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Re: [Icehouse] Your favorite (and least favorite) 3 (or 7) games

  • From"Avri Klemer" <avri@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateMon, 23 Mar 2009 15:06:42 -0400
[David, take the following with more than a grain of salt.  You are well within your rights not to enjoy Penguin Soccer!  *grin*]
FWIW,  Penguin Soccer Stats at SDG:
Plays Avg. Length Avg. Time First Player Wins Size of Sample
109 40 moves 86d:37m:53s 43.02% 86 games
Definitely never seen a first turn advantage.  Stats suggest the opposite (though I've not seen that either).
What is the optimal strategy you use?  I've been playing constantly for a couple of years now, and my play has evolved through a number of styles in that time.
I'm the first to acknowledge that the game is not the quick filler it appears (and perhaps should be), but I've yet to play a game where the back and forth loops didn't resolve into a goal before seeing a repeated board position.
The game may well be solvable, but I'd be surprised if the solution is trivial.
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Sent: Monday, March 23, 2009 1:28 PM
Subject: Re: [Icehouse] Your favorite (and least favorite) 3 (or 7) games

3) Penguin Soccer - Sorry, Avri, but I've never had a game finish. Tried more than a few times (including online with you). Seems like there's a major first-turn advantage, and one optimal strategy.

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