Bruno Curfs
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Zendo: No Pyramid, Added Attribute
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Hello Starship Captains!In this post, I want to introduce an idea to be able to build a koan that follows the Buddha Nature:"All pyramids of the koan are ungrounded and weird."It doesn't require…Continue

Tags: Opaque, Attributes., Rules, Extension, Zendo

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruno Curfs May 31, 2016.

The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature
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Hello Starship Captains!IntroductionPlaying Zendo with my family gave me a new appreciation for the skill needed as a Student and a Master alike to formulate a rule correctly. I noticed some quirks…Continue

Tags: Rule, Logic, Winning, Nature, Buddha

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruno Curfs Oct 13.

Draw in Martian Chess?
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Hello Starship Captains,Martian Chess rules can be found here. It is a neat strategy game that can be played by two or more…Continue

Tags: winning, draw, condition, ending, Chess

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruno Curfs Mar 12, 2016.

Fairness in Branches and Twigs and Thorns
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In this elegant strategy game, the original rules (see here) were an adaptation of Martian Go, and the difference was the…Continue

Tags: Twigs, Rules, Thorns, Fairness, Branches

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bruno Curfs Feb 15, 2016.

 

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ABOUT MY HISTORY WITH LOONEY LABS...
I discovered the Looney Pyramids system by accident in 2010, but was charmed mainly by (Binary) Homeworlds. I have since studied more than 20 games and will introduce this game system to my family in the Netherlands in April 2016.
HOW DID YOU LEARN ABOUT LOONEY LABS?
I am a Master of Science in Math, graduated in 1993. I am an author of non-fiction books with subject matter Philosophy of Religion. I love games, including Go, mainly for their ability to stimulate both hemispheres of the brain and help the mind become balanced and flexible. In addition, games have a social component and are a pleasant pastime and can be the subject of interesting discussions.
LOONEY LABS GAMES I PLAY/PROMOTE:
Looney Pyramids

Starship Captain List

As a service to all other Starship Captains, here is my list of preferred games in order of preference (as of 1/31/2016).

Compiling this list, I wished the top 3 contains more slots! If I have added "multiplayer", then that is the version I prefer. If I have added "2-player", then that is the only version that exists. If nothing is added, I do not prefer any version.

1. Zendo (multiplayer)

2. Homeworlds

3. Icehouse (multiplayer)

4. Hextris

5. Branches and Twigs and Thorns

6. Martian Chess

7. Tic Tac Doh! (2-player)

8. Zark City (multiplayer)

9. World War 5 (multiplayer)

10. IceTowers (multiplayer)

11. Pikemen

12. Pharaoh (multiplayer)

13. Pink Hijinks (2-player)

14. Volcano / Caldera

15. Treehouse (multiplayer)


Resources.

I own 5 Rainbow stashes and 5 Xeno stashes for a total of 150 pyramids in 10 colors. Furthermore, I designed, printed and laminated all my boards: 8x8, 7x7, 6x6, 5x5, 4x4, 4x3, 3x3, Hextris, 6 quadrants of Multiplayer Board (for Branches, Twigs and Thorns, Pikemen, etc.). Also I have a World War 5 board and 10 Good and Evil cards (for multi-player Homeworlds).

Log.

20160215 - Added Resources.

20160102 - Updated list with links to rules of all the games. Added Caldera joining Volcano.

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Bruno Curfs replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"I found another rule that is problematic in such a way as to give rise to rules that are logically NOT equivalent, but the Master can not give a counter example. Consider the following rules. 1a. "All pyramids in the koan touch one…"
Oct 13
Bruno Curfs replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"Thx Ryan. I'm delighted that this really happened and grateful you took the time to share this with us, evidencing that my thoughts weren't that silly after all. The "of course" in your example took me some minutes to see…"
Oct 10
Bruno Curfs replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"Thx. Shows to prove how difficult it could be to find the minimal N in some rules."
Oct 7
David Artman replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"I was going to say the same thing about 2 being minimum: leaning against each other, touching at the tips. Not EASY to make, and not stable in a strong wind, but "all weird"."
Oct 6
Ryan McGuire replied to Bruno Curfs's discussion 'The Winning Rule in Zendo and the Zen Nature of the Buddha Nature'
"The subject of the OP came up in the final round of the Zendo tournament at Origins a number of years ago.  It was the one with myself, Pace Reagan and Dan Isaac all vying for the top prize with the inscrutable Eric Zuckerman as master. …"
Oct 4

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