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Fencer  Scheduled outage 18. July 2005, 10:23:51
Modified by Fencer (21. July 2005, 15:54:09)
A scheduled downtime of BrainKing is planned on Tuesday 26th July 2005, 18:00 GMT+01:00 due to a conversion of our application server. The action should not exceed 2-3 hours.

Fencer  French 27. June 2005, 13:57:53
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 19:47:49)
It seems that adding new languages to BrainKing will become a regular event. Thanks to a great work of rabbitoid with an assistance of Cerise and tycho, we can start a new decade of supported localizations and the number 11 belongs to French.

Fencer  Swedish is the tenth language 16. June 2005, 10:18:46
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 19:48:50)
I would like to announce that the BrainKing collection of supported languages has reached the number 10. The Swedish translation has been provided by Hasurami and Andersp :-)

Fencer  Esperanto and Romanian 13. June 2005, 07:53:25
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 20:56:41)
I am happy to introduce two new languages which extend our collection of full BrainKing localizations. The heroes of the day are estanto who translated the site to Esperanto with a little assistance of martinbr, and cicko who made the complete Romanian translation :-)
There are also several improvements in the time control functionality for games, tournaments and ponds which should bring a better flexibility and playability.

Fencer  Turkish and Dutch 30. May 2005, 09:16:53
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 20:52:25)
The language boom continues! This time we have two new languages at once - Turkish (fully translated by Ebru) and Dutch (provided by Hrqls and vic, tested by wekke and Radiant Aunt).
Enjoy :-) Discussion boards in these new languages will be created soon.

Fencer  BrainKing in Slovak 25. May 2005, 12:39:03
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 19:53:29)
The fifth supported language has been released! This time it is Slovak and my thanks go to the translators blizz and noger. Of course with their testers - temo, agentura office and vaizi :-)
There are also several improvements in the fellowship system, mostly about their language and discussion board structure.

Fencer  BrainKing in German 15. May 2005, 13:52:11
Modified by Fencer (7. August 2005, 19:51:38)
Thanks to amazing work of chessmec (formerly started by Dresden) who worked hard to translate the whole BrainKing to German, you can switch to this language now. And, of course, his army of testers (diogenes, Caissus, danoschek, andreas, Sumerian, Mely, Luke Skywalker, estanto and snowflake) should be mentioned as well.
Note: I still speak only English and Czech, any questions in German please address to chessmec :-)

Fencer  Negative time left 14. May 2005, 20:13:35
Modified by Fencer (14. May 2005, 22:20:58)
The main source of recent site problems has been fixed. However, some strange events still can happen (a negative value of time left in games, etc.), that's why the game time will stay suspended until it is solved as well.

Fencer  Site problems 12. May 2005, 21:10:15
Modified by Fencer (14. May 2005, 15:57:02)
since we are currently having unexpected problems with one of our servers, the site performance is very bad at the moment. Please be patient, the problem will be solved as soon as possible.
  • The time for games and ponds has been suspended in order to avoid timeouts. It will be started after the problems are fixed.
  • Please expect some downtimes and slow loading of pages, we are currently running on only one machine which is very overloaded. The tests and attempts to make the second server running can cause the site inactivity. Please don't report it as a bug.
  • The "time left" value for certain games is showing as a very big negative number. This is a temporary and harmless bug (because the timeouts are disabled), please don't report it.
  • Some games (especially battleboats) can become unstable (disappearing game board). This is related to the mentioned problems, please don't report it and let the games as they are until the problem is solved.

Thank you for understanding.

Fencer  Discussion board reduction 5. May 2005, 07:48:37
Modified by Fencer (5. May 2005, 14:58:23)
In order to make the discussion boards better arranged and prepared for new supported languages, several game discussion boards have been combined into one (e.g. Checkers variants, Reversi variants etc.). It means that certain boards could disappear from your list of favourite boards which is not a bug, just a consequence of this action.

Fencer  $200 prize tournaments 25. April 2005, 09:18:37
Modified by Fencer (25. April 2005, 11:18:43)
A $200.00 total purse is being offered in IT IS A NEW DAY tournament. You do not have to be a paying member to participate.

Fencer  BrainKing goes multilingual 6. April 2005, 09:16:07
Modified by Fencer (6. April 2005, 14:21:18)
Thanks to amazing work of aissi and pauloaguia who worked hard to translate the whole BrainKing to Portuguese, you can switch to this language now. More changes reflecting the new multilingual structure (especially in discussion boards and fellowships) will follow soon.
Note: I still speak only English and Czech :-)

Fencer  Maharajah 4. March 2005, 10:09:15
A prize tournament in backgammon (created by Luisifer) with 13,000 CZK membership value, sponsored by thirteen sponsors, who earned our endless gratitude, has been created :-) Only Czech or Slovak players can apply. (Why? Because that's how Luisifer defined his rules. In case of questions please ask him, not me. Thank you.)

Fencer  Password 7. February 2005, 08:51:37
Since we plan to upgrade our database system to a new version supporting a better and more secure crypting system, please go to your Profile / Change Password page and use it to reset your password. It's okay to set the same password as you use now, the purpose is to activate the new store function.
After the database is upgraded (within several weeks), it will be still possible to set a password on the Login Page. However, who follows this instructions now, will not be surprised if his password suddenly stops working after the upgrade is performed.

Fencer  Banners and News 27. January 2005, 17:03:07
1) I have added a new option for paying members on the main Settings page - the banner ads can be moved to the page bottom. The purpose is to give them a possibility to see interesting links related to our site content without being disturbed by them in other cases.
2) The system of Server News has been improved and separated from discussion boards. Soon it will be applied to fellowship news as well. Since the new structure is not fully compatible with the current one, it is recommended save important posts from the News boards (if you are a Big Boss) because I cannot guarantee that all of them would survive the conversion.

Fencer  Bobby Fischer 21. January 2005, 09:42:10
BrainKing introduces a new chess variant called Fischer Random Chess. By the way, in case somebody is still not aware of it, since the last week we have another backgammon variant Hyper backgammon :-)

Fencer  Ponds and Five in Line 5. January 2005, 09:35:03
1) BrainKing brings two Five in Line variants - Pro Five in Line and Swap Five in Line.
2) Users with Brain Rook or higher membership level can create Ponds, starting today.

Fencer  Deja vu 3. January 2005, 11:09:22
We apologize for the "deja vu" effect and the return in time (2 hours to the past), caused by a bug in the configuration files. Due to this situation, the game time will be suspended till tomorrow morning.
Everything works correctly now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Fencer  2005 2. January 2005, 11:07:50
The planned downtime and database archive transfer is done. Welcome to the year 2005 :-)

Fencer  The end of the year 20. December 2004, 10:52:07
Modified by Fencer (21. December 2004, 09:44:51)
1) A planned downtime of BrainKing is scheduled to the 2nd January 2005, due to moving data to archive databases. The whole action should not exceed 1 hour. The game time will be turned off, just for a case of unexpected events.
2) There are still several days left for everyone who didn't take advantage of the Christmas Special! Everybody who pays for any kind of membership (or extends the current one) and makes it to the end of this year (2004), will automatically get one FREE month of the same membership as a Christmas present.

Fencer  Christmas and Pond 7. December 2004, 12:20:12
Modified by Fencer (13. December 2004, 09:18:29)
1) Christmas Special! Everybody who pays for any kind of membership (or extends the current one) and makes it to the end of this year (2004), will automatically get one FREE month of the same membership as a Christmas present.
2) And for the doubtful ones, there is one temptation - BrainKing brings the first multiplayer game which is accessible for paying members only. The number of participants is unlimited and the name is Run round the Pond.
3) The User Agreement has been improved in order to make it more understandable and clear.

Fencer  SysTray Notifier 29. November 2004, 10:03:12
as you can see, all hardware problems have been (hopefully) solved and BrainKing is operating in its standard way.
Now it is time to announce the very first third-party tool created for BrainKing paying members. It is called BrainKing Notify, it should be working on all Windows platforms and after installation it keeps you informed about a number of games to play.
Important: This application was developed by Klokan, not me, therefore all questions/suggestions/reports send directly to him, please. It can be downloaded from this site and after some testing period, I will officially add it to BrainKing domain.
The last note: The application works for paying members only.

Liquid  Reincarnated "Maja" db server 24. November 2004, 13:21:13
...phew, I've reincarnated "Maja" the database server and after a sleepless night we've moved (with Fencer) the database back to Maja. This was the cause of today's downtime.
The game time will be started again as of Friday 26th November 2004, 12:00 GMT+1 after a sufficient review of full BK functionality.

Fencer  Database server malfunction 22. November 2004, 15:59:53
Modified by Fencer (22. November 2004, 16:09:17)
Due to a sudden malfunction of the database server, the whole BrainKing is currently running on one machine only, which can have a negative impact on the site speed and response time. This is the reason why the game time has been suspended until the problem is solved.
If somebody can observe a "time warp" effect (missing last moves in games, etc.), it is caused by a broken data replication to a backup machine. I recommend to continue in games with their current status and not to report it as a bug.

Fencer  Graphs 25. October 2004, 08:44:03
BKRs have been recalculated and their histories are available for paying members on user profile pages.

Fencer  BKR history 21. October 2004, 11:20:36
Global BKR recalculation based on all finished games since October 2002 will be performed next week, most likely as of Monday 25th October 2004, 8:00 CET. This process can take 10-15 minutes which will cause a temporary site unavailability.

Fencer  Time is running 15. October 2004, 14:26:27
The time for games is running again and time left values of games are being automatically synchronized to match the correct ones.

Fencer  Timeout 11. October 2004, 11:45:27
New system of timeout calculating and processing has been launched in a test mode. It means that initial values of "time left" can be a bit inaccurate. After all tests are passed, the time for games will be started again (most likely on Friday 15th October 2004, about 12:00 CET).

Fencer  Some new games? 26. September 2004, 11:56:29
BrainKing brings 9 new games - Espionage, Jungle, Cylinder Chess, Amazon Chess, Berolina Chess, Anti Froglet, Spider Linetris, Small Espionage and Fast Espionage. Please be careful with these additions, I don't guarantee they are absolutely bug-free. Thanks go to white for cute and original Jungle and Espionage pieces :-)

Fencer  And new games again 1. September 2004, 10:45:31
Modified by Fencer (1. September 2004, 11:17:43)
BrainKing brings 3 new games - Jarmo, Alquerque and Froglet. My thanks go to white for those little froggies and Sinay for boards of Jarmo and Alquerque. Yes, I know that boards for Jarmo and Alquerque are too big, I will add smaller ones soon.
Besides, lots of bugs was fixed (e.g. multiple jumps in Czech Checkers) and added several improvements.

Fencer  Bug tracker 27. July 2004, 14:33:49
I have added a simple bug tracking and reporting system. It is accessible through a new Bug tracker menu item. This first version will be improved in the future, according to requirements and feedback.
For Pente players: The World Championship will be held in Las Vegas, NV on August 7 & 8, 2004. You can find more information here.

Fencer  First team tournament! 18. July 2004, 12:43:55
1) The First Team Tournament has been started! Although some minor bugs can occur (i.e. in score counting), it should be working properly.
2) The User Agreement has been officially released and is valid for everyone. I would recommend to read it at least once.

Fencer  T-shirts 3. July 2004, 17:20:32
Modified by Fencer (3. July 2004, 17:34:42)
1) I have added a new page Store where you can order an original T-shirt and more similar things in the future.
2) Suspended time will be restarted next week, most likely as of 10th July 2004 (Saturday).

Fencer  BrainKing 2.0 has been launched! 28. June 2004, 09:16:44
Modified by Fencer (28. June 2004, 11:32:46)
Okay, I don't say anything ... let's wait and observe :-)
We've already found some small bugs but they should have no negative impact on the functionality. One of them is showing incorrect red numbers at the menu column, so please don't report it, I am aware of it.
Btw, what not to try Battleboats Plus, Dark Battleboats and Amazons? :-D

Fencer  Database conversion 27. June 2004, 08:25:30
A scheduled downtime of BrainKing is planned on Monday 28th June 2004, 7:00 a.m. GMT+01:00 due to a conversion of our database. The process should not exceed two or three hours. In case of additional problems I will inform about the situation on

Fencer  Hardware has been replaced 13. June 2004, 16:09:36
A replacement of damaged hardware pieces has been successfully done. The game time will be started tomorrow on Monday 14th June 2004.

Fencer  Hardware maintenance 11. June 2004, 15:18:57
A scheduled downtime of BrainKing is planned on Saturday 12th June 2004 due to a replacement of damaged hardware components. The process should not take more than 2 hours, hopefully.

Fencer  BrainKing 2.0 release postponed 6. June 2004, 09:35:05
Ehm ... hmmmm ... well, due to unexpected problems, we have decided to re-launch former BrainKing 1.0 again, until all possible [recently detected] performance bugs are fixed. I am sure it's better to have at least this site running. Sorry :-) We will try the switchover again next weekend, probably.
UPDATE: Due to recent access problems of WebTV users, I have stopped game time [to prevent timeouts] until it is solved. It will be started again on Monday 14th June 2004.

Fencer  Database conversion 21. May 2004, 18:17:08
A scheduled downtime of BrainKing is planned on Saturday 5th June 2004 due to a conversion of our database. In case of additional problems (which are not expected) I will inform about the situation on

Fencer  Suspended time 7. January 2004, 10:49:52
IMPORTANT: The "suspended time" will be turned off within several days [as of 9th January 2004]. Please make sure that none of your games (where it is your turn to move) has "0" as time left. Thank you.
Update: I have temporarily disabled posting on discussion boards for non-paying users. It is a short time solution before I improve our anti-spam filter.

Fencer  New Year timeouts 1. January 2004, 09:57:43
Due to some New Year bug, several games had been finished by a timeout. I would like to ask everybody not to panic, everything is under control now. Please send me game IDs of all timeouted games, I will restore them. Thanks and I apologize.

Fencer  Suspended time 10. November 2003, 11:28:13
IMPORTANT: The "suspended time" will be turned off within several days [as of 14th November 2003]. Please make sure that none of your games (where it is your turn to move) has "0" as time left. Thank you.

Fencer  Recent database crash 4. November 2003, 12:37:58
Since the description of the recent events is too long to be posted here, please read it on before you ask me about anything. Thank you.

Fencer  Server is on 15. August 2003, 12:44:35
The database server is fixed. The "suspended game time" switch will be turned off during this weekend (done).

Fencer  Brain Maharajah 13. August 2003, 18:25:18
I would like to announce the first Brain Maharajah user on our site. The hero's user name is CaoZ, he has just paid for six months membership :-)

Fencer  Server failure 12. August 2003, 06:47:30
A hardware failure has occured at our web/database server. We are currently running on the second server only and the time for games will be suspended until the first one is fixed. Since we have only Saturday database backup, all Sunday and Monday actions are lost. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Fencer  Auto-refresh off 4. August 2003, 17:36:17
Due to performance testing I have removed the automatic refresh of main page and game pages for Brain Pawns.

Fencer  Suspended time 1. August 2003, 06:08:55
IMPORTANT: The "suspended time" will be turned off within several days. Please make sure that none of your games has "0" as time left. Thank you.

Fencer  Private and unrated tournaments 26. July 2003, 16:53:41
I have added two new tournament options:
1) Unrated tournaments - no games generated for the tournament will affect the players' BKR.
2) Private tournaments - only players invited by the tournament creator can sign up.
These options can be found on "define new tournament" page (visible for Brain Rooks only).

Fencer  PGN format 20. June 2003, 18:53:24
I have added pgn encoder for chess games. Since I have never used this format before, I would like to ask anybody who is familiar with this format to test it. There is a new link "download pgn code" at the notation column of chess games.

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