06 Aug 2017

Hello punters!

Tony Hoare refers to null pointers as his billion-dollar mistake. Option types, popularised by functional programming languages, provide a much cleaner alternative.

This extension has nothing whatsoever to do with null pointers or option types!

New extension: Options

This extension enables options, which allow a punter to use a river claimed by another punter. Every punter is allowed to buy n options during the game where n is the number of mines. Each river claimed by a punter has exactly one option which might be bought by a second punter.

The rules for scoring are unaffected – but sharing a route with another punter might be a good option from time to time.

You can find the specification here.

Happy punting, and good luck!