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#1 butch4289

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Posted 01 May 2015 - 08:05 PM

I see the setting when you are playing by yourself vs the computer is set at medium. Anyway to change that to make the computer better?



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 09:31 PM

On the iPad/Android you can change between easy/medium/hard. It's still trivial to play against. If you want real challenges, you should play the ranked matches. :)


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Posted 02 May 2015 - 04:54 PM

I have been wondering about this also, no there is not another difficulty setting on the site.

The computer is really weak, it does not remember pieces and blows up his bigger pieces into bombs easily.



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Posted 04 May 2015 - 07:57 AM

Are you talking about the Singleplayer or the Multiplayer? Because the Singleplayer offers 3 difficulty-settings.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 12:34 PM

Mick, he's talking about the single player that has been on the site forever. It always comes in as Computer-Medium when one is playing on his desktop computer and there is no setting in which to change it. As sevenseas said, you can do this on the iPad/android versions, just not the regular desktop game version.
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Posted 07 May 2015 - 07:54 AM

We'll look into it :)


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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:35 AM

We'll look into it :)


Any word on this? On a desktop it would be nice to have the same choices as an android tablet does currently.
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Posted 26 May 2015 - 08:45 AM

Mick, I also notice another difference between the desktop and the android tablet. It is in the white writing at the bottom of every game screen. This is the writing that confirms an attack when one is made. On my android tablet it announces the attack, and then the writing stays on the screen until the next attack is made by either player. Then that is replaced whenever the next attack occurs.

On a desktop, however, this white writing goes away after the very next move by either player. Personally, I like the android version better. It's nice to see the words at the bottom of the screen like that constantly there, until replaced. Some might consider it a memory aid but I don't think that's fair. It's only the record of one single move, not all of a player's pieces.
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 03:28 PM

  Yeah, I wonder what Easy would be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this game, the computer just seemed to refuse hitting my flag altogether.

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Posted 16 November 2016 - 03:37 PM

To be fair, you are refusing too ;-)
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Posted 16 November 2016 - 05:07 PM

That's a very interesting and funny picture! :D

It has always seemed to me the computer here was programmed to lose. If it finds itself ahead, it does something extremely stupid, seemingly on purpose, so as to let a person back into the game. Like here and refusing to win, it seems the computer has a death wish at a certain point every game. It's like they've programmed it not to upset little kids that might play it.
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Posted 21 November 2016 - 06:11 PM

I noticed playing the new app the other day that when I had the computer's last piece tightly trapped between three superior pieces of mine, and all it could do was move back and forth between the two spaces open to it, the computer went back and forth between those two spaces 30-40 times without regard to the two squares rule. This it did while I went around taking out every bomb before getting it's flag.
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Posted 22 November 2016 - 03:02 AM

I noticed playing the new app the other day that when I had the computer's last piece tightly trapped between three superior pieces of mine, and all it could do was move back and forth between the two spaces open to it, the computer went back and forth between those two spaces 30-40 times without regard to the two squares rule. This it did while I went around taking out every bomb before getting it's flag.

 

Why do you bother playing the computer?


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Posted 22 November 2016 - 05:54 AM

sevenseas, why? Well, I guess it's a fair question. I will say that playing the computer doesn't do much for one's skill level, but often it's the only thing I can do. Others have ranted against me posting instead of playing as well. Again, often it's the only thing I can do. The reason is because playing a game takes a certain amount of time without interruption. Playing the computer, or making a post, on the other hand, is something I can do on my terms, when I want to and have the time. You can shoot an extra ten minutes making a post. But how can you pay a game in ten minutes?

Admittedly, playing the computer is settling for a much lesser experience, but it is what it is. A computer game online requires me to devote 10-20 minutes instead of 45. And if I just quit the computer game because I have to do something, there's no harm done.

The point I was trying to make about the bizarre movement allowed by the computer was one I personally have never seen posted, so I mentioned it to add to the litany of things wrong with the programming of the computer here.
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Posted 22 November 2016 - 09:44 PM

sevenseas, why? Well, I guess it's a fair question. I will say that playing the computer doesn't do much for one's skill level, but often it's the only thing I can do. Others have ranted against me posting instead of playing as well. Again, often it's the only thing I can do. The reason is because playing a game takes a certain amount of time without interruption. Playing the computer, or making a post, on the other hand, is something I can do on my terms, when I want to and have the time. You can shoot an extra ten minutes making a post. But how can you pay a game in ten minutes?

Admittedly, playing the computer is settling for a much lesser experience, but it is what it is. A computer game online requires me to devote 10-20 minutes instead of 45. And if I just quit the computer game because I have to do something, there's no harm done.

The point I was trying to make about the bizarre movement allowed by the computer was one I personally have never seen posted, so I mentioned it to add to the litany of things wrong with the programming of the computer here.

 

I play many of my games in 10-20 minutes. But I understand that is impossible for some. 

 

You should definitely play more ranked. There is no fun playing a computer, who pays at a very low level. 


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Posted 25 November 2016 - 11:56 AM

Reading through this reminded me of when I started trying to use the CPU as a training opponent. And then stopped after twice due to being told+finding out it wasn't so useful...

The point I was trying to make labour the bizarre movement allowed by the computer was one I personally have never seen posted, so I mentioned it to add to the litany of things wrong with the programming of the computer here.

In my short time with it, it also went after discovered bombs twice at least losing it pieces. Kinda makes the question: What if this is actually intentional, that it makes "mistakes" to allow people to win? (Thinking from a psychological view, along the possibly inaccurate line of winners spend more on in app stuff maybe.)

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Posted 25 November 2016 - 02:14 PM

Yes, I think currently that is precisely what it does. It's programmed to lose at some point.
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Posted 27 November 2016 - 11:56 AM

I just think the programming of it was handed over to someone who knew more about programming than Stratego.

 

Probably never played the game and just had a cursory look at the rules.

 

The oddest thing is how exchanging pieces is seen as the overwhelming priority . Given a choice of moving it's known General away from your known Marshal , or exchanging Scouts , it will always exchange Scouts.

 

Put your known Captain in between an unknown Captain and unknown Major and it will always exchange Cpatains rather than just take with the Major. 






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