Thursday, October 30, 2008

SoSG Connect Four Challenge: Opening Round

Finally, C-4 Thursdays have arrived! Yes...without any meaningful baseball for the next five months, the SoSG staff is re-channeling their competitive juices by hereby throwing down the gauntlet to their readership in a no-holds barred game of Connect Four. Here's how it works:

  1. For those unfamiliar with Connect Four, the game is played by having the two adversaries take turns dropping a colored piece into one of seven columns. The piece will drop to the bottom and fill the lowest-available cell in its column. Whoever is able to align four of their pieces in a row - horizontally, vertically, or diagonally - wins.
  2. The SoSG Writers, with the black pieces, have made the first move, as indicated in the game board below. The SoSG Readers, with the red pieces, must now make their move by way of the poll.
  3. Feel free to attempt to sway your fellow Readers' vote via bribes, intimidation, or discussions of "strategy" via the comments section. Whatever you think you need to do.
  4. Every Thursday we will update the game board with both the Readers' last move (i.e., results of the previous poll) and the Writers' move in response.
  5. If you Readers win the game, a prize beyond your wildest dreams will be awarded. If the Writers win the game, we expect the same.

Your move, suckers:

Where should the Readers drop their next piece?
Column A
Column B
Column C
Column D
Column E
Column F
Column G
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cigarcow said...

That's interesting. Why is everyone voting for the same column as me? Is there some Connect4 strategy?

Orel said...

Clearly there is a Connect Four sabermetric-friendly crowd here.

QuadSevens said...

Does someone have a Connect 4 game sitting on their desk right now? To make this game even more exciting, you should shoot a new 10 second video every week of the Readers move and Writers move and post it on here.

*Taunts and hand gestures would be encouraged.

Orel said...

It should be noted our readers have very feminine hands.

Neeebs (The Original) said...

Dudes, if you know anything about this game, you ALWAYS start with Column A. Er...was that you always circle "A" on the scantron. I'm confused.

But not as confused why I'm not still in hibernation.

Orel said...

Where is the love for Column F?

Eric Karros said...

I don't know about that Column A strategy, Neeebs, but I do know one thing. In the words of the iconic John Cutter, "Always bet on black!"

Actually what I find interesting is the apparent systematic bias towards Column C rather than E, given that the two columns are strategically identical at this point.

karina said...

I showed some love for column F.

Eric, i do have months of very meaningful baseball ahead, however i'll play this...isn't it like winter workout for the puzzles?

p.s: haven't played this game ever.

Eric Karros said...

Good point, Karina. I guess that's why in Venezuela, Connect Four is most popular from March to September.

karina said...

Eric, from March to September is baseball too...but i love the connect four challenge...