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Bug in Slither?
  • Iluvatar at 2012-10-10


    In these game there are 3 empty spots left. These were the spots where noone could put a piece. Is this a bug, or is it an obscure rule that none of us know about?

  • Marius Halsor at 2012-10-10

    No bug at all. It seems you are both missing one of the core rules of Slither. When it's your turn, you do TWO things:

    1) MOVE a stone (optional)
    2) Place a new stone

    This is very essential. Only in very few situations do you not wish to move a stone. In your situation, placing a stone would have been possible if you first had moved a stone.

    Hint: Look at a game between top players to see how the game should be played :-)

  • FatPhil at 2012-10-10

    Indeed, moving is a vital part of the game. It's what gives slither a unique twist, and its name.

    In a situation like yours where you've got alternating colours on two sides of a gap, out of phase, such as


    You can typically move one of the pieces …

    -ox xox
    -X- or X–
    oxo o-o

    and then place the necessary connecting piece

    -ox xox
    -xX or x-X
    oxo o-o

    (And let's hope the tags work…)

  • Iluvatar at 2012-10-14

    Thanks, both of you. We're new to the Slither, and I guess we may have missed a few details about the rules of the game.
    Think we were a bit too much stuck up with the rules of Hex and Twixt to see the difference.
    Thanks again. :)

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