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DAB(6) NetBSD Games Manual DAB(6)
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dab -- Dots and Boxes game
dab [-aw] [-n ngames] [-p <c|h><c|h>] [xdim [ydim]]
dab is a game where each player tries to complete the most boxes. A turn
consists of putting one border of a box; the player setting the fourth
and final border of a box gets the point for the box and has another
The keys used are the vi keys: k for up, j for down, h for left, and l
for right. To switch between even and odd rows, use one of the following
keys: u (diagonal right up), y (diagonal left up), b (diagonal left
down), n (diagonal right down); <space> sets a new border, CTRL-L and
CTRL-R redraw the screen, and q quits the game.
Supported options are:
-a Don't use the alternate character set.
-n ngames ngames games will be played. (Especially useful in -p
-p <c|h><c|h> Select which of the two players is a human or a com-
puter. The first argument is the first player; c stands
for computer and h for human.
-w Wait for a character press between games.
xdim and ydim define the size of the board in the x and y dimensions. If
the dimensions specified are 0 then the maximum dimensions for the size
of the screen are used.
Elwyn R. Berlekamp, The Dots and Boxes Game: Sophisticated Child's Play,
A K Peters, urn:ISBN:9781568811291, 2000.
Christos Zoulas <christos@NetBSD.org>
NetBSD 9.99 December 5, 2021 NetBSD 9.99