Introduction Set

Introduction Set
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Contributor:
J.J. Tuilier
Organization:
Edition:
2001

Description

A proposal to spread Go by means of simple to make, cheap go sets, which consist of:
1) A plastic folder of 128×128 mm, used for wrapping CD and easily found in computer shops,
2) A 9×9 goban with 13×13 mm cells, thus sizing 12×12 cm, printed on a vinylic paper,
3) Two sets of self adhesing dots, 12 mm diameter, black and white, sold in stationery shops,
4) An elementary explanation of the game printed on a 12×12 cm paper. These sets can be distrubuted freely by clubs or by commercial firms with an advertisement on the back of the Go ban.

Realisation

Only a few have been made and distributed so far.

Resources

Low manpower, low costs (1 euro per set)

Go Memory Problems

Go Memory
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Contributor:
Kali Balduin
Organization:
Edition:
2001

Description

The idea of memory cards highlighted here is actually part of series of promotion activities and ideas. It consists of memory-card-sets with pairs of a problem and a solution. It is designed to memorize patterns of play and possibly a different set for each grade-level could be realised

Realisation

No realisation yet.

Resources

Low manpower, costs depend on quality.

Go in Companies

Go in companies
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Contributor:
Ralf Schoenfeld
Organization:
Go-Club Hamburger Sparkasse
Edition:
2007

Description

Our project is to start up Go-groups in companies. In early 2006 we announced an evening with a strong player (3-Dan Thomas Nohr) to show the old game Go in “our” company. About 12 interested people from our company gathered around a demonstration-board and later in the evening the first matches on 9×9 Goban started. In the following month it was our goal to find a stable group of women and men who are interested to play in a company-club for longer. In Juli 2006 we get the official status as a company-sport-group with 12 people (age 33 – 49). Like another go club we play open games and tournaments, take lessons from stronger players.
Next steps: to get more members for our Go-club, to organize a Go-tournament open for everyone, to place a story in the Hamburger company-sport-magazine, to support the start of other Go company-sport-groups

Objectives

To interest people in companies for playing Go and to show company – leaders how good Go works for the employee’s mind.

Realisation

Very far: the group plays nearly every day in breaks in the company. Further some members take part in tournaments (e.g. Iwamoto) and are playing on KGS and in the “Internet-Bundeliga” on KGS.

Resources

Human resources: 4 People for giving lessons, preparing meetings, buying equipment (boards, stones, bowls, books). Financial resources: 460 € for equipment

Possibilities to copy this project

It’s quite easy: a good communication through the normal channels in a company (who supports company-sports) with enough employees should bring together some interested people. It works only if one employee is very Go-interested and can show the advantage of Go for people’s mind to the company-leaders.

Go Exhibition

Go Exhibition
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Contributor:
Guenter Ciessow
Organization:
Edition:
2001

Description

TThe theme of the exhibition in Berlin was not to present only Japanese woodcut prints (ukiyo-e) with scenes of Go, but also different Go games, ideas of Go philosophy, Go history, Go books, etc. In connection to the exhibition there is also a powerpoint presentation on CD-rom.

Resources

Manpower: high
Costs: high
It is nearly impossible to say the total costs of the exhibition, because from beginning of the project (more than 2 years ago) I made an agreement with the museum: Each one – the museum and the go players – pay their one part, there should be no payment between both. So we could use the infrastructure of the museum, f.e. the rooms and all the people of the museum, the photo laboratory and other items. Especially the insurance for all the parts (value about DM 200.000.-) and the frames for the ukiyo-e and framing itself had been payed by the museum.
I got some help from Berlin Go-players, f.e. travelling costs to other museums, discussions about the publication, and so on. I myself have payed much for the publication. All the ukiyo-e must be scanned, the costs came about DM 5000.-. The layout of the publication I made myself, printing costs are about DM 10000,- . I got some help from Mr. S. Liesegang (about DM 3000,-) and another help from the Japanese embassy (about DM 1800,-). So I myself have payed more than DM 10000,-. A part of this amount I got back by selling the publication.

Results

Good; 7000 visitors

Possibilites to copy this project

The exhibition is no more intact. All parts are given back to the owners. But in principle repeating the exhibition in another country may be possible, because I believe, all owners – esp. Dr Gerstorfer – will support a new project. I asked Dr. Gerstorfer 9 month ago to this question. You find his answer in the eMail “Exhibition”, sorry, in German language. I myself would assist anyone, who wanted to take the initiative.

Is it difficult to translate the powerpoint presentation to other languages?

The presentation is made by myself with help of some Berlin Go-players, so copyright belongs to me. Translation in another language should be made in the country itself. A big problem is, to find a good speaker. In Berlin we have had one without costs (the father of Mr. O. Lenz). Anyone, who is able to use MSPowerpoint, can change the presentation to the local content.

Impressions

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Go Campaign in Timisoara

Go Campaign in Timisoara
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Contributor:
Bratu Cristian
Organization:
Edition:

Description

The campaign consists of: Go lessons for beginners (with written material), a media campaign, editing and distribution of materials presenting the Go game, posters, mass-media articles, organizing a Go contest.

Resources

Manpower: average
Costs: high

Results

Good, see the press coverage:

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Glossy Go Set

Glossy Go Set
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Contributor:
Wlodzimierz Malinowski (idea and production), Roman Pszonka (translation, PR and promotion)
Organization:
Edition:
2003

Description

This Go set contains two sided (19×19 and 13×13) full size folded board made of waterproof laminated cardboard. There is also additional 9×9 board attached. Stones contained in cardboard boxes are made of polystyrene. You can also find postcard, which can be used to send feedback to producer. There is also booklet with rules explanation and CD with mirror of http://go.art.pl website. The CD with full explanation of the game of Go is extremely important part of this set. It also contains interactive explanation of rules, Go playing program, rules and more detailed explanation of basic moves and some strategy, games and many interesting publications. We also designed special hard cardboard box for postal distribution (0.25 Euro)
Dimensions: box 220x240x60 mm; board 450×424 mm; stones 21.5×8 mm. Weight: 1300 g

Objectives

The main objective of this project is to popularise the game of Go in Poland and Europe. Therefore we manufactured Go set with small dimensions, similar to many popular computer games boxes, and with attractive graphical layout, which may compete with them.
The main goal is to promote Go by selling this set for people not yet playing Go.
Most of already sold sets was ordered by Internet and sent by mail, especially before Christmas, so the goal to sell this set for non Go players was achieved.
This set is small enough to be easily put on the shelf in home or shop, and also fit in backpack easily, what is very important especially for young people. It’s also ideal as a gift. The weight of this set is low, but still weight of stones are very good even for tournament games, and that was successfully tested during European Youth Go Championships in Ustron and Warsaw International Go Tournament. Customers’ opinions about this set are very good. This set has “European” look, quite different from already known Japanese Go sets. It attracts customers because of its look, size, and description of the game. We think, that beside popularising game among publicity, there can be also achieved some financial profit, which can be used by national federations to promote the game of Go. As an example: cost of this set in Poland from producer in bigger orders is about 13.5 Euro, price for single sets is about 16 Euro, with postal costs – 19 Euro, and price in big shop in Warsaw (Piatnik Centrum) is about 21 Euro.

Realisation

1000 boxes and 500 sets of stones have been produced, as well as brochures with explanation of rules and Go boards. About 300 complete Go sets have been sold, most of them by Internet (about 200). The CD is continuously updated and the quality of its contents is still increasing. The production is prepared in all technical aspects to allow the manufacture of this set in other language versions.

Resources

Manpower: Because the stage of production is already finished, we found many co-operators – experts in their respective areas: graphical design, printing, bookbinding, and producers of packages/boxes and plastic stones. Currently, the most important thing is to find new resellers and distribution channels.
Financial resources: Total cost of production this set and CD (without preparation costs):
1000 pcs – 12.5 Euro
500 pcs – 14 Euro
200 pcs – 16.5 Euro
this is net cost without VAT and other taxes and it can change no more than 10%.

Possibilities to copy this project

This set was originally made in Polish version; however it’s possible to quite easily localize it to any chosen language. You just need to provide translation of all visible texts from the box, translated text and pictures of the tutor and materials on the CD. If you are interested, we can provide provisional English version of all texts. The most important part in case of production for other countries is cooperation with national Go associations or people willing to distribute and prepare translation of text on the box and rules explanation. It’s obvious, that contents of the CD should be prepared for each language, basing on our experience.
We can provide fully localized national version in 30 days in case of 500 pcs order. For bigger orders this time can be extended to 60 days. Although we have ready product, there is also possibility of some minor changes.

Game site (Brettspielwelt)

Game site (Brettspielwelt)

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Contributor:
Bernhard Seckinger (idea and programming), Tobias Lang (graphics)
Organization:
BrettspielWelt
Edition:
2003

Description

The Brettspielwelt was founded in 1999 on private initiative of Alexander Zbiek, who developed the game “Settlers of Catan” for the Internet on a Java base. From that small start, an online community has formed in which you can play more than 30 different board games. Among these there are classics like Backgammon and Doppelkopf as well as newer board games like Puerto Rico and Carcassonne. Today more than 19,000 players are registered and more than 4,500 play regularly on www.brettspielwelt.de. Altogether more than 3 million (!) games have been played.
The ambition of the Brettspielwelt is to make board games more popular and to show people another alternative to “normal” computer games and other “modern” activities for their leisure-time. We also feel that it is important for players to meet each other face-to-face. Because of this the Brettspielwelt hosts some real-life meetings, during which the players can become acquainted with each other. These meetings are well attended. The Brettspielwelt has no commercial means – there is no advertisement on the site.
The standard setting is an even 9×9 game of Go with Chinese counting. Optionally, players may change the settings to a 13×13 or 19×19 board, add a time limit, or play with handicap stones. The results of all games are stored in a database. We also plan to translate the game for the English speaking community and to add a tool for analysing the game after it was played.

Objectives

To increase the quality of the offerings of the Brettspielwelt we decided to make Go available as a multi-user game. The goal is not to create a Go – elite, it is to spread the game in a new way to many players. During the first 2 weeks this goal has nearly been reached: 1782 games of Go took place, in which more than 500 different players took part, over 90% of whom were playing the game for the first time! This made Go the 7th most frequently played game during that time period. This is a good result for an abstract two player game. We want to expose more people to Go.

Realisation

During the next year 2000 – 3000 players are supposed to learn Go in the Brettspielwelt.

Resources

Manpower: BrettspielWelt has been developed over the course of four years by five people. The implementation of Go at BrettspielWelt is the result of the work of two people over the course of one month.
Financial resources: The implementation of Go itself took no money. However, BrettspielWelt’s server is financed by its creators. BrettspielWelt is a non-commercial site.

Possibilities to copy this project

BrettspielWelt is available via the internet to players across Europe and around the world.
Link: www.brettspielwelt.de

Go Cases for School

Go Cases for School

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Contributor:
Thomas Nohr
Edition:
2001
Prize winner:
Encouragement Award

Description

A case with Go equipment: it contains 15 9×9-boards with stones of the normal size, rules and special instructions for the teacher. The instructions are written so that the teachers unfamiliar with Go can still use them.
The first issue was sponsored in 1997 by Stefan Liesegang in Berlin. In December 2000, out of 20 school that borrowed the case, 19 of them were still using them and didn’t want to pass them on to other schools.

Realisation

See above. In addition to the contents of the case, the strips by Andreas Fecke have been used.

Resources

Manpower: low
Costs: average (sponsored)

Toulouse Permanent Tournament

Toulouse Permanent Tournament
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Contributor:
Yves Rutschle (current manager and tool developer), Laurent Lamôle (founder)
Organization:
Edition:
2012

Description

This tournament started in 2001, and over the last 10 years has brought together more than 50 players. I have been organizing a permanent tournament in Toulouse since 2006. A round is played each month, and it’s up to the players to arrange their meeting time and place. 6 to 7 rounds are played over the year.

Objectives

This tournament is a good way for beginners, who may be shy of going to a weekend-long tournament, to get a feel for timed, rated games in an informal environment. It motivates players to go to their club at least once a month. It also allows players to play rated games more regularly than they otherwise would, which also makes for better updating of the rating ladder.

Realisation

The main tool to run the tournament is Goat. Additional financial resources could be used to provide prizes to the first three players, in order to encourage participation.

Resources

The tool requires a Unix computer and the ability to send and receive e-mail and publish HTML pages. Because the tool automates most aspects of the tournament, only about an hour of human time for each round is needed.

Possibilities of copying this project

This type of tournament can easily be reproduced in other countries (except for adaptation of the tool).

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Universal 3d chess

Universal 3d chess
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Contributor:
Hubele Hervé
Organization:
Edition:
2012

Description

I’ve started this project a few years ago to teach go to children. I wanted to write a program that replay go games in 3D and nothing more. So i took the 3D Engine i was working on and used it to write the first release. But very quicly i saw that i could write something with very cute visual effects like complex camera movements, nice shading and lighting etc… So i decide to take a few month to write it during my free time.
The goal was very clear : Play chess, go, shogi, xiangqi etc… At the same time in the same program, localy or online. I started with go just because i’m a go player. Here you’ll find the complete feature list – Now this project is running not so badly for Go. I just need to add online games. And more funny features.

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