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Alternate notation description

Posted By: Rod
Date: Thursday, 3 October 2013, at 11:07 p.m.

In Response To: Base25 (Stick)

Nactation was initially intended, largely, for the first few moves of a game. It is an excellent mechanism to notate these early game plays - for grouping types of opening, file names, and brevity.

However, beyond these early moves nactation can become unwieldy. Virtually no one can correctly nactate an entire game, let alone a match without great difficulty or without the need to reference guides on nactation.

Nactation for the first few moves is relatively simple. It becomes complex and unwieldy beyond that, in many situations.

This method of notation can be used alone or in conjunction with nactation.

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The player who wins the opening roll has his side of the board identified with capital letters. Points 1-12 become identified as A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L

This is similar to how a chessboard is broken up - only 4 addition letters.

The player who goes 2nd has his side of the board identified with lower case letters. Points 1-12 become a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l

Plays are written: [roll][point each checker comes from] Or [roll].[point checkers move to]

So, whereas 31P in Nactation means making the 7 point when 3-1 makes either the 5 or the 7 (and 31p means making the 5), which is quite confusing if you don't know the special rul, in this notation it would be 31.G or 31.E for the 7 and 5 points, respectively.

If one is talking about how to play a 3-1, you need not even use the roll - you could just give the letter.

Doubles may require up to 4 letters, which does lengthen this notation over nactation. However, there is no confusion.

This method can be used in conjunction with nactation or on its own. It is also simple, having only 2 or 3 rules, compared to the 50+ symbols one needs to remember for correct nactation.

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