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Barnes and Noble Go board review

You have have noticed that Go Equipment is hard to come by in the US. You may have also noticed that Barnes and Noble has started selling a go set, But is it any good?

I bought one of these sets as a Christmas present for my brother and it short. It works, but it isn’t good.

 

Can you play a game on it? Yes

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Compared to the first go set I owned which I parents bought me as a Christmas present many years ago, this is a pretty decent set. The two worst aspects of the set are that its build quality is complete shit (its made of very flimsy laminate wood and the stones are usable, but very cheap) and that the board is made of two pieces of wood with the exact same pastern printed on them with a border all the way around. This causes a gap in the middle and the middle line to be doubled (so this board has is kind of 19X20)

The board is not full sized, but it is pretty close. A full sized board is aproximatly 16inX17in. I’m not sure the measurements of this board, but I believe it is 15inx15in. Surprisingly the size really doesn’t make play much harder (many cheap boards are 12inx12in and are almost unusable). Here is a comparison to my full sized board (purchased from samarkand back when they still sold boards). board on the bottom is mine. you can clearly see the weirdness with the middle.

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The stones are the chinese yunzi (single convex) style and they are also smaller than most stones, but they are a good size for the board. Here is a comparison to mine (I believe mine are 22mm which is pretty standard). left are mine

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Overall, the build quality sucks, but the board is very usable. If you are in a pinch, this board will work, but It seems pricey ($25 on their website, but I believe I paid $35 in the store) for what it is. I would recommend either spending the money on a nicer set (Though these can be hard to find, here is the AGA’s page on places to look for good stuff ) or trying to get your hands on a vinyl roll up board and some cheap stones

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

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Site of the Week: Dragon Go Server

Its been a little while since I did a site of the week so I thought it was about time to do one, and this week I’ve got a good one for all of the people out there that don’t have time to play their favorite game, Go.

If you don’t know what Go is, don’t worry your not alone. Go is a strategy board game; I think wikipedia can do much better job of explaining it than I can so I’ll let it

Go is played by two players alternately placing black and white stones on the vacant intersections of a line grid. The standard size of this grid is 19 × 19, although the rules of Go can be freely applied to any size: 13 × 13 and 9 × 9 are also popular choices for simpler and more tactic-oriented games as well as a way to introduce Go to new players. The objective of the game is to control a larger part of the board than the opponent. To achieve this, players strive to place their stones in such a way that they cannot be captured, while mapping out territories that cannot be invaded by the opponent without being captured. A stone or a group of stones is captured and removed if it has no empty adjacent intersections, the result of being completely surrounded by stones of the opposing color. Generally, placing stones close together helps them avoid capture, whereas placing them far apart allows a player to surround more territory. Part of the strategic difficulty of the game stems from finding a balance between these two conflicting interests. The game ends, and the score is counted when both players consecutively pass on a turn, indicating that neither side can increase its territory or reduce its opponent’s.
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Enough about Go itself lets talk about about this site itself. That site is Dragon Go Sever (DGS). DGS lets you play Go in a turned based manor, meaning you can play over a long period of time maybe making a move a day. Its just like playing chess through the mail. This is very nice is your like me and don’t have an hour or more to play a a real time game. The only downside to this is that it will probably take you a month or two to finish a game ( so play more than one).

If your interested but don’t know how to play go there are plenty of tutorials online that will teach you the basics (if you go to the FAQ section of DGS you will be able to find a list of some good one).

My user name is gorthaur (as in Sauron) so you’re welcome (encouraged) to play a game with me 🙂 if you want.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2008 in site of the week

 

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