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computeropponen: There are two ways: you can go to a player's page and invite that person directly, or you can make an open invitation to players in general here at BrainKing (with some restrictions if you want to).
For the general invitation, on the left side of the page near the top there is a category called "new game". Click it.
Then select the type of game you want to play, then pick the parameters that you want. Be careful on time controls and such so that you get what you want; there are default settings but I suspect you won't want to use those.
If someone on the "waiting games" page has an invitation that states that it is a 5 wins match and my color is black, does that mean that all of my games in that match will be black, or does it mean that my first game is black and alternate each game after that between black and white, or is it something else perhaps?
thechosen0ne: I guess I should have looked at your profile before posting. You have the automatic vacation turned on.
Imagine that you run out of time in a game that does not have a green dot (no vacation time allowed) or a red dot (no vacation time allowed; also no "weekend days" allowed). What happens is that you lose an hour of your vacation time, but all of your non-dot games also gain an hour of time left to play.
Once you run out of vacation time, then the next time you run out of time in a game you lose that game.
thechosen0ne: On the left side of the site there is a column of links.
1) Click "Settings". 2) Click the "Calendar" tab on the top of that page. 3) Check the box near the top of the calendar page. Then go to the bottom and click "save and finish". 4) Check your profile to make sure it worked.
SL-Mark: It is a common mistake of people who don't understand the game of backgammon very well to downplay the element of skill. Some of these people even sometimes put the word skilled in quotes, as if it is not actually worthy of the name skill.
SL-Mark: In dice games, the skill is in managing that which luck gives you. There are good ways to play what the dice give you, and there are less good ways. The more highly skilled players find the better plays more often than the less skilled players do.
I can't say why others play them, but I don't view it as destiny or fate when I win or lose; not over the long run anyway....
Herlock Sholmes: Yes, that is right. I agree the instructions are a bit vague.
One way to think of it is that in triple dice poker, the bonus is calculated by the score that you get if you had scored three of each number, and in triple dice poker the bonus is calculated as if you had scored four of each number.
If you think of it that way, and you realize that you only got three 6's in 6D, then you need to make up that extra 6 somewhere else, for example by getting five 5's and five 1's, or five 4's and five 2's.
Herlock Sholmes: If you look at the rules for triple dice poker, which your game is a variant of, you will see that the score that you need is based on the upper section of the first column. In order to get the bonus for the second column, you need to multiply by 2, and to get the bonus for the third column, you need to multiply by 3.
Folks, you need to be careful before putting this type of "stairs" thing into BK rules for non-stairs games; there are all kinds of potential nasty unintended consequences.
For example, this could inspire people to change their settings to not accept invitations.
Another downside is wanting to limit number of ongoing games (for non-rooks) in order to make space for a tournament you want to play in, but too many people want to invite you to games and you are forced to accept.
Similarly you might be trying to clear up your remaining games to go on a playing hiatus (a vacation or just to not get burned out on a particular game).
Another potential problem is being forced to play time controls you don't want to play, or match lengths you don't want to play, or single game invitations where your opponent has the side that has a huge advantage (e.g. battleboats plus).
Right now I have a few players on my blocked users list because they were abusive or obnoxious in some other way. I would hate to be forced to play them.
I'm sure there are other potential problems that others can think of. Anyway, I hope Fencer would be very careful before implementing any such "reform" to make sure it doesn't hurt more than it helps.
I have had similar problems with players who are number one ranked while I was number two ranked who refused to play me. It is frustrating. Fortunately for me though none of those rating differences were insurmountable the way the rating difference in checkers is....
El Cid: It is worth pointing out that in the study I referred to, that before Indiana changed the rules, a few counties in Indiana didn't have DST while others did. Therefore when they changed the rules they could measure the changed energy output in the affected counties while also having a control group.
It is the control group which is the key that makes it convincing.
If it's not the programmers fault that time on this site is displayed improperly, then whose fault is it? ;-)
Thad: After reading your question I tried to think of who else might somehow be responsible. Living in the US, depending on who you talk to, it seems like *everything* is either Obama's fault or Bush's fault.
Roberto Silva: Not if everyone followed Obama's leadership!
Seriously though, if the US eliminated DST because of a careful academic study, then everyone else would surely either eliminate it too, or at least conduct a similar experiment in their own country.
Anyway, all it would take is for the Czechs to also eliminate DST, and then thisbeme would need another scapegoat for why he times out.
Note to whom it may concern, if you find yourself timing out a lot, it is your own fault, not BK's. The occasional timeout may *perhaps* not be your fault, but habitual timeouts certainly are your own fault.
If Obama had followed the advice of the study, he would have eliminated Daylight Savings Time in the US, and the rest of the world would likely have followed suit.
[edit: and as a result, BK would not have to figure out which locality changes its clocks, and which ones never change their clocks]
Everything is Obama's fault, unless it is Bush's fault. or both of them.
People, please don't turn this into a political thread. I only point it out in the hopes that *someone important* somewhere might read this and help to eliminate Daylight Savings Time, which is bad for the environment.
BK went down for a minute or so for maintenance earlier today. Since then I have noticed a couple of anomalies.
First, I signed up for a tournament that was supposed to start "immediately" once the maximum number of players was reached. That was a while ago.
Second, games that a player has passed the deadline for moving are showing times like -2 hours 32 minutes.
This may be a new feature, I don't know, namely when a player is on a weekend day his time continues in the negative until his weekend is over. I actually like it, but I don't know if it is intentional or not, especially since that tournament hasn't started yet.
In the same spirit as the other recent posts, perhaps Fencer could sponsor a tournament (perhaps hosted by someone else if he gets a volunteer) that is only open to people who buy a new rook membership (no renewals). Fencer could donate a prize of some brand new brains perhaps as an incentive, or something else that catches his imagination.
rod03801: If you have a game with time remaining in the red (i.e. less than an hour left), I suggest the following:
1) Open up the game.
2) Check the time limit per move. Let's say that in this case it is 2 days.
3) Check when your last move was made. This should be under your name on the board and say something like "Last move: 25. September 2011, 10:59:24".
4) Add the time per move to that time listed under step 3. In this case, add 48 hours.
5) If the time under step 4 is in the future, you haven't used vacation time in that game.
6) If the game you just checked has for example 15 minutes left, and you have another game that has a time left per move that is less than 75 minutes, you should check that game too under steps 1-5. The reason is that it may already have gone into vacation time and had 1 hour added to time left to move.
All of the above should also take into account weekend time. Fischer clocks make things even more complicated if they add extra hours for each move made. Good luck in that case....
coan.net: "Cleaning cache" can mean different things to different people. When I decide to clear cache I have several options which I can choose to delete or not delete.
Cookies for example. I usually keep the cookies of the sites that I more or less trust, such as BK, while deleting the cookies from all other sites.
Today just now I cleared cookies for BK, something I haven't done in many months. The site is now loading much faster than it was before, noting that I am one of the people who had problems with the loading speed of the site very recently.
*edit: I also want to note that I clear my cache every day, at least once a day actually. After clearing what I want to clear, I then individually pick out which cookies to delete.
It could be something else I suppose. I also rebooted, then installed a flash reader update, then rebooted again. I know nothing of computers really, maybe that had something to do with it instead, I have no idea.
(hide) If you are waiting for your turn, click on "change" next to the "refresh" on the main page, then set refresh the page to 30 seconds to get your turn to move displayed faster. (Servant) (show all tips)