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5,000 Account Milestone!

The Radix Team is proud to announce that in the past week we have reached the milestone of 5,000 Radix accounts created! This includes teacher accounts, student accounts, and player (outside of school) accounts. We have reached this milestone in only the first three months of the pilot release so we are really excited to see this many people showing an interest in Radix. In addition, while we're thrilled that so many people are hearing about Radix and checking out the game, we're planning to focus our efforts during the pilot phase on taking those users further. This means that beyond creating accounts, we want to encourage users to engage more deeply with the game and really make the most of what Radix has to offer!

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Radix April Update

A handful of improvements have been made in this month's maintenance update, though nothing new or shiny. Most users probably won't notice these updates specifically but they should help to improve the overall experience for teachers, students, and other players. For example:

  • Tweaked the profanity filter to allow more common phrases.
  • Fixed some bugs in chat permissions and buddy lists.
  • Improved readability and reporting of failure system in Teacher Dashboard.
  • Fixed bugs in inventory and sorting.
  • Quest log adds new quests to the top of the list.
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Radix Scheduled Maintenance: WEDNESDAY 4/23/14 5-7PM EDT

Hello Radix users!

We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Wednesday, 4/23/14 5-7PM EDT.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring you website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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Radix Scheduled Maintenance: TUESDAY 4/1/14 11PM-MIDNIGHT EDT

Hello Radix users!

We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Tuesday, April 1st, 11PM - Midnight EDT.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring you  website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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Radix March Update

In this month's maintenance update, we've tried to address a few issues that have been making it difficult for schools and other users to play Radix. These are things we would have loved to address sooner but didn't have the time. In fact some of them could still use some additional work and in a perfect world we'd be able to continue working on them, but we're happy to at least be making small improvements throughout the pilot phase. These are some things you may notice in the latest version:

  • Traveling from one area to another loads faster than before.
  • When quests are available that you haven't started, an "!" appears on the world map.
  • Failure reporting in Teacher Dashboard is more accurate and clear.
  • Mail can be composed from the inbox, not only from the Friends List.
  • Small improvements in clarity have been made to a variety of tools.
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Radix Scheduled Maintenance: WEDNESDAY 3/26/14 5-7PM EST

Hello Radix users!
We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Wednesday, March 26th, 5-7PM EST.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org
will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring
you more game and website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play
sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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Additional Content Released!

We released the pilot version of The Radix Endeavor a few weeks ago and lots of teachers and students have started using the game. Today we are releasing the rest of the content for the pilot version to round out the game's curriculum, provide quests with additional scaffolding and goodies, and make the teacher dashboard much more robust. Here is an overview of the new stuff you'll see in the game as of today:

  • Statistics quest line: "Data Detective"
  • Ecology quest line: "Population Arbitration"
  • Mixed content geometry quest line: "Secret Headquarters"
  • Mixed content stats & genetics quest line: "Prustic Pets"
  • Side quests to help scaffold the scale maps "Rubble Rouser" quest line
  • Side quests to help scaffold the genetics "Breeders Beware" quest line
  • Server reservation system for whole class play time
  • Revamped class progress with student gameplay tracking
  • Details on student failures and possible causes
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Radix Scheduled Maintenance: MONDAY 2/24/14 3-7PM EST

Hello Radix users!

We'd like to inform you of an upcoming maintenance window, scheduled for Monday, February 24th, 3-7PM EST.

Our website, www.radixendeavor.org will be down and inaccessible during this period so that we can bring you more game and website fixes/improvements. Please schedule your play sessions accordingly!

Thank you for your patience, and thank you for playing!

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The Pilot Has Begun!

Exciting news: the Radix pilot has officially started! If you don't already know, one of the reasons we are designing and building this game is not only so that teachers and students can play it, but also to learn more about the ways in which it is and is not effective as a learning tool. To do this we are conducting a research study in which we will collect data about how people use Radix - through classroom observations, surveys, assessments, and game data logging for example.

  • If you're a teacher interested in participating in the pilot study, find out more at radixendeavor.org/teachers.
  • If you want to know about the results of our research, stay tuned this summer!
  • And if you want to know more or help us spread the word about Radix, check out today's press release at education.mit.edu/blogs/carole/2014/02/04.
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Preparing for the Pilot

Good news! We will officially launch our pilot testing period on February 3, 2014. The game is currently undergoing a series of major updates in preparation for this official pilot research period. One of these major updates took place last week, which included significant changes to many quests and game tools. And here's the not-so-good news: these changes were serious enough so that it was necessary to reset all quests progress. So, if you suspect that your game progress has been lost recently, that is unfortunately true.

Please note that we do have another scheduled reset of accounts to accommodate some new features in our registration system. We recommend users to wait until our official research period begins prior to experiencing the game fully. As we conduct server maintenance and adjustments to the game in the next couple of weeks, you may experience some technical issues or periodic decline in performance.

The reset of accounts mentioned above will take place on 1/27/14, when game database will be purged for a fresh start. To play beyond that date, you will need to create a new teacher or player account.

Stay in touch with us as we approach this exciting milestone! To receive our updates on these important announcements, please register for our mailing list.

Onward!

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