About Us

Based in Honolulu, Hawai`i, the BobNewell.Net website offers a variety of entertaining and educational material on a range of subjects, from checkers to Emacs to Talmud. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome; just contact the Webmaster.

Read The Checker Maven

Don't miss The Checker Maven, a checker webzine which by any measure is the world's most widely read periodical checker publication.

What's New

Scrambler, a word board game with similarities to that proprietary game we all know so well, is a rewrite of a 1992 Linux-only, ASCII-only text mode game. I've added tons of new features, including GCG output, position analysis, save/restore, and more. Get it here:


Now available, the simplest text mode database ever. Get Cheebu here:


My second novel, Hanai has been released in both print and ebook form. It's Jane Austen's Mansfield Park retold in contemporary Hawai`i. What happens when a poor native girl from the Wai`anae Coast is adopted by a wealthy movie-star couple in Kahala? The novel is as much a commentary on class and racial divides as it is a contemporary romance.

I've got a new Jimmy Chan story in the fine anthology Dark Paradise: Mysteries in the Land of Aloha, available from Amazon. This time Jimmy gets in way over his head in a case of international espionage.

My book of checker stories is out and available on CreateSpace and Amazon! Mr. Darcy Plays Draughts, and Other Stories: The Checker Fiction of Bob Newell is a collection of nine novelettes and short stories culled from the pages of The Checker Maven webzine, as well as the all-new title story and an introductory poem. The book would make a great gift for checker fans, Jane Austen buffs, and anyone with an interest in fiction with a unique and unusual theme. This is the world's first and only collection of checker fiction and is sure to please.

Courting Jane, a time-travel romance and my first novel, is available on Amazon in both print and ebook formats. Join Jonathan Kinsey as he crosses two oceans and two centuries in the search for the love of his life, none other than Jane Austen herself.

If you have an interest in Emacs, check out my latest and ongoing series of postings under the title 35 Years of Emacs as linked in the sidebar.

Our scoresheet package, found here, now has Skat scoresheets in addition to the chess, checkers, and go scoresheets.

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