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Year Published
1963
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2, 4 players
Recommended with 2, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
10 and up
Playing Time
45 minutes
User Suggested Ages
8 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Focus
Alternate Names
Domination
Dominio
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Focus (or Domination) is a Sid Sackson abstract strategy game in which players attempt to make moves and capture pieces in such a manner that their opponent(s) have no moves remaining.

On a turn a player may move a piece or stack of pieces based on the number of pieces that comprise it as well as the number of pieces to be moved (e.g. 1-piece = 1 space, 3 piece stack = 3 spaces.) When a stack grows over five pieces, pieces from the bottom of the stack are removed to bring the stack back down to five. Pieces of a player's own color that are taken by that player are reserved to re-enter the game at a later time; pieces of the opponent's color are kept as captured. Reserved pieces can be entered on a turn in any space on the board in place of making a move of pieces; strategic use of reserved pieces can make the game by utilizing them to capture stacks controlled by opponent(s).

Sackson includes the game In his 1969 book, A Gamut of Games. The book makes a reference to the Whitman Publishing Company production of 1965, along with reporting that the two-handed version was first described in the October 1963 issue of Scientific American Magazine.

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The Whitman edition 1965 and the 1969 book A Gamut of Games describe the game only for 2 players, or 4 players playing as partners. Instructions for 3 players appear with the Milton Bradley edition 1982 of Domination.

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Franckh Kosmos edition 1995
Publisher: KOSMOS
Artist: Marion Pott
Year: 1995
Product Code: Art.-Nr.: 684716
Size: 17.13 x 9.25 x 2.72 inches
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Milton Bradley edition 1982
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Year: 1982
Product Code: 4207
Size: 12.50 x 18.50 x 2.00 inches
1.87 pounds
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Parker German Edition
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Year: 1980
Product Code: 611 1015
Size: 17.72 x 13.78 x 1.18 inches
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Spear's Games Edition 1980
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1 Focus English Rulebook
Translation of the German rules written inside the cover of the box by user.
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2014-02-05
12 Sid Sackson's own rules for a 3 player game + more
Sid and I became good friends in the 70's. I went to his house in Brooklyn on many occasions. We exchanged correspondence regularly (and parcels of games) and on one occasion he shared these extra rules, which I published in 1982 in a fanzine.
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2011-03-04
2 Focus Board
Created in Powerpoint and then saved as a pdf. Print this off on some 11x17 cardstock, laminate if you like, and then find some stackable checkers or use smaller Connect-4 pieces and wah-lah, you got yourself a brand new Focus set!
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2011-02-23
9 focus.zip
Focus Program (Freeware)
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Statistics
Board Game Rank: 1942
Abstract Game Rank: 107
Num Ratings: 580
Average Rating: 6.50
Standard Deviation: 1.41
Num Views: 58186
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
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Avg. Game Weight: 2.5
Fans: 14
Personal Comments: 277
Users Owning: 1077
Users Wanting: 34
Users Trading: 84 [find trade matches]
Has Parts For Trade: 8
Want Parts In Trade: 13
Price History: View
Total Plays: 671
Plays This Month: 0
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Durchgespielt – Spiel des Jahres 1981: Focus
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