Changing the Rules

There's a simpler set of rules that have a simpler glider. The rules are: All live cells die. A dead cell with exactly two neighbors becomes alive. The gliders in the Game of Life alternate between four different shapes. In these new rules, there is only one shape.  [Actually, there are eight.]

Two cells spawn two gliders. When two gliders collide, they become four. When four collide the multiplication continues. Be careful with the spacing and the dance can continue indefinitely.


Unlike the Game of Life, these new rules don't have any stable structures; if all live cells die, stability is impossible. There are a few gliders and a few blinkers. In general, the world is unstable. Collisions usually lead to mutual destruction or chaos that consumes the world.


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Brian Silverman
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