Ploy (1970)

Average Rating: 6.16/10
Board Game Rank: 3665
Abstract Game Rank: 264
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Publisher
Year Published
1970
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Ploy
Alternate Names
Imperium
Ovni
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This game in the 3M Bookshelf Series has a chess-like feel. Players move different types of pieces on the board, trying to eliminate their opponents or capture the "Commander" (king). As a bonus, the box features "futuristic" art which could have only been produced in the late 1960's.

The publisher's description:
"Ploy is the stimulating space-age strategy game. The object--to eliminate the opponent's Commander or all of his forces. Since pieces only move along paths in line with the indicators radiating from their centers, the strategy lies in knowing when to move and when to rotate a piece to change direction. For 2 or 4 players. Bookshelf case contains four sets of spacial playing pieces, futuristic playing board and instructions."

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Components:

  • 1 page of rules printed on the game board holder
  • 1 two-piece game board
  • 1 small box for holding the game pieces
  • 2 plastic connectors to hold the two game boards together
  • 48 playing pieces
    • 15 coral (orange) playing pieces (3 shields, 5 probes, 6 lances, 1 commander)
    • 15 green playing pieces (3 shields, 5 probes, 6 lances, 1 commander)
    • 9 blue playing pieces (3 shields, 3 probes, 2 lances, 1 commander)
    • 9 yellow playing pieces (3 shields, 3 probes, 2 lances, 1 commander)

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Schmidt Spiele German edition
Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
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Year: 1982
Size: 13.78 x 9.84 x 2.17 inches
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3M bookcase edition
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Year: 1970
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
1.83 pounds
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Year: 1970
Size: Avalon Hill Bookcase
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1 PLOY With Dice
This is a variant to introduce a random factor into the combat resolution of PLOY. It is intended to make the game more approachable for younger players.
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2011-07-01
4 PLOY: Three Player Variant
This is an asymmetrical three player variant. It was designed for two weaker players (Team A & B) to take on a stronger player (Player C).
English
2011-01-04
1 Wells_puzzles.zip
Two puzzles composed by David Wells
2005-02-18
14 ployrules.pdf
Ploy rules (English) with color illustrations
2004-05-03
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 3665
Abstract Game Rank: 264
Num Ratings: 288
Average Rating: 6.16
Standard Deviation: 1.40
Num Views: 38169
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.4
Fans: 20
Personal Comments: 167
Users Owning: 900
Users Wanting: 15
Users Trading: 76 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 3
Want Parts In Trade: 6
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Total Plays: 238
Plays This Month: 2
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