Plateau is a new abstract strategy
board game invented in 1986 by Jim Albea.
It is a deceptively simple game played on a 4x4 grid. Pieces are added to and moved on the board with the goal of capturing six of the opponents pieces or making a stack of pieces six tall.
From a few simple rules a complex strategy game emerges. In many abstract strategy games the players have complete knowledge of all possible moves. In Plateau there is hidden or secret information. You don't always know exactly what your opponent has played. This means that you have to devise strategies without perfect knowledge of your opponent's position. As a Plateau game proceeds, complex strategies emerge among bluffs, traps, and intrigues.
"Plateau is unique and amazing in that such grand strategies can be played on such a small board. ...no other game like it." 1992 Sid Sackson
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Quotes from Plateau players.
Order a Game Set! $20 (+ shipping). The Real Plateau Game Set consists of: 24 base pieces, 26 colored snap on markers, a bi-fold game board, rules/strategy booklet, and a sturdy plastic carrying case.
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Virtual Plateau is a FREE program for Windows. With it you can play against the computer robot or play a friend by email. Also it has animated diagrams that explain the rules. Download
The Hammond Method: By Paul Hammond -- changed the way Plateau is played.
General hints and tips: By Jim Albea
The Rules of the Game:
The Official Illustrated Rules
Computer animated video. Rules and sample game. 11 min
Game Notation How to record a game using SGF format.
Deutsch - Regeln und Weisunge auf Deutsch (.pdf). Deutsche ?bersetzung von Frank Kronmueller. (Rules and Instructions in German, translation by Frank Kronmueller.)
正式的游戏规则详解(中文) - Rules in Chinese
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P.O. Box 590082
Birmingham AL 35259 USA
Note: You may see a reference to a P.O. Box in Madison AL. The Madison P.O. Box is no longer used by Plateau Co.
The Trademark name Plateau(tm) has been used in commerce for this game throughout the world since the early 1990's.