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Tetris Go, variant idea (by me)
  • 30000DeathsADay at 2021-03-13

    First move is two stones anywhereFurther moves are up to 4 orthogonally connected stones, like shapes used in tetris

  • metzgerism at 2021-03-13

    I worry that living in the corners and on the sides is way too easy, but aside from that I think it’s worth testing. I’ve been working on a TriGo variant down a similar track (but not as extreme), where you can only place dominohexes and single holes are not liberties – wall play is too easy though.

    If it gets too wacky, maybe prohibiting singletons would work (and making single holes be non-liberties). Curious about komi as well.

  • Oakmoss at 2021-03-13

    As long as the shapes aren’t randomly assigned like in Tetris.

  • richyfourtytwo ★ at 2021-03-15

    I’d suspect straight shapes would be played in 90% of the cases and the bulky four basically never (expect when precisely needed for a capture). 

    Another thought: There would be lots of dame at the end of a game. Many gaps that simply can’t be filled. It also means you could have an alive group with zero eyes and only one external liberty.

  • ypercube ★ at 2021-03-15

    @richyfortytwo I can’t see how gaps couldn’t be filled or a group would be alive with zero eyes. Can you draw an example?

  • 30000DeathsADay at 2021-03-15

    Further moves are up to 4 orthogonally connected stones, i.e. 0,1,2,3 or 4

  • richyfourtytwo ★ at 2021-03-15

    @ypercube: I missed the ‘up to’ in the original post. Without that:


    How would you capture black? Not enough place to play a tetris shape.

    With the ‘up to’ rule it trivially can be captured of course.

    That option to play fewer stones makes the connection to tetris a lot weaker though. Although it’s not that strong anyway probably, because at tetris you want to pack closely, while in tetris-go that would never be a goal. 

    In other words: I can’t read properly and I like to discuss entirely irrelevant stuff. :-)


  • Sighris at 2021-04-19

    LOL re: richyfourtytwo ★ at 2021-03-15 wrote:  "I can’t read properly and I like to discuss entirely irrelevant stuff."

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