Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Google+ community

Ever wanted to connect with fellow Varten players? You may now join the official Varten community on Google+ to discuss Linez strategies, share ideas, make suggestions, and make friends.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Go 1 migration

Varten has migrated from Go r60.3 to Go 1 on the server side. This is a major backend release, though no visible changes are intended on the new site. If you notice something odd or broken, please let me know.

Friday, April 6, 2012

10 million points

We just hit a new milestone — Linez players on varten.com have, in total, scored 10,000,000 points!

The Masters List has been steadily growing as well: We now have 15 Grandmasters, 13 Senior Masters, and 35 Masters. The highest score so far is 6661, set by Grandmaster frees.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Password recovery

Varten 1.2.14 now allows you to change or reset your password. Please visit the settings page to register an email address in case you forget your password.

Monday, February 27, 2012

First week report

A week has passed since the public launch of www.varten.com. During the past seven days, visitors from 40 countries played Linez; 25 players have already advanced to the Master level or higher. Collectively, we've played 4000+ games, scoring 1.8 million points!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Linez Chrome app

Linez for Chrome is now available on the Chrome Web Store. The Chrome app is essentially a website bookmark with a huge icon — you'll still need an Internet connection to submit scores.

Friday, February 24, 2012

First Linez Grandmaster

We've got our first Linez Grandmaster this afternoon — ys9, who joined Varten merely four days ago. Grandmaster is the second highest level on Varten that requires Linez players to reach 2100+ points three times to qualify for the title. Achieving that in a couple of days is no small feat. Congratulations, ys9!

List of Linez Masters

Varten 1.1.7 has just been released with a daily updated list of Linez Masters. Within each master level, players are ranked by the sum of their top three scores.

As of today, we have four Senior Masters (zee, twh, ajuwarrier, fredago) and nine Masters (mintra, SethGecko, dados, jcl, cepatorta, WhitehillsLass, pulapula, CEKCcOMAPOM, Pepe13).

Monday, February 20, 2012

New website launched!

After a lengthy hiatus, a brand new website www.varten.com has been launched for Linez fans.

Besides many UI improvements, the site has introduced nine levels of Linez expertise: novice, apprentice, junior, senior, professional, master, senior master, grandmaster, and legendary. Your progress and achievements can be easily tracked if you sign up for a free Varten account.

What you now see on varten.com is just a glimpse of a grander vision. New features will be rolled out from time to time. If you'd like to influence the development of Varten, please feel free to drop me a line or leave comments on this blog.