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2009
Mar
23

Site Moved

Categories: Bingo Game Server, Site Updates

The last couple of days, I was forced to do server migrations for HB since my service provider is moving to a new location as well. Since this site is still hosted on the main HB server, I have to move it as well. I also took the chance to upgrade to the latest WordPress version already. So far, everything went well.

While setting up the HB Java servers, I can’t help but realize how inefficient and disorganized it has been after all this time. Well, it isn’t really THAT bad. For the most part, I was even able to automate many functions such that it doesn’t really require much attention from me, other some minor maintenance work. However, changing things like re-assigning port numbers and even just game room locations can be very tedious.

I’m hoping to improve upon this for the new game servers I am doing. For one, I am hopeful that this is more efficient. It requires just half the resources (that I am sure of), and it now (optionally) allows more game rooms to run in the same application instance, which can lower resource usage even further.

Anyway, it’s been 8-9 hours already since the server migrations have been finished, and so far, no major issues. Hopefully, things will continue to be stable so I can get back doing work on the BingoGems site.

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2009
Mar
13

Game Intermission

Categories: Bingo Game Server, Flash Bingo Games

The game intermission screen is now more functional.

Spin Bingo: Final scores and ranking of all participating players are displayed, not just those of the top 3 players.

90-Ball Bingo: If a player won multiple patterns, the name is listed just once. The line will then indicate what pattern numbers have been won, and how many winnings cards. The total winnings (for all patterns) are totaled. This should make the winner list more brief, and avoid having the player name listed more than once when winning multiple patterns.

I made some effort to make the intermission reusable in all the game types, without additional Flash codes. Game headings and information are sent server-side, then just formatted and displayed  appropriately on the Flash side. There is now much better changeable formatting of the winner texts, to make the table easier to read.

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2009
Mar
13

Misc Bug Fixes

Categories: Bingo Game Server, Flash Bingo Games

Spin Bingo: when game is over and before final tally is displayed, make sure the top player list is current (to avoid any confusion since some players may catch up in the last few seconds)

90-Ball Bingo: when a new level pattern is started, make sure that cards are auto-sorted (if option is enabled) prior to the next ball call

General progress has been slower the past few days, as there has been an emergency server migration on HB that I needed to attend to. That’s 4 dedicated servers in all, 2 of which need to be rebuilt from scratch, so it’s a lot of work. This blog (and the site itself) will also be moved. I expect that within 2 weeks, this will all get sorted out and I will be able to focus again on the BingoGems site.

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