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Changing HostsAs some have noticed the current host that DF is on is unstable and goes down rather randomly for 5-10 minutes. While it's up it runs just fine but after trying to resolve issues we have given up on trying to fix a problem that they can't even find.
That being said DF will be moving to a new host in the next week.
We appreciate your understanding.
What does this mean?It means that when the new server is up all sites that are on Morrgasm hosting will be going down for about 3-4 days while we transfer the domains and current information to the new host. During this period we will be shutting DF offline so that we don't lose any of your content.
There will only be a short warning before we start this process as we want to mitigate down time to as short as possible.
Anything I should know?Login issues may return so it would be advisable that if you get to the new host and you aren't able to login, to clear your cached files and cookies.
Is this better?Absolutely! Morrgasm will be moving to a dedicated server instead of a VPS, this means we aren't sharing anymore. This also means increased server capacity (Hard drive, RAM, bandwidth and CPU usage). All around this will be the best.
Only downfall is that it means the server is more expensive so any help that you can provide by donating is always welcome but necessary.
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The Buddy SystemAs a directory and resource site we feel it is important to offer services that cover as many things involved in roleplaying as possible. Thus we present to you our revamped Buddy System! This is a database, but instead of listing your site, you list yourself! Sometimes we are not always looking for games, but rather people to RP with. Maybe you want something 1x1 and/or over email or google drive? Well, this is the directory for you then? Simply list yourself and also browse through the other listings. You can be as detailed or brief as you like, the form is flexible.
In addition to the Buddy System we have developed something unique to Distant Fantasies, the Character Exchange! This initiative has taken "wanted roles" and advertising to a new level. The Exchange is a service where you offer a wanted character or role for another player to claim and play for you and in return you play a character for them. This is like for like, and a fair system, but the terms are between the members involved in the Exchange. Basically, it is an excellent way to network, meet new people and make new friends and expand into a new game by taking a role that is already tied to plots. You will also have someone to play with instantly and whose characters will more than likely be linked to your own. So, rather than simply posting a topic where you state what you want people to play, you also make an offer to play something for them.
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New Site Activity FeedAn amazing new update that we have for the site is a member news feed to tell us who is posting where! It also shows recent status updates, comments to posts, blogs, galleries and more!
Don't want your activity shown to other members? It's pretty easy to Opt out of. You can also update what people will see in your profile News Feed (similar to the Morrigan one you see here)! You can do this by setting it up yourself here.
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A Community for AllIt has always been my desire to have DF open to all formats of online role play and all genres. The world of role playing online is massive and you can find rpg resources in all formats. While we are a forum, we want to help spread the word that DF isn't just for forum rpgs. We want to encourage role players form other formats and in other languages to connect with each other, using DF as a conduit.
How can you help?There are several different ways to help with this mission.
1. Do you rp outside of forums and/or the popular forum hosts (jcink, invisionfree, proboards etc.)?
- We want you to help us spread the word that DF isn't cliquey or just for certain hosts or formats.
- We would also love for you to help us put together guides for other formats, such as journal based rpgs, twitter, chat, play by email and so forth.
- Tell us what we're missing! Do you use particular resources? Let us know!
- Share resources for particular hosts and fandoms.
2. Is English your second language?
- Help us write messages in other languages so we can approach non-english rpgs.
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Dark Skin ReadyPer request I have made a dark skin and it is ready for use. There may be errors to this thread.
In order to gain access to the skin, at the bottom of the screen in the lower left corner click on "Change Theme" then click on DF Dark. When you do that you will be presented with the dark alternative skin.
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Two new forumsWe've just added two new forums:
This is under "Our Services" and relates to the award and achievement system and points shop. You can find more information about the different achievements you can complete, as well as how to earn points and use the shop.
We've retroactively added all awards/achievements earned prior to now but if we've missed some let let us know!
We realised that there are some graphic requests that do not fit into our other categories, such as colourisation and photo manipulations (to name a few) and we also wanted to offer a screenshot service for members to add to their directory listings. The result was a new request forum under graphics which is for any other graphic requests you may have.
We would like to remind people that we specifically ask for a screenshot (a 200 x 300 pixel image) and a button. We've had quite a few people adding their link button instead of a screenshot and these have been removed. If your listing requires a screenshot you can request one here and we'll also add it to your listing for you
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Rule ChangeThe staff team have chosen to alter the rules for avatars and signatures to the following:
- Avatars: Please keep all avatars no larger than 200 x 300 pixels. Avatars cannot include explicit or offensive images and must not be animated - the reason for this is that flashing images can trigger migraines.
- Signatures: No images larger than 600 x 300 pixels. Anything larger will automatically be confined within these dimensions. Content cannot include explicit or offensive.
Previously the rules read to allow animated avatars, but no animated images in signatures. This was due to animated/flashing images acting as a trigger for migraines for some users. The move to IPB has led to us evaluating this rule now that we use larger sized avatars, and because it is possible to hide individual users signatures (there is an 'x' to close in the top right hand corner of a signature'). This means that if anything in a signature does trigger migraines for a user they can choose to hide that particular signature. This does mean that you can have an animated image in your signature.
We thank everyone for their understanding and for helping make DF a site that is accessible for all users.
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New Addition: Mature ForumsDistant Fantasies has added a new feature for our RPing community to enjoy.
Mature content forums:
Mature RP - A place for 18+ members of the community to roleplay out content over the standard PG-13 site.
Mature RP Talk - A place for 15+ members of the community to be able to discuss roleplay subjects that are over the standard PG-13 rating of the site.
Mature Talk - A place for 15+ members of the community to be able to discuss any subjects that are over the standard PG-13 rating of the site.
We have added these forums as a means for those in our community to be able to express themselves with subjects that are normally not discussed or are not discussed in good detail. We want to make sure that everyone has a safe environment to reach out for help in these subjects instead of finding less safe alternatives.
The stipulations for using these forums is that you put your birthday into your profile and that you tell the truth. Lying to get into these forums will get you banned from them permanently. You must also be a member of the forum for 7 days before you will be allowed access to these forums.
If you have questions feel free to post them in the Staff Contact Center.
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Social Plugs UpdateJust a small update to let you know that the social plugs page is now working. There was an error which was causing some problems and that has now been fixed. You can once again use the plug board and see our social network feeds.
Remember we accept adverts posted to twitter, tumblr and facebook. We also have a Social Media Mod @Mia who is working on a bunch of new stuff related to social media.
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