Month of May 1 month
Although the actual Indy 500 might not be running in May this year, our (now) annual Month of May collector card event is back!
Bingo board card rewards will be from the Indy 500 Winners set (set 31) throughout the month, with 20% increased Inverse odds.
You'll have a 25% increased chance to find Indy 500 Winners cards through video browsing, and a 10% increased chance of them being Inverse.
Also, your card lock out on Indy 500 Winners cards will be limited to a maximum of an hour.
An additional Daily quest (to be revealed) with a 1/33 chance of rewarding an Extreme Rare Indy 500 Winner.
Videos featuring action from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have a 1/4 chance of revealing a Thumb Hunt clue.
ANZAC Day Event 1 month
Today, we're celebrating an Australian/New Zealand commemorative day - ANZAC day. Our event will run all day from New Zealand time through to Perth time (28 hours). You'll find card set Aussie Heroes has been greatly expanded and launches today. Featuring Formula 1 and Indy 500 starters, MotoGP winners and Motorsport Australia Hall of Fame inductees, there's 62 new cards to collect. What about a KIWI, you might say? Well, the new Aussie Heroes card aren't where you'd normally find them, you might have to cross the ditch to find what you seek.
The original 13 Aussie Heroes cards are also featured as rewards across Bingo, Dailies and Thumb Hunts, with greatly enhanced odds of them being Inverse coloured in their glorious gold. This includes the limited time Marcos Ambrose card (4.13) - available for collection again today.
Finally, there are a handful of secret Reward codes that can redeemed for rewards including Inverse Aussie Heroes cards. You'll need the right ingredients, and a little bit of local knowledge to discover these codes. Each code has limited redemptions, so don't miss out!
Note that for the duration of this event, Aussie Heroes cards will not be available in collector card booster packs.
New Card Set 1 month
DarcyF1 collector card set #40 has just gone live! Created by CARDBOARD, this set features Formula One drivers who have won a world championship race, but no title. The current driver line up spans the 20th century and includes all rarities of cards. This set is available via regular means - for now.
For the time being you will be able to find cards by browsing videos related to the card's content. However, this is for a limited time only, and this card set will become limited to booster packs and prizes (eg. from bingo, daily and thumb hunts quest) once the F1 2020 set is launched.. whenever round 1 ends up happening!
Thanks to CARDBOARD for putting their hand up and creating a new card set for the site - best of luck on the card hunt everyone!
Long weekend egg hunt 2 months
From 10am Friday to 10pm Monday local time you will be able to find eggs hidden around DarcyF1, so you can go on your very own egg hunt! Simple aim, find as many eggs as you can over the event period and be rewarded!
The more eggs you collect, the more rewards you will receive!
1 egg: 10 tokens
2-4 eggs: 10 tokens, 1 booster pack
5-9 eggs: 20 tokens, 500 XP, 3 booster packs, 1 legacy booster, 1 coupon
10-19 eggs: 50 tokens, 1000 XP, 4 booster packs, 2 legacy boosters, 2 coupons, 1 bingo free play card
20+ eggs: 100 tokens, 5000 XP, 5 booster packs, 3 legacy boosters, 1 glitch booster, 2 coupons, 1 elite coupon
Where are the eggs hidden?
• Thumb hunt quests - your first completed thumb hunt each day will be hiding an egg.
• Collector Card Bingo - each bingo board has an egg hidden on a bingo space. Play to that space to collect the egg.
• Browsing videos - every Card Piece will be hiding an egg. Find a Card Piece while browsing videos and collect an egg. We're going to be distributing more than double the amount of Card Pieces during the event too!
What else do I need to know?
Eggs will be delivered as collector cards - these 'cards' will be removed following the event.
Remember to claim eggs from the rewards page to have them count towards your tally.
If you haven't configured your timezone setting ( Profile > Edit Preferences ) your event will run to GMT time.
Hold off on completing your first thumb hunt until after 10am on Friday for it to be part of the event.
We may extend the duration of the event if there are technical issues.
Event rewards will be distributed around 24 hours after the conclusion of the event.
Rewards Lost 2 months
We have experienced a significant data corruption and the rewards database was lost.
It appears that the database back up was not recoverable (working on correcting that going forward).
Unfortunately that means a complete loss of reward history, as well as unclaimed rewards. Without a reliable way of redistributing rewards, we have instead opted to distribute consolation rewards to all users who have visited the site over the last week. Please find 20 tokens, 3 booster packs, and a collector card coupon awaiting on your rewards page. These rewards must be collected no later than April 9 (GMT).
This is the first time that we've experienced a significant data loss at DarcyF1 in our 16 years and our backup process hasn't been successful. Rest assured we are working with our provider that manages backups to understand how that came to be. Our thorough investigation has found the cause of the data corruption and it has been corrected - and tested - it was a regular scheduled cleanup task that failed. Logs show it deleted ~147,000 rows of rewards history instead of the ~1800 it typically does in a run.
Subscriptions are back 2 months
One of the few remaining site features to be rebuilt following the launch of the updated site in was subscriptions. Subscriptions are back! You can find a + Subscribe button on the Videos > Browse pages. You can subscribe to either a whole category, or a season of a category. Still to come are user subscriptions - existing user subscriptions from 'back in the day' are still live, but you can't add new ones yet. Also, we are looking to revive year subscription to subscribe to all categories for a given year, and potentially search subscriptions - though this is a low priority right now.
You can unsubscribe from any subscription on the Profile > Edit preferences page (once you have subcriptions).
The new subscriptions feature is significantly improved over the previous. There's some nifty design features to let you one-click subscribe, but more importantly is the way it affects your home page. Previously, your subscriptions would replace the entire home page with only content you had subscribed to. This was ineffective from two angles. 1 - you lost sight of the new and trending content from recent motor sport events, and 2 - subscription to out-of-date content like defunct series or departed users clogged up your home page with stagnant content.
Now, subscriptions influences what you see on your home page. You will see the regular content from the home page, recent events that are popular with users, PLUS your subscribed content. There is a heavy weighting towards content that matches what you subscribe to so that the content you are interested in is prioritised in your view. We'll continue to adjust this weighting so that popular content and your areas of interest are nicely balanced. You will be able to identify content that has been promoted onto your home page by a little graph symbol and can click this to reveal and unsubscribe button that will take you straight to the Edit Preferences page.
Also, you know that DarcyF1 has a history of April Fool's Day fun, right?
Le Mans Constructors - Card Set 2 months
As you might have seen, yesterday we released a brand new card set, designed by Mustang! These cards are available through traditional methods; browsing videos related to the card's subject, as well as in booster packs. Unfortunately, three of these cards were assigned the incorrect rarity. Those cards have now been removed from circulation and replaced with the correct rarity cards. Apologies for the inconvenience - I know finding X-Rare cards as often as commons must have seemed too good to be true.. unfortunately it was.
Event Cancellation Updates 3 months
As you'll be aware, motor sport events are being regularly cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19. At DarcyF1, we will adjust the F1 and VASC tipping leagues as best we can.
For Supercars, the Albert Park round will be annulled - no points awarded. We'll continue to update the competition as rounds are cancelled or postponed.
For Formula 1, the Tipping competition is temporarily closed until it becomes clear what the new schedule will look like.
DarcyF1 events tied to scheduled motor sport events will continue to run - you're probably finding the Albert Park collector card available more frequently at the moment - as originally scheduled. We may replay events when motor sport events are rescheduled.
As motor sport events continue to be cancelled or rescheduled in the future, we will make adjustments as required, to bring our site features up-to-date.
To help fill the void, members can head over to the Back Catalogue, where we have halved the tokens per vote requirement for the time being (rounded up to the nearest whole token). The Back Catalogue allows you to browse through the DarcyF1 archives for unpublished content and vote for it to be uploaded to the site. While there's a lull in live motorsport, we'll spend more time providing the most voted for historical content instead.
Updates and Fixes 5 months
Over the past couple of weeks, you've almost definitely noticed some changes around DarcyF1. Whether these were new features that we've been testing, or bugs that have shown up, there's been a bit going on!
DarcyF1 Dailies - After some delays during testing, we finally launched the DarcyF1 dailies this week. You'll find daily challenges on your Rewards page. This feature helps reward our members who are regular visitors, but don't have the opportunity to contribute to, or participate on the site in other ways. Of note is a likelihood of regular tokens, and cyclical rewards for daily visits that ramp up to 7 day streaks with new rewards!
Card Coupons - new to DarcyF1, you can now collect card coupons and trade them for an available collector card. Coupons can be traded for C, U, & R rarity cards. Elite Coupons can be traded for C, U, R, & M rarity cards. And X Coupons can be traded for C, U, R, M, & X rarity cards. Coupons are currently only available through DarcyF1 Dailies. When you receive a card by trading a coupon, you have a 1/10 chance of receiving an Inverse colored card.
Trade Negotiation tools - There is now a simple way to discuss card trade options and modify submitted trades. Click the chat bubbles next to the trade ID on the Active Trades page and you can instantly communicate with your trade partner. You will be notified via DarcyF1 messages too. The trade submittor and the trade receiver can also click the new Modify button to be able to modify the cards up for trade. This effectively makes them the trader, and when they re-submit the trade, their adjusted offer is sent to the other user. These changes are backward incompatible - you may wish to cancel existing trades and start a new trade to ensure bug-free performance.
Archive Server #3 - We have now operationalised our newest - and now our preferred - archive server, #3. We have been testing this new server for a few months (thank you to those users who have been performing tests) and we're very happy that this server strikes the perfect balance between availability, stability, speed and cost. A special thank you to tongphafu whose generous donation allowed us to make our big move to bring this server online sooner than we had budgeted for. To learn about video archiving at DarcyF1, please check the Information page.
Video contributor chat - mattia has taken the lead and is operating a channel on our Discord server (https://discord.gg/uAwBrWQ) that allows users who contribute videos to the site to easily plan and communicate what they're capturing and uploading. If you're interested in participating, please ping admin or sabbenza (mattia) on the discord channel.
Last weekend, our webserver pushed an update to PHP, which broke a lot of underlying code. While we had prepared for this change, there were two oversights which resulted in the initial loss of user sign in functionality, but lingered throughout the week as numerous smaller bugs were encountered - search settings lost, verification emails not being sent were a couple of the more pervasive issues. Thank you to all who have been reporting bugs, and we have been rewarding multiple Bug Hunter rewards (instead of just the first-to-report) to recognise your efforts. We think we're at a pretty good point now, so here's hoping we've moved through it.
Encountering so many deep bugs during a high period of development as new-for-2020 site changes are pushed online has been challenging, so thank you again for your patience and commitment while staff have been responding to issues. Keep your eyes peeled as next month we have a new card set coming as well as refreshed tipping competitions.
As always its your feedback and suggestions that keep features like these coming along - we're always keen to hear what you think. You can get in touch with admin via DarcyF1 messages, report issues using the Report Problem link at the bottom of each page, or head over to the Forum to start a new discussion.
2019 Year in Review 5 months
I say it every year, but 2019 was another massive year for DarcyF1. We turned 15 years old - which feels ancient in internet terms, and I still can't believe how many people we have forming this ever-growing community and making such generous contributions to the offering that is 'DarcyF1'.
2019 saw a LOT of behind-the-scenes refinements and improvements, including welcoming our first official DarcyF1 staff who are busily working on providing more real-time responses to video submissions, error reports and more while I find myself with regular availability.
It's been a concerted effort to make the site more resilient and self-sustaining to reduce (or avoid!) significant outages. But we haven't just been working in the dark, we've launched some big items on the backs of that, including the new Rewards system to centralise rewards and make them more consistent across the site, and then Thumb Hunt to reward those motorsport buffs out there launching late in the year. We continue to make rewarding challenges more self-generating and readily available, instead of relying on admin or staff to manually create events.
I like to dig up a few stats from the year to demonstrate just how much I'm in awe of this community and its willingness to share.
14,000+ videos uploaded in 2019, and we passed 100k videos online for the first time!
600,000+ unique videos watches in 2019, a little over 50TB of bandwidth served.
10,000+ comments in 2019.
20,000+ unqiue visitors in 2019.
1.8m page views in 2019.
1,100+ new user registrations in 2019.
100,000+ cards collected in 2019.
2020 is already off to a flying start with two new card sets dropping this week, new reward rotation across bingo, thumb hunt and more. Plus, in the very near future you'll see enticing rewards (including a new tier of rewards with a new type of reward) for participating across the site on a regular basis - DarcyF1 Dailies.
Finally, the thing that's the most exciting for me at DarcyF1 in 2020 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 continually increasing hosting bills, the members who spark conversation through video comments and forum posts, and those who provide feedback, suggestions and report issues they find in great detail. 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.