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Black Friday 2018! 2018-11-22

Last year (like every year) on Black Friday, the number of users logged in to rankade reached its yearly low. We should have seen that coming, really: everybody was out shopping for shoes, or clothes (or maybe new table tennis paddles, boardgames, or billiard gloves to climb their groups' rankings on rankade).

Therefore, just like last year, we chose to have a little Black Friday of our own, for those happy few who dedicate a little of their Friday (on a work break, in the evening, or anytime else) to the best thing in the world: playing... and who, of course, spend a little of their time before, during, and after the match in the best game-side place to be: on rankade.

So let's have our own Black Friday: only for the next 48 hours, everything on sale on rankade is available with an additional discount (up to 60% off their full price for Plus groups, and up to 75% off their full price for Supporter users) - on everything from new upgrades (which you can enable from here), to renewals, to extensions to what you already bought (which you can enable from here).

Assuming you still have some spare change after all that shoe-shopping, of course... and assuming you want to support our project. 😀

Custom subset reloaded 2018-11-17

Welcome back!

We have just released a significant retooling of custom subsets, a Plus-only feature.

From now on, you will be able to create a custom subset even when it contains no match initially (in the earlier version, five matches were the needed minimum), and you can set date limits... in the future! (Great Scott!)

These two changes allow you to open a custom subset before its date interval, which in turn allows us to fulfill a popular request: fully customizable "season" subsets (monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, by actual seasons of the year, by sports season, etc.).

For instance, you can create today a custom subset starting on 2018-12-01 and ending on 2018-12-31 containing all matches for December, which will fill up the subset as you play them.

Moreover, each Plus group can now create a maximum of five custom subsets (instead of four).

Please remember that subsets for:

  • each game,
  • each weight,
  • and each number of factions

are automatically created (with no limits and after the fifth match in the subset for Plus groups, only for the first three subsets and after the twentieth match for Standard groups), as are yearly subsets (for Plus groups only).

Each subset has its own ranking, all stats, facts, badges, activity feeds, and more.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions and feedback, we'll keep listening.
Check back soon, there's more new stuff brewing!

Funny little faces 2018-10-16

Rankade keeps growing. After the significant September upgrades, and while you wait for next month's news, rankade offers you a wider range of writing tools. Starting from today:

  • Group chats support markdown syntax
  • You can use emojis in group chats, match notes, faction name and so on

As we know and appreciate that for some of you this upgrade is much more essential than any technical tinkering or stat-crunching spruce-up (and there's nothing wrong with that - good spot for an emoji right here...), we remind you again that, if you feel like it, you can actively contribute to rankade's development - as stats-and-rankings supporters, as emoji enthusiasts, or as a bit of both (and we could definitely put another emoji here...), by upgrading your group to Plus.

Of course our first emoji-capable update gives us infinite possibilities to dazzle you with our emoticon skills. But, you know what?, call us a bunch of hipsters but we like it old school. A news post about emojis, without emojis? Let's see how it works out.

Happy gaming!

Faster and smoother 2018-09-27

Our major maintenance session, along with some side activities, is now over: our site, webapp and app are fully operational again. If you still have any problems, please report them to us through the contact us page. We'll fix everything as soon as we can.

Rankade has kept all previously implemented features, now running faster and smoother. If you appreciate the new stuff, if you're ready for fall, if your groups keep stringing up matches, if rankade is still a good place for you before, during and after matches, we're very happy about that.

If you upgrade your group to Plus and become active contributors, well, thanks for making us even happier! 😃

Happy gaming!

Major maintenance 2018-09-05

Welcome back!

In the next days we’ll be doing some major maintenance to make rankade faster and more robust. There’s a side effect, though: for a while between the 7th and 9th of September (i.e. from next Friday to Sunday) our webapp and site might be unreachable and the apps might not be operational.

We apologise for the inconvenience, should you encounter any. In that case, please wait a while before entering your weekend matches and then use our backdating feature (just click ‘Set additional options’ while entering matches) to record the correct time and date.

We’ll be back soon and better than ever.

Rankade app update 2018-09-03

Due to a technical update to ensure compatibility with our new server-side infrastructure, starting from 2018.09.09, only version 1.3.3 of both apps (Android and iOS) will be operational; if you have a previous version installed, please upgrade to 1.3.3 within that date. Both apps are always available on Play Store and iTunes.

'Save and add new match' feature 2018-06-14

Thanks to a change in the basic structure, we can now offer to all groups the 'Save and add new match' feature, which was previously a Plus exclusive. Now it'll be much easier and faster to add several matches in a row.

As always, though, we'd really like you to upgrade you group to Plus: that way the matches you add well get priority processing, you will access a vast array of dedicated features, and we will get much needed support for our work and our ability to keep this site up and running with constant improvements.

Happy gaming!

Privacy policy update 2018-05-25

You will likely have heard about General Data Protection Regulation.
To make it easier for you to find out what we do here in regard to GDPR, we've updated our terms and privacy policy, including details about:

  • the types of personal information we collect and use
  • your rights relating to the information we hold about you
  • how we keep your personal information safe

We are not asking to collect more data (as usual, you just need an email to create an account) or use your personal data differently, and you don't need to take any further action to accept the changes. By continuing to use our services on or after May 25, 2018, you agree to the updated terms and privacy policy. If you have any questions about anything covered above, please contact us.

Black Friday? 2018-05-21

What's that you say?
Black Friday is in the fall, in November, and we're in May right now?
Also, today's not Friday?

True.
But we want to celebrate our first anniversary since the launch of the Plus upgrade, so this is our Black Unfriday offer: only today, everything you can buy on rankade is available with an additional discount (up to 60% off their full price for Plus groups, and up to 75% off their full price for Supporter users) - on everything from new upgrades (which you can enable from here), to renewals, to extensions to what you already bought (which you can enable from here).

In one year, the list of new features exclusive to Plus groups has grown quite longer. We keep on working to offer you an ever richer and more complete system, and we keep needing your support for that (if you can spare five minutes, read here: nothing much has changed since we first posted that).

Thanks again to all who support and keep supporting us, thanks to all who're starting today, and see you soon with our next releases.

Happy Black Unfriday!

Stats and facts 2018-04-26

It's done.
After a long process of development, implementation and testing, here comes the new 'Stats and facts' area, a new addition to the lineup of exclusive Plus features.
We're really proud of it.

To access the new area, just click on the red multifunctional floating button (bottom right). After opening the modal window, you'll be able to browse though all five available blocks, each with several items.

These are the stats we implemented:

  • Best/worst stats, including max/min ree in group history, best player/pair by win percentage, wildest mismatch, best/worst matchup for each player.
  • All pair matchup stats, to evaluate the performances of pairs in 2-vs-2 challenges and in matches with teams of several players.
  • Current streak stats for player, matchup, pair, pair matchup.
  • Highest/lowest ree stats for each group member.
  • Last win/loss stats for player, matchup, pair, pair matchup.
  • And more!

All stats are available for all players and for each subset within the group, including yearly subsets, automated weight-based subsets and custom subsets. An example: for a 20-player Table Football group with ten subsets, the 'Stats and facts' window can have over 5,000,000 (yep, that's five million) different outputs, always up-to-date with every match you enter.

All members of the Plus group have unlimited access to these queries.

Moreover, all outputs can be shared on Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, or the group's chat with a single click. A chance you don't want to miss to brag about your high scores and winning streaks, to shake your head in disbelief when you're down in the dumps, to share with your nemesis the challenging nature of your love-hate-win-lose relationship, to take a walk on memory lane and remember the good old days or your old shames, to celebrate the affinities with your best mate or the win you never expected to bag.

And what if you're not in a Plus group?
You can still access the 'Stats and facts' window ant test some of the features. And then... well, the best idea would probably be upgrading your group to Plus, unlock unlimited access for you and all other members and give your much needed contribution to rankade, so we can keep on working and making our system better, adding new features like we just did this time around.

We still need your support, the present and future of rankade depend on you. As always, thanks to all who gave us their kind support.

And, as always, happy gaming!


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