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Game Rebels | Custom Theme | Feedback?

Discussion in 'Forum Showcase and Critiques' started by JordanH, May 17, 2015.

  1. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    GameRebels (2).png

    The new forum which is now publicly open for anyone to join is based around the gaming niche. Today I mark as the official release :)

    The design was made by PixelExit, which I worked more closely with @Russ to get the design I wanted. Not sure if @Steve F or any other PixelExit member had anything to do with the design or not. Regardless, it looks great!

    Russ was a very pleasant person to work with :) I will probably be going back to him for my other projects for sure.

    So a little bit about our site.
    We are a gaming community that focus' on player interaction and entertainment. We want to help serve and welcome new and experienced gamers in all genres. The gaming niche is so over saturated that I am not looking to become the next big "thing" in gaming communities. Me and my partners are more or less looking for more people to hang out with and play games with and looking to also discuss them among others in a community.

    What makes us so different from the rest?
    We are pretty generic to say the least. Like most gaming forums, we have several dedicated boards to discussing certain aspects of gaming. However there are a couple things that do set us apart.

    Game Shop
    In an attempt to be different from other gaming forums, Game Rebels was the first dedicated gaming forum to introduce a fully automated game shop. You earn points on the forum for doing various tasks such as just participating around the forum like posting. These points can then get you real games from the steam marketplace or gift cards such as Xbox Live and PlayStation Plus subscriptions.

    When you have enough points to get a game, you go to the shop, choose your game, and you will instantly get your item code or game key.

    Everything is 100% legit, and legal. Purchased directly from Steam or the respective copyright holders.

    Because our games can come from steam, or other online stores such as origin, when they have sales, so do we! If you see a game you like that is 90% off in the steam marketplace, chances are it will be 90% off in our shop. Which means you can get a game for making just a few posts!

    Preview (Click to enlarge):

    Game Servers
    We also will be owning and operate several game servers of all kinds ranging from Minecraft, and Battlefield, to Garry's Mod and more. We allow anyone to connect to our servers and play their favourite games free of charge.

    At the moment, the first few servers are still in the initial set up process :)

    I am looking for all feedback in ideas, design, and concept.
    Looking forward to your opinions, both negative and positive!
    Last edited: May 17, 2015

    JABRONI Well-Known Member

  3. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    I added the link to the bottom of the original post :)
  4. KenBrace

    KenBrace Active Member

    Looks pretty slick. I really like the slideshow at the top. It's refreshing to see a unique XF theme. Nice work. :)
    DaniD and JordanH like this.
  5. Summit

    Summit Active Member

    Website seems down for me right now...

    EDIT: Nevermind, looks quite nice :)
  6. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    Thank you :)

    I'm still doing a few minor small tweaks, like node icons and the such, the rest Russ has done a wonderful job!
  7. Optic

    Optic Well-Known Member

    I like the shop idea.

    So members can get Steam games from posting and earning these "Rebellions" points? If so that seems like a great incentive for members to be active!

    I realise you've stated it's automated but have you set any quality guidelines to determine what type of posts are eligible/ineligible to earn points?

    Overall forum layout and colours look pleasing.
  8. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    Yes. Posting does generate points. We plan on having more ways to earn the currency later.

    There is a system in place yes.
    1) Posting in Off topic sections does not generate any points. This is so we don't have to worry about people abusing that section to earn points faster.
    2) Rebellions are given based on the quality of the post. Posts that are just one words / simple sentence (under 10 words) will not generate you any rebellions. Therefore, once you do meet the minimum quality guidelines you get a base amount of points. The more quality the post becomes, the more rebellions you will get for that specific post.

    I am hoping to write up an entire page in the help section describing our system, how to earn the points, quality guidelines, etc.

    Thanks for the feedback :)
  9. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

  10. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    We became an official partner of Green Man Gaming last night!

    Our users can get 20% off games from them now :)
    (Please go to our website to view the code.)

    We do not get anything in return for you using the voucher / coupon code. So you may wish to use it freely to get 20% off on the games you wish to purchase.

    Full announcement
    Green Man Gaming Official Partner | Game Rebels
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  11. Mike Creuzer

    Mike Creuzer Well-Known Member

    Looking good @Russ and @Steve F digging the header.

    @JordanH Will point out that in our navigation add-on, we forgot to include a phrase many versions ago. Go to Phrases, add phrase adnavigation_navitem_find_new_posts_guest and just make it "Find New Posts"
  12. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    Yes, I was going to contact you about this. However, as I am always signed in I never seen it and had forgot about it. Thank you for reminding me.

    And yes, PixelExit has done an amazing job :) I have had nothing but positive feedback.
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  13. STORMS

    STORMS Active Member

    Need some links here :)

    Otherwise, forum looks great. Nice job - Keep it up!
  14. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I love the mascot at the logo, great work with the theme overall.

    I also think the idea of the point incentives to buy games is fantastic, good luck!
  15. vij

    vij Active Member

    Awesome stuff!

    I have a health related forum and looking for some custom work.

    How much did you pay for style customization alone (not including logo)?
    Above $300 or below $300 :) ?
    Last edited: Jul 19, 2015
  16. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    Thanks. yes. Sadly, my home burnt down so I was unable to and update this :( I will get this sorted asap :)

    Thank you. The mascot was the main reason why I pursued the logo. The logo it self I'm not a fan of the font etc. I got a custom designer to design our mascot and could not have been happier with it :)
    We have had nothing but positive feedback regarding the theme so thank you. I'm sure @Russ should feel really proud of his work!
    Yes that is always an added bonus ;) Thanks :)

    The custom design was over $300. If you contact them, I'm sure they might be able to give you a quote.
    Not including the games I purchased to give away for free or to put in our shop, (Which would probably add several hundred to this number) the amount I have spent on the site so far is $2,022.75. I keep track of this stuff :p
  17. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Did you use an existing add-on to award the points?
  18. JordanH

    JordanH Well-Known Member

    Yes I did. The credit system is Audentio's Credits.

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