New Online Go Server appears behind the horizon…
All infos I got for now from the developer team that three enthusiastic Go players worked on programming a new GO server. A complete new version 2.0 is up since today (2nd Dec).
It is called LankeWeiqi or as short form LKGS (Lanke Go Server).
Similar to OGS (Online Go Server) which is owned by two software developers in the USA (matburt and anoek) following a merger with nova.gs in October 2013 the new Go server LankeWeiqi seems to be owned by the company Xining Vidoo Information & Technology Co. Ltd. and is purely web-browser based (without Java).
So another “…GS name” in the market of Online GO Servers beside the existing (e.g. OGS – Online Go Server, Pandanet-IGS, DGS – Dragon GO Server, KGS etc. …) ?? – For pure beginners this landscape might become little bit confusing. 🙂
These days this very new server with a .cc domain (registrated on Cokos (Keeling) Islands/Australia) is accessable and simply to surf via web browser (on my own I only did a test with Google Chrome). No extra desktop client must be downloaded as we know it from Wbaduk, Tygem and Pandanet-IGS (and best to do so with KGS). For now LKGS mainly is available with it’s front end in Chinese language. – The English version is being translated these days and up very soon so I was told today. Another language this server will be available is Japanese.
It is very teachable for Non Asians to learn the fighting oriented Asian style and visit specific Online Go servers herefor. This new Go server LKGS gives hope that Go players from Western world get the chance to meet Asian players as we know it from Tygem, Wbaduk and Pandanet-IGS but have a more direct inter-action, e.g. English based Chat communication (Rec.: On Wbaduk and Tygem mainly play Asians from Korea and China with very few Japanese and a regular English communication isnt possible for 95% of all games (by my own experience).)
The look and feel of the LKGS ENG frontpage (without login) for now: http://lanke.cc/homeen.html
After registration and login which worked within seconds giving a uniquly User name, Nick name and password here the look and feel of the central menu, with the chat room (botttom left), games list (top left) and players overview (right side):
Some more features are “Class room“, “Discussion Group“, Club, “Go News” and a link to the Quing Hai Go Association (Rec.: Qinghai Province is the fourth largest province in China.). Some other features might be interesting too, e.g. Team Ranking lists.
Here two screenshots of the game pages, one still running, another just finished:
If you want give it a try on your own and you should not be confident with Chinese (as I am) use the “Translate to English” function of your browser (e.g. available in Google Chrome). It will show you following: http://www.lanke.cc/pages/userReg.html
(Rec.: Similar to OGS for registrating on LKGS there is not needed an email addess for completing the registration process (which I see it as critically if you should forget the password or the account should be hacked.))
You can find me on LKGS with same user name as you know me on most other online GO Servers (e.g. KGS, Tygem, Wbaduk, IGS and OGS): LinuxGooo .
… and pls give feedback with a short comment (clicking the reply button) about your own experiences.