Welcome to the network DNA server. The challenge command is described here. Other commands are the same as for all pbmserv games.
dna challenge [-length=number] [-chunk=number] [-base=number] [-manual] [-no_dup] userid1 userid2 .. userid8
starts a new game for two to eight players.
The -length parameter specifies the DNA sequence length (default 36).
The -chunk parameters specify the size of the chunk removed each turn (default 3).
The -base parameters specifies the sequence base or number of distinct items (range 2..4, default 4).
The -manual option allows players to manually set their own sequences.
The -no_dup option specifies that random starting sequence may not contain any duplicate chunks.
DNA is a game of accelerated evolution: whittle down your opponents' genetic code before they whittle down yours!
Each player starts with a DNA sequence of 36 randomly generated nucleotides labelled A, C, G and T for adenine, guanine, cytosie and thymine respectively.
Players take turns nominating a chunk of three consecutive nucleotides contained in their sequence. All instances of that chunk are removed from their sequence and all opponents' sequences. Chunks are removed left-to-right with the remainder of the sequence collapsing down to fill the gap; this operation is repeated until no more chunks are removed, hence multiple removals are possible per turn.
During the first round of play, the first player may remove at most one chunk from any opponent, the second player may remove at least two chunks from any opponent, and so on.
Players whose sequence length falls below the chunk size are removed from the game; the last surviving player wins. If the sequence length of all players falls below the chunk size then the game is won by the player with the longest sequence, else the game is a tie in the case of equal sequence length.
For example, the following figure shows a game between ned, ted and jed:
ned (36): TCGCATGTACAAAGTTTTCAATCTTCGCCTTGAGAG
ted (36): TCAGCGCGTTCCCGGAGTCGTCGTATTAAAGGGGAT
jed (36): GCCAATTATGGACTTGTTGTCAGATAGTTTCCGGCG
As first move, ned might nominate the chunk AAG which occurs once in their sequence as well ted's, giving the following result once these chunks have been removed (ned could not have nominated TTG on the first move as that chunk occurs twice in jed's sequence):
ned (33): TCGCATGTACATTTTCAATCTTCGCCTTGAGAG
ted (33): TCAGCGCGTTCCCGGAGTCGTCGTATTAGGGAT
jed (36): GCCAATTATGGACTTGTTGTCAGATAGTTTCCGGCG
As second move, ted might nominate TTC whose removal gives the following result:
ned (27): TCGCATGTACATTAATCGCCTTGAGAG
ted (30): TCAGCGCGCCGGAGTCGTCGTATTAGGGAT
jed (33): GCCAATTATGGACTTGTTGTCAGATAGTCGGCG.
Chunk removal may be nested and not necessarily straightforward. For example, the chunk AGC only occurs once in the sequence TAAGAAGCGCCT but consider what happens as it is removed:
TAAGAAGCGCCT --> TAAGAGCCT --> TAAGCT --> TAT
^^^ ^^^ ^^^
Chunks may be selected strategically to break dangerous formations in your own sequence or to manipulate opponents' sequences to encourage them to attack other opponents. For example, player A might nominate a sequence whose removal causes player B's sequence to form a chunk that's disastrous for player C.
There is hence a balance in multiplayer games between hurting your opponents (especially the next player in turn, who you have the greatest control over) and helping them hurt others. Spread the hurt around!
Only one strand of each player's double helix is shown as that strand's sequence implies the sequence on the other strand (unless you have eleven toes).
The -min_chunk parameter specifies the minimum chunk size (must be at least 2).
The -max_chunk parameter specifies the maximum chunk size. Chunks may therefore range in size within each game (e.g. 2..4).
The -non_incremental option removes the incremental first round limit on chunk removal.
The -need_not_own option specifies that players need not own a chunk to nominate it.
The -no_reduce_self option specifies that players do not remove chunks from their own sequence.
The -reduce_next option specifies that players remove chunks from the next opponent but not other opponents.
Remove chunk GGT:
dna move board# userid password GGT
Manually set sequence to GCCAATTATGGACTTGTTGTCAGATAGTTTCCGGCG:
dna move board# userid password GCCAATTATGGACTTGTTGTCAGATAGTTTCCGGCG
Alternatively, simply spit on your keyboard to trigger the auto-gene sequencer and start the game with your own unique DNA sequence!*
*Not implemented yet.
DNA rules by Cameron Browne, copyright (c) Cyberite Ltd 2008.
Graphical web interface: http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/List.php?Dna
Implementation and Help file by Cameron Browne, October 2008.