Though for the most part, I doubt anyone will come here and check it. I've ran the Serious Pente Players Fellowship for 12 years with ever declining participation. I think this is partly due to fencer's implementation of higher than pawn membership levels to really access it, and also because of unsurity of brainkings support and future. I mean who wants to pay for membership when the disclaimers on the membership page clearly spell out your risks for doing so?
I also think Pente.org has taken over as the premier place to really play Pente online. Rightly so, rainwolf has put a lot of time and effort and really vamped the site. Options for how you can play pente there as well as interact with other players are levels above the model used here. Besides in it's own way, Pente.org is already a fellowship. The "pawns" or I should say "non-paying members" can access almost everything which facilitates participation and a community environment. The forums there are also much better for Pente players and much more active.
It's kind of a sad day for Pente at Brainking really, but I'm just stating what every other pente player here already knows, this place has been dieing a slow death and I don't see it recovering. This years St Patricks Day Pente tournament will likely be my last (the ever decreasing interest and low sign ups can easily be seen over time).
Support in the SPP fellowship will also likely go to minimal status since hardly any player on the roster even logs in or interacts there anymore. I don't see the point of trying to put out monthly tournaments, updating news sections, putting out polls, when I see many tournaments with not enough players just expire ...not to mention the greatly lessoned BK pente community presence.
It's been a good ride! from 2002-2014 I'd say this website was the place to play pente. I will still log on here periodically and do minimal support within SPP, but my Pente presence will be most prevalent at Pente.org, as I'm sure most of the other Serious Pente Players have already done.
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