When the game starts, the prey pieces and the game pieces are set up as shown in the picture.
The counterweight is placed outside the game board itself on line 0.
When the game starts:
Each player throws one die each. The player who throws the higher number moves the total number for both dice. If you throw a three and your opponent throws a two, you move one of your game pieces three squares and two squares, or two squares and three squares.
Your game piece has a concave circle, and your prey pieces have a solid circle. Your opponent’s game piece has a concave triangle, and his prey pieces have a solid triangle. You thus have to cross the centre to get to your own prey pieces. You cannot land on your opponent’s prey pieces along the way – but you can jump over.
In Gaining Gravity you try to get the most possible weight placed on your own half of the course. The game piece has to move on the board and try to capture as many prey pieces as possible. You move your game piece in relation to the number of dots that you throw with two dice.
How you move the game piece:
You have to move your game piece so that you go in one direction (diagonally or straight – forwards or backwards) for the number of dots on each die. For example, if you throw a three with a die, you have to choose either to go straight ahead three squares or diagonally three squares. If you can land your game piece on a square where there is a prey piece, you take the prey and place it on a blue square on your half of the course. You always have to place your prey on the blue square that is closest to the centre. Only one prey can be located on each blue square. When you have moved your game piece according to the number of dots on both dice, you move the counterweight in such a way that the board again comes into a horizontal position.
If you can land your game piece on a square where one of your own prey pieces is located, you take the prey by placing your game piece on top of it. Next turn you move both your game piece and the prey beneath at the same time. In this way you can collect as much prey as you want under your game piece. When you can land your game piece on the centre-most line or on your own half of the course, you remove your prey and place it on the blue squares on your own half of the course.
The first prey pieces that you take are brought to the blue squares on line 6. When line 6 is filled up, prey can be put on line 7.
Remember that you can only knock your opponent’s game piece if your game piece with collected weight weighs more.
How you win in Gaining Gravity:
- If you have collected so much weight on your own half of the course that the game board can no longer be brought to a horizontal position, even if the counterweight is in the outermost position.
- If you can knock home your opponent’s game piece. You can knock home your opponent’s game piece if your game piece with collected prey weighs more.
- If you do not win in one of the ways above during the course of the game, you win if you are the first to all your own prey home from the game board and placed on the blue squares.
A Gaining Gravity game is best out of five sets. You can thus win 3-2, 3-1 or 3-0. The loser of a set starts the next set by rolling his own dice.
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