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Danish word list update (2017)

We’ve just updated the Danish word list used in Wordfeud. It now includes changes from the 2017 update of Retskrivningsordbogen (digital edition). For more information about this update, see https://dsn.dk/retskrivning/om-retskrivningsordbogen/lobende-opdatering-af-ro

Danish word list update

The Danish word list will be updated tonight to reflect the latest changes in Retskrivningsordbogen. Wordfeud now uses a word list based on Retskrivningsordbogen, 4th edition, 2012, including digital updates as of 5 December, 2016.

For more information about the update of Retskrivningsordbogen, please see Dansk Sprognævn’s website (Danish).

Wordfeud server maintenance

The Wordfeud servers are currently down for maintenance. We expect the servers to be up again around 09:30 CET.

Update 22:30 CET: Maintenance took longer than expected, but partial service was restored by 14:00 CET, and full service by 20:00 CET. Unfortunately, tonights Facebook outage is also having a negative effect on Wordfeud. We’re working on mitigating this issue so that users who aren’t logging into Wordfeud using their Facebook account can still play.

Update 23:00 CET: Facebook has restored service, and Wordfeud is 100% up and running again! We’re very sorry for all the downtime today.

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Race Day: upcoming game from Team Wordfeud (beta testers needed!)

We’re working on a new iOS and Android game to be launched in 2014. Race Day is a real-time multiplayer racing game where up to four players compete for the top spot.

Although a practice mode is available, it’s the multiplayer experience we’re really focusing on. We’ve made it super easy and fast to join a game, and usually you can go from app launch to multiplayer race in less than 10 seconds. Races are short and intense (usually 60-90 seconds) so that you can play a game whenever you have a short break.

We’re looking for dedicated beta testers to help us out. If you’re interested, sign up at http://racedaygame.com/

Finnish dictionary and new ratings

We’ve just published a new version of Wordfeud for both iOS and Android. This update features a Finnish dictionary.

We’ve also changed the way ratings are calculated. Previously it was possible to lose rating even when winning a game. The way the rating algorithm worked, a higher rated player had to beat a lower rated player by a certain margin in order to gain rating points. Otherwise he or she would actually lose points, while the lower rated player that lost the game would gain points.In retrospect we’ve found this to be a bad idea for several reasons. For one thing it feels unfair to lose rating points when you win a game. Another problem with the old algorithm was that it was too sensitive. A single loss could mean losing hundreds of rating points. With the new rating algorithm (based on the ELO rating system) you’ll never lose rating points if you win. We’ve also made it less sensitive so that a single win or loss doesn’t result in a huge change in your rating.

We’ve recalculated everybody’s rating history using the new algorithm, so you’ll likely find that your rating has changed quite a bit. But so has everybody else’s rating, so it should be completely fair.

Wordfeud statistics

We’ve just released Wordfeud updates for iOS and Android featuring statistics! You’ll now be able to see how many times you’ve won or lost, what your best word is, and how you’re doing against your friends.

We had originally planned to include every Wordfeud game ever played in the statistics. Unfortunately we discovered that the logs for all games played between mid-February 2012 and February 16 of this year had become corrupted. We therefore decided to give everyone a fresh start, and start calculating statistics for games played on or after February 16, 2013.

Note that statistics will only be available to users who’ve upgraded to the premium/full version of Wordfeud.

Wordfeud statistics

Wordfeud statistics

Wordfeud update

We’ve just released new updates for Android and iOS. We’ve fixed a few bugs, and added a couple of nice features. For instance, Wordfeud will now tell you which words were not accepted if you try to play one or more invalid words.

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Other changes in these updates are as follows:

Wordfeud for Android v2.1:

  • Can now use camera to set profile picture. Note that we had to add the “read external storage” permission for this feature.
  • Show warning if passing the round will cause game to end.
  • Bugfix: avoid showing multiple connection error dialogs on top of one another.

Wordfeud for iOS v2.3:

  • Show warning if passing the round will cause game to end.
  • Redesigned the “new game” flow to reduce clutter.
  • (iPad) Made the tile a bit larger when picked up and dragged around the screen.
  • (iPad) Made it a bit more difficult to accidentally resign the game.
  • Fixed a bug made it impossible to invite people from the contact list.
  • Fixed a launch timeout affecting some users.
  • Fixed a crash when navigating away from the “Invite Facebook Friend” screen.
  • Optimizations for smoother scrolling in the friend list.