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Title
Eternal Picaria
Authors
Israel Rocha, Urban Larsson
Abstract
Picaria is a traditional board game, played by the Zuni tribe of the American Southwest and other parts of the world, such as a rural Southwest region in Sweden. It is related to the popular children's game of Tic-tac-toe, but the 2 players have only 3 stones each, and in the second phase of the game, pieces are slided, along specified move edges, in attempts to create the three-in-a-row. We provide a rigorous solution, and prove that the game is a draw; moreover our solution gives insights to strategies that players can use.
Keywords
Abstract strategy game, alignment game, board game, cyclic game, loopy game, Luffarschack, play-proof, Tapatan, Three-in-a-row, Three men's morris, Zuni tribe
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Published: 2017/06/10
Author Details
Israel Rocha
israel.rocha@dal.ca
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dalhousie University

Urban Larsson
urban031@gmail.com
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dalhousie University

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