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« on: Jan 11th, 2012, 2:08am »
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2012.01.11  
A swarm of new users noticed: 20 users during 7 hours today.  
I guess this is because arimaa got mentioned on top page of http://xkcd.com/
 
Here is the image in case the top page will get changed eventually:
http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/game_ais.png
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 2:23am »
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snakes and ladders, haha, maybe because its pure luck?
 
i heard a university was building a bot to play starcraft with mild success, i think it used a bunch of dispersed flying units because humans can't micromanage nearly as good has computers, thanks for reminding me, it was very interesting and i might go look it up again.
 
And i'm glad arimaa is high on there, means more people are likely to come
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Re: Swarm
« Reply #2 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 3:26am »
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Being mentioned in xkcd looks to me like something to be proud of Omar, besides the nice publicity!
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Re: Swarm
« Reply #3 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 10:03am »
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excellent, xkcd!
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 11:42am »
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Ah. That explains all of the new players I'm seeing in the gameroom. Smiley Yay!
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 3:14pm »
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Last week (seven days): 26 new accounts
Today (so far) : 101 new accounts
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Re: Swarm
« Reply #6 on: Jan 11th, 2012, 4:49pm »
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Here is the permalink...
http://xkcd.com/1002/
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 12th, 2012, 10:36am »
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Aamir really flipped out when he saw that, cause he follows xkcd Smiley
 
Wow, on Jan 12 2012 there were 160 accounts created and 576 games played. That's definitely a record.
 
What's amazing is that it's just a mention in the image and not even a direct link to the Arimaa site, so people have to google what Arimaa is, read about it and then come to the site, find their way to the gameroom and register. xkcd must have a huge following.
 
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 12th, 2012, 3:31pm »
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on Jan 12th, 2012, 10:36am, omar wrote:
Wow, on Jan 12 2012 there were 160 accounts created and 576 games played. That's definitely a record.

 
And just in time for the World Championship games! Accident?  Cool
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Re: Swarm from xkcd
« Reply #9 on: Jan 12th, 2012, 6:08pm »
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on Jan 12th, 2012, 3:31pm, Dolus wrote:
And just in time for the World Championship games! Accident? Cool

Unfortunately we didn't have any designated commentator yet, so the listed games don't say "with live commentary" on the main game room page, so none of the newcomers know that commentary will be given.
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Re: Swarm
« Reply #10 on: Jan 12th, 2012, 9:33pm »
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The comic goes away from the front page in 30 minutes, I would suspect there won't be much of an increase in people...
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