Boggler (The)

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Information - Boggler (The)

GenreBrain - Hangman / Word GameYear
LanguagePublisher[no publisher]
ResolutionMediumLicensed from

Apple, Jeff

CountryUnited Kingdom
Graphic Artist(s)SoftwareEnglish
Game designBox / InstructionsEnglish
Musician(s)LicensePD / Freeware / Shareware
Sound FXSerial
Cover Artist(s)ST TypeST / 0.5MB
Dumpdownload atari Boggler (The) Download / MSANumber of Disks1 / Single Sided

Instructions - Boggler (The)


     Boggler is a Boggle-type game for the ST, pitting you against 
your computer. The game is GEM-based, and should be fairly easy to 
learn  if you know your way around GEM at all.  This  little  file 
just explains some of the play options and quirks.
     The  window in the upper left is the playing board.  This  is 
where  the "dice" appear for play.  The object of the game  is  to 
form  words  by connecting adjoining dice.  They  must  always  be 
adjacent, but the play options set different criteria for which of 
those letters can be used.
     If  the  "Re-use  letters" option is  NOT  checked  then  any 
particular  die can be used only once,  otherwise that die can  be 
used more than once for any word.  If the "Border wrap" option  is 
checked,  then the top and bottom letters connect,  as do the left 
and right letters.  If the "Use new words" option is NOT  checked, 
then only words loaded from the dictionary will be used, otherwise 
all  valid words,  including new words from the user  in  previous 
games, will be used. Examples:

With the      ->  |snd|
 game board   ->  |mol|
 is like this ->  |prt|

The words ROD, PORT, and SNORT are always valid.
Re-use checked allows for the words:  MOON, TOSS, PROP, and DODOS, 
     which would otherwise be invalid.
Border wrap checked allows for the words:  PORTS, LORDS, and LOPS, 
      which  would  otherwise be  invalid.  (Note:  T  and  S  are 
      connected diagonally, as would be R and D. In fact, on a 3x3 
      board, all letters are adjacent!)

Other things to know (in no particular order):
     - Loading a new dictionary can be a lengthy task,  especially 
when  a large dictionary is already present and has to be  deleted 
node by node. Just wait for it, and it will eventually be done.
     - Any  messages the program sends to you appear in the  title 
bar of the bottom left window.
     - The  program is very careful about not letting you pick  an 
option  which  is not valid at that time.  For  example,  no  play 
options can be changed while a game is in play.
     - Change the checked size under "Options" to change the board 
size for the next game.
     - The  window on the right has an active vertical scroll  bar 
once the window is made active.
     - "Set up board" lets you create your own board. Instructions 
will be presented in the right window.  The board size will be the 
size that is checked under "Options".
     - Use the "Play Current" selection under "Do it!" to play the 
current  board.  This  is  for when you want  to  replay  a  game,  
possibly  with different options,  or after having loaded a  board 
from disk, or after having used "Set up board".
     - "Play  Current" is not valid if the size of the board  does 
not match the size checked under "Options".
     - Words which the opponent did not use are marked with "*".
     - "I'm  finished"  stops  the  game  and  lets  the  computer 
compete. "Abandon" halts play without giving the computer a chance 
to play.
     - Default dictionary file is "BOGGLER.DIC".  Boards have  the 
extension ".BRD".
     - Dictionary files are lists of words separated with carriage 
returns and linefeeds. If you have a similar dictionary from, say, 
a spelling checker,  it can be used. All words must be longer than 
two letters and less than 11, however.
     - The "u" after "Q" is optional, so "IRAQ" is valid (given you 
are using proper nouns).

     That's about all that needs to be said.  The best way to  get 
to know the program is to play it a couple of times, so have fun!
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