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After years of hating abstracts, this summer I really got into a few. Some of the ones I liked were from reading Yavalath & Co (I made myself a board and played with glass beads), so I now occasionally find myself browsing the nestorgames website. But there are a million games there. Help me pick!
I don't really know what, in general, I like or dislike about abstracts. I'm pretty sure one thing I want is for play to be somewhat intuitive, not just looking 10 moves ahead. I mean, lookahead and even forced moves are fine, but I don't want that to be the whole game, as it seems to be in Yavalath itself.
And for the moment I'm *not* interested in chess or go, etc. I think I want a smaller scope, and less "if you study for ten years you might be slightly competent". Playing abstracts has definitely slowed down my cult-of-the-new ways and led to more repeat plays... but ultimately I am the sort of person who plays 25 games 4 times each much more often than I play one game 100 times. I know that means some of the best abstracts would be wasted on me for the moment. Bear with me.
Abstracts I've liked a lot:
Ones I've definitely liked some:
OMEGA (played on my Yavalath board, seemed like it really wanted a larger board)
Not sure what I thought:
Didn't really understand enough to enjoy:
Feed the ducks
Also, I love Tash-Kalar, but I'm pretty sure that's my dueling/hand-management/asymmetry side, not because it involves pieces on a square grid.
Amoeba is a great game published by Nestor Games. You should have a look.
Life is a lamp-flame before a wind.
is a great game published by Nestor Games. You should have a look.
Thanks for the recommendation! Looks like I could play that on my homemade hex board, too.