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crosseyed: Maybe you should have read more carefully what you paid for. You have a right to play more games, create fellowships, tournaments etc. There is nothing about "you will be guaranteed to have a site running without any problems ever" or "you will never have connection problems", and it's not there for a very good reason. I could also say that I find your response (and permanent complaining) very insulting. Then we can insult each other on and on, if it makes you more happy. I prefer not to discuss it with people who only see their own problems and nothing else. Anyway, I am the one who decides what my priorities are. If you don't like it here, you can always play elsewhere.
It is true that some people can have problems to access BrainKing. BrainKing itself is OK and running fast, but for some strange reason the server occasionally fails to provide new connections, so the generated page never reaches your web browser. When I have time, I'll try to do some tuning, but since I am very busy with many other things (you might have noticed that, after 10 years, BrainKing is not my top priority any longer), it's hard to make any estimate, especially when I have no idea what could went wrong.
crosseyed: Since the site itself is fast and running without any problems, it seems that only some routes are affected. It usually means that there are problems with certain network nodes which is out of our reach (so we can only wait).
Carpe Diem: 7/10 is still a fraction. We are not a charity. This opportunity had been originally created for people who received some bonus codes in the past, so they don't need to make 7 different orders but only 5 or 4 (for instance).
Anyway, I know of several players who really placed 7 orders and got their Black Rook for 252 Euro.
Carpe Diem: Actually, the "Sort next games by" option is obsolete (and should be removed) because games are sorted by time left only due to some performance issues we had observed in the past. It means that "next game" is always the game with the least time left to make a move.
rabbitoid: In order to make such a tool safe and easy to use, I would be something like "Click to fix this tournament" button anyway. A script to check all running tournaments once a day and fixing the bugged one seems to be a better solution.
Hrqls: Good! If nothing goes wrong, I might be able to release the first beta version within a week or two. It already connects to the server and shows some data (games to play, number of new messages etc.), so I hope the rest won't be too difficult to add.
Subject: Re: how to avoid beeing added in team tournaments without asking before
speachless: There is not option like that. When people join teams, it is expected that they want to participate in team events (matches, tournaments). The easiest workaround is to leave the particular team (or all of them).
speachless: Some graphics is missing in the bigger set but the small one should be OK, as far as I know. How would people play Plakoto, anyway? From time to time I receive a question why some pieces are missing on the board but when I suggest to switch to the small set, everybody responds that the problem was solved. So I take it for granted.
pedestrian: At least I know that I am not wrong about it. Regarding Plakoto, it is true that some images are missing, mostly because they are specific to Plakoto only (mixed white and black pieces) and I had probably forgotten to create them. When I have some time, I will look at it.
speachless: Interesting. How many times have you read the Fevga rules before you started to fill my mailbox with "typical problems"?
Let me quote something:
"A player's first checker must pass the opponent's starting point before he may move any of his other checkers."
That explains the 6-6 "bug", right?
I would like to add that Plakoto and Fevga had been introduced here in February 2008, more than 4 years ago. I am sure that if these variants were as flawed as you suggest, some poeple would have probably noticed that a long time ago.
The bottom line - there is a special Backgammon discussion board which should be used for any further comments or questions. I don't doubt that regular backgammon players would give you any explanations better (and faster) than me.
ScarletRose: What's the problem? The worst thing that could happen is that a year membership would be just stored on your profile page but you can never lose your lifetime subscription. The easiest way to purchase a membership for another player is to go to their profile page and click "purchase membership for this user" link at the page top.