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Saturday, November 08, 2008

The Realist will take just one dice

Lots of people keep sending bug reports about the fact that the Realist CPU player will only select one dice from a pair.  For example when it rolls a pair of ones it will only select one of them and then carry on rolling.  This is not a bug, this is a legitimate strategy. which hinges on this important point:

You can click on the dice you want to keep, you don't have to use the score options.

In order to maximise it's chances of rolling a high-scoring multiple the Realist CPU will only select one of the dice in a pair.  You'll note that the score option doesn't "ping", that's because the CPU is clicking the dice instead of the score option.  

I will make the CPU player ping the dice when it clicks them, to make it more obvious what's going on.  This is not a bug, this is the CPU trying to be smart about how it plays.  Please stop sending bug reports about it.

10 comments:

big-x said...

Thank you for clearing that up. I was almost going to send a bug report about this but I decided to recheck first, and that's when I saw the link to this page.

Christopher said...

What retarded idiots thought this was a bug? I use this strategy all the time. I would expect a realist computer to do that.

Yacob said...

Those "idiots" who didn't know you could click the dice and just take singles.

I actually thank them; otherwise I wouldn't know that you could do that, despite reading the rules.

Godeke said...

You might want to pick up a copy of this book if you don't have it already (and something tells me maybe you do...):

http://www.amazon.com/Dice-Games-Properly-Explained-Right/dp/0716021129

It says "limited availability" now, but I see copies pop up from time to time.

Kenn Fong said...

Great game... Do you it would be a good idea to change the instructions to include the possibility of banking by simply clicking on individual dice?

Cindy said...

Some tweaks in your tutorial may stop the flow of unwanted bug reports.

Christopher, it's not nice to call people "idiots". Go to your room and think about that for awhile.

Vanessa_Patta said...

I actually thought the Realist was cheating. You really should clear that up in the Rules; I would have won way more games if I knew I could do that :(

Hayden said...
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Hayden said...

The Realist does do some things more stupidly than its lower AI computers, though. It rolled 2000 points and a 1500 points free roll in the same turn, took the 1500 free roll instead of the 2000 points, and ended up only banking 1600 points on the turn from the one 100 in the next roll. Not a very realistic move.

Vlastimil said...

Well, there is somewhat like a hint in the keyboard shortcuts help. I agree it should be wrote in the rules, it will reduce the amount of those "idiots" Christopher wrote about.