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Learn this game in just 5 minutes and be transported back thousands of years to a classic battle between minds. Could you have beaten the Pharoes of Egypt? The Emperors of China? Confucius or Alexander the Great? A game both ageless and timeless, strategic and magnificent.
Draw a glass stone from the pouch and play it onto the beautiful solid wood board. You must play in the same row or column as your opponent's last stone. Get three stones of your color in a row, across, up-and-down, or diagonally, and you score. You must play whatever stone you draw--be it your color, your opponent's color, or the clear stones that count for both of you.
A wonderful game of luck and strategy. Equally fun for adults and kids. Come play the ancient game of the new millennium.
This game is made from environmentally-friendly rubberwood, planted and grown on plantations in Asia, not cut down from old-growth forests. After providing rubber for 25 - 30 years, the tree is replaced, and its final gift is this game.
- Solid wood game board
- 80 Glass stones
- 4 Scoring pegs
Average Rating: 3.5 in 4 reviews
'3 Stones' is a game I purchased in a small gaming shop 300 miles from home and became an instant hit with my friends when I showed it to them. Unfortunately for them, this game turned out to be a very difficult one to find when they tried to purchase their own boards!
This is a great game for 2 people to sit down and play, with very simple game mechanics but a great deal of depth for players who want to get more from the experience. Personally I prefer the 'expert' ruleset where each player is given half of each type of stone: when the luck of the bag is removed from the game, it becomes a true game of strategy. Do you play your pieces now and try to establish honey pots for points later in the game, or do you try and bury your opponent's pieces early and save all of your own for end-game when you have more chances of gaining points on nearly every placement? And just when IS the best time to play those clear stones? :)
I would definitely recommend this game for anyone who enjoys similar games in the genre.
A nice quick abstract game, yet one that makes you think. Clearly defensive play is vital but building strong holdings along a few lines can be used to force your opponent to play you a triple or waste one of their stones
blocking you. There is some bonus to stone counting and a side tick to know the odds can be very usefuil if you lack a good memory.
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Mix the 30 black, 30 white, and 12 translucent (neutral) stones into the pouch. Draw one and place it on any vacant space in the same vertical row or column as your opponent's previous play. Gain a point for every three-in-a-row formed in your color--even those formed by your opponent! The object is to have the higher score when the last stone is placed. In the petrifying Skill Variant, the three colors are equally divided between the two contestants. With its gorgeous rubber-wood board, glass stones, and deceptive simplicity, this visually delightful challenge deserves its second year in The Games 100.
Mixed together in a bag are 30 Black stones for one player, 30 White for another, and 12 Translucent neutrals. The starting player picks and places one stone on any space of the handsome wooden board. Subsequent selections must be placed in the same horizontal or vertical row as the opponent's previous play, if possible; otherwise, they may be placed anywhere. You score a point for each new horizontal, vertical, or diagonal three-in-a-row formation in your color, including up to two Translucents--even if the opponent makes it! These simple rules make a surprisingly addictive game. Don't get complacent, or your early lead can vanish quickly in an endgame where you must place emerging enemy stones beside their comrades. Risk assessment and self-discipline in planning for the future are essential. To increase the challenge even more, try the variant with the stones openly divided equally between the players--it's a petrifying experience!