What age is this game aimed at?
This game is great for either adults or kids. It has been our experience that children under 7 have a difficult time, and that's why the minimum age is 7. In terms of the people most playing it, I think it's adults (or teenagers) and adults with kids.
How do I place the towers on the board? Which end is up?
One end of the towers has a small raised ridge around it. This is the end that
should be on top. You'll be placing a stone on the tower, and the little
ridge helps keep the stone in place.
How do I start?
The empty board can be a little daunting. Just pick up one of your stones and
put it on the board (inside a circle). Your opponent will do the same. You'll
catch on pretty quick. When you're ready to place a tower, put a tower there.
Don't I keep the towers I capture?
No. After each turn, "score" the board by adding up the threat of the
stones around each tower. Change the stone on top of the tower to whatever
color threatens it the most. This is a vital part of the game. A fun
strategy is to set up chain reactions - where your opponent loses control
of two or three towers in one turn.
But if I take a stone off the board and put it on a tower, my opponent can just put his stone there...
When you're scoring the board, don't take stones off the board! In fact, you never take stones off the board. When you're claiming a tower, take a stone from your pile of stones, and put it on that tower.
In a three or four player game, nobody wins?
With the first edition of the game, there were only nine towers in the box. This mean that when playing with three or four players, you often ran out of towers. The second edition has 12 towers in it - so probably you won't run out.
However, it's still a good idea to keep an eye on the number of towers. Remember, if there's a tie on the towers, whoever has placed the most stones wins. If you can convince your opponents to place the towers, you will have more stones on the board at the end.
In fact, I think the "perfect" game is one where you place no towers at all and still win. I've seen it done, but never done it myself.
Does the first player always win?
No. The first player has an advantage in the case of an even tower count, but
that's rare in a two player game. In a 3-player game, the middle player can
have a slight disadvantage, unless they start strong.
In a four player
game, the first person arguably has an advantage (because of the common
occurrence of two or three tower wins).
Okay, let's hear it: what's the winning strategy?
In a two player game, there are a couple basic things to keep in mind. One is
that the corners are positions of strength. Because the corner space has fewer
adjacent circles, you can control a tower with only two stones, and that's
It's tough to take a corner when you have an experienced opponent,
though. Another position of strength is adjacent stones.
Another strong move is to place two adjacent
stones and then put a tower on either side of them (so each tower threatens
each stone). This has two stones controlling two towers, and that's a great
ratio. There are lots of "strong" moves like this. The game boils down to gaining
control of the board and being in position to make your move for four towers.
I thought you said there were 39 circles? I only counted 37!
Okay, this one is embarrassing. After a great deal of development and testing
and editing, my brain
apparently turned off. I was sure there were 39 circles. There aren't.
There are only 37. I suppose you could count the "circle" of people playing,
and the "circle" of... nah. It's purely a misprint. 37 circles. Fortunately, the second edition has that corrected.
Who is answering the questions on this FAQ?
That would be me. My name is Pat Matthews, and I'm the designer. If you have any other questions, or would just like to
chat a bit, please use the e-mail address on our
Looking for a copy of the rules for SiegeStones?
Here they are! How's that for service?