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Once rare and mysterious, Polarity is a 2- or 4-player game using plastic coated pieces that look like Reversi/Othello discs, with black and white faces. Each piece contains a magnet, with the black side being North and the white side being South. Each player gets a stack - one plays black, one plays white. A neutral red piece goes in the center of the game cloth and players start by place five each of their stack around the cloth. These flat pieces are the foundations.


On your turn, you take one piece from your stack into your hand, then bring it to bear against one of your foundations. You keep your color face up, so the opposing polarity bears against your foundation piece. This way, you can very carefully balance your new piece in the air against the foundation stone! This is just fantastic to see. The board fills up with lots of discs teetering at 45 degrees, ready to fly about if the balances are upset.


Get it right and your stack is one piece smaller. Make a mistake and your turn ends. Either a piece falls flat somewhere (becoming a new foundation) or pieces jump together (making towers) or into your hand. Your opponent takes the tower you accidentally made and places it their side up where they like. Towers get you points at the game end. If a piece jumps to the stone in your hand, they both go back on your stack. The game ends when one player finishes their stack and points are calculated based upon towers and discs remaining. Causing the red piece to jump to another loses you the game outright.


If you want a strange fun game to amaze your friends and family, Polarity is hard to beat!

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    Once rare and mysterious, Polarity is a 2- or 4-player game using plastic coated pieces that look like Reversi/Othello discs, with black and white faces. Each piece contains a magnet, with the black side being North and the white side being South. Each player gets a stack - one plays black, one plays white. A neutral red piece goes in the center of the game cloth and players start by place five each of their stack around the cloth. These flat pieces are the foundations.

    On your turn, you take one piece from your stack into your hand, then bring it to bear against one of your foundations. You keep your color face up, so the opposing polarity bears against your foundation piece. This way, you can very carefully balance your new piece in the air against the foundation stone! This is just fantastic to see. The board fills up with lots of discs teetering at 45 degrees, ready to fly about if the balances are upset.

    Get it right and your stack is one piece smaller. Make a mistake and your turn ends. Either a piece falls flat somewhere (becoming a new foundation) or pieces jump together (making towers) or into your hand. Your opponent takes the tower you accidentally made and places it their side up where they like. Towers get you points at the game end. If a piece jumps to the stone in your hand, they both go back on your stack. The game ends when one player finishes their stack and points are calculated based upon towers and discs remaining. Causing the red piece to jump to another loses you the game outright.

    If you want a strange fun game to amaze your friends and family, Polarity is hard to beat!

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    Designer Douglas Seaton
    Mfg Suggested Ages 8 and up
    # of Players 2 - 4
    User Suggested # of Players Best with 2 players / Recommended with 2, 4 players
    Year Published 1986
    Artist ---
    User Suggested Ages 8 and up
    Subdomain Abstract Games
    Website ---
    Publisher Blue Opal / EKOS / Ekos-USA, Inc. / Ferti
    Playing Time 20 minutes
    Family ---
    Honors 2005 Origins Awards Vanguard Innovative Game Award Winner
    Primary Name Polarity
    Expansion ---
    Alternate Names ---
    Mechanic Abstract Strategy / Action/Dexterity
    Game category Abstract
    Language Dependence No necessary in-game text
    Play time filter No

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