2 players, age 10+, 35+ minutes
by Catalyst Game Labs
Paiko is a one-on-one turn based strategy game optimized to cater to intuitive players.
In Paiko, your main objective is to spread out your tiles and block off your opponent's -- capturing your opponent's tiles is a pleasant secondary objective.
You win Paiko by getting 10 points, and you amass points by positioning your tiles in aggressive places on the board. You gain:
0 points for tiles in the safety of your own homeground
1 point for tiles in the even-footed middle ground
2 points for tiles in your opponent's homeground.
On your turn, you can choose to do one of three things: place a tile on the board, move a tile already on the board, or draw 3 more tiles of your choosing. You start the game with a hand of 8 tiles (if white), or 10 tiles (if black). Because Paiko has 8 kinds of tiles, much strategy is involved in choosing your starting hand, and choosing when to spend time building your hand by drawing tiles.