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FunTrackers Easter Special 2016 - Finished!
News published by Marcel (03.04.2016, 17:35)
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» FunTrackers Easter Special 2016 - Finished!

And there the week already past since I started the Easter special. As every year, the progress will be locked, and I will reveal the locations of all the egg pieces.

In this special, each egg had its "criterion" with which its pieces have been hidden. When knowing this criterion, finding the remaining pieces was easier. Or at least it was planned to be Biggrin This special was also the first one, where you could receive hints to said criteria of the eggs: When messaging Psyduck with a prive message naming one of the TM environments, he will respond with saying what the egg is about. This hint may not always be helpful, but Psyduck tried his best Tongue

So let's start with all the pieces:

[Image: bay.png]Bay Egg:
Psyduck's hint: I heard the Bay egg pieces like the exchange market. Maybe they want to get swapped with something else?
Criterion: All egg pieces were hidden in the FT eXchange part of the page.
  • Right in the search box of FTX.
  • CLicking the "Reverse" button also reverses the color of the egg, giving you the second part of it Biggrin


[Image: canyon.png]Canyon Egg:
Psyduck's hint: The Canyon egg pieces seem to be very interested into the avatars of the user. Or maybe they aren't.
Criterion: All egg pieces replaced an avatar on certain pages.
  • Replaced the avatar on the User CP summary page.
  • Replaced the avatar in Psyduck's profile.
  • Replaced the avatar in your own profile.


[Image: coast.png]Coast Egg:
Psyduck's hint: Gravity sometimes is huge and seems to affect the Coast egg pieces the most.
Criterion: All egg pieces are placed in the bottom right corner of certain pages.
  • View any forum (not the forum index).
  • View any thread.
  • On the help pages.
  • On the forum search page.
  • On the rules page.


[Image: desert.png]Desert Egg:
Psyduck's hint: I saw a Desert egg piece removing another image and taking its place. But maybe it was only my imagination.
Criterion: All egg pieces replaced another image somewhere on the page.
  • Forum index: Replaced the icon of "Who's online".
  • Clanpage index: Replaced the news icon (for the first 60 seconds after page load).
  • Any forum: Replaced the thread icon of hot and locked threads.
  • User CP: Replaced the icon of read PMs.


[Image: island.png]Island Egg:
Psyduck's hint: When I saw the Island egg pieces, they seemed quite busy. So maybe they won't have the full day waiting for you?
Criterion: All egg pieces appeared in the "Who's online" box on the clanpage index, but only to certain times. The order repeated after 4 hours, so staying online for 4 hours will reveal all pieces to you (assumed you did not miss one Biggrin). So in the following list, e.g. "1:15" is read as "1:15, 5:15, 9:15, and so on". Times are UTC+2 (CEST), but may be off 1 hour as I am not sure what time the server actually uses ^^
  • 1:05-1:10, 2:05-2:10, 3:05-3:10, 4:05-4:10 (5 minutes every hour)
  • 1:35-1:45, 2:25-2:35, 3:15-3:25 (10 minutes in every but one hour)
  • 2:45-2:55, 3:35-3:45 (15 minutes every other hour)
  • 4:30-4:59 (30 minutes once in the 4 hour interval)


[Image: rally.png]Rally Egg:
Psyduck's hint: "God does not play dice!" ("Gott würfelt nicht!") was once said by Albert Einstein. But it seems that the Rally egg pieces like the idea of pure randomness.
Criterion: All egg pieces appear with a probability of 3.33% in the left menu at the same possition, adding up to around 10% chance of seeing one of the pieces. So reloading the page will sooner or later reveal all pieces.
  • Randomly with 3.33% propability.
  • Randomly with 3.33% propability.
  • Randomly with 3.33% propability.


[Image: snow.png]Snow Egg:
Psyduck's hint: The User control panel has a large number of options. I think I saw one of the Snow egg pieces running across them.
Criterion: All egg pieces are in the menu of the User CP as "Register Egg Piece", but depending on which page of the User CP you are, another piece is shown. Clicking through all pages of the User CP will give you all pieces.
  • User CP summary.
  • All the PM related sub pages.
  • "Edit profile" and "Edit options" and their sub pages.
  • First half of the "Miscellaneous" group, including group management, buddy lists and attachments.
  • Second half of the Miscellaneous group, including drafts and subscriptions.


[Image: stadium.png]Stadium Egg:
Psyduck's hint: At the most prominent place, it seems to be impossible to hide where the Stadium pieces took their places. Or are you still missing some of them?
Criterion: All egg pieces are in the Easter special logo in the header, one piece for each theme of the clanpage. Rotating through all themes (in the User CP options) will give you all 9 pieces.
  • Rotate through all themes to get all 9 pieces. Tongue


[Image: valley.png]Valley Egg:
Psyduck's hint: Having several options is always an important thing throughout the page. There are times, when new options get added.
Criterion: All egg pieces added a new option somewhere on the page to integrate better into the page.
  • In any thread: At the bottom, below the options like "Print thread", naming itself "Add Easter Egg Piece".
  • In the forum statistics.
  • When creating a new thread or post, in the list of available icons.


[Image: lagoon.png]Lagoon Master Egg:
This year there was again a Master egg. With TrackMania Turbo released only for a few days, it was natural to take this environment for the Master egg, adding a purple-ish egg to the collection.
Criterion: All egg pieces have the word "lagoon" involved in any form.
  • Send a private message with "lagoon" to Psyduck. Instead of a hint, he complains a bit, and give you the first piece of the Lagoon Master Egg.
  • Search for "lagoon" in the forum search. The egg will replace the Coast piece on the result page.
  • This is the Master piece of the Master egg. Throw away everything else, as this is the hardest piece in this year's special.
    But Mandark shows, that it is not an impossible egg: He ignored all common sense, faced all the danger himself, and entered http://www.funtrackers.net/lagoon in the address bar of his browser. And him alone was shown the last of the Lagoon Master Egg pieces.


Trivia:
  • Messaging Psyduck with "Cryo" will let Psyduck respond with "The eggs were expensive enough. As we are a TrackMania clan and no ShootMania clan, I did not order a Storm and a Cryo egg this year.", confirming that there is no Cryo Egg.
  • Messaging Psyduck with "Storm" will let Psyduck respond with the same Cryo message, as of copy-and-paste mistake. It was planned to replace the environment with "Storm", having hiom confirm that there is also no Storm egg. I saw this error only few minutes ago Biggrin
  • As already said, this was the first time where Psyduck actually gives hints to the eggs. I planned this for some years now, but I am always unsure in how much information should be revealed to keep the Easter special a challenge. This was a first test :B

So now let's look on the results of this years special:

Congratulation to:
Cupnadeo lolig for only having the Master piece of the Master Lagoon Egg missing!
Cupgold Sriver with only 1 piece missing next to the Master Lagoon piece!
Cupsilver Rast with only 2 pieces missing next to the Master Lagoon piece!
Cupbronze Osaka-san with only 3 pieces missing next to the Lagoon Master piece!

I also want to mention Mandark again, who was the only one able to find the Lagoon Master piece Wink2

And of course thank you all for participating in the easter special Thumbsup



Ordering the titanium eggs was not a good idea. What to do? I am out of ideas... Psyduck
6 Comments
(03.04.2016, 17:59)
Newest Comment by Sriver
Damn! I tried all sorts of different URLs (like lagoon.funtrackers.net or funtrackers.net/easter), but apparently missed the most obvious one. ^^

Congrats lolig for 1st place! Thumbsup

FunTrackers Easter Special 2016 - Let the search begin!
News published by Marcel (27.03.2016, 11:26)
FT Easter Special
» FunTrackers Easter Special 2016

Some weeks ago...

Easter special is coming closer, and I must try everything to not embarrass myself -- again. So to avoid another set of broken eggs, this time I'll order the Titanium eggs. Unbreakable -- Says the manufacturer. The only thing is that they are quite expensive, so I may not even have the money to buy a birthday cake this year...

So the days pass, and Psyduck gets a bit nervous if they arrive in time. And then, on Easter sunday, he sees a nicely wrapped package in the entrance.

Ah, this must be it. Took long enough, but the eggs finally arrived. Time is running low, so I have to quickly hide them.

What th-?


As he opened the package, all the eggs flew out in all directions of the building. At the bottom of the package, Psyduck finds a small note:

"Congratulations for purchasing a set of the latest generation of the Titanium Eggs. Coming now with a brand new and innovative self-hiding feature directly to you!"

Below that, there was a small handwritten note:

"Sorry, there was a problem during the production. Please assemble the eggs yourself. Thank you for your consideration."

Such misfortune can only happen to me. Production error having the eggs in pieces (again), and a stupid new feature nobody needs. At least I don't have to hide them myself now, so I can change all the clocks to summertime. Quaaak.



So as every year, there is a new Easter special taking place the next 7 days. This time, the eggs are not broken, but have been produced in pieces, so... in the end, the same thing as the last years Biggrin

Rules:
  • Find all the egg pieces. To mark an egg piece as found, simply click on it: You will get redirected to a script listing the progress of your eggs.
  • The eggs pieces are hidden on the Clanpage only. You do not require any TrackMania account or game to find all eggs, yet you must be registered to the forums to get to all locations.
  • The egg pieces all appear in their full shape, having the missing part of the egg replaced with the white one. Yet they must not appear in their full size, so keep your eyes open.
  • Completely white eggs or eggs from the last specials are not part of the hidden eggs, and do not count.
  • All locations are fair: You do not have to browse through all threads or all pages of anything.
  • Please be fair, too: Do neither tell any of the eggs' locations, nor do ask for any of them.

Are you ready?! May the egg search -- BEGIN!! Biggrin

FT»Marcel
7 Comments
(27.03.2016, 11:40)
Newest Comment by Joyeux
Thanks for doing such an awesome thing, once again!

FunTrackers Easter Speical 2015 - Finished!
News published by Marcel (12.04.2015, 11:14)
FT Easter Special
» FunTrackers Easter Speical 2015 - Finished!

So onme week passed since the easter special launched, and this means that I now will reveal the locations of all the pieces.

This time, the special was a little bit demotivational. If you do not looked through Psyduck and his PM responses, you were not able to finish any of the eggs. I will keep this in mind for coming specials to not give Psyduck so many pieces again Biggrin



The egg pieces can be grouped into the following categories:
  • Pieces retrieved from Psyduck
    In the last year, you were able to get a piece from Psyduck by writing "Storm" in a PM. This year, Psyduck again had a piece -- of every single egg. So if you did not contact Psyduck with an environment in the PM, you were not able to complete any of the eggs.
  • Piece changing with the theme
    In the last year, the piece (or egg) in the top right logo changed with the theme of the forum. But this year, there is only a Storm piece, not part of any of the themes. Yet, there is still one location, were a total of 9 pieces were hidden: Right within the news articles of the easter specials Biggrin Change the theme and come back to the news, and so will see a different piece.
  • Randomly hidden pieces
    These are the pieces which you can find by randomly clicking through the page, as they will appear on certain pages mostly on the bottom of the page, or replacing some other images.
  • Cryo Master Egg
    As in previous years, there was a "Master Egg", which was only shown on the easter special page once one of its pieces has been found. If you looked through Psyduck and asked for pieces in all the environments, in the message of the Storm piece he mentioned Cryo as the second environment of ShootMania teased by Nadeo, but without any further information. If you send "cryo" as environment to Psyduck, he gives one of the Master Egg Pieces to you.

With this said, here comes the list of the pieces:

[Image: bay.png]Bay Egg:
  • PM "bay" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Bay theme.
  • Add or edit a comment to a news, in the bottom right corner.


[Image: canyon.png]Canyon Egg:
  • PM "canyon" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Canyon theme.
  • Index page, in the bottom right corner, slightly hidden behind the shoutbox.
  • Memberlist, replacing the avatar of Psyduck.


[Image: coast.png]Coast Egg:
  • PM "coast" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Coast theme.
  • Create a new replay to any thread of the forum.
  • View any thread in the forum, in the bottom right corner.
  • Index page, in the top left below the header image.


[Image: desert.png]Desert Egg:
  • PM "desert" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Desert theme.
  • In the User CP, replacing the own avatar.
  • In the Forum Rules, in the bottom left corner, slightly hidden behind the content box.


[Image: island.png]Island Egg:
  • PM "island" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Island theme.
  • In the Forum Search, in the bottom right corner.


[Image: rally.png]Rally Egg:
  • PM "rally" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Rally theme.
  • In the Forum Statistics, as additional tab called "Egg Pieces".


[Image: snow.png]Snow Egg:
  • PM "snow" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Snow theme.
  • When editing your profile, in a box at the top right, having a link "Redeem free egg piece".
  • On the Forum Index, in the bottom right corner slightly hidden.


[Image: stadium.png]Stadium Egg:
  • PM "stadium" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Stadium theme.
  • Index page, in the "Who's online" box, during the minutes 15 to 29 of each hour.
  • Index page, in the "Who's online" box, during the minutes 45 to 59 of each hour.


[Image: storm.png]Storm Egg:
  • PM "storm" to Psyduck.
  • In the easter special image of the header.
  • In FT eXchange, in the bottom right corner of the page.


[Image: valley.png]Valley Egg:
  • PM "valley" to Psyduck.
  • In the News article with the Valley theme.
  • In the User CP, as additional item in the menu, called "Register Egg Piece".
  • The egg smiley Egg.


[Image: cryo.png]Cryo Master Egg:
  • PM "cryo" to Psyduck.
  • Search for "cryo" in the Foruzm Search, in the bottom right corner of the results page, replacing the island piece.
  • Search for "cryo" on FT eXchange, in the filters box.



Trivia:

If you wondered what my user title "ここにはコードがありません。" says: It's Japanese and translates to "There is no code here.", a hint to last year's special, where one of the codes were hidden in my user title. As another trap, there are a bunch of codes at the top of the source code of each page, yet with another comment on the bottom saying "Did you tried to register the codes from the top of the page? If so, you may have relaized that they are all fake. Sorry Tongue" to fool you once again Biggrin


So let's have a look on the best results of this specials:

Congratulation to:
Cupnadeo Rast for completing all the eggs!
Cupgold Mandark for completing 4 eggs, having only one piece missing in all other eggs!
Cupsilver Adsun for completing 3 eggs, having only one piece missing in all other eggs!
Cupbronze lolig for completing 1 egg, and at least looked through Psyduck's pieces!

I also want to mention Osaka-san, who found all pieces, except those given by Psyduck through the PMs. If you spammed Psyduck more, you would have been able to at least finish all 10 regular eggs Wink2

And of course thank you all for participating in the easter special Thumbsup




Slowly I run out of ideas on how to get the eggs undamaged. Maybe ordering titanium eggs the next time? Then they cannot break...
5 Comments
(12.04.2015, 13:30)
Newest Comment by Rast
Good job guys, I've had a lot of fun and besides - it saved me a lot of time at my grandparents' Biggrin

FunTrackers Easter Special 2015 - Let the Search Begin!
News published by Marcel (05.04.2015, 10:13)
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» FunTrackers Easter Special 2015 - Let the Search Begin!

Few days ago...

I had very bad luck with the eggs the last years. And I have a bad feeling about this year's special, too. I hope the ordered eggs will arrive soon, only few days left until Easter sunday.

Until they arrive, I will continue changing all the old light bulbs, which eat a lot of energy for nothing. Luckily it happened today on the 1st of April, so I was easily able to disguise the outage as april fool.


*Ding Dong*

Ah this must be the package with the eggs. Nice.

Psyduck opens the package to see if the eggs are all right. But they aren't...

Quaaaak, all eggs are broken. How could this happen? Yet there is no time to order new ones, they won't arrive in time. I think the members will have to search for egg pieces again this year.

Let's place the package here in the shelf for now, I have to repair the lights, users seem to get impatient about the situation Biggrin


On the night to Easter sunday, Psyduck returns to the shelf to eventually hide the broken eggs. But...

Gone. They are all gone. Why are they gone? I am sure I put them here. Quaaaak Sad Did somebody find and took them? I can only hope that this person hid the egg pieces in the halls of FT, otherwise we won't have a special this year. Let's pretend I hid them, and hope for the best Biggrin



As a kind of tradition of the FunTrackers, of course there has to be an Easter special this year, too. As last year, the eggs has been split into pieces, and you have to find all the pieces to complete all the eggs.


Rules:
  • Find all the egg pieces. To mark an egg piece as found, simply click on it: You will get redirected to a script listing the progress of your eggs.
  • The eggs pieces are hidden on the Clanpage only. You do not require a TMF or Maniaplanet account to find all eggs, yet you must be registered to the forums to get to all locations.
  • The egg pieces all appear in their full shape, having the missing part of the egg replaced with the white one.
  • Completely white eggs or eggs from the last specials are not part of the hidden eggs, and do not count.
  • All locations are fair: You do not have to browse through all threads or all pages of anything.
  • Please be fair, too: Do neither tell any of the eggs' locations, nor do ask for any of them.


Are you ready? May the search begin! Biggrin

FT»Marcel
3 Comments
(05.04.2015, 11:00)
Newest Comment by kastun
Yeah, every year ist a lot of fun to search the eggs Smile

Eight Years FunTrackers Clan - Happy Birthday!
News published by Marcel (03.03.2015, 23:14)
Eight Years FunTrackers Clan - Happy Birthday!
» Eight Years FunTrackers Clan - Happy Birthday!

The 3rd of March. There may be times where nearly nothing happens on this page, but at least there are few things that are sure to happen. Like this News article, as every year on the 3rd of March. I think I do not have to tell you, what day today is Biggrin

Can you believe it? The clans history already goes back 1000 years -- if you think binary. 8 years... what a long period of time. Sadly, I still did not have a big interest in TrackMania and Maniaplanet at all in the last year (and often not the time to play anything), and so I may not be uptodate with the latest events.


But I have something planned for the next year: I want to create a new design for the clanpage. The current one is nearly as old as the clan itself, and over time got a little bit outdated. New web technologies are available (*cough* HTML5 *cough*), and offer a lot new features to improve the look&feel of the page. Especially responsive designs cought my interest, having always to zoom in on my smartphone when browsing this site Tongue

And so I will try to come back to the page, using it once more as a little playground to try out new technologies. I will not name a date when the design will be finished, but when it is, you can be sure to see it here at first. (I initially planned to already present a first screen today, but as you can see, there is none yet Sad But at least I have a rough idea of what I want the clanpage to look like ^^ ) [And I have to create a new icon layout for the next year's news, as it gets a little cramped on the FT logo with all those candles Teeth ]


So what about you? What did you do during the last year, or what are you planning to do the upcoming one? Write it in the comments below Biggrin


FT»Marcel
2 Comments
(04.03.2015, 22:31)
Newest Comment by Mandark
Happy Birthday to our clan! Maybe when the new environment will be announced there will be more activity on our forums.


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