Is anyone familiar with the game Topo? I read about it in a book and found on online site about it, but can’t find any other mentions of it. The problem is that the rules are explaining very clearly and I’m not sure I have them all correct.
It seems to me that, as the rules are written, the second player to place a number is guaranteed a win. You should just place 100 in any space adjacent to the space your opponent assigned his first number to. Your single space cannot be captured because it’s impossible for your opponent to outnumber it. And you’re guaranteed to capture at least his first space.
The only defense against this tactic is for the first player to assign 100 to his first space. This will result in all games being ties with neither player being able to capture a space.
I can think of ways to avoid this situation. The most obvious is to allow players to capture empty spaces. Is that how the game is supposed to be played?