Questions tagged [board-games]

A board game is a game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a "board" according to a fixed set of rules.

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Traversing a grid

I'm wondering if there's a way to check if every square of a board can be visited such that every time you move to a new square, it can't be in the same row, column, or diagonal as the previous square....
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What is the optimal way to play standard Battleship?

I've seen the questions on this site with modified Battleship, but I haven't seen one for the standard variation. So - what is the optimal strategy to win this game?
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What is the optimal strategy for this triangular board game?

I saw a board game somewhere and I want to know the optimal strategy for it. The game is played on a triangular board with 21 slots: The two players, red and blue, take turns to put numbered circles ...
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Unfinished Snakes and Ladders

An entry for Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40, have fun with non-Chess puzzle! ;) Three young children: Red, Green, and Blue; were playing a classic game of Snakes and Ladders, when suddenly their mom ...
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Retrograde Go Problem (Some Assembly Required)

An entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40. In case you aren't familiar with the rules of go, the information in the basic rules section of the Wikipedia page should be enough to solve this ...
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Selecting the starting player [closed]

The board game is about to begin. And suddenly we realize that we need to decide the starting player. The dice procedure is tiresome. And we can't find our dice right now. Or any other artifact that ...
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How many Dobble symbols are there? [closed]

The game of Dobble (will edit in a link later) involves a set of bespoke playing cards covered in symbols or small pictures - a dog, an arrow, a pencil, a tree etc. Each card contains eight such ...
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Poker Chips on the board

You are in a casino and a weird game is happening where there is a grid-board $11$x$11$ and people are trying to put some chips on them. After hearing the rules you want to play it too, the rule is ...
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Best moves for a 7X7 4 queen board

There is a 7x7 board and 2 players, each having 2 queens. The queens can move just like the queens in chess, but cannot capture each other. At the beginning, the first player places both the queens on ...
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50 cm x 50 cm board filling with polygons

Comes up with this puzzle idea while watching the little kids play. Warning first of all - I don't have an answer for it so it might be a joint effort to find out the best answer. Here we go: ...
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Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge surfing

Continuing the Stepladder Game puzzle series, here's Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge Surfing If you haven't played the Stepladder Game* before, you should first take a look at the rules, which can be ...
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Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge Surfing (small target version)

Continuing the Stepladder Game puzzle series, here's Stepladder Puzzle 2: Edge Surfing (small target version) If you haven't played the Stepladder Game* before, you should first take a look at the ...
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Stepladder Game, Introduction and Puzzle 1: Turning

I want to introduce a new game to PSE: the Stepladder Game!* * You may already know this game by another name. The rules for the Stepladder Game: The game is played on a grid. Our grid is ...
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A Pawn is riding this Knight on his Tour

Do a Knight's Tour under the following conditions: 8*8 board You have to alternate between a knight move and a pawn move (advance one square) No pawn advancing of two squares at any time You can not ...
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Cannot solve Ubongo Extreme B-38 purple puzzle

Today, I was playing Ubongo Extreme and I could NOT solve the following puzzle: B-38, purple colour. Let me know if you can solve it!
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Who wins in this tic-tac-toe game?

Question sourced from Brilliant.org Jack and Jill are playing Tic-Tac-Toe, with Jack being Os and Jill being Xs. Now, being perfectly logical beings narrow-minded one-move-foresight beings, they move ...
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Homeworlds - Monopoly

Lee wins in 5 turns (click the image for a bigger version) This puzzle is inspired by the other Homeworlds puzzles introduced by @Destructible Lemon. You should explain how Lee (the player on the ...
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Homeworldsmate - Blastdoor

Back with another one move wonder homeworldsmate (link explains who Lee is, for example. Though I guess I'll explain here anyway.) quick reminder, remember to use these rules, with the additional ...
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Homeworldsmate - Inheritance or Insurance fraud

Homeworldsmate: a chess puzzle (directmate e.g.) but with Homeworlds instead of chess. That's a term I just coined/made up, and since I'm currently the one making these, you're just going to have to ...
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Simple Homeworlds puzzle

On this site, we have numerous chess puzzles. however, we do not seem to have any Homeworlds puzzles, the game of space kings (yes this can be tagged outer space thank you very much.) Hence, here is ...
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Tips for making board game victory sequence puzzles

(I might ask on meta for a new tag and term to describe these puzzles. "board game victory sequence puzzles" is unwieldy.) I was thinking of making a Homeworlds puzzle, which would be analogous to ...
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Filling the board with 0s and 1s

You are given a $9\times9$ grid board. You have 40 "$1$"s and 41 "$0$"s. You can put these numbers wherever you want on the board. After that, you will take the sum of the numbers in each row and ...
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What's the maximum number of pegs you can leave on a 15-hole triangular peg solitaire?

Peg Solitaire is mostly known to me as the triangular board with 15 holes and 14 pegs (mostly because of the restaurant Cracker Barrel). The rules are simple: pegs jump each other in straight lines, ...
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Coordinate yourself!

Task is simple. Get coordinates from the two pictures below. You don't have to know game rules to solve it :) Hint
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8 Puzzle Unsolvable Proof?

How do I proof that this 8 puzzle cannot be solved if the final state is ?
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Who is missing here?

It seems my last few puzzles have all been far too easy and quickly solved. Let's see how long this one stands against the genius of the combined PSE community. $$[56\;68\;76\;80\;80\;76\;68\;56]^2 \;...
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Let's continue our Monopoly game

This is an entry into the 29th fortnightly topic challenge - Retrograde Analysis. Two friends and I were playing a game of Monopoly when we were forced to stop. It's been a long time since we ...
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Checkmate all the kings #4

Following the rules created by Lord of dark in this puzzle, and used here and here also, the idea is to find the minimum number of consecutive white moves to checkmate all the black kings (in this ...
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Checkmate all the kings #3

Following the rules created by Lord of dark in this puzzle, and used here also, the idea is to find the minimum number of consecutive white moves to checkmate all the black kings (in this case 12). ...
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Checkmate all the kings #2

Following the rules created by Lord of dark in this puzzle, the idea is to find the minimum number of consecutive white moves to checkmate all the black kings (in this case just 1). You cannot make a ...
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Escape the cube 2 (Theseus and Minotaur variant)

Hello, here is a puzzle I created. I plan to post a few more in the near future. If you like it, google Cubiscape for more. Goal: You are the blue ball and have to get to the green square without ...
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Escape the cube puzzle

Hello, here is a puzzle I created. I plan to post a few more in the near future. If you like it, google Cubiscape for more. Goal: You are the blue ball and have to get to the green square without ...
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Opposite block control sliding game

Here's a fun maze/grid puzzle inspired by this. Rules of play: Firstly, no two coins may occupy the same space at a time Suppose we label the blue coins B1, B2 Then if B1 is on an arrow then we ...
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Four free rooks for checkmate

You are given a chessboard with a black king at d5, and four white rooks in your hand. You may place the rooks onto the board one at a time, always checking the king. After each rook placed, the king ...
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Hopping Frogs puzzle variant

There is an old puzzle which has various names such as Toads and Frogs, Jumping Frogs, Hopping Frogs, Leap Frog, etc., and which has been asked here before. I'd like to share a variant of this puzzle ...
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Seven Impatient Knights

Source On a $3\times3$ chess board, you must place seven knights according to the following rules: Immediately after placement, the knight must move to an unoccupied spot using a standard knight's ...
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Rearrange twelve checkers in six lines of four

Once there where two men playing checkers. at one time during the game. one of them stopped and said "Look at that, we just arranged twelve checkers in six straight lines of four". Then they finished ...
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Quetzalcoatl 7-12

I have seen some tough puzzles that you have solved. I am hoping that this puzzle will not be hard. Here are the rules: All colored segments of a chain must be on the same color square to solve ...
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Checkmate all the kings #1

The purpose of this puzzle is to find the minimum number of moves to checkmate all the kings. RULES You are playing as White and you can make as many moves as you want before Black's turn....
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Cover an unusual board with minimum chess rooks

This is an entry for the 17th Fortnightly Challenge. On this unusual board, how many chess rooks minimum needed to attack all tiles, but they are not attacking each other ? Show us the formation. ...
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Help Black slide the blocks to solve this chess problem

Here's a chess problem which plays very like a sliding-block puzzle, hence the rather unusual tag combo. Ljubomir Ugren 2nd Prize, Mat, 1976; John Nunn, Solving in Style, no. 183 sh#19 To explain ...
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Chess puzzle in which guarded pieces may not move

Here's an interesting twist on the theme of chess puzzles, originally from the book Caissa's Fairy Tales by T. R. Dawson. What is the minimum number of moves White needs to win this game from the ...
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A game of Connect 4++

This is an entry to the 17th fortnightly topic challenge. Alice and Bob are playing connect four. Bob is tired of losing all the time, so he suggests changing the rules. He wants to drop 2 pieces ...
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Hnefatafl - a lost Art

Hnefatafl (Ner-far-taff-all) is a Tafl Game, though it is a lost art in the modern day. The aim of the game is either to capture the king, or get the king to a corner depending on which side you are ...
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A Boyfriend's Mysterious Message

Imogen was dog-tired, but excited! After 3 gruelling weeks of 16-hour work days imposed by an iron-willed boss, she was finally finished all her projects. She'd been processing (figurative) ...
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The Swedish king and the chessboard

The following puzzle is an old classic, due originally to the great puzzler Sam Loyd, who published the first three parts in 1859; the fourth and fifth parts are variations due to Brian Stewart and ...
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8-queen puzzle on its head

You have 64 chess queens which come in 8 colors, with 8 queens per color. The goal is fill a chessboard with these queens so that any two queens of the same color cannot attack each other, even when ...
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Capturing The Shadow King

White to play (Regular moves apply except for Black King) Black King or Shadow King can move to "any" square that is not attacked by white pieces. It can not capture its opponent. When not in check ...
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Customers are weird these days

It's been a slow day at The Board Game Store™ when the familiar ring of a bell brings you back from your daydreaming, alerting you to the presence of a customer. You look over and notice the oddest ...
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Monte Carlo Chess

This is an entry to the 17th fortnightly topic challenge. Chess is an interesting game, but is so unrealistic. In real life, you couldn't tell order your knight to attack an enemy bishop and expect ...