WentuWelcome to this Mijnlieff Tutorial.
Here you will learn, in a matter of a few minutes, how to play this simple two-player abstract game by Andy Hopwood!
WentuThe players take turns placing one of their eight pieces on the board.
For your first game, use the common 4x4 board.
WentuBeing the very first move of the game, Orange had to play one piece on the border.
Now, try your first move by placing the suggested piece on the top left corner of the board.3archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment010square_0_0 1 hand_84276382_item_10 1
Now, it's Orange's turn again.
As you can see, Orange can place a piece only in one of the highlighted squares.
This is the most important aspect of Mijnlieff:
!!! *The piece you play determines where your opponent will be able to play in the very next move.*1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b74817068ef00
WentuThe piece you played is called a "Straight".
This forces your opponent to play his/her next move on the same row or the same column.2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b74817068ef00
WentuOur opponent played a Straight too.
Each player has the same set of eight pieces, 2 for each of the four different types.
Let's play our last Straight in the bottom right corner.1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b74852d79d510square_3_3 1 hand_84276382_item_9 1
WentuOrange played one of his "Diagonal".
As you probably guessed, this forces us to play our next move on one of the only three squares that lie on the same diagonals as this piece.1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b74bcc6e22400
WentuLet's reply with a "Pusher":
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WentuThis will force our opponent to play on squares that do NOT touch our piece.
Notice that the pieces we played before have completely lost their influence.3archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b74bcc6e22400
WentuIt's time to find out what is the goal of Mijnlieff.
You win a game of Mijnlieff by scoring more points than your opponent.
Points are gained by placing your own pieces in a straight continuous line.1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b775e994ecd00
WentuPlaying a piece in the suggested position seems a good move because we try to form both a diagonal and a column.
Is a "Pusher" a good choice?2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b775e994ecd10square_1_1 1 hand_84276382_item_13 1
Orange was able to form a continuous line of 3 of his/her pieces, gaining his/her first point.
[tip] Remember: a line of three pieces is worth 1 point.1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77a7f576e000
WentuAt this point, you may wonder: what would happen if I played in such a way that I don't leave any possible move to my opponent?
Let's try with our last diagonal!1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77c6e55d2610square_2_1 1 hand_84276382_item_12 1
WentuWhat happened is this:
Since Orange could not move, we can play one other piece wherever we wish.
Also, notice that we scored our first point by forming a line of three pieces! Yay!
WentuIt is time to strike with a "Puller":
This forces the opponent to play around our last piece.
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WentuWe managed to block our opponent a second time!
Besides scoring our second point for having formed a vertical column of three pieces, we now have the chance to play yet another piece, forming a line of 4 pieces that is worth 2 additional points.
And that's not all: we will form at the same time another horizontal row of three pieces!1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77cc53785f10square_2_2 1 hand_84276382_item_16 1
WentuSince we played our last piece, our opponent has exactly one more move left to do.
After that, the game will be over.1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77cc9aa6f300
WentuWith his/her last move Orange gained one point.
Not enough to catch up with us!
As you can see, not all pieces need to be played to end the game1archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77ce4df67c00
WentuWhen you feel confident with this board you can choose another shape by simply moving around the board components.
The score for longer lines follows the same rule: 3 points for a 5 square line and so on.2archivecontrol_editmode_centercomment61b77ce4df67c00
WentuAnd now it's time to have fun with Mijnlieff!