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Subject: Play seen at Gamecon1 Malaysia rss

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At Gamecon1, my enthusiastic helpers delved into the rules for all the games and began teaching them on their own immediately, having a wonderful time at it. I appreciated this enthusiasm very much.

After a while, I came over to watch a 4 player game of Octiles that was going on with much laughter and animation, and discovered they were not following the rules completely, - so I asked them to teach me my own game. Here is the essense of the variation, as I understood it.

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VARIANT: Place the switch tile on top of a tile NEXT TO one of your runners. WITHOUT REPLACING the tile underneath, use it to move your runner. Then replace ANY tile on the board with the switch tile.
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thumbsup The "advantages" were: fewer runner decisions, and freer path-messing-up possibilities; hence a more obstructive game. (So there! devil )

thumbsdown I suspect that this version would add more than a little nastiness and kingmaking into the end game.

(The true move-over rule was specifically designed to limit one's ability to directly mess with others' paths at the game's end, cool but maybe that was what the laughing was about.)

surprise => This variant might be more workable if the position where you finally replace the tile on your turn has to be somehow connected to one of your own pieces.

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Octiles is fairly accepting of variants, and many of the rules can be flipped around. If you have a favorite variant, I would be happy to try it out and comment on it.

 
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