H. Extra basic pieces to play "Ultimate
As every GIPF-player knows, a GIPF-piece consists
of two basic pieces stacked one atop another. As such, basic pieces
can also be seen as potentials – as mother-potentials, in
fact, because these are the only pieces that have the potential
to create GIPF-pieces. Basic pieces are also the only pieces that
can return to the reserve. GIPF (all the GIPF-pieces of a player
on the board together with all the basic pieces in his reserve)
represents the potential of a player. If a player has no potential
left (no basic pieces in his reserve and no GIPF-pieces on the board),
he cannot go on with the game.
To play ultimate GIPF, you need:
- 3 potentials of each kind per player (3 TAMSK-,
3 ZÈRTZ-, 3 DVONN- 3 YINSH- and 3 PÜNCT-potentials).
- You also need the 3 extra basic pieces per player.
These represent the GIPF-potential (though they can just as well
be considered as normal basic pieces, so you are not obliged to
use them to make GIPF-pieces).
- The regular 18 basic pieces to play the tournament
version (though each of these basic pieces can just as well be
used as GIPF-potential, so you can use them to make more than
You now have 18
basic pieces and 18 potentials. Start the game according to the
tournament rules. First introduce any number of GIPF-pieces (as
mentioned above, not necessarily 3) and go on bringing your loaded
pieces into play. When all your potentials are on the board, keep
going with basic pieces…
You cannot be prepared to what you’ll encounter. Too
much chaos! But just try it, hold on, see what happens - and suddenly
you’ll find out that you’ve entered a completely new
and exciting cosmos! Step further into it!