time and putting in the work to get so much done. I’d also like to give a shoutout to aperson, who isn’t currently on the dev team, but has been lending a helping hand to make some of this possible.
The web development team will be going through training and starting on development tasks next week.
Judging for phase 1 of the Hard Songs Batch should be starting this weekend. Submissions are still open for phase 2 if you were still hoping to submit a file for it.
Be sure to check the Weekly Batch Update and the Sprint Overview for the most recent updates with game management.
The events team has been working together to put this year’s Halloween event together, so get hype for that.
I’m still working slowly on piecing together the official tournament to get it going for you guys hopefully in December. I just spoke with Dossar and we will be holding a special tournament batch to help us facilitate the files needed to get this done. So be sure to keep an eye out for that in the upcoming days.
Also, don’t forget there’s always the FFR Trading Card Game for your entertainment so be sure to check that out if you haven’t. badman7772 has something up his sleeve for tomorrow and you could win credits on top of cards for completing challenges.
The FFR T-Shirt fundraiser has 8 days remaining, so if you wanted a shirt make sure you get it before time is up. We’ve sold 17 so far which puts us at about $120 raised for prizes.
The YouTube channel has been taking a little bit longer to get going than I originally hoped, but there is progress. I do have two videos submitted to me that I need to do some small edits to and then I can upload them to get the channel started. I could always use more helping hands with the channel so if you’re interested head on over to the YouTube Thread
Have you followed us on Twitter and liked us on Facebook yet? I’ve been throwing up little spon cons here and there but participation is low so far. So make sure you like and follow for chances at prizes!
I think that’s all for now but be sure to keep an eye on the front page for all the latest as there’s a lot going on.
See you next week!
Over the next week, the front page of FFR will be undergoing some minor changes. We’re putting on our hard hats and improving site navigation based on your feedback from the October 2014 Site Use Survey. Let us know what you think about the changes as they roll out!
FFR Development & Design
Hello FFR, Zageron here. I’ve been hard at work attempting to keep the site as inaccessible as possible over the last few days so here’s what I’ve accomplished during that time.
R^3 Engine Updates
- Searching for songs should be a lot more intuitive now. When you are sitting in the song selection screen, and you are not in the filtering tab, you can start to type your query and the search box will immediately open with the textbox focused and your first letter inputted. When you are finished you can press enter and your search will execute.
- The user experience for filtering by difficulty has been improved. If you press enter from either box it will execute the filter rather than start the song that was selected.
- The Multiplayer UI has been made much larger. Everything is easier to see, and it feels less cramped now. Multiplayer levels replaced with Skill Rating Levels.
- Grandtotal rank displayed at the bottom of the R^3 Engine has been replaced with Skill Rating rank.
I had tremendous insight and assistance from aperson for most of this, so a shoutout and thank you to him.
- You may have noticed that the website is performing substantially better than the last few months. The entire website has been ported over to the InnoDB SQL table format, which allows row level locking instead of entire table level locking. This means N users can access the same table at the same time, so long as they aren’t accessing the same row.
- The Global Leaderboard’s databases and queries have been optimized, giving it dramatically faster load times.
- Recent Achievements sidebar text overflow has been fixed.
- The final update, the development server replication, was not completed successfully as the databases are now too large to fit on my server. (InnoDB is much larger.) I will keep you all apprised of it’s status.