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So I've been thinking about this for a bit of time, but don't quite know how to implement it. I've amateurishly designed many a failed game, but the ideas keep popping, regardless of the failed attempts. This week's obsession is tessellations in board games. Apart from the simple 6.6.6. (hex grid) and 4.4.4.4. (square grid) tessellation, I have to try hard to think of games that use tiling (usually for spaces on a board).

The first one I thought of is the first item of the list. That's all that I can think of (isn't that pathetic?). Wouldn't it be interesting though, if you had a game with a 3.4.6.4.'s (triangles, squares, and hexagons), and the squares only connected to 3 different spaces, the squares to 4, and the hexagons to 6? That would give a nice unnamed value to spaces (depending on the game, of course). So are there any non-boring tessellations out there? Add some to the list!

For reference: http://library.thinkquest.org/16661/simple.of.regular.polygo... - The site's pretty well laid out, and explains the material in good layman's terms.
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4.8.8.

http://library.thinkquest.org/16661/media/semiregular/4.8.8....
 
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a board related to 3.3.4.3.4


There's also a book, called "poly Y and mudcrack Y", which describes a game that can be played on many different tessellations, and many are provided in the book.

Finally, I designed a game, called Mind Ninja, which can be played on any tessellation.

www.mindninja.com
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Also 4.8.8, although the board's not completely full.
 
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Also 4.8.8.
 
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Not sure if this one is a stretch and I'm not sure how to classify the pieces but the board for this game is essentially made of 'platters' of hexes which are roughly hexes themselves. The catch is that the corners are held together by 'keys' or smaller boards of a different size and shape. The effect is a tesselated board that can be indefinitely added to in any direction.
 
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Here's your 3.4.6.4.

I like abstracts but am not very fond of this one. It's played in two phases: 1) add pieces to board at intersections then 2) shift them around along lines.
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Cameron Browne's second book on games has a very long list of games on various tessellations.
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Hmmm. The board design is clearly tessellated. The pieces of different colors and shapes fit neatly and fill space according to specific rules. Still, there is no defined repeated rule throughout. I think this qualifies.
 
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Need I say more?
 
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This old game, akin to dominoes, requires edges to meet and space is filled precisely, so could be looked at as tessellated, though more snake-like than necessarily space-filled.
 
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Unfortunately, only a completely filled perfect board would be considered a true tessellation (not sure it's even possible or has ever happened!)
 
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That's it.
 
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I had a bathroom floor with a 488 tessellation. Cameron was writing a book on connection games. This was the result.
 
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Wouldn't it be interesting though, if you had a game with a 3.4.6.4

Martian Chessboard Segments can be laid out to 3.4.6.4. Many of the spaces are plain old 4.4.4.4, however.
 
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Another Connection game with a crazy tesselation
 
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Inhomogen tessellation with pentagons and rhombs.
 
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A nice homogen tesselation with squares and triangles
 
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A tessellation of hexagons and triangles
 
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Hexagons, squares and triangles
 
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A tessellation of triangles, squares and hexagons
 
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A tessellation of triangles and squares
 
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I can think of this one off-hand.
 
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It's a little difficult to comprehend when you don't have the components in front of you. The large wooden cube has two holes on every side, in different positions. The holes on the board correspond to every position the holes can have when "rolling" the cube over the board. Not sure if this counts, but to me it certainly does.
 
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Nested Tessellation!

The game board is made of hexagonal tiles (6.6.6) but the tiles are subdivided in triangles so the pieces move inside a triangular tessellation (3.3.3.3.3.3).

Both subdivisions are important for the gameplay and have different roles.
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