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YONMOQUE


"YONMOQUE" was designed by Mitsuo Yamamoto in Japan in 1997. The game is very simple (place 4 pieces in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonallly) and very compact (there are only 25 squares on the board) but the game is very difficult for either the blue or white player to win. This is because, a piece's move is defined by the color (blue, white or neutral) of the square it is on and, the number of squares for each color is not the same.
There are 8 blue squares, 12 white squares and only 5 neutral squares. To keep the balance between blue and white, the blue player always plays first. This rule is an important balance point on this compact board.

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Introduction video on YouTube in Japanese

Rule of Yonmoque Game

Object: To place 4 pieces in a row - either horizontally, vertically or diagonally.

Number of Players: Two

Rules:

1) PLACEMENT & MOVES

There are only two things that a player can do on his/her turn.
Place a piece on the board (if pieces are available) or move a piece that is already on the board.

PLACEMENT:
On a player's turn, he/she may place an un-played piece on any unoccupied square.

MOVES:
On a player's turn. he/she may move any of his/her pieces that are on the board. Each piece may move one space in any direction (identical to a King in Chess).
However, white pieces on white squares may move along the entire chain of white squares (like a Bishop in Chess). The same rule applies to the blue pieces on blue squares. The half white and half blue squares, at the center and on the corners, are neutral (neither blue nor white).

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2) FLIPS:

If a player moves a piece into a position that surrounds an opponent's pieces in a line( horizontally, vertically or diagonally), the opponent's pieces are then FLIPPED.
For example,
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in the figure above, if blue moves his piece as indicated by the arrow, then the two white pieces will be bounded on either side by blue pieces.
Therefore, when blue makes the above move, the white pieces are flipped and they become blue.

3) FLIPS only occur when a player makes a MOVE. A player may not cause an opponent's pieces to FLIP by PLACING a piece on the board.

4) A player may only win with four in a row, with a MOVE. A player may PLACE a piece on the board to create four in a row but this does not win the game.

5) If any player creates 5 in a row with his/her color, he/she loses.


How to Play:

1:Decide who will play blue and who will play white.

2:Divide the 12 pieces evenly between the two players.

3:Blue always plays first.

4:There are no pieces on the board at the beginning of a game and the blue player starts by placing a piece anywhere on the board.

5:The white player then places a piece on the board.

6:On the blue player's second turn, he/she can either place another piece on the board or move their piece already on the board.

7:There is no rule regarding how many pieces a player must play. Of course, each player must PLACE at least one piece on the board.

8:Play continues until either a player has won(4 in a row), or a player has lost(5 in a row)


Ai play on PC

You can play YONMOQUE on PC by free AiAi program designed by Stephen Tavener here.
yonmoque game How to download
1. Click on the picture to go to the site (http://mrraow.com/index.php/aiai-home/).
2. Scroll down the page until you find the Download AiAi link and click on that link.
3. You should be at the page of http://mrraow.com/index.php/aiai-home/aiai/ which has a link on top which is labeled AiAi which is http://mrraow.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Ai-Ai.zip
4. Click on that link to download (or just click the link for the zip file I listed above).
5. Save the file to your computer and unzip it.
6. Go into the new AiAi folder on your computer and open the aiai.jar file.
7. Once it is started, you will need to Click on File and then Load Game.
8. Select the MakeALine folder in the Open Window dialog.
9. Select the Yonmoque.mgl file.
10. If you want to watch the computer play, click on a square once the game loads. Otherwise, from the AI menu, you must uncheck the Move Automatically option.

AiAi is a Java-based general game playing engine based on Mogal (a GGP designed and developed by Stephen Tavener and Cameron Browne). Games can be hand-coded in Java (for efficiency), or assembled from blocks using a scripting language based on JSON.


Product Information


Yonmoque Standard $25 USD

materials board:ceramic tile, pieces:ceramic tiles, box:paper
size board:148x148x7mm, pieces:20mm-round, box:165x165x25mm
weight 386gm
price(tax free) $25 USD
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Yonmoque Japanesque $35 USD

materials board:ceramic tile, pieces:ceramic tiles, box:paper
size board:148x148x7mm, pieces:20mm-round, box:165x165x25mm
weight 386gm
price(tax free) $25 USD
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Yonmoque Large $40 USD

materials board:ceramic tile, pieces:ceramic tiles, box:paper
size board:200x200x8mm, pieces:26mm-round, box:215x215x30mm
weight 848gm
price(tax free) $40 USD
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Yonmoque wooden framed $70 USD

materials board:wood and ceramic tile, pieces:ceramic tiles, box:paper
size wood board:240x240x15mm, pieces:26mm-round, box:250x350x30mm
weight 1250gm
price(tax free) $70 USD
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Yonmoque wooden framed Special $120 USD

materials board:wood and ceramic tile, pieces:ceramic tiles, box:paper
size wood board:270x320x18mm, pieces:26mm-round, box:285x335x30mm
weight 1526gm
price(tax free) $120 USD
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