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Dr. NIM was a game invented by John Thomas Godfreyand manufactured by E.S.R., Inc. in the mid-1960s. It consisted of a plastic computer and a set of marbles. The machine would play a person at the game of Nim. The machine was powered by the action of the marbles falling through the machine.
Dr. Nim is actually a very early computer game. The "game board" is actually a very simple Digi-Comp digital computer with memory switches (the three-lobed levers) that 'remember' what was done & their starting position is the program that plays Nim. There is currently a SIG hosted by Yahoo Groups at Friends of DigiComp - Owners and fans of Digi-Comp Toy Computers
- Original manual (Pdf)
- Jim's Computer Museum (most links broken)
- BoardGameGeek entry for The Amazing Dr. Nim
- YouTube video of game play The Amazing Dr Nim game/puzzle
- The manual (PDF) with instructions on the basic game and on alternate ways to play the game.
- How to play Nim is explained & a script version to play can be found at Ancient Pond
- Yahoo Groups Friends of DigiComp - Owners and fans of Digi-Comp Toy Computers Special Interest Group for those who own or are interested in DigiComp computers & games.
- Dr. Nim Manual (PDF)
- The Alan Kaminsky Museum of Antique Computing Devices Dr. Nim
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