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Imagine if the ancients who invented "Go" used magnets instead of stones, and you'll be well on your way to understanding the attraction of Polarity. This game is deceptively simple to learn, but can become as delightfully complex as chess. Strategy is the key, but you'll need dexterity as well, because you don't just place the pieces, you float them. To set up the game, lay out the cloth game mat on any surface. It's best to start on an even surface, but as your skills advance you can play just about anywhere. Once the players have selected colors and split the 52 discs, each lays out five foundation pieces in a circle. After that, you place "learners", pieces that float in the air due to their repulsion of the magnetic fields. You have to be careful when you place your learner so as not to create a fault, that is to cause other pieces to flip, stick and form towers. You can capture towers to win, but if you cause faults, the towering pieces go into your unplayed stack. When one player runs out of pieces to play, the towers are counted, unplayed pieces are subtracted from the total and the player with the most pieces wins. But be careful, you can lose immediately if you touch the red disc in the center, cause it to leave the center or have no discs on the play mat with your color showing. It sounds simple, but it is simply wonderful fun, calling for both manual and mental skills. Polarity comes in a great, easy-to-carry canvas bag, with instructions and game pieces. Once you start, plan on becoming addicted. You'll want to join the online forums where beginners and experts discuss strategy, leaning and wild tales of Polarity. Get the balance right and learn to lean when you play Polarity.