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 October of 2019, I am supporting one production instance of BOARD18. This instance is called dev2.board18.org.
Analysis of Existing Game Boxes
As of October of 2018 there are 76 active game boxes on dev2.board18.org. Some of these game boxes are used quite a lot and some are seldom used at all. In addition the dev2.board18.org database contains 35 disabled game boxes that can no longer be used to start new games.
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 one or two of new instances of BOARD18. Further analysis will be needed to decide if a second instance is needed. The first will be called new1.board18.org and it may contain all of the current active game boxes. The second, if it is needed, will be called new2.board18.org and it will contain any game boxes omitted from new1.board18.org.
I intend to begin work on these new instances starting in December. The current production instance, dev2, will remain the production instance until 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.