Beta Awards – Play Risk Beta

Play Risk Beta Awards

Play Risk free online and fight for Beta Awards. Some of you may be seeing a new service award on your user pages. We wanted to recognize users who have contributed to playing Major Command Risk beta with bug reports and suggestions. Did you remember the Private Beta? We have reached 1000 active users, which is a cap that was set so we can get a handle on growth. However you can still invite your friends from the start a game page. Just add their email to the ‘others’ forum. Like so. As long as they use the email you put in to sign up with, they should be fine.

The Bronze beta awards are to commemorate Notable Service to the Risk Beta Phase

Play Risk Beta Awards bronze

While the Silver beta awards are to commemorate Distinguished Service to the Risk Beta Phase

Play Risk Beta Awards silver

There is a gold beta award out there, but that will be awarded upon completion of the beta phase. We will also be doing more beta awards rounds at that time to get all the new folks contributing as well as upgrading those to are going above and beyond.

Thank you to everyone who submitted sugg and bug posts. The criteria and list of inductees were developed by Orbotron so if you feel like you deserve the award and were not given one, just let one of us know. Many thanks to Orbo for his work in this effort.

Major Command Game Turn Notifier

Firefox Game Turn Notifier

and RSS Play Risk Online

Keeping up with a lot of turns can really fill up your email inbox.  Or sometimes a turn email can get lost in the fray.

Now there are two new ways to keep on top of your turns.

RSS Feed

Every player now has their own RSS feed.  It looks like the example below:

Keep in mind that you need to replace Badorties with your own username

Then just paste that into your RSS reader and you will get something like this (google reader).

Firefox RSS Play Risk Online

You can click any of those numbers to take you to the game.

Firefox Game Turn Notifier

If you need a more immediate way to get notified for your turns, then try this Firefox extension: Major Command Game Turn Notifier

After you install it, in Firefox go to Tools >>Addons >>Extensions and click Options on the Notifier.  You can then put in your username, like so.

Major Command Game Turn Notifier

After this is done, you should see a small grey or yellow square in the bottom right of your Firefox window.

Grey means you don’t have any turns.

Game Turn Notifier

Yellow means you have a turn to take.

Game Turn Notifier settings

And clicking the icon will bring up a list of your games.

list of your games

Cool! Great work by Evan and Codanostra on these features so be sure to give them a pat on the back.

There is an official support thread here.

Major Command risk strategy real time games

Risk Strategy Real Time Games

So you are looking to play some real time games? Awesome. We recognize that many players really want to start and finish a risk strategy game in under 30 minutes or so. We are making Major Command risk strategy real time games a core component of our experience here.

In fact, Major Command risk strategy real time games are already available to Central Command. See below:

Risk strategy real time games

The turn length options are for 5 minutes, which is a healthy speed, and 2 min, which requires some serious focus.

We used to have this option available for all players but brought it back behind the curtain because there weren’t enough users to support it.  There was always players who wanted real time, but never enough that they were on at the same time.

Real time games require tons of users to be on at the same time  to be possible that a person can jump into a real time game and have it be over before their lunch break is up.  If someone has to wait 15 minutes trolling for a real time game to start, then that not the experience we want to give our users.

Now that our membership is swelling, we are looking at bringing Real Time games back, since so many people want them.  It might be a rocky re-launch, but we are confident that the wrinkles can be ironed out quickly.

Maybe we can start a forum thread for people looking to hop into a real time game.

So let us know if you are interesting in playing Major Command risk strategy real time games and if you had any suggestions for getting real time players together.