Category Archives: News & Announcements

Extra, extra, read all about it! This category is chock full of the latest news and announcements all about Obsidian Portal.

9
Aug

Thank You All

On behalf of all of us here at Obsidian Portal we’d like to say Thank You to everyone who has made all of this possible. For 3 years in a row now we have been honored by receiving such a prestigious award and we could not have accomplished any of it without you all. Your support, dedication and overwhelming enthusiasm for our site is what keeps us running. We couldn’t have done it without you!

5
Jul

Campaign Calendar updates

We’ve listened to your feedback regarding the campaign calendars and now we’ve rolled out a handful of new features and improvements.

14
Jun

Obsidian Portal Mobile

If you check out Obsidian Portal on your mobile device, you may get a bit of a shock. Instead of just being the regular site scrunched up onto the screen, you’ll see that it now fits nicely with no zooming and scrolling. We’ve heard your calls for a better mobile version and now we’re getting there.

3
Apr

New Feature: Case sensitive tags

Case matters!Many of you have noticed that your tags aren’t fully case sensitive. In fact, the chosen case of a tag often seems very random. I can assure you that it’s not…but that’s not really what you want to hear. What you really want to hear is that now we will be respecting the case of your tags, so “cleric” and “Cleric” will now be distinct and you can choose your casing however you want.

The downside is that all existing tags will remain. This means that if you have a lot of pages tagged with a particular case, then switch to a different one, you will end up with two different tags. In other words, you can now end up with tags for both “cleric” AND “Cleric”. That’s probably not what you want.

That’s why we recently released DragonTagger, the bulk tag editing tool that works with our API. With DragonTagger you can quickly rename your tags to match whatever case you want. It’s not exactly fast (or pretty) but should do the trick.

Enjoy!

30
Mar

Caption Contest Update

We have some bad news, and some good news for you? Which would you prefer first? The bad news? Okay, well sadly enough, the caption contest going on right now in partnership with d20Monkey has to come to a premature end. On April 5th we’ll be closing the comment section and going through the hundreds of entries on a quest for the best!

Ah, now onto the good news. The good news is that the reason we’re doing so is because d20Monkey is going to be creating caption strips for us on the regular! That’s right folks there’s been such a positive response to this one we’d like to keep them coming at you in our monthly (and perhaps bi-monthly) newsletter.

The contest rules will stay the same, as you can earn some free ascendant time and get your caption published on d20Monkey.com however the cameo appearance will be a this one time only offer, so be sure to get those captions in for a shot at internet fame!

We hope you’re excited to read this news as we are to bring it to you, stay tuned to the blog for ongoing caption hilarity!

28
Mar

Seeking a User Interface Designer

If you’re a designer who loves playing tabletop role playing games and would love to play a key role in improving Obsidian Portal, we’ve got an opportunity for you.

I’ll be the first to admit it: Obsidian Portal isn’t as pretty as it could be. Ryan and I are great programmers, but we’re a little lacking in the design department. Since the beginning we wanted to bring on a professional designer, but it’s always been on the back burner. Finally, we’re at a spot where everything is in place and a designer would be a perfect fit.

Who are we looking for?

We’re looking for a “hands dirty” designer. Someone who wants to get in and make the overall UI and User Experience better. Cleaning up the homepage, making the editing of pages and wikis friendlier, improving our landing page, adding useful popups, and so on. We need a gamer who uses Obsidian Portal extensively, has concrete, applicable ideas on how to make the existing features work better, and would be able to execute those ideas if given access to the code.

In addition, you must be someone willing to wear many hats. We’re a small team and that means often straying out of your comfort zone. For a designer, that means designing t-shirts, stickers, achievement badges, flyers, and just about anything graphical you can imagine.

Benefits

  • Be part of a small but dynamic team. You’ll be amazed at what we can get done in a very short period of time.
  • Play with cutting-edge technologies – Ruby on Rails, jQuery, MongoDB, Redis, Chef, Amazon Web Services…you name it, we’ve tried it.
  • Work from anywhere on a schedule that fits you.
  • Interact with an awesome community. They’ll thank you profusely every time you make Obsidian Portal easier to use and look at.
  • Best of all: Make Obsidian Portal look and behave like you know it should! How often have you said, “I could do this better…” Now you can!

Qualifications

  • Great understanding of UI/UX
  • Competent with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Experience in HTML, CSS, and Javascript/jQuery
  • Not scared of interacting with server-side code. You won’t have to write it, but for testing you’ll need to be able to at least run a Ruby on Rails project on your local machine.

Compensation

This is a paid, part-time contract position. The time investment required will be quite variable, but will probably come out to about 10 hours / week. Really, it comes down to how much time you want to give to making Obsidian Portal great.

Pay rate and compensation is negotiable. Tell us what you expect from this position.

How to Apply

Send me at least 2 examples of web interfaces you have designed to biz@obsidianportal.com. Be descriptive and specific about what part you played, what you designed, and your thoughts on what works and what doesn’t. Describe what you did with CSS, HTML, JavaScript, and server side language (Ruby, PHP, Python, etc).

Finally, tell me what parts of Obsidian Portal are in dire need of redesign, and how you would go about it. There are no right answers here. I have my own opinions, but I’d like to hear yours.

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