MirOS Manual: boggle(6)

BOGGLE(6)                    BSD Reference Manual                    BOGGLE(6)


     boggle - word search game


     boggle [-bd] [-s seed] [-t time] [-w length] [+[+]] [boardspec]


     The object of boggle is to find as many words as possible on the Boggle
     board within the three minute time limit. A Boggle board is a four by
     four arrangement of Boggle cubes, each side of each cube displaying a
     letter of the alphabet or 'qu'. Words are formed by finding a sequence of
     cubes (letters) that are in the game's dictionary. The (N+1)th cube in
     the word must be horizontally, vertically, or diagonally adjacent to the
     Nth cube. Cubes cannot be reused. Words consist solely of lower case
     letters and must be at least 3 letters long.

     Command line flags can be given to change the rules of the game:

     -b         Run boggle in batch mode. A boardspec must also be given. The
                dictionary is read from stdin and a list of words appearing in
                boardspec is printed to stdout.

     -d         Enable debugging output.

     -s seed    Prime the random number generator with seed instead of data
                from /dev/arandom.

     -t time    Change the time limit for each game from the default 3 minutes
                to time seconds.

     -w length  Change the minimum word length from 3 letters to length.

     +          Allow a cube to be used multiple times, but not in succession.

     ++         Allow a cube to be considered adjacent to itself.

     A starting board position, boardspec, can be specified on the command
     line by listing the board left to right and top to bottom, in lower case.

     Help is available during play by typing '?'. More detailed information on
     the game is given there.


          compressed dictionary
          dictionary index
          online help file


     Boggle is a trademark of Parker Brothers.

     Barry Brachman, Dept. of Computer Science, University of British Columbia


     If there are a great many words in the cube, the final display of the
     words may scroll off the screen.
     (On a 25 line screen about 130 words can be displayed.)

     No word can contain a 'q' that is not immediately followed by a 'u'.

     When using the + or ++ options the display of words found in the board
     doesn't clearly indicate reused cubes.

MirOS BSD #10-current           August 4, 1997                               1

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