BGA and AGF Launch Children's Go Server
Kidsgoserver.com, a new site designed specifically for kids aged 6 to 12, is now live on the web as a beta release.
A joint project of the American Go Foundation and the British Go Association, the server is designed to be a totally safe and kid friendly environment that can be used by anyone, and in schools.
The site is accessed through a website, and requires no software, and no login. Graphics and animations help kids realize when stones are in atari. Your choice of rocket ships on the home page will take you to a lessons page or a playing page on one of several planets.
For now, the lessons are only text, but voice actors will read them in the future. More lessons, as well as go problems, will be coming as well.
Kids can play either 9×9 or 13×13 against weak AI bots, as well as against other kids. Chat is limited to preselected phrases so there are no safety concerns. Kids who wish to save their avatar can generate a login code or just pick a new avatar every time they come.
The graphics and characters were all designed by Nick Snyder, a professional animator and artist. The coding is by Akita Noek from OGS, with lessons by Paul Barchilon, and conceptual design by Barchilon and AGF President Terry Benson.
Click here to visit the site, and here to give us feedback on the beta.