Hackenbush

Players: Two

The players take turns in deleting lines from a picture until one player cannot move.

Description

One player draws a picture consisting of dots joined by edges. Part of the picture should stand on the ground, represented by a dashed line; for example:

Description

The players then take turns in deleting an edge. Any other parts of the picture that are no longer attached to the ground fall off, and are also deleted.

If you're playing with pencil and paper, cross out an edge to delete it, and then cross out any unattached parts. If you're playing on a whiteboard or blackboard you can rub out the deleted parts.

The last player able to move wins.

Example

In the following game the second player, Red, has the last move and so wins:

Example

Pictures

Here are some examples of other pictures you could play with:

Pictures

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History

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