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Welcome to the New Website
Hello and Welcome to the new website!
Please be sure to look around and let us know what you think! There are many new sections to explore and a lot to read over. If you find any issues or have feedback, please don't hesitate to let us know!
You will notice that the server's status can easily be identified from almost any page within the website! We wanted to make it easy for people to check the status rather than guess if something is going on. All known issues will be posted to the front page of the website where they will remain until rectified. Note that we can't always identify or post them up immediatly.
Each server will have its own section on the website. Keep in mind that they may be subject to name change or content change at any time, we will always do our best to keep the pages up to date. Hints, Tricks and Tips will be kept up to date for each as well as any live maps or other features we decide to offer.
The Premium & VIP System is undergoing some minor changes. In the past we have simply listed what we offer without regard to what server offers what. No More! We will further describe and associate features and benefits so that you understand what you are receiving. We want to ensure that our supporters don't feel cheated, as has happened in the past.
We are changing some policies internally to try to smoothen the process on some servers. The Main change is that on the LDShadowlady Server. Where a grief has occured, moderators may choose to repair and replace broken/stolen items for you. They can't build you houses and give you free stuff though, so please don't ask
Cross-System Login: You are now shown as logged in when browsing the new section of the website. Details are the same as forums! (You may need to logout and log back in to get it working the first time) Front Page News Feed: We used to have a very basic front page news feed that never looked or felt right. This is a new custom coded module, so it's all as we want it instead of what we can find to use. Mobile Friendly: The entire new website is Mobile-Friendly, meaning that you can check the status of servers and commands on your Phone or Tablet. SEO Friendly: The Website is fully Search Engine Friendly; That should make finding us a bit easier Full-Featured FAQ: We are trying to keep our FAQ up to date, it will cover all servers as well as the website and general broad questions. If you have a suggestion of something that needs to be listed there, let us know! Full Documentation: All legal documents have been updated to reflect any changes that have occured since their last update as well as clarify on existing documents that were never properly finished. Forum Quick Links: Wherever you are, there are links in the header to the most visited sections of the forums, that way you can always switch through without having to load the index page a hundred times! Advertising Space: We are removing banner ads from everywhere on the website except for the designated advertising space on the bottom of the page. If you see anything you like feel free to click through, it helps us, however don't feel pressured into doing so for our sake. Guides: You will notice that servers have their own guides for getting started or doing specific things. These can be really helpful if you or someone you know needs some help. Issue Tracker: If there is a major issue or outage with the server(s) we will post it on the front page of the website under the issue tracker
COMING SOON: The forums will be undergoing an overhaul to match the website, this shouldn't take too much longer to complete! COMING SOON: The HardCore Server will be making a return, more details will follow in coming weeks, we expect it to be a lot more fun in the past and give you something to play for a while.
Please feel free to change your bookmarks to be www.abyssalgaming.com as it will now be a faster source for finding the information you are after. Please read the Legal Documentation and Community Rules (Links are at the top of every page)(ShortURL: abgn.net/legal & abgn.net/rules) Take a look through the FAQ Section (ShortURL: abgn.net/faq) View the Getting Started Guide (ShortURL: abgn.net/startld) Visit the website URL Directory to see all the Short URL's. (ShortURL: abgn.net/directory)
I hope you enjoy what I have enjoyed making, it has been a long couple of weeks keeping most of it under wraps and holding off the release, but here it is. We will adapt the website and fill in the blanks as we have more information on certain servers or features.
Some features may seem broken or incomplete, this is likely due to design as we are waiting for certain modules before those features can be enabled.
Sick of Reading? Start Exploring the new site and please don't forget to leave us feedback!
Hello Again Everyone,
I am proud to present a screenshot from the now, under-construction website. It isn't far off being done, I am just finishing some of the core functionality.
Please find below a list of features and changes that are a direct result of the website upgrade and changes to our systems.
The Downloads System has been terminated and removed. (It wasn't being used much anyway) Some of the current content pages have been removed as they were apart of an old CMS plugin. New Server Listings & Information
All Pages will have information like the screenshot, including hints, tips, rules and known issues Issue Tracker
This will allow us to communicate known issues with the players so that if there is an outage or something stops working, you know why when we do. Server Status Indicators
You can see it at the top of the current screenshot, and will also be available in the menus, the servers will all show if they are up and online or if they are offline. Basic stats like Users Online are available where supported.
These indicators will be available on the forums as well once the integration has been fulfilled. New Ticket System
* This is currently under construction *
We want to streamline the process and make it as easy as possible to sumbit reports. When live, these reports will include the previously announced 'report-a-mod' so that if you have an issue with a staff member, you don't need to be afraid to let us know. Staff Applications
Staff applications have once again been streamlined and re-integrated into the new look. They will be easy to file and be made public to all. This lets you see your competition and allow you to see how many have applied. The same rules apply as in the past regarding multiple applications etc. Rules & Info Pages
Need help setting up Push-to-Talk or Teamspeak itself? We have you covered. Hopefully when people start requesting more, we can get some more helpful tutorials up and going for people. FAQ Section
We intend on setting up an FAQ section, it will cover everything from Premium Subscriptions to server inquiries. Getting Started & Other Guides
Servers will get guides depending on their content, including the aforementioned How-To's as well as getting started on the server and how to use the server mechanics to your advantages (Such as surviving certain mobs etc) Changes to Premium & VIP
While no major changes are being made to the program itself, how we present it is. We have come to realize that due to the recent issues in Minecraft causing a lot of mod support to drop, we have been unable to match what we used to offer. We don't like the idea of misleading people into giving up money. Because of that we are going to be more transparent with what each paid membership offers as well as trying to update the specifics on a per-server basis.
Paid Memberships will have a dedicated page where they can keep up to date with what their membership does and doesn't include and what the benefits of moving up are. Fully Mobile Friendly
The forums may not be able to be fully mobile friendly, but the website will be. If you want to check if there is a server issue that is stopping you for joining on MineChat, you will be able to check the website on your phone or tablet! Without further ado; A screenshot!
http://abgn.net/public/newweb/Screenshot1-LDS.jpg (Also attached to this post!)
There is a lot more to come but for now I am keeping some stuff under wraps, most of the staff doesn't even know yet - There is much more I'd love to show you but it would ruin some of the upcoming changes and additions. I hope everyone likes the look of the new site as much as I've enjoyed developing it.
P.S I would really appreciate feedback!
Valve Confirms Hardware Development
A job listing on Valve’s site confirms that the company will begin developing hardware. A listing for an industrial designer says “Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in.”
The post continues, adding that Valve is interested in creating new user experiences. “Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven’t really changed in any meaningful way over the years,” it says. “There’s a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.”
The post specifies that the position will add “expertise in product design and manufacturing, ergonomics, usability, aesthetics, and surfacing.” Candidates are also expected to have “6+ years of professional experience shipping world-class, high-tech hardware products” and “a thorough understanding of product design principles.”
Speculation about Valve’s entry into the hardware market has been flying since March, when rumors suggested Valve was working on a Steam Box console. Valve later debunked the rumors, commenting that the world is “a long way from Valve shipping out any sort of hardware.” Later, a listing for an electronics engineer to work on "platform hardware" emerged, as well as a blog post discussing wearable computing.