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 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Games on Game Courier. A listing of Chess variants for Game Courier, ranked by number of times played.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Reiniger wrote on 2018-08-10 UTC

I've just now looked into the missing log that Kevin mentioned in the last post here.  The log still exists:
but there is no entry for it in the database in either of the relevant tables

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-29 UTC

One thing I don't yet understand is why 'Number' shows zero games finished of TessChess so far. Entering "benr" for userid along with 'any games' & 'anytime', in the logs filter, shows Ben's played some old games of TessChess, though none seem to be finished (presumably abandoned, and untimed?). However, I did once play a game of it with Ben that I won on time, but it's not given in the log filter results, nor given when I substitute my userid ('panther') but do the same logs filter search values otherwise. It might be good for TessChess (and 4D variants in general) to have at least one game of it that's sort of been played to a finish that's on the record (if it can be found in the database), to help promote it out of obscurity a little more.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-29 UTC

@ Fergus:

Here's another log of a finished game that doesn't show properly (a short message is shown instead), after clicking on 'Number' on the 'All Games Played on Game Courier' page (it would seem this may be true for every old log of a finished game of Moderate Progressive Chess):


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

I changed the permissions on the log to allow writing by group members, and it then saved the log and updated the database. Let me know if you find any others.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

In the case of my viewing the Jeff log (and others) last night via All Games Played (via Number), I thought I saw "Your move has been logged" displayed more than once, though the problem has seemed to disappeared for me today.

In Pocket Mutation Chess, I noticed a recent game Greg lost on time was displaying correctly for me now, for example. An older game between Carlos & Vitya isn't diplaying correctly, but it shows a different message (rather than a preset) and may be caused by an independent issue:


I must say at this point, a bit to my embarrassment, that it's possible my schizophrenia is acting up, and I've been seeing things incorrectly at times lately, which unfortunately may complicate my reporting a possible bug - I did so because it's gone unreported thus far, if it's indeed real.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

When someone loses on time, and a win hasn't yet been recorded, Game Courier will update the $winner and $status variables in the log and also update the database the next time someone views the log. This is a one-time thing, which explains why you would see it only once for any log. Is it preventing the normal display of the log when it happens?

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

That's strange. I'm not seeing the problem now, either. Fwiw, there was an odd log between Carlos & Vitya, but that had a different message on a page given.

Other than that, last night I looked at an old Seirawan Chess log via 'Number' on All Games Played' and got 'Your move has been logged' message then too. Not only that, but the game was put as a freshly finished game in the 'What's New' main page section. The player was Jeff something or other, playing against himself. Here's the log for that game, if it's any help (at least it's showing the preset here):


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

Give me some specific logs to look at, because I'm still not seeing it.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

Hi Fergus. What I meant was, on the All Games on Game Courier page, I clicked on 'Number' (beside Pocket Mutation Chess) to see a listing of all the logs for finished games of that variant. I clicked on one of these logs, and just saw what I described earlier (i.e. 'Your move has been logged').

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

This page doesn't list logs. I did check out some logs on the logs page, and I checked out the settings file listed on this page for Pocket Mutation Chess, and I didn't see what you described.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

Fwiw, I didn't see the log for Pocket Mutation Chess that I referred to in my 2nd last comment on Pocket Mutation Chess, which I'm pretty sure had Carlos as the winner (on time), so perhaps that log was deleted somehow? Either that or my recollection is strangely foggy.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-26 UTC

I've just tried to view some logs of e.g. Pocket Mutation Chess, via 'All Games on Game Courier", and all I get when I click on a log is a page that only reads "Your move has been logged" (i.e. in a finished game where I was neither of the players).

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-15 UTC

Thank you, Fergus.


Fergus Duniho wrote on 2017-08-15 UTC

That has been fixed. I corrected the link to point to the new logs page with the correct parameters.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2017-08-14 UTC

Logs of finished games of a particular variant seem inaccessible via "All Games on Game Courier" at this point. When one clicks on the highlighted 'Number' to see the logs of finished games of a particular variant, one is referred by a link back to uncompleted games currently still being played of various variants. Although, finished games of a variant can be accessed another way, by looking at them via the Game Logs filter. However, if one wishes, say, to provide a link, to get to a page of just all finished games of a particular variant, on a CVP webpage (or e.g. external blog), then at least in the past I found linking to the search result page of the Game Logs filter would later in fact not show the desired finished game logs page, if someone clicked on such a link.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2016-02-15 UTC
They are permitted but not supported. For example, you are permitted to fly like a bird, but you are not able to. I would like to add multi-player support, but it's not a simple feature to add. It would involve rewriting much of how Game Courier works.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2016-02-15 UTC
Does anyone know if actual multi-opponent (i.e. 3 or more player) games are permitted by Game Courier (and if so, please confirm my guess that they are not permitted to be rated games by Game Courier's rating system). I've spotted the odd 4 handed partnership variant as having been played on Game Courier, but it was always the case that just two players were playing, with each player controlling two of the four armies at the start of the game.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2016-01-25 UTC
Thanks Fergus. Though I didn't call it that, I was indeed asking about removing the settings file for a game, with my second question.

Fergus Duniho wrote on 2016-01-25 UTC
1. The Logs page shows all four. This page includes several filters, and you have to make sure none are excluding any games. 2. A log can be deleted by either of the players. When you view a list of your games on the Logs page, there will be an extra column for deleting them. If you're asking about deleting a settings file for a game, there is no provision for that short of an editor manually doing it.

Kevin Pacey wrote on 2016-01-25 UTC
I have 2 questions for Fergus: 1) At the moment the "number" of games for the variant "Sac Chess" [i.e. games counted as finished!?] shows as 3, when I believe there have only been 2 finished at this point (and 2 more are currently being played, one of which was by a personal invitation). Is there something I'm missing? 2) Not quite sure this is the right thread to ask under, but in the event that a game is found wanting for any reason, can it be deleted from Game Courier (& by who)? A trivial example of why this might be desirable is an old chess variant (using standard chess' setup & piece movement rules) that I once read about in a book. The variant was called something like "Check!", the object of which was to deliver the first (and only) check of the game, winning immediately. It turns out that White wins by force in something like 5 moves if he plays 1.Nc3. Such a variant, if it existed on Game Courier, would be a prime candidate to be deleted, I would think.

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