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🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote at 02:09 AM UTC:

I have added new logos for the Darker color scheme. They feature a black cannon and a natural colored nightrider in the style of a winged horse. In the big logo on this page, the cannon was designed by Jean-Louis Cazaux and the nightrider by Bob Greenwade.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 06:51 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 05:15 PM:

I followed the link to your thingiverse profile, but I didn't see all the pieces you have posted images of here in your comments. The closest I found to a Nightrider was the Zebrarider.

I figured out that you're packaging multiple pieces together, and I have to browse through each package to see them all.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 04:48 PM UTC in reply to Jean-Louis Cazaux from 01:40 PM:

I think I can work with the 3dviewer.net website, but I don't have a link to Bob's thingiverse account. Considering how many 3D pieces he designs, it would be a good idea for him to include a link to it in his profile.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 04:01 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 03:37 PM:

Hopefully, brown works at least a little better.

It doesn't. The coloring is very splotchy, though more so on curved surfaces than on flat surfaces, as can be seen in this color image of a color scan of my Likebook Mars:


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 03:38 PM UTC in reply to Jean-Louis Cazaux from 02:55 PM:

I don't have a Likebook Mars, so I don't know what you mean.

It is an Android tablet with an eink display intended primarily for reading. The important thing you need to know is that it displays everything in black and white eink, which has even fewer gradations of grey than a grey monochrome image on an LCD monitor would have. Since I made the Darker color scheme for use with it, I am testing how the images intended for this color scheme look on it.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 12:52 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 04:07 AM:

I was comparing these on both my iPad and my Likebook Mars ereader, and on the latter, they all appear as grey on a black background. From the Thaumaturge on down, there are sharp contrasts between different shades of grey that look kind of random and ugly. I’m not sure if the horse shape of the first few pieces just leads to a more pleasing shading or if you did something different in the pieces following them, though I suspect it is the shape that makes the difference.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 20 11:56 AM UTC in reply to Jean-Louis Cazaux from 07:56 AM:

I wasn’t expecting either of you to change the color of your pieces. I envision the logo as having a white piece supplied by you and a blue piece supplied by Bob.

Additionally, I just looked at these pieces on my Likebook Mars, and they fade into the background too much on it.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 10:47 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 10:40 PM:

I meant a blue piece on a black background.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 10:46 PM UTC in reply to Jean-Louis Cazaux from 09:10 PM:

I would add another criteria: the 3D piece which is represented should be realistically 3D-printable and not too fragile.

I would presume that anyone who makes 3D pieces is already keeping that one in mind. Since I don't have a 3D printer to test pieces with myself, I will leave it up to you and Bob to judge whether your pieces fit this criterion.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 10:34 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 09:04 PM:

So, should I use #0000FF or another shade of blue?

Whatever you have been using is fine, or you could use the same color as the Alfaerie pieces use, which is #5984BD.

I was thinking, in keeping with the row of figures across the bottom of the Light-themed logo, to make the pieces different colors (nothing outrageous; mainly ivory, tan, grey, muted red, that sort of thing that you might see in an actual chess set).

While the Darker scheme can be used on monitors, tablets, and phones, I designed it mainly for monochrome eink displays, and my Likebook Mars eink device renders red as black. So colors with mostly red will not work out well on that or similar devices. Since blue is used for the Alfaerie pieces and shows up well on my Likebook Mars, I figured it would be a good choice.

I figure to leave any resizing and cropping to your (probably more capable) hands.

I suppose if I resize it against a black background, it will look fine.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 07:56 PM UTC in reply to Daniel Zacharias from 07:36 PM:

I think I fixed the conditional. So try it again.


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🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 07:44 PM UTC:

Happy Birthday.


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🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 06:30 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 05:41 PM:

This is for the Darker color scheme, which has a black background. Blue will be fine, since it shows up well against black, and it contrasts with another piece being white. The tallest piece in the Dark scheme's logo is 427, and the height of the logo is 432. Without the pieces, the text part of the logo has a height of 415. If I do like I did with the Light logo, a piece height of 285 would work.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 04:56 PM UTC in reply to Jean-Louis Cazaux from 05:32 AM:

Let's try the cannon, the chancellor, the dragon king, and the phoenix.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 04:40 PM UTC in reply to Bob Greenwade from 03:09 PM:

The main reasons I'm interested in a Nightrider are that (1) it fits a nocturnal theme, (2) it resembles a regular Chess piece enough that someone could recognize it as a Chess variant piece if they saw it out of context, and (3) it is one of the better known fairy chess pieces. Some other pieces of yours that might work for the first two reasons are Midnighter, Moonrider, Thaumaturge, and Luna Pawn. So I would be interested in seeing these with a neutral background too.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Fri, Apr 19 02:39 AM UTC:

I'm thinking of making a logo specifically for the Darker color scheme using piece designs for 3D printers. However, I want to use images without a background behind them, and I think it would be appropriate to include a Nightrider, though it doesn't look like anyone has made one. Since Bob Greenwade and Jean-Louis Cazaux are the most active in making such pieces, one piece from each might be appropriate. What ideas do you guys have?


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🕸💡📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Thu, Apr 18 04:08 PM UTC in reply to Daniel Zacharias from 01:18 AM:

Since the fairychess include file uses a shortcode to display pieces, I changed how the shortcode works instead of any code in the fairychess include file. I modified it to include WIDTH and HEIGHT values in the IMG tag when the image is an SVG image. These will be equal to $width and $height when these variables have values, as they usually do in Game Courier, and they will be 50 otherwise.


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🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Wed, Apr 17 06:03 PM UTC:

I have now updated Mobile Detect to 4.8.06. Since it works differently than the old version, mobile detection was a bit wonky until I got it working correctly.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Wed, Apr 17 03:45 PM UTC in reply to Lev Grigoriev from 03:23 PM:

Yes, the saving worked, but when writing the form on mobile, it was using the wrong condition to add " SELECTED" to the darker option. That's now corrected.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Tue, Apr 16 08:04 PM UTC:

I have updated PHP to 8.1.28, and I will be going over the error logs for things I have to change to keep up with this new version. If anything stops working, let me know.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Tue, Apr 16 07:25 PM UTC in reply to Diceroller is Fire from 07:11 PM:

For me, light brown text in brown Dark mode is significantly less readable.

That's going to vary with the device and the person. That's why there is now a third color scheme.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Tue, Apr 16 12:35 PM UTC in reply to Lev Grigoriev from 11:10 AM:

I did not use the darker text color in globalindex.css, which the homepage uses, because it is mainly intended for making it easier to read long passages of text, which the homepage and other index pages do not have. It should affect text in lists if they are not links, but all the examples you gave of lists were filled with links. If you prefer a more high contrast display with white text on a dark background, you can use the Darker color scheme.


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🕸Fergus Duniho wrote on Mon, Apr 15 11:36 AM UTC in reply to François Houdebert from 11:07 AM:

The inside part should be colored #f9f9f9. Using the background color for inside the piece makes it transparent and impossible to recolor properly.


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🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sun, Apr 14 08:17 PM UTC:

I modified the Dark color scheme to use a darker color for the text that works well with the chocolate background color. This is to make reading more comfortable on brightly lit screens. However, it was too low contrast on my Likebook Mars.

So I have added a new high contrast color scheme called Darker, represented by the New Moon emoji in the color scheme selection form. This is intended mainly for eink devices for which the Dark color scheme may be too low contrast, though you may still use it on other devices if you prefer it. In general, its background colors are darker, and its text colors are lighter. For the main background and text, it uses black and white. Unlike the Light and Dark color schemes, this one is not available through your browser settings. It is available only by selecting it on the website, and you may have to refresh your cache before it starts working.


🕸📝Fergus Duniho wrote on Sat, Apr 13 08:41 PM UTC:

I have made the controls for changing the color scheme more accessible. They appear on the right of the menubar in desktop mode, and they appear at the bottom of the menu on mobile devices.


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