When you start, all the squares where it's possible for you to move are highlighted with a light green dot. To make a move, simply click the desired square. Webversi will process your move, make its countermove, and present you with a new game board showing the combined results of your move and its countermove. Select your next move, and the game continues.
If in the course of playing you get to a situation where no legal moves are available, you must pass and allow Webversi to move again. When this happens, you'll see a message that says "Click here to Pass" below the playing board. Webversi will automatically pass when no legal moves are available. You can also pass your first move, if you'd like to have Webversi move first.
More importantly, though, you must make a legal move if you have one. In other words, you can't pass if it's possible for you to move. In fact, one of Webversi's strategies is to force you into making moves you'd rather not make -- so, be on the lookout!
Maybe we should have called this section "losing", though. Webversi is pretty hard to beat, even on the lower skill levels. So you're in for a real challenge, even if you're a serious Reversi buff. We figure it wouldn't be much fun otherwise.
For even more fun, you can choose a game piece graphic for you and the server from the list of available images. (Don't choose the same image for both -- unless you really like mass confusion, that is).
Frank's first online version of Reversi ran as a Searchlight BBS "door" program. It had a character-based user interface and offered many options such as hints, game saving, and custom board configurations. A later release, called RIPVersi, took advantage of the RIP graphics interface to offer a graphical UI.
Webversi first appeared on the internet in 1996 as a component of the Spinnaker web server platform. The current online version is a J2EE web application, written with server-side Java components (Enterprise Java Beans) and Java Server Pages. You can download several offline versions at the download page.
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