New lobby update (Sept 17th)

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New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by sourisdudesert » 17 September 2019, 13:52

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5 days ago, we published a new lobby for Board Game Arena. Thanks to your feedback, more than 10 updates have been made since then, with many improvements compared to the initial version.

If you didn't read the first news, we recommend you to read it before this one.

We received A LOT of feedback on the new lobby. Board Game Arena is now a huge website, with a much larger audience than before, and it is REALLY hard to satisfy everyone. So we've not been surprised by the volume of the feedback. And of course as it was new, many of you have been at first disoriented by the new interface. As a consequence you played less on BGA during the 2 first days (-5% to -10%).

But the good news is: we made it! Thanks to your patience, your feedback and our updates, the number of players, tables, games played, waiting time is now back to normal. Yesterday, 21.290 games have been played on BGA, which is a very common number for a Monday. Some others statistics are encouraging:
  • The average waiting time before starting a game has dropped by 3%.
  • The % of tables that did not find enough opponents to start has dropped by 1.5 point (39,42% now, 40,96% before).
Of course, it is particularly hard to have such a big bang without disturbing you. We worked hard these latest days, to analyse your feedback, to publish updates, and to make sure that everyone of you is comfortable with the new lobby.


So if you have been disoriented by the new lobby in the past few days, here are the main things we did for you:
  • At first, NO FEATURES have been removed from BGA. Everything that was possible with the old lobby is possible with the new one.
  • In particular, we re-introduced the "available players for this game" and the associated "suggest table to player" feature. This feature was not initially planned for the new lobby, but a lot of you requested it and it is back now.
  • For those who are playing a lot of different games here, we added a "See all available tables", which provides a list of tables for all games in a single view. This view is exactly the same than in the previous lobby, so you shouldn't be disoriented.
  • If you have many games in your favourites, you can use the top-right "Display options" menu to make the game icons smaller.
  • Today, we introduced a tutorial for the lobby, to explain all its features.
  • (and many, many small things :) )

If you are really nostalgic from the old lobby, you can do the following:
  • Click on "Display options" and select "Small icons"
  • Click on "See all available tables" to display tables like in the old lobby.
Once you have done this, your preferences are saved (for this browser), and the interface is really really close to how it was in the old lobby.

Once you get used to it, you can benefit from the cool new features of this lobby:
  • Tables grouped by games: you see immediately if a table of game X is available, and you see all the available tables for game X at the same place.
  • Join from the lobby + join multiple real-time tables.
  • Your ELO rank + stats for each game is now directly visible in the lobby.
  • If you didn't already, we recommend you to test the Automatic mode, which is very powerful and very easy to access now.

This is of course not the end of the story. We still have many things to fix and to upgrade to make this lobby better, and we will continue to push updates in the next days/weeks.

To conclude, I'd like to thank the whole BGA community for your patience and your feedback. Unfortunately, we had a lot of - quite - aggressive feedbacks and comments these past few days, so I'd like to give a special thank you to those of you who took the time to really test the new lobby before giving a feedback, and who explained their situation (and frustrations) in detail instead of just posting a basic "this is awful / I prefer the old one / you are stupid" comment. The feedback from these players has been really helpful to identify what needed to be done, so thanks again.

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by Marphod » 17 September 2019, 15:06

On one hand, thank you for being responsive.

On the other hand, ye gods, make a 'skip tutorial' button.

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by kathench » 17 September 2019, 15:23

I have loved the new lobby. I had problems with the old lobby. The main one being when i wanted to play a game they were hard to catch. I'm old and slow reflexes, and on the old list the games jumped around on the list. I like all the games of the same types being together. There were also many times when several games of the same game had one person. and i would think i wish all the people would join together then we could have a game.Thanks for working so hard making this a great place to play games.

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by RonaldMelodie » 17 September 2019, 15:30

I'm happy about the positive feedback. But very sorry and a bit ashamed too about the negative and even aggressive remarks by some people.
I am sure that the vast and silent majority in this community support that you are doing a marvellous job. Please continue the good work!

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by HappyGuy » 17 September 2019, 15:38

As I already said in the other post: congrats guys, you did an excellent job! Proud of ya.
lots of love

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by CaptainKirk » 17 September 2019, 15:48

Really appreciate the continued focus and effort you guys put into making BGA a premier online game site!

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by Pedros » 17 September 2019, 16:36

You write that "Suggeat player" is now available again. Sorry, but I don't see it, and although I haven't commented previously this is one feature I really miss.

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by sourisdudesert » 17 September 2019, 16:40

Click here to see available players & suggest.

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by btrieve » 17 September 2019, 16:46

It got harder to find open tables with higher player counts. With the new create table the maximum number of players defaults to the minimum number of players required to play the game and this I suspect, possibly unintentional, shifts the new tables towards lower player counts. I find it harder, with the wait longer, to find a 7 Wonders game with 7 players slots .

Same with Race for the Galaxy, almost all of the new tables are 2 players only. I'd like to play with 3+ players real time, but no such table are open.

Could you please bring back the old default (create table maximum number of player default to max number of players the game can handle, instead of the minimum number of players to play the game)?

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Re: New lobby update (Sept 17th)

Post by sourisdudesert » 17 September 2019, 17:00

btrieve wrote:
17 September 2019, 16:46
With the new create table the maximum number of players defaults to the minimum number of players
Sorry but we didn't change that.

The only thing we changes is that on the "empty tables" (the ones you are clicking to create new tables), the minimum number of player is displayed (to save space). But it means nothing as when you create your own table, the default number of players at the table is the number of players in your LATEST game played (or by default: the maximum). It was the case before the new lobby and we didn't change that.

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