Manalath is played on a hex of hexes (though I've just been playing on a rectangular(ish) hex grid since that's all I have today).
- Each player has their own color, but can play either color piece.
- You're not allowed to create connected components of one color of size 6 or bigger.
- If you (or your opponent) creates a connected component in your color of 5 pieces, you win immediately.
- However, if at the end of your turn, a connected component of your color of 4 pieces exists, you lose (unless you've already won).
This was apparently designed by a fan of Yavalath, not by one of Cameron Browne's programs. :) After having played Yavalath a bunch the past two years, I find this to be a bunch more fun. There are all sorts of unexpected winning moves and also unexpected escapes.
It definitely belongs on the table.