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Overview

Override is a five-in-a-row game for two players where pieces are individually owned, but mutually controlled.

Goal

The goal is to get five pyramids of your color in a straight line, orthogonally or diagonally.

Materials

Setup

Place all pieces next to the board such that each of the 30 pyramids is accessible to both players.

Play

Each turn, a player may

  • place a piece of either color onto an empty square the board, or
  • pick up a piece of either color that is already on the board and move it one space orthogonally, either to an empty space or on top of any smaller piece.

'Other Rules

  • A pyramid (or stack) that is covered up by an enemy color counts as being that color for purposes of five-in-a-row.
  • If a player moves a pyramid to uncover a five-in-a-row for his opponent and, in the same turn, places the last piece to create a five-in-a-row for himself, the active player wins.
  • If a player moves a pyramid to uncover a five-in-a-row for his opponent but does not make a winning move for himself that turn, then he has just caused his opponent to win.
  • No piece is ever "captured" / taken off the board once placed.

Restrictions:

  • The center square is special: a pyramid may only be moved into from an adjacent space, never from the supply.
  • Pyramids that are currently covered up (by either color) may not be moved.
  • Players may not undo an opponent's last move.
  • Remember, pyramids placed onto the board from the supply may not immediately cover up any pyramid already on the board. They must be placed in a blank space.

Strategy

  • Large pyramids, as they cannot be stacked upon, are the strongest pieces in the game and you should therefore think carefully about where to place them.
  • Keep an eye on your opponent's pieces and be ready to push one of his pieces out of line or cover one up in order to prevent a five-in-a-row.
  • Although you are allowed to place your opponent's pieces onto the board from the supply, this rarely happens: it gives him more coverage at the cost of a move for you. However, it can be advantageous to place an opponent's last large piece in a corner or other undesirable location to prevent his using it.
  • Covering up your own pieces with your own color can strengthen your position in crucial places, as your opponent may conclude that it's too much trouble to spend multiple moves trying to oust you from that location.