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 61 
 on: June 11, 2015, 10:32:38 AM 
Started by takeonme79 - Last post by dorbel
Unfortunately you have failed to demonstrate in what way either of these new rules would reduce the amount of luck in the game. In any event, even if you could do so, the game is popular precisely because there is a lot of luck! We are all fans of the big turnaround when it happens for us, but in any case most of the luck is of the small drip variety rather than a deluge. Good play catches more of the small drips than poor play and over time, that's what makes a successful player.

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 on: June 11, 2015, 08:57:37 AM 
Started by takeonme79 - Last post by takeonme79
I've read that backgammon is about 75% skill and 25% luck. Of course it's hard to give exact figures to the skill/luck ratio. However, assuming these figures are correct, I would like there to be a variant that pushes the skill/luck ratio to 85/15 or 90/10.

I suggest the following.

(1) Doubles count as 2 of moves instead of 4. This eliminates some of the drastic turnaround in games when someone is fortunately enough to throw a double at the right time.
(2) For each game, each player has one opportunity to roll his dice again instead of playing the dice he just rolled. Alternatively, he may once per game ask his opponent to roll his dice again if he feels that his opponent was particularly lucky.

I feel the second suggestion is particularly interesting in terms of how to program software to make the decision to roll again or whether to save the opportunity for later. I think it's something that humans will naturally have a good feel for whereas software will struggle to assess.

I'm not aiming to get rid of luck from backgammon, just to reduce it's influence.

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 on: June 11, 2015, 08:43:54 AM 
Started by takeonme79 - Last post by takeonme79
I'm looking for a book of analysis or puzzles that is backed by computer analysis within the last 5 years. Something like Robertie's Modern Backgrammon would be great but this was published in 2001 and I'm sure computers have improved dramatically since then and probably changed some of their analysis. Do you know of any such books?

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 on: June 10, 2015, 07:39:34 PM 
Started by socksey - Last post by socksey
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 on: June 08, 2015, 07:47:23 PM 
Started by socksey - Last post by socksey
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 on: June 07, 2015, 07:31:56 PM 
Started by socksey - Last post by socksey
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 on: June 05, 2015, 08:20:36 PM 
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 on: June 01, 2015, 08:13:00 PM 
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 on: May 31, 2015, 07:25:52 PM 
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 70 
 on: May 29, 2015, 04:12:46 AM 
Started by sepichchris - Last post by sepichchris
I created a new mobile game for the Android Backgammon With Pals. It is available in the Google Play Store/ It is a Google+ integrated Backgammon game where one can invite players from circles to play matches. The application is true to its lingual roots and there are audibles in Farsi and English. I thought I might post to this group and see if I might generate some interest. I have a lot more improvements and updates planned and I would like to hear what people have to say. It's a new release and there are a lot of things I am working on improving. When you open the app there is an email to send suggestions and comments to and I would very much like to turn it into something that people find appealing and fun to use. Thank you!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ecsbackgammon&hl=en

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