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Project GIPF

Tags: — Allan @ 3:08 pm

In case you haven’t tried any of the games from [Project GIPF](http://www.gipf.com), I would encourage you to. The games (5 thus far) are outstandingly brilliant 2-player games where only skill determines the outcome, and the rules are all deceptively simple. All of them are played on a hexagonal board, but that is as far as the similarities go…

Probably the best game in the series is [GIPF](http://www.gipf.com/gipf/index.html), which is both easy to learn and hard to master. Every move, the player pushes a new piece onto the board, pushing other pieces further onto the board, and thus changing the entire setup dramatically. You capture pieces by making a row-of-4 – the detailed rules, tips and tricks, etc are on the web site.

[DVONN](http://www.gipf.com/dvonn/index.html) is probably also the best game in the series. Its rules are even simpler than those of GIPF, and the gameplay is both fast and interesting – a typical game takes about 15 minutes. In this game, you stack pieces on top of each other in order to win – but it’s not as simple as it sounds. To get an interesting take on the game, click on the [Glossary link](http://www.gipf.com/dvonn/index.html), which describes DVONN in terms of Melee, Settlement and other very appropriate terms.

Other more intelligent people think that [ZERTZ](http://www.gipf.com/zertz/index.html) is the best game, but I just don’t “get” it. The board is made up of game pieces on top of which small marbles are placed, and the board shrinks with every move as a piece of the board is removed. Clever stuff, but hard 🙂

[TAMSK](http://www.gipf.com/tamsk/index.html) is the only game I know of where time is a factor. The pieces are actually hour glasses with around 3 minutes of sand in them – when a glass is empty, the piece dies. Interesting, but also a bit obscure.

[YINSH](http://www.gipf.com/yinsh/index.html) is the latest game in the series, and it looks to be very good. Unfortunately, I have only played it twice so it’s hard to tell whether it’s as good as the other games – but lots of people seem to think so. The board is bigger and there are more different pieces in YINSH than in any of the other games.

So there you have it – go buy yourself a game or two (they are cheap!) and start playing some games!