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.
Support 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
computer. 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.
Christos Zoulas 〈christos@NetBSD.org〉
Elwyn R. Berlekamp, The Dots and Boxes Game: Sophisticated Childs Play,
A K Peters, 2000, http://www.akpeters.com/book.asp?bID=111.