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Testing Sketchtacular
Hey, I've built a turn based version of XSketch for facebook. It's like xsketch but slower and you play asynchronously with your friends. If you have a facebook account try it out and let me know if you have any suggestions or comments. The app url is:
http://apps.facebook.com/sketchtacular
7 comments , posted by Ryan at 2:16 PM, Wednesday July 30, 2008 EDT
Making XSketch Better
I think XSketch is a fun game as it is but I think it could benefit from input from it's players. So I'd like to start a discussion on what could be done to XSketch to take it to the next level for online pictionary.

If you could change how the games works, what would you do?
65 comments , posted by Ryan at 10:47 AM, Thursday June 26, 2008 EDT
The Wall
Today I uploaded some small updates to the server mostly to focus on using the wall on profiles. The idea of a wall is common with social networks and was here previously. It was replaced briefly with Player Notes/Reviews with the intent that social network features were going to be provided on a parent site. However, its clear that the community would rather the network stay on this site rather than be spread out. This is the motivations for the updates at the beginning of the month.

This small update is to make the wall a bigger focus. Reviews have been moved off the overview page. You can now post messages to a players wall directly from the overview page (if you are their friend). If you're not their friend you can request to be added by adding them as your friend. Once they add you, you can post on their wall.

I hope the posting on a players wall helps you communicate with friends on this site and makes this place even more friendly.
1 comments , posted by Ryan at 8:29 AM, Saturday June 7, 2008 EDT
June 1 Update
After a nearly 24 hr coding session I've got a new code base uploaded to the servers. The majority of these changes are meant to bring better community and social networking on the non-game half of the site.

Player Notes are now called Reviews and you are limited to having only one review per player. If you submit another review it will overwrite the first. Anybody can post a review. These aim to act as a reputation system.

Comments are back! Yes, now if you are someone's friend you can post a comment on their wall. You'll notice new sections in the profile page for reviews and wall comments. Friends can post as many wall comments as they'd like.

Friends have changed a little too. You can add any player as a friend giving them access to your wall and letting you track them at the tables. Adding a friend will send a request to that player to add you.

You should also notice this new blog. The other blog was too far away to maintain properly. This blog will have posts on the front of the forum Also Advisors (the old moderators) can post blog entries too.

Finally you'll notice a new preferences dialog at the tables. This is an amalgamation of all the options. You can change your settings including sound and whether you want your stars displayed. You can add/remove friends. And last but not least, you can edit your profile information. Yes, profile info is back including country flags!

With all this new stuff and little testing there are bound to be some bugs. If you bump into some post them as a comment to this post.

Hope you like the update. See you at the tables.
6 comments , posted by Ryan at 10:48 AM, Sunday June 1, 2008 EDT
XSketch - Pictionary Online
XSketch is a multiplayer word sketch game played in monthly competitions. It's like Pictionary. You sketch a picture with the goal of having other players guess your word and vice versa.
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