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Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 pm
by Kempelen
Hi
I have been playing chess 35 years, and I continue playing and styding, but I would like to find a simpler game to vary a little. Some requisites I search:

- 2 players or more type. No puzzle type.
- Easy to learn, and possibility to play fast games.
- Not a big board. Not need to learn a lot of characters or knowledged trees (like civilization)
- Less skilled than chess or go. Where you can learn a few strategies and than is fun for the game.
- Would prefer much more strategy than tactics.
- If possible with windows or android version to be able to play with others.
- Chess is perfect and symetrical type. Maybe something different where bluffs, risk, intuition and other characteristics are involved. So no Go, Reversi or similar please.

I have been toying with Yathzee (very very fun, some strategy and tactics, quick games, but much luck involved, although if you play for classification and not for single games is fine), stratego, and minimetro (android). All fun but would like to see what others in this forum enjoy with other than chess...

thanks a lot in advance.
Fermín

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:31 am
by Dann Corbit
I guess that tic-tac-toe (AKA naughts and crosses) is too simple. Maybe his big brother Connect-4? It can also be generalized to Connect-N.

Othello/Reversi?

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2019 7:50 pm
by Chessqueen
Kempelen wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Hi
I have been playing chess 35 years, and I continue playing and styding, but I would like to find a simpler game to vary a little. Some requisites I search:

- 2 players or more type. No puzzle type.
- Easy to learn, and possibility to play fast games.
- Not a big board. Not need to learn a lot of characters or knowledged trees (like civilization)
- Less skilled than chess or go. Where you can learn a few strategies and than is fun for the game.
- Would prefer much more strategy than tactics.
- If possible with windows or android version to be able to play with others.
- Chess is perfect and symetrical type. Maybe something different where bluffs, risk, intuition and other characteristics are involved. So no Go, Reversi or similar please.

I have been toying with Yathzee (very very fun, some strategy and tactics, quick games, but much luck involved, although if you play for classification and not for single games is fine), stratego, and minimetro (android). All fun but would like to see what others in this forum enjoy with other than chess...

thanks a lot in advance.
Fermín

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Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 1:04 am
by Ras
Abalone could be a candidate. However with the original initial position, it's too easy to draw defensively, but one of the daisy positions can solve that: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abalone_(board_game)

Or Backgammon of course, especially when using the doubling cube (bluff / intuition). Yeah, there are dice involved, but over a number of games, it's not luck. GNU Backgammon is so good at higher difficulty levels that people assume it is cheating with the dice, only to discover that it also magically wins if they roll the dice themselves and enter the results.

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:57 am
by mhull
Kempelen wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:36 pm
Hi
I have been playing chess 35 years, and I continue playing and styding, but I would like to find a simpler game to vary a little. Some requisites I search:

- 2 players or more type. No puzzle type.
- Easy to learn, and possibility to play fast games.
- Not a big board. Not need to learn a lot of characters or knowledged trees (like civilization)
- Less skilled than chess or go. Where you can learn a few strategies and than is fun for the game.
- Would prefer much more strategy than tactics.
- If possible with windows or android version to be able to play with others.
- Chess is perfect and symetrical type. Maybe something different where bluffs, risk, intuition and other characteristics are involved. So no Go, Reversi or similar please.

I have been toying with Yathzee (very very fun, some strategy and tactics, quick games, but much luck involved, although if you play for classification and not for single games is fine), stratego, and minimetro (android). All fun but would like to see what others in this forum enjoy with other than chess...

thanks a lot in advance.
Fermín
I liked Stratego quite a bit but I only ever played it against humans. Quite a lot of strategy, gambling with initial setup, and risks to take.

Pente is another that is simple but dynamic against other humans (tournament rule should be in force once you're beyond novice level).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pente

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 11:08 am
by Daniel Anulliero
Othello/ reversi
Rules are very easy To learn, with a strategy very ellaborated.
Also very funny To write an engine To play with 😊
Best
Dany

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:40 pm
by Jack Lad
mhull wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:57 am
Pente is another that is simple but dynamic against other humans (tournament rule should be in force once you're beyond novice level).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pente
Do you know any good Pente players?

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Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:36 am
by Michael Sherwin
Diplomacy!

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:57 am
by mhull
Michael Sherwin wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:36 am
Diplomacy!
The Russian Campaign (excellent game)
Wooden Ships and Iron Men (pretty good)
Squad Leader (tons of fun)
King Maker! (superb game for 4-8 players, you're never out of the game)

Or Angriff! on the garage floor with micro-scale models.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angriff!

Those were the days.

Re: Searching a game other than chess to vary

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:56 pm
by Michael Sherwin
mhull wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:57 am
Michael Sherwin wrote:
Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:36 am
Diplomacy!
The Russian Campaign (excellent game)
Wooden Ships and Iron Men (pretty good)
Squad Leader (tons of fun)
King Maker! (superb game for 4-8 players, you're never out of the game)

Or Angriff! on the garage floor with micro-scale models.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angriff!

Those were the days.
If I knew of an assisted living facility that stocked all these old games I'd give up this life and move in tomorrow!