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Blockade is a 2-player strategy game that was published by Lakeside in the late 70's. The board is a grid of squares on a black molded plastic frame. Each player starts with two pawns on designated spaces near their side of the board. They each also have nine blue walls and nine green walls, which fit in the slots between the grid squares and are two squares wide.
A player's turn consists of moving his pawn two spaces and then placing a wall anywhere on the grid. The object is to get one of your pawns around the obstacles being set by your opponent and onto one of his or her starting spaces.
It is illegal to block a pawn completely from being able to reach either goal, and it is this rule that provides the strategic element of the game. It is common for players to attempt to lure their opponents to one opening only to close it before it can be reached, forcing long backtracks. Caution must be observed, however, as clever offensive placement of walls can block the longer route and leave the short route as the only legal opening. A similar game called Quoridor was released a few years ago, with somewhat different rules and a very similar feel. If you like your strategy games with an even offense/defense balance, give Blockade a try.