Well another entry into the Global High Score sage. So I've decided to roll my own Server, all PHP, MySQL, and JSon. Which is supported now locally. but how do I encode (UTF-8) the MySql so it will be compatible with all languages. So the: Thai, Israeli, Japanese, Chinese (non latin) users won't be slighted. and their names won't end up being gobbly-gook when they see the list. I've been using this as framework: PHP, MySQL, and JSon tutorial Also would like to keep a local copy of the Global High Score so again. How do I encode/font so all characters latin/non-latin show up properly? is this going to be hellishly complicated? thanks Ian ps. also if someone could point me to an icloud backup tutorial that also would be muchly appreciated!! Blatant self promotion follows: Dragon Emperor's Challenge iphone Dragon Emperor's Challenge HD at 0.5 price for the summer enjoy!!!