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Re:Excalibur Electronic Glass Chess
« on: February 15, 2006, 08:28PM »
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Hi Sandy,

That's one computer I and fond of because of the curiosity and the child in me
I'm not sure many serious players would enjoy playing with it that much. I haven't used it in a while so I can't answer your questions right now. I would have to look at the manual. Maybe others will answer them before I have a change to look at them.

What happens when you try to play/download the video? (Have you tried to right-click on the link for the video and download it?)

The video was shot in a dark room (kind of), so you should be able to see how the pieces light up. It's pretty visible.

Page for the Electronic Glass game:
http://www.ismenio.com/chess_excalibur_glass_eletronic.html

Directly link to the video:
http://www.ismenio.com/Electronic%20Glass.avi

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Ismenio
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Re:Excalibur Electronic Glass Chess
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2006, 03:20PM »
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Hi Sandy,

I once possessed a Glass Chess computer. After it was brought in the post, I discovered I did not have any fresh AA batteries in the house. So I took a standard Mephisto adapter.

I connected it to the computer, after which I saw a short flash. And now I have a non-fuctioning Glass Chess computer (as you can read at http://overtom.nl/weblog/01DEC04.html).

So the lesson is: if you use an adapter, don't reverse the polarity because Excalibur has done nothing to safeguard the computer against that!

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tom
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Excalibur Electronic Glass Chess
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2006, 11:26AM »
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YAY! Finally I get to talk to people who own the Excalibur Electronic Glass Chess!

I saw Ismenioís pictures. It looks great! Unfortunately, I couldnít view the video and see it in action.

I think it's a really pretty thing, and Iím debating on whether or not to buy it, but I canít get much information about it on any of the sites that sell it online.

@ Ismenio and everyone else who has played with it: You would help me A LOT by replying to the bunch of questions Iím asking you below. Iím sorry to bother you with so many of them, but there just isnít anyone else I can annoy. I come from Germany, and itís not even sold over here, so if I decide to get it (which Iím very tempted to do), Iíll have to purchase it from the states (probably Ebay).

Anyway, here are my questions:

1.    How well does it light up in the dark? Can you really turn the lights off and play or would you miss stuff as that would be too dark?

2.    How much is there that lights up on the board? Just the red LED lights or is there more? (I'm a playchild, always will be. )

3.    Does it still make decent moves if you set it the way that it has to move within five seconds? At which elo level do you think it plays at that speed? Could anyone who owns it and knows his own elo level take a guess by comparing the Electronic Glass Chess to himself maybe?

4.    How easily if at all (I donít know how strong it is) can you beat it if you give it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, seconds? If you ever thought about that and have an idea, please guess at which elo level it plays for those amounts of seconds. If not, just tell me how much trouble it gives you.

I only play untimed games, but know Iíd probably get impatient with the little thing if it took just as long to move as I do    ...but then I wouldnít want to limit itís calculations to the extend that it causes it to make bad moves as winning just isnít fun then. 

5.    Can you only set itís calculation time or can you also decide how deep you want it to search?

6.    You can set the Mephisto Travel Chess the way that it doesnít care about positional advantages but only goes for material. Can you do something like that with the Electronic Glass Chess?

7.    Does it come with any special features (a check mate trainer or something like that maybe)?

8.    What kind of levels does it have? (I donít like ďfun levelsĒ and would like to know how many levels they possibly wasted by making them ďfunĒ and which other categories there are with how many levels each.)

Iíd be really happy to get some replies. Thanks ahead to anyone who takes the time to think about and respond to all or some of the above!

Sandy
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