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Pentagame: The Pentagram Shaped Board Game

A game with simple rules and NO DICE that is played on a pentagram star for two, three, or four players.

Pentagame: The Pentagram Shaped Board Game

A game with simple rules and NO DICE that is played on a pentagram star for two, three, or four players.

€2,942
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About

Simple rules. Complex play. Race game - short duration, captivating. 

Classic board games are played on simple geometric shapes: Chess and Go are square, while Halma, Gipf etc. are triangular. Where is the missing pentagram shaped board game? That question informed my research. The result is Pentagame: a "classic" board game without dice that is played on a pentagram star. It has some amazing properties, the first of which is: it is astonishingly captivating, since every game is different, and there are more possible paths the game can develop than there are stars in the galaxy. - It has clarity, depth, drama and decisiveness; but it is nevertheless an "unsolved" game in that there seems not to be a dominant strategy, at least not one we know of yet. - It can be played with two players, which is a very strategic competition, with three or four players, which is a highly social setting, and with two teams of two players; the rules are the same simple dozen rules in any case. We have been playing this since its inception many hundreds of times, and it never wears out; on the contrary, the community of players is growing at an exponential pace, and our wish to make all these players their own sets available is what informs this campaign.

The rules can be found in many languages on the website http://pentagame.org/

Explanation video on Youtube:

English:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIMPmrNnaOI

Klassische Brettspiele werden auf einfachen geometrischen Mustern gespielt: Schach und Go sind quadratisch, Halma und Gipf und viele weitere sind dreieckig. Was ist mit dem Pentagramm? Kann es ein pentagrammförmiges Spiel geben? Diese Frage hat mich lange umgetrieben. Das Ergebnis aller Überlegungen ist Pentagame: ein "klassisches" Brettspiel ohne Würfel, das auf einem Fünfstern gespielt wird. Es hat ein paar wunderbare Eigenschaften; hervorragend ist, dass es erstaunlich spannend ist, denn jedes Spiel verläuft anders, und es gibt nachweislich mehr Spielverlaufe als Sterne in der Galaxis. - Es ist leicht verständlich,  abwechslungsreich, spannend und endet immer; dennoch ist es ein "ungelöstes" Spiel in dem Sinne, dass es anscheinend keine dominante Strategie gibt, jedenfalls keine offensichtliche oder eine, die uns bekannt wäre. - Es kann zu zweit gespielt werden, was eine strategische Herausforderung ist, aber auch zu dritt oder zu viert oder in zwei teams mit je zwei Spielern; dabei gelten immer die selben einfachen zehn Regeln. Seit seiner Erfindung haben wir es schon viele hunderte Male gespielt, und es wird niemals langweilig; im Gegenteil, die Spielergemeinschaft wächst exponentiell, und unser Wunsch, all diesen Spielern endlich ein eigenes Set anbieten zu können ist der Grund für diese Kampagne.

Erklär-Video auf Deutsch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1BSNvzTxko.

Since its inception some years back we have studied its properties profoundly and can actually proof all the above mathematically. But what is more important, we continue playing this with many people and many people keep playing it, and the rule set is proven efficient and stable. Luckily, the duration of a game ranges from just under 20 minutes for a 2-player to maybe 90 minutes with 4 players. And seriously everyone who played this wanted a re-match - and another, and another.

Seit seiner Erfindung vor einigen Jahren haben wir die Eigenschaften dieses Spieles genau untersucht und können inzwischen all das oben genannte sogar mathematisch beweisen. Entscheidend aber ist, dass wir es seither immer wieder mit vielen Menschen spielen und viele Menschen es immer wieder miteinander auch ohne uns spielen, und dass das Regelwerk sich als effizient und stabil erweist. Glücklicherweise dauert ein Spiel auch nur zwischen 20 Minuten bei 2 Spielern und etwa 90 Minuten bei 4 Spielern. Und wirklich, jeder, der es einmal gespielt hat, wollte eine Revanche - und noch eine, und noch eine.

Pentagame Board (don't try to draw that yourself)

We have also found some evidence that a game similar to this was known to Plato and the ancient greek. But there is no room to expand on this here. 

Wir haben auch Hinweise darauf gefunden, dass ein Spiel ähnlich diesem Platon und den Alten Griechen bekannt gewesen ist. Hier ist allerdings kein Platz darauf einzugehen.

Rules / Regeln

Rules (for other languages visit website pentagame.org / weitere Sprachen gibt es auf Pentagame.org, unter anderem Latein, Plattdeutsch, Georgisch und Chinesisch...)

  •   Every player plays one shape
  •   Every player has one piece on each corner
  •   Black blocks sit on central nodes
  •   Goal: Reach the coloured nodes opposite
  •   Everything goes, but no jumping allowed
  •   Replace blocks
  •   Swap neighbouring pieces
  •   Upon moving out, place a grey block
  •   Three pieces out wins
  •   Grey blocks are one time blocks
  •   No repetition (Ko)

If you are interested in the maths at all (which is not at all important for playing Pentagame), here is a little preview table from the forthcoming publication on Pentagame:

Für alle Mathe-Interessierten hier eine kurze Vorschau in das Buch, welches derzeit parallel entsteht:  


As you see, Pentagame sits comfortably somewhere in the middle of the family of popular abstract games, regarding to multitude of possible games. Behold: it is at least as much fun, and can also be played with 3 or 4 players! 

Wie man sieht, liegt Pentagame bequem irgendwo in der Mitte der Familie beliebter abstrakter Spiele hinsichtlich der Vielzahl möglicher Spielverläufe. Man beachte: es ist mindestens genauso spannend, und es kann auch zu dritt und zu viert gespielt werden! 

Risks and challenges

If we reach target, we can make 1000 copies. These will use stock pieces like on the photo: cats, rabbits, planes and people. Our first stretch goal would be to have custom made pieces, which will be abstract: cubes / sqaures, spheres, tetrahedrons and stars like in the video. So the exact shape of the pieces will become clear later.

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    Three Pentagame sets, so you can start a community. Have one board for yourself, one for sale, and one to give away for free. As you get better at Pentagame, you want the other players to practice before you play them again, and the best way to make that happen is to provide them with a set, of course!

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    The bearers of the Five Hats will constitute the Order of the First Five. We will invite the First Five to a Meeting to establish this Order. The First Five shall be addressed as "Right Honourable Member of the First Five" and hold a ceremonial role in any Pentagame Tournament. All else shall be decided on the First Meeting of the First Five. The First Five shall also be mentioned in the Rule Sheets and the Book.

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