DarcyF1 News

Rebalancing of Collector Cards 4 days

After analysing years of data around collector card hunting and gathering, there are some slight but significant adjustments to the odds that apply to collector cards, prior to new set launches in the coming weeks.

Using Rare cards are the yardstick of 1/100 odds, all other odds have been brought closer to it, relative to their value.
Common cards shift the furthest dropping from 1/2 to 1/3 odds. This reflects the high number of collectors who would rapidly collect the maximum of 9 copies very quickly.
Uncommon cards shift from 1/20 odds to 1/30 odds to increase their value. While common cards are often seen as very low value, high-end collectors also place little value on Uncommon cards. This 50% decrease in odds aims to increase their value for the regular visitors as well as enhance their value to infrequent visitors who will should expect to find an uncommon card every week, based on the median number of video views per registered user.
Rare cards and above, no adjustment.

However, to enhance the variety of cards available, cards will no longer have fixed odds. Instead, on a regular basis every card will have its odds regenerated. While common and uncommon cards will float predictably around their regular odds, rare and above cards will have periods of time where they have significantly enhanced odds. But, it's only until the odds are reshuffled again, so if you hear of a few members finding a certain mega rare card, get hunting, chances are that it's received a limited time odds boost!

These fluctuating odds don't just apply to how regularly you can find your standard cards, so keep an eye out for other limited time enhanced odds.

The Collector Card Bingo boards have also been rebalanced to reflect these changed values, as well as additional prizes being added to some prize tiers.

Note, all odds mentioned are approximate odds.


Bingo! 10 days

With the hunt now on for inverse cards, members have been looking for a way to get rid of their excess cards to make room for inverse cards. Now, you can solve that problem AND be rewarded with rare site rewards!

Introducing DarcyF1 Collector Card Bingo! Find the current Bingo board under the Cards menu and play your card.

Bingo allows you to place one of your collector cards onto the board. Once a card has been placed onto the board, it cannot be returned to you. If you work strategically with other DarcyF1 members to complete a row of five (across, down or diagonal), you will all receive the prize allocated to that row.
Bingo boards change regularly, so prize requirements and rewards will vary greatly. Be sure to check back regularly to see how you can best be rewarded.


2018 in Review 2 months

2018 was a massive year for DarcyF1, and I probably say something similar every year. This year has been unprecedented, yet again. The site continues to far exceed any expectations I have ever had, or continue to have for it. This little hobby site started in April of 2004 and is now a dedicated community of contributors spanning the globe, covering hundreds of motorsport categories so that every must-see incident or racing action is provided for our thriving community.

2018 was highlighted by the launch of the updated website. A site re-designed from the ground up to be modernised and much more mobile friendly. There's still a bit of go on this front, but with so many of you using the site and reporting bugs, we're bound to get there. Another huge bonus is that with every site upgrade I make it a whole bunch easier to manage, which has been especially useful this year as I took time away to welcome my first child into the world. Definitely a memorable one!

I'll share some stats with you that highlight just what a hive of activity this place has become.

16,000+ videos uploaded in 2018.
90,000+ unique videos watched in 2018.
15,000+ comments in 2018.
22,000+ visitors in 2018.
1.5m page views in 2018.
1,300+ new user registrations in 2018.
60,000+ cards collected in 2018.
23,000+ different search phrases processed in 2018.

Not to mention the largest participation in our two Tipping competitions, and hugely popular events, with three seasons of challenging tasks with huge rewards available for members who knew their DarcyF1, and knew their motorsport trivia.

I already know 2019 is going to be better than ever as we cross off another calendar year that DarcyF1 has somehow survived. Straight off the bat we have a brand new card set dropping almost immediately. We'll have the full launch of 'inverse cards' which we've seen a sneak peak into across the DarcyF1 test site, the new site's launch weekend and in Event Season 3. That means there will be hundreds of different cards available for the first time.

Finally, the biggest and best thing that's going on in 2019 at DarcyF1 is you. It's you, the visitors that we welcome to the site, the contributors who provide video content, the donators who help pay the ever-growing hosting bills, the members who spark conversation through video comments and forum posts. It's you that makes DarcyF1 what it is today, and what it will be tomorrow. Thank you for your participation in this small little corner of the internet.

Cheers,
Darcy


Archives Available 2 months

Update! The archives are now available again!



My webhost has misconfigured their cloud storage and currently all archived videos (that you unlock with tokens) will fail. Do not attempt to access any archived videos until this news post is updated to notify that they're available again. If you have used tokens to access an archived video that led to a forbidden page, you will be able to access that download again (without any additional tokens) from your Profile > Tokens page.


2018 Tipping Winners 3 months

Congratulations to everyone who competed in our Formula 1 and Supercars tipping competitions this year! An extra special congratulations to our winners of each competition. Results have been finalised, and rewards have been distributed.

Formula 1 - Results
Winner: @pedro27 [1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @iceman500 [2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @cosmiccyclone [1x booster, 200xp, 20 tokens]

Supercars - Results
Winner: @ed24f1 [1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @Bloopy [2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @Raptor1 [1x booster, 200xp, 20 tokens]

See you all again in 2019, with some small changes to be announced early in the new year.


Welcome to the new DarcyF1 3 months

Over the past 6 months, we have been building a brand new DarcyF1, and today we're happy to publish it for your viewing pleasure!

There's a lot to see, but some key points to note are;
Points are now known as 'Tokens' to avoid confusion with XP.
The site is now mobile-friendly. Nearly all features of the Desktop site are available to our mobile visitors.
Testing has been extensive, but not comprehensive. When you find a bug, please report it by clicking the 'Report Problem' link at the bottom of every page.

Change can be challenging, and I do ask you give the new site a few weeks of use before you decide what you love or hate - but don't hesitate to provide feedback via DarcyF1 Messages.

You'll see that there's a few more features to come. They're on their way :)


New DarcyF1 is open for testing 3 months

Open for public testing! The new DarcyF1 is now available to all members to test.

We'd love to have you come on over to our test site to check out the new look and features of DarcyF1 but there's thing you need to know first.

Please familiarise yourself with the current issues -> https://www.f1tv.xyz/report.php
You'll probably deduce the test site's home page is https://www.f1tv.xyz

The point of having a test site is that you can get on, try it out and (most importantly) let me know what doesn't work. We're always interested in feedback and suggestions too, but you must report all issues you discover; simply use the Report Problem link at the bottom of every single page. Feedback and suggestions can just me messaged through to me. Please give yourself time to adjust to changes before writing them off, and consider providing constructive feedback if you don't like a change.

Some important notes.
1. This is still a work in progress. You may find some things work one day but don't the next - I'm probably making changes.
2. Some pages have been completely re-written and should work great, while others have been roughly translated and may be a bit clumsy - report what's going wrong!
3. Niceties are missing - changing themes, discord link.
4. Critical system functions have not been replicated into test - moving files from the FTP to the website is one of them.
5. Some things will link back to the main site - feel free to use the main site to do things that you can't do on the test site yet (like discuss the new site on the Forums).
6. Things. Will. Change.
7. Points are now known as Tokens, because points was confusing! Nothing else about them has been changed on the test site.

Please, get on there, have a click around, maybe try and use it as your 'main' way to access DarcyF1 and see how it goes.

Last, but not least. Members browsing the test site have a chance of find new, rare collector cards exclusive to the test site. There's plenty of them to be found! But I wouldn't recommend trading them just yet as users browsing the current site won't be able to see them!

As always, comments, questions, concerns are very welcome. Feedback has and will continue to power DarcyF1.


User Upload Count 4 months

I have just pushed out a fix that corrects the uploaded video count for each user. This significant bug has existed for quite some time. All moderated videos (where a site admin has to manually approve the uploaded content) were not being counted towards the uploader's total. I have fixed the issue and re-counted all uploaded videos to bring everyone's total to the correct number.
All other aspects of the moderation process were correctly awarding uploaders XP, Points, collector cards and other rewards.


Project Update 6 months

For the past couple of months I have eluded to two special projects that I have been working on. One of those is a rebuilt DarcyF1 – a new, responsive design that retains all the things that make DarcyF1 special, but presented in a way that’s easier to navigate and more consistent between devices. Over the next couple of months I hope to invite members to test this new site before a launch towards the end of the year, depending how much time I can dedicate to the build.

The second of those projects, and the real reason for this news update is that my beautiful wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child. Today is Father’s Day in Australia, and marks one month until we’re expecting to meet him, hence the timing of this announcement. The reason that I want to share this news here is that his due date is Bathurst week – the biggest weekend for the site. Obviously, if he arrives around his due date, I will be (gladly) pre-occupied which may introduce small delays to clips, approvals and other moderation activities.

Otherwise, it is business as usual! Both these projects are taking a LOT of my time lately, and will continue to over the remainder of the year. I continually check the site, no less than once per day and some admin-required activities message me directly so that I am alerted. If you think I’ve missed something that you’re waiting on, please be patient, but don’t hesitate to send me a polite reminder.

As always, feedback, suggestions and comments are always most welcome!


VASC Tipping Bug 6 months

I have found and corrected a bug with the VASC results from Queensland which prevented scores being included in the calculations of round and season results. I have now recalculated those and the results and season ladder are back up-to-date. Check it out.