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Postby Shinji-kun » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:26 am

This thread is for talking about anything involving the Asian board game, Go.
This storefront is very good for buying both beginner and expert sets. They also sell individual parts (Board, Bowls, Stones).

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Postby LiLi » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:33 am

I love go.

I had my go goban and goishi imported from Japan a few years ago, the shipping was killer... ^^;

Unfortunately I haven't had anyone to play with in a while... ):
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Postby Shinji-kun » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:41 am

Hm, was the board a Japanese Shin-Kaya? Was it a floor or table board? The one my brother and I got was a $50. It came with plastic stones and bowls.

As for playing go, I've got the basics down but my strategy is lacking.

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Postby LiLi » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:44 am

Shinji-kun wrote:Hm, was the board a Japanese Shin-Kaya? Was it a floor or table board? The one my brother and I got was a $50. It came with plastic stones and bowls.


I think so - it's been a while since I got it.

It's a table board - less expensive, though I would have liked a floor board very much...

It came with nice wooden goishi bowls and the goishi themselves are made of actual stone (the black ones) and some kind of seashell (the white ones).
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Postby schismatics » Thu Aug 06, 2009 9:49 am

I've always wanted to get into this game, but I never really did. :smirk:

Maybe now I'll have to pick it up sometime and forced mah friends to play.

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Postby Rabid-Sachiel » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:01 am

I think Go's a great game. I've gotten pretty good at it. Also, I first got interested in Go by reading the Manga Hikaru no Go. I play kinda a lot now.
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Postby Ornette » Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:12 pm

Been playing for about 15 years now since I saw some people play it at my university's Go club. I play on KGS, right now ranked at 7k, but usually fluctuate between 7 and 8

http://www.gokgs.com/graphPage.jsp?user=jonlin

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Postby Sharaz Destler » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:12 pm

What exactly are the mechanics/rules/etc. of playing Go? I had it at one point on one of those "200-in-one" NES/Famicom playsets you can buy at the flea market, but (A) it was in Japanese, so I found myself groping around in complete darkness, and (B) the damn thing no longer works, so I've been kind of wondering about this game.

Is it anything like Othello/Reversi?
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Postby Ornette » Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:26 pm

http://www.gokgs.com/tutorial/
http://gobase.org/studying/rules/?id=0&ln=uk

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Postby LiLi » Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:42 pm

I think I first learned about the existence of the game of Go after I entered University... there used to be a goban with goishi in the old students' reading room, but unfortunately I never got a chance to play back then...

I wonder where that goban went...
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Postby Shinji-kun » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:39 pm

I learned about go in high school from discovering the hikaru no manga.
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Postby schismatics » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:57 pm

Is there an online version that you can learn/play for free.

I r 2 lazy to :google:

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Postby Tokpile Quohog » Thu Aug 06, 2009 10:34 pm

schismatics wrote:Is there an online version that you can learn/play for free.

I r 2 lazy to :google:


Ornette wrote:http://www.gokgs.com/tutorial/
http://gobase.org/studying/rules/?id=0&ln=uk


Also too lazy to actually read the thread I see.
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Postby schismatics » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:22 pm

Tokpile Quohog wrote:Also too lazy to actually read the thread I see.


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Postby LiLi » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:50 am

This is just my personal opinion, but if you get the chance to play IRL (as opposed to on a computer) I think that's on a whole different level of enjoyment... IMHO. The sensory part of go shouldn't be neglected...

Of course you can also do both (finding people to play with IRL can be complicated, in my experience...)
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Postby LeoXiao » Fri Aug 07, 2009 2:31 pm

I've played this game with my brother few times, but I don't think we ever got all the rules.
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Postby Shinji-kun » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:02 pm

There are a lot of technical rules. The thing about go it's easy to learn the basics but mastering it takes years.

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Postby Ornette » Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:49 pm

LiLi wrote:This is just my personal opinion, but if you get the chance to play IRL (as opposed to on a computer) I think that's on a whole different level of enjoyment... IMHO. The sensory part of go shouldn't be neglected...

Of course you can also do both (finding people to play with IRL can be complicated, in my experience...)

I think that's overrated. My roommate owns a $3000 go board and $1200 stones, and when we play each other we use KGS. Hearing the stones click on the board when you set them down is nice, but it's just much easier to use a program.

Shinji-kun wrote:There are a lot of technical rules. The thing about go it's easy to learn the basics but mastering it takes years.

There aren't that many rules, much fewer than most board games. Though the simplicity of the game is misleading.

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Postby Shinji-kun » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:48 pm

Are there any manditory commitments to using KGS, or can you play whenever you want?

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Postby schismatics » Fri Aug 07, 2009 4:57 pm

Went through the tutorial and started playing...I like the game. :smirk: I'm gunna buy it sometime.


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