A few friends and I are planning to extreme code a Tumblr game over a weekend, but we seem to be lacking anyone decent at sprites / assets. Since this will be a browser based, open source, Tumblr authenticated web game, I thought I’d make a call out to see if anyone would lend their sprite skills to the weekend.
It’s all very loose and in the drunken brainstorming stage, but we’d probably even except a prepackaged library of sprites from any great Tumblr artist out there. We’ll be randomly picking the concept of the game the day before, but it will be powered of the Socket.IO / MongoDB Chatlr system.
If anyone is intrigued, drop me a fan mail or ask box.
Chatlr 3.0 Launched!
We’ve added a laundry list of new features, including:
- Create public or private rooms.
- Whisper to people by typing “@kevinnuut: hello friend”.
- Use the up arrow while typing to pull up old whispers.
- Click a user in sidebar to pull up actions like whisper and ignore.
- Click your name in sidebar to pull up settings.
- Change the theme from dark to light.
- Change the layout to mobile or desktop.
- Use asterisks to bold something *like this*.
- Use underscores to italicize something _like this_.
- Type “/me went to the mall” to perform an action.
Additionally, on the backend:
- Chatlr is now running on MongoDB!
- Rooms are saved, even if the server crashes.
- Mods can feature any room at any time.
- Admins can mod people at any time.
We hope you enjoy some of the new features. The code has been rewritten into organizational chunks for quicker feature additions. We will soon be adding room specific mods, and will start deploying Chatlr as a widget for your Tumblr.
We separated out our SocketIO and OAuth logic into it’s own module, which we have started using across multiple projects. If you are looking to get into some simple websocket fun, check it out and learn with us as we learn.
We’ll updated it soon with an official NPM package and some test cases.
I’m getting a bit tired but we appreciate everyone taking the time to reblog our stress test post and helping us test out features for the next Chatlr.
If you find an issue or want to keep track of current issues, be sure to check out our Git Hub Issues. You can also send us an Ask if you ever get stuck or cannot login. We look forward to everyone’s feedback.
PS, it was great getting to use the new Tumblr ‘Featured’ feature.
Help Test The Next Chatlr.
For the next few hours we will be stress testing our latest Tumblr chat system. Come join in on the insanity and teenage angst before it ends!
A Redesign Approaches.
We hope to release a redesign within the week that will finally get rid of all the orange reds (and replace them with sky blues). We are working to tighten the experience with fixed widths, room icons, better use of gradients, and no alternating row colors. Let us know what you think?
We know that we promised a new release with new features a while ago but everything was put on hold and a lot of the way socket.io works changed since then so we are hoping to update the back end first.
Apparently, one of our Chatlr fans went about making a 5 step login guide on Wiki How. It seems to have been created during the transfer when there were still mentions of TumblrChat but we find this thoroughly enjoyable.
In support against SOPA and companies that support it, we have moved our domains from GoDaddy to Namecheap. The transfer wasn’t as seamless as we had hoped and we experienced a day of downtime, but we are now back up and SOPA free.
No offense to any Chatlr lovers but there’s always fewer on it now. I’ve come to a conclusion - #itsdeadnow.
Good job, you made Chatlr Catlr sad. If there is anything we’ve learned from this social experiment, it is that chatting comes in waves. You should spend some time enjoying the few regulars that are on instead of making Catlr cry.