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We are looking for any Gammonites who play or are interested in playing Fantasy Premier League for this coming season (English football).

It's an interesting mix of strategy, knowledge, tactics and luck - much like backgammon :)

If you are interested..

1. Please click and create your FPL account at https://fantasy.premierleague.com

2. Pick your team (Lukaku, Aguero, Harry Kane etc)

3. Click to join our new Facebook group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/FantasyBackgammonUnited/

Once you have done this we will provide further details on how to complete joining our custom league (the last step will be very easy).

Hope to see you there!

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Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 4.1!
« Last post by PillowFighter on July 28, 2017, 09:43:08 AM »
Hi!

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and I have updated the version number to 4.1 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 4.1

Improvements since 4.0:

  • New actiontags:
    • Make prime anchor or not
    • Give up prime anchor or not
    • Homeboard blot or not
    • Homeboard blotrescue or not
    • Open board or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Close race cubes! You are within range of 10 pips in the race. Surely you can take anything?
    • Prime anchors! An anchor at the front of your opponent prime is a great catch! Should you make it or give it up?
    • 8 mate! The 8 point is often a strong point to keep. Is now the time to give it up?
    • 50 behind! You are 50+ behind in pip! Can you really take this cube?
    • Frontline! Hit at the front of your prime possibly to prevent your opponent to anchor up there or is that a too bold move?
    • Raceless cubes! You're 20+ behind in the race. Is there a cube here anyway?
  • Other improvements:
    • Mobile phone portrait mode support.
    • Manual auto roll. Suggested by Jesper Carlsson and Jon Kristian Røyset.
    • In online matches you can click on the opponent name in the header to open opponent stats.
    • Do you want to take dialog. Suggested by Hall and others.
    • Support for unlimited games. Suggested by Dan Wittkopp, Geir Pedersen, Kim Nordberg and possibly others!
    • Support for playing a random track from the training track list. Suggested by Michaela Olsen.
    • More info on what match type affects which rating and better explanation on the different match types. Suggested by Michaela Olsen.
    • Support for tournament managers. Many interesting tournament options available!
    • You can play pipcount without the board numbers. Suggested by Sebastiaan Kuijs.
    • An easier way to locate your online matches from the lobby. Suggested by Sven Wisløff Nilssen.
    • You can now check the online match performance for the last 100 matches. Suggested by Michael Krakus.
  • Bugfixes:
    • It wasn't possible to enter a % sign in the chat. Reported by Maz.
    • The clock was missing if you played a timed training track on a mobile.
    • You could end up getting a 'Time ran out' dialog after having observed a match. The clock from the observed match was never removed.
    • If you lost connection and your opponent performed a move the position will now get a forced update after you get connection again.
    • Online matches could grind to a halt when an match email was attempted sent to a slow responding mailserver. Now this is handled separately.
    • It wasn't possible to merge matches with an empty tournament name. You could only move it with the 'New tournament' option. Reported by Karsten Bredahl.
    • Imported files with comma for PR in paranthesis didn't work. Reported by Karsten Bredahl.
    • Stop the video when you close but don't pause a video dialog. Reported by Karsten Bredahl.
    • Specifying negative number for opponent pipcount didn't work.
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The biggest news is perhaps the support for mobile portrait mode. Previously it wasn't supported and looked pretty bad. Now it isn't too shabby!




This also means the home screen needs to learn a couple of new tricks. You can now specify two different layouts for the portrait and landscape mode. I used the same content in the above two pictures but you can also specify completely different ones for each mode.

You should also add Backgammon Studio to your home screen on your mobile phone to get rid of the Browser UI which takes up a lot of screen space on mobiles: On mobile



There is some support for other languages but it is hard to tell if the quality of the translation is any good or not. Google translate is not always spot on. Please let me know if you spot something that looks just wrong!



I also took the opportunity to brush up the quiz input as the old radio buttons worked rather poorly on mobiles. And didn't look very good on desktop either when I think of it...



Oh hey! More training tracks! There seems to be an unlimited amount of novel ways to make a mistake on the Backgammon Board! I keep making all of them so I'm not running out of ideas for new training tracks any time soon! :-)



New actiontags to be used in training tracks is a must! Initially I called this golden anchors but Mary Hickey corrected me on this pointing out that this term has already been reserved for the opponent 5 point anchor.



Tournament manager support! It is now possible for other users to run tournaments (Please ask me if you would like to run tournaments on Backgammon Studio).



Support for unlimited games!



There is now an overview of the PR performance of your last 100 games. If you haven't played 100 matches you don't qualify for this list yet. I see the picture was taken before this was changed.



The lobby menu now contains easy access to more online match related sections as some of them could be hard to find unless you knew where to look.



There is now more info (click on the question button at the top right corner) regarding online match types.

Feedback

Got any questions or feedback? Don't hesitate to email me at terjepe@gmail.com. Think something sux (like the UI)? Let me know or I may just think everything is awesome!

Spotted something that looks wrong? Take a screenshot and email it to me. That can help a lot in locating the problem!

Other news

The number of online matches played on Backgammon Studio is soon reaching 10000! (Another week/week and a half or so) Haven't tried it yet? You're missing out! :-)

There are still users who end up using an invalid email address when registering a user on Backgammon Studio. When trying to contact these users I get a:



which is unfortunate as there is no way for me to contact this person. If you never heard anything back from Backgammon Studio please email me directly at terjepe@gmail.com and I'll help you create an account! It is worth the effort! Honest!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Haven't tried Backgammon Studio yet? You should! :-)

Best regards,
TP
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General Chit Chat / I'm still alive
« Last post by Amy on July 21, 2017, 02:21:39 PM »
Hi Fibsters!

How is everyone doing?  I've missed being on FIBS.  Anything interesting happening?  Any new rules?  Any new leaders in ratings?  Hugs to all.

Amy
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Developers of Masters of Backgammon: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/masters-of-backgammon-free/id466854342?mt=8

They will develop one for Android as well, to play online against iPhone, iPad, Mac users.

Their web http://2kbgames.com
I've always loved playing Backgammon Masters on my iPhone. Good to know they've released on Android so that I can install it on my HTC. I've played it for over 2 years and I would say the dice rolls are fair. I use the paid version.
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Improving your backgammon skills / 1500!
« Last post by PillowFighter on June 23, 2017, 12:26:22 PM »
Hi!

Yesterday Backgammon Studio reached 1500 users! Pretty awesome!



And today I see that the number of online matches has passed 7000! Even more awesome!



And it is great to see so many flags showing up in the match champ list! If you see your name in that list and the flag is missing don't hesitate to add it! Click on your own name in the users list and you should see a profile button at the bottom.

7000 matches is a nice amount of matches but does this mean that playing matches on Backgammon Studio will work perfectly for everybody? Unfortunately not. I see some users struggle with poor wifi connections which doesn't make for a great playing experience. I have started to look into this problem and one problem I spotted was that if you lose connection and then your opponent does a move the message will fail to reach you and is lost. When you do get connection again you may not see the correct view of the board. It should get corrected after you click undo or do something illegal but ideally the missing messages should be replayed to you (but this could get ugly if you have lost connection for a long time) or perhaps a forced reset of the position from the server should trigger. I'll look into this some more.

One trick you can do if you know you have a bad network connection is to turn off all sounds in the sounds settings before you start a match as these audio clips will be loaded at start (unless the browser has cached them locally) and may cause problems. This might avoid some startup problems. Perhaps adding a loading progress bar and not allow you to start a match until loading is complete is a better solution. I'll take a look.

If something sux (online match play or anything else) please don't hesitate to tell me! I try to do my best to make Backgammon Studio as great as possible and your feedback can be very valuable! :-) An email to terjepe@gmail.com with a screenshot of some problem that you are seeing can be a goldmine of information to me!

How about the random generator used on Backgammon Studio? I am sure backgammon conspiracy theorists will say that online backgammon games are rigged no matter what you say but yesterday I added a display of 1 million dice rolls:



Good enough to fool me! How about you? :-)

And oh! It is Friday so I have added another training track:



You're 20+ behind in the race. Is there a cube here anyway?

I'm often too reluctant to cube if I'm behind in the race but sometimes the threat and position justifies a cube anyway. Now I can practice more on this situation!

Backgammon Studio The Swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
TP
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Improving your backgammon skills / Backgammon Studio 4.0!
« Last post by PillowFighter on June 16, 2017, 05:56:43 PM »
Hi!

Backgammon Studio keeps improving and today I have updated the version number to 4.0 with these fine improvements:

Backgammon Studio 4.0

Improvements since 3.9:

  • New actiontags:
    • Trap play or not
    • Homeboard doublehit or not
    • Hit on the 24pt or not
    • Hit on the 23pt or not
    • Hit at front of prime or not
  • New training tracks:
    • Zombie revenge! The opponent checker on the 24 point needs to be resurrected! Will you help or leave it buried?
    • It's a trap! Can you trap your opponent into hitting? Open up your prime and see what happens...
    • Alone! One of your checkers is all alone in your opponent homeboard and possibly facing imminent attack! Can you still take?
    • Poison blots! Place a blot in front of an opponent 5 point anchor? Will it be toothless or carry much poison?
  • Other improvements:
    • Opening opera! Try the 5 first moves in a random match from the database. Can you ace it?
    • Premium Trial! Try out all features for a month to see what you're missing as a non premium users. That is a lot! :-)
    • Saved queries in Week in review section.
    • Login/registration cleanup. Direct feedback on during registration if an error is detected.
    • Today top 5 highscore list now only contain one entry for each player.
    • You can now check your progress while playing training tracks.
    • Display average PR performance for players in a single tournament.
    • Display list of tournament matches for a single year.
    • Check graph of overall average PR performance.
    • Search view action tag section didn't look too good on iPad. It is now cleaned up and organized by subject.
    • You can now set the autoplay speed in board settings.
    • There is now an audio effect when you are being challenged. Suggested by Killercat.
    • There is now an expand button and filter button for the match champions list.
    • You can now filter training tracks based on cube only, checker play and opening play to make it easier to locate the training track you are looking for.
    • You can disable the private db help dialog that shows up whenever you switch to your private database.
  • Bugfixes:
    • You couldn't close the upload profile image dialog but it would close if you submitted an image. - Reported lhbraun.
    • If you use colon in a chat message anything past the colon would dissapear. - Reported by Hall.
    • The board scale didn't seem to be set properly (client using cached version). - Reported by panda999.
    • It wasn't possible to select Ed O'Laughlin or other users using single quotes in names in the match list.
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During Norwegian Championship Rune Færevåg mentioned that he had practiced openings by repeatedly playing the 5 first moves against XG. I came up with something similar using a random match from the database. While 6000 matches isn't scratching the surface of the number of different possible openings 5 move openings it should keep you entertained for a while! :-)

Actually I also separated the practice tracks (no highscores) from the other ones into a separate dialog as it looked a bit odd to have it as part of the challenges dialog. Access it from menu/Practice or ctrl-p on desktop.



The number of training tracks has reached 80! Not too bad! Zombie checkers was suggested by Mary Hickey from her article on GammonVillage



Curious what you are missing out on as a non-premium member? Now you can give premium a try!



Saved queries is a nifty feature to store a search query for later use. Suggested by Tore.



One interesting use for saved queries is to use it to make a more interesting week in review session. For instance you can create a search query where you focus on missed cubes and then check how many of these you have done recently.



Which tournament has produced the most transcribed matches? Adding a BMAB part of a tournament can be a great way to boost this number!



Find out which player played best during a tournament. Comparison is perhaps not so fair unless you have a BMAB type tournament where everyone will have multiple transcribed matches.



You can also enter a threshold of matches that should have been played (input field in the top right corner. Which should have had some additional info...).



You can now check your overall PR performance which is perhaps more interesting than the original local performance graphs.



You can also get an overview for the last year.



A cleanup of the search view action tags section. Now the tags are grouped on subject. This should also look better on tablet/phones. And oh hey! Several new action tags! :-)

Feedback

Got any questions or feedback? Don't hesitate to email me at terjepe@gmail.com. Think something sux (like the UI)? Let me know or I may just think everything is awesome!

Spotted something that looks wrong? Take a screenshot and email it to me. That can help a lot in locating the problem!

Other news

The number of matches in the database passed 6000 recently (6065 as of today) and the number of online matches also went past 6000 and growing much faster (6654 as of today)!

Backgammon Studio The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Haven't tried Backgammon Studio yet? You should! :-)

Best regards,
TP
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Using backgammon software / Re: Is GnuBG cheating with the dice?
« Last post by ushimata on June 10, 2017, 06:39:40 PM »
gnubg does not cheat with the dice.  You can verify this by simply setting it to "manual dice", and playing a few matches by rolling a real pair of dice and entering the rolls yourself.  You'll still get clobbered.


This is a very old tired topic, as every newbie has the impression that gnubg cheats because it wins almost all the time, when the real reason it wins almost all the time is that it's just a much better player than the newbie.

BTW, if you're frustrated with gnubg winning too much, you can dial down it's playing level to "beginner" or "casual player".  This definitely makes it more fun for newbies.  Once you start beating it on a regular basis you can increase its level accordingly.
wrong ! i set it to manual dice and i clubbered the SOB. before that i hardly won a game since netgammon stopped.
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Backgammon / I made a dice simulator app for backgammon, what you guys think?
« Last post by Gerard_82 on June 05, 2017, 01:58:50 AM »
A problem I encountered a few times while playing backgammon in the beach and other locations was the risk of losing one's pair of dice and the inconvenience of throwing them on an uneven surface. So I designed and programmed a dice simulator intended for backgammon among other boardgames. It's not meant to replace traditional dice and I'm sure many people would stay loyal to a real pair, but feel free to give it a try, I'm open for any suggestion. The app is made for iOS and you can check it here (it's free): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-dice-lite/id1023016051?ls=1&mt=8. Don't hesitate in giving me back suggestions, I hope you like it!
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General Chit Chat / wat is the best backgammon for windows 10 pc which is "live"
« Last post by ZAKARI on June 02, 2017, 11:38:06 PM »
 :blush:
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Improving your backgammon skills / 6000 matches!
« Last post by PillowFighter on May 31, 2017, 08:47:29 AM »
Hi!

The other day I noticed that the number of matches in the database was getting close to 6000 matches to I made a little push and dusted off some old matches that weren't present in the database and oh hey! 6000 matches! :-)



Actually it is a bit above that now as Bob Wachtel sent me his last matches from the Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi tournament and a couple of other matches. Bob, Timur Azizov, János Csendes, Levan Kareli, Bakar Matikashvili and Karen Sarkisyan have all contributed to a great collection of matches from this tournament this year! Thanks a lot!



Worldwide Trophy Tbilisi has claimed the second spot in the tournament list that has generated the most transcribed matches this year only surpassed by Gothenburg Open! Pretty sweet! :-) This yearly tournament overview is also a feature I added a couple of days ago (go to menu/tournaments and select 2017 in the year dropdown). And what happens if you click on any of these tournament buttons? Head over to Backgammon Studio and find out! :-)

It looks like several tournaments have some great potential for improving their position in this list. If you happen to have a few matches played in any of these tournaments you know what to do!

And today the number of online matches played on Backgammon Studio also reached 6000! Pretty sweet! :-)



I see some of the top players haven't gotten around to raising their flag just yet (don't be shy!) but I suspect the US and Denmark does have some presence at the top. Who could have guessed? :-)

One of the unique differences with playing matches on Backgammon Studio as opposed to other online play sites is that the ranking list is based on average PR (you can sort it on other criteria if you wish) and I think that changes the focus a bit towards playing as well as you can instead of just playing for wins. At least that is the case for me and I suspect for many others. Win or lose is usually up to the dice but playing well is entirely up to you.

And there is perhaps an additional feature or two on Backgammon Studio which you won't find anywhere else! While I haven't collected enough new features to up the version number one new feature is so sweet it can't wait! Saved queries:



You can set up an interesting search and then save it for later. The same saved queries work in your private database as in the public database. Pretty useful in itself but I can think of a few other amusing uses: Custom week in review categories and custom training tracks could be pretty sweet to add.

I have also made an introduction video for this feature: Saved search queries

While you wait for another version update you can check out other interesting improvements in the Improvements section. or check out the Backgammon Studio facebook group.

Don't miss out and head over to Backgammon Studio today!

https://www.backgammonstudio.com The swiss army knife of backgammon!

Best regards,
TP

PS. Several users have tried to register with an invalid email address which would result in the confirmation email failing to be delivered. If you never heard anything back from your attempt to register you can just email me directly: terjepe@gmail.com and I'll help you out!
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