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Col is a map coloring game for two players. Each player selects a different color to color in sections of the map. On each player's turn, the player will color in one section of the map in his color. No two sections that touch on an edge may be given the same color. Sections that touch only at a corner may have the same color. The winner is the last player with a legal move.

Here is an example game. The first player is red. The second Player is blue.

Red goes first. Red may color in any section of the map.

Blue takes a turn. Blue may color in any section of the map that has not already been colored in.

Red takes a turn. Red may not color in a section that touches another red section, except at a corner.

Blue takes a turn. Blue may not color in a section that touches another blue section, except at a corner.

Red takes a turn.

Blue takes a turn.

Red takes a turn.
Blue has no legal moves remaining, so red wins.

 

There is a variation of the game, called Snort, in which no two touching sections may have different colors. A game of Snort might look like this:

Red starts by coloring in the section that blocks the largest number of potential blue moves.

Blue counters by blocking the largest number of potential red moves, and leaving as many blue moves as possible.

Red has 4 legal moves. He takes one that is also a legal blue move, preventing blue from taking that section.

Blue takes his only remaining legal move.

Red takes one of his remaining legal moves. Blue has no remaining legal moves. Red wins.