Originally Posted by uberkuber
From what I read about the bots, I could sum it like that:
- JellyFish: popularity has faded compared to GnuBG and Snowie;
- GnuBG: stays popular because it's free;
- Snowie: strongest bot (version 4), costly but apparently it's worth it.
Now I've just heard of eXtreme Gammon: it looks promising and the price (49 $US + tx) is affordable compared to Snowie.
Any thoughts on that new bot? Someone has tried it?
Jellyfish: Obsolete & ancient, essentially worthless.
Snowie: Heading down the same path as Jellyfish but it remains the standard because people like it. Possibly may be as strong as GNU for money play.
GNU BG: A better program all around than Snowie in spite of costing $400 less. Unfamiliar people find the interface difficult, I guess. Carries a host of features that Snowie doesn't. My well-educated guess is that GNU is very much stronger than any other bot in match play, and probably comparable to Snowie in money play.
eXtreme: Unknown. Possibly comparable to GNU & Snowie. The interface is somewhere in between the two. Rollouts seem faster than even GNU. Still unsure whether GNU or Snowie is stronger than eXtreme or not. Match play possibly not as good as GNU's.
BGBlitz: Strong neural net, possibly stronger than the other bots, but not enough of features/interface to be a serious contender.