Tantalising Tantrix

Let’s take a break and play a game. Whilst on a wardening stint at French Ridge hut with my kea friends, back in 2000, I met a very interesting guy: Mike McManaway, the inventor of tantrix. His wife and I promptly sat down and started thinking about the combinatorics of this game, but I don’t think we got very far.

The game (for 2 to 4 players) involves a collection of hexagonal pieces, each decorated with three strands in different colours. There are four colours in total, and each player chooses a colour, the aim being to finish up with a long strand or loop in your colour on the central board, which is slowly built up as pieces are placed, respecting colour at the edges. I can’t say I’ve played it much, but it’s fun to draw coloured knots!


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    a quantum diaries survivor said,

    Hey Kea, looks like a very nice game! I think I’m buying one… But the site says there is no distribution in Italy. I’ll see if I can get one in London.


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    Doug said,

    Hi Kea,


    Quote from ‘Wargames’ 1983 to Matthew Broderick character from joshua a ‘Norad computer’ referring to thermonuclear warfare.
    Movie/Television “QUOTES”


    I like the color in the game in your post.

    A color graph related to my world:
    Metabolic Pathways


    Sadly this is complete only for humans, maybe other vertebrates, but not Archaea or Bacteria [I think].

    This is another reason why I think Petri Nets may be the best graphing method.

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    Doug said,

    Kea, I just realized that the game you present may be related to quilting ‘Modular quilts and cuboid tree diagrams’ in MoonshineMath!


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