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F.I.B.S. general support / Re:
« Last post by maria on March 04, 2016, 11:00:57 AM »
Joining fibs it's a real challenge. Java app doesn't work, which only leaves telnet as an option. Telnet doesn't come by default since Windows 7, and I can't count with my hands friends able to use telnet anyway. I've tried to bring friends to fibs since its players base on tournaments and leagues is notoriously decreasing, but it can be explained on the fact that it's really, really, really hard to join. Not to mention not really user friendly or appealing. Being the first doesn't mean being stuck on the 90s.

I'll have to disagree here.  Registering on FIBS depends on which client you are using.  Since I use Fibzilla, it's the only one I can give you an example of how to use.  Once you download Fibzilla and run it, at the upper left corner is "Game".  When you click on that a drop down menu opens.  You would choose "Play Online. (www.fibs.com)"
Then a small "Connect" window would open.  One of the buttons says "Create".
Click on that.
You would then enter the username and password you want to use.  NOTE:  REMEMBER your password.  Patti has no way of retrieving it if you forget it.
Then click "Create My New Account".
It will take a while but eventually you will connect to FIBS.
The first thing that will pop up in another windows is a message from MissManners.
This message says:
Your account requires validation.  Contact validate@FIBS.com with your username (but not you password!) and a request to validate it.  As FIBS is a free server run by one person, this may take up to a day and occasionally longer -- please don't send more than one message.


I hope this is of some help.   I hope you don't think I am pushing the Fibzilla client, but as I said, it's what I use and the only one I could test out the registration process with.

Good luck to your friends who are trying to play on FIBS.

I would love to help them out.  Which way did they come in?  (((rimshot)))
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Fibsleagammon / Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by Biffo on March 03, 2016, 07:13:32 PM »
Ah yes, that would make perfect sense, thank you.
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F.I.B.S. general support / Re:
« Last post by rebayona on March 03, 2016, 12:09:08 PM »
Joining fibs it's a real challenge. Java app doesn't work, which only leaves telnet as an option. Telnet doesn't come by default since Windows 7, and I can't count with my hands friends able to use telnet anyway. I've tried to bring friends to fibs since its players base on tournaments and leagues is notoriously decreasing, but it can be explained on the fact that it's really, really, really hard to join. Not to mention not really user friendly or appealing. Being the first doesn't mean being stuck on the 90s.

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With our FIBS Clients getting old and many new OS versions coming out I thought this poll might be interesting.
Mostly Android. Odesys app is dead already and not on Google play but it's the only one I know that allows chat, which is very important for league and tournament playing.
The other 10% of my playing is under Windows 7, fibzilla it's the one I like the most.

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Fibsleagammon / Re: Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by rebayona on March 03, 2016, 11:49:00 AM »
I thought I'd managed to understand how the promotion/relegation operated, but FLG 75 outcome has me stumped. I see that Dorbel appears to have come top of the Master A table, but has been 'demoted' down to Master B for his troubles (his icon is a sad face, which appears to suggest relegation).  He played all of his games, so that isn't an issue.  Can anyone shed light on why this would happen? I would like to understand for future reference.
I don't know if it's a coincidence, but on masters I see a clear continental tendency. Mostly European players on masters B, mostly American players on masters A. It might explain dorbel's change of league as well, if the reason was an intention to facilitate playing, since time zones differences make really hard to complete matches.
Personally, if it's not a coincidence I applaud it. Time frame between work and time zones make playing only possible during weekends or even at work in some cases.

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Fibsleagammon / Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by Biffo on March 03, 2016, 09:39:56 AM »
I thought I'd managed to understand how the promotion/relegation operated, but FLG 75 outcome has me stumped. I see that Dorbel appears to have come top of the Master A table, but has been 'demoted' down to Master B for his troubles (his icon is a sad face, which appears to suggest relegation).  He played all of his games, so that isn't an issue.  Can anyone shed light on why this would happen? I would like to understand for future reference.
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Improving your backgammon skills / Wonderful mix! Backgammon Studio 2.6! :-)
« Last post by PillowFighter on March 02, 2016, 03:15:07 PM »
Hi!

I have updated Backgammon Studio with version 2.6 which has some cool new stuff!

Backgammon Studio 2.6

Improvements since 2.5:
  • A couple of new training tracks:
    • High five! Make the 5p or not? Seemingly very simple but sometimes a surprise is lurking!
    • Great escape 2! Escape a prime or hang back and wait for a better opportunity? Time is ticking!
  • Tablet love!
    • A fancy new home screen where you can swish and swosh between 4 main sections.
    • Some combinations might not work well but dialog menu/fancy home/quick menu is good for tablet.
    • Tablet swipe to navigate up/down on matches list. Swipe left/down to go to start/end.
    • You can drag dialogs on tablets too.
  • You can use the fancy home screen on desktop if you want too. Arrow keys to switch beteen sections.
  • Other home screen options include a compact home screen and the classic home screen.
  • Small redesign of home screen to have a permanent header bar (except when viewing board) with help button.
  • Help everywhere! A lot of help buttons have been added around in the UI for direct access to some useful help information.
  • Settings has help for each entry you can change (some are fairly obscure!).
  • A faster way to locate players in player statistics and match list. Open a find dialog and start typing the name you are looking for.
  • Desktop love!
    • ctrl-f to open find players in player statistics or match list section. ctrl-r to reset. ctrl-e to edit.
    • arrow key navigation to go up/down start/end of match list.
  • Phone love!
    • The dropdown to switch between info sections was awkward and has been replaced with icons.
    • Some new buttons in list matches was too much for a phone display to handle and has been moved to menu instead.
  • Average PR section now has separate sections for online and live PR.
  • Match info dialog now has some more info with buttons to player statistics.
  • Match video transcription request section to synchronize transcription work.
  • +Many bugfixes.

Some images



Fancy new home screen where you can swipe left/right to move between sections.



A compact home screen option is also available (along with the old classic home screen).



Help everywhere! (unless I missed some obscure section...)



Start typing and after 3 letters the server will provide some suggestions. This also shows that you can move dialogs around (dialog should be centered by default).



The dropdown to switch between tab sections was rather awkward on phones. Click on the icons to directly access the different sections.



Too many buttons on the matches list to fit well on a phone so some actions are now found in the menu instead.



Match info dialog has some new info displayed. PR, country and link to statistics. There should be a wifi icon displayed if the tournament is online.



A button to switch between online and live PR in the average PR section.



A video transcription request section that can be used to synchronize video transcription. Then again that will soon be a thing of the past once Phils XG Transcriber shows up! Can't wait! :-)

This was a fairly big update so I might have introduced some new and interesting bugs but currently I'm not aware of many. I think I noticed that the hidden menu animation no longer was fluid but it wasn't important enough to stop the release. I am tempted to retire the horizontal and hidden menu option but they survived to this release.

All pictures were from my iPad/iPhone. If it doesn't look like this on your device you should use the system browser on the device and use the 'Add to home screen' menu option to turn the site into an app.

What else? Um.. Give it a try! :-)

http://www.backgammonstudio.com

Best regards,
TP
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Fibsleagammon / Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by rebayona on March 02, 2016, 02:15:33 PM »
I'd prefer to see matches completed if they manage to squeeze them in before the start of the next round.  Given  it's Tom (and only Tom) that has to do all the hard work, I guess that a day or two's grace is a minor issue in the overall scheme of things.  Thanks Tom  B)
I understand all the hard work it's on Tom and I have no problem waiting days or weeks. My observation/question is about people reporting played matches after deadline. It's simply not fair.

I thought there was a way to avoid posting results before deadline, something as simple as if date(today)>date(deadline) then post=0.
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Fibsleagammon / Re: FLG Season 75
« Last post by Biffo on March 02, 2016, 01:18:51 PM »
I'd prefer to see matches completed if they manage to squeeze them in before the start of the next round.  Given  it's Tom (and only Tom) that has to do all the hard work, I guess that a day or two's grace is a minor issue in the overall scheme of things.  Thanks Tom  B)
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Fibsleagammon / FLG Season 75
« Last post by rebayona on March 01, 2016, 09:35:31 PM »
Hello.

Season 75 (according to FLG page) was supposed to end on Feb 28. OK, due to leap year, it's Feb 29.

But I see there are people still reporting their matches. How come? Isn't supposed to end on Feb 29th?
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