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Feb
7
comment Backgammon with negative value dice
@GendoIkari I've just re-entered the code I used and added a loop: ideone.com/LMy49o There are quite a few rules that weren't specified in the question (e.g. what happens when going backwards past the start, what happens if you throw doubles), so I'm not too surprised that we have different results. Sample output from my code: "The average number of turns in 1000 games was 87 (min = 8, max = 631)"
Feb
7
comment Backgammon with negative value dice
@KSK I have no problem with questions about variants or house rules; I've asked some myself. I was just pointing out the obvious effect of reducing the average roll to zero. Maybe you could edit your question to explain why you think this might be an interesting backgammon variant? You could then ask about concerns people would have with it (although I think the length of game will be the main one).
Feb
6
comment Backgammon with negative value dice
I ran a quick simulation of getting one piece 24 spaces and in 10 runs I saw it usually take between about 100-200 rolls (the lowest was 26).
Feb
6
comment Backgammon with negative value dice
"This can change the entire strategy of the game" - surely this makes the game last much much longer? Try playing it on your own without an opponent and count the number of rolls needed to get your pieces home.
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