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Ploy. Strategic Game of Maneuver and Capture, 3M Company - 1970. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on Thu, Sep 16, 2010 05:50 PM UTC:
Any details on the array - where each piece starts and pointing in which initial directions?

Sam Trenholme wrote on Mon, Oct 23, 2006 01:55 PM UTC:
The Tourney .zrf also has Ploy as one of the variants.

- Sam

Gary Gifford wrote on Mon, Oct 23, 2006 09:51 AM UTC:
Sam - thanks for the Ploy information.  I checked the link in your last
comment and ended up at, 'Tournoy [Download instructions] ... Tournoy is
a Zillions-of-Games file. It is categorized as: Two dimensional, Large
board, In a category all its own. By Jean-Louis Cazaux.'  

Tournoy does appear to be very similar to Ploy.

Sam Trenholme wrote on Mon, Oct 23, 2006 03:45 AM UTC:
Ploy is available as a Zillions file Right here on the server. With regard to Feudal, this was published first by 3M, then by Avalon Hill until they were bought out by Hasbro. I get the feeling that the people involved would not object to the game rules being published online, since the game is out of print and probably never going to be published again.

I respect copyright; I also don't like the idea of ideas being destroyed because of copyright. I find it somewhat frustrating that countless chess variants from the 20th century (and probably before) are not available online. Encyclopedia of Chess Variants is out of print, and Amazon currently only has one expensive copy available. I think most of the people who invented the variants in the Encyclopedia would have freely published them here if the web and this page existed at the time; the pre-internet model of using books and magazines which you buy to spread information has the advantage that it makes content which you have to pay someone to make available (such as quality novels and stories), but the disadvantage of content no longer being available if the book does not sell.

- Sam

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