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:
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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