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Some volunteers for Quantum beta test?

... if you'd like to test the next game on BGA (Quantum, a game by Eric Zimmerman) before anyone else? Please post a comment below!

Note: beta test is planned to start on February 26th.
02/24/2015 Comment on this

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02/23/201516 comments

New game: K2 by Adam Kałuża

We are proud and happy to introduce K2, a mountaineering game by Adam Kałuża published by Rebel.pl.

You control a team of 2 mountaineers trying to climb to the top of the famous K2 mountain. Each mountaineer brings you points depending on the highest position he manages to reach (ex: 10 points for the summit, 7 if you go above 8000 meters, ...). The issue is that this is a very dangerous hobby and you'll have to keep your mountaineer safe until the end of the game. If not, you'll loose all points gained by the dead mountaineer. Needless to say you'll have to manage the risk carefully.

While climbing, you'll have to pay attention to your mountaineer acclimatization value: If this value reaches zero, he dies. At each turn, this value may vary depending on the weather and your mountaineer location. Obviously, the higher you are, the bigger is your acclimatization penalty, so don't forget to quickly bring your mountaineer back when you think this is not possible to go higher.

The key of the game is the management of your cards. Each player gets the same deck of cards, you have 6 of them in hand at the beginning of your turn, and you must select 3 cards at each turn. Given that, you can of course use your best cards in a single turn, but then you'll have to keep your mountaineer safe in the following turns with the other cards.

K2 is quite simple, very challenging and very fun. There is a tension until the end of the game because even if you are the leading player you can still loose a mountaineer and all associated points. You should definitely try it!

K2 adaptation for Board Game Arena has been realized by Przemyslaw Sporysz using BGA Studio. A big thank you to Przemyslaw for the great work!

BGA would like to send a big thank you to Rebel.pl for this game and for their authorization to have this game here on BGA.
01/29/20155 comments

Major improvement about quitting players

Everyone of you, has played at least once against an opponent that finally left the game before the end.

This is very frustrating, and this is why Board Game Arena introduced a long time ago many tools to avoid this (ex: leave penalties). Thanks to this system, more than 98% of games started on BGA come to a normal end, and we are very proud of that.

However, the current system has some major flaws.

At first, when you have a temporary Internet issue, your opponent expels you from the game and you have no way to get back if your Internet problem is fixed.

Then, some (very bad) players are quitting games when they are losing, because they prefer to get a penalty instead of loosing some precious ELO points.

Finally, the whole system is based on 2 time limits (your time to think, plus a time limit per move) and complex expelling rules that a lot of you find confusing.

Few month ago, we post a message on BGA Facebook account to propose you a new way to handle these players, and you were very excited about it. We are proud today to introduce it.

The new rules are very simple:
* There is now a unique time limit for each player of a game.
* As soon as a player is out of time (ex: because he left the game), you can make him skip his turn.
* If this player get back in the game, he can continue to play normally.
* In any case, the game continue to the end, and ELO points are scored.
* You can also choose to abandon the game: a player out of time automatically accept to abandon the game.

This way, this is really unuseful to quit a game to avoid a defeat, and if you are disconnected during few minutes you can try to join again the game.

We hope that you'll find this new system clear and useful. Don't hesitate to post a comment if anything is unclear.

Enjoy!
01/26/201583 comments

Soon on Board Game Arena...

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UPDATE: ... and the good answer is "K2", a game by Adam Kałuża. If you want to try it on Board Game Arena before everyone else, please write an email to "contact@boardgamearena.com" or post a comment below. Thanks!
01/24/201536 comments


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