Wednesday, December 28, 2016

(ARCHIVED) The New Year is Coming!

2016 is coming to a close, and a new year is approaching!

2016 was an incredible year for us: We've started making new content on our Youtube channel and in the process, gained a huge fanbase, with over 250 subscribers as of when I'm writing this post. We've also started working on products from RoadRailer Simulations, with our first Workshop scenarios available soon on the Steam Workshop! Technology Showdown: The Prologue is also being worked on, which is scheduled to be released in mid-2017. I could go on and on, but that's not what we're talking about today.

To wrap up the year, we have released a 1.02 update to The SFC Site 2 Public Beta, also known as the New Years' Update. Here is what has changed:

The SFC Site 2 Public Beta 1.02 (December 28th, 2016)
- RoadRailer Simulations website now accessible with Scenario Workshop and Current Products section
- Changed "Software Room" and "Technology Showdown" logos in the Series page
- Enhanced Downloads page
- Improved SFC Live page (2017 SFC Live Survey available until Jan. 20th)
- Removed "Union and Friends" in the Series page

Check out the new website update when you have the chance:

Also, a little reminder, there will be NO SFC Live on New Years Eve (December 31st), January 7th, and January 14th. SFC Live will be resuming on January 21st, 2017. And since the new year is coming around the corner, we would like to hear your feedback on what new games we should play on SFC Live for 2017, and what you would like to see in our other segments of the live show.

Take our 2017 SFC Live Survey here (ends on January 20th):

Finally, like we said in the beginning, RoadRailer Simulations' products are now in the pipeline! Our first product will be a series of Train Simulator scenarios for the Bergen Line Workshop route, made by Workshop route extraordinaire, Minerman146. Our first scenario is called "NJT Train 1153", and will be released on December 29th, right around the same time as the Croxton Ordinary, which is the Scenario Builder's Edition of the New York Division-Bergen Line Workshop route.

We are giving you a little sneak peek at this new scenario with a little briefing: You are the engineer of NJ Transit(R) Train 1153, which goes from Hoboken, NJ to Suffern, NY. Your power is an ALP-45DP, running in diesel mode. Try to make the schedule! This is based on the real timetable of NJT Train 1153.

Check out RoadRailer Simulations here:

Like we said before when we do these posts: Thanks you for taking the time reading them! And thank you so much guys for supporting our content and we'll have more ready for you next year! We'll also have more updates on our other projects next year, but for now, we'll see you later!

- Sage from The SFC Group

Thursday, December 15, 2016

(ARCHIVED) The 2016 Marble Blast Championship Grand Finale! (STREAM OVER)

*SFC Live is over. The full recording will be up soon on Youtube. Thanks to those who joined our stream!*

This is it guys! The final game of the 2016 Marble Blast Platinum Championships is happening on Saturday, December 17th at 7PM Eastern/6PM Central/12AM UTC! Our two finalists, Artur15141 and hPerks, will go head-to-head in an incredible showdown to not only become the next Marble Blast Platinum Champion, but also win the $20 USD Steam credit!

We will only be playing 7 rounds tonight, but we'll also have our custom gamemodes, Random Kick Mode (every minute a random player will get kicked off the server and will need to rejoin in order to continue earning points) and Classic Mode (all gems equal one point, no gem radar, no blast), along with the final round of the championships being a double point round (get over 100 points to get the double point advantage)! We've picked some great Gem Hunt maps for this game; make sure you're prepared, and we can't wait to see you there on Marble Blast Platinum Online!

To our two finalists: We wish you the best of luck!

Watch our livestreams here:

- Sage from The SFC Group

Friday, December 9, 2016

(ARCHIVED) The SFC Site 2 - What You'll Need To Know

UPDATE: We have released a quick Public Beta 1.01 patch to fix some issues with the Mobile Site and the Music page.

The SFC Site 2 has been officially released in Public Beta form, and is a replacement for The SFC Site 1.x releases, which have been with us since 2013. Now you might ask to yourself, what do I need to know about this new website release? Here are some of the questions you might ask below:

What is The SFC Site 2?
The SFC Site 2 is the second major release of The SFC Site, which was in development since the Summer of 2016. The Public Beta is available today, and is a replacement for The SFC Site 1.x releases, which have been with us since 2013.

What's new in this release?
The SFC Site 2 is the biggest website update we've ever done. There are so many new features compared to the 1.x releases, but I'll give you a rundown:

The SFC Site Version 2.0 (Public Beta) Changelog:
- Redesigned Homepage with a new, colorful flat look
- Redesigned Series page with our content separated into three categories: Tech, Gaming, and Entertainment
- Completely redesigned (from the ground up) SFC Site Mobile 2 (currently Under Construction)
- Added a dedicated SFC Live page with an embedded IRC chatroom
- Added the Technology Showdown OST in the Music Downloads page
- Added a new "Forest in the Distance" wallpaper in the Wallpaper Downloads page
- Added The SFC Archives, our content dating back to the past, in the Downloads section
- Added Twitter to the Social bar
- Revamped Backstage & Newsletter, Video Requests, and Contact Email system
- Updated the Backstage & Newsletter Registration page with reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification
- Updated the Contact Us page with reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification and the Contact Us
Rules & Regulations page removal
- Updated the Video Requests page with the ability to request projects and reCAPTCHA 2.0 Verification
- Enhanced Donate page
- Enhanced About Us page
- Enhanced Tech Selections of the Week page with images and enhanced Apple Product and Software Generator
- A bunch of other improvements
- A bunch of major and minor bugs fixed

What's new from the previous developer release?
We've been offering developer releases of The SFC Site 2 through our free e-mail service, Backstage & Newsletter. The latest one we offered was 2.0 Beta 4.1 (2.0b4.1). Here's what's new from the previous private Beta release:

The SFC Site Version 2.0 Public Beta Changelog (compared to 2.0b4.1):
- Added The SFC Archives, our content dating back to the past, in the Downloads section
- Added Twitter to the Social bar
- Added two pieces of music from the Technology Showdown OST: Sneaking into Headquarters and Tux's Ringtone
- Updated the Video Requests page with the ability to request projects
- Enhanced Donate page
- Enhanced About Us page
- Removed Codename Early Access from the Notify Me page (now redirects to Backstage & Newsletter)
- Improvements and bug fixes with the SFC Site Mobile 2
- Improvements and bug fixes with the Series page
- Other improvements and bug fixes

Why is it in Public Beta?
The SFC Site 2 is currently work-in-progress, so there are some parts of the site that are missing or may not work. However, we've tried our best to fix as many bugs as possible, and if you do happen to come across one, please report them here. We will bring updates and patches to the Public Beta whenever possible.

When does The SFC Site 2 get officially released?
The SFC Site 2's final release will be in Spring 2017. Like we said before, we will be offering exclusive development builds of The SFC Site 2 via Backstage & Newsletter, which you can sign up for here, so you can get a exclusive peek at what we're working on and have you report any issues on the website. We would love to get in touch with you on what features should be added and what bugs should be fixed.

What else to do next?
With The SFC Site 2's official Public Beta release, we have updated ALL of our Youtube videos (and removed a bunch that will be put into The SFC Archives later next year) to reflect on the change. We are preparing for an entirely new year (2017), and we want this to be our best year yet! Also, since we've recently reached over 250 subscribers on our Youtube channel, we are now on Twitter, so follow us today if you haven't yet for more SFC updates!

And don't forget about SFC Live! We are streaming our final two streams on December 10th and December 17th respectively, at 7PM EST/6PM CST/12AM UTC. We've already explained details on our 250th Subscriber Post, which you can view on The SFC Blog. Be sure to watch the streams on our new SFC Live page on our website today!

That's all we have for now. Thanks for taking the time to reading this article!

- Sage from The SFC Group

Monday, December 5, 2016

(ARCHIVED) Thank you for 250 Subscribers!

Thank you so much guys and gals for your support on our content! The SFC Group Youtube channel has made to a quarter 1,000 subscribers: 250!

In celebration of this, we have 3 major announcements to cover, also in preparations for the new year:

1. The SFC Group is now on Twitter!
For the first time in The SFC Group's long 3 year history, we have finally completed our social network checklist, with us now being on Twitter! On our new Twitter page, we'll be posting the usual stuff we put up on our other social networks: New videos, new website updates, livestream notifications, the works. If you would like to stay up-to-date with us, follow us on Twitter today!

Follow us on Twitter:

2. The Revenge of Train Simulator Month has been announced for February and March of 2017!
Train Simulator Month is coming back for the second time in 2017! In time for Train Sim World's eventual release, we will be doing Train Simulator let's plays, DLC showcases, editorials, and more from February to March 2017! We are also bringing back our SFC Plays Train Simulator let's play series, along with our Workshop Mania series, which will be on SFC Live later next year! We're also announcing some new Train Simulator freeware and payware add-ons next year as well, so stay tuned for those! Also, as part of this tradition, Union and the gang (from the upcoming cartoon series Union and Friends) are coming back during Train Sim Month as well! More details will be revealed this week on SFC Live, as well as early next year.

3. The Marble Blast Platinum Championship Finals!
The championship is ending soon, and boy do we have a lot to offer! We will be streaming the final two SFC Live episodes on December 10th and the 17th respectively, with the final two Marble Blast Platinum Championship games!

Game 9 (December 10th at 7PM Eastern) will be a double point game (with 10 Gem Hunt rounds), where if a player earns more than or equal to 100 points in one round, that player will get double the round points to be put on the MBP Championship Leaderboard! (link to the leaderboard is below post)

Game 10 (December 17th at 7PM Easern) will be the last game of the 2016 MBP Championships (with 7 rounds) and the final SFC Live stream for 2016! We will be giving away fabulous prizes to the Top 3 winners:

- 1st Place Winner will receive $20 in Steam credit and a Gold Winner Certificate for you to print and/or share with the world.

- 2nd Place Winner will receive a Silver Winner Certificate for you to print and/or share with the world.

- 3rd Place Winner will receive a Bronze Winner Certificate for you to print and/or share with the world.

Our Top 3 Players currently are:

Artur15141 with 3988 game points
hPerks with 2018 game points
Rozi with 1291 game points

Although other players can still participiate in the rounds to get on the leaderboard as well as have fun!

And to the Top 3 players: We wish you the best of luck, and make sure you're there to compete and win!

2016 Marble Blast Platinum Championships Leaderboard:

Watch our livestreams on Saturday Nights at 7PM Eastern:

- Sage from The SFC Group