TIPS ON USING THE AUDIO DART MASTER

Ending a game:
Use the left (or right) arrow keys until the "end" option.  the up arrow will go back to the main menu, and the down arrow will turn the power off.

Defaults: You can have the Audio Dart Master remember your favorite game, your favorite options and your name.  If you set these as the default, they will be set whenever the power comes on.  To set the default, first set everything just the way you like it.  Then, from the main menu press left arrow until you get to the leftmost option.  Arrow up to Set Defaults", and press right arrow.  Now, all you have to do to play your favorite game is turn the power on and press the Change Player button.

Individual Beacon and Clock Options:
In the main menu you can set the beacon (or click) and clock position on or off for everyone.  If some players want them on some want them off, set them the way most people want them, then start the game.  During each player's turn, when they change the beacon and clock position it will only affect them and not the other players.  This works with software versions from 1.2.0 on.

Minimal Speech:  If you get tired of hearing "Remove Darts" and other phrases over and over again, choose the Minimal Speech Prompt option.  The board will say everything you need to know to play the game, but it will skip the obvious stuff that experienced players already know.  If you get really serious about peace and quiet, you can turn sound effects off too.

Power-on Help:  When you turn the board on it tries to tell you how to read the instructions and orient you to the help system.  If you set defaults (to anything, even the setting you normally get at power up) it will stop trying to help you and it will start you in the players selection.  If you want it to give power on help again, select the Factory Defaults from the left most menu.

Stuck Darts:  If you are fighting to pull out one of your darts, and you hear the clock ticking away, you can get more time.  Every time you press the segment in, or press the Change Player button, you get three more seconds of time on the clock.   If the clock runs out and you press the segment while trying to free the dart, this will count as a hit for the next player, and you will have to use the history feature to remove the dart from their score.

The S button: You can press the S button any time during a game to tell you the score.  It reads everything that is on the visual display.  In some games pressing the button a second time will give you National Dart Association statistics.   These are most useful for dart leagues or tournaments, but they can also help you keep track of how good you are getting.  After you end a game and go back to the main menu, you can still get the scores and statistics from the last game.

External Speakers: If you are playing in a very loud environment, like a bar or a dart tournament, you may have trouble hearing the sound, even at volume level 9.  You can plug generic amplified computer speakers into the audio jack to make the sound as loud as you want.  Avoid plugging or unplugging the audio connection while the board is powered on, as shorting out the audio jack can cause the Audio Dart Master to reset.   Note that if you are using the ping or click to locate the board, you will have to mount the speakers right on the sides of the board.  Even if you do not use these features, many people us the sounds of the board to help orient themselves.

Waiting for the sound:  Any time you press a button or throw a dart, the board stops what it was trying to say and responds to what you are doing now.  This will allow you to go faster by throwing your darts in rapid succession.  It also allows you to press a sequence of buttons that you know well without stopping to listen to each one.  (Note that the Audio English Mark Darts board could not do this.)  Beware though, that hearing where each dart hits helps you aim the next dart, and also that some of the things the board is trying to tell you can be useful.  Also note that when you throw a dart, all the segments rattle for a second.  The board can not figure out which segment you hit until the segments stop shaking.  If you throw darts at machine gun speed, it is possible that some of the darts no not register.

 

If you have a tip for other users, email us at audiodartmaster@tcq.net to tell us about it.