Thomas Eastside, Esq.
Tuf is Avalon Hill's Game of Mathematics. Tuf can be played with 2-4 players.
The game contains 64 cubes (4 of which or blank replacements), 3 timers (consisting of 1, 2, and 3 minute timers), and the rule book. The cubes are broken up as follows:
- Red Operator Cubes (includes plus, minus, negative, division, and 2 multiplication signs)
- Blue Number Cubes (marked 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- Green Number Cubes (marked 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 0)
- Yellow Fraction Cubes (marked 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/8, 1/10)
- White Equals Cubes (with the equal sign on all sides)
- Orange Constant Cubes (marked %, Pi, log, tan, j(i), X)
The goal of the game is to create longer math equations than your opponents. In the basic game (Game 1), players receive 3 blue cubes, 3 green cubes, 4 red cubes, and 1 white cube.
At the start of each round, players roll their respective cubes and begin making their equations. The first player to create a valid equation using as many of his/her cubes, may declare "TUF", turns the 3-minute timer. The person that declares cannot adjust their equation. The other players then have 3 minutes in which to create a longer equation. If one succeeds, they may call "TUFFEST" and turn the 2-minute timer. Their opponents may now attempt to exceed their equation. If one does, that player may now call "TUFFEST" and turn the 1-minute timer. Their opponents now have 1 minute to try to create a larger equation.
The round ends when a player has used all their cubes or a timer runs out. At the end of the round, players score one point for each cube used in their equation. The player that declared "TUFFEST" counts 2 per cube. The game ends when 5 rounds are completed.
Tuf is actually broken up into 6 different games. The basic game, as you can imagine, is not very difficult. However, each game adds new functions, increasing the complexity. These games are broken down as follows:
- Game 2 - Adds a yellow cube (fractions) and a red cube.
- Game 3 - The zero on the green cubes must be used as a decimal point.
- Game 4 - On the red cube, one of the multiplication signs is contained in parentheses. This can be used to group a function.
- Game 5 - Introduces base functions.
- Game 6 - Adds exponents, powers, and roots. The orange (constant) cube may also be added.
This is an excellent game for learning math. Because of the scalability of each game, anyone can play. For younger players, one can play the basic game. But with more experienced players, the additional games allow for some very difficult mathematical thought. Overall, an great game for those that enjoy math.
My only recommendation regards equations that equate to zero. This can be over-used, so I will generally suggest that it not be allowed, as long as all opponents consent.
... and using power zero to set a complicated equation to one.