Event - Celebrating 2020 1 month
What a year 2020 has been, hey? Here at DarcyF1 we had to make adjustments throughout the year as the pandemic through motorsport plans into limbo. Reliving old races, updating some older captures with high quality ones, and rejigging tipping calendars every other week kept us all busy during the down time. Not to mention, we released more DarcyF1 collector cards this year than ever before!
To celebrate, we're running a week long event leading up to the end of the year. We've got two member-made card sets dropping, a token bonanza, and a brand new site feature! From 1000h 24/Dec GMT until 23:59:59 31/Dec GMT, our 2020 event is on and features the following bonuses.
New Card Sets
MotoGP Special Liveries launches and @sheffy brings us a showcase of bikes from the last couple of decades of MotoGP featuring special liveries. These cards will be available by browsing video related to the card's subject. It will be available until the scheduled start of the 2021 MotoGP season. With a bunch of hidden cards to find, now might be the time to start your CardSpy trial, or make a donation to DarcyF1 to re-activate it.
The creatively titled And the winner is... set from @PaddockHillBend also drops (with no current end date). It will be predominantly available in boosters to start, with extreme rare cards featuring as rewards across Bingo, Dailies, and ThumbHunts. It's a big set, so best get collecting early.
We have a feeling (more on that, next) you'll be wanting to stock up on Tokens, so we're tripling (!) all Tokens earned during the event.
To give you an extra boost, use the promo code 50TOKENS on your Rewards page during the event to collect a mystery reward... it's 50 tokens.
DarcyF1's newest feature is the Card Exchange. You can find it in the Cards menu.
The Card Exchange allows you to sell your collector cards to other members for Tokens. It also allows you to buy collector cards from other members with your tokens. As members are doing the selling, they'll be setting the price, so you might finally find that card you've been missing, or pick up an absolute bargain from someone who has been luckier than you.
You can list your cards for sale by using the new Sell option when viewing the Card Info modal (eg. via My Cards, or the Card Gallery). You can choose to sell the regular or Inverse version of the card (if you have it), and set your price.
If that card is already listed for sale by other members, we'll suggest a price to undercut the existing sellers.
You can also buy cards from the Card Info modal - we'll automatically find the lowest available price for you. Or, you can browse the Card Exchange directly and choose from different sellers, and varying prices. You can also see and manage your own listings here, and use the search filters to find cards by set, rarity or to locate those that you don't currently have in your collection.
One last feature of the Card Exchange are promo sales.
From time to time we'll feature cards on the Card Exchange that everyone can buy. You'll find promo sales during events, as well as a randomly selected card available for (a random) 48 hours every week.
We're kicking off the Card Exchange launch with three promo sales bargain to help you round out your 2020 F1 Drivers set, with Jack Aitken, Pietro Fittipaldi, and George Russell (Mercedes) all available in the Card Exchange promo sales throughout this event, going for just 3, 2, and 1 token(s) respectively.
Lastly, thank you all again for visiting DarcyF1 over the year. A huge thank you to our regular visitors and members who are the foundation of the community and why this site continues to thrive. An indebted thanks to those who found the means to donate to DarcyF1 over 2020, without these generous donations DarcyF1 simply could not continue to run. Here's to a brighter 2021!
F1 Tipping Winners 1 month
Congratulations to everyone who competed in our Formula One tipping competition this year! An extra special congratulations to our winners who managed to keep up with an unusual season. Results have been finalised, and rewards have been distributed.
Formula One 2020 - Results
Winner: @Smuto [2x X-Coupons, 2x Bingo Free Play cards, 1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @SpK [1x X-Coupon, 1x Elite Coupon, 1x Bingo Free Play card, 2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @sketch7000 [1x Elite Coupon, 1x Coupon, 1x booster, 250xp, 25 tokens]
See you all again in 2021!
Changing Usernames, Rewards + Card Set Changes 2 months
If you've been a frequent visitor at DarcyF1 over the past 3-4 months, you might have stumbled into some weird bugs - and been finding faults far more regularly than you otherwise might expect. That's because we've been undertaking a significant piece of work to update pretty much every page on the site, every database query, and even the databases themselves. All this hard work achieves one tiny little feature, but it is something that has been requested often. DarcyF1 members can now change their usernames!
Username changes are limited to 1 per 90 days, and your former username will be displayed on your profile for 30 days after it is changed to help your fellow members recognise you. You can change your username via the Profile > Edit Preferences page.
Unfortunately, ~12 years of bad database design meant that the way that users were referred to across different features on the site had to be completely replaced. We updated around 400,000 lines of code over the past few months, so apologies for the bugs that did slip through - human error is almost 100% to blame!
In other news, as we head into the final month of the year, you'll notice our typical monthly rollover of rewards kicking in and rewarding refreshed prizes across Bingo, ThumbHunt & Daily quests. This month, we're featuring four card sets that have been around for a long time and are soon due to enter their respective retirements at the end of the year. All of these sets will have all of the inverse coloured cards included in the rewards pool, so get collecting!
Set 1 - Tracks: Will become a regular feature of rewards (as trialled this year, to align with real life calendars), and in booster packs. (Card pieces, and their related cards will remain unchanged).
Set 2 - Legends: Will only be available in boosters.
Set 13 - Formula 1 Commentators: Will become a legacy set.
Set 14 - Racing Women: Will become a legacy set.
In addition, Set 4 - Aussie Heroes will no longer be available by browsing videos from 1/Feb/21.
We have some exciting new card sets on their way from our creative DarcyF1 members, and want to maintain a steady amount of cards available through different collecting methods. We'll continue to reassess card set availability, and feature these sets across events and other limited time releases, too.
As the end of a truly unforgettable 2020 fast approaches, we'll celebrate with some fun events to thank you all for hanging around and continuing to make DarcyF1 a great place to visit!
Site & Features Offline 3 months
Over the next day or so, DarcyF1 will be offline for short periods of time as our webhost updates our server. During this outage window, some DarcyF1 tools will be completely unavailable. The software that our video tools are based on is being updated and the scripts need to be rewritten and tested. Of note, publishing videos from My Uploads, changing thumbnails, video conversions, and the generation of preview thumbnails will all be offline for the duration of the outage.
Once the tools are back online, please report any issues by using the Report Problem link that's available at the bottom of every page.
Supercars Tipping Winners 3 months
Congratulations to everyone who competed in our Supercars tipping competition this year! An extra special congratulations to our winners who managed to keep up with an always changing season. Results have been finalised, and rewards have been distributed.
Supercars - Results
Winner: @ThomasFisher [2x X-Coupons, 2x Bingo Free Play cards, 1x legacy booster, 3x boosters, 1000xp, 100 tokens]
2nd: @michael24 [1x X-Coupon, 1x Elite Coupon, 1x Bingo Free Play card, 2x boosters, 500xp, 50 tokens]
3rd: @John1504 [1x Elite Coupon, 1x Coupon, 1x booster, 250xp, 25 tokens]
See you all again in 2021!
Bathurst 1000 Card Event 3 months
To celebrate the 2020 Bathurst 1000, we are launching our newest card set, Bathurst Winners. This set has been created by DarcyF1 member @Nascar47fan
This event runs from Thursday to Sunday (GMT+11). This new card set will be available across Bingo boards, Thumb Hunt clues and Daily quests during the four day Bathurst 1000 event. In addition to this new set, other prizes from Bingo will be featuring winners from across the history of the Bathurst endurance event (legacy cards will be available).
To further focus your attention on Bathurst Winners, some spaces on the Bingo board will require you to play cards known to feature Bathurst winners. It's going to be a big Bathurst weekend at DarcyF1! Stay tuned for live updates across the four days of action. Here on the site, over on our twitter @darcyf1 or on our discord https://discord.gg/uAwBrWQ
Get your Bathurst Winners collection started by redeeming the promo code B1000 on your Rewards page to collect our reigning champion, Scott McLaughlin (inverse). Redemption available during the event period only.
Daily Quest Updates 4 months
Today, we've pushed two updates to the Daily Quests, aka 'Dailies'. As a reminder, you can see your Dailies on the Profile > Rewards page.
The first change is to the Find a Collector Card quest. We have found that this Quest is typically completed by users when collecting a card that is delivered as a reward from another Daily Quest. This tends to get lost in the noise and doesn't deliver the interest or challenge of setting out to find a collector card. As such, we're changing the interpretation to more literally mean find. Now, only cards that 'drop' while viewing related videos will count towards the completion of this task. Other collecting methods such as redeeming rewards, or opening booster packs will no longer progress this quest.
The other change is the Play a card to a Bingo Board. Again, we have seen this quest become a bit of a formality for players and doesn't offer much of a challenge for regular Bingo players. Instead, this Quest will now require you to play to a specific space on a Bingo Board. To assist with this, spaces are now identified by clicking the info button - they're simply numbered 1 through 25, left to right, top to bottom. Top right is #5, middle is #13, bottom left #21 etc. Your target space will change (randomly) each day. Because this Quest has now become a more difficult to complete, the reward has been bumped from 1 star rarity up to a 3 star rarity. You'll typically find yourself competing with roughly five others who have the same target space as you on a given day. To help you quickly identify your target space, it will glow golden on the Bingo board until you complete the Quest.
We hope these two changes freshen up the Dailies and provide a different challenge with new goals to aim for.
Back Catalogue Update 5 months
Just a quick note to highlight that we have removed some content from the Back Catalogue.
For those who might be new, the Back Catalogue provides a user-driven method for some older content to get uploaded to the site. Users can vote to prioritise which content is uploaded to DarcyF1, and from time to time we upload the most voted content.
Due to technical issues we are currently unable to retrieve content stored on old DVDs. As such we have hidden the DVD-based content from the Back Catalogue. All votes that we placed on that content have been reversed and users will find that their Token balance has had their tokens returned. We may restore this option again in the future if we can find a solution to the problem.
Townsville Supercars Tipping 5 months
Our Supercars tipping was a race short this week! We've created a special 'Round 7b' so you can submit your tips for Q3 and R3. Open until Q3 starts on Sunday morning. Submit your tips here.
The '7b' tips will be merged with the Townsville tips so that they appear as one round.
Updates - CardSpy, Bingo, Rewards 7 months
CardSpy is now in full production with the release of Treasure Card hints. Each day (GMT, aligned to re-burying of the Treasure Card) your first five video views will show you hints to help you narrow down where the Treasure Card is hidden. Further more, if your best friends (level 5) have found their own hints, up to three of those will be viewable to you, too!
The CardSpy trial that used to be limited to 15 uses has been changed to be a 48 hour trial - unlimited uses! We have reset all users' trial status to thank those who trialled the feature early so they can access an additional trial.
Users who do not have active access to CardSpy will now see the Cards > CardSpy menu item which will direct them to the information page.
To celebrate the return of Supercars racing, you'll be finding Supercars 2020 cards on the Bingo board over the weekend.
The Site > Information > Rewards page has been launched in beta, and displays almost all rewards available around the site. You can also use filters to narrow down the information to what you might be after.
We have removed collector cards and thumb hunt and other game elements from videos tagged as displaying a graphic or fatal accident - we wanted to remove any unnecessary spectacle from these accidents. Additionally, these accidents are no longer going to be displayed when using the Videos > Random feature.
Finally, the 'Race of the Day' feature on the home page will be retired in early July as racing returns broadly across the world.