This Space For Rent!

September 11th, 2013

When we launched our Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboard contest earlier this year we knew that it would strike a chord with our players because the grand prize included the ability to spotlight the winner’s band on the Figment home page in grand fashion.  At the time we promised to open the billboard up to all players in due course, and we’re happy to say that time is now!

Did your band or album get pushed out of the “New Stuff” chart by other releases before it charted?  Want to build anticipation with your fan base for an upcoming release by one of your established bands?  Need to get more fans out to your latest tour?

Whether you want to hype a new band, promote your latest album release or draw fans to a concert tour the Figment Billboard offers you the prime real estate to do it!  To find out more, check out the new “Billboard” page here on Figment News.

We just wanted to let you know that we’ve made a change to the Figment G-Base.com Gear Store.  Now you can not only buy the best music gear for your band, but you can sell it too!  That’s right, now you can sell your band’s gear back to the Gear Store.  Why?  The full reason will be revealed over time, but for now suffice to say that it will help you in those cases where you may need the lucre to buy equipment for another one of your bands.

To sell your gear, go to the Figment G-Base.com Gear Store by clicking on the link under the equipment you own on your band page or using the link under your band’s name on the dashboard page.  Once you’re in the Gear Store simply go to the bottom of the page, under the gear for sale, and you’ll see a section of the store where it lists the equipment your band owns.  To the left of each piece of equipment will be a button that says “Sell…” and lists the amount of lucre you’ll receive for selling it back to the store.  Click the button and your account will be credited for the lucre you earned from the sale and a message will appear at the top of the page confirming that you sold that piece of equipment back to the store.

That’s all there is to it, so go ahead, buy and sell to your heart’s content!

Top Band Chart Ch-Ch-Changes

February 13th, 2012

I know that a lot of you have been clamoring for some changes to the Top Bands Chart for some time now, and I’m happy to say we have now obliged. The new Top Bands chart reflects those bands with the greatest album sales over a rolling 1-year period (365 days.)

You’ll notice that we’ve changed the focus of the chart from “fans” to “album sales.” We did this for a couple of reasons. First of all, we wanted the chart to better reflect those bands that are at the top of their game. With “fans” as the metric, you saw little movement, and the chart didn’t really reflect how active a band was within the game. Plus, we felt sales was a better metric given where we hope to move our lucre economy, etc. We also supplied the number of releases those sales were based on. Why? Because we felt it provided some context to that band’s sales figures. Some bands release a lot of albums that don’t sell that much, others release fewer albums but sell a lot. By providing the number of releases we allow you to see more clearly how that band achieved their chart position.  After all, there is more than one way to rise up the charts on Figment, and we didn’t want to diminish either release strategy.

Let us know what you think of the new chart!

Gearing Up!

June 13th, 2011

It’s been a while since we’ve announced a new feature here on the site, but as we await Tad Kubler’s final decision on who will win this year’s Figment Album Cover Design Contest, we thought it was high time we announced not only a few new features, but also a whole new concept.  What’s that you say?  Well, remember our discussions about moving to virtual goods?  The time has come…gone is the Figment Lucre Store and rising from it’s ashes…behold the Figment Gear Store!

 

The Figment Gear Store will feature everything your fake band needs to gear up for the studio and the road.  Whether it’s a ZT Lunchbox Amp, a V-Shaped Guitar or some wheels-of-steel, the Gear Store has it all.

You’ll notice that we’re teaming with GBase.com on the store.  GBase.com is the definitive online source for used, vintage, and new musical instruments and equipment for musicians, collectors, enthusiasts and gear junkies!  If you want to stock up on real instruments to match your virtual ones, GBase.com has you covered.

So, how does it all work?  Well it’s simple, let’s start on your dashboard page where you’ll notice that every band now has another link underneath that says “Buy Gear”.  Just above that link is a list of any gear your band owns.  Of course, right now it says “This band doesn’t own any gear!”  So let’s buy some.  Click on the “Buy Gear” link and it will take you to the Figment Gear Store.  You should see a whole selection of musical equipment ready for purchase, that is unless you don’t have enough lucre to buy any.  If you don’t, there won’t be anything in the store, and depending on how much you do have, you’ll only be shown those pieces of equipment you can afford.  To buy a piece of equipment simply click on the button to the right of the piece of equipment you desire.  That button will have the price in Lucre listed on it.  When you click the button the lucre will automatically be deducted from your account and you’ll see this message at the top of the page.

You can also check the bottom of the page to remind yourself what gear your band already owns.  Any new purchases will immediately be displayed in this area as well.

Once you’ve loaded up on equipment you can either click on your band’s name under the Gear Store header to visit your band page or the dashboard link at the top of the page to return to your dashboard.   On your dashboard page you’ll be able to see the equipment that you bought listed to the right of your band, and on your band page you’ll see the equipment appear under the section titled “Band Gear”.

 

You’ll notice that we made a few changes to the layout of the band pages as well based on the feedback you’ve provided.  We’ve concentrated the primary info on your band – your Fans, Bio, Gear and Albums/EPs  – down the main right-hand column of the page with sections clearly marked with identifying headers.  From now on your band’s fans will be listed at the top of the page.  In the header you can see the total number of fans your band has and 13 randomly selected fan icons.

If you click on the link below the fan icons you will be able to see all of your band’s fans in the order in which they became fans of your band.

Under the fans section, you’ll see corresponding sections for the Band’s Bio, Gear and Albums/EPs in that order.

For those of you who asked for Band News archive, your requests have been answered.  The left hand column of the page now features, in addition to your band image and shout box, a new “Official Band News” section.

Click on one of the news stories or on the “View all news items” link and you’ll be taken to your band’s news archive that contains every news story you’ve ever published about them.

 

Another improvement that you requested was to have album descriptions allow more text.  Well, we’re happy to announce that we’ve increased the character limit on album descriptions from 500 characters to 2000 characters.  That should give you plenty of room to say thanks to all of us here at Figment!

We’re very excited about the launch of the Figment Gear Store, the new band page layout and the addition of the Official Band News archive, so we hope you are too!  The Gear Store is just the first step in our plans to improve the Figment virtual economy and better enhance the overall Figment game experience.   We are looking forward to rolling out more features related to it in the future, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, please refrain from creating any equipment, equipment companies, etc. using Figment band pages.  If you do we will ban them and ask you to delete them.  We are looking into the best way to handle the creation and sales of custom and “endorsed” equipment by Figment players going forward, but until we announce those features please do not create any equipment related figments.

Thanks for all of your feedback over the past year, as you can see it does factor into our plans for the site.  We hope you enjoy the Gear Store and new band page features.  Now go gear up!

 

Merry Christmas from Figment!

December 22nd, 2010

Merry Christmas!!!  We hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday!  As a little present Larry and I decided to give you something you’ve had on your list for a while now – more room to talk up your bands!  That’s right, we’ve increased the band bio box from 5,000 characters to 10,000 characters, the shout boxes from 140 to the aptly numbered 420, and your band news from 500 to 1,000.  So enjoy the holidays and “write” us a ton of band thank you notes!

Dashboard Changes

April 8th, 2010

For those of you who haven’t already noticed, we made a change to your dashboard page that you’ll see the next time you log in to Figment.  Gone is the old Fan Interaction List, and in it’s place are two new lists – “What’s Happening With Your Bands” and the “Last Five Things Your Friends Did”.

We made this change in response to your requests to have a better way to track the interaction with only your bands.  As you know the old Fan Interaction list showed not only activity with your bands, but also the activity of any player whose band you had become a fan of on Figment.  Due to the large amount of activity on the site this often pushed activity with your bands down the list and it was hard for you to know who or how someone had interacted with a band you created.  Thus the new “What’s Happening With My Bands” list.  The title says it all.

The new “Last Five Things Your Friends Did” list will provide you with information on the activity of those players whose band’s you have become a fan of, but on a more immediate basis.  After all if you want to find out more about what bands they’re buying/listening to you can always visit their profile page where a list of the last 10 things they’ve done on the site is displayed.

We think these two lists will better help you track the progress of your own bands while still providing you with some insight on what your favorite bands are up to on Figment.  We hope you like the change and look forward to any feedback you have on it.

Bigger Is Better!

August 18th, 2009

EA Enlarged

When we started polling people for feedback using our UserVoice feedback tab a few months back, one of the improvements that was suggested and got a lot of positive feedback was the ability to enlarge album covers so that you could see them better.  Well thanks to Larry, we just pushed that feature live today!  So find your favorite album, click on the album cover and voila it’s larger!  Cuz everyone know’s bigger is better!

Let us know what you think and while you’re at it enlarge these classics!

The Bleatles “Abbey Fold”

Fustercluck “Hey, Lady!  Ya Dropped Your Kid”

Eccentric Arcade “Machines Again”

Fait Accompli “Malevolence”

Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls “Seizure Salad”

Crimson Eye “Warmonger” (where you can finally see the guy in the tank)

The Administration “Disinfotainment”

Pastor of Muppets “Havin’ Fun with Pastor of Muppets”

Hot Albums Chart

July 3rd, 2009

Notice a change on our home page?  We’ve been planning to update our charts for some time and based on the feedback you’ve provided it was something you valued as well.  Well, we just updated the charts by getting rid of the Top Albums Chart and replacing it with the Hot Albums Chart which shows the albums with the most sales and listens in the last 30 days.  This way you’ll be looking at new albums that are rising up the charts as well as albums that have legs and continue to sell well.  So take a look and let us know what you think.   Larry worked really hard on this new chart, so take a moment and leave a comment or click on the User Voice feedback tab on the site to register your thoughts – we’d love to hear them.

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Did your read our latest newsletter?  If you did, you know that we were set  to launch a new feature on Figment real soon.  Well, soon…is now!  We just launched our new Figment Merch Store! If you’ve ever wanted to take your fake band to the next level, now you can by creating a custom tour shirt for them!

A big part of the fun of creating a fake band is being able to share your band with friends and strangers alike.  What’s one of the best ways to do this?  Merch baby Merch!  There’s nothing better than wearing a t-shirt with your fake band on it and having a complete stranger stop you to ask where you saw the band.  Now that’s bringing your band to life!

It’s that ability to make your fake band come alive that led us to create a store where you could create custom apparel and do it on a one-off basis.  To do this we teamed with Spreadshirt to create our new Figment Merch Store where you can create a custom tour shirt for any of the bands or albums you’ve created.  Spreadshirt’s Designer let’s you personalize over 100 different articles of clothing with images (either the ones we have permanently added to our store or whatever design you’d like to upload) and/or text to create your band merch!

For those band’s who we think create images that a lot of people will be interested in wearing we’ll be awarding a special merch icon and lucre reward in return for placing their design in the shop.  We’ve already awarded this honor to Darkling, The Bleatles and a few other bands.  So be on the lookout for those bands that win this special award!

In order to create the best shirt possible  we suggest you read Spreadshirt’s info on how to best use their Designer.  Once you have, we hope you’ll take the time to create some merch for your band!

We can’t wait to see people walking down the street wearing your band’s merch – so make it work!

Are You On the List?

January 9th, 2009

Now that Christmas is over Santa may be done checking his list, but you shouldn’t be done checking your’s!  What am I talking about?  The Fan Interaction list on your Figment dashboard page.

You may have noticed the list when it first popped up on your dashboard page late last year.  The early version contained a list of only those fans who interacted with band’s you created, but just before year’s end we updated the list to include any fan interaction that occurred with a band you are a fan of as well.  As a result of that change you can now see ALL of the activity that occurs with your favorite bands including your own.

The list may go through one more change before long, as we’re contemplating breaking the list into two separate lists with tabs that allow you to access both.

We’d love to hear what you think of the list so leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts.