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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

     backgammon - the game of backgammon

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

     backgammon [-] [-nrwb] [-s file]

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

     This program lets you play backgammon against  the  computer
or against a
     `friend'.   All  commands  are only one letter, so you don't
need to type a
     carriage return, except at the end of a move.   The  program
is mostly
     self-explanatory:  a question mark (?) will usually get some
help.  If you
     answer `y' when the program asks if you want the rules,  you
will get text
     explaining  the  rules  of the game, some hints on strategy,
instructions on
     how to use the program, and a tutorial consisting of a practice game
     against  the computer.  A description of how to use the program can be obtained
 by answering `y' when it asks if  you  want  instructions.

     The  possible arguments for backgammon (most are unnecessary
but some are
     very convenient) consist of:

     -n      don't ask for rules or instructions

     -r      player is red (implies n)

     -w      player is white (implies n)

     -b      two players, red and white (implies n)

     -s file
             recover previously saved game from file

     An argument of -h gets a description of possible  arguments.

QUICK REFERENCE    [Toc]    [Back]

     When  the  program prompts by typing only your color, type a
space or carriage
 return to roll, or

     d       to double

     r       to redraw the board

     q       to quit

     s       to save the game for later

     When the program prompts with 'Move:', type

     r       to redraw the board

     q       to quit

     s       to save the game

     or a move, which is a sequence of

     s-f     move from s to f

     s/r     move one man on s the roll r separated by commas  or
spaces and
             ending with a newline.  Available abbreviations are

             s-f1-f2  means s-f1,f1-f2

             s/r1r2   means s/r1,s/r2

     Use b for bar and h for home, or 0 or 25 as appropriate.

FILES    [Toc]    [Back]

     /usr/games/teachgammon  rules and tutorial

AUTHORS    [Toc]    [Back]

     Alan Char

     The  strategy is the ``pubeval'' algorithm of Gerry Tesauro,
with minimal
     doubling logic added.

OpenBSD      3.6                           May      31,      1993
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