Help For Plotto
Welcome to the network Plotto server. The rules of Plotto are below. The plotto "challenge" command is described here. Other commands are the same for all pbmserv games.
Rules for Plotto
Copyright (c) 1995 David Smith. 37 Bannister Place, Christchurch, NZ All Rights Reserved. Reprinted with permission.
The game of Plotto.
The players place one hex shaped piece in turn onto an open space (no board). Pieces are numbered either 1, 2, 3 or 4 and you may play a piece of any number at each turn.
First piece is played onto the center of the playing area.
Second piece must attach to any edge of the first piece.
Each piece played thereafter must attach to edges of at least two pieces.
No piece may be attached to a piece of the same number as itself.
First straight line of four pieces with a players number at each end wins for that player.
If a winning line is formed for more than one player in any turn by one of the players, that player wins. If made by any other player, play continues.
The server will display the position after each move using the letters a, b, etc. to indicate where the next piece may be played. The letters are reassigned after each move, starting with column one.
Example board layout. c __ e a __/3 \__ __/2 \__/2 \ /1 \__/4 \__/ \__/3 \__/f b \__/1 \ d \__/
Valid moves for the board above are: a3, a4, b2, b4, c1, c4, d2, d5, e1, e4 and f3. Playing e1 will result in a win for player one no matter which player makes the move. Also, playing 2b will result in a win for player two.
Q: Must I only play pieces bearing my win number?
Q: Must I have played all the pieces in the winning
Q: Must the two middle pieces in a winning line be
any particular numbers?
Q: Must a winning line be only four pieces long?
Q: May pieces be played to "bridge gaps"?