A LOT of updates on BGA

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A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby sourisdudesert » 05 June 2015, 10:03

These last weeks, we decided to focus on some improvements that you were asking us for a long time.

The list of these improvement is quite long, but we'd like to take the time to share it with you. Here it is:

Menu during the game

With this new menu, we hope to make more explicit the "meta" actions you have during a game. The new menu looks also much simple.

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Chat during the game

Chat and game history are now in different places. Previously, it was quite hard to check chat history as it was "flooded" by game history.

In addition, you can now start a chat anytime during the game by directly pressing any keyboard key (you don't have to use your mouse). So if you want to chat, you just have to type your message and press enter. Simple.

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Smileys and predefined messages

We added a little "meeple" icon next to all new docked chat window. By clicking on it, you can now insert a meeple smiley in your messages, and also insert a pre-defined message like "Good Game!".

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Notes for turn-based games

In your turn-based games you can now take some notes. This way you can remember what you had in mind even if your next move will be played hours later.

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Email invitations

When you invite an offline player at a table, you can now choose to send him/her an email.

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Time joker for turn-based ("holidays" feature)

This is summer time soon, and you may be offline during some days. This is why we introduced "time joker": 4 times each year, you can use a time joker to have a +4 days of thinking time on all your turn-based tables.

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It's your turn notification

We add some additional visual effects when it's your turn. On the status bar:

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... but also on browser title, so you can see that it's your turn even if you are displaying another browser tab:

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Note that we also fix the issue that were causing too many "it's your turn" sound when playing several moves in a row.


Table access restriction without respecting the restrictions

Now, if you want to restrict the access of a table, you have to respect the restriction yourself.

Example: if you want to restrict the access of a table to those with <10% leave penalties, must have <10% leave penalties yourself.
Example 2: if you are "Average level", you can't set a table restricted to "Expert only".


No more turn-based limit

We remove the maximum number of games you can play simultaneously using turn-based mode. Yeah :)


Disable specific sound

We added a "no sound" sound choice in your sound preferences, so you are now able to disable a specific sound that is annoying you.


Plus some details about turn-based...

Now it is possible to give a up/down thumb after a turn-based game (even if it has been abandoned).
We also automatically close tables where a single move hasn't been played since 30 days.

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby ScruggyBear » 05 June 2015, 11:53

Wow. I just want to say that I'm really impressed by this. Y'all do an incredible job engaging with and listening to the community here, and all of these "little" updates add up to a huge upgrade in the experience. thanks.

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby squarerootofthree » 05 June 2015, 12:26

Great updates!! Thanks a bunch! :D

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby antylope » 05 June 2015, 13:02

Great! Thanks for all the working you've been doing.

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby Jest Phulin » 05 June 2015, 14:03

Yayness! Time to go revise my "summary of recurring suggestions" post, as most of them are covered here . :D

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby Holmes108 » 05 June 2015, 15:20

Wow awesome! I love it all!

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby SavedThruFaith » 05 June 2015, 15:46

sourisdudesert wrote:We also automatically close tables where a single move hasn't been played since 30 days.

Wouldn't this conflict with the "no limit" option for turn-based games? Technically it wouldn't be "no limit" any longer, but only a maximum of 30 days...

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby sourisdudesert » 05 June 2015, 16:55

SavedThruFaith wrote:Wouldn't this conflict with the "no limit" option for turn-based games? Technically it wouldn't be "no limit" any longer, but only a maximum of 30 days...


You are right. But we have to put a limit somewhere (and even table with "no limit" has some limited thinking time anyway).

Jest Phulin wrote:Yayness! Time to go revise my "summary of recurring suggestions" post, as most of them are covered here


... and by the way thank you for this summary :)

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby frodonl » 05 June 2015, 17:44

Looks like a bunch of very useful updates. Thanks for making this site even more cool than it was already!

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Re: A LOT of updates on BGA

Postby Shaq Jenkins » 05 June 2015, 17:48

Thank you for the improvements, especially the turn based game notes one! :)


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