Welcome to RS Games Threes, an accessible, online, multiplayer version of the dice game Threes. RS Games Threes utilizes the RS Games client, which allows players to play against each other from around the world, via the centralized RS Games server.
To get started, you will need the RS Games client installed. TO get the RS Games client if you don't have it already, go to http://www.rsgames.org. connecting and logging into the server are covered in the RS Games client documentation. Alternatively, you can use the web client, from which you can play by using your web browser. The web client can be found in the "Quick Links" section on the RS Games home page.
This document assumes you have read the RS Games client documentation first, for general concepts and instructions on using the client. If you have not read this document, please read it before continuing.
If you are using the web client, options referred to as keyboard commands in this document will appear as buttons on the web page.
Once you are connected, choose Threes from the list of games, and you will be presented with the main menu. From there, you can create a new game, join a game, or see a list of existing games. Choose an option using the up and down arrow keys and the enter key, or by clicking on the option if you are using the web client.
If you choose to create a new game, you will be asked if you want to make the game private. If you choose yes, you can set a password, and only those who know the password will be able to join.
You will then be told that by default the game will end after ten rounds, and asked if you want to change this. If you answer Yes, you'll be asked to enter the number of rounds after which the game will end.
After you have made your choices, you will be placed in your game. Here, players will be able to join your game.
Bots are computer players who will play against you if there are no other humans around to play with, or if you want to add more players to your game. If you are the creator of the game, you can press B to add a bot, or R to remove a bot.
Once you are ready to start the game, press the Enter key.
To join a game, choose the Join Game option from the main menu. You will be presented with a list of games that are open for players, along with the people playing in each game. Choose a game from the list, and press enter. If the game is private, you will then be asked to enter the password. Once you are in the game, you must wait for the game master to start the game.
The goal of Threes is to take your turn by rolling five dice, keeping at least one die, then rolling the rest and repeating until all five dice are kept. Your score is the sum of the five kept dice. The person with the lowest score wins each round, and the person with the lowest total score wins the game.
At the start of each round, each player rolls a die, and the person who rolled the highest die goes first. If there is a tie between two or more players, they each roll again until the tie is broken.
When it's your turn, you start by rolling five dice. You then check the dice you want to keep, and roll the rest again. You must keep at least one die each time you roll. Your turn continues until you've kept all five dice. Your five kept dice are totaled to obtain your score, except that threes don't count. For example, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 would result in a score of twelve, since the 3 counts as zero. The lowest possible score is zero, achieved by keeping all threes. After each round in which you qualify, your score for that round is added to your total score for the game.
If, in one or more rolls of the dice, you manage to keep all five dice as sixes, you've shot the moon. This means you win the round outright, thirty is subtracted from your total score for the game, and anyone who hasn't played yet this round doesn't get a chance to play. As you can imagine, this is very rare, since it's normally undesirable to keep any sixes unless you know you can shoot the moon.
The winner of each round is the person with the lowest score. The winner of the game is the person with the lowest total score when the game ends. Normally this is after ten rounds, but this can be changed by the game master.
There are several keyboard commands that can be used to get information about your current game. You can always press Ctrl+H to get a quick reminder of these keystrokes.
-- C: Announces your current score. S: Announces the current and total scores of all players. -- T: Find out who's turn it is.
You can chat with other players at any point during game play by pressing the F2 key, typing your message into the input box and pressing enter. You can also chat at the main menu to other players who are not currently in a game, also by pressing F2.
To change the volume of the background music during the game, use F3 to lower the volume and F4 to raise the volume. You can also adjust the volume of the sound effects with F5 and F6 to lower or raise the volume, respectively.
You can opt to receive a transcript of your game, that is, an email containing the entire text of your game. When you leave a game, you will be asked if you would like to receive a transcript. If you would, choose Yes, and the transcript will be sent to the email address you used when creating your RS Games account. You can also press F11 during the game, rather than wait until you leave the game to decide.
Thanks to the following people for helping to create Threes:
If you have any problems using any of the games released by RS Games, or have a question, bug report, suggestion, feature request, or anything else, feel free to contact RS Games by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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