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It's possible that it just got caught up in my spam filter back when it got sent out, since I wasn't looking for it because I didn't see that we'd gone live.
Hey, sorry for any issues. I'll look into this right away
Uh, actually, now it's being mentioned, I missed the notice that the game was going live and never had the key appear for me.
I've not received my reward yet or is it not yet delivered?
Hey, sorry for the late response. I caught a bug that has kept me down for a while. I'll look into it right now.
I never received any of my rewards, including digital downloads and keys. The last email I have from this project is dated December 2016. I finally decided to visit this forum and see what was up. Looks like people are enjoying the game. I would like to as well. :)
@Rachel I just left you a message. @JC Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying the game!
Today I finally signed up on Steam and used my alpha key to play in 2D. I can't post on the Steam discussion board because I don't have Guard enabled (I don't even know what that is) so I have come here to post the supportive comment that I wanted to post there.
So: I'm having a blast. I find that the quantum moves add a risk-taking element that completely changes a game of chess for me. The current AI beat me consistently until I started using my quantum moves effectively (and slightly less often - quantum to get in position, regular move to capture, study board, repeat). I still only win when I take risks that pay off ... so still, not often ... but taking risks is one of the only advantages that I as a human have.
For everyone tired of the standard openings: quantum-ing out BOTH KNIGHTS at the beginning makes that whole "control of the middle of the board" struggle really fun.
3D made it much harder for me to see the board, or else I was familiar with 2D from the videos and twitching. 2D is also the mode in which I play regular chess online, so perfectly fine.
Finally I would urge everyone to ignore the snarky "Is this dead" comments. In this world it's easy to snark and super challenging to actually build anything. Or as Teddy R once said (please read this thinking of all genders):
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Hey! Just wondering if the backer rewards have been sent out yet as I'm like an excited puppy by the letterbox each morning! Wishing you all a fab day :-)
My apology's for not my delayed response. Yesterday I received my USB stick in good condition. Thank you very much!
I'm so sorry! Please send an email to email@example.com and we'll get it sorted out asap. If you could include a picture of the packaging that would be useful.
This day my envelop with the Quantum Chess USB arrived, but unfortunately it was empty. A hole in the back suggests the USB was "lost" in transit leaving an empty envelop. How can we resolve this?
I sent your keys through private messages. For anyone else who hasn't received a key yet, please check your email for anything from Backerkit. You can also log into your Backerkit account to access your digital downloads. If you have any trouble don't hesitate to drop me a message.
I still haven't gotten anything!
... nor have I received a key (originally thought it was because I was "pawn" level.
I also haven't got my key
You should have received an email with your code and instructions from Backerkit. I'll look into it. Sorry for the delay.
Hello, I just read the last update and saw a couple months ago you said that $10 pledges would get their keys. I pledged $10, but have yet to get the key. How do I get my hands on it? Thanks for the info
Hey Shek, sorry for the delayed response. I've been doing some major back end rework to speed up the engine significantly so it can support a smarter AI. I've already managed to cut the move generation memory overhead from 2.4 GB to 24 MB, but it still isn't enough. After a few moves at one level deeper search it starts taking 30-60 s per move. So working on some more optimization.
Any news? I hope this isn't vaporware like most of the stuff on kickstarter...
Question: I paid $10 to get the Pawn version. Should I have been sent a copy of the game or not?
I've donated on the Grand Master Pledge. I received the alpha key for steam and it has been working great. I uninstalled it to make some room for a couple of days and just now tried to reinstall. It won't grab the files from the server it seems. Then I just got your guys email saying beta key is ready to go soon. I haven't received the beta key tor steam yet. Thanks Chris!
Hi Riccardo! The most recent key that was sent out was for the beta level backers, it is not the release key just yet. But don't worry, we're getting there soon.
Hi, i didn't receive the steam key and i think i should have.
It is yours to do with as you please :). You should join the discord chat, it is pretty active right now! https://discord.gg/EYnmk4M
If we already have an Alpha Key, can we give the Beta Key away?
All beta backers should have received a Steam key now. If you did not receive one and think you should have, let me know.
Hey Solensia! Sorry for the delay. A lot is happening right now. I can't announce an exact date just yet, but be on the lookout for an update soon announcing the beta! And other rewards are in production.
Any update? I haven't heard anything for months.
Let me look into that right now.
Where is the alpha down load link on backer? I haven't gotten it for months?
Hi Juan! Sorry, I wanted to post this link sooner but I was having some technical difficulties with discord. Here is a new link to try. They expire after 24 hours I believe. https://discord.gg/MaTgz
Finally got able to download the alpha on steam and play for a bit. I'm super confused about the game play! For example, how is it that sometimes I end up with just half a piece? I'm sure a lot of you have had ample discussions about the rules of the game and their implications, but is there a place where newcomers could see answers to common questions or ask if in case of doubt?
I tried to follow the discord links below, but they don't seem to be working anymore.
So, whilst there is a lively discussion on the Discord channel I thought I'd pop in here as well. So currently the alpha is on version 0.0.6044 how are you guys liking it so far?
Yeah that is on the list to be fixed.
Also I noticed the white(light) and black(dark) squares are reversed (compared to standard chess) - is this intentional? For example d1 in standard chess should be white (not black).
You're welcome! And, thank you for your patience everyone.
And yes, by all means report bugs. I'm taking bug emails at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join us in discord https://discord.gg/Tsx2x for a lively discussion of bugs.
Thanks for the move list on that one. Great help.
So alpha is out, cool! And thanks!
Does it make sense to report problems at this stage, or shall we wait for beta? I tried game against AI and it stopped moving after I made the first quantum move in the following variantion:
1. e2-e4 Ng8-f6 2. e4-e5 Nf6-d5 3.d2-d4 Nb8-c6 4.Ng1-f3 e7-e6 5.Bf1-d3 Bf8-b4 6.Bc1-d2 Bb4xd2 7.Nb1xd2 h7-h6 8.0-0 0-0 9.qQd1?e4
And here the AI froze... Chicken :-).
Thanks! I like them. I'll pass along the compliment.
Cool. Nice wallpapers. :)
I was actually working on the wallpaper download distribution when you asked this. You should be receiving a notice that it is ready.
But that's never a castle. It's either Kg1, Rh1, or Ke1, Rf1. BTW, where do I get the wallpapers?
I also could have just quantum moved the the king two spaces once the knight and bishop were gone, and then moved the rook through a king that may or may not be there. Do it right and it's 50/50 on all four pieces.
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Yes you can! If you are castling through a piece in superposition, or with a king that is in superposition
It turns out you can actually quantum castle, you just can't do it in one turn.
The keys will be distributed by email. We're working on some last minute prep, but assuming everything goes smoothly I'll be distributing tomorrow morning. And yes I plan to do a stream once the keys have been distributed. When everything is set I'll post an official announcement.
How are the alpha keys going to be distributed? And at what time approximately? Will there be a stream as announced?
3 more days!
I'm excited guys!