Retro Nim Game Nimrod.

Played a version of the first video ever, Nimrod (Wikipedia entry), while I vaguely remember playing this game (or a version of it) before, it has many of the elements of Tic Tac Toe in that once you’ve played it enough the outcome is almost always inevitable. Built by Ferranti in the United Kingdom for the 1951 Festival of Britain and designed by John Makepeace Bennett and Raymond Stuart-Williams. Additional rules or variations seem needed to make it more interesting to me anyway. However at the time there weren’t many other game options so it was quite the sensation especially considering you were playing against a machine which was quite novel for that time.

Background (courtesy Wikipedia):

“Nim is a mathematical game of strategy in which two players take turns removing objects from distinct heaps, piles, or rows. On each turn, a player must remove at least one object, and may remove any number of objects provided they all come from the same heap. The goal of the game is to be the player who removes the last object.”

 

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