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How do I earn points in the Backgammon game

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Does anyone know how the scoring is calculated in the Backgammon.

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I just saw the score board, someone got 823 points????? when the max I have gotten is 32 ? what gives

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I got 843 yesterday. You only got 32 points because you are playing the computer as if it is human. 

The programming is messed up, so take advantage of that. It can't resist knocking off your checkers, and in turn, you can then knock off its checkers. I try to slowly fill in my board with double checkers, meanwhile getting others positioned to fill in the gaps later. The dice are equally messed up, so many doubles, so it's not always easy, and often I have to help 'it' out, by purposely letting it knock off my checkers. Then when it has single checkers all over the board, knock them off, keep filling in the board with your checkers. The idea is to get as many checkers on the bar as possible as you bear off, and if there are checkers on the bar and you get all of yours off, then your points go way up. 

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Thank you for your reply.

I recently figured that out. Yesterday I did exactly what you said & got 603 points!

So, now I know I'm on the right road!!

 

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YEA!
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It's impossible!!!!!!!!! When I first started playing, it was a real regular backgammon game. I did very well & earned high points.

Then, according to some "so-called" help person told me that they had changed the true Backgammon rules so to appease the players who couldn't earn points or get high points. So, they decided to change the rules in favor of the beginners (losers).

It is a very good game, but it is so rigged because people who DO NOT know how to play complained & those of us who are experienced & understand, just plain don't get ANYTHING but rigged games FOR the unqualified players!!!!!!!!! 

I'm not sure why they can't set & institute something for beginners & something else for experienced players!!!!!!!! 

You can try to contact them, maybe we'll get lucky & you can convince them to go back to Regulation Backgammon!!!!!!!! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

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No!! None of us can find out!! Whoever the AARP person is that "makes up" the scoring has apparently NEVER played or even read the scoring procedure!! When I first started playing this game, it was scored according the TRUE Backgammon game scoring!!! But, it seems some people complained becase they couldn't win.....so the AARP game owners decided to change the scoring, so that people who were not good players & couldn't win they changed tha scoring for them....in other words they lost because they were playing a better, more experienced player.

I would suggest that the AARP folks grases players so that the newer, not so good, were teamed up with the same & those of us with experience be paired with more ecperienced players.....Maybe AARP people just don't want to be bothered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

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well yeah its all about how many pips the bot has when you go out

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I see all the posts about "how AARP is addressing the scoring issues" mostly by simply eliminating "all time highs" etc.

 

I don't care about that.

 

I want to know how in the heck people are getting impossible scores.  Is there a trick to that?

 

Also, while you are "addressing" things AARP, can you please include real backgammon scoring, and the ability to "double" then penalties for not having any pips out of certain sections of the board, etc?

 

I consistently can get scores well over 200 by playing a "back game" only, but come on, HOW did someone get 500+ points?  It's impossible.

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If you want to get higher points, do not play as if you are playing a human. To my way of thinking, there is a design flaw in that the computer is programmed to knock off your checkers whenever it can, so I intentionally let it do that, and then easily knock off theirs. The idea is to slowly fill in your 'home' space with doubled checkers and repeat the above several times. I have had over 700 and 800 using this method. Ideally you want to get as many checkers on the bar as you can and get the home space filled in. It takes time, patience, and most of all, luck of the dice. 

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Hello everyone, here's what I've learned:

 

The more pips the opponent has, the higher score the player will get. “Pips” are the number of moves it would take for the player to remove all of his checkers from the board.

 

That number comes from adding how many moves it would take to get each individual checker off the board (this is what the numbers in the middle of the screen mean).

 

So if most of the opponent’s checkers are far away from the end of the board when the player wins, the player will get a higher score.

 

As for the best way to do this, it comes down to backgammon strategy and isn’t specific to our game. There is no score awarded for individual moves. There is no time bonus or anything like that.

 

Hope this helps!

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Since your handle implies affiliation with AARP, I hope you can answer my questions.
Why hasn't AARP posted a details page about its scoring system, explaining all ways to earn points, such as bonus points? Every game should have a link to such a document.
Although I usually get below 150, one game gave me 651 points. How did I earn them? And how did "ssammi" last week post a seemingly-impossible 17,340 score? Can scores like this be legitimately attained, or have some player found ways to cheat the game?
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Dano

P.S. Several weeks later, it started showing my all-time high as 182 instead of 651. What could change that?

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@AARPLynne wrote:

Hello everyone, here's what I've learned:

 

The more pips the opponent has, the higher score the player will get. “Pips” are the number of moves it would take for the player to remove all of his checkers from the board.

 

That number comes from adding how many moves it would take to get each individual checker off the board (this is what the numbers in the middle of the screen mean).

 

So if most of the opponent’s checkers are far away from the end of the board when the player wins, the player will get a higher score.

 

As for the best way to do this, it comes down to backgammon strategy and isn’t specific to our game. There is no score awarded for individual moves. There is no time bonus or anything like that.

 

Hope this helps!


This description above is incorrect.

 

I have gotten all my pips out with the computer's pips still in my home quadrant and still didn't score more than what others are describing. From the best I can tell, the scoring program is almost opposite of what backgammon scoring is supposed to be but not exactly.

 

This has always been. People have complained about it before. Nothing has ever been done.... don't expect anything now.

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You are 100% correct.....I have been playing Backgammon for a very long time & have NEVER seen such ignorant scoring as well as the ignorance the game "master" tries to use to make people believe it is us that don't undrstand the game!!!!!!!! Bad enough they rig the game, but to treat us like we're ignorant, in general that we believe them, but that we don't understand the game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Has anyone ever found another backgammon game like this that actually scores correctly & doesn't

cheat when the loser is losing!????????????

 

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Yes, those super high scores there are only possible through some kind of cheat.  Ditto the pretend Scrabble game, OUTSPELL, there is no other way to get a score of 5000+ than some kind of computer rigged cheat.

 

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@Bevs20 wrote:

Yes, those super high scores there are only possible through some kind of cheat.  Ditto the pretend Scrabble game, OUTSPELL, there is no other way to get a score of 5000+ than some kind of computer rigged cheat.

 


It is my opinion that several have HACKED the AARP GAMES PLATFORM.

 

If you would, @Bevs20, check the scoreboard on the BLACKJACK game and tell me what you think.

 

Try scoring close to ONE BILLION......... no way.

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I scored 663 on a game, but I have no idea how it happened.I didn't do anything different than when my score is between 50 - 200.

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I'd be interested to know this, too. It's pointless to keep scores if it's impossible to know how to achieve them. When I'm playing backgammon, my mind is on strategy and tactics; I can't be bothered to watch the score & analyze how it's happening.

 

I win against the computer all the time, but my scores are typically less than 100.

 

There should be info--for EVERY game--on how to achieve higher scores.

 

Or don't keep scores!

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I agree with the other posters. I will all the time often with the other side having zero pips off and many time pips still in the lower left quadrant. In some cases as many as ten pips in the lower left quadrant yet the best score I have ever gotten is 188. So the scores of 800 or so are using some kind of scoring I have never heard of. As far as I am concerned unless you can detail how to get 800 your system is flawed. I ignore all the bogus scores and know I did well.

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I just figured it out.  I usually get scores in the 100 to 280 range.  But this time, I had the computer trapped with about 8 pips on the bar.  I had double after double and was able to clear all my pips off BEFORE the computer could get all of its pips off the bar.  I thought I would get the final score of 220, but it registered as 660.  Apparently the score triples if you get all your pips off before the computer gets its pips back on the board.  

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I'm finding this frustrating as well.  I've been gammoning and backgammoning the computer and the score seems to be calculated based on the number of pips left on your oponent's board when you win.  This is not how backgammon is traditionally scored.  I see much higher scores than I'm getting even when I gammon the opponent.  Highest I've been able to achieve is 178 and I win consistently, but I see much higher scores from others.  No option to double the stakes so I can't see how others are scoring higher.

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