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 on: Today at 08:02:44 AM 
Started by PillowFighter - Last post by PillowFighter

A few improvements has been added to my backgammon server since 2.0:

Two new challenges:

Prime time checker - checker play in prime vs prime positions.
Prime time cube - cube action in prime vs prime positions.

Suggested by Tore.

Two new action tags:

Split an old action flag 'make bar or not' to distinguish if you are making your own bar point or the bar point of your opponent. Suggested by negheonegu.

10/30 and 60 second duels. Each player has a limited time to answer a position correctly:

Do track! You can enable automatic bookmark creation whenever you make a wrong answer. It gets organized into positiontype:

At a later point you can inspect these errors and check if you're making more errors in specific position types or if there are other similarities in your errors.

Ultimate champion! Easy display of who holds the most top highscore positions, suggested by the one with the most highscore positions...:

Progress report section now has a play button for easy startup of challenges you have played in the past to see if you have improved or not:

There are a fair amount of other minor fixes and improvements but you guys get the picture! Smile


 on: Yesterday at 07:35:06 PM 
Started by Tom - Last post by Tom
With our FIBS Clients getting old and many new OS versions coming out I thought this poll might be interesting.

 on: Yesterday at 07:16:23 PM 
Started by sebalotek - Last post by Tom
So sorry I guess my fibsboard notifications were not working...

I believe we have talked since this post...

But for everyone else...

The Claim Forfeit requests are processed at the end of the session.

At all times you should continue to attempt to play your match.

The Forfeit is for cases when you are unable to contact your opponent.

I do receive the flg emails, but do not watch it closely because most of the time
any issues fix themselves.

It is surprising that even most Claim Forfeit requests usually get played


 on: November 24, 2015, 09:15:12 PM 
Started by TwilightZone - Last post by HarveyQ
Are there any rule books for money games? Some people seem to make up their own rules.

 on: November 21, 2015, 09:20:39 PM 
Started by socksey - Last post by socksey
21 Nov 15

Supreme Champion:    rebbeler
Worthy Adversary:     socksey
3rd place tie:             nitsutnicram
5th place tie:             Thensie

 on: November 20, 2015, 08:57:10 PM 
Started by zbilbo - Last post by socksey
20 Nov 15

Supreme Champion:    rebbeler
Worthy Adversary:     Thensie
3rd place tie:            socksey

 on: November 19, 2015, 03:12:15 AM 
Started by pmuadib - Last post by Cafeplayer
No you can't.

It's exactly like the rule says "If there are NO checkers on higher-numbered points, the player is permitted ..."

 on: November 17, 2015, 11:55:36 AM 
Started by josephmcg - Last post by josephmcg
There are occasionally some interesting posts in here - but they are not easy to find, because the 'most recent posts' and 'recent topics' are always dominated by automated posts from tourneyBot.

This means that any attempt to have an actual discussion gets lost.

I think the forum would be much improved if tourneyBot posted once-per-week instead  of several times a day.

 on: November 13, 2015, 08:46:04 PM 
Started by zbilbo - Last post by socksey
13 Nov 15

Supreme Champion:    Thor
Worthy Adversary:      zbilbo
3rd place tie:             Thensie
5th place:                 socksey

 on: November 12, 2015, 10:25:13 AM 
Started by PillowFighter - Last post by PillowFighter

Some of you may have already noticed this but I have updated my server with a rather large update that I have called Backgammon Studio 2.0. The biggest change is the new board that scaled with your screen/window size which is used everywhere.

I have also made it possible to use Backgammon Studio as an app on your phone. You can use the device browser and use the 'Add to homescreen' button which will put Backgammon Studio on you homescreen. This allows Backgammon Studio to use the entire screen without the browser interface. This is a lot better solution for devices.

On my iPhone it looks like this now:

If you click on the toggle details button it will expand the information area to give it more room for text:

On phones you should switch to using a dialog menu system which takes a lot less screen space on the device:

In the first release I automatically did this for users where the server thought this was the best alternative but that was a bit confusing so you have to do this manually in the "my actions/my settings/user settings":

You should now also stay logged in even if you lower Backgammon Studio to the background and go back. You'll end up on the start page and not exactly where you left off though. This is better than having to log in again every time you return to Backgammon Studio (which you had to do until now).

With the new board there is also a customization bonanza where you can change the color/texture of the individual board elements:

It is now possible to toggle the showtime chat even if you're not in the showtime section:

This will allow you to see when someone logs on which is a perfect opportunity to challenge them to a duel! Smile

There is now a new section 'my duels' where you can review your old duels:

You can click on show on a duel and review the positions in this duel. The recorded information from old duels was a bit lacking so you'll only see if you and your opponent answered a position correctly/wrong but on duels from now on you'll also be able to see what you and your opponent answered.

When training in your training ground you'll now get a level up! message if you manage to increase your level:

The old "Latest comments" section has grown up and become "Position forum". Whenever you add a comment to a position it will show up here. This is an easier way to navigate the position comments than a single list.

Moving pieces on the board when answering a position is now more reliable and if the client finds a match with one of the possible answers it will submit this answer. If it doesn't find a match you will have to select an option manually. This could happen for double moves and possibly for pick&pass moves (13/7*/5 could also be written 13/7* 7/5 and XG and my server might not agree on what is correct...) Earlier it would submit anything and fail on some answers that were obviously correct.

There are some new challenges: Timed perfect streak. These are variations on previous challenges with a 10 second time limit:

Bar brawl 2!

Hitman 2!

Payback 2!

Bearoff bingo 2!

If you thought the old ones were hard these ones are harder! Smile

In other news Norway is still the 'best' country:

But I suspect that won't last for too much longer...

Now is the time to try this site on your device! Please give it a try and tell me what you think. I am sure there are still more ways to improve this experience (using icon style menus is one) but I think it doesn't work too bad. I still have more to learn about responsive web design and when I do I'll take another shot at improving this experience!

Give it a try!

Best regards,

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