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Re: [Icehouse] Ubervolcano?

  • FromTheLoneGoldfish <thelonegoldfish@xxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 3 Dec 2006 09:13:56 -0600
Umm... I'm pretty sure all the images I put up are 5x5 boards. the links again are:


Oh yeah mega-volcano, that reminds me of my other question: is there any way while playing a game of mega-volcano to avoid having the first player take the big white? If not, the whole "any player with all 3 whites wins" rule seems a little skewed toward the starting player.

I'm still trying to mathematically prove/disprove that in a regular volcano game, you can make any move if you have 5 caps on the board, given the preceding eruption was legal (this comes into play because there's a setup that would make for any move to cause an eruption, but you cannot get to that position by causing an eruption)


On 12/3/06, Carol Townsend <carol.townsend@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Well, I'm not on Blogger, so I couldn't post my reply there, but your starting setup looked odd to me. Which is OK, but I'm used to having all the caps starting on the diagonal.

And not to be picky or anything, but that's not a "Volcano" set up - that's a Megavolcano (6x6) set up.  And from what I remember, there really is no "standard" set up for Megavolcano - you just put the caps on top of the red nests wherever they might be.  

But where the caps are at to start with is sometimes less of an issue - because to me, the person who can control cap movement (move the caps all over the board without any eruptions) is the master Volcano player.

has anyone else tried the "caps go away when they land in the dirt?" variant?  That sounds cool!



On 12/3/06, TheLoneGoldfish <thelonegoldfish@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Michael's idea sounds neat. I'll assume that dropping a cap to bare dirt counts as your move though (else it will be a rather sudden game of lemmings at the end).

As for the 5x5x5 board, umm... It seems like a neat idea, but would be really hard to visualize moves (and I already have a friend that takes a half hour on a normal 3d board). Now if you could get some magnetic pyramids and play on the faces of a cube... that I think would be neat. (or, use two sets of 3 player martian chess boards... except that would be 4x4 instead of 5x5).

Other ideas/questions I've been having:
Has anyone devised an opening move whereby the second player does not get 2 pyramids? I havn't proven it yet, but I feel with 5 pyramids you can make a move from any position you wish, no matter what the initial setup is...

Hmm... actually. let me see. I may have one, but I havn't stared at it on a board so umm... it may not work out. (opens OOo Draw, wishing he had a scanner instead) Instead of attaching, I think I'll just throw it up on a blogger post.


That's it for now,

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