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Forms Rules


Forms is a two-player game where the player left with no pieces on the board at the end of the game wins. You try to win by creating disconnected groups of pieces which are removed from the board.

Forms was designed by Stephen W. Meyers.


The standard Forms board size is 18x18.

Initial Forms board position.


Each player starts with a number of pieces equal to half the number of squares on the board, filling the half of the board on the player's side.


  1. Black moves first.
  2. Two pieces which are adjacent horizontally or vertically form a connection. A set of mutually connected pieces forms a group, as does a single unconnected piece.
  3. On your turn, you must move one of your pieces to a space occupied by an enemy piece, thereby removing the enemy piece from the board. In addition, all pieces are removed from the board which are not part of the group containing the newly moved piece.
  4. The game ends when one player's pieces have all been removed from the board. That player wins the game.

Forms Help


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Select a piece by clicking on it. Move a selected piece by clicking on the desired destination. If after selecting a piece, but before completing its turn, you decide to move a different piece, cancel the move by selecting another piece.

Alternatively, drag a piece from its existing position to its destination by placing the mouse cursor on top of the piece and holding the mouse button down while moving it. Cancel a move by dragging the piece back to its original location before releasing the mouse button.

Capturing Pieces

Capture an opponent's piece by clicking on it as the destination for the capturing piece's move.

Redraw Board

If you make an adjustment to your Web browser—such as changing your font size—while playing, the game pieces may no longer align correctly with the board. To restore proper alignment, select the Redraw command from the Forms menu.