Ho ho ho... we wish all our gamers and their families a Merry Christmas and some wonderfull days. We hope you've got lots of shiny metal and freshly made plastic miniatures under the Christmas tree so that you keep visiting us to see what you can do with your new stuff.
Be aware that the T³ team will be a little less responsive over the holidays. So please be patient with your requests. We'll try to take care of open issues every now and than. We'll be back to usual business at 5th January, 2015.
T³ now supports Italy
We're very proud to annouce the immediate availability of T³ in Italy. With this step you can now travel to tournaments from France to Poland and from Germany to Italy. There aren't that much tournaments in the Italian calendar yet, but we're eager to make this change. So if you're from Italy or have Italien gamer friends, tell them to have a look and come along.
As a start there's a first Warhammer 40K ranking based on results of the last months.
The Italian page will be managed by Aresius and TLB. They also manage the rankings.
Issues with newsletter fixed
We had some issues with the processing of the latest newsletters, where - depending on your subscription settings - the newsletter was cut off in the middle of the ended tournaments listing. This shouldn't happen again. In addition we finally added the extracting of links used in news. Those shouldn't vanish anymore.
ETC 2014 - The results - Update
The ETC has ended. After a weekend of wargaming power we've got the ETC winners 2014:
Flames of War:
3. United States
We've added those first placements to our ETC page and updated our all-time medal table. We'll add full standings and more details as soon as they get publicated by the organizers (in a usable format).
To the ETC page...
We just added the complete final standings for each event. We're preparing the detail results for each round for the next update.
The European Team Chamionship 2014
The biggest event in the European tabletop scene is nomore than two weeks away. Teams from all over the world will battle for the ultimate crown of wargaming. We updated our ETC page with the current state of participants. We'll updated it with all data we can gather.
* ETC on T³
* Official webpage
* Official forums
[SPONSORED POST] Special offer from our new partner Gamemat.eu
Our new partner Gamemat.eu, producer of wargaming mats (G-mats) would like to offer a special opportunity for T³ registered gaming clubs, tournament organizers and members.
For purchase of every gaming mat (G-mat) they offer 5% discount, if you're a T³ member.
In case you're interested in more than 5 pieces (for example for your gaming club or tournament) they will prepare a special deal for you, which would mean even more better pricing for you (based on individual consultations).
In case you are interested in their offer, please contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to your purchase.
E-shop website: http://www.gamemat.eu/6x4-g-mats.html
Pictures from tournaments and actual games played: https://www.flickr.com/photos/117963137@N08/
- size 72x48” (6x4 feet)
- rubber base (anti slip)
- high quality amazing graphics on top (waterproof)
- easily rolled, ready for play anytime
- comes in 3 designs: Meadows of War, Mayhem Square and Battleground
- professionally designed
Issues with free.fr mails - Update 2
We got reports that users with mail accounts hosted by free.fr are missing mails sent by T³. We investigated the issue and found out that the T³ mail server got blacklisted by free.fr for causing too many "errors". Thereby they don't mean spam, but more technical issues like trying to reach invalid mail recipients. According to our logs this started 4 weeks ago. Due to the fact how mail delivery works the mails aren't lost. They are pending in the mail queue and our server retries the delivery, but free.fr blocks our server every 24 hours again. It maybe that the retries cause the re-blocking, so we maybe have to trash the pending mails.
We dug deep into the logs, but couldn't find any real technical reason for this to happen yet. The mail server has a good reputation in general and is not listed on any major spam blacklist.
We'll continue to solve this issue and can only ask to ensure you're using a valid mail address on T³ and maybe use another mail provider instead of free.fr.
After furthing log evaluations we can say that the problem exists for 4 weeks. We also found an issue with our newsletter system being open to some abuse, but we fixed this. We also dropped the mail queue to be sure that no "bad" mails are pending. Unfortunately we still cannot deliver mails to free.fr as they are still blocking (all valid) requests from our mail server. We contacted their support asking for assistance. There's noting more we can do at the moment. Please change your mail address, if you depend on receiving our mails. We're sorry for this inconvenience.
It seems that free.fr finally unblocked us some days ago.
New awesome tournament and club maps
We just released our first major update for this year and replaced our complete map/geo system. Although it was working fine over the years it had two massive downsides: it required to host our own geographical database and it was based on a really ancient code library. While the latter can be handled the database stuff prevented us from easily supporting new countries... and we didn't want to tell the people "Yeah we could support your country, but our database/code doesn't like you." anymore.
With the web being way more open and free than 10 years ago, we based the new maps on great webservices and powerfull open source libraries. So we now have a clickable, touchable, zoomable, draggable map which isn't limited to a specific country anymore. If you live near a border, you'll now easily see tournaments nearby. The geocoding (aka getting coordinates for a given address) is now handled by MapQuest, the map rendering and handling is powered by Leaflet and the map data is served from OpenStreetMap. Thanks to those great people.
This is a first step to become more international, but there's still a lot of work ahead. Besides tweaking the new maps, we'll have to look into replacing the player maps, which take some more time, as we cannot just put 20.000+ markers on the map.
Now enjoy the new maps for tournaments and clubs and please report any issues you encounter.
Tournament Awards 2013
We finally managed to sort out the tournament awards 2013 and added 31 shiny awards to the database. Congratulations to all the organizers of those great events and sorry to those, who had awesome tournaments, too, but which couldn't be tracked down by our poor math gnomes. We're sure that word of mouth will do its part.
To the awards...
Game updates: The Hobbit and Wild West Exodus
We just updated our game database. First we added the crowdfunded Wild West Exodus. Second we finally updated Lord of the Rings to become The Hobbit.
Wild West Exodus was crowdfunded on Kickstarter on March 19, 2013 and is the first game by Outlaw Miniatures. It's taking place in a unique Sci-Fi-Western scenario and features its own skirmish gaming techniques. Anybody remembering Marshall BraveStarr will know how it looks. ;-)
Games Workshop decided to move "The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game" into the "The Hobbit" world. We finally managed to take care of those changes. As it's not only a simple renaming, but also linked to changes in the supported factions, we decided to split the game into two army groups. One for each rule set. New tournaments added for "LotR/Hobbit" can choose what army selection should be applied. All existing past tournaments are now mapped to be the old LotR. The upcoming existing ones are set to what we could gather from their description. Organizers can change it, but have to take care of the changed armies for the signups.
In addition we tried to map all existing armies in the user profiles to the new Hobbit versions. So most LotR players now have a bunch of Hobbit armies in their profile. Everybody can simply update this selection in their account.
* The Hobbit on T³
* Official Hobbit website
* Wild West Exodus on T³
* Official WWX website
* WWX Kickstarter