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The Meditation Game is a rather simple two player abstract. It consists of 1) a 7x7 square mat with the words "spontaneous" written diagonally from upper left to lower right and "right action" written from lower left to upper right and 2) 57 blue plastic rings. The mat is printed on an envelope (nice material for an envelope) that carries the rings. (What'd you want for $2.50?)

Each player chooses a diagonal and take turns placing rings on the grid. The first player may place a ring on any of the squares adjacent (orthogonally or diagonally) to the center square. Then, alternately, players place a ring on unoccupied squares adjacent (again, orthogonally or diagonally) to the last ring placed. Play continues until 1) all the letters along either diagonal has a ring on it or 2) no ring can legally be played.

The winner is the player with rings covering the most letters on their diagonal.

In my opinion, the game has the usual facets of the simpler two player abstracts:

Handicapping opponents of differing strengths is simple: give the weaker player an extra move, or more as needed.

With equal opponents, "he who shall go first, he shall win." The solution is the usual bid for a second player double move via auction or over/under, or the usual "pie" solution.

Conclusion? As a game to haul around and break out? Doubtful, although it is small and light so I'll stuff it in another game's box. As a game one has laying around or can create on the spot with only a paper and pen or even in the sand, it has a decent amount of merit. Although I think this one's strong point will be as a game between adult and child. As it often has two people pulling in opposite directions: you're going to hit the wall so it's important to think about how you're going to hit it and are you set up to take advantage? If not, try something else. It's fairly easy to see ahead so it could serve as a tool for children to start planning ahead in games. Now if you could only get them to apply that to life...
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