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Use Goban to play the game of go against the program. Play with people on the Internet go servers or your local network. Observe live pro and amateur games on IGS, the Internet Go Server. Review and analyze games. Browse through joseki or fuseki libraries. Goban is a powerful, simple, fast, and elegant go board for Mac.

To play go against your computer, against an opponent on your local network, or to automatically score games you need to download and install this free package. It contains GNU Go, a go playing program, and NNGS, a go server more...

What's New

Version 4.3:

Note: The demo version is currently at 3.2.12. The version available for purchase is 4.3.

  • Fixed "Position" and "Moves" inspectors
  • Compatibility with OX 10.9 Mavericks
  • Other miscellaneous stability improvements

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later
Note: Demo version can run on 32-bit Intel or PPC

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Inkwolf Member IconReview+1
Inkwolf
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I've been using this program for quite a while, almost daily, and have been very happy with it. I have only used it to play against the computer, as I use KGS's client software when playing on the server. The only reason I have not given it a full 5 stars is that it could use some updating and minor feature adds/fixes.

It comes with Gnu Go 3.7 built in, but Gnu Go is now up to 3.9. I have not attempted to download 3.9 and use it as an alternate player, to be fair, but my attempts to do the same with other Go game engines have all failed.

Goban is fabulously easy to use as a game, or as a bare-bones SGF viewer. SGF files with alternate paths and on-the-board notations don't work quite so well. It would be nice if the SGF editing features were easier to use. (Attempting to use them at all is one of the few things that glitches the program up!) There are some features--such as using a timer--which apparently can't be activated at all. (I assume the clock only works for network play?) And a little documentation would have been dearly appreciated for these more obscure features.

But it's free, so those are only observations, not complaints! For the price, this is a super-sweet little program which will let you enjoy a game against the computer (until you are about 10 kyu or so, at which point you ought to be able to kick Gnu Go 3.7's butt regularly) and give you access to view all those downloadable professional game files, and your own online game SGFs, with ease. Thanks so much for the program!

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Version 3.2.12
Poikkeus Member IconReview+281
Poikkeus
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Go is a challenging board game, but rendering it for the Mac a total success. Clear, precise visuals and audio are complemented by a game that's quite difficult for beginning or intermediate players. The only thing you'd need is a "coach" option - if only to find a way to improve your Go skills. Outstanding.

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Version 3.2.12
Mikuro Member IconReview+8
Mikuro
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Great program. Definitely the best IGS (Internet Go Server) client available. Plus, it has GnuGo integrated, so you can play against the computer (which is great for beginners).

The graphics are beautiful. Goban is by far the nicest-looking Go program I've seen on any platform. Very smooth and very subtle, like a real Go set.

However, this is actually not the Go program I use most. I prefer to play on KGS (Kiseido Go Server), which can only be done with the official KGS client (called CGoban). You can check out KGS at http://kgs.kiseido.com . I find the KGS server to much more friendly than IGS. It's especially good for beginners, or anyone of any level who wants to learn (or teach).

Bottom line: Goban is great. KGS is also great.

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Version 3.2.12
 Member IconComment+0
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disk image is mounting
but the program does not start
G4 os X2.8

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Version 3.2.9
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Disk image doesn't work.

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Version 3.2.6
MacUpdate-Lon
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Disk image mounts with no problems here.

Dave104 Member IconComment+2
Dave104
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Connecting to the default server gives me '0 users' and the server disconnects after like 1 minute.

Comment on 'hell to learn'. Well, Go certainly is complex and difficult but that's precisely what makes it so great. It's actually pretty sweet... although tough. Also, don't think you'd ever really stop learning it. The basics are really simple but then... you'll never stop discovering.

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Version 3.2.3 v65.3
david
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Establishing an account at one of the go servers takes some effort. They are not user-friendly at the admin level, almost as if they were designed to discourage participation. You submit an application to the computer, retrieve the email, connect, set up your account, get a confirmation, make the adjustments to your Sente client's prefs, and then finally reconnect where you will be asked to log in.

If you really want to play go, find human players. The Internet is fun but soulless. Visit the American Go Association (www.usgo.org) to locate a nearby chapter and to explore their advice on how to enjoy using the go servers.

bogiesan

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Anonymous
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"Goban" is the Japanese word for the board on which one plays Go, and prices for these border on the ridiculous (primarily because Gaia does not grow 700 year old plum-yew trees fast enough to meet demand). Sente's Goban is a virtual board which does a great many things, chief among them creating self-documenting Go games (Goban uses SGF files), watching or playing games on the major internet Go servers, replaying famous (and infamous) games of better players (or oneself), AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST allowing you to humiliate yourself by playing against GNU Go 3.4 (or 3.6 if you download the latest) -- which plays at the level of any 12-year old Japanese kid who's played for a few years. Go software is notoriously inept and provides the current "next big challenge" in AI research, but GNU Go is a great way to learn the basics. Really, Go at the level GNU Go provides is not much more difficult than tic tac toe, once you learn to fire off more than one Kleenex deep layer of neurons. And, fortunately, even us 28 kyu idiots can see the beginnings of unimagineable depths that provides this game's eternal fascination. Go is hell to learn, but then so is chess, when the geeks cackle.

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Version 3.2.2v65.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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This is absolutely great, I really recommend it. The person below is right, it is hard, but it isn't impossible. Persistence is the key, also realize that if you could win right off the bat the game would be no fun, the cpu opponent creates a challenger that is possible to beat but it takes work to do it.

also there is an online feature where you can play, observe games, chat, etc. so great to see top quality freeware like this.

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Version 3.2.2v65.2
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Nice looking piece of software. However, I play games for fun, not for indigestion.
Make it so a beginner who knows the rules can actually enjoy a game on the beginner boards. Currently, the only way I can play a game of Go is against myself, and I won't learn a lot that way. Maybe a suggested move option would help?

At least the complexity of Go means this isn't as retarded as chess games when it comes to turning away new players, but it makes a bloody good effort.

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Version 3.2.2v65.2
Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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keep trying, go is hard but after tons of frustration i am finally winning---- or at least losing by less.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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i would posit, that like music, the amount of content in go is directly related to the effort required to understand it. play tetris, i will shed no tears

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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The best Go client I've ever found.

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Version 3.2.1v65.1
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Downloads 60,297
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License Commercial
Date 31 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $9.99
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