classic wooden edition
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There are 16 different pieces with 4 different characteristics: tall or short, round or square, light or dark, and solid or hollow. Each player in turn selects one piece and gives it to his opponent who must place it on an empty square on the board. The winner is the player who, by positioning a piece, creates a line of 4 pieces having at least one characteristic in common.
No matter how many board games you have, if you own Quarto it will be played! It can be played between novice and expert, adult and child or two matched components. It's easy to learn but it's also easy to lose to your opponent! Also you can play it for a few minutes between dinner and dessert or on into the wee hours. 'I'll take the winner' is heard frequently from bystanders.
I started playing this one recently and really love it. Haven't started adding the advanced rules yet, where a square will win. Still, we don't draw that often. I could see if both players were conservative and mostly concerned with the other person NOT winning, then you'd get a lot of draws. Much more fun to live on the edge! Set up some interesting 2 piece line ups early in the game. Deliberately set up multiple 3's and then give your opponent the ONE piece that won't win. This game is addictive!
This is the perfect coffee table game. Just put this game on your coffee table and nobody will walk by it without asking you what it is. In less than a minute you can explain the rules to them and then enjoy beating them in it (he he). Actually, the first several games I played I really didnt think much of it. We would hand each other pieces to place, neither of us having a clue what we were doing, and the only victories came from one of us not seeing a valid set of four and inadvertently handing our opponent a winning piece. The game was not stimulating; it just seemed kind of boring and tedious so it was shelved for many months.
Then one night I was watching my nephew for the evening and came to my game closet to see what he might enjoy playing and decided to give this game another chance. We tried the advanced rules (where squares also make valid sets) and I saw the light for the first time as to why this game has been so celebrated. Playing this game with the advanced rules really makes it a much better game with many more options. We even made it more abstract by saying that any four points that make a square (not just 2x2 squares) are valid winning sets. This took the game to a whole new level! With these rules we never even came close to a draw. I have since played many times and have become much better at the game. I can now, without fail, beat anyone who has never played.
Beginners will play this game as I did when I was a beginner, thinking of only the current move until victory conditions become obvious. But as your understanding of the game increases you begin to know what pieces remain without even looking at them and can see victory far ahead of your opponent. Please dont underestimate this game as I made the mistake of doing. It has the makings of a classic.