|Subject:||Re: [Bug-gnubg] on adding backgammon variations|
|Date:||Mon, 19 Jan 2015 09:07:49 +0000|
None of the gnubg developers play the variants, as far as I know, and don’t have the knowledge to implement it. Unless some enthusiast joins the project, I suspect it’s unlikely to happen.
I know that others have done some work on variants. The author of Palmedes posted on this forum a few times. Palmedes plays Plakoto and Fevga, but I don’t know how well. http://ai.uom.gr/nikpapa/Palamedes/. There was some suggestion that he incorporate his efforts into gnubg, but he chose to go alone.
I also found Leon, http://www.tournavitis.de/leon/purchase.html, but I don’t know anything about it.
You CAN play gnubg without the cube. Go to Settings/Options/Cube. Turn off “Use doubling cube”, “Use Crawford rule”. Unfortunately, there is no way to turn off backgammons counting 3 points.
This will be fien for Unlimited (Money) games, but matches might be a different matter. I don’t know the rules for play matches without the cube, either. I did once construct a Match Equity table for cubeless play, but I can’t find it now. I also don’t know how implementation of the Jacoby rule would affect cubeless match play.
I hope this helps somewhat, even if it’s not the answer you were hoping for. Thanks for your kind words about gnubg.
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