Hello dear internet viewer,
Among those of you who regularly read me, know my affinity with the Othello game, having in the past won several international tournaments. And for this reason, I get a lot comments and a lot of people who ask me tips to learn how to become good, in order to stand in tournaments. It is sure that primarily, it is a game of intelligence. As a result, if you only stay by playing the classic Othello, you will never be able to develop your intelligence farther than what the tradition allow you to. In fact, the term never is a little bit exaggerated here, because when you face someone creative, you will still develop youself outside of the commonly know as tradition. But, precisely, you may have some difficulty to go further than such intelligence. Because someone who only stick to the traditional, it is someone that by definition is very mechanical, so predictable.
So, with this in mind to push things farther, today, I present to you Numlo developed and published by the highly respected William Soleau of Soleau Software in December 1993. Numlo which is a variant of Othello is played with three players on a surface of one hundred forty-four boxes and where that some boxes does have numeric values.
Why did I chose to present this one in particular to help apprentices to become champions? Well, as in most William Soleau's board games, we see that a lot of research have been made in order to go fully explore a subject in order to create a new concept that will aim players of several different calibers. And therefore, when you create new concepts, you create new ways of thinking in order to excel. Like here, yes, playing on a surface of one hundred forty-four boxes, does that you need to review your way to undertake the corners, but that is present in several Othello games wherever you can play on different surface sizes where you must develop new strategies to have a psychological advantage over your opponent. But playing on a larger surface area with 3 players and with the same rules as a traditional Othello, while having bonuses by capturing some boxes, it helps the player to be able to change strategy in the middle of a game without affecting himself. Because we all already know that if we stick to the traditional Othello strategies, they are all calculated to incite the opponent to create holes/opportunities. There are very few functional strategies seeking to focus on its own success. Which makes that the players who are sticking to traditional approaches, very often end up doing some draw games. And often, they will mistakenly think that they have reached the limits of the game until they face someone like me. So you understand where i'm going to with what i'm saying about the game Numlo? Many people in the past told me that Numlo was impossible to beat at the hard level because the two CPU always teaming up against us without really fight among themselves, in the video below, I show that, on the contrary yes, it is possible to win against them. All you have to do is to examine how I play! Try this game, but above all do not try to do the copy my gameplay style, try rather to understand how I came to this reasoning, because, don't forget that in tournaments when you'll play, it will not be against a CPU that have an automatic algorithm, but against a human who develops day after day his intelligence… And the age has nothing to do with the intellectual evolution. A aged player if he sees you play different, if he is smart enough, he may to learn a lot by examining you and eventually thwart you. So, that's why it is more important to understand the new approaches than learning them, thus, we won't be able to play in your head, because you will be unique and possibly worthy of eventually becoming champions.
What about the technicalities, because it is a William Soleau's game, forget the idea of having a nice presentation. This is not, its strength! Being alone with a brain in turmoil, William realized at the time that if he wanted to accomplish all of its projects, he had to stay in a simple programming language. That is why that its DOS games, are all in Turbo Pascal. So, you'll never see large SVGA graphics with some Sound Blaster sounds, because he would have wasted too much time compared to what it would have added to the games. And mostly by knowing the fact that all of its games are intellectual games, so game that we are that much anchored in our heads, that we doesn't even remark the graphics and basically, we usually close our speakers, as we are in thinking mode. So even though the technology may seem a little bit outdated for 1993, the concepts of its games them however are revolutionary, which amply compensates.
To conclude, Numlo is another masterpiece signed William Soleau that will allow you to progress as a Othello player. Even, if you do not aim the competition, there is noneless the easy and medium mode where you can have some interest. And about the multiplayer mode, you need to buy the license that is still being sold on the website of Soleau Software.