Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Chessjam 2.3 Available!

We just posted ChessJam 2.3. What's new:

  • New challenge court features
    • The "Who's Here" window has been replaced with "Who's Online" that now shows everyone logged in instead of just who's in the courtyard. Icons indicate the player's current status such as "in a game", "in the courtyard" and "idle". As we get more traffic, we'll provide filters and other controls.
    • You can now challenge online players even if they are not in the courtyard (see messaging system below)
  • New messaging system - you can now send messages to your buddies even if they are offline.
  • We also use this system to communicate challenges. When you are challenged you get a small toast notification (with audio alert) alerting you to the challenge. You can accept, decline or you can simply ignore the challenge and it will quietly go away.
  • New system broadcast messaging capabilities which will allow us to notify you of upcoming tournaments, events, downtimes and more.
  • Numerous bug fixes - we continue to improve the overall quality of the system. This release contains several bug fixes. If you discover other bugs, please go to the forums and report them so we can jump on it.
If you already have ChessJam installed, it will auto-update next time you run it.

Marketing and Traffic

For those of you that have been with us for a few weeks, you have probably noticed that we are starting to get some good traction and it's getting easier every day to find someone to challenge. We are doing some aggressive marketing to build a quality community. Rather than targeting the general public, we are doing more targeted marketing directly at good chess players. You can help by inviting your friends, family, co-workers, local chess club members, etc. The more good players we have, the more fun this gets.

What's next?

  • We have already started working on correspondence chess (games that last days and weeks where you move at your convenience).
  • More and more stats, leader boards, charts and a few fun surprises
  • Continued improvement of performance and overall game play
Stay tuned!

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