This page points to some games that have interested me now and then.
The Game Of Pure Strategy (a.k.a. Game Of Pure pSych, a.k.a. Goofspiel) is a classically
simple game in which you compete for points by selecting a card from your hand and showing
it at the same time your opponent shows one; the player showing the higher card takes the stake.
And, of course, you can't use the same card over again on a later play.
I've implemented this for OS/2
These are Zip files; if you don't have InfoZip, see
the InfoZip web site. You can also
read about the game before downloading.
Sorry, no game-playing server. Also, note that this is a Beta version of a research project, and the
program is painfully non-graphical.
Say, if you roll 3 dice to 2, just what are the odds in your favor? And if you attack his 20 armies with your 19, do you have at least an even chance of shoving him out? This page answers both kinds of question, though for the second kind you need to have a browser that will run applets.
By the way, with 3 dice to 2 you have a 37% chance of knocking off 2 of his pieces, and a 33.5% chance, more or less, of trading one for one. And in a fight to the death your 19 will beat his 20 just over 51% of the time.
This is a little-known variation of checkers. No executable code here;
you play it yourself on a non-virtual board with little checkers, believe it or
not. Since winning the game requires accurate look-ahead through several
complex forced moves, it's a good candidate to be programmed, but no
one has done it.
Try it. You may find it amusing.
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