Official NearbyGamers Site News
As y'all have noticed, the site has gotten a lot prettier in the
last few days. Aside from the obvious new color scheme, I've
redesigned the discussions, tag pages, and profile editing. The
previous, very pastel and clunk interface was something I cobbled
together quickly. I mentioned in previous discussions that I hired
a graphic designer to redo the site, but he flaked out and I'm
redoing the site myself. I wanted to mention there are still more
redesign changes to come:
- Add 'login/join' tab to open a login form with js
- Hire designer to custom map markers
- Use marker as favicon
- Create site logo from gamer marker
- Increase pagewide width to a max-width of 60em
- Make footer stick to bottom of window
- Style form elements
- When logged in, replace l/j tab with personalized content
- Move search box off map into space where l/j was in header
- Make search box slide open search tips
- Feature recent discussions on front page
- Feature site news on the front page
- Sweep to check vertical rhythm via
If you have questions about the upcoming changes or think
something sounds like a really bad idea, please post below or
forever hold your peace.
Also, you can now tag tags. I know this is a little weird -- but
it lets us categorize things. For example, Dungeons and Dragons is tagged
RPGs and fantasy. These tags classify the game and will
make it possible to browse from one tag to another. I'm running
through the most popular hundred or so tag pages to tag genres and
publishers where I know them, and I'd really appreciate it if you
could check the tags on your profile and make sure they have a
basic description and appropriate tags.
inveterate gamer; prolific GM; world designer
Okay, I've tagged all my tags, the GURPS worldbook tags, and the
SF games listed on the SF RPGs tag page. This is a huge improvement
on putting hand-crafted HTML text anchors on the tag pages.
The gamer that runs this site
No, thank you -- especially because I noticed you already wrote
a bunch of the best tag pages.
Lazy Gaming at its Best
I've tagged most of the D&D Campaign Settings and MMORPG's
i've spotted. Have you decided on text size yet? All these great
changes, but its still blinding to read with the default
max-width of a serif font should be 51em max-width of a
sans-serif font, 42em
You may add 5em if the spacing is 1.5 lines, 10em if you double
Sans-serif fonts are easier to read on monitors but serif fonts
are better able to hold your eye during flyback (that's when you
reach the end of a line and your eyes fly back to the beginning).
All those extras curls and points on the serif font form little
dots during flyback making it easier to hold the line.
Web Designer/Developer and Warhammer 40,000 Gamer
Hey Harkins, just wanted to let you know that if you want a hand
with the redesign, or help doing the markup then I am more than
willing to lend a hand. Drop me a line if you think I could be of
some use to you.
And, shawnhcorey cheers for the typography tips!
Friends with the guy who runs the site
I agree that the text size is on the small side. It's partially
a function of monitor size and resolution, I realize, but in my
case the text is tiny. It's about the size of the "THIS UNIT NOT
LABELED FOR INDIVIDUAL SALE" text on my salt shaker.
For reference, I'm on a 24" monitor with a resolution of
1920x1200. On a 19" 1280x1024 (my other monitor), it's a little
bigger, but still on the small side.
The text size on Wikipedia is a nice size (hint hint).
On the flip-side, if you enlarge the text, you can also make the
main 'column' of the site wider to compensate. I dunno what the
size restrictions are there -- does anyone actually use 800x600
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