Steven Meyers' homepage
last updated April 2, 2013 link to freeware BoxOff program
my wife Christine and I
This website provides information on some games that appeared in Games
magazine and Abstract Games magazine. Many thanks to their respective
editors, R. Wayne Schmittberger and Kerry Handscomb. Complete rules are
given, as well as
sample games with commentary, handicap systems and puzzles. Since all
these games can be played with pen-and-paper, I've included some
printable boards marked for notation. I'd be happy to play any of these
games via e-mail, and I also enjoy playing shogi variants (Wa and Dai-dai
in particular). Lately I've been playing a lot
of Akron, a game
which I had the opportunity to make some helpful suggestions for. Akron
is implemented for Richard's, so please challenge me if you'd like --- my user id
For those interested in Y theory, there's now a very
nice online proof
revised version of my game Forms has been nicely written up by Joao Neto. Below
is a picture of one of our cats, Shogi, checking out a homemade board with
a game in progress.
Forms has now been
implemented on iggamecenter, where it is known as "advanced Forms."
UPDATE! Greg Schmidt has written a
freeware program for BoxOff, a solitaire game
that I invented. Here's a pic of my wife playing a game on a physical board.
BoxOff will be featured in the August 2013 issue of GAMES
magazine, available in bookstores May 28th!
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3-6-9 --- an enjoyable non-partisan game, for which a freeware program
Connection Games book --- a large survey of the genre, providing
a good classification system and describing underlying graph structures.
Akron --- a very interesting 3-D connection game!
Grand Chess --- this variant holds to the essential character of the
orthodox game, while at the same time increasing strategic and tactical
Mark Thompson's website --- detailed information on Y, Poly Y, Star,
Twixt and other games.
- Super Duper Games
--- a nice abstract gaming server maintained by Aaron Dalton.
University of Alberta games group --- online AI programs for Hex,
Lines of Action, XiangQi and other games.
Shogi Variants program --- freeware that lets you play Japanese
chess and its many variants, both modern and historical.
- Mark Steere's games
--- rules for Scribe, Tanbo, Oust and other original games.
Abstract Strategy --- compendium of both published and unpublished
International Go Newsletter --- a free newsletter edited by 1-dan professional
World of Abstract Games --- Joao Neto's informative site.
Richard's PBeM Server --- a widely used e-mail server for many abstract games.
American Go Association --- information on the game of Go and the U.S. Go scene.
David Eppstein's Complexity page --- some thoughts on the relationship between
complexity class and puzzle/game enjoyment.
Paddachee applets --- a pattern-forming game system designed by Bob Harris.
Paul's graphical front-end --- attractive interfaces for some of the games
on Richard's server.