I played Othello last night with a friend. I’ve nev­er ac­tu­al­ly played the game against an­oth­er per­son, usu­al­ly I’ve on­ly played it on the com­put­er [and al­ways got­ten wailed on]. It is much more fun play­ing with an ac­tu­al per­son, es­pe­cial­ly if a lit­tle wine has greased the old head­gears. So to­day I will in­un­date you with Othelloness.

You might know it as Reversi. But Mattel brought the game to a larg­er mar­ket. People fol­low Othello like they fol­low chess.

I am pret­ty sure it is re­lat­ed to the Japanese game of Go. Go plays an im­por­tant role in Darren Aronofsky’s π.

I’d like to learn to play Go. It looks like any­one can do so by go­ing here.

Othello is def­i­nite­ly a game of sub­tle­ty. You com­pete pure­ly by flank­ing manouev­ers and any di­rect as­sault is sure to end in ru­in. I thought this morn­ing while in the show­er that it should prob­a­bly be called Shepherd; you ba­si­cal­ly try to herd the oth­er per­son where you want them to go. It is great.

2 thoughts on “Othello

  1. ooh, that is a nice page. i need to fig­ure out how to make it open in a new win­dow… it is a sim­ple piece of code but i can’t re­mem­ber it.

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