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amanda brunner

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I really love the game Blokus and I keep trying new strategies that aren't quite working. If anyone could leave me some of their strategies or hints I would greatly appriciate it. Thank you!!!!
 
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Daniel Kearns
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Stay close to your opponent's line especially the opponent who sits to your right.

Try to position your pieces so that they fit into the gaps in your opponent's line. This will allow you to redirect through their line at a later point in the game.

Always try to open up new branching points through other's lines. Always play to maximize opportunity not simply to consume space.

Identify areas that only you can access, pick out a piece that can fit that area, do NOT play it and set it aside. I call these "locked" pieces because they are "locked in" and you can play them at will later.

Resist the urge to "hit back" against someone who has cut you off. They have already cut you off, they will likely do so again, and it is unlikely you will regain the upper hand. Redirect elsewhere and put someone else on the defensive.

No area is yours. If you have momentum and another player builds into your "area", do not react to them, push into their "area" instead.

Like above, stay on offense. Make others conform to your moves. Avoid defensive plays.

Pieces with lots of corners are inherently offensive. Pieces with few corners are inherently defensive. You must play all of your pieces so you must figure out how to turn the defensive pieces to your advantage.

This is all very hard to describe. When I play, I visualize the line like water spilling over the board. Water pours into crevices, so should your line. You should be able to feel that you are guiding the games of others, if you do not feel this way, begin building in another direction.



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Gabe Alvaro
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There are some strategies in Game: Blokus » Forum Index » Strategy

 
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Charlotte Davis
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Does a player who goes first in Blokus have the advantage?? Rhetta
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Rhetta21 wrote:
Does a player who goes first in Blokus have the advantage?? Rhetta


I think that's possible. But the games tends to balance itself, especially with 4 players. With two players you could play two games and change who goes first each time. Or with 4, you could play 4 rounds and alternate the starting player. But our group tends to play 1 game at a time so that doesn't work for us. Generally we just randomize who goes first and then many people try to mess with me because I'm pretty good. But it's a balance back and forth.

Also, even if you go first, that might mean that you could get to the center of the board first, but someone else might be able to block your piece better because of that.
 
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We think the first player has a clear advantage with the rules as written. We play that the first player must play a 4-tile piece on his first turn, this seems to balance the game very nicely.
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