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]

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Material advantage vs. Positional advantage


Black has a material advantage, but White has a huge positional advantage.

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To the experienced abalone player, winning this game with White may be as easy as 1-2-3. But a beginner might have trouble…

And you? What are you able to do with this? Just test it with your friends (:

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Paint it Black… and White!

January 7, 2018


Maureen O’Hara in the 1950s.

“In the beginning it was all black and white.”

Maureen O’Hara, American-Irish actress (1920-2015)

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The planet Abalonia, in a galaxy far, far away… ^^

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Abalone New Edition 2017 by Asmodée

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Clinging to success

September 17, 2017

ca. 1900, Illiers-Combray, France — French writer Marcel Proust — Image by © Sygma/Corbis

“There is no easy success, nor definitive failures.”

Marcel Proust, French writer (1871-1922)

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Better to pump even if nothing happens…

September 10, 2017

Les shadoks à grosse tête, dans la deuxième série “Les shadoks” créée par Jacques Rouxel
Shadoks with big head, in the second series “shadoks” created by Jacques Rouxel

“When one tries continuously, one ends up succeeding. Thus, the more one fails, the greater the chance that it will work.”

Jacques Rouxel, French film animator (1931-2004)

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