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Two things to note about this:

First, this is the closest game of Catchup I've ever played (among more than 1000 plays). Final score:

20-9-1-1 to 20-9-1-0

I lost on the third tiebreak! 9-1-1 INDEED.

Second, this is what the iOS app currently looks like. There's been a recent flurry of activity as the developer is making a renewed push to get it out. Progress!

[Note: because I licensed Catchup to the developer (rather than paying the developer to make it), he gets to release it on his own schedule, and he's got lots of other paying gigs taking up his time. He's a great developer though, and I've become hopelessly addicted even to this beta version. Note the final version will look different - different colors and slightly different icons/layout - but will keep the minimal "flat" style, which I greatly appreciate here]
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Awesome! I am excited about the app and for you! Not sure how I feel about the bumblebee colors, but I suppose I could get used to them (if they were retained). Will different board sizes also be an option?
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And AI level 19??? Holy crap, how many levels is this thing gonna have/need? Was that the hardest level?
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qswanger wrote:
Awesome! I am excited about the app and for you! Not sure how I feel about the bumblebee colors, but I suppose I could get used to them (if they were retained). Will different board sizes also be an option?


Thanks!

Colors will be different, and you'll have option to choose diff color schemes in addition.

Different board sizes not an option, but I promise that this size will keep you occupied for a surprisingly long time. Part of that has to do with the many, many AI levels, and part with the fact that are many layers of strategy to discover.
 
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qswanger wrote:
And AI level 19??? Holy crap, how many levels is this thing gonna have/need? Was that the hardest level?


There are 20 levels. Lots of people have trouble beating even the first level, and we're talking about ways of making the early levels easier. The developer tells me he's never gotten past level 5. It's a Monte Carlo Engine and it's pretty ferocious at this kind of game.

I'm only good at it because I've played more than 1000 games. I'm about as good as level 20 (I win about 40% of level 20 games now, but I'm still improving)
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Also, of course, you'll be able to play against other people.
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very nice!

will it be a universal app, or ipad only?
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Can't wait -- this is an instabuy for me.
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milomilo122 wrote:
There are 20 levels. Lots of people have trouble beating even the first level, and we're talking about ways of making the early levels easier.

If there are that many levels, then level 1 should really be an extremely easy cakewalk so newbies don't feel utterly discouraged & stupid as soon as they start trying the game.
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autoplectic wrote:
very nice!

will it be a universal app, or ipad only?


I can't remember what he chose to do. I'll get back to you next time I talk with him.
 
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gtranbot wrote:
Can't wait -- this is an instabuy for me.


Wooohaaaaa! Thank you and you are both smart and handsome.
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russ wrote:
milomilo122 wrote:
There are 20 levels. Lots of people have trouble beating even the first level, and we're talking about ways of making the early levels easier.

If there are that many levels, then level 1 should really be an extremely easy cakewalk so newbies don't feel utterly discouraged & stupid as soon as they start trying the game.


My feeling exactly.
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Very cool!
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akinfantryman wrote:
Very cool!


Thanks! Also, I love your microbadges.
 
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russ wrote:
milomilo122 wrote:
There are 20 levels. Lots of people have trouble beating even the first level, and we're talking about ways of making the early levels easier.

If there are that many levels, then level 1 should really be an extremely easy cakewalk so newbies don't feel utterly discouraged & stupid as soon as they start trying the game.


Ok, the opening levels are now super, super easy.
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I actually have an even closer game, though proving it requires me admitting I got beat down past level 9.

Lost on the fourth tiebreaker.
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hyperpape wrote:
I actually have an even closer game, though proving it requires me admitting I got beat down past level 9.

Lost on the fourth tiebreaker.
I think my closest game has been that loss to you. You're also still the only one besides Nick to beat me on the iOS app - my third loss was a flipped-username forfeit.
 
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