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ZÈRTZ

English language edition


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Ages Play Time Players
12+ 15 minutes 2

Designer(s): Kris Burm

Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Schmidt Spiele

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Product Description

The third installment in the GIPF project, following GIPF and TAMSK, Zèrtz is played with 5 white, 7 gray and 9 black marbles and 37 round tiles. The tiles are used to assemble the board; the marbles are in a pool. Each turn you must place one marble on the board and then remove a free tile. The aim is to capture 3 white, 4 gray, 5 black marbles or 2 marbles of each color. To capture you must jump with a marble over another marble. It sounds easy, but both players play with the same marbles and the board gets smaller with every move. Thus, the players are forced toward a situation where every move is a crucial one... when you create a trap for your opponent at the wrong moment, you may find yourself caught in the trap. This international edition includes English rules.

Product Awards

International Gamers Awards
Best 2-Player Game Nominee, 2001
Games Magazine Awards
Best Abstract Strategy Game, 2001
Spiel des Jahres
Nominee, 2000
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2000

Product Information

  • Designer(s): Kris Burm

  • Manufacturer(s): Rio Grande Games, Schmidt Spiele

  • Year: 2000

  • Players: 2

  • Time: 15 minutes

  • Ages: 12 and up

  • Weight: 767 grams

  • All-Time Sales Rank: #123

  • Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Game components are language-independent. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English).

Contents:

  • 37 board pieces
  • 24 marbles (6 white, 8 grey, 10 black)
  • rulebook
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Product Reviews

 
 
 
 
 

Average Rating: 4.8 in 18 reviews


 
 
 
 
 
Elegance meets depth of strategy!
February 26, 2009

Zertz is a fantastic game in the Gipf series. There is nothing quite like it, and I've played many an abstract game. The "shrinking game board" mechanism is simply brilliant, guaranteeing that the game has a definitive "end" and will not meander around a stalemate situation like other games.

People complain that it feels too much like a "puzzle" that one needs to solve in order to win. I have to disagree. True, there are four possible ways to win, but just pick one and if doesn't work out, then change the strategy. That's the beauty of Zertz, the game keeps itself interesting FOR you.

The rules are very few and extremely simple to grasp. I won't go into detail about them here, but there's, like, one rule for "playing" a marble and one rule for "capturing" a marble(s). That's it. And yet, so complex and full of possibilities.

Another big plus in my book, which hasn't gotten its due recognition - is its portability. Because the components (which are first-class, I might add) consist of nothing more than rings and marbles, all one has to do is put them in a couple of zip-lock bags and take them anywhere. Zertz is also a "traveling" game. Great!

It's a good coffee table game, and if you take it out, people will invariably ask about it because it looks so unique and interesting that it entices people to inquire about the game.

Everyone I've shown and taught this game to has said how much they enjoy playing it.

I cannot give a big enough recommendation to Zertz, and the whole Gipf Project, for that matter.

 
 
 
 
 
by The Abstract Gamer
Elegance meets depth of strategy!
February 26, 2009

Zertz is a fantastic game in the Gipf series. There is nothing quite like it, and I've played many an abstract game. The "shrinking game board" mechanism is simply brilliant, guaranteeing that the game has a definitive "end" and will not meander around a stalemate situation like other games.

People complain that it feels too much like a "puzzle" that one needs to solve in order to win. I have to disagree. True, there are four possible ways to win, but just pick one and if doesn't work out, then change the strategy. That's the beauty of Zertz, the game keeps it interesting FOR you.

The rules are very few and extremely simple to grasp. I won't go into detail about them here, but there's, like, one rule for "playing" a marble and one rule for "capturing" a marble(s). That's it. And yet, so complex and full of possibilities.

Another big plus in my book, which hasn't gotten its due recognition - is its portability. Because the components (which are first-class, I might add) consist of nothing more than rings and marbles, all one has to do is put them in a couple of zip-lock bags and take them anywhere. Zertz is also a "traveling" game. Great!

It's a good coffee table game, and if you take it out, people will invariably ask about it because it looks so unique and interesting that it entices people to inquire about the game.

Everyone I've shown and taught this game to has said how much they enjoy playing it.

I cannot give a big enough recommendation to Zertz, and the whole Gipf Project, for that matter.

 
 
 
 
 
GIPFtastic
May 21, 2003

I've recently acquired all the GIPF games and like them all, and though in a 'you can only have one on your desert island' case I'd probably take DVONN rather than ZERTZ that should in no way be taken as saying that ZERTZ is a poor relation.

It's related to Draughts/Checkers in a way, in that sacrifices usually have to be made to get ahead and pieces are taken by jumping over to an empty space behind (and possibly carrying on over subsequent pieces), but like Mancala games in the way that the playing pieces don't belong to any either player.

But it has aspects all of its own too. Either player can use the whole board (unlike Mancala) so given piece neutrality it can be quite tricky to launch killer strategies as all the options are open to both players. Like DVONN, the usable board area shrinks during play (by actually removing the rings that make it up) and this provides a useful limiting factor on the game time and also enables distinct strategy options as part of the mechanism. Very neat!

Fianlly, the pieces are of very high quality and an attractive design. Good pieces make a good game even better, and that's the case here. Also the case that the way the 'board' is made up of separate rings means that the game can be decanted into a bag and made very portable.

Unless you don't really like abstracts, or want something that allows more than two players, there really isn't much not to like here.


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