Getting started with GNUBG – A Guided Tour
by Robert-Jan Veldhuizen

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.

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Here is what the Windows version of GNUBG looks like:

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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 Install 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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