Do you miss something on BrainKing.com and would you like to see it here? Post your request into this board! If there is a more specific board for the request, (i.e. game rule changes etc) then it should be posted and discussed on that specific board.
playBunny: I have also never turned down a game request by anyone with the "rating window" where I don't have to lay 14-1 without good reason and offering a counter proposal (usually a longer time limit). I have also, on occasion, accepted a game from someone 400 points below me.
I do play for rating. It's part of the competition on here. I will say ELO ratings are not a good fit for BG, but that's the way things are on here. I know different systems are out there, but I don't know enough about them to reccomend one.
On the feature request side, it would be nice if we could wager Brains one here. Not sure about the legality of that in the Czech Republic, and everywhere else for that matter, but it is worth a thought or two. I know I've mentioned it before. I'm not agitating, just thought it would be a good thing to bring up given the context.
Modified by x7x7x7x7x7 (5. January 2005, 03:58:07)
Vikings: When conducting rollouts, you need to select an arbitrary number of games. 108 is considered to be the smallest statistically signifigant number of games to get an accurate assesment. I simply multiplied the number by 10 to get a larger sample.
Modified by x7x7x7x7x7 (4. January 2005, 00:13:15)
An initial rollout of 1080 games shows the Back position to win 56% of the time (providing equals are playing). That's about -.120 for the Nack side.
In a money game (gammons and bg's counting), the eqiuty is even worse at about -.280 for Nack.
As I stated earlier, it would be intersting as a teaching tool or as a handicap to get a weaker player to play ( I might see if I can get my boss to play ), but the Back side's race lead is a huge advantage.
Vikings: It might be interesting as a handicap match, but the Nack opening position is severely behind in the race. True, the Nack position has positional compensation, but I don't think there's enough and would take the race lead any day.
If you want proof, fine. I'll BG Blitz the position and post the equities tonight.
Multi-player games (3 or more) won't work, but Gin is 2 player. With 10 cards dealt to each player, the hand can't go more than 32 ply + whatever pickups are made. While the hand _can_ theoretically go long, in practice, they don't.
You can also add the variations, such as straight gin and Oklahoma.
Modified by x7x7x7x7x7 (13. October 2004, 17:43:48)
Here is an idea that I came up with in a flash last night. It's a tournement format for backgammon, called "Duplicate Backgammon". It is similar in concept to Duplicate Bridge, where all teams play the same cards.
It would work like a double RR, but each game has the same rolls, but with each player playing different colors, hence, the rolls are "opposite". This would add much more skill to the game, as a player must play both sides of a rollout simultaneously.
Of course, some precautions would have to be taken to prevent a player from "looking ahead" in the rollout, but hiding the next roll until both games have moved should be relatively simple to program.
Modified by x7x7x7x7x7 (1. October 2004, 17:20:56)
I'm glad to see this varient added. I've like this game for a long time. One suggestion I would reccomend, and is reccomended on the Chess Varient web site, is to shift the pieces 4 files over so that the rooks occupy where the K and Q are.
This does not affect the playability of the game as the board "loops" and is a tremendous visual improvement.