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Designer Chislaine van den Bulk will release a new two-player abstract game called Lino through her own publishing company Giuoco at Spiel 2010.
As you might guess from the title, players try to create lines with their stones, but there's a bit more to the game than that. First, players create the board, laying out 56 tiles as shown in the rulebook, then taking three turns each to alter the layout by moving tiles.
Players then take turns placing one of their colored stones on an unoccupied space. Any time that a player places the final stone in a row, whether vertical, horizontal or diagonal, that player earns one point for each tile in the row, with multiple rows scoring in the same turn if you close off more than one. Once all the stones have been placed, each player scores 10-40 bonus points for each row of 4-7 stones in their color on the board. The player with the most points wins.
Two variants are included in Lino. First, players can use the numbered side of the tiles instead of the blank side; each tile left uncovered – and there will be six of them each game – scores points equal to its number for the player of the color on the tile. Second, some tiles have stars on them, and at the end of the game, the player with the most stones surrounding a tile with a star earns a ten point bonus. Ties are broken in favor of the player who placed a stone on the star, if any.