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.
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.