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GNU Backgammon

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Free (GPL)
  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
Latest version:
0.14.3 07/07/05
Last month's downloads:
7.1 MB

GNU Backgammon is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 98 SE
  • Windows ME
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
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It is currently a work-in-progress. So far it is able to play both independent games and tournament matches, evaluate and roll out positions, tune its own evaluation functions using either TD or supervised training, maintain databases of positions for training and other purposes, and more. See the following section for a more complete list.

It is driven by a command-line interface, and displays an ASCII rendition of a board on text-only terminals, but also allows the user to play games and manipulate positions.

It currently plays at about the level of a championship flight tournament player and is gradually improving; it should be somewhat stronger than this when released. GNU Backgammon can be played at numerous other online backgammon servers.

"It ins't fun to play because the dice rolls are just too far fetched!"

Probably the one of the nicest UI and nice set of features it is extremely regrettable that it doesn't have a better dice engine!

  • Very nice layout, in my opinion the nicest user interface out there for a freeware.. A lot of features for serious players.
  • The dice engine is just plain and simply completely whacked out! Anyone who has ever played dice games of any sorts just knows that the rolls dished out by this game are just way to far fetched to be credible! How often does one roll double six four times in a row! And then roll perfect rolls to fill out just the needed space on the board? It's just too far fetched and it ruins the game, it's no fun to play.
  • The dice rolls in "Quick Backgammon" is just better and way more credible... but the UI in that game is horrible, but still despite the horribel UI Quick Backgammon is way more fun to play because of the dice rolls. GNUBG would be great with the Quick Backgammon dice engine... or maybe someone could make a plug-in engine for it that would give more realistic dice rolls, as it is now it is just ridiculous!

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