I was already playing and winning the game. As organizer you should interfere with that your post was really an 'organizing' post and should therefor not have been. I have leading this version now for 9 months, which is 3 quarters of the year and probably be loosing again. I feel like a chase away group in cycling who is taken back before the real final began. And note that I tooke the lead again… in December… in the final so to say.
Anyways, My tactic to win was to make the last post of the postgame sequence in february and hope somehow everyone forgot. I don't blaiÃ¹ kpato, I just wanted to win and now my chances are gone, all gone… unless out of compassion with me nobody replies anymore.
Kpt, I join your request to cancel the game, as the result of last year is not longer correct. isometry of course is the winner. Otherwise in real life soccer all games where a player scored after receiving a pass on the same line as the last defender and was called off side (very old rule) should be counted and maybe another team would have won the world cup.
In volleyball it would be even worse. Old game had longer sets. If you would recount than a game at 8-6 for ages would suddenly be over.
I agree that Michael X has showed us this game is totally useless!
So you need to find a way to get a timestamp from the server, and do some math, and then post so that your post will get the timestamp 23:59:59.999 on Dec/31, or as near as you can manage. There will be many similar posts, as others try too.
drunk? It depends on where you are… In NewZealand, it will be like New Years Day lunch time when the server strikes midnight. And in Hawaii, it will be New Year's Eve lunch time. They should be recovered/not yet started with the drinking respectively.
the server's display here (meaning the servers time zone, which is UNKNOWN, which is the whole point of the thread). After 48 hours, the display changes from 'xx seconds/minutes/hours ago' to a date. The last entry showing 2010-12-31 wins!
Last year, the server was about 19 minutes early of Ireland time. This year - who knows…
Once, there was NO fun… This was before MENU planning FASHION statements or NAUTILUS equipment… Then, in 1985… FUN was completely encoded in this tiny MICROCHIP. It contains 14,768 vaguely amusing SIT-COM pilots! We had to wait FOUR BILLION years but we finally got JERRY LEWIS, MTV and a large selection of creme-filled snack cakes!
this section contains the winner, but who will be clear when 2011-01-01 appears for the first time…
Aganju the server's display here (meaning the servers time zone, which is UNKNOWN, which is the whole point of the thread). After 48 hours, the display changes from 'xx seconds/minutes/hours ago' to a date. The last entry showing 2010-12-31 wins!
Last year, the server was about 19 minutes early of Ireland time. This year - who knows…
47 hours ago
ypercube And who knows who knows ?
47 hours ago
blargdragon Even if I don't win, I can still say I played!
46 hours ago
TUMRAK Happy New Year everyone
45 hours ago
klaashaas You too!
45 hours ago
bennok Happy new year !!
45 hours ago
Aganju Happy new year to everybody in the MEZ time zone!
45 hours ago
Ricardo (Santos) Now :)
44 hours ago
kp4to GG this year
Happy new year and have fun!
44 hours ago
Mojmir Hanes Happy new year to everybody :-)
44 hours ago
Ricardo (Santos) Feliz ano novo, happy new year everyone!
43 hours ago
Marius Rombout van Riemsdijk Happy 2011 yo u all! 8-)
This game have to be fun. But without precise rules and referee, it is not fun for me anymore. There is no winner accepted by all because there is no rules accepted by all. Every new rule proposed can be interpreted as attempt to win a game. I really don't know who have to be winner.
For me clue to win this game is to guess exact server time, and send one message at correct time. For this I used 'Remaining time' in Game of Empathy. This didn't work perfectly for me this year: I expected to send a message at 23:59:55, but it seem that I send it a little bit earlier.
Hard to say. Now, it looks like Mojmir Hanes won, but from the discussions it was either Elisa Kabiljo or k man (stickman at the time). The last post was k man's but some think he was disqualified due to some obscure rule addition (one of many) from four years ago. So, in my opinion it was k man who won.
It certainly appears that Mojmir won last year….were times adjusted in the recent littlegolem crash, perhaps? did littlegolem go through a wormhole? Maybe it was Kman or Elisa before, but a time warp has altered destiny….and now Mojmir is last year's champ!
The clue was mentioned by Richard himself, the server is now in a kitchen. Usually kitchen clocking devices are not nanosecond calibrated, so the time the light takes from your location to Bratislava is not really an issue. It is just a game, I will give it one try for the fun of just wishing everybody a happy new year.
I predict a rush of posts on Dec 21, 2012….the winner may well be the last person who posts before the world ends…what time of day will the world end, I wonder? Will the winner of such a contest be exalted on high?
This is the main problem with this game, if you want to play seriously: no one can specify the exact rules, since they do not exist. All references to rules can be understood as an attempt to win the game.
Another problem is that the winner depends on the system time, which can be changed, and was changed over time. Therefore, it is impossible to check who was the winner in previous years by simply looking this thread. In addition, to know the winner we have to wait two days, and during this time it is possible to change the system time.
Therefore, it is impossible to play this game seriously, play it just for fun (if that is fun for you).
And of course this message can be interpreted as my attempt to win this year.
This is not an analogue but a turn around of Ed's rule. At this moment you can win without posting in the last 30 minutes and there is a restriction to late posting. Now you create a obligation for late posting.
I don't think this is advisable.
Of course I am not really a player because I live in the same time zone as the server and celebrate new year
(And for “advanced participants”: Is there a clock drift on the server?)
To spoil the game a bit: Richard moved to a different server, recently, and plans to move again, “soon”. Seems this server shows dates UTC based, but the old one showed them as UTC+1. Thus, the old winners are not visible any more.
Others feel the game is to argue with kpato (the starter of this thread) about the rules. And about the winners, of course.
IMO, whoever wins this round, must be a strange fellow, or live in a time zone very far away.
Very simple: we look at the tread on 3th of january. By then it will be clear who has posted as latest on the 2012-12-31. That player is the winner.
There is one restriction: you are not allowed to post twice in the last half hour.
There is one additional winner: the player have leaded most during the last year. This is won by 7 months by Hjallti.
Your post has to be the last post of the year.
You have to stand on one leg and write the post with your left hand.
Your post must contain the words “Happy New Year”
You have to be part of the discussion of who won the game and what the rules should be.
My bad. The Wanderer account is used for my Wanderer bot. But Wanderer is not programmed to play the Last Post game. I was logged in as Wanderer, noticed the time seemed right, so jumped right in.
Come to think of it, it would be an interesting challenge to write such a Last Post bot. E.g., would it have to take into account the number of other bots (and humans) trying to get in at just before midnight?
@isometry: Thanks and my numbers pretty much matched what you reported.
\\\* Classical end of the year game ***
2009 Elisa Kabiljo
2010 Elisa Kabiljo
2012 Richard Lorentz (with the Wanderer_c account)
2013 **** to come ****
Question to Richard: What did you wife say concerning your
activities in the last hours of the year?
Any user can program just 1 Bot for the propose of this game.
The bot profile must say in the info , who is the programmer.
They run with all the others rules of the game
(not multiposting the last 30 minutes)
@Ingo: Yes, that is indeed a significant issue. However, midnight LG time is 3:00 p.m. Los Angeles time. Miki was busy preparing for our evening adventures while I attended to equally important matters on the computer. P.S. Nevertheless, she will remain unaware of my glorious victory. :)
My, too. However, there is an analogy in sports.
There was an olympic discipline in cycling,
where the two combattants did nothing but lurking
for an opportunity… and then, at some point out of
the nothing the race started (typically 200 meters
before the goal).
Thanks for all the congrats. To tell you from my chamber:
Until 23:40 on December 31, I was very optimistic to have
good winning chances. I had scrutinized the exact discrepancy
(in the subsecond range) between LG server time and the time
on the German clock page www.uhrzeit.org .
But suddenly uhrzeit.org was no longer available (due to heavy
traffic by all thoses guys who wanted to know exact time before
I found two other websites with “exact” time. However, they
differed by about 4 seconds - and I could not check, which one
of them was how wrong. I tried with “common sense” reasoning
- and was lucky.
Next year I am willing to play referee in the following way:
“Shortly before” 23:30 h on December 2014 I will give the official
signal that from that moment on participants are allowed to post
at most once when they want to win. That official signal does not
count as a message after 23:30 h.
Gentlemen (and gentle girls): the game for 2014 is open!
mtbikesman: I think the server is in Central European Time. According to Wikipedia, CET is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich, and PST is 8 hours behind Greenwich. So midnight CET was 3 PM PST. I made this move a few minutes ago: http://littlegolem.net/jsp/game/game.jsp?gid=1680430&nmove=1 Notice that the time says 00:33.
I think it's most likely that Richard Lorentz won. I hit send just about when my computer said midnight in LG time zone (Central Europe), and then Richard's post appeared right after mine. A few minutes later, when the times of the posts were still being reported as “xx minutes ago”, his number of minutes was always the same as my number of minutes.
I read an article about having 13 months of 28 days or 4 weeks exactly. The 365th day would be “World Peace Day” forbidding any conflict on that day. Every 4 years there would be two World Peace Days. I think we should have 6 day weeks and 61 weeks per year and three out of four years the last day would just disappear.
Does anybody know what time it is in Poland? It is 1:32 pm here in California.
Repeating a comment I made before, namely, it seems most posting oriented games (e.g., word association game, movie association game, reverse empathy) have died since the new LG Web format appeared, I think this post should be sufficient for me to skate to an easy victory in this year's 10th anniversary of the New Year Game.
Hi, are we an aging community? Do we have problems to find play via mobile devices convenient?
I think in both cases a “partly yes” is the answer. Nevertheless, even if littlegolem.net should die one day, I will provide a platform for the “last post of the year game”. It is simply too much fun. Already in July and August I am starting to make plans for the best strategy… ;-)
Saturday evening I was working out of town, in Las Vegas Nevada. I was in my hotel room that evening, working on some fiscal year-end reports.
I had already figured out that if I wanted to submit an entry. I needed to do it just a second or so before 9:00 pm, local time. (Vegas is three hours behind the East Coast.)
I decided to submit a post ONE second earlier than what I really wanted to. (Reason: I wanted to make sure my entry was BEFORE 9:00 pm, and not before.)
Whoops. As soon as I did so, and as soon as the forum page refreshed, I saw that William Fraser has also posted an entry… and that his entry was just after mine. I knew right then that his entry would most likely be closer to midnight than my entry was.
I looked through the thread and collected not only the winners, but also those who made the second-to-last post of the year (-> silver) or the third-to-last (-> bronze rank). The eleven competitions so far (2006-2016) lead to the following
Tableau des Médailles (sorry; but I do not know the English term for this)
2-1-0 Elisa Kabiljo
1-1-0 Richard Lorentz
1-0-0 William Fraser
0-1-0 Ed Collins
0-1-0 Julius Sneezer
0-0-2 Ruben Berenguel
0-0-1 Art Duval
A few comments:
\* Richard Lorentz earned his ranks with different accounts (OneStone_c and Wanderer_c)
\* There are only two players which three medals each: Elisa and kpato.
\* Players from Asia seem to have the hardest time to achieve something in this game: only one bromze medal (tasuki)
Please let me know if I missed something in the table.
Hey, Burglar. It seems to me that you are trying to steal a win this year by boring us to death with that long post and scaring us away from the thread. Appropriate for a Burglar, I guess – but you've been caught! :)
Thanks for the nudge, Ingo. Reminds me how I miss some of the other silly but fun games like the word association game and the word pair game. For some inexplicable reason they both basically disappeared after the new design of the site was released.
Only ONE posting allowed in this topic after 11:30 pm, 12/31, server time!
I proposed it fourteen years ago, prior to the first game, to prevent people from flooding the server just prior to midnight. I proposed that anyone posting more than once after 11:30 pm is automatically disqualified.
There's a curfew in France during new year's eve, officially because of the covid , but actually because the government has decided it's about time someone from France wins Kpato's game. But many other countries have seen through France's strategy and have ordered curfews themselves.
So Kpato's game will be as disputed as usual. But I'm not giving up already.
PS: On his last speech, French president has announced that France will still acknowledge Ed Collins' rule this year.
As a game extension, I suggest that being the last commenter during the k-th second before the buzzer contributes a score of 1/k. You get one entry-comment per year, so your overall score will be induced by some interval, e.g. 1/10 + 1/9 + 1/8, if you held position for 3 seconds starting 11:59:50 on NYE.
The last poster would still get 1/0 = infinity and win, but fighting for 2nd place and so on could become more interesting, since the Harmonic Series diverges… Anyway, this is my entry.
Using a waveceptor watch accurate to 1 second and a finger eye reaction maybe accurate to 1 secondPlay a move and then go back to see time move was made (but without seconds)Repeat but at different seconds past the minute
My last two moves ( same date for GMT and server time
13:06:40 GMT = 08:05:??13:07:35 GMT = 08:05:??
So a message at 05:01:35 GMT might by a server time of 23:59:55 to 23:59:59
PS: You may have looks at my new board games with simple rules: —- San Jego (name contains elements from Jena and Lego), a variant of Clobber https://3-hirn-verlag.de/spiele.html —- Galtoni (a mixture of 'Galton Board' and 'Connect 4') https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galtoni —- If players on LitteGolem were interested, I would give Richard a license for installing them on LittleGolem.
Good luck everyone :). Richard's server time 24:00 will be between 04:00 and 05:00 local time here, and my motivation is not that big to stay or get awake for this game. Unless of course, apart from the great honor, the price could be only a small percentage of Magnus Carlsen's world champion win bonus…!
There exists a magazine “Annals of Improbable Research”, bimonthly published.
It is related to the system of Ig Noble Prizes. Perhaps, if all or many winners
of the “last posting of year competitions on LG” find together and write a
report on their techniques and experiences we might have the chance to get
a condensed vesion of the report published in the Annals. For some of the winners
it would be a chance to get a finite Erdos number…
I would be willing to contribute to such a report :-)
Two links: —-
I have two different Erdos numbers. The normal one, on co-authors
of papers is a 3. The other one is “2”. Erdos liked to pose open
problems: “For this question I offer 50 Dollars.” My boss, Rudolf
Ahlswede, won 100 $ one time, and 500 $ at another occasion.
In turn, once we had a guest in Bielefeld at the end of 1989,
Ralph Gasser from ETH Zurich, who treated the board game “Nine men's
morris” in his ph.d project. In an early phase Ralph had done
complete backward analysis of the 6-vs-4 endgame. There are
positions, which are won in 158 moves if both sides play optimally.
However, the paths to win are narrow.
Ahlswede did no believe that. As a young student in Goettingen
he had been the best morris-player in the University. Our bet was:
if he won such a position against Gasser's database I would pay
him 100 Deutsche Mark. If he would not win, he had to pay me 10 DM.
After move 1, Gasser remarked: now it is a draw. Ahlswede did not believe
and tried for another 80 move pairs, of course without success.
So I earned 10 DM. A few days later another old math prof asked me
on the floor: “Times seem to have changed: You had this bet where
you as a poor assistant gave your boss a 10:1 quota. Did I get that right?”
I confirmed, and he only shook his head.
Those interested in participating in the report project may contact
me via PM or directly with email at ingo.althoeferGOELMGOLEMuni-jena.de
You know by what symbol you have to substitute GOLEM.
@richyfortytwo: thnaks for that hint. I did not know that
threads with so many pictures do exist. Unbelievable.
For all the others:
Type in your search engine
ogs i used an ai to make paintings only using the terms baduk and …
and then scroll and scroll and scroll in the leading hits