Folium, a Minimalist Board Game




About: Santiago Eximeno (Madrid, Spain, 1973). Writer, game designer.

FOLIUM is a minimalist abstract game for 2 players, inspired by Bruno Faidutti’s Babylon/Soluna.

You only need a blank sheet, a pen and scissors to play.

Cut the sheet in nine fragments. Place them on the table, three rows of three fragments each. Each fragment is called a pile of fragments. On each turn a player:
-mark a fragment with a symbol (cross or circle, as he wish; not only same symbol during the game) or
-move a pile of fragments onto an adjacent pile of fragments with different symbol

The game ends when one of the players can’t make an action. He has lost and the other player wins the game.

NOTE: You can play this game on a tic-tac-toe board game with 9 reversi/othello pieces

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    That's an interesting looking game. The rules are clear enough but I think you could improve your Instructable by taking photos of each move in an example game.

    I looked at Babylon and Soluna on BoardGameGeek and I see your game is a simpler version, reducing the fragments to 9 and the symbols to 2, which makes it a lot more appealing to me; I find some games like that over complicated and not something I'd play often.

    I haven't tried Folium yet, but I think the strategy will be something similar to the subtractive Nim type games, but more a lot more complex because of the stacking restrictions.  I'll be playing it when I get the time.

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