Here is another dots and line-segments game (like the

game, Subdivide, I posted earlier).

(I am not sure which game, this one or Subdivide, is

more fun -- probably Subdivide. This game seems to me

to be less original too.)

This game is for two players, and is played using a

pencil/pen and blank pieces of paper.

The game consists of an even number of rounds, each

player playing offense or defense the same number of

rounds.

On a round the players take turn placing a

predetermined number of dots (say, 24, 12 per player)

anywhere on one side of a piece of paper. The same

number of dots are drawn on each round.

After the dots are drawn, players take turns (defensive

player first) connecting pairs of dots with straight

line-segments, connecting one pair of dots with one

line-segment per move.

The line-segments must not cross any other lines or

coincide with any other line-segments or pass over any

other dots other than the two dots at each line-

segment's ends.

The offensive player gets n points whenever a line-

segment drawn by either player connects to a dot with

n line-segments PREVIOUSLY drawn to it. (So, if either

player draws a line-segment from a dot with n line-

segments drawn to it previously by the players, to a

dot with m line-segments drawn to it previously by the

players, then the offensive player has {m+n} added to

his/her score on that move.) There isn't an upper limit

on how many line-segments can be drawn to any dot. (And

there aren't any points awarded on a particular move

for the line-segment drawn on that move.)

It should be noted that, therefore and obviously, the

offensive player probably wants to draw line-segments

to dots with many lines already connecting to them.

While the defensive player may try to draw segments

in such a way so as to block the offensive player from

connecting to the many-line-segment dots so as to

minimize the number of points the offensive player

gets on her/his rounds. The defensive player may also

try to connect to dots with a fewer number of line-

segments already drawn to them, of course.

A round is complete as soon as every dot has at least

two line-segments connected to them.

Highest total score (after all rounds are played) wins.

Thanks,

Leroy Quet

## Sunday, September 21, 2008

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