Some of you may be asking, "What's with the absence of posts on The SFC Blog?" You may think it has something to do with major projects in the way, but that's NOT the main reason. It's actually a bit of a serious reason which we'll get into later. Despite that it's the first post on this blog in a while, unfortunately, this may be the last one for this blog, which we'll get into later. For now, here are a couple of major announcements:
The SFC Site has been updated to version 2.1! Ever since The SFC Site 2 got released to the public a couple months ago, you guys gave us great feedback, and it made us continue to develop this version of the site you currently love. Today, we are updating it to 2.1, with some great changes we think you'll like:
The SFC Site Version 2.1 (Released on April 7th, 2017)
- Added SFC Live Discord BETA Chatroom into the SFC Live page
- Added the Polls into the SFC Live page from The SFC Blog
- Added a new Site Info page on the More section
- Added SoundCloud to the Social Bar
- Changed Myriad Pro Font to Raleway on some pages
- Other improvements and bug fixes
As you would expect, the polls are NO longer on The SFC Blog (they are now on the SFC Live page), alongside any new SFC Site Changelogs; they will be available only on The SFC Site from now on, under the new "Site Info" page in the More section of our website. And yes, we are NOW on SoundCloud, which replaces our former Vimeo space.
Follow us on SoundCloud today:
2. Technology Showdown, RoadRailer Simulations, and Railfan Central Updates!
Thought it would be cool to incorporate 3 announcements in one major one! First up, Technology Showdown: The Prologue is back in production, and we are planning to release an early teaser on Youtube later in April. We know you guys have been waiting patiently for a new Technology Showdown episode, and we promise you, the wait will be worth it!
For RoadRailer Simulations, we are planning on redesigning the main site, as "The RRS Site 2.0", which will introduce a whole new way to publish your TS fan content and make mod installation quick and easy for others, called the Fan Library. Multiple Train Simulator scenarios for the Bergen Line (Croxton Ordinary) are also in the works, including a scenario loosely based on Metro-North/NJ Transit operations from Port Jervis to Hoboken.
Lastly, the long-awaited Railfan Central website update (version 6) is in the works, with a redesigned Penn Central and Pennsylvania Railroad Stock Gallery to match with the New York Central and New Haven ones! We're hoping to get it out by late April/early May if all goes well.
3. SFC Live Expansion!
For this third and final major announcement, is related to SFC Live. For those who don't know, SFC Live is our live gaming show that airs on Saturday nights at 7PM Eastern, where we play games like Train Simulator, Rocket League, Marble Blast Platinum, and even QUIPLASH! We also have our own trivia game, SFC Live Trivia, where you answer questions for points that will go on our leaderboard, where the points will be counted up at the end of the game, and the winner receives a special prize!
For this week's SFC Live (April 8th), we are expanding it with a new Discord BETA chatroom, which will be opening 15 minutes before the main show starts. Along with that, we also have the polls now available, as well as gaming stuff, like Quiplash, and Train Simulator: Workshop Mania. You do not want to miss this, so please make sure to tune in for some entertainment!
Alrighty, so now that I've explained the announcements for this week, to conclude this final post, here is the sad news:
Due to low viewership, WordPress security flaws, and migration to Backstage & Newsletter and our social media pages for announcements like this, The SFC Blog will be ceasing operations on May 20th, 2017 following the next major SFC Site update, which will be coming out on the same day. I know it's a shame that it has to go, but it's about time we move on.
So what's going to happen to the content from The SFC Blog after the Blog itself shuts down? Well, here's what's gonna happen:
- All SFC Site update posts will be available to The SFC Site 2 under Site Info, available on the More section of our website.
- Any other new updates, such as Technology Showdown and Youtube Channel updates, will be available on Backstage & Newsletter and our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Steam), so make sure you follow us there for more updates like this that were formerly on The SFC Blog.
- Our Polls have been relocated to the SFC Live page on our website, under the "Schedule & Polls" tab.
As of right now, The SFC Blog will no longer be maintained by us anymore, but you can still view the blog and its archived posts, up until the shutdown date.
Overall, lots of new things coming to The SFC Group, and it's just the beginning of a massive expansion that will change overtime and will make your SFC fan experience better! Even though The SFC Blog is going away, all major updates will be posted on our social media pages, so like I said, make sure you follow us there to keep updated!
So for the last time on this blog, I will see you in the not-too-distant future.
- Sage from The SFC Group