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What is Big Brother?

Big Brother gathers laptime information from replays of participation servers. All the laptimes are stored in the GPLRank database and is used for various reports.

How does it work?

When hosting a race you can configure the server to automatically save the replay once the race is over. All saved replays will be processed periodically (usually once per 24 hours) by GPLReport, which is a very early version of GPL Replay Analyser. GPLReport writes the race report to a file. This file is then uploaded to the GPLRank server where it is processed. After GPLReport has run the replays themselves can be deleted.
It's best to run GPLReport automatically using the built-in scheduler of Microsoft Windows or by using a third party program (you can find various freeware and shareware ones at sites like C|Net and Tucows.

I run a dedicated server. Can I participate?

Yep, you can. Please send an email to so we can create an account and help you set up the software on your server.

I don't run a dedicated server but sometimes host races on my local PC. Can I still upload the laptimes?

Technically this can be done, but for the moment we want to concentrate on dedicated servers only, because it is easier to set these up to run fully automatic.

Which servers already participate?

During the last 7 days the following servers submitted replays: