Dear Figment community:

After five and a half years, it’s time for a change.  Figment the game is going to be shutting down.  Sad?  A bit, but exciting at the same time, because with every ending a new beginning presents itself.  Over the past five and half years we’ve all contributed to building a community of people who connected over a common love of music and the art that conveys that music.  It’s a community that we’re very proud to have helped create and one that we believe is worth preserving.

Our community is a small one, but an incredibly devoted one.  A place where we’ve seen friendships grow and a sense of community in the truest sense develop.  Our community is one that supports musical expression through design, and is one that is not only an outlet for but an extension of our love for music.

We’d like to take that idea and expand on it.  We believe that the core value of Figment is our community’s love of music, both real and imagined.  So why not allow you to design artwork – album covers, flyers, billboards, etc. – without being constrained by our current game’s fake environment.  Why not also allow you to share the music that inspired your designs – whether they’re fake or real.  To do this we’ll be creating a site that’s not a game per se, although it will include some aspects of gamification, but rather a place where you can share your real and fake designs, and talk about them with other members of the community we’ve all created.

Do you know of a local band that you’d love others to hear?
Create some artwork for them and post it or share their music with the community and challenge them to create artwork for it.

Do you love a new song by your favorite artist?
Why not create a piece of art that expresses that – an album cover, a flyer, anything.

Have an idea for a band that doesn’t exist and want to see if others like it?
Create a fake band just like you’ve done in the past and share it with the community.  Who knows, maybe we can even get some of the more musical members of our community to bring that fake band to life.

And that leads us to the question – why are we shutting down Figment?  Well, quite simply, because it’s become more of a deterrent to our growth as a community than a help.  When we launched Figment in 2008 social gaming was in its infancy and there certainly weren’t any games sites out there trying to tackle what we at Figment set out to do.  As a result, we had to build our own infrastructure, create our own community and do it all on a shoestring budget.  We accomplished all of those things albeit with some fits and starts, but unfortunately the costs were so high that it left little to further develop the game in a way that would make it more self-sustaining.  As our costs have eaten into our funding our ability to attract and keep new players has shrunk, and so the game itself has become an obstacle to the growth of the community.  And it’s the community that we believe is Figment’s legacy, something we can build on as a group and in doing create something new that furthers our collective love of music and design.

So while the game as you’ve known is ending, we hope you’ll embrace our enthusiasm for this new beginning and help us to create a better site for music inspired design.  For those of you wondering what will happen to your “figments”, please don’t worry they AREN’T going to disappear from the web.  In early December we’ll be taking the game site down and transitioning it’s vast library of bands to a read-only site.  This may take a month or so, but rest assured that you’re “figments” will live on.

So when will the new community launch?  Well that’s still being determined, but hopefully as soon as possible.  We’d like you to be involved in the process, so we’ll keep you posted and invite you to join as soon as we can.  We hope you’ll continue to play in our sandbox!

Thanks for being such loyal and incredibly creative members of the Figment community.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

Regards,

Eric and Larry

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 21st, 2012

From all of us here at Figment we’d like to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.  We feel especially thankful for all that we have following the devastating weeks that have followed Hurricane Sandy’s arrival in our area, and we want to thank you for keeping the site humming with activity even while we were dealing with its aftermath.  We’re looking forward to a great end to 2012, so thanks to all of you!  Happy Thanksgiving Figmentians!

John Clayton Rocks

September 7th, 2012

If you haven’t seen this new “This Is ESPN” commercial, you need to watch it now!

Rock God Revisited

March 6th, 2012

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the latest Apple iPhone 4S commercial where the kid asks the Siri feature to, among other things, call him a rock god. Well, Matt Binder decided to put his own spin on the commercial on FunnyorDie.com. Enjoy!

Douchebag Siri: the Fixed Apple iPhone Rock God Commercial – watch more funny videos

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2011

 

All of us here at Figment want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  I know some of you may not celebrate Thanksgiving, but of all the holidays we celebrate here in the States it’s the one I think really applies to everyone.  You don’t have to be American to celebrate Thanksgiving.  It’s all about family and giving thanks for what you have.  We’re certainly thankful for everything we have and that includes your support over the past few years.  We consider all of you part of our Figment family, so thanks and have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Vegan Black Metal Chef

June 30th, 2011

Figment player shaveblog sent me this video.  It rocks…pun intended.  Enjoy!

2011 Summer Tour Primer!

May 17th, 2011

Summer is right around the corner and the summer tour schedule is already filling up fast!  Whether you’re a fan of metal, horror punk, psychedelic jam bands or just plain good old fashioned rock n’ roll, the summer of 2011 is packed with a wide variety of live music options.  Here are a few of the choice tours and music festivals to consider:

Rituals Across Europe Tour:  Poison Throne and Slutwitch will kick off the summer tour season with a co-headlining tour that will also feature Medieval Casket in the warm-up slot.  Look for these Grindcore/Black Metal newbies to tear it up on stages across Europe in May and June.

Something Wicked Festival 2011:  Everyone from Werewolf Concerto, who will headline the main stage, to Lucifer and The Long Pigs, Sleeping Through The Apocalypse, Suicide By Papercut, Hey, Irene and Mortimer C. Klaxton and his Big Damn Steam Band will be in Leeds, UK on June 1st to kick off a summer of Something Wicked Festivals.

Antigoon Open Air II:   On June 3rd Antwerpen, Belgium will once again be the site of the second Antigoon Open Air Festival bringing metal bands as diverse as The Forgotten Falling and Vengeance Burns Eternal to the Main Stage and up and comers like Archers Storm, Destroyah, Steel Beneath Flesh and Buried in Black to the Second and Underground stages.

A Plague Upon Your House World Tour 2011:  German goth metal titans ZV and chart-topping Plague Rockers Janissary hit the road together on the North American leg of their World Tour.

Something Wicked U.S.A. Festival 2011:  The U.S. version of Something Wicked hits American shores on June 18th in Austin, TX and with Stonekrank headlining the main stage along and Cherry Vendetta headlining the 2nd stage it looks to be a great one.  Other featured bands include DeathBreth, Dollhouse in Black, The Night Walkers, Forever Haunted and Nuclear Insanity.

March of the Damned Tour 2011:  Do you like Zombies?  Love horror flicks?  Then this tour is for you as Horror Punks Murder13 bring Teenage Zombies From Mars and Zombies in Brown Sauce out on tour with them this summer.

Second City Jazz & Blues Festival:  Myrinx Records is behind this brand new Jazz & Blues Festival taking part in the City of the Big Shoulders.  Kaliclysm, Malaika, Massey Ferguson’s Stampeding Heard, Joseph Hayworth, The Irish Balloons, Mortimer C. Klaxton & His Big Damn Steam Band, and Grover “Neckbone” Clifton are all on the bill.

Something Wicked Festival Germany:   Can’t get enough of a good thing?  Then visit the Fatherland to take in the German Something Wicked featuring main stage headliners The Forgotten Falling as well as Let’s Not and Say We Did, Gravestompers, Kingslayer, The Angel’s Sin, Medieval Casket, Firecharged!, GothicEvil, Tyrannical Empire, Hope & Honour, and Devil’s Playground among others.

Rumor has it that UncleDuffRecords is also putting together a summer mini-tour.  Although unconfirmed at press time, word on the street is that it will be some sort of traveling festival.

If you’ve got a tour you’d like to announce please let us know about it.  Now go get some tickets!

UPDATE:

These tours were just announced!

Up The Creek:  UncleDuffRecords is indeed putting together a traveling festival, and what a great one it will be.  Zandergriff Miggs & The Parliament of Owls, The Cosmic Stoners, Vorpal Queen, Let’s Not and Say We Did,and Eccentric Arcade will all be travelling “Up The Creek” (the creek being The Mississippi) on a day-glo painted psychedelic paddleboat from New Orleans to St. Paul, stopping at cities along the river to allow each band an opportunity to headline a show from a barge being pulled by the paddleboat.  Got all that?  Good.  Ken Kesey would be proud!

Sparks of Summer Tour 2011:  Stonekrank will once again hit the road for their annual “Sparks of Summer Tour” on June 13th.  They’ll take side project Midnight Cheerleader Rebels out on the road with them, and are currently in talks with several other bands to join the bill.  So find your earplugs this one’s gonna Krank!

Boom Chicka Wah-Wah

March 30th, 2011

Figment player shaveblog sent me this great documentary on the Wah Wah effects pedal.  “Cry Baby:  The Pedal That Rocks The World” is the story of the wah wah effects pedal and is packed with appearances from famous guitarists who have used it over the years.  So take a minute and get a dose of boom chicka wah-wah!

Break Out of the Box!

December 29th, 2010

Hey, I know we’re typically all about fake bands here on Figment, but it’s almost the New Year and we thought why not think a little “outside the box” shall we say.  So sit back and enjoy a little “real music” from javdoc and his band Major Fiasco, as they cover the Alice In Chains classic “Man In The Box”!

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to not only design fake album covers, but the real thing as well?  Then we have a challenge for you.  Norwegian metallers Darkthrone and their British label Peaceville Records are calling on fans and artists to design the covers for the re-release of two of the band’s now classic albums, Ravishing Grimness and Goatlord.

The rules are pretty clear cut – no found images, in fact no “free” images may be used.  All artwork has to be completely created by the designer and only by the designer.  Plus the band doesn’t want to see any photoshop designs or in their words “there’s gonna be a fight.”  So pull out your sketch pencils and paints, it’s time to get your metal on!

Please note that this is not a Figment sanctioned contest, merely one we thought you’d be interested in checking out.

A special thanks to algoreyou for bringing it to our attention.