4.1 Starting a new match
To start a new game, match or session choose File->New, or use the New button in the
toolbar. This will open a dialog box, where you can select the main
options for the new backgammon game you are about to begin.
The dialog for starting a new match.
To start a new match in the CL version type 'new match' or
The shortcut buttons are the quickest way to start the game or
match. If you click on the button with the $ sign, you will start a new
money game session immediately. If you click on a numbered button, you
will start a new match of the specified length.
The dialog allows a fine tuning of the startup options:
- Use the radio buttons to choose whether you want to start a
match, game or session. If you wish to start a new match, you should
select the match length by typing into the Match length field.
- You may play against both the program itself or against a
friend. If you want to start a match or game against a friend,
select the Human vs. Human option.
- Normally the dice are generated by a random number generator,
but you may use manual dice if you check this option. Then
GNU Backgammon will prompt for the
dice roll before each roll.
- GNU Backgammon comes with a tutor
mode. If this mode is active, GNU Backgammon analyzes each move you
do, and warn you each time you make a mistake. More about tutor mode
- By clicking on the Modify player settings... button, you will
see the whole player setting dialog. Here you define the playing
strength of GNU Backgammon. This dialog
will be explained later.