Friday August 26


Stratego Duel
10:15am to 1:45pm
£10
Duel games will be played over 7 rounds with a Bronstein clock and a setting of 2 mins personal time/ 3 seconds per move and 10 minutes game time.) + 3 mins setup time. 2 games will be played per opponent in each round. Anyone who has played the Original/Classic Stratego game OR Stratego Barrage will be very familiar with the pieces and rules of Stratego Duel.This is because the rules are EXACTLY the same as the Original/Classic Stratego & Stratego Barrage.The only physical difference is the number of pieces played on the board. In the Original game there are 40 pieces each. In Barrage there are 8 pieces each. In Duel there are 10 pieces each. In short, Duel is Barrage but with 2 extra pieces. (An extra Miner + an extra Bomb)

Stratego Duel pieces = 10                Stratego Barrage pieces = 8
1 x Marshal                                       1 x Marshal
1 x General                                       1 x General
2 x Miners                                         1 x Miner
2 x Scouts                                         2 x Scouts
1 x Spy                                              1 x Spy
2 x Bombs                                         1 x Bomb
1 x Flag                                             1 x Flag
Although physically the difference between Duel and Barrage is very small, the game itself changes much more than most people think.
In Classic the most important piece is the Marshal.
In Barrage the most important piece is usually the Scout (some might be surprised to hear).
In Duel the most important piece is usually the Miner.
The power of the Scout in Barrage has been eliminated with the addition of the extra bomb. In Duel it is possible to bomb a flag in the corner. In Barrage this was not possible and meant that the flag was always vunerable to an attack from a long range scout.
Duel actually plays more like the Original game than Barrage.

 


Lines of Action World Championship
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15, 6 rounds with 20 minutes+5 seconds per move.
Lines of Action is a two-player strategy board game invented by Claude Soucie. The objective is to connect all of one’s pieces. Lines of Action is played on a standard chessboard. Each player controls twelve checkers. The object of the game is to bring all of one’s checkers together into a contiguous body so that they are connected vertically, horizontally or diagonally. Checkers move horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. A checker moves exactly as many spaces as there are checkers (both friendly and enemy) on the line in which it is moving. For example, black may open with c8-c6. Black’s checker moves two spaces because there are two checkers in the line (c8-c1) in which black is moving. A checker may jump over friendly checkers, but not over an enemy checker.

 

 


Diplomacy
10.15am to 5:45pm
£15
Two rounds will be played with 7 players per table.
The board game Diplomacy was invented by Alan B Calhamer, an American, in 1954. Easy to learn, but with infinite possibilities, it is played on a stylised map of Europe at the turn of the 19th Century. The players assume the roles of the Great Powers at that time: England, Germany, France, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Italy and Turkey. Land and sea power are almost equally significant, each player starting with three armies/fleets which are manoeuvred according to simple rules. There are initially twelve unallocated supply bases scattered around Europe. Each of these earns an extra army or fleet for the occupier. The aim of the game is to emerge as the dominant power.
Diplomacy is a game of pure skill. Players write down their movement orders, which are then revealed simultaneously, conflicting orders being resolved according to a few basic rules. What sets the game apart, however, is the negotiation phase which takes place before each move. In this phase players engage in head-to-head diplomacy, striking up alliances (many probably to be broken later), integrating tactics, or otherwise agreeing on actions to be taken.
Diplomacy is a classic, one of the best board games of the last sixty years. It has an army of devoted followers, many of whom play by correspondence.

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Ticket to Ride: Europe
10.15am to 6pm (lunch break 1.30pm-2.15pm)
£15 (AM+PM; register for Double Session)
4 rounds of 1 hour 15 minutes
Ticket to Ride: Europe
takes you on a new train adventure across Europe. From Edinburgh to Constantinople and from Lisbon to Moscow, you’ll visit great cities of turn-of-the-century Europe. Like the original game, this game remains elegantly simple, can be learned in 5 minutes, and appeals to both families and experienced gamers. Ticket to Ride: Europe is a complete new game and does not require the original version.

More than just a new map, Ticket to Ride: Europe features brand new gameplay elements. Tunnels may require you to pay extra cards to build on them, Ferries require locomotive cards in order to claim them, and Stations allow you to sacrifice a few points in order to use an opponents route to connect yours. The game also includes larger format cards and Train Station game pieces.

The overall goal remains the same, collect and play train cards in order to place your pieces on the board, attempting to connect cities on your ticket cards. Points are earned both from placing trains and completing tickets but uncompleted tickets lose you points. The player who has the most points at the end of the game wins.

 


Othello
2:15pm to 6pm
£10
5 rounds with a 15 minute time control.
Othello, also known as Reversi, is a strategy board game for two players, played on an 8×8 uncheckered board. There are sixty-four identical game pieces called disks (often spelled “discs”), which are light on one side and dark on the other. Players take turns placing disks on the board with their assigned color facing up. During a play, any disks of the opponent’s color that are in a straight line and bounded by the disk just placed and another disk of the current player’s color are turned over to the current player’s color. The object of the game is to have the majority of disks turned to display your color when the last playable empty square is filled.
Othello was “perfected” by Foro Hasegawa in 1971, who named it after his favourite Shakespearean character. However, apart from two small rule changes, the game is identical to Reversi, which was invented by Lewis Waterman in or around 1880.