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Rio Grande Games Dvonn

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  • 2 players
  • 30 minutes to play
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  • Part of the Gipf project
  • Combinable with any game in the series
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DVONN is played on an elongated hexagonal board, with 23 white, 23 black and 3 red DVONN-pieces. In the beginning the board is empty. The players place the pieces on empty spaces of the board, without restrictions. They place the DVONN-pieces first and their own pieces next. Then they start stacking pieces on top of each other. A single piece may be moved 1 space in any direction, a stack of two pieces may be moved two spaces, etc. A stack must always be moved as a whole and a move must always end on top of another piece or stack. If pieces or stacks lose contact with the DVONN-pieces, they must be removed from the board. The game ends when no more moves can be made. The players put the stacks they control on top of each other and the one with the highest stack is the winner.

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Product Dimensions 12 x 1.4 x 9.4 inches
Item Weight 2.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds
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ASIN 1892081822
Item model number 183RGG
Manufacturer recommended age 9 years and up
Best Sellers Rank #317,009 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#8,010 in Toys & Games > Games > Board Games
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If you enjoy playing Go, you'll probably enjoy playing any one of the six games in the Gipf Project (Gipf/Zertz/Tzaar/Dvonn/Yinsh/Punct). Dvonn is no exception. The mechanics are simple, but when played against a worthy opponent, it can be a complex and richly satisfying game experience. As you would hope from a two person strategy game with a distinct Opening, Middle and End game, your first move affects your 20th move. While Kris Burm has indicated that this game in the series represents "Fire," he cleverly treats it not as a destructive force but a creative one. Contact with fire actually keeps you in the game and allows you to grow, while separation causes valuable pieces to be lost. One of the attributes of the Gipf Project that I enjoy is that while each game maintains an overall visual and tactile aesthetic, each takes an enjoyably unique approach to the concepts of force and strength. In the case of Dvonn, the more powerful you become, the fewer your options for movement. As a result you become vulnerable. That's a pretty neat twist.
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By mew on August 30, 2015
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This game is an amazing 2-player abstract strategy game. If you like strategy games, then get it quick before it goes out of print. I see that Yinsh is really hard to get and it is my favorite of the series. The whole series is amazing, but skip Punct if you should choose to skip one. Start with Yinsh, Dvonn, or Tzaar if you are going to get one.
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This is a fantastic abstract strategy game. It has very simple rules that can be learned in a few minutes, but the strategies are deep and complex. The game moves quickly- I would say the average length is around 10-20 minutes depending on how serious the players are. There are a couple things that ensure the game is always interesting: first, the board has a different setup for every game. The players alternate placing their pieces at the beginning of the game with no limitations, so there are practically infinite potential starting positions. The three red DVONN pieces, which can be placed anywhere on the board, are the real twist. Any piece that is not connected to one of the red pieces by a direct link is destroyed, so there is a constant balance between trying to capture your opponent's pieces and making sure that your own pieces are not destroyed by losing a connection to one of the DVONNs. The game has a natural progression-the board steadily shrinks because pieces can only move on top of other pieces, so after each move there is at least one new empty space. All of the pieces consolidate onto islands, unless they break off from the red pieces and are removed. The goal is to control the biggest stacks, but the biggest stacks are the hardest to move, so large stacks are valuable but also vulnerable. At the end of the game, the player who still has the most mobile pieces usually wins. There are lots of twists and balances that make this a satisfying and exciting game.

DVONN is fun for beginners and experienced players alike. The pieces are well-made and look good. My only complaint is that the board sometimes doesn't stay totally flat.
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Great game! My nine-year-old could catch on to it quickly, yet the game has enough depth to the strategy that the adults I share it with enjoy it also. Very fun for a 2-player strategy game.
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This is a well made, well thought out game. It is the sort of game you get better and better at as you realize what strategies work and what strategies fail.
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