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General / Re: What other servers do fibsboarders use?
« Last post by dashstofsk on September 23, 2021, 06:32:31 PM »
May I say something in favour of Richard's Play-By-eMail Server.

No membership fee. There is no software for you to download. There is no awkward Flash or Java content. Games can be played in correspondence mode, via eMail or via a web interface. No doubling cube. However it does have a small community of players who are happy to play on a site that is not overloaded with too much functionality or media content.
Using backgammon software / Gnu Backgammon. Compiling for Windows.
« Last post by dashstofsk on September 23, 2021, 06:10:04 PM »
Can I ask whether anyone here has managed to compile the GnuBG open source code and generated a program executable for running on Windows? Or has at least tried? I would like to be able to do so for the console version of the program ( gnubg-cli.exe ). However the GnuBG web site gives almost no instructions for doing so.
Pictures & Links / Happy Birthday to FIBS ...
« Last post by maria on July 19, 2021, 09:05:42 PM »
29 years old today.
Backgammon problems / Who would do this?
« Last post by diane on July 07, 2021, 12:03:32 PM »

So, gnu says the right move here is  bar-24, 4-1*

Who would do that move - and why?

I didn't - and got lucky so I didn't have to crunch.
Backgammon / Re: Welsh Backgammon
« Last post by krivine on May 06, 2021, 03:40:49 PM »
Thank you !!
F.I.B.S. general support / About the new "Dog" bots
« Last post by ah_clem on April 12, 2021, 04:32:13 PM »
Anybody know anything about the recent influx of bots with Dog in the name?  MatchDog, DoubleDog, SnoopDog, StupidDog, BeachDog, etc?

Are they all the same like the Gammonbots or are they different like Gammonbot is different than Blunderbot?
Using backgammon software / Online Backgammon
« Last post by KristianEkman on April 05, 2021, 01:27:04 PM »
I have developed an Online Backgammon game as a hobby project.
If you wanna check it out you can try it here:

It is open source and your can read about the project here:

Kind Regards
Other Tournaments / Re: Tourney Of Champions Tourneys
« Last post by pipcat on March 18, 2021, 10:03:03 AM »
I didn't find many information about played TOC tourneys, and the results in are usually incomplete with this tournament, so I've done a simple web page that compiles the historical results of the tournament:

If someone have more information about some missing months, please contact me so we can complete it.
Using backgammon software / LeptonBackgammon - FIBS client for Android
« Last post by Nortally on February 18, 2021, 04:34:55 AM »
Hey Fibsters,

I've been more of a lurker than a community member, but I've been playing for years (fond memories of vanished jokebot).

Long story short, I've spent the pandemic finishing a long-abandoned MA program by writing an Android client for FIBS. It's still beta software but it works. Android 8 or better recommended. I mostly play on a tablet, but it runs on my Moto x4 just fine.

Hi Stog. Yes, as indicated in my initial post, I am aware that GNUBG ad GBBLITZ both work well with macOS X; and both are getting excellent reviews.

However, neither one of them is on the App Store. Do you know why? One would think that with apps that strong and with such good reputation, the developer would want to make their software available on the App Store, thus giving prospective buyers a peace of mind, knowing that the app has been vetted by Apple/Microsoft (as the case may be.)
The answer for GnuBG is simple: Their license GPL isn't compatible with the Appstore (IIRC)

The answer for BGBlitz is not that simple:  If you use the toolchain from Apple it is easy to go to the app store. But BGBlitz doesn't use that toolchain(for good reasons) and then it starts to get difficult. I would have simply too much work, just to be present in the App Store. Will BGBlitz be visible there? Don't know, but at least I would to have deal with dozens of "what a crap, get's the dice it wants stuff".  BTW before Catalina you had to sign the software, so at least you know who provided the program. Since Catalina you have to notarise the app so Apple checked the app before, so you gain no security by using the AppStore. Again difficult if you don't use Apples tool chain (I'm currently working on that. Quite some work without a benefit for the functionality). Currently you need a workaround to install BGBlitz on Catalina and BigSur because the official solution from Apple doesn't work :(

At the end of the day I do BGBlitz for my personal enjoyment and it is far more fun adding missing functionality than investing time for an Appstore, website, advertising etc. (but don't misunderstand: if you ask for support you'll be astonished how good it is)
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