So here it is:
Yes, it has (simple) timed play support. It needs some cleaning up in the code but due to limited development time I thought it best to "release early".
Notice the navigation buttons are now on the left. I liked the symmetry of them on either side but as a user pointed out when you are in high resolution it takes too much mouse motion to move between them.
The other notable change is the 2D board now rotates and you can choose (from the menu) which side of the board to view.
These changes will be in the Gnome 2.20 release.