JUST4FUN Extended Play
A 2-player variant by Alfred Das
To be clear: I love JUST4FUN as it is. I do not pretend that this variant is better in any way. I created this just as an alternative way to play this great game.
This is a more abstract variant that reduces the luck factor by removing highest point-total as a winning condition. Regular gameplay is longer with therefore a higher chance of someone getting the required 4-in-a-row on the board. A draw is now possible and even rewarding in itself.
The game is played over two rounds, with a cleanup phase inbetween.
Each of the two rounds is played as normal, but you can disregard the point tactics that are so important in the official regular game.
Round ONE ends after both players have placed their 20 stones.
During the cleanup phase, all equalising stones are reclaimed. Only remove stones that are not creating a majority or an ownership. The board will now only have single stones on the spaces with a majority, except two in case of an ownership. See the example of play image below for clarification.
Each player will now have an equal number of reclaimed stones and the board is set to continue play.
Round TWO begins with the reclaimed stones (13 each in the example) and the cards from the first round. The second player from the first round now becomes the start player.
Note that this round varies in length depending on the amount of stones reclaimed. It can be very short, or in extreme cases as long as the first round.
The game ends as soon as someone has a 4-in-a-row on the board at any point. It ends in a draw when all stones are on the board after Round TWO.
- Start player for Round TWO is the person occupying the highest number space (red  in the example). This could be done as a little tribute to the regular game.
You could also agree to continue without swapping turn order.
- You could obviously extend the game even further by playing a third round. Or perhaps, alternatively, until the number of reclaimed stones is under an agreed minimum? On the other hand, that may be stretching it and a draw is also sweet.
I hope you enjoy this variant. Or else... just play the regular game, it is great!
Cleanup phase - example of play
Image uses graphics as they appear
in online version at www.yucata.de
- Last edited Thu Mar 1, 2018 9:47 am (Total Number of Edits: 8)
- Posted Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:40 pm
After each round, set one stone per player aside. Play in rounds continues until no more stones are available for playing. At that point it is a draw.
In the above example, play in round 2 would start with 12 stones for each player.
Stones set aside can serve as an extension counter when you play with a defined maximum number of extensions.
("What is your highest extension count?" Could be an interesting question.)
(I should perhaps rewrite the rules, including this follow up.)
- Last edited Thu Mar 1, 2018 9:53 am (Total Number of Edits: 2)
- Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:49 pm