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12 FIBS (First Internet Backgammon Server)

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This article is from the Backgammon FAQ, by Mark Damish damish@ll.mit.edu with numerous contributions by others.

12 FIBS (First Internet Backgammon Server)


On July 19, 1992 at 10:56:22 GMT, Marvin announced the birth of the
FIBS. FIBS is an abbreviation for First Internet Backgammon Server. It
is a server program written by Andreas Schneider
marvin@fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se. Praise to him!

After using a site in Aachen Germany, It moved to the present site ins
Sweden on December 3, 1993.

You can connect to FIBS using telnet; the server runs on machine
fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se (raw address Be sure to
telnet to port 4321, because telnetting to the default port will give
you a regular unix login prompt, which will be of no use to you since
you probably have no account on that machine. For instance, on a unix
machine which is connected directly to the internet, you issue one of
the following commands:

telnet fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se 4321
telnet 4321

and then you are connected to FIBS.

Now you have to log in to FIBS. If you already have an account on
FIBS, you use the login name and password you selected. If you're a
first time user, you must log in as guest. Then you are granted a
limited kind of access, until you make yourself known by choosing a
FIBS user name and a password. From that moment on, you can use FIBS
to play against other players, human or otherwise, from all over the

Here is an example connect and login sequence for new users:

%telnet fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se 4321
Trying ...
Connected to fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se.
Escape character is '^]'.

            _______   _          ______            _____
           |  _____| | |        |  __  \          / ____|
           | |___    | |        | |__|  |        | |____
           |  ___|   | |        |  __  <          \____ \
           | |       | |        | |__|  |          ____| |
           |_|irst   |_|nternet |______/ackgammon |_____/erver

If something unexpected happens please send mail to:
marvin@fraggel65.mdstud.chalmers.se (Andreas Schneider)
Bug reports are welcome.

This server is on the net to meet people from all countries.
All sorts of racists and fascists are not allowed to login here!
Rude language will not be tolerated on this server. Be nice.

One account per person only!

Friday, September 30 10:23:10 MET ( Fri Sep 30 09:23:10 1994 UTC )
login: guest
Welcome to FIBS. You just logged in as guest.
Please register before using this server:

Type 'name username' where username is the name you want to use.
The username may not contain blanks ' ' or colons ':'.
The system will then ask you for your password twice.
Please make sure that you don't forget your password. All
passwords are encrypted before they are saved. If you forget
your password there is no way to find out what it was.
Please type 'bye' if you don't want to register now.

> name Newbie
Please give your password:
Please retype your password:
You are registered.
Type 'help beginner' to get started.

Once logged in, you are wise to read the help screens of FIBS. Read
about how not to hear other people's shoutings, how the rating system
works, how to watch other people play, how to talk to other people,
how to invite people to play, and of couse, how to play. Everything
you need is in the help screens. One thing: if you wish to read the
help screens without logging into FIBS, they have been made available
to WWW by Mike Quinn at
http://www.cybercom.net/~damish/backgammon/mike_quinn/fibs.htm. Mark
Damish made a version available for ftp or online reading from

When you are a little accustomed to FIBS, you can enter tournaments,
which are organised occasionally by volunteers. Read newsgroup
rec.games.backgammon, check out FIBS' login message, or listen for
rumours spreading. Also, if you like FIBS, it will pay you to take the
trouble to install/use a more friendly interface than a simple telnet
client program. Several of these are available, see section Are there
any GUI's for FIBS?.

FIBS description last updated on October 4th, 1994 by Vincent Zweije


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