I was at a friend of a friend's house last weekend and played a cool game. Here is what I remember:

  • The game is played on a square board
  • 2 or 4 players
  • The goal of the game is to reach the opposite side of the board from which you start (before your opponent(s))
  • On your turn you may
    • a) Move you piece forwards/backwards/left/right (not diagonal)
    • b) Place a barrier which you and your opponent cannot cross. A barrier is a length two piece that goes between squares.

Anyone know the game?


Sounds like you are describing Quoridor.

This abstract strategy is surprisingly deep for its simple rules. The object of the game is to advance your pawn to the opposite edge of the board. On your turn you may either move your pawn or place a wall. You may hinder your opponent with wall placement, but not completely block him off. Meanwhile, he is trying to do the same to you. First pawn to reach the opposite side wins.

There is a similar game called Blockade, but unlike Quoridor, the board for that one isn't square.

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