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May 26, 2018

Playing pasang on Raspberry Pi 3

I'm having fun with my new toy, namely a Raspberry Pi 3 running Raspbian. Not surprisingly, it can be used to play Pasang Emas. Here are the steps:
  • Download Pasang Emas from pasang-emas.sourceforge.net (the latest release file is pasang-emas-5.2.0.tar.xz).
  • Unzip/extract the downloaded file.
  • Inside a command line terminal, go to the unzipped folder. In my case, I used this command:

        $ cd Downloads/pasang-emas-5.2.0/

  • Then, install all dependencies. The following command should do the work:

        $ sudo apt install build-essential gtk+-3.0 yelp itstool libxml2-utils

  • Then build and install Pasang Emas using the following commands:

        $ ./configure
        $ make
        $ sudo make install
Now, the irritating part. While you can now start the game by typing "pasang-emas" on the command line terminal, the main desktop menu will only be updated to show the new Pasang Emas entry after... sigh... rebooting. No, Pasang Emas is not guilty here.

Anyway, enjoy!



March 15, 2018

Deluxe edition of pasang

I'm not in the habit of endorsing or advertising commercial products in this blog, but I have to mention this wonderful rendition of pasang by nestorgames: https://nestorgames.com/#pasangdeluxe_detail.

Feast your eyes on the masterpiece. Drool.

January 23, 2018

Package for Ubuntu

A Launchpad user, Anton Asche, created a personal package archive (PPA) for Pasang Emas. The link is
https://launchpad.net/~aasche/+archive/ubuntu/pasang-emas/+packages
Ubuntu users can add ppa:aasche/pasang-emas to their repository. Users from other distributions like Debian can download the deb package and install it using the command line:
# apt install ./pasang-emas_version_architecture.deb
Currently, Yelp (a help viewer) must be installed separately.

I'm grateful for this contribution. Hopefully, this will encourage more people to play Pasang Emas.

August 28, 2017

Chuki: another game using pasang board

The Wikipedia entry for pasang was recently edited (24 June 2016) to add an account of chuki, a game from Johore. It seems that chuki board is identical to pasang board. However, the two games are totally different as chuki uses dices. The reference for chuki is Culin, Stewart. "Chess and Playing Cards: Catalogue of Games and Implements for Divination". Here is a page from the book:

I am sure pasang fans are drooling over that nice chuki board shown in the illustration.

One big question: is chuki still played?

March 8, 2017

German translation

Version 5.2.0 of Pasang Emas is out with an updated German translation, thanks to Markus Enzenberger.

Enjoy.

December 15, 2016

Tool migration

Version 5.1.0 of Pasang Emas is out. There is not much changes in terms of user experience compared to the previous version, except if you are creating your own custom patterns. You may have discovered that your custom patterns are not persistent. This is a bug that I didn't even notice until recently. Perhaps it was introduced by a library update. This bug is fixed; custom patterns are now properly saved.

Most of the changes are in the build tools. Pasang Emas has removed its dependence on some deprecated stuffs. It now uses yelp-tools for its help files and git.mk to generate filters for version tracking. All these are not important for end-users but are vital to extend the life of Pasang Emas.

Enjoy.

August 17, 2015

Hot picked



Pasang Emas has been featured in the HotPicks section of the venerable Linux Format magazine. Twice.

The first time was in August 2010 issue, covering Pasang Emas version 2.1.0. I keep a print copy of that issue as a treasure. The second time was in June 2015 covering version 5.0.0. I believe Linux Format is no longer available in print form. Otherwise, I would have rushed to buy a copy.