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New Tringo on the block and it has TEETH!

Version 2.0 of Tringo is now being played in Second Life

I was lucky to find an event at 1am on March 1st in Second Life by Kermitt Quirk. I was searching for tringo games but didn’t find many except for something called tringo 2. Had to check it out and was amazed at all the options in this new version. The game comes with new block patterns, new style of playing and a brand new look! I didn’t even recognise the game when I got to the way2play.com island.

The board of Tringo looks really nice now

The cards come out tumbling toward you when you click on the board. The cards look like a calculator with the score to the right side and the current block on the left side. Their are 20 different block sets each one with different strategies to get a high score. I was getting beaten up with some of these blocks. I was stuck in the first 5 moves playing with the wall block set. If you hated the X block in regular tringo you will hate the spotless pattern which has no middle block. There’s the smiley block set which was fun but challenging. The castle block set with a lot of big blocks looking like the letter A. Deathstar pattern with some having no block in the middle. The classic block set from the original version is available also!

Some of the other patterns are duck, eagle, snowflake, windmill, anchor, pacman, ghost, peace, pi, pipes, pyramid, star, teddy and tringo set. Another new feature is when you win you get fireworks coming from your board. It has a better way of splitting prize money when there is a tie between 2 or more players. The main board shows the top 10 scores and is just one piece instead of two pieces like in the original. The host can also set the number of rounds to play where the board resets at the end of each round but keeping your scores until all the rounds are played.

The best added feature is the different game variations, which are classic, last man standing and progressive. The Last Man Standing (LMS) is the best variation to play on some of the difficult block sets. If you can’t place a block on your board you are out of the game. The last player still in the game and with the highest score wins the pot! With the classic block set the game can last for hours with good players. The highest score I saw was 1000 and it took over 20 minutes to play. This should be a big hit with some of the tournament events for the future!

Kermitt Quirk showing off new version of Tringo in Second LifeTringo version 2.0 main board in Second Life

The progressive mode starts at a slower speed for the first round and then gets faster for each round played until it’s on speed which allows you 5 seconds to place your piece. This can be fun but I don’t expect this variation will be too popular. Also all the games can be set at any speed the host wants from 25 seconds to 5 seconds which is nice! I like it at 7 seconds.

During the month of March, Kermitt Quirk has his tringo 2 board setup at way2play.com island. They have game events every day with different hosts. Most of the time the winner of the previous game picks the block set to play in the next game. Which brings in another reason to try to win so you can pick your favorite set. I’ve played all the block sets except for star. Some are easy and others are very challenging.

On April 1st it will be available to buy for anyone and should be seeing it throughout the world. At this time it’s only exclusive to the way2play island. The more people who play and find bugs the more stable the game will become. Kermitt will also listen to suggestions and problems so he can make it better. The one thing I want is some sound especially at the beginning of the game so I know when it starts. I sometimes miss it and too late to get a good score. Buyers may buy the classic tringo 1.2 game from this island and receive tringo 2 for free when it is available!

They have also released the pc downloadable version of the classic tringo game. You can either go to the island and click on the ads all over the place or go to their website here. The free trial version can be played for 45 minutes and then you must buy the full version. If you like the game that much then this is a good way of playing better! You will also find t-shirts you can buy on the island for $25L!

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Hello, I have a Tringo Addiction!

I posted before about a game called slingo. Well how about if you crossed tetris and bingo? What would it be called and how would it play? There is a game called Tringo inside Second Life. This game isn’t just a simple game like bingo. It’s a complex game of strategy and fun. Probably the most popular game in second life. So popular that the game has been made for the gameboy! I don’t know how fun it would be on the gameboy. It definitely is fun when you play it with lot of other people in second life.

Tringo game in Second Life which is addicting

First you click on the Tringo board to get your individual card. Then everyone puts money in the pot. On your card you will see a 5×5 square board. On the right of the square you see you’re score at the top and at the bottom right you see another smaller square. Don’t worry about the freeze button. It’s used only at the end of a game when you can’t find any move to make but don’t want to lose your points. The object of the game is to fill in tetris style blocks in the large grid. Instead of filling up a row you need to fill up a 2×2, 2×3, 3×2 or 3×3 square with the blocks. Everyone gets the same amount of blocks and the same blocks in every round. So the strategy is trying to fit the blocks in such a way to fill up blocks. Once you fill up a pattern it will disappear from your card and you receive points for it.

A 2×2 pattern will give you 5 points. A 2×3 and 3×2 pattern will give you 15 points. A 3X3 pattern will give you 30 points. So it would be better for you to fill in a 3X3 pattern with the blocks. If you don’t place a piece in a round before the timer runs out it will cost you 7 points! Each round lasts 10 seconds! So be fast! In each round you are able to use a block piece that is shown on your card on the bottom right. There are 35 pieces and there are 35 rounds. When you see a piece in the smaller square you will also see a red dot in the middle. That dot represents where you should click with your mouse on the big square. If you look at the main Tringo board you will see how much money is in the pot and the top 5 players in the game. On the right of the scoreboard is another smaller square which is the same square that’s on your board. You can also see how many turns there are left and the timer countdown between each round. There is another board on the left side of the scoreboard which I will explain below. It’s good to watch a game being played first before you try but sometimes just clicking all over your board and seeing what happens can also make you learn faster.

I would consider myself an above average player. Some games I can win easily and other games it’s a challenge to be the top 5 on the scoreboard. The biggest advice I can give you is play the game as much as possible. You will start seeing ways of putting pieces together to get the highest points. Also you can start seeing ways of getting out of traps. It’s very easy to place all the pieces and then have no other move for couple of rounds. This is what you want to avoid as much as possible! I found sometimes when you know a piece will get you in trouble it might be better to not place it. losing 7 points might be better than losing an opportunity to get 15 or 30 points in the next round. This is where the board to the left of the scoreboard will come in handy. This board shows all the pieces available and marks the pieces already played. This comes in handy near the end of the game when you can start placing your pieces in such a way to make room for the upcoming pieces. This is one way expert players can get such high numbers.

Before I finish I’d like to mention something called speed Tringo. This is not a drug reference but another way of playing Tringo. The speed of each round is lowered to 5 seconds. This is very challenging and have little time to think of future moves. Speed Tringo is played at BZ Island. Some lag free places to play is SOUTHI, Briggadoon Island or wish Isle. You can also find Tringo played all day at Icedragons Playpen but with lag which doesn’t do well with Tringo.