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Re: [Bug-gnubg] REQ - gnubg autoroll dice when closed out / on the bar.p

From: Wayne Joseph
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] REQ - gnubg autoroll dice when closed out / on the bar.png
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:38:30 +0000

You make a valid point Max - thanks for your inout.. although I guess ~99% of the time while I am on the bar and closed out I will not be tempted to offer the cube to my opponent.

Over the board, I would probably not offer the cube until there was at least one open point for me to come in on, unless there were fairly exceptional circumstances (i.e. am miles behind in the race, at say 5 away - 4 away and will probably lose the match anyway (say I have just ~4% MWC) with the cube already at, say 4, so why not bump it to 8 with that small 4% chance to win the entire match).

In five years of playing, I cannot recall being in a non-exceptional position where I have considered offering a cube while closed out and my opponent bearing off (which may say more about my poor gameplay than anything else). If there has been an open point for me to come in on, that is a different story.

Would be really interested to see any youtube links / sgf / transcriptions where somebody in a non-exceptional (or even exceptional) position offers the cube at a time when they have been completely closed out. Maybe when they have taken off all but the last 2 or 3 of their checkers? Or they are miles behind in the race throwing a 'Hail Mary'.

I can see how the non-autoroll makes sense in adhering to the rules of the game (choice of cubing) but I'm not sure how practical it is. In the real-life matches I've seen, most people just automatically hit the clock when closed out. Does anybody have any other common examples of closed out cubing?



On 10 February 2015 at 09:57, Massimiliano Maini <address@hidden> wrote:

you have to take a cube decision, even if you're closed out. That's why it doesn't auto-roll.


On 10 February 2015 at 10:47, Wayne Joseph <address@hidden> wrote:
Hello all,

I have a feature request to improve the efficiency of gameplay when playing against the CPU.

Please see
(Please note that 'autoroll' is already switched on in options as well - with no apparent effect in this situation)

Is it possible to implement autoroll of the dice on your turn when you are 'closed out' against the opponents 6-prime in their homeboard?

I personally find it quite irritating to have to repeatedly click the mouse to roll when you know you have precisely *zero* chance of getting in against this impenetrable formation. I would like to hear others thoughts on this functionality too? It feels pointless to me (apart from the fact that it it slows the game down and adds insult to injury not-LoL).

Perhaps it should even autoroll once there is a gap in your opponents homeboard if you continue to dance, until you roll a number that you can come back in on from the bar.

Please do consider adding an 'on / off toggle option' for this functionality for the next release if time permits.

Many thanks

: )


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