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ARTHUR REILLY
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I've heard the 3 cube pattern explained in so many ways and am now completely confused as to the way these liked colored cubes should be placed in order to go again, using one of your opponent's pieces.

Maybe if someone could take a picture or try explaining it in another way.

Thanks in advance.
 
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tick wang
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Dear Arthur

I have a picture here http://www.yupoo.com/photos/view?id=ff8080811b547dca011b67d4...

maybe not very clear, but hope it helps. You see the the black (the left player) has 3 cube pattern, so he must take one cube from his opponent to put on the top of 3cube pattern.

you could also check http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/223600
 
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Russ Williams
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OK, here's a description in exhaustive detail. Get the base and some cubes and try exploring this...

The key is that every placed cube is supported by 3 of its 6 faces. Those 3 downward-facing faces will either all be touching the black base, or all be touching cubes below them (each face will touch a different cube below it). If that's not clear, place a few cubes now, and you'll see it.

It's not possible to place a cube that's partly supported by the black base, and partly supported by another cube or 2 other cubes. Every cube will sit directly on the base, or on exactly 3 cubes below it.

Now a triple of cubes, which can have a 4th cube placed on it, could be such that all 3 cubes in the triple have the same color.

Now imagine a place where you can add a 3rd cube to 2 same-color cubes already in play, creating such a triple where 3 same-color cubes are next to each other, so that another cube could go on top of them.

If you in fact make such a move, creating a triple of 3 same-colored cubes, which another cube could go onto - then you automatically continue your turn and place another cube there, taken by your choice from your opponent's stock.

And a chain reaction is possible: if you place a cube (from your opponent's stock) onto a triple-cube-base you just made, and this new cube forms yet another triple-cube-base, you place another cube (from your opponent's stock) onto it. And so on.
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