The Gammon application must first be registered with the Coliseum Server before you begin usage.
Launch Gammon for the first time. User is presented with the "Coliseum Registration" screen.
Enter Coliseum UserName into the first text field. This will be the name visible to all Coliseum Players and must be unique. You may not use spaces or special characters in the name other than "." and "_" characters.
Enter Pass Code in the second text field. Something you can remember. The Pass Code protects your account and can be used to move your account to a different device or allow other players to join your subscription.
Enter email address in the third text field. This can be any valid email address that you own. Email address is not required, but it makes it easier for other Coliseum players to locate you. If your where invited to join by another player, that player will not receive subscription credit unless you provide the same email address that they used to invite you.
Select the "Register" button to create Coliseum Account. If the player name you registered is not already taken, you registration will be immediately activated and you may begin playing after you restart Gammon. If you get an error message, verify that your device is on the internet. If you get a "Coliseum Player Name already exists" message, then you will need to select a different player name and press the registration button again.
Re-Launch Gammon application. You now may start playing games in Gammon. By default, Gammon will automatically launch up to 30 new random games. Some of these games will show up red in the game list meaning that the game is waiting on you to play. Select one of the red games to begin play. If all the games in the active list show up blue, then you can either wait for the other players to make a turn or you can create some new games via the menu.
Loading a Game Instance. Gammon supports playing multiple games at the same time. Each running game instance is displayed in the Gammon Menu Active Game List. Games that show up in "Red" are those that are awaiting on your turn. Those in "Blue" are waiting for the opponent to play. You can load a game by selecting the game from the Menu's Active Game List. During Loading, new game turns are retrieved from the server. If a new opponent turn is found, Gammon will display the "View Turn" button. Pressing the button will animate the opponents turn by showing the dice rolled and moving the checkers. It will then be your turn and Gammon will auto-roll the dice for you. If you get doubles, four matching dice will appear instead of two informing you have 4 checkers to move for your turn.
Moving the Checkers. Once the dice are rolled, you now must move your checkers to complete your turn. Start by selecting a board position where you have checkers, Gammon will highlight a checker on the selected position and also highlight candidate board positions where the checker can be moved based on the dice available. Next select one of the highlighted board positions. Gammon will then move the checker and mark one of the Dice a "used". Repeat these same steps until you have no available dice left. After you move the last checker, Gammon will automatically save your turn and send it to the server. You may restart your checker moves at any time until the last checker is played, via the "Restart Turn" button on the menu.
Winning the Game. The goal of Gammon is to move all your colored checkers into your "Home Quadrant" and then move them off the board. The first player to move off all their checkers wins. You may surrender a losing game to your opponent via the "Surrender Game" menu button.
Creating Games. Gammon offers several easy ways to create and start game instances. You can either create "Random Games", "Friend Games", or "Stats Games". To create a random game, simply press the "New Game" button on the Gammon Menu which generates and starts a new game with a random player. The new game may not immediately show up on the Active Game list until another player is found by the Coliseum Server. The Server randomly determines "Who Goes First" for each game, and you will receive a push notification when it is your turn in the new game. You can also create games with Friends. Gammon allows you to build a "Friends" list accessible via the "Friends" menu button. You may start a game with a "Friend" player by selecting the "Play" button on the Friend's list item. Being "Friends" with another player gives you permission to auto-start a limited number games with them. Finally, you may create "Stats Games" with other players by selecting the player from one of the stat's screens where the player's stats are displayed. Gammon also allows you to auto start a configurable number of random games via the "Settings" screen. This will instruct Gammon to auto-launch new random games whenever the active game count falls below the selected number.
Declining Games. Gammon allows your friends to create games with you without invitation. New games that show up on your Active Game List (those that you have not yet placed a turn) will have an "Abort" button on them. In cases where a new game created by either a friend or randomly is unwanted, you may use the "Abort" button to decline the game. Selecting the decline button will delete the game from the server and both players list.
Creating Friends. Gammon allows you to identify other Gammon players as "Friends". Gammon offers two ways to invite players to your Friends List. The first way is to invite friends from the players displayed on the any of "Stats" screens. Selecting a player on a stats screen will prompt you to request player as a friend. This will cause the player to show up in your Friend's list with a "Pending" (Lightning Icon). Your name will also show up in the invited player's Friends list as pending, only with Accept (Thumbs Up Icon) and Decline (Thumbs Down Icon) buttons allowing the player to accept or decline your invitation. If the player accepts, the pending icon will disappear. If they decline, the player will disappear from your list. You may also invite players by searching for them by Player Name or email address. If the name you seek is found, the invitation will be sent to them. If searching by Email address, and the email address is not found on the Coliseum network, you will be prompted to send and email to that address inviting them to install and join the Coliseum Network.
Friend Paging. Gammon allows players to "Page" friends with a single text message. To page a player, go to the Friends screen via the Menu and select a Friend. This will open a Text message screen showing a history of all the previous pages to and from the friend and allow player to compose a new message. Enter in a new message and press "Return". The text message will be sent to the server for the friend to see the next time they run Gammon or any other Coliseum Game application. A Push Notification Alert message is also sent to the friends device. When a player receives a friend page, the message is displayed on the Friend screen under the Friends name. The message will disappear from the main Friend screen when you select the Friend item. However the page message is saved in the page message history for that friend on the device and is visible from the Text Message entry screen. The server only stores one page message for a friend at a time. If you send a page to the same friend and an older page message is still pending, it will be replaced by the new message.
Game and Player Statistics
Gammon proves the "Stats" screens to display game and player statistics including five player ranking lists: Leader Board, Peers, Opponents, Friends, and New Slaves
Leader Board — Top 20 Gammon Players by Rank and Points.
Peers — This is the list of 20 players who are just above you in points within your same rank.
Opponents —This is the list of the 20 most recent players you that you have played against.
Friends — This is a list showing the ranking and stats for your friends.
New Slaves —This shows the stats for the 20 newest players.
Recent Players — This shows the stats for the 20 most recent players.
You may create games with players directly from any of the lists except the Leader Board. You may also invite players from any of the lists to be your friend.
Players show in each of the above lists include their player statistics.
The following statistics are kept for each player:
Rank Level — Each player has a game rank level. As players win and gain points, they move up thru the rank levels which are:
Slave, Laborer, Gladiator, Citizen, Guard, Soldier, Centurion, Pretorian, Captain, General, Senator, and Emperor
Points (Pts) — With each game win or loss, players gain or lose points within their rank level. Gain 50 points and the player moves to the next higher rank. Players may accumulate negative points in all ranks except Slave. With 50 negative points you go down in rank. Once you move to a new rank, your points are reset to zero. At the highest level, players can only accumulate negative points. At "Emperor" level you are expected to win every game.
Started — This shows the total games started for the player.
Finished — This shows the total games completed for the player.
Wins — This is the total number of wins against all coliseum players.
My Wins — This is the total number of games that YOU have won against the player.
Their Wins — This is the total number of games that the player has won against you.
Making Friends from your opponents
Where player stats are listed in each of the stats screens, a "Friend" icon will appear next to the opponents id/name when the player is already a member of your Friend list. For players that are not already friends, you can request them to be your friend by simply selecting the player from the list. This will prompt you with a request dialog to make them a friend.
Coliseum Accounts & Subscriptions
As mentioned in the "Coliseum Registration:" section above, to play Coliseum games, you must register a player name and email account. Within the Coliseum Application and each integrated game, your device is always bound to your registered email account. The preference screen will allow you to change the account bound to your device.
BE ADVISED: Changing the account will cause Gammon to delete any player specific game information that is cached on the device the next time you launch the game after the change. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU LOSE YOUR GAMES, it just means that the game application will need to reload turn game information from the Coliseum Server and likely cause your game instances to load slowly until the cache can be rebuilt. This also causes the game application to consume more network data. Therefore you are advised not to share a device with multiple Coliseum accounts.
BE ADVISED: Only one account can be active on a device. If you switch between accounts, only the currently active account will show up on the Leader board and other stats lists. Inactive accounts will also be kicked out of any joined tournaments when the tournament starts. Therefore you need to be careful switching between accounts if you are playing in tournaments
Each email account registered with the Coliseum application is bound to a Coliseum Subscription. A valid subscription allows the player up to 40 simultaneously active games on the Coliseum Server. Once a subscription expires, the player can still play, but only 5 active game at a time and Gammon will also display Ads.
Each new device installed and registered with Coliseum is granted one free 30 day subscription which is bound to the first email account that is registered on the new device. (Unless that account is already bound to a valid subscription, then the free subscription is still available to the next account registered).
Expired subscriptions may be renewed ( and time added to existing subscriptions ) via the "Manage Subscription" screen accessible from the Settings screen.
To support customers with multiple devices, Coliseum allows you to join up to five separate Coliseum accounts to the one subscription.
Check Your Subscription
Launch Gammon, select "Settings" from the menu. The settings screen has a button displaying the date that your current subscription will expire.
Select the date button to display the "Manage Subscription" screen.
The "Manage Subscription" screen will indicate the status of your subscription and whether it belongs to your email account or another. The screen also displays a list of subscriptions levels that may be purchased from within the application. If your email account is the subscription owner and the subscription is not expired, you can add time to your existing subscription via a subscription purchase. If your subscription is expired or you are not the owner of the subscription, you may purchase a new subscription that will be bound to your email account. If your subscription is expired or your account belongs to another subscription, a button will display allowing you to "Join Other Subscription".
Gammon currently supports the following configurable settings:
Auto-Start Games — This is the number Random Games that you would like Gammon to keep active. If number of games in the Active Game List falls below this setting then Gammon will automatically start new random games.
Games Per Friend — You can limit the number of games from a single friend player via this preference. Protects you from one friend consuming too much of you queue.
Max Friend Game — This will limit the number of games launched on your queue across all your friends.
Max Stat Games — This limits the number of "Stats Games" launched on your queue.
Min Game Rank — This sets the minimum rank of the opponent player that can launch a "Stats Game" on your queue. Players with a lessor ranking than this preference will be denied launch.
Min Score Rank — This sets the minimum rank of the opponent player that can launch a "Scoring" game on your queue. Player with lower rank can only play "Non Scoring Games".
Max Launch Games: This is the total number of friend games that may be launched by all friends. This setting can keep friends and players that find you on the stats pages from consuming too many of your total games. You can use this setting to keep your game queue to a level you desire.