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KAS
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Not sure if I will get an answer as it appears only a few people have this great little game, but one of the placement rules states that there should never emerge a "court" while placing the blocks and it shows this picture as ok:



but this one as not:



Does this only apply when all 4 colors different surround the court (so as to avoid an inability to place a single tile inside it? Or is it applicable to any 3 sided singles space enclosure? We initially tried the 2nd interpretation, but got locked up too much with placement problems so we switched to the 1st interpretation. It seemed to work fine, but the description in the English rules are not very clear.

Thanks

By the way: Although this one rule is not clear, this is a great 4-player abstract that plays fast and is quite fun. I highly recommend playing it if you can find a copy.


 
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The rule you refer to translates from the German as:

'A piece cannot be placed if it would cause a square on the board to be surrounded by pieces on three sides'.

This rule must be followed regardless of the colours of the pieces involved.
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Fledermaushaus wrote:
The rule you refer to translates from the German as:

'A piece cannot be placed if it would cause a square on the board to be surrounded by pieces on three sides'.

This rule must be followed regardless of the colours of the pieces involved.


Thanks for the translation. In two games we tried this interpretation with, we ran into the same problem: If at any time a 4x4 area is enclosed (either by 4 tiles or 3 tiles and the edge of the board), it would create a situation where any tile played in it would violate this rule. A single length tile would cause 3 squares to be surrounded on three sides and a double length tile would cause 2 squares to be surrounded on three sides. Not sure how to deal with that.

We have had the game end early when no more legal placements could be made, but this problem above would have ended the game within the first few turns.


 
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kneumann wrote:
Fledermaushaus wrote:
The rule you refer to translates from the German as:

'A piece cannot be placed if it would cause a square on the board to be surrounded by pieces on three sides'.

This rule must be followed regardless of the colours of the pieces involved.


Thanks for the translation. In two games we tried this interpretation with, we ran into the same problem: If at any time a 4x4 area is enclosed (either by 4 tiles or 3 tiles and the edge of the board), it would create a situation where any tile played in it would violate this rule. A single length tile would cause 3 squares to be surrounded on three sides and a double length tile would cause 2 squares to be surrounded on three sides. Not sure how to deal with that.

We have had the game end early when no more legal placements could be made, but this problem above would have ended the game within the first few turns.


We played with this rule and and that if possible you must play a piece. These rules forced the game to end quite early without finishing the first level and the winner was determine at that point when no player had a legal move. It made the game quite interesting with a somewhat cooperative element in that everyone had to work together to get to the second or third level. Would be interested in know if we played correctly.
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