1. Wintersend

    By Simon, 04/12/2017


    Winter has ended! This release rounds off four months of big features and changes that have implemented much of the promise first created by the big Upgrade transition we made just over a year ago.
     
    • Features:
      • Tags a comprehensive tagging system has been activated, improving navigation, search, and the ability to discover content across the whole community.
        • A new form has been created for this system: Tag Suggestions. It can be found in the TOOLS menu.
      • Core Documents the Guidebook has moved to this site, now fully integrated with the rest of the community. Introducing: The Handbook
      • The Social Side:
        • Tabbed a new topbar section: SOCIAL. A portal into the social side of Revolutions.
        • Social Page a new part of the site is open: Social Hubbe”. At the heart of this is our main Activity Feed, which is now joined by various new blocks to help members connect and highlight all kinds of activity from throughout the community.
        • Moods a new way to let the community know how you’re doing. 
        • Mapped a new way to let the community know where you are: the Community Map.
        • Location a new profile field to list where you are. This syncs with the Community Map!
        • Thumbs up the Like button has been refreshed with a new design.
        • Skype the group chat for Revolutions has a new name: Revolutionary Musings.
      • Author members in the Author group now have a list, joining the other member lists available via the COMMUNITY dropdown menu.
      • Similar Topics the end of a page of posts is now a space for finding topics that are like the one you are currently browsing.
      • Spoiler Titles the top of the spoiler block is now where you can find the title of the box.
      • More Colour the colour editor returns! Text can now be given any colour you wish.
      • Imgur Embed you can now embed imgur posts right into your post. As with the other embeds, just post your link.
      • Pinterest Share it is now easier to share to Pinterest, just choose the red icon of the image-based site when using the share sheet.
      • Gallery Portal the latest additions to The Art House can now be seen in the sidebar
      • Menu additions:
        • Community Map added to COMMUNITY.
        • Social Hubbe added to COMMUNITY.
        • Revolutionary Musings added to Get Involved!
        • Gamers of Thedas added to Get Involved!
      • Security:
        • An email is now sent when an account is locked for too many failed login attempts.
        • Background improvements, aimed at further securing elements of the Staff Team have been implemented.
    • Changes:
      • The Guidebook has moved to this site and been renamed: The Handbook.
        • Various links and pieces of information have been or are in the process of being edited to reflect this.
      • Discover pages updated to become the Social Hubbe.
      • The forum formerly called Lounge of Chillaxation is now: The Lounge.
      • The Codex is now more obviously known by its name:
        • The URL is now: revolutions.chroniclesofthedas.com/codex
          • It was formerly /articles.html”
        • The breadcrumb navigation now includes the link name: The Codex.
        • The pages are now clearly labelled The Codex where relevant.
        • Links to the Codex have either been edited or are in the process of being edited.
      • The Staff Team list has more information about the members therein.
      • The Members list is now called All Members.
      • The Like button icon is now a thumbs up”.
      • The Account Manager (app) has been renamed to: Character.
      • The Status Updates widget has moved to the Social Hubbe.
      • The Updates, tips, and more! block has been removed from the sidebar.
      • The About block, formerly located beneath the Community Statistics block, has been edited and moved into the sidebar on the front page of the site.
      • The COMMUNITY menu has had additions and some items re-arranged.
    • Updated
      • Core a large number of bug fixes and background enhancements.
      • Theme compatibility with the core.
      • The Handbook upgraded to IPS.
      • Emotes the following emoji have been added to the emoticon set:
        • :emoji_brokenheart:
        • :emoji_cat:
        • :emoji_checkmark:
        • :emoji_clap:
        • :emoji_crossedfingers:
        • :emoji_dog:
        • :emoji_doubleexclamation:
        • :emoji_dragon:
        • :emoji_exclamationmark:
        • :emoji_exclamationquestion:
        • :emoji_hug:
        • :emoji_lightbulb:
        • :emoji_link:
        • :emoji_llap:
        • :emoji_loudspeaker:
        • :emoji_map:
        • :emoji_neutral:
        • :emoji_fire:
        • :emoji_questionmark:
        • :emoji_redcross:
        • :emoji_redheart:
        • :emoji_sealedlips:
        • :emoji_skullandbones:
        • :emoji_sleeping:
        • :emoji_sparklyheart:
        • :emoji_tired:
        • :emoji_unicorn:
        • :emoji_zzz:
        • :emoji_100:
    • :emoji_sparkles: BONUS :emoji_sparkles:
      • The Chronicles of Thedas project has received updates:
        • The blog has been given a new look and a new name.
        • The blog is now also the front page of the project.
        • A new support channel has been opened: a Skype group.
        • A new community outlet has launched: a Steam group.
      • You can see more details here: blog.chroniclesofthedas.com
     
    Keep an eye out for special notifications of updates and info, as well as the updates-laden newsletter Notices, which is delivered to your Messenger inbox. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.
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  2. Enchantment!

    By Simon, 01/07/2017


    Happy New Year from Revolutions! Please enjoy our feature-rich release to see in the new year!
     
    • Features:
      • Awards a new way to decorate your account, using Thedosian icons. Don’t forget to make your requests in the Support forum for this returning popular feature!
      • Character Showcase a new place to discover characters: The Hall of Heroes.
      • Topic Icon the topic list is enhanced by the appearance of icons, attached to topics. This is active in the Hub Central and Noble Houses plot forums.
      • Topic Cover topics are enhanced by an embedded banner, positioned above the top post of every topic page. This is active in the Hub Central plot forum.
      • Gallery Display a featured display now sits at the top of The Art House, completing the redesign first revealed in Satinalia.
      • Steam Integration you can now connect your Steam profile to your Revolutions profile, which then displays on your profile and alongside the main Activity Stream. See the Steam” tab on your account profile to do this. 
      • Auto Save Prompt when the editor loads your saved content in the reply box you will now be given the chance to discard it. 
      • Stream Of Colour account group colours now appear in search results and the Activity Streams.
      • Buttons! Significant text links have been transformed into buttons. You can see them in the topbar, sidebar, and Member Chat.
      • Contact the Contact page can now also be found via a redirect forum, located in Correspondence. 
      • Menu additions:
        • ‘Hall of Faces’ added to BEGIN.
        • ‘Hall of Heroes’ added to COMMUNITY.
        • ‘Awards’ added to COMMUNITY.
      • Embed Links a number of new sources for embedded links have been added:
        • codepen.io
        • coub.com
        • deviantart.com
        • docs.com
        • funnyordie.com
        • gettyimages.com
        • iFixit.com
        • kickstarter.com
        • meetup.com
        • mixcloud.com
        • mix.office.com
        • on.aol.com
        • reddit.com
        • reverbnation.com
        • screencast.com
        • slideshare.net
        • smugmug.com
        • ustream.tv
    • Changes:
      • Forum Descriptions the areas below the names of most of the tabbed OOC forums have been updated.
      • Forum Order the tabbed OOC forums have been rearranged to an order by type, rather than alphabetically.
      • Section Names the following section name edits have happened:
        • Correspondence Hubbe -> Correspondence
        • Character Hubbe -> Characters
        • Plot Hubbe -> Plotting
      • Text links some navigational links are now buttons. 
      • Apply  
        • “General Appearance” field replaces the four separate text fields.
        • A new accreditation field has been added, for text credits.
      • Birth Date Privacy all dates of birth are now visible only to you -- the individual member -- and the Admins.
      • Animated avatars are no longer available.
    • Updated
      • Core a large number of bug fixes and enhancements.
      • Theme enhancements to mobile and compatibility with the core.
     
    Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page, with more detailed information sometimes provided on one of our blogs. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions
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  3. Satinalia

    By Simon, 12/13/2016


    Today’s release is the biggest we have made ever since we completed the Upgrade project this past Spring. Satinalia is the result of a lot of hard work and represents a big push for Revolutions along the path of maturity.
     
    I’d like to thank the staff team for their contributions to this I couldn’t have done this without you guys!
     
    Okay… let’s go! 
     
     
    • Features:
      • Forms a brand new input mechanism. It is being used for the following mechanisms:
        • Character application
        • Work-In-Progress application
        • Account Manager
        • Content Manager
        • Face Claim
        • Restricted Role Request
        • Contact
        • Affiliation Request
        • Affiliation Updater
      • Lists a new format for displaying members. The following Lists now exist:
        • Player Roster
        • Group Roster (multiple Lists)
        • Members
        • Contributors
        • Staff
        • Inactive Players
        • Inactive Characters
        • Retired
        • Deceased
      • Live Topics — new posts now appear automatically as you browse the topic or if the topic is open in a tab/window.
      • Polls an enhanced poll wall now contains all of the site’s polls.
        • Swift Reply the keyboard shortcut for submitting an item: ctrl/cmd + [enter] now works in every part of the site.
        • Quick Filter when using Quick Search you can now change the filter and the drop-down results will change to reflect your choice.
        • Profiles:
          • Fields multiple sets of profile fields have been created, covering character and Author accounts. Access them by editing your account profile.
          • Mini  the new profile fields are used to create new, informative mini profiles next to your posts.
          • Hover  new fields have been added to the Hover Card. This is accessed on the desktop version of the site by hovering your cursor over a member’s name.
        • Galleries:
          • Embeds galleries in posts! The first two are in the Resolutionists and Ostagar plot hubs.
          • Click now when you click on a gallery item it immediately expands to a larger size. Instant zoom!
          • Art House refreshed the front page of The Art House has been updated.
        • Theme:
          • Second Group Icons an extra icon now displays in the mini profile. This can be seen with staff and plot team members.
          • OOC Tabbed the out-of-character forums are now grouped together into a tab view on the front page.
          • User Block a new sidebar block to represent members, including guests! You can find it at the top of the sidebar on the front page.
        • Communication:
          • Enhanced Notifications customised notifications now appear, giving you useful info and more!
          • When you change your email address or password for your account you will get an email confirmation.
          • If you post a link to embeddable content, such as a YouTube video or a tweet, but it for some reason fails to embed you will now be given an explanation in the form of an error message.
        • Accounts:
          • Member Away enhanced absence reporting, marking out your status in your mini profile and on your main profile.
          • Security Questions you can now set up security answers for your account, adding an extra layer of protection. Members can do this the next time they log in, whilst guests will be prompted to do so upon registration.
            • UPDATE: Status updated. Info can be found here.
        • Menu additions  
          • The Player Roster, a sub-menu added to INFO.
          • TOOLS, a new menu which contains our most prominent requested-based forms.
          • Member Lists, a new sub-menu contains the general purpose lists.
          • The Codex, which is our article index page, has been added to INFO.
        • Staff Team  
          • The team has now moved on from its temporary structure, into a form that suits the needs and demands of the community.
          • New positions are now activated and available for application.
          • There is a new Staff Team article, called: About the Staff Team. It contains details about the new positions and how to apply.
          • More staff members are now available for support in both the Member and Guest Chats.
      • Changes:
        • Forms  
          • Apply replaces the character application method of starting a new topic and using a pre-made template.
          • WIP replaces the Work-in-Progress application template.
          • Account Manager replaces existing Account Manager and Retirement Request.
          • Content Manager replaces the In-Character Topic Manager and Sheet & Profile Manager.
          • Face Claim replaces the Face Claim request method of commenting on the Face Claim article.
          • Restricted Role Request replaces the first stage of creating a Restricted Role character: contacting admins privately.
          • Affiliation Request replaces the previous method of commenting on the Affiliation Request article.
          • Affiliation Updater replaces the previous method of commenting on the Affiliation Request article.
        • Lists  
          • Player Roster replaces the Player Roster article and is automatically populated as Author accounts are made. The information is displayed accurately as members update their Author account profile.
          • Group Roster replaces the Group Roster article and will be formed manually by the admin.The information is displayed accurately as members update their character account profiles.
        • Articles  
          • The site’s articles are collectively called: The Codex. 
          • The 'Info Board' category is now 'Notice Board'.
          • The Face Claim article is now Hall of Faces.
          • Available Characters and Hall of Faces have been moved into Notice Board.
          • Hall of Faces is now read-only.
          • Retirement Request and Account Manager are gone.
          • In-Character Topic Manager and Sheets & Profile Manager are gone.
          • How to Affiliate is gone.
          • Player Roster is gone.
          • Group Roster is gone.
          • The Tool Box category is gone.
          • Join the Staff Team! is gone.
        • OOC forums each category can now be found within the tabbed section at the top of the forum index.
        • Menu  
          • DOCUMENTATION is now INFO
          • GET HELP is now HELP
        • Theme  
          • An increase in the amount of purple, including replacing some of the gold in the site.
          • Avatars are now circular, instead of square.
          • The Online Indicator now displays as a border around your avater, rather than the symbols next to your name.
      • Updated
        • Core a large number of bug fixes, new features, and background enhancements.
        • Theme enhancements, bug fixes, and compatibility with the core.
        • Member Chat compatibility with the core.
        • Quick Search new feature and bug fixes.
        • Online Indicator new features, bug fixes, and compatibility with the core.
        • News bug fixes and compatibility with the core.
       
      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page, with more detailed information sometimes provided on one of our blogs. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.
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    • Lothering

      By Simon, 09/26/2016


      Today’s updates are less substantial than our summer collection. We’re tidying up a few things and laying the ground for an exciting end to the year. Let’s go!

       

      • Features:
        • Contributor — a new group, for members who have made unique contributions to Revolutions. :emoji_praise:
        • Permission To Use — a new record, containing a list of all of The Art House artists and the conditions of use for their art. :emoji_thumbsup:
        • Clear Notifications — you can now clear all of the items in the notifications menu. Makes that menu look brand new. :emoji_sunglassessmile:
        • Latest Post Preview — the Replies tab in the Recent IC Activity block now shows the first few lines of the latest posts. Your posts now on the front of Revolutions. :emoji_fistbump:
        • Risk Of Closure — a part of Notices, formerly part of Monthly Notices, has returned. Keeps you on your toes for topics that you don’t want to close. :emoji_ok:
        • Account Deletion— account management enhanced with the ability to request deletion. :emoji_thumbdown:
      • Changes:
        • Wanderer -- this group now has a version of the site that is more restricted but retains the ability to use member tools and contact other members.
      • Updated
        • Core — a large number of bug fixes and background enhancements.
        • Theme — performance enhancements and compatibility with the core.
        • FAQ — questions added to the ‘Out Of Character’ and ‘Using Images’ sections.
        • Recent IC Activity — performance enhancements.
        • Emotes – the following emoji have been added to the emoticon set:
          • :emoji_locked:
          • :emoji_unlocked:
          • :emoji_ok:
          • :emoji_thumbdown:
          • :emoji_pointup:
          • :emoji_pointdown:
          • :emoji_pointleft:
          • :emoji_pointright:
          • :emoji_fistbump:
          • :emoji_praise:
          • :emoji_sunglassessmile:
          • :emoji_rainbowflag:

       

       

      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page, with more detailed information sometimes provided on one of our blogs. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions
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    • Red Lyrium

      By Simon, 08/29/2016


      We’ve got another feature-led release today, which we’ll get to in a moment. First, a quick word about the name of this post…
       
      Batched updates will now be released under code names as a way to mark them out as such. So for today you can see ‘UPDATES: Red Lyrium’. This, or some variant of it, will be how these batches will now be presented as a way to represent the fact that they are a larger release than focused updates such as those for just the wiki or just the guidebook.
       
      Now, onto the updates. Let’s go!
       
      • Features:
        • Performance -- the site is now faster and more stable, thanks to an upgrade in the core software.
        • Notices — the regular newsletter formerly known as ‘Monthly Notices’ is back, the latest issue having been delivered to your Messenger inbox.
        • Quick Search — site search now delivers results live as you type.
        • Linked Posts — when you follow a link to a post, said post will be highlighted.
        • Latest Activity — a new feed now sits below the forums in Character Mode, showing both new topics and new posts.
        • Date of Birth — a new field in the registration form.
        • reCAPTCHA — improved verification when registering.
        • Password Policy — stronger passwords are now required. You cannot join the site with a weak password, whilst existing members are encouraged to immediately update your password if it does not meet the new policy.
      • Changes:
        • Age Required — you are now required to provide your date of birth, to verify that you meet the Age Restriction of 18+. The site is not accessible if you do not provide this information, whether you are a new or existing member.
        • Latest Threads — in Character Mode, the feed at the bottom of the site has been replaced by Latest Activity.
      • Updated
        • Core — a large number of bug fixes and background enhancements.
        • Theme — compatibility with the core.
       
      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.
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    • Pushing Forward

      By Simon, 08/03/2016


      Today we're following up the last update batch by focusing on improving usability via features and mechanisms, with no updates to the software. Future batches will be released at a steady pace similar to the past couple of months, with updates focused on specific parts of the site coming as they are ready. Let's go!

       

      • Features:
        • Resources – a new section of the sidebar, a block highlighting the main resources for the game. It is located beneath the 'Updates' block.
        • Recent IC Activity – another new section of the sidebar, a new block that shows both the latest posts and topics from across the In-Character forums. It is located beneath the 'newest members' block.
        • Tool Box additions – the following resources are now available in the 'Tool Box' document collection:
          • Account Manager
          • Sheet & Profile Manager
        • Known Issues – a new collection in the FAQ, covering issues that are currently covered in the 'Known Issues' thread in the 'Support' forum.
        • Introductions – a new thread for saying hello to the community. It is pinned to the top of the 'Lounge of Chillaxation' forum.
        • Quick Post – a keyboard shortcut for submitting a post. When in the editor, hold down [ctrl] + press [enter]
        • Welcome Info – when registering your Author account, you now see a message with important reminders above the form.
      • Changes:
        • Forum Info – the info sections (found above the thread listing) for the following forums have been updated:
          • Work In Progress
          • Adoptables
          • Sheets
        • 'Tools' document section changed to 'Tool Box'.
        • 'Available Characters' topic has been moved to 'Tool Box'.
        • 'RP Thread Closure/Opening' topic has been moved to 'Tool Box' and renamed: 'In-Character Topic Manager'.
      • Updated:
        • FAQ – entries have been added to 'In Game', 'Out Of Character', 'Using Images', and 'Known Issues'.
        • Emotes – the following emoji have been added to the emoticon set:
          • :emoji_coffee:
          • :emoji_eyeroll: 
          • :emoji_unamused: 
          • :emoji_smirk: 
          • :emoji_crylaugh:
          • :emoji_hearteyes:
          • :emoji_wave: 
          • :emoji_canada:
          • :emoji_postalhorn: 

       

      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions

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    • Features & Fixes Again

      By Simon, 07/24/2016


      We're continuing with new features and enhancements whilst maintaining our focus on bug fixing, and laying the groundwork for the return of features that were closed down last year as part of our preparation for the Upgrade transition.

      This set of updates will be followed by a much smaller group at some point in the next week. So, let's get to it!

       

      • Features:
        • Character Mode – a new version of the site is now available. Sign into your character account for a more focused experience.
        • Highlighted posts – when browsing threads it is easier to see posts from certain members. This can be seen in the Support forum with the staff team, and in the plot forums with the plot team.
        • Emoticon overhaul – this begins with a new set of emoticons, improved organisation, and the re-opening of the request thread. See the 'Lounge of Chillaxation' forum for contributing to the emoticon set.
      • Changes:
        • OOC account – the Origins account has been renamed to Author.
        • Activity Policy -
          • We have moved to a non-delete policy.
          • Inactive accounts are now archived and kept for potential reactivation as well as to maintain the integrity of existing content.
          • There is a new account group for inactive characters: Latent. It includes its own account icon and shares the colour of Wanderers, the inactive player account group.
          • More information can be found in the 'Site-Wide Rules' document, in the guidebook.
        • Activity forum closed – the 'Activity Satuses' forum has been closed. Per the updated policy, planned absences are now reported either in a status update or to the admins using the private conversation messenger.
        • Account colours – the majority of our account groups have been updated with new colours, completing the refresh of the entire account set.
        • Account icons – the OOC account groups have been updated with new icons, matching the existing character account group icons. They can be seen next to posts and on account profiles.
      • Updated:
        • Messaging – improvements to organising and finding information.
        • Emoticons – number of enhancements.
        • Core – a large number of bug fixes and background enhancements have been made.
        • Theme – compatibility with the core.
        • FAQ – multiple bug fixes and compatibility with the core.
        • Chat – multiple bug fixes and compatibility with the core.
        • Status Updates sidebar block – multiple bug fixes.

       

       

      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.

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    • Features & Fixes

      By Simon, 06/07/2016


      We're continuing to push on with stability improvements but we've also got some new features, starting with this post and continuing over the next few days. Let's get into it!

       

      • Features:
        • Post Preview -
          • In the button row above the reply box (or post box for new threads) click the magnifying glass button.
          • This is a read-only preview.
          • Click the 'X' on the top right corner of the box to go back to editing mode.
        • Extended Member Chat -- 'new thread' and 'new post' notifications are now integrated with the Chat. See here.
        • Zoom in Gallery -- move your cursor over images to get a closer look.
        • Create button on mobile mode -- make new things more easily from mobile.
        • Search -- enhanced for finding things in the forums.
        • Activity Streams -- improved usability in Unread Content and the other streams.
      • Changes:
        • Quote button -- no longer available in the first post of plot threads or any In-Character thread.
        • Site email subscription on registration -- now unchecked by default. 
      • Updated:
        • Support forum -- the info above the thread listing has been edited.
        • Core -- a large number of bug fixes and background enhancements have been made.
        • Theme -- for compatibility with the core.
        • FAQ -- for comparability with the core.
        • Chat -- multiple bug fixes.
        • Status Updates sidebar block -- number of bug fixes and enhancements.
        • News -- multiple bug fixes.

       

       

      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.

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    • Improving Support

      By Simon, 04/12/2016


      We're continuing to work on improving our support system and increasing transparency with a few updates. The rate of significant changes to the site will be reduced over the coming weeks as we calm everything down post-Upgrade; the aim is to maintain increase stability, especially with regards to features.

       

      With that in mind, here are the latest updates:

      • Two new master threads in the Support forum:
        • Feedback -- the only post-based location for letting us know what you think about Revolutions. [LINK]
        • Suggestions -- think something should be different? Come let us know AND vote for existing suggestions that you think should happen. [LINK]
      • Contact page updated -- a cleaner, clearer set of information to go with the contact form. [LINK]
      • Drop down menus updated -- a new menu included, outlining exactly where you can get different kinds of help. See the top of any page to access the drop down menus.

       

      ... and that's your lot. Hopefully these updates will make it easier for everybody to get help, whether you're new to the community or one of our awesome established members!

       

       

      Other updates and more can be found at the top of the sidebar on the site's front page. For help, see the Support forum where you can also give feedback and make suggestions.

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    • Tweak To Applying

      By Simon, 04/03/2016


      From now on, when applying for a character you must use your Origin account.

      This change facilitates the new account manager, thus making it easier to apply. As soon as your application is accepted, the Staff Team member will switch the thread author to the relevant character account.

      The FAQ has been edited to reflect these changes. More documentation will be edited and added in the coming days to further explain the process.

       

      If you have any questions or need help, this announcement will be open to comments for five days. After that, check the Support forum and Contact page for any and all help.

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