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Last Build Date: Sat, 05 Feb 2005 20:24:44 -0000


New domain name

Sat, 05 Feb 2005 20:24:44 -0000

You can use (NOT .com) to quickly get to the YICS project website.

YICS forum opened

Fri, 19 Nov 2004 18:33:46 -0000

I've launched a phpBB forum for YICS. There is a link to it from the project's website.

License violation

Sun, 29 Aug 2004 03:45:20 -0000

It has come to my attention that Leblitzer is offering an illegally modified version of Y to ICS on his website, . I am currently composing a letter to him asking him to withdraw this version from his website.

If it comes down to it, I may need to hire a lawyer to deal with this, and I may need financial help. Please do not send any donations regarding this issue yet; I will post another news item if I will require financial assistance.

UPDATE: As it turns out, Leblitzer thought that I was not working on Y to ICS anymore. I have informed him that the project is still very much alive, and that he *can* distribute modified versions of Y to ICS so long as he complies with the terms of the GPL.

Progress / Name Change

Thu, 10 Jun 2004 21:33:59 -0000

Major progress has been made on the C version of Y to ICS. I expect it to be able to play full games of chess within the next two months.

The name of the C version has been changed to YICS to avoid confusion. Not only is this name easier to recognize in a normal sentence, but it provides a handy way to distinguish between the Perl version (Y to ICS) and the C version (YICS).

Language change

Mon, 19 Apr 2004 21:28:12 -0000

I have decided to start rewriting Y to ICS as a C program. One final release of the Perl version will be made, and then will no longer be developed.

There are several reasons for this. The major reason is that the Windows binary distribution will be incredibly small (compared to what it is now). Another plus is that the -p option will no longer be required on the Windows platform; the YtoICS.exe binary can be used as a true ICS helper, much like FICS Timseal is used.

Like the Perl distribution, CVS will be used to maintain the source tree. You are welcome to test pre-releases of the C version by checking out the source code and compiling it.

Please be patient as the project undergoes this dramatic change. You will not see much activity in the way of releases over the next few weeks, possibly even months.

Y to ICS 0.0.3 released

Tue, 09 Dec 2003 16:51:34 -0000

This release contains two quick bugfixes that should reduce any lag problems you were experiencing with previous versions. Special thanks to Wet for helping me track this down.

Y to ICS 0.0.2 released

Wed, 03 Dec 2003 20:43:25 -0000

The next version of Y to ICS is now publicly available! In this version, you can actually play full games now instead of just watching, as well as manage tables that you are the host of.

Please read the documentation carefully! This program is not easy to set up.

Windows version of Y to ICS scheduled for release

Sun, 16 Nov 2003 04:29:56 -0000

After the 0.0.2 version is out, a binary Windows release will be available, thanks to IndigoStar's generosity in selling me Perl2Exe Pro for a reduced price. Check them out at

This means that you will NOT need any distribution of Perl to use Y to ICS on Windows; the release will contain EXE files instead of PL files.

Y to ICS 0.0.1 released

Sat, 27 Sep 2003 23:10:31 -0000

Y to ICS' first public release! Here is a list of the more striking features:

* Full ICS server emulation.
* Familiar variable system.
* Lobby chat, private chat, and board chat (implemented as shout, tell, and kibitz).
* Multiple style support (currently only style 12 is implemented).
* Near-complete game observation.

Please post any bugs/feature requests on the appropriate tracker. Enjoy!