Episode 3: Handicaps and GIPF

Howdy all,

Gipf opening setup

Pshew, here is episode 3.  It’s a day late because the week has been crazy!  I’ve been fighting Audacity and I lost.  No buzzing, but you do get to hear my parrot a couple times.  I’ve also been trying to de-skunkify my dog.  Unfortunately, she caught a skunk.  The house is a little stinky now.   🙁

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Errata:

  • Apparently I misplayed the TAMSK potential and therefore gave the rule for it incorrectly.  Instead of making another move by using your reserve, instead, you get to use the TAMSK potential in your extra move.  This is a big difference, since it doesn’t affect the number of pieces in the reserve.  I guess I was playing with the jeep-TAMSK potential.  😉 

Notes:

As always, I’m very interested in feedback.  Here are some of the notes I promised:

  • Shogi Handicaps
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogi#Handicaps
    • I thought I was going crazy, but I finally found the handicap scheme that I mentioned in the podcast: Shogi for Beginners by John Fairbain
      • Even: Determine first move randomly
      • 1 Grade: Stronger player takes white and removes left Lance
      • 2 Grades: Stronger player takes white in a two game match.  In the first game White removes the left lance only; in the second game, white removes the Bishop only.
      • 3 Grades: Stronger player takes white and removes the Bishop
      • 4 Grades: Stronger player takes white and removes the Rook
      • 5 Grades: Stronger player takes white and removes the Rook and left Lance
      • 6 Grades: Stronger player takes white in a two game match and removes the Rook and Lance in the first game; in the secong game White removes the Rook and Bishop.
      • 7 Grades: Stronger player takes white and removes the Rook and Bishop (called two pieces)
  • http://www.gipf.com is the website for the Gipf project.

Also, I was going to try to put together an enhanced podcast, but it doesn’t look like there are good tools for Windows.  I found an article on using scripts to simulate the Mac format.  Does anyone have any experience putting these together, preferably using free tools.

Credits:

The music was found at: http://www.incompetech.com/

  • Funky Rap Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 2.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
  • Whimsy Groove Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 2.0″ http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

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