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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Battleship- Best Next Move

Mason likes the game Battleship, but he doesn't win much. However, Sherry, his opponent, is so confident in her skill and luck that she has agreed to let Mason have his five friends help him. Sherry'...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Scrabble Impossibilities

The other day I was playing the popular board game with my good friend, Chet Manley. Though he had me on the ropes for most of the game, I finally had a 6 letter word that I slapped down on the board ...
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ABC - A Blokus Commitment

Welcome to Blokus, a board game where you can place pieces of 1 to 5 blocks on a square board. Each player has at his disposal every piece from monomino to pentomino. A player's inventory 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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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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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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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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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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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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No-Connecting-4

Imagine a game of connect 4 where Player1 wins by Player2 connecting 4, and Player2 wins by forcing the board into a filled board without any 4-in-a-rows. A tie happens if Player1 connects 4. Now Let'...
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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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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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Black to play and win (Teeko)

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Who Wins At Horsie-Push?

Allan, Brian, and Charlie had a chess set and an afternoon with nothing to do. A chess tournament was suggested but to three towering intellects such as these, regular chess is a frivolous, juvenile ...
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Queen chasing a knight (chess pieces)

There is a player who controls only a queen, while his opponent controls a knight. Both pieces start from opposite corners of the board. The aim is to kill the knight, without having your queen killed....
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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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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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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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Least amount of moves is required

You have 8x8 board and 9 identical pieces placed in a 3x3 square at the bottom left corner of the board. You are going to play a very simple game. Your task is to move these 9 pieces to the 3x3 square ...
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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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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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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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8 Puzzle Unsolvable Proof?

How do I proof that this 8 puzzle cannot be solved if the final state is ?
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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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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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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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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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Find the shortest chess game with 18 queens? [closed]

From the *starting position of a chessboard, you need to move the pieces to end up with 18 Queens following the chess rules at all times (this includes white moves first). The solution is the series ...
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Abalone Migration

Abalone is a 2-player board game. Here's a brief explanation from Wikipedia: The board consists of 61 circular spaces arranged in a hexagon, five on a side. Each player has 14 marbles that rest in ...
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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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2 bishops versus a lone king

There are 4 pieces on the board, the white and black kings, as well as 2 white bishops (on differently colored squares). The only way a stalemate occurs is if the black king is not in check, but ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mastermind - all but last attempt

This a variation of the traditional game mastermind. There are 4 pegs and 6 colors of pegs in the code (repeats allowed). All rules are as usual, except for this one: You are not given any hints (...