MinuteWar Move Banker FAQ
What do I do first?
The first thing you should do after your team is established is to enter your
- Starting at the home page,
select your team from the drop down list and enter your desired player name
(probably easiest to use your MinuteWar player name, but you can use any name
- You will be asked for a username and password. The username is your team
name. The password is your team password. Ask whoever set up the team what it
- Once you are past the authentication, you will be at the main page. Scroll
down to "Set/Update Personal Defaults" and fill in your offset, home latitude
and longitude, and email address (if you would like email notification when
someone on your team banks a move) then click on "Update Personal Defaults".
How do I set up a team?
This is easy. You will start on the
home page and you need to supply three pieces of information:
- Your team name. This must be unique in the database. I would
suggest using some combination of your MinuteWar team name and the game
number, but you can also use your pet's name if you would prefer.
- The game. Select the game your team will be playing in from the
pull down list.
- Your team password. You will share this with your teammates and use
it to log into your team's move bank pages. Although everyone says not to
write down passwords, I think it is safe to write this one down. I
recommend writing it on your monitor for safe keeping :). Of course if one of
your opponents gains access to your home, your data could be compromised ;)
Just enter those three pieces of data and click on "Create Team". I told you
it was easy.
How do I bank a move?
This is also easy, just two bits of information, if you want.
First go to the main page, by starting at the home page and entering your
team name and player name. (Be sure to use the same player name every time).
Find the section labeled "Bank a Move"
Fill in the "Square you visited". This is the name of the MinuteWar flag you
intend to capture. (latitude x longitude)
Enter a short comment if you want. This comment will be shown in the
Currently Banked Moves list, lower down the page.
Click "Enter Banked Move...", which takes you to a form that looks like a
traditional capture report form.
If you want, you can simply click on "Enter Banked Move" and your move is
banked. If you would prefer, you can fill in the Description (and the Moved To
information if you are placing the flag) and then, later, you can submit your
capture report with just two clicks of the mouse.
Why do I need to set up my defaults?
Your offset and home lat/lon are used to map between the square name (that
you enter when you bank a move) and the physical flag coordinates (that you
report to the game engine when you capture the flag). The move banking and board
display will still work even if you don't fill in any of this information, but
you won't be able to use the capture reporting feature.
How do I use the "two-click" capture?
From the main page, find the "Currently Banked Moves" section and then find the
move you want to submit in the list. When you click on "Report..." you will be
taken to a screen showing your capture report as it will be submitted. Once you
have checked that the information is correct, click on "Capture this Flag". You
should then get back the "Success" message from the MinuteWar game engine.
Can I see the source code for these pages?
Yes, you can click on any of the links below to see the (PHP/HTML) source
code associated with that file.
index - home page, where you enter your team and player name or create a
movedb - main page, where you bank moves and see the banked move list
drawt - include to draw the board, with banked moves overlaid, team style
drawi - include to draw the board, with banked moves overlaid, individual style
addmove - form used to collect all info for a banked move
postmove - form used to submit a move to the MinuteWar game engine
addteam - response page after a new team is added
preamble - housekeeping common to all of the above pages (except index),
localsettings - parameters for access MySQL database
sqlsetup - the sql file for creating the tables used by the above pages.
Can I see other another team's data?
I hope not. I have done my best to ensure that you can't.
Can I host this page myself?
Yes, subject to one main condition - if you make any improvements or fix any
bugs, you will share them with me so that I can, in turn, share them with the