BGBlitz X
BGBlitz X 2.7.3
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Ultimate backgammon game.   Shareware ($23.00)
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BGBlitz has the by far strongest gameplay of all commercial backgammon games on the Mac, is the winner of the 2003 Computer BG World Championship and is the winner of the 7th Computer Olympiad 2002. Some of its features:
  • Play against BGBlitz, with it's top neural net technology
  • Easy to use
  • Superb graphics
  • Play over TCP/IP against a opponent at a different computer
  • Rollout Positions.
  • Let the tutor improve your play.
  • Train your skill with position quiz databases.
  • Analyze interesting positions.
  • Train your cube handling in matchplay.
  • Supported
What's New
Version 2.7.3:
  • The fix of the fix :( One critical error slipped through, therefore a new release. Sorry bout that.
  • When the tutor was turned off, BGBlitz did freeze
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later



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BGBlitz X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Simonm reviewed on 28 Feb 2013
BGBlitz was the king of backgammon games on the Mac, but sadly I no longer play it because I simply refuse to install Java.

I hope it gets rewritten but it's starting to look suspiciously like abandon-ware. A shame.
[Version 2.7.3]

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Frank@bgblitz.com replied on 20 Nov 2013
Hi Simon,
thanks for your accolade. Why do you refuse to install Java? I assume for security reasons? If yes, this is not an issue because Java is disabled in the browser, so no security risk is involved. Depending on your OS different Java versions will be offered. Please use this version: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1572?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US
You may contact me by email if you have further questions.
Finally: yes i was much slower with development in the last years than I wanted, but I hope to publish a new releases in the next 2-3 month and I still have fun doing BGBlitz, so concerns that BGBlitz will be abandoned are not necessary.
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ZenMaster_Flash reviewed on 11 Aug 2012
Absolutely awesome application.
Amazing feature set.
Bargain priced for what it is.
[Version 2.7.3]


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bygeorge reviewed on 27 Dec 2011
Poor interface/Menus. Not even minimal effort to adhere to Mac look and feel guidelines. Lazy.

Numerous short cuts don't work.

Poor dice randomization. Favors the computer player. Makes for frustrating play.

Wonder what else doesn't is broken.
[Version 2.7.3]

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Frank Berger (developer) replied on 22 Sep 2012
It would have been nice and helpful if you would have told me what particular things are so rude violations of the Mac l&F or don't work that lead to your harsh judgement. There surely are some quirks. Even applications from Apple have been violating their L&F sometimes.

Your note to the dice randomization is enlightening. With a little work you can *prove* the dice are fair (see www.bgblitz.com/cheat.html ). Naturally it is much easier to complain than to check or be constructive...

Oh... and by the way one of the managers of the Appstore (and BGBlitz user) has asked me why I'm not in the appstore (BGBlitz is written in Java so currently no way)... so that makes me think BGBlitz adheres at least to some L&F rules. In fact I can't remember a complain in the last 5 years and usually I fix such things pretty fast.

ciao
Frank
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Holypoly commented on 21 May 2011
Version 2.7.2 is online.

when TachiAI III was used, the level of play was always Expert, independent of the selected playing strength. What a pain for casual players this must have been. Sorry!
under heavy load the wrong dice could be displayed. Fortunately this was rare.
a memory leak was plugged
some erroneous Tutor hints were removed
a deadlock could happen pressing ^G if ^F was already pressed

and some small improvements

at the first roll, one dice is shown on the left and one on the right side of the board
BGBmips support for 3, 6 and 12 CPUs
improved visibility of numbers on white checkers
better detection of usable screen area on Linux
drag & drop support for position database files
[Version 2.7.0]


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Espiridion reviewed on 04 Oct 2010
It's nice to see an update and some new themes.
I've tried other backgammon games on the Mac and find BGBlitz to be both challenging and educational. I can't say the same thing about the other games, since I was constantly winning when I played those and did not learn a thing. BGBlitz offers some very good tips during play.
Although I use the free version, eventually I will purchase the Player or the Professional version.
Purchases include all minor updates and one major upgrade. This is a generous policy, unlike the 6 months I got when I purchased David's Backgammon. That was a big mistake.
Although I've never contacted the author, I've enjoyed reading his comments. Other backgammon developers are not as civil.
Highly recommended.
[Version 2.7.0]


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FLASH1296 reviewed on 19 Apr 2008
I love BG Blitz.

There is simply nothing near its level for Macs.

"Absolute Backgammon" is just for casual players.

THIS is for those who wish to IMPROVE their game, taking it to a new level.

I have played in tournaments across the USA between 1985 and 2006. I know of what i speak, and I have the trophies to prove it.
[Version 2.5.2]


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Corpsecorps commented on 10 Mar 2007
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Nothing else to say, except "Absolute Backgammon".
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[Version 2.2.1]

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Frank Berger (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2007
It would be nice if you would argue somehow, what do you like at Absolute BG. Then I could answer to you.

By the way: I regard playing strength as important. If you believe it's comparable or even better than BGBlitz, what about about some money games. My only requirement is that I want to be sure to play against Absolut BG.
I want to be fair: I strongly recommend you to ask someone that knows about BG. If he knows both programms he will warn you.
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Frank Berger (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2007
One addition: I just checked your posting about Abs. If you really want to improve your playing skill in BG, you should closely look at BGBlitz. If you have problems with whatever I can help you, but if you want to play better than so so there are only two programs on the Mac available. Abs BG is not one of this.
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Holypoly replied on 16 Mar 2008
And the rest be silence ;)
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Pimentos commented on 29 Dec 2005
Simply the best backgammon game presently available for mac user's. Nothing else to say.
[Version 1.9.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 19 Sep 2005
What a bunch of ungrateful dorks! This game rocks! What a concept...a Mac game, with no blood, and you actually have to think. Yea, it kicks my @ss if I play stupid. That's with it set to intermediate skill.

I thank those coders who work endless, thankless, payless hours, to create for Macs. In case you haven't noticed...elegant & innovative Mac software has steadily faded away over the years (think Adobe and StuffIt just recently). Blame King Jobs.

Many great wares started on Apple, now they don't remember us any more. Soon you'll have just Solitaire, Mines...

Thank you Frank, MacAddicts DO appreciate your efforts!
[Version 1.9.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 26 Jun 2005
trying this out on 10.4.1, PB G4, 2gb RAM. The graphics are extremely, unplayably slow, on 'fast checker' when you click on a piece to move it. I tried to tweak the other settings (dynamic, etc) but it was all extremely sluggish. Anyone else have this problem?
[Version 1.9.4]

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frank@bgblitz.com commented on 26 Jun 2005
Have you used the BGBlitz_Tiger starter? Or the BGBLitz_Panther starter? The later is in fact unplayable slow, thanks to the new Java release in 10.4.

The BGBlitz_Tiger has no problems, at least till now it had worked for all people that tried it. If you have problems with BGBlitz_tiger please email me.

ciao
Frank
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frank@bgblitz.com had trouble on 26 Jun 2005
Have you used the BGBlitz_Tiger starter? Or the BGBLitz_Panther starter? The later is in fact unplayable slow, thanks to the new Java release in 10.4.

The BGBlitz_Tiger has no problems, at least till now it had worked for all people that tried it. If you have problems with BGBlitz_tiger please email me.

ciao
Frank
[Version 1.9.4]


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Version Downloads:745
Type:Games : Card and Board
License:Shareware
Date:24 May 2011
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $23.00
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BGBlitz has the by far strongest gameplay of all commercial backgammon games on the Mac, is the winner of the 2003 Computer BG World Championship and is the winner of the 7th Computer Olympiad 2002. Some of its features:
  • Play against BGBlitz, with it's top neural net technology
  • Easy to use
  • Superb graphics
  • Play over TCP/IP against a opponent at a different computer
  • Rollout Positions.
  • Let the tutor improve your play.
  • Train your skill with position quiz databases.
  • Analyze interesting positions.
  • Train your cube handling in matchplay.
  • Supported languages are English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Hebrew,Swedish,Catalan
  • And much more...


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