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Subject: Re: Hoyle Majestic Chess goes gold!

Author: John Merlino

Date: 12:04:45 07/26/03

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On July 26, 2003 at 14:00:02, Roger D Davis wrote:

>On July 25, 2003 at 18:58:47, John Merlino wrote:
>
>>Hello all,
>>
>>This is just to notify you all that a program that I have been working on called
>>"Hoyle Majestic Chess" has now been approved for production and should be
>>available in US stores around August 22nd. The company that developed it (the
>>one that I work for) is called Fluent Entertainment.
>>
>>The official website is www.majesticchess.com. Right now this site forwards to
>>Vivendi's site for the program. Vivendi is our publisher and has been doing a
>>magnificent job getting the word out on this new program. The official site will
>>be up and running some time next week.
>>
>>Some of you may not find the program interesting, as it is not intended for
>>serious players (although serious players can certainly get a good challenge
>>from Kittinger's fine new engine). It is mainly intended for people who simply
>>want to have fun playing a game of chess. It has a smaller feature set than
>>Chessmaster, certainly. But it does have full English advice, the ability to
>>watch the engine think, 24 different personalities to play against, and the
>>option to make your own personalities.
>>
>>Additionally, it has full-featured multiplayer online capability. It's 100% free
>>and you do not need to sign up for any other service. Just create an account
>>with a password and you're off and running.
>>
>>Finally, for the novice to lower-intermediate player (or for anybody looking for
>>a fun new twist on chess), we have the Chess Adventure. This is a story-driven
>>quest-based adventure with eight chapters of increasing difficulty that will
>>help the weaker player to become a solid intermediate player. For those of you
>>who know other computer games, think of it as chess meets "Heroes of Might and
>>Magic".
>>
>>Overall, the program is stunningly gorgeous, if I do say so myself. Most of all,
>>I'm just pleased that I am still able to help make good chess programs. I take
>>nothing away from Chessmaster, but I'm glad that many people now have an
>>alternative choice to that fine program that I worked on for so many years.
>>
>>If you have any questions about the program, you can ask them here, or send me a
>>private e-mail, or use Vivendi's message board. This message board DOES require
>>that you sign up for an account, but hopefully it will be a large community that
>>will be able to share information. You can sign up for this message board by
>>going to www.hoylegames.com and clicking on the "Forum" link.
>>
>>Many thanks for your time,
>>
>>jm
>
>John,
>
>I hope it's not too late to request a feature...it's a very simple feature. Many
>times when I'm playing online in a longer time control, I want to make the board
>small, but have the window be Always on Top, so that I can work in other
>applications while my opponent thinks. This is always great if it's engine
>versus engine, since I can work and glance up at the game at any time.
>
>Would be great if your new program could do this, too.
>
>Roger

Not possible, since Majestic Chess is a full-screen DirectX program.

jm



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