Rock Block News
The following list shows all changes made within the last year. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.
March 4, 2018: I fixed a bug that erased ownership of the ten artists brought to a concert with the "have multiple copies of twenty different artists" trade rule, if that concert ended in a draw. The data from the concert where it happened should be correct now. (Sorry about that, Steve.)
February 17, 2018: I fixed a bug that briefly declared Steve West the winner of the winter 2018 tournament. The correct winner is Erik Bates. Congrats, Erik!
February 17, 2018: I fixed a bug reported by Matthew Preston (thank you!): In an Overtime concert, when the player has opted to hide previous rounds from view, and when the last turn of the previous round is a new artist that the player has not yet discovered, the player should not discover that artist upon visiting the concert, unless s/he clicks the link to show the hidden previous rounds.
February 13, 2018: I fixed a bug in the Hit Me With Your Best Shot tournament that would have allowed players to keep firing at targets after a champion was declared.
February 11, 2018: I fixed a bug with challenges not timing out correctly when there is a trade rule in effect.
December 30, 2017: I restored the sidebar to some tournament pages including Hit Me with Your Best Shot. It was hidden because some tournaments have huge charts that need to stretch across as much of the screen as possible, but not all tournaments need that much visual space.
December 13, 2017: A bug has been fixed that miscalculated and misreported the final score of Overtime concerts that lasted an even number of rounds. My thanks to Erik Bates for discovering it. I have reviewed all past Overtime concerts and found only one where the wrong number of artists was awarded to the winner, and corrected it. (In that case, the page miscalculated the final score to be 8-2, awarding me all five artists when I should have gotten four. I returned one of the five artists to Steve.)
December 8, 2017: I fixed the timestamps of the "hit by" notices on the "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" tournament page. Thanks for letting me know, Erik.
November 28, 2017: The winter 2018 tournament will begin on Saturday, December 2.
November 25, 2017: Two play rules have been added to the game. The first is an old rule from Classic Rock Block, unlocked when you win more concerts in a month than anyone else. The second is an entirely new rule native to this version of the game, unlocked when you defeat five different opponents in a row. They are both worth the pursuit, as they both add intriguing complexity to the game. (As with nearly every play rule, you can track your progress towards unlocking them in the Rules tab of your label.) Happy hunting!
November 25, 2017: The play rule unlocked by winning three concerts daily for three days has been altered to make it less influential. It tended to take over concerts completely, and needed to be weakened. I'll send more specific info to the players who have unlocked it.
November 23, 2017: I revised the probability of play rules being selected randomly when automatic concerts are generated. Each play rule now has its own individual probability of being selected rather than all having the same probability. Also, the selection of additional play rules grows less likely with each rule selected, so that players who have unlocked a long list of rules won't get an overwhelmingly long (and complicated) list of play rules in most automatic concerts.
November 13, 2017: I fixed another bug with artist biography data not updating automatically.
November 11, 2017: I fixed a bug preventing a few themes from including some of the artists that they were supposed to include.
November 11, 2017: In the Collection Guide, there is now an option for converting artists. If you possess multiple copies of an artist, you can convert one into a new artist of the same rank, but it will cost you ten times that number in new artist ranks. (Example: If you have multiple copies of an R2 artist, you can convert one of them into a new R2 that you haven't collected yet, at a cost of 20 ranks of new artists.)
October 29, 2017: The Overtime play rule is now unlocked by participating in a tournament. Considering that most tournaments use it in every concert and give it away to all participants who don't have it already, this seemed like a natural change to make.
October 8, 2017: Fixed a bug preventing artist biographies from updating automatically in the future.
October 6, 2017: Once you have chosen an opponent in the Start a Concert form, it now shows which themes and rules that person has not played yet.
October 5, 2017: I have reversed the order of past tournaments on the page. "The Bird's the Word" is now complete and all prizes have been issued.
September 30, 2017: The Start a Concert form and the form to accept a challenge no longer show small colored icons. They now spell out the messages in text, like "you have not won a concert in this theme" or "your opponent has not discovered this artist" and so on.
September 24, 2017: The Rock Block Options page has been restored. In addition to the same options that used to be available on your label, and options to hide extra content at the bottom of certain pages, two notable new options have been added:
1) Hide previous rounds from view in Overtime concerts, showing only the latest round. (Thanks for the suggestion, Justin!)
2) Allow trade rules other than None in automatic concerts, risking artists at random.
If you'd like to see other options added to the list, please let me know.
September 17, 2017: The play rule that used to require you to "play Rock Block for 24 consecutive months" now only requires 24 months total.
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.
These artists have been promoted to a higher rank within the last six months.
There have been no recent artist promotions.
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 Erik Bates on February 17. (Win a tournament.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on January 5. (Achieve a rock block in concert.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Matthew Preston on December 18. (Lose twenty concerts.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Matthew Preston on December 1. (Have ten artists in your label.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Matthew Preston on December 1. (Have one artist from each decade in your label.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Matthew Preston on November 30. (Participate in a tournament.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Scott Hardie on November 25. (Win more concerts in a month than anyone else.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Steve West on November 25. (Defeat five different opponents in a row.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Steve West on November 25. (Win more concerts in a month than anyone else.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Erik Bates on October 6. (Have one artist from each decade in your label.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Justin Woods on September 21. (Win one hundred fifty concerts.)
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:
Hit Me with Your Best Shot (last comment: February 17, 2018)
"This Saturday, we'll start playing our winter 2018 tournament in Rock Block! Here's hoping for another great time. There should be around 40-70 concerts, depending on how many people particip..." more…
The Hardest Feat in Rock Block (last comment: November 11, 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…
The Bird's the Word (last comment: October 28, 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…