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3 Stones

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Ages Play Time Players
8+ 30 minutes 2

Designer(s): Andy Daniel

Manufacturer(s): Enginuity, Reveal Entertainment

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Product Description

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.

Product Awards

Major FUN
Award Winner, 2003
Mensa Best Mind Game Award
Best Mind Game, 2000

Product Information


  • Solid wood game board
  • 80 Glass stones
  • Pouch
  • 4 Scoring pegs
  • Instructions

Product Reviews


Average Rating: 3.5 in 4 reviews

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Good Fun, If You're Honest
November 08, 2004
3 Stones has a decent amount of strategy, but I found that players tend to focus more on offense than defense until late in the game. Luck does play a large role, especially early on. It's frustrating when you keep drawing your opponents color again and again! One thing I did notice that I don't like. The clear stones are slightly smaller than the colored stones, so when reaching into the bag I can usually tell if I'm holding a clear stone. Honesty is then important in crucial moments. Overall though, it's one of my favorite 2 player games at the moment.
September 21, 2003

'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.

Quick yet though provoking abstract game
January 12, 2002

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.

Nicely Produced, Boring, Tedious, Too Much Luck
May 14, 2004

This game has earned a lot of praise it is one of the best produced games I have seen, but it is boring, luck dependent and simply not that interesting. I am also a big fan of abstract games. I really want to like this game because the materials are excellent. Am I missing something?

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