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Re: [Bug-gnubg] random dice generator? hahahaaa

From: Guido Flohr
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnubg] random dice generator? hahahaaa
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2017 23:44:42 +0300

> Along these lines, a friend of mine who also works in the gaming industry 
> said that they often use dice that are generated in something like the 
> following fashion: The computer internally creates a 36-card deck, each with 
> one of the 36 possible dice rolls.  Then it deals out 18 cards from this deck 
> to get 18 dice rolls.  Then it reshuffles and starts over to get the next 18 
> rolls.

What you describe is a completely biased scheme. Your friend’s company maybe 
implemented it in order to avoid trolls complaining about them cheating?

> With this scheme, you never get (for example) three double 6's in a row.  
> Rarely does anyone notice anything strange about the dice, and if people are 
> not told what is going on, there are typically far fewer complaints about the 
> dice.

A set of truly random real-world dice may produce subsequent double sixes until 
the heat death of the universe.  This is called randomness.  Randomness has no 
memory, remember?

> I mentioned this concept on BGOnline once (a "hardcore" BG community) and 
> predictably, they hated it.  So that's another piece of evidence to support 
> what Rich Heimlich said.

They predictably disapproved your improvements, yes.  This is called 
rationalism, also know as common sense.

Others have already mentioned it: You can run gnubg with your own personally, 
manually rolled dice from your own backgammon set.  Try it out!

<spoiler-alert>You will continue losing!</spoiler-alert>

Tim, it’s 2017, and considering the state of the art of hard- and software it 
is absolutely normal that artificial intelligence beats human intelligence in 
games like backgammon or chess on a more than regular basis.  If you think that 
gnubg has to cheat for beating you, then become a professional backgammon 
player and be rich!

<spoiler-alert>You will be broke in no time at all!</spoiler-alert>

If you you are positive that gnubg cheats, why not install another software and 
troll their support forum for a change?

Oh, Lord, please let it rain brains!

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