From: Kev Dwyer on 6 Feb 2010 07:10
On Fri, 05 Feb 2010 21:54:48 -0600, Jordan Uchima wrote:
You could try something like this (not tested, and maybe I don't
quite "get" the rules):
In response to question on c.l.p.
# Start with pot of thirteen pieces and two players.
# Each player takes 1 - 4 pieces each turn.
# Player who takes the last piece loses.
# Declare constants.
NUMBER_OF_PLAYERS = 2
TOTAL_PIECES_AT_START = 13
# Declare functions.
"""Print the rules of the game."""
print 'Some rules'
"""Get the names of the players."""
# Let's put the player's names in a list.
players = 
# Looping like this saves us repeating lines of code for each player.
for player in range(NUMBER_OF_PLAYERS):
name = raw_input("Hello Player %d, what is your name?\n" % player)
"""Handle a player's turn."""
# Turn logic goes here.
# Left as an exercise :)
the_remaining_number_of_pieces_after_this_turn = 1
"""Run the game."""
# Display the rules by calling rules function.
# Get the players by calling the get_players function.
players = get_players()
# Set up the game.
remaining_pieces = TOTAL_PIECES_AT_START
playing = True
# Main loop - let's play!
# Take turns.
for player in players:
remaining_pieces = take_turn(player)
# Check if this player has lost.
if remaining_pieces == 0:
# Player has taken last piece.
print 'Sorry %s, you have lost.' % player
# Break out of the loop
playing = False
# Automatically run main function if we're run as a script.
if __name__ == '__main__':
The "while" loop in the main function runs the game until a winner
(or loser in this case) is declared. The "for" loop within the while
loop handles the alternation of turns. Have a look at the python
tutorial at http://docs.python.org/tutorial/index.html for more on
"while" and "for" statements.
Use functions to break up the code into related sections. Check out
the tutorial material for functions too.
This skeleton should give you a starting structure for your program.
Have fun :)