Quinamid is a 5-in-a-row game with a twist, and also a shift.
It's played on a stack of 5 boards of decreasing size. The
stacked boards can slide or rotate to change the
configuration. It's really a very simple
game, but visualizing the changes in geometry can be brain-busting..
players alternate taking one action, which can be any of
The first player to show 5 or 6 in a row wins.
- place a chip on the board.
- slide a board (and any boards above it) one space
horizontally or vertically.
- rotate a board 1/4 turn clockwise or
- the board moved on the previous turn can't be moved
again on the current turn.
RULE: on the second player's first move, he may not move the board, and
may choose to swap colors instead of making a normal play.
In the official rules, once you start a movement you are comitted, but
the online version allows test moves.
The robot is not confused by the variable geometry, and never forgets
what's hidden - but it's strategy is rudimentary.