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Re: [Bug-gnubg] Backgammon help

From: Michael Petch
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] Backgammon help
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 15:17:34 -0700
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On 2014-02-18 11:28, Bradley wrote:
> I think the gnu backgammon is tremendous and have already recommended
> it to others.
> I am having difficulty changing the ply.  I thought when I would look
> up under hint before it would
> say 4-ply for gnu's side and I could not get it higher than 2 on my
> side.  Now after tinkering with it, it
> seems I cannot get Gnu's side higher than 2-ply under the hint.  Is
> this correct?   I just downloaded it 1.02
> and am using a Mac. 


There are a few things that are likely going on.

There is the level the bot actually plays at as your opponent. When you
start a match you can change the skill level it uses by clicking the
"Modify Player Settings..." button and specify the play level for the
bot. On the modify settings page set the bot (GNU Backgammon) as Player
0 (0 is on top). Under the bot you should be able to select the level it
plays at. You can set it higher than world class.

There is the match/game/move analysis level that is available though the
"Analyze" menu. The level used for thosw is controlled by the settings
under Settings menu/Analysis... . You will notice that there is an
"Analysis Level" with a pull down box which you can change the level the
bot plays at. On that same screen to the right of "Analysis Level" you
should see "Eval Hint / Tutor Level" If you want the analysis options
and hint (or tutor) to be different just uncheck the box "same as
analysis" and then set the actualy level you wish to use for hints.

Tutor mode can be turned on while playing (It is an option of the New
Match window when you start a match). Tutor mode will tell you as you
are playing what mistakes you may be making, and give the option to
correct them if you so choose. The Tutor and Hint will use the setting
mentioned in the last paragraph.

Michael Petch
GNU Backgammon Maintainer / Developer
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