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EDIT 09-22-2023: This morning, Lucky Draw worked briefly and then stopped working again, so I've changed this to a bug since it seems more like a glitch than an intentional change now.

A while back, Zep added a "Lucky Draw" sort to the BBS cart mode view that would pull in a not quite random assortment of cartridges based on a behind-the-scenes algorithm. You could get to it using this link: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?cat=7#sub=0&page=1&mode=carts&orderby=lucky or in SPLORE by switching to Lucky Draw.

I'm not sure how popular or even well-known it was, but it's been my go-to cart discovery method since it was created. I check it a few times a week to find interesting looking carts I haven't seen or played before. As of this morning though, it seems to be either gone or broken (it just returns a blank content area - if you change "lucky" to "ts" in the link above, you get cart view sorted by new as usual). It also doesn't work in SPLORE in PICO-8 0.2.5g, with an error saying "Could Not Connect To BBS" if you try to update the list.

On the web, I'm on Firefox 117.0.1 on Linux. Not seeing any errors in the browser dev tools. Anyone else use this and notice it not working anymore? I'm hesitant to call this a bug since it feels more likely that it was removed on purpose. If it's gone, I'll miss it!

P#134439 2023-09-16 14:00 ( Edited 2023-09-22 12:20)


+1 not working for me in splore either, and I too found it quite valuable for discovering new carts.

P#134513 2023-09-18 03:13

I'm also in this boat.

P#134755 2023-09-22 03:36

@megashub @pico-8 Gamer It actually seems to be working again for me this morning! Maybe it was just a glitch after all?

EDIT: OK, it worked once and then stopped again. I'm going to change this to Bug since now I think it's not intentional.

P#134761 2023-09-22 12:17 ( Edited 2023-09-22 12:18)

Remember the big bbs outage a few months ago? @zep mentioned it flooded the cache and corrupted a few things. There's a pretty realistic chance that it broke the lucky draw sorting algorithm, breaking it on web and on splore. Someone try going to the bbs page and viewing it's source. If it's a garbled mess of burnt spaghetti, then it's dead :p

P#136140 2023-10-20 14:18

This really breaks splore in general. I hope it gets fixed soon

P#136226 2023-10-22 12:53

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