NOTE: The BOARD18 Development History has been moved to a separate set of pages.
With the release of version 2.4.3 on December 5, 2016, BOARD18 became a mature product.
At that point the BOARD18 project shifted to a maintenance mode, though some minor enhancements were done over the next years.
Also, the design document has been extensively updated and a number of Dream Spreadsheets have been written.
As of November, 2018, release 2.5.6 is the the production status release of BOARD18.
Support Plans for BOARD18 Instances
Anyone with access to a web server can create an instance of BOARD18. But here I will only discuss my plans for the BOARD18 instances that I maintain at board18.org.
The Current Situation
Currently, in November of 2018, I am supporting one production instance of BOARD18. This instance is called dev2.board18.org. There is also a deprecated instance of BOARD18 called prod1.board18.org which I am going to totally delete before the end of November.
Analysis of Existing Game Boxes
As of mid November of 2018 there are 55 game boxes on dev2.board18.org. Interestingly, they split about 50-50 between games set the USA and games set elsewhere. I intend to use this split to allocate game boxes between two new instances of BOARD18.
The dev2.board18.org instance is rather old and contains a lot of defunct information in its database. Thus, my plan is to replace it with a couple of new instances of BOARD18. The first will be called new1.board18.org and it will contain all of the game boxes for games set in the United States. The second will be called new2.board18.org and it will contain all of the game boxes for games not set in the United States. The advantage of this arrangement will be that each of the two instances will have a smaller footprint. And thus it should be more responsive. The disadvantage, of course, will be that players will need to create logins on two different BOARD18 instances.
I intend to begin work on these two new instances starting in December. The current production instance, dev2, will remain the production instance until both of the new instances are up and running. The current production instance, dev2, will be deprecated at that time. No new games will be startable on the dev2.board18.org instance after it is deprecated. But all existing games will continue to function. After all games on dev2.board18.org have completed that instance will be removed.