Virtual Museum of Games

Another great collection of game art and information can be found in the Elliott Avedon Virtual Museum and Archive. This site reproduces the collection that was once housed in a museum at University of Waterloo, Ontario. The museum has closed and the collection was moved to the Canadian Museum of Civilization, but the site documenting the collection’s treasures has been left up. It has some terrific images and text.

Tuesday Puzzle: Matchstick Fieldgoal … Intercepted

The opposing team made the mistake of building their goalposts out of matchsticks. (They’re really tiny football players).

A ball (the match head) is about to pass through the uprights.

See if you can make this fieldgoal an incomplete by only moving two matchsticks. You must still have an intact fieldgoal at the end. The ball must be completely outside of the goalposts.


Life, or Chess?

Chess is like life.
 Boris Spassky

Chess is not like life. It has rules!
  Mark Pasternak

Chess is life.
  Bobby Fischer

If Chess is a science, it’s a most inexact one. If Chess is an art, it is too exacting to be seen as one. If Chess is a sport, it’s too esoteric. If Chess is a game, it’s too demanding to be just a game. If Chess is a mistress, she’s a demanding one. If Chess is a passion, it’s a rewarding one. If Chess is life, it’s a sad one.

Life is a kind of Chess, with struggle, competition, good and ill events
  Benjamin Franklin

App O’ The Mornin’: Ingenious

I could write about only Reiner Knizia Apps for two weeks and still not cover them all.  The man isn’t just a prolific designer, but his games and uniquely well-suited to the App format.

Among Knizia’s dominoes variants, Ingenious is probably the most famous. Tiles are comprised of two conjoined hexagons, with each bearing one of 6 colored symbols. Players earn points by laying tiles on an Agon board to create lines of matching colors. The unusual scoring mechanism means that “highest lowest score” wins. Thus, the person with the highest score for their weakest color is the victor.

For instance, if your lowest scoring color is green with 5 points, and someone else has a lowest scoring color of red for 6 points, then they win. This creates unusual strategies for tile placement and even blocking.

The iPhone/Touch version is a straightforward and effective port of the original game, with an AI that should give even seasoned players a fine challenge. A solitaire variant is also included, as you compete against yourself for highest score.