Greetings PaperDemons! In the interest of transparency, every quarter I post a developer update to keep you informed on bug fixes, feature releases, and upcoming development plans. This blog post includes changes since the last developer update.
By the way, I'm sorry it's been 6 months since the last one! I usually try to do one of these every 3 months. I'll try to do them more frequently so we don't have a giant list of things to go over every time.
A LOT of code updates have happened in the last 6 months. As of the writing of this blog post, we've had 18 releases since the July update blog post and we are currently on release v18.2.0.
A lot of new features for partnered Art RPGs have been released. Members who are participating in the PaperDemon Art RPG will also soon benefit from some of these new tools as it will make it easier for members to understand their status.
Late last year we launched a new item inventory system for our partnered Art RPGs. It allows Art RPG admins to track all of their various items and how many they have available and list information about the items. Our partners, Dracostryx and Dragons of Aquella, are still getting their items populated but once they have everything setup, it should make it much easier for players to browse and learn about items.
An extenion of the item bank, the item shop surfaces the items which are specifically available for purchase with virtual currencies.
Once our partners setup their stores, players can use their virtual currencies to automatically purchase items from the store without having to wait for an admin to take action.
Players can view an item and purchase items self service style with virtual currency they have, saving Art RPG admins a tremendous amount of time.
Player Item inventory
For players of partnered ARPGs, your items are now or will soon be displayed on the new “Items” tab on your profile. Our goal here was to make it easier for players to know what items they have and learn more information about those items by clicking on them. It also makes it much easier for Art RPG admins to track player inventories, a task which can be overwhelming, especially for games with a lot of items.
Admins of partnered ARPGs can transfer items into/out of player inventories.
Transfering items to/from a player also creates reciepts to make referencing and searching through previous transactions easier.
Once the character database feature is launched, players will also be able to transfer items from their inventory to their characters without involving an admin.
Participants in the PaperDemon Art RPG should see their gold transferred from the spreadsheet gold bank over to their item inventory by end of February. Some of you may already have some achievements listed in your items tab. We'll also be launching some new game items for the PDARPG over the next couple months.
Marketing Landing page
In an effort to help grow our community, I've put together a marketing landing page that explains the PaperDemon Art RPG. The “How it works” button on our homepage now links to this new page and we're also pointing paid advertisements to it. This can also be a great thing to point your friends to if you're trying to convince them to join our community.
If you have any feedback on how this could be improved, please reply to this post!
Other notable upgrades and feature additions
You can now edit art and blog comments
A new UI for groups. Art RPG related content appears here now such as items. We'll be moving more content like characters and queue management to the groups UI as well. We've also cleaned it up and removed dead features.
Comment permalinks now show the parent comment and replies
Forms for Dragons of Aquella and PDARPG are prepopulated to make it easier to submit your submission to the queue.
Group leaders can now add/remove members of a group.
We made major upgrades to our queues system to make it more useful for partnered Art RPG admins.
We added an edit html mode when using the rich text editor in pages under /app/ (such as editing a group, item descriptions, profiles, moderator flag notes, moderator flag PMs)
We added support for [thumb] codes in art descriptions, blog posts, and art and blog comments allowing you to display a thumbnail of your artwork in more places. This is handy for Art RPG operations as well.
Want to know what else changed? See the “Change Log” further down in this document. A lot of bugs were squashed.
I have a lot planned for 2021 and this article is already stupid long so I'm going to cover this in a separate article.
Want to follow these updates more closely?
I share information about every release as it occurs in the PaperDemon discord server. Join the discord server and click the white wing in the #rules-and-info channel to enable PaperDemon.com update notifications.
Includes critical fixes for editing html in quill editor.
69eccb2 ⭐ feat (flags) pre-populate arpg forms
a562bf5 🐛 fix (game-items) validate proof link
f77ac73 🐛 fix (game-items) fix items api
a750adc 🐛 fix (flags) fix edit html
63643a4 ⭐ feat (game-characters) get offspring and history json api
2dbfd5e ⭐ feat (game-characters) get characters json api
6e359e1 ✅ test (groups) fix broken js tests
8b41fab ⭐ feat (comments) edit comments ui
873db38 🐛 fix (comments) prevent editing of hidden comments
1df2d5d 🐛 fix (art) console error in view art page
5baa0c2 ⭐ feat (comments) backend code to edit comments
Launch marketing landing page
2750137 🍱 assets (marketing) create landing page to market pdarpg
0c78f2d 🍱 assets (age-gate) change terminology to more inclusive
8d4bbb9 🐛 fix (forums) display user who last edited a forum post
f7b4d08 ⭐ feat (groups) leaders can now add/remove members
d30b0b6 ✅ test (app) fix misc broken tests
0f17824 🍱 assets (pages) add Horizons to directory, update DOA link
89b6ec3 🍱 assets (pages) add Eláfkeria ARPG to directory
e7f8522 🐛 fix (art) dont lose comma when saving tags
b97556c 🐛 fix (art) work with 3MB+ pngs and other large images
93095a8 🐛 fix (pms) inform user why messages wont go through to closed accts
71c9aff 🐛 fix (art) view pages other than page 1 of favorites
1a47bc2 🐛 fix (art) can't set flag or moderate if image broken
2d39eac 🐛 fix (app) redirect via js if www missing
b22f709 🐛 fix (comics) delete comic
6209943 🐛 fix (errors) add missing error handler templates
e050074 ⭐ feat (groups,profile) edit html for items, group info, profile
5aca3cc ⭐ feat (flags) edit html for mod notes
164617c ⭐ feat (flags) edit html for text for private message
b0a1348 ⭐ feat (game-characters) import csv service
8eeb0d4 ✅ test (game-auth) fix tests
28a57bd ⭐ feat (game-characters) edit player notes
d228ae6 ⭐ feat (game-character) service edit character, character image
7561de5 ⭐ feat (game-character) implement owner and game owner checks
4ce9ab3 🐛 fix (art) blank art page due to missing collection item
aa395a1 ⭐ feat (game-characters) add character, search history
b04b1a4 ⭐ feat (game-characters) construct ancestry/lineage trees data
366ec89 ⭐ feat (game-characters) define history tracking model
3cfb2a4 ⭐ feat (game-characters) define game data schemas
d8410e3 ⭐ feat (game-characters) define shape of json data
9966b1d ⭐ feat (game-characters) character model
68413f5 🐛 fix (game-items) allow removal of buy/sell row without adding a currency
1be8d67 👗 ui (game-items) display player currency in black
feca2a9 ⭐ feat (game-items) allow players to purchase items
96d1823 👗 ui (game-items) make player's currency visible across group
29ce1fc ⭐ feat (game-items) add game shop
66f1485 ⭐ feat (game-items) mod initiated player to player item transfers
1d5f49e 🔨 refactor (user) user search component use autocomplete
89f80c7 🐛 fix (news,forums) get to second page of news discussion thread
23633d4 🐛 fix (pms) utf8 support in private messages
4e65f61 🐛 fix (framework,profile,art) encoding bugs in rich text
72da685 🐛 fix (profile) allow bold/italics on lvl 1 profiles
cda6f65 ⭐ feat (game-items) mod transfer items to/from player
dab0fc8 🐛 fix (game-items) create transfer save proof link and notes
f2dca1c 🔨 refactor (game-items) use autocomplete component for item search
23f3f94 👗 ui (game-items) transaction show date, proof link, print button
3cc699a 🔨 refactor (global-components) auto complete ui component
31378a6 🔥 prune (app) remove unused lodash package, package-lock.json
23c6cd1 🐛 fix (game-items) fix error for players with no items
bfbd383 ⭐ feat (game-items) list and search transactions
4e30311 ⭐ feat (game-items) show transactions by who initiated them
9cb5a9c ⭐ feat (game-items) permalink to view transaction
410b0c6 🐛 fix (game-items) add missing ctrl to api surface
d0705f2 ⭐ feat (game-items) get group and user info with transaction
6a003aa ⭐ feat (game-items) display player inventory items
60a4dec 🔨 refactor (game-items) item order, include group info
459f4ec ⭐ feat (game-items) apis for inventory, transactions
998a149 ⭐ feat (app) improve analytics tracking, add conversion tracking
14a625f ⭐ feat (game-items) data generator for items
131ae7b ⭐ feat (game-items) update install script to install new tables
0c4adf8 🔨 refactor (game-items) simplify transaction model
9213894 ⭐ feat (game-items) inventory and transaction models, services
4dc87e0 🐛 fix (groups) proxy error
fa6af04 ⭐ feat (app) nofollow on saved html, nofollow on handles
d8c9d8e 👽 compat (app) Angular 7 --> 8
5202c70 🐛 fix (game-items) import and delete improvements
fac0c18 🐛 fix (game-items) more compile errors
4b0bb2e 🐛 fix (groups) compile errors
d66c57a 🔥 prune (flags) stop setting flags when submission edited
e37caf2 ⭐ feat (game-items) filter ui
30bcc89 ⭐ feat (items) csv import and delete ui
8527800 🐛 fix (groups) list current groups after join group
8c978d3 ⭐ feat (game-items) view and manage items ui
ecf31fd ⭐ feat (groups) group link in nav, list my groups
119062c 🔥 prune (groups) old groups frontend/backend
8517592 🔨 refactor (groups) join/leave group frontend
f67f81a 🔨 refactor (groups) join/leave group backend
e2339ba 🔨 refactor (groups) add edit ui
b08fe7e 🔨 refactor (groups) replace front end for groups
a24721b 🔨 refactor (groups) implement api ctrls
70b8764 🔨 refactor (groups) implement new service backend
6e820ad 🍱 content (flags) add new PDARPG queue for other character art
6797dca 🐛 fix (art,blogs,profile) broader user text formatting support
05b4bd9 ⭐ feat (game-items) track new items
55a50fa 📝 docs (bash) update git post-receive hook sample for node v10
a0b2af5 👽 compat (app) Angular v6.1 --> v7.2
39c9b61 👽 compat (app) rxjs 5 to 6 compatibility
6c54962 ⭐ feat (game-items) json ctrl api
1faa678 ⭐ feat (game-auth) game auth service
d028b82 ⭐ feat (game) game auth model
46c3352 ⭐ feat (game) support tags with csv import
216e740 ⭐ feat (game) get item collection
1879f4f ⭐ feat (game) import items via csv
f9f6f59 ⭐ feat (game) item images
4ce7d0b 🔨 refactor (tags) component constants
aff51c9 🔨 refactor (game) item bank service and model
b922bfb ⭐ feat (game) item bank service
55e30bf ⭐ feat (game) item bank data models
ea53a49 🔥 prune (groups) remove unused groups features
44d7ef5 🔨 refactor (game-player) rename character to player
1fc9516 ⭐ feat (blogs) support thumb codes in art description
db7fa51 ⭐ feat (blogs) support thumb codes in blog posts
c7666a1 👗 ui (flags) have filters not checked by default
c81647a 🔨 refactor (comics) delete comic in new backend
a4a18a7 🔨 refactor (writing) delete writing in new backend
fb9046c 🔨 refactor (art) delete art in new backend
2f095f6 🔨 refactor (flags) move from flag to flagState
e13e5fb 🔨 refactor (flags) move from medium to entryType
8f0ef49 🔥 prune (flags) delete legacy flag files
0785328 🔨 refactor (framework) controller error handling
df1a1ab 🔨 refactor (flags) migrate page view all flags set by user
cc949eb 📝 docs (project) delete all docs and move them to the github wiki
7981037 🔥 prune (profile) remove skins feature
04077e0 🔨 refactor (flags) migrate report page to new front end/backend
cee8222 👗 ui (flags) update set flag/view history to new page
9e25f8c 👗 ui (flags) indicate medium in flag panel
5f90eac ⭐ feat (flags) page for viewing flag history
6d766e7 ⭐ feat (comments) show parent and replies in permalink
5014b91 🍱 assets (pages) add 2 new arpgs to directory
9b16baa ⭐ feat (comments) support art thumb codes
495edbf 🔨 refactor (project) read only mode, add to new app
4a98918 🐛 fix (flags) send email when entry added to arpg queue
5c13a2c 🐛 fix (flags) queue pagination, setting flag on deleted submission
cb22837 ⭐ feat (flags) add link to new queue from mod tools page
fca5e73 ⭐ feat (blogs) allow any contributor to edit a post
8be61e7 👗 ui (blogs) make tables more presentable in blogs
1768766 (fix/flags-query) 🐛 fix (flags) selection get only most recent flag
b768682 🐛 fix (flags) broken images in email notices, tests
1fb8308 🔨 refactor (flags) create new angular ui for flag queue page
9d9aa22 🐛 fix (global-components) dynamically generated ids in tabset
dad65d9 ⭐ feat (ui-components) add tabs
304e059 🍱 assets (rules) mature content rule changes
240d7db 🍱 assets (pages) add ARPG directory
243a398 🐛 fix (flags) default pm message submission links writing, comics
8e774cf ⭐ feat (flags) email new flags
(8e774cf) 🐛 fix (flags) legacy flags was not sending flags to the mailing list
45c3942 ⭐ feat (flags) json api for setting flags
1360ea8 ⭐ feat (flags) json api for flag history
8eff381 ⭐ feat (flags) json api for getting flag queue and flags by user
c820358 ⭐ feat (flags) service method to get flag queue
a8a6a88 🍱 assets (comics) how to submit comics move to wiki
d1fb490 🔒 security (blogs) remove support for iframe tags
62f0686 🐛 fix (flags) set flags comics, writing
96a3eab 🔨 refactor (user) jr mod premium access
2f19e77 ⭐ feat (comments) paginate comments
b6b113d 🐇 perf (framework) only get session info when needed
858622b ⭐ feat (user) eula notice
70f16ca 🔥 prune (user) ranks and points
aacd14c 🐛 fix (blogs) urls not working for guest blog posts
0f3feeb ✅ test (game-character) fix tests from previous commit
7c238d0 ⭐ feat (game-character) show character on profile
4ca039f 👗 ui (flags) improve add to queue page