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11. April 2021, 12:16:58
Dice Cheater 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: Ah, OK, thank you.

11. April 2021, 04:01:25
Mousetrap 
Subject: Re: Hanging up the old finger.
seldom: Aww. When you gotta go you gotta go.

11. April 2021, 03:59:26
Mousetrap 
Subject: Re: Except for
Marshmud: Poor Geo

10. April 2021, 22:32:10
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
Carnie: ah so.....LOL

10. April 2021, 14:50:30
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: After reading your post, I put gt at the end of a game instead of gg.

10. April 2021, 13:03:35
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
moistfinger: gold token....it is a game site.

10. April 2021, 11:42:15
moistfinger 
Subject: Re:
Marshmud: What is GT? Thanks.

10. April 2021, 00:31:26
Marshmud 
Subject: Re:
Carnie: I agree Brainking is a superb site. Its not about the site, its the people. GT can be hard to navigate. I hated it at first but the energy among the players is bountiful. Most of the players I play daily at GT are current BK players or past players. I like it for the card games and cribbage and the variants of hangman.

9. April 2021, 20:16:20
Tuesday 
Brainking is far superior than others. GT is a mess and my ADD hops lol, but the chat boards are active. I hate to see this die.

9. April 2021, 19:34:53
Clandestine 1 
Subject: Re:
Carnie: things are stagnant here. No new games, no new faces, no new challenges. The people that I knew here are gone. Brainking has almost come to a complete stop. 
I agree with MadMonkey though about BK being a far superior platform then GT. BK needs some TLC and rejuvenation though. 
I will always keep a few games going though, just so I can see if improvements happen and if it’s worth returning. 

9. April 2021, 19:09:07
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re:
Carnie: I am on GT now as well (been there a week), but I wouldn't say I have moved there (They have Cribbage, and love that game lol)

By design, Brainking is by far a superior site (in my opinion), all options are on your left or right, and there are many options in your settings for changing things the way you want them to be. Goldtoken is just a mess, that needs a re-design, but it does what its there for, you play games, can have a chat, and it has lots of games brainking does not.

Sadly since Liquid left and Fencer lost interest brainking has lost its appeal. As Marshmud says, some things have got out of control, and only Fencer has the power to sort these things out. So if he is not about or doesn't have time they just go unchecked, people get fed up, and leave.......

There are things that I am sure wouldn't take too much to sort out or put right here, but we have had no new features or games to keep the interest going, BUT these things take time, and I suppose the interest in the first place to do it, and as Fencer said a few years back he has neither of these now......and pursues other interests.

It is his site, and if it falls apart no one but him can do anything about it.....a bit like having your car, if you do not keep it healthy and looked after, it to will fall apart.

It is a shame, and if Fencer was to show an interest again, I, for one, would be the first to get behind him

Living in hope.....

p.s. And if you do feel the urge Fencer, could we have a Like button for posts please, or a thumbs up / down, that would be cool

9. April 2021, 17:56:14
Marshmud 
Subject: Re:
Carnie: I too have moved to GT. I'm here for my 20 years of play and the friends I made. In fact clandey, BGBedlam, Beach and I have a club called the BK gang, and we offer free two month memberships for free to new members. So if you want to check it out for 2 months, ask any of us. At BK I only help keep the team games going, but as support dwindles down that wont be in operation soon. No more Ponds. The tournament board spammed, now porn spam, no fun here, but my friends are priceless at BK except for Geomomo.

9. April 2021, 17:02:56
Tuesday 
Subject: Re:
Clandestine 1: I'm just curious why you're leaving since a lot have.

9. April 2021, 16:31:01
Clandestine 1 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: I’m a 2003 but starting to wind things down here and move over to GT. 

9. April 2021, 11:52:17
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re:
Bernice: Have no fear, I am still here

9. April 2021, 03:13:53
Bernice 
OMG...I was just wondering how many are paying customers from all the real oldies that started and registered up till end of 2002....I looked at the first 30 pages and there wouldnt be a dozen that are stil paid up members.....

30. March 2021, 11:17:53
seldom 
Subject: Re:Hanging up the old finger.
Bernice:

Very oblivable. Thank you.

29. March 2021, 01:42:42
Bernice 
CONGRATS on attaining your age to retire from games...you will be missed by all

29. March 2021, 01:06:36
Tuesday 
Subject: Re: Hanging up the old finger.
seldom: seldom do we see such verbage.

28. March 2021, 17:20:18
ketchuplover 
Subject: Re: Hanging up the old finger.
seldom:

Finally Seldom is seen :) May your chaos be only slightly manageable :)

28. March 2021, 09:47:18
seldom 
Subject: Hanging up the old finger.
I would like to thank "whathefuh4", (Mary Lou and Natasha), for the kind words. It certainly has been a pleasure playing with such wonderful people --- but the time has come to hang up the old finger. Time to hit the road. Take off the old cleats. Find a new strawberry patch; but while you can lead a horse to water, you can't make him lie on his back and float. So I'm almost just going to say it certainly has been a pleasure playing with such wonderful people.

Been thinking about playing left-handed under a different pseudonym. Something like "gazortinplatt" or something like that. ~~~say no more~~~ "Live long and prosper"

Your friend,

seldom

12. March 2021, 12:31:20
Mousetrap 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: That was kool!

10. March 2021, 17:11:25
Papa Zoom 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: good stuff

10. March 2021, 16:39:15
Dice Cheater 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
MadMonkey: LOL! I thoroughly enjoyed the queen's gambit and loved the main character, such brilliant actress.

10. March 2021, 16:32:32
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Dice Cheater: Yeah sorry, I binged watched them all in one day, so it just seems like a film

10. March 2021, 16:29:13
Dice Cheater 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
MadMonkey: Are you talking about the Netflix mini-series? I didn't know they'd made a film

10. March 2021, 10:59:51
Bernice 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
MadMonkey: I was fascinated by that kid....he was absolutely unbelievable

10. March 2021, 10:12:24
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Bernice: I watched it a couple of weeks ago, loved it, great film, though maybe predictable

I did see something on YouTube as well, where they interviewed World Champion Magnus Carlsen (and other Chess Masters) about the film, and the games played in it. That was very interesting

10. March 2021, 08:11:42
Bernice 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: Fencer....seeing as you love chess....I loved movie on NETFLIX called QUEENS GAMBIT....I used to play chess very badly hahaha years ago but I loved this movie.

YOu may also be able to get it on You Tube...I dont know

10. March 2021, 07:59:31
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Papa Zoom: Thank you! There is more on Facebook or YouTube. Updated daily.

9. March 2021, 22:53:57
Papa Zoom 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: as a former avid chess player, I very much like it. The speed was perfect as it allowed time for quick analysis yet kept the game moving.

9. March 2021, 13:15:59
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
__chess__: I prefer my own solution, which is also fully automated - just input the game IDs and let the engine do the rest. By the way, if I had the same attitude (there are other game sites, why to create a new one?) 19 years ago, this site would not exist.

Furthermore, this is just a PoC (proof of concept) and there are endless possibilities to improve the former idea.

9. March 2021, 00:04:02
__chess__ 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: Of course all this is unnecessary. just use xboard to play the game and any screen capture tool that can create videos.

5. March 2021, 15:05:37
Walter Montego 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
SL-Mark:

Fencer: Captured pieces ... Sweet.
Your highlighting the move squares and red check lines is a nice touch.

I agree. :)

5. March 2021, 13:19:07
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re:
ughaibu:

5. March 2021, 11:58:53
Fencer 
Subject: PGN to video converter
Okay, the FINAL final version (notation added below the board). I will stop spamming here. Thanks everyone who sent me their feedback, much appreciated.

https://youtu.be/_NVECmY1gl0

4. March 2021, 22:02:03
Bernice 
Subject: Re:
ughaibu: it sure is

4. March 2021, 18:16:19
ughaibu 
This is nice, Fencer talking about the future of BrainKing.

4. March 2021, 15:20:00
SL-Mark 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: Captured pieces ... Sweet.
Your highlighting the move squares and red check lines is nice touch.

4. March 2021, 15:05:18
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
MadMonkey: Yeah, I thought it might be better to choose a game which I didn't lose. However, the video generator is quite CPU-consuming, so I don't think we would ever add something like "create a game video" functionality to BrainKing. Maybe as an external service in the future.

4. March 2021, 13:17:54
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: I think its great watching games like that, I was cheering furbster on, but sadly you prevailed

4. March 2021, 07:50:23
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
SL-Mark: Captured pieces added.

https://youtu.be/Efr1hW3BaxU

3. March 2021, 19:27:20
SL-Mark 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: Looks great.
Would add list of captured pieces.

3. March 2021, 16:35:53
rod03801 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: That's pretty cool! It would be neat if every game had an "instant replay".

3. March 2021, 16:32:29
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
MadMonkey: Yes, mesmerizing. My wife had a similar comment.

3. March 2021, 16:31:59
Fencer 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Walter Montego: Hmm, that's unlikely. I don't plan to host any videos here, and I don't think it's possible to replay videos backwards on YouTube (or is it?).

3. March 2021, 15:47:53
MadMonkey 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: I like that Fencer, just right speed.....in fact it's quite mesmerizing watching it

And you found a game tenuki lost, that didn't happen very often

3. March 2021, 14:46:48
Walter Montego 
Subject: Re: PGN to video converter
Fencer: That seems like a good speed.

If that is made a part of BrainKing, will it have pause and backward play?

3. March 2021, 07:42:16
Fencer 
Subject: PGN to video converter
Modified by Fencer (3. March 2021, 12:38:28)
I created a simple application that takes a PGN file (chess notation) and generates a MOV video to replay the game. It's just a side project, something like a programming exercise.

This is a sample output from the BrainKing database: https://youtu.be/OA73wSwNbHE

Any feedback would be appreciated. (Too fast? Too slow? Some info missing?)

1. March 2021, 18:20:11
Tuesday 
It's showing as a Rook now. Patience.

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