man jester (Jeux) - an X-based game similar to Othello(tm)


jester - an X-based game similar to Othello(tm)


jester [{-display, -d, --display} display] [{-h, -help, --help}] [-2players] [-ai {white, black}]


jester is an X-based game similar to the board game Othello. jester allows you to waste hours of otherwise productive time that could be spent playing Solitaire instead.


There are two players, one playing the white pieces, the other playing the black pieces. Each player takes turns placing a piece of his or her color on an 8x8 board. Each piece must be placed so as to bracket a line of the opponent's pieces between two of the current player's pieces. When this happens, the opponent's pieces are replaced by pieces of the current player's color.

When the cursor is over a square that it is legal for the current player to play in, the cursor will change to a pointing hand. A small rectangle in the upper right side of the window shows the color of the current player.

The game ends when a player cannot make a move, either because the board is full or because the position of the pieces makes it impossible to make a move. At this point, the player with the most pieces on the board is the winner. You will be offered the option of starting a new game.

You may exit at any time by clicking the Exit button.


-d, -display, --display display
Display on display.
-h, -help, --help
Print a help message and exit.
Play against another person at the same console.
-ai {white, black}
Tell the computer which side to play. The default behavior is equivalent to -ai black.


jester uses the environment variable DISPLAY as the default display. This can be overridden on the command line.


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Matt Grossman