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15. June 2015, 00:14:19
Brian1971 
For Frog Finder players of a BKR of 2000 or higher there is a game in the waiting games section created by me. If you want a good game, please take it before someone else snatches it up.

24. January 2015, 21:34:54
JerNYC 
Subject: Re: Hmm...interesting
Brian1971: I like your idea because that variation would create some very difficult, challenging games. I would know exactly where to put my frogs to annoy the heck out of my opponents. :-D

24. January 2015, 18:30:40
Brian1971 
Maybe this was brought up at a different time. However could there be a variation where we can place our own frogs on the board. If both players select the same square for a frog placement then the computer will randomly place both players frogs in different open squares so that location of the frogs will still be unknown to the opponent. Currently you are held to the setup the computer randomly places them which in some games for me, sucks. Just a request.

13. September 2014, 01:00:38
JerNYC 
Subject: It keeps happening to me.
I keep shooting a frog on my first move. This seems like a statistical anomaly. I have 5 in a 139 chance of hitting a frog. There are 134 empty spaces and I miss all of them. Why can't I beat the odds when I buy a lottery ticket? lol

5. June 2012, 18:24:21
JerNYC 
Subject: Penalty of opening kill
Argh, it's happened again. I was reading through the old threads on this board and I am relieved that I'm not the only one who realizes the inherent disadvantage of incurring a heavy penalty on the first move. It's utterly deflating and nearly renders the game meaningless for the first player. One should not be punished so harshly for having to take a wild guess. What about reducing the penalty from negative 5 to negative 2? This would at least give the player a better chance to get back into the game. I also like the idea of starting with neutral spaces.

9. October 2011, 23:57:16
joshi tm 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
Thom27: I like the Windows Messenger-style of Minesweeper. Just shoot and get one point per mine shot. If you shoot a mine, shoot again. (That would make a total different game though)

For Frog Legs it is better to hide the guesses. The version on jijbent.nl http://www.jijbent.nl/java/mijnenveger/index.php (Warning, it's Dutch!) states the guesses are secret which makes it a better game I think. Also there are some more mines added (15 instead of 9). Maybe Frog Legs can be improved so to make it a better game.

9. October 2011, 16:19:45
coan.net 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
Thom27: A third option is to HIDE in the move list when someone guesses wrong - so you KNOW the opponent guessed wrong, but you don't know the exact square they guessed at.

9. October 2011, 14:15:41
Thom27 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
I thought of two ways that may solve or reduce this problem:

1. give a bonus for every guess, instead of punishing a wrong guess. Currently it is a disadvantage to guess even if there are only two squares where a frog may be: the player who guesses first can earn 5 or loose 8 points, with probability 1/2 each, so the expected win is negative. It should be positive instead.

2. Don't allow to shoot at a square X if all squares adjacent to X are shot or guessed or adjacent to a shot square that shows a number equal to the guessed or killed frogs around it. This means that there cannot be further unknown frogs around, and shooting X gives no information (except if there is a frog on X that will be killed).

BTW I can't see a reason not to display the wrongly guessed squares on the board (e.g. by a '-' sign), they are in the move list anyway.

It might also be good to increase the number of frogs. 9 I find a bit few...

8. October 2011, 11:20:50
pedestrian 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
joshi tm: Well, you could count the number of safe shots. If it's your turn and there's an even number of safe shots, your opponent can force you to take a risk eventually. If the number is odd, it's the other way around.

That said, counting is not always easy.

7. October 2011, 16:06:32
coan.net 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
joshi tm: Yea, that is very annoying. Myself, I don't do those "wasteful" moves unless my opponent starts to do the same thing.

6. October 2011, 15:16:43
joshi tm 
Subject: Frog Legs
This game can last long because of the empty sure shots - giving away no extra information because they always result in a zero. Because guessing costs lots of points, players wo'nt even think about doing such unless they have to... is there any way to prevent this?

13. June 2010, 23:54:08
Nothingness 
Quick movers Random tourney.

Random game tourney with prize only a few spots remain. some frog variants

28. May 2010, 00:00:59
TeamBundy 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
Maybe it will take a tourney, much like the Tourney "Backgammon as you may not have known it before" (another serious bug!) to fix this bug (if it is the way Puupia described it - I had thought about it actually being a "mistake" by the creator of the tournament). I know this is not the place for this message, just wanted to comment on the "Serious Bug" topic.

27. May 2010, 18:49:27
Snoopy 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
puupia: yes i was wondering how this was happening Frog Finder (Snoopy vs. TeamBundy)

25. May 2010, 23:08:27
puupia 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
Pedro Martínez: It is true. And i have reported it to Fencer on private messages and on bug tracker.

25. May 2010, 22:56:04
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
puupia: OK, if that is true, it is indeed pretty screwed up. I noticed this for the first time in a Frog Legs game in the chessik's tournament, and then in yours.

Anyway, this is not the best place to report it. Although I believe there is little chance of Fencer fixing it anytime soon, he should be made aware of the bug either directly via PM or on the BrainKing.com board.

25. May 2010, 22:42:11
puupia 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
Pedro Martínez: In frog finder only tournaments it does not work like that. Eventhough that option is set all the games will still be randomly assigned! But it does seem to work differently on random games tourneys.. Which is quite screwed up.

25. May 2010, 22:31:12
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re: Serious bug!
puupia: Actually, it is not a bug. It is your fault. :)
When you created the tournament, you set it like this:
“For games with a random start position generate: the same position with all opponents”. That's why the distribution of frogs is the same in both games between the same players.

25. May 2010, 21:18:58
puupia 
Subject: Serious bug!
In random game tournaments frog finder starting positions seem to be the same in both games against same opponent! This does not happen in frog finder only tourneys, even with "the same position with all opponents" option selected. Only in random games tourneys with frog finder. There are already players taking advantage of that..

For example:
Frog Finder (TeamBundy vs. Pedro Martínez)
Frog Finder (Pedro Martínez vs. TeamBundy)

Take a look in any other frog finder game in that tourney and you'll see it happens in them also!

It happens in this tourney also:
chessik´s birthday tournament /21/
for example in these games:
Frog Finder (TeamBundy vs. puupia)
Frog Finder (puupia vs. TeamBundy)

This need a quick fix!
Hopefully something can be done about the games already suffering from this also..

12. April 2010, 15:47:16
puupia 
Subject: Re: A record?
The13: Here's a bigger difference: Frog Finder (Blackadder Mr K vs. puupia)

I'm sure there are even bigger differences in some games. This kind of records are quite meaningless..

12. April 2010, 15:13:45
The13 
Subject: A record?
White: 35 Black: -5 / a difference of 40 points!
Frog Finder (The13 vs. Honor.j)

18. September 2009, 19:42:09
Rose 
Subject: Re:
Pedro Martínez: before each person had to make 2 moves ... ive always been able to resign after just one move in this game. until now

18. September 2009, 17:50:35
Pedro Martínez 
Subject: Re:
Rose: JohnKad66 made two moves, so I believe the BKR recalculation should take place... if I interpret this correctly:
http://brainking.com/en/OldFAQ?ht=6

18. September 2009, 16:34:45
Rose 
Subject: Re:
coan.net: Not a tourney match. I made one move, hit a frog, went to resign lost points.. game in the past was deleted no points lost after just one turn

Frog Finder (JohnKad66 vs. Rose)

18. September 2009, 16:27:17
coan.net 
Subject: Re:
Rose: I don't know of anything that has changed - I thought in tournaments, you never could - but just regular games, you could.

... that is unless it has changed, but haven't heard anything about it changing.

18. September 2009, 02:11:39
Rose 
So now we cant resign frog finder after just one move without losing points? used to be if you landed on a frog on the first move you could resign and not lose points

6. February 2009, 18:10:04
coan.net 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs Variant
AbigailII: "Neither
is the auto revealing of squares neighbouring a 0 - that will make the
game shorter, but it still doesn't pay to reveal information.
"

But it does work - since you basically *HAVE* to reveal information on every move, since you are no longer able to make "dummy" shots - every shot will at least say something new about at least 1 square. They you have to start to look at your shots - and of course you want to shot somewhere that will reveal as much information about as many squares as possible - since if you just reveal it about 1 square... well then you could be giving your opponent too much information.

Have you tried it yet - I think it works very well.

6. February 2009, 17:54:43
AbigailII 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs Variant
coan.net: Frog Legs is missing something - it ends up being a very long drawn out game.

IMO, this comes from the fact that it doesn't pay to reveal information.
And that stems from the fact that after you reveal information, your
opponent will be the first one to be able to use it. So, if you make a
move that reveals information from which the location of a frog can be
deduced, your opponent will score, not you.

That is, IMO, the essential flaw in the game. None of the suggestions
that assign different number of points is going to resolve it. Neither
is the auto revealing of squares neighbouring a 0 - that will make the
game shorter, but it still doesn't pay to reveal information.

I can think of one rule change which may fix that: after shooting, you
have the option of guessing as well. So ones turn is one of:
  • Shoot
  • Shoot, then guess
  • Guess

Thus, if your shot reveals information that locates the position of a frog, you're the first one that can use this information.

6. February 2009, 17:09:12
coan.net 
Subject: Frog Legs Variant
Modified by coan.net (6. February 2009, 17:11:53)
On this site - Frog Finder is a great game - but even in my opinion, Frog Legs is missing something - it ends up being a very long drawn out game.

Over on YourTurnMyTurn.com & Jijbent.nl - they now have a Minesweeper game based on the Frog Legs concept, with some changes:
(1) You don't see where your opponent guesses wrongly - so you can now guess without the fear of giving your opponent too much information.
(2) Spaces which give no new information is automatically shown - so there is no more just making "dummy" shots so you don't reveal anything new
(3) Slight scoring change - losing only 2 points for a guess - making it much better to try to guess.

YourTurnMyTurn.com = English language site
Jijbent.nl = Dutch language site
Brettspielnetz.de = German language site (game is not released there yet - might be with different rules)

Anyway, I suggest to go check it out - They don't have the number of games that this site does - but they are great sites with a nice selection of games

**** Oh, and if you wanted - check out the "Practice" - you can play against the computer ****

25. January 2009, 15:55:21
coan.net 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
AbigailII: Oh, don't get me wrong - I'm 100% for the request of showing guesses on the board. That along with some other minor changes in other games would be great so I don't have to have the move list open at all.

But it does kind of stink that I have to leave the move list open (which slows down page load) because of a few games in which you have to have information from the move list to play the game correctly.

25. January 2009, 10:29:54
AbigailII 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
coan.net: In the current version, I agree it would be nice to see where you have guessed at - but not 100% needed since you can see it in the move list.

By the same argument, showing a chess or checkers board isn't 100% needed, since you can see the move list; and the move list will determine the position.

25. January 2009, 05:36:32
coan.net 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
AbigailII: In the current version, I agree it would be nice to see where you have guessed at - but not 100% needed since you can see it in the move list. (which a long term request is to make all games be able to be played without having the move list on - but I've given up on that request.)

Anyway, yes - if the guess would be hidden from your opponent, there has to be a way to show you where you guessed at yourself... even though I see Fencer solution would be just hide the wrong guess ? from the move list from your opponent - but would be nice to have it shown on the board.

By hiding the guess from your opponent I think will stop many of the people making "safe" moves - probable not all, but I think it would help out a lot.

24. January 2009, 23:58:35
AbigailII 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs
coan.net: Hide from your opponent where you guess at.


That won't stop people from making "safe" moves. Granted, in some situations when a number other than 0 is shown and there are some unknown neighbours, it's better to guess than to shoot. But since the there's an advantage to guess before your opponent guesses when a number other than 0 is shown, it's better to shoot somewhere knowing where it will reveal a 0 than to shoot somewhere where it may reveal a number other than 0.


But with this proposed variation, it's even more important that squares you've guessed are marked in someway, and we haven't seen guessed squares marked in regular Frog Legs/Finder yet.


24. January 2009, 20:15:35
joshi tm 
I like the jijbent version that checks if a field is already known what's on it, and reveals it. That will make the game a lot quicker.

24. January 2009, 17:49:00
coan.net 
Subject: Frog Legs
I agree that Frog Legs is not as good of a game that I thought it would be - I had imagined it as more of a game where you guess & taken chances - but as seen once brought here, the game is boring since there are players who will not take chances - and just "waste" shots - so half the game is just making stupid wasted "safe" shots.

I have gotten a different variant released on http://www.jijbent.nl/ (dutch language site) based on the Frog Legs concept with some changes - which makes it a REALLY fun game.

A slightly different variant is being worked on http://www.brettspielnetz.de/ (german language site) that also deal with getting points when you reveal a number... kind of what joshi tm is talking about I think. [note - not released yet]

Anyway, I'm not sure if Fencer could do this easily (or if he wants to change it), but I think there is one small thing that could be changed with Frog Legs to turn in back into the game which is was meant to be.... and that is where players take more chances and guess more.

Hide from your opponent where you guess at.

Right now, if you guess - you not only lose points - but possible give your opponent information where the frog is - so you end up losing A LOT of points. If the location of where you opponent guessed at stays hidden, I believe it would start to encourage players to start guessing instead of making "dummy" shots.

24. January 2009, 16:07:10
rod03801 
Subject: Re:
joshi tm: Ketchup?

24. January 2009, 15:55:01
joshi tm 
Sorry, it's weird, but now i do not know it either...

Any else to make Frog Legs better?

24. January 2009, 15:20:06
AbigailII 
Subject: Re: Frog Legs.
joshi tm: So why not award points for shooting on numbers?

What do you mean by "shooting on numbers"?

24. January 2009, 13:00:39
joshi tm 
Frog Legs... as we know, the game 's a bit boring right now. So why not award points for shooting on numbers? I diunno how many points should be awareded... but here's a idea.

22. January 2009, 21:36:47
coan.net 
Subject: Re:
Rose: Your red.... looking for Blue, so you did not find 2 blue.

They found all your red. (25 points + 2 points for each unfound frog = 29)

17. January 2009, 20:12:11
rod03801 
Subject: Against all odds!
Well, I just wanted to share this. I actually won a game even though I started out shooting a frog on the first move. I even had one incorrect Guess in the game.

Yes, the odds are against having a chance with that awful penalty.. but it certainly happens.

Frog Finder (rod03801 vs. Gammonator)

4. November 2008, 03:23:06
Papa Zoom 
Subject: Re:
Rose: Well I care too but I'm not expecting a change. As it is, the game has a flaw. Too bad because it's one of my favs. :/

23. October 2008, 20:05:39
Rose 
Obviously I'm the only one that gives a rats** about this scoring change that is nothing but dust in the wind.. good to see nothing ever changes around here.

17. October 2008, 16:47:26
Rose 
I was told that on czech boards he is saying he has no intention what so ever of making changes to this game. 

23. September 2008, 17:00:18
coan.net 
Subject: Re:
coan.net: .... which I will wait until after the server move is done... since if I bring it up now, he will be too busy with other stuff to think about it and the idea might get lost in his list of things to do..... but will bring up the idea soon after.

23. September 2008, 02:53:08
coan.net 
Subject: Re:
Rose: I don't know if Fencer reads this board - but I haven't had time to bring it up to him yet - but I will bring it up with him soon to see what he thinks.

22. September 2008, 22:36:15
Rose 
I guess the silence means there has been no decision made

18. September 2008, 04:22:10
Papa Zoom 
Subject: Re:
rod03801:  My feelings exactly.  I'd quit playing the game in protest but Rose got me hooked on it. 

17. September 2008, 16:51:23
Rose 
Subject: Re:
rod03801: Yes I agree but this way with the scoring adjusted for a wrong move on the first turn that the player has some sort of chance of winning. The way it is set up now the person has pretty much no chance of winning  the game if they kill a frog on move one.

17. September 2008, 16:49:46
rod03801 
Subject: Re:
Rose: I think that's a good compromise. There's still a penalty on the first move, but it's not as devastating. I think it should stay as it currently is for the rest of the game, though.

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