Fighting the Machine

I have played a few “Free Computer Versions of Board and Card Games with Artificial Intelligence Computer Opponents”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=8323 recently.

I had most fun with “Zendo-san”:http://www.wunderland.com/WTS/Kory/Games/Zendo/Zendo-san.html. I bought “Zendo”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/6830 a while ago, but my “gang ran away screaming”:http://cheyne.net/blog/2005/02/zendo-kuhhandel/, so it was great to finally play, even if only against AI. It’s a complicated game, so read the rules first. It runs well on Linux under Wine, but a few random glitches occasionally came up.

I also tried:

* “Puerto Rico”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3076
“The PR Evolver”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3076 Excel spreadsheet is amazing. It even makes me regret migrating to Linux.
* “Amazons”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2125
“http://jenslieberum.de/amazong/amazong.html”:http://jenslieberum.de/amazong/amazong.html
I “liked this a lot”:http://cheyne.net/blog/2004/11/online-gaming/ over PBW, so it was no suprise it was good against the computer too.
* “Quoridor”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/624
“http://xoridor.sf.net”:http://xoridor.sf.net
I enjoy blocking games like this and Amazons. Maybe it is something to do with being a natural defender at team ball sports?
* “Mancala”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2448
“http://www.rocketsnail.com/mancala/game.htm”:http://www.rocketsnail.com/mancala/game.htm
A lot more interesting than I thought it would be.
* “Pogo”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/10095
“http://www.nivozero.com/”:http://www.nivozero.com/
The implementation was good, but the game itself is too close to “Nine Men’s Morris”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/3886.
* “Gobblet”:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/game/2266
“http://www.boardspace.net/”:http://www.boardspace.net/
Too much like Pogo.

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