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For tips on how to play mattock, see Tips_mattock
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- In Mattock, you play miners digging corridors through the rock.
- You can’t dig too closely together though, or the mine will collapse.
- The last player who is able to mine wins.
- Mattock's rules are best with illustrations.
- 3-minute rules video.
- Trap your opponent so they run out of space to mine.
- Each player starts with 3 miners on specific places on the board.
- On your turn, take these 3 steps in order:
- Place 1 tile on an open space connected to one of your miners by an unbroken series of tiles.
- Opponent miners block connections.
- To prevent the mine from collapsing, the tile must not touch:
- more than 3 other tiles;
- a tile which already touches 3 other tiles.
- If you have any miners which were removed on previous turns, place 1 of them on this tile.
- If you cannot Mine, you lose the game.
- You may choose to move any 1 of your miners to a tile connected to it.
- You do not have to move.
- You may move through your own miners, but opponent miners block your path.
- Remove all opponent miners that are now both:
- not connected to another opponent miner;
- connected to 2 or more of your miners.
- Your opponent takes the removed miner(s) and will place 1 back on the board on their turn.
- Never remove your own miners on your turn.