||No luck. No draws. No themes. Generic equipment.
Intense game of annihilation. Magnificent
architecture and dramatic play.
You can get behind and come back, a few times, in one play.
Oust is an exhilarating game to win. And a sh*tty game to lose.
The Oust game tree is ginormous. Moves are more restricted than in Go, but large groups are removed, and
the vacated spaces repopulated - again and again. Oust has been copied, but never equaled. No serious AI
exists for Oust. Nor will it exist, for many years to come.
See also square Oust. Same rules but played with a Go set.
Equipment: Hex hex game board, Go stones.
ig Game Center,
Oust strategy guide.
Extremely simple game. Place a checker next to one enemy checker and no friendly checkers.
Last player to place a checker wins. BOOM, that's it. Can't get much simpler than that. Despite its
simplicity, or perhaps because of it, Gopher is a good game.
Three similar games preceded Gopher. Chris Huntoon's
Spider Lightning is virtually identical to Stephen Tavener's Snowpaque. This game employs only one color stone and starts
in the center of the board, branching outward by connecting to exactly one stone. Both of these games were in turn preceded by Dan Troyka's
Blue Nile which also employs only one color of stone, but differs by only allowing connection to the most recently
Normally I withdraw games that turn out to be
similar to existing games, but not in this case. The central mechanisms of these games are elementary. My addition of another color doubles
the complexity of the rules, and constitutes a vast improvement in my opinion. Two color games are much more
vibrant. They're not boringly Nim-like. Gopher is a distinct game.
Drew Edwards found an easy win for Red on size 5, 7, 9... boards. Red starts by placing a
stone in the center or a corner. Then, whichever way Blue branches out, Red continues the branch in the same direction.
Simple annihilation game. Unique mechanism for assuring annihilation.
Equipment: Checkers set.
Very simple game. Related to Dots and Boxes.
Equipment: Checkers set. Can play on intersections for a 7x7 grid.
ig Game Center.
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