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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A Game of Black and White

Two people are playing a board game that involves dice. However, one of the players has rigged the dice so that they get the highest possible roll on every turn, while the other player gets a random ...
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What number should be placed in that last slot? [closed]

I came across a very difficult puzzle. What number should be placed in that last slot? I only know 16 is not the correct answer, because 11 is before 10.
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An Eastern Jackpot

Normally I'm for 9 Exceptionally I'm for 13 To east, I am from heaven To other directions, I am from earth The brightest primary color You either care about 1 and 9 Or entirely forget about numbers ...
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Where am I supposed to be tonight?

This is bad. Really bad. We’ve only just met, and you don’t know me from Adam, but I really need your help – it’s a matter of national security. I work for… well, let’s just say I work for the ...
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Intellectual numerical puzzle of different sizes

There is an intellectual puzzle 3x3, as in the photo: You need to get an ordered set by moving the buttons through an empty area, like: Question: Is a 4x4, 5x5, 6x6 game possible? Sub-question: Does ...
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Homeworlds: Mercury in Retrograde

Consider the following position in a game of Binary Homeworlds. ...
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Alice and Bob invent a game

The rain was still falling in Wales, and Alice and Bob were terribly bored of having to stay inside the caravan. With just a deck of cards to entertain them they had played all of the card games in ...
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Playing the Square Chess

On an ordinary chess board (8x8) without any pieces on it as a starting position, two players will alternately place a pawn on any square (unoccupied) so that the first player that form a square (...
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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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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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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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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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Homeworlds: Mini Doomsday Machine

Loosely inspired by Allumwandlung, here's my first attempt at a Binary Homeworlds problem in the same vein as Simple, Monopoly, Inheritance or Insurance Fraud, and Blastdoor. ...
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Homeworlds: War Games

Here's my second Homeworlds problem! (My first was Homeworlds: Mini Doomsday Machine.) ...
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Shortest game of Monopoly

This video claims that the fastest game of monopoly involves 4 turns and 9 rolls of the dice. I am wondering if this is actually the shortest game or can we do better in theory? What is the ...
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Black War Heroes or Whites Save the Queens?

After Black Cavalry successfully captured White princesses, White empire learns their Black opponent is hungry for more and wants White Twin Queens dead! White will never let such a disaster happen ...
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What was the last move made in this game?

What was white's last move in the game shown below? Note: This is a screenshot taken from an actual game and all moves made were legal. ETA: The last move played by white was the last move of the ...
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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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What is the name of this game?

Around 15 years ago I remember playing on my computer with this game I loved. But it turns out I never knew its name and so, I can't find it anywhere now when I want to play it again. So, I've had ...
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Gliding through an ice-maze

Two men are trapped in an icy cave. Nowhere to go, except for two small holes in the ice, heading down. Only by working together, they can get deeper into the cave, hopefully finding a way out. Will ...
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What is the minimum-sized Blokus board which can contain all pieces?

Rules: Each player has the twelve pentominoes, five tetrominoes, two trominoes, one domino, and lone square. These may be flipped and rotated in any manner. The board on which these are to be placed ...
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Magic Maze Puzzle

Inspired by the board game, Magic Maze Set-up: Cut out each 4x4 tile, and the four small tokens (orange, yellow, green and purple), from the provided image below. Place tile 1 on a flat surface with ...
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Twelve Labours - #02 Lernaean Hydration

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 His first labour now complete, Hercules made his way up the street to the storage depot for ...
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Minimum number of turns to capture all pieces in Checkers

On an 8x8 checkerboard, there are 12 red kings and 1 black king. The kings behave as they would in any normal game of checkers, being able to move in any diagonal direction one space and jump any ...
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Don't bully your cousin at Reversi

Title (only) inspired by Don't bully your little sister at chess Prologue Well, this happened when I played Reversi with my cousin a few days ago... I, not being as nice as @Arnold ...
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Clear board in Othello (Generalisation)

Based on Clear board in Othello If we have an $2m\times 2n$ Othello board ($m\geq n\geq 2$), and the centre $4$ squares have the usual starting position, then for what all values of $m$ and $n$ ...
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Clear board in Othello

Is there a valid set of moves in Othello that allows a win score of 64-0 for either player? And is there record of any such game in the past?
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Othello - Most number of legal moves in a given turn

I asked this over on boardgames SE, and was directed to post here in hopes of getting an answer. Original post is here: https://boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/29824/othello-most-number-of-...
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Marbles on a Mancala Board

I would like to introduce an ancient African board game I've just invented. Until someone comes up with a better name, it's called Marble Mancala. The rules are pretty simple: There are two ...
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Black to play and win (Teeko)

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A game of red and black

Two players, red and black, play a game. The outcome is as follows: CCCBBABCDFBBDDE Who won the game, and what game were they playing? HINT:
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How to solve this specific situation in 2048?

In trying to develop and perfect my strategies, I've been playing 2048-undo. This is what I got myself into: Since this is not an uncommon situation and I still don't know how to properly get out of ...
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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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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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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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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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make a green profit in roulette

Story You meet a rich drunk CEO at a roulette table in Vegas. She explains to you that she has a way of almost guaranteeing a profit at this game by betting on only black. In the process she gets ...
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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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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!