An Abalone game review, by Slouching towards Thatcham (reblog)

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Abstract (themeless) strategy games such as chess, draughts, Go and Reversi/Othello are among the most popular and enduring that people play. How does Abalone stack up against these? I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes. The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple […]

I was provided with a copy of this game for review purposes.

The first thing you notice when you open Abalone’s eye-catching hexagonal box is how simple its contents are. Two pleasingly solid sets of 14 marbles – one black, one white – and a black hexagonal board. That’s it.

There are no convoluted rules to learn: it’s more like draughts than chess in this respect. The instruction booklet, such as it is, is just four pages long. From opening up the packaging, you can be all clued up and playing for the first time within five minutes.

The board itself initially seems light and plasticky but is actually strong and durable and stands up to repeated play. It comprises 61 holes that can hold individual marbles. A six-sided ‘moat’ runs around the outside, ready to catch any marbles that are pushed over the edge.

And that’s the aim of Abalone… [Read more on Abalone game review — Slouching towards Thatcham]


Mind Sports Olympiad: Abalone World Championship 2018 live stream

The 2018 Abalone World Championship took place in London on Monday, August 20. And the winner is…

The event is presented by Paco Garcia de la Banda and Steve Raine. Enjoy!


Basic rules of an abalone tournament

An abalone tournament is played mostly with the same rules as casual abalone. It is also governed by the main rules and regulations used in a chess tournament for every possible dispute or situation one might come across during a game in a tournament. Simply understanding these basic rules is more than enough to confidently play in any tournament.

• When in doubt, ask!

Never hesitate to ask a tournament director to clarify any confusion you may have about the rules. If you and an opponent have a disagreement, stop the clocks, find a director, and ask them to make a ruling.

• If you touch a marble, you must move it.

This is known as the touch-move rule, and is often a source of difficulty for players new to tournaments. Of course this rule only applies if you can make a legal move with the marble you touched. There are some exceptions. If you accidentally brush a marble, you are not required to move it. If a marble is awkwardly placed, you can adjust it; like in chess, simply say “I adjust” before touching the marble to make it clear to your opponent that you don’t intend to move it. It goes without saying that you are not allowed to touch an opponent’s marble.

• When you make your move, you must not hide the move from your opponent.

When it is your turn to move, be careful not to hide the move from your opponent, even accidentally with your hand, especially when you play a side-step move. During all the game, your opponent must be able to see what you are doing on the board.

• Some tournaments require players to record their moves.

This helps provide evidence of what has occurred during the game in case of a dispute. In order to record your game, you will need to know or to learn how to read and write an abalone notation (in most cases Aba-Pro).

• Never interfere with a game in progress.

In most abalone tournaments, you will be able to walk around the playing area and watch other games, provided you do so quietly. Observers are forbidden from telling players anything about their games, even if they notice a violation of the rules.

• Turn off your cell phone.

In recent years, new rules have been written to deal with loud phones, which can break the concentration of abalone players. If your phone rings in the playing area, you will likely be subject to a penalty, and may even have to forfeit your game.

• Understand how to use a chess clock.

An abalone tournament is played with time limits, which vary by event. Time is kept by using a chess clock. Using these clocks can be distracting at first, but will soon become second nature. Most importantly, remember to hit your clock after each move you make. This stops your clock and starts your opponent’s time. Also, be sure to use the same hand to move your marbles and touch the clock.

• After the game is over, record your result.

Win, lose, or draw, both players are required to make sure the proper result is recorded. If you are not sure where to mark down your result, ask a director for help.

Now, good games, and have fun!


Adapted for abalone from this article about chess:

Abalone around the world: Slovenčina


Abstraktná strategická hra pre dvoch hráčov, ktorá patrí do série hier bez prvku náhody. Teda v nej spravidla víťazí skušenejší hráč. Hra má veľmi jednoduché pravidlá. Po chvíli sa už ľahko prekukne herná stratégia a hra prechádza do zákopovej vojny, kde ani jedna strana nechce urobiť prvý krok smerom dopredu. Komu sa podarí ako prvnému vytlačiť súperove guličky mimo hraciu plochu?

Autor: Michel Lalet, Laurent Levi
Rok vydania: 1988
typ: abstraktná dosková hra
počet hráčov: 2
doba hrania: 30 min.
odporúčaný vek: od 7 rokov
jazyk hry: jazykovo nezávislé

Abalone around the world: Ελληνικά


Φυτώριο (παιχνίδι πινάκων)


Παιχνίδι στρατηγικής με πολύ μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον, για δύο παίκτες που ο τίτλος του προέρχεται από το Ab+alone δηλ. ποτέ μόνος.
Ο ένας παίκτης παίζει με τις άσπρες μπίλιες και ο άλλος με τις μαύρες. Κάθε παίκτης προσπαθεί να βγάλει από το παιχνίδι 6 μπίλιες του αντιπάλου,

Ηλικία: Από 7 ετών
Περιεχόμενα: Πίνακας παιχνιδιού, 28 μπίλιες και οδηγίες ελληνικά.
Μέση διάρκεια: 20-30 λεπτά.
Διαστάσεις: 30Χ33εκ.
Ασφάλεια: Ακατάλληλο για παιδιά κάτω των 36 μηνών



Ένα από τα πιο κλασικά παιχνίδια στρατηγικής, στο οποίο ο κάθε παίκτης προσπαθεί να σπρώξει τα πούλια του αντιπάλου του εκτός του ταμπλό, κάτι όχι και ΄τόσο εύκολο, αφού μόνο αυτός που έχει τα περισσότερα πούλια στη σειρά μπορεί να σπρώξει τον άλλο. Και σε ένα παιχνίδι που παίζεται σε έξι κατευθύνσεις, κάθε κινησή σου μετράει….

Νικητής είναι ο πρώτος παίκτης που θα σπρώξει έξι πούλια του αντιπάλου του εκτός παιχνιδιού. Το παιχνίδι υποστηρίζει δύο παίκτες, αλλά μπορούν να παίξουν μέχρι και έξι εάν αγοραστούν επιπλέον πούλια.


Από το 1987 αυτό το παιχνίδι απέκτησε πολλούς οπαδούς, περιστασιακούς παίκτες ή ακόμη και επαγγελματίες των παιχνιδιών στρατηγικής. Ο στόχος είναι απλός: για να κερδίσεις πρέπει να σπρώξεις 6 μπίλιες του αντιπάλου σου εκτός του τραπεζιού. Μόλις εξοικειωθείς με τους λίγους και απλούς κανονισμούς μετακίνησης θα δεις ότι το παιχνίδι αυτό θα σε συνεπάρει και θα σε σπρώξει να κερδίσεις τους αντιπάλους σου.