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Why people quit backgammon on the Xbox360.

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:48 am
by backgammon123
I have played the regular board of backgammon for almost 10 years. I have only played the online version for a little over 1 year. People wonder why other people quit. Here is a few examples. In my 10 years of board backgammon I have never seen 7 doubles come in a row. On the online version, I have had that scenario happen. I have also seen plenty of times where one person on the board gets anywhere between 6 - 10 doubles in one game while the other person gets maybe 1 or 2. On the board backgammon, doubles don't happen in that odd of variance. Besides the two examples I have mentioned above, the one that really is disappointing to myself personally is when in certain games on opens, it feels like I get burned a very high percentage. That is very fustrating to get burned that much especially when the odds are against that with a role of dice especially when it requires the dice to be the perfect combination. Then after I get burned and I have one chip to get back on the board and I have 3 or 4 opens, it seems it takes me 3 - 4 rolls to get back on the board. That seems pretty unrealistic to me. The reason I state that I think this is unrealistic is because if I have 3 or 4 opens out of 6, the basic math for getting back on the board is 50% or 66%. Since I am not a math person, I would think thowing two dice out to try getting back on the board these odds should be higher. I feel people do quit this game just because they are getting beat but when it seems the online or programmed version is going against the odds, people are going to get fustrated with the game and just quit because they think the online version is not playing fair. I want to know why the game can't seem more realistic like the board game? My personal opinion is that until the online game gets more realistic like the board game, people will quit alot. Just my opinion.

Re: Why people quit backgammon on the Xbox360.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:49 am
by Lil Pro
backgammon123 wrote:I have played the regular board of backgammon for almost 10 years. I have only played the online version for a little over 1 year. People wonder why other people quit. Here is a few examples. In my 10 years of board backgammon I have never seen 7 doubles come in a row. On the online version, I have had that scenario happen. I have also seen plenty of times where one person on the board gets anywhere between 6 - 10 doubles in one game while the other person gets maybe 1 or 2. On the board backgammon, doubles don't happen in that odd of variance. Besides the two examples I have mentioned above, the one that really is disappointing to myself personally is when in certain games on opens, it feels like I get burned a very high percentage. That is very fustrating to get burned that much especially when the odds are against that with a role of dice especially when it requires the dice to be the perfect combination. Then after I get burned and I have one chip to get back on the board and I have 3 or 4 opens, it seems it takes me 3 - 4 rolls to get back on the board. That seems pretty unrealistic to me. The reason I state that I think this is unrealistic is because if I have 3 or 4 opens out of 6, the basic math for getting back on the board is 50% or 66%. Since I am not a math person, I would think thowing two dice out to try getting back on the board these odds should be higher. I feel people do quit this game just because they are getting beat but when it seems the online or programmed version is going against the odds, people are going to get fustrated with the game and just quit because they think the online version is not playing fair. I want to know why the game can't seem more realistic like the board game? My personal opinion is that until the online game gets more realistic like the board game, people will quit alot. Just my opinion.

Re: Why people quit backgammon on the Xbox360.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:50 am
by Lil Pro
What is the answer?????

Re: Why people quit backgammon on the Xbox360.

Posted: Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:58 pm
by Doctor Scott
I just started playing this on Xbox Live a few nights ago. I have played 3 different folks, and two left early when they were going to lose. If you are looking for a player who won't drop like that, my gamertag is Doctor Scott.

As for the dice, I haven't logged dice rolls enough to see if they look random or not. I HAVE had an opponent get six sets of doubles in a row against me in person on a real board. It's a long shot statistically, but it CAN happen.

The odds for entering a checker off the bar are known, of course. Against a 1 point board, your chance of entering is 97.22% (35/36). Against a 2 point board it decreases to 88.89%. Three point board, 75%. Four point board, 55.56%, Five point board, 30.56%.

I'm not sure why people drop. Do they do better as far as their True Skill ranking if they drop than if they quit beforehand? If so, that is the problem and the reason why people drop.