Overview

Lineage is a two-player strategy game which takes elements from classic games and fuses them with completely original concepts. The rules are simple, but the game is complex and challenging. Outsmart your opponent and victory will be yours!

The Board

The board is 18" by 18" when open and 9.5" by 9.5" when folded. It features a quad-fold design which makes it easy transport. Bring Lineage to any social gathering and you are sure to have a blast playing it with your friends!

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The Pieces

Deluxe glass stones for a sophisticated feel.

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The Box

special edition: Crisp White Lineage boxes available now!

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...special edition boxes are hand-made by Ray Li, the inventor of Lineage!

The Rules

Objective

The objective is to cover all four center points with your pieces.

Setup

Note: The colors of the lines have no significance.
Choose who will be red and who will be blue. Place ten of your pieces on any intersection on or within the starting oval (shown on the right). Place the remaining two pieces on the center points on your right. Decide who will go first.



Figure 1. Your pieces would lie somewhere on or within the red lines; your opponent’s pieces would lie somewhere on or within the blue lines.



Movement

On each turn you must either:

1. Move a piece:

a. A piece may move to any intersection along the lines that it is on unless something is in its way.





Figure 2. The blue piece may move to the indicated intersection





b. Any line that goes off the board is connected to the other side of itself.





Figure 3.As shown, the blue piece may move to the indicated point by moving to the other side of the line.



c. You may not move a piece to the same position that it was in before.

2. Force an opponent's piece:

a. If an enemy piece is surrounded on all sides except one and one of your pieces is opposite the open side, then you may force the enemy piece through the open side. This piece must move until it can go no further. Forcing a piece counts as a turn.


Figure 4. In this situation, the indicated blue piece could force the indicated red piece to move to the indicated intersection.

b. On the next turn, the forced piece may not return to the position from which it was forced.

Piece Elimination

If a piece is completely surrounded (it can make no legal movement) then it should be immediately removed from play.

Figure 5. The indicated piece should be removed from play.


Note: Piece elimination takes effect before all other processes.

Special Circumstances

If both players have only four pieces then the game is a stalemate. If one player has less than four pieces, his/her opponent wins.