We are happy to publish this month a nice classic of the abstracts category: Lines of Action from Claude Soucie, introduced to the gaming public by Sid Sackson's book "A Gamut of Games" in 1969 is now available on Board Game Arena 50 years later!
Play it now!
Do you like abstracts? We do! It's a beautiful game category with simple and elegant mechanics, easy to explain but holding great depth that is really rewarding for the players willing to study the game strategies.
Lines of Action is one of these games that has a really simple set of material that almost everyone has or can quickly set up from scratch (a chessboard and 24 pieces in 2 colors), and that spreads just by word of mouth from one game night to another as they are just so simple to teach and so nice to play.
On their turn, players move a piece of their color:
- ~ horizontally, vertically or diagonally
- ~ from exactly as many spaces as there are pieces (friendly or enemy) on the line chosen to move
- ~ with the possibility of jumping over friendly pieces, but not over enemy pieces
- ~ and a piece can land on an enemy piece to capture it.
Those of you who played Alveole will notice similarities... of course! Indeed Alveole is a reimplementation of Lines of Action on an hexagonal board. Other games have been derived from it, but Lines of Action is the original game, and now you can play it!