Here is one of my favourite games, played over the course of last year. I think it captures well the way games of this scale can play out between serious and committed players.
Here is a 9 (kind of 8) colour game on a 5x5 board. I was the last player to play and don’t think I could have done much differently to have a chance to win the game!
One downside I have noticed regards online gaming - if opponents are not committed to large games with lots of players and little time on the clock, there can end up being too many dead stones on the board for the game to be dynamic. Maybe some players don’t mind games like this, but I personally find them a bit slow. Here is one where the remaining players negotiated a draw.
I’m happy with what I have created in DipGo.net but it would not have been possible without OGS.
I can safely say that OGS is the single best online resource to learn and play Go as well as to meet like-minded individuals. I have learned so much about the game from so many of the players within the community through the years, and they have helped me to realise more of my potential than I could have imagined when I started out. It has been incredible to watch OGS grow and evolve to include things like AI reviews and Rengo, while at the same time being enabled personally to improve from DDK to SDK. To everyone who works to make OGS better every day, thank you and keep up the good work.
I loved playing on OGS, maybe too much! I played around 10,000 games of blitz 9x9 and spent countless hours on the site chat. I learned a lot through these activities, but I also learned that there is more to life and everything is better in moderation, so I try to play less these days and spend much more of my time on other non-go-related activities.
DipGo was conceived as a cross between Diplomacy and Go. I had the idea years ago but never found the time to build it until the pandemic started and there was not much else to do. It started as a practice project for me to learn Kotlin and grew into what it is now. Having been around OGS for a while, I had some experience of what makes for an excellent Go server and I hope I brought even a fraction of this with me.
I would never have had the imagination to build DipGo without the help of many people within the community, a few of whom I’d like to thank;
Shakes Fish At Sky, who first introduced me to Diplomacy and was the first player I was aware of who used the term “DipGo”,
Anyway, I think I have said my piece. Thanks to everyone, and let’s continue to celebrate the incredible game that is Go together.
All the best,