release / Greetings
+ 12/25/1995 : Santa Claus gives to one of the authors an awale
game (a real one, made of solid tree wood).
+ 12/26/1995 : Beginning of the programmation of Awale on
+ 01/02/1996 : version 1.0, on Macintosh and Windows 95.
+ 03/08/1996 : version 1.1, Dakar variation.
+ 03/16/1996 : version 1.2, Ourin Mode
+ 04/04/1996 : version 1.4, graphics improvements, errors in the
score grid computing now fixed.
+15/08/1996 : version 1.6, New mode : Human versus human. You can
now resize the main window. New presentation. Music.
+ 08/27/1996 : version 1.7, Music. The user can now set problems
by defining manually the playboard configuration. New computer AI
algorithm, more powerful ! (It uses now an Alpha-Beta tree with a
reduced aspiration window).
+ 02/19/1997 : version 1.7.5, Undo and
+ 03/17/1997 : version 2.0.0. Now possible to : restart a game at
any point, consult, save and load history lists, define a new
New rules have been implemented.
+ 04/07/1997 : version 2.0.1. Now possible to print the history
list. Debugging an enhancement of the computer strategy, delays in
+04/17/1997 : version 2.0.2. Computer AI debugged and enhanced
again. The depth and computation time of the GrandMaster Level can
be configured now. The depth is now auto-adaptive.
+07/17/1997 : version 2.0.3. The program is now Windows NT
4-compatible; music algorithms have been enhanced for a better
compatibility with all computers.
+10/01/1997 : version 2.1.0. : 13 different rules, test of the
loops in game ends, enhanced printing, a commentary is now
associated to the saved games, a multilingual commentary is saved
with the rule. Strategies are described in this documentation, and
strategy examples are given.
+10/20/1997 : version 2.2, Playable
through the Internet.
+12/01/1997 : version 2.2.2, Now possible to see 'live' the game
of two other players on the Internet, to come back to the players'
forum while a game is in progress, to view, save and print all the
sent and received messages.
+03/03/1998 : version 2.3.0 Bugs in printing and saving have been
fixed, music playing has been enhanced, server list for Internet
play has been updated. Now possible to register with credit card.
3 rules more, thanks to Steve Evans.
+03/29/2001 : version 3.0.0 New Internet play.
+05/24/2013 : version 4.0. Awale is freeware.
We want to thank here :
Jean-François 'Jeff' Cassan
Mr Pingaud and Mr Retschitzki
for the fascinating documentation they sent, and for their
Olivier Rolland for the 'Dakar'
Gaël Martin and Philippe Fernandez
For their tests on the Internet version
for his good idea.
Awale has been developped first on Macintosh, using the
Codewarrior C, and then ported under Windows with the WACAM
system, from the same authors. The porting time was about one
WACAM is the windowing system created by
the authors in March,1991.
If you are yourself a programmer, consider WACAM as a library
implementing nearly all the Macintosh Toolbox functions on the PC
platform. Source files remains unchanged from a platform to
another, and the programmer keeps the comfort of the Macintosh
development : easy-to-use entry points, available and efficient
documentations, simple memory management...
Far away from the Windows dark side, on which every rule is
immediately followed by a list of exceptions, the programmer
benefits on his PC of all the advantages of a well-thought system.
"The sword does not recognise the head
of the blacksmith who made it."
(Nigeria : Yoruba proverb)