Delays for Work

Well I meant to have the new webapp out early this month. There are a few hurdles that have caused delays. First is that I am trying to figure out the best host for my web services. I am thinking about going with Amazon Web Services, but might go with Microsoft Azure. I am worried about server costs for something that will only make money off of advertisements, so I need to research this piece more. Also to cause delays are that I picked up a contract for my company. This is a 40 hour a week commitment, and it has caused me to have to back burner that project for a bit. I hope to get in some work on the weekends and after my 8am to 5pm work during the week. I hope that the current Random Smite God Wheel can keep you guys happy for now!

Random Smite God Wheel WebApp Alpha Testers

I am looking for some alpha testers for the Random Smite God Wheel WebApp I’ve been working on these past months. This is currently only for the web version of the application (the Android and iOS native applications will be released down the road after initial bugs are worked out). Keep in mind that this is in alpha state, and will have bugs. In order to make the released version the best it can be, I need people to help me find any issues. There will be a form to submit any bugs from within the WebApp itself.

I need people to try the randomizer from various browsers and on various devices. To make sure I have lots of scenarios covered, please include the following information in your application to become a tester. I want to get a variety of devices (new and old) in order to make sure things are running smoothly for everyone. I am limited in devices I can use for hands on testing, so I need you guys to help me cover a wider range.

Send an email to with “Alpha Tester” as the subject, and the following message body filled out:

Operating System (Windows 10, Windows 7, MacOSX, etc):
Main Browser (Chrome, Edge, FireFox, Safari, Other):
Devices Available (Samsung S8, iPhone 8, iPad Mini 4, etc):

I will start sending the alpha invites in early October, so get those application in now!

Lacking in the Gaming

Well I haven’t played Smite in weeks. I installed the Windows Creator Update, and it killed all my PC games. I get a weird movement skipping that I cannot seem to fix. I’ve updated all my drivers, various optimization things, and read a bunch of articles.. Nothing seems to be able to fix my issues! My skipping is even noticeable to other players, and some say I am “Speed Hacking” – yet all I have done is update my computer.. So no Smite until I can figure that issue out.

I installed Paladins because my cousin told me to check it out. It seems like a fun game, but having the same skipping issue as all the other games. I watched some of the professionals playing and it makes me sad I cannot play this game.

I’ve mostly just been doing my daily mobile gaming of Pokemon Go and Clash of Clans. The PoGo is a great filler when I am out and about, plus helps keep my exercise time more enjoyable. The clash is mainly while I watch some shows. We recently got out clan to level 10!

Hopefully I can figure out the computer issues!

Reducing Some Page Load Time

I’ve been noticing that the pages have been loading a bit slow. I think this is mainly due to a few plugins that I use that are outdated. One causes a ton of the GIFs to always be loaded (these all the fancy moving images you see in the comments). I am sad to say, but these need to go! All of my mobile data users will thank me. It will also help get my page get higher in the ranks of search engines after this optimization. There are also some extra “behind the scenes” items that are causing load times that will be removed as well.

So what will be different for you guys (besides the faster loads)? It will only the removal of the fancy comment emoticons. If I can find a way to only load the emoticons when the user wants to use them (versus EVERY page load) then they may come back. Even then, if there is a lot of spam of emotes in the comments the page loads would still be poor. So for now I need to think of the masses!