Lots of things have happened since the last issue. The Academy division has settled in with somewhere between 20 and 30 games being played daily much like Faction. There is a steady stream of new teams, and a core of old-timers is emerging. It's all very exciting, and I am looking forward to seeing what will happen with the Academy.
The major change, however, has been the introduction of awards. In short this is a feature that gives you as a coach a benchmark on various accomplishments you have achieved over your coaching career, be it number of games played or number of touchdowns. When they were introduced, a lot of noise was made over it. Some liked them, others didn't. I for one find them quite entertaining, and they give you something new to strive for, even if they don't have a big impact other than bragging rights.
What else is new? Oh, a slight modification to the overview and coach pages. As with a lot of other things, some people liked it and others didn't. The reason for the change was technical. Your overview was being generated by code different than when you looked at other peope's pages. The changed layout came with the package. The thing is, FUMBBL is a very large system with an enormous number of different pages and views of the data that is stored. I am currently considering if it would be worth the effort to redesign the entire navigation system of the site, making it a bit easer to grasp. I'm not too happy with the number of links you see on each page, since they take up so much space; space that could be used in better ways. Oh well, time will tell what happens in this respect.
Another thing that I have been giving my attention is the tournament scene. A lot of effort is being made to put tournaments into the spotlight. The newly announced TNT (Tournament News Tonight) project is progressing quite well and the TNT section of the site is slowly taking shape. I have great hopes for this, as I want everyone to be able to see what's going on in the tourney scene and participate in it. I am hoping the TNT will be fully in action by the start of next year. To make this happen, they will need help. I hope that some of you take the time to contribute.
With that, I yet again leave you to the rest of GLN. I'm sure the other articles are far more interesting than this one!