The history of the two games
Both darts and go date back to antiquity. The ancient Egyptians are thought to have invented the game of darts, and the game was popular in Europe by the 1400s. Go, on the other hand, is thought to have been invented by a Chinese Buddhist monk in the 6th century AD. After it was introduced into Japan sometime later, the game became even more popular across Asia and eventually Europe.
Darts is the older of the two games, and it has several more rules than go. One of darts’ key differences from go is that players must hit the target (bullseye) in three attempts to score a point, while they only need two tries to score in go. Another difference between darts and go is that in darts, players must throw their arrows at an “upright” board. In go, players aim at as many empty spaces as possible without completely surrounding any one stone.
A key similarity between darts and go is that both games are board games played on a grid. In both of them, the players move objects along a grid according to specific rules. And in both of them, the objective is to reach certain areas of the board first (or simply force your opponent to resign).
How they are played
In both games, players face off against each other. In dart games, the goal is to hit a higher score than your opponent, who will do the same to you. This may seem a bit strange at first glance since there is no active attempt to eliminate one’s opponent entirely. In go games, the players are not competing against each other for a score, but rather against the board. The goal is to either close off all of one’s opponent’s areas on the board or capture more territory than one’s opponent.
The differences between the styles can be traced to the origins of each game. The dartboard is a physical incarnation of chance, while the go board is something that was invented as a reflection of human reasoning.
In darts, every turn that you take is one in which you are faced with chance. Each dart that you fling has a chance to either hit the board or miss entirely with no influence from you; it is entirely up to chance where your dart will land.
The benefits of each game
Dart players need a steady hand, as well as good motor control. Also, because dart games are played for high scores, you must have a knowledge of angles and trajectories to make sure you hit your target area. Go players need mental strength and patience. It’s no secret that the game requires a great deal of strategy; it is often said that even if you are a good player, you can still lose an important game because of a bad move.
All these things apply to both games. In both dart and go, there is a focus on strategy and concentration. I think both are excellent games and I can’t pick one over the other.
I have played darts for over 10 years and have played go for the past 2 years; it’s helped that my father is a professional go player. I cannot pick a favorite game, but I think it’s more about what your goals are in each game. If you want to win as much as possible and make your friends jealous, go is the way to go. If you want to learn strategy and problem solving, dart is the way to go.
I’ve personally found that playing go has helped my dart game because I can see a situation from a different perspective. Also, it helps you get closer to your friends (at least in my case), because you learn to appreciate their skill level and use more strategy with them.