Rainy Day Game's Board Game Review of Dvonn:
Dvonn in Summary
The designers of the Dvonn board game have put together great materials, simple rules, and an elegant game mechanic. The result is an abstract board game as deep and involving as the great classics like chess and Othello. The Dvonn board game will take its place in your games cabinet beside them and last just as long.
Dvonn is also a member of the awesome GIPF Project of board games, all of them innovative and challenging games.
The Dvonn board game has two main phases of gameplay. The first action of phase one is to place the three red Dvonn pieces on the board. Then the white and black players take turns placing their pieces on the board. You can stack pieces on top of each other, and whoever finishes at the top of the stack "owns" that stack.
The Dvonn board game's second phase starts when all the pieces are placed. Each player takes turn moving the stacks that they control. You move your stacks in a straight line, and they move the same number of spaces as pieces in the stack. A three piece stack moves three spaces, for example.
The stacks must always stay connected to the cluster of pieces surrounding a red Dvonn piece. If a stack is ever left orphaned by itself, it is removed from the board. Dvonn ends when neither player can move. Each player takes the stacks they control and piles them up. Winner is the one standing taller.
Who should buy Dvonn?
The Dvonn board game is pure abstract strategy. There's no attempt at theme or story line. Gamers who enjoy other abstract games like Othello or Go should try Dvonn. You abstract gamers will find the depths of strategy you crave.
However, for our crew of war gamers and Settlers gamers, we can still appreciate the Dvonn board game as a breath of fresh air. It's only 20 minutes, and as a way to clear your mind of star cruisers and M1A1 tanks, Dvonn is a big winner with our crew.
The Manufacturer's Board Game Review of Dvonn:
DVONN is a challenging stacking game with very simple rules. It is played with 3 red DVONN pieces, 23 white pieces, and 23 black pieces. The players must try to control as many pieces as possible by building stacks, preferably by jumping on top of their opponent's pieces. While doing so, pieces and stacks must remain linked to the red DVONN pieces. If not, they are out of the game! When no more moves can be made, each player puts their stacks on top of each other. The player with the highest stack wins the game!
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