3M – Bookshelf Games – Ploy – Space Age Chess


Ploy is a great Space Age Chess game. It was released as part of the 3M bookshelf games series. I find it to be a lot of fun. This copy is complete, with some clear tape across the back of the box that would tear the rear artwork if removed.

The front of the box features some of the most enticing board game artwork I’ve seen in recent memory. That futuristic city, that Spock lookalike. It’s just perfect.

The game plays a bit like chess, I guess, but there’s more of an element of maneuvering, which almost makes the game feel like commanding a fleet of starships in a deep space dogfight.

It’s a fun game, one of my favorite board games for two or four players. There’s more information about it, including rules for play, linked in the wikipedia entry bellow.



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From Wikipedia:

Ploy is an abstract strategy board game for two or four players, played on a 9×9 board with a set of 15 pieces (2-handed) or 9 pieces (4-handed and partnership games) per player. Pieces have various horizontal, vertical or diagonal moves somewhat like chess pieces, except directions of movement are limited; pieces change directions of movement by “rotating”. Object of the game is to capture the opponent’s Commander (analogous to the king in chess), or all of his other pieces.

It was invented by Frank Thibault and commercially released by 3M Company in 1970, as part of the 3M bookshelf game series. The game is marketed as a “space-age strategy game”. It is also considered to be one of the “better” chess variations.


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