The Future of the RPGamers Network

As usual, our site takes one step forward and two steps back. It has been a sleeping beast for many years now, other then our fairly active radio station. I have been considering the future for the site, and am looking for opinions and suggestions. Should we try to get the entire site back up and running, or should we fold down some of the areas and focus strictly on the radio?

I mean, we haven't had a new review posted in ages, and the lyrics section is in dire need of updating and expanding. I just can't run this place by myself anymore, and finding motivated people to help me code and update the back-end and add content has been unsuccessful. The forums have not had a peep in months, our re-launch of them did not last long. Some hard choices have to be made in the next while about the future of the community.

I am happy to see our radio station continues to draw in listeners even while the rest of the site sleeps. We have a fair selection of music available now, and a huge to-do list of tunes to add as it expands. If you have any feedback or suggestions, please feel free to drop me an email or come in to our IRC chatroom.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on March 09th 2013 at 2:01pm 0 Comments

October Updates: Radio, Radio, Radio!

This is just a quick blurb about updates over the course of October. Our main focus has been expanding our music selection on the radio, over 150 new songs added this month! Another task we have been tackling is audio normalization, tweaking current songs as needed so some of the louder songs don't scream out at you every time they are played. There are still some in there, but it's a work in progress.

I hope to get our voting polls into a regular rotation again, updated at the beginning of each month. Looks like October's poll results find knights and ninjas to be the most popular RPG character class with mages and archers coming in slightly behind.

As usual, lots of big plans for expansion and clean-up around here, but it will take time. We are in need of some help in various areas, but I'll go into further details about that soon enough. Think you'd be interested in volunteering some of your time to help develop our community? Feel free to drop by our chatroom and inquire!

Oh yeah... Happy Halloween! Going out to a party or maybe trick or treating? Drop us a comment below and let us know what you costume you chose this year!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on October 31st 2012 at 12:26pm 0 Comments

Minor Site Updates, NEStalgia is a fun NES-style MMORPG!

Hey everyone. We're not dead! I've made some minor changes in the past few weeks, working out bugs around the site, improving our code to be more search engine friendly, and just generally sitting and wondering what the future of RPGN will be like. I struggle to come up with ideas for the site, how we can remain unique and useful online. We've just kind of floated in cyberspace for quite awhile now, ever since our FTP mirrors went offline the site has been in decline. The tracker tried to take on the burden but it was too late I fear, that ship has sailed. Now it's time to figure out what comes next....

I am happy to see our new radio solution has been a success. We've seen an increase to radio listeners and regulars, and it seems to be working flawlessly. We continue to expand the music selection and still welcome feedback and suggestions as always. I've added two new pages to the radio -- A changelog showing recent updates to the radio system and a list of newly added songs, so you can browse and see what's new in our music collection.

A special shout out to the NEStalgia community, who have been giving me a lot of positive feedback about our site. I am a casual player on the Algol server and they seem to be enjoying the music smile It's a great game if you loved classic NES role-playing games such as Dragon Quest, highly recommended. Imagine NES goodness, in MMO-style!

Oh yeah, I also finally rotated the site voting poll! I was meaning to do it monthly, but I fell a bit behind on my plans! The last poll was about what character you'd be in a role playing game, turns out most of you want to be either the main hero (24%) or a friend of the main hero (26%)! Time to find out what kind of class you'd play as a member of the party...

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on September 16th 2012 at 8:27pm 7 Comments

Game Music Radio: Changes and Updates

I'm here to fill you in on some recent changes to our radio system. The major change is most noticed when you switch skins on the radio system. Before, the radio page would reload and the music would get interrupted and restart. Now the skins change without requiring the page to reload or the music to stop. Your preferences are still saved as you change skins, so it should work like before just better.

I also spent some time standardizing the code behind the skins system so they are cleaner and should work properly in all major browsers. The new changes require JavaScript to be enabled on your browser, but most people will have this enabled by default. Please report any glitches or problems while changing skins if you find them.

Next goal is to keep expanding the music library with new tunes. As always, we welcome your feedback and suggestions for new songs to add. Drop by the chatroom or forums to provide your feedback, or even comment on this news post. I hope everyone is enjoying the music!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 20th 2012 at 5:36pm 0 Comments

Goodbye Torrent Tracker: Service Closed

For the past 15 years, we have tried to be a good source for game music downloads and information. We have hosted various projects trying to keep the community alive. Our torrent tracker was intended to be a lifeline for our retired FTP downloading section. It had a good run, but the usage over the past year has been very low and a decision had to be made. We are retiring our torrent tracker in hopes of focusing on finding a solid direction for the future of the RPGamers Network.

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who made the torrent tracker great and helped seed files, fill requests and keep the service alive. A special thanks to Marona for undertaking a huge part of the seeding an administration of the tracker.

Still looking for a good resource to download game music albums? Luckily nowadays there are many good resources and game albums are not nearly as rare or hard to come by. One place that does an especially good job at releasing albums in top quality is GameMP3s. I highly recommend you head over and check out their selection of torrents.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on August 17th 2012 at 4:49pm 6 Comments

Brief outage due to abusive search engine bot

RPGN had a brief blackout this morning due to our server being heavily hammered by an abusive Chinese search engine bot called Baiduspider. I have blocked the abusive hosts, and hopefully everything is back to normal. The spider managed to spam reload our page over a quarter of a million times before things shut down. So fear not, if you saw the message saying our site was disabled it was just a precaution! All is well again.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on July 11th 2012 at 3:02am 0 Comments

Game Music Radio: Updates

Just wanted to drop a quick note to mention that we have been working hard to improve our radio system! Most importantly, a major Internet Explorer bug has been fixed which was preventing IE users from enjoying our radio station. The bug was caused by an XML file exploit in IE (this is why you should not be using that browser!) The radio should now work properly and not just repeat the same song over and over. Please report any bugs you find!

Happier news now, check out the wide selection of new radio skins! Special thanks to Kilu and Mystro for creating them! (more to come!) We have also expanded the selection of songs. Our database is now well past 1,000 songs with new songs added every week. We welcome suggestions for songs to add so feel free to give some feedback on the forums or in the news comments.

I am working on a new feature for the radio to allow you to customize your listening experience more then you can currently. I won't go into details yet, but I hope you will enjoy it. Watch for more information in the coming weeks smile

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on June 09th 2012 at 5:17pm 0 Comments

Radio Bug Fixes, Feedback?

Glad to see some of you have tried out our new radio solution and are enjoying it, or so I hope! We would love to hear from you. Provide some feedback, offer suggestions on new songs to add to our database, give us ideas for new radio skins! Complain about how your favourite songs are not yet on the list! Any feedback is welcomed. Just drop on over to the radio topic on the forums to leave your mark.

Fixed a few bugs in the radio code. Now that it has had some public air-time, I noticed a pattern forming on the songs it was selecting to play. I've made some changes to how our playlist generator works, and it should be a much more random selection now. Hopefully you'll hear a greater variety of songs smile Also added some statistics gathering so I can track the most requested songs, and songs that get played most often, just for curiosity.

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on April 04th 2012 at 12:43am 0 Comments

Open For Business: Game Music Radio and RPGN Forums

You heard it right, we're back in business. Well, sort of. The site needs some major overhauling but I am happy to announce that our forums are once again open for service (with some fresh paint, new arcade games and tweaks!) as well as our brand new game music radio solution! Both are available for you to check out right now! Go listen to some tunes, play some games in our forum arcade, and leave a message telling us how you're doing. Join in the discussions! We welcome anyone new and old. Any feedback, and suggestions are always welcomed as well. I hope you will enjoy this first step in bringing the RPGamers Network back on the map.

RPGN Game Music Radio - The RPGN Forums and Arcade

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on March 29th 2012 at 8:34pm 1 Comment

Forums and Radio Will Re-Launch Together

Just wanted to give a quick update on our progress towards the return of the forums and radio. I would like to have everything up and running before the end of March, but no promises! Still doing some finishing touches. We have been busy adding lots of music to the radio database, making up skins for the radio player, tweaking new forum addons, and adding games to the forum arcade. Fingers crossed everything doesn't explode by the time I am done messing with it!

Lots is going on, but there isn't much to see for a little while longer. I will send our an email to anyone who was an active member of our forums previously when things do come online, so keep an eye on your inbox if that includes you!

Posted in Site News by Locke Member on March 21st 2012 at 1:55pm 0 Comments