Rock Block News
The following list shows all changes made within the last year. All entries are written by Scott Hardie.
June 10, 2018: I have adjusted automatic concerts so that if you're playing with a risk of trade (not the None rule), it will not select exclusive artists from your collection, since you wouldn't have a say in risking them under the specific terms of that concert.
June 9, 2018: When a player claims an exclusive after achieving a rock block, all other copies of the artist are supposed to be destroyed, but a bug allowed those other copies to continue to show up in automatic concerts. I fixed it.
May 9, 2018: I fixed a bug preventing trade concerts from timing out when the winner did not select his/her winnings in time.
May 5, 2018: I fixed a bug in the chart view of Collection Guide that continued to show artists collected after they no longer existed (due to conversions, exclusives, etc).
April 28, 2018: I have revised for clarity some of the text around what happens when 0 artists are available to claim after victory in a trade concert because of unusual conditions, such as one player forfeiting the concert early.
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.
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.
An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Two on July 13.
An Unknown Artist was promoted to Rank Six on June 24.
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 Matthew Preston on April 3. (Be very lucky.)
An Unknown Rule was unlocked by Erik Bates on February 17. (Win a tournament.)
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…