Strands

Overview
Strands is a two-player abstract board game played on a hexagonal board that was invented by Nicholas Bentley in 2022. 

Board

Strands is played on a hexagonal board with six cells per side. Larger boards can be used for a deeper game. Initially the board is filled with numbers from 1 to 6. On igGameCenter you can play on any of 6 pre-designed boards, or on randomly generated boards.

Object of the Game

The winner of the game is the player with the largest group of stones when the game ends (group of stones is a set of same-colored stones touching each other). If the players’ largest groups are the same size, whoever has more groups of that size wins. If this is also tied, compare the players' second-largest groups, and so on, until you come to a pair which aren’t the same size. Whoever owns the larger of the two wins.

Play

The game begins with an empty board. There are two players in the game: Black and White.

Black begins by placing 1 black stone covering any space marked “2”.

From then on, starting with White, the players take turns. On your turn, cover X empty spaces marked “X”. For example, you could cover any 3 empty spaces marked “3”. If there are less than X empty spaces marked “X” left on the board then the player must cover them all if they choose to cover “X”.

The game ends when the board is full.

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