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James Schultz
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What happens when a player runs out of pieces? That player loses, or the game is a draw (stalemate)?

This condition is trivial to produce, as each piece can be played on top of the previous piece until they are all used up in a tower 30 (or 40) pieces tall.

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Néstor Romeral Andrés
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js3b wrote:
What happens when a player runs out of pieces? That player loses, or the game is a draw (stalemate)?

This condition is trivial to produce, as each piece can be played on top of the previous piece until they are all used up in a tower 30 (or 40) pieces tall.



In this case the game ends in a tie.

BTW, the number of pieces per player has been increased to 20, as Ken Shoda found out that some deadlocks in the diamond board needed a few more pieces to be resolved.
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Rulebook updated accordingly. Sorry for the inconvenience

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I am guessing that with twenty pieces each, in practice draws are quite rare. Has that been your experience so far, Nestor?
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cdunc123 wrote:
I am guessing that with twenty pieces each, in practice draws are quite rare. Has that been your experience so far, Nestor?


I've never reached even 15 during the playtests and I think that there is always a 'better path' to victory before reaching that number. However, as Ken Shoda has seemed to prove, with ultra-defensive play some deadlocks can be created that force players to use more pieces.

I've added more because I trust Ken. However ultra-defensive play by both sides will always lead to a draw in many (not all) other combinatorial games.

Why 20? Because I can only fit 40 pieces plus the board inside the cotton case.

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