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GIPF is a strategy game for two players. On each of your turns you introduce a piece into play until you get four in a row. Each time you form a row of 4 pieces, you remove it from the board and capture any of your opponent's pieces which extend the row. This principle of capturing pieces recreates completely different positions on the board time and again. The aim is to form successive rows of at least 4 pieces, until your opponent has no pieces left to bring into play.

GIPF ia a pure and challenging game that combines classic feature with completely new elements. Full of surprises and offering unlimited possibilities, it will appeal to occasional players as well as to fanatic gamers.

GIPF is not only a game, but of a project as well. The GIPF project consists a series of games and a number of additional pieces, called "potentials". Each game in the GIPF project is playable separately, but also in combination with GIPF. It all comes together with a system that makes winning or losing a GIPF-related game a strategic factor of the game GIPF itself. The intention behind this project is to create a wide variety of possibilities and a growing number of components, so that you will be able to decide for yourself which version of GIPF you would like to play at any given moment.

GIPF is the first game of the GIPF project


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Game Details

Suggested Ages: 13 and up
Number of Players:
Playing Time:
30 to 60 minutes

Designer: Burm, Kris

Publisher: Rio Grande Games


abstract strategy, Grid Movement, Pattern Building, gipf project

Awards & Honors

2006 Årets Spill Best Family Game Nominee
1998 Spiel des Jahres Recommended


1 game board, 36 basic pieces, 1 bag