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[Bug-gnubg] Moving Pieces and Dice Throws

From: Paul Thornett
Subject: [Bug-gnubg] Moving Pieces and Dice Throws
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 01:53:05 +1100

I've been playing with GNU Backgammon for a couple of weeks now, and have 2 comments to make:
- It's a little irritating that I have to position my mouse fairly carefully before clicking to move a piece. I'd have thought you could have given a bit more leeway, so that clicking on the side of the target would work too.
- I find your claims about the fairness of the dice-throwing quite ludicrous!
 * Over and over again, when GNUB needs a double, that's what he/she throws
 * I have stayed on the bar 5 consecutive times on a 2-point board once, and 4 consecutive times 4 times, whereas when GNUB stays on the bar, it rarely does much damage
 * In bear-off situations where I'm around 20 points ahead in a 65-80 pip count, I have lost nine times - well against the odds
 * In bear-off situations, I frequentlyt thow 2-1, 3-1 or 1-1, wherea GNUB manges this feat extremely rarely

I realize these comments are all very unscientific, but I'm sure you don't want to be burdened with dozens of positions and throws. And even many examples would prove nothing, but simply show a trend that you could dismisss. I'm simply saying that my observations lead me to believe that there's something amiss with the programming of your dice throws.


Paul Thornett

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