Monday, August 8, 2011

Keep your eyes on the Throne!

 So True, So True!

On the popular web site, one of the gamers (GGWithrow, who said that in general he liked ZoxSo and thought it was a good game), made this comment in his post on one of the ZoxSo threads:

"One of the elements of this game that I find distasteful is how difficult it is to keep an enemy Zing from reaching the golden throne once they are one or two spaces away from it."

I thought about this for a bit on and off, and then earlier this evening I pointed something out in reply:

"You make an excellent point, GGWithrow!

And in so doing, you've aimed a spotlight directly at the two most important things to keep in mind when playing a game of ZoxSo:  Keep your eyes on the Throne, and your opponent's Xing under lock and key!

Alright, alright... there is a third important thing to remember: Keep your own Xing as-snug-as-a-bug-in-a-rug -- if you can.

I can't tell you how many times I've overlooked critical tempii, tactics, and new ideas during placement, only to look up and see my opponent's Xing (pronounced ZING, by the way) stepping briskly towards the Throne, unstoppable, soon to be crowned the new Emperor.

But alas, the fault was mine because I did not place as well -- nor follow up as well -- as my opponent.

So I say, 'Long live the New Emperor (until next game, that is...)!'

Well then, I hope to see you all at the 2011 ZoxSo Open World Championship Tournament at the Dragonflight Game Convention next weekend (Saturday August 13th) in Bellevue, Washington at the Bellevue Hilton.

Come and see some exciting games, check out the convention, spectate a little... and maybe even play in the main ZoxSo event yourself."

And so here, I must bring something up that I have brought up several times since beginning to plan this, the first ZoxSo World Championship:

How often is it that a player gets the chance to become the first recognized world champion of an ancient game?

Until next time...

-- deMarcus

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