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Hrqls: Yes, I am/was close to finishing that achievement as well. I was planning on buying another year if the promotion came up. I still have plenty of time on my current membership though. It sort of makes that achievement unachievable if he doesn't bring that back...
"The game ends when all frogs of one player are revealed on the board (no matter if they were shot or guessed). The other player gets a bonus of 2 points and 1 point for each own frog which was not found by the opponent."
Mélusine: I don't think Brian was being "arrogant" either. I would think all of us who have been around this site since around the beginning, miss the days when Fencer was so involved constantly. Yes, things change. I (and I'm sure most) accept that. Priorities change. Life changes. I guess in my "hope of hopes" it would be for a bit more attention to be made? In Fencer's defense, he HAS responded to some things that needed to be taken care of recently. It seems like there may be a bunch of old bug reports that have long gone unfixed? I can't think of any personally. At least none that have affected me. But little things too. Like the BKR graphs. They would look better if those graph lines were continued. (They stopped a couple years ago). Again, it's very unimportant in the big scheme of things, but I guess it would be nice if such things were kept up.
This is NOT meant to be any sort of complaint. I love this site and am here every day, multiple times every day. And have been for over 12 years. I'm just saying I understand why some of us "miss the old days". And yes, it would be SO cool to occasionally get a new game. (Quarto is a new favorite of mine from another site)
Of course my MAIN hope is that Brainking sticks around for a lot longer. Oh, and I too would love if there was a Christmas deal! I still need a few "colors" (from the sales) to complete that Achievement to get a Black Rook.
Royal__Flush: I wonder if it's connected to him working on that tournament problem. I just looked at my game sheet, and I now have games in that tourney, that are my opponents' turns and it says " -16581 days 23 hours"
rod03801: I looked at the running tournament list, and it is indeed on there twice. (I only purposefully created one of them). I have NO idea how I'd be on it twice though, because the only link I used was on the Tournaments discussion board.
Wait. I take that back. I MIGHT have used a link from a message I got when the tournament started, and maybe one of the times, it was the one for the mystery 2nd one. No big deal I guess. Other than I did not create 2. Maybe it had something to do with using the template I had saved?
beach: I don't know. I know I only signed up on one link, and I personally seem to be in 2 tournaments on some of the games. (Definitely not all of them!).
EDIT : I just checked my own list, and for me, it's only 3 of the games that seemed to "Double up". Dice Chess, Dice Chess 10x10 and Frog Finder. I don't know how many others had this happen. (Obviously at least in these 3 listed).
I created a single elimination tournament that was set to begin Dec 26. It allowed for 2 extra days before being deleted. For some reason, it seems to have created "double" tournaments in some of the games. For example, Frog Finder. There is one version that has 4 people. Then there seems to be another version that has 5 people. When you go to it's main tournament page, where it lists all of the games of the tournament, it is only listed once of course, and if you click on it, you see the version with 4 people. (Not the "extra" one with 5 people) BAH HUMBUG!! #3 is the 4 person one BAH HUMBUG!! #3 is the 5 person one.
Modified by rod03801 (28. November 2014, 15:51:28)
speachless: S-B has nothing to do with ratings. I may not be wording it quite right, but it is based on the points of each person's opponent's whom they won against.
I know what I mean...
But yes, those are obviously wrong, in that tournament.
Here is an example of a correct one : Championship world BK 2013 If you scroll down to section 3 of round 1. It was a section that needed the S-B. It correctly made Schoffi the winner. He beat players 3, 4 & 5. Their points added up to 6. Whereas eefke (who tied him in points) beat players 1, 3 & 5. Their points only added up to 4. Nothing to do with either person's BKR.
Modified by rod03801 (25. November 2014, 05:48:29)
mal4inara: I hear you. I've been participating in this same debate for years now. Unfortunately, some people won't accept the reality of a turn based game site, and will attack people who don't play the way they would like. It's just the reality of it. It is really better to just let it pass, because some won't accept that its on them TOO for joining games that don't meet the ideal time constraints. And I don't mean anyone who is participating in THIS current, civil, conversation.
mal4inara: Please don't take offense. Gabriel Almeida is a good guy, and I am sure he really didn't mean to offend you.
I don't take offense by the comments. My response would really be the same as yours. I play in order of time out. If a tourney has crazy long time constraints, then they do take longer with me. As with you, if anyone looks at my profile, they would see I've BARELY touched MY vacation time too.
I've stopped joining new tournies, (unless they realllllly interest me), in an effort to get my number of games down enough to the point that I can hopefully make a move in every game, every day.
Like you, it is NOT my plan to hold things up, but I have seemingly done so. I don't join tournies with long time constraints anymore. I am also more than happy to concentrate on the older tournies, but it isn't always possible.
My main point is that I hope you won't be offended. There may be SOME people who purposefully hold things up, but I know it's not me, and I'm sure it's not you either.
I don't want to be in long, never ending tournies either. That's why I only join ones with VERY short time constraints, to FORCE me to keep up. As my # of games get down further, it will be less of an issue anyway.
Bernice: That's how it works. This is the "public" friends list. It is different than your regular friends list. This is a list where you are publicly showing you are friends. Anyone who clicked on your profile would see that he was a public friend. If you want to add Hrqls to your public friends list, you would first have to have him on your regular friends list. Then, next to his name, you would see a tiny lock. If you click that lock, it would send Hrqls a request. If he approves it, then he would be shown on your public friends list, on your profile.
El Cid: It seems to be pretty routine at other sites though. For example GT definitely does it. I'm not sure it would need to be once an hour. Heck, once a day would be plenty and would help move tournaments along. Even not THAT often, would be an improvement.
Vikings: Yes. That was my concern when the stairs were created. Too many draws, due to 2 game matches. Thats why I like the "Very Fast" stairs. Those are just one game. I understand the reasoning on the other ones, due to games that one color has an advantage. Probably there is a better solution though.
Marshmud: I haven't experienced it either. But I don't use fischer that much here. Our user created tournaments are awesome.
I personally hated IYT's ladder system. But I ended up hating about everything about IYT. (And that was my full time game site before I discovered Brainking. I was obsessed with IYT. I bought all their merchandise too lol) I think ours is decent. But seems to have lost interest. At least none of the ladders I'm in here are as active as they used to be. Err. I mean stairs. LOL...
Marshmud: Goldtoken uses SOMETHING like it. Not exactly the same. Not as good probably. But it's something to help some games from "going on forever" for those who want that. I haven't used it much over there, so maybe it's more similar than I think. They also have tournaments with a "total length" too. (Their "Olympics" for example)
Let's please refrain from name calling. He has definitely gone on and on about this stuff, and "quit" the site several years ago when he was asked to stop spamming discussion boards with the SAME rants over and over again. Then he came back under another name, and proceeded to do the same thing, and was given the same request. You may recognize another name that has more recently given the same complaints as this name. (Unless his posts were removed, I don't recall now) I have sent him a PM and reminded him that he has been given plenty of notice about "spamming" and it won't be tolerated this time either. (Not that he has done exactly that yet)
We should all remember, as Roberto said, that this sort of issue will always come up with turn based sites. It is just a "fact of life" that we all have to deal with different playing styles/habits. For some reason, this person has never quite gotten over the fact that this is NOT real time and over the board playing.
JerNYC: That was a pretty "snooty" post coming from someone complaining of a "snooty" membership base. And sorry, but EVERY turn based site has people complaining of "the slower players". Even at the sites you list.
I, along with most of the paid membership base, certainly do appreciate the free players as well. It's only common sense that the base of available opponents would be pretty small if only paid members could play here.
Subject: Re: mixed games in round robin tournament
Marshmud: Maybe it's different for team tournaments. I'm not a programmer, by any stretch of the imagination. But I have noticed it only recently, in another regular random tournament I'm in. Not Team. And I'm POSITIVE, it wasn't that way before
Subject: Re: mixed games in round robin tournament
Marshmud: I think it is something that recently changed. Because I don't ever remember playing 2 different games with the same player in a random tournament, and I think it is tied to "random position for each game" as Aganju says.
I love the random tournaments and have played a lot. This "phenomenon" is something I have only recently noticed.
Modified by rod03801 (18. February 2014, 20:33:57)
KasperNymand: Hmm. That's interesting. Of course I've been a rook for over 10 years lol. And I do always see bishops IN fellowships. (But that is possibly because they were already in there when they had a higher membership, and may not be able to actually participate) Someone else may have to confirm if I have given you incorrect information. If so, I apologize.
Have you tried actually joining? (Instead of just viewing)
winterangels: Your subject says "Stairs", yet you talk about being kicked out of a Tournament. So, I'm not sure what your issue is exactly. On your profile, I see you are indeed in one set of stairs, and were not kicked out. As a Pawn, you are only allowed in one set of Stairs. So that seems to be fine.
You currently have 19 games going. As a pawn, your limit is 20. To join a tournament, as a pawn, you DO have to have a certain number of free slots. I honestly don't remember how many that is. (4 or 5? I would imagine if it's "Single Elimination" that one slot would be fine) But I bet someone else does recall the exact requirement, and will say so. If you do not have enough slots, you will indeed not be allowed to start the tournament.
winterangels: Someone might be able to help if you say which game it is. Your Finished Games tab in your profile only shows one game ending last night, and that was anti-reversi, and you actually did not win that game.