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Subject: playing a paper and pencil version. rss

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Mark Crane
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Any thoughts on how to play this with paper and pencil without copious amounts of erasing? I really love this game and would like to be able to sneak in a few plays with my kids while on road trips or in other settings. They (sons ages 8/11) like it too and ask to play it, which is rare for an abstract.
 
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Russ Williams
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I can imagine in theory the following:

The idea is that each hex will have a string of digits (1, 2, 3), representing a stack of disks. Thus at the start of the game, each hex has exactly one digit. There are 2 colors of digits. (They don't have to be digits, just 3 distinct symbols.)

Concretely, start with a printed map with blank hexes. Write little digits (1, 2, or 3) in the upper left part of each hex to represent the 3 types of pieces, using 2 colors of pen for the 2 players' colors. When a stack moves out of a hex, simple black out that hex (so you don't need to erase - in Tzaar you'll never re-occupy an empty hex, so you can just cover it over with pencil/ink/whatever). Copy the string of digits onto the end of the string of digits in the target hex. If it was an enemy target hex, scratch over the enemy digits; if it was a friendly target hex, it now has more digits. The number of digits in a hex represents the number of disks and their type. The first digit in the string is the bottom-most disk and the last digit is the top-most disk; new disks/digits are appended to the end of the string. Wrap onto several lines in the hex if needed.

Doesn't sound very enjoyable to play Tzaar on paper, but sounds possible.
 
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Mark Crane
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I can pretty much visualize what you're saying, and it sounds like it would work. Not as much fun as bakelite, but definitely funner than any number of meetings.
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