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EDIT: Check this thread for the updated PDF version of this guide
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/99969
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Something about BSW player level system and communication in BSW

1. Brettspielwelt player level system


Registered users gain experience by playing games and with experience BSW players rise up in player levels. The idea of the level system (and registration) is that when you gain experience you also get new commands you can use and thus enhance your gaming experience in BrettspielWelt. Some more advanced commands could disturb other players game play or the gaming system and for that reason they are not available to players that don’t know what to do (and what not) with them.

BSW level system is modeled after medieval theme from newbie all the way up to the emperor. Players that play typically multiplayer games are marked with W and there levels are from 0 to 21. Players that play lot of single user games might be marked with clerical class K. The prerequisite is that 1/3 of you game experience points come from playing solo games. You can check the English levels and points you get from each game here:
http://www.brettspielwelt.de/gate/jsp/base/full.jsp?url=/en/...

Another handy tool is Player info in Hall of Fame: http://www.brettspielwelt.de/gate/jsp/base/enter.jsp?nation=.... By typing in your nickname you see games you have played and Teammates tell with whom you have played.

Every game in BSW has point value that you get after playing one game. Additionally you might get a 10% bonus by winning the game. Multiuser games give you more points (from 3 to 25) than single user games (1-2). You can check your points to detail by using Boomer’s point checker:
http://www.theboomer.us/cgi-bin/bsw_info.cgi.

2. Communication in BSW

When the amount of played games increases you start to meet familiar players in BSW you like to play with. Information about whether these persons are around and in general communication with other players is part gaming in BSW.

With lists you can easily follow whether you friends are playing online. Registered users can use for example watch lists for this purpose. You add persons to watch list with command /add watch nickname and after you have typed in your friends one by one save the list with command /save. Now you will hear and see when your friends arrive to BrettspielWelt or are already there when you log in. You can again find more information about the lists in BSW command listing here: http://www.brettspielwelt.info/tutorial/commands_level.html

Different tell commands are a good way to communicate between players. The basic command /tell nickname text sends the typed text to the named user and leaves a chat window open for continuing the discussion. Other commands (/ttell, /ctell, /mtell and /shout) can be used to communicate to different user groups in BrettspielWelt. Check the use of these commands from the command listing.

Channels are way to communicate to an unknown group of persons that can (based on the channel name) come to a certain channel. Channels in BSW might belong to certain gamer group, players from a certain country or of a certain game. Anybody can create new channels freely and join to them. Command /channel channel_name creates a channel with this name (if it does not exist already) and opens a chat window for that (e.g. /channel Finland). Command /leave channel_name closes the channel down and you won’t see it’s messages any more.
 
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Re: BSW player guide - part 4 Player levels and communicatio
OK, I give up. How do you check your level?
Thanks
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Hi!

There are two ways to do this quite easily:

a) when you're playing in BSW use /info command to check your information. Add your nickname after the command e.g. /info JoeLamer.

b) use Boomer's excellent point checker which tells more details about your past games, on what level you are and what you need to get to the next level: http://www.theboomer.us/cgi-bin/bsw_info.cgi. Again use your nickname and press Submit.
 
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Re: BSW player guide - part 4 Player levels and communicatio
Is the BSW point checker down temporarily or has it been down for a long time? I've tried it on 3 different browsers and it seems to be misbehaving on all:

When I submit a query at

http://www.theboomer.us/cgi-bin/bsw_info.cgi

The message

Der Seitenaufbau hat sich geändert; Auswertung nicht möglich!

shows, followed by a whole bunch of unformatted player info (game names and numbers) - but no info on taler computation like it used to have.
 
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thatmarkguy wrote:
Is the BSW point checker down temporarily or has it been down for a long time?

That isn't "the BSW point checker". BSW has never provided an official way to get your current points.
The site you talk about was created by TheBoomer, and was AFAIK an english version of an old german point checker. He gets his info by parsing the player stats, and the layout of this data has been changed long ago (a year?). The point checked wasn't updated.

A working point checker is at AufSchalke: http://www.janbln.de/c32/punkt.php. It's german, but it should be easy to figure out what's what.

If you're level 11 or above, you might want to try this site: http://tortuga.famro.de/rankingrechner. It doesn't calculate the points, but shows you position relative to other players of the same level.

 
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Hi!

It think you should check (and keep on checking) the PDF version of this file. It is the version I have kept on updating and it contains (if my memory serves me right) the link the newer BSW counter version.
 
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