Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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my husband and i played one night. the rules are basically simple. we didn’t finish because we didn’t realize how long the game can go on for. i’m curious how you figure out who wins and when the game is over.


Determining game end

Usually in a friendly game of go, the game will come to a point where you both know who’s going to win, pretty much…then you can both agree to stop (the game ends when both people pass…)

If areas still exist where you can’t agree on who has control, you would continue.

19×19 (full size) games are very complex and can take a long time. To get used to it, playing on a smaller board may be helpful (I started with 9×9 and those go much quicker)

The onelin’s comment is correct. Most games especially at the professional level will end in surrender (a seasoned player is counting the number of points she holds or could capture, several moves in advance).

The rule of thumb is, pass your turn if you can no longer make a move that works to your advantage (ie. don’t keep filling up your territory if it’s secure). If both players pass a turn in succession the game is over. Count the points you control and the enemy pieces you’ve captured. The player with the most points is the victor.

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