My oldest grandson is getting to the age where he can
begin to play board games. Even though he doesn't fully
understand the notion of not winning all the time, he
still seems to have fun playing. Hopefully YOU will have
some fun as well. This
POTM will challenge you to create a program to play a
board game against another program. The game is called
"Lines Of Action - POTM Style (LOAPS)".
It draws heavily on the piece movement in the original "Lines Of Action" but
has some special "POTM Style" modifications to the board and scoring
LINES OF ACTION POTM STYLE (LOAPS)
Deadline January 31, 2006
THE SHORT PROBLEM STATEMENT
"Lines Of Action" is a board game invented in the 1960s
by Claude Soucie. The original is a game played by two players on an
8x8 board with the goal of "connecting" all your pieces.
The piece movement of LOA makes it a fascinating and unique game.
A web search will provide lots of background on the original, but
there are a few special POTM rules to consider including a
different sized board (7x7), fewer pieces (8), a different starting
position, along with some special scoring rules. The winner
will be determined with head-to-head play at the conclusion of the POTM.
If it sounds interesting, sign up using the Members Section link on the left
and start watching the forums
for more details, current standings, how to submit your entry, and
much discussion among the jolly band of POTM participants!