Games

Chu Shogi, Part I: How to Play (4/5/2020) - As some of you out there already know, I’m a huge fan of Shogi, the Japanese version of Chess, and its many variants.  Shogi is a dynamic, attacking game enjoyed by millions of players around the world, and in my view is the most exciting of the major Chess variants played today.  Chu Shogi is […]
Powerful pieces in Chess games (4/1/2020) - In preparation for writing up some detailed articles about my favourite Shogi variants in the future, I spent a bunch of my insomniac hours making Shogi diagrams in Illustrator recently.  I thought I might give these a trial run before the main event, so here’s a more off-the-cuff opinion piece of sorts, about the dominant […]
Connection Games VIII, Part I: ConHex (3/27/2020) - ConHex is a unique connection game invented by Michail Antonow in 2002.  You may remember that Hex was inspired by Piet Hein’s interest in the four-colour problem, which is related to map-colouring; ConHex makes this inspiration much more explicit. In ConHex, players compete to claim the corners of spaces on the board until they gain […]
Connection Games VII: Onyx (3/22/2020) - Today I’m going to talk about a game with a highly unique visual presentation and capture mechanism: Onyx.  I’m really fascinated by this game, which is helpful, because making all the boards and diagrams for this post took a lot of time! Onyx was published by Larry Back in the year 2000 in Abstract Games […]
Connection Games Part VI: Twixt (3/19/2020) - As promised, today we’re going to take a look at TwixT — a classic connection game designed by Alex Randolph in 1962.  Twixt (I’m giving up on the second capitalised ‘T’ because I’m just going to keep forgetting it anyway) is one of the relatively rare connection games that actually was released in physical form […]
Connection Games V: Side Stitch (3/12/2020) - We’re back looking at connection games again, and this time we’re going to cover a game invented in 2017 by Craig Duncan — Side Stitch.  Side Stitch is a game reminiscent of Star and *Star, where players must make connections between groups touching key cells along the edges of the board.  Where Side Stitch differs […]
Connection Games IV: Unlur (3/9/2020) - I promised last time to cover two of my favourite connection games, Unlur and Side Stitch , but you may notice the title of this post only mentions Unlur.  I should clarify that my plans haven’t changed as a whole, I’ve just decided to devote an entire post to Unlur instead of covering both games […]
Connection Games III: Havannah and Starweb (3/3/2020) - In keeping with Part II, today I’m going to introduce two games by one designer — Christian Freeling, who maintains an invaluable website full of his creations including versions playable in your browser.   Christian has invented a tonne of well-regarded games over the years, and he has his own opinions on the most essential ones […]
Connection Games II: Y, Poly-Y, Star and *Star (2/22/2020) - Welcome to part II of my series of posts about games, part of my mission to keep my brain busy while I’m on strike! Moving on from the last post about Hex, this time we’re going to explore a whole series of connection games, each by the same designer and each a clear progression from […]
Connection Games I: Hex (2/21/2020) - As you all have probably figured out by now, I really enjoy complicated board games — dense modern board games with tons of special components, 500-year-old Shogi variants with hundreds of pieces, all that stuff.  But I also have a great fondness for games on the other end of the scale: elegant abstract games with […]
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