Snowie is a high-quality backgammon program. It is based on proprietary neural network technology that has been trained to play as good as or better than the best human players. Snowie 1 to Snowie 3 used a special learning technique similar to the TD learning algorithm published by G. Tesauro. Snowie 4 however, is based on a new kind of learning algorithm that allowed it to play much stronger than the previous version.

Features of the Student edition (USD 100) and the Professional edition

  • Play against a world class opponent.
  • Intuitive and user-friendly interface with contextual HTML help.
  • Great gaphics with the availability of a 3D Board.
  • Play table stakes backgammon.
  • Rate yourself with the integrated ELO ranking point system.
  • Amazing bearoff database (up to pt 11) included on the CD.
  • Learn from the advice of Snowie on checker plays and cube decisions.
  • Learn how to play a specific position.
  • Learn everything about the current score of the match.
  • Annotate your matches.
  • Export your matches to HTML, ascii or to the printer.
  • Extra features for the Professional edition (USD 380) only
  • Make rollouts of your checker plays and cube decisions:
  • Cubeless rollouts (full or truncated) played on 1-ply, 2-ply or 3-ply.
  • Variance reduction of the result.
  • Cubeful rollouts (for money game AND for match play).
  • Import your matches played on the Internet.
  • Import your TrueMoneygames sessions and analyze them taking into account Table Stakes.
  • Let your whole matches be analyzed by Snowie and get an error rate of your matches.
  • Explore your analyzed matches and investigate the errors.


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Senet may very well be the oldest board game in history. Remains of Senet boards have been discovered in Egypt that date to around 3500 BC. The game of Senet is featured on a painting in the tomb of Merknere (3300-2700 BC) and again on a paintings in the tomb of Hesy (c. 2686-2613 BC) and Raspheses (c. 2500 BC).

Around the time of the New Kingdom in Egypt (1567-1085 BC), Senet had turned into a talisman for the journey of the dead. Due to the element of luck in the game and the Egyptian belief of determinism , people believed that a succesful player was under the protection of the major gods such as Ra and Thoth. Consequently Senet boards were included among the many items that had to accompany the deceased on their dangerous journey through the afterlife. There is a also a reference to the game in the Book of the Dead.

A Senet board is composed of thirty squares which are arranged in rows of ten. There are two sets of pawns (at least five for each player, and in some sets discovered there were more ) Senet was a race game for two players and as far as we can tell moves were determined by tossing throwsticks or knucklebones.

There has been a lot of debate as to the exact rules of the game, and historians have made educated but different guesses. Both T. Kendall and R.C. Bell are two Senet historians have have proposed different sets of rules which are in use by the various companies that produce Senet sets today.