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Messages - Marlene H.

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Though it appears the 'break' may be removed....and selfishly i'd like to see it gone...A winning streak is a streak of 'winning'...not losing, not draw-ing - but winning.  This is why it is called a "Winning Streak".  Uninterrupted.
It isn't called a "Not losing streak".  That simply stinks of another smelly give in:  Participation Trophies.

I have to disagree with an Undefeated Streak being considered a participation trophy. 

To me, your attempt to use semantics  (calling it a Not losing streak instead of the more dignified Undefeated streak) seems to be grasping at straws to make your point.  The respect given to an Undefeated streak was around long before anyone invented the idea of the participation trophy.    I don't know when the idea started, but in the chess world it was considered remarkable at least as far back as the 1920's.

To receive a participation trophy all you have to do, is to show up for a single game.  To be undefeated you have to play well enough that no one is able to beat you.

Interesting...  leche = milk in Spanish and I always thought it was a play on words as  a baby drinks milk and thus it would be a "baby bot"

and here I always thought of it as a mama bot 
(because mama's make the leche, and probably because of of the world famous La Leche League)

Iffix, I'd like to propose a workaround for you.

Though you can't completely shut off the ranking system, there already exists a method of play that largely ignores it.

Play training games instead of online games.  You could create a new account such as Iffixreboot, or Iffixreborn - or any other name that catches your fancy and play only training games. 

Win or loose, training games do not affect your ratings.  They also cost less to play than online games cost.  Now, after a few weeks, or a month, I don't remember which, your "rating" would begin to loose 5 points,  If this decay bothered you, you could again create a new account.  You could do this every 3 or 4 weeks - however much time it takes til the decay would kick in.  In this way you could play whichever games you enjoy and not have to bother with the ranking system.

I don't know if there is a way to delete an old account.  Admin would know better than I do.  But if it's possible to delete an old account, you could possibly do that and even keep you current name.

In any event, if you do enjoy the site and the lovely games this could be a way for you to play in a way that gives you pleasure and avoids the part that "has sucked all of the joy" out of your gaming experience.

Good luck in whatever you choose.   :D

Happy Meeple community / Disturbing message
« on: 10/04/19, 07:15pm »
I just had an unpleasant experience.  I logged in through the regular log in (not the facebook - don't have facebook).  After about a minute, maybe more, the page had not finished loading.  So I refreshed the page.

This, now, fully loaded the page.  Ok, so now all is good.  I began to decide which game to choose.  Suddenly, another page replaced the the main menu.  It read:


This page was stopped when you opened Happy Meeple in another window.
Please don't open multiple windows!
Happy Meeple login page "

This was disturbing on two counts.
1. I no longer had a window in which to play.
2. I was being scolded for something I didn't do. 

The angry, and falsely accusatory tone of this message is really unpleasant.  I think you could at least remove the exclamation mark at the end of Please don't open multiple windows!.  But a complete rewording of the message, so that it does not immediately presume "guilt", would be much better.

Thank you for your time and your understanding.

Happy Meeple community / Re: Watch Friends Play
« on: 19/03/19, 07:44pm »
I would find it useful to be able to watch replays.
I think it could be very instructive to be able to watch a number of games played by top people in their bracket.
We could probably all pick up a few pointers.   ;D

Tips, polls, updates / Re: Magic Potion extra power?
« on: 10/03/19, 08:42am »
I think you'd have to make the free or reduced cost play for the opponent optional, to be decided by the person with the magic potion who opens the game.  Some people prefer to play against bots.  For these people, the fact that MP reduces the time until you can play with a bot is a nice bonus, but making it cheaper for human opponents would be a disincentive.

I find it very difficult to distinguish the blue from the green markers that we move around the board.  This is more of a problem at night than during bright daylight.  But at night, it's brutal.

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