Numerix

Numerix is an abstract game of skill and chance for two to four players.

Side-of-the-box text aside, that description is entirely accurate. The concept is simple: roll three dice and place or move a piece according to that roll. The chance is in your dice and the skill is picking which move to take. Of course, sometimes the move that you will take may not be the one you had hoped for, but your opponents will be in the same boat!

 

Board:

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Rules:

NVMERIX

The abstract chance strategy board game for two players.

Copyright © 2014 Christopher Cale, Tied to a Kite Games

Equipment

1 NVMERIX board
3 ordinary dice
6 playing pieces per player

Objective

The first person to capture three of their opponent's pieces wins.

Setup

Each player's pieces begin play off the board. Each player should roll all three dice. The highest rolling player takes the first turn.

In Your Turn

First, roll all three dice. You may then do one of two things; either place a piece on the board or move a piece already on the board.

Placing a Piece

Simply put one of your pieces not already on the board on any numbered space that matches one of the numbers you threw on your dice this turn.

Moving a Piece

A piece may move from it's space into any adjacent space, as long as the number on that space matches one of the numbers you threw on your dice this turn. This move may be orthogonally or diagonally, but must be to an adjacent space.

Protected Spaces

You may never place a piece on - or move a piece into - a space that is adjacent to 3 or more enemy pieces. This means you can block off areas of the board to your opponent.

What If I Don't Want To Do Anything?

You may not pass in NVMERIX. If you possibly can do something with your turn, you must do so. Even if there are no useful moves available to you.

Capturing

If you manage to surround an enemy piece by having 3 of your pieces in adjacent squares, you capture that piece. Remove it from the board and place it in front of you as a trophy! It is possible to capture more than one piece with one move!

Some Tips

In general, don't place a piece next to your opponent in the first couple of turns. Without a formation to back you up you will probably end up losing it.

Try to keep at least one piece off the board as long as possible, that way two of your pieces adjacent to an enemy constitute a threat. Once all your pieces are in play, you will find yourself much less manoeuvrable.

Try not to allow yourself to be forced into a corner. It will not go well.

If things are going badly in one part of the board, do something unexpected in another.

Formations are important, try to keep a group of three pieces near each other.

The dice aren't always kind. Keep your play fluid. If the dice don't give you what you want, do something different.

If you lose, blame the dice!