Help For Gipf
Introduction to playing Gipf on Richards PBeM-server.
This is not an introduction to Gipf. If you don't know the game yet
but want to learn then you can go and buy it or check the
gipf-website (www.gipf.com) for the rules. In any case, you should
check the gipf-website to know how the moves of a game are written
This implementation always plays according to the GIPF tournament rules.
(If you are new to Gipf, this means that the game starts with an
empty board and each player has 18 pieces. With your first moves you
can add as many gipf-pieces as you want to the game, but the moment
you add your first single piece, you can't add gipf-pieces anymore.)
The commands are the same for all pbmserv games.
The challenge-command for Gipf is the same as for most games, just
give the userid of both players and the fun can start.
- gipf challenge useridplayer1 useridplayer2
The move-command for Gipf is a little more complicated than most
- The basic command is of the form:
- gipf move game# userid password gipfmove
When playing a game of GIPF, there are 3 possible actions. Depending
on the situation on the board, the implementation will indicate what
must be done to go on with the game.
- Normal move, bring a normal piece or a gipf piece into play
'g' as the first character of your move means add a gipf-piece,
'n' is a normal piece.
A move always starts on any of the black dots at the edge of
the board. So, you must note down the position of the dot on
which you put your new piece before bringing it into play.
Next you give the position of the spot that will be occupied
by the furthest piece you move (= the end of the move).
REMARK: If this isn't clear then you should read how to write
down a game on the gipf website.
- Remove one or more gipf-pieces from the board
If the last row removed from the board contained gipf-pieces
then you get the question if you want to remove them or not.
(the board-situation has a list of the gipf-pieces that can
gipfa3 => remove 1 gipfpiece
gipfa3-b3 => remove several gipfpieces
gipf => remove no gipfpieces
Even if you don't want to remove any gipf-pieces you still
have to send at least the last version of the command before
the game can continue.
- Select which row of pieces to remove
If several rows of 4 or more pieces in your color are
on the board then you have to decide which to remove first.
(the board-situation has a list of possible rows to remove)
The extension to the PBeM-server for playing Gipf was written by
Kurt Van den Branden (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you find a problem
or a bug, let him know.
o Gipf, (C) and (R) Don & Co nv, 1997. All rights reserved.