Backgammon NJ: Google Play Games FAQ




  • What are the system requirements for using Google Play Games in Backgammon NJ?

    • Device
      • Android phone or tablet

    • Operating system
      • Android 2.3.3 or later

    • Backgammon NJ app
      • Backgammon NJ for Android v4.1 or later (from the Google Play Store)
      • Backgammon NJ Online v1.1 or later

  • What types of online matches can be played with Backgammon NJ?

    Backgammon NJ supports real-time online matches against other Android players around the world. These matches are played to completion in one sitting without interruption.

  • How do I play online matches with Google Play Games?

    For Backgammon NJ for Android:

    1. In order to play online, you must:
      • In Backgammon NJ, set "Sign in to Google" to "On." To access the Online Settings, tap the arrow button at the upper left corner of the screen.
      • Create a Gamer ID.
      • Log in to your Google account and connect to Google Play Games on a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

    2. There are two ways to play an online match:
      • Invite a friend to play a match with you.
      • Let Backgammon NJ automatically match you with a random player (Auto-Match).

    3. To start an online match:
      1. Select Advanced Options (tap the arrow button at the upper left corner of the screen)
      2. Select Real-time

    4. More detailed information about how to play online can be found here.

    For Backgammon NJ Online:

    1. In order to play online, you must:
      • Sign in to Google Play Games.
      • Create a Gamer ID.
      • Log in to your Google account and connect to Google Play Games on a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

    2. There are two ways to play an online match:
      • Invite a friend to play a match with you.
      • Let Backgammon NJ automatically match you with a random player (Auto-Match).

    3. To start an online match:
      • In the menu, select Auto-Match or Invite Friend.

    4. More detailed information about how to play online can be found here.

  • I can't invite a friend or receive an invite from a friend. What can I do?

    Make sure that both you and your friend have the following options set:

    1. In the Google Settings app, under "Play Games > (select your Gmail account)", check "Multiplayer notifications"
    2. Under your device "Settings > Apps > BGNJ", check "Show notifications".
    3. Under your device "Settings > Data usage", select the menu at the top right of the screen and check "Auto-sync data".
    4. For Android 4.0 and lower, under your device "Settings > Accounts & sync", turn On or check "Auto-sync".

  • If I start an online match, will I lose my current offline match? (Backgammon NJ for Android only)

    No, you won't lose your current offline match. Your offline match will be resumed after you complete your online match.

  • If I abort or disconnect during a match, will it affect my Elo rating?

    (Important Note: Aborting a match is different from resigning a game. If you resign a game, you concede the win for the game. If you abort a match, you don't concede the win for the match. Aborting a match makes Backgammon NJ evaluate both players' current positions in the match and award the appropriate Elo points to each player. More details below.)

    Yes, aborting or disconnecting during a match will result in a partial change to both your and your opponent's Elo ratings, depending on each player's current equity in the match.

    For example, if your opponent decides not to complete the match when you are winning, you can select "Abort Match" from the Advanced Options menu. Doing this will abort your online match, give you a positive partial Elo change, and give your opponent a negative partial Elo change. After you abort the match, you'll see the partial Elo change in the final online match score window. Similarly, if you or your opponent disconnect or quit the app before your online match is complete, the partial Elo changes will still occur, even if you do not see the final online match score window showing the changes.

    This means that you can play online worry-free! ;)

  • When I decline an Auto-Match with a certain player, why do I sometimes get matched with the same player again?

    For each auto-match, the Google Play Games server matches 2 people together. If everyone is matched up, that means there is at most 1 person waiting for an opponent at any given time. If you decline a match with Player A, it will continue to match you with Player A until:

    1. A different player becomes available by finishing an online match and searching for another auto-match, or
    2. Someone new starts looking for an auto-match

  • Is there a way to prevent myself from being auto-matched with certain players?

    Yes, you can add players to your Block List when you are first auto-matched with them or at the end of a match.

  • Why doesn't the online Elo rating leaderboard show my current Elo rating?

    When viewing the Online Elo leaderboard, view Today's leaderboard to see more up-to-date ratings. The current version of Google Play Games is unable to effectively display downward fluctuations. As a result, only the highest Elo ratings achieved are displayed for each time period. Viewing Today's leaderboard will display ratings from today and will be more up-to-date than viewing leaderboards for longer time periods. In Backgammon NJ for Android, your current Online Elo is displayed under Advanced Options > Online Settings. In Backgammon NJ Online, your current Online Elo is displayed under Menu > Settings.

    It's possible that Google Play Games will be updated in the future with functionality that will allow the leaderboard to display current Elo ratings.

  • Is there any additional information that I need to know?

    • Online matches are standard backgammon games with the doubling cube enabled and no Jacoby rule.
    • During online matches, the following game features are disabled: equity, status meter, hint, match info, online statistics, move tutor, cube tutor, auto finish, ability to view/modify RNG seed, manual rolls. (Backgammon NJ for Android only)
    • If the Automatic Bearoff option is set to "Best Move," it will default to "Greedy" for online matches. If you don't want to play in Greedy mode for online matches, you must set Automatic Bearoff to "Off." (Backgammon NJ for Android only)

  • Is there a forum for Backgammon NJ users?

    Yes, visit our User Forum to discuss the game with other online players.
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