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Arimaa

Period

Modern

Region

Description

Invented in 2003 by Omar Syed. Played on an 8x8 board with "trap" squares at C6, F6, C3 and F3. Each player has 16 pieces, in order from strongest to weakest: Elephant (1) Camel (1) Horse (2) Dog (2) Cat(2) Rabbit (8) Each player places their pieces in any configuration on their side of the board. Pieces can move one space orthogonally, except rabbits cannot move backward. The goal is for one of a player's rabbits to reach the opposing player's edge of the board. Players can capture an opponent's pieces by pulling or pushing them into one of the trap squares as long as there is no piece friendly to the piece being pulled or pushed adjacent to the trap square. Pieces can only push and pull adjacent opponent's pieces of a lower rank than the piece making the move. Pushing and pulling cannot happen simultaneously. Pieces can be frozen, or prevented from moving, when they are adjacent to an opposing stronger piece.

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