MAG Disk (Apr 1990) : DOMINOES / Instructions.txt






                                DOMINOES

                                   by

                              Brian Moats
                           10431 Ardyce Court
                           Boise, Idaho 83704
                           People/Link BRIANM
                           CIS     76167,2334




THE GAME:

  Seven Toed Pete is a game for two players (you versus the computer)
and uses 28 dominoes.  A game consists of several "sets", or hands,
until at least one player scores 61 or more points.  The score is
maintained on a cribbage board.  To score points, the spots on the
dominoes at the end of each line of dominoes played are added and one
point is scored for each multiple of 5 spots.  When one player goes out
(plays his last domino in a set) he gets points for the sum of his
opponent's remaining dominoes.  These points are rounded off to the
nearest 5; for example, 17 spots would be 3 points and 18 would be
4 points.
  To start, each player draws one domino and the one with the largest
number of spots plays first.  He draws 7 dominoes and his opponent then
draws 7.  The first domino played must be a double and a player must
continue playing whenever he plays a double or whenever he scores, even
if he has to draw from the bone pile to continue. Two dominoes must
remain in the bonepile. If there are only two and a player needs to draw,
he must pass his turn. If neither player can play or draw, the set is over.
No one then gets the extra points from his opponents dominoes.
  When playing a double or playing on a double, you must first play on the
sides of the double. After playing on both sides, you don't count the ends
of the double when adding or scoring but you can play on them. Only after
playing on both sides of a double can you then play on it's ends.



THE DISPLAY:


  The screen will show only a small portion (about 25%) of the playfield
at one time. At the start it will show the upper left fourth with the
menu bar at the top. Play begins in the middle of the playfield.
  Because of the size of the dominoes, they sometimes will not all fit
on the screen at once. The computer will automatically scroll to keep
the domino being played on the screen. Also, when the dominoes are played
past the edge of the screen, the computer will play a domino on the side
of an end if possible. This is done to try to keep the dominoes as near
the center of the playfield as possible.


USE OF THE MOUSE:

  You can scroll to different areas in several ways: By selecting "Move to
Center" from the menu, by clicking on one of the arrows on the lower left
corner (or by using the arrow keys), by clicking on the X in the middle of
the arrows (this is the same as the menu selection "Center") or by clicking
on the word MENU which scrolls up to the menu bar.

  In the upper left corner there is the sum which when turned on, will
show the sum of the ends of all played dominoes. Below this is the
message telling you that this is a new set, to wait, to play or that the
game is over.
  Below this is a sort of super menu. Clicking on MENU will scroll the
screen up to the menu bar. Clicking on RESTART will reset all scores and
start a new game. Clicking on QUIT will do just that.

You use the select button to draw a domino when needed and to continue play
after the end of a set or game.

  To play a domino, move the pointer on top of one of your dominoes,
press and hold the select button then move the pointer with the domino
until the pointer is on the domino on which you wish to play.  Release
the select button.  Note that you don't try to place the domino next
to the one you want to play on but that you place it on top of it.

  All input is through the mouse with the exception of the right Amiga 
combinations for Force Computer Move, Give A Hint, Sum On/Off, and 
Dominoes Up/Down. You may also use the arrow keys instead of the scroll
arrows on the screen. The help key will display the instructions.
  At the beginning, you are at the menu bar which has several functions.
These may be set at the start or changed latter by returning to the menu bar.
The following is a description of all menu items:

Start A New Game
     This will start or restart a game and sets all scores to 0.

Move To Center
     This moves (scrolls) the screen to the center of the playfield.
     It doesn't change the scores.  If, during a set, you use the arrows to
     to move to the menu and then want to continue with the existing set,
     selecting Center which will move you back to the center of the field
     and will continue the set being played.

Tutorial
     This starts a demonstration game. When it's finished, it will set up
     for a new game. Clicking the select button while the computer is
     speaking will increase the speaking rate up to 400 words per minute.
     Further clicking will slow it down to 160 words per minute.

Force Computer Move
     This forces an immediate computer move. You would normally use it with
     the right Amiga M combination. It is only rarely needed when the
     computer has 8 or more dominoes that can be played in one turn.

Give A Hint
     If you can score, this will show you the play that will lead to the
     highest score. If you can't score, this will show you one of possibly
     several plays. It is most useful with the right Amiga H combination.


Set Up A Game
     This will allow you to select yours and the computers dominoes.
     The dominoes will be turned up and there will be a draw for first.
     You may click restart until you get who you want to go first. Then
     you will be asked to select 7 dominoes for each. Click on the dominoes
     that you want to pick. Select Start a New Game to get back to normal
     mode.

Display Help File
     Displays this file. You may also use the help key.

Quit 
     Quits and returns to workbench.



Verbose
     This allows the computer to talk a lot.  This may be helpful in the
     beginning.

Terse
     This is the startup setting.

Off
     Complete silence.


Dominoes Up/Down
     This toggles a switch that allows you to see all dominoes.  When it 
     says Dominoes Up, selecting this will turn all dominoes up. If you are
     in the middle of a game, this won't take effect until the computer 
     makes his next move. They are initially turned face down. You may also
     use right Amiga D.


Sum On/Off
     This toggles a switch that turns on or off the sum of all the ends of 
     the played dominoes. When it is turned on, the computer will do the 
     adding for you and display it in the upper left corner. "Sum Off" gives
     excellent practice in simple arithmetic. This initially turned off.
     You may use right Amiga S.

MISCELLANEOUS:

  Files included are:
    Dominoes: The dominoe game program (executable).
    DomData.bin: Dominoe image file (required).
    Instructions: Executable program to display instructions.txt file.
    Instructions.txt: Text file.
    DomTitle.pic: Game title page.
    
    Also included are .info file for each of the above.
    Only Dominoes and DomData.bin are required to play the game.

  If you notice a flickering in the upper left corner during scrolling,
  your screen is probably not centered. Use preferences to center it.
  This program was written in Modula-2 using software from TDI Software Inc.