Timer countdown warning sound

I think the current timer starts with just 3 seconds left, so 3s, 2s, 1s, and 0 get beeps.

A quick improvement IMO would be beeps at something like this: 10, 5, 3, 2, 1, 0. Or something similar.

Full voice countdown from 10s would be best. :smile:

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It does do a full voice count down if it’s your last 10 seconds, it only does the 3 beeps if you’re just using up a byoyomi period :slight_smile:

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mh, can the voice countdown get an opt out? i’d really like to disable it, since i can’t play my last period with 10s byoyomi - that woman is driving me crazy.

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I’ll add it to the todo list :slight_smile:

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Ok, I vote for either full voice count down for all periods, or extending the beeps for other periods as I suggested. 3 seconds is too short to reliably save a byo period IMO.

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I like to have options where possible, so I agree with Flowing that stone sounds and countdown sounds should be separately togglable.

Personally, I’d like to have the voice count the last ten seconds on all periods and also count the period number too, like on Tygem.

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I think the beeps are too weak at the moment. I haven’t heard the woman’s voice yet… 3 seconds is too short as well…

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Two minutes ago I lost my game http://online-go.com/game/756055 by timeout. The voice countdown had just said “four”. This is MAJOR bug. If the voice countdown cannot be trusted it’s useless. I probably have under 1 second lag to the server. Four or Three seconds is out of the question. Also it immeaditly said I lost on time. It didn’t wait for the countdown to finish.

Edit: It immeaditly said “Error processing move” when I placed my stone while having around 3 seconds left in the clock.
The error persisted on the screen and it seems I had lost on time before my move.

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I think I just reproduced that.
I saw my last byoyomi went to 10s, so I made my move - which resulted in “error processing move”.
So I hitted reload which resulted in my opponent’s last move reverted.
The black “you have moves open” box in the upper right was indicating 1 since it was my only open game, however, it wasn’t my turn, since the last stone got removed (timer was running for my opponent, too - my timer displayed a full period I think).
A few seconds later I lost by timeout (without any further actions). After a few reloads the last stone played is still one of mine.

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I very much dislike the countdown voice. All I want to hear is the clicks when my opponent places a stone. The voice should be optional. Disabling sound completely is not good either because I won’t be notified of my turn :confused:
p.s. didn’t start a new topic because somebody is going to complain I didn’t search the existing ones

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second this, please make an option to turn that voice off, drives me crazy in blitz games. just three beeps at the last 3 seconds would do it.

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it would really be helpful if the opt-out of the voice could be “done” sometimes. thank you!

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I would love to be able to turn of the womans voice in the 10 sec countdown. I think many players dont like it at all, it would help we could turn it off ^^

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My two bits here. beeps in the last 3 seconds would be too little time, given the possibility of communication delays.

For those who don’t want any sound at all, how do you keep track of the byo yomi periods? Isn’t it hard to think while watching the clock?

BTW, dyson spheres like voice countdowns very much. After years of running kgs with unsecure java 1.6 (for stone sounds) and hacked kgs client (for voice coundtowns), i noticed that ogs plays the same sounds without any risks and hacks. I’m switching to ogs. Thanks!

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saxmaam, when you play 3 seconds blitz, the steady rhythmic click of the stones gives a good framework to keep in rhythm. It is true that I time-out slightly less with byo-yomi voice but I also play a little worse because it is very distracting, just like watching the clock all the time.

Bumping this thread. I have to turn off the sound whenever playing a quick game, because I basically can’t think as soon as that woman starts talking. But then I lose the sound of the stones : (

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There’s also the issue of the woman counting down on MAIN TIME. It sets my heart racing and it makes me rush and mess up when there’s no reason to. You can just make an indication when byoyomi has started. Like a beep or a statement.

Also a separate volume slider for countdown alone would be appreciated.

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oh god yes, she starts yelling about 10-9-8 and i start rushing and its really
just the start of byo-yomi.

who can think with that going on anyways

a beep every second for the last 5 would probably be helpful…any more
than that and you’re actively making it harder to play

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Personally I rather like the audio countdown. It makes the game feel more real. :slight_smile: But I think that the audio track should be different for the main time countdown. Maybe precede 10 with “Byo yomi starting in” or something along those lines?

And to clarify, I like how byo-yomi is counted down, keep it as is imho.

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