GO-BANG, a great strategy game for two players, originated in Japan, where it is called Go-Moku. The game is played on the same board as Go, which is believed to be one of the oldest games in the world, having been invented in China more than three thousand years ago. Since both players are constantly atacking and defending their positions all over the board, the game can be very exciting and complicated.
As seen in the patent by W. B. Silver Go-Bang was not only a popular board game in America during the nineteenth century, but it was also commonly played on slates such as the one invented by Mr. Silver, which could be folded and carried in a pocket.
OBJECTIVE.-To form a straight line of five playing pieces, either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.MATERIALS The traditional Japanese Go table (“Go-ban”) a large square marked off in a grid of 18 squares on each side, is made of wood and is stained yellow. There are 361 points of intersecting ‘lines on which the game is played.
Go-Bang can also be played on a simpler board of too squares, ten on each side. When playing on a board of too squares, each player places his or her pieces on the squares instead of on the points of intersecting lines. This is the version that will be explained on the following pages.
Each player has a set of So playing pieces, with each player’s set being of a different color from his opponent’s.
To BEGIN PLAY-The players decide who will play with which color of pieces. The dark pieces always take the first turn. The playing pieces are placed anywhere on the board, one each turn in alternating turns.PLAN Once a piece has been placed on a square on the board, it cannot be moved until the end of the game. In order to win, players :mist place five pieces in a row, vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.