jeudi 27 mars 2014

More tournament details

A new update of Brothers In Games is available with an improvement of the tournament details. I have added the information about the tournament charge, location, date and time of the event.

Tournament details on a Nexus 7

Once again, remember that currently the tournament information is gathered from TableTop Tournaments and is available in the organiser language, here in french.

New actions

A set of actions is also available on this screen in the action bar. The display may vary depending on your device. If an action is not shown as an icon, it is in the menu on the right.

Available actions shown with an expanded menu on a Nexus 7

The actions available are:

  • View on a map, will locate the even on your favorite map app.
  • View details on the web page. This will open your browser on the webpage added in the tournament informations.
  • Add to calendar. Currently, this action is disabled and will be available soon.
  • Delete the tournament. This one is, I think, obvious.
Feel free to say in the comments what you think about those actions and their location.

Bug Correction

Unfortunately, this update revealed a bug in the data transfer. if you open the tournament details on a tournament you have already added as favorite, you'll see that the location title is missing.

Tournament details on a Nexus 4 with the missing location title.

This is due to a bug in the Brothers In Games T3 app. It have been fixed in the version published today, so please, update to version 1.8.1. Once you'll update the app, it is supposed to clean the cached tournaments to refresh the data and include that information. If you still encounter the problem, go to the app information and force the clean of the data. Unfortunately, this action will not add the tournament title in your favorite tournaments, so if the tournament is still in the futur, delete and import it again. Otherwise, an update feature is planed, you'll be able to change it yourself from that feature.

New updates are planned shortly, keep an eye on your notifications. 

mardi 25 mars 2014

First peek on the tournament details

Due to some other priorities, I couldn't work as fast as I wished on Brothers In Games. However, I couldn't leave you with just a list of the tournaments you could have added as favorites. So, I released an update with the first set of details.

Tournament details for the Preview 6 of BIG.

As you can see from the screen capture above, the detail view currently displays some basic informations. The description is from TableTop Tournaments, so it is in the language of the event organiser (here, in french). From there, you can jump to the web page for more details.

In the next days, I will add the location information (I have to work on the layout) and of course, you'll be able to locate the tournament on a map just as with Brothers In Games T3.

I also plan to provide an add to calendar feature, but it is a little bit tricky as I want you to be informed if the event is already in your calendar or not.

Keep an eye on your update notifications ;)

mardi 18 mars 2014

First step to a tournaments companion

I am currently publishing an update for Brothers In Games and Brothers In Games T3. Both of them should be available as soon as Google will spread them trough their servers. Those updates introduce the new tournaments management feature.

Brothers In Games T3 is designed as a tournaments discovery app. By design, the app does give you a list of the upcoming tournaments registered on TableTop Tournaments, but it is not designed to mark some of them as favorites or give you a quick-access to them. So, the features like the map location are meant to help you decide if you are interested in a tournament. The only way the app may help you to keep track of the tournament is by registering the tournament as an event in your calendar.

Dealing with favorite tournaments like events is the minimum we can do. As a gamer, I want to attach more informations to such an event. I want to plan some things (like what army will I play ? Did I painted it ? ) and maybe record informations such my ranking.

This features are meant to be in Brothers In Games. If you already use the app, you can already keep a track of simple games. This feature was a preview for the bigger one, the tournaments.

Adding those features is time consuming, but I decided to publish the apps with the minimal feature so you can have a look to what the app will be able. I also plan to continuously the new features rather than a big update.

So starting with the version 1.8 of Brothers In Games T3, you can register a tournament as a favorite. This feature is for now in the Share menu as you can see on the picture on the right. Once you'll have selected that option, the app will gather all the information about the tournament and send it to the Brothers In Games app. Of course, the system will check first if the app is available and if not, will suggest you to get it from the Play Store.

The tournament will be automatically added to your tournaments list in the Brothers In Games app unless it is considered as a duplicate.

With this first update, Brothers In Games simply lists your favorite tournaments so you can start adding the tournaments you want to keep a track of. For now, you can only register tournaments from the Brothers In Games T3 app, you'll be able to add your own when I'll finish the form :)

Keep an eye on the next updates.