Happy Holidays from RPGN - November Radio Updates

We've almost reached the end of 2014, but still one last month of goodness left. Our site look has been updated to celebrate the holidays. If you watch closely you may even spot a few surprises!

Radio updates and progress continue, although you may not have noticed many changes as we've been focusing on some back-end updates and optimization, such as improvements to our flash radio player, removing some old unused elements and improving the error handling.

Our newest animated skin has appeared, themed after a Final Fantasy IV battle. Pygmyowl went all-out this time, it's my favourite one yet! Song additions have been slow, but we are continuing to progress through the request list as time allows. Keep the suggestions coming, your feedback is always welcomed!

Happy holidays to all of our listeners. Please consider spreading the word about RPGN Radio to your friends, we would love to see that listener counter grow!

Finally, here are the top 25 requests for November:

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
3. Bastion - Build That Wall
4. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
5. Xenosaga Episode I - Kokoro
6. Final Fantasy IX - You're Not Alone
7. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
8. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
9. Portal - Still Alive
10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
11. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
12. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
13. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
14. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
15. Diablo II - The Deckard Cain Rap
16. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
17. Chrono Cross - The Scars of Time
18. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
19. Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep - Flamerock Refuge
20. Final Fantasy VIII - Liberi Fatali
21. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
22. Genso Suikoden III - Transcending Love
23. Chrono Trigger '99 - Frog's Theme (Arranged)
24. Top Gear - Las Vegas
25. Portal 2 - Want You Gone

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on December 01st 2014 at 5:39pm 0 Comments

Top Radio Songs for October, New Skins and Songs

With winter fast approaching, we continue to work on improving the radio functionality and features. We've been busy adding some new tunes from our pile of user suggestions, with new entries from Gunpoint, Castlevania, Persona 4, Evil Genius, Crysis 2, Blaster Master, Terraria, and Jets'n'Guns in October. Our music database has now surpassed 2,500 songs available with a huge selection of music still to come!

Also seeing some solid improvements this month is the selection and functionality of the radio skins. Thanks to Pygmyowl we now have some very unique skins available, with more on the way! Be sure to check out some of the newer animated skins like World 1-1, Metal Gear?! and Super Metroid. There's also a nice RPGN based Terraria skin too.

Finally, here is our list of the Top 25 requested songs for October.

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
7. Portal - Still Alive
8. Bastion - Build That Wall
9. Persona 3 - The Battle for the Souls of Everyone
10. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)
11. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
12. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue - Lucia's Theme
13. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
14. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
15. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
16. Katamari Damacy - Lonely Rolling Star
17. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
18. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
19. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
20. Top Gear - Las Vegas
21. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
22. Lunar 2: Eternal Blue - Eternal Blue (Rondo - Light and Shadows)
23. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
24. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
25. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn

Lots more to come, so be sure to bookmark us and thanks for tuning in. See you next update!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on November 03rd 2014 at 6:07am 0 Comments

Top Radio Requests for September 2014

First, thanks to Pygmyowl for contributing our new Metal Gear skin for the radio. Have an idea for a skin design for your favourite game? Drop by the chatroom and we'll try to make it a reality.

Now on to the usual posting of the top 25 most requested radio songs for September. A very familiar list, seems our listeners like hearing the same tunes again and again! We have been working on adding some new songs to the database, hopefully some of the new tracks will be loved enough to compete for top positions too!

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
3. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
5. Portal - Still Alive
6. Bastion - Build That Wall
7. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
8. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
9. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
10. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
11. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
12. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)
13. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
14. Persona 3 - The Battle for the Souls of Everyone
15. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance - It Has To Be This Way (Platinum Mix)
16. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
17. Final Fantasy X - Enemy Attack
18. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
19. Halo - Halo
20. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
21. Final Fantasy X - Assault
22. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
23. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
24. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
25. Metal Gear Solid - Metal Gear Solid Main Theme

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on October 01st 2014 at 2:36pm 2 Comments

Top Radio Requests in August, Fundraiser Progress

It's hard to believe summer is over already! I'm here for another monthly update with our top songs for August. The site has been slow for updates this month as I have been quite busy, but I hope to get some updates and progress done soon. We continue to see regular visitors to the radio station, love seeing the music and website being enjoyed! We streamed just under 800,000 songs in August alone, and have passed the 4 million mark overall. Hooray!

Also In August we began our fundraising campaign. I thank those generous users who sent in their donations! We've managed to raise about 25% of our yearly goal in August alone. The support is greatly appreciated and the funds will go directly to covering server fees for the radio and website. If you still wish to help, you can access the donation page by clicking the red piggy bank icon on the menu.

Now, I present the list for the top 25 songs for August:

1. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
2. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
3. Portal - Still Alive
4. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
5. Bastion - Build That Wall
6. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
7. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
8. Katamari Damacy - Lonely Rolling Star
9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
10. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
11. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
12. Final Fantasy XIII - Desperate Struggle
13. Final Fantasy X - Normal Battle
14. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
15. Final Fantasy IX - Melodies of Life (Layers of Harmony)
16. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
17. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
18. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
19. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
20. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony
21. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
22. Super Mario 64 - Dire, Dire Docks
23. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
24. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Dragon Roost Island
25. Silent Hill 3 - I Want Love (Studio Mix)

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on September 01st 2014 at 11:34pm 0 Comments

Website Fundraiser and July's Top Requests

Summer is half over already, where did the time go! On the upside, our new website and radio server seems very stable, now in its third month. I've spent a fair amount of time lately focusing on stability and improving the back-end of the site to ensure everything runs smoothly, and I'm confident that we're in good shape now. We also have some room to grow on this new box, with increased storage and bandwidth capacity.

New shiny servers of course mean an increase the upkeep costs of running the site, so I've decided to start a small site fundraiser to see if anyone would like to chip in a few dollars towards bandwidth and server fees. This is of course not required, and I will continue to maintain the site no matter if we get any contributions or not. So fear not, the RPGamers Network will live on forever! (mwhahaha...) Still, if you'd like to chip in, simply click the red piggy bank symbol over on the top right menu, or visit our donations page to find out more information.

Enough with that, on to the good stuff. Here are the top 25 most requested songs for July! Some familiar faces on the list, yet again...

1. Portal - Still Alive
2. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
3. Bastion - Build That Wall
4. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Final Fantasy XIII - Blinded By Light
7. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
8. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
9. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
10. Xenoblade Chronicles - Those Who Bear Their Name
11. Katamari Damacy - Katamari on the Rock (Main Theme)
12. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony
13. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
14. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
15. Final Fantasy XIII - Saber's Edge
16. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
17. Final Fantasy VIII - Waltz for the Moon
18. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
19. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
20. Grandia - Town of Palm
21. Shenmue - Shenhua ~ Sedge Flower
22. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
23. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
24. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
25. Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 01st 2014 at 3:51pm 0 Comments

Website Updates, June Radio Statistics

We are happily settled on our new server after a few days of moving everything over. This allows us to house the streaming radio and website all in one place, removing the past issues of connectivity and the stream being out of sync. Our new home also allows us to handle a higher traffic load and gives the site some room to breathe.

The trend continues, as again June was our busiest month yet. The boost in traffic was thanks to a special mention by Rooster Teeth over in their podcast, as well as a post on reddit and a few popular gaming feeds. The increase in traffic caused our old server some stress and showed us the need to adapt everything to a new home. We managed to get things stable fairly quickly though, and have made significant improvements to the website and server load, which will make handling sudden traffic spikes easier in the future. I was thrilled to see so many new visitors and radio suggestions coming in via the forums, email and chatroom! We have a huge to-do list to tackle for our music collection.

The site poll for June was in regards to some upcoming changes with the radio request system. I think the wording of the poll had some people slightly confused, but the overall results match what I had intended to do. Right now the system restricts requesting the last 50 songs that have been played. This usually averages to about one and half hours. Rather then making this a set number of songs, it will be time based. I'm going to start with a value of 4 hours, meaning that you will not hear the same song twice within a 4 hour period, allowing for more variety and less repeats. This does not mean you can only make one request every 4 hours, it simply means you can't request a song that was played within that time. I know many of you have favourites you like to request, but I think for the overall enjoyment of everyone we want to keep the music fresh and avoid songs repeating too often.

Finally, here are the top 25 most requested songs for the month of June. Some new contenders have appeared!

1. Bastion - Build That Wall
2. Portal - Still Alive
3. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
4. Bastion - Setting Sail, Coming Home
5. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
6. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
7. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
8. Halo - Halo
9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater - Snake Eater
10. Alan Wake - The Poet and the Muse
11. Final Fantasy VII - One Winged Angel
12. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
13. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
14. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
15. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
16. Final Fantasy X - Sprouting
17. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
18. Legend of Dragoon - If You Still Believe
19. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
20. Kingdom Hearts - Hikari (Kingdom Orchestra Instrumental Version)
21. Cave Story - Cave Story Theme
22. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
23. Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - Dragon Roost Island
24. Banjo-Kazooie - Click Clock Wood
25. Kingdom Hearts II - The Other Promise

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on July 01st 2014 at 10:37pm 0 Comments

Scheduled Website Downtime for Saturday June 28th

I wanted to warn our users in advance that our website and radio streams will be unavailable for a period of time on Saturday as we will be finalizing the move to our new webserver. The new server offers us more power and flexibility for expanding services as well as allowing us to host all of the radio services in one place. Most of the downtime will just be waiting for the DNS records to resolve to their new location, as the new server is already up and operational.

This move should resolve many of the sync issues the radio streams have had in the past, as the streaming software will now be on the same box as the website and databases. We've also given the site a fresh coat of paint on the new server, removing some clutter from our layout and cleaning up the website scripts.

Although we don't anticipate a long period of downtime, depending on your Internet service provider it may take some time for your DNS records to resolve to our new location. I will be around all weekend to ensure the site move is as smooth as possible. Let's hope all goes well!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 26th 2014 at 6:16am 1 Comment

RPGN Radio continues to shine in May

As per my previous two posts, the radio audience continues to expand. Thanks to everyone who helped us recently smash past 2 million streams! We have been getting a ton of new song requests from listeners via our chatroom, forums and email and are working on sorting through your requests. Please bear with us as this can be a lengthy process.

My main focus lately has been website optimization, as our new found visitors almost brought the server to its knees, with record numbers of visitors flowing in. I have made many changes in the background in the past week or so optimizing scripts and such to keep the site running smoothly. We will be making some changes to how the request system works in coming days, details will be released once it is finalized.

We have been compiling the top 25 most popular song requests as voted by you, the listeners! Keep requesting your favourite songs, and help them make our top charts in June! Here's the list of our most popular songs in May:

1. Portal - Still Alive
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
3. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
4. Bastion - Build That Wall
5. Sonic Adventure 2 - Escape From The City
6. Halo 2 - Halo Theme Mjolnir Mix
7. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
8. Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - Gerudo Valley
9. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
10. F-Zero - Big Blue
11. Halo - Halo
12. Sonic Adventure 2 - Live & Learn
13. Mario Kart 64 - Rainbow Road
14. Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Icarus (Main Theme)
15. Assassin's Creed II - Ezio's Family
16. Doom - At Doom's Gate
17. Mass Effect 3 - Leaving Earth
18. Castlevania 2: Simon's Quest - Bloody Tears
19. Donkey Kong Country - Gang-Plank Galleon
20. Pokémon Red & Blue - Pokemon Gym
21. Mega Man 2 - Dr. Wily's Castle
22. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword - Zelda's Lullaby
23. Mass Effect 2 - Suicide Mission
24. Xenogears - Small Two of Pieces
25. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest - Stickerbrush Symphony

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 01st 2014 at 3:55pm 0 Comments

Radio player updates and changes

Just thought I'd post a quick update explaining some of the changes that just went live over on our radio page. First off, the music player (flash) has had some minor tweaks and upgrades. We've slimmed it down and made it more efficient. Also, a popular feature request has been completed. The player will now remember your volume preference for future sessions. The default volume now starts at 75% and if you adjust it, it should start at the previous volume next time. Special thanks goes out to shockelite for helping implement this feature.

Also, the radio page and CSS skins have undergone some minor upgrades. The most noticeable change is the addition of the chat functions on the radio page. You can now visit our chatroom while listening and come say hello! The music will not be interrupted while chatting, and you can still do all the normal stuff too (requests, song history, etc.) without losing connection to the chat. I've also fixed some broken code around the site, removed unnecessary junk and just generally dusted things off.

For those of you who choose to listen via the TuneIn app over iPhone or Android, you should now be able to see proper song details on the now playing page. We have started piping the song data over via the TuneIn API system, and it seems to be working well.

If you encounter any problems with any of the changes, please let us know by leaving a comment or post on the forums so we can work out the bugs and get it all fixed up.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on May 15th 2014 at 1:54pm 0 Comments

April continues trend as RPGN radio usage increases!

I'm so glad that we've managed to find a solid use for our website. It has been hibernating for too long, and the fact that the radio continues to grow in popularity even with the slower updates encourages me to think of new ideas and plans for our future of the site. I have many feature ideas and ways we can make the radio page more interactive, but figuring out the best way to deploy it in our current layout has been a challenge. I've also considered a possible re-branding, if we are going to focus on the radio side of things our name leaves something to be desired. RPGN has been around for over 15 years now under the same banner, its hard to consider change.

We would love to hear from our listeners with suggestions and input on the website, feature and song requests, anything that might be on your mind! You can reach us either via the forums, chatroom or even just by commenting on this post! We would love to hear your input.

Now here are the most popular song requests for April 2014:

1. Portal 2 - Want You Gone
2. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Dragonborn
3. Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Hell March
4. Portal - Still Alive
5. Bastion - Build That Wall
6. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals - The Final Battle
7. Final Fantasy X - At Zanarkand
8. The Curse of Monkey Island - A Pirate I Was Meant To Be
9. 007 Tomorrow Never Dies - James Bond Theme
10. Final Fantasy VIII - Force Your Way

Do you love any of the tunes listed above? Think a different song deserves a spot on the top 10? Make your vote count by requesting to hear that song on the radio page! Song requests are tallied and the most popular songs make the list. Going to make a habit of posting these monthly just for fun!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on May 01st 2014 at 2:19pm 0 Comments