and Curse of Osiris

Curse of Osiris is nearly upon us; in a mere three days we'll all get to experience the wonders of Mercury. When the update drops we know there are going to be some changes to the way vendors operate and that will obviously effect VendorEngrams.

So far we know the maximum Light Power Level will be increased to 330 base, 335 with mods. Additionally there will also be some new vendors. The latter isn't a major problem, a simple patch will add any new vendors. The former however is a bit more difficult. Currently we're operating on a verified user basis (with nearly 1,400 of you!) where people apply for verification and their username is checked against one of the tracking sites to ensure they are at least 305. Votes by these users are what send out the notifications on Twitter and the browser notifications on the site. When the DLC drops though the new cap of 335 will almost certainly be applied to the vendors drops as well meaning all our verified users will no longer be verified.

The solution I've decided on is to finally get around to implementing sign-in. What this means is that all previous accounts will be removed and going forward sign-in to vote with a verified status will require you to sign-in with you account. This will allow the system to check your level on the fly and decide whether the vote should be counted or not. Unverified (users not logged in) votes will still be enabled.

I'm hoping to have that work completed before Tuesday, but I can't guarantee anything. If it's not completed the Twitter notifications will be disabled until it is to prevent spamming tweets. Assuming I do managed to get everything finished the site will go down for maintenance for a small period (30 - 60 minutes) while the update is applied. After which only sign-in will be available. Due to this update current sign-up has been disabled since the accounts will be removed anyway.

In addition to the sign-in changes there will be some cosmetic changes required, mostly changing references of 300/305 to 330/335. That update will come some time after the new sign-in changes.

We also know there are going to be changes to how vendors operate coming around December 12th. While we know some of the details of this we don't yet know how they will effect the current drop system, if they do at all. Any changes required in relation to that will obviously come once they've been figured out.

There are a lot of unknowns at play in the coming weeks and while I'll try to keep the site updated to reflect any developments I can't guarantee it will happen promptly–I want to play the DLC too! It will also take time for people to reach the new cap, especially in the numbers we currently have, so the site will undoubtedly slow in terms of reports for a time.

Finally I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that has voted, signed-up, and followed VendorEngrams over the past few months, without you the site simply wouldn't exist. I'd also like to say a special thanks to the people that donated to help with the costs of running the site.

Eyes up Guardians, and see you all on Mercury.