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Commands Reference, Volume 1

back Command


Starts the backgammon game.




The back command provides you with a partner for backgammon. You select one of the following three skill levels: beginner, intermediate, or expert. You can choose to roll your own dice during your turns, and you are asked if you want to move first.

Important locations on the computer-generated board are:

For details on how to make your moves, enter Y when prompted for Instructions? at the beginning of the game. During play, you are prompted for move?. Either enter a numerical move or press ? (question mark) key for a list of move choices.

When the game is finished, you are asked if you want to save game information. Entering Y stores game data in the back.log file in your current directory.

The back command plays only the forward game, even at the expert level. It objects if you try to make too many moves in a turn, but not if you make too few. Doubling is not permitted.

To quit the game, press the Interrupt (Ctrl-C) key sequence.


/usr/games Location of the system's games.
/usr/games/lib/backrules Location of the rules file.
/tmp/b* Location of the log temp file.
back.log Contains data from previously played games.

Related Information

The arithmetic command, bj command, craps command, fish command, fortune command, hangman command, moo command, number command, quiz command, ttt command, turnoff command, turnon command, wump command.

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