Abalone is an award-winning two-player abstract strategy board game. Players are represented by opposing black and white marbles on a hexagonal board with the objective of pushing six of the opponent’s marbles off the edge of the board.
Each player starts with 14 marbles in either black or white on a hexagonal board. On each turn, the players push marbles around the board, with just a couple of rules – 1, 2 or 3 marbles that are currently in a line can be pushed at a time. They can only each go one space, and they are pushed along either in a parallel or orthogonal direction. You can push your opponent’s marbles along a parallel line, as long as your line of marbles has more than your opponent’s (so 2 marbles can push 1, 3 can push 2 or 1).
The goal is to push six of your opponent’s marbles off the board first.
Abalone’s six directions of movement require players to stay focused as they balance both offensive and defensive strategy.