Since you are one of the good people on Fibs, Diane, I will not reply.
But seriously - let me put this point in words of one syllable for dorbel and tom (I tried to get an algorithm to make words less than one syllable but failed) - I had a quest-ion. I think it was val-id, Ab-out diff-er-ent ser-vers hav-ing diff-er-ent dice.
Dorbel made the point that the dice MUST be totally random on Gridgammon, not because they use the Mersenne Twister or any other mathematical theory - no! The dice on Gridgammon are, officially, random and fair because some guys who are good at the game play there.
That's good enough for me and I will stop searching for God now too, if these guys say it's good.
I will close this 'debate' now - from my side anyway.
Almost all online bg sites use a pseudo-random dice generator. The pattern of spread of rolls differs from the natural type, just check it on google. In a figurative presentation the natural random spread looks like a soft mosaic, compared to the pseudo random that looks like a rough mosaic. As far as i know only the server of "sorrytiger" uses rolls coming from another server that uses a natural generator based on earth's vibrations or something.
In my opinion there is no significant difference between the two for the purpose of having equal chances Vs your opponent.
Assuming of course the dice generator has not been hacked.There are so many cheaters on online sites, particularly in yahoo, playok even on Microsoft's msn zone, play65 (may it rest in peace
) that I cannot exclude this possibility.
Anyway coming back to the point of discussion, no it is not pattern of spread rolls of the dice generator that gives a regular Fibs player an advantage over someone coming say from gridsgammon and vice versa. In my opinion it is the style of play that dominates a specific site.
FIBS for example has too many bots.They play excellently of course, by always making the best move that will give them maximum chances. Human players at FIBS try their best to play similarly, so i would say there is a specific style of playing at FIBS. Similarly there is a different style of playing at every other site for example at playOK there is what i call the "Romanian" style.At play65 people tended to play a lot of "arabic" style. Perhaps the various styles of play could be the subject of a newa new discussion.... The point is that a human player need some time to adjust to a site where players play a particular style, and during that time he or she will lose a lot of matches vs players of equal strength.
Furthermore the what i call "fibs style" which is based on playing like the bots -always trying to make the move that will maximize your chances, lacks a very specific element: That of human psychology.
You cannot imagine how much confusion you can cause a human opponent by playing alternative moves, or setting up TRAPS.
The scope is to win isn't it? And you can win Vs a human by judging his way of playing/his estimated response/his psychology.