Getting started with GNUBG – A Guided Tour
by Robert-Jan Veldhuizen
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Introduction: What is GNUBG?
GNUBG is a program to play and analyze backgammon with, at a world-class level. It is free software (under the GPL from the FSF), which is still under development. GNUBG is designed for GNU/Linux, but runs under many other operating systems as well, including Mac OS X. This tutorial will focus on the Microsoft Windows version.
Here is what the Windows version of GNUBG looks like:
While GNUBG is still a work in progress, for most people the program is quite stable and relatively bug-free. GNUBG is great tool for backgammon enthusiasts offering such things as:
- World-class playing engine
Play, tutor and analysis mode
Import matches from backgammon servers
Fully customizable looks with 2-D and 3-D boards
Rollouts, cubeful and according to score
Evaluation and rollout settings fully configurable
Race and bearoff databases included and extendable
Can load any match equity table you like; 12 included
Temperature map (check equities for all possible next rolls)
Comprehensive theory panels for race (Thorp, Kleinman, EPC) and doubling strategy (gammon values, market windows)
- Export in various formats, such as HTML and PDF
Next follows a guided tour, covering the basic features of GNUBG to help you get started:
- Get GNUBG!
- Download GNUBG
- Run the program
- Playing a game against the computer
- Asking GNUBG for advice
- Saving your efforts
- Match analysis
- Saving your online matches
Importing your matches Analyzing your matches
- Reviewing analyzed matches
Take the GNUBG Tour, Part 1
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