How do you create a game that has sold over 4-million copies in 30 different countries? Easy, just make it a game that anyone can learn in one minute, but may take a lifetime to master. Invented in 1987 by Laurent Levi and Michel Lalet, and loosely based on sumo wrestling, the point of Abalone is to push just six of your opponents 14 marbles off of the playing surface - but there's a catch. It takes two marbles to move one, and three to move two. Simple? Yes. Simplistic? By no means! The six directions of movement allow for infinite strategies both offensively and defensively.