YINSH the 5th or the 6th game of Project
GIPF was published in 1997, I announced
it as the first and central game of a Project
that eventually was going to consist of
6 games. TAMSK (1999) was the 2nd game,
ZÈRTZ (2000) the 3rd, and DVONN (2002)
the 4th. Now, you would expect the next
game to be the 5th, but that is not entirely
the case! YINSH may be the 5th game for
the moment, but, in the end, it will be
the 6th! In other words, YINSH is meant
to be the last game of Project GIPF.
YINSH finishes Project GIPF because it goes
back to where the series started, thus to
GIPF. Of course, it is first and foremost
an original game that -- I hope -- widens
the variety that Project GIPF has to offer.
But in addition, it also makes use of a
few game principles that clearly refer to
GIPF. For that reason, YINSH is the game
that closes the circle of Project GIPF.
Some may think that I could just have kept
it simple -- that I could have put YINSH
aside for one year and published another
game instead -- but things are not always
as simple as they seem. Anyway, while I
was working on YINSH, I always thought of
it as a good opportunity to make sure, right
now, that Project GIPF would end in a way
with which I could feel satisfied. So I
decided to take that chance. But rest assured:
that does not mean that Project GIPF ends
here. One more game will follow! And that
game will get a place in the series between
DVONN and YINSH. At least, that is how I
look at things now!
And, to end, here's what really matters:
YINSH will be released in the autumn
of this year.
(In case you would have missed the pic of
the box and the short description, go back
to the Home
page and click on the YINSH-logo.)
GIPF Set 3 yet !
People who are interested
in the YINSH-potentials will have to show
a bit of patience. GIPF Set 3 will not be
released until October 2004. Set 3 will
not only contain the YINSH-potentials, but
also the potentials of the game that will
make Project GIPF definitively complete.
And, as you'll understand, since that game
does not exist yet, the potentials do not
exist yet either. Stay tuned!
ZÈRTZ and DVONN WC's in the Netherlands
It was said that
the World Championships GIPF, ZÈRTZ
and DVONN were going to take place either
in Manchester (GB) or in Prague (CZ) this
year, but it will be neither of the two.
We asked you to let us know your preference.
We received 13 reactions (thanks!) and Prague
was clearly the winner, but unfortunetely
we will not be able to make to that great
city this year. Especially the period of
the 3rd MSO in Prague caused practical problems:
from the 4th to the 12th of October. That
is only days before the yearly fair in Essen,
and in that period we will be fully occupied
with (a) preparing that fair, and (b) the
release of YINSH. And since it was too late
for Manchester, we went looking for an alternative
- which we found in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
"Games Spectacular" is
for the Dutch gamers what the fair in Essen
in for the German gaming scene. The organizers
of that fair were immediately prepared to
host the GIPF, ZÈRTZ and DVONN World
Games Spectacular takes place from Friday,
October 31, to Sunday, November 2. You will
find more details and the exact WC schedules
in the Agenda
So far you can already
find two programs on the internet to play
DVONN. The first is written by Jan C. de
Graaf (NL). Jan is in the first place an
Othello player, but now he has become pasionated
by DVONN, too. So he wrote a DVONN program!
And he has challenged other DVONN programs
for a match during the 8th Computer Olympiad
that will take place from the 23rd to the
27th of November, 2003, in Graz, Austria.
If you want to know more about his challenge,
go to the Olympiad's website.
Or you can address yourself directly to
C. de Graaf.
The second program is written by Matthias
Bodenstein (D) and it is called
"Dvonner". To download Mattias'
program, go to his Dvonner
Another dude from Germany is working on
a 3rd DVONN program. Soon more about these
3 A.I.s all together! Is there a match between
3 DVONN programs coming up?
We have been too occupied to check out
these programs, so we cannot tell how they
play. We count on you to test them for us.
If you do so, let us know your opinion!