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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