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rules in Spanish.
Note: The front of the box lists Mike Hirschhorn as the discoverer of the Kay tile. He actually discovered the Vek tile. Mike Hirschhorn discovered the Medalion of 18 veks in 1976.
Before checking the rules of this game, keep in mind that this game is a brain game and not just for fun. So it might take some patience to understand the game and be able to completely solve it. Once you understand this game, have a look for more games in online casinos, where you might even make money solving these kind of games with pure math. Some of them require advanced math and/or speculation about the cards of your opponents. However, when you play roulette online or a game like it, the odds are fairly straightforward. With the 36 numbers, plus zero and double-zero, the odds of any number are simply 1/38.
1. The larger tile is called a VEK
(it's convex). The smaller tile is called a KAY
(it's concave). There are 50 Veks and 40 Kays in the set of 90 Chaos
Tiles. At the start of a game, all of these tiles are face down (no
color pips showing) in the BONEYARD.
For a smaller game, eliminate one or two colors.
2. Each person starts a game drawing 'five' tiles from the boneyard. This is the player's HAND. The pieces are kept secret from the other players. In terms of hand size only, a vek is considered one tile and a kay is considered half a tile. A player could start with five veks, or ten kays, or four veks + two kays. When a player finishes a turn, they redraw to 'five' tiles. Less experienced players can hold more than five tiles in their hand, as a handicap.
3. The youngest starts the game by first playing a random single piece from the boneyard (Move Zero), then taking a normal turn. This is the start of the BLOB, which will grow each move. Play passes counterclockwise.
4. A normal move consists of applicable free moves, then playing a single piece anywhere, then making more applicable free moves. Pieces must be played with full side to side contact with another piece in the Blob. They do not need to match color. Holes in the blob are legal. Unfillable regions (such as two adjacent 120 degree angles) are legal. A play which makes a 20 degree angle is illegal.
GAME ONE -- CHAOS OMELET
Your opponent has just claimed the color red. It is now your turn. What is your best move? Click on image for answer.
GAME THREE -- SCORER'S SOLITAIRE
GAME FOUR -- GO ASUNDER
GAME FIVE -- CRUEL DUOS
GAME SIX -- MICROPENTAGONS
Many puzzles can be made and solved with Chaos Tiles. Though they each contain a slightly different flavor, they also contain aspects of both skill and luck of the draw. Many games, such as Yahtzee or those found at a casino online also contain this blend of strategy and luck. How many different convex shapes are possible? How many of the 97 two tile combinations can be made simultaneously with the 90 tile set? In the game Tiles Transfer, what is the maximum possible total score for all five players? Can the pieces be put in the holding tray so that no colors match? What is the hidden puzzle on this page? What puzzles and games can you come up with?
If you've pondered making your own game, some of the gorier details
of my experience are here.