|Subject:||Re: [Bug-gnubg] Please help me with a quite nagging problem with GNUB|
|Date:||Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:19:27 +0000|
I’m unclear as to what you are trying to achieve for the Player 1 settings. If you are playing as Human, then the skill level is irrelevant – it only applies to gnubg.
I can confirm John’s report that the Player 1 settings revert to “expert” upon restarting gnubg if the player is selected to Human. E.g. if you select GNUBg Intermediate, then re-select Human and exit gnubg, the next time you start the program the greyed out gnubg setting is “expert”.
It looks slightly odd, but makes no difference in practice.
If you exit while Player 1 is GNU Backgammon, when you restart the program the last skill setting is correctly retained.
There is no current way to make gnubg adopt a less aggressive playing style. Note that it the score you show, it is correct to double immediately and play aggressively; winning a gammon wins the match for Godzilla, and there is no need to fear losing a gammon. I can see you were attacked early and repeatedly, then stayed on the bar a lot. It’s frustrating, but it happens in real-life play too. The sad truth is that gnubg and the other bots do not need to cheat to beat most humans regularly, they are simply much better than us.
(Technically, I suppose that if one messed around with the Match Equity Table you might induce gnubg to believe that it should always play more cautiously, but I wouldn’t like to undertake that exercise.)
Regarding doubles: in this game I count 7 doubles for Godzilla, 6 doubles for JB. Nothing remarkable in a 44-roll per player game; you’d expect 1/6 of the rolls to be doubles.
If the Beginner player setting doesn’t work out for you, you could go into the advanced settings and increase the Noise level. Or, try cheating! Go to Settings…Options and choose the Dice tab. There you can manipulate how good a roll each player gets.
Each time I start a new set of 7 games, I try to enter, and make my settings stick (as below in top screen shot). Yet almost each time, my settings ("casual play", "intermediate"), whatever I enter, after I
enter my choice, GNUB stays at my choice ("casual play", but JB almost always reverts to ("expert"). Plus, it seems the only way I can change JB, is to click "GNU Backgammon" temporarily to make make "Human" become "GNU Backgammon, which un-greys "casual
play" as seen below. I then change "Expert" to "casual play", re-click JB to "Human" to lock in "casual play". Yet it far to often doesn't stick, and I have to do it over and over until GNUB allows "casual play"
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