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Abalone Strategy Game

#01855 - University Games
Abalone Strategy Game
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Price: $26.99

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Ages: 7+
Weight: 2.3 lbs

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Abalone is a two-player strategy game where you face off against your opponent across a hexagonal board containing black and white marbles. Loosely based on sumo wrestling, the point of Abalone is to push just 6 of your opponent's 14 marbles into the gutter along the edge of the board, but there is a catch. It takes two marbles to move one, and three to move two. Simple? Yes. Simplistic? By no means! The six directions of movement allow for infinite strategies both offensively and defensively. Observe, plan, and weigh your options on every move. Sharpen your strategy to plan your attack!

Warning: Choking Hazard - Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.

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Variations of the setup make the game even more fun and challenging.
My wife and I have been playing Abalone for the past eight years (it was a Christmas gift)and we have developed a strong rivalry. After the second year we began to experiment with the setup, and arranged the marbles differently (mirror images, of course) each game. This minor alteration makes the game more difficult and more interesting because one player sets them up and the other player has the first move. There is endless variety in where the marbles can be placed, even though the strongest winning strategy is to get all your pieces in the middle and your opponent's pieces on the outside. We are so evenly matched, and have played so often, that as soon as one or the other shows a solid advantage (even if no pieces have been pushed off) the disadvantaged one will say "I yield" and the game is over. We've also created four wooden peges (two black and two white) that fit in the holes. These pegs can be moved anywhere on the board, as a regular turn, and can be used to block opponent's moves or as a defensive ploy. We love the gane and play it almost every day.
--Richard from Durham. NC

like no other game made or played
i love abalone. it's fascinating - you never stop discovering patterns and principles. it's very pleasing aesthetically - the sight, the sound, and the feel of the marbles pushed across the board are all little pleasures in themselves (though i have to note that they were much more so with the original issue of the game, when the board and the marbles were bigger than they are now). and the game is great fun...especially when played with the right person. :) it's wonderful for any player old enough to know better than to swallow the marbles. :) try it once and i bet you'll be playing for the rest of your life.
--walt from usa

So you think its easy...
This game is just awesome... one move can help you or hurt you and you likely never saw it coming! The game is so easy to learn but the strategy changes with each opponent! the first game i played I kicked butt, now... well, the record isn't very good but I have only just begun! I use to play chess... now I play Abalone!
--Jamie from Canada

Abalone is one of the greatest games ever created
Our math teacher used to have us play Abalone in class and that is where I discovered how great a game it is. It is the best board game that I have ever played. A mixture of strategy and risk taking will win the game and you will become addicted to Abalone.
--Dylon from Circleville, Ohio

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