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Things are proceeding
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 07/05/13
So I have opened up the site as a Beta to the current registered users. So I welcome the 32 that have been approved.

I am willing to accept a few more participants into this Beta Program. Join in and I will accept you. We just need folks to trial some things, mess with the forums and test new features as I develop them until they can break.

You are also free to play as a player during this time. Its your chance to start taking the lead in things such as leading a faction or becoming force sensitive, etc.. I am only offering this ability to a few people as a first come first serve, by the way.

If you play well enough, I will let you keep what you earned when we "Officially " open.

More news as to the progress of what has gone on will be revealed soon.
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We are still here.
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 3/7/13
Yes, I know we had not opened up the game as of yet and many of you who registered are still in limbo. I Promise we will open up with the game and the site. I am just working on a few features that would make you come back for more.

In the meantime, stay tuned. If you have already signed up, an e-mail will be sent out to you letting you know that the site has accepted you and you are ready to rock and roll.

-TZ
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Getting Closer
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 01/13/2013
We are getting ever so close to our release date and a lot has gone on. Lets see what I have done in the last few days:

Images:
-Added Male and Female images of all species to the game.*
-Adjusted Image resizing so that whatever image you provide will still fit on the page without damaging the dimensions.

Signup:
-When you scroll through the species and the gender, the image will change to that species and genders image.

Forums:
-You can now vote up and down for a particular post. Very useful feature...
-Above the user's avatar, a link is now displayed to PM the user directly. You can also now view the user's profile by clicking on their name.**

Private Messaging:
-When you begin typing a name of a user, the field will search the database and will begin populating the "to" field with names containing the combination of letters you type in.

General:
-Some Maintenance, Bug Fixes and Security improvements... As per usual.


Just a couple of notes:

*Species images are hard to come by. I am not an artist and at the moment, I am the only one developing this game. Therefore, some species images may not be of top quality. Also, be aware that I had to improvise as best I could with species gender. At times I could find an image for both a male and female of a particular species, other times, I just duplicated the image or found an image of one that closely resembled the opposite sex. This will be rectified in the future.

**I am not planning on implementing a "hide profile" option any time soon. If you do not want your information to be public, simply do not put anything in your profile.

Whats left to do during the next couple of days:

The Force:
-Allow a user to decide if they want the force sensitivity to be revealed to them. Please note, using this option will not "convert" your character to becoming force sensitive. If you are not found to be Force Sensitive, there will be no other opportunity in the future of becoming FS. This tool will only be available to you until January 27th. So its up to you if you would like to know if your character is Force Sensitive, or if you want to wait to be discovered IC. Perhaps you would rather live your career at this point in time without being a FS. That is fine. Use the tool at your own discretion. What ever the results are, it WILL NOT BE UNDONE.

Site:
-Need to revise Terms and Agreement for joining the game.

Content:
-Blanked out the forums, added some new ones, but still need to finish up a little on this.
-I need to finish filling in Faction Descriptions.

News Posts:
-Need to add a commenting section to the news posts. I am actually considering also adding this to the GNN news posts.

Factions:
-Need to create an option for joining and leaving a faction.

Forums:
-Need to add GM's to the forums. This is VERY simple and easy to do. The functions for this are already coded, I just need to do some fine tuning on the forum side of things and it will be done.
-Ability for Admin, Moderators and GM to hand out XP, Credits and OOGP for Forum Roleplays. This is also very easy to do.
-I need to implement Polls. This will be the hardest thing to implement and to be honest, I may not have this done by the deadline. Its not a necessary feature at the moment, but I really did want this done so that I can truly have a completed Forum system. So, we will see...
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Latest Update
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 01/10/2013
Again, another productive couple of days...

Forums:
-You can type in a link and when you do, the forum will automatically convert that link to an actual clickable link.

Sign up:
-Added Starting locations to the sign up.
-Added more species.

General:
-Improved general security. Its amazing how many places have security holes.
-Implemented Password Recovery.

News:
-Added RSS capabilities to all news items.

User:
-You can now change your password.
-You can edit your profile, which includes your signature(For forum and PM's), Your intro (For PM's), Bio, Physical Description, Avatar, etc..
-Added OOGP's to the game.


Looks better and better that we are going to meet the deadline for the 15th.
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Things are on schedule
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 01/09/2013
We are right on schedule for a registration release. Currently we allow you the ability to register on the site, but you will not be approved until the 15th.

Either way, I think a little news regarding the updates that took place over the last couple of days is worth hearing:

Forums:
-Added reply count to the forums.
-You can subscribe and unsubscribe to a topic.

Registration:
-Added Captcha and more security to the sign up.
-Your password must be stronger now.(At least 8 characters, 1 lower and 1 upper case letter and a number).
-A better list of species for you to select from.
-A wide list of Starting locations to choose from (Please understand, this is not the full list of planets that can be found in the game come July. We plan to have thousands more).
-You can now choose a gender. No, Neutral will not be a choice.
-An avatar, depending on your gender and species will be generated for you upon signing up. You may change it after registration within your profile page.
-Added a Math Equation for you to fill in (Just simple addition) for added security.

General:
-Some slight fixups
-Some tighter security

Whats left to do before the 15th:

Forums:
-Need to add the ability to post polls.
-Need to add plus/minus
-Need to give Moderators and GM's the ability to hand out XP and credits and OOGP.
-Blank them out and finish adding boards that need to be added.

News page:
-Need to add a comments field to the site news page, not the GNN.
-Need to add RSS feature for all news pages.

User:
-Password recovery
-Add an OOGP field in the database
-Profile Editing

Factions:
-Ability to join the factions that are available at start.

Content:
-Just need to add some general content (Faction descriptions, etc..)

Location:
-View others that are at the same starting location as you are on.


Do not worry. It seems like a lot, but this will all get done before the 15th. Most of those items have already been partially developed and just need some fine tuning. Be prepared!

After that, the goal for the 27th to the 30th is to add Scenario specific forums and some game rules for when it is finished.
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Our Story begins...
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 01/04/2013
Our new Story begins. Watch out regularly for our GNN coverage of what will happen next and prepare to become a powerful new force in the galaxy on January 15th, 2013, as we begin allowing registration.
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Early joining
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 01/02/2013
Well, progress has gone far better than I expected this week. Just so you know we have updated the game a bit more, especially on the forum side.

The only thing left to do to get a basic forum running perfectly is:
-Subscribing to a topic
-Plus/Minus
-Polls
-Reply Totals
-Admin ability to hand out XP on RP posts.

That would get a generic Forum up with pretty much all the features that a forum would need, both on the moderation side of things and for the general public. On the client side the following needs to be done:

-Captcha for registration
-Adding a more complete list of species
-Allowing users to select a starting location for their character (Traveling will be disabled at this time).
-Password recovery
-Faction Joining

These things should be really the only things needed to get the RP "STARTED". However, from now until June, the game will be continuously developed and will contain all the features that I have "Invisioned" for the game itself.

So, without further interruption of starting this game, the official game story and Timeline will be released Friday evening, Eastern Standard Time, January 4th, 2013.

The Official opening of the game will be held on January 27th, 2013. We will take registrations again starting on January 15th, 2013. If you have already registered, your account will become deleted and you will need to re-register with the game.

Furthermore, for all those that register, starting on the 15th and ending on the 27th, will have a tool available to them that will reveal if they are force sensitive or not. This will be your only chance to do so via the game until character force testing is implemented within the game or whether you are discovered within a scenario. If you wish to remain ignorant to your sensitivity, you may choose to not use the tool in anyway.

By revealing the story release, registration and official game start dates, I feel I have given everyone enough time to figure out what they want to do with their character and get off to a good start with them as well as familiarize yourself a bit with the game FAQ and the partial rules that will be released with the game. It also gives the universe enough time to grab a select few force sensitive beings to start the game off on.

As mentioned, the game will be fully completed with the proper vision I had for it no later than June. Please do not ask when a certain feature will be released.

After a few weeks of play and noticing who the active players and knowledgeable, yet mature ones are, I will be taking requests to join the development and administration team in limited capacity so that those members can help fill in the universe content.

So, if this tickles your fancy, please, spread the word and let others know of the game!
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For those that are registering on the site...
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 12/29/2012
I know there have been a few people registering on the site. However, you may confirm your account, but an administrator will not confirm your account for game play. The only reason why we are allowing registration is for the sole purpose so that you can receive e-mail updates of the game's progress. If you do not wish to receive e-mails, you may simply visit the site regularly to keep up on its progress. But for the meantime, forum access and gameplay has been disabled. So, please, do not attempt to log in once you have created your account, just confirm it and visit us periodically or wait for e-mail updates.

This is because as was mentioned before, we are still in pre-production. Once the pre-production period is over, we will start taking beta testing applications and approve those on a beta testing site, not the public one.

So, while you may register at the moment, you will not be approved and once the game is out of beta and we go live officially, we will wipe out all user accounts that have registered to receive e-mail updates.

The purpose of the site being live at the moment is so that you can all see the progress being made, get used to the site and also make sure the site shows up in search engines.

I do apologize for the inconvenience and frustration, but I think its important that I inform you of whats going on. Thanks for your patience. The game's development is coming along nicely. The estimate for when this game will go live is expected to be no later than June 2013. Most likely, it will be sooner.

I will be taking applications soon for the administration team, so do keep your eyes on this area. Thanks again.
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Update 3
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 12/29/2012
We have a new update for those of you following:


Theme:
-Set a fixed background image and centered it a bit on the main page.
-Added a new and official logo for the site/game.
-Did some cosmetic changes to the sites look.

Log in system:
-Returns you to the page you were on when you logged in so you do not lose your place.
-Checks to make sure that you confirmed your e-mail address and that an admin confirmed you.
-Checks to see if you have been banned from the game.

Registration:
-Will check to see if you are a registered user already.
-Will make sure you provide an e-mail.
-Will send out a registration e-mail so that the user can confirm their e-mail account on the site.

Forum:
-Added number of views to the forums.
-Added the ability to lock forum topics.
-Added new pinned and locked icons for the topics.

Maintenance:
-The site functions perfectly for MacOS, Windows, Linux, Android OS, IOS, WebOS using Opera, IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari and has a decent responsive setting for different resolutions and displays. Of course, not all the special design features are maintained throughout all systems and browsers as all are not completely compatible with CSS 3 and HTML 5 fully. However, for the most part, it functions %100 and looks nearly %100 throughout all of them. The site is best viewed in Chrome and Firefox.
-Added Meta Keys so that the site can be found by others.
-Fixed E-Mail messages that come through for DM's.
-Found a few places that were vulnerable for SQL Injection and fixed them.
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For those of you viewing and waiting for the beta testing period, this is for you! Part 1.
By: Talibar Zukro , on: 12/27/2012
I know that many come to the site and hope that something more will be available to the user and that we can start having some game play soon. The truth is that I want this game to be functional to a certain level before opening it up to the public. By doing so, I believe at least, it would eliminate much of the whining that would occur from players who become impatient. People constantly want to know: "When is this and that feature going to be released?" I hate to have to say "I don't know" or "Soon". I'd rather it all be there and in place and working as it should. So, like a commercial product, I want some completeness to this first and then a beta period next before I start accepting users to join.

So, to better have you understand what you are waiting for, let me fill you in.

The Framework:
The basic site framework. This is complete. The basic framework is in place and the whole site/game works as a CMS so that things can be added easily to the game without a hitch.

The Advanced Framework:
While the basic CMS functions heavily, I still want to add enhancements where every single aspect is maintainable via the administration client and not via source code or the database itself. This allows me to have a proper administration team when the time comes that can debug, fix and enhance the game/site without having to go through the code unnecessarily. This aspect still needs some work. The other feature to this that I wish to implement is a way for users and factions to create and use their own custom themes and share it with others, allowing the site to be more attractive to the user. All this is almost complete, but not quite. Estimated completetion time is around March 2013.

Security:
When I add a new feature, I do my very best to anticipate as many security flaws that it could have as possible. That means trying to figure out if a user can backdoor their way into something, if they can manipulate the code or even use SQL Injection, HTML Hacking to break through the games defenses. I ned to make sure that a user wouldn't be able to hack through someone else's account or steal their assets. I need to make sure that all users that sign up are actual people and not bots. There is a lot to do in this area. Therefore, before a new feature that is added and marked as completed, it goes through this test and thought process.

Advanced Security:
At the moment, user security is tight. Hacking through the site has been impossible, for me anyway. However, there are some area's as a whole that need to be protected more thoroughly. This means stronger encrpytion for passwords and profile data as well. Estimated Completetion: On-Going. Wont be done until all features are released and will always be improved on.

Forums:
The main game play comes from the forums and there is still a lot to do. As of now, the only way to moderate a topic is via the database. The only moderation function there is, is that of an admin being allowed to edit a post. The following needs to be done with an expected finish date for that specific function:

--Ability to subscribe to a forum topic: January/February 2013
--Ability to lock a thread: January 2013
--Ability to delete a thread: January 2013
--Forum Moderator checking and functions: January/February 2013
--Forum Polls: February/ March 2013
--Forum plus/minus: February 2013
--Forum View and reply totals: January 2013
--Completed Forum BBCode: April 2013
--RPG Type Forums (With GM, to assign XP to the user: April/May 2013
--Scenario Type forum (With GM, but some minor extra features for the game so that players and GM's can do more than just the standard RPG forum things: April/May 2013
--Market forums for selling and buying items: April/May 2013
--Auction forums for running auction on sales: April/May 2013
--Services forum for offering services, looking for work or looking to hire someone: April/May 2013

In Part 2 I will explain what I am looking for in regards to the Game Universe itself and in regards to what I consider to be a completed game. I want to assure you that most of the features outlined above will not take that long to implement. That is a worst case scenario and I have actually put a lot of time ahead of what it will actually take for me to finish that up. The next point I wanted to make is that once Part 2 of this is explained, I am still going to have a beta testing period for the game where I will work those testers to death to make sure that the game works as it should and so that cheaters and hackers can not get through.

Stay tuned. For those of you that will stick through this period, it will be worth it, I promise you that.
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