backgammon — the game of backgammon
teachgammon — learn to play backgammon
This program lets you play backgammon against the computer or against a "friend". All commands are only one letter, so you don't need to type a carriage return, except at the end of a move. The program is mostly self-explanatory, so that a question mark (?) will usually get some help. If you answer `y' when the program asks if you want the rules, you will get text explaining the rules of the game, some hints on strategy, instructions on how to use the program, and a tutorial consisting of a practice game against the computer. A description of how to use the program can be obtained by answering `y' when it asks if you want instructions.
The possible arguments for backgammon (most are unnecessary but some are very convenient) consist of:
don't ask for rules or instructions
player is red (implies n)
player is white (implies n)
two players, red and white (implies n)
print the board before red's turn
print the board before white's turn
print the board before both player's turn
- -t term
terminal is type term, uses
- -s file
recover previously saved game from file
Any unrecognized arguments are ignored. An argument of a lone `-' gets a description of possible arguments.
If term has capabilities for direct cursor movement (see termcap(5)) backgammon ``fixes'' the board after each move, so the board does not need to be reprinted, unless the screen suffers some horrendous malady. Also, any `p' option will be ignored. (The `t' option is not necessary unless the terminal type does not match the entry in the
/usr/share/misc/termcap data base.)
When the program prompts by typing only your color, type a space or carriage return to roll, or
to print the board
to save the game for later
When the program prompts with 'Move:', type
to print the board
to save the game
or a move, which is a sequence of
move one man on
rseparated by commas or spaces and ending with a newline. Available abbreviations are
b for bar and
h for home, or 0 or 25 as appropriate.
rules and tutorial
The program's strategy needs much work.
The man page teachgammon(6) is an alias of backgammon(6).