The following list shows all changes made within the last six months. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.

August 4, 2017: Some prize values in The Bird's the Word have been doubled: The new artist ranks awarded to players are now 50/40/30/20 instead of 25/20/15/10. I don't normally alter tournament prizes after the contest has begun, but in this case I don't expect anyone to object. :-)

July 29, 2017: A new tournament has begun: The Bird's the Word, a double-round-robin competition.

July 22, 2017: Fixed the chart of players in the old Rockin' Robin tournament, which was showing the wrong list of people.

July 15, 2017: Fixed a bug in your label that misreported the number of wins needed to unlock the "win five concerts with artists promoted mid-concert" play rule.

July 9, 2017: Low-ranking artists can now have 0 on their sides, instead of 1 being the lowest possible side. This was done back in June but not announced until now as I wanted it to be a surprise discovered in playing the game. This change should allow for a lot more variety among the fairly homogenous R1 artists.

July 8, 2017: There's an entirely new trade rule in the game as of today, but you'll have to be very lucky to unlock it.

July 7, 2017: Fixed a bug in the "Start a Concert" form where artist modals would no longer show any content after a checkbox was checked. You might need to clear browser cache to get the fix.

July 1, 2017: A few artist names have been tweaked, where the artist has gone by multiple slight variations of their name over the years ("Smashing Pumpkins" vs "The Smashing Pumpkins," etc). In most cases, I've made the name match the biography text.

June 27, 2017: I'm pleased to announce an entirely new play rule. To unlock it, win five concerts with artists that have been promoted mid-concert. (Chris, Justin, Steve, and I have already done so; other players are not far off.) This new play rule adds a major new element of strategy to the game, requiring you to think on multiple levels if you want to maximize the advantage that you get from it, and it should produce some really interesting possibilities when combined with other play rules. Enjoy!

June 10, 2017: In the Stats tab within each artist modal, the dates of past promotions are listed more clearly, including the date that they first entered the game at their original rank.

May 25, 2017: The process that spawns automatic concerts has been altered. For players who want just one auto concert at a time, they'll get more variety in opponents. For players who like many auto concerts at a time, they'll get short breaks between each concert against the same opponent (typically a day, but it will vary). If you want to change how many auto concerts you play at once, go into your label, click on the Options tab, and set the "Simultaneous Automatic Concerts" value.

May 22, 2017: Text on artist images was rendering incorrectly, not fitting in the boxes and leaving black gaps. It has been corrected.

May 13, 2017: As a follow-up to late April's news about new artist rank values being corrected: I mentioned that the numbers would repair themselves automatically if they fall out of sync again. This is causing further confusion (the number suddenly changes on its own a few hours after the last concert ended), so I have made further changes so that it's now always correct from the start. My apologies for the trouble; this particular issue has turned out to be quite the pain.

April 26, 2017: As a follow-up to the April 23 news about new artist rank values being corrected, I have decided to adjust all scores by +6 to make up for the most ranks lost by any one active player. The error was mine and that player shouldn't be penalized for it, and everyone should get the same adjustment, including inactive players.

April 23, 2017: Concert code has been failing when Chris Lemler makes the ninth turn in a concert. You may have noticed two strange things happening lately: Chris's overtime concerts spawning 2-3 extra new rounds, or 2-3 identical subscription notifications going out when Chris wins or loses a concert. (I have no idea why it only affects Chris, but I have been able to confirm that the problem originates somewhere in my code; it's not something Chris is doing wrong like double-clicking.) I've made some significant code and database changes to prevent this from happening any further. Hopefully we've seen the last of it.

One side effect of the error is that the numbers of new artist ranks available were incorrect for several players. I have corrected the numbers and added additional code to repair them automatically if they fall out of sync again. (The differences were negligible in my opinion, but I apologize anyway for the discrepancy.) The win/loss/draw values per player already auto-correct themselves if they're wrong.

April 3, 2017: There are a few themes that purposefully exclude play rules that they would otherwise normally include. The text mentioning this used to be scattered in various places and phrased inconsistently. It's now written in one place only, in the modal that spells out the full terms of the rule when you click on the rule for more information.

March 24, 2017: A new play rule, entirely original to this version of Rock Block, has been added. To unlock it, win three concerts daily for three days.

March 20, 2017: Visiting your label now triggers an extra scan for any rules and themes that you have unlocked. (This scan already happens every hour and at the end of each concert, but running an extra scan right before the page displays your rules and themes to you is a good idea.)

Changes to Rock Block are sometimes mentioned on the Funeratic News page instead, when they're part of site-wide alterations.


Artist Promotions

These artists have been promoted to a higher rank within the last six months.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Ten on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Nine on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on July 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on July 8.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on July 8.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on July 7.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on July 7.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on July 7.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on July 5.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on July 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on July 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on July 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on June 30.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 30.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on June 27.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on June 27.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 27.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Nine on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on June 25.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on June 15.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on June 15.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on June 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on June 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on June 9.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on June 4.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on May 27.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on May 22.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on May 22.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on May 22.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on May 22.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Nine on May 13.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on May 13.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on May 13.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on May 13.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on May 13.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on May 6.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on May 6.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on May 6.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on April 29.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on April 29.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on April 29.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on April 28.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on April 28.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on April 28.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on April 26.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on April 26.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on April 26.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on April 23.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on April 21.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Nine on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Eight on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Seven on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Five on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on April 14.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on April 8.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Four on February 24.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Three on February 24.

An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on February 24.


Rules Unlocked

These rules have been unlocked by these players within the last six months, when they accomplished each rule's corresponding achievement.

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on August 14. (Win a concert every day for three weeks.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Erik Bates on August 1. (Have twenty concerts end in a draw.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Elaine Beckland on July 31. (Have twenty concerts end in a draw.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on July 31. (Win a concert every day for a week.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Elaine Beckland on July 25. (Have ten artists in your label.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on July 19. (Discover every artist.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on July 16. (Win five concerts in 24 hours.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Elaine Beckland on July 5. (Discover fifty artists.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Elaine Beckland on June 28. (Win one concert.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on June 27. (Win five concerts with artists promoted mid-concert.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Justin Woods on June 27. (Win five concerts with artists promoted mid-concert.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on June 27. (Win five concerts with artists promoted mid-concert.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Steve West on June 27. (Win five concerts with artists promoted mid-concert.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Chris Lemler on June 25. (Win five consecutive concerts.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Elaine Beckland on May 16. (Join Rock Block.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Aaron Shurtleff on May 13. (Have one artist of each rank in your label.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on May 9. (Win three concerts every day for three days.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on May 7. (Win concerts with all of the other trade rules.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Steve West on March 24. (Win three concerts every day for three days.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on March 20. (Have every artist in your label.)

An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Steve West on March 11. (Have multiple copies of twenty different artists.)


Discussions

Players sometimes talk about the game in Tragic Comedy, the discussion area of Funeratic. The following discussions about Rock Block happened within the last six months:

The Bird's the Word (last comment: July 31, 2017)
"It's my pleasure to announce a simple late-summer tournament for Rock Block, The Bird's the Word. It's a double-round-robin tournament, very similar to last year's..." more…

The Hardest Feat in Rock Block (last comment: March 22, 2017)
"When I designed the new-and-improved Rock Block, I wanted to make most of the feats easy to achieve as long as you kept playing steadily (such as "win 100 concerts"), but I also wanted to make one extra-difficult feat, something for the truly dedicated pl..." more…